WEDNESDAY, 29 AUGUST 2012

Top five Hollywood reboots

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The Dark Knight Rises proved to be a suitably emotional end to the most successful franchise reboot in cinema history and is now part of a whole sub-genre of movies keen to get in on the act. Here are my top five Hollywood reboots. What are yours? 

1. Batman Begins (2005) – The quintessential origin story and my favourite character from the comic-book universe. Christopher Nolan gave us a superhero movie that felt real and in taking us back to basics with Bruce Wayne, using Frank Miller’s graphic novels as his source material, made Batman relatable and restored some credibility to the franchise after the Batman and Robin fiasco.

2. Casino Royale (2006) – The Daniel Craig fronted Bond re-launch was a phenomenal success and gave us Bond’s origin story and a new era of Bond movies with a style all of its own, bringing Bond bang up to date.

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THURSDAY, 9 AUGUST 2012

My Movie Influence: Sense & Sensibility

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This week I was invited to post my pick for my friend Andina’s My Movie Influence series. Naturally I picked Sense & Sensibility (1995). Before we get to the post, here’s what this series is all about: 

"Many people have their own movies they think highly, praised and probably started seeing things differently after watching them. I’ve shared mine and I always wanted to know what others have. I asked other people which movie they think to have the best influence on them."

If you have to pick one movie that changed your entire/one phase of your life, what would it be?

Sense & Sensibility (1995) – a Jane Austen adaptation by Ang Lee, starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Greg Wise. I’m forever indebted to my cousin who rented this movie when I visited her in college, but somehow it didn’t have as much an… click here to read whole article and make comments


 
 
MONDAY, 6 AUGUST 2012

Super-hero movies: mere popcorn or Fillet Mignon?

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It’s been another vintage year for the kind of overblown super-hero movie we’ve come to expect when summer rolls around. 2012 hasn’t pulled any punches. Joss Whedon’s fan favourite The Avengers ‘Hulk-smashed’ box office records and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises was a suitably satisfying conclusion to the iconic Batman reboot.

Movies like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises are so enjoyable that they set me wondering whether there’s more to the average comic book adaptation than meets the eye.

The Dark Knight Rises and its peers are entertaining spectacles (perpetually re-bootable ones at that) but actor Tom Hiddleston says we shouldn’t write these post-modern mythologies off as over-blown popcorn cinema. They might just have something more nourishing to offer.

In an article for The Guardian’s Film blog Hiddleston appeared to take a refreshingly philosophical view of superhero movies as this generation’s morality tale. ‘It's the everyday stuff of every man's life, and… click here to read whole article and make comments


 
 
THURSDAY, 2 AUGUST 2012

Ranking Christopher Nolan’s films

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As part of my Inception-countdown series, I ranked five of Christopher Nolan's movies. Well, now he's got two more under his belt, making his total of feature-length film to seven [excluding Following which wasn't widely distributed].

Just a quick bio per Wikipedia:

Born in 1970 in London, Nolan was one of three sons of a British father, who owned an advertising business, and an American mother, a flight attendant for United Airlines. Nolan and his brother Jonathan spent their childhood in both London and Chicago. He began film-making at the age of seven using his father's Super 8 camera and his toy action figures.

For his undergraduate, Nolan studied English Literature at University College London Union (UCLU). He chose it specifically for its film-making facilities, which consisted of a "Steenbeck editing suite (real film, real spools) plus a couple of 16mm cameras." Nolan… click here to read whole article and make comments


 
 
WEDNESDAY, 1 AUGUST 2012

Five Favorite Scores from 2012 Olympics Musical Director David Arnold

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So have you been following the the 2012 Summer Olympics? It's interesting how a lot of film folks are involved in the opening/closing ceremony. British directors Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire)and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader) were tasked to conceptualize the Games' opening ceremony. Now, serving as the musical director is renowned British composer David Arnold.

So I thought it'd be fitting that for this week's music break, I shine the spotlight on Mr. Arnold and five of my favorite scores from his collection. But before I get to that, here's some info about the 50-year-old composer:

Arnold made his debut into writing music for film in 1993 with The Young Americans, which was directed by his college friend Danny Cannon. He then went on to working on Stargate, amongst others, which led to him scoring two more films of… click here to read whole article and make comments


 
 
WEDNESDAY, 1 AUGUST 2012

Ruby Sparks

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I’ve always loved a movie about writers. And the premise of Ruby Sparks no doubt intrigues me: A novelist struggling with writer’s block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.

Now, what writer hasn’t dreamed of having this happens to them? Especially when one of your characters has all the criteria of the man/woman of your dreams  But as Calvin Weir-Fields finds out, it’s a lot trickier than you think. At first glance, this movie shares some similarities with Stranger than Fiction, but with a few twists on its own. Whilst the Will Ferrell movie focuses on the character who finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear, this one focuses more on the writer.

Paul Dano stars as Calvin, a young writer who’s under pressure to relive his shining moment of having a New York Times best… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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