Tetris… you’ve played the game, now see the movie

Thursday, 9 October, 2014

You’ve played the game, you’ve whiled away more work hours than you care to admit, now you have the chance to see the movie… yes, that’s right, Tetris is going to be adapted – somehow – for the big screen.

Threshold Entertainment has teamed up with the Tetris Company to develop a live-action film based on the game. While no directors or cast are attached to the film yet, there is a story in place. “It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff tells Speakeasy exclusively. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”

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One hundred iconic movie scenes

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014

One hundred of the best, or most memorable, scenes from films of the last one hundred years or so. In case you don’t recognise everything, here is a list of each scene.

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A look at entries in Antarctica’s “48 Hour Films” for 2014

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

As I’ve said before, filmmaking is alive and thriving in Antarctica by way of 48 Hour Films, an annual film production challenge where participants have, as the name suggests, forty eight hours to produce their entry… a selection of titles from this year’s event have been posted by Anthony Powell.

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For your viewing pleasure, five of North Korea’s best films

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

Film is probably not one thing too many people think of when North Korea comes to mind, but just because your local cinema may not feature a great many productions from the Hermit Kingdom, doesn’t mean the country is without a film industry.

Far from it, and anyone who cares to trawl about online will likely unearth numerous North Korean produced titles. Simon Fowler, a film critic, and author of North Korean Films, recently compiled a list of what he considers to be the country’s five best movies.

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Could time travel save you from a bad relationship? Maybe…

Friday, 29 August, 2014

Time Travel Lover, a short film by Elisha Yaffe. If time travel were possible, this may be how many of us might want to take advantage of it… to stop a hook up that should not have been, in its tracks. Problem is though, these sorts of things are never quite as simple as they appear to be.

Includes some NSFW language and themes.

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Movie props that deserve a place on the credit roll

Thursday, 21 August, 2014

If you’re a keen movie watcher, look a little more closely at the films you see… it’s possible you may notice the exact same props featuring in numerous, often unrelated, titles.

One such item is a newspaper that has been seen in several films. While it may seem absurd that producers would rather use a surely expensive prop rather than fork out two dollars, or whatever it costs, to buy a paper, there is actually a good reason for doing so:

According to Slate, the newspaper is from a small prop company in Sun Valley, California called the Earl Hays Press and was first printed in the 1960s. Movie and TV productions keep using the same prop newspaper because it’s actually cheaper to pay $15 per prop than get legal clearance from an up-to-date New York Times or other real-life newspaper.

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Vale Robin Williams

Wednesday, 13 August, 2014

One Hour Photo scene with Robin Williams

US actor Robin Williams died yesterday.

A sad loss for all of us.

There was a lot of his work that I admired, and I’d be hard pressed to name an absolute favourite, but for me The Birdcage, and One Hour Photo, would be two stand outs.

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Coffee, the film, a trailer

Monday, 11 August, 2014

The trailer for documentary maker Brandon Loper’s latest feature A Film About Coffee, that focuses on “the little-understood world of specialty coffee”.

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The forgotten rule of “Fight Club”, you do not talk about a sequel

Tuesday, 29 July, 2014

A sequel of sorts is on the way for one of 1999’s most intriguing movies, Fight Club. But the follow-up, being written by US novelist Chuck Palahniuk, who wrote the book that the film was based on, will be released only as a graphic novel. Well, for now anyway.

The book will be set ten years after the events of the first book, with its unnamed protagonist married to Marla Singer and father to a nine-year-old son. Fight Club, says Palahniuk, was “such a tirade against fathers – everything I had thought my father had not done combined with everything my peers were griping about their fathers. Now to find myself at the age that my father was when I was trashing him made me want to revisit it from the father’s perspective and see if things were any better and why it repeats like that.”

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Minimalism, not a perfect or easy life, but a simple one

Thursday, 26 June, 2014

Needless to say Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, trailer, a documentary by New York City based filmmaker Matt D’Avella, is a title I’ll be keeping a look out for, once it is released.

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life. From minimalist architects, designers, and musicians, to businessmen, authors, and minimalist families, this film explores various recipes for how to live a more meaningful, deliberate life. Not a perfect life, not even an easy life, but a simple one.

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