If a film is thirty days in length, how long should the trailer be?

Thursday, 21 April, 2016

Ambiancé is, so far, the only movie that Swedish filmmaker Anders Weberg has to his name. But given that the documentary has a run time of seven hundred and twenty hours long, or thirty days, I can see why he’s had no time for any other film projects.

The film’s trailer clocks in at about seven hours, so if you have some spare time this weekend, or are going to be on a long flight, you might be able to look at that first.

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And the winner of the Oscar, I mean the Presidency, is…

Wednesday, 13 April, 2016

The movie preferences of front runners in this year’s US presidential election. Imagine choosing someone for high office based solely on the films they like? If it were me, and looking at the films the candidates have nominated, it would be a tough choice between Hillary Clinton, and uh oh, Donald Trump.

Clinton likes Casablanca and Out of Africa, while Trump favours Citizen Kane and The Godfather.

Then again The Big Short, something that Bernie Sanders suggested, wasn’t too bad, but it was the only title he appeared to offer. That may not be enough to win the presidency?

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Forget film school, learn to direct by watching these 87 movies

Friday, 18 March, 2016

There’s eighty seven films you need to see if you wish to become a filmmaker, says US film director Spike Lee. Entries on his list include Rear Window and Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock, Raising Arizona by the Coen Brothers, Mad Max by George Miller, Some Like it Hot by Billy Wilder, and Lawrence Of Arabia by David Lean.

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Exactly how accurate is the IMDb’s Top 250 films list?

Thursday, 10 March, 2016

The Internet Movie Database or IMDb, is my go-to resource for all things film, but it seems some of the information on offer may not be entirely bona fide.

For instance, the way that titles featuring on their Top 250 films list, are ranked, is one aspect in particular that has generated much discussion over the years, leading some people to wonder just how indicative the list really is of the preferences of global film audiences.

But they don’t disclose how many votes you need in order to qualify as a “regular” voter. (In the FAQ, they write: “To maintain the effectiveness of the Top 250 Rated Charts, we deliberately do not and will not disclose the criteria used for a person to be counted as a regular voter.”) In some ways, this maintains some integrity in The Top 250, as it’s much harder to create duplicate dummy accounts and get away with ballot-stuffing. But, it also means the votes of casual fans or people who are too busy to engage as much (including the busy industry professionals who have better things to do) are not included in the rankings, even if they make a few of them.

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What the crew of the ISS saw… a trailer for A Beautiful Planet

Thursday, 10 March, 2016

The trailer for A Beautiful Planet, a documentary that offers us the perspective of astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, and only screening at IMAX cinemas, which probably makes a lot of sense.

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When a film’s last words are just the beginning of the story

Tuesday, 1 March, 2016

Last Words, by French filmmaker and actor Candice Drouet, is a story told using the final words from one hundred and twenty-nine movies. Trying to identify these titles is half the fun.

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To animate Vincent Van Gogh is love Vincent Van Gogh

Tuesday, 1 March, 2016

Loving Vincent is an animated film that explores the death of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, who died in 1890. Numerous oil paintings, produced by more than one hundred artists, will be displayed at a rate of twelve frames per second to bring the story to motion.

Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd, Helen McCrory, and Douglas Booth, are among actors who will feature in the film. I can’t find a release date as yet, but if the trailer is anything to go by, it’ll be worth looking out for.

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The Daughter, a new film by Simon Stone

Thursday, 25 February, 2016

The Daughter, directed by Australian filmmaker Simon Stone, is another title I’m trying not to read too much about before I see it.

Like 45 Years, which I saw the other day, and am still reeling from, The Daughter is a family drama, that appears to see emotions boil over, after events from the past resurface, when a long absent person returns to his hometown.

The trailer looks stunning, though I’m hoping it’s not a case of the trailer being better than the film it is promoting.

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Colonia, a new film by Florian Gallenberger, with Emma Watson

Tuesday, 23 February, 2016

Colonia, directed by German filmmaker Florian Gallenberger, sees a young woman (Emma Watson), join an oppressive religious sect in a bid to free her boyfriend (Daniel Brühl), who has fallen into its clutches.

Having infiltrated the group, escape, going by the trailer, appears to be a simple matter of negotiating labyrinth tunnels, and a small army of zealous enforcers.

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Trailer for 45 Years, a new film by Andrew Haigh

Thursday, 18 February, 2016

The trailer for 45 Years, starring Charlotte Rampling, and Tom Courtenay, a story about a couple preparing to celebrate forty-five years of marriage, when they receive some unexpected, and shocking news, that goes along the lines of “they’ve found her”.

I’m trying not to read too much about this film ahead of its opening today, lest I stumble upon what this revelation is.

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