A new trailer for “The Martian”

Friday, 28 August, 2015

The latest trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi adventure feature, The Martian, that is due for release in Australia at the end of September. I have to say, this looks promising.

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The story of Mark Reay, the homeless A-list fashion photographer

Monday, 17 August, 2015

Homme Less, trailer, is the debut feature of New York based documentary maker Thomas Wirthensohn, that chronicles the remarkable story of Mark Reay, once a male model, turned fashion photographer.

For six years Reay lead a double life, rubbing shoulders with the rich and glamourous at parties, fashion shows, and the best restaurants, while sleeping, homeless, on the rooftop of a New York City building. He had it all thought out though:

I remembered this friend’s rooftop where we used to have cocktails. So, one night, I snuck into the building and went to the rooftop. I figured I’d stay there for a few days. I didn’t leave for six years. All I had were a few items of clothing and a thrift store blanket. I got a cheap poncho, which I used to cover myself so I couldn’t be seen, and I put up a tarpaulin. It was September and it was manageable. I started getting a bit more work from Dazed, but not enough to afford rent, so I figured I’d just stay there until I worked something out. I managed to renew my gym contract – I know that sounds mad, but it was $70 a month and it had showers, electricity and a toilet. Plus, I could leave my camera and clothes in there safely.

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Some (but not all) of film’s most beautiful scenes

Thursday, 13 August, 2015

It’s no small task, listing one hundred and twenty-nine of the most beautiful shots in movie history, but BuzzFeed writer Daniel Dalton gives it his best shot.

And as if that were not impressive enough, there’s not an animated GIF to be seen.

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Here are (at least) ten of the most beautiful films ever made

Thursday, 30 July, 2015

It wouldn’t be an easy task trying to choose what might be the ten most beautiful films ever made, and that’s something the CineFix people, in putting together this list of ten movies that might belong in such a category, make clear.

No surprise though to see the work of filmmakers such as Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, Stanley Kubrick, and David Lean, included.

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Mr Holmes

Monday, 20 July, 2015

3 and a half stars
Mr Holmes scene

Thirty years into retirement, Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) spends his days tending to the beehives at his Sussex home, where he lives with housekeeper Mrs Munro (Laura Linney), and her son Roger (Milo Parker), in Mr Holmes, trailer, the latest feature of US film director Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters”, “The Fifth Estate”).

And it is from the secluded, picturesque, English countryside that Holmes recounts, page by page, the details of a case that was not so much unsolved, but rather caused him great anguish, and led to his retirement. With his memory failing, he desperately struggles to understand why the disappearance of a young woman, decades earlier, left him so unsettled.

Based on the 2005 novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind”, by Mitch Cullin, and spanning three timelines, that includes a journey to Hiroshima, Japan, “Mr Holmes” is a film that devotees of the legendary detective are the most likely to enjoy. Others however may find this Sherlock Holmes mystery just a little too slight and meandering.

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The opening scenes of thirty-five films, how many do you know?

Friday, 17 July, 2015

The opening scenes from thirty-five movies. How many can you identify? There were quite a few I didn’t know. Can’t say that of the first one though.

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“Back to the Future”, the comic book anthology series

Thursday, 16 July, 2015

While there are unlikely to be any further installments to the Back to the Future films, and, thankfully, no remakes for the time being either, a comic series however, based on the iconic time travel trilogy, is in the pipe line.

To be co-written by Bob Gale, producer and screenwriter of the three films, the comic stories will explore aspects of the film series that weren’t covered on screen, such as how Marty and Doc Brown became friends.

The comic won’t try to directly follow up the movie trilogy, but instead embed itself into the ongoing events of the films, filling in gaps from the different time periods Doc and Marty visit and offering explanations for some of the movies’ different elements.

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Stanley Kubrick posters remixed by Tomer Hanuka

Thursday, 16 July, 2015

Kubrick is the name of a new series of works in progress, by New York City based comic artist and illustrator Tomer Hanuka, that are based, as the name would suggest, on films made by Stanley Kubrick. Thought provoking, no?

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Philippe Petit’s high-wire Twin Towers walk reenacted in “The Walk”

Wednesday, 15 July, 2015

The Walk, directed by Robert Zemeckis, of Back to the Future fame, is a dramatisation of the death defying 1974 attempt by French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, to walk between the two World Trade Center towers in New York City, on a tightrope slung between both buildings.

The illicit undertaking was also the subject of a documentary, Man on Wire, made in 2008 by James Marsh. Aside from what I imagine will be protracted scenes of Petit making the walk, some six hundred metres above the ground, it’ll be interesting to see what the Zemeckis production, that stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit, can add to the story.

There is no actual motion footage of Petit’s… walk, the accomplice charged with its filming was too tired to operate the camera, when the time came. Knowing that somehow made “Man on Wire” a little easier to watch, though I’m not sure I could sit through an actual reenactment, something the trailer for “The Walk”, offers a glimpse of.

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Han Solo’s written a lot of special screenplays about himself

Wednesday, 15 July, 2015

Clearly there’s going to be far more than just three “Star Wars” sequel films, the first of which, Episode VII – The Force Awakens, is released on 18 December.

We already know that a stand alone film, Rogue One, that tells the story of the rebel group that went about stealing the plans to the Death Star, that the Empire’s agents were desperately trying to recover in A New Hope, is in the works, and that Darth Vader is said to be making an appearance.

Then last week it was announced that Han Solo will be the subject of another stand alone, or anthology series film, that is due for release in May 2018. I could easily see a number of features about Solo though, he’d be someone with a few stories to tell after all.

Chewbacca, Solo’s companion, is also worthy of a film or two if you ask me, especially if there’s any substance to this theory.

On the topic of “The Force Awakens” though, does anyone happen to know how minutes there are between now and 18 December?

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