Alone, or with others, there’s no beating the movie experience

Monday, 23 May, 2016

Chris Randle, writing for The New York Times Magazine, makes the case for going to the movies alone. Or, more the case perhaps, going along full-stop, whether by yourself, or with others.

Yet part of me loves meeting these unknowable visitors, just as I love darting inside a theater midsummer, pretending for two hours that the sun and its demands no longer exist. The mood of the room inducts you to its conspiracy. I would never shush that father and daughter softly discussing what’s onscreen, even the plastic-bag crinklers, because they’ve granted me license, too. When each stranger fades to a half-presence in the darkness, you’re alone with your feelings yet unable to hide them, a reflective exhibitionist. At Manhattan’s long-gone Bleecker Street Cinema, the house cat Breathless would often escape the office and claw its way up the screen, encouraged by cheers.

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The twenty greatest films directed by women

Thursday, 19 May, 2016

Lost in Translation, The Piano, and Meek’s Cutoff, are among titles that make up a list of the twenty greatest films directed by women, that was compiled by Fandor.

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Trainspotting 2, a sequel to Trainspotting, is on the way

Thursday, 19 May, 2016

I first heard the chatter almost seven years ago, but now it’s official, a sequel to Trainspotting, made by Danny Boyle in 1996, to be titled T2: Trainspotting 2, is on the way, and is slated for release in early 2017.

The trailer/teaser reveals next to nothing, in fact it’s mostly footage from Trainspotting, but it looks like most of the original cast will be reprising their roles. Fingers crossed that the follow-up will be worth the wait.

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Film editing, more of an art than a science

Monday, 16 May, 2016

Film editor Tony Zhou talks us through the process of film editing. Rather than working to a set of hard and fast rules, film editing is more driven by instinct, and what feels right.

There’s certainly an art to it, as a comparison between scenes from “The Empire Strikes Back”, and “Antman”, goes to show.

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The trailer for Inferno, a follow up to The Da Vinci Code

Wednesday, 11 May, 2016

Tom Hanks reprises the role of Robert Langdon, a Harvard University professor, in Inferno, trailer, the film adaptation of US writer Dan Brown’s 2013 novel of the same name.

As with The Da Vinci Code, and Angels & Demons, other films adapted from Brown’s books, Inferno will be directed by Ron Howard.

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A movie is only as good as its ending… here’s how to end a film

Monday, 2 May, 2016

12 Angry Men, The Godfather, and Gone Girl, plus the original, and the re-make, of Psycho, go under the microscope, so this question can be answered.

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, the trailer

Friday, 29 April, 2016

Absolutely Fabulous, starring Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, was one TV show that I used to watch back in the day… now Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is on the way, and opening in the UK on 1 July. No word of an Australian release, but surely it’ll screen here. Best you watch the trailer for an idea of what the story is about.

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The Girl on the Train trailer

Tuesday, 26 April, 2016

The Girl on the Train, trailer, stars Emily Blunt as Rachel, a divorced woman, who ends up travelling passed her ex-husband’s home on the train each day. During her daily commutes, she becomes aware of another couple, living nearby, and in her mind, pictures them to lead a happy life together.

Reality, apparently, is another matter though, and through a mysterious turn of events, Rachel inexplicably finds herself caught up in a disturbing incident involving the seemingly happy couple. I’m picking up a few shades of Gone Girl here… what do you think?

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The trailer for The Founder, the story of Ray Kroc and McDonald’s

Tuesday, 26 April, 2016

We all know that brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald founded the famous hamburger restaurant that bears their surname, but it was Ray Kroc, an Illinois business man, who oversaw the concept’s expansion across the US, and then overseas, and it is his story that is the subject of John Lee Hancock’s latest film, The Founder.

This could make for interesting viewing, if the trailer is anything to go by. What is it that they say… you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs?

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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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