I’ve always been inspired by some of the show’s best known phrases, “to boldly go where no one has gone before”, even if I haven’t really gone anywhere at all, and “live long and prosper”. The galaxy is an emptier place without you Spock.
Argo, Ben Affleck’s 2012 film about the efforts of Tony Mendez, a CIA agent, to try and smuggle a group US embassy workers out Tehran during the 1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis, may be the best known film of recent times to be based on a magazine article, but it’s by no means the only one.
Perhaps the scope of the Oscars, or Academy Awards, ought to be expanded. We’re talking categories such as most kissing, most death, most time, most music, most running, most cast, most crew, among many other items.
While it is unlikely such awards will be incorporated into this year’s event, The Wall Street Journal has prepared a list of winners nonetheless.
Usually people tell their sometimes embellished holiday stories when they return home, but Londoners Abi (Rosamund Pike), and husband Doug (David Tennant), in a bid not to spoil the seventy-fifth birthday celebrations of Doug’s ailing father, Gordy (Billy Connolly), decide to fib about the state of their marriage, in What We Did on Our Holiday (trailer).
Their children, Lottie (Emilia Jones), Mickey (Bobby Smalldridge), and Jess (Harriet Turnbull), have strict instructions to act as if all is well on the holiday visit to the Scottish home of Gavin (Ben Miller), Doug’s tightly wound brother. As it happens though, Abi and Doug are not the only ones in the family concealing secrets.
“What We Did on Our Holiday” is jointly directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, but here it’s a case of too many cooks spoiling the saccharine sweet broth, as they unfurl every nearly gag in the book. Despite this, Connolly shines in his role as family patriarch, as do the youngest members of the cast, who serve up some of the film’s best lines.
This century smartphones, and their owners who insist on texting – among other things – during features, are the scourge of film-goers , but one hundred years ago it seemed that women’s hats, or rather women who neglected to take off their hats after being seated, riled cinema patrons.
My main goals in undertaking this edit were to re-centre the story on Bilbo, and to have the narrative move at a much brisker pace (though not so fast that the audience lost grasp of what was going on). Creating smooth transitions between scenes was of particular importance in this regard. I even reordered a few moments in the film to make it flow better. The toughest parts to edit were the barrel-ride and the fight on Ravenhill (since Legolas and Tauriel kept bursting in with their gymnastics routine).
What does this… trailer, that was cut together with excerpts from three hundred films, tell us about contemporary film production? Are movies, especially action titles, becoming increasingly homogeneous, or are trailers?