Star Wars films Rogue One, and A New Hope, as one film, by Barre Fong

Friday, 24 March, 2017

Spoilers follow, don’t say you weren’t warned.

This had to happen sooner or later. The ending frames of the Star Wars “spin-off” movie Rogue One, have been cut together with the opening scenes of the Original Trilogy title, A New Hope.

Now we can actually see how both films connect to each other, even though we already knew.

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Tripp Derrick Barnes, New York City based artist, PopNeoism co-pioneer

Friday, 17 March, 2017

Artwork by Tripp Derrick Barnes

Tripp Derrick Barnes is a New York City based artist, and purveyor of works, that could only be described as trippy. But take a look at the way he works. I’m thinking Jackson Pollock at times. Regardless, it still looks fun.

He has worked in advertising, on films, including “The Dark Knight” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, and has painted portraits of actors and celebrities, Matthew Mcconaughey and Susan Sarandon, among others.

Collaborating with Steven Swancoat, a doctor and artist, Barnes has also pioneered an artform called PopNeoism, that connects contemporary icons with abstract expressionism.

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The Other Side of the Wind, by Orson Welles, coming to cinemas soon?

Thursday, 16 March, 2017

Only the other week, I was wondering how many unfinished film projects by well known directors might be lying forgotten somewhere, when word that a new Orson Welles movie might be on the way.

The Other Side of the Wind, a film that Welles, who died in 1985, started work on during the 1970s, isn’t exactly new, nor forgotten, though. Frank Marshall, who was the film’s line producer, has been working ever since to bring the title to completion. Now Netflix has come to the party, meaning the film may yet grace cinema screens.

After decades-long efforts to complete “The Other Side of the Wind” went nowhere – rights holders favored different approaches, to put it mildly – there was a breakthrough in 2014. A producing team that included Mr. Marshall, Filip Jan Rymsza and Peter Bogdanovich, who acted in “The Other Side of the Wind,” secured the rights to 1,083 reels of footage stored in a warehouse outside Paris.

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Personal Shopper, a film by Olivier Assayas, with Kristen Stewart

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017

Personal Shopper, starring Kristen Stewart, is a mystery thriller with a supernatural twist. Could it really be her deceased twin brother who is sending her strange text messages?

Directed by Olivier Assayas, who was behind Clouds of Sils Maria, also featuring Stewart, and playing a similar sort of role, as a personal assistant, this story has piqued my curiosity.

Here’s the trailer. Can’t see a theatrical release date for Australia yet, but will let you know if I do.

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A Cure for Wellness, a trailer for Gore Verbinski’s new movie

Monday, 13 March, 2017

An idyllically located Swiss wellness centre, that claims to cure all manner of ailments, isn’t – surprise, surprise – quite what it appears to be.

Such is the premise of A Cure for Wellness, the latest feature of US director Gore Verbinski. The clinic sounds a little like a certain hotel in California, to me.

Check out the trailer here.

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Theodore, this is what happens when you surf the net late at night

Friday, 10 March, 2017

Way past his bedtime, a boy stumbles upon a disturbing video on the internet. Such is the premise for US filmmaker Tyler Falbo‘s short film, Theodore.

How about that twist at the end though?

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The films of Wes Anderson, as discussed by Wes Anderson

Thursday, 9 March, 2017

A collection of eight videos featuring US director Wes Anderson, as he discusses a number of his films, including Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, and Moonrise Kingdom, above.

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Miss Sloane

Wednesday, 1 March, 2017

3 stars

The political lobbyist lives in a cut throat, dog eat dog, world. The stakes are high, and they have to keep to their eye on the ball at all times. They know the merest fumble will hand the advantage to their opponent. Even sleep can cost them the game, something Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) knows all too well.

Both revered and scorned, the Washington D.C. lobbyist is at the top of her game, and has just been handed the biggest challenge in her career to date, taking on the all powerful US gun lobby in Miss Sloane, trailer, a political thriller directed by British filmmaker John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”, “The Debt”).

Miss Sloane scene

Her team needs to secure a supermajority in the US senate so legislation their client is backing becomes law. Sloane takes to the task with her customary ruthlessness, and seems to be making progress. But has she underestimated her opponents this time, people bent on bringing her down, and who will stop at nothing to prevail?

“Miss Sloane” moves at break neck speed, and there’s nary a dull moment, as one twist follows another. But the deeper it takes us in, the less plausible it becomes. And as for Sloane, is she human, or a superhero we’ve not heard of before? But see this for Chastain’s performance, it’s something no one else could have pulled off.

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The prologue to Alien: Covenant. With Michael Fassbender in one piece

Monday, 27 February, 2017

Alien: Covenant, the sequel to 2012’s Prometheus, graces cinema screens in May. In the meantime, director Ridley Scott has released a prologue to Covenant.

Here, those aboard deep space vessel Covenant are enjoying a final meal, before going into cyrosleep for the long voyage to a planet in a distant solar system, that they intend to colonise.

All looks to be well. But is it?

Michael Fassbender features, as you can see. But wasn’t he in several pieces, when we last saw him in Prometheus? Scott has hinted though that Fassbender plays two roles in Covenant.

I’m looking forward to seeing how Covenant and Prometheus will tie together.

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Will film streaming mean the end of commentary tracks?

Friday, 24 February, 2017

Film streaming has a number of advantages over DVDs. Not having to worry about the disc being damaged, to the point playback is hampered, or doesn’t happen at all, is one of them.

But to everything there is a cost. Streaming may spell the end of commentary tracks, that often feature a movie’s director, and prominent cast members, says Andrew Egan, writing for Tedium.

This would be unfortunate if commentary tracks were no more. Often a lot can be learned about a film from the sometimes candid thoughts of those involved in its production.

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