The top one hundred films of the twenty-first century

Wednesday, 24 August, 2016

David Lynch’s 2001 feature Mulholland Drive, has taken out the number one spot in a poll of film critics, conducted by the BBC, of films made in the twenty-first century. In the Mood for Love, made a year earlier by Kar-Wai Wong, came in second place. I can’t argue with that.

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A trailer for Kenobi: A Star Wars Story. Wait, is that even a thing?

Tuesday, 23 August, 2016

Even though it was introduced as a fan-made clip, as I watched I thought, no, this must be an official trailer, for a Star Wars Anthology, or spin-off, film about Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. But, no, it is not official, it is a labour of love by Canadian filmmaker Rich Williamson, for a would-be film that might be titled Kenobi: A Star Wars Story.

I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this went on to spawn an actual film. Or trilogy of films, a prospect that has been on the cards for sometime, from what I can gather. Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in the Prequel Trilogy films, is said to be interested in reprising his role, if production were to proceed.

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Silence in movies, sometimes effective, sometimes not

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

When Words Fail in Movies, a short documentary that looks at the effectiveness, and – in some case – otherwise of silence, or an absence of words, in film scenes.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. An official trailer

Monday, 15 August, 2016

I was lurking on Twitter at just the right time last Friday afternoon, to catch word that the official trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, had dropped.

Up until now we’ve only been treated to a couple of teasers. This is a more substantial outline of the story, and there’s even a glimpse of Darth Vader. Rogue One opens in cinemas on 16 December. Not long to go now.

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Photos of films in a single long exposure image by Jason Shulman

Wednesday, 10 August, 2016

Photo by Jason Shulman

Is it an abstract? Is it a watercolour? No, it’s a photo of a film. An entire film. A film called A Trip to the Moon, in this case, that was made in 1902.

Photo by Jason Shulman

It’s part of a project, the aptly named Photographs of Films, by London based sculptor and photographer Jason Shulman. Curious as to what might result if he took a long exposure photo of a film as it played, Shulman decided to find out.

Photo by Jason Shulman

Aren’t the final images intriguing though? The second/middle image here is of 1968’s, Yellow Submarine, while the third, that I recognised immediately, is 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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The Suicide Squad comics may be better than the movie…

Wednesday, 10 August, 2016

If the recently released film adaptation of Suicide Squad left you feeling a little underwhelmed, you could try reading the comic books that the film was based on. Graeme McMillan, writing for Wired, suggests five titles, published between 1986 and this year, that you may find to be a little more substantial, and enjoyable.

These are the bad guys who end up working for the greater good, even though they don’t really want to. The Joker also shows up. But the movie’s story originated in a comic book series from the 1980s that went to places – social, superheroic, and political – that few other comics at the time went, and influenced a whole lot of books that followed.

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Stand by Me, it’s been thirty years since that fateful summer

Monday, 1 August, 2016

And it’s been thirty years since Stand by Me, directed by Rob Reiner, was released. It seems hard to believe, but the film may never have been made, as Stephen King, who wrote the short novel that the screenplay was based on, wasn’t, at first, willing to be involved.

After convincing a reluctant Stephen King to allow them to adapt his novella, “The Body,” for the screen, writers Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon brought the project to AVCO Embassy Pictures, a production and distribution company owned by Norman Lear. For King, who based the story on his own childhood, it was a leap of faith. The horror writer had bad experiences with Hollywood and was unhappy with adaptations of his books “The Shining” and “Christine.”

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The best science fiction films of the twenty-first century

Friday, 29 July, 2016

2046, Another Earth, Never Let Me Go, Melancholia, Ex Machina, and Moon, are among the top fifty science fiction films of this century. While I’ve seen these titles, plus many of the other inclusions, there are a fair few that I’m yet to see.

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Some film trailers give away too much. So stop watching them

Thursday, 28 July, 2016

It’s something I’ve been trying to do just recently, not look at trailers for films I plan to see. Not always possible, as many are played immediately before another film I am about to see, while at the cinema.

In some cases though, as Chris Ryan writes, trailers, especially when there are three or four per feature, can almost tell the whole story. And give away the best scenes as well.

Trailers are ruining comedies by including all the funny parts. Seth Rogen: Your movies are funny, and I don’t really need to pay to see them anymore because all the jokes are free in the four Neighbors 2 trailers. Trailers are ruining horror movies by revealing all the scares. Trailers are ruining great movies. Almost all of Sicario’s best scenes are In. The. Trailer. … What?

I will post, however, the trailer for Love & Friendship, a comedy based on the writings of Jane Austen. Trailers should be more like this, arousing curiosity, without revealing too much.

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For The Love Of Spock, Leonard Nimoy’s life documented

Tuesday, 26 July, 2016

For The Love Of Spock is a documentary about the life of Leonard Nimoy, who is possibly better known to more people as Mr Spock from the original Star Trek TV series, that first aired fifty years ago. Directed by Nimoy’s son, Adam, For The Love Of Spock looks at his work and life.

The trailer is now online, and the film itself is slated for release in early September, this year. It looks like just about everyone who had any involvement with Star Trek, including the later TV series, and movies, will be featured.

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