Richard Eyre’s 2006 film, Notes on a Scandal, starring Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett, could certainly be classified as disturbing, but the book of the same name, by Zoë Heller, upon which the movie is based, is, by all accounts, even more so.
Novels that invite you inside the minds of dangerous obsessives, unaware of their own toxic natures, always leave me very unsettled when done well. I wasn’t expecting that the narrator of Zoë Heller’s Notes on a Scandal to be quite as malign as she is, and the hatred lurking inside what she thinks is love for her beautiful young teacher colleague left me rattled for days.
Behold, the second teaser for the new “Star Wars” film, The Force Awakens. I’d say it’s aimed more at fans of the original movies, with its nostalgic overtones, the Mark Hamill voice over, and a brief appearance by Han Solo and Chewbacca.
Feel like weighing into the discussion as to what Luke Skywalker means when he says his father has the force, rather than had it? Hmm.
I suspect the arrival of the first trailer, as opposed to the two teasers we’ve seen so far, is going to be quite the event, whenever that happens.
Netflix, an online movie download service, recently arrived in Australia. While its impact on cinema attendances, if any, remains to be seen, the workplace may be another matter.
And, no, I’m not talking about people watching movies, or TV shows, from their laptops when they’re supposed to be working, but rather the Netflix algorithm that recommends films for viewers based on, presumably, things like past downloads and search histories.
For example, it sifts through years worth of HR data, ranging from time between promotions, time at current job, and number of job functions. It then combines that with job posting data from sites like Indeed.com to gauge the market demand rate for certain employees. Based on that, Workday can come up with the employees at risk of leaving and how much it would take to replace them.
Eisenberg might not be the first person you’d think of to play the supervillain, but he did have experience portraying a morally challenged billionaire in The Social Network. And this edition of the follicularly challenged megalomaniac taps into a similar hyperintelligence mixed with malignant straight shooting. “Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake,” says Snyder. “He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.”
Don’t underestimate Eisenberg’s ability to play the bad guy, I say. The streak that featured in his portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, in The Social Network, was dark. Deceptively dark, if you ask me.
This is what I love about the interwebs, you learn at least one new something every day… for instance, a sound effect called the Wilhelm Scream, a kind of comedic shriek, is practically a stock standard sound effect, that has been used in numerous movies and TV shows, including the “Star Wars” films:
The Wilhelm Scream has made an appearance in more than 300 films, television shows, and video games, and has cemented itself as the inside joke of the industry’s best sound editors. Most frequently used when someone falls to his death, is shot, or is thrown aside by an explosion, the Wilhelm is often cited as cinema’s most-used sound clip.
Mr. Holmes, trailer, sounds like the sort of Sherlock Holmes movie I could enjoy. Starring Ian McKellen in the lead role, and set in 1947, years into the renown detective’s retirement, the story centres around an unsolved case from fifty years earlier.
The premise, in that it is a sequel of sorts, brings to mind a prequel, an eight part TV series, Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House, set in 1871, while Holmes was still at high school, or in this case, home for the holidays, from high school.
It was made in 1982, but I saw it, on video I think, about fifteen years ago. Here’s the opening nine minutes. It looks like the whole series might be on YouTube now, if you’re interested in seeing it.