Trailer for Dunkirk, the new film from Christopher Nolan

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017

The second trailer for Dunkirk, the new feature from US film director Christopher Nolan. A story set around the evacuation of Allied forces from France in 1940. Due for release in July. Nolan’s work is consistently top notch. I’m looking forward to this one.

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The best film ending credit sequences of all time

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017

Quite a few films feature a coda, or a scene, during or after the credit roll, that continues the story in someway, or perhaps features a blooper scene or two. In that regard, 1979’s Being There, that shows star Peter Sellers stumbling through one of his scenes, is a classic example.

CineFix takes a look at several dozen, and whittles the list down to what they think are the best five instances.

Might this start something though? An ending scene fad? Film directors trying to out do each other to make the best one? And looking further ahead, who knows, an Oscar for the best one each year?

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Trailer for Live by Night, the new Ben Affleck feature

Friday, 13 January, 2017

Live by Night is a gangster flick set in 1920s Boston, directed by Ben Affleck. Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, and Brendan Gleeson, have leading roles. See the trailer here. Opens in Australian cinemas on 26 January. If the stars align, I’ll post a review.

Affleck is certainly someone who doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Not only is he directing, he also wrote the screenplay, and has a starring role. I’d like to know what time management system he has going there.

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Star Wars Downunder, a fan made film by Michael Cox

Thursday, 12 January, 2017

It’s a fan made film, so I know you sometimes need to be in the right place, at the right time, to hear about these sorts of things, but I’m still not sure how I missed Star Wars Downunder. Made by filmmaker Michael Cox in 2013, “Downunder” brings a distinctly Australian taste, in the form of beer no less, to the popular sci-fi saga.

See the full film here, 30 minutes in length, or take a look at the trailer for a preview.

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Trailer for Silence, the new Martin Scorsese film

Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

Two young seventeenth century Jesuit priests, Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield), and Garrpe (Adam Driver), travel to Japan to find their missing mentor Ferreira (Liam Neeson), in Silence, the latest feature from US film director, Martin Scorsese.

See the trailer here. Based on the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo. Opens in Australian cinemas on 16 February 2017.

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A movie poster everyday in 2016, by Pete Majarich

Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

Last year, Sydney based Advertising creative Pete Majarich designed a movie poster a day. That’s an impressive feat. See all of his images here.

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Jonathan Gesinski, storyboard artist and illustrator

Wednesday, 21 December, 2016

Storyboard artwork by Jonathan Gesinski

What was the last movie you saw? It was Rogue One for me. And as with any film, storyboards, being a series of comic-book like drawings that depict key scenes, would have played a major part in its production. Jonathan Gesinski is an illustrator, and storyboard artist, and who knows, you may have seen a film that he did the storyboards for.

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The best movie posters of 2016

Wednesday, 14 December, 2016

The LEGO Batman movie poster

The Internet Movie Database has whittled the list of contenders down to one hundred and fifty.

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Rogue One, a new trailer, and a new hope for the Star Wars films?

Monday, 12 December, 2016

This is a red-letter week for fans of the Star Wars films, with the first of the Anthology series movies, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, opening on 15 December. I doubt I’ll be going to the one minute past midnight screenings that some cinemas are scheduling, but I’m sure I’ll have seen it by this time next week.

In what I hope is an encouraging sign, Star Wars creator George Lucas, has already seen the film (I wonder how you manage to do that?) and, according to Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, “really liked the movie“. This in contrast to his comments after seeing the J.J. Abrams directed The Force Awakens:

“I think the fans are going to love it. It’s very much the kind of movie they’ve been looking for.”

How circumspect is that? The Force Awakens wasn’t quite the film I’d hoped to see, and I think J.J. Abrams went a little too far with his penchant for rehashing earlier storylines. Whether Rogue One will be a good film, or a better one, remains to be seen, but there’s no harm in keeping our fingers crossed, and hoping for the best.

In the meantime, immerse yourself a in little more of the Star Wars hype, with another of the latest batch of Rogue One trailers.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Thursday, 17 November, 2016

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them scene

It was November 2010, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 had just been released, and Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed the franchise’s title character, was looking forward to handing in his wizard paraphernalia upon the release of the film’s second installment in 2011. It was time for him to move on. It was time to find new roles to play.

Word then that British author JK Rowling was considering adding to her iconic book series, was not what he wanted to hear. Mortified at the possibility of having to act the school-boy caster of spells indefinitely, Radcliffe sought clarification from Rowling as to her intentions. Not to worry she told him by text message, no more books were planned.

While Radcliffe was relieved, at least for a while, the undertaking may have left Rowling feeling as if she had painted herself into a corner. What to do then, when the urge to write more stories in the Harry Potter realm manifests itself, but the central character of the story has now become he who cannot be included?

The answer was simple. Do what any other creator of fiction and fantasy does; write a spin-off story. And the best part here, so far as Rowling was concerned, she had already written it. In a way. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, had been featured as a textbook, owned by Potter, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them scene

Set seventy years before events of the original Harry Potter books, Fantastic Beasts (trailer), tells the story of the would-be textbook’s author, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a British magizoologist, who has travelled to 1920s New York, at the behest of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, to research the yet to be written textbook.

Scamander has however misplaced his suitcase, or what appears to be a suitcase. Its interior is in fact of infinite proportions, and had housed an array of weird and wonderful creatures, until they escaped. Eventually Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), of the local secret society of witches and wizards, decides to comes to his aid.

Teaming up with a couple of other locals, Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), they go about the task of rounding up the trouble making beasts. In doing so, they are trailed by Percival Graves (Colin Farrell), another local wizard. The senior ranking Graves, however, is not all that he seems to be.

While long time Potter director David Yates returns to helm this prequel, it’s nothing like the days of Harry, Hermione, and Ron. For those other than Potter fans, the story may be a little too slight. And those fantastic creatures, as marvellous as they are, they’re not quite enough to carry things through. Redmayne’s performance is a plus though.

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