Based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour was this year’s winner of the Palm d’Or at Cannes – arguably the film industry’s most prestigious award – and became the first film where the prize was awarded to both the director and the lead actresses. It quickly becomes clear why.
It’s not often you get to see Robert De Niro playing a cross-dressing pirate, but that’s exactly the world you get in Stardust. Based upon the novel by Sandman legend Neil Gaiman, it is directed by Matthew Vaughn from a script penned by Kick-Ass adaptor Jane Goldman.
Directed by Jeremy Lovering, In Fear revolves around two almost-strangers, Tom (Iain De Caestecker) and Lucy (Alice Englert) who met at a bar and hit it off. A couple of weeks later, Tom invites Lucy to come with him to a music festival with some of his friends. On their way there, he told her that he took the liberty of booking them a hotel for the night, deep in the Cornwall countryside. So they set off into the night to get to the hotel, but things start to go horribly wrong.
After the strange but compelling lo-fi sci-fi of Primer released in 2004, director Shane Carruth went quiet for some time, working on a couple of different projects before resurfacing in 2013 with Upstream Colour, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Strolling through prison under a cascade of toilet paper, Dom Hemingway is the titular cockney geezer in Richard Shepard’s latest film. Played with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer by Jude Law, the character is an amalgam of a number of 1970s British ex-prisoner archetypes. But in a World that has any number of cheeky chappies vying for our attention in low-budget British films, these characters are not quite as charming as they once were.
Pig’s blood, telekinetic powers, a religious mother and the ultimate Prom-gone-wrong. The reboot of the now classic Carrie hits all the right notes without ever really breaking free of the legacy of the original. Like Brian De Palma’s original and the Stephen King novella upon which both are based, Kimberley Pierce’s somewhat modernised version only really introduces some throwaway cyber-bullying as something new.
Shane Carruth seems to be a pretty determined kind of individual. The kind of person that, once he decides something should get done, it gets done, regardless of how difficult that may be. He also seems to be the kind of person who gets things done his way, or no way at all. I don’t know Shane Carruth, but the fact that Primer ever got made suggests this first aspect of his personality, and how it ended up suggests the second.
Carruth wrote, directed, played the lead, produced and edited the movie. He also composed the music. He made the film for just $7,000. Now, regardless of the end product, that’s a pretty staggering achievement, but he didn’t just get it made, he made something very much worth watching too.
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In every discussion of conspiracy theories, one historical event and figure comes up time and time again. United States President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed on November 22nd 1963 by a lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald. That is if you believe the findings of the Warren Commission, which it is clear that director Oliver Stone does not. His 1991 film JFK sought to show the failings of officials and the Government at the time and to uncover the truth of the events on that fateful day in Texas.
The decade is the 1920s, via a stylized 1986, the town is Chicago and notorious gangster Al Capone (Robert De Niro) is at the height of his criminal power. Holding the city in his firm grip, his constant acts of violence alert the FBI who place young Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) in charge of the flying squad with his sole mission to be to bring down the kingpin. After initial failures, Ness resorts to using a small group of trusted men to enact a sweeping plan of justice. Veteran beat cop Jim Malone (Sean Connery), new recruit George Stone (Andy Garcia) and accountant Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith) form ‘The Untouchables,’ men who cannot be bought and go about a systematic assault on Capone’s empire.
My thought process when I saw this movie in the TV guide went something like this.
Oh no. They made another D&D movie? OH CHRIST. It’s a Syfy Channel original?! Oh wait. It’s actually named after an artefact from the game. Maybe this won’t be so bad after all.