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.
The Weinstein Company are apparently considering giving a number of films their own TV shows. The first two frontrunners are likely to be Sin City and The Mist.
With The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug due for release in a couple of weeks, Air New Zealand have done what Peter Jackson seemed disinclined to do and have released the first full image of the film’s antagonist, the dragon Smaug.
Michael Bay’s return to the world of Transformers is due for release in 2014 and some new images have surfaced thanks to Empire Magazine. Removing the original human cast, including Shia Lebouef’s Sam Whitwicky, Bay has brought in Pain and Gain collaborator Mark Wahlberg for this fourth outing of the franchise.
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.
Actor Paul Walker age 40, has died in a car crash in Los Angeles, California in the early hours of the morning.
The mood swings are back people. This time however it’s not melancholy or ecstasy that I’ve been feeling, but rather a quiet, controlled rage. A bit like the transition of mild-mannered Bruce Banner into the rage monster The Hulk I’ve been very, very angry. Starting on Sunday, I’ve found myself seething and the weird thing is, there is no apparent reason for it. Having consulted my gurus of fitness Al and Dave from trg Fitness Centre, it would seem that lifting weights and controlling my diet would have increased my testosterone levels, which result in heightened aggression.
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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Well last week’s entry escalated pretty quickly. It went from being, what I thought, was an aspirational “Let’s do this” type of piece, to something that caused my mother, by way of my dad and my Auntie Karen to be concerned about my mental well being. So on Sunday night I was called by a sobbing parent asking why I was so desperately unhappy. This is the problem with snapshots of a persons thought’s and feelings, written down and broadcast to the World. We can’t all be happy all the time (except George Clooney, who is obviously perfect) and any expression of anything other ecstasy can be interpreted as crushing depression. So this is an emergency entry in the Road to Asgard to ease the fears of those who might be prone to worry and to show what a difference a weekend makes.