He's back! Clive Owen is The Driver for Hire See Neill Blomkamp's short film The Escape for BMW also starring Jon Bernthal, Dakota Fanning & Vera Farmiga - WATCH THIS!

Watch Clive Owen in BMW The Escape15 years ago, mid 2001 BMW Films released the first of its Hire short films Executive Produced by David Fincher and starring Clive Owen as The Driver -  Ambush, a 6 minute short film directed by the legendary John Frankenheimer, known for his action drama as much as he is for high velocity car chases, perhaps the most apt choice to kick off a series of films based around high performance vehicles.

BMW THe Hire Clive Owen
BMW THe Hire Clive Owen    
     Soon after 4 more short films followed; Ang Lee's Chosen, Kar-Wai Wong's The Follow, Guy Ritchie's Star and Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Powder Keg.

     For the second season Tony and Ridley Scott picked up the reigns to produce: John Woo's Hostage, Tony Scott's unforgettable (and perhaps the pinnacle of the Hire Series) Beat the Devil based on an original David Fincher concept and starring James Brown and Gary Oldman alongside Clive Owen.

Holy Mackerel! Baumbach & Paltrow's De Palma documentary is outstanding! A ★★★★★ revelation and one of the most engaging & insightful making of film documentaries I have ever seen as it offers a voyeuristic look into the head of Brian De Palma, the modern Master of the psychological drama - FILM REVIEW

De Palma Documentary Review Blow OutI absolutely loved Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow's De Palma. A documentary that is ostensibly about a man sitting in front of a camera and talking, telling you his story - the story of his life and the story of his passion – making films. 

I say ostensibly as much like the visual tricks De Palma employs for sleight of hand or to heighten effect and suspense – mine is a deceptively simple deconstruction as - at the heart of making film - is story telling. And Brian De Palma can tell a story.

     Look! This isn't so much a review of Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow's De Palma - it's brilliant please go see it. This is more about my surprise at rediscovering Brian De Palma's works, style and one of my favourite films of all time - Brian De Palma's Blow Out.

     There is very little that is conventional about Brian De Palma, so his films are unlikely to ever fit in an easily categorised box. He has raised as much controversy as he has accolades over his 31 feature film, 60 year career. He has made crime films, comedy, political intrigue, satire, high action, science fiction all with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and carved a distinct path for himself with psycho sexual dramas. He has the unique ability to play with film technique and deliver an engaging tale that will keep you guessing and surprised throughout. He also made one of my favourite films of all time. Yet he has remained a fairly enigmatic and private person. I do not believe he has actually even contributed to a Director's commentary on any of his DVD/Blu Rays.

     So when the opportunity came to see a documentary made by two friends of his, based on a series of ongoing conversations they have being having with him about his career, which became a feature length documentary I jumped at the chance. And was rewarded with one of the best cinematic experiences of the year and fell in love with Brian De Palma's films all over again. This is a documentary for anyone who likes Brian De Palma's films, anyone with an interest in filmmaking and anyone who loves film.

One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma’s career started in the 60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way, and Mission: Impossible.

In this lively, illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow engage in a personal and candid discussion with De Palma, exploring not only his life and work but also his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his remarkable experiences navigating the film business, from his early days as the bad boy of New Hollywood to his more recent years as a respected veteran of the field.

In the end, what emerges is a funny, honest, and incisive portrait of a truly one-of-a-kind artist, and an exhilarating behind-the-scenes look at the last 50 years of the film industry through the eyes of someone who has truly seen it all.ne of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma’s career started in the 60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way, and Mission: Impossible.

De Palma Quad poster
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For Sale 1 Unique motorcycle-ATV hybrid aka BatPod **Like New** Absolutely Stunning (Chicks dig this bike), Metallic Grey Custom Wayne Tech. 750cc. Very Good Condition. One Careful Owner. 12 Months Gotham City MOT

Real Bat-Pod for sale at the Prop Store Auction Preview ExhibitionThis is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a unique and stunning looking (chicks really dig it!) bike. Ready to ride. Starts first time every time on electric start or kick. Power and robustness is what this bike is all about with a custom-made Gotham steel chassis, carbon-fiber and kevlar body. Single seat, Brand new 31" front and rear Hoosier racing tyres,

     High performance liquid cooled single-cylinder engine. Registered as a 750cc ;;). With a top speed of 120 Mph / 193 Kmh ;;), 5 Speed chain driven.

     Excellent condition, some slight wear to the body, with very little cosmetic work could be made into an absolute beauty. Night time inspired. Metallic Grey as dark as Ra's al Ghul soul. But this is not just a stylized piece - every element has a practical function.


Fight the Man and #win an exclusive Captain Fantastic Goody Pack to celebrate the film's release Friday Sept 9th - COMPETITION

Win exclusive Captain Fantastic Goody PacksTomorrow, Friday Sept 9th, Captain Fantastic is coming to UK cinemas. To celebrate the film’s release, the marketeers have created some lovely themed merchandise and been kind enough to let us champion this film and giveaway 3 Captain Fantastic Goody Packs.

     Sadly I didn't get a chance to see Captain Fantastic but any film that stars Viggo Mortensen is going to be a quality effort, more so, when the material is as fiercely original as Captain Fantastic promises, and leans so much towards themes of humanity, a strength running through all Mortensen's role choices.

     At its Cannes Festival debut Captain Fantastic got a 10 minute standing ovation and everyone I know that has seen it loves it.. So I thinks it's fair to assume that Captain Fantastic is going to be a worthwhile viewing experience.

     As well as Viggo Mortensen, no doubt George MacKay will be putting in another fine performance to add to his growing resume alongside the legendary Frank Langella.

In the woodlands of the Pacific Northwest, Ben Cash, the fiercely independent patriarch of Captain Fantastic, is raising his family as far as he can from the influence of modern consumerist culture.

Filling the days of his six children with rigorous education, demanding physical training and intense instruction for surviving in the wild, Ben raises a tribe of "philosopher kings" with the cardiovascular and muscular endurance of elite athletes and a grasp of classic texts far beyond their years.

Release the Bats! It's Halloween! Everyone's entitled to one good scare. Legendary Director Composer John Carpenter is playing a Halloween Gig at The Troxy London - UPCOMING GIG

John Carpenter Live in London TroxyI have posted about this before, but as I said then - this is possibly the most exciting event I have heard of this year! Legendary Director (and Composer) John Carpenter the man behind films like: Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China and They Live amongst others. And yea, he pretty much created all the iconic sounds for his films  - is playing a two gigs at The Troxy in London this Halloween! And will be performing his film soundtracks and new compositions.

In conversation with horror maestro Claudio Simonetti In conversation with horror maestro Claudio Simonetti
    Carpenter embarked on his first ever live performance tour earlier this year and has been playing to sold out audiences to rave reviews. This October he arrives in the UK and will be playing live performances throughout the UK and Ireland: Brighton 20 October, Edinburgh 22 October, Bristol 23 October, Dublin 25 October, Liverpool 28 October, Manchester 29 October and as John Carpenter's Release the Bats London gig on 31st October is sold out an extra date has been added so he will be playing at The Troxy on Tuesday 1st November 2016 as well.

John Carpenter Release The Bats Live Gig in London
John Carpenter Release The Bats Live at The Troxy, London    

5 Surprising real life celebrity spies that led double lives & the one you already know Mr. Ian Fleming and my Bond 25 dream team - GUEST FEATURE

5 Surprising real life celebrity spies that led double lives and the one you already know Mr. Ian Fleming and my Bond 25 dream team - GUEST FEATUREIf you are a regular reader you will know that I am a fan of John le Carré literature, something my father passed on to me. So of course the latest adaptation of his 2010 novel Our Kind of Traitor, his 22nd novel, is of interest to me, and who isn't intrigued when a public figure is revealed to have had a secret of double life? 

     But Our Kind of Traitor is of further interest to me as it involves half of my current Bond 25 dream team:

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

A couple finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch's plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.

Susanna White

John le Carré & Hossein Amini

Stellan Skarsgård, Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis, Mark Gatiss

Anton Corbijn introduces A Most Wanted ManAnton Corbijn introduces A Most Wanted Man
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Decoding Tinker Tailor with the TTSS teamTitle of Tinker Tailor sequel confirmed and decoding Tinker Tailor with the film’s makers
Tinker Tailor Circus LocationTinker Tailor Soldier Spy The Circus Blythe House Film Location
    Writer Hossein Amini who has a rich varied body of work (The Four Feathers, The Wings of the Dove, Jude, 47 Ronin, Snow White and the HuntsmanShanghaiKillshot) and intrinsically brings relationships to the fore in all his works as well as has intelligently dealt with matters of secrecy, subterfuge and intrigue in his works like Peter Kosminsky's 1992 The Dying of the Light and Diarmuid Lawrence's 1996 Deep Secrets.

     He has just adapted Norwegian bestselling Author Harry Hole's The Snowman starring Michael Fassbender, Chloë Sevigny & Rebecca Ferguson for Tomas Alfredson who previously directed John le Carré's Gary Oldman starrer Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

     Amini is probably most well known for adapting Drive for Nicolas Winding Refn, again showing his versatility but should be more feted for his rather brilliant adaption and direction of  Patricia Highsmith's The Two Faces of January starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst & Oscar Isaac. I would love to see what Hossein Amini does with a Bond story arc.

     I think Our Kind of Traitor Director Susanna White would bring all the right things to a Bond story. Not only a measured, nuanced approach to complex international intrigue but she also has an eye for action as demonstrated with her episodes, of one of the best War TV shows in recent history 2008's Generation Kill. My second choice would be the return of Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) who constantly surprises, refreshes and updates with the demands of every film he takes on.

     A Bond story written by Hossein Amini, directed by Susanna White, shot by Roger Deakins (Skyfall & everything he does is beautiful), Hoyte Van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Spectre, Interstellar, Dunkirk), Wally PfisterPhil Meheux, Roberto Schaefer or new to the list - Anthony Dod Mantle whose long list of beautifully shot films, which includes: In the Heart of the Sea, Rush, Trance, Dredd, The Eagle, 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire, can add Our Kind of Traitor as the cherry on top. Would be a superb combination!

      If Daniel Craig was not to return, Susanna White could bring along my current favourite choice for Bond - Damian Lewis who stars in Our Kind of Traitor and she has also worked with on the fast paced TV show Billions. Lewis sparkles with intelligence and can certainly pull off the physical side of the role with aplomb. Besides he has a fair resemblance to Ian Fleming.

     Enough daydreaming already here is a list of 5 surprising real life celebrity spies that led double lives and the one you already know Mr. Ian Fleming.

Over the years, the film industry has produced a plethora of films that capitalise on the theme of espionage and the life of a spy. Due to the illusive nature of those who work with top-secret government intelligence, a whole host of different characters have been concocted in a bid to represent the life of a person with one of the most mysterious occupations on the planet. We’ve been shown debonair men, who drive around in extravagant cars and adorn expensive suits, like the infamous James Bond, to the more unassuming and calculating spy characters such as George Smiley.

The new film Our Kind of Traitor reimagines the spy once again, this time through the eyes of an unsuspecting couple who are thrust between the Russian Mafia and British Intelligence, neither of whom are as clear-cut good and bad as one would assume.

Spotlight on 4 anticipated films shot in Malta Assassin's Creed, The Lake, The Mercy & The Promise - VISIT MALTA

Visit Malta Film LocationsRecently I received an email about the gorgeous and stately island nation of Malta being the location of choice for many major upcoming releases - now usually I would have skipped over this email but a couple of things piqued my interest enough to post about it.

    Malta has been on our visit list for awhile, particularly as we constantly get updates about how great the diving on the Maltese Archipelago is. It's place in history merits a visit for anyone interested in European culture and it looks absolutely gorgeous with azure blue seas, natural beauty, old world charm and architecture as well as all the modern comforts. All of which would compliment any holiday rather well.

     So much so that earlier this year we had planned to visit Malta, as we were swept away by the elegant quaintness of the hotel and locations beautifully shot, by Cinematographer Christian Berger for Angelina Jolie's By The Sea.

     In the film Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt couple, Vanessa and Roland are seeking sanctuary in the South of France during the 70s.

By The Sea Malta Film Locations
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Klaxon! The countdown to Empire Live (2016's Ultimate Film & Entertainment Weekend) has begun! With less than a month to go and updates! - "THE" UPCOMING EVENT

The countdown to Empire LiveWe are less than a month away from what has become one of the greatest film conventions for film fans ever.  I am of course referring to Empire Magazine's Empire Live to be held at The O2, September 23 - 25 2016.  If you are looking for details about what is going on at Empire Live  just head to the middle of this page and skip my reminiscing.

Empire Live 2016
Empire Live 2016   

It's about time! The scoop on all the 40th Anniversary celebrations for the restored re release of Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth in London (walking tours, special screenings, books & music releases) - UPCOMING EVENTS

The Man Who Fell To Earth 40th Anniversary Events When it comes to sublime storytelling there are few that can match master auteur and eternal outsider Nicolas Roeg for vision, originality or technical knowledge. 

     I am a huge fan of his work, always original, always more about art surreally reflecting; nuances of story, broader life, social context, creating mood and mind states, than a linear story arc, always surprising and always drawing out incredible performances from his cast for his films. 

     It would appear that the 40th Anniversary of Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth is going to be a big year with The Man Who Fell to Earth released into cinemas from September 9th, Special screenings with introductions from Mr Danny Boyle and The Man Who Fell To Earth Costume Designer May Routh, walks, books and of course the 40th Anniversary 4K restored home re-release will be be available from October 24th in varying formats. Upcoming events include the below list which is expanded upon further below:

27 August - The official, definitive making of The Man Who Fell To Earth book is available for preorder!
9 September: Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth will be launched into UK cinemas!
9 September: Hackney Picturehouse Special Event - The Man Who Fell To Earth with introduction from Danny Boyle and after party!
9 September: Curzon Soho David Bowie Day - Walking tour and The Man Who Fell To Earth Screening with introduction from Costume Designer May Routh  #savecurzonsoho
9 September & 28th October: The Original Soundtrack for The Man Who Fell To Earth will be available on CD & vinyl for the first time!
24 October: The Man Who Fell To Earth Home Release is launched!
25 October: David Bowie's The Man Who Fell To Earth play - Lazarus starring Michael C. Hall lands in London!

The Man Who Fell To Earth 40th Anniversary re-release The Man Who Fell To Earth Original Soundtrack The Man Who Fell To Earth Book
40th Anniversary re-release The Man Who Fell To Earth Original Soundtrack The Man Who Fell To Earth Book [enlarge]

WIN! Feel like The Boss when you win some exclusive DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD merchandise to celebrate the film release into cinemas this Friday 19 August - COMPETITION

WIN! DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD merchandiseThe Boss is back! Or at least David Brent is back! And it would appear that a good idea, may indeed be a good idea forever. It has been twelve years since the BBC's award winning, at times cringe worthy, hilarious, sad, all too real, surreal and touching sit com mockumentary The Office ended its two and half season run.

     Incredibly it's UK run of only 14 episodes belies the cultural significance and impact that the show has had, (the US version of the The Office ran for nine seasons!!) as co directors and writers Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant turned their magnifying glass on the microcosm of office life - personalities and relationships, at times possibly cutting a little too close to the bone.

     I can't deny I have been curious about what has happened to the personalities of The Office over the last decade. Did Dawn become a world renowned children's book illustrator? Did Tim and Dawn finally got their happy (or mildly content) ever after. Did Gareth slog it out or quit to start his own private investigation business, join the TA or campaign to become the President of the Unites States? Did he ever find a boy that could swim faster than a shark? And what of David Brent our relentlessly hopeless, inappropriate and awkward every man? He may be refreshingly laid back for a man with such responsibility but did he finally follow the success of Richard Branson or Tony Robbins? Or a different path?

     Well unless you have been living under a rock (and roll branded pillow) for the last couple of months you already know that we will indeed, at least be getting to know a little of what has happened since, as it looks like David Brent has been in the business for another 12 years and spared a moment to tell us what has been happening - when Ricky Gervais releases the big screen debut of David Brent star of The Office (and Slough's finest) in David Brent: Life on the Road into UK cinemas this Friday 19 August.

     To celebrate the occasion and support one of the UK finest exports we have partnered with Entertainment One to offer three of our lucky readers exclusive David Brent: Life on the Road goody packs consisting of some sweet merchandise that includes: a must have for any budding musician Elvis/Brent Rockstar Glasses, the finest David Brent guitar pick money can buy, an always ready to handle business David Brent stapler, a reach the peak of sartorial rock elegance David Brent T-shirt and possibly best of all an acoustically serious David Brent guitar amp-style speaker (great for playing music, even better to impress guests as you pretend you can play a guitar like the best of them)

      For details on how to get one of these great David Brent: Life on the Road goody packs see further below.

David Brent: Life on the Road Quad Poster
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The Nomad Cinema presents Prince's Purple Rain at St Paul's Cathedral - UPCOMING CULT SCREENING

The Nomad Cinema Purple Rain St Paul's London in the summer time is truly something to behold just ask the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and this summer certainly seems to be carrying the flag of Great British Summers. So much so that there just doesn't seem to be enough time to fit everything in during the daylight hours. Now more can be made of  your time as the growth of spectacular outdoor pop up cinemas continues steadily and makes the most of the London Summer.  No doubt your days were packed but oh oh the summer nights. 

     One of the better outdoor pop up cinemas, not only in terms of: attention to detail, comfort, variety, consistently stunning architectural backdrops for their screenings, entertainment and social consciousness is without doubt - The Nomad Cinema. Get ready for Prince's Purple Rain as you have never experienced before!

NOMADIST: intrepid, bold, adventurous, film-lover

The Nomad Cinema is the roaming pop-up that gives back: since 2010, The Nomad has earned the reputation as ‘London’s best outdoor cinema’ [Evening Standard], popping up at an inspiring range of beautiful, unique and intriguing screening locations across London and beyond.

The Nomad is about community: our sister cinema is the acclaimed and much-loved independent boutique cinema The Lexi in Kensal Rise, London NW10. Both cinemas are partly run by dedicated volunteers and have developed partnerships with a diverse range of kindred cultural organisations, ethical companies and fairtrade suppliers.

     Video: The Nomad Cinema SUMMER 2016 Sizzle Reel    

BAFTA To Host A Life In Pictures: Jeremy Irons In partnership with Audi Friday 9th September 2016 - Upcoming Event

BAFTA Jeremy Irons A Life In PicturesWe are big fans of the BAFTA A Life In Pictures talks series. Both because it recognises talented individuals whose careers should actually be celebrated and also because it gives one the opportunity to hear first hand about some of our greatest talents careers and lives first hand (as well as possibly ask a question or two). If you have not already done, it's worth having a look at their previous sessions over here.

     I couldn't be happier that Jeremy Irons has been invited along to chat about his life and extensive career, bringing to life some very engaging characters in too many brilliant films to list here, but that has seem him work alongside the likes of; Meryl Streep, Harold Pinter, Roland Joffé, Robert DeNiro, David Cronenberg, Roald Dahl, Michael Winner, Anthony Hopkins, Jacques Audiard, Barbet Schroeder, Glenn Close, Steven Soderbergh, Louis Malle, Wayne Wang, Bernardo Bertolucci, Adrian Lyne, Franco Zeffirelli, Fanny Ardant, Al Pacino, Michael Gambon, István Szabó, Claude Lelouch, Ridley Scott, Lasse Hallström, Leonardo DiCaprio, J.C. Chandor, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, David Lynch, Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Neil Jordan and many others, while taking the time to direct a film and be the second best Die Hard villain.

     A career which shown no signs of slowing down having completed a number of high profile TV and film features in the last couple years including: his ongoing role in The BorgiasRaimund Gregorius's Night Train to LisbonMatt Brown's The Man Who Knew InfinityGiuseppe Tornatore's La corrispondenza and and Ben Wheatley's dark High-Rise and Avery Brundage's Race, not to mention his ongoing role as Alfred Pennyworth in the DC Universe. And a number of anticipated upcoming feature films which includes Justin Kurzel's adaptation of Assassin's Creed starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

     Jeremy Irons will be chatting about his illustrious career in retrospect at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly on Friday 9th September 2016


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced that Oscar-winning and double BAFTA-nominated actor Jeremy Irons will discuss his craft and career at a special ‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ event at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London, on Friday 9 September. Public tickets will be available to book from 1pm on Friday 5 August at www.bafta.org/whats-on/.

BAFTA is proud to announce Audi as the partner to A Life in Pictures. BAFTA’s Chief Executive Amanda Berry OBE said: “BAFTA and Audi have enjoyed a long and successful partnership and I am thrilled they are now supporting A Life in Pictures. Audi is a brand synonymous with innovation and creativity, and one that is hugely supportive of film.”

‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ is a long-running series of onstage interviews in which some of the film world’s leading talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft. The series has hosted such figures as Kenneth Branagh, Cate Blanchett, David Fincher, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Sam Mendes, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Peter Greenaway.

BAFTA A Life In Pictures Jeremy Irons
BAFTA A Life In Pictures Jeremy Irons ©BAFTA/Jessie Craig    

The Premiere of Ben Wheatley's New Film Free Fire is to close the London Film Festival see Brie Larson in Action here

The Premiere of Ben Wheatley's New Film Free Fire is to close the London Film Festival see Brie Larson in Action hereIt has just been announced that Ben Wheatley's Free Fire will be the closing film of the 60th London Film Festival to be held this October.

 Wow! This is great news. Say what you will about Wheatley but he is one of only a handful of current British filmmakers that is carving out an original path for himself. From his low budget shot around friends homes Down Terrace to the sublime adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High Rise there are few that can claim such a rise whilst staying true to their own voice.

     I have been looking forward to Free Fire since I heard about this 70s fuelled crime film. Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese, co written by long time Wheatley collaborator Amy Jump and Wheatley has brought on board, like he has done with his previous films, an absolutely blinding cast that includes amongst others: Wheatley regular and all round legend Michael Smiley, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Patrick Bergin (thought you would sneak that past us?), Jack Reynor and Captain Marvel herself -  Brie Larson! So that's two leading Disney actors in a Ben Wheatley film.

     Here is the press release and more information:

Free Fire Promo Poster
Free Fire Promo Poster    

Nicolas Roeg & David Bowie's utterly brilliant Sci-Fi classic The Man Who Fell to Earth is getting a 40th anniversary 4k Restoration reissue. Check out the awesome alternative poster!

The Man Who Fell To Earth 4K Home ReleaseIt is no secret that I am a huge Nicolas Roeg fan. His career epitomises a time honoured path of a master of the arts. Incredibly talented he started out as an Apprentice Editor following a path learning all aspects of filmmaking that led to eventual auteur-ship. 

     Able to draw on his multidisciplinary talents and experience, particularly his camera work to shape emotive works of art. Along the way he worked with just about every serious talented individual in film as he carved out a path of originality - often leading to being at odds with the studios as he manifested his unique vision. 

     Indeed some of his works are amongst my favourite films but all of them across the board are compelling viewing and offer an almost hallucinatory and unique viewing experience. Roeg's works have been on my mind lately, most recently with the release of concept art for the Blade Runner sequel, the original was made by legendary British Producer Michael Deeley who also produced Nicolas Roeg's brilliant adaptation of Author Walter TevisThe Man Who Fell to Earth, watching the extra features on last year's Far From The Madding Crowd restored release I discovered Nicolas Roeg's involvement and early signs of his trademark camera work, and of course the tragic passing of one of our shining lights - David Bowie the titular Man Who Fell to Earth - one of my favourite science fiction films of all time.

    For me The Man Who Fell to Earth is a companion piece alongside Roeg's debut feature six years earlier - the great Performance, which he co directed with Donald Cammell (who conceived the concept and wrote the screenplay) and his Bad Timing with Art Garfunkel. Not only do the film and music world's blur with the casting of prominent musicians - Mick Jagger in Performance and David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth but reality and film merge as Roeg explores issues of identity, duality, isolation and humanity in an experimental experience - drawing on his actor's understanding of the issues of fame and the lines between themselves and others to bring their characters to life in engaging performances.

     So I'm over the moon that for its 40th Anniversary The Man Who Fell to Earth has been restored and will be getting a high definition 4K home release, a Special Collector's Edition release  as well as a big screen release - as it should be seen.

     The upcoming re-release is part of STUDIOCANAL's Vintage Classics collection - showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content.

The Man Who Fell To Earth Alternative Poster
The Man Who Fell To Earth Alternative Poster [ZOOM]    

Idris Elba surprises us at a special screening of Star Trek Beyond - EVENT REPORT

Ant-Man's Peyton Reed and Paul Rudd surprise us at a London screening of Marvel's Ant-ManL ast week I was fortunate to crack invites to a special early screening of Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond at the Picturehouse Central and I was super stoked. I do not believe I have overly banged on about it but  - Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek is one of my favourite properties/franchises. I guess I should possibly qualify that a bit - as a kid I loved the original 60s show, not initially but very quickly it became a favourite for me and even though I saw it a good while after its initial televised release. I couldn't wait to sit down once a week and hear William Shatner's voice over start the show with:

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

    And see what adventure the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise had landed themselves in that week. I loved James Tiberius Kirk's we come in peace - take charge attitude backed up by a team that excelled in their individual roles but came together in a way that transcended their designated rank as - the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

     Video: Star Trek Beyond | Final Trailer | Paramount Pictures UK                                                     

WIN! The Bluebeards Revenge is named as proud partner for Suicide Squad. Win a private screening & other prizes - COMPETITION

Win with Suicide Squad Bluebeards RevengeIt would not be a surprise to anyone that I'm very much looking forward to David Ayer's adaptation of  DC Comics' The Suicide Squad which blasts its way into UK cinemas on Friday 5 August 2016.

What's not to look forward to? David Ayer is an intelligent talent who has written a number of fresh screenplays and has a directorial track record of serious dramatic action films made unique by the level of intensity he brings out of his cast like Christian Bale's in Harsh Times, Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Peña in End of Watch, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Sabotage and Brad Pitt & Shia LaBeouf in Fury.

     No doubt Ayers will be bringing a similar level of intensity to the Suicide Squad's already notable cast which includes: Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Ben Affleck, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Scott Eastwood (who is he playing?)

Suicide Squad Poster
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It's better to burn out than to fade away! Highlander gets a 30th Anniversary 4k Restoration & World Premiere At EIFF Available To Own From July 11th

Highlander 4K Home ReleaseThis week may mark the 35th anniversary of the debut of Stephen Spielberg's Dr. Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark but there can only be one as this year sees the 30th Anniversary of another cinematic legend - Russell Mulcahy's immortal - Connor MacLeod the Highlander. And StudioCanal are intending to give the captivating tale of immortal Connor MacLeod tragically set on the path for the prize, played out by an engaging cast, fuelled by mesmeric visuals and a hypnotic soundtrack - the grand celebration Highlander deserves with a restored 4K home release and a re-release world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival. 

Highlander 30th Anniversary 4k Restoration Release Poster
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Shane Black's The Nice Guys reviewed – FILM REVIEW

Shane Black's The Nice Guys Review A couple of weeks back I was fortunate to go along to an early screening of Shane Black's The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. By now you probably know it is a “buddy movie”.  A sub genre that cumulatively led to, and, peaked with brilliance in the late 80s with some genuinely engaging films either benefiting or hinging on an odd couple pairing - tinged with drama and humour like; Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor continuing their hilarious partnership with Sidney Poitier's brilliant Stir Crazy (1980), Nick Nolte & Eddie Murphy in Walter Hill's 48 Hrs. (1982), arguably, as it was heavy on the humour and less focussed on the danger - Chevy Chase & Dan Aykroyd in John LandisSpies Like Us (1985), Billy Crystal & Gregory Hines in Peter HyamsRunning Scared (1986), Danny Glover & Mel Gibson in Richard Donner's Lethal Weapon (1987), Arnold Schwarzenegger & James Belushi in Walter Hill's Red Heat (1988), Robert De Niro & Charles Grodin in Martin Brest's Midnight Run (1988) and Bruce Willis & Damon Wayans in Tony Scott's The Last Boy Scout (1991) since then there have been flashes every now and then of the old buddy magic like Robert Downey Jnr. & Val Kilmer in Shane Black's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Sean Pegg & Nick Frost in their and Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy and Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig's The Heat (2013), there are probably many more but I can't think of them off the top of my head right now.

The Nice Guys Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe
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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition Home Release with 31 mins of extra footage & characters confirmed for release on 1 August

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition Home ReleaseI loved Batman V Superman and have been hanging for the home release with hopefully a ton of extras. Today it was confirmed that the home release will have 31 minutes of extra footage and will be available for download on 18 July with the Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD version available to buy from 1 August. Watch the trailer below for glimpses at extra characters and scenes to be featured.

Batman V Superman Home Release Pack Shot
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Joel Silver, Shane Black, Matt Bomer, Angourie Rice & Russell Crowe surprise us at a screening of The Nice Guys - EVENT REPORT

Ant-Man's Peyton Reed and Paul Rudd surprise us at a London screening of Marvel's Ant-ManA couple of weeks back I was fortunate to go along to an early screening of Shane Black's new action comedy film The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling (as The Nice Guys). I settled into my seat and got comfy for what, was sure to be two hours of fun. The lights dim slightly, but before the film starts - a man strolls out of the shadows to make a couple of pre film announcements. 

     My jaw drops in jubilant surprise as the guy says something like:

Hi, I'm Joel Silver. 

     I tried to maintain my equanimity but Holy Cow! That's Joel Silver. The-e Joel Silver. Hollywood Legend and film Producer behind some of my favourite films. Joel Silver who has been involved in nearly every great action film in the last 30 years, including the likes of: The Warriors, Streets of Fire, Commando, Lethal Weapon, Predator, Die Hard, RoadhouseThe Last Boy Scout, The Matrix, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Sherlock Holmes, etc., etc.


As flamboyant as any character in his movies, Joel Silver can be credited along with Jerry Bruckheimer as practically reinventing the action film genre in the 1980s. - IMDB

     Admittedly there have been some misses in his portfolio but, to be able to consistently make hits that nearly always supersedes the previous film, over a near 4 decade career in a business that is notoriously fickle, is truly something and the calling card of a great producer.

     He went on to say something to the effect of he's the Producer of Nice Guys, thank you for coming ... but I couldn't be sure because all the time I'm thinking Holy cow! That's Joel Silver.

     Then he invites Director Shane Black onto the stage to say some words and introduce The Nice Guys.

Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger star in new short film HOME to be released nationwide on World Refugee Day. - SHORT FILM NEWS

Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger star in new short film HOMEWe are huge fans of Jack O’Connell over here at The Establishing Shot, as well as Bafta award-winning film director Daniel Mulloy who you may remember from his work on the The VAIO Nation project (as well as his award winning film work), and fast becoming fans of Holliday Grainger after seeing her in The Finest Hours.

Immigration has become a burning and divisive subject, more so when politics and voting are on everyone's minds. And it's easy to lose sight of the humanity in the issues. Full kudos to the team behind Home for trying to put an emotive face to the subject. It would be great to see the same homegrown talent and their backers putting their efforts behind issues that affect the many people on the streets of the UK.

   Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger star in new short film 'HOME' to be released nationwide on World Refugee Day.

Jack O'Connell and Holliday Grainger create a powerful twenty minute short film shot in three countries. The film supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency will screen in selected cinemas nationwide from Monday 20th June 2016.

Jack O’Connell in HOME
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10 Criminally underrated British Crime Films you probably haven't seen yet - Guest Contributor Feature

10 Underrated British Crime Thrillers It is no secret that there are two sub-genres of film I am particularly not fond of: football hooligan films and nasty gangster films that glamorises meaningless violence. I haven't seen the soon to be released Hooligan Legacy but I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt as it's recommended by the guys who curated this rather good list of, less well known British Crime Thrillers.

     Although it, as well as all others lists of a similar nature, it could benefit from the inclusion of Nicolas Roeg's brilliant Performance starring James Fox, Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg, Michael Tuchner's Battersea set Villain starring Richard Burton and Ian McShane well as Stephen Frears' The Hit starring Terence Stamp, Tim Roth and John Hurt. and a theme song from Roger Waters and Eric Clapton.

     Amongst the ten highlighted films there are a number that resonate with me including: a film I just recently re-watched - the Oliver Reed, Jill St. John, Ian McShane, Edward Woodward starrer - Sitting Target. Set in part around Clapham Junction and directed by Douglas Hickox, the man behind Zulu Dawn, Brannigan, Sky Riders and Theatre of Bloodit's interesting to watch Oliver Reed's Harry Lomat a man split between a brash and violent revenge driven convict and a man with a cracked softer side playing off Ian McShane's devilish Birdy.

     The always good Mike Hodges' Croupier, set in the glitzy world of casinos but is more about the world under it. The intense Gangster No. 1 from Paul McGuigan who amongst his films will be directing a couple of episodes of Marvel and Netflix's eagerly anticipated Luke Cage series.

     Paul Andrew Williams' outstanding London to Brighton, easily transcends its station and is possibly the most meaningful and engaging low budget crime film to come out of Britain in a good while. I also recommend his surreal horror comedy The Cottage starring Andy Serkis, Reece Shearsmith and Jennifer Ellison it's American Werewolf in London good. And of course it's brilliant to see Ben Wheatley's darkly humorous and low key crime family tale - Down Terrace with Robert Hill, Robin Hill, Michael Smiley and Tony Way on the list.

Also good to be introduced to both Hell is a City and He Who Rides a Tiger which have been added to my watchlist.

We all know about Get Carter, Snatch and Kidulthood as classic commonwealth crime capers, but what if you’ve seen all the popular titles and have an appetite for more?

To celebrate the release of violent new thriller Hooligan Legacy, here are some forgotten gangster gems for fans of ‘geezers and guns’ that fell under the radar or got lost in time …

Hell is a City (1960)
Kicking off the list we follow committed police inspector, Harry Martineau. He rightly guesses a recently escaped local criminal will head home to Manchester to pick up the spoils from his last job. Martineau soon after investigates a murder during a street robbery which seems to lead back to the same villain. Martineau discovers the criminal wasn’t working alone and becomes obsessed with tracking down the escaped killer and his gang.

The Establishing Shot News April 16 - 2 Fun Edition - Fear The Walking Dead, The Nomad Cinema Film Festival 2016, James Bond: The Secret History, Sci-Fi News, Super Hero News, Upcoming Films, In Production News, Film Festival News, Film Awards News, Book News, Music News

The Establishing Shot News April 16 In this second part of The Establishing Shot News April 16 - 2 Fun Edition we highlight some of the lighter, fun stuff that we are looking forward to as well as many upcoming films that look awesome.

     I have tried to be brief but cover some really interesting news across two updates this one focussing on the more fun and crowd pleasing side of things and the other post more focussed on the Aert & Cult. So without out further ado here is a quick look at:

     7 Things we are currently obsessed with including; Fear the Walking Dead, The Nomad Cinema Film Festival 2016, John Blake Publishing Release Sean Egan's James Bond: The Secret Files - The Stories Behind Britain's Most Recognised Icon, The John Carpenter Is Playing A Halloween Gig In London, ITV's The Durrells, R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson and Game Of Thrones Is Back.

     In Sci-fi News: We Get A First Look At Scarlett Johansson In Ghost In The Shell, The Call Up To Close Scifi London Film Festival 2016, Wolfgang Petersen's Enemy Mine Gets A Blu-ray Release This June and Alien Day 2016 At Hackney Picturehouse

     Super Hero News: David Ayer's Suicide Squad Gets A Blitz Trailer, X-men: Apocalypse Gets A New Trailer, Marvel's Doctor Strange Gets A Trailer, Powers: Eddie Izzard Stars In Edgy New Crime Drama, Coming To Spike In May, Netflix & Insa: Daredevil Global Gif. Watch Gif-iti Artist Insa Create The First Ever Global GIF, Finland's First Super Hero Film Rendel Gets An English Teaser Trailer, Netflix Original Series Marvel's The Defenders Assembles Its Creative Team and The Team For The Netflix Original Series Of Marvel's Iron Fist Is Coming Together!

     In Looks Awesome News: First Look At The Jason Bourne Trailer, Shane Black's The Nice Guys Gets Brand New Character Posters, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Uk Release Date Change To 13th May 2016, John Le Carré's Our Kind Of Traitor Gets An Intense New Interrogation Clip, Jodie Foster's Money Monster Starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts & Jack O’connell Gets A Trailer, The Legend of Tarzan, First Trailer For Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven, First Look At The Adaptation Of Paula Hawkins' The Girl On The Train Starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney & Édgar Ramírez Trailer, Warcraft: The Beginning Trailer, Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Who You Gonna Call? The Ghostbusters Remake Trailer and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

     Mad, Bad, Totally Rad Mel Gibson News: New Action Packed Mel Gibson Film Blood Father Gets It's First Trailer

     In Talking Film With Edith Bowman News: Nick Frost Updates On The Paul Sequel
Dawn O'porter Admits Possibility Of A Future Collaboration With Her Husband, Actor Chris O'dowd

     In Production News: Toby Jones, Anne Reid And Sinéad Matthews Lead Impressive Line-up In British Psychological Thriller, “kaleidoscope”, Greg Wise, Alice Sykes Sign Up For “after Louise”greg Wise, Alice Sykes Sign Up For “after Louise”, Hot Property Films Announces Two New Sci-fi Productions – Dogfight And Piper Following The Us Release Of Their Sci-fi Identicals Through Samuel Goldwyn Films And New Uk Distribution Deal With Arrow Films

     Film Festival News: Edinburgh International Film Festival Announces The World Premiere Of Whisky Galore! As The 2016 Closing Night Gala, Derby Film Festival 2016 Runs From 29th April To May 8th, Unrestricted View Film Festival 2016 Tickets Now On Sale, The Bechdel Test Fest: Nora Ephron’s Last Supper, Cult Screens Launches Its Best Summer Season Yet and Mods 'n' Robbers - 2016 Southend Film Festival Launches With Two World Premieres

     Film Awards News: 2016 Into Film Awards Winners Announced, Chasing Ice, Citizenfour, Food Chains, Miners Shot Down, And Virunga Win The 2016 Doc Impact Award and Whicker’s World Foundation Awards Finalists Announced

     Book News: Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion Limited Edition Hardback Book

     Music News: Rock In Rio Is Back To Lisbon This May

     Musical Interlude: John Carpenter - Night                
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Fear The Waking Dead
     I must confess I came to Fear The Walking Dead a little late. I was unsure if there was room in my life for another zombie related show as I am so heavily invested in the original Walking Dead and with its many tempestuous turns.

     We binged watched the first season of Fear The Walking Dead before attending the second season premiere and we are smitten - of course these shows are less about zombies and more about the emotional roller coaster you are set on as you begin to become involved with the personalities featured in the show. Hopefully FTWD will fill the gap between Walking Dead seasons. A full write up of the Season 2 Premiere (what a night!) will be up soon including a brief chat with legendary producer Gale Anne Hurd.

     What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in The Walking Dead? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.

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