See the absolutely gorgeous new UK Trailer & Poster for Kar Wai Wong's double Oscar nominated The Grandmaster In cinemas 5 Dec - WATCH THIS!
6 years to plan, 3 years to make, including a year in editing, backed by The Weinstein Brothers, championed by Martin Scorsese and finally the UK gets to see Kar Wai Wong's double Oscar nominated Kung Fu epic The Grandmaster In cinemas from 5 December.
Focussing on the legendary Yip or Ip Man, a real person who lived a life that could quite easily be compared to that of Batman's Bruce Wayne. Born into wealth Ip Man dedicated his life to mastering Kung Fu and in real life became a Policeman to protect and serve.
A legend was created from his skill. An inspirational legend so ingrained in Chinese culture that he is as beloved a century on as David Beckham is today. Along the way he becomes The Grandmaster of Kung Fu as we know it today and included the magnificent Bruce Lee amongst his students. Ip Man is so beloved that in the last 10 years there have been two other Ip Man films and a TV series.
To lump The Grandmaster in with other tales of martial Arts would be mistake as Kar Wai Wong set out to create a masterpiece of the genre and brought in the talents of a team at the top of their game to make sure his vision is brought to life on screen.
|The Grandmaster Poster (ZOOM)|
The blurb for Hello Carter landed in my email box after seeing Jodie Whittaker and Charlie Cox's names I was interested but after watching the trailer it has my attention.
Sadly not an in depth behind the scenes documentary focussed on Mike Hodges's brilliant Get Carter but rather looks to be a very charming light hearted twilight romp through the capital - London.
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The trailer certainly looks engaging enough as we follow the downtrodden everyman Carter (Charlie Cox) as he goes on a night of misadventure in an effort to try get back together with his girlfriend - who hasn't been there before?
|Hello Carter Poster (ZOOM)|
I am blown away by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES FILM REVIEW PART 1
Acouple of weeks ago I was extremely privileged to go along to a BAFTA screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes AND chat with Mr. Andy Serkis conducted by Empire's Dan Jolin.
I say extremely privileged as the evening turned out to be one of my most memorable in a
|Dawn of the Planet of the Apes |
Ten years after a pandemic disease, apes who have survived it are drawn into battle with a group of human survivors.
Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Pierre Boulle
Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis
On Blu-ray, DVD on 24th November 2014
This was my first viewing of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and I had been careful to stay away from anything that might be considered a spoiler as it was I had been looking forward to seeing it for ages, since Rupert Wyatt's absolutely marvellous Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes it hit me right where it should and thankfully many others felt the same way as it won over the masses looking for blockbuster style fare, those looking for a film with substance and even the doubters wary of a another remake of Pierre Boulle's cautionary tale of a future society gone wrong.
|Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Poster (ZOOM)|
Taschen announce The MARVEL MAGNUM OPUS - 75 Years of Marvel Comics. From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen Book - BOOK RELEASE
If Taschen are not already your favourite publishing house they should be after this. Somewhere between form and substance lies perfection - and that must be what Taschen aim for when it comes to creating their tomes. Full of glossy high resolution pictures to keep your left side of your brain occupied whilst the right side absorbs the meaningful insight and passion they impart for their subject.
I am lucky enough to posses a couple of these Objet d'art (as they are) which are indispensable reference books particular their recent Film Noir. 100 All-Time Favorites which goes beyond the image on screen to enhance and inform your viewing experience. I dare not open my gorgeous edition of The Stanley Kubrick Archives as I get as much joy knowing that it sits on my bookshelf holding onto its secrets as I would pouring over it and sating my curiosity
|The Establishing Shot: TASCHEN VIEWING GALLERY - PAUL NEWMAN FROM DENNIS HOPPER. PHOTOGRAPHS 1961–1967 - DUKE OF YORK SQUARE, CHELSEA, LONDON|
The Establishing Shot: TASCHEN VIEWING GALLERY - ANNIE LEIBOVITZ THE SOPRANOS: FAMILY PORTRAIT FROM SUMO COLLECTOR'S EDITION - DUKE OF YORK SQUARE, CHELSEA, LONDON
Unsurprising as Taschen's books are highly sought after collectors pieces beyond their academic value. To get a sense of books as art, pop in to Taschen's Philippe Starck designed Duke of York Square store, just off the Kings Road (right next to the new Saatchi Gallery) and head downstairs to their gallery space - it's like a museum of awesomeness and you can browse their oversize SUMO editions as well as view some of their hard to find prints.
The Establishing Shot: TASCHEN VIEWING GALLERY - ANNIE LEIBOVITZ R2-D2 FROM SUMO COLLECTOR'S EDITION - DUKE OF YORK SQUARE, CHELSEA, LONDON
So this morning when I noticed Taschen had announced the release of an XXL format 75 Years of Marvel Comics book with Stan Lee's endorsement in an uncharacteristic flurry I thought I would get a post up about it asap.
|Taschen 75 Years of Marvel Comics. Stan Lee|
75 Years of Marvel is a volume for and by the truest of ‘True Believers!’ ’Nuff Said.” —Stan Lee
The Drop a Michaël R. Roskam Film – or welcome to Cousin Marv’s Bar where the fine tradition of watching the American dream die has been keeping a stool warm since the 50s – THE DROP FILM REVIEW
Michaël R. Roskam's The Drop is an excellent film but I can’t help but think it could have been a great film.
In the opening shots of The Drop we see shadowy figures walking in a night lit Brooklyn street, we pan down to a puddle of darkened water to watch their reflections head towards Marv’s Bar.
This Establishing Shot warns us of the dark underworld, where like a mirror reflection the things we see are reversed, this is the world we have just crossed over to along with with The Drop's Cousin Marv played by James Gandolfini and Bob Saginowski, played by Tom Hardy.
At a high level the eternal struggle between good and bad, light and dark has always made good viewing and is the raison d'être of Film Noir, and Neo Noir as it is now known but all too often we do we get to delve into the grey psyche of what drives the characters beyond greed or the environmental factors that make them who they are and whilst The Drop doesn’t try give us all the answers it certainly paints a compelling and still surprising picture of this ambiguous dysfunctional world.
|The Drop Tom Hardy as Bob Saginowski (ZOOM)|
|The Drop Film Poster (ZOOM)|
First Look: Paddington - Hugh Bonneville gives us a sneak peek at Paddington or you won't believe how this lost bear from Peru reacts when he meets this family with 8 year old kids. You can bearly imagine what happens next - Event Report
How do I frame Paddington? Do I talk anecdotally about my history with Michael Bond's much loved bear? Or do I jump in with the James Bond like reboot (also starring Ben Whishaw) of the Peruvian Ursidae? Well bear with me here.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of going along to a sneak peek of Director Paul King's Paddington. That is Paul King - the same man who directed the incredibly imaginative Mighty Boosh TV series (& live tour) and 2009's Bunny and the Bull. I don't want to labour it - but The Mighty Boosh is one of the most ingenious shows we have had on TV in a good long time and some of the credit must go to Paul King's dynamic and clever direction making budget obstacles springboards for creativity.
|Visit the London Paddington Bear Trail|
|Bunny And The Bull & Paul King at MOVIE-CON 2|
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|An Evening with Noel Fielding Live Tour|
Not only that, but Paddington's dress sense has always personified the travellers maxim for me - Be prepared. Besides which for a long time I commuted from Reading into London, Paddington Station to be exact and many a late night was spent waiting for the express train homewards with Paddington keeping me company
|Paddington Bear outfit for The Paddington Bear Trail|
|The Establishing Shot: PADDINGTON STATUE - PADDINGTON STATION LONDON|
So I was understandably very keen to see what Paul King had done with Michael Bond's much loved Paddington and I eagerly made my way into Central London for a taste of Paddington hosted by Hugh Bonneville who took some time out of his schedule to introduce four clips from Paddington to us.
|Paddington Film Poster|
See London through fresh eyes and track Paddington Bear on the London #PaddingtonTrail till the end of December - UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
To celebrate the release of the new Paddington film on November 28 and London's cultural, historical and entertainment diversity as seen through the eyes of the world's most famous Peruvian explorer, Paddington Bear the makers of the film, Studiocanal have teamed up with the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) and visitlondon.com to create a "Paddington Trail" across London dotted with 50 hidden Paddington statues near iconic must visit landmarks as well as less well known points of intrest.
|First Look: Hugh Bonneville introduces Paddington|
|Top 12 Things to do at The Making of Harry Potter Tour|
|Visit the entrance of The Ministry of Magic|
|An Evening with Noel Fielding Live Tour|
To find out where the 50 unique Paddington statues are, a variety of maps and custom trails to suit you and more information about the Paddington Bear Trail head over to: http://www.visitlondon.com/paddington/the-bears and don't forget to tag your pics #PaddingtonTrail to win some Paddington treats.
The Paddington Trail is coming to London to celebrate the city's cultural, historical and entertainment diversity through the eyes of the world's most famous Peruvian explorer, Paddington Bear. From 4 November to 30 December 2014 you will have the chance to explore London like a bear, uncovering 50 hidden Paddington statues along the way.
|Meet the bears of the paddington Trail Michael Sheen's Shakesbear, Michael Bond's Paddington, Frankie Bridge's Sparkles & Hannah Warren's Paddingtonscape|
Day for Night presents Nordic Film Festival 2014 Full programme announced! - London: 26 Nov – 7 Dec, Touring: Dec 2014 - FILM FESTIVAL #nordicfilm14
Now in its third year the Nordic Film Festival - 2014 will also include a tour of cinemas outside the capital so new and existing fans of Nordic film can get to see some gems before they go on general UK release.
I can highly recommend Joachim Rønning's Kon-Tiki which I got to see a while and I can't wait to see Iram Haq's I am yours and the always tremendous Alicia Vikander in Hotel another collaboration with Lisa Langseth.
Day for Night presents Nordic Film Festival 2014
Nordic Film Festival returns to the UK for its 3rd edition showcasing a diverse mix of new and classic features, docs & shorts from the Nordic region including 3 UK premieres and 2 London premieres
Building on the overwhelming success of the first and second editions of Nordic Film Festival which launched in London in 2012, NFF returns to the capital this 26 November to 7 December before going on tour to venues across the UK in December 2014. NFF 2014 brings together a refreshing programme of features, docs & shorts from some of the most celebrated established and emerging filmmaking talent of the Nordic region.
The 3rd Nordic Film Festival will take place across four principle London venues before going on tour to Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre and Broadway, Nottingham. NFF is thrilled to announce it will be continuing partnership with central London venue the ICA, and excited to welcome on board three new venues: Hackney Picturehouse, Arthouse Crouch End and canal-side events space The Proud Archivist in Haggerston.
An Evening With Noel Fielding Live Tour adds another London night and extends into 2015 all his tour dates - UPCOMING EVENTS
I am a huge fan of The Mighty Boosh (“the funniest comedy double-act in Britain” - NME) and have been known to say quite loudly on occasion that it is the most creative and imaginative show that we have had on British TV for a long time. The talent behind it magicking a surreal and mind bending fantasy world akin to a holiday in Wonderland with the viewer in Alice's seat this time. It would seem that much surreality seen over the last couple of years has had a shot of Noel Fielding madcapness poured into it.
Whom can have watched the more recent series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and not marvelled at Noel Fielding's presence of mind and cool delivery of hilarious observations? With that in mind Noel Fielding has taken his act on the road with his An Evening With Noel Fielding Tour and it was recently announced that Fielding's Autumn tour has been extended into Jan/Feb 2015 with an additional show at the O2 Academy Brixton this December 9.
Further below is a rather
long winded slightly detailed but much deserved Noel Fielding resume (that I presume only the most ardent fans will take the time to read) if so - rather just take note of the line below that I lifted from the text and book a ticket(s) for what is sure to be an evening of hilarious lunacy near you and watch the clips below to remind yourself of the genius of Noel Fielding.
You'd be a fool to miss out, come along, bring your Nan, fancy dress optional." - as said by the person who wrote this.
London's pioneering festival for emerging film talent, Greenhorn Short Film Festival, returns in just 9 Days, taking place between 16th - 18th November to showcase and celebrate the creme-de-la-creme of newcomers to the world of film.
Returning for its fourth year Greenhorn Short Film Festival is bigger and better than ever before. Now being held over three days from 16-18 November Greenhorn has moved to the newly opened Arthouse Crouch End, a dynamic cross arts cinema venue. This year’s Festival sees a host of screenings, panel discussions, special live events, workshops and chances for filmmakers and audiences to mingle and meet.
Greenhorn is stimulating, original, healthily anarchic and sharp as a row of needles. In short, a breath of fresh air’ - Greenhorn’s Patron, writer and director Mike Leigh.
|Greenhorn Short Film Festival|
After a sell-out event at the Hackney Attic last month, Short Sighted Cinema are returning to their home at Upstairs at the Ritzy for an end-of-year showdown. On the 18th of November Short Sighted Cinema will present DYSTOPIAN DISTURBIA, a night of short film from the very vest emerging British filmmakers, mixed with beautifully dark animation, majestic music videos and spine-tingling drama. The evenings proceedings will include a screening of Gergely Wootsch's phenomenal music video for the SAVAGES - Marshal Dear.
|SAVAGES - MARSHALL DEAR - Gergly Wootch|
I have been keeping an eye out for Narcopolis, the film formerly known as Dreck, and my anticipation for it has been steadily growing since I heard the premise of this plucky low key production - seemingly drawing inspiration from Blade Runner. My interest was piqued by the talent involved that includes Jonathan Pryce and James Callis. Subsequently the lead of Narcopolis, Elliot Cowan has blown me away in his powerful and engaging performance as the head of the Medici family in David S. Goyer's Da Vinci's Demons.
So I'm chuffed to see that Narcopolis has just cracked a distribution deal and one step closer to been seen on screen.
|Narcopolis Teaser Poster|
See - the Director's cut of Chan-wook Park's thought provoking short film A Rose Reborn for Ermenegildo Zegna starring Jack Huston & sound by Clint Mansell - SHORT FILM
I am a huge fan of Korean cinema and Chan-wook Park is a leading light - his films are beautifully shot (as is A Rose Reborn by Natasha Braier) and his sensibilities are always cinematic and surprising so when I received a heads up about his collaboration with menswear fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna I fired up the big screen, grabbed some popcorn and settled in to watch his A Rose Reborn. As a side note if you notice the different formats of his name later - Chan-wook Park vs Park Chan-wook - that is because in Korea the custom is to have family name first, followed by given name.
The just shy of 20 minutes short film follows the journey of Stephen (Jack Huston) "A brilliant young CEO from London [as he] contemplates the possibility of selling his invention to a mysterious Chinese billionaire. Before actually meeting his potential investor however our protagonist must face a number of challenges in the form of journeys, riddles and the exchange of clothes."
Told over 4 films, each taking place in a different location that are combined into Chan-wook Park's Director's cut further below.
Ep. 1 London - You're not wearing that
Ep. 2 Wyoming - I speak with the voice of Mr.Lu
Ep. 3 Shanghai - Unless I’m dead
Ep. 4 Milan - A Rose
As with many films in this genre, identity, tradition and brand are drawn together but Chan-wook Park brings some insightful and thought provoking philosophy and symbolism to the party as well.
A Rose Reborn is especially refreshing in a world where it seems to be increasingly more difficult to avoid being dragged down to the same level as little minds in their little worlds more concerned about the differences between us - rather than what brings us together as a species - With A Rose Reborn is "A master of contemporary cinema directs two of today's most exciting actors in a story of growth, multiculturalism and style, exclusively for Ermenegildo Zegna."
|Chan-wook Park's A Rose Reborn for Ermenegildo Zegna Poster|
Stella Artois have just announced that Jon Favreau has joined the Stella Artois Connoisseurs Series. You may remember that earlier this year Stella Artois collaborated with Favreau to host the UK premiere of his latest film Chef (as well as an evening of absolutely superb fun and delicious food) to UK audiences.
To celebrate the launch of Chef for home release on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download from the 3rd November Stella Artois and Jon Favreau have created a short film exploring Jon’s passion for his craft and inspiration behind his work, from his rituals to the techniques applied to each project which contribute towards his success.
This short film with the Hollywood director and actor is the latest instalment of The Stella Artois Connoisseurs Series – a collection of video portraits looking into the world of quality craftsmanship. Jon Favreau joins other talented Connoisseurs in this exclusive club like; Ben Wheatley, Wim Wenders (who recently directed the Simple Life Stella Artois Cidre advert), Shane Meadows, Allen Leech as well as renowned sports personalities Jamie Morrison and Henri Leconte.
Acouple of weeks ago I was fortunate to pop along to the FDA UK Cinema Showcase day where I got to watch a number of excellent films including; Yann Demange's outstanding '71 a gripping journey into the madness of war ,with its young lead Jack Jack O'Connell delivering on the promise of being one of Britain's most watchable performers.
Whilst not as immediately satisfying as say The Social Network I also enjoyed David Fincher's pitch black Hitchkokian satire Gone Girl and have been mulling it over since seeing it. But the highlight of the day for me was seeing Mike Leigh's absolutely astonishing and sublime Mr. Turner followed by an intimate QA session with the star of the film the treasure that is Mr Timothy Spall.
Susanne Bier & Christopher Kyle talk the noir darkness of Serena, Shakespeare, Madea, Strong women, love, obsession, human nature and clear up the rumours of Serena's production history - In Conversation
Last week Director Susanne Bier and Screenwriter Christopher Kyle were in London to preview their latest film Serena (as well as Bier's A Second Chance) to London Film Festival audiences and I was fortunate enough to be invited along to a roundtable chat with them - an opportunity I quickly snapped up and happily so, as it was a privilege to be in the company of such talented creators and as Serena has had as almost as much written about it as speculation on its history this only added to my eagerness to hear directly from the film-makers about the making of Serena.
I'm not going to sweeten it - I struggled a bit with Serena. There is no denying that it is very much its own film a throwback to dark noir and doesn't pander to any expectations that may arise from the casting of a Hollywood golden couple as its leads. But wait! Maybe I should rewind a bit - let me start earlier - possibly my feeling towards Serena has more to do with my only frame of reference for the works of Susanne Bier her 2006 Mads Mikkelsen starrer - After the Wedding (Efter brylluppet).
It is a remarkable and subtle piece of filmmaking wherein Bauer eschews technique to rely on her casts performances to tell an utterly compelling and original tale of; well optimism and hope - but even more surprising it that it is told in an unsentimental and realistic way. Something sadly lacking in modern film rosters. Even my wife who bears the brunt of my experimental cultish tastes was pleasantly surprised at how human and wonderful After the Wedding is.
|Serena UK Quad Poster|
Arrow Video Club presents Night of the Comet & QA with Catherine Mary Stewart at The PCC London 16 Oct. - UPCOMING CULT SCREENING
To celebrate the recent home release of Night of the Comet on Blu-ray and DVD Arrow Video Club are holding a special screening of Night of the Comet at the Prince Charles Cinema this Thursday 16 October AND QA session with the star of the film (and many teenage's favourite crush) Catherine Mary Stewart !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Arrow Video is excited to announce the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of Night of the Comet, the 80s cult-classic which since its initial release in 1984, has gone on to amass a legion of loyal fans with its hugely entertaining riff on the apocalyptic sub-genre of movies, paying homage to such classics as The Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth. In fact this might be the most purely entertaining depiction of the aftermath of a catastrophic event, not just in movie history but possibly... well, ever."
|Arrow Video Club presents Night of the Comet & QA with Catherine Mary Stewart at the Prince Charles Cinema Thursday 16 Oct.|