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Archive for November, 2006

Pan’s Labyrinth: Womb With A View

Posted by Jonathan On November - 29 - 2006

deltoroOnce upon a time… Guillermo del Toro’s WWII fairytale journeys into his heart of darkness.

Guillermo del Toro is crying. Crying his eyes out. He’s given up his salary, re-mortgaged his house and sold everything he owns. It’s 1993 and the young filmmaker has flat run out of ideas to escape from the gigantic bank loans used to fund his debut feature Cronos. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Pan’s Labyrinth

Posted by Jonathan On November - 17 - 2006

panslabyrinthDown, down, down… Through the war-wounds of Fascist Spain, through ovarian entrances, through womb corridors, through Freudian angst, Gothic art, insect-fear, body horror, religious iconography, wicked slashes of Bunuelian humour… through the looking glass into Guillermo del Toro‘s psyche itself. His most personal film, the one he’s wanted to make from the beginning, Pan’s Labyrinth brings the inside out with unforgettable force. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Bond Too Blond?

Posted by Jonathan On November - 1 - 2006

blondebondDaniel Craig

Favourite Bond: “Well, I can’t be led on that. I can say… Robert Shaw. [laughs] Another blond! Yes, I can say that. Because I’m Bond, so fuck off!”

Favourite Bond film: “From Russia With Love, with Robert Shaw.”

I’d never gamble… “No family members. You don’t sell your family off” But I fucking adore gambling…”

Is Bond too blond? “Oh, fuck off! I dunno!” Read the rest of this entry »

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Casino Royale: All Bets Are Off

Posted by Jonathan On November - 1 - 2006

casinoroyaleA new Bond. A new Bond film. A new beginning. Daniel Craig raises the stakes with Casino Royale. Now do pay attention…

The studio didn’t want him. Too rough, they said. Too cocky. Too old to be Bond. Even the writer wanted someone smoother. Started openly referring to him as “that labourer”. But the Broccoli family, Bond’s all-powerful producers, were certain that this was the actor, this was Fleming’s Bond, “instead of all the mincing poofs we’ve had apply for the job.” Of course, it didn’t help that this guy didn’t seem to give a damn about the role. Hell, he even refused a screentest. Read the rest of this entry »

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