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Archive for September, 2010

Top 8: Movie Walks

Posted by Jonathan On September - 28 - 2010

1. Hadrian’s Wall National Trail

WHERE: Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyneside

AS SEEN IN: The tree at Sycamore Gap in Hadrian’s Wall is the one that Kevin Costner walloped Norman soldiers under in the film Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.

BEST FOOTAGE: Costner was supposed to be rambling from Dover to Nottingham, so quite how he ended up at Hadrian’s Wall is anyone’s guess. Read the rest of this entry »

Film review: Eat Pray Love

Posted by Jonathan On September - 24 - 2010

If you watch Eat Pray Love with your brain switched on and two eyes open, there’s plenty to turn your stomach. Bon appetite: wealthy, beautiful, successful woman (Julia Roberts) with handsome, loving husband (poor Billy Crudup) decides it’s just not good enough and chucks it all away. She instantly and inexplicably pulls hottie toy-boy James Franco. Then chucks him. Then flounces round the world, doing nothing except eating delicious food in gorgeous countries. Feel sick yet? We’re not done. Read the rest of this entry »

Blu-ray review: The Magnificent Seven

Posted by Jonathan On September - 23 - 2010

And then there was one… Fifty years later, Robert Vaughn is the only member of The Magnificent Seven left alive. But as icons on the Western landscape, they’re as immortal as Monument Valley.

Well, apart from Brad Dexter, who lives on as a pub-quiz answer. And Horst Buchholz. Who? Exactly. Amazingly, the film’s best role – made famous by Toshiro Mifune’s feral, ferocious performance in Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai – went to a German actor making his American debut as a Mexican gunfighter called Chico. Go figure. Read the rest of this entry »

DVD review: Jennifer’s Body

Posted by Jonathan On September - 22 - 2010

It sounded like one salty morsel: hottest girl on the planet stars as flesh-eating cheerleader in hipster horror-comedy written by Oscar-winning tattooed ex-stripper who can turn an indie comedy into a blockbuster. It sounded satirical, sexy, scary. So why did Jennifer’s Body end being none of those things? Why did audiences end up seeing 2012 and New Moon instead? Read the rest of this entry »

Adam Sandler: Funny How?

Posted by Jonathan On September - 13 - 2010

When asked to speak at a convention of cinema-owners in Las Vegas, the star of Big Daddy and Little Nicky addressed the crowd with the following words: “My name is Adam Sandler. I’m not particularly talented. I’m not particularly good-looking. And yet I’m a multi-millionaire.” Everyone laughed. Read the rest of this entry »

Gemma Arterton: Prince Of Persia

Posted by Jonathan On September - 10 - 2010

Reviews for Prince Of Persia and Clash Of The Titans weren’t great. How do you feel when that happens?

The worst thing is when you’re in stonkingly bad flops and they’re all in the same year and you think, ‘Oh well, that’s my career over.’ You never know.

How come you’re in so many movies this year?

It’s just sort of worked out that way, even though we finished Prince Of Persia in 2008. Someone said to me the other day, ‘Oh my God, you’re everywhere!’ And I just thought, ‘I don’t want this!’ Read the rest of this entry »

DVD review: Psycho

Posted by Jonathan On September - 2 - 2010

Mummy! Masterful screen terror as bad-girl-on-the-lam Janet Leigh picks the wrong place to spend the night. Scalpel-sharp edits, leering camerawork and Bernard Herrmann’s killer score max out the fear-factor in Hitchcock’s seminal black-and-white shocker. Three-mile queues were reported at some drive-in theatres when it debuted in 1960. It’s still not safe to go back in the water.

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Jonathan is a London-based journalist, critic and editor. He currently works for data visualisation agency Beyond Words.



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