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Patrick Swayze: Peaceful Warrior

Posted by Jonathan On December - 5 - 2009

patrick swayzeRemembering an actor with all the right moves…

They bullied Patrick Wayne Swayze at school. While other young Texas dudes were shotgunning beers and swapping punches, he was perfecting his brisé and chassé. “I had to fight my way up from the days I was little,” remembers Swayze, who was shoved face-first into ballet by his mother, a dance tutor who would choreograph Urban Cowboy. As soon as he could walk, Swayze could dance. And the bullies learnt fast – he could do beer and bruises too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sin Nombre: The Kids Are All Fight

Posted by Jonathan On August - 10 - 2009

SinnombreFirst you’re viciously beaten for 13 seconds. Then you’re given a hug by the same tattooed brutes who’ve been battering you. Then they give you a gun. “To complete your initiation, you have to kill a rival gang member,” says film-school grad and first-time director Cary Joji Fukunaga. “Children as young as 10 years old join the Mexican gangs in this way…” Read the rest of this entry »

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Things You Didn’t Know… Jason Statham

Posted by Jonathan On June - 25 - 2009

jason-statham1. Statham has action in his blood

His father was a boxer and a gymnast (and taught his son both). His brother loved martial arts (and used little Jason as his personal punch-bag). Growing up, Statham also learned the family business, working as a fast-talking London street trader.

2. Statham has a talent

When he was a kid, Statham’s parents took him on holiday to Miami. Wowed by a diver on the high board, he began diving aged 13. Inside a year, Statham was on the British team. He competed for 12 years, placed third in Olympic trials on three occasions and ranked 12th in the world on the springboard. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hacking The Matrix

Posted by Jonathan On June - 11 - 2009

matrixpill“I walked out of The Matrix and I was thinking, ‘What kind of science fiction movie can people make now?'” recalls Darren Aronofsky. “The Wachowskis took all the great sci-fi ideas of the 20th century and rolled them into a delicious pop culture sandwich that everyone on the planet devoured.” To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the most influential movie in modern sci-fi, we reveal the 12 movies and books that inspired it. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Sexiest Comic-Book Movie Scenes

Posted by Jonathan On June - 6 - 2009

spiderman-kiss1. Spider-ManKarma Sutra Kiss

Rush of blood to the head… Spidey (Tobey Maguire) drops in for a dangling, lingering upside-down kiss with a rain-soaked MJ (Kirsten Dunst). Call it breathlessly romantic. “I was hanging upside down, it was five in the morning, rain was going up my nose or down my nose,” remembers Maguire. “Then when she lifted the mask up, the mask was sitting on my nose so I couldn’t breathe through my nose. She was kissing my mouth, so I couldn’t breathe through my mouth. And there’s no other places to breathe from! Read the rest of this entry »

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Russ Meyer: Porny Or Arty?

Posted by Jonathan On May - 28 - 2009

kill-kill1Saluting the satirist/auteur/pervert who spliced soft porn with ripe art…

1. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1966)

Arty porn? Three catfighting go-go dancers murder a boy-racer then scheme to swindle a handicapped sugar-daddy. They have enormous breasts.

Or porny art? Meyer’s raging trash-fest predicted the kickass feminism of the ’70s and practically invented campy pop-trash. Meyer claims it was the first movie to show a woman killing a man with her bare hands. Read the rest of this entry »

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Things You Didn’t Know… George Lucas

Posted by Jonathan On May - 26 - 2009

lucas1. Lucas is a boy racer

Before young George fell in love with cameras, he fell in love with cars. Fast cars. Dangerously fast cars. A near-fatal accident in his souped-up motor put Lucas off becoming a race car driver. But it didn’t stop him enjoying the 1995 Monaco Grand Prix as a guest of Red Bull. Much safer, that. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cannes 2009: A Christmas Carol

Posted by Jonathan On May - 21 - 2009

carreyxmasBig, fat flakes of white snow suddenly began tumbling down in the roasting afternoon heat of the Cannes film festival. It’s wasn’t global warming. It was just Cannes. Because here, you can do that. The festival is its own Field Of Dreams: if you pay for it, it will come. You want Christmas in May? You got it. You want Jim Carrey throwing snowballs after being brought in on a horse-drawn carriage? You got that too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cannes 2009: Diary 5

Posted by Jonathan On May - 21 - 2009

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CANTONA AND SNOW IN CANNES…

Cannes is developing a weird and very excellent penchant for footy flicks, with cosmic documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Potrait tackling the mercurial nutter and Maradona By Kusturica playing in Argentina’s cheat-genius coke-fiend. But no one has ever sent Cannes wild like Eric Cantona did this week. Starring as himself (“lui-meme”) in Ken Loach’s enjoyable-but-slimline comedy Looking For Eric, Man Utd’s seagull-loving French talisman had the audience cheering, laughing and applauding all the way to full time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cannes 2009: Diary 4

Posted by Jonathan On May - 17 - 2009

motherANOTHER KILLER BONG HIT

Bong Joon-ho. Not excited by that? You should be. Because the Korean filmmaker’s 2003 serial-killer drama Memories Of Murder was one of the best and least-seen movies of the last 20 years. A better claim to fame than having a firstname that’s undeniably amusing to Westerners? Yeah. Having loosed monster-mash The Host on the Cannes crowd in 2005, Bong now bounces back into the killer-thriller genre. This year, we got to meet his Mother. Read the rest of this entry »

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