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Cannes 2009: Diary 3

Posted by Jonathan On May - 16 - 2009

preciousCANNES’ HARSHEST FILM YET…

Precious is about an obese, illiterate 18-year-old black girl (Gabby Sidibe) from Harlem who’s physically and physiologically abused by her mother, has been habitually raped by her father, has given birth to their first (mentally disabled) child and is pregnant with their second. Precious is not a comedy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cannes 2009: Diary 2

Posted by Jonathan On May - 15 - 2009

fishtankPALME D’OR WINNER ALREADY?

That didn’t take long. Just 24 hours after Pixar’s heartmelting 3D ‘toon Up threw back the curtain, the world’s biggest film festival has already revealed its second Very Special Film. She won an Oscar in 2003 for her short film Wasp. She won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2006 for Red Road. She’s just became front-runner for this year’s Palme d’Or. Best of all? She’s one of ours. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cannes 2009: Diary 1

Posted by Jonathan On May - 13 - 2009

pixarupPIXAR’S UP SOARS…

Michael Haneke and war-trauma. Lars von Trier and sex-horror. Gaspar Noe and Tokyo nightmares. Packing its most hardcore line-up in years, the 62nd Cannes film festival raises its curtain with… a Pixar ‘toon. Obviously.

Not only that, but Pixar’s (and Cannes’) first ever 3D ‘toon. Filing into the Debussy cinema, LWLies joined the rest of the world’s most battle-hardened film critics. We donned funky 3D goggles. Then we started crying. Read the rest of this entry »

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Avatar: Tomorrow’s World

Posted by Jonathan On May - 2 - 2009

avatarWhy James Cameron’s 3-D sci-fier is the most important movie of your lifetime…

James Cameron has not made a film since Titanic. That was 1997. That was 12 years. What has he been doing? Taking the movies to another dimension. Having pioneered visual effects in The Abyss (the first photorealistic CG character), Terminator 2 (CG plus human actors) and True Lies (composite technology), Cameron is convinced the future is 3-D. And when you’re the King Of The World, you don’t wait for the future. You invent it. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Making Of… Tron

Posted by Jonathan On April - 4 - 2009

tron1The full story behind the most influential CG movie ever made…

Wyatt Earp was puzzled. Sitting on a horse in the middle of the hot Arizona desert, he scratched his huge handlebar moustache. He looked again the script that had been handed to him. “I’m reading this thing called Tron,” remembers Bruce Boxleitner, shooting made-for-TV Western I Married Wyatt Earp at the time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Martyrs: Dying For Your Art

Posted by Jonathan On March - 19 - 2009

martyrs2Torture porn goes art house with French shocker Martyrs…

Everything is quiet. Everything is too quiet in the Odeon West End cinema at London’s Leicester Square. Suddenly, the screening-room doors fly open. Two ashen-faced women come tumbling out. They rush for the nearest toilet sign. A gentle-looking man watches bemused in the lobby. Read the rest of this entry »

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Things You Didn’t Know… Stanley Kubrick

Posted by Jonathan On March - 7 - 2009

kubrick2Proudly presenting some remarkable things you may not have heard about cinema’s most mysterious master. Including the fact you pronounce his name “Cue-brick” not “Koo-brick”. Let’s face it: there’s never been another like him.

1. Kubrick wanted to be a drummer

As a youngster, Stanley Kubrick loved jazz. Loved it so much, he wanted nothing more than to be a jazz drummer – until little Stanley’s dad bought him a Graflex camera for his 13th birthday. Kubrick threw himself into a lifelong passion for images. Instead of spending the next five decades banging drums in smoky clubs. Phew. Read the rest of this entry »

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Watchmen: Hero Complex

Posted by Jonathan On February - 1 - 2009

watchmenExploring Watchmen’s 20-year journey to the big screen…

Forget what you know about the world. It’s 1986. America has won the Vietnam war. Nixon has been elected for a third time as US president. The world has a superhero with limitless power over space and time. Costumed vigilantes have been part of society for the last 50 years.

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Tom Cruise: Valkyrie

Posted by Jonathan On September - 28 - 2008

valkyrie3Tom Cruise sets out to kill Hitler and save himself in 2009’s most controversial movie…

You’re the biggest movie star in the world: Oscar-nommed, box-office gold, great smile. It’s been that way for decades. But for whatever reason (you’re shorter than Will Smith, they say you believe in aliens, yada yada), you need a popularity boost. What do you do? You play a Nazi. Obviously. Read the rest of this entry »

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“My (In)glorious Bastards!”

Posted by Jonathan On August - 14 - 2008

ingloriousbastardsWith Tarantino remaking WWII actioner Inglourious Basterds, original director Enzo Mascarelli remembers how it all began…

Guns. Lots of guns. That was the one thing director Enzo Mascarelli didn’t have while filming WWII actioner Inglorious Bastards in 1978. “A strange law in the Italian government at the time has just decided to remove all firearms from the movies,” recalls Mascarelli. “So they took all our guns – crazy! It’s not easy to do a war movie without weapons! After they went, everyone was saying, ‘Bastards! Bastards! Bastards!’ And I just said, ‘Inglorious bastards!’ And everyone said, ‘That’s it! That’s the title of the movie!’ And these guys are just a bunch of bastards. I’m still very proud of that.” Read the rest of this entry »

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