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Film review: W.

Posted by Jonathan On November - 1 - 2008

w1Thrown into cinemas before its subject’s reign is even over, Oliver Stone’s awkwardly enjoyable biopic of George W Bush is a surprise: it actually goes easy on him.

Flashing back and forth through time, it traces George’s weird, weird journey to White House war-monger: a drunken frat-boy turned drunken job-dodger who finally swaps grog for God aged 40 to become born-again as American’s worst President. Read the rest of this entry »


Oliver Stone and Josh Brolin: W.

Posted by Jonathan On November - 1 - 2008

wstoneSitting down with the men behind The Man…

Josh, do you think Bush has seen your performance?

Brolin: In all honesty, I can imagine him on his ranch and he slowly puts in the DVD, while eating pretzels… and hopefully choking! No, I know a few people at The White House and there’ve been a couple of comments about this movie. But they haven’t seen this movie yet, so the comments seem pretty hollow. Read the rest of this entry »


Film review: High School Musical 3 – Senior Year

Posted by Jonathan On October - 18 - 2008

highschoolmus3Should heartthrob Troy (Zack Efron) go to college on a basketball scholarship or dance his way to Juillard? Will he stay with true-love Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens)? Can they pull off one last musical spectacular before graduation? OMG! Packing the kind of happy-smiley high-drama that makes an episode of Saved By The Bell look like Tolstoy, the recordbreaking Disney Channel phenomenon is back: energetic, exuberant and utterly forgettable.

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Caught On Camera

Posted by Jonathan On October - 1 - 2008

carusoBrad Pitt fighting with Terry Gilliam on 12 Monkeys. Ben Affleck falling for J-Lo on Gigli. Ben Stiller making De Niro cry with laughter. Name a movie star who matters and on-set photographer Phillip Caruso has captured their most intimate moments. Read the rest of this entry »


Ulrich Seidl: Import/Export

Posted by Jonathan On October - 1 - 2008


Peep shows and poverty… the writer/director of Import/Export discusses his epic undertaking.

How long did it take you to make Import/Export?

Almost four years. I don’t simply write a screenplay and then execute it. I take it into reality. Where could it take place? Who could play these parts? Read the rest of this entry »


Film review: Tropic Thunder

Posted by Jonathan On September - 28 - 2008

tropicAs satire goes, Hollywood is a plump easy-target. Ben’s Stiller’s first film as director since Zoolander blasts at it with full firepower – but not too much accuracy. Then again, he really can’t miss. Not with Tropic Thunder, a megabucks war-movie spoof about a cast of narcissistic actors stuck in a real-life combat zone. Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


Film review: Babylon AD

Posted by Jonathan On August - 22 - 2008

babylonVin Diesel is a geek. He loves Dungeons & Dragons. He’s a World Of Warcraft fanatic. And sci-fi is his favourite genre. The bald behemoth dropped out of videogame adap Hitman to star in this dystopian thriller, his first role since he sprouted hair and – even more amazingly – acting chops in 2006’s courtroom drama Find Me Guilty. Read the rest of this entry »


“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 »


DVD review: The Elephant Man

Posted by Jonathan On August - 1 - 2008

elephantman“You’re a mad man! I love you! You’re in!” With those words, producer Mel Brooks signed up David Lynch after gawping through his surreal debut odyssey Eraserhead. It’s just one of many delightful recollections on the disc’s 24-minute interview with Lynch, whose second film again eyeballs a strange man’s lonely existence in an industrial nightmare-world: John Merrick, aka ‘The Elephant Man’, a grotesquely deformed 20something who went carnival freak-show to one of the most famous men in 19th-century London. Read the rest of this entry »


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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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