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Cannes 2008: Terminator Salvation

Posted by Jonathan On July - 15 - 2008

term4The Halcyon Company producers Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson announce Terminator 4, 5 and 6…

Why is Termintor Salvation being directed by the man behind Charlie’s Angels?

Derek Anderson: Obviously you have to look at somebody’s Read the rest of this entry »

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The Spirit: The Man In The Hat Is Back

Posted by Jonathan On July - 1 - 2008

spirit1Frank Miller brings one of history’s oldest superheroes back from the dead to give the comic-book movie a brand new life…

It’s 1938: Will Schuster creates an incredible new superhero who wears red stockings and a big flowing cape. It’s 1939: Bob Kane creates a fearsome new superhero who dresses like a giant bat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Man On Wire: Look! Skywalker…

Posted by Jonathan On July - 1 - 2008

manonwireThe astonishing true story of the Twin Towers cloud-dancer, in Oscar-winning documentary Man On Wire…

They called it the artistic crime of the century. Shortly after 7:15am on 7 August, 1974, a 24-year-old Frenchman stepped off the roof of the South Tower of the World Trade Center into thin air. And walked around for 45 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cannes 2008: Tarantino On Tarantino

Posted by Jonathan On June - 28 - 2008

tarantino1He’s the worst advert for film school ever. Quentin Tarantino didn’t go. In fact, he didn’t bother much with school at all. Quitting high-school at 16 – the age his mother was when she gave birth to him – young Quentin watched movies instead. After all, what could he learn that Hawks, De Palma and Leone couldn’t teach him? Read the rest of this entry »

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DVD review: Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead

Posted by Jonathan On June - 23 - 2008

beforethedevil1Powered by demonic black energy, Sidney Lumet‘s family crime thriller has all the ingenious, agonising horror of a Greek tragedy. The less you know the better – Kelly Masterson’s diabolical script just keeps opening trapdoors under your feet. And with each sickening drop, shock and twist, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead grips tighter and tighter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Gone Baby Gone

Posted by Jonathan On June - 1 - 2008

gonebaby1Oh brother, where art thou? Ben Affleck blazes back triumphant with a dark, deadly crime mystery…

“Gobble, gobble.” Two magic words that saw Ben Affleck’s credibility dry up like camel’s piss in the desert. That was Gigli. That was five years ago. Now it’s time to make the critics eat it. After seemingly punching the self-destruct button on his career, Affleck has returned with a brooding, doomy directorial debut of startling courage and bristling moral complexity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ben Barnes: Prince Caspian

Posted by Jonathan On June - 1 - 2008

benbarnesPhallic swords, 7ft cage fighters, invisible creatures and, um, really nice hair. Ben Barnes stars in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

There was a massive auditioning process for Prince Caspian, right?

Right, but not for me. I think they’d be looking for about a year and I came in in about the last three weeks. One of the casting directors had seen me on stage in The History Boys and asked me to come and do one scene. And Andrew Adamson just liked the way that I said one line. Read the rest of this entry »

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DVD review: Buster Keaton Chronicles

Posted by Jonathan On April - 16 - 2008

buster1Look at him. He’s one of cinema’s most beautiful faces. Forget Garbo – did she ever battle hurricanes, leap from speeding trains or play billiards with a hand grenade? As a baby, Joseph Francis Keaton was hurled – very literally – into his parents’ violent slapstick vaudeville show. Never smiling, ‘Buster’ just took it on the chin. The world has always been a chaotic, dangerous place. He’d just make sure it was a hilarious one, too. Read the rest of this entry »

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DVD review: Stanley Kubrick Boxset

Posted by Jonathan On February - 26 - 2008

spaceodysseyNearly a decade has drifted since his sudden death, but Stanley Kubrick‘s astonishing oeuvre  – and it’s easy to forget he made just 13 films – continue to loom like a monolithic shadow. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: There Will Be Blood

Posted by Jonathan On February - 14 - 2008

there_will_be_bloodPudding. Love. Adam Sandler. Three things you won’t find in director Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film since 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love. Shuddering with biblical sound and fury, clocking in at nearly three hours and centred by a seismic performance from Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood is something else. Something else entirely. 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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