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Pan’s Labyrinth: Womb With A View

Posted by Jonathan On November - 29 - 2006

deltoroOnce upon a time… Guillermo del Toro’s WWII fairytale journeys into his heart of darkness.

Guillermo del Toro is crying. Crying his eyes out. He’s given up his salary, re-mortgaged his house and sold everything he owns. It’s 1993 and the young filmmaker has flat run out of ideas to escape from the gigantic bank loans used to fund his debut feature Cronos. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Pan’s Labyrinth

Posted by Jonathan On November - 17 - 2006

panslabyrinthDown, down, down… Through the war-wounds of Fascist Spain, through ovarian entrances, through womb corridors, through Freudian angst, Gothic art, insect-fear, body horror, religious iconography, wicked slashes of Bunuelian humour… through the looking glass into Guillermo del Toro‘s psyche itself. His most personal film, the one he’s wanted to make from the beginning, Pan’s Labyrinth brings the inside out with unforgettable force. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Bond Too Blond?

Posted by Jonathan On November - 1 - 2006

blondebondDaniel Craig

Favourite Bond: “Well, I can’t be led on that. I can say… Robert Shaw. [laughs] Another blond! Yes, I can say that. Because I’m Bond, so fuck off!”

Favourite Bond film: “From Russia With Love, with Robert Shaw.”

I’d never gamble… “No family members. You don’t sell your family off” But I fucking adore gambling…”

Is Bond too blond? “Oh, fuck off! I dunno!” Read the rest of this entry »

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Casino Royale: All Bets Are Off

Posted by Jonathan On November - 1 - 2006

casinoroyaleA new Bond. A new Bond film. A new beginning. Daniel Craig raises the stakes with Casino Royale. Now do pay attention…

The studio didn’t want him. Too rough, they said. Too cocky. Too old to be Bond. Even the writer wanted someone smoother. Started openly referring to him as “that labourer”. But the Broccoli family, Bond’s all-powerful producers, were certain that this was the actor, this was Fleming’s Bond, “instead of all the mincing poofs we’ve had apply for the job.” Of course, it didn’t help that this guy didn’t seem to give a damn about the role. Hell, he even refused a screentest. Read the rest of this entry »

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DVD review: Slither

Posted by Jonathan On August - 17 - 2006

slither“That is some fucked-up shit.” Slither‘s hero Nathan Fillion eloquently sums up this gooey B-movie horror pastiche, in which man-eating worms from outerspace (stay with us) invade Michael Rooker’s body (stay…) and transmogrify redneck townsfolk into symbiotic zombie cannibals (okay, you can go now). Read the rest of this entry »

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DVD review: Mean Streets SE

Posted by Jonathan On April - 17 - 2006

meanstreetsShot for half The Aviator’s lunch budget, Scorsese’s breakout gangster movie reminds us why the former-would-be priest is, and always will be, the patron saint of American cinema. In 1973, it helped ignite the New Hollywood mojo and three decades later, Mean Streets still blazes with raw, kicky exuberance. Still the definitive New York movie. Still the vital blueprint for Scorsese’s entire career. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gladiator: The Epic Reborn

Posted by Jonathan On January - 17 - 2006

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How Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe resurrected the Hollywood epic…

Bronzed, muscular, swarming with extras, heavy with budget and gasping for Academy awe… Hollywood epics are everywhere nowadays, from Troy to Alexander to Kingdom Of Heaven. Back in 2000, things were a little different. “When I read the script,” remembers Russell Crowe of Ridley Scott’s multi-Oscar-winning, box-office smash. “I thought the whole thing had the potential to go titty-fucking-cunt-up…” Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: A Bittersweet Life

Posted by Jonathan On January - 1 - 2006

bittersweetGuns, knives, torture, revenge, pain, death… and love. You can’t beat Korean cinema when it comes to belching blood right from the heart. Aiming to max-out Old Boy’s overkill brutality, writer/director Kim Ji-woon ditches the measured chills of superb horror A Tale Of Two Sisters in favour of slicked-up ultra-violence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Studio Ghibli: Inside The Dream Factory

Posted by Jonathan On September - 1 - 2005

miyazakiTravelling to Japan to meet the gentle genius behind Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle…

They call him the Walt Disney of Japan. He’s adored by Kurosawa and Spielberg. If you ask Pixar godhead John Lasseter, “He’s the greatest director living today.” So when Hayao Miyazaki invited Total Film to visit him in Japan, take a special tour of Studio Ghibli and find out exactly why this reclusive Japanese fabulist is the greatest animator the movies have ever seen, we couldn’t say no… Read the rest of this entry »

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DVD review: Cronos

Posted by Jonathan On April - 23 - 2005

cronosGuillermo del Toro loves movies. Loves making them and – maybe even more so – loves talking about them. On the Cronos DVD’s hour-long interview, the Mexican filmmaker’s jaw flaps joyously about… everything. 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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