Jonathan Crocker

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Film review: Funny People

Posted by Jonathan On August - 28 - 20092 COMMENTS

funny-peopleHaving sex and kids were the jutting funny bones of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, but for his third film as director, Hollywood powerhouse Judd Apatow completes an oddball trilogy-of-life with a serious comedy about death.

It’s Apatow’s richest, riskiest movie yet – and his most personal. Read the rest of this entry »

Film review: Funny Games US

Posted by Jonathan On August - 27 - 20091 COMMENT

funny-games-usA violent film without on-screen violence. A film where dogs are dead meat instead of rescuers. Where leg wounds mean you can’t walk, where daring escapes fail, where victims wet themselves in fear. Just like his throat-grabbing crossover stunners The Piano Teacher and Hidden, Michael Haneke’s 1997 chiller Funny Games was never what it appeared to be. Read the rest of this entry »

Health: Malin Akerman’s Top Tips

Posted by Jonathan On August - 26 - 20091 COMMENT

malin-akermanShe’s Swedish, she’s a former-model and she kicked ass in Watchmen. Malin Akerman reveals how you can cure a cold with spirits, pick up Nordic beauties and beat a hangover…

1. Swallow this chat-up line
“Use the instant chat-up line that’s great for both of you. Buy a girl my favourite drink: vodka, soda water and cranberry juice. You can tell her the cranberry is an antioxidant, the vodka is less likely to give her a hangover than red wine and it has very few calories. In short, drinking with you is good for her health!” Read the rest of this entry »

Sin Nombre: The Kids Are All Fight

Posted by Jonathan On August - 10 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

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 »

Lars von Trier: Antichrist

Posted by Jonathan On July - 15 - 20092 COMMENTS

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To hell and back with the Danish bad-boy’s most controversial film…

Lars von Trier opens the fridge and lifts out a beer. “I think you should have one,” he says, handing over a bottle as we take an armchair opposite him. “I really think you should.”

Perching on a well-worn sofa, von Trier looks at the cosy clutter around his room. Big TV, piles of papers, PS3 still in the box. “And this is the deer that I shot,” says the director. A deer’s head hangs on the wall. The deer does not look like it’s forgiven him. Read the rest of this entry »

Stephen Dorff

Posted by Jonathan On July - 12 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

stephendorffYou’re suddenly starring in big movies for Michael Mann, Adam Sandler, Sofia Coppola and American History X director Tony Kaye. Does it feel like you’re on the brink of a real comeback?

Yeah, I mean… A couple of years ago, I wasn’t getting the films I wanted. And then I did this prison movie called Felon that was received pretty incredibly. I was like, this is weird for me. A movie that everybody seems to like! This is kinda cool! I suddenly started getting offered all these movies. Read the rest of this entry »

Film review: Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

Posted by Jonathan On July - 8 - 20091 COMMENT

half-blood-princeEver since we walked in on Harry fumbling with his glowing wand under the bed sheets at the start of Azkaban, the Potter franchise has secretly been about (whisper it) s-e-x as much as anything else.

Inside the first few minutes of The Half-Blood Prince, the boy wizard is chatted up by a saucy London waitress who puts it on a plate for him. But, as ever, he’s whisked away by Dumbledore (Michael Gambon)… Read the rest of this entry »

Film review: Public Enemies

Posted by Jonathan On July - 7 - 20091 COMMENT

public_enemies“I like baseball, movies, good clothes, fast cars and you. What else do you need to know?”

What, indeed? The short, fast life of ’30s American gangster John Dillinger is legend: he robbed banks that robbed the public, becoming a media sensation, a Depression-era folk hero and the first Public Enemy Number One of J Edgar Hoover’s new FBI.

After breaking out of every jail that held him, he was chased across America by G-man Melvin Purvis and at last famously shot dead by police outside the Biograph cinema in Chicago after watching a Clark Gable crime flick.

We know this. Michael Mann knows this. Read the rest of this entry »

Things You Didn’t Know… Jason Statham

Posted by Jonathan On June - 25 - 20094 COMMENTS

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 »

Film review: The Hangover

Posted by Jonathan On June - 14 - 20091 COMMENT

the_hangoverIt’s like Memento. Only drunk. In Vegas. On a stag-do. Three men wake up in a ransacked hotel suite. One of them is naked from the waist down. One of them is missing a tooth. One of them is wearing a hospital bracelet. None of them can remember what the hell happened. Apart from the fact there were four of them the night before. Dude, where’s my groom? 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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