Jonathan Crocker

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Ulrich Seidl: Import/Export

Posted by Jonathan On October - 1 - 2008ADD COMMENTS


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 - 20082 COMMENTS

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 - 20081 COMMENT

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 »

Travel: Wakeboarding’s punk heroine hits Russia

Posted by Jonathan On September - 17 - 2008ADD COMMENTS

wakeboarding2Discovering the punk heroine of cable-wakeboarding in deepest, darkest Russia…

The Black Sea stinks. That effluent-honk wafts out of the green algae that sludges the water like an oil spill, thick and gooey. Along the beachside stretch in the Russian town of Anapa, men shovel the stuff into sopping piles on the sand. It’s like a bad joke: the algae is endless. Then comes the good joke: elderly Russian women slapping handfuls onto their legs for its rumoured restorative qualities. Read the rest of this entry »

Film review: Babylon AD

Posted by Jonathan On August - 22 - 20081 COMMENT

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 - 20081 COMMENT

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 - 2008ADD COMMENTS

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 »

Cannes 2008: Terminator Salvation

Posted by Jonathan On July - 15 - 2008ADD COMMENTS

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 »

The Spirit: The Man In The Hat Is Back

Posted by Jonathan On July - 1 - 2008ADD COMMENTS

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 »

Man On Wire: Look! Skywalker…

Posted by Jonathan On July - 1 - 2008ADD COMMENTS

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 »


About Me

Jonathan is a London-based journalist, critic and editor. He currently works for data visualisation agency Beyond Words.



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