Posted: October 16th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Film, Pulp Media | Tags: Anonymous, Art News, Cinema, Film, Film review, Flick, Joely Richardson, Movie, Rafe Spall, Rhys Ifans, Roland Emmerich, Shakespeare, Vanessa Redgrave | Comments Off
Cast: Rhys Ifans, Rafe Spall,
Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson
Director: Roland Emmerich
In Cinemas: Now
In his 1998 survey - Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human - Harold Bloom provides an analysis of each of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, “twenty-four of which are masterpieces.” Written as a companion to the general reader and theatergoer.
Bloom declares that bardolatry ought to be even more of a secular religion than it already is. Bloom contends in this work that Shakespeare Invented Humanity, in that he prescribed the now common practice of Overhearing Ourselves, which he says drives our changes.
I’m not suggesting that Roland Emmerich’s latest film – Anonymous – in which the filmmakers introduce an alternative history of the Bard, then promptly sets about dismantling all we think we know, and all we’ve learnt about Shakespeare, is in anyway based on fact, it’s a little more ambiguous in it’s take on possibilities. If shakespeare had written a 39th play though, Anonymous could very well have been his plot. Critics have been short on praise for Emmerich – the director of Independence Day, Godzilla and The Day After Tomorrow – most squarking that taking on a British period drama was a huge misdemeanor for one of Hollywood’s blockbuster kings. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 10th, 2011 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Art News, Film, Pulp Media | Tags: Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Drive, Film review, Flick, Nicolas Winding Refn, Oscar Isaac, Ron Perlman, Ryan Gosling | Comments Off
There aren’t too many benefits of being over 35 years old, one standout that insures enjoyment is a remembrance of the 70′s. I can hear the cries now, sorry but I’m adamant, the 70′s WAS the style decade of the last century, just get to grips with it!
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks
Release Date: 16 September 2011
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Genre: Action, Thriller
We Rate Drive : ★★★★★ [thats 5 ot of 5]
Summary: ‘Drive’ is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver/mechanic – Gosling – who moonlights as the superlative getaway driver-for-hire in the gritty criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA’s most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbor, Irene – Mulligan. When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best – Drive!
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Posted: July 22nd, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art News, Film | Tags: 27th Sundance Film Festival, Another Earth, Brit Marling, Film review, Flick, Mike Cahill, Richard Berendzen, William Mapother | Comments Off
Debut director Mike Cahill’s Another Earth imagines not just another planet capable of housing human life but another planet on which humans irrefutably live. It doesn’t stop there: on this planet, which has recently appeared in the sky, another version of every person on Earth exists. Another you, another me. A parallel planet, or perhaps a paradoxical world?
We Rated: ★★★★★
Writers: Brit Marling, Mike Cahill
Stars: Brit Marling, William Mapother, Matthew-Lee Erlbach
The idea behind Another Earth first developed out of director Mike Cahill and actress Brit Marling speculating as to what it would be like were one to encounter one’s own self. In order to explore the possibility on a large scale, they devised the concept of a duplicate Earth. The visual representation of the duplicate planet was deliberately made to evoke the Moon, as Cahill was deeply inspired by the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar landing.
The film was made on a budget of $200,000, it was met in January with much lauding at the 27th Sundance Film Festival.
Cahill’s thought filled drama draws together the wild optimism of youth, a sold local feel and the wry irony of nauseating, unstoppable events, the film wears a good solid narrative. READ MORE
Posted: March 14th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ART, Film | Tags: Abbie Cornish, Film review, Jamie Chung, Jon Hamm, Movie Review, Sucker Punch, Vanessa Hudgens, Zack Snyder | No Comments »
“Alice in Wonderland with machine guns”
Release Date: 25 March 2011
Genre: Action | Fantasy
Cast: Jon Hamm, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Abbie Cornish
Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: Zack Snyder, Steve Shibuya
Studio: Warner Brothers
Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared. ”Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls — the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish)—to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm). Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey—if they succeed—will set them free. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 19th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Actor, ART, Art News, Film, Joseph Gordon-Levitt | Tags: Charles Frank, David Michôd, Devin Brochu, Director, Film review, Hesher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Movie Review, Natalie Portman, Spencer Susser | Comments Off
Directed by: Spencer Susser
Story by Brian Charles Frank
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu and Natalie Portman Read the full article »»»»