July 2007

Harry Potter in the Hood

Via Peter Black

Michelangelo Antonioni dies at 94

A scene from Blow Up Yesterday it was Ingmar Bergman and today Michelangelo Antonioni has died aged 94.

Ingmar Bergman dies at 89

The iconic image from the Seventh Seal Ingmar Bergman - a true giant of cinema - died today aged 89.

The BBC has an excellent tribute to him here (via).

Looks like Im doomed

Stay in this summer

From Liberal England comes the rather fantastic piece of news that BBC2 is to run a Summer Of British Film season of films dedicated to home-grown cinema, encompassing all genres from comedy to kitchen sink drama.

Each week starts with British Film Forever, a seven-part series presented by Jessica Stevenson (Shaun Of The Dead) examining British film by genre. Featuring over 200 exclusive interviews with leading actors and directors including Sir Michael Caine, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Kate Winslet.

To complement British Film Forever, BBC TWO is dedicating its schedule to the nations finest films by screening around 70 British films, including favourites like Billy Elliot, Gregorys Girl and From Russia with Love, to classics such as The 39 Steps, This Sporting Life and Whistle Down the Wind.

It all starts on Saturday and the full film listing can be found here.

Bizarre assertion of the week

According to the Daily Telegraphs Iain Gray:

One cannot seem to go to the movies nowadays without an erect penis being thrust into one’s face.

I cant help but wonder what cinemas he visits.

Watchmen cast announced

I was one of the (seemingly) very few people that was disappointed with Zach Snyders 300. And, after seeing 300, I have been less than enthusiastic about Snyders next big comic book adaptation - Alan Moores Watchmen. Snyder says all the right things, but after 300 I am sceptical that he can do justice to the film.

However, the reason for this post is that the casting for Watchmen has now been announced. And wyverex, over at FilmRot, has posted the list, along with photos of the actors alongside the characters they are playing. And the thing that really struck me is how young they all look.

And I still dont feel any of my pre-300 enthusiasm for Watchmen.

For the record,

Nice website. Well take it!

Mars Attacks! Eleven years after it was released, Tim Burtons Mars Attacks! is still one of my all time favourite films of all times. So Im more than a little thankful to FilmRots mediamelt for pointing out that the website launched to promote the film is still alive.

If I still had Windows 95, Id download the screensavers.

Harry Potter and the Indoctrination of the Innocents

Poster for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix According to Teletext (via), the Church of England has given up on complaining about the Harry Potter films and is now seeking to hijack them to promote their own brand of superstion.

According to the Bishop of Oxford: Harry faces dilemmas that are familiar to us all.

Clearly, the likes of Harry Potter has much more to say than the rather dated superstions favoured by the big religions. But rather than trying to latch onto whatever happens to be popular at the moment, maybe its time for the Church to take the hint, pack up their toys and go home.

Prepare to see your franchise flushed, Mister Bond

Casino Royale poster I liked Casino Royale. The film successfully returned to Bonds roots and came back with a 21st century secret agent - darker, grittier and a lot less pleasant than his previous incarnations. It was an undeniably good film and one that proved that Daniel Craig’s much less polished take on the character could appeal widely.

So, it would be reasonable to assume that series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson will be looking to provide more of the same in the upcoming sequel. Not a hope.

According to Daniel Craig:

They [the producers] just want more gags. The next one’s going to be a lot funnier. Octopussy and Pussy Galore style gags. They’re all great names – but that’s the thing, the Bond jokes will be flipped on their heads.

Because a run-of-the-mill stab at ironic self-parody is just what the franchise needs at this point. It all sounds like the sequels are going to be going downhill very fast indeed.