There’s a kind of rare documentary about a film that enhances and arguably eclipses its subject. “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse,” a behind the scenes look at the madness that forged the masterful “Apocalypse Now” was the primary example; until now.
Let’s find out if the second fitting of the Kingsman’s self-aware spy garb still makes the cut; and discuss the harrowing, controversial and ambitious thriller from Darren Aronofsky starring Jennifer Lawrence.
There’s not going to be a more stunningly composed film this year than “Blade Runner 2049”. Director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins have crafted a remarkable, immersive, sensory experience that embraces you wholly. For the cast Ryan Gosling, Sylvia Hoeks, Harrison Ford and Jared Leto, each scene comes with mood altering atmosphere. The world of “Blade Runner 2049” doesn’t feel like a creation rather that it exists and Villeneuve and Deakins have created a viewing portal into a prospective future.
Raul Peck’s Oscar nominated documentary is a manifestation of the profound intellect of author and activist James Arthur Baldwin. “I Am Not Your Negro,” is possibly one of the most revelatory, insightful and prescient visual documents on civil rights and race that has ever been committed to screen.
The delight of “The Trip to Spain” is getting back with these two gents who seem to relish a relaxing holiday, badgering one another about their different stages of an extended mid-life existential crisis.
“Baby Driver” is not like any heist movie that you’ve ever seen before. Writer/director Edgar Wright’s meticulousness and mastery takes a keen eye on first viewing to get a hint at the level of fastidious planning that went into every aspect of the film.
“Churchill” is to its subject what the “The Green Berets” was to the Vietnam War. “Berets” attempted to make a World War Two heroic propaganda in the wrong war. “Churchill” wants to humanise the man and instead devolves into a blatantly misleading revisionist history.
“That’s Not Me” from filmmakers Alice Foucher and Gregory Erdstein is the best movie featuring identical twins played by the same actor since Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze's “Adaptation.” It sports a fresh young cast and is set in Australia and Hollywood. It blends the sensibility of the Zucker Brothers, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and sings to the tune of Mel Brooks’ approach to comedy.
Director Francis Lawrence has reconnected with his “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence for a dark espionage thriller about a Soviet spy ring called ‘sparrows.’ These ‘sparrows’ are female spies trained to kill and seduce with the same proficiency.
Embarking on this incredibly surprising and slightly overwhelming journey for a debut film has been completely unexpected for Lee, whose only goal was to make the film that he wanted to make and “not let anything happen to it.” Fortunately, “God’s Own Country” was nurtured by the British Film Institute and they allowed this new exciting voice total control.
Basking in the glow of Emmy-award winning series Amazon Prime Video has announced that it has signed a landmark international deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, to bring This Is Us and the forthcoming television adaptation of The Exorcist, to PrimeVideo.com. This deal gives Amazon Prime Video the exclusive streaming rights for both series across more than 200 countries and territories around the world.
Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country” has won the Best Film in the Platform Competition at the Toronto International Film Festival. Fresh from taking out the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, Thornton’s “spiritual epic” has gained yet another prestigious award on the the festival circuit.
Despite dozens of articles, an 80,000 + word thesis on authorship, masculinity and style in the work of Michael Mann, “Heat” has a richness that inspires me to undertake this epic minute by minute appreciation.
I cannot thank my best friend Maria enough for her time and commitment to making this podcast alongside me. Thank you to all those folks who attended the live shows.Thank you so much to guests and big supporters of the show; you know who you are.
It’s the movie of the moment Wright now (please lord forgive me for I know not what I pun). In the country to promote the Australian release of “Baby Driver” at a series of Q&A screenings, I had the privilege of having an interview 2:1 roundtable chat with Edgar Wright alongside The Reel Bits’ Richard (@dvdbits) Gray.
Earlier this week the ABC’s Head of TV drama Sally Riley was thrilled to announce that the Jay Swan detective series that began with Ivan Sen’s 2013 film “Mystery Road” was moving to the small screen in 2018 for “a landmark event.”
In the eighth episode of the latest series of POD SAVE OUR SCREEN Blake Howard reviews “Dunkirk” and welcomes back Dark Horizons’ Garth Franklin to talk how Disney owns everything as demonstrated by D23 and what to look forward to this San Diego Comic Con.
In the seventh episode of the latest series of POD SAVE OUR SCREEN Blake reviews WHITNEY: ‘Can I Be Me.’ and chats with documentarians Nick Broomfield (director of Whitney: ‘Can I Be Me’) and Matthew Salleh (director of “Barbecue”).