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Ivor, here’s my shriver…

I recently watched a documentary about Ivor Cutler so thought I’d post a link to his work here, to cheer up these grey spring days…everyone could do with a wee bit o’ Ivor in their lives:
Youtube clip of ‘Walking To a Farm’
Youtube clip of ‘I’m Happy’

Ivor Cutler 1923 – 2006

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Lists on ‘Den of Geek’…

I’m writing for nerdy (ie. cool, to folks like you and me) website Den of Geek at the moment…they cover movies, games, tv etc, and they have a big ‘List of Lists’, which is great fun. So I thought I’d share some lists with you, just click to have a look:

Top 10 Classic Ad-lib/ Off-script Movie Moments

Top 11 Classic So-bad-they’re-good B-movies

Hope you enjoy…

In the original script Schrader had simply written “Bickle speaks to himself in the mirror”

Film review: Synecdoche, New York

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Synecdoche, New York

Title: Synecdoche, New York
Released: 2008
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams

Charlie Kaufman is arguably the most exciting, original, vital, and intelligent American screen writer around. His screenplays for films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Being John Malkovich (1999) and Adaptation (2003) are some of the most innovative of the last decade. They were surreal and post-modern in nature. But they also were not so abstract as to lose their beautiful treatment in portraying and documenting aspects of the human condition. Themes like self-worth, relationships, conscience & conscientiousness, responsibility, art, modern life and (of course) love, crop up. And are dealt with in a thought-provoking and utterly original way. This was bolstered through the aesthetic of the most interesting directors of our day. Spike Jonze (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). So, through unique and beautiful visual cinematic devices, Kaufman’s scripts came to life and played out in front of us like pieces of wonderful art. Then we come to Synecdoche, New York, Kaufman’s directorial debut. Continue reading

Film review: The Dead Zone

Walken: super-cool in The Dead Zone

Title: The Dead Zone
Released: 1983
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Martin Sheen

Adapted from Stephen King’s book of the same name, The Dead Zone accomplishes three impressive feats. One, it is possibly the best film adaptation of a King novel; two, it is probably Christopher ‘the undisputed king’ Walken’s most fantastically engaging lead role; three, it sees Cronenberg adopt an absorbing maturity in a more mainstream effort than lots of his other work. Of course we all love Cronenberg for his resplendent, quirky, surreal, black humour (The Fly, Scanners, Videodrome), but The Dead Zone shows us that there is also substance bolstering his unique style. And Walken is simply, pardon my french, fucking amazing. It was the role he was built for. Playing Johnny Smith, he acquires psychic abilities after a car accident leaves him in a coma for five years. By touching people, he sees into their past or future. This is then played out upon a plot involving local mystery murders and political commentary, with the subplot including a surprisingly heartfelt and genuine emotional pull between Walken and his girlfriend, who married someone else while he was comatose. In one of the most memorable moments he ‘sees’ a boy playing on thin ice, which then cracks. With the walking stick he has used since his accident (giving a strange, sickly edge to his character – a physical devise prop which works incredibly well), he tries to convince the boy’s parents to stop him going onto the ice. Continue reading

Film review: Happy Go Lucky

Title: Happy Go Lucky
Released: 2008
Director: Mike Leigh
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough

Happy Go Lucky is yet another beautifully realised film from Academy-award nominated, BAFTA-winning OBE Mike Leigh. He is undoubtedly a thoughtful film-maker. His movies are imbued with a sense of reality. Yet through the grit, cigarettes and cursing there are always unmistakably soft and feminine tones and themes. Leigh is also is a true auteur, writing most of his own screenplays. His amazing 2004 portrait of a sympathetic illegal abortionist, Vera Drake, is incredibly touching and beautifully portrayed, while retaining a strong sense of social commentary. In 1996’s Secrets and Lies, Leigh explores the shame felt by a working-class woman who had to give her mixed-ethnicity daughter up for adoption, in a less socially just time gone by. And in his pinnacle 1993 film, Naked, he wades through the ultimate in urban grit and grime to tell us stories from the perspective of a paranoid intellectual rapist, a nasty yuppie, and a couple of women fighting the patriarchial system by which they are surrounded. Continue reading

BIG film releases of 2010..

Just a list for the nerds in the audience…

Heeeere's Johnny! Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

Heeeere’s Johnny! Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

MISC: Alice In Wonderland (Directed by Tim Burton/ starring Johnny Depp/ released March); Robin Hood (Directed by Ridley Scott/ starring Russel Crowe/ released May); The Three Stooges (Directed by Farrelly Bros/ starring Benicio Del Toro and maybe Jim Carrey/ released TBC); The Green Hornet (Directed by Michel Gondry/ starring Seth Rogan/ released December)

DRAMA: Green Zone (Directed by Paul Greengrass/ starring Mat Damon/ released April); Inception (Directed by Christopher Nolan/ starring Leo diCaprio/ released in July); Shutter Island (Directed by Martin Scorsese/ starring Leo diCaprio, Michelle Williams/ released February)

ACTION: Salt (Directed by Philip Noyce/ starring Angelina Jolie/ released July); Thundercats (Directed by Gerry O Flaherty/ starring & relesase date TBC); The Wolfman (Directed by Joe Johnston/ starring Anthony Hopkins, Benicio del Toro/ released in February); The A-Team (Directed by Joe Carnahan/ starring Laim Neeson, Jessican Biel); Continue reading