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High Rise: see the movie props that hark back to 1970s Briton

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High-Rise is a vision of hell set in the 1970s. It’s a bit like the EastEnders omnibus, only without the nightmarish Shane Ritchie. In the Creative Review, Mark Sinclair interviews graphic artists Michael Eaton and Felicity Hickson:

Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, looks at mid-70s Britain through the prism of an ultra-modern tower block. Adapted from JG Ballard’s 1975 nove by Amy Jump, the film follows Dr Robert Laing (played by Tom Hiddleston) as he adjusts to his new life as a tenant on the 25th floor and explores the relationships between the building’s various social groups and the tribal mentalities that emerge as the tower gradually descends into chaos. While working families live on its lower levels and aspirant professionals reside halfway up, a wealthy elite is confined to the uppermost floors – a structure that does not last long.

To help realise this unique world, envisioned by production designer Mark Tildesley, graphic artists Michael Eaton and Felicity Hickson created a legion of objects and products and several type treatments for the film’s locations: one for the high-rise itself, with its supermarket, gym, spa and swimming pool; a house font for the building’s architect, Anthony Royal; and signage for Laing’s place of work, the School of Physiology.

 

 

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Nice work – and if it does make more than a passing nod to Sainsbury’s own-brand.

Posted: 10th, March 2016 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


5 fabulous vintage horror movie gifs

 

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Form the top: Ape, My Mom’s A Werewolf,  War of the Colossal Beast, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Attack of the Crab Monsters.

All via RhettHammersmithHorror

Posted: 8th, March 2016 | In: Film, Gifs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The good the bad and the ugly cat

The good the bad and the ugly cat!

Posted: 3rd, March 2016 | In: Film, Gifs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Park: Jurassic Park without the dinosaurs

William Hirsch rids Jurassic Park of the dinosaurs in his new video “Park”.

We have such beautiful attractions as:

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COMING UP NEXT: “World”

Here’s the VFX breakdown:

Jurassic Park Without Any Dinosaurs

William Hirsch imagines what Jurassic Park would be like without any dinosaurs in his new video “Park”.

We have such beautiful attractions as:

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Bird
Jeep w/ Logo
Jeff Goldblum

COMING UP NEXT: “World”

Here’s the VFX breakdown showing how he took the “Jurassic” out of “Jurassic Park”.

 

Spotter: reddit

Posted: 2nd, March 2016 | In: Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Leicester Mercury’s man at the movies’ sassy reviews are hilarious

The Leicester Mercury’s man at the movies has been writing sassy reviews.

 

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Posted: 29th, February 2016 | In: Film, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Stars Wars: The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the Journal of the Whills

The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the Journal of the Whills

 

Peter Mayhew, aka Chewbacca in Star Wars, has been tweeting photos of his original Star Wars script from March 1976.  We can read The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the Journal of the Whills.

 

 

Posted: 19th, February 2016 | In: Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


TV listings of the day: Sky Movies does Groundhog Day on loop

Sky Comedy next Tuesday:

 

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Posted: 31st, January 2016 | In: Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Chickening: a remix of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining by Nick DenBoer and Davy Force

The Chickening is a new take on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, by Nick DenBoer and Davy Force.

 

Posted: 26th, January 2016 | In: Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch The Ugandan Expendables and upgrade your action movie demands

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To Wakaliga, Uganda, where Ramon Film Productions is knocking them bandy with action films of a unique strain. Nabwana IGG, who gave us the terrific Who Killed Captain Alex (budget 200)presents Operation Kakongoliro! The Ugandan Expendables (budget: £2000).

 

 

Spotter: DM

Posted: 7th, January 2016 | In: Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The greatest line you’ll read about Ted Kennedy – ever!

Reporters question American Senator Edward Kennedy (center, with neck brace) and his wife Joan Kennedy (left, in white coat and dark glasses) as they walk across the tarmac after returning from the funeral of Mary Jo Kopechne, Hyannis, Massachusetts, July 22, 1969. Kopechne died when a car driven by Kennedy went over the side of a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island four days earlier. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Reporters question American Senator Edward Kennedy (center, with neck brace) and his wife Joan Kennedy (left, in white coat and dark glasses) as they walk across the tarmac after returning from the funeral of Mary Jo Kopechne, Hyannis, Massachusetts, July 22, 1969. Kopechne died when a car driven by Kennedy went over the side of a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island four days earlier. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

Apex Entertainment’s feature movie Chappaquiddick is being talked about by its producer, Mark Ciardi. The Hollywood Reporter trails the trail thus:

On the eve of the moon landing, Senator Kennedy becomes entangled in a tragic car accident that results in the death of former Robert Kennedy campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne.

Entangled? Read all about poor Ted here.

Posted: 19th, December 2015 | In: Film, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hugh Jackman in Eddie The Eagle is Wonderful

Undated: Ski Jumper Eddie Edwards of Great Britain poses for the camera during a feature in his home town of Cheltenham, England. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

Undated: Ski Jumper Eddie Edwards of Great Britain poses for the camera during a feature in his home town of Cheltenham, England. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

 

At the 1988 Winter Olympics Edward “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards was one of the stars. Each one of his ski-jumps for Great Britain was must-see TV.

 

 

When Eddie soared.

 

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13-28 Feb 1988: Eddie Edwards of Great Britain gives the thumbs up before the 70 metres Ski Jump event during the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Mandatory Credit: Gray Mortimore/Allsport

Posted: 16th, December 2015 | In: Film, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Wath Later That Same Life: Stoney Emshwille’s brilliant time-travel talkshow

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Stoney Emshwiller was 18 when he recorded himself filming his older self. Now age 56, Stoney completes the wheel by replying to his younger self’s questions. His film is called Later That Same Life.

It ‘s the time travel talkshow:

 

Posted: 7th, November 2015 | In: Film, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Music from 1970s sex films

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We only read Playboy for the articles (which since Hugh ‘Housecoat’ Hefner’s throbbing organ swore off naked women is truer than ever), and we only watch vintage skin flicks for the music. French music producer Drixxxe has made compilation tapes of ‘70s softcore pornographic films. Called Sextape (natch.) you can tune in to them all on Flashbak.

 

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Sextapes: A Selection of Vintage Erotic & Porn Movie Soundtracks

Posted: 28th, October 2015 | In: Film, News, NSFW | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Martin McFly Day: USA Today leads with the film star’s arrest

Today is the day when Martin McFly, star of the Back to the Future film, arrives when he travels to the future? USA Today shares the joke:

 

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Posted: 21st, October 2015 | In: Film, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


John Waters on why you should watch filth and the obscene

John Waters agrees: we all (as Brendan O’Neill puts it) have a duty to offend:

 

Posted: 19th, October 2015 | In: Celebrities, Film, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gutterdämmerung: Lemmy, Iggy Pop, Grace Jones and Nina Hagen cannot fail

Gutterdämmerung looks fantastic. Here’s the pitch:

The film is set in a world where God has saved the world from sin by taking from mankind the Devil’s ‘Grail of Sin’…..the Evil Guitar. The Earth has now turned into a puritan world where there is no room for sex, drugs or rock ‘n’ roll.

From up on high in heaven a “punk-angel”, Vicious (portrayed by Iggy Pop), looks upon the world with weary bored eyes. Behind God’s back, Vicious sends the Devil’s guitar back to earth and sin in all its forms returns to mankind.

An evil puritan priest (Henry Rollins) manipulates a naive girl to retrieve the guitar and destroy it. On her quest to find the Devil’s Grail Of Sin, the girl is forced to face the world’s most evil rock and roll bastards. Throughout her journey, she has a rival in the form of a rock chick determined to stop her from destroying the instrument.

Sounds fantastic.

 

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More about Bjorn Tagemos’ Gutterdämmerung here.

 

Posted: 15th, October 2015 | In: Film, Key Posts, Music, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Legend: marketing mastermind turns two-star Kray biopic into five-star PR

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Is Legend, the big screen biopic about black-and-white British gangsters the Kray Twins, any good? Benjamin Lee answers that question in his review for The Guardian. He says:

It’s a disappointingly shallow take on a fascinating period of time and leaves us sorely uninformed, as if we’ve skim-read a pamphlet. The legend might live on but Legend certainly won’t.

He gave it just two stars from a possible five. The film’s marketing team saw it and slapped it on the official posters.

 

 

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Says Lee:

…in a stroke of brazen genius, the marketing department tasked with selling the shoddy true crime tale decided to embrace the mediocrity of my review and found a devious solution. Note: focus between the ears.

Stellar work from Canal Plus.

Posted: 11th, September 2015 | In: Film, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The life and death of Tower Records – a documentary

 

Who didn’t go to Tower Records?

Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But thats not the story. All Things Must Pass is a feature documentary film examining this iconic companys explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon.FacebookTwitterOfficial WebsiteDirector Colin Hanks Writers Steven Leckart Actors Russ Solomon, Michael Solomon, Heidi Cotler, Mark Viducich, Stan Goman, Bob Delanoy, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, David Geffen, Dave Grohl Genre Documentary Run Time 1 hour 40 minutes Copyright to Production company

 

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Posted: 7th, September 2015 | In: Film, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Who was the best Hannibal Lecter: watch Cox, Hopkins and Mikkelsen go head to head

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Matthew Morettini let’s us compare and contrast three screen manifestations of Hannibal Lecter with this neat video

I always preferred the 1985 Manhunter, with Brian Cox as the terrifying Lecter. Anthony Hopkins reworked the character in Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs before Mads Mikkelsen appeared as the psychopath in the TV series Hannibal.

Take a look at the video. Which one do you prefer?

 

Posted: 4th, September 2015 | In: Books, Film, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daniel Craig: James Bond is a ‘sad old man’

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James Bond is a bit of  wally, says Daniel Craig, the latest actor to make the character from Ian Felming’s books flesh and blood.

Craig has been talking to Esquire 007 in readiness for Spectre, the latest Bond outing:

“Austin Powers fucked it. By the time we did Casino Royale, [Mike Myers] had blown every joke apart. We were in a situation where you couldn’t send things up. It had gone so far post-modern it wasn’t funny any more.

The new Bond has “truth“, says Craig.

“He’s very fucking lonely. There’s a great sadness. He’s fucking these beautiful women but then they leave and it’s . . . sad. And as a man gets older it’s not a good look. It might be a nice fantasy — that’s debatable — but the reality, after a couple of months…

 “[For a while] I did feel like, ‘I’ve got to look like I’m doing other stuff.’ But then it was, ‘Who for?’ So the public think, ‘Ooh, isn’t he versatile?’ [On Spectre] it was like, ‘I’m James Bond, for f***’s sake.’ It’s not a bad position to be in. I used to get asked all the time, ‘Don’t you worry that you’re going to get typecast?’ ‘And?’ I mean, talk about a high-class problem.”

Read it all here.

 

Posted: 1st, September 2015 | In: Celebrities, Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Human Centipede glass pipe for your hot box

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The Human Centipede pipe, by Dustin Yunker, is the ‘hot box’ tribute to the film of that name. We’re not sure what end goes to your lips; but our therapist assures us that which end you choose will say a lot about you.

 

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Spotter: DM

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Posted: 24th, August 2015 | In: Film, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch: Northern Star Wars directed by Ken Loach

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Northern Stars Wars directed by Ken Loach.

Posted: 22nd, August 2015 | In: Film, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


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