Sunday, 19 November 2017
The last film I saw that was part of the London Film Festival. What with work, short holiday and the course, things have slipped behind. But couldn't let this film go without a mention. Full review is over at VultureHound and can be read HERE.
Thursday, 16 November 2017
I missed last week's theme and I had some picks I'd like to share so this week its double whammy!
Death and the Penguin by Andrey KurkovDéjà vu about this theme as I recall picking this book as something I'd like to see on the big screen or small screen even...strange. Anyway, a story about a struggling writer who has a depressed pet penguin and is hired to write obituaries of famous people who mysteriously start dying is an odd, sometimes unnerving but delightful. Its a murder mystery ganger spy friendship drama that takes place in Ukraine post-Soviet society. I think this would make a great film or TV series as there is a sequel.
Fables by Bill Willingham / Mark Buckingham
Mortal Engines by Philip ReeveMy wish is coming true for this one. Last time I checked the project was in development hell but Peter Jackson saves the day! Principle photography has already begun on the film so hopefully next year I'll be writing about it rather than dreaming. I read this in two days (not the sequels) I was hooked. Set in a barren wasteland, aka Earth, years after 'the 60 minute war' where North America was pratically destroyed, technology hasn't been able to evolve. Cities are mobile, built with engines to roam the land devouring smaller cities. Set in London, a conspiracy is uncovered after one of the leaders is almost assassinated. The story definitely has cinematic scope and would be marvelous on the big screen. Decent looking cast and Jackson at the helm I have faith it will be worth watching.
I don't like the term 'strong female character' as I find it diminshes female characters. I've gone rogue and picked a bunch of characters I believe are well written, excellently performed and all round are inspiring.
Wonder Woman (of course)
Princess Leia Organa (aka rebel!)
Agent Peggy Carter
Paikea Apirana (aka the Whale rider)
Don't forget to check out where it all started over at
Wandering Through the Shelves
Wandering Through the Shelves
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Everyone has gone crazy for these cute little creatures that look like a penguin, puffin, seal and owl all mushed into one. The Funko Pops are out, the toys are out and pop culture pins are out! There is no stopping them. I'm just hoping that just because they are adorable doesn't meant they get their own animated spin off series or holiday special. Otherwise BB8 would have its own Netflix show by now. Porg distraction over for the moment and lets get down to Star Wars talk.
So I know I said in another post sometimes the best films are the ones you don't expect to like, well in this case I love Star Wars so I think I'm going to love in some way no matter what. But I think it works that the films you love or expect to love are really hard to dislike if you've hyped it up so much in your mind. And the internet has done the same. Does that make sense?
This post was supposed to go out when the new trailer for The Last Jedi was released upon us all but, time makes fools of us all. Like everywhere else, I wanted to break down the trailer piece by piece but when that's done, you loose the excitement. The same way a novel looses its meaning when you analyse it too much. The clues I think we were all looking for were about Luke, the resistance and what the deal with Reylo is. We got a bit of everything but in some ways, I get the feeling the only clue we all really got was Luke saying 'this isn't going to go the way you think'. In fact, cast members were also saying this too. Opening up to theories galore, I read a few and most seem tame enough for me to handle but I'm still disturbed and really angry at something I read months ago about the plot. Don't worry I'll keep my mouth shut. All I'll say is it better not go that way as it was a terrible idea. THE END.
Moving on to happier thoughts, as a keen Reylo shipper, yes its out there, I think its safe to say now especially as Dame Judy Dench herself asked about it, I'd also like to know what the deal is. I thought it was just an internet thing BUT no, it goes way beyond fan art and tumblr accounts of specualtion. They are afterall the balance, light and the dark, at least, that's my theory anyway. But that massive teaser at the end of the trailer, Reylo with the light from the fire on one side and the next shot of Kylo Ren holding out his hand, they are obviously two different scenes. Lighting does not match. This may just be a tease though, to shut down the shippers.
My other concern is sadly not for the original rebel herself, Leia, as we can all guess how this goes, but it is for our buddy 'big deal' Finn. He's in First Order uniform, undercover presumably then he's scene fighting Phasma, but I feel a disturbance in the force. My thinking is betrayal is on the cards, maybe not Finn, maybe another key player.
There is also lack of reveal of new characters entering the fold. No sign of Rose, resistance member or Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro's characters either. More familiar to bring people back and then hit them with the fantastic!
Gad dammit! Why is everyone wearing red cloaks? Is anyone thinking back to The Village where the cloaks worn by the people are yellow, the good colour and the cloaks worn by the 'beasts' are red, aka the BAD colour? Might just be me. The red is not a good sign in my eyes, its some kind of oman. The new postsers seem odd to me, as if there are all conforming, dressed in same colour. It also reminds me of the Mockingjay outfit from Part 2, Katniss Everdeen is wearing red and we all know how that turned out (if you haven't seen all the Hunger Games films or read the books, just ignore this last thought).
With a little over a month to go before its release, I have been squealing with excitement everytime the trailer plays before a film at the cinema. My excitement cannot be contained. As I did with The Force Awakens, I will hold off my reviews until after a suitable time and so that I can see it again.
I'll leave you with this thought but the resident grump of Skellig Michael.
Wednesday, 8 November 2017
It's been a bit quiet on the 'Around the World' challenge, but slowly slowly I'm picking up again.
This was a festival pick I just didn't have time to see when booking tickets and wasn't at a great time during press screenings, so I was lucky enough to cover it for its cinema release. My full review of this supernatural awakening story is on VultureHound HERE.
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Since September I have been taking part in a course, Screen/Play, for film programmers. So far we've had the opportunity to meet film programmers, festival creators, innovators across the board of film just to name a few, freelancers working on the commercial side, Curzon Cinemas, London Film Festival, Bechdel Test Fest, Flat Pack Festival with presentations about how to programme, what to programme, who the audience is and how to apply for funding. We've also been looking at the theory as well as practical side of programming as well taking on two major tasks. One is a personl project (more on that another day) the other is a group project.
As a group, working with Deptford Cinema, we have created a season based around films from a child's perspective but aren't children's films. Our season is 'Child's Eye View' and we will be screening 4 films over 4 nights at Deptford Cinema 16th-19th November.
My team is screening the almost 10 years old movie modern classic 'Son of Rambow'. What's not to love about two kids, outcasts for different reasons who decide to make a movie together? Set in 80s, Will, part of a religious family, who's Dad has recently died, isn't allowed to watch TV of any sort, due to religious reasons, meets literally misunderstood troublemaker Lee. Making friends and bonding over the only film Will has seen, First Blood. They decide to make a film together inspired by what they see, but when then new 'cool' French exchange student hears of the film, friendships are challenged and their film they bonded over is in danger of never being completed.
Starring a young Will Poulter and Bill Milner is their first lead roles, you can see the beginning of a couple of great actors in the making.
If you're in London come along to see some 80s nostalgia and a few laughs. We'll be screening a short film before the feature and we'll be hosting an 80s themed quiz after, with chances to win some great prizes.
To book tickets, head over to Deptford Cinema - http://deptfordcinema.org/new-events/sonoframbow
Monday, 6 November 2017
Blade Runner 2049
All I Wanna Do
Murder on the Orient Express
The Death of Stalin
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Throughout the festival I decided to concentrate on just what I was seeing there BUT something made me pick up Whale Rider one evening (only evening I didn't have a film). Not sure if it had anything to do with missing swimming and watching this story set by the sea made up for it or not.
Director and writer Niki Caro, set to direct the live adaptation of 'Mulan' adapted Whale Rider from the book of the same name by Witi Ihimaera about a young girl defying tradition as she tries to take her place in her tribe. Her Grandfather of her tribe believes that the true leader would be his first born grandson from his eldest son. But Paikea is born instead as her mother dies in child birth and her twon brother soon follows. Her father names her after their ancestor who was known as 'the Whale Rider' but her Grandfather dismisses her as a potential leader just because she is a girl. Even though Paikea proves herself time and time again, her Grandfather won't listen.
Begining with such tragic event, set ups the tone of the film as being about grief and hope. Koro, leader of the tribe and Paikea's Grandfather, he is blinded by tradition and belief that won't allow him to see and appreciatw what is in front of him. Small mindedness is what cripples the tribe as things becomes harder for everyone in the commnity. The whales beaching themselves near the end is the ultimate sign where Koro blames Paikea for the unrest, when really it is stubborn ways that hold the future back. Paikea is string willed and believes that she is the leader, going so far as to almost drown to prove she is worthy. This seems like a familiar story as it as been told in many ways by many people, where girls or women have to prove they are worthy of their destiny or title or talents. What's different about Whale Rider is that the story is told by a young girls from a very specific place in a country those film industry is not wide reaching. A Maori girl in a small community, who believes she can help everyone by becoming who she was meant to be, is both unique and universal.