Admin does not make a point of attending films about princesses, but this one marks a bit of a watershed. When Pixar agreed to join Disney, who had lost the plot in its pursuit of family entertainment, it was generally felt that Pixar would be subsumed by the Mouse House. Instead, under the guidance of [...]
Guillermo Del Toro’s wonderful new book has a forward by James Cameron and an afterword by Tom Cruise, and me in it somewhere toward the end. This is the poshest company I’ve ever been in.
I was surprised to find myself in ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities’ because the fantasy director’s notebooks, interviews and acquisitions [...]
I missed this in cinemas, so now is a good time to catch up. It’s a documentary about the biggest war in the world; not the Afghan war, but the information war, and who gets to control the first global system of mass communication. The story starts with the history of a minuscule website dedicated [...]
You have to love a film whose first line is; ‘I’d like to talk to you about ducts’.
I first saw ‘Brazil’ on the day it opened at the Leicester Square Odeon and was blown away by it. Partly because it was the freewheeling riposte to Michael Radford’s laborious ‘official’ version of 1984 (the one with [...]
Cultural differences are what make visiting other lands so much fun, and although they’re fast smoothing out on the surface (thanks, Starbucks) they still exist beyond cities. But we live in times of the cultural export, when everything must work on a global level. America has successfully exported itself as a brand value – we [...]
My first touchstone movie was a really odd one to be affected by, although in my defence I was very young. ‘It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’ had sweeping skies, men in hats, primary-coloured boxy saloon cars, cleavages, shouting and the kind of carnivalesque destruction that propelled me through a feverish adolescent crush on [...]
Having been bowled over this month by the sheer grandeur of ‘Gravity’ (even forgiving Sandra Bullock’s cheesy backstory) I was thinking about my natural tendency to swerve Hollywood movies. Certainly, I loathe the remakes and reboots and endless sequels – try the new version of ‘Carrie’ for a lesson in why classics should not be [...]
Europe has always gone to Hollywood and hired its talents out – but there was a brief period when the reverse happened.
In the late 1990s Hollywood topped up finance for European movies that wouldn’t otherwise be made, employing some great directors in the process.
Europeans rarely replicated big action in their popular films, concentrating instead on [...]
There’s an added extra to the forthcoming paperback of ‘Film Freak’ – an added chapter that wasn’t ready in time for the original hardback release, which offers up some final words on cinemas, censors, misunderstood humour, rural magic, the animated fantasy that died, scripts and movie stars.
When I wrote ‘Film Freak’, I quickly realised that [...]
Channel 4 has announced that Danny Boyle is working with the Peep Show and Fresh Meat team on Babylon, a comedy-drama set in a London police station. The channel has also given the go-ahead to No Offence, an eight-part comedy series about a trio of female cops by Paul Abbott.
Meanwhile, police spoof Scot Squad was [...]