On this day, 20 years ago, the film-maker, painter, sculptor, gardener, author and queer rights activist Derek Jarman died of HIV. One of Britain's leading post-1945 avant garde artists, he is best remembered for his dazzling array of ground-breaking films. But it was as a HIV and queer rights campaigner that I knew him best.
In the process from script to screen sacrifices have to be made. One of the scenes we were all delighted with was a ménage a trois where a woman ends up in bed with one man dressed as the Bristol Rovers pirate and the other as Bristol City's confusingly-named mascot Scrumpy the Robin. Unfortunately neither football club would give us permission to desecrate their poor mascots.
The main obstacle to forming a relationship with a voice-activated computer assistant is embarrassment... It's the awkwardness of the interaction: It's impossible to talk to an electronic device without feeling ridiculous. Try it in public, and worry that anyone in earshot assumes you've had a full-on breakdown.
At the end of 2011, I heard about a new documentary being made by a director called Mark Hartley. It was to be called Electric Boogaloo and tell the story of notorious B movie production company Cannon Films, who made classics like Missing In Action with Chuck Norris and American Ninja amongst hundreds of others.
Our growing insistence on giving each other prizes is creating a culture that's beginning to seem like Sports Day at a progressive kindergarten, where no child goes home empty-handed, even if they fell over before their race began.
The whole humour in Allo Allo is based on the British cast executing extremely bad French and German impersonations. In The Monuments Men acclaimed actress Cate Blanchett pulls off one of the most hilarious stunts in her career by pretending to be French while Matt Damon hits the nail on the head with a purposely bad French accent.
Art theft and forgery have long had sexy celluloid reputations: from Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn frolicking in How to Steal a Million to the Thom...
Among the things that Comcast own are, as of January 2001 when they acquired a 51% majority stake in media conglomerate NBCUniversal followed by the remaining 49% in March 2013, the Universal Parks and Resorts.
Clair Denis's intimate dramas are always eagerly awaited and 'Bastards' is no exception - a revenge drama about family ties, suicide and sexual abuse will frustrate, annoy, intrigue and mesmerise. 'Love is in the Air' in contrast is a predictable slickly directed romcom which proved to be amusing, charming and quite delightful.
Playing the notoriously uncool music critic Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe's 2000 film Almost Famous, Philip Seymour Hoffman remarks, 'great art is about conflict and pain and guilt and longing'. Found dead, alone, and with a needle of heroin in his arm in his New York apartment this month, the conflict and pain that linked so many of Hoffman's characters began to resonate with the final image of the man himself.
The famously neurotic director has not been accused by anyone else of sexual assault, his loving wife Soon-Yi defends their relationship vigorously and he will probably never be charged, let alone found guilty of what he's been accused of. But between what has been alleged by Dylan and what we know of Soon-Yi, who among us will ever think of him in the same way again?
The Academy Awards are closing up on us... it's time to bring on the glamour. February is indeed preparation month as talent gear up to look their sharpest for their arrival at Hollywood's Kodak theatre for the March 2nd event.
Set during the war in Afghanistan, Lone Survivor charts the failed United States Navy SEALs mission Operation Red Wings. Four Navy Seals are sent on a covert mission to neutralise a high ranking Taliban operative.
Already out in the US, Here are 5 reasons UK grown-ups, along with their inner child, should go to see The LEGO Movie this weekend...
On this solo Saturday, after watching Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave', I hurriedly left the theatre fighting back tears with a lump in my throat, numb to the people around me, ran to the toilet locked myself in a cubical and burst into tears.
Teenage uses archive footage alongside narrated stories of real young people of the time, the film explores the birth of the modern teenager as well as early subcultures like the Bright Young Things and the Swing movement in the United States. The film also explores what life was like for teenagers under the Nazis.