After reading Walter Kirn's superb book and seeing what a hash Reitman made of that, my expectations for Labor Day were low - and I was not disappointed. Here again, Reitman writes and directs; I hope he never repeats the experience, if this is anything to go by.
So, in Berlin and London, we are busy with getting the film off the ground. 4 am wake up calls, with meditation and bowing, followed by 6am breakfasts. We, currently 2 nations, 6 children, 3 ex-partners, numerous friends, and bits of Hollywood, are all working on this, this film HereNowNeverNowhere. It is pulling together the strengths of a patchwork family.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to look good. According to her, she's "been spending all day, every day, in weapons training... shooting guns, weightlifting, kick-boxing..." This all sounds like she's being really healthy, but with all that expenditure of energy, someone is still telling her she is not allowed to put sugar in her tea?
In fact, this change of BBFC policy would probably be unnoticed by everybody except small independent distributors and the filmmakers whose films are distributed by them. Filmmakers like me.
Pro Wrestlers Vs. Zombies is, like others in the neo-B Movie revival, exactly what it says on the tin. Several big names from the professional wrestling stratosphere, including Rowdy Roddy Piper and 'The Franchise' Shane Douglas, are faced with a nightmarish apocalyptic scenario in which the living dead roam the earth with a penchant for lycra-clad flesh.
Non-Stop is a hybrid of Flight Plan, meets Red Eye, meets Snakes on a Plane, and it isn't nearly as good as any of those. As usual, Liam Neeson takes on the role of a troubled man who drinks far too much and has a constant pained look on his face (similar to that of constipation I'd say).
Dixie (Jonny Owen), a postman from South Wales is a music fanatic and dreams of discovering the best band of all time and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds 'The Premature Congratulations'. This will be Dixie's dream come true.
You see, when you make a film that's about rock 'n' roll, then you've set yourself a precedent. It has to be a great soundtrack... The perfect marriage that is pictures and sound working in a way that makes us what we are, human beings. With heightened feelings of love and the appreciation of beauty.
THE INFIDEL was an IMPOSSIBLY difficult film to get financed. It was the hardest I have ever worked on, as literally every studio, financier, and sales agent in town passed on it at least once, and several of them, just to be sure, did so multiple times. The reasons given were various and inconsistent, but lurking behind them all we detected the same issue: a vague but powerful fear of a broad comedy about Muslims and Jews.
Following the relaunch of the Jim Henson-created brand The Muppets, in the original titled The Muppets a solid commercial and critical reaction has lead to a sequel Muppets Most Wanted.
Accolades and controversy followed 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' after it's 2013 Cannes Palme d'Or win and I felt the need to view it again. It is raw, powerful, mesmerising and memorable and that's not for the astonishingly frank lesbian sex scenes which elicited controversy. It's for Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos's compelling performances.
When you see Liam Neeson holding a gun and looking grumpy on a poster or DVD cover, it's easy to dismiss the advertised film as a Taken knock-off not worthy of your precious time and money. Neeson might seem to many like a brilliant actor who has been sadly burdened and pigeon-holed by Hollywood's desire to sell a very specific skill-set.
Although I know I'm in the minority, I felt that this film needed more gags, better use of supporting characters and less slow-moving hanging around. I couldn't help feeling like Anderson must have been told one too many times that he was a genius, and decided to just follow his instincts rather than filmmaking logic as a result...
Some hotels served as filming locations, such as Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza in American Hustle and the Aria Resort & Casino in Last Vegas. Others were used to signify other locations, such as Los Angeles' Langham Pasadena...
You probably haven't seen it, even if you consider yourself quite a horror fan. It's from a film that remains difficult to track down, and was never very widely shown in the first place. In my opinion it's one of the truly great moments in horror cinema, and I don't want you to go and check it out under any circumstances.
"Too many films......not enough time," is a sentiment I heard a few times at this year's Berlin Film Festival. The Berlinale present approximately 200 films. Combine that with the European Film Market's in excess of 200 films and add in the 200 or so from the previous month's Sundance and Rotterdam and well, you have a lot of films to work your way through and only so much time.