My movie is out already but I was in the neighbourhood ok!
They seek them here. They seek them there. They seek those superhero’s everywhere!
Actually there’s isn’t much seeking required because your TV, streaming channel and cinema are set to be positively chock-full of heroic comic adapted action over the next 12 months. And if you have some comic adaptions to get fans pants wet with anticipation about then Comic Con is the place to tease them. Here’s a round-up of a few of the more interesting from Mostly Films theTramp and James Moar.
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MostlyFilm is slowing down during August.We’ve got a few pieces to publish, but we’re not following a schedule because…it’s the holidays, maaan.
However, if you’re lost for something to read on the beach, though, why not take a wander through our archives?
We’ve had a busy few months so far, starting the year trying not to jump on the La La Land Backlash wagon and eventually agreeing that it was a lovely film, but NOT JAZZ. We don’t just cover the big releases though. In February our writers recommended another round of obscure cinematic gems that they didn’t think got enough love.
We marked International Women’s Day this year with two posts on women who defined a decade, starting with Lillian Gish and ending with a scion of a Hollywood dynasty. In April we got lost on the way to the Odeon Leicester Square and ended up watching the West End revival of 42nd Street instead.
May and June saw us watching the UK release of American Gods and valiantly attempting to ignore the General Election and the looming chaos of Brexit. Ron Swanson braved the crowds to report back from this year’s Cannes Film Festival. We’ve also attended the Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna and the Manchester International Festival.
So that’s us for the first half of the year. We’re still planning out the months up to Christmas, but the only thing I can guarantee is that it will be fascinating, annoying, deeply geeky and mostly about film.
Terence Davies’ biographical film about Emily Dickinson, starring Sex and The City’s Cynthia Nixon as the reclusive American poet, was released on DVD earlier this month. Sarah Slade sees how the truth has been slanted.
I first found Emily Dickinson thanks to my English teacher, a very proper Southern Baptist from Alabama, who thought Cleopatra was no better than she should be and that we should be studying Dickinson’s poetry instead of Hardy’s. She was half right.
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Writer, director, cinematographer, editor, producer (lets gloss over his actor credits); since Sex Lies and Videotape was released in 1989 Steven Soderbergh has been making interesting films that are quietly celebrated. I say quietly because for some reason Soderbergh never seems to feature in people’s favourite lists in the way that say Scott, Tarantino, Coppola or Scorsese do. Perhaps his ability to straddle indie, art-house and commercial has something to do with it? Perhaps it is his constant switching between genres? (Some more successfully than others.) And yet between 1998 and 2002 with Out of Sight, The Limey, Traffic, Erin Brokovich, Ocean’s Eleven and Solaris I believe he had a run of perfect films – and even if you disagree with me in regards to their perfection you may be able to agree that it was a bloody good run of films that spanned genre’s as diverse as revenge thriller, drug trafficking drama, true life biopic, Heist and sci-fi.
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Part of an occasional series in which Spank The Monkey travels to foreign countries, watches films in unfamiliar languages, and then complains about not understanding them. This episode: Saudi Arabia and Dubai, May 2017.
There was a meme which made its way around Twitter at the end of May. It consisted of the following message, printed boldly in white on black: “YOU HAVE JUST OVERTHROWN CAPITALISM. The 10th photo in your camera roll is the new economic system of the planet.” I had a look at my phone’s camera roll to see what the tenth photo was, and it turned out to be a shot of the city of Riyadh, taken from the top of a 99 storey building. No real change there, then.
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A coat and a hoodie? Love it.
I know it’s Capaldi’s costume, but it looks better on a woman.
Ricky Young escapes from his ultimately-pointless vault to look at series ten of Doctor Who.
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Once every two years, Spank The Monkey returns to the city of his birth for a weekend-long culture binge at the Manchester International Festival. Here’s what he saw this year.
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Sarah Slade finds a chilly charm in the latest Jon Sanders collaboration.
Films that play with reality and perception tends toward the spooky end of the cinematic spectrum. Not so with A Change in the Weather. In fact, it’s hard to find a premise more cosily middle-class and…actorly…than the one offered here: a group of performers spends a week in a French gite and things get a bit sticky on the relationship front. It’s got Radio 4 written all over it.
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Philip Concannon reports back from this year’s Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna.
No two experiences of Il Cinema Ritrovato will be the same. The festival’s vast and eclectic programme offers so many options for the curious film fan, there’s really no right way to navigate it. Some will choose to revisit old favourites screened from original prints or restored copies, while others will focus on rare titles and unknown quantities. Treats are to be found in every corner of the festival, along with a number of very difficult choices. On a single evening in Bologna, you could see one of the following: D.A. Pennebaker introducing Monterey Pop on Piazza Maggiore’s huge screen; the Austrian silent film Die kleine Veronika presented on a carbon projector; or a new restoration of The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, with Dario Argento himself in attendance. It’s not always easy being a cinephile.
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