Thursday, 30 August 2012 Written by Ivan Radford
Samsara is out in UK cinemas this weekend - and it's one heck of a unique cinematic experience. No words, no story, not even a fixed location, it's classed as a documentary but is far closer to a guided meditation. Or, if that sounds too intimidating, the greatest screensaver you'll ever see in your life.
I had my retinas blasted by Samsara's stunning time lapse imagery a couple of weeks ago at its London premiere. Attended by director Ron Fricke and stalwart colleague/editor Mark Magidson, who worked together on the similar-themed Baraka, they stayed behind to try and answer questions from a room full of dazed onlookers. From the film's content (dancers, cities, food factories) to its music, here are a few of the best questions and answers...
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 Written by Ivan Radford
With Joss Whedon on course to bring us a whopping THREE films this year - The Avengers, that surprise Much Ado About Nothing and this bloody horror - there's never been a better time to throw questions at the Firefly/Buffy/Dr. Horrible genius.
But why do that when Sean Penn is around?
Mr. Film Actor's Guild himself, Penn's an amazing actor, but his unwavering ability to comment on non-cinema issues just keeps on going. Now, it stretches all the way from the Falklands and poverty to gay rights and Venezuela. So who better to ask about Cabin the Woods?
All you have to do is send us your questions and we'll chuck them into the big question pit, which Sean will work his way through in an epic fan interview.
Example questions you could ask:
Where does he stand on the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot?
Why did Joss Whedon keep his Shakespeare adaptation so secret?
How does Sean sleep at night now when Alan Tudyk keeps dying?
Oh fine, we'll just ask Joss Whedon instead. Tweet any questions you have @iFlicks (use the hashtag #cabininthewoods), post them on our Facebook page or email them to [email protected]
The Cabin in the Woods is out on Friday 13th April - head this way to see The Cabin in the Woods trailer.
Friday, 25 November 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
Whether you're Sir Laurence Olivier or a small boy blagging a job as third assistant director on a film set, the chances are that you have, at some point, been hopelessly in love with Marilyn Monroe. Even if you've never met her.
But not so for Simon Curtis. The BAFTA and Emmy-nominated director of Cranford, Pride and David Copperfield was never a die-hard Monroe fan. So why did he direct My Week with Marilyn, a film about the iconic sex symbol's attempts to act seriously in Olivier's conflict-filled production of The Prince and the Showgirl?
He rang me up yesterday morning to explain himself, and contribute to My Week with My Week with Marilyn by discussing Michelle Williams, Colin Clark's memoirs and the Oscar buzz surrounding his charming film.
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 Written by Selina Pearson
Michael Fassbender spanking Keira Knightley? It doesn't get more dangerous than that. But put Viggo Mortensen into the mix and you've got one risky (and, indeed, risqué) threesome. It goes without saying that it takes a truly crazy person to make a film about all of them.
Enter David Cronenberg, the madman who gave us The Fly and eXistenZ, as well as Eastern Promises and A History of Violence, a.k.a. them two films in which Viggo Mortensen takes his clothes off.
But how did it feel to take another man's clothes off instead? And where does Vincent Cassell fit in? And what on earth does the writer of the original play, Christopher Hampton, think of it all?
We hung upside down on the ceiling of the Odeon West End holding a dictaphone above a pool of sharks to bring you the life-threatening answers. Here are five dangerous notions we discovered at the A Dangerous Method LFF press conference:
Friday, 21 October 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
After The Ides of March UK premiere on Wednesday, Alexander Payne's Hawaii-based film about a father and a husband was bound to invite yet more questions about George Clooney's desperate need to find a nice girl, settle down and become a dad.
But other issues were raised, thankfully, and the Shallene Woodley, Sideways director Alexander Payne and Clooney discussed a range of topics, from Batman and the film's tropical location to the importance of reading scripts.
Here are five things we learned from The Descendants press conference:
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 Written by Selina Pearson
We Need to Talk About Kevin is an oddly British film. It's filmed with British money, helmed by a British director, and scripted by British writers - but it's made in the States.
It's also a rather good argument against procreation (spawning a child of pure evil is enough to put even the broodiest mother off parenthood). But even with all the resentment on show, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a compelling watch. So the question remains: why would anyone want to make this film? And is the answer as disturbing as the story's violent climax?
Here are the five most shocking things from the We Need to Talk About Kevin LFF press conference:
Monday, 17 October 2011 Written by Selina Pearson
Ralph Fiennes has been wowing audiences with his directorial debut Coriolanus - including us. Taking Shakespeare's Rome and replacing it with Serbia, screenwriter John Logan has kept the play's themes of war and betrayal firmly relevant to the modern day.
So what's the secret to updating Shakespeare? And was Jon Snow the most talented newsreader on set?
Here are five things we learned from the Coriolanus LFF press conference:
Thursday, 13 October 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
The London Film Festival opened last night with 360, Fernando Meirelles' globe-trotting tale of interconnected romances. Unfortunately, it's a little bit pants (read our 360 LFF review).
But while this modern take on Schnitzler's play La Ronde lacks the sexual tension of syphilis-ridden Vienna or Contagion's risk of catching rabies off Gwyneth Paltrow, writer Peter Morgan is pleased with the script, and the cast enjoy the global scale of events - even if no-one else does.
So why on earth did Meirelles and Morgan make 360 in the first place? And where did it all go wrong?
Here are five things we learned from the London Film Festival's 360 press conference:
Monday, 10 October 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
Acts of Godfrey is one of the most memorable films from this year's Raindance Film Festival. Maybe it's the fact that Simon Callow's in it. Maybe it's because it's written entirely in rhyming couplets. Or maybe it's because its director, Johnny Daukes, is just really talented.
Writing and directing the low-budget black comedy, Daukes got everyone talking in verse for 16 days, and then wrote the soundtrack to go with the film. When I phone him for a chat about his directorial debut, he's busy writing the press notes for the movie.
“It’s like, you know when your nan’s been round, and you finally get rid of her and then she turns up again?” says Daukes about re-reading the screenplay to pick out good quotes to go in the synopsis.
I comment that he obviously means that in a good way. Doesn't he? “Erm, not entirely!”
We go on to chat about Acts of Godfrey and what he's got planned next. Here's what he had to say about filming in a working hotel, chance and fate, and chucking buckets of water over a naked man in a car park.
Friday, 07 October 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
There's nowt like getting up at 10 in the morning to go to a roundtable interview with the directors of the greatest Disney movie ever made. That's 10am US Pacific Time, by the way. So yes, I made a special effort and got out of bed at 6pm to make a long journey all the way to the interview. That's a virtual interview, by the way.
After getting up before 6pm, walking across the room to the computer and shouting a few things in South African in the Rafiki style, I was ready to go. All that because The Lion King is out in cinemas again today? I wouldn't have made all that effort for something stupid like Cars, you know.
So anyway, here's what Roger Allers and Bob Minkoff had to say (or type, whatever) about Hamlet, Elton John and post-converting the Disney classic into three dimension as we threw virtual questions at them through the circle of WiFi (ahem).