The interaction between human and machine has fascinated film makers since the birth of cinema in the late nineteenth century. How we use and adapt to an artificial intelligence has informed a wide variety of movies from the Sci-Fi of Forbidden Planet, thrillers such as War Games, cerebral dramas like 2001: A Space Odyssey and of course Fritz Lang’s silent masterpiece, Metropolis. Director Spike Jonze has taken inspiration from the films of the past in the construction of his new film, Her. Continue reading “Her” »
In a very shrewd move the celebrated romantic comedy returns to cinema screens for one day only on Valentines day. Twenty one years on from the initial release the film still stands up as a high water mark of its genre. The film stars Tom Hanks as a widower who is persuaded to open up about himself live on national radio. He is deluged with offers of romantic trysts and intrigued by one offer which he decides to take up. Continue reading “Sleepless in Seattle back in cinemas” »
Romantic comedies can become stale very quickly. For every Silver Linings Playbook that breathes new life into the genre we’re subjected to a million films of the standard of The Bounty Hunter. The same can be said for most genres (horror I’m looking at you) but I’m picking on romantic comedies for two reasons. One, it’s a genre that sees the self mutilation of my eyeballs as a more pleasing alternative, and two, it’s the subject of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon.
Modern day Don Juan, Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt), has a simple list of things he cares about in his life. They are “my body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls.” And despite being a very successfull Lothario, Jon enjoys something a lot more than his string of sexual encounters…his porn. He makes no apologies for it as he justifies to the audience why he prefers it over real life. When he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) he finds he’s surprisingly unable to talk her into bed, a novelty in Jon’s world. This makes him question whether the reason he prefers porn over one night stands is that he needs someone to love that will fulfill his desires. He believes Barbara is the person to change him however is she the dream girl he’s looking for and can he stop watching porn? Does he even want to?
Grief and heartbreak can be a difficult emotions to convey onto the screen by even the most prolific of film makers. A lot of the time it can come over as overwrought and tends to end up with the characters wallowing in their despair and eliciting little or no sympathy from their audience. In the wrong hands the end result looks like a bad TV movie of the week. To get the balance right is an art form in a feature length film and many times more difficult in a low budget short film. Continue reading “Whispers” »
In breaking news from Universal Studios it has been announced that Charlie Hunnam is no longer attached to the film adaptation of the best selling erotic novel. The departure is explained in a statement issued by Universal and Focus media which states
The filmmakers of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey. Continue reading “Charlie Hunnam drops out of 50 Shades movie” »
Her marks the welcome return of director Spike Jonze after a four year absence from our cinema screens. As an innovative and experimental artist it is always interesting to see what he will do next. His trailer for his next project doesn’t alter that view.
Her tells the story of a lonely writer, Thoedore (Joaquin Phoenix), who is introduced to and subsequently forms a relationship with a computer operating system that is designed to meet the users every need. The system named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) organises Theodore’s life and through learning about his past realises that she wants to be part of his future.
It is good to see Joaquin Phoenix continue his rehabilitation in the public eye after the much derided and misjudged episode that was I’m still here in 2010. Providing support to Phoenix we have the talents of Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde and Rooney Mara.
The film looks like an interesting experience and Phoenix sports a fine Tom Selleck style mustache. Her is released on 10th of January 2014
Ahead of the Loch Ness Film Festival Moviescramble got a preview of the new short film from writer / Director Fraser Coull and his production company Silly Wee Films. In this latest movie the subjects of love, life and ties beyond the grave are explored in a rapid twenty-minute run time. Continue reading “One Year Later” »
Imagine living with someone and never seeing them? Despite this, you are still able to hold “conversations” with your phantom roomate even to the point you strike up a romance with them. It’s an interesting concept which sets the scene for John McPhail’s romantic comedy Notes.
“I had a flatmate that I never met for three months,” explains John on the source of his inspiration. Continue reading “We catch up with the filmmakers behind rom-com Notes” »
This will not be a fair and honest review, nor ever could it have been coming from me… So I will start by saying if you want to read a spoiler free review for Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Miserables them go somewhere else and come back here after you have seen it.
Let me be completely open… I have loved Les Miserables the musical ever since I got the Two Cassette version of the London Cast recording sometime back in the mid 80s. I have seen it on stage in Edinburgh, London (2 different theatres) and Shellharbour, I watched the DVD of the original Albert Hall concert and the more recent celebration concert and have loved it each and every time. In fact I am a ‘Les Mis’ junkie, hence why this was never going to be a fair review! Continue reading “Les Miserables” »