Monday Edition, 1st July 2013

Welcome back from the weekend. We’re very sorry that it had to end, but that’s the downside of linear time. Let’s ameliorate the terrible pain by looking at the film news you may have missed while out painting the town red, fiddling on the roof or slapdangling your winklepickers.

It’s hard not to take issue with The Guardian’s list of Jason Statham’s top moments, mainly because it’s a list of films, not moments, and not even the most elastic of definitions could define a moment as an entire film. And also because if ought to have Crank 2 on top, if you are going to rank his best films. His best moment, obviously, was that clip in The Transporter trailer where he swats away a rocket propelled grenade with a dinner tray, which was deemed too ridiculous for the final cut of even a film as ridiculous as The Transporter.

Money quote from this article on Nazi involvement in Hollywood – “The author dates Nazi meddling back to the premiere of All Quiet On the Western Front in 1930 when, encouraged by Joseph Goebbels, they set off stink bombs and let white mice loose in the theatre.” Those dastardly Nazis!

Shocking news, as previously unpublished tape recordings of Orson Welles, notoriously opinionated director / actor / etc, is revealed to have had opinions on the people he worked with. Who would have thunk, etc.

Sad news, as Jim Kelly, martial arts expert, star of many a Blaxploitation film and, of course, Enter The Dragon, has died following a struggle with cancer.

Jeremy Renner is on to produce and star, along with Rosemarie DeWitt, in Kill the Messenger, which should be an interesting and still worryingly relevant smear campaign orchestrated on investigative journalist Gary Webb following his uncovering of links between the C.I.A. and cocaine trafficking.

It’s always good to see Terrence Stamp in lead roles, although the most surprising thing to me about Big Eyes, essentially a film about real-life art fraud, is that Tim “whackadoodle” Burton’s directing it. Seems unusually mundane for him.

The only positive I’ll take from the inevitable news that 2015’s promised new Terminator film will reboot the franchise is that it should scrub Sam Worthington from the timeline, which can only be a positive.

Given my day job, it’s difficult not to applaud the Edinburgh Film Festival’s audience award going to Fire In The Night, a documentary on the Piper Alpha tragedy. Other winners detailed in that there link to The Guardian’s write-up.

You have to wonder a little what’s going on at Pixar, given their indication of having less sequels and more original works going forward. The problem’s not that, say Cars 2 is a sequel, it’s that it’s a bad story. It’s not like Brave gets a free pass for its flaws because it’s original, and there’s a valid case to be made that Pixar’s strongest work is still either Toy Story 2 or 3, both, and you see where I’m going with this, sequels. The key to making better films is, well, assuming they maintain their dependable technical and casting competence, having better stories, regardless of the numbers attached to it.

I mean, I’d probably prefer sequels to pointless remakes, and speak of the devil and a Jacob’s Ladder remake shall appear.

Not sure I like the concept behind 19, that being a take on Zombie-pocalypse wherein you automatically turn undead on reaching the age of nineteen. Nineteen. N-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-ninteen. Zombies vs. angsty teenagers? No thank you, sireebob.

What do we have in the way of trailers and such for you today? Well, wrap your watching gear around these morsels:

  • Therese, where Audrey Tautou gets all murder-y.
  • Passion, the new Brian De Palma joint.
  • Pacific Rim, which I believe is a heartwarming romantic comedy.
  • Prisoners, where the hugest jackman of them all tries to find his kidnapped daughter .
  • Came Back Haunted, for which I’ve tricked you! It’s not a film at all! Although David Lynch did direct this video for the latest Nine Inch Nails track.

Bust a move! We’ll totally catch up on Thursday. Seeya then.

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