Every once in a while you come across a movie that is special enough that you tell everyone to go and see it. Gravity is such a movie.
Nick Carraway, a writer turned bond salesman, moves to New York. He rents a small house near a bay and starts regularly visiting his niece Daisy. She lives together with her (cheating) husband on the opposite side of the bay. Shortly after moving, Nick catches glimpses of his mysterious neighbor: Gatsby. He is well known for holding lavish parties at his mansion. One day Gatsby invites Nick to also attend one of these parties. The two men like each other’s company and become friends. Nick is impressed by Gatsby’s many elaborate stories. Though, there is one story that Gatsby did not openly share: his parties are intended to attract Daisy, Nick’s cousin. Gatsby had a relationship with her a long time ago and has remained in love with her throughout the years.
Fans of zombies rejoice: Word War Z is here, based on the book with the same name. These aren’t the rather slowish zombies seen in The Walking Dead, instead they orally tackle – there’s no clearer way to say it – their prey. Director Marc Foster takes us on a roller coaster ride through an aggressive and immediate viral zombie outbreak, borrowing some elements from 28 Days Later in the process.
The Danish film Kapringen starts off with the ring tone of a satellite phone. Mikkel, who works as a cook on a small cargo boat, tells his wife, on the other end of the line, that he will be home two days later than planned. Although she is disappointed, the conversation remains casual and the delay seems more of a nuisance rather than being of any real significance. Little do we know at that point that the two day delay will extend to months, and that this is the last time a casual phone-home conversation will be held over that particular satellite phone.
In The Avengers we saw an ensemble of usually separated Marvel superheroes fight together. In The Wolverine we see a superhero, usually part of a group: The X-Men, fight alone. To Wolverine, who also goes by the name Logan, having his own movie is nothing new: in 2009 we already had the so-so X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This movie is supposedly a sequel, though it has more obvious connections to 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand.
A while ago I directed Part II of New Lands, a production of Bart Media Designs. After some good post production work by Bart, I am happy to share the final result of a no-budget team effort on a very cold shooting day. Sit back, relax and enjoy New Lands Part II.
A horror film with Guillermo del Toro’s name attached is sure to attract positive attention. His Spanish spoken 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth was a work of art. Furthermore, he directed many fine other films (Blade II, Hellboy & Hellboy II). However, Del Toro only acts as producer for Mama: the movie is actually the debut of Andrés Muschietti. It is based on a three minute short film Muschietti made in 2008. Was Del Toro right to attach his name to this production?
John McClane is back in the fifth installment of the Die Hard movie series: A Good Day to Die Hard, but does an aging Bruce Willis still make for a convincing action hero? The Die Hard series is known to consist of ‘fun’ action blockbusters with a serious undertone. Although all parts so far have been at least above average, the two, in my opinion, best films in the series have both been directed by John McTiernan …
The most profound characteristic of the networked era we live in today is that ‘ordinary’ people can easily create and distribute their own content. This direct form of broadcasting eliminates the need for a slew of middlemen, moderation and the accompanying politics. However, there is one thing that protects every creative expression: copyright.
In the grand tradition of using the lone ingredients inside and around my fridge, here is an other quick recipe to satisfy your appetite.
I had some great fun recently co-directing and shooting the first installment of the “New Lands” shorts with a small crew.