The beauteous joy Roger Deakins has provide the cinema going public is beyond measure, but what’s the Devon-born DP’s favourite movie moment?
Actors often pass into obscurity, even the ones who at one point were the hottest thing in Hollywood; unsurprisingly the world of celebrity is a fickle beast. Take Michael Keaton, who, for a short period of time – in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s – was one of Hollywood’s top leading men; a status indisputably due to his casting in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989).
Late 2013 finally saw Blockbuster Entertainment shut its doors permanently. There will be no more, ‘Bringing Entertainment Home’, no more late fees or alcohol-fuelled, late-night visits with friends to pick a film.
Last week, a true titan of the cinema world left us. Ray Harryhausen, the man behind the iconic stop-motion beasts of 1950s, 60s and 70s cinema, sadly passed away at the age of 92.
Having recently watched the new Chilean film Thursday till Sunday, I was struck by how the Latin American Road Movie has come on in recent years.
The release of the Danny Elfman-scored Oz the Great and Powerful means now is the ideal time to do a retrospective on this brilliant composer – one of my personal favourites.
One of the more exciting and interesting trends of early 2013 is the migration of South Korean directors to the world of English-language cinema.
The night of February 10th 2013 saw what was, in my view, one of the most balanced and even-handed BAFTA ceremonies in a long time.
The release of Flight got me thinking – what are the scariest plane-crashes on film?
At just 19 years of age filmmaker Chris Trevena from Camborne is already building up an impressive showreel. Alongside studying for his HND in Media Moving Image at Truro College, Chris can often be found behind his camera, at gigs and festivals across the South West. An avid music listener, Chris has been working closely with several Devon and Cornwall based acts over the last 12 months, filming them live, and even throwing intimate festivals in his back garden.
One of the most important aspects of any Bond movie is the opening song but several have been unfairly neglected.
No director paints a landscape quite like Ridley Scott. All of his best works, and even some of his weaker ones, pull the audience into the environment alongside the characters, taking the breath away with pictorial beauty. Below are some of my favourite landscapes from Scott’s movies.
Believed to be the oldest, purpose-built cinema in Europe, the Paignton Picture House on Torbay Road next to Paignton Train Station first opened sometime between 1907 and 1910, and closed its doors in 1999. Over those 90 odd years, the cinema was at the heart of the local community, and was patronised by the likes of Agatha Christie. An adaptation of Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence starring Donald Sutherland was even filmed in the building.