What have A Fistful of Dollars, Vampyros Lesbos, A Clockwork Orange, Monkey Magic and The Amityville Horror got in common? They’ve all got superb soundtracks, according to Neil Rose, sonic artist and film arts lecturer. Find out what makes them so good and why they are in his top five soundtracks of all time [Read more…] about Top five film soundtracks of all time from Neil Rose
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Klaatu Barrada Nikto, might be something you’d expect John Cleese to have said back in his Python days. But the catchphase (!) is one that made the The Day the Earth Stood Still famous (or was it the other way round), and Sir Cleese (surely he’s been Knighted by now) plays Dr Barnhardt in the remake. We caught up with him (via a released interview) to find out more about his role in the film and the funny man’s future projects.
Here’s a little known fact we tripped over on our way to the film listings – the cinema in Barnstaple (part of the Scott family) won the Independent Cinema of the Year award.
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There’s a curious new video doing the rounds from D+C faves The Weaver Twins. It basically sees the combo dressed in Texas Chain Saw Massacre garb and playing along to an old ska song. Click below to have a look.
We got in contact with Ver Twins (as nobody calls them) to find out what the heck was going on.
Turns out, the vid’s a taster for their forthcoming Mama Weaver Lives promo. The band spent two days filming in a barn with production types Red Munkey (aka Darren Jones and Helen Brown) for what would basically end up being 30 seconds of footage in the eventual video.
Thinking it’d be a shame to let all the extra material go to waste, Darren edited it together to an old Trojan ska song by Clancy Eccles.
So, mystery solved. The band are continuing to shoot the Mama Weaver Lives video at the weekend so we should be able to see it very soon.
Stay tuned to D+CFilm for the latest Weaver Twins news.
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Doesn’t time fly? Clue: it sure does. Yup, another Animated Exeter draws to a close this weekend with a coupla showings of Robert Zemeckis’ bawdy mo-cap wheeze Beowulf.
Those with reservations about the flick can be reassured it’s actually Very Entertaining Indeed. Heck, Zemeckis has been in this game so long, it’s no surprise the movie’s an extraordinarily confident and accomplished retelling of the story.
Granted, it bears very little relation to what you read in GCSE English, but when you’ve got Anthony Hopkins flashing his bum and a naked Angelina Jolie strutting around in high heels, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Catch Beowulf at Dartington’s Barn Cinema at 2.30pm today (that’s Saturday) – then, tomorrow, at 3pm.
Still not convinced? We don’t blame you – we took a lot of convincing too. You’ll just have to take our word for it, won’t you? In the meantime, here’s the trailer.
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Regular readers of D+CFilm’s sister site PRSD will be familiar with Nixon And The Burn and their rather fantastic angular rock.
Unfortunately, the band is no more (blub!), but fear not, viewers. We recently told you about Adam moving onto greener pastures as the programme controller of VITV and we also have an email from Steve, who’s currently playing in a combo called The Weaver Twins.
They’ve been cooped up in a Stoke Gabriel barn making their album and are ready to start gigging in earnest next year.
The reason we’re telling you all this, is because the band have filmed a rather sweet little video to accompany their ditty, Little Man Case. It features a horse-headed man wondering around Paignton. Well, obviously.
Steve told D+CFilm: “We filmed the thing on Paignton Green without a plan or rehearsal. The original idea was that we were gonna pixellate out the faces of all the holiday makers. We also suspected we might get some unfriendly reactions as children were bound to get scared or, at the very least, feel
“However, after a few shots, we noticed that the public became very willing to get involved.
“The video took about seven hours to edit and was on YouTube within twelve hours of it being filmed.
“It was a shame to lose some of the more surreal, longer shots. The Paignton Regatta steward actually did tell Mr Horse to get on all fours! And the football team dressed in tutus were a naturally-occuring phenomenon of timing.
“Until the vision of the horse-monk was imposed onto them, they
probably thought they were the wackiest people on the green. Save it for Comic Relief, lads!”
Click below to watch the video, and stay tuned to D+CFilm for more Weaver Twins shenanigans.
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More than 400 kids, teachers, parents and VIPs arrived at Plymouth’s Vue Cinema on Tuesday, for this year’s swanky Young Motion Plymouth awards.
They mingled with VIPs outside the cinema – including Plymouth’s deputy Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, city councillors and local media and education chiefs – and even had a chance to be photographed alongside a real Oscar, thanks to the attendance of Devon designer and Academy Award winner Alan Lee.
Lee told the event: “I’ve been to three Hollywood awards events and I can tell you that this ceremony is better. For a start, there are fewer people with obvious signs of plastic surgery!”
The night was the climax of Young Motion Plymouth 2007 – the first ever city-wide schools’ moviemaking competition which has been running since March.
But never mind all that guff – who were the winners?! Well, hold on a second, and we’ll tell you.
Best Animated Film: Glen Park Primary School with Drake’s Life, a history of the explorer. In plasticine. But of course.
Best Collective Filmmaking: Compton Animation Club, Compton CE Primary School, with a selection of off-the-wall Flash animations
Best Plymouth Film: Plympton St Maurice Primary School with For Drake’s
Sake, a mock news report about Plymouth history and architecture and the Mackay Plan
Best Young Filmmakers: Dunstone Primary School with Daisy In Trouble, an underwater rescue drama with whales and divers
Best Music Film: Lipson Community College with pop video Living for Thursday/Forget Me Not
Best Funded Film: Coombeshead College and MED Theatre with Lost Roots, a dual-plot piece weaving Dartmoor’s unwanted non-native beech trees with the tale of an Eastern European refugee living in Devon
Best Open Category Film: Stoke Damerel Community College, The Girl in Red, a romantic, monochrome animated stills movie
Highly Commended films included Katie Morag’s Day Out, by Highfield Community Primary School, If I Could Change The World, by Barne Barton Primary School, and The Three Fishes, by Drake Primary School.
Motion Plymouth’s Katie Thomson told D+CFilm: “The amount of schools and schoolchildren who took part in the competition was absolutely fantastic and the range and variety of movies that the judges watched was superb.
“We’ve got a lot of filmmaking talent in our schools and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.”
Stay tuned to D+CFilm this week for more Motion Plymouth fun.
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This week, to celebrate the release of The Simpsons Movie on Friday, we’re bringing you the 20 best movie references from The Simpsons (that’s four a day, clever clogs!). Here’s numbers five to eight. Click here to watch the trailer.
5. THE SHINING
Another Halloween special, Treehouse Of Horror V, parodies the movie based on Stephen King’s bestseller. Homer is hired as caretaker for a haunted hotel, and when deprived of his two greatest loves – TV and beer – he goes berserk and tries to kill his family, echoing Jack Nicholson’s murderous rampage in
Classic quote: (Mr Burns): “This house has quite a long and colourful history. It was built on an Indian burial ground and was the setting for satanic rituals, witch burnings and five John Denver Christmas specials.”
6. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
Another classic Jack Nicholson film is parodied in So It’s Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show. Homer is in hospital after a prank in which Bart shakes up a can of Duff beer with an industrial paint mixer, putting Homer in a coma. Barney’s attempt to put Homer out of his misery by suffocating him, and Homer’s subsequent escape from the hospital, are straight out of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
7. BASIC INSTINCT
In the second part of the classic two-parter Who Shot Mr Burns?, Groundskeeper Willie is arrested for the attempted murder of Mr Burns. The interrogation is played exactly like the notorious scene from Basic Instinct – except that no one wants a peek up Willie’s kilt!
In the 1994 episode Itchy & Scratch Land, the robots at the Itchy & Scratchy theme park break their programming and run amok on a murderous rampage – just like the cowboy robots in Westworld, the Yul Brynner film based on the Michael Crichton novel. Crichton’s other theme-park-gone-wrong bestseller, Jurassic Park, is referenced in the same episode, as Professor Frink attempts to warn the park’s owners that the robots will go out of control due to
Classic quote: (Professor Frink): “Elementary chaos theory tells us that all robots will eventually turn against their masters and run amok in an orgy of blood and kicking and biting with the metal teeth and the hurting and shoving…”
Tune in to D+CFilm tomorrow for numbers nine to… oh, we’re lost already.
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Over the weekend, we ran a Q&A with Fast Food Nation director Richard Linklater and writer Eric Schlosser. Today we bring you an interview with stars Ethan Hawke and Catalina Sandino Moreno.
The movie opens in Falmouth on Friday, Plymouth and the Dartington Barn on June 15 and Exeter on June 22. See the weekly D+CFilm arthouse roundup for details.
After making this film are you still hungry?
Ethan Hawke: I’m always hungry. I eat like a pig!
When was the last time you ate fast food?
EH: The answer to that question is that I went on vacation with Richard Linklater and his daughter, and my two kids. And because we were in a hurry, I bought my kids food at Burger King. But he didn’t. And I was a little ashamed of myself. It was about three years ago. And I decided, as my kids were shoving Chicken Nuggets in their mouths and his daughter was eating carrots and drinking water that I felt I should take better care of my kids. So that was the last time.
So it changed your eating habits?
EH: It did, but my mother’s a giant animal rights activist, and I have so many friends who’ve been talking to me about the food industry. And I decided I didn’t want do all this press and not be a vegetarian, so I’ve been trying very hard. I fail sometimes.
Do you eat meat, Catalina?
Catalina Sandino Moreno: I stopped eating meat once when I got a big steak and I opened it and it was just like an artery and it was just full of blood. I decided not to eat meat after that – it just grossed me out.
How did you get involved with this project?
EH: This is the sixth movie I’ve made with Richard Linklater. I’ve loved working with him, and I’ve known about the project since he started thinking about it. He had this idea of how there’s a ripple effect in life. Sometimes the idea that we can’t change the world stops any of us from doing anything. But the truth is, we can make a difference in our own little way. Primarily, through our family and friends. But that has a giant ripple effect, because family and friends can make up a nation. I mean, one hundred years ago, it was OK to be a racist. Then slowly, by individuals stopping their own personal racism, it became a shameful thing to be a racist. And at a certain point, it could be a shameful thing for these corporations to treat people the way they treat them.
And did Richard Linklater come to you or did you have to chase this movie role?
CSM: No I got the script and then the next day I was like ‘I really need to do this’. I went to meet him and I wanted to let him know that I can do this and I want to do this and I will give 100 per cent to this project. So I met him and I got it.
Were you surprised to find something you were so passionate about?
CSM: I was very excited to just find a project. With many scripts I can read them and if I don’t like it I just don’t keep reading. But with this script it was a page-turner. That’s why I had to read the book because I didn’t understand why or if these things were real. It was a very interesting way to relate to the world going from the script to the book and from the book to the script.
Do you think the film is trying to dictate what people should or shouldn’t eat?
EH: I don’t think the movie has an agenda about what people should and shouldn’t eat. The movie is more about showing you a portrait of what is, and if you want to do something about it, you can. It’s worth saying that nobody does more for the environment than hunters and fisherman. There’s nothing wrong, per se, with eating meat but if you personally had to kill every cow that you ate, you would eat it about four times a year. Would you be that hungry that you’d want to slit its throat? We’re so disconnected from how our food is made and how it’s treated. We have these ideas that when we eat a burger that we’re eating something made from a cow, not from ten thousand cows stirred in a vat.
CSM: I don’t think this movie is just for the fast food industry. This movie doesn’t tell you, ‘Don’t eat more fast food’, or who’s a bad guy or who’s a good guy. I just think that this is a movie that everyone can react to in different ways. It just tells you what’s happening and I think you need to know this and it’s your right to know how things are functioning.
Are you worried about hurting your career with this film?
EH: Y’know, I finished working for Burger King when I was 18!
But the corporations now run the film industry…
EH: Yeah, Time Warner pays all our bills. A lot of us are probably working for the same people. There was this movie about the band Wilco, who got dropped by their label, only to be bought my another label that’s owned by the same company! We live in a very strange world.
Does that bother you about working for studios?
EH: It certainly does. It’s interesting. Even a movie like Before Sunset, which is so close to my heart and is so much a part of who I am and was made so personally with so little money, is owned by Warner Brothers, which is owned by Time Warner. It’s fun every now and then to make a studio film. Everyone sees it and people in your family think it’s really neat! But it’s very unrewarding. The truth is, you don’t get paid for nothing. You always get paid for something you don’t want to do. The great thing about guerrilla filmmaking is that the movies have more substance and tend to be about more interesting ideas.
CSM: For me, I just feel very proud of this movie. From the first time that I read the script I thought it was an important thing to tell people. I think everyone has the right to know what’s in their food. I feel happy that Richard gave me the chance to put a face and a voice and a body to this girl that just wants a better life and will do whatever it takes to take care of her family.
Did you think when you read Fast Food Nation, it’d work as a film?
EH: From reading the book, you wouldn’t begin to know how they would make a movie. The book is really a textbook. The movie, I feel, is a portrait of America – a part of America you don’t often see, a very unglamorous America where the invisible hand of corporations is wrapped around the ventricles of its heart. I’m very proud of Rick. It’s a very strange film and not like other movies.
Some scenes were quite disgusting to watch. Was it the same to shoot?
CSM: You know I’m an actress who likes to feel the heat. So I was so happy that we were going to be shooting in that slaughterhouse because I could be able to touch. My job was to take the shit out of intestines and clean it and then after you do that you just drop it in a bucket. I was doing that for the last part of the film and for my character it was perfect because I’ve never been to a slaughterhouse. I waited until the shoot, and it was a very shocking scene. It was easier for me to do that because sometimes when you’re shooting a movie you have so many little surprises that you just have to be surprised yourself. You know what you’re character’s going to do, you know how you’re going to end but if you take those decisions not to do things before and just surprise yourself you will look real and that’s what I did.
Are you as political as Eric or Rick?
EH: No. They’re much more educated than I am. I think the world makes us more politically oriented or not. I certainly didn’t give a shit about politics, but when your country’s at war and you’re watching your environment be destroyed, then you become politicised. To what extent you educate yourself and to what extent you do anything about it, I don’t know.
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Dartington Arts’ Barn cinema is celebrating the centenary of John Wayne’s birth with a 50th anniversary screening of classic western The Searchers tonight.
The Duke plays barrel-chested loner Ethan Edwards, pursuing a five-year quest to track down the Commanches who have abducted his niece – not to rescue her you understand, but to kill her for hanging out with the Indians. As you do.
Directed by John Ford in glorious VistaVision, the flick makes full use of the Monument Valley setting and has influenced loads of films, from Taxi Driver to, erm, Attack Of The Clones.
It is, as they say, well worth a look. Click below to watch the trailer, then check out D+CFilm’s Arthouse Roundup for links to the Dartington Arts website.
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