Musician and film composer Grace Hancock is as at home with gritty, sci fi as she is with the Lion King, or a snappy jingle. We caught up with her to find out how she goes about making an ideal movie score[Read more…] about Grace Hancock: ‘Think of music is a visual thing’
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12 Years A Slave is Steve McQueen’s adaptation of Solomon Nothup’s gruelling memoir. Its story revolves around Solomon, played by the excellent British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor in a career highlight. A free man and an accomplished violinist living in New York, Solomon is tricked into to joining a travelling show and promptly sold into slavery.
It’s as far-removed from Adam West as you’d imagine: Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) hobbling around Wayne Manor with a cane in the manner of Jane Eyre’s Mr Rochester. A Batman harbouring not only physical injuries but psychological scars? Not only is there never a good day to get rid of a bomb; in today’s climate, and under Christopher Nolan’s austere direction, there’s never a good day to be a superhero.
I was giddy with excitement as I sat down at Exeter’s Picturehouse, to watch the unveiling of Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan, 2012). All the familiar faces were expected to return -with the exception of one -but was Nolan’s swansong the epic conclusion this trilogy deserved or had he -like our protagonist -grown tired and weary?
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise continues its frustrating plunge into the abyss with this fourth entry, On Stranger Tides. Was the terrific 2003 franchise starter a mere fluke, lightning a bottle? On the evidence of the shoddy sequels that have steered the choppy waters in its wake, it would very much appear so.
It’s not often we do the whole premiere shtick, but seeing as one of the D&CFilm team was at the Kungo Fu Panda 2 premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, the other day, we thought we’d being you some of the images. Just for a bit of fun, see if you can spot the D&CFilmista in the pictures (here’s a clue -it’s not Jack Black).
2010 didn’t quite bring with it the same abundance of noteworthy films that 2009 graced us with. However, this year did see some stellar efforts, with the 10 listed below being the stand outs.
10. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (dir. Edgar Wright)
With The Dark Knight making such considerable bank and uniting opinionated fans and critics alike, Christopher Nolan was essentially handed the keys to the kingdom by Warner Bros. With them in hand and his new-found experience working on big blockbuster pictures, he decided to set about filming one of his own scripts. One that was 10 years in the making -Inception -a highly ambitious walk through the ‘architecture of the mind’. And in doing this, he might just have saved the summer of 2010.