On Being Busy.

Posted Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Making a film is always to attempt a balloon ocean crossing with no balloon; it’s a process that begins with just a lot of hot air and a lot of cold water. Consequently we all become experts at seeming busy.

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Why?

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Tinker, Tailor is a film which garnered the highest acclaim you could hope for, yet only six months down the line it already feels like not the real deal.

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Where The Magic Happens.

Posted Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

In “Hugo” Scorsese forgets the lesson taught by “The Artist”. Don’t show, imply. This is where cinema’s third dimension truly lies, in the ability to create a sensation in the viewer which is more than the sum of its parts. That’s the magic.

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Where Am I?

Posted Friday, January 6th, 2012

People hate rush hour. In many ways I hate rush hour to. An asked for invite to a game of twister with strangers. However that unexpected proximity to the rest of London is really a treat to be grateful for.

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Ken Russell

Posted Monday, November 28th, 2011

The other night I snuck along to a preview screening of the new digitally remastered copy of ‘Aria’, which is new out on DVD. For those who missed this first time round, ‘Aria’ is a portmanteau film in which producer Don Boyd gathers a collection of directors and gets them each to visually interpret an operatic aria of their choice. Not the sort of thing you can imagine many financiers going for these days, but since the directors in question

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Offices & Car Parks.

Posted Saturday, October 29th, 2011

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Motionless Motion.

Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2011

It is impossible to think about LA without thinking about roads. A friend we met out there decried the state of them, said that since the local economy began to crumble so did the roads and in some stretches it’s like the third world. This was of course exaggeration but in a city where no building looks older than me the endless snake of tarmac and lamp post does feel oddly ancient. At home it still feels like the roads

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Uncomfortable Questions.

Posted Sunday, September 4th, 2011

They are not the only ones who rapidly tire of the panel’s faltering and banal questioning and at one point Von Trier, having already claimed “So far in this interview I have said nothing of any value and I’m sorry” blurts out “I think these three gentlemen really need to pull their fucking act together.”

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Structural Linguistics.

Posted Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Recently Raindance published an attention seeking rant by salesman and glasses wearer John Truby in which he laid into the 3-Act structure on the grounds that vocal opposition to it gives his screenwriting books their USP. I’m not sure if he managed to shift any of the £350 tickets to his seminar but he did reignite some of the Screenwriters’ Network’s less edifying arguments about whose structure is more rigid. Despite my ennui at the familiar gnashing of teeth brought

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Al Qaeda: Super Hero Edition.

Posted Friday, June 24th, 2011

I will admit that for someone who doesn’t really care that much for superhero movies I do devote an unwholesome amount of space on this blog to writing about them. I won’t try and pretend that I’m completely immune to their charms; I’m still boy enough to enjoy things exploding, which is the genre’s key plot point. Mostly though, what fascinates me about superhero movies is that they are a fantasy, and someone’s fantasies are usually where they are most

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