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Check out the latest news on projects, with photos from on and off set.
Also, have a look at the stuff I'm enjoying right now in the films, books and music section.
UP & COMING RELEASE DATES
THE FINEST HOURS (2016)
EX MACHINA (2015):
Director: Alex Garland
Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body... READ MORE
" A really well crafted and prescient take on the rise of the machines in our lives. Another great performance by Oscar Isaac too, who is becoming a favourite of mine "
Director: Paul King
A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kind Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed... READ MORE
" For anyone with children, or in touch with their "inner child", this is a must. Delightful, funny, and heart warming"
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH (2014):
Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit.... READ MORE
" A wonderful documentary about Nick Cave, but really a meditation on life itself and our short time here in which to enjoy it."
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (2014):
Director: Mathew Vaughn
A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.... READ MORE
" A top class re-working of the spy genre. Cracking performances and some outrageously good action sequences!"
IT'S A MAD. MAD. MAD. MAD WORLD (1963):
Director: Stanley Kramer
After a long prison sentence Smiler Grogan is heading at high speed to a California park where he hid $350,000 from a job 15 years previously. He accidentally careens over a cliff in view of four cars whose occupants go down to help. The dying Grogan gives details of where the money is buried and when the witnesses fail to agree on sharing the cash, a crazy chase develops across the state.... READ MORE
" An oldie but a classic. Recently reissued on Criterion DVD, with a wealth of special features. Always one of my favourites, this has not diminished with time. A reminder of how great comedy used to be crafted "
THE BLADE ITSELF:
Longen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of ... READ MORE
THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE:
Robert Louis Stevenson
This book focuses upon the conflict between two brothers, Scottish noblemen whose family is torn... READ MORE
Tom Rob Smith
In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.
Stalin's Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens ... READ MORE
" I love his work, and would dearly love to see this filmed! The first part of a trilogy. Fantasy fiction doesn't get any better. "
" A sometimes overlooked work by one of the masters. For any fan of Outlander this is a must read! "
" . I haven't seen the movie yet, but this book grips you from the start and doesn't let go! "
Tom Ripley is a wealthy man in his early thirties. He lives in Villeperce, France, with his wealthy French wife, Heloise. Ripley... READ MORE
THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY:
First published in 1958. It was the first of a series of five novels about the Larkins, a rural family from Kent.... READ MORE
" A masterpiece and so much better than the movie."
" I love re-visiting these books, that celebrate the joy and humour and chaos of life. Charming."
AND THEIR REFINEMENT OF THE DECLINE:
Stars of the Lid
Ambient, minimalist, drone.
PUSH THE SKY AWAY:
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
SOUND AND COLOR:
Blues rock, roots rock, soul. garage rock
" Fantastic chill out stuff. Open a bottle of wine, turn off the phone and fall into
" I'm loving this, his unique voice and approach to performing always make him a haunting presence in my house. "
" I got turned on to this on KCRW in Santa Monica. Check them out. Awesome stuff. "
HOUNDS OF LOVE:
Pop/rock, Indie rock
Acoustic, indie folk, dream pop.
" I saw a great documentary about her recently and immediately set about re-visiting her work. This, I feel, is her finest hour! "
" Another great KCRW discovery. Soak it in...... "