Ethan Hawke is in compelling, enigmatic form as an American academic and writer, Tom Ricks, who returns to Paris to try and revive his relationship with his estranged wife and six-year-old daughter. But he’s ignoring an exclusion order when he bursts into their flat; police are called and he flees. After falling asleep on a bus, he wakes up at the end of the line – literally and metaphorically, perhaps – robbed of all his possessions, left with just the cash in his pockets, in a bleak, brutal, unphotogenic side of Paris that visitors never see. He takes refuge in a seedy North African immigrants’ café where the owner rents him a room above – at first on trust, then in return for a mysterious job as a nightwatchman.
Greetings and salutations and welcome to the inaugural edition of Keeping Score, your bi-weekly guide to the world of film music. Coming up for your delectation is a preview of a huge upcoming score, news of some apes being reissued and a playlist tribute to a Hollywood great.
Being a huge Star Wars fan, it can sometimes be all too easy to turn a blind eye to the various missteps of the franchise (although the infamous ‘Jedi Rocks’ musical sequence that was tacked onto Return of the Jedi will forever be one of the most traumatic cinematic experiences you could ever have the misfortune of being subjected to). So, despite the vast fanboy boycott that the saga’s 3D reboot provoked, I was first in line to buy a horribly overpriced ticket to enjoy Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in all its three dimensional glory at London’s IMAX cinema.
Fresh off the admittedly mixed reception to her big screen debut in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, Gina Carano is set to return to kicking people's heads in for John Stockwell directed action movie, In The Blood.
The first trailer for Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, his long awaited return to filmmaking after a 14-year break, has been released and sets the tone for what will be a tour-de-force of deadpan comedy.
Damsels in Distress follows a group of college girls who, in the words of clique leader Violet (Greta Gerwig), set out to change ‘the atmosphere of male barbarism’ at their East Coast College and, by extension, educate and guide fellow students in contemporary social life.
Oren Peli’s Chernobyl Diaries has been picked up by Alcon Entertainment and set for release in the States on Memorial Day weekend.
A new weekly feature on Lost in the Multiplex, looking at the winners and losers of the UK box office.
Hammer Horror's revival finds its first major success as The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, opens a the top of the charts.
Earlier this year it was announced that Tim Burton was considering directing a sequel to his 1988 film Beetlejuice, news that was met with shock and outrage almost immediately.
However , it seems that fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the film will be going ahead with original star Michael Keaton's involvement.
The only rational way to process the collective existence of Michael Bay's Transformers movies is to view them as a subversive commentary on the major studio blockbuster and the idea of diminishing returns. That, or some perverse anthropological experiment to measure how much closer we, as a species, are getting to our own version of Idiocracy.
From Gus Van Sant, Oscar-nominated director of Milk (Nominated for Best Achievement in Directing, 2009) and Good Will Hunting (Nominated for Best Director, 1998), comes the acclaimed love story RESTLESS, out now on DVD and Digital Download from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and to celebrate the release we’ve got 3 copies of the DVD to give away absolutely free!
Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland) and newcomer Henry Hopper shine in this humorous and touching tale of romance between a young man (Hopper) who has given up on life and a young girl (Wasikowska) on the verge of losing hers.