Jess is a freelance writer and illustrator with a penchant for Nathan Fillion and a decent ‘chase’ thriller. Raised on a steady diet of popcorn, geek ephemera and The Matrix, she is classically trained in the way of the movie and counts Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Akira Kurosawa as her most admired auteurs. When she’s not watching films, she can be found working on her first novel and screenplay, doodling a new illustration under her artist name, Wildfire198, or writing for her own blog, Skwigly or for AnyForty magazine.
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It would appear we’re going to be in for a treat with the Avengers movie which will be released later this year. Not that that’s entirely surprising, what with Joss Whedon at the directorial helm. There have been several rather cheesy and badly done Avengers editions over the years, so it’s not that it’ll be hard to make a good ‘un, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been lazy with it.
Not content to sit on his laurels after the recent opening of his epic War Horse, Steven Spielberg has been talking to Time Out about another of his projects in the works: Robopocalypse - it sounds like a code name for another Transformers movie (a series that Spielberg executive produced), but it is in fact an adaptation of a novel by the same name, written by Daniel H. Wilson.
It’s been five years since the subterfuge of the IMF has graced our screens. Now it is back, and not a moment too soon, if you ask me. Ethan Hunt and his team of agents are up to their necks in counter-terrorism hijinks again, in a film that harks back to the original Mission: Impossible series with explosive results.
85 year-old Jiro Ono runs Sukiyabashi Jiro, a tiny sushi restaurant squirreled away in a Tokyo subway station - having spent most of his life in the pursuit of creating the perfect sushi, Jiro-san has recently received a 3 star Michelin review for his culinary genius, and the restaurant has been gaining in notoriety worldwide ever since.
Jiro-san is considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef and he has set the bar incredibly high for his son, Yoshikazu, to follow in his footsteps. Director David Gelb has taken it upon himself to create a documentary based on the life and works of Jiro-san, and the relationship between father and son, creating Jiro Dreams of Sushi, his feature film debut.
It would seem Darren Aronofsky’s first directorial role since Black Swan is in need of a new leading man after Christian Bale was forced to bow out. The film is Noah, an epic feature film based on the Biblical character who built the Ark. How Mr Aronofsky is going to play this theme out is unclear at the moment, as it’s still early days, but it will most certainly be an interesting film to watch out for.