Yes, James Franco, you're a crazy renaissance man. We all get it now.
The first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, is coming to IMAX cinemas on September 21, 2012 to promote the Blu-ray release of the Indy saga on October 8th. Find out where you can catch the world's biggest Nazi-saluting monkeys in the UK.
Killing Them Softly, the latest film from The Assassination of Jesse James genius Andrew Dominik, is high on my list of most-anticipated movies.
Alex (played here by first time writer/director Ryan O’Nan) is dumped by his girlfriend, given the heave-ho by his band-mates and fired from his boring job as a real-estate agent, so he decides to form a duo with devoted fan Jim (Michael Weston). The pair set off on a sort of cross-country tour of the good ole US of A but then their terrible tour manager Cassidy (Arielle Kebbel) disappears at the worst time that Alex and Jim could have possibly have imagined.
Director Marcel Carné is revered by cineastes primarily on the strength of Les Enfants du Paradis, a long, leisurely and utterly magical drama set amid the bustling theatrical demimonde of Paris in the 1820s. It makes regular appearances on lists of the top ten best movies ever; rightly so, because watching it is the closest thing cinema has to offer to the satisfaction of losing yourself in a great novel. But Carne's 1938 film Le Quai des Brumes was also very highly regarded in its day. It's now available on Blu-ray. If it's even a tenth as good as Les Enfants, then it'll be really something, won't it?
Could we be seeing the makings of a comeback?
There is something inherently easy about British romantic comedies. Maybe it’s the lure of seeing a posh man mumbling incoherently, or the thrill of hearing a curse word in the Queen’s English. Maybe it’s the fact we can understand the cultural references, unlike many of Hollywood’s offspring (to this day, I still don’t fully understand why everyone must drink out of red paper cups).