Thursday, 26 July 2012

My first ever screenplay

A lifetime achievement for me. Just finished the first draft of my very first screenplay. Now to type up the obligatory Oscar acceptance speech!!!!!

"The Dark Knight Rises' latest: Jon Isaacs has spoken



I was underwhelmed. Yet another example of failing to live up to the hype. In a nutshell 

1. Haven't we seen enough post-9/11-neurosis-NYC-gets-trashed CGI vehicles?

2. It was about 45 minutes too long, coming in at a Titanic 2hrs 45 minutes.

3. The uber-villain looked and behaved just like a character in a playstation games. All thuggery, no finesse. Come back Burgess Meredith, all is forgiven.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

The Dark Knight Rises - AND FALLS!!!

The Dark Knight Rises has received universal acclaim. Like its predecessors, the latest superhero exploits of Batman has hit a high note with critics in most major newspapers and magazines. The Dark Knight Rises received 87% certified fresh from Rotten Tomatoes but the fans seemed to be even more euphoric, giving their seal of approval for 93% of the votes at Imdb long before the film was even released. However, many of those critics who dared to criticise the film has received hate mail and even death threats from some fans. One of those critics who has received the dreaded death threats for his review is Britain's Christopher Tookey, who wrote in the Daily Mail that the The Dark Knight Rises is "bloated", "bottom-numbingly long", "the baddie is a mumbling bore" and that the plot is a "pretentious mess". CNN's film critic Tom Charity called the movie "disappointingly clunky".

The film is set eight years after when Batman had disappeared (at the climax of the previous film) and was  blamed for murder. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become a recluse. However he is summoned to return when a masked manic named Bane (Tom Hardy) causes havoc in the city of Gotham.

I must admit that I also think that the The Dark Knight Rises is pretentious, rambling and rather dull. The villain is inaudible under that rubber mask and as for the movie being about Batman, he is seldom in it. Parts of the film is quite tedious although some of the few action sequences is truly spectacular. There is not much of a story and yet, it takes 165 minutes to tell it. Why? 

The Dark Knight Rises is not the worst film I have ever seen but the release of this much anticipated blockbuster is a classic example of just how effective the film's marketing campaign has been that so many of fans have aggressively defended the film many months before actually seeing it.

'The Body Snatcher' is a memorable horror classic!

The Body Snatcher is an 1945 RKO Pictures adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson story about a ruthless surgeon and his young student who find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers. 

Set in Edinburgh around the time of the famous Burke and Hare murders, The Body Snatcher was produced by the legendary horror producer Val Lewton and is the best of his forties thrillers. The Body Snatcher is an outstanding horror film and a terrific version of the Stevenson story. Henry Daniell excels as Doctor Wolfe "Toddy" McFarlane but it is the outstanding performance by Boris Karloff as the sinister Cabman John Gray that stands out. Karloff steals every scene and it is still inconceivable to think that Karloff was not even nominated for an Oscar for his memorable performance. 

Brilliantly written by Philip McDonald and Val Lewton (aka: Carlos Keith) with atmospheric cinematography by Robert De Grasse and stylish direction by Robert Wise, The Body Snatcher is a gem that may not well known today but is held in very high esteem by film critics and historians everywhere. This is an enjoyable horror story from classic Hollywood.
RATING *****

(Click) 'The Body Snatcher' (1945) TRAILER

Thursday, 12 July 2012

'Lawrence of Arabia' needs to be watched on the big screen

'Lawrence of Arabia' was released in 1962 and starred Irish actor Peter O'Toole (who has just announced his retirement) as the legendary British Officer TE Lawrence who collaborated with the Arabs in their revolt against the Ottoman Turkish rule in 1916 - 18. 'Lawrence of Arabia' won many Oscars including best picture and best director (David Lean). Modern American film directors such as Scorsese, Spielberg, Lucas and Coppola have named 'Lawrence of Arabia' as one of their favourite films. It is certainly the most beautiful film that I have ever seen on the big screen.

How well will 'The Wolf of Wall Street' do at this weekend at the Oscars?

How well will 'The Wolf of Wall Street' do at this weekend at the Oscars? Brilliantly written by Terence Winter ("The Sopranos&...