BBC - Mark Kermode's film blog

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Post-house - Fun house!

Today, I'm on a whistlestop tour of Acsent Media in Soho sitting in on an edit with my mate Olly Keir - he is working on a documentry for some graduates from Brighton called "Painting Trains" we have been doing interview 'cutdowns' which is essentially cutting down whole interview sequences. We also did jobs around the building for clients like recording DVD playouts and setting up decks in the editing suites.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

" The Legend you never knew you knew "

I heard this phrase coined on radio 4' film programme recently referencing Danny Elfman's epic score to Edward Scissorhands. I want to look at one of movies great teamings - Danny Elfman and Tim Burton.

Burton is principally using Gothic styles and Elfman feeds into that, famously not classically trained Elfman mostly uses computers, this Gothic theme is used in Beetlejuice with a 'Danse Macabre' (Dance of death) feel - a sense of things hurtling out of control with a sense of fun. Into also runs into a Russian theme through the film. It essentially feels just like a ghost train ride:

Next is the reinvention of Batman, with Keaton in the lead role once again, this time its serious with plenty of action. This is Elfmans epic 'Reveal' and main theme:

Elfman is apparently inspired by 1930's composer Eric Wolfgang Korngold responsible for the score of Michael Curtiz's swashbuckling movies such as robin hood:

From the dark and gothic to the lighter but still brooding: Edward Scissorhands: here there is more of an image system for the music and that is snow, and the fall of snow...

Its like a fable and according to writer and composer Neil Brand feels like "The legend you never knew you knew" and "feels like an old story" but Burton and Elfman manage to create a modern fairytale. It's "Romantic, it's longing, it's dark"

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Back in Cinemas...

Can't believe it but Back to the Futures... BACK. I'd love to see this on the big screen!

Home movie roadshow

Just caught the end of home movie roadshow (in the style of the Newsnight review) on BBC2 fronted by Kirsty Wark and Dan Cruickshank and came accross this mobile cinema. Why hasnt this caught on?!

Here's the website for Vintage Mobile Cinemas

Monday, 2 August 2010

Attack the Block

Joe Cornish directorial debut is Attack the Block and looks like it will be the hottest British film since Fuzz. With Nick Frost and producer of Scott Pilgrim Vs the World, Spaced and Hot Fuzz, Nira Park (Edgar Wrights Producer in all of his projects) This film should prove to be a true brit classic. here is the pitch and treatment from Twitch Film

Attack The Block is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a housing estate into a SCI-FI PLAYGROUND. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And weapon wielding teenage thugs into heroes. Think ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 only with monsters and a tower block. Or LA HAINE crossed with ALIENS. It's inner city versus outer space.

Trainee nurse Sam is walking home to her flat in a scary South London tower block when she's robbed by a gang of masked, hooded youths. She's saved when the gang are distracted by a bright meteorite, which falls from the sky and hits a nearby parked car. Sam flees, just before the gang are attacked by a small alien creature that leaps from the wreckage. The gang chase the creature and kill it, dragging its ghoulish carcass to the top of the block, with they treat as their territory.

While Sam and the police hunt for the gang, a second wave of meteors fall. Confident of victory against such feeble invaders, the gang grab weapons, mount bikes and mopeds, and set out to defend their turf. But this time the creatures are bigger. Much bigger. Savage, shadowy and bestial, they are hunting their fallen comrade and nothing will stand in their way. THE ESTATE IS ABOUT TO BECOME A BATTLEGROUND. And the bunch of no-hope kids who just attacked Sam are about to become her, and the block's, only hope.

Bye Hiatus!

My Summer hiatus as reached its end. With a month till we go back to uni I will be trying to regularly post on this here awesome blog. Seen about 2 films a day this summer (god bless sky movies and highlights have been Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 classic Network with Robert 'The Conversation' Duvall and Faye 'Chinatown' Dunaway. Other highlights include The long Good Friday and Dazed and Confused.