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Classic Scene – 500 Days of Summer. Dancing in the park

Posted by LiveFor on May 3, 2010

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Spider-Man 4 – Marc Webb confirmed to direct it

Posted by LiveFor on January 20, 2010

Marc Webb was rumoured to be directing the reboot then Nimrod Antal’s name was also mentioned. Today Sony have released the following press release confirming Marc Webb will direct the next Spider-Man film. Could this mean Joseph Gordon Levitt has a better chance of being Spidey?

Marc Webb, the director of the Golden Globe nominated Best Picture (500) Days of Summer, will direct the next chapter in the Spider-Man franchise, set to hit theaters summer 2012, it was jointly announced today by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.

Written by James Vanderbilt, Webb will work closely with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin in developing the project, which will begin production later this year.

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, said, “At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world. The key for us as we sought a new director was to identify filmmakers who could give sharp focus to Peter Parker’s life. We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter’s shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man’s adventure. We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey.”

Arad and Ziskin added jointly, “Over the years, the Spider-Man comics have been told with bold and creative new writers and artists who have re-calibrated the way audiences see Peter Parker. Marc Webb will do for the new direction of the films what so many visionary storytellers have done with the comic books. He is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we look forward to working closely with him on this new adventure.”

Webb said, “This is a dream come true and I couldn’t be more aware of the challenge, responsibility, or opportunity. Sam Raimi’s virtuoso rendering of Spider-Man is a humbling precedent to follow and build upon. The first three films are beloved for good reason. But I think the Spider-Man mythology transcends not only generations but directors as well. I am signing on not to ‘take over’ from Sam. That would be impossible. Not to mention arrogant. I’m here because there’s an opportunity for ideas, stories, and histories that will add a new dimension, canvas, and creative voice to Spider-Man.”

Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, added, “I’m excited that Sony has chosen a director with a real penchant and understanding for the character. This is a brave, bold direction for the franchise, and I can’t wait to see what Marc comes up with next.”

Added Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, “The idea of re-imagining the on-screen story for one of the world’s most iconic superheros is sure to deliver an exciting new dimension to Spider-Man fans everywhere. There are volumes of comics and material available to inspire fresh and compelling takes on Peter Parker and his journey as Spidey and we look forward to seeing this come alive onscreen.”

Marc Webb has won acclaim with his film debut (500) Days of Summer. He has several MTV VMAs™ including 2009’s Best Director award for Green Day’s “21 Guns,” 2006 Best Rock Video for AFI’s “Miss Murder,” and Best Group Video for The All-American Rejects’ “Move Along.” The Music Video Production Association honored him in 2006 as the Director of the Year for his work with Weezer, AAR, and My Chemical Romance.

How do you feel about the news? As I’ve said before he will no doubt be good at the Peter Parker scenes but what about the action stuff?

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Source: Deadline

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SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson returns in Iron Man 2 and Thor

Posted by LiveFor on January 19, 2010

Clark Gregg will reprise his role from Iron Man as Agent Coulson in “Thor according to Variety.

The character is the latest to appear in multiple Marvel productions as the comicbook company’s film division preps for the eventual production of “The Avengers,” which unites Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Thor in one pic. Marvel has been keen on brokering deals with actors to make sure auds will recognize characters when they crossover and appear in its other films.

Gregg’s Agent Coulson also will return in the upcoming “Iron Man 2.”

Thor, which Kenneth Branagh is currently shooting, stars Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding Norse god, as well as Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellen Skarsgard and Kat Dennings.

Gregg also recently appeared in indie “500 Days of Summer” and helmed “Choke,” based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel.

I really love the fact they are linking all the Marvel Studio films together with characters appearing in both. Will be interesting to see how Agent Coulson interacts with the Asgardian God. Could Iron Man turn up in Thor as well?

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2009: Top 10 films of the year – Richard Bodsworth

Posted by LiveFor on December 31, 2009

Rich has done a fair few reviews for Live for Films and now here is his top 10 films of the past year.

10. Watchmen

2009 was the year that the ultimate graphic novel finally made it’s way to the big screen. After several attempts with A List names attached, Zach Snyder pulls off what many believed was impossible and to put it bluntly, it’s fucking brilliant! Almost a page for page adaptation from the original novel Snyder, obviously a fan boy, was the perfect choice to direct. All the actors chosen for their skills and likeness to the characters they portray, the film like the novel is tremendous. The coolest film of the year.

9. Where The Wild Things Are:

Literary to cinema adaptations are nothing new these days, but one book you would not expect to be the basis for a $100m Hollywood makeover would be Maurice Sendak’s, Where The Wild Things Are. Containing just ten sentences, the 1963 the beloved children’s classic doesn’t’t have much to go on, but Spike Jonze manages to scrap the clichéd “un-filmable” tag and deliver 90 minutes of sheer beauty. The plot is as thin as the / in Frost/Nixon, but isn’t that what childhood is like? I was captivated by the vivid landscapes and the perfect Jim Henson Studios created “Things”. As the “wild rumpus” commences, you get the feeling you are a kid again and cant help but smile as this charming film washes over you.

8. (500) Days of Summer:

A relationship comedy is probably a better way to describe (500) Days of Summer than as a romantic comedy. To be honest this was not the kind of film I expected to be on my list come the end of the year, but it’s fresh and pretty damn cool. Shot in a non linear fashion it shows 500 days of the relationship between Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s, Tom, and Summer. A realistic look at relationships, some genuine laughs and you have to be mad if you don’t love Zooey Deschanel.

7. Inglorious Basterds:

The genius that is Quentin Tarantino returns after the underwhelming Death Proof with what could be his greatest film since Pulp Fiction. As historically inaccurate and ridiculous as the plot it is, this was one of the most entertaining films of the year. Featuring some brilliant scenes including customary QT dialogue, you are reminded why he won the Oscar back in 1994. The main talking point is the terrifying turn by Christoph Waltz as “The Jew Hunter” Hans Landa who steals the film and has to be a front runner for Best Supporting Actor. Calm, evil and ever so slightly camp, it is an astonishing performance. The opening scene probably the best of 2009, the climatic scenes definitely the most audacious.

6. Avatar:

As cinema experiences go, Avatar has to be one of the most amazing I have ever witnessed. James Cameron’s visual effects wank was awesome, some scenes were truly breathtaking, and the greatest thing I have seen yet in 3D. However, as many have previously said, there isn’t much plot to justify such a long running time. On a personal level I always thought a film was a way to tell a story through images, here we have a lot of images (very nice ones at that) but not much story, I will admit being drawn into some of the emotional exchanges though. But still, I really enjoyed what is a flawed yet stunning film and something you should definitely see on a 3D screen.

5. The Wrestler:

Darren Aronofsky goes back to basics after the critical mauling he took over The Fountain with a moving character piece about an over-the-hill wrestler looking for one last shot at the big time. Guaranteed to draw comparisons to Rocky, it however is not. With the small production values it feels ever so personal, the Clint Mansell and Slash score stripped as bare as the main character, The Wrestler is truly mesmerising. But it is Mickey Rourke who steals the show with such a heartbreaking performance, in which you can tell he has drawn from his own past experiences and allows us to delve deep into Randy “The Ram” Robinson’s soul. Sadly robbed at last years Oscar’s.

4. The Hurt Locker:

Kathryn Bigelow will forever be known for bringing us the action classic Point Break with Keanu Reeves and the late Patrick Swayze. With that she showed her skills at filming action sequences, and after a long lay off from making movies she returned with this brilliant story of a bomb disposal unit in Iraq. Over the past few years the Iraq war has been the favoured conflict, but this is head and shoulders above the rest due to it’s stunning realism, knife edge tension and an Oscar worthy performance from Jeremy Renner. Mark Boal craftily weaves the script between deep, engaging characters and action set pieces which Bigelow shoots perfectly.

3. Moon:

If you happen to have read any of my other posts you will be aware of my love for Duncan Jones’ Moon and still, after several DVD viewings, I’m certain it deserves to be called one of the best films of 2009. A taught Sci-Fi thriller set on a lonely space station based on the moon, focuses on the story more than the visual effects (which are still great for such a small budget) something that seems to be ignored in the genre these days. You cant help but be drawn in and amazed at the solo performance of Sam Rockwell in a role that will hopefully make other people business sit up and recognise him as leading man material.

2. District 9:

The science fiction film narrowly bumping Moon into third place is another directorial debut, this time from Peter Jackson apprentice Neil Blomkamp. Not unlike Moon, the film does feature some impressive visual effects but they are put on the back burner (for the first part of the film at least) as Blomkamp weaves the completely believable scenario with the underlying themes of xenophobia and the use of a privatised military. The final act does fall into action packed blockbuster territory but not without the thought provoking build up, all the more poignant by the country in which it is set.

1. Let The Right One In:

2009 saw a resurgence in popularity of the Vampire genre with the likes of True Blood and the love of teenage girls worldwide, Twilight, but the best of the lot has to be the Swedish masterpiece Let The Right One in. Focusing on the relationship between two kids, one a vampire, it is definitely my favourite film of the year. Beautifully shot against a snow covered landscape, the performances are outstanding, the story as chilling and haunting as anything over the past few years. It refuses to be a ‘proper’ horror film and the gore is kept to a minimum but this just further heightens the taught atmosphere and sucks you into the blossoming relationship. Such a fantastic film.

I always thought this would be an easy task, but it wasn’t. Some I sadly had to leave out included

Star Trek which was a great blockbuster by J.J Abrahms

Funny People and Adventureland, two of my favourite comedies of the year.

In The Loop, simply for Malcolm Tucker’s foul mouthed rants.

Drag Me To Hell, one of the funniest ‘horrors’ I’ve seen in a long time, Sam Raimi you legend.

Zombieland, another hilarious horror which I cant wait to watch again.

and The Damned United, that Michael Sheen is a great bloody chameleon! Two highly enjoyable films, especially Frost/Nixon.

Is there any others I have missed out? Please feel free to argue against my list of you disagree. Roll on 2010!

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500 Days of Summer, 2009 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on August 24, 2009

500+Days+Summer+2009+Sundance+Portrait+Session+NfxKBZ9MsQRlDirector: Marc Webb
Starring: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Zooey Dechanel, Geoffrey Arend, Matthew Gray Gubler, Chloe Moretz.
Running Time: 95 minutes
Score: 8.5/10

Another excellent review from Sarah Louise Dean

I watch a lot of films, and I like to think that I know a thing or two about romantic comedies. Quite a few modern rom-coms are terrible. But just sometimes you watch a film at exactly the right point in your life where it resonates the most, and it knocks your socks off. I felt the prickly feeling of recognition whilst watching the divine (500) Days of Summer. It’s a whimsical independent film which tells the story of how Tom (played by Joseph Gordon Levitt), a young and preppy greetings card writer working in LA falls perilously in love with bohemian renegade Summer (Zooey Dechanel), a personal assistant who comes to work at his company. The film carefully charts the course of their burgeoning and then flailing relationship over the titular 500 days.

Nowadays film producers like to veer sideways when serving up a rom-com plot. They know that we’ve already seen the good movies, the ones that appeal to all. The ones that cleverly place a non-judgmental mirror up and reflect the messy business of relationships. We don’t know what will be thrown at us, or to be patronised. Many directors seem to think that we don’t want a happy ending anymore, but I’d say we need one more than ever. Perhaps today, however, we’re savvy enough to demand a believable ending. The tagline of this film is a clever clue as to where it’s going: ‘Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t’. The story is told from Tom’s point of view and sweeps back and forth to let the viewer see Tom’s mental state during the falling in and the inevitable falling out of love with Summer. The toing and froing is not a hardship on the viewer, but a clever comparison slowly unfolding the details of Tom’s affliction.

Going back to the traditional romantic comedy definition, it fits the latter part of the description probably more than the former, as the opening gambit and the denouement are both very funny, but the act of falling in love doesn’t last nearly long enough for my liking. Although the premise is unique, there are some familiar showpieces here, contrasting the character’s childhoods and standard conceptions of love, although it’s a nice to see the gender swap on who possesses those ideas. There is some borrowing from Woody Allen with split-screen quirks and pieces to camera, but they’re used because they work. Like when Tom is invited to Summer’s party, we get to see his ideal party scenario set against what really happens, and the execution is achingly bittersweet.

Summer, is incredibly pretty in an equally preppy manner, imbued with a breezy manner to illustrate how unaffected she is by all the male attention that she is paid. But frankly I found her to be emotionless and sometimes bordering on nasty. I wonder if this was because the script was written by writers burned by their own personal Summers? Zooey plays Summer in her usual manner, with a monotone delivery but a wealth of emotion going on behind her big eyes, but as Summer is supposed to be someone who keeps careful control over all emotion, she is well cast.

The supporting characters fulfil their function but are never at the centre of the action. Tom’s two best friends McKenzie and Paul, played by Geoffrey Arend and Matthew Gray Gubler were both interesting and should really have played a bigger part. And Summer does not have any female friends at all. Had she had some, this may have softened the image of her presented to the viewer. There is also a quirky role-reversal relationship between Tom and his much younger counselling sister Rachel (Chloe Moretz).

It’s not just the nuanced plot; it’s also the peripheral touches that make this film so sweet. We get to see another side of Los Angeles where people have comparatively normal jobs and aren’t all scarily beautiful actors. And of course the soundtrack is an Indie lover’s wet dream, personified by Tom’s brilliant drunken karaoke version of The Pixies’ Here Comes Your Man. I also adore the film for its gorgeous pastel colour palette, which plays wells with the light and young tone of the film. The characters apartments are immaculate but not huge. And this really is Gordon-Levitt’s film. He is a highly capable leading man, who fully inhabits Tom’s boyish obsession with the right amount of candour and warmth.

There are some plot contrivances, such as a messy subplot involving Tom not enjoying his job and wanting to become an architect. Summer speaks for the whole audience when she asks Tom why he hasn’t done anything about it?

But the highlight is the way that 500 Days deals with modern relationships. There is no sugar coating to Tom’s heartache. When Summer refuses to take his hand or look him in the eye. you feel every tiny blow. We’ve all been in those awkward situations, and here they are played out with cool efficiency.

Some of the plot is contrived, it’s a little bit too hip and the characterisation could be more multidimensional. In summary, 500 Days of Summer is romantic, it made me laugh and is appealing to men and women alike. What’s not to love?

Photo by Matt Carr

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