Saturday, 30 June 2012

Jeff Randall Live Sky News 11-01-2012 - Michael Winner

Interesting interview from outspoken filmmaker/food critic Michael Winner about his opinion about the film industry and David Cameron.

Still Life Campaign Video

Prolific filmmaker Matt Brown is co-producing a short film Short Life for writer/director Wang Fei.  They are doing a campaign for funding.  Please check out their campaign and if you want to help out, have a listen.  If anyone who wants to help out and donate money on this ambitous short.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS - Back To The Egg TV Special Intro/Getting Closer...

One of most underrated Macca's Album Back To The Egg (1979).  My father had a cassette version of the album and I had listened to it at the age of ten.  I found the album a bit more experimental like The Beatles While with intro of the first tune The Broadcast to the classic rock stuff like Rockestra and So Glad to See you Here.  Other times there are times songs like After the Ball/Million Miles & Winter Rose/Love Awake has got that Abbey Road but with a 70's feel to it, which seems to be a coincidence like Abbey Road that Back To The Egg was the final album for Wings.

I always loved this album has it was Macca doing what he good at, and it wasn't as poppy like Silly Loves Songs or Let Em In.  That probably why Back To The Egg wasn't as successful.

Highly reccommended for any Wings or Paul McCartney fan or even like a rocky tune.

The Art Of Noise - The Holy Egoism Of Genius

Saturday, 23 June 2012


The Last House On The Left (2010)

Tonight I going to watch this remake.  I watched the infamous original by Wes Craven which I didn't like due to the strange music.

Big Racket (Enzo Castellari) - Trailer and blog.

 Four years ago a good friend and filmmaker David Beynon introduced me with great Italian crime thrillers films like The Big Racket.  Directed by Enzo Castellari as Tarantino calls him 'le master'.

The Big Racket is one of those popular 70's vigilante movies like Death Wish films but with Sam Peckinpah slow motion techiniques but a Italian flavour. Nico Palmieri "Fabio Testi"  is a police inspector who battles against hoodlums terrorising a sleepy Italian village, extorting cash from the locals. With the threat of violence, no one dares to act except a restaurant owner who approaches Palmieri and sings like a canary. As a result, his young daughter is raped. Discovering that the terrorism is related to drug dealers, Palmieri is forbidden to continue investigating his case by his superior - so he goes it alone. Palmieri recruits men who have become victims of the crooks and take the law in their hands.

Check out the trailer and buy the DVD.  Great action film.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Icebergs and Monoliths and Biological Apocalypse Directed by Nicolas Roeg

This bring back memories when Public Information Films knew how to get people attention.  I couldn't believe that cult filmmaker Nicolas Roeg (Don't Look Now, The Man who Fells To Earth & Bad Timing) directed this powerful adverts.  Check them out.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Sam Peckinpah - Man of Iron (BBC Documentary)

I just found this documentary on one of the most greatest action filmmakers of all time, Sam Peckinpah.  Whilst I am in the middle of watching this documentary.

I will let you all know what I think of this documentary.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Revolution: The Director's Cut (1985) - directed by Hugh Hudson & trailer included

In the mid 80's my family use to have cable TV which known as CableVision. Like many children born in the 70's and 80's I was brought up of watching film like Rocky, Rambo, Cannon Films and Spielberg films. Some of those film would of been on Movie channel called Premiere which I would of been my education for watching films as my family wasn't into the cinema. On Premiere There were some films I thought I wasn't going to like but loved: David Lynch's The Elephant Man and John Boorman's The Emerald Forest.  What I liked about those films was that I can watch intelligent made film without it being patronised.

I once watched Hugh Hudson's Revolution in 1987 on cable TV thinking it was going to like those two film that I just mentioned.  All I remember was I didn't like it as I felt it was overlong and boring and didn't watch the ending.

As the years gone by, I found out about Revolution production history that it went overbudget due to weather and also Hudson being a profectionist.  Like Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate story the film flopped at the box office and also like Cimino, Hudson film career hasn't been prolific.  Again like United Artists, Revolution was one of the culprits to bankrupt British film company Goldcrest, in that year two other films also flopped, Julian Temple's Absolute Beginners and Roland Joffe's The Mission.  Also it's star Al Pacino didn't make another film for four years.

I heard a couple of years ago that Revolution had a director's cut which received critical acclaim in France.  Over the years I always like to re-watch films from my opinion good or bad just to have a second opinion, Revolution is one of those films but I never seen either on TV or DVD.  Admittedly my attention span wasn't for Revolution.

I never been a big fan of Hudson's masterpiece Chariots of Fire (1981) it's not because it's bad movie as it's not.  It's a visual film with an attention to detail and also Vangelis score is flawless.  I just can't identify with those upper-class runners.  I loved his follow-up Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan which is the best adaption of Tarzan.  I like to see Revolution in Hudson's vision.