Though Airplane! riffs on the Airport series (particularly Airport 1975) and Irwin Allen disaster movies like The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, it’s a straight-up remake of Zero Hour!, with just a little spin on the ball. Key elements are exactly the same: a hero named Ted Stryker, a former second world war fighter pilot still haunted by the six comrades killed because of a decision he made in combat. A flight he catches at the last minute to win back a woman who’s left him a “Dear John” note. An illness that sweeps through the airplane cabin, debilitating all the passengers who ordered fish instead of meat, including the pilot and the co-pilot. Stryker getting called up to steer the plane to safety, guided on the ground by the no-nonsense captain who was his superior during the war. … [Read more...] about Airplane! at 40: the best spoof comedy ever made?
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“It’s like doing a dinner party but only cooking with what you have at home,” says the Chilean film-maker Pablo Larraín, Homemade’s chief instigator. “You have to be very creative.” Like many other film-makers, Larraín was at home, locked down in Santiago with his wife and children, and only able to move so far forward on any of his projects (which include a Princess Diana film starring Kristen Stewart). So he, his brother and co-producer Juan de Dios Larraín, and Italian producer Lorenzo Mieli decided to make a few calls and get things moving. On top of the strictures of lockdown there were a few other rules to do with format, length (roughly 10 minutes), and deadline (they only had 10 days). But apart from stipulating a PG-13/12A age rating, film-makers were free to do what they liked. “This might be something interesting many years from now to look back on,” says Larraín, “something that could stay as a memoir … [Read more...] about ‘I had this image of my husband making love to a tree’: directors on filming shorts for Netflix’s Homemade
The title of this brutal, violent and very macho prison movie from director David Mackenzie means "transferred prematurely from juvenile detention to adult jail". The film's press pack came with a glossary explaining to reviewers some of the other code-words: "kanga" meaning officer; "tech" meaning mobile phone; "kick off back door" meaning anal sex, and "straightener", meaning pre-planned fight. For me, this last word has a certain kind of sad irony and prose-poetry. It is the debut screenplay from Jonathan Asser, a psychotherapist who has experience treating long-term prisoners with anger-management issues. That phrase itself is perhaps a kind of official code, which looks increasingly euphemistic as the film progresses. … [Read more...] about Starred Up review: ‘Shame, depression and fear are all pungently present’
In more Royal Family news, we took a look inside Prince Charles’ Birkhall study jam-packed with books, family snaps and a sweet tribute to Camilla. … [Read more...] about Five tricks the Queen uses to keep cool in the hot summer weather
We also shared how the Queen’s cool summer dresses are tested with an electric fan before wearing them so they NEVER blow up in a breeze. … [Read more...] about The Queen has many ‘secret rooms’ in Buckingham Palace including an indoor pool, cinema and a doctor’s office