FILM REVIEW: HELLBOY (15) SHOWCASE CINEMA DE LUX PETERBOROUGH, OUT NOW CAST: DAVID HARBOUR, IAN McSHANE, MILLA JOVOVICH, DANIEL DAE KIM, SASHA LANE, PENELOPE MITCHELL, SOPHIE OKONEDO, ALISTAIR PETRIE, MARIO DE LA ROSA, THOMAS HADEN CHURCH & THE VOICE OF STEPHEN GRAHAM RUNNING TIME: 2 HRS DIRECTOR: NEIL MARSHALL Watching this was like experiencing Hell on Earth.What an absolutely pointless reboot Hellboy is.For years, fanboys were clamouring for a third instalment to the Ron Perlman and Guillermo Del Toro-led Hellboy (the 2004 and 2008 films) – but despite being widely-respected and critically-acclaimed, box office receipts weren’t quite enough to go ahead.Well, timed passed, and a couple of years back – with David Harbour being a major player in hit series Stranger Things – a reboot was planned that would hopefully power through the box office ceiling that studio execs were clamouring for.But this has sadly bombed – and it’s not hard to see … [Read more...] about FILM REVIEW: Hellboy? It sure was for our critic!
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Inclusivity is the buzzword in fashion right now. Digital platforms, high-street collaborations and immersive experiences are among the methods that are being employed to strike up a conversation with the increasingly valuable everyday consumer. The V&A’s latest exhibition, a deep dive into the work of Sixties style siren Mary Quant, is a reminder that this approach is anything but new. At least, the retrospective stands as confirmation that Quant’s legacy is so much more than the swinging mini-skirts for which she is regularly, and perhaps reductively, defined. Quant, who embarked on an art diploma at Goldsmiths before learning how to make clothes at evening college, was the original brand strategist, with a make-up line, countless collaborations and a determination to resonate with women from all walks of life. The show, like the thrust of her story, begins in the Fifties with King’s Road restaurant-cum-boutique Bazaar (another concept … [Read more...] about Mary Quant review — ‘The woman who kicked off the first youthquake’
Top film critic Mark Kermode is coming to Newcastle to talk about his career - as a wannabe pop star. However, his choice of musical genre - skiffle - has proved a bit too niche to see any of his bands top the charts. But over the years it’s provided him with a fair few amusing anecdotes, as an audience at Northern Stage will find out next month. “As a teenager I wanted two things: to watch movies and be a pop star,” he said. “The first ambition was fairly straightforward – the second proved more tricky. “Yet somehow, more through persistence than talent, I kept that ridiculous dream alive, with frankly preposterous consequences.” The title of his tour is ‘How Does It Feel?’ It could just as well have been ‘How Difficult Can It Be?’ as at various times the ‘preposterous consequences’ he referred to were as a result of him putting this question to himself when asked to play an instrument in public he had never … [Read more...] about How film critic Mark Kermode plans to make sweet music with Newcastle fans
Barçın Yinanç - ISTANBUL Big film producers are objecting to what they see as unequal share of income, journalist Uğur Vardan has told the Daily News, explaining a recent crisis between producers and movie theater owners. Small producers had been warning for quite some time about monopoly practices, but their calls fell on deaf ears, as big producers turned a blind eye to the problems of the smaller ones, according to Vardan. Q: Tell us how this debate started. A: A film by a prominent producer, Yılmaz Erdoğan, was expected to be shown at movie theaters as of New Year. Another one shot by Cem Yılmaz (one of Turkey’s most popular comedians) was also scheduled to come to movie theaters soon, but they were postponed. In short, the issue is that a group which is operating the movie theaters is selling the tickets with promotions. But the extra income made through these promotions is not shared with the producers. When the operators sell a ticket … [Read more...] about Money, not art, at the heart of debate in Turkey’s film sector
0 Have your say Mike Leigh’s unflinching examination of the Peterloo massacre is big on historical detail but woefully short of engaging characters Peterloo (15) ***Nae Pasaran (12A) ****Mirai (PG) ****Full of noble intent and unflinching horror, Mike Leigh’s new film Peterloo dramatises the titular 1819 massacre at St Peter’s Fields, Manchester, with a forensic attention to historical detail and a frustratingly simplistic approach to characterisation. The result is a rather stultifying historical epic, a textbook example of preaching to the converted (with the emphasis on textbook). Beginning in the aftermath of Waterloo with a traumatised member of Wellington’s army stumbling around in a stupor, the film follows this soldier’s return to Manchester where his shattered psyche is reflected in the shattered lives of his mother (Maxine Peake) and the rest of his family, who have been plunged into poverty and hunger by austerity measures … [Read more...] about Film reviews: Peterloo