May 5, 2015

Vale – Ellen Albertini Dow

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 11:07 pm
Ellen Albertini Dow (In The Wedding Singer, 1998) - 1913-2015

Ellen Albertini Dow (In The Wedding Singer, 1998) – 1913-2015

American actress Ellen Albertini Dow, best known for her role in Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer as “the rapping granny”, has passed away.

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April 28, 2015

Vale – Andrew Lesnie

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 3:59 pm
Andrew Lesnie - 1956-2015

Andrew Lesnie – 1956-2015

Absolutely gutted today. Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar winning Australian cinematographer best known for his work on Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth saga, and local success Babe, has passed away.

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April 25, 2015

Blogathon – White Swan/Black Swan

Filed under: Blog-a-thon,Film - General — Rodney Twelftree @ 11:35 am

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As part of my daily read across the blogosphere, I came across Sati’s latest Blogathon effort, White Swan/Black Swan, in which a character with opposing personality traits is examined. Based on the duality of the film Black Swan, by Darren Aaronofsky, Sati’s Blogathon highlights many great characters who are different in one part of their lives than they are in another. It’s a great idea for a Blogathon, so I figured, hell, why not participate. Therefore, here is my entry.

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April 16, 2015

Is Over-Promotion Killing Movies?

Filed under: Film - General,Opinion — Rodney Twelftree @ 3:52 pm

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Today, Zack Snyder, the director of the upcoming Batman vs Superman: The Dawn Of Justice film, released a 20 second teaser for the upcoming IMAX teaser trailer for the film on Monday 20th.

Are you kidding me? Another teaser clip to promote a teaser trailer? Age Of Ultron’s marketing campaign has also been in overdrive the last week or so, in the lead-up to the release in most markets next week of what is expected will be the year’s most successful movie. Footage from the film is released almost daily, it seems, with the studio (Marvel) trying to maximize anticipation and gather in probable record-breaking opening-weekend grosses across the globe (save America, which has to wait an extra week, suckers!), prompting many fans to complain that by the time Age Of Ultron actually arrives in cinemas, there’ll be more footage already seen than not!

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April 15, 2015

Sucker Punch – How Daredevil Became The Best Marvel Project Yet

Filed under: Opinion — Rodney Twelftree @ 3:58 pm

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When the dust settles, there’s little doubt the box-office champ of 2015 will be Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, a guaranteed blockbuster smash that pits the worlds greatest heroes together against a formidable adversary. In line with Marvel’s cinematic universe, the company’s television tentacles keep coming out and snatching surprise from me, something I wasn’t prepared for when I gave up on Agents Of SHIELD at about episode four. I still haven’t gone back to it, even though I’m told “it’s improved”. Agent Carter, on the other hand, I adored.

2015 also saw the 13-episode series Daredevil, financed by Marvel and online film and television distributor Netflix, released to the public en masse – similarly to House Of Cards, the binge-watch crowd lapped up Daredevil’s assault on bandwidth during mid April, and the results have been nothing short of spectacular.

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April 10, 2015

Vale – Richard Dysart

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 10:21 am
Richard Dysart - 1929-2015

Richard Dysart – 1929-2015

American film and television actor Richard Dysart has passed away.

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April 9, 2015

Vale – Geoffrey Lewis

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 11:53 am
Geoffrey Lewis - 1935-2015

Geoffrey Lewis – 1935-2015

American character actor Geoffrey Lewis, who appeared alongside Clint Eastwood in a number of films, has passed away.

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April 8, 2015

Vale – Tom Towles

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 2:56 pm
Tom Towles - 1950-2015

Tom Towles – 1950-2015

American actor Tom Towles, who is most famous for his performance in Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer, has passed away.

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Who’s The Face Of Superhero Cinema?

Filed under: Film - General,Opinion — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:01 am

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Superheroes have taken over Hollywood in the past 15 years, and the effects on the industry are staggering. It almost seems harder to think of an A-list star who hasn’t attempted a role in a superhero film than to list the ones who have.

Marvel and DC both have their cinematic empires; characters like the Hulk and Spider-Man have already been established and rebooted in the space of a decade; heroes are popping up on TV shoes and in Netflix series; and a recent article in The Verge even went so far as to say the Fast & Furious series has become its own brand of superhero saga, suggesting that the lines between ordinary action and comic heroism are blurring.

But with all that said, who are the characters that have stood out the most? Much as John Wayne owns the old western genre, or Sean Connery is still many people’s pick as the best James Bond, the sub-genre of superhero action will probably wind up with a single lasting face who defines the era in film. And with Avengers: Age Of Ultron about to be released as the biggest superhero project to date, now seems as good a time as ever to sift through the heroes and pick the most iconic one of the bunch.

Here are our picks.

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April 7, 2015

We will not support Voltage Pictures, and here’s why.

Filed under: Film - General,From the Editor,Opinion,Website Update — Rodney Twelftree @ 11:10 pm

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Ever seen The Hurt Locker? Maybe you dipped into Don Jon, that hilarious Joseph Gordon-Levitt flick from 2013? Perhaps you’re anticipating the release of Adam Sandler’s The Cobbler? Or, did you suck up and witness the brain-flap of The Dallas Buyers Club?

If you did, you should know that all those films (plus a bunch of others nobody here at Fernby Films gives a shit about) were produced by a company known as Voltage Pictures. They’re an American movie studio currently doing the rounds of planet Earth trying to prosecute people it sees as having pirated (or stolen, or pinched) their films via online distribution methods – torrenting.

This article isn’t about pirating, inasmuch as it’s about Voltage’s blanket, carte-blanche idea running alongside the notion of “speculative invoice”, ie the sending of a letter designed to terrify the mom-and-dad families, and technologically innocent parties who may have even unwittingly allowed film piracy on their home internet network with monumental financial losses through protracted and expensive court battles.

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March 10, 2015

Short Film – Super Zero (2014)

Filed under: Film - General,Short Film — Rodney Twelftree @ 8:17 am

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Every so often, something comes along that really freaks my geek. By that, I mean I see it, and know I’ve seen something special. Super Zero is just such a something. A short film that is huge fun, I was approached by director Mitch Cohen to support it and give it some blogging love. So here we are. Blog love away! Here at Fernby Films we always try and support the up-and-coming film-makers when we can, and in our own small way, I can honestly say I was blown away by what Cohen and his crew achieved with this little short.

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March 7, 2015

Vale – Harve Bennett

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 11:26 am
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Harve Bennett – 1930-2015

Star Trek film producer Harve Bennett has passed away.

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March 5, 2015

Vale – Daniel von Bargen

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 9:54 am
Daniel von Bargen - 1950-2015

Daniel von Bargen – 1950-2015

Character actor Daniel von Bargen, best known for his work in Sienfeld and Malcolm In The Middle, has passed away.

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February 28, 2015

Vale – Leonard Nimoy

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 8:15 am
Leonard Nimoy - 1931-2015

Leonard Nimoy – 1931-2015

It’s hard to sum up the impact Leonard Nimoy had on popular culture. The man most famous for portraying the “logical” Vulcan, Spock, who joins Captain Kirk on the Enterprise voyaging across the Galaxy, in the Star Trek franchise, has passed away. And frankly, the world will miss him dearly.

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February 23, 2015

The 87th Academy Awards – Our Thoughts

Filed under: Awards Season,Opinion,The Oscars — Rodney Twelftree @ 6:56 pm

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So, what happened with Neil Patrick Harris? A guy who usually nails a hosting job had a really, really off night at this years Oscars. Every joke (bar one) felt flat, every moment (bar one) felt contrived and forced, from an actor who is typically a breeze to watch glide through a performance. My huge expectations for Harris’ work went unfulfilled: I thought the “what’s in the box” gag that ran through the show was actually awful, and one of the worst I’ve seen to date in any Oscars ceremony. Its payoff lacked edge, and there was a perfunctorily swift conclusion that told me somebody backstage had said “wrap this thing up Harris, it’s dying a slow death on Twitter”. Indeed, my Twitter feed was flooded with people flat-out annoyed by it.

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February 20, 2015

Should The Oscars Be Considered The Pinnacle Of Film?

Filed under: Awards Season,Opinion,The Oscars — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:00 pm

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Each year, comedians snark at the outmoded nature of the Academy Awards – the longest running film awards in America, if not the world. Out of date, antiquated, irrelevant: what exactly do the Academy Awards stand for? At one point, they represented the best of the best, the ultimate achievement in film, at least by Hollywood’s standards. However, as the film industry has become more globalized, and Hollywood films vie for the dollars of those produced in other countries, are the Academy Awards now just another in the endless stream of meaningless awards given out during a few months of each year? It seems every man and his dog gives out awards – newspapers, media commentators, the various guilds and associations to which multiple film industries depend, and on whom the most money is spent. Why, then, when the pool of award tributes is so diluted with “neverheardof’em’s” and “wannabes”, do we still consider the Oscars to be the top of the heap?

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February 18, 2015

Don’t Bitch About Jack Nicholson: How To Host An Oscars Ceremony

Filed under: Awards Season,Opinion,The Oscars — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:00 pm

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Every year, focus for the Oscar ceremony not only centers on the films involved, but the host of the show. For such a global event, the Academy producers normally pick a comedian (Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, David *ahem* Letterman etc) to ensure there’s levity amidst the tension of snagging a top gong. Typically, comedians (and comediennes, for that matter, Whoopi Goldberg) have provided a number of classic moments involved in hosting this prestigous event, although one could mount an argument that a comedian, whilst funny, is the top choice ironically in the face of there never being a comdy movie involved in the ceremony. When was the last time you saw a comedy up for best picture? That’s right: never.

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February 17, 2015

When Oscar Gets It Wrong: The Great Snubs Of The Academy Awards

Filed under: Awards Season,Opinion,The Oscars — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:00 pm

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With each year that passes, distance between the Oscars and audience’s collective memory grows, and with that, reflection on the accuracy of the Oscars selections for their categories. Some films, such as The Godfather and its sequel, remain entrenched as worthy winners in their respective categories. Others, perhaps most notably The Dark Knight’s lack of nomination in the Best Picture category (within the same decade The Lord Of The Rings swept all before it, no less) which forced the Academy to revise its laws on the possible number of Best Picture nominees (from five, to a maximum of ten), remain sore spots for film fans the world over. No doubt the Academy is never going to get it right all the time, and hindsight is a terrific thing with which to look on decisions with, but here we present our biggest Oscar snubs from the last few decades. Considering the mass media consumption of the Oscars in the years since we started typing “www” into a search bar, it’s reflective on Hollywood that many of the most surprising snubs have occurred relatively recently (although the web is crawling with similar lists encompassing the entirety of Oscars’ proud history).

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February 16, 2015

Vale – Louis Jourdan

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 8:50 pm
Louis Jourdan - 1921-2015

Louis Jourdan – 1921-2015

Louis Jourdan, the man who appeared in the multi-Academy Award winning 1958 film Gigi, as well as alongside James Bond in Octopussy, has passed away.

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February 3, 2015

Vale – Geraldine McEwan

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 11:07 am
Geraldine McEwan - 1932-2015

Geraldine McEwan – 1932-2015

Acclaimed British actress Geraldine McEwan, who portrayed Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple on television between 2004 and 2009, has passed away.

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