Group Project: Article Planning.

This post will be mostly centered on the planning of two of my articles ( as I cannot begin to write to the Indie Cinema feature until I am back in Leeds and have the photography), I am hoping to devise a small plan of what to I feel is valuable information to include within each article that will appeal to our chosen demographic.

Article: Revival of the Fittest: Are Remakes suffocating originality in Hollywood?

Opening Paragraph:

  • Over the past decade, remakes of some of the most well-known cinema classics have 
  • It depends on what film theyre remaking and whether it holds its own. Dawn of the dead remake as an example, despite the negative feedback at first was actually pretty good as a standalone film (if you chose to ignore the fact that it was a remake).
    There are terrible remakes though (day of the dead for example) and also remakes of foreign films is pointless. The ring, the grudge & quarantine are examples of shitty westernised versions of good films!
    So my thoughts on remakes, wait 20/30 years to do a remake, keep a few winks & nudges of the original and throw the audience off its guards.
  • comes down to a question of intent and quality, like a Spiderman remake 10 years after the first if it was superior to Tobey Maguire strutting his stuff to the Bee Gees, but it was clearly a cynical ploy by Sony just to get out a Spidey movie when there’s all this Marvel buzz distributed. So the intent was product and it had a sanitised, ‘made by a committee’ feel which made it even worse than Tobey Maguire strutting his stuff to the Bee Gees.
  • can quite often tell what the intent that drives these remakes is, and we have to remember that the film companies are only an advertisement wing of larger conglomerates (Tristar and Coca Cola and Sony, for example), so if just based on the product guarantee of the legacy of a name alone, they can pretty much bank that there will be enough arses on seats to recoup some losses, make a little bit of gain and advertise some product. It’s indicative of a wider culture of cinema, where they bust out 19 cheaply made handheld horror movies, because the returns dwarf the costs of production, oftentimes these studios already have the IP rights to these past franchises or classics, so it’s a cheaper investment in a similar vein.
  • we have these copies of copies of copies of remakes and ripoffs, completely drained of any originality, that worse still, have nothing to say. It’s almost like, as the summer roster becomes ever more filled with sequels,reboots and remakes, instead of having cinema, we have propaganda movies for why cinema is great, which ironically, is proving that it isn’t. All that said, in such a shitty system you get the odd Stark Trek remake, or Batman Begins. But when all is said an done, could you remake the Godfather? Absolutely not. And that’s the kind of movie sapling we need to grow through the shitty unimaginative foliage of remakes.

Article: Spotlight Cinema: Films to see around Leeds in April!

Spring Breakers:

Director-Harmony Korine

Starring: James Franco, Selina Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine.

Plot: College girls land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation only to find themselves bailed out by a drug dealer who has other plans for them.

What’s the hype? A film that  not only stars Disney darlings Gomez and Hudgens getting to shake off their stigma of innocence with bikinis and bad behavior, but also a trigger-happy Franco doing his best trailer-trash drug dealer impersonation is enough to catch most people’s attention. Although the images that have been released over the past few months  promise themes of humour, seduction and a good time; the recent trailer has expressed this is far more than “Disney Gone Wild”, but a far more darker tale of drugs, sex and violence.

Who Should See it? If you’re familiar with Korine’s other work (such as KIDS), you will more than likely know what this quartet of girls are in for with this film. However, Spring Breakers looks to break it’s stars out of their good-girl molds, which for those who grew up with High School Musical is definitely a must-see.

Evil Dead:

Director: Fede Alvarez

Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas.

Plot: Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence pick them off until only one is left to fight for survival.

What’s the Hype: The remake of Sam Raimi’s horror classic of the same name. When the remake was officially announced last year, many fans of the original groaned with scepticism. Despite Raimi’s classic mostly being celebrated for its oddball terror, this remake has made its sole purpose to bring not only gore but the scary  as well to the Iphone generation that has long needed a film that makes the horror genre proud.

Who Should See it? Obviously, if you are a fan of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead, it will go without saying that this remake will fill you with intrigue regardless of whether you actually like the idea of a remake or not. However with recent preview screenings generating overall positive reviews, any horror movie lover will appreciate it.

Iron Man 3

Director: Shane Black

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley.

Plot: When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, Stark  sets off on an odyssey of self-rebuilding and retribution.

What’s the Hype: Many have pondered if this new installment that will embark phase 2 of Marvel’s cinematic incarnation would redeem itself after the slightly disappointing Iron Man 2. However, from the looks of the trailer’s that have been released over the past couple of months, it is evident that this tale will heavily focus on the “breaking” of Mr Stark and his alter-ego Iron Man. This is to be a rather dark chapter in the Marvel universe and will no doubt be a running theme in both the Thor and Captain America sequels, eventually leading to the second assemble of The Avengers who are to tackle one of Marvels most notorious villains, Thanos. From the looks of the trailer, IM3 looks to stay true to the comic’s source material by introducing villains such as Mandarin and taking segments yet again from Marvel’s 2005 comic Extremis, which previously was used in the origin segment of the first film.

Who Should See it: Comic-book fans and film lovers alike all flocked to see last year’s Avengers Assemble, so if you dug the last outing in to the Marvel universe, it will be safe to say this dark chapter will definitely be tailored to your liking!

The Place Beyond the Pines

Director:Derek Cianfrance

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Rose Bryne.

Plot: A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.

What’s the Hype: Although this may seem similar to Gosling’s other film Drive; The Place Beyond the Pines looks to be on par with Cianfrance’s last cinematic triumph, Blue Valentine but whilst Blue Valentine focused on a honest portrayal of a relationship. The Place Beyond the Pine looks to inject a dose of Crime Thriller dynamics as well as duel narrative which looks to eventually collide with one another for what appears to be a chaotic third act. Early previews indicate that all actors provide stunning performances that both enhances and compliments Cianfrance’s documentary-style cinematic direction.

Who Should See It: Anyone looking to enjoy a film without the added distraction of overly CGI-filled action sequences, poorly scripted character development or dull story arcs. While it does seem like a difficult or uncomfortable film to watch, those who enjoy these types of films will be able to enjoy and appreciate.

Article: Vintage Cinema: Hyde Park Picture House.

 The Hyde Park Picture House, a prime example of Edwardian architecture was built 1914, and despite the initial outbreak of war only months prior; is one of the last few surviving picture houses in the UK. With over nearly 100 years of distributing cinematic features, the picture house has claimed itself to be “The Cosiest in Leeds”, a title which to this very day the picture house lives up to.The first film to be shown at the picture House was the patriotic drama “Their Only Son”. Although few cinemas were built during the war years, audiences still continued to grow with the picture gaining more popularity as the years went on and soon would become the highlight of many people’s week. A vibrant heart within the thriving Hyde Park community, with the introduction of sound in the 1920’s, the stride of the little Picture House of Hyde Park was strengthened even more so, paving the road for an even bigger audience. Over the years, despite all the changes to how we view cinematic features, whether it be through the sensation of 3D, IMAX or DVDs, the Picture House is still all the more  holds a prominent role in the ever changing social landscape of Leeds.

Although the Hyde Park Picture House is also showing the previously mentioned Spring Breakers and The Place Beyond the Pines at a cheaper price; the picture house also hosts its own cinematically themed nights during the month of April. These often contain classics that pay homage to a  specific genre, actor or director, with nights offering to celebrate these particular themes that are more than catered to the avid film lover.  For a full listing be sure to check out the Picture House’s website at http://www.hydeparkpicturehouse.co.uk. Here’s a list of just some of the unique and insightful films showing during the Hyde Park Picture House’s April Calendar:

  • Spirit of 45- Director: Ken Loach.  Plot: A Documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society. Date Listing: Friday 5th April.
  • Side by Side-Director: Chris Kenneally. Plot- Documentary that looks in to the rise of the digital movement and the decline of celluloid through cinema. Featuring various venerable photographers and directors such as Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and Christopher Nolan; this cinematic investigation offers fascinating insight in to the methodology from some of the industries most passionate players. Date Listing: 6th,7th and 10th April.
  • Broken-Director: Rufus Norris. Plot: Acclaimed theatre director Rufus Norris’ screen debut is a spirited family drama based on Daniel Clay’s novel of the same name. This tale focuses on the Tim Roth’s divorcee Archie, his young daughter and the turbulent but sometimes tender relationships with their neighbors. Trouble that is situated in such a neat suburban location is positive to create a dramatic cocktail with such fine performances.
  • The ABC’s of Death-Director: Various. Plot: An ambitious anthology film with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children’s educational books, the motion picture is comprised of 26 individual chapters all assigned to a letter of the alphabet all chosen to create a word associated with death.
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