As the stage is set for another bloody awful year of Nicolas Cage releasing eight thousand crappy films, we thought we’d take you on a whistle-stop tour back through his entire demented oeuvre since the Millennium. Not suitable for readers who are sensitive to unpleasant hairstyles.
The strange tale of a boy trapped on a boat with a Bengali tiger, a hyena, a zebra and an orangutan took the world by storm when it was published back in 2001. And – as with basically any book that causes a flurry of excitement – it was perhaps inevitable that the story would make the leap onto the big screen. Director Ang Lee has today confirmed that he’s cast unknown actor and Delhi highschooler Suraj Sharma as lead character Pi.
The world of film is awash with Marmite topics – actors, genres or even cinematic styles which make some movie-goers dampen their plush seats and others tear the stuffing from the punter in front. In our J’accuse series, two of Best For Film’s writers go head-to-head and debate a controversial aspect of cinema. This time round it’s the worst nightmare of every indie Japanese director – the Hollywood remake.
After the major flop (in my eyes) that was Eat Pray Love, Julia Roberts is all set to star opposite the numerous award winner, Meryl Streep. Deserved? Hmm, I’ll have a think about it.
A strong cast and excellent animation sequences don’t quite make up for the hollow sentiment offered by Diary Of A Wimpy Kid. Though it tries – and in some parts succeeds – to be a cool comedy for kids and adults, an obvious plot and empty morality means that you’re never really rooting for the (not especially) wimpy protagonist.
Helming the spectacular disaster The Invention of Lying and mixed bag Cemetery Junction certainly hasn’t put Ricky Gervais off the big screen. The man most famous for creating The Office and Extras has hinted at his next cinematic project – a film version of his most recent TV offering, Life’s Too Short.
Before we all burst into tears (of joy or despair, depending on your love of sparkles), we have to tell you that a Glee film is not definitely in the making, only that certain facts about the Glee cast’s contracts have come to light. It turns out that those sneaky critters at Fox (cunning as a?) thought very carefully about this franchise before they got their cast to sign on the dotted line, as they are all locked in for three feature films if the company so wishes.
Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, Let Me Go is a strange, slightly unreal story set in a dystopian Britian. However, seeing as it stars Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan, it is also a sure-fire box office smash. The team released their first trailer today, giving us a peek into the dark, unbalanced and slightly unnerving world of Ishiguro and director Mark Nomanek (of One Hour Photo).