Sir Roger Moore sadly passed away yesterday after a short battle with cancer. He was known to the world as James Bond and all round gentleman in real life. He was the longest-serving Bond, starring in seven films from 1973-1985. Live and Let Die was Moore’s first appearance as the beloved spy and his run ended with A View to a Kill. Whether he was ordering a martini, seducing a Bond girl, or saving the world, Moore always did it with style and class and buckets of charisma. A true English gentleman. Raise a martini to a legend.
“My acting range? Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised.”
1927 – 2017
The Summer is fast approaching and, with the arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the blockbuster season has officially begun! Here are my top 10 most anticipated films of the Summer.
Reservoir Dogs, recently celebrating its 25th anniversary, always deserves to be near the top of any list when it comes to opening credits. The opening has almost become a separate entity from the film itself; so much so, it has been consistently imitated ever since its release in 1992. However, in reality, there isn’t really much to the opening credits, but its simplicity is what makes it so effective. Plus, it’s just so damn cool.
A really interesting video by Film Radar about the often overlooked Sound Designers in the industry and the interesting methods used to create the tiniest of sounds.
Check out IndieWire’s article about Fight Club’s sound effects.
Director Jonathan Demme tragically passed away today at the age of 73. He was an incredible director of masterpieces such as The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. The former is only the third film to win all five of the major categories at the Academy Awards including Best Director for Demme. It is still the only horror film to win Best Picture, which certainly tells you a lot about Demme’s skills as a filmmaker. Philadelphia was groundbreaking as it was the first Hollywood film to recognise HIV/AIDS, homosexuality and homophobia. It garnered a Best Actor Oscar for Tom Hanks and he later helped Anne Hathaway earn herself an Oscar nomination for Rachel Getting Married. He directed feature films, documentaries, television episodes and music videos. A man who could do anything. He approached difficult subject matters and humanised real people’s struggles with great sensitivity, all the while helping to draw out some pretty unforgettable performances from his actors.
An incredible loss to the film world.
1944 – 2017
Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine for 17 years and now he is hanging up his claws for the final time. Logan has long been one of my favourite ever superheroes and I’ve watched him in the X-Men films and subsequent spin-offs since before I was a teenager. Jackman is now the longest running actor to play a superhero and the aptly titled, Logan (2017), couldn’t have been a more fitting final film for both actor and character.
When I was growing up and before I truly became a film obsessive, there was a small group of actors that I adored and would watch constantly; Bill Paxton was one of them. He was never the leading man but, no matter the role, Paxton was always the standout, the most memorable and insanely quotable. He made me laugh ’til my sides hurt, he made me cry and he made me wonder how he was the only actor who could make a complete slimeball so intensely likeable and irritating all at the same time. He quietly became an icon without ever demanding attention and, let us not forget, he is the only actor who has ever been killed on screen by a Terminator, an Alien and a Predator. RIP Hudson, you’ll be sorely missed.
“Game over, man. Game over.”
1955 – 2017
Today is my 25th birthday so, I thought I’d make a list of 25 films that I have always loved and will continue to love forever.
1. Sons of Anarchy: “Alesund” by Sun Kill Moon
After a long and arduous search for his son, Jax finally finds Abel in the arms of a young, loving couple. He is now faced with the toughest decision of his life: whether or not to leave Abel with them. We see Jax as he follows Abel and the couple through a market. He walks, he looks, he tries to decide. It’s an incredibly heartbreaking sequence and the subtle haunting beauty of “Alesund” only makes it more so.