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Editorial Mary Poppins Returns Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
Shoplifters A Japanese couple with part-time jobs and hence inadequate avail themselves of the fruits of shoplifting to make ends meet. They are not alone in the behaviour. The younger and the older of the household are in on the act. The unusual routine is about to change from care-free and matter-of-fact to something more dramatic, as the couple open their doors to a homeless child. The reasons for the family’s habit and their motivations come under the microscope.
I Think We’re Alone Now Del is alone in the world after the human race has been wiped out. He lives in the small empty town, contented in his solitude and the utopia he’s methodically created for himself until he is discovered by Grace, an interloper whose history and motives are obscure, and to make matters worse, she wants to stay.
Free Solo Follow Alex Harrold as he becomes the first person to ever free Solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall with no ropes or safety gear. He completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.
Coming Soon A look at some of the films to get excited about over the next few months, from “Life Itself” to “Rocketman”.
FilmFest Followed TOKYO FILM FESTIVAL. The awards and appraisal of films screened at this year’s major Asian festival.
Extras: DVD OF THE MONTH Cameraman – The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff.
Poster: Mary Poppins
Disney: 1,4,6,7,32 Thunderbird Releasing: 8,10,11 Gem Entertainment: 12,14,15 National Geographic Documentary Films: 16,18,19 Optimum Releasing: 28,31
We would like to thank the following publicists for their help in providing images: Maisie Riddle at Strike-Media Anjali Mandalia at Thunderbird Releasing.
EDITORIAL Welcome to the latest issue of MbM Magazine. Come, join with us in reflecting what is screening at your local cinema. Our cover feature review is “Mary Poppins Returns” with Emily Blunt as Mary. For those who saw the original in 1964, which starred Julie Andrews, this will bring back happy memories for you. There are also reviews of “Shoplifters” an engrossing film from Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-da. Reviews too of “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Free Solo”. We look forward to some of the films that will be screened at arthouse cinemas over the next few months, which includes titles which are likely to be nominated for Oscars. FilmFest Followed is a retrospective look at the Tokyo Film Festival and its awards. DVD of the Month is “Cameraman” a homage to the late Jack Cardiff, one of the greatest cinematographers in the world.
Enjoy the read.
WE WISH YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! Magazine Editor
MARY POPPINS RETURNS Directed Rob Marshall Starring: Emily Blunt, Dick Van Dyke, Meryl Streep. Don’t you remember that kite? We used to love flying that with mother and father. - Jane Banks Those days are long behind me. - Michael Banks In Depression-era London, a now -grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills and with the help of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Designed to appeal to all ages, like it’s former “Mary Poppins” which starred Julie Andrews in the titular role, but that was 1964 and it is a hard act to follow, yet Disney seem assured of its success and its reliable feel-good factor. Christmas is a favourable time to release the film, and if we dust-down our memories of the original film, it should satisfy our curiosity to re-watch it to prepare ourselves to be enchanted by the latest version with Emily Blunt as the governess who comes out of the clouds to call on the Banks family, but first, let’s return to the original nanny and Julie Andrews who made her screen debut in the Edwardian role. Every scene was imbedded with Julie’s energy and determination to make Mary Poppins unforgettable. She had been disappointed in not getting the part of Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” which went to Audrey Hepburn as the cockney flower girl. So, Julie Andrews delights her young charges in the spectacular musical comedy, making it her own. Disney used every technical resource available to conjure its movie magic combining live action with animation and of course a tongue-twisting song “Supercalifragilisticexpealidocius”. There was also Dick Van Dyke’s rendition of “Chim Chim Cheree”. To follow that fifty-four years later seems a tall order, but with Emily Blunt, an extremely talented actress shouldering the responsibility, the odds of it not happening are greatly shortened, as we shall see.
So, what it’s like for the director and star making the film and revisiting the original and their memories of that experience? For me, it was I think in my blood because I think a lot of people feel that way. It was the first film I saw. I was four -years-old, but I remember it. The feeling of it. I remember that more than anything: the feeling of joy, the feeling of magic, the feeling of wonder. Music and dance, and that which informed me for the rest of my life. And I really feel in a way, when this came to us and came to me. I was nervous and trepidacious and daunted by all of it. But then I thought to myself, wait a minute, if someone’s going to do it, then I want to do it, because I want to homage that brilliant film with great care and thoughtfulness and passion and love and I hope that you feel that in every frame in terms of the homage to the original film. But at the same time, I wanted to create a musical and I’ve never done before and that was a dream of mine because I’ve always wanted to do that and felt that this was a way to do that and we wanted to find our own path to create an original story with this amazing team. - Rob Marshall
I think I saw it at around six or seven and the lasting memory I have of it…was yes, the magic, yes, the wonder. But the safety I felt in her hands. This magical, yet sensible person who came into these peoples’ lives. She swept everything up and made it right again, and the idea of bringing order to chaos. You’re in good hands. She will work it out and you will discover so much about yourself in the process. I think that idea that she is a sort of saviour, she’s like this sort of angel, who is really quite batty and eccentric at the same time. I just remember her really and when I took on the project and Rob called me about it, I was filled with simultaneous thrill and fear. I knew I had my work cut out, very much so; the character who had imprinted in such a way on the world. So, it was how do I create my version of her. What is my version of her? That seemed like an exciting prospect.
This is the next chapter and there is magic to tell. The whole experience was completely life-affirming for me. It is just a delight. She is just a delight to play. - Emily Blunt
MARY POPPINS RETURNS: UK RELEASE DATE: 21ST DECEMBER.
Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) in Mary Poppins Returns.
Jane(Emily Mortimer), Michael (Ben Whishaw), John (Nathaniel Saleh),Mary Poppins(Emily Blunt) in Mary Poppins Returns. 6
Jack(Lin-Manuel Miranda), Anabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathaniel Saleh), Georgie (Joel Dawson), Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) in Mary Poppins Returns.
Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) in Mary Poppins Returns 7
SHOPLIFTERS Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda Starring: Jyo Kari, Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Mayu Matsuoka. Do not rush and wait for a clerk to go on break. - Osamu Shibata (Lily Franky)
A Japanese couple with part-time jobs and inadequate income start shoplifting. The youngest and eldest in the family household join them. Dramatic changes happen, when they take in an abandoned young girl who they later discover has been physically abused.
I don’t know if the family is the best way to talk about Japanese society, but in the case of the film, I did talk about the family but to broaden the scope of the film and look at the family from a greater distance to highlight friction between family and society. This is a more social film than preceding ones, but I didn’t really want to depict Japanese society, rather I wanted to talk about the family in Japan. So, the starting point is truly the family. I didn’t really think this was the effective means, I just wanted to broaden my scope than with previous films. - Hirokazu Koreeda Family survival has been a regular theme of Koreeda’s films. In Nobody Knows, it is about a mother who is herself a child. A son who overnight becomes an adult abandoned in Tokyo. Four children will embark on the greatest adventure imaginable; growing up together but alone, they will rely on love, humour, ingenuity and determination in what sometimes seems impossible, yet they keep their spirits high and their family together. Here in Shoplifters Koreeda spins the yarn around a family whose patriarch, Osamu Shibata has taught his family to steal because he says, he doesn’t know anything else to teach them. Osamu is a loveable rogue who combines shoplifting with his proper job of a labourer working on a building site. His family, Nobuyo (Sakura Ando) his wife, her sister Aki (Mayu Matsuoka), Granny (Kirin Kiki), and the couple’s son Shota (Jyo Kairi), are all crammed into Granny’s tiny apartment. Beds are shared, and cabbage soup is loudly slurped. 8
When Osamu brings home Yuri (Miyu Sasaki), a child left out in the cold by her arguing parents, they have another mouth to feed but a child to love. Granny immediately begins to clean her up and discovers bruises and burn marks; the child has been physically abused and doesn’t know what it is to feel love…until now. At first the family argue on whether to keep Yuri or send her back to a life of neglect, but in the end Nobuyo gives in and cannot bear to send her away and out in the cold and to a dire future. So, begins the girl’s indoctrination and the transformation commences with the child being given a new name and a haircut and given a crash course in shoplifting. Shota is antagonistic at first, but gradually warms to her. And what was it like for the two children working on the film? Of course, shoplifting is a very bad thing to do, but I’m very pleased to have met this family. - Jyo Kairi (Shoto) Yes, I found a new family. - Miyu Susaki (Yuri) And final comments at Cannes from Koreeda and the leading actor Lily Franky. This is a film that brings together different characters and already have experienced failure in their first family, people who haven’t necessarily succeeded. Marriage and wedding have failed these people, either as a couple or in a family in some preceding existence, and after this failure they wanted to try again to recreate a family. Once more this wasn’t something, I was aware of, I just wanted to depict this in my film. - Hirokazu Koreeda I’ve worked with Koreeda several times over now. It’s a very special experience. It’s quite exceptional. I’m not the kind of person who is easily moved in life, it happens to me rarely. Without exaggerating, I wouldn’t say it happened to me twice; five years ago for a standing ovation for “Father, Like Son” and yesterday for the standing ovation as well for “Shoplifters”. I really enjoy working for Mr Koreeda. What I try to do is my upmost to enter Mr Koreeda’s universe. We didn’t really work all that hard on the preparation of the film. Mr Koreeda wrote to me a few times when we started shooting, but I always do my best to meet his wishes and do what he wants as a director. It’s an exceptional experience for me. I don’t so much have the impression that it is work. I just love working with Me Koreeda, it lends colour to my life in general. - Lily Franky (Osamu Shibata) Summarising, Koreeda’s Shoplifters is a cinematic experience not to be missed, and like Kurosawa and Ozu, proves himself to be a great filmmaker. 9
Nobuyo (Sakura AndĂ´), Yuri (Miyu Sasaki), Osamu (Lily Franky). in Shoplifters.
Osamu (Lily Franky), Shoto (Jyo Kairi). in Shoplifters 10
Osamu (Lily Franky) and family at the seaside. in Shoplifters.
Yuri (Miyu Sasaki), Shota (Jyo Kairi). in Shoplifters. 11
I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Directed by Reed Morano Starring: Peter Dinkage, Elle Fanning, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Paul Giamatti. Why are you still alive? – Del Why are you? – Grace A small town’s populace has been almost totally wiped out by a mysterious and unexplained apocalyptic event. The film’s opening is excellent and dialogue-free as we watch a dwarf going from house-to-house, meticulously cleaning them, searching for batteries and useful items and burying dead bodies he invariably finds. This is Del (Peter Dinkage) who appears to be the only survivor in this God-forsaken town. That is until a night or so later, specific details of time are missing, when Del is awakened by fireworks from across the river. The following day he investigates and finds a young woman unconscious in her car. This is Grace (Elle Fanning) who is chatty and inquisitive once she awakes and a complete opposite to Del who we see is a librarian and enjoys his own company. An interloper is not what Del expected and she is not forthcoming in divulging where she is from and how she managed to survive and like most of the film is obscure and we soon begin to lose interest in their reasons for surviving and the rest of the narrative too. By now there is hardly anyone viewing and soon I can imagine me echoing the title: “I think we’re alone now”. By now the film is filling a niche of the type of films where you are expecting so much, particularly after the opening sequence, and are then let-down by a story desperately trying to make sense of its storyline. Reed Morano does have the obvious visual skills of a cinematographer but struggles in her directional debut. The fault lies in Mike Makowsky’s screenplay, offering predictable characters in a torturous and unimaginative screenplay which avoids solutions to the apparent plot. It becomes a mishmash of motives that would weigh down anyone’s eyelids. So, what if we go further and find out why the film was made and what the actors and director were trying to create?
It’s so different from “The Handmaid’s Tale”. A different world, a different tone, more really a realistic scenario. I just like any kind of story when you can examine human behaviour and I thought it was an interesting psychological study of two people who were very different and what would you do after something like this happened. How do you connect? How do people relate to each other? I like it wasn’t following the pattern of other post-apocalyptic movies, because we’ve seen that before. - Reed Morano It started with the script by Michael Mikowsky, screenwriter. He’s incredible. So, I got hold of the script and luckily enough, and then I wanted to put the team together. I talked to Reed and I knew Elle on another movie we worked on a couple of year’s ago and we thought it would be great and it happened very quickly. - Peter Dinkage When I received the script, Peter was already attached to it. So, I think Mike’s script and knowing Reed was going to direct and Peter being part of it was just that entire combination was just something that I was really one hundred percent and as for our friendship we…I feel Peter is one of my closest friends and even now We still have a cosy chat, we keep in touch, so we got very close. - Elle Fanning It is a point of view story and that is the kind of story I really like to tell. You could tell it anyway you want, but then it’s like your watching a play and that’s great. So, the whole point of a movie is to totally immerse the audience and the experience it creates. A feeling like they are that character. - Reed Morano Undoubtedly the film does make one feel curious about the next project Reed makes, and rightfully so, as it is going to be a story about a self-obsessed virtuoso violinist who is forced to move back in with his estranged wife, after being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. It will star Diane Lane and Jeff Bridges. No title has been announced yet.
Del (Peter Dinkage) in I Think We’re Alone Now .
Grace (Elle Fanning) in I Think We’re Alone Now
Del (Peter Dinkage) & Grace (Elle Fanning) in I Think Weâ€™re Alone Now
Grace (Elle Fanning) and Del (Peter Dinkage) in I Think Weâ€™re Alone Now
FREE SOLO Directed by Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Documentary. Featuring: Alex Harrold, Jimmy Chin, Tommy Caldwell, Sanni McCandless. I started climbing in a gym when I was about ten years old. My life has been centred on climbing for over twenty years, actually nearly a decade of climbing mostly indoors. I made the transition to outdoors over time, with bigger and more challenging walls. There have been plenty of free solos before me, so I have had plenty of inspiration. - Alex Harrold A gripping documentary about Alex Harrold’s solo climb of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The high vistas were shot by filmmakers Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelvi and as expected are dizzyingly nauseous if you are scared of heights. Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” starred James Stewart as an acrophobic detective which offered the finger-gripping scene of him looking down after climbing to save a suicidal Kim Novak. Harrold had frequently gone up cliff faces thousands of feet high without any climbing equipment, just him, his hands and feet, and a little pouch containing powder that dries his hands to enable him to grasp on to the rock face better. He is not exclusively a free solo climber. But he likes a challenge, and for years has seen the formation known as El Capitan as an ultimate challenge. But of course the movie is as much about whether he wants his attempted ascent to be filmed as it is about his intense preparation for that ascent. All the vertical filming wasn’t a big change for me as a professional climber. I’ve filmed on walls before. I mean the scale and magnitude was a little bit more, but really it’s not that big a difference from climbing on a wall, because I mean there’s always other climbers and people hanging with ropes and lots of stuff happening. I think the biggest challenge for me was shooting with my girlfriend in a van and the basic verité filmmaking on the ground, just because that was so much more. It was a bigger part of my life than I had really done before. That was the challenge. Alex Harrold 16
We were always going to make a feature film of Alex. It goes back to that anecdote of Alex as a kid. It was scarier for him to have his partner down below than go out by himself with no ropes. - Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyl As you could imagine, Harrold is no ordinary guy, but idiosyncratic is probably an apt term for him. At the time that this film started shooting, he lived in a van. Archival footage and narration point to an unusual childhood, with the single major event being the discovery of climbing. His subsequent pursuit of the activity brought him fame, amd some money, which he’s commendably channelled into a non-profit company that brings technology to impoverished sections of the world. The documentary shows him navigating his first seemingly romantic relationship with Sanni McCandless, an intrepid young woman who nevertheless worries about him, and Alex starts getting the feeling that her worries are throwing him off his game. Does he have any worries? Well, at one point in the film he submits to an MRI, which reveals that his amygdala (the portion of the brain responsible for the fear impulse – doesn’t show a lot of activity). If any. If you’ve got a non-functional amygdala, you might as well put it to good use. Which is not to say that Harrold is incautious. What is required for a free solo climb is an intimate knowledge of the surface you intend to climb, and Harrold, after multiple climbs using ropes, fills notebooks with descriptions of specific “pitches” on the rock, which he then memorises, along with the moves necessary to navigate them. And re-Sanni and how he coped with his relationship with her while contemplating the climb and not be distracted by his feelings for… I think it was the hardest thing to film through the whole process. I’m not particularly good talking about my feelings. When I was ready to do the Free Solo, she went home and hung out for a bit and made sure I had the space to process it on my own at my own speed. - Alex. So, there you have it, an ambition fulfilled, but what next for Harrold will Sanni still be around or be too much of a distraction for his next climb or whatever?
Alex Harrold in Free Solo
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Alex Harrold in Free Solo
Alex Harrold in Free Solo
COMING SOON Here are some of the films to get excited about seeing over the next few months.
LIFE ITSELF Directed by Dan Fogelman Starring: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening. As a young New York City couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes. UK Release date: January 4th
AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE Directed by Catherine Corsini Starring: Virginie Efira, Niels Schneider, Jehnny Beth. 1950s. Office worker, Rachel falls in love with Philippe, a Nietzschereading sophisticate. They embark on a passionate relationship, but he won’t share his life with her, and she raises their daughter Chantal alone. Years later, the darker side of Philippe’s nature emerges shockingly. UK Release date: January 4th
STAN AND OLLIE Directed by Jon S Baird Starring: Steve Coogan, John C Reilly, Nina Arianda. Several years after their last film and with their immense celebrity on the wane, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy on a tour of British seaside resorts and little guesthouses. At first, they struggle for audiences and their booking agent seems disinterested. But a series of TV guest appearances soon rekindle the country’s interest in their genius. UK Release date: January 11th
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Directed by Josie Rourke Starring: Margot Robbie, Gemma Chan, Saoirse Ronan. Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth 1, Queen of England, finds herself condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution. UK Release date: January 18th
THE MULE Directed by Clint Eastwood Starring: Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Taisa Farmiga. A 90-year-old horticulturist and WW2 veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel. UK Release date: January 25th 20
BERGMAN – A YEAR IN THE LIFE Directed by Jane Magnusson Documentary. A journey through 1957, the year that Ingmar Bergman released two of his most acclaimed features: “The Seventh Seal” and “Wild Strawberries”, made a TV film and directed four plays for theatre. Magnusson has assessed a wealth of archive and contemporary interviews, along with a fantastic selection of clips from his vast body of work. UK Release date: January 25th
DESTROYER Directed by Karyn Kusama Starring: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany A police detective reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make peace. UK Release date: January 25th
VICE Directed by Adam McKay Starring: Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Steve Carell. “Vice” explores how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice President to George W Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways still felt today. UK Release date: January 25th
A PRIVATE WAR Directed by Matthew Heineman Starring: Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander, Jamie Dornan. One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless. UK Release date: Febuary 1st
BURNING Directed by Chang-dong Lee Starring: Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jeon. Jong-su, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in his neighbourhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa. When she returns, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met in Africa. UK Release date: Febuary 1st
GREEN BOOK Directed by Peter Farrelly. Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini. A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through 1960s American South. UK Release date: Febuary 1st 21
ON THE BASIS OF SEX Directed by Mimi Leder. Starring: Arnie Hammer, Felicity Jones, Justin Theroux. The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. UK Release date: February 8th
BORDER Directed by Ali Abbas Starring: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jorgen Thorsson. A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveller while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence. UK Release date: February 8th
FOXTROT Directed by Samuel Maoz Starring: Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonaton Shiray. A troubled family must face the facts when something goes terribly wrong at their son’s desolate military post. UK Release date: March 1st
AFTERMATH Directed by James Kent Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke. Post World War 2, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction.
UK Release date: March 1st
EVERYBODY KNOWS Directed by Asghar Farhadi Starring: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Jaime Lorente. Laure, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister’s wedding, but the trip is upset by unexpected events. UK Release date: March 8th
HAPPY as LAZZARO Directed by Alice Rohrwacher Starring: Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Luca Chikovani.
Lazzaro is often taken for simple-minded, because he is so good and nice. He then meets Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. UK Release date: March 15th
THE SISTERS BROTHERS Directed by Jacques Audiard Starring: John C Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal. In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, The Sisters Brothers. UK Release date: April 5th
LORO 1 Directed by Paolo Sorrentino Starring: Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio. A film about the life of Silvio Berlusconi. UK Release date: April 26th
EIGHTH GRADE Directed by Bo Burnham Starring: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson. An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous Eighth Grade year before leaving to start High School. UK Release date: April 26th
ROCKETMAN Directed by Dexter Fletcher Starring: Richard Madden, Taron Egerton, Bryce Dallas Howard. The story of Elton Johnâ€™s life from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. UK Release date: May 24th
FILMFEST FOLLOWED TOKYO October 25 – November 3, 2018
Competition *AMANDA *ANOTHER WORLD *BEFORE THE FROST THE BRA THE FATHER’S SHADOW THE GREAT DARKENED DAYS HIS MASTER’S VOICE HISTORY LESSONS JUST ONLY LOVE THE POET THE RIVER SIREN’S CALL TEL AVIV ON FIRE THREE HUSBANDS THE VICE OF HOPE *THE WHITE CROW
Awards Tokyo Grand Prix Winning Film “Amanda” Special Jury Prize Winning Film “Before The Frost” Best Artistic Contribution Winning Film. “The White Crow” Best Screenplay Award “Amanda” The Audience Award Winning Film “Another World”
ASIAN FUTURE COLD SWEAT DISTANCE *A FIRST FAREWELL LONG TIME NO SEA MISS BAEK THE TOP BOX TRACEY *WUSHU ORPHAN
Awards Best Asian Future Film Award Winning Film. “A First Farewell” The Spirit Of Asia Award Winning Film “Wushu Orphan” 24
JAPANESE CINEMA SPLASH LUST IN A KARAOKE BOX SEA *THE GUN *LYING TO MUM RENT A FRIEND I’M NOT HERE THE MANGO MASTER MELANCHOLIC ST 21 CENTURY GIRL
Awards Japanese Cinema Splash Best Picture Award Winning Film “Lying to Mum” Japanese Cinema Splash Award for Best Director Winning Film “The Gun”
SPECIAL SCREENINGS A STAR IS BORN THE HOUSE WHERE THE MERMAID SLEEPS GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER AMANOGANA MY TRAIN DIARY FAHRENHEIT 11/19 GANGOOSE PSYCHO-PASS: SINNERS OF THE SYSTEM CASE 1 & CASE 2 JAM THE FAVOURITE THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES HARD-CORE PADMAN THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS ROMA
SPECIAL PROGRAMME THE THREE GENERATIONS OF THE NOMURA, KYOGEN FAMILY: MANSAKU, MANSAI AND YUKI: DIVINE DANCE IN PARIS “INVITATION FROM W-ZA” PUBLIC RECODING CROSSING BEYOND THE LITTLE NORSE PRINCE VALIANT THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA NEKKO SENGEN 25
WORLD FOCUS LAKBAYAN MADRAS BEATS PROJECT GUTENBERG THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM TEN YEARS THAILAND RAMEN THE THE CAKEMAKER LALES RED COW WORKING WOMAN CARMINE STREET GUITARS A FAITHFUL MAN THE CENTRAL INDIFFERENCE OF THE WORLD NON-FICTION OUR TIME SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN THEM THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS TO DUST BNK 48: GIRLS DON’T CRY BROTHER OF THE YEAR CHAOTIC LOVE POEMS DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK & ROLL GO-GO SISTERS IN THE LIFE OF MUSIC SEASON OF THE DEVIL PETE TEO SPECIAL
JAPAN NOW ON CUT OF THE DEAD THE CHRYSANTIUM AND THE GUILLOTINE AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING SAIMON & TADA TAKASHI PUNKSAMURAI, SLASH DOWN PENGUIN HIGHWAY SHOPLIFTERS MORI, THE ARTIST’S HABITAT RIVER’S EDGE THE BLOOD OF WOLVES THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN CURE THE EEL SHALL WE DANCE? 26
YOUTH SPECIAL VOICEOVER PERFORMANCE BY VANILLA YAMAZAKI MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE JELLYFISH SLUT IN A GOOD WAY TEENS MEET CINEMA
THE WORLD OF MASSAKI YUSSA LU OVER THE WALL THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL MIND GAME DEVILMAN CRY BABY MASSAKA YUSSA – SELF SELECTION: SHORT FILMS
A TRIBUTE TO THE COMEDY THE GOLD RUSH SOME LIKE IT HOT SPACEBALLS HOME ALONE THE HANGOVER
ASIAN THREE-FOLD MIRROR ASIAN THREE-FOLD MIRROE 2018 JOURNEY
THE MIDNIGHT FILM FESTIVAL WOWWOW’S CINEMA STUDIO GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! THE BEST OF FOOTBALL FILMS
A NIGHT OF DIVAS CELEBRATING THE OPENING FILM OF “A STAR IS BORN”
TOKYO GEMSTONE AWARDS MAI KIRYU ACTRESS
LIÊN BỈNH PHÁT ACTOR
EXTRAS DVD OF THE MONTH CAMERAMAN THE LIFE & WORK of JACK CARDIFF Cameraman illuminates a unique figure in British and international cinema: Jack Cardiff, a man whose life and career are inextricably interwoven with the history of cinema. Jack’s life and work helped elevate cinematography to an art form and made history with his ground-breaking vision and technical wizardry on A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, BLACK NARCISSUS, THE RED SHOES, THE AFRICAN QUEEN and many others. Amongst many fascinating revelations and anecdotes, Jack relates what it was like to work with Hollywood’s greatest icons, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas and Sophia Loren.
EXTRAS *Interview with Craig McCall by Ian Christie The director of this excellent documentary on what many consider to be the greatest cameraman of all-time. The film took years to make as Craig tells Ian Christie he had a lot of people to meet who wanted to share the experience of working with this unforgettable cinematographer who was inspired by the greatest painters who understood lighting and colour like Vermeer, Van Gogh, Renoir. When Cardiff wasn’t filming, he was painting.
*Jack’s Actress Portraits Jack states that he collected beautiful women, photographically that is; Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Anita Ekberg. He recalls how he was once stuck in a lift with Anita Ekberg when the lights went out. It was quite a while before they came on again and the lift restarted. He had some explaining to do to his wife.
*Jack’s Behind-the-Scene Movies Another pursuit Jack enjoyed was making movies of what happens behind the scenes when there is an unforeseeable delay in the shoot. 28
*Cinematographer and Director Relationship One of the highlights of the DVD special features is the importance of the relationship between the director and cinematographer. Jack explained what it was like working with Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger on “Black Narcissus” and “A Matter of Life and Death” and “The Red Shoes”.
*Working with three-strip Technicolor This was the original Technicolor process that combined two colours red and green and had to be projected by a special projector until in 1932, a new, more accurate and eye-pleasing Technicolor was developed known as three-strip. It used three negatives individually sensitive to the primary colours of red, green and blue and printed onto a single strand of film in the laboratory. Jack Cardiff used colour in a way like no other cinematographer before him.
*Theatrical Trailer The trailer of “Cameraman” as it was first shown.
*Photo Galleries: A gallery of the stars that Jack photographed
*Production Stills A wide variety of stills of the films which Jack had worked on as a cinematographer. Jack started directing films with a Short in 1953. “The Story of William Tell”. Among the feature films he directed were: “Web of Evidence”, “Scent of Mystery”, “Sons and Lovers”, “My Geisha”, “The Lion”, “The Long Ships”, “Young Cassidy”, “The Liquidator”, “Dark of the Son”, The Girl on a Motorcycle”, “Penny Gold”. Jack Cardiff won two Academy Awards, the first in 1947 for Cinematography, and the second in 2000 in which was given an Honorary Award by the Academy. He died in 2009. This DVD is a wonderful tribute to a remarkable man – his life and work. A must-see for cinephiles.
Jack Cardiff with his photograph of Audrey Hepburn. 30
Jack Cardiff in Cameraman
Jack Cardiff with his photograph of Marilyn Monroe.
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A magazine for discerning cinemagoers and filmmakers. Welcome to the December edition of Movies by Mills. In this issue Mary Poppins Returns...
Published on Dec 2, 2018
A magazine for discerning cinemagoers and filmmakers. Welcome to the December edition of Movies by Mills. In this issue Mary Poppins Returns...