18th April 2015 | Films
Lost River is the brand new film directed by Ryan Gosling. It tells the story of a single mother who is swept into a dark underworld while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town. The film stars the likes of Christina Hendriks and Eva Mendes. James Gilmore had the opportunity to sit down for a few minutes with Director Ryan Gosling to speak about this project and touch upon some others.
James Gilmore : Mr Gosling first of all thank you so much for agreeing to chat for a couple of minutes about this new film. My first question, obviously, you're a hugely famous onscreen actor. What prompted you to sit down and write this dark fairy tale?
Ryan Gosling : I worked in Detroit. I had an opportunity to work there for a few weeks and I'd always wanted to go there as a Kid. I'd had a very romantic idea of Detroit it just seemed like everything that was cool came from there. Eminem. Motown. The idea of the American Dream. When I got there it was just very different. There was 40 miles of abandoned neighbourhoods and I was shocked that there were families still trying to hold onto their homes within those neighbourhoods. So I thought for them, this dream had become some surreal nightmare. And I wanted to make a film about that.
James Gilmore : The cast in this film is absolutely fantastic. You've worked with some of these actors before, Christina Hendricks who plays Billy, you worked with her in Drive and Eva Mendes who probably doesnt need an entrance. She plays cat and you worked with her in The Place Beyond The Pines. Ex-Doctor Who Matt Smith makes an appareance aswell. I was interested in hearing your thoughts…
7th April 2015 | Films
The new Paddington movie is officially the most successful British family film of all time. And it totally deserves that title. Following a tremendous box office opening this past Christmas, the film has finally made its home entertainment release just in time for the summer – so, having been sent a copy, I sat down with the family to see what all of the fuss was about.
I do not envy anybody tasked with the job of turning a much loved, sacred children’s character into the subject for a family film. Some have done it well (e.g. Harry Potter), some have done it decently (e.g. SpongeBob) and some have done it awfully (e.g. Garfield). Luckily, Paddington and Harry Potter share the same producer (Heydey Films) so, in a way, this was destined to be a success.
With an all star cast, the ‘new Paddington’ is by far the most lovable furry animal on screens today. I have never wanted to cuddle my dog so much after watching this new release! I find it difficult to call him the ‘new Paddington’ as director Paul King has done a stellar job at keeping him as close to the original as possible (including the red hat and blue duffle coat).
It truly is one of the fastest 120 minutes you will ever encounter. It hits all of the marks – the moment it feels right for a baddie to appear, Nicole Kidman turns up as the evil taxidermist who you love to hate. The moment you’re in need of an inspirational speech, Hugh Bonneville is standing at the top of the Natural History Museum exclaiming his love for the bear. The film never leaves you waiting and there isn’t a moment when there isn’t a smile plastered across your face.
7th April 2015 | Films
It’s really hard to describe why The Voices is so brilliant to someone without blurting out every single thing about it. Since seeing it at Sundance London early last year, it’s been difficult to contain my excitement for its official release, and so it brings me a great honour to review it.
Ryan Reynolds plays Jerry Hickfang, a lonely bathtub factory worker who frequently holds conversations with his two pets, Mr Whiskers and Bosco (also voiced by Reynolds). But when Jerry meets Fiona, an English girl who works in accounting at the factory, things starts to get bad, as Mr Whiskers starts persuading him to use Fiona as the start of a killing spree.
Not only is the Michael R. Perry’s script brave and creative, Marjane Satrapi makes her English-language debut brilliantly colourful and enticing, managing to hit both style and substance perfectly. On top of this, Reynolds is likeable as ever, with The Voices quite possibly marking his greatest performance to date. For the most part, the supporting cast are also excellent, with Anna Kendrick especially standing out.
The Voices is a very funny film. But it’s also dark and upsetting. It succeeds at everything it sets out to do, and definitely warrants repeat viewings. Oh, and be sure to stay right though to the end credits for an extra surprise.
The Voices is out in UK cinemas now, and is available to rent on iTunes in the US.
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