BEFORE MIDNIGHT (2013) First official trailer!

At long last, we’ve been granted with the first trailer for the third instalment of the Before series starring Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and written and directed by Richard Linklater.

THE PLOT: This time set in Greece, we met Jesse and Celine nine years after the tantalising events of Before Sunset (2004). Are they together? The trailer suggests they are.

THE STARS: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprise their much loved roles which have warmed the hearts of wandering film fans since 1995.

THE RELEASE DATE: After great responses from Sundance and SXSW 2013, Before Midnight is to hit the US on 24th May. No news for UK and Europe yet, but we certainly hope it’s not long after!

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JAMESON EMPIRE AWARDS 2013: The results!

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The results of the JAMESON EMPIRE AWARDS 2013:

Sightseers wins BEST BRITISH FILM
Skyfall UK & IRE wins BEST FILM
MARTIN FREEMAN wins BEST ACTOR
JENNIFER LAWRENCE wins BEST ACTRESS
EMPIRE INSPIRATION goes to SAM MENDES
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION for DANNY BOYLE
EMPIRE LEGEND granted to HELEN MIRREN
EMPIRE HERO this year is DANIEL RADCLIFFE
BEST FEMALE NEWCOMER awarded to SAMANTHA BARKS
BEST MALE NEWCOMER awarded to TOM HOLLAND
BEST COMEDY for Ted (The Movie)
BEST THRILLER for Headhunters
BEST SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
BEST HORROR goes to The Woman in Black UK

TRANCE (2013) Official Red Band trailer!

Danny Boyle had a brilliant 2012 for someone who did not release a single film (thanks to London 2012), and 2013 is set to be just as busy for the man from Bury.

Trance co-written by former BAFTA-winner John Hodge who also penned Boyle’s earlier works, Shallow Grave (Girl On Film review here), Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary and The Beach, Trance appears to be a return to the darkly psychological roots which first made Boyle famous on the Brit flick scene of the 90s.

This new red band trailer is gory and surreal, a teasing hint of will surely be a visceral experience.

THE STARS: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel

THE PLOT: A fine art auctioneer mixed up with a criminal gang joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur, the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated.

THE RELEASE DATE: Released in the UK on the 27th March this year.

KICK-ASS 2 (2013) trailer is released!

The official ‘Red Band’ trailer for the sequel to Matthew Vaughan’s exhilarating and foul-mouthed comic book movie of 2010 has arrived…the first one Girl On Film posted was soon blocked so watch it while it’s still hot!

Will Kick-Ass 2 ‘kick ass’ twice? There certainly seems to be a lot of thrills and expletives to satisfy fans. We’ll have to wait until summer to see if Jeff Wadlow can fit into Mr Vaughan’s very big boots.

THE STARS: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz,
Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jim Carrey.

THE PLOT: The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.

THE RELEASE DATE: Expected August/September 2013

‘Stoker’ (2013)

Stoker (2013), out this weekend, is the first English-language film by Park Chan-wook (director of Oldboy) and stars Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Mia Wasikowska.

It is said to be influenced by Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt (1943) which also features a mysterious ‘Uncle Charlie’ and an uncle/niece relationship of sorts…

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After which, the film takes another more sinister direction…

Paris on Film: Girl On Film goes on tour!

Earlier this year, Girl On Film (Evangeline Spachis) embarked on a research project to Paris with university. Fascinated by the rich cultural history of the French capital and the reverence which the French people place on ‘film as art’, Girl On Film decided to explore and capture the places which live on through the medium of cinema and ensure that Paris is an eternal heartbeat of cultural and cinematic importance.

The start of the tour was at the beginning of feature-length silent cinema itself. The Phantom of the Opera (1925) was an American production, set in the Opéra de Paris and based on the universally famous novel by Gaston Leroux. However there was one problem, the entire production was to be based in Hollywood. Persuaded by the increasing popularity of film and the epic nature of the story, Universal Studios built an exact replica of the Paris Opera House.

Inside the Paris Opera House today:

DSCN0796The Opera House is truly stunning. Steeped in history, high culture and baroque architecture, it is no wonder that it as become a place of legend and esteem throughout the art world.DSCN0802The 1925 silent film features a shot of the Hollywood version of the staircase amidst an extravagant ball scene.

ph2Of course, the Phantom ‘ghost’ famously occupies the No. 5 box in the Opera House.

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The box today has a haunting tribute to the immortal character:

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Moulin Rouge is seemingly less glamorous by day than it’s silver screen namesake by director Baz Lurhmann would have you believe.

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Moulin Rouge! (2001) is a romantic-drama-musical, and like The Phantom of the Opera (1925), captured the imagination of cinema-goers worldwide. A jukebox musical, it features modern pop songs by Elton John and Madonna amongst others which is both in direct contrast and in-sync with the early-20th century sensibilities of Paris. The ‘Fin de siècle’ vitality of this spirited French society plays straight into the hands of Lurhmann, a famously decadent and vivacious filmmaker. 

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Mere metres along the road and we come to a café which features in a French-language film that continues to be one of the more accessible and crowd-pleasing depictions of Parisian life- Amélie (2001).

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After the death of her mother and her father’s subsequent withdrawal from society, Amélie leaves home and becomes a waitress at Café de Deux Moulins in Montmartre, staffed and frequented by a collection of eccentrics. Spurning romantic relationships after a few disappointing efforts, she finds contentment in simple pleasures and letting her imagination roam free.

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The Café de Deux Moulins (15 Rue Lepic, Montmartre) was a delightful place to visit as a film fan, and the owners clearly relish the popularity the establishment has procured due to the enduring affection for Amelié (2001).

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A screenshot from the film within the restaurant itself.

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The food wasn’t half bad either!

The fast-paced action film The Bourne Identity (2002) was US-financed and written by an American, but for the most part features the protagonist, Jason Bourne eluding the the C.I.A. and Interpol as he search for answers about his life after suffering from amnesia around the back-streets of Paris.

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A significant and iconic action sequence sees Bourne (played by Matt Damon) return to his former Parisian apartment at which he is eventually ambushed by an assassin.

DSCN0874 Given as “104 rue du Jardin”, the apartment is 104 Avenue Kléber, at rue de Longchamp, just north of Trocadero.
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2004 saw the sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) (a tale of two back-packers who meet in Vienna and spend an evening together exploring the city and fall in love), Before Sunset (2004) being made.

before_sunsetSet this time in Paris and ten years after the events of the first film, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) reunite and experience a summer’s day in the city of lovers. Though the geography of the film and the reality of the locations are somewhat fiddled with, the film does begin with a chance meeting at the Shakespeare and Company bookshop, at which Jesse is giving a talk about his new book and Celine is looking through the bookshop window.

DSCN0782 Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bucherie, on the Left Bank of the Seine opposite Notre Dame. The bookshop crops up again in another Parisian romance, Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris (2011).DSCN0781

The Three Colours trilogy are a hugely important collection of French/Polish films which kick-started the popularity of French New Wave cinema once again in the nineties. Perhaps the most famous of the three, Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993) is set in Paris and centres on Julie’s (Juliette Binoche) struggle to recover from a horrific accident which resulted in the death of her husband and a beloved young daughter. After suffering such a terrible trauma, she begins to devote the rest of her life trying to completely erase her past from her memory.

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In one moving scene, Julie sits in a cafe and the camera shoots a tight close-up of a sugar cube absorbing coffee from her cup, representing her complete disinterest in life and her disregard for anything but the sugar or her internal grief.

Girl On Film attempted to recreate this scene in a Parisian cafe with mixed results.

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All photos belong to Evangeline Spachis [2013]