Bag head posters: Making Shia LaBeouf not famous anymore
Written by Ivan Radford
Monday, 10 February 2014 13:25
Shia LaBeouf sparked a fresh wave of media attention this weekend by attending the Berlin premiere of Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac with a paper bag on his head bearing his now signature catchphrase: I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.
Now, I've tried to ignore Shia's bonkers behaviour over the last month - if his wish is to become not famous, or if his aim is merely to get attention, the best response seems to be not to give him the time of day. But frankly, I can't help but enjoy this latest stunt in all its papery baggy glory. Is this a genuine mental breakdown? Attending the red carpet premiere of a movie suggests not. Is it all an art project, a la Joaquin Phoenix's I'm Still Here? If so, he forgot to call Casey Affleck and get him to bring his camera.
Either way, it's starting to become kind of fascinating again. And so, to support Shia in his wish to become NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE, I've started to go through his back catalogue and remove his star status altogether. Which goes to prove several things: 1. Famous people saying they're not famous anymore while wearing paper bags on their heads doesn't make them not famous anymore, and, most importantly, 2. I will break any principle I have just for the excuse of some silly Photoshopping.
Director: José Padilha Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish Certificate: 12A
I have never seen RoboCop. But even then, this remake at times feels fairly unoriginal. After all, man and mech have been trading blows (and body parts) on-screen for decades, often in futuristic cities and in the shadow of sinister corporations. Morals, consciousness, being able to run really quickly - the big issues have all been tackled. So José Padilha's blockbuster, set in a futuristic city in the shadow of a sinister corporation, has to do a lot to stand out, whether you've seen that 1980s flick of the same name or not.
Director: =eter Berg Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster Certificate: 15
At the end of Peter Berg's Lone Survivor, a familiar sound appears: David Bowie's Heroes, sung in slow motion by an acoustic American as photos of the real soldiers upon whom the war movie is based flash across the screen. It's a moment that sticks in the throat, partly because nobody should ever be allowed to cover David Bowie's Heroes, and partly because it feels like a mawkish end to a decidedly unmawkish film.
Behind the scenes LEGO video is as entertaining as Morgan Freeman reading the phone book
Written by Ivan Radford
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 07:39
The LEGO Movie just keeps getting funnier the more I see of it. This latest "behind the bricks" featurette is full of exactly the kind of subversive, anarchic wit that Phil Lord and Chris Miller brought to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street. From treating the LEGO figurines - or, as I call them, figurines - like props to Will Arnett out-Batman-ing Batman, these 3 minutes and 58 seconds have more laughs in them than many comedy films. If that stays true for the main feature, The LEGO Movie could be as entertaining as Morgan Freeman reading the phonebook.
And as we all know, that's very entertaining indeed.
The LEGO Movie is out in cinemas on Friday 14th February. Read on for the new video.
Why The Wolf of Wall Street would be better with real wolves
Written by Ivan Radford
Monday, 27 January 2014 18:21
The Wolf of Wall Street. That's what you expect when you go to see The Wolf of Wall Street: a wolf. Sure enough, within five minutes a lion has wandered through the corridors of Stratton Oakmont and within 30 minutes, a roomful of brokers are chanting "Wolfie! Wolfie!" at the top of their lungs. But is there a real wolf? Is there heck.
It turns out that Martin Scorsese's film is, instead, about a metaphorical wolf: a bloke called Jordan who doesn't even have big ears or scary teeth. The result, you might think, would be a little bit dull compared to what it could have been. You'd be partly right.
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake
"If it's never new and it doesn't get old, it's a folk song."
That's Llewyn Davis (Isaac), an amazing guitarist and a fuck-up of a human being. We follow Llewyn as he strums his way through life a bar at a time, getting beaten up in alleys and surfing the sofas of people who don't like him very much. "It's what you do," taunts an angry stranger as he kicks him in the stomach. The one couple that actually do like him leave him alone with their cat. He promptly loses it. His response? He runs to another sofa, belonging to old friend Jim (Timberlake) and his partner, Joan (Mulligan). Llewyn being Llewyn, he's already slept with her behind Jim's back.