Film review by Philip French
Saturday 26, May 2012
Wes Anderson’s films – seven of them since his debut with Bottle Rocket in 1996 – constitute a consistent oeuvre. They’re comedies tinged with a certain tragic sense of life. Various actors recur, most notably Jason Schwartzman as a geeky young man, Luke Wilson as a quirky thirtysomething and Bill Murray as a middle-aged curmudgeon. The films pursue groups of eccentric figures who make up families of a kind generally characterised as “dysfunctional”, invariably attracting references to Tolstoy’s dubious claim that happy families are all alike and unhappy families are unhappy in their different ways. They’re also exquisitely composed and lit and accompanied by an interesting, often surprising choice of music.
Initially I had reservations over Anderson’s whimsicality and wilful cultivation of the irrational. I was eventually won over by his last feature but one, the beautiful The Darjeeling Limited, in which three American brothers are brought together on a train journey across India a year after their father’s death. Continue reading
This book is set in Scotland and certainly has a Scottish feel to it, with its mountains, castles and golden eagles, though the country is not specified until The Mountain of Adventure, when Jack recalls observing an eagles’ nest at a castle in Scotland. It is the Easter holidays and Jack, Philip, Dinah and Lucy-Ann are on holiday with Mrs Mannering at Spring Cottage, which is set on a hill below a castle. Out on the hillside they meet Tassie, a local girl who lives in a tumble-down cottage with her mother and is allowed to run wild. Tassie cannot read or write but has a deep knowledge of animals and the countryside. She is excellent at climbing, sure-footed and has a good sense of direction, relying on her instincts to guide her: “She was more like a very intelligent animal than a little girl.” Indeed, with her bare feet, ragged frock and amazing agility she seems to be a part of the wild landscape around her — rather like a sprite or a wood-nymph. Perhaps because he too has a rapport with animals, she latches on to Philip and even brings him a fox-cub, which he names Button. The children’s happiness is complete when they discover that Bill Smugs is on a job in the area and plans to visit them soon. Continue reading
In 1789, when the Revolution went on, a bandit named “Black Tulip” held the
surroundings of village Roussillon in fear. The poor people respected him as Robin Hood,
who declare himself a revolutioner but Count Guillaume de Saint Preux “plays” this
benefactor. When he fought with Mouche, the policeman he was wounded … Continue reading
1957. A remote village in Erzincan province, Eastern Turkey. The quest of four villagers to travel to the moon is documented with the use of found black-and-white photos and the aid of a local narrator. A wide range of established Turkish intellectuals offer their views of the events that took place in 1957. The resulting film curiously becomes an in-depth study of contemporary Turkish culture, rather than an historical documentary. Continue reading
Plot Synopsis: Yor, an extremely blond prehistoric warrior, comes to question his origins, particularly with regard to a mysterious medallion he wears. When he learns of a desert goddess who supposedly wears the same medallion, Yor decides that he must find her and learn his true identity. Along the way, he encounters ape-men, dinosaurs, and a strange futuristic society. Continue reading
Entertaining fantasy-based peplum, starring American actor Roger Browne as the God of War.
The king of Telbia defeats an African army through the intervention of the war god Mars. Remaining on Earth, Mars falls in love with the human girl Daphne, but she is forced to become a priestess in the temple of Venus. Mars tries to free her, but falls under the spell of Venus, who keeps him prisoner. Daphne, meanwhile, having violated the sanctity of the temple, is condemned to be devoured by a monster.
Director Marcello Baldi composes his shots to make full use of the Totalscope image, making this picture a must in widescreen. Highlights include the opening battle between the Greek and African armies and a Little Shoppe of Horrors-type plant monster to whom maidens are sacrificed. Continue reading
“Behzat Ç. Bir Ankara Polisiyesi” (English: Behzat Ç. An Ankara Detective Story) is a TV crime and detective series based on the novels Her Temas İz Bırakır (English: Every contact leaves a trace) and Son Hafriyat (English: Last excavation) by Emrah Serbes. The series takes place in Ankara. It began 19 September 2010 on local Star TV of Turkey. The TV series is directed by the Serdar Akar who rose to fame by his film, Gemide (On Board) in 1999.
Behzat Ç Seni Kalbime Gömdüm (roughly translated as I Buried You in My Heart) is the theatrical movie of the TV series based on the second novel Son Hafriyat by Emrah Serbes whose also wrote the script for the film. It’s directed by Serdar Akar and tells the story of a cop killer known as Red Kit (Turkish name translation of the famous cartoon character Lucky Luke). Continue reading