Friday, 31 May 2013

Interview with Actor Joshua Zar

Yesterday we published a chat with Emma Bates about Much Ado About Nothing. Today we have Joshua Zar talking about his black-and-white, 12 day Shakespeare garden party. He chatted with us about the clearly fun set, his unfortunate injury and some guy named Whedo? Whedon? Something like that.

The full Joshua Zar interview is up on Cinema Sauce.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Interview with Actress Emma Bates

Joss Whedon only had twelve days off from filming The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble in the UK) to going into the editing room and post-producing the life out of what became the third highest grossing film of all time. His idea of a break was to adapt one of his favourite Shakespeare plays, Much Ado About Nothing, in his back garden, in black and white, with his friends. In said film, he cast all of his friends and Cinema Sauce caught up with Emma Bates and Joshua Zar who star in Joss’s back garden, something both actors are now very used to. They star alongside Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion and Amy Acker but they’re all great friends who, despite their hectic schedules, catch up as regularly as possible and, when they can, perform together. This film is that continuation of Shakespeare productions that happen in his back garden so often. First up here’s what Emma had to say and we’ll follow this up tomorrow with Joshua’s on-set experience.

The full Emma Bates interview is up on Cinema Sauce.

Monday, 20 May 2013

The Great Gatsby Review

Adapting and luxuriating a classic novel, Luhrmann stepped up to the plate to knock out a literary classic hoping to make a classic film at the same time. Originally intended for a December release, the delayed, 3D post-converted modernisation of the book has now been released after premiering in Cannes – although it was already out in America. This change from an awards film to a summer blockbuster is a bizarre one and one that’s understandable after watching it. It isn’t an awards-worthy film, it’s barely memorable; it’s in a funk that never truly gets over the hump of converting lyrical literature into a more visual affair. Although it fills these gaps with nicely edited, scripted words flying up on to the screen and people talking quite poetically, it all feels like it works as a book but not a film.

The Great Gatsby Review on Cinema Sauce.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Interview with World War Z's Director Marc Forster

Back in 2005 there was a bidding war for a manuscript of what was set to be a hit novel. It was fought between Brad Pitt’s and Leonardo DiCaprio‘s production companies, constantly bidding and besting each other to get their hands on the rights to a book that hadn’t even been released yet. After a while, Brad Pitt’s company, Plan B, came out on top and now, after many years sitting in production limbo, World War Z will be released this summer. Unfortunately a lot of people are aware of this film based on its the production problems alone which have followed, plagued and wrongly sullied the name of the film.

The full Marc Forster Interview is up on Cinema Sauce.

Interview with The Great Gatsby's Writer Craig Pearce

Walking down a rainy Regent Street in London Craig Pearce, co-writer of The Great Gatsby picked up his phone and rang me so we could talk about his latest outings, his collaborations with Baz and his new TV programme called Will, which is why he was walking around rainy London. Thankfully, he was eager for a chat to explain the reasoning behind his and Baz Luhrmann‘s interpretation of The Great Gatsby and their translation and adaptation of such an important piece of literature. As well as their bold decision to adapt Gatsby, he’s got the guts to reinvent William Shakespeare himself, who will be appearing on your small screen soon in the US and later on in the UK, as is the way. He’s a screenwriter whose work you are almost certainly familiar with as he’s written Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet and The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud. Below he openly chats to us. Do enjoy.

The Full Craig Pearce Interview is available on Cinema Sauce

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Interview with The Wolverine's Brian Tee

There’s an upcoming film in the summer you may have heard of called The Wolverine and I luckily got to chat with one of the actors in it, Brian Tee. You’ll recognise Brian Tee from an array of projects that are completely diverse and eclectic but his highest profile role to date is as DK of the Fast and Furious franchise. He gave up his time to chat with us about some of his future projects – there are a lot of them and a lot to talk about because he loves what he’s doing. His foray into acting is almost accidental too by being in an acting class in college before then turning to major in theatre. He is a wonderful guy to chat to who is a fanboy when it comes to films, television and his childhood loves of videogames and comics. We got to chat with him about most of his work set for release over the next few months – The Wolverine, Mortal Kombat: Legacy  - and icons he’d love to work with.

My Brian Tee interview on Cinema Sauce.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Deadfall Review

After winning an Oscar for best foreign film with The Counterfeiters, Stefan Ruzowitzky has turned to his first American project, Deadfall, bringing together an impressive cast. Entrenched in snowy landscapes, Ruzowitzky has surrounded the audience in a bitter cold atmosphere that’s as claustrophobic as it is endless with blizzards freezing our characters. Thanks to the cold atmosphere and the outlandish characters there’s something incredibly interesting here to toy with but being marketed as a straight out action-thriller is the wrong marketing ploy. It’s also the wrong way to take the film because there’s a much more interesting subject matter to be chiseled at and those are the characters. There’s a potential avalanche of emotions, disturbing pasts and real people, even in its exaggerated form.


Louie Season 1 DVD Review

Comedian Louis CK‘s own television programme has finally made it to the UK thanks to the FOX channel and now the first season has been released on DVD. It’s a much refreshing addition to the sitcom world as it hardly feels like one, with a much more human touch, even in the most surreal moment of the pilot. It’s a great foray by the comedian into acting which he has done before but there’s something much more real and human about this creation than his predecessors. In this season he manages to balance comic moments with relevant commentary as well as stand-up gigs that are inspired by the weekly topic of the episode. It’s a different style of television comedy but it works so well; it’s the rejuvenation that makes this a much more welcome addition. It’s far away from the troubled 2 Broke Girls.


Interview with Zombieland's Kirk Ward

After the success of the movie, Amazon have now delved into original programming with their pilot season being decided by the audience. There are thirteen pilots to choose from but only four will make it into a full series and one of those pilots, hoping to rekindle, yet reimagine, the world of the movie, is Zombieland. Kirk Ward chatted to us about Tallahassee, inviting us and the audience to help sculpt the world of Zombieland and how the series might go on. He even offered to come to my flat – his words – to perform the pilot episode with the rest of the cast in case you haven’t seen it on LOVEFiLM or Amazon Instant. Below he discusses the original intention of the television series that became a movie, working in the television system and his desire to beat people with a crutch and have a TMZ scandal.


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Interview with Director Marcel Sarmiento

The ABCs of Death has gathered together directors, assigned them a letter and told them to make a short film relating to death. Marcel Sarmiento was assigned the letter D. His debut feature was Heavy Petting, a light dog-related romcom but his follow-up feature, Deadgirl, tugged him entirely in the other direction. Deadgirl relates the tale of two high school outcasts who discover a chained and naked dead girl who cannot die, completely refreshing the zombie genre, making it much more disturbing and distinguished. It’s a horror film that is a great watch because it’s disturbing, shocking, uncomfortable, unflinching and interesting – qualities which are rare to find in the genre. Marcel Sarmiento is a very lovely director, one who I feel incredibly sorry for because of my faulty recording apparatus. He spoke to us about his segment, amongst a feast of other topics, all of which you’ll find below.


Dragon Review

Acting usually comes down to moments of believability, ensuring that the emotions that should be portrayed are done so well enough to impact the audience. What usually slips through the cracks of acting is the great pain an actor might have to go through when performing stunts, choreography or any other important things that helps bring the character to life. Martial art performances usually get ignored or expected when people forget to appreciate the real art of the fight scenes. Dragon comes alive because of these scenes. The actors deserve a lot of credit for bringing their characters to life thanks to real moments of emotion and great fluid fights that arc with our main character.