Wednesday, 27 February 2013

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER - DVD REVIEW

Words Andrew Oliver

Coming of age happens to us all, that time in our lives when first loves appear and we start to discover who we are. These moments are captured perfectly in the Perks Of Being a Wallflower by director and author of the critically acclaimed book, Stephen Chbosky.

The story tells of 15 year old freshman Charlie played by Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson, The Three Musketeers), and his relationship with two seniors Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller).

Charlie is the kid that doesn't fit in, he's quiet, introvert and the only conversation he has at school is with his teacher (Paul Rudd), for whom he shares his love of literature.
We learn there is a reason for his nature, after the death of his best friend leaves him with mental issues.

Patrick and Sam allow him into their circle of parties, friends and the occasional use of relaxing chemicals.

It is his infatuation with Sam that really drives the story. She is his world, someone who listens to and understands him and his love for her grows as he battles to control his demons.
Patrick is his other confidant, and after playing a killer in We Need To Talk About Kevin, the part gives Ezra Miller the chance play the cool, not unhinged kid at school.

The film takes us on a journey through adolescence and may bring back memories of your own teenage years.

It is an enchanting story that keeps you watching and a movie that leaves a warm feeling inside. At times slightly harrowing as we watch Charlie fighting against his illness, but if there was ever a movie where you are rooting for the underdog, then it's this one.

A delightful, beautifully shot masterpiece that proves that being a wallflower isn't a bad thing. Being the kid in the background still gives you the chance to blossom.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Comedown - UK Premiere Interviews - Adam Deacon, Jacob Anderson, Menhaj Huda, Dominic Norris

At the UK Premiere of Comedown Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Kidulthood director Menhaj Huda, actors Adam Deacon and Jacob Anderson and producer Dominic Norris on making an urban horror movie, building suspense and the fun of creating the gory death scenes!


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The Guilt Trip - Gala Screening Interviews

At the Gala Screening of The Guilt Trip Premiere Scene's Nicola Johnston and Anthony Bueno journeyed along Charlotte Street Hotel to interview British TV celebrities Debbie and Fred Bright, Harry Derbidge , Vanessa Feltz and daughter Saskia Kurer about their admiration for Barbara Streisand and their own experiences of travel with family.








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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Arbitrage - UK Premiere - Interviews with Richard Gere, Nicholas Jarecki & Mohammed Al Turki


At the UK Premiere of Arbitrage Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno find Officer and A Gentleman star Richard Gere was as charming off screen as on. Join us as we interview director Nicholas Jarecki about exploring the imperfections of his film’s anti-hero, executive producer Mohammed Al Turki about the thrill of watching Susan Sarandon and Richard Gere on set, and Gere himself shows his interest in delving a deeper into the floored character of Robert Miller though not before proving he was a gentlemen, ensuring presenter Claire was nice and warm!


ARBITRAGE opens in cinemas 1st March 2013

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Cloud Atlas - Gala Screening Interviews inc Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw , James D'Arcy & Hugh Grant


Sublime, wondrous, enchanting and that’s before we speak to the delightful cast who attended the Gala Screening of Cloud Atlas; a film that is a real feast for the eyes and hearts. Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw , James D'Arcy  and Hugh Grant about playing multiple characters, wearing prosthetics and the thrill of exploring the possibility of our souls and love being ever lasting.






Cloud Atlas Review

Word Nicola Johnston

As I left the cinema, my friend and I were still in deep conversation about the film we had just watched, all 172 minutes of Cloud Atlas. We had heard of the film but neither of us had read any reviews or even read the book, written by David Mitchell, so you could say, we didn’t really know what we were in for.

It is a film that will certainly divide people, some will of course loath it, some won’t get it, others will most definitely find it too long, I however found it utterly fascinating, it is a film that succeeds on many levels.

It looks into the past, present and future and how people’s acts, good or bad have an effect on others, themselves and the world, of how we are constantly being reborn, in order to learn the lessons that we need to learn to move forward, some are born evil and some are born good, some manage over the course of time, to turn themselves from that of a killer into a hero. Six stories are interwoven from the 19th Century to the post-apocalyptic future. With thirteen leading actors, taking on multiple roles in each of the six stories. I do have to mention I spent quite a lot of the film, working out who was who in each story, as its quite fascinating, with lots of gender changes and super visual effects and make-up going on, however, on a first watch it did seem to take over somewhat, I do believe I would benefit more from the film on a second viewing, as I wouldn’t be playing a game of who’s who anymore, fascinating though it was, it was a little distracting.

The cast are strong. And the film is very funny at times, Jim Broadbent is a scene stealer and transforms into each different character with ease, Hugo Weaving is a brilliant actor and I won’t give too much away but he plays a wonderful Nurse! Ben Wishaw is spellbinding to watch and the camera just loves him, his role as Robert Frobisher is stunning. Hugh Grant only joined the cast days before filming and in some of his character work this shows. Doona Bae has a beautiful face and manner about her, her work is subtle and sensitive, there is real depth and elegance in the performance.

The film is directed by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer and due to lack of finance the film was almost abandoned on more than one occasion, but the cast and crew were determined it would go ahead, Tom Hanks was a huge support for the film and he was convinced it would happen from the start, his work as an actor is always excellent and detailed.

Tykwer and the Wachowskis filmed parallel to each other using separate camera crews. Tykwer also composed the original orchestral soundtrack, with the help of his long time collaborators Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek, the soundtrack is really something special it is another character in the film, which never takes over but is a constant support which offers flow from start to finish, helping to bring all the stories and characters together as one whole, it really is astonishingly good and captivating and again shows what the power of music can achieve and its importance in film. The films soundtrack was nominated for a 2013 Golden Globe Award.

What I would say, is that this is brave, deeply impressive filmmaking, it is very ambitious, one of the most expensive Independent films made to date. I know it’s a film I have to see again, perhaps again and again, it provokes thought, it does not spoon feed you or force anything onto you, it makes you think and make up your own mind, it’s a challenge, it’s uplifting, sad, funny, it’s a whole kaleidoscope of different things. It’s a tour de force. I was never bored not once, my mind was alert and awake and trying to work out the puzzle from start to finish. I would highly recommend you see it for yourself and make up your own mind, as after all, that surly what it’s all about.

“Only as you gasp your dying breath shall you understand, your life amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean! Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”


CLOUD ATLAS opens in cinemas 22nd February 2013

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Friday, 15 February 2013

EE BAFTA Interviews

Interview with film critic Mark Kermode

The fun continues the morning after the night before the EE BAFTA awards as Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno sit down and interview film critic Mark Kermode. Join us as we discuss winners Skyfall, Argo, Amour and EE Rising star Juno Temple and what us is that makes these awards so very special.

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Interview with Pippa Harris, Mark Kermode and Juno Temple

2013 got off to a fine start as the nominees for the EE Rising Star Awards were announced at BAFTA HQ. Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno were eager to interview Jury Chair and film producer Pippa Harris, juror and film critic Mark Kermode and award nominee and actress Juno Temple as we discuss the importance of this award to acknowledge emerging talent and the importance of the public's participation.


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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Robot & Frank Review


Words Nicola Johnston

Every now and again a film comes along that touches your very soul. I sat down to watch Robot & Frank not knowing anything about the film, I had not heard about it or even read about it. For the next 89 minutes I was completely transported into the world of Frank.

Frank is played unsentimentally by Frank Langella (Frost Nixon) his performance is shatteringly detailed and utterly believable. Frank is a rather grumpy old man, who in his younger years led a very colourful life, he was a jewel thief, and spent many years in prison for his crimes. He is now alienated from the world, living on his own in a very messy house, he has no daily routine, no structure in his life and is suffering from memory loss, he comes and goes, he is sharp and coherent and then he fades again, his eyes vacant full of pain and frustration.

He has two children, Hunter and Madison, played wonderfully by James Marsden (Enchanted) and Liv Tyler, who worry about their father and about his memory-loss, but both have their own busy lives to lead, Hunter having to support his own family and Madison often away travelling for her work. Hunter shows up one day with a Robot butler, to help easy his own conscience but also to ensure that their father is better cared for; the Robot talks, cooks, cleans, makes the bed and even does the gardening!

Frank however is not best pleased with this new arrival. He is suspicious and disapproving of his new companion but then after some time he soon realizes that the Robots skills can be useful for more than just the daily household duties, a look of glee and mischief fills Frank’s eyes as he begins to plot his next adventure, with his newly found partner in crime!

Set in bucolic upstate New York, in the near future, Frank has a huge crush on the local librarian (Susan Sarandon) the library is being threatened by technology, books being seen as a thing of the past, she also has a Robot to help her, he is aptly named Mr Darcy, who is not as advanced a model as Franks Robot.

The film’s journey takes on many twists and turns and I am not about to spoil it for anyone, all I will say is that I urge you to see this film. The importance of good story telling is timeless and this film has it all. A beautifully well crafted story, incredible script, and brilliant performances all round. It is touching, funny, thought provoking, sad, we as the audience can all relate to this story in one way or another, the need for human contact, to talk, to laugh, the necessity to use one’s imagination, to share. This is a comedy, a drama, a tragedy all rolled into one; it is a study of human emotion, kindness, frustration, and loneliness. I must congratulate the director Jake Schreier on his first film, I can’t wait to see what he does next, he has a real eye for detail and the film is shot beautifully. Go and see the film and let it sweep you away into Franks world and enjoy it, relish it, every moment for life is short and none of us know what is around that corner, perhaps one day not to far from now we will all have Robots of our own to welcome us home, now there is a thought.

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Friday, 8 February 2013

Run For Your Wife Junket & Premiere Interviews - Danny Dyer, Sarah Harding & Kelly Shirley.


 Premiere Scene’s Catherine Whale and Anthony Bueno were running up the red carpet as stage play now screenplay Run For Your Wife debuts on the big screen. Join us as we interview  writer / director Ray Cooney, actors Danny Dyer (John Smith), Kelly Shirley (Susie Browning), Sarah Harding (Stephanie Smith) June Whitefield and Neil Morrissey (Gary Gardner) as we  find out about this much loved farce, Dyer making his leap into comedy and Harding relishing the challenges of her first leading role.


RUN FOR  YOUR WIFE in cinemas February 14th

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Thursday, 7 February 2013

A Good Day To Die Hard UK Premiere Interviews

At the UK Premiere of A Good Day To Die Hard Premiere Scene’s Sara Hartill and Anthony Bueno weren’t “looking  for  trouble” but “trouble found  them” as they interview Producer Alex Young, director John Moore and actor Jai Courtney. Join us as we find out the secret to the success of the franchise, how the stunts were all performed practically and how daunting it was for Courtney not only to be joining the film five movies in but also playing the part of Jack, son of John McClane made famous by action star Bruce Willis.


A GOOD DAY  TO DIE HARD reaches UK cinemas February 14th

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