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News: New Poster For Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom

Posted in Movies, News, Poster, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

Wes Anderson’s films have always had distinctive posters. Rushmore and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou stand out in particular. I absolutely love them and I feel the same about the new poster for Moonrise Kingdom. It has a fairytale sense of wonder coupled Anderson’s (un)usual charm. Here’s hoping that it perfectly represents the film.  Continue reading

News: Trailer For Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom

Posted in Movies, News, Poster, Thoughts, Trailer with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

So, if you didn’t know, I spent the festive period with my parents. It was all well and good except for one fact – they’d turn off the precious wi-fi at the end of the day. This is was massively frustrating for me as I am addicted to the internet and need near constant 24 hour access or I freak out. I mean, c’mon, what if I miss something funny written of Facebook, or can’t get instantly outraged by the latest thing on Twitter? Exactly.

Anyway, to get myself through the long nights, my methadone was watching some DVDs. Of the many films I watched, two were Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and The Royal Tenenbaums. The Life Aquatic is the film that made me fall in love with Anderson’s films, such a brilliant mix of melancholy, wonder, and adventure. And when I watched Tenenbaums it had me in floods of tears from the get-go. I’d seen it before, but this time it crushed me. So heartbreakingly sad. It was amazing. By now I guess you’re wondering why the hell I’m telling you this. I’ll tell you why – it was a lengthy and meandering intro inform you of the release of the trailer to Wes Anderson’s (yeah, that guy again) latest movie Moonrise Kingdom. Shall we take a look? Continue reading

Ramble On…

Posted in Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2007 by Bjorn Grainger

(This blog was originally written on Myspace)

So, how was your weekend? Mine was great! I was ill. Yay! I mean, BOO! It was particularly fun on saturday night/sunday morning when i was mad with fever. I was convinced I was working on Apple’s iPhone, constantly going over batch numbers, weird internetty connections, and other such incomprehensible things all through the night. Why my sick brain chose to focus on the iPhone, I don’t know. I’m not that obsessed by it. HONEST.

The sweaty insanity reminded me of when I was very ill with the ‘flu aboot four years ago and had a spate of deliri-dreams. It was around the start of the Iraq invasion and I would leave BBC NEWS 24 on the tv through the night. When I attempted to sleep I was transported to some kind of armoured artillery vehicle involved in the attack. It was bathed in a red light with black and green screens, and I was selecting and firing at targets. The moment I’d open my eyes, though, I’d be back in my bedroom, and would realise instantly it was just my fevered mind playing horrible tricks. That said, my eyelids would soon grow heavy and back to the crazy I’d go.

A few days later, my fever had still to break, and things got a whole lot weird. Have you ever seen the film Event Horizon? It’s aboot a spaceship with an experimental new engine/drive that will allow it to travel to different dimensions. The new drive is tested and the ship disappears, only to reappear years later without its crew. Anyway, long story short, the ship prolly went to Hell and brought a bit of it back. It’s kinda shit (it’s directed by Paul Anderson, what do you expect?), but the engine/drive was slightly cool. It was a spinning metallic ball thing. What has this got to do with fever dreams, i hear you ask. Well, you impatient muddy funsters, it was that spinning metallic ball thing that was behind me in my room, talking to me, while tiny remote control racing cars zoomed aboot my floor. I remember turning over at one point and telling it to shut the hell up. It freaked me out.

On a completely different note, I got Sky Movies this week and have been able to catch up on a few films I’ve missed over the years. The first I was watched The Machinist. It’s great. It’s actually painful to watch Christian Bale, but you can’t take your eyes off him. I tried to watch Garden State afterwards, but i was distracted by my football game. Mr and Mrs Smith was fneh. It did have a weird Fight Club vibe halfway through when the two leads only realised they loved each other after blowing the shit out of their house. I’ve seen The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou twice now and it’s FANTASTIC. So funny, such wonderful characters, and the ending when Staralfur by Sigur Ros strikes up, it tears me up. Beautiful. Oh, and i did get around to watching Garden State. And I really wish I hadn’t.

That’ll do…