2016's Straight Outta Compton was a huge success, both fans and critics loved it. Now this year’s Straight Outta Compton is All Eyez on Me, the bio-drama about Tupac’s life. These films are clearly starting a new trend of music based bio-drama about hip hop artists that are relevant to the everyday filmgoer. Getting too many of these films will end up being overkill but the two we have right now are prime examples of why more should be mad. Yes some of the people from Straight Outta Compton are in Tupac, but not in a Marvel-style expanded universe way, unfortunately, but the story is fresh and intriguing enough to make All Eyez on Me a solid film.
In 1968, a documentary was released entitled The Shape of Films to Come. It was an overview of the film entries for Expo ’67 and its various attempts to predict the future of cinema, both technically and artistically. In the nearly fifty years since these ideas were first put forth, not much has changed. However, many of the concepts filmmakers of the time were attempting to tackle have suddenly become possible.
Movie making is a complex art. It takes more than a good idea to make a good movie. There are plenty of great ideas that end up being terrible movies. Whether it's the writing, acting or poor pacing, these movies turned a great idea into a painful movie experience.
Let's just get this out of the way: Nintendo is a frustrating company. For every good move they make, it seems like they take a couple steps back. They don't understand the internet, they have a goldmine on their hands with the Virtual Console but they don't maximize their profits like they could. Then there was the Wii U, which died an excruciating death.
The Belko Experiment comes to us from the director of Wolf Creek and The Darkness and is written by James Gunn of Guardians of the Galaxy fame. This film is about 80 employees and a small office building; suddenly large metal doors around the building and a voice comes over the intercom saying if you guys don't kill a certain amount of people then we're going to kill double that amount. Have fun! And, from that moment on we have The Purge meets Battle Royale meets The Hunger Games meets Office Space, I guess. Jhansi McKinley's even in it. All we need is Milton to kill somebody with his stapler.
Jellybean Turner of Jellybean Dream. Art by @goat1408
Now you might be thinking; ‘how on earth could an animated film from 1988 have any relevance to the MCU – the biggest movie franchise on the planet’? Well hear me out for a minute.
Bourbon Issues will be a semi-daily, 30-minute studio production featuring guests comparing notable French royalty, Louis de Bourbon (1530-1569 and Louis de Bourbon (1668-1710).
This Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning will endeavour to highlight, examine and scrutinise the opportunities open to young performers in Scotland over the last decade. It will also examine the plight of variety theatre in Scotland since its roots over a century ago. Also, it will study the benefits of business theory in today’s entertainment sector and explore performance theory and the role it plays in enhancing a performer. On the back of the success of television shows such as ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent,’ ever-increasing amounts of potential performers are signing up for drama and theatrical schools throughout Scotland. These schools, one could argue, cater to the growing demand among young people to follow in the footsteps of performers being elevated to instant success. But are these schools just exploiting youngsters who dream of instant success in this age of celebrity? What of those who want to make the entertainment sector their vocation? What does Scotland have to offer them? Are there any opportunities to progress naturally through an established circuit of venues, like the entertainment icons of the past, or is there a void hindering the production of new Scottish homegrown talent?
Today, on Thriftshop Books, I'm looking at Gordon Korman's 1990 novel Losing Joe's Place.
With the recent release of Wonder Woman, it appears as if the public as a whole is warming up to the DC Extended Universe. Here we have a film that has not only embraced and beautifully demonstrated an empowering female character, but it has also seemingly started a restoration; it is the first movie so far in the DCEU that is critically acclaimed while also creating a sense of awe, and more importantly intrigue, in the minds of the consumers. The financial success has always been there for them, but that's always been despite the reviews, not because of them. The creative individuals behind Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad have just not been able to get the momentum going.