You are on page 1of 158

FAN THE FIRE ISSUE #36 // OCTOBER 2010

NEON INDIAN INTERVIEW


KINGS OF LEON AND
CHROMEO ALBUM REVIEWS
THE DEBT AND
RESTLESS PREVIEWS
WALL STREET: MONEY
NEVER SLEEPS REVIEW
LET ME IN REVIEW
ART BY ANTHONY AUSGANG
STYLE BY
BARRIE HULLEGIE

OLIVIA LORRAINE TRAN GOES A


BIT SILENCE OF THE LAMBS ON US

VEILED
IN GREY
EDITOR’S LETTER

Pilot
fever

B
ar a couple still left to premiere Star to really show its potential. The there,” joked series creator Kyle Killen.
(most notably AMC’s The Walk- pilot was mature and heartfelt, won- Week two it did 3.2m, and sadly Fox
ing Dead), the first round of derfully directed by Marc Webb and cancelled it very shortly after.
new fall US TV shows have all made after the first 45 minutes you already Hopefully Killen is given more
their debuts, but unfortunately the felt familiar with, and connected to, opportunities even if Lone Star is
biggest news so far is the rapid demise James Wolk in the lead role. Unfortu- deemed a failure, but it’s unfortunate
of the most promising series. nately little over 4m viewers tuned in in today’s entertainment industry how
With new shows, the first week to see it. quickly success or failure is judged.
is all-important. It’s all well and good For a show to not lose viewers Cross your fingers the likes of No Ordi-
wowing critics and the public alike, in its second week is rare. To pick up nary Family and Undercovers are given
but unless enough of them tune in on more, is almost unheard of, but that’s the time they need to find an audience
week one, there’s little hope for recov- what Lone Star needed to do. “For us to otherwise entertaining new dramas
ery. About a conman trying to turn his survive we’re going to have to pull off a will be very light on the ground this
life around and stay the right side of minor miracle. Statistically, new shows year, while dreary comedies like Run-
the law, Robert Allen leads a double tend to lose viewers in their second ning Wilde and more standard fayre
life in two states, he’s in love with two week. We’re aiming to gain them. In Chase and Blue Blood will rules the
women and the lies he’s told along the fact, screw it, let’s just double our audi- waves without remotely pushing the
way are starting to catch up with him. ence. The good news is, our audience boundaries of what a great TV series
The premise is intriguing enough, was so small that if my mom AND can do.
but it took the first episode for Lone my dad watch it we’ll pretty much be Sam Bathe

0 0 2 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


The all-new
FAN THE FIRE website
It’s been a long time coming but our brand
new website is here at last.

Music
The hottest new bands, the most exciting
gigs and the best new tracks

Film
The latest reviews, news hot off the press
and exclusive features and clips

Art
Breathtaking works, undiscovered
illustrators and imaginative projects

Style
Stunning shoots, the latest trends and the
freshest looks

TV
Season round-ups, extensive previews and
new show critique

Games
Newly announced titles, the latest releases
and genre round-ups

& much more

Online now at
fanthefiremagazine.com
FAN THE FIRE RECORDS presents

friday 29th october 9pm to 2am


@ CATCH, shoreditch free entry!

FRIDAY NIGHT
FIST FIGHT

djs

spaceland soi soi eva las vegas


(adventures in the beetroot field) (buttoned down disco) (stag and dagger)

CATCH fridaynightfistfight.com
22 kingsland road fanthefirerecords.com
shoreditch, london, e2 8da artwork by carlos moreno // 1978.com.mx
CONTENTS

OCT 2010
MUSIC

INTERVIEW
12 Neon Indian

FEATURES
PAGE 12 16 L.E.D. Festival 2010
PAGE 40 24 Jamaica

ALBUM REVIEWS
26 Album round-up, including Kings Of Leon, Chromeo,
The Young Veins, Fenech-Soler and Gold Panda

FILM

PREVIEWS
30 The Debt
32 Monte Carlo
33 Jackass 3-D
34 Love And Other Drugs
35 Restless

FEATURE
36 Unsung Heroes Of The Decade: Part One

REVIEWS
40 Wall Street: Money 46 Eat Prey Love
Never Sleeps 47 I’m Still Here
42 Monsters 48 Despicable Me
43 Let Me In 49 Charlie St. Cloud
44 Involuntary 50 Confucius
45 Buried 51 Life As We Know It

DVD REVIEWS
52 DVD round-up, including Fanboys, The Disappearance
Of Alice Creed, Chuck: Season Three and The Evil Dead
PAGE 56
PAGE 130 ART

FEATURES
56 Post Acid
66 Lost In Your Thoughts
76 After Hours
96 Le Mans ‘54

STYLE

FEATURES
110 I Am The Nightrider
118 Lost In Translation
130 Envy On The Inside
140 One Month Off

OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 0 5


EDITORIAL

FAN THE FIRE


mail@fanthefiremagazine.com

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Sam Bathe

MUSIC EDITOR FILM EDITOR


Alex Brammer Martin Roberts

FEATURES WRITERS
Nick Deigman
Nathan May

STAFF WRITERS
Kat Bishop, Jon Bye, Andrew Dex, Anna Felix, Amy Giardiniere, Rob Henneberry,
Dan Hopchet, Mansoor Iqbal, Patrice Jackson, Eva Alexandra Liu, Laura Vevers, Asher Wren

SUB-EDITOR
Chris Dempsey

ART DIRECTOR
Sam Bathe

COLOUR MANAGEMENT
Robin Sloan

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
Lateef Joseph-Maynard

ADVERTISING
For further details and pricing, contact us on
advertising@fanthefiremagazine.com

OPERATIONS ASSISTANT
Michael Evans

CONTRIBUTORS
Anthony Ausgang, Olivia Caligiore, Henrietta Harris, Barrie Hullegie, Damir Hurtic, Maria Juanes
Tamara Lichtenstein, So Me, Laurent Nivalle, Tejal Patni, Igor Termenon, Olivia Lorraine Tran

COVER BY
OLIVIA LORRAINE TRAN

ONLINE: FANTHEFIREMAGAZINE.COM
BACK ISSUES: FANTHEFIREMAGAZINE.COM/BACKISSUES
FAN THE FIRE MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY ONLINE, ON IPHONE AND ON IPAD USING THE FAN THE FIRE PUBLISHING PLATFORM
FOR LICENSING ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT HELLO@FANTHEFIREPLATFORM.COM
CONTENT MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED IN WHOLE OR IN PART WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM FAN THE FIRE MAGAZINE.
© FAN THE FIRE MEDIA LTD 2010

0 0 6 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


TWEET US. TWITTER.COM/FANTHEFIRE
LOVE
THIS MONTH WE...

THE INCREASING HYPE AROUND THE WALKING DEAD


WE BARBARIANS HEADING BACK INTO THE STUDIO
OUR FIFTH BIRTHDAY
LOOKING BACK AT OUR FIRST EVER ISSUE
90210 (THE ZIP CODE AND THE TV SHOW)
SHAKEN UDDER MILKSHAKES
OUR FIRST HOSTED GIG STATESIDE (WE BARBARIANS IN COSTA MESA, CA, 16/10/10)
DELTA SPIRIT’S APPEARANCE ON LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND
FROZEN YOGURT, EVEN ON A COLD LONDON NIGHT
PRINCI BAKERY
UPCOMING PRINT EDITIONS OF FAN THE FIRE THROUGH MAGCLOUD.COM
NUDIE JEANS
FRENCH PLAYBOY, WE BUY IT FOR THE ART DESIGN
HATE
BOSE’S HEADPHONE CUSTOMER SERVICE
RAIN
THE AMOUNT OF TIME IT WILL BE UNTIL DELTA SPIRIT ARE BACK IN THE UK
FOX CANCELLING NEW SERIES LONE STAR AFTER TWO EPISODES
IMPENDING LAUGHTER AT BORDER CONTROL FOR OLD PASSPORT PHOTOS
GOSSIP GIRL’S EPISODES BASED IN PARIS
BOUNCERS
PRINT FILM CRITICS’ CONTINUED SELF-APPOINTED AIR OF SUPERIORITY AND ARROGANCE
SWCP PR AGENCY
RIM’S NEW BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK TABLET
PEOPLE THINKING MARK RONSON IS A TREND-SETTER
THAT MANIC STREET PREACHERS ARE STILL TOGETHER AS A BAND
ADOBE FLASH STILL BE USED FOR INTERNET VIDEO
MUSIC
NEON INDIAN

DEADBEAT
SUMMER
RIDING A CHILLWAVE STRAIGHT OUT OF THE STATES COMES THE PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION
OF ALAN PALOMO’S PSYCHEDELIC BEDROOM PROJECT, NEON INDIAN. THEIR DEBUT ALBUM
RECEIVED RAVE REVIEWS FROM PITCHFORK AND THE AMERICAN INDIE PRESS LAST YEAR
AND NOW THEY’RE CELEBRATING ITS EUROPEAN RELEASE.

SON OF A MEXICAN POP STAR, PALOMO IS PROBABLY BEST KNOWN FOR HIS WORK IN
FORMER PROJECTS VEGA AND GHOSTHUSTLER. ALEX BRAMMER CAUGHT UP WITH HIM
OVER BREAKFAST AT EAST LONDON’S ROUTEMASTER CAFE TO DISCUSS THE STATE OF
MUSIC, THE INTERNET AGE AND THE NEXT HOT GENRE TO LOOK OUT FOR... NU-HELSINKI.

FAN THE FIRE: So what’s been going plete opposite; it was a really rowdy, For lack of a better term, coming up
on for Neon Indian recently? debaucherous, fun crowd which was a in the US was a bit of a cluster f*ck
ALAN PALOMO: We DJ’d with Hot great morale booster mid-way through because Neon Indian went from a
Chip in Copenhagen last week then the tour. bedroom project to a live project to
we went up to Sweden and played the FTF: So is this your second time in this complete band entity, and it went
Propaganda Festival, which was hands Europe as Neon Indian? through all these different evolutions.
down the most intense crowd we’ve AP: Actually it’s our third, I mean You almost kind of tailor it to what
had on the tour thus far. It’s interest- we’ve never done a proper full Euro- people’s expectations are, I mean I
ing, right now it feels like playing in pean tour, much less a full UK tour, never even thought about performing
Europe is a bit of a time warp for us whenever we do stuff in England its it live when I was recording it which
because it’s similar circumstances to always like clusters of two or three was almost better for it because I never
when the record was coming out in the shows so it’s been interesting to be had to think about certain limitations
US a year ago. It’s kind of interesting here for a solid two and half weeks like what I could pull off and what I
to have this long process of building playing anywhere in the UK that will couldn’t. So I just recorded the whole
in the US and then starting a new, in have us. But yeah this has been the thing then I had to ask myself: “If I was
a certain sense, but at the same time first proper fully orchestrated tour going to see a Neon Indian show, what
it’s kind of great you know because we which is great because Psychic Chasms kind of crazy sh*t would I want to see
come out here without any associa- is being released and that’s an entirely on stage?” And “what would fulfil that
tions and people are just evaluating independently funded release over fantasy of what I hear when I listen to
it at face value. So it’s kind of cool for here which has been paid for by what the record?” So we kind of just threw it
that, but the shows have definitely we’ve been doing for the last year together and one of our first shows
been a little more ‘intimate’, I think which is touring, touring, touring. So ever was at Cargo and Barfly in Lon-
would be a kind way of putting it it feels nice to come out here and don. I remember that one at Barfly, we
[laughs]. But Propaganda was the com- have more of a home-spun effort. had never been to the UK before, ➸

0 1 2 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


“For lack of a better term, coming up in the US was
a bit of a cluster f*ck because Neon Indian went
from a bedroom project to a live project to this
complete band entity, and it went through all these
different evolutions.”
NEON INDIAN
we’d never been to Europe and I didn’t feedback and gibberish. It’s definitely ambiguity to being a band that travels
realise there was a voltage conversion something that I thought was com- and plays shows has gone now. You
issue. So I fried my Juno, I fried my pletely synonymous with the record grow under a magnifying glass from
mixer and I remember a moment just so I try to remind people of that when your embryonic stage in a petri dish
before we went on with me thinking: they watch us. somewhere. People seem to get caught
“OK do I plug in my delay pedal or my FTF: You’ve been labelled with the up in the narrative of what you’re do-
midi control because I can’t do both!” term ‘chill wave’, is that something ing to get there instead of just listen-
So the show ended up being really you agree with or are you not really in ing to the record. I remember growing
rough. To work out all the kinks for us favour of labelling genres too heavily? up when before you listened to a band
to play 20 or 30 shows and then get- AP: I don’t know, I don’t think I’d be they’d already run the gauntlet, you
ting to a point where everyone knew able to look at my music objectively know? They’d already been signed,
the material so well that we could devi- enough to be able to label it anything played a ton of shows and had a fully
ate for it and change it in interesting you know. I can see some very ambigu- actualised idea of what their aesthetic
ways is great. ous similarities in production between was before they even reach your ears.
FTF: Although your music wasn’t the likes of me and Washed Out for Whereas now it’s like you here some
initially designed to be a live project it instance, but I didn’t really meet any of guy who made a few demos on Garage
helps that it has that danceable beat those guys until people started lump- Band and you watch him scurry to get
which makes it instantly accessible on ing us together. It’s funny that people it together so you can perceive of him
a first listen... call it a movement or a genre, because as a real project.
AP: Four-on-the-floor is something in the old days a movement would be FTF: There’s also the danger of being
that I can’t really divorce myself from a group of buddies with similar objec- judged and dismissed too soon before
entirely because you know for the tives from the same town with a scene you’re the finished article.
last four years before I tried to take behind it or something, whereas now AP: Totally. I mean I feel grateful that I
a stab at anything that sounded like all it really takes is a couple of bloggers had a few projects before Neon Indian
Neon Indian I was immersed in dance to lump you together with someone. that afforded me the time to decide
music. My first project Ghosthustler I mean that’s the question I get asked where I was going to go. I still go out
served as sort of a weird boot camp as the most, I remember one girl asked and see bands and their live setup isn’t
me and my three friends were falling me: “So what is it about the south anything like it was two months ago
over ourselves to make these massive that breeds chill wave artists?” I didn’t and you can see that these people are
production strides from song-to-song know what to say, something like: “I still trying to figure themselves out.
trying to keep up with our peers. In dunno all the hot weather and weed?” But I don’t know, maybe in one way it
each song you can hear a small influ- The South is such a broad term in the forces you to go for it early and strive
ence from big tracks that were coming US and I think she had this romantic to have a really clear identity that you
out in 2006 and 2007. Then with Vega idea that Me, Ernest and Chaz would can give people.
I found myself labouring so much over be riding around in a pickup truck at FTF: So what does the future hold for
production that the song writing suf- 4 o’clock in the morning on Peyote Neon Indian?
fered and finally Neon Indian, but yeah listening to New Order... AP: I think we play Wrexham tomor-
it all came from dance music. FTF: “Guys I’ve got that hot new sound row, we still have Manchester and
FTF: I saw on your interview with The we were looking for! I’ll call it chill Bristol to go, then we play a whole load
Creators Project that you used the At- wave!” of European shows and then we have a
ari Video Music Machine for your live AP: [laughs] Exactly! “Its gonna be the whole string of gigs opening for Phoe-
shows, how did that come about? next big thing I swear!” But I guess in nix on the west coast and then we’re
AP: I was always obsessed with that someone’s mind if it helps them facili- doing a co-headlining tour and then
whole faction of video art that was tate it then that’s fine, but to be asked once November first hits I’m done,
based on complete abstraction, like to define it is something I can’t do. completely and utterly done touring
when you forget to blow on the Atari FTF: With regards to Twitter and blog- this record! Then I’ll be up in Helsinki
cartridge before you put it in and you ging, do you think the over-document- for a month and a half recording the
get this weird, massive mind f*ck of co- ed age in which we live is a good or bad next record.
lours and textures and I didn’t realise thing for music? FTF: Inventing a new genre?
that you could control that process and AP: I think it’s definitely a double- AP: [laughs] Yeah, maybe Helsinki-
it was only when I met some friends edged sword. The role of being a musi- Core...
from Texas, like the guys who do our cian in that way has kind of evolved FTF: Nu-Helsinki?
visuals, that I saw you could control from having any kind of mystery AP: Exactly!
what would otherwise be electronic shrouding a project. The complete Debut LP ‘Psychic Chasms’ is out now

OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 1 5


L.E.D.
FESTIVAL
2010
WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY
ANNA FELIX AND ALEX BRAMMER ➸
L.E.D. FESTIVAL 2010
0 2 0 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010
Cream, Goldenvoice and Loudsound have joined forces to create what is hoped to become
one of London’s most exciting and new outdoor electronic dance festivals. The inaugural
London Electronic Dance (L.E.D.) festival, held on the August Bank Holiday weekend, kicked
off on Friday with French house superstar DJ David Guetta headlining. Despite competing
with well established Bank Holiday favourites Notting Hill Carnival, SW4, and Reading and
Leeds festivals, thousands of loyal dance enthusiasts, not put off by various cancellations
and persistent English summer showers, flocked to Victoria Park for day two.

Friendly Fires battled through the elements and struggled with sound issues to deliver an
energetic and enjoyable set as electro duo Goldfrapp wowed fans with an enigmatic stage
performance and Annie Mac delivered a solid bassline infused DJ slot. The festival finished
off with some ‘90s nostalgia from a typically trippy Aphex Twin and South London house
legends Leftfield performing their first London show in ten years.


L.E.D. FESTIVAL 2010
JAMAICA

CROSS THE

PHOTOGRAPHY SO ME
FADER
BORN OUT OF THE ASHES OF PONEY PONEY, JAMAICA ARE MAKING
POP COOL AGAIN, ABOUT TO INVADE CHARTS ALL OVER THE WORLD

O
oh la la! Jamaica are the lat- Lynonnet look set for similar levels of DJ magic of their own. Their remix of
est oddly-named indie pop- acclaim. But do we really need another Hurts’ Better Than Love manages to do
sters to emerge from France. moustachioed hipster outfit invad- away completely with the sobriety of
Formerly known as Poney Poney, the ing the playlists of every East London the original track, replacing it with a
Parisian duo have shied away from the DJ, inevitably heading for the dizzy kind of circus-like electro romp. Per-
inevitability of synth on their debut heights of the NME Channel chart haps not for purists, then.
album No Problem, instead relying on show? Apparently so, and in fairness, But we have definitely been won
super-catchy guitar-led choruses and like Phoenix, Jamaica can deliver. over by Jamaica’s Gallic charms, and
solid beats. The record was produced The aptly named Short And En- will be interested to see what they
by Xavier de Rosnay of Justice, and it tertaining is a three minute infectious do next. Currently on a whirlwind
shows. Pretty much every track is a pop gem that was recently featured world tour, one can’t help but wonder
potential dancefloor burner, and the on Kitsuné’s Maison 9, and the super whether this band will achieve any-
lyrics are smart too. cute I Think I Like U 2 has already been thing like the longevity and fanbase
Witty and pretty like The Teenag- subjected to hundreds of banging boasted by Phoenix, or if their time in
ers and provoking inevitable compari- electro remixes, from the inspired to the spotlight will be short, but (erm),
sons with fellow French indie ensem- the headache-inducing. Hilaire and Ly- very entertaining...
ble Phoenix, Antoine Hilaire and Flo nonnet have also been working some Debut album ‘No Problem’ is out now

0 2 4 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010 WORDS LAURA VEVERS


Get interactive, with
FAN THE FIRE on the iPad
Check out our official app, the must-have
companion to our magazine issues

Pocket power
The powerful iPad makes reading the
magazine a seamless experience

New issues
The app automatically knows when new
issues become available for you to download

Download on-the-go
Find a nearby WiFi hotspot and download
from anywhere, there’s no need for a PC

Back issues
Easy access to all our back issues straight
from the home screen

Video
Check out the latest film trailers and music
tracks with embedded content

Updates
We’ve got some very exciting things
planned, so stay tuned

& much more

Coming soon to
the iPad app store
ALBUM REVIEWS

THE YOUNG VEINS get used to. It was folky, with tinges
of rock, with pretty much no electro
demands and his smooth, subtler suits
the music, meaning there’s no doubt-

TAKE A VACATION! influence. Given Take A Vacation!, it’s


pretty clear the folk was Ross and
Walker’s influence.
ing his talents as a musician.
The openers in particular are
strong, from Change to Take A Vaca-
RELEASED OUT NOW See The Young Veins live and it’s tion! and the clichéd Cape Town, it’s
Splitting away from the enviably popu- like going back to the ‘60s. To say Ryan just with the ‘60s crooning, it doesn’t
lar Panic! At The Disco, when Ryan Ross wishes he was in The Beatles is an have the excitement it needs and prob-
Ross and Jon Walker announced their understatement. From the band’s aes- ably won’t win over most Panic! fans
new project it’s obvious that when thetic to their folky, psychedelic pop, it because of it.
they cited creative differences, they feels awkward and forced, and noth- Take A Vacation! is undoubtedly
certainly weren’t lying. Panic!’s debut ing like the force of Ross and Walker’s Ryan Ross’ baby and while it may take
was an unrelenting pop-punk roller- former stuff. Even Pretty. Odd. a while to get into, for it’s own quality
coaster, 100mph from the get go and On record, at least, The Young and get beyond the copycat style, it’s
unlike anything really available at the Veins are much better. While it’s certainly worth your time. Between
time. Sophomore Pretty. Odd. was just certainly not natural, and Take A this and his work on Panic! though,
that, pretty odd. Though you could still Vacation! still feels like something of a I hope Ross continues to experiment
feel some of the youthful exuberance hack record copying The Beatles’ style and find his true music calling. He’s
and the four-piece’s boundless creativ- down to a tee, yet it still has some of got brilliance ahead of him, he just
ity was certainly there for all to see, it it’s own merits. With Ross now taking hasn’t hit it just yet.
was a big departure for their fans to centre stage, his vocals cope with the ★★★★★

GOLD PANDA MARK RONSON & THE BUSINESS INTL.


LUCKY SHINER RECORD COLLECTION
RELEASED OCTOBER 11 RELEASED OUT NOW
If The xx experimented with samples and With the Mark Ronson PR machine in full
beats, they’d pretty much sound like Gold flow now for a couple of months, you might
Panda. Which is a compliment to both. be surprised to find out that his third album,
Another producer to put out his own Record Collection, is only just hitting stores.
material, Lucky Shiner features none of Gold This time ditching the brass heavy cover tracks
Panda’s own lyrics or vocals, instead it’s that brought him public acclaim, instead writing his own
largely instrumental. Varying from eclectic material (with a lot of help from some of the biggest and
an oriental touch on You to more dancey brightest names in music), while he was once regarded as a
vibes on Vanilla Minus and more acoustic trend-setter, this album proves he is anything but.
and experimental styles on Before We Talked Lead single Bang Bang Bang has an energy to it that
and After We Talked, Lucky Shiner offers even if there’s little depth of production behind the churpy
much more than you would think from such synth chords, Ronson just about gets away with it in the
an unexpected package. pop sphere. Really, however, Record Collection feels like the
Though Gold Panda’s debut takes in limit of Ronson’s abilities when he has to start with a blank
many styles and influences, chopping and page, and the results certainly aren’t enough to justify his
changing as it moves through, it still feels bountiful reputation. Record Collection doesn’t really feel
together as an album, and certainly far like an album, more an amalgamation of songs collated over
from disjointed. You get a sense of expanse, the years, but even individually, there isn’t anything special.
movement and the story he’s trying to tell. Mark Ronson’s third LP is unspectacular electro-pop music,
It might take a while for the name to really spectacular when you scroll through the collaborators on the
spread, but Gold Panda deserves to be as big back but lacking any real quality to back it up when you pop
as The xx, if not bigger. in the disc. He certainly can’t sing either.
★★★★★ ★★★★★

0 2 6 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


ALBUM REVIEWS

CHROMEO KINGS OF LEON


BUSINESS CASUAL COME AROUND SUNDOWN
RELEASED OUT NOW RELEASED OCTOBER 18
There aren’t many bands for whom you can just If you thought Arctic Monkeys were swift at turning around
say “more of the same please” and never get new albums, Kings Of Leon might have something to say
bored with what they put out. Chromeo’s sultry about taking the crown. Putting their first two stellar LPs in
synth-funk has allure to it you don’t find any- 2003 and 2004, after a three year break they released com-
where else in music these days. Making a name mercial breakthroughs Because Of The Times and Only By The
for themselves with advert friendly 2007 album Night in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and just two years on
Fancy Footwork, Business Casual marks their ma- they’re back once again.
jor label debut, but they’ve far from sold out. Somehow writing and recording the 13 new tracks that
Business Casual doesn’t reinvent the make up Come Around Sundown in between extensive touring
Chromeo wheel but it’s another dreamy release, schedules, their fifth studio album pleasingly pushes beyond
sucking you in with the seductive synths before the 45-minute mark, and it’s pleasure to delve into.
a devilish bass and mesmeric effects close the The tone varies from fun and upbeat to Kings Of Leon’s
deal. There are a couple of fillers but up un- trademark sombre material, but old fans will be able to get
til the last track or so Chromeo’s swagger on into it almost instantly. Their stadium rock feels purposeful,
Hot Mess and Night By Night pulls the album perhaps a little less explorative than they have been before,
through. There’s no doubting their sound could though overall more spacey. There are inclinations to blues
have been construed a novelty but they pull it and the same old spirit you’d expect with Jacquire King (with
off again, and while it isn’t quite as original this a little extra help) again sitting in the producer chair.
time, don’t expect their fan base to dwindle any Come Around Sundown doesn’t offer up another Sex On
time soon. Fire, but in Radioactive, Pickup Truck and especially Pyro, they
★★★★★ still have some huge new songs on their hands. The Tennes-
see band’s latest effort isn’t as classic as the last couple of LPs,

JAMAICA but it’s still a fantastic offering for new and old fans alike.
★★★★★

NO PROBLEM
RELEASED OUT NOW
Breaking onto the scene at remarkable speed
after ex-Poney Poney duo Antoine Hilaire and FENECH-SOLER about teased the music scene
into giving the genre another go.
Florent Lyonnet teamed up again under new
moniker Jamaica, No Problem is how all pop
music should sound. Splaying out spritely
FENECH-SOLER Fenech-Soler’s debut cer-
tainly borrows a few ideas and
the organisation from a lot of
electro-pop, sounding not too dis-similar to RELEASED OUT NOW what came before it but it still
2010 breakthroughs Two Door Cinema Club, Had Fenech-Soler feels fresh enough, and tracks
Jamaica’s guitar hooks are sweet, high-pitched released their like Stop And Stare and Battle-
and forever resurgent, capturing the energy album last year, fields are catchy enough to keep
and passion of the talented French duo. they might have you coming back for more, while
Though by the end their style can feel a really been onto if you delve deeper, Contender
little samey, I Think I Like U 2, Short And Enter- something. 2009 was the year and Demons are primed for the
taining, Gentlemen and Jericho are as irresist- of electro, still, don’t write the radio. It’s just a pity then, that
ibly infectious as anything you’ll have heard four-piece off just yet. Coming the album loses steam towards
recently, and though most credit obviously goes to prominence with previous the end. There’s a lot of prom-
to the band themselves, it is also wonderfully single Lies, wonderfully remixed ise, but Fenech-Soler can’t quite
produced by Justice’s Xavier de Rosnay and by the imitable Alex Metric (of down Friendly Fire or Klaxons
Daft Punk’s sound engineer, Peter Franco, too. Bloc Party’s One More Chance just yet. They’ll pick up a fair few
I’m excited for Jamaica’s sophomore already. remix fame), their sparkly electro fans while having a go though.
★★★★★ has been turning heads and just ★★★★★

OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 2 7


FILM
PREVIEWS

THE DEBT
RELEASED DECEMBER 29 (USA) TBC (UK)
Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn seem to be nurturing a
partnership that is bearing fruit. To date they have co-written
Stardust and Kick-Ass (both directed by Vaughn) and are set to
collaborate again on X-Men: First Class and soon to be released
The Debt, on which they share the screenwriter credit with Peter
Straughan (The Men Who Stare at Goats). The Debt, starring the
ever-prolific Tom Wilkinson, is a remake of the 2007 Israeli thriller
of the same name by Assaf Bernstein.
Director John Madden, who last directed Killshot (a straight-
to-DVD Mickey Rourke thriller), will be hoping that The Debt can
emulate the success he had in 1999 with Shakespeare In Love, the
film for which he was nominated for the best director Oscar. His
pedigree, and the acting talent on display – Wilkinson is support-
ed by Helen Mirren and man-of-the-moment Sam Worthington –
should be sufficient reason to elevate expectation.
The film follows three central protagonists – all Mossad
agents – who are sent on a mission to assassinate a Nazi war
criminal in 1965. The film’s structure will jump between extended
flashbacks of the mission itself and thirty years later, when a man
claiming to be the same Nazi criminal has resurfaced in Ukraine.
This project is currently showing a lot of promise. Hopefully the
talent assembled in front of and behind the camera is enough to
lift this above standard thriller fare.

OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 3 1


PREVIEWS

MONTE CARLO
RELEASED FEBRUARY 11, 2011 (USA) TBC (UK) JACKASS 3-D
Monte Carlo is an upcoming RELEASED OCTOBER 15 (USA) NOVEMBER 5 (UK)
romantic comedy directed by
Thomas Bezucha, whose last
project was 2005’s The Family
Stone, an ensemble comedy
featuring, amongst others,
Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire
Danes and Diane Keaton, which
he wrote as well as directed.
He shares script duties on this
rom-com with April Blair, and
there is one interesting produc-
er credit too: Nicole Kidman,
whose history of producing
films is short and indistinctive.
Hopefully her desire to attach
herself to this project means
she sees something in it.
The film tells the story of
three women who, after one of
them is mistaken for a British
heiress, end up masquerading
as rich socialites in Monaco’s
affluent Monte Carlo district.
So it’s a classic case of mistaken
identity, so often used to drive
film narratives, particularly in
the comedy genre. Whether the
script will have the intelligence
to riff wisely off of its concept
remains to be seen.
The trio of female protago-
nists are portrayed by mod-
erately well known actresses.
Leighton Meester has been
on TV screens for some time
in Gossip Girl (and has also
dabbled in film, appearing this
year in another mistaken iden-
tity comedy, Date Night) which,
co-star Katie Cassidy has
recently been cast in. Selena
Gomez, meanwhile, appeared
last year in Luc Besson’s Arthur
and the Revenge of Maltazard.
Time will tell if Monte Carlo has
enough about it to single it out
in a swamped market.

0 3 2 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


The gross-out hi-jinks of the Jackass team have always been
something of a marmite-esque experience, and as such
the, third entry in the spin-off film franchise, which prom-
ises new levels of mayhem projected in 3-D, will probably
inspire either excitement or indifference. It’s becoming a
cliché, but has 3-D found the (next) genre it was made for?
Jeff Tremaine is returning to direct, while all the famil-
iar faces will return on screen, fronted by Johnny Knoxville.
It would be foolish, perhaps, to assume this will be revolu-
tionary, that it will be anything other than the next entry
in the series, but that is clearly what the filmmakers are
aiming for. There’s a large market out there for this masoch-
istic mania, and the film will certainly satisfy on that level.
The trailer promises exactly what you would expect,
with stunts both big and small carried out with boyish
enthusiasm and infectious immaturity, and it does raise a
few laughs. There’s evidence of larger scale madness and
more elaborate stunts, meaning there ought to be enough
on show to warrant Jackass die-hards paying the price of
another ticket, even with the extra 3-D charge.
LOVE
AND
OTHER
DRUGS RELEASED
NOVEMBER 24 (USA)
DECEMBER 29 (UK)
PREVIEWS

When you think of Edward Zwick, comedy-drama is not the first genre that
comes to mind. His most recent work has taken the form of action epics and war
films, with his trilogy of The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond and Defiance earning
him varying degrees and critical and commercial success. His forthcoming proj-
RESTLESS
RELEASED JANUARY 28, 2011
ect Love and Other Drugs, is a return to a genre he last explored in 1986’s About
Last Night..., and marks a definite change in direction for the director. Based on a play by Jason
The film is based on the novel Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman Lew, Restless focuses on a
by Jamie Reidy, a title which shouldn’t need too much elaboration. The film terminally ill girl – played
stars Jake Gyllenhaal (continuing his streak of unpredictable leading roles) as by rising Aussie actress
Jamie, a successful, yet arrogant, salesman who runs into Maggie Murdock Mia Wasikowska (Alice In
(Anne Hathaway) on a job and finds his outlook on life is beginning to change. Wonderland) – who meets a
The strengths of the film will probably stem from these two leads, who boy who likes to attend fu-
seem to having plenty of fun in the trailer with roles that are ostensibly play- nerals. Already the Richter
ful but seem to offer a little more depth than usual. Elsewhere Josh Gad adds a scale of weirdness is begin-
buddy-comedy element as Jamie’s roommate and there’s also a supporting turn ning to tingle, but add to
from Gabriel Macht, perhaps best known for his role The Spirit in the Frank this concoction the ghost of
Miller’s misjudged film of the same name. Zwick and co. will be hoping that, un-
a Japanese kamikaze pilot,
like the title of novel upon which the film is based, this will not be a ‘hard sell’.
and you have a mixture
heading squarely towards
the strange.
But that’s OK, because
at the helm is Gus Van Sant
(this is his first feature since
2008’s critically acclaimed
Milk) who should be able
to hold the film’s concepts
together. Despite the film’s
slightly oddball setup, it
is not yet quite clear what
tone the project will be
aiming for. The synopsis
seems to suggest something
darkly comic (evidenced in
the odd-couple dynamic of
the two lead characters) but
this could end up going in a
variety of directions.
The film has an inter-
esting team of producers be-
hind it that includes father-
daughter combination Ron
and Bryce Dallas Howard,
which hopefully suggests
the script has some genuine
weight to it. Given that Van
Sant will be on a high after
the success of his last film,
and taking into the account
the intriguing setup of
the project, Restless could
potentially become a sleeper
hit come 2011.

OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 3 5


UNSUNG HEROES: PART ONE

UNSUNG
HEROES
O F T H E D E C A D E:
PART ONE
WORDS BY MARTIN ROBERTS

T
he decade is drawing to a financially lucrative film of all time, but Christopher Smith’s Triangle
close, so what better time to it also represents the top end of the (right) is our point of focus for today.
look back and appreciate an- budget scale, whereas the two films A small budget, psychological
other ten years of varied, provocative singled out here are distinctly at the horror film starring an excellent
cinema? Unsung Heroes is a series of opposite end. Melissa George as the troubled young
forthcoming features aiming to shine 2009 was a mixed year for hor- mother of an autistic son, Christo-
a light on some of the films released ror. Whilst, at one end of the spec- pher Smith made a huge leap forward
in the past decade that perhaps trum, there were comic films such as from previous projects such as Sever-
didn’t get the exposure, or success, Zombieland making headway in the ance and Creep to give us something
that they deserved. charts, and Sam Raimi’s long-awaited delightfully twisty and far more
No one is claiming that all the (although frankly overrated) return to intelligent than your standard horror
films included are masterpieces the genre, at the other end there was fare. It grossed just over half a mil-
(although some of them are), or the usual standard dross (Saw VI) and lion at the UK box office, primarily
even that they were the best films plenty of Hollywood remakes/reboots due to a lack of media coverage and a
released in their respective years; this (Halloween 2, Friday The 13th). Some- distinctly limited release, but critical
is simply an exercise in acknowledge- where amidst all that were a number acclaim was never far away.
ment for projects that may have been of interesting projects, many of which The film folds in on itself clev-
critically acclaimed but didn’t, for could have been selected as unsung erly as the narrative progresses, pro-
whatever reason (be it limited release heroes, but haven’t been for a variety ducing a number of bravado horror
or the curse of subtitles), reach a of reasons. Honourable mentions to images that deserve to be seen with-
wider audience. films such as Thirst (which, despite out being spoiled here. Meanwhile,
Without further ado, let’s get its small budget, came bearing Park the gun-toting antagonist carries a
started by going back just a single Chan-Wook’s name) and Trick ‘r Treat, mysterious threat, and occasional
year, to 2009, the year in which a playful horror homage that, whilst bursts of well staged horror violence
Avatar dominated box office records. ludicrously heading straight-to-DVD, are integrated with adeptness, forgo-
Avatar is a good reference point be- managed to find a devoted following ing the current trend for sadistic
cause, aside from being the most online. There are countless others, levels of violence that ultimately ➸

0 3 6 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


MELISSA GEORGE IN TRIANGLE
ADVENTURELAND UNSUNG HEROES: PART ONE

carries no weight or meaning. Triangle loves to entangle its audience in a looping


mystery in which answers are perpetually just out of reach, but the recurring imagery
and Melissa George’s performance ensure that it never feels like it’s cheating you, and
that the conclusion is suitably affecting.
We mentioned Zombieland above, and it’s a film with the same suffix (and shar-
ing the same lead actor, Jesse Eisenberg) that also makes our list: Greg Mottola’s
Adventureland (left and above). Whilst the biggest commercial comedy smash of the
year was undoubtedly The Hangover, Mottola’s film is infinitely more refined.
Genuinely heart warming as well as being funny, the film garnered much less
attention than Mottola’s previous effort, 2007’s Superbad, but is a superior film in
every sense. In the lead role, Eisenberg (soon to be seen in David Fincher’s The Social
Network) carries the coming-of-age story with aplomb, bouncing off his well-cast col-
leagues so effortlessly that it won’t be long before the film wins you over.
The film is mature enough to deal with ‘real issues’ whilst also managing to get
laughs out of people being hit in the groin; it casts Ryan Reynolds against type as an
ostensibly cool janitor who actually might be a bit of a loser, and Kristen ‘Twilight’
Stewart absolutely nails her conflicted love interest and proves that she certainly is
a burgeoning talent. As if that wasn’t enough, the film makes wonderful use of an
excellent and varied jukebox soundtrack which complements the story, and the fair-
ground setting, to a tee. Adventureland is another film that suffered under a limited
release, but one that will hopefully grow in popularity over time.
So there you have it. Two great films released little more than a year ago that
are worthy of your attention if you haven’t seen them already. Stay tuned for more
unsung heroes in the coming weeks.

OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 3 9


REVIEWS

WALL STREET:
the dirty dealings of Bretton James
that helped tip Zabel over the edge,
but in mixing his private and work life,
it’s not long before everything turns a

MONEY NEVER little messy.


Waiting over two decades for a
sequel makes Wall Street: Money Never

SLEEPS
Sleeps a strange project for director
Oliver Stone, but given the recent eco-
nomic meltdown that the film mirrors,
certainly had a lot of potential to be
successful. Sadly what it lacks though
DIRECTED BY OLIVER STONE STARRING SHIA LABEOUF, is a strong storyline embedded within
MICHAEL DOUGLAS, JOSH BROLIN, CAREY MULLIGAN, ELI the financial turmoil.
WALLACH, SUSAN SARANDON & FRANK LANGELLA The film is very solidly acted;
LaBeouf gives his character energy and
RELEASED SEPTEMBER 24 (USA) OCTOBER 6 (UK) passion, Mulligan is great as Jacob’s
girlfriend and daughter of Gekko,
The sequel to the excellent 1987 film while Douglas is as sophisticated and
Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps is set smug as ever as the returning Gordon,
23 years on with the US economy and but despite attentive directing, there
stock market on the brink of collapse. just isn’t really much in the plot to get
Jacob (LaBeouf), an ambitious, young you excited.
trader, is unfortunately at one of the The film doesn’t have the punch
investment banks on the verge of col- or bite of the first, throwing a few jabs
lapse, but with his mentor and hero at the banking world, but never quite
at the head (Langella), doesn’t want connecting the fatal blow. It spends a
to believe it. Forced to ask for a gov- long time not really going anywhere
ernment bailout Lewis Zabel has no before in the final act a plotline finally
option than to accept the uncompro- appears and then in a flash everything
mising terms put to him by hedge fund is wrapped up and the credits quickly
manager Bretton James (Brolin), but roll. For a whole lot of time fumbling
the collapse of his company soon leads around banking’s background com-
Zabel to commit suicide, shocking the plexities and the relationships between
entire financial world. None, however, Jacob, Winnie and Gordon, it doesn’t
are more devastated than Jacob, who have anything like a big enough payoff.
after time, comes to suspect Bretton Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
might have had something to do with isn’t an awful film, far from it; the
his death. production values are high and there’s
Enter the legendary Gordon Gek- always the threat of major drama to
ko (Douglas); Jacob has been dating keep you interested, it’s just given
his daughter (Mulligan) for some time the talent involved and timely nature
now but after spending a long time of the themes, the film should be a
in jail for insider trading, Gekko has lot better than it is. There’s nothing
grown estranged from investigative hugely wrong with it, there just isn’t
writer Winnie. Marvelling at Gekko’s a great deal to get your teeth into. It
life, Jacob and the elder statesman should be an electrifying tale of love
drub up something of a working rela- and loss set against the turbulent
tionship, and with his insight, Jacob’s economic crash of 2008, but instead
suspicions of Bretton’s dirty practices there’s a whole lot of smoke without
grow stronger and clearer. In exchange any real fire, and while it’s entertaining
for helping to reconcile the relation- enough, you’ll almost undoubtedly still
ship between father and daughter, leave the cinema disappointed.
Jacob enlists Gekko’s help to expose ★★★★★

0 4 0 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


REVIEWS

OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 4 1


REVIEWS

MONSTERS
them prior to viewing, rather than any idea that is far more widespread than
manifestation on camera) it is tempt- the confines of this film.
ing to say “the filmmakers were held There is also a lot of footage that
back,” but there isn’t really a sense purposefully feels quite languid and
DIRECTED BY GARETH EDWARDS STARRING SCOOT of that. Sure, a massive Hollywood free roaming, as if the cameraman had
MCNAIRY, WHITNEY ABLE, ANNALEE JEFFERIES, JUSTIN budget would have provided more
opportunities for crashing helicopters
simply been caught up in the events
he is documenting which, given the
HALL, RICKY CATTER & JAVIER ACOSTA RODRIGUEZ and bloody battles, but one gets the film’s history (many of the on-location
impression Gareth Edwards (director) shooting was filmed without prior
RELEASED OCTOBER 29 (USA) DECEMBER 3 (UK) would not have taken them even if he’d permission), is not unfitting. In actual
Let’s get one thing straight right from had the chance. fact, the underlying sense of docu-
the off: Monsters is not Cloverfield. A What the film does do is make mentary filmmaking ends up being
lot of people who have seen the film good use of what it’s got – it’s nicely far more subtle that something like
have been surprised by just how differ- shot – and when the monsters do Cloverfield, for example, which relies
ent it actually is from what it seems to briefly appear, sensible use of light on the audience’s knowledge that what
purport to be. I’m not accusing any- (or lack of it) and minimal visual ef- they’re seeing is amateur, accidental
body of false advertising, mind you; fects combine to ensure that the film footage.
it just feels like a different film to the doesn’t feel hampered in any way. The Monsters’ slightly bewildering
one you might expect, because, to all film plays more like a science fiction tone (given the expectations many
intents and purposes, this looks like a (though we use the term loosely) road will go in with) is initially baffling but
Cloverfield-esque adventure, sure to be movie, with our two protagonists eventually quite pleasant, its sparse
rife with action and big scary mon- making their way through the ‘infected environments working well with the
sters. It really isn’t a spoiler (or if it is, zone’ in Mexico, where the alien life subject matter. The fact that nothing
then it’s the most minor sort) to reveal forms, which emerged from a crashed major really happens, and that the
that there are hardly any monsters in NASA probe six years prior to on- monsters are almost entirely off-
this film. Almost none at all. Look past screen events, are rampant. It actu- screen, ends up being less of a problem
that slightly deflating revelation, how- ally ends up feeling rather analogous, than it may initially appear to be. It all
ever, and you will be able to relax into devoting more time to commenting on ends up feeling a little inconsequen-
a film that may not be what it seems, war-time photography than to battling tial, but that isn’t entirely intended as
but is still fairly good at what it does. with aliens. The film’s most striking a derogatory statement. It’s stripped
The film does not feel restrained image (which I won’t spoil here) is down and uniquely unwilling to pander
by its budget. When a film such as this hardly subtle symbolism (just in case to a baying action sensibility, which
one is released having been made un- we hadn’t guessed what they were try- makes it uniquely enjoyable, but never
der obvious financial constraints (obvi- ing to say, our hero spells it out for us) brilliant.
ous in the sense that we know about but is certainly affecting, conjuring an ★★★★★

0 4 2 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


REVIEWS

LET ME IN
crawl by if he wasn’t in it. At school it’s tuous colour palette is straight off a
not much better; bullied and friend- sullen 1980s Hipstamatic as you get
less, he’s never really found his place the perfect sense of nothingness from
amongst the cliques in class. the striking locations and scenery.
DIRECTED BY MATT REEVES STARRING KODI SMIT-MCPHEE, When a young girl (Moretz) and Focusing largely on the two
CHLOE MORETZ, RICHARD JENKINS, CARA BUONO, ELIAS her guardian move in next door, how-
ever, he might at last find the compan-
young central characters, the success
of Let Me In was always going to be
KOTEAS, SASHA BARRESE & CHRIS BROWNING ionship he’s been longing for. Walking somewhat tied to the effectiveness
around barefoot, not attending school of each performance. Though Kodi
RELEASED OCTOBER 1 (USA) NOVEMBER 5 (UK) and with her guardian heading out of Smit-McPhee essentially plays the
After missing the critically-acclaimed their flat at all hours of the day, Abby, same quivering kid from The Road, he
Let The Right One In at the time of though, isn’t your average 12-year-old. more than pulls it off, while it’s an-
release, as the completion of Holly- And that’s only scratching the surface. other striking performance from Chloe
wood-remake Let Me In neared, some When a number of strange mur- Moretz. Bar a couple of misconstrued
may argue wrongly, I made a conscious ders start to hit the neighbourhood, vampire expressions, even with such
decision to not watch the original. eyes turn to the mysterious newcom- an expansive role she’s anything but
Given the talent involved (Cloverfield ers, just as Owen and Abby are starting out of her depth. This talented young
director Matt Reeves, Kick-Ass star to form a real friendship, and their actress has got a huge career ahead.
Chloe Moretz and The Road’s Kodi newfound bond is hit by an even more For a two-hour movie, Let Me In
Smit-McPhee), I was excited for the unexpected bump. Abby reveals herself ticks along perfectly. You’ll invest in
film on its own merit, and as almost to be a vampire, and the killings to the story without a second ask and the
every other review will inevitably suppress her thirst for blood, but murder mystery tone suits the film
become a comparison between the two blinded by love, will Owen choose to perfectly. Let Me In is a very accom-
movies, I wanted to walk into Let Me In cull his care for his new infatuation or plished thriller, perfectly brooding and
with a clean slate, and without marker help bring justice by turning her in? moody without ever going over the
Let The Right One In digging away at A story of love and friendship, top. Is it better than Let The Right One
my subconscious, constantly sizing the and finding someone you care about In? I couldn’t tell you, but it shouldn’t
two up against each other. when you least expect it, blended matter either way as this film does
Owen (Smit-McPhee) is a young amongst the tension, excitement and more than enough to stand on its own
boy pretty much alone in the world. horror of Abby’s vampire side, there’s two feet. If given the chance by audi-
With his parents divorcing and his an effective drama and intelligent nar- ences and critics alike, Let Me In will
mum not often home, he spends most rative to be found in Let Me In. gain a reputation for itself and further
of his time sitting in their apartment The direction and cinematography pushes the burgeoning reputations of
block’s snowy courtyard, playing with are fantastic. The film is stylish with- the lead cast and crew involved.
his Rubik’s cube and watching life out feeling superficial and the sump- ★★★★★

OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 4 3


REVIEWS

INVOLUNTARY
a good old fashioned party. with characters on screen.
There’s really nothing more to While Involuntary is worth seek-
the narrative than that. Involuntary ing out, it isn’t the powerhouse it
is anything but structured, it cuts needed to be to really make a real im-
DIRECTED BY RUBEN ÖSTLUND STARRING VILLMAR BJÖRK- between stories without a word of pact on the horizon. The film garnered
MAN, LINNEA CART-LAMY, LEIF EDLUND, SARA ERIKSSON, warning and even by the close doesn’t
necessarily provide a payoff for each of
a lot of hype on the festival circuit,
which while certainly not unjustified,
LOLA EWERLUND, OLLE LILJAS & MARIA LUNDQVIST the characters, and yet somehow, it’s Involuntary feels somewhat unfinished,
strangely captivating. Sadly at around and a little too unpolished for all the
RELEASED OCTOBER 29 (UK) TBC (USA) the 70-minute mark, it really starts praise it’s getting. Two-thirds a great
Unorthodox and peculiar in all the to stick though, and instantly moves film, Involuntary misses the narrative
right ways, Involuntary is the sort of from compelling to boring as the story structure that made the likes of Ameri-
art house film we used to see a lot strands don’t ever really develop. can Teen or Paper Heart stand out. The
more of, but now you have to really Involuntary is an interesting, final act feels self indulgent, discarding
search to find anywhere other than in well-made film but perhaps would have the fullness of a story even the most
film festivals. been better as a 30-40 minute short, indie of releases need.
Swapping between five differ- although that’s not to say you still There is undoubted potential
ent, and entirely unconnected stories, can’t enjoy the majority of it. The film in director Ruben Östlund, and on
Involuntary explores the Swedish feels lifelike, more like a documentary Involuntary, he revels in the awkward
mentality through the life of two teen- than a work of fiction, which is at the atmosphere created between every day
age girls, a drinking session between great credit of the cast. It’s wonder- folk, it just doesn’t feel like the fin-
friends, a grade-school teacher’s day at fully written and the dialogue feels ished product yet.
work, a long distance bus journey and natural, like you’re sitting in the room ★★★★★

0 4 4 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


REVIEWS

BURIED
every breath, Paul faces a race against and zooming, undoing some of his
time to find out who put him there, hard work, it’s a fantastic performance
how he can get help, and as his life from Reynolds under the pressure
appears to be coming to an end, make of knowing his persona would either
DIRECTED BY RODRIGO CORTÉS STARRING RYAN contact with his family, half way across make or break the film. You can really
REYNOLDS, JOSÉ LUIS GARCÍA PÉREZ, ROBERT PATERSON, the world back home in America.
While in the industry you couldn’t
feel the intensity of the situation and
his desperation as he’s mostly power-
STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY & SAMANTHA MATHIS go far without bumping into someone less to the outcome of the remarkable
waxing lyrical about excitement for situation.
RELEASED OUT NOW (USA) SEPTEMBER 29 (UK) Buried, in the public domain, it cer- Pushing on as details are revealed
Anticipation and hype have been build- tainly hasn’t hit quite yet, but don’t gradually in telephone conversations
ing around Buried for some time. Fea- expect that to last. When you walk into with the captors and representatives
tured on the 2009 Black List, a round the film knowing nothing or having of hostage rescue teams and his US
up of the top unproduced screenplays already read the screenplay, you won’t employers, the plot develops at the
of the year, then wowing critics at be disappointed. perfect pace, with an ending that not
Sundance last January, it’s one of Ryan Filmed entirely within the con- only satisfies but is confident enough
Reynolds’ only indie films on the slate fines of Conroy’s body-sized box, to drive home the convictions of the
and such an unconventional concept, though you’ll hear voices on the other narrative as a whole.
you can’t help but take an interest. end of the phone, Ryan Reynolds oc- Buried is a truly compelling, novel
Waking up to find himself buried cupies 100% of the screen time. The and refreshing experience. It’s a high
alive in a coffin, deep underground in camera awkwardly pans around Paul’s concept film that stretches its idea
the Iraqi countryside, US contractor constrained body and through excel- over the duration of 90 minutes with
Paul Conroy’s truck convoy was at- lent lighting and cinematography ease. It’s not perfect, sure, but it is
tacked en route to an aid drop-off, only (if you can call it that for a film set daring and bold, something you don’t
he can’t remember a thing between entirely within a coffin), director Rod- often find in cinema any more, and a
blacking out in the ambush and com- rigo Cortés has managed to create an movie everyone should experience, if
ing to in the wooden box. With noth- overpowering sense of claustrophobia only to marvel at what amazing results
ing but a phone, lighter and pencil left that makes the film so effective. can be achieved with such minimalistic
in his pockets, while fighting against a Though badly served by slight filmmaking.
limited oxygen supply, dwindling with amateurish jolting camera movements ★★★★★

OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 4 5


REVIEWS

EAT PRAY LOVE


idea that might appeal to many people. Bardem) who has not had sex in fifteen
Why not quit everyday life, do some years (now we’re really in another real-
travelling? Find yourself? ity), and taking orders from a small,
The answer to this question for shrivelled old man who seems to have
DIRECTED BY RYAN MURPHY STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, most would probably be “I couldn’t Alzheimers.
BILLY CRUDUP, JAMES FRANCO, JAVIER BARDEM, VIOLA afford to,” or perhaps some other prac-
tical variation. Even for investment
So, there is a lot wrong with Eat
Pray Love, however, despite the script
DAVIS, RICHARD JENKINS & CHRISTINE HAKIM bankers, lawyers, and others of envi- being holier than Gilbert’s guru’s
able wealth and resources, jetting off teeth, this film still manages to leave
RELEASED OUT NOW (USA) SEPTEMBER 24 (UK) to the back of beyond for a full twelve you with a considerable amount of the
The premise is instantly detestable. months to do yoga and eat tagliatelle is warm-and-fuzzies. This is testament
A young(ish), successful, attrac- not a viable lifestyle choice. Let alone to the quality of the acting. Roberts is
tive, wealthy and charismatic blonde us normal folk. So, pray(!) tell – how characteristically charming as Gilbert,
(Roberts) is unhappy in her marriage did Elizabeth Gilbert, journalist and and manages to present our heroine
to a bumbling-but-vaguely endear- author of the eponymous book on as humble and genuine as opposed
ing clown of a husband (Crudup) who which this film is based manage to do to whiny and spoilt – no mean feat.
possesses little in the way of ambition. it? Franco sizzles as her artsy young lover,
She repeatedly cries herself to sleep in With a big, fat ironic advance and Bardem is the perfect choice as her
their beautiful urban townhouse over from her publishing company to write reticent but sensual final conquest. The
his ineptitude (inexplicably still look- her ‘inspirational’ memoir, that’s how. cinematographic depiction of the three
ing immaculate), and eventually leaves Not that the film reveals that – no way! countries is exquisite, and the first
him to shack up with a beautiful and That would surely walk all over the third is unadulterated food porn (do
‘spiritual’ actor type (Franco) in his toothy, Julia Roberts-endorsed narra- NOT watch it on an empty stomach).
incense-filled bohemian apartment. tive sentiment that anyone, with a few But at two and a half hours it is far too
But still, woe is her, and rather months of excessive self-indulgence long, which emphasises the grating
than subsiding, the aching melancholy and a few more months of what looks piety of the narrative. On the surface
within her soul overcomes her to the like quite boring meditation sessions, a beautiful film. But those looking
point where she is forced to make a can find themselves. It’s not made for some hidden spiritual meaning be
drastic change to her apparently fruit- particularly clear what this means, but warned – Eat Pray Love doesn’t go that
less existence and go on holiday. For a it appears to involve shacking up with deep.
full year. To Italy, India AND Bali. An a hunky Brazilian billionaire (Javier ★★★★★

0 4 6 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


REVIEWS

I’M STILL HERE


ful film, brutally harsh and feels hon- weight to the naysayers’ arguments,
est to the core. Though we never really and yet even through the multiple
see Joaquin song-write, it glimpses shots of male nudity, drug taking and
instead into his tracks and set-up as human desecration, everything feels
DIRECTED BY CASEY AFFLECK STARRING JOAQUIN he tries to track down Sean ‘Diddy’ organic.
Combs to produce his debut album and Though it’s funny at times, much
PHOENIX, ANTONY LANGDON, SEAN COMBS & BEN STILLER prepare for live appearances in Las Ve- of the events are both shocking and
RELEASED OUT NOW gas and Miami. Plus a bunch of party-
ing and wasting away in between.
heartbreaking in equal measure, as a
man falls from grace and self-control
When Joaquin Phoenix announced he Even after watching the film, it’s with such visible and remarkable
was to quit acting to launch a music ca- far from clear whether we’ve all fallen results. Would such a high profile actor
reer as a hip-hop artist, the entertain- prey to one elaborate trick, or if Phoe- put himself through so much obvious
ment world didn’t really know what to nix’s steps into hip-hop where from stress and pain, all for an intricate
make of the whole situation. It came the heart as he genuinely grew trapped hoax and ambitious documentary
as such a shock from the Oscar-nomi- by life as an actor. Whichever is the project? It feels real, which is either
nated actor, whether it was all a rouse truth, it doesn’t really affect I’m Still wonderful acting or means the plight
or his genuine ambition didn’t really Here, and it’s so easy to get wrapped of Phoenix is a remarkable waste of
come into it, everyone was so taken-a- up in the events, you’ll forget about talent, devastating for his fans. Though
back, their thought process didn’t get questioning him fairly early on. perhaps what is more shocking is the
onto the analysis stage. The film depicts roughly a year, reaction he gets along the way, and the
In time, however, and after it jumping fairly seamlessly from event complete lack of respect he is shown at
emerged brother-in-law Casey Af- to event, with drips and drops of his performances and in daily life will
fleck would film Phoenix’s transition everyday life ticking it all along. To haunt any young musician.
to make a documentary, the rumours Affleck’s praise it flows nicely, with the Then again, you don’t want to be
began. Anonymous sources were awkward and slight stutter you feel in the fool that believed it all for Affleck
quoted in various publications that the the narrative only adding to the tone and Phoenix to turn around at the end
project was all a con, and the result- and atmosphere of the film. It doesn’t and say “haha, got you!”, and for that
ing mockumentary hit the cinema feel scripted and the rough and ready reason, Joaquin’s music career was
world as something of a mix between style was necessarily to make it not maybe always doomed, real or fake.
Borat and This Is Spinal Tap. What was look set up. It feel like a home movie, Only time will tell what happens
Joaquin Phoenix’s true intention? No but it’s sophisticatedly put together, at to Joaquin, but taken at face value
one really knew, though since his first a pace allowing the audience to digest this is a fairly brilliant documentary, a
announcement in late 2008, he has the shocking events without growing powerful insight into a tortured mind,
maintained his change of direction to tired or questioning how much is fake, or for believers that the whole thing
be an entirely serious venture. and how much reality. is a hoax, one of the greatest pieces of
I’m Still Here is the resulting re- At times I’m Still Here is as ridicu- performance art in cinematic history.
lease, and if nothing else, it’s a power- lous as Borat, which certainly adds ★★★★★

OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 4 7


REVIEWS

DESPICABLE ME
crown. Stealing the Great Pyramid of real character development or craft the
Giza without anyone noticing until a Emeryville studio offer. Once you’ve
tourist accidentally catapults himself left the cinemas it’s surprising just
onto it, Vector (Segel) is the envy of how much of a throwaway experience
DIRECTED BY PIERRE COFFIN & CHRIS RENAUD STARRING Gru, which is something of a gigantic the film becomes, as the emotional
STEVE CARELL, JASON SEGEL, RUSSELL BRAND, KRISTEN understatement.
Gru needs a new plan to take the
side doesn’t really stick with you. How-
ever, that’s not to say you won’t have
WIIG, JULIE ANDREWS, WILL ARNETT & JACK MACBRAYER lead back in the mastermind stakes, had a lot of fun along the way.
but luckily he’s already got some- The film is action packed, and
RELEASED OUT NOW (USA) OCTOBER 15 (UK) thing underway. Planning to steal the thanks to a quietly clever script, offers
Not on the same level as Pixar (and not Moon from under the world’s nose, a bunch of funny asides, similar to the
necessarily trying to be), Despicable his scheme is complex, but gets all aforementioned Meatballs, that, each
Me has though proven itself to be a the more complicated when three for different reasons, will put a smile
worthy adversary in the US box office, cute orphaned girls walk into his life. on the faces of the whole family, from
chalking up almost $250m from a Thinking he can use them to help him toddler to grandparent.
budget of just under $70m. This year’s complete his wicked scheme, the girls The story sticks a little in the sec-
surprise CGI hit, like Cloudy With A quickly work their way into all areas of ond and third acts as the high concept
Chance Of Meatballs in 2009, but then Gru’s existence, and before he knows lead character struggle to really move
the Shrek films have made a bucket it he’s taking them out to the carnival forward and the youngest orphaned
load in their life time too, so is Despic- and for ice-cream. It’s certainly not girl is a carbon copy of Monsters, Inc.’s
able Me actually any good? the life he was expecting, but starts to Boo, but the vocal performances are
Gru (Carell) is a master criminal enjoy the fun that they bring, meaning good with a great double cameo from
who likes to think he’s the most das- in the end he must decide what’s more 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer.
tardly and clever man on the planet. important, his new found care for If you look hard enough, certainly
He invented his own freeze ray and three adopted daughters, or his never- there are problems to find with Despic-
piranha-firing weapons, has stolen ending battle to be the most renowned able Me, but it’s a enjoyable and fun
the Eiffel Tower, from Las Vegas, and criminal mastermind the planet has Sunday afternoon movie, primed for
leads an army of Minions, tiny pill even known. multiple viewings even if you don’t get
shaped workers, who follow his every Despicable Me feels a little like anything else out of second the second
word. But there’s a new kid on the Pixar-lite, and though it is surprisingly and third times around.
block, and he’s already taken Gru’s heartfelt at times, doesn’t have the ★★★★★

0 4 8 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


REVIEWS

CHARLIE ST.
by a truck, and though Charlie walks recent Step-Up 3-D, if you can go along
away fine, Sam isn’t so lucky. After with some of the nonsense and enjoy
promising his brother they’ll practice the sections that are well crafted, cer-
baseball every day until he leaves for tainly there’s enough to make Charlie

CLOUD
DIRECTED BY BURR STEERS STARRING ZAC EFRON, CHARLIE
college, Charlie runs out of Sam’s
funeral to the place they were meant to
meet, and expecting an empty clearing
in the forest, instead finds Sam’s spirit,
and they practice the ball game all the
St. Cloud an enjoyable experience.
Based on the 2004 novel by Ben
Sherwood, the film is directed in the
usual family-friendly, Disney film sort
of way by Burr Steers, very similar
TAHAN, AMANDA CREW, AUGUSTUS PREW, DONAL LOGUE, same. to the filmic adaptations of Nicholas
Five years later, and five defer- Sparks; The Notebook, The Last Song,
KIM BASINGER, RAY LIOTTA, DAVE FRANCO & MATT WARD rals, down the line, Charlie is still in Dear John, et al, but it’s lot less limp,
RELEASED OUT NOW (USA) OCTOBER 8 (UK) his hometown, picking up pay as the
caretaker for the graveyard where his
even though it doesn’t possess a great
deal of depth itself.
Charlie St. Cloud is a film almost exclu- brother is buried. Every day he still The cast did an adequate job, and
sively for lovers of Zac Efron. Them, meets Sam for practice, reluctant to it’ll entertain families no doubt, if not
and their boyfriends or families who let go of his brother’s memory, but being a classic, with Augustus Prew
have been dragged along for the ride. he’s about to have someone new fight providing a few laughs as Charlie’s best
Or atleast that’s what you’ll likely be- for a share of his time. When his high friend, boasting a remarkably mis-
lieve if you’ve seen any of the promo. school crush comes back to town to placed East London accent.
His face spans much of the poster prepare for an around the world sailing Efron himself does a reasonable
and the trailer concentrates heavily on race, he feels himself falling for her, job in what is essentially just a vehicle
his apparent swoon-worthy looks. But but at the expense of meeting Sam, to get him on screen. While it’s an-
believe it or not, and perhaps embar- and is left to decide whether he should other dramatical turn away from High
rassingly for my film taste, I walked last move forward with his life and go School Musical, he needs to try some-
in heavily unconvinced that Charlie after a burgeoning love for the beauti- thing with a lot more bite next if he
St. Cloud could ever be anything other ful Tess, or remain in the comfort of really wants to branch out and name a
than awful, and came out having, his daily life and keeping a promise name for himself as a serious actor.
mostly, enjoyed it. he made to his now long passed away Certainly far from perfect, and
The film is about recent high brother. you might not be too inclined for a
school graduate Charlie St. Cloud Bar the final few scenes at the second viewing unless you enjoy star-
(Efron). About to head off for col- end, somewhat surprisingly Charlie St. ing at the lead actor’s chops, Charlie
lege on a sailing scholarship, he’s got Cloud manages to steer clear of the cli- St. Cloud is surprisingly enjoyable if an
a promising future ahead of him, chéd and twee dialogue and plot points almost entirely throwaway film. Guys
chomping at the bit to really make his you might have expected. The film is certainly should throw their dignity
mark on the world. But one night his quite heartfelt and charming along the out of the window to go see it alone,
whole life is turned upside down. way, and to its credit, doesn’t feel half but if their girls are dragging them
Heading out quite late to meet as fake as is made out by the trailer. along, they might just enjoy it a lot
some friend, about to drop his brother It might take a bit of effort to dis- more than they expected.
Sam off along the way, their car is hit card your preconceptions, but like the ★★★★★

OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 4 9


REVIEWS

CONFUCIUS
together better. action extravaganza. That hasn’t hap-
Then we come to Confucius’ exile, pened. The film wisely decides to spend
which removes him from the political more time on politics and philosophis-
landscape of the first half of the film ing rather than on fighting, which of
DIRECTED BY HU MEI STARRING CHOW YUN-FAT, ZHOU and dilutes some of the film’s focus. course reflects its main character’s own
XUN, LU YI, CHEN JIANBIN, YAO LU, QIAO ZHENYU, REN Kingdoms and territories flash by in
the blink of an eye as Confucius and
beliefs.
Flaws aside, and despite its un-
QUAN, JIAO HUANG, WANG BAN & ZHANG KAILI his band move around, whilst people even pacing, Confucius does have posi-
routinely turn up to tell him how bad tives. Whilst it could hardly be called a
RELEASED SEPTEMBER 24 (UK) TBC (USA) things are in the wider world, though towering performance, Chow Yun-Fat
Confucius is an epic Chinese biopic we rarely see any of it. Likewise, a sec- carries the film strongly as the ageing
from Hu Mei, director of, amongst oth- tion in the kingdom of Wei (where the philosopher, managing to establish
er things, Far From War and Yongzheng ruler’s concubine appears to hold more good relationships with a host of sub-
Wangchao, a popular historical series in power than the man himself) moves sidiary characters. Ren Quan, as Yan
China. Detailing the life of the revered past too quickly to make good on its Hui, adds some emotional depth and
Chinese philosopher, Mei’s film aims initial promise, with Zhou Xun’s cun- gets a good scene on a frozen ice lake
high but finds it difficult to articulate ning Nanzi ultimately underused. This that is one of the film’s more effective
Confucius’ intriguing story. second half also maintains the film’s symbolic moments. It looks good too,
The historical setting itself is the habit of having characters travel hun- Peter Pau’s imagery coming across
first of many problems. In her deter- dreds of miles in single cuts, admitted- most strongly when it isn’t trying too
mination to give a grand context to ly something which the story demands hard; there are a couple of slightly twee
Confucius’ dealings, Mei chooses to in- rather than the narrative chooses. moments, and the sub-standard (and
troduce a great deal of characters very The film’s few concessions to on- unnecessary) CGI doesn’t help, but
quickly, some of whom will turn out to screen violence (this is not an action overall the film is visually arresting.
be far less important than others, in film by any stretch) unfortunately Confucius is a sweeping, sumptu-
a rather fuddled first act that throws end up being distracting rather than ous biopic that succeeds in making
too much on screen too quickly. As exciting, probably as a result of the an interesting character out of a key
a result, the narrative leaps between film’s focus on Confucius’ teachings historical figure, but it is by no means
kingdoms, aristocratic houses and (which are far more interesting) and a complete success. The narrative feels
politicians so much that it becomes some throwaway CGI that dampens unfocused at times and the pace is
off-putting. It isn’t so clustered as to the effect when massive armies gather changeable, but give it a chance and
forgo narrative sense, but one feels on screen. When Chow Yun-Fat was the presence of Chow Yun-Fat, at least,
a bit more editing and streamlining initially cast as Confucius, many feared will win you over.
would have helped this section hang that it would turn the film into an ★★★★★

0 5 0 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


REVIEWS

LIFE AS WE
fails to scupper the film’s intent: to be The film is a romantic comedy
a light hearted romantic comedy. What which isn’t hugely romantic (though
actually happens is that, at the mo- there is enough to satisfy rom-com
ment of tragedy, the film’s jovial tone fanatics) and is only sporadically

KNOW IT
DIRECTED BY GREG BERLANTI STARRING KATHERINE HEIGL,
takes a swift, sharp leap into weepi-
ness and struggles valiantly to get out
again as quickly as possible. After all,
it wouldn’t do any good to offend the
date-movie crowd looking for a good
funny, although that is a hell of a lot
more than can be said for most Hol-
lywood entries in this genre. The actual
comic tone is variable. At times the
larger than life supporting characters
JOSH DUHAMEL, JOSH LUCAS, CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, time. The effect, however, is jarring get some good lines and the two leads
and, frankly, not handled with a great deal with the script well, although it
JEAN SMART, FAIZON LOVE & MELISSA MCCARTHY deal of panache. One scene in particu- has to be said that the film’s few forays
RELEASED OCTOBER 8 lar involving a lawyer, undoubtedly in-
tended to re-establish the film’s comic
into slapstick (mainly in the first half
of the film) fall down quite spectacu-
Ever watched a film that, just five min- tract, is particularly cringe-worthy. larly, though one incident – involving a
utes in, you have planned out entirely But somehow the film manages to nappy-changing debacle – does conjure
in your head? And when you get to the overcome this jolt in tone and returns an amusing one liner. Elsewhere, there
end of the film, you realise that, give or to the way it had started, except that is a rather misjudged scene in which
take a little plot machination here or a the shadow of the ‘event’ now hangs our hero ‘chats-up’ the child in a ‘comi-
subtle twist there, you were basically over everything. The fact that the film cal’ fashion that ought to cause some
100% correct? I’m sure we all have. But rigidly follows many of the genre’s grimacing in the audience.
how many of those films do we come staples in spite of this is occasionally But thankfully the film’s underly-
out of feeling that it doesn’t really problematic but mostly ignorable, be- ing tone of emotional maturity (how-
matter? Far fewer, I’d venture to guess. cause the film has enough going for it ever hidden it may be) manages to
Life as We Know It opens in that beyond the script to keep us involved. shine through here and there, coming
fashion and, aside from an unexpected Katherine Heigl gives a good perfor- across strongly enough to overshadow
turn of events fairly early on (the ef- mance as Holly, and whilst playing any slapstick and missed beats; actu-
fects of which we shall come to in due sexy and sweet is clearly not too dif- ally one moment towards the film’s
course) proceeds more or less along ficult for her, she also gets a couple of conclusion is genuinely affecting, and
familiar paths. In other words it’s chances to show a bit more range. Josh pretty much raises this above standard
clichéd, formulaic and, with the excep- Duhamel as her co-lead is fairly generic fare on its own.
tion of said ‘event’, predictable. Why but does enough not to be annoying, The film, by its very nature, is
then, do I not hate it? all that’s every really asked of him. dealing with dark, serious ideas in
It’s an interesting question. To The presence of Sophie, the child a playful, comic way, which to some
avoid running the risk of ruining peo- our two protagonists are charged with might feel forced and unnecessary.
ple’s enjoyment of the film, the details looking after, gives the film its edge Certainly the story is contrived in
of the event in question shall not be and its emotional core. Risky business, places and the tone only just manages
given; suffice it say, something unex- having the plot revolve fundamentally to resurface after that early plunge,
pectedly tragic happens which defines around a third party in the relation- but if you’re willing to go along with it
how the film pans out (those wishing ship, but this ends up being a positive and get involved, you’d have to have a
to remain entirely in the dark should decision and works in the film’s favour, heart of stone not to be at least a little
read no further). It is remarkable, in because whenever it strays into bland- charmed.
fact, that this development somehow ness it can quickly recover. ★★★★★

OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 5 1


DVD REVIEWS

FANBOYS THE LOSERS


Underrated and entertain- Initially over-stylised but
ing comedy about a group of very enjoyable action-com-
friends who road trip across edy. The dialogue is sharp
America to steal an early copy while the set-pieces are well
of Star Wars: Episode One orchestrated as a group of
from George Lucas’ Skywalk- renegades fight to get back
er Ranch. One for more than their old lives and now tar-
just Star Wars geeks. nished reputations.
Film ★★★★★ Film ★★★★★
Extras ★★★★★ Extras ★★★★★

30 DAYS OF NIGHT: MODERN FAMILY:


DARK DAYS
Recast and straight-to-DVD
SEASON ONE
Emmy award-winning com-
sequel to the original adap- edy about family life, filmed
tation of prized comic book in the documentary-style, the
property 30 Days Of Night, writing is witty and the act-
Dark Days is sadly under- ing superb, right down to the
whelming and unnecessary. younger actors.
Film ★★★★★ Show ★★★★★
Extras ★★★★★ Extras ★★★★★

CHUCK: SEASON THREE THE DISAPPEARANCE


The season that almost
wasn’t, after lying on the
brink of cancellation, Chuck
OF ALICE CREED
Exciting, low budget thriller
roared back with a great third as two ex-convicts kidnap a
season as the everyday guy- young woman before ran-
turned-spy starts to really soming her for cash. Drags a
come to grips with his abili- little towards the end but is
ties and new life. just exciting enough.
Show ★★★★★ Film ★★★★★
Extras ★★★★★ Extras ★★★★★

THE BIG BANG THEORY: THE EVIL DEAD


SEASON THREE
Sitcom centring on four
Re-release of the classic
B-movie horror as it hits
Blu-Ray for the first time and
nerdy friends and the hot girl DVD with new extras, it’s the
next door, the jokes come best edition to date, so collec-
thick and fast and it’s enter- tors and big fans might want
taining and light-hearted, if to double dip and shell out
nothing revolutionary. again for the new edition.
Show ★★★★★ Film ★★★★★
Extras ★★★★★ Extras ★★★★★

0 5 2 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


COMPETITION

TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF CHUCK:


SEASON 3, ON DVD FROM OCTOBER 11TH,
WE’RE GIVING YOU THE CHANCE TO WIN
ONE OF THREE COPIES FOR YOURSELF
TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING, SIMPLY
ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:

CHUCK STAR ZACHARY LEVI MADE HIS DIRECTO-


RIAL DEBUT BEHIND THE CAMERA FOR WHICH
CHUCK EPISODE?

A. CHUCK VS. THE BEARD


B. CHUCK VS. OPERATION AWESOME
C. CHUCK VS. THE LIVING DEAD

SEND YOUR ANSWER TO


COMPETITIONS@FANTHEFIREMAGAZINE.COM
DEADLINE 22/10/10

©2010 Warner Bros. Entertainment. All rights reserved.

OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 5 3


ART
ART
Post acid
ILLUSTRATIONS ANTHONY AUSGANG (AUSGANGART.COM)
ART
Lost in
your
thoughts
ILLUSTRATIONS HENRIETTA HARRIS (SCAREDYCAT.CO.NZ)
ART
ART
ART
After
Hours
PHOTOGRAPHY TEJAL PATNI (TEJALPATNI.COM)
ART
ART
OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 0 8 9
ART
ART
LE MANS ‘54
PHOTOGRAPHY LAURENT NIVALLE (LAURENTNIVALLE.FR)
ART
STYLE
I Am The
Nightrider
PHOTOGRAPHY BARRIE HULLEGIE
(BARRIEHULLEGIE.COM)
STYLE
STYLE

1 1 2 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 1 1 5
STYLE

Lost in
translation
PHOTOGRAPHY IGOR TERMENON
(THERAINWILLREMAIN.BLOGSPOT.COM)
PHOTO ASSISTANT MARIA JUANES
MODEL AND STYLING ANDREA DELGADO
OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 1 2 1
STYLE

1 2 4 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010


1 2 8 FAN THE FIRE OCTOBER 2010
STYLE

Envy on
the inside
PHOTOGRAPHY OLIVIA LORRAINE TRAN
(OLIVIAPHOTOGRAFIC.BLOGSPOT.COM)
STYLIST IZABEL CALIGIORE
MAKE-UP PHOEBE GOULDING
MODEL ANNIE CALLANAN
OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 1 3 1
STYLE
STYLE
OCTOBER 2010 FAN THE FIRE 1 3 7
STYLE
ONE
MONTH
OFF
PHOTOGRAPHER TAMARA LICHTENSTEIN
(TAMARALICHTENSTEIN.COM)
NEXT ISSUE
AVAILABLE
OCTOBER 29