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contents Issue Sixteen. September/October 2011 Features 06 | Spotlight 06 Growing Pains: Cinema of Adolescence
contents
Issue Sixteen. September/October 2011
Features
06
| Spotlight
06
Growing Pains:
Cinema of Adolescence
14 | Art & Film
Mr. Strong:
The Bright and Brilliant
Poster Art of Tom Whalen
22
| 1000 Words
Absolute Beginner:
John Hughes and the
Films of American Youth
In
Transition
Regulars
04
| Reel World
The Railway Children
20 | Four Frames
Stand By Me
26
| On Location
Los Angeles, USA
'But face it. You're a neo
maxi zoom dweebie, what
would you be doing if you
weren't out making yourself
a better citizen? '
John Bender
30
| Screengem
My Life as a Dog
34
| Parting Shot
First Person Shooter
38
| Listings
A
Roundup of this Issue's
Featured Films
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reel world

film beyond the borders of the screen

OnThe

Rails

The Railway Children, an iconic 1970s children's novel has inspired more than just film and theatre productions. Neil Mitchell jumps aboard to follow its trail of influence.

edith Nesbit's pereNNially

popular children's novel The Railway Children has in recent years been successfully transferred to the stage, a production that follows in the footsteps of several small screen versions and Lionel Jeffries' iconic 1970 film adaptation. Jeffries' unashamedly sentimental and nostalgic take on Nesbit's book sees the Waterbury family relocate from London to a small village and learn to live in relative penury after the father of the family, a foreign office employee, is wrongly incarcerated for selling state secrets to the Russians. The children of the title, Roberta, Phyllis and Peter, immortalised in Jeffries' film by Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett and Gary Warren, experience a series of events all connected to the nearby railway line that requires them to show wisdom, courage and understanding

beyond their tender years, culminating in the famous 'daddy, my daddy' tear-jerking climactic family reunion. The Railway Children's gentle view of childhood has an enduring place in the hearts of those who have read or seen it, with its evocative name now used in the real world for a vital and ongoing concern, that of combating child homelessness. Founded in 1995 by David Maidment, former Controller of Safety Policy for British Rail, the Railway Children charity, whose mantra is 'getting to street kids before the street gets to them', has 117 projects set up in the UK, Africa and Asia and last year helped over 25,000 street children. With the latest theatrical production of Nesbit's classic supporting the charity and with 24 partner organisations working in conjunction with Railway Children, the plight of the most vulnerable members of society will not go unnoticed. [tbp]

members of society will not go unnoticed. [ t b p ] The Railway Children 's

The Railway Children's gentle view of childhood has an enduring place in the hearts of those who have read or seen it.

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spotlight

cinema's thematic strands

Growing Pains Films about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of childhood are plentiful, but which
Growing
Pains
Films about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of
childhood are plentiful, but which ones stand the test
of time?. JohN berra and sa M price retreat into
their past to better assess some classic examples.
kes (1969)
Dir. Ken Loach
Now that Kes is routinely
recognised as a British cinema
classic, and its director is feted
as one of the country’s greatest
living filmmakers, it’s easy to forget
the potency of the film proper.
Kitchen-sink dramas tend to get
a
rough ride by contemporary
audiences and critics, lazily and
ignorantly dismissed as hunks
of Northern miserablism. It’s
a
good thing, then, that Ken
Loach’s film contains timeless
themes. An unvarnished look at
the shortcomings of the British
class system in the late 1960s, Kes'
enduring attraction lies in Loach
taking something almost bizarrely
specific (a bullied underachieving
school boy learns to train a kestrel
falcon to fend off his woes) and
rendering it as a universal tale
of the frustrations of childhood.
Unsentimental but emotionally
devastating, it’s one for the ages.
[Sam Price]
Kes' enduring
attraction lies in
loach taKing something
almost bizarrely
specific and rendering
it as a universal tale
of the frustrations of
childhood.
Left
david BradLeY and friend
aBove
david BradLeY, freddie fLetcher and LYnne Perrie
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Kobal (2)

Kobal (2)

ALL AbouT LiLy Chou Chou (2000)

Dir. Shunji Iwai

The cruelties of youth are filtered through a fragmented narrative that follows two Japanese schoolboys as they attend junior high and take an ill-fated vacation to the island of Okinawa with their classmates. It is suggested that high school is an institution that must be survived as blackmail, bullying, shoplifting and rape are among the acts committed by teenagers on a daily basis, while teachers struggle to maintain the respect of their students and parents are either absent or ignored. These socially isolated adolescents listen to the ethereal music of titular pop idol Lily Chou Chou and discuss the meaning of the singer’s lyrics through internet message boards, but virtual friendship is no substitute for the real thing and the film ends in devastating tragedy. [John Berra]

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tragedy. [John Berra] 8 www. thebigpicturemagazine .com socially isolated adolescents listen to the ethereal music

socially isolated adolescents listen to the ethereal music of titular pop idol Lily Chou Chou and discuss the meaning of the singer’s lyrics through internet message boards

aBove

jean-Pierre Léaud

toP Left

haYato ichihara

The film strives to show that Antoine is a victim of circumstance, whose fledgling talents deserve better than a dysfunctional family environment and an oppressive education system.

spotlight growing pains

The 400 bLows (1959)

Dir. François Truffaut

Although the teachers of 13-year- old Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) regard him as a troublemaker, he can more accurately be described as misunderstood, or easily ma- nipulated by the mischievous children around him. Skipping school to roam the streets of Paris, squandering time in seedy ar- cades, resorting to petty theft and plagiarising Balzac result in a trip to the principal’s office and, even- tually, a transfer to an observation centre for troubled youths.Yet the film strives to show that Antoine is a victim of circumstance, whose fledgling talents deserve better than a dysfunctional family envi- ronment and an oppressive educa- tion system, although he achieves some measure of freedom in the legendary parting shot. Antoine’s eventful later life would be ex- plored by Truffaut and Léaud in four subsequent collaborations. [John Berra]

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Luke’s mix-tapes form a slamming soundtrack with choice cuts by A Tribe Called Quest, kRs-

Luke’s mix-tapes form a slamming soundtrack with choice cuts by A Tribe Called Quest, kRs- one and wu Tang Clan.

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The wACkness (2008)

Dir. Jonathan Levine

New York City circa 1994:

directionless teenager Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) spends the summer days that follow high school graduation selling pot out of an ice-cream cart, listening to the latest hip-hop artists, and trying to win the affections of popular classmate Stephanie (Olivia Thirlby), who is also the step-daughter of his psychologist Dr. Squires (Ben Kingsley). Hanging out with Dr. Squires leads to some off-the-hook advice like, ‘Get your heart broken, find yourself face down in the gutter, get your balls sucked, make a real mess of a life’, and Luke must step-up when it becomes apparent that his family is in serious financial trouble. Luke’s mix-tapes form a slamming soundtrack with choice cuts by A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One and Wu Tang Clan. [John Berra]

Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One and Wu Tang Clan. [John Berra] GinGeR snAps (2000) Dir. John Fawcett

GinGeR snAps (2000)

Dir. John Fawcett

Burying the body of a school hockey player in her back garden, moments after attempting to rip out the girl’s jugular with her teeth, misanthrope and burgeoning teenage werewolf Ginger Fitzgerald (Katharine Isabelle) ventures, “No- one ever thinks chicks do shit like this. A girl can only be a slut, bitch, tease or the virgin next door…We’ll just coast on how the world works”. Free of the Scream-infected irony and pre-dating both the chaste cultural inferno of the Twilight series and self-aware ‘cult’ efforts stalking similar ground – Teeth, Jennifer’s Body - Ginger Snaps is a film which, even after two superfluous sequels , still feels as dementedly rabid as it did on release. Ginger’s turn as a murdering lycanthrope remains the deftest blend of suburban satire and late-pubescent horror since Sissy Spacek unleashed her adolescent fury in Brian de Palma's 70s shocker Carrie. [Sam Price]

aBove Left Ben kingsLeY and josh Peck

oPPosite katharine isaBeLLe and and emiLY Perkins

kobal (2)

spotlight growing pains

ginger snaps is a film which, even after two superfluous sequels, still feels as dementedly
ginger snaps
is a film which,
even after two
superfluous
sequels, still feels
as dementedly
rabid as it did
on release.

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whALe RideR (2002) Dir. Niki Caro Keisha Castle-Hughes’ captivating performance as Pai is Whale Rider

whALe RideR (2002)

Dir. Niki Caro

Keisha Castle-Hughes’ captivating performance as Pai is Whale Rider’s ultimate strength, a refreshingly unaffected and joyous thing shorn of the usual lugubrious and dead-eyed machinations associated with certain Hollywood child actors. Castle-Hughes plays a young Maori girl tasked with the less- than-enviable task of convincing her grousing old grandfather that the tribal chief-ship should pass to her, a role traditionally the preserve of the first-born male heir. With a mother dead from childbirth and a distant father pursuing a career on another continent, the film could have been an up-market, self-important FreeWilly by way of romanticised, tourist board approved myth- making prone to descending into trite emotionalism. Instead, director Niki Caro's film sidesteps the plot’s obvious potential for pat melodrama, revealing itself as uniquely transcendent by the time of the moving conclusion. [Sam Price]

right rawiri Paratene and keisha castLe-hughes

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director niKi caro's film sidesteps the plot’s obvious potential for pat melodrama, revealing itself as
director niKi caro's
film sidesteps the
plot’s obvious potential
for pat melodrama,
revealing itself as
uniquely transcendent
by the time of the
moving conclusion

spotlight

cinema's thematic strands

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one sheet the art of the movie poster Mr. Strong Raised by feral robot wolves
one sheet
the art of the movie poster
Mr.
Strong
Raised by feral robot wolves in the backwoods of northeastern
pennsylvania and nourished on a steady diet of comic books,
arnold schwarzenegger movies and swedish fish, to M wale N of
Strong Stuff is fast becoming the go-to guy for intelligent, fun and
highly stylized film posters with a vintage illustrative touch.
The Shining (©2010)
4-color screenprint
Private commission
The Fly (©2010)
4-color screenprint
produced for Colonial Theatre's
'first friday fright nights'
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screenprint produced for Colonial Theatre's 'first friday fright nights' 14 www.thebigpicturemagazine.com
one sheet tom walen previous page Steamboat Willie (©2011) 4-color screenprint Released through Slideshow
one sheet
tom walen
previous page
Steamboat Willie (©2011)
4-color screenprint
Released through Slideshow
Collectibles
The Wolf Man (©2008)
4-color screenprint
Part of the 'Universal Series'
Great Pumpkin (©2011)
8-color screenprint
Produced through
Dark Hall Mansion
“i [was] inspired by the
fantastic painted art that always
accompanied horror movies and
decided to translate some of those
classic movies into my style.”
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horror movies and decided to translate some of those classic movies into my style.” 16 www.thebigpicturemagazine.com
one sheet tom walen Monsters, Inc. [Variant] (©2011) 5-color screenprint size: 18" x 24" Paul
one sheet
tom walen
Monsters, Inc. [Variant] (©2011)
5-color screenprint
size: 18" x 24"
Paul (©2010)
4-color screenprint
produced for the US premiere
of the film at the SXSW festival
"it wasn't until sometime in 1986 when
i really felt the urge to create art of
my own. From there, i consumed every
comic i could pilfer off of nana's spinner
rack and spent endless hours at the
drawing desk that my dad gave to me."
gofurther
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four frames

the art of abbreviated storytelling

R unnin G s CAR e d

Stand By Me, Dir. Rob Reiner, 1983

2
2
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The transition from childhood to adolescence at its most exhilerating. Jez c oN olly steps onto the tracks for an extreme close-up.

early on in his rites of passage trek out of the fictional town of Castle Rock along the Oregon railroad in search of missing boy Ray Brower’s dead body, Gordie (Wil Wheaton), together with his three pals, resorts to a short cut across a train bridge and narrowly avoids suffering the same fate as little Ray. Gordie comes to the rescue when Vern (Jerry O’Connell) stumbles on the precarious track and freezes in the path of an oncoming locomotive. Chris (River Phoenix) and Teddy (Corey Feldman) look on in horror as Gordie and Vern make a desperate scramble to the safety of the far side of the bridge. They make it, just, and end up in a dusty heap, battered, bruised but relieved to be alive. Director Rob Reiner shot the scene at Lake Britton Bridge on the McCloud River Railroad in Burney Falls State Park, California.

River Railroad in Burney Falls State Park, California. Read More four frames online at

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1000 words moments that changed cinema forever
1000 words
moments that changed cinema forever

Beginner Absolut�

John Hughes excelled in making films that managed

to both glamorise and humanize the experience of growing up in an America at a time of prosperity. N icola balkiN d examines his continuing appeal and relevance in an age of crippling austerity.

aBove/BeLow john hughes and matthew Broderick moLLY ringwaLd in sixteen candLes

and matthew Broderick moLLY ringwaLd in sixteen candLes whether you're a literature lover or a film

whether

you're

a

literature lover or a film fan, coming of age stories are ubiquitous. The heyday of the bildungsroman began with J.D. Salinger's enduring Catcher in the Rye, and was revived for the screen by John Hughes in the 1980s. A powerhouse of writing and directing, Hughes invented the contemporary teen movie as we know it. Be- tween 1984 and 1991, the John Hughes (Movie) Academy educated an entire generation of high schoolers on the mean- ings of love, sex, and rock and roll. Though he wrote until 2008, during his most active period he penned 11 features, of which he directed five, in-

cluding Sixteen Candles,Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and the inimitable The Breakfast Club. Towards the end of this time he also wrote two clas- sics for the K-12 years: Home Alone and Curly Sue, directing the latter. He introduced to the world such teen stars as Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, and Matthew Broderick and though many of his stars graduated, many more came of age and were subsequently im- mortalised by 80s cinema. For a certain generation, Molly Ringwald became the face of the 80s. Battling through a forgotten birthday in Sixteen Candles and overcoming personal hurdles and bullying in Pretty in Pink, she became the poster-girl of adolescence - a crown that has since been held, but never stolen, by the likes of Alicia Silverstone, Melissa Joan Hart and Emma Stone. Her crystallising mo- ment arrived early, with a right- of-centre one-shot in which she stands staring at the spot where her mother stood moments before, wearing a look of dis- belief that’s at once naive and world-weary. “I can’t believe this,” she says, looking us di- rectly in the eye, “They fucking forgot my birthday.” Cinema’s

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1000 words the hughes effect

koBaL

1000 words the hughes effect koBaL aBove andrew mccarthY (PrettY in Pink) aBove oPPosite emiLio estevez,

aBove andrew mccarthY (PrettY in Pink)

aBove oPPosite emiLio estevez, anthonY michaeL-haLL and aLLY sheedY (the Breakfast cLuB)

Molly Ringwald became the poster-girl of adolescence - a crown that has since been held, but never stolen, by the likes of Alicia silverstone, Melissa Joan hart and emma stone.

sharp-tongued sweet sixteen year-old came of age in quirky home-made styles, having her developing breasts fondled by Grandma, stealing envi- ous glances at the senior girl’s perfect physique in the shower, and cluelessly scribbling her crush’s name on an anonymous “sex test”. Unwaveringly close to the bone, Molly’s under- confident, surly take on teen worries spoke to an audience of peers. One of those peers, Anthony Michael Hall, was defined early on as 'The Geek' in The Breakfast Club, and became the testing ground for the male side of sex concerns. Many of these concerns he solves in Weird Science by creating his own older-woman mentor in the form of the voluptuous Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), who shows him the ropes. The young geek gets short shrift in Hughes’ later years, though, as the direc- tor moved on to more charis- matic young men like Matthew Broderick’s irresistible Ferris Bueller and Career Opportuni- ties’ bare-faced liar and subur- ban escapist Jim Dodge (Frank Whaley). Variations on Hall’s Geek were set against Judd Nelson’s Breakfast Club tough guy and Robert Downey Jr’s New Ro- mantic cool guy. Defined not only by his over-confident, dorky retorts, but also by his rich lexicon of facial expres- sions and flair for improvisa- tional comedy, in his crowning moment in Weird Science Hall's Gary leans casually against the leather facade of a whisky lounge booth, sipping bourbon and twisting a fat cigar between his fingers whilst performing, with well-lubricated fervour, a black jazz musician impression for the ages. Later, confronted by some mutant bikers with the force of wrecking-balls sent by his feminine creation, his com- ing-of-age task is as simple as standing up for himself. Hall’s mastery of the timid type and his aptitude for physical com- edy put him a cut above the fold, keeping him alive in our

koBaL

put him a cut above the fold, keeping him alive in our koBaL hearts and minds

hearts and minds to this day. Another graduate of the John Hughes Academy has no trou- ble asserting himself. One who, close to flunking due to ab- sence, takes on his high school nemesis - the principal Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) - in the name of one fabulous day off. Matthew Broderick sealed the teen heart throb deal from the moment he touched down on screen as Ferris Bueller, treating his humble audience to a tuto- rial on the necessary deceptions that ensure a long and prosper- ous day of truancy. Speaking direct to camera in a style that would later be adopted more freely in female-led narratives, the charismatic Broderick is the guy who has it all, including the pretty girlfriend and insuf- ferably insecure best friend, whom he attempts in vain to coax from his shell. Taking on the city of Chicago (the beat- ing heart of John Hughes and

his movies), the film takes Hughes’ classic chase elements, this time unfurled throughout the film as the plot ducks and weaves around town, avoiding detection at every turn. Buel- ler is a rambunctious charmer with little to do with coming of age, but his vindictive and jealous sister plays against him, apparently seeing something phoney behind Ferris’ act that others are missing. The prin- cipal feels the same, and in a show-down they each race for Bueller’s front door: teacher to catch him out of bed; Ferris to return home before his parents find him gone; Hughes’ play- ful chase humour hits its stride as he leaps through sprinklers, over fences, and even halts mo- mentarily to chat up some sexy sunbathers. The Walt Disney of teen cinema, Hughes had a for- mula for success in which his characters clear the hurdles

The walt disney of teen cinema, hughes had a formula for success in which his characters clear the hurdles that keep them from their ideal high school sweetheart.

that keep them from their ideal high school sweetheart. Aspirational movie magic is alive and well in his features, an obstacle course of difficult parents, other-worldly oddities, and home town nemeses. His downtrodden protagonists are often alienated from the popu- lar guy or gal but, when time and chance permit, they allow for the most satisfying of high school Hollywood endings. In The Breakfast Club, how- ever, he blows open the social strata of high school, taking its stereotypes and literally lock- ing them in a room together to fight out their differences. Though the dramatic world of high school is immune to wholly happy endings, the im- age of the teens dancing on the library mezzanine is the rose- tinted moment of high school happiness to which every adult, teen, and John Hughes fan wishes they belonged. [tbp]

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[Book] 'you Couldn't Ignore me If you Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation'

[Book] 'John Hughes and eighties Cinema' by Thomas a. Christie [weB] www.thebratpacksite.com

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Los

on location

the places that make the movies

Angeles

poinT bLAnk (1967) Dir. John Boorman US, 92 minutes Starring: Lee Marvin, John Vernon, Angie
poinT bLAnk (1967)
Dir. John Boorman
US, 92 minutes
Starring: Lee Marvin, John
Vernon, Angie Dickinson
john boorman’s distinctly
European crime thriller perfectly
captures the high gloss but vacu-
ous feel of Los Angeles in the late
1960s as loner hitman Walker (Lee
Marvin) prowls the city seeking
revenge. The object of his scorn is
ex-pal Mal Reese (John Vernon)
who left Walker for dead and
made off with his share of the loot
following a double-cross of the
most irksome kind. Some key Los
Angeles landmarks such as Santa
Monica's Huntley Hotel and mob
boss Brewster’s extensive ranch-
style estate on a bluff overlooking
Hollywood Boulevard are used to
great effect and paint a picture of
a sprawling, spankingly clean and
sunlit city while locations like the
LA river's 6th Street Viaduct show
the grimy underbelly lurking be-
neath the shiny veneer.

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The heart of hollywood's star-studded industry for more than a century, Los Angeles and its abundant and ever-changing locales have set the scene for a wide variety of cinematic treasures. G abriel soloM o Ns , editor of the new intellect book World Film Locations: Los Angeles takes us on a gloriously sunny whirlwind tour.

Left Lee marvin in Point BLank

BeLow heather graham in Boogie nights

booGie niGhTs (1996)

Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson US, 155 minutes Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds

paul thomas andersons epic

story, set in the 1970s and 1980s adult film industry of the San Fernando valley in Los Angeles, follows the turbulent lifestyle of a ragtag bunch all intent on claim- ing the fame and fortune afforded those involved in such a lucra- tive but dubious industry. Along the way, we see the city through a luminous, sunkist haze similar to that experienced by a visit to Disneyland. This fantasy world however is a thin veil under which lives are destroyed by drugs, greed, paranoia and dysfunc- tion - and the film functions as an appropriate allegory for a city at the centre of the entertainment industry that has – and continues to – oscillate between excess and success for much of its history.

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kiLLeR oF sheep (1981)

Dir. Charles Burnett USA, 83 minutes Starring: Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy

charles burnetts black-

and-white film Killer of Sheep was his UCLA thesis film made for $10,000 over a series of weekends in 1973. The poetic black-and- white film is a hauntingly beautiful snapshot of life in the poverty- stricken Watts neighbourhood of South Central Los Angeles.Watts became a predominantly black neighbourhood during the 1940s as thousands left the segregated South in search of better opportunities.The area, however, gained national prominence during the six-day-long Watts Riots in 1965 that many viewed as a reaction to the widespread injustices that blacks suffered. Killer of Sheep, filmed eight years after the Watts Riots, is a sensitive and humanistic portrait of the day- to-day life of people getting by in the ways that they know how. [Deirdre Devers]

on location

the places that make the movies

koBaL (2)
koBaL (2)

Left chiLdren in kiLLer of sheeP

BeLow jack nichoLson in chinatown

in kiLLer of sheeP BeLow jack nichoLson in chinatown The poetic black-and- white film is a

The poetic black-and- white film is a hauntingly beautiful snapshot of life in the poverty-stricken watts neighbourhood of south Central Los Angeles.

ChinATown (1974)

Dir. Roman Polanski USA, 130 minutes Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

roman polanskis classic Neo-

Noir is a veritable tour of Los Angeles landmarks. Capturing the hidden sacrifices and backroom dealings behind the emergence of LA as one of the world’s great cities, Chinatown revels equally in Los Angeles’ classic Spanish Colonial architecture, the glamour of iconic Hollywood restaurants like The Brown Derby (represented in the film by The Prince, in Koreatown), and the urban backwash of the city’s aqueducts, bridges and barren riverbeds.The more Gittes (Jack Nicholson) uncovers of the conspiracy to steal water from the city, the more we see the squalor behind LA’s veneer of sophistication and charm.

[martin Zeller-Jacques]

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screengem

evocative objects onscreen

screengem evocative objects onscreen Th e Garden Folly My Life as a Dog (1985) The ramshackle
screengem evocative objects onscreen Th e Garden Folly My Life as a Dog (1985) The ramshackle

The

Garden

Folly

My Life as a Dog (1985)

The ramshackle retreat of mischievous pre-teen Ingemar and his equally mischievous uncle is one of cinema’s great getaways, and also one of its great visual metaphors. s cott JordaN harris hides inside.

few coming of age dramas Few coming of age dramas are as endearing or enduring as Lasse Hallström’s Swedish classic My Life as Dog. Central to it is the story of young Ingemar, who is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in the small town of Småland when his mother’s health, and patience with his raucous escapades, starts to fail. Central to Ingemar’s life in Småland is the folly his uncle is building in the garden. Or rather, the folly his uncle is building near the garden. When Aunt Ulla asks, ‘How can you be so stupid and build on land we don’t own?’, Uncle Gunnar responds with perfect logic:

‘That’s why it’s called a folly!’

The folly is constantly under construction and, though we seldom much constructing being done, it is finished by the film’s final scenes. In that way, it mirrors the formation of Ingemar’s adult self. For much of the film, the hut is a means of prolonging childhood: in it, Ingemar and his uncle, sit, talk and listen to awful Povel Ramel music, free of responsibility and with few thoughts of life outside the rickety walls around them. But, at the end of the film, the folly becomes a chrysalis. Ingemar flees to it to escape the tragedy that has engulfed him and, when he emerges the next morning, his childhood is over.

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Point Blank (John Boorman, 1967)

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it is no coincidence that Fps shots appear sporadically in the action-heavy, second half of neill blomkamp’s district 9. blomkamp and producer peter Jackson were originally planning to adapt Microsoft’s game series halo.

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As the popularity of video games rises, so does the use of the First Person Shooter (FPS) signature image as a narrative device onscreen. r ob beaM es investigates.

video games have long drawn from Hollywood, often telling derivative stories using liberally re-purposed elements from many films.Yet the influence of games upon movies has become almost equally pervasive over the last decade, one example being the recurring use of visual tropes associated with the First Person Shooter genre. The FPS’ signature image, of the “player” stalking “enemies” from a first person perspective with a gun barrel fixed to the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, has been employed by several filmmakers of late – the most obvious instance being in the 2005 adaptation of pioneering shooter Doom. The big screen version features a five minute, real-time sequence shown from the perspective of Karl Urban’s protagonist, with the audience watching from behind his rifle. Similarly, Spanish thriller King of the Mountain/ El rey de la montaña uses FPS shots in its final moments. The audience takes

the viewpoint of two children, perched behind the butt of their weapons, as they ruthlessly pursue an unarmed man through the woods. Director Gonzalo López-Gallego explicitly uses these shots to crassly parallel video game culture with youth violence (the film’s title is a play on a common type of multiplayer FPS gameplay). It is no coincidence that FPS shots appear sporadically in the action-heavy, second half of Neill Blomkamp’s District 9. Blomkamp and producer Peter Jackson were originally planning to adapt Microsoft’s game series Halo.Whilst similar first person shots were used before FPS games emerged (notably in one eye-catching moment of Clint Eastwood’s 1973 High Plains Drifter), they are now irrevocably wedded to the iconography of gaming and almost always hold gaming as a deliberate point of reference. [tbp]

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The railway Children (1970) Dir. werner Herzog

g

see page 4/5

kes (1969) Dir. ken Loach

g

see page 6/7

all about Lily Chou Chou (2000) Dir. Shung Iwai

g

see page 8

The 400 Blows (1959) Dir. François Truffaut

g

see page 9

The wackness (2008) Dir. Jonathan Levine

g

see page 10

Ginger Snaps (2000) Dir. John Fawcett

g

see page 11

whale rider (2002) Dir. Niki Caro

see page 12/13

Stand By me (1983) Dir. rob reiner

g

g

see page 28/29

Ferris Bueller's Day off

(1986)

Dir. John Hughes

see page 30/31

Pretty In Pink (1986) Dir. John Hughes

g

g

see page 32

Breakfast Club (1985) Dir. John Hughes

g

see page 33

Point Blank (1967) Dir. John Boorman

g

see page 34

Boogie Nights (1997) Dir. Paul Thomas anderson

g

see page 35

killer of Sheep (1981) Dir. Charles Burnett

g

see page 36

Chinatown (1974) Dir. roman Polanski

g

see page 37

my Life as a Dog (1985) Dir. Lasse Hallström

g

see page 38/39

el rey de la montaña (2007) Dir. Gonzalo López-Gallego

g

see page 42/43

Doom (2005) Dir. andrzej Bartkowiak

g

see page 43

District 9 (2009) Dir. Neill Blomkamp

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see page 42

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