Sound and Vision Film Show – 13th January – LA LA Land and 2017 Preview


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Jane and Claire review LA LA LAND, and play a few of their favourite songs from movie musicals, along with a round-up of the latest films to rent/buy/stream, and a preview of some of the biggest and best movies coming your way in 2017.


Fantastic Films and Where to Find Them in 2016

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Although 2016 will go down as a year that most of us would rather forget, it has been something of a vintage year for cinema. OK, this summer’s blockbusters were the worst in recent memory, (Gods of Egypt, Ben Hur, X-Men Apocalypse and Suicide Squad, we’re looking at you), but elsewhere, 2016 delivered gem after gem to cherish.

The year began in fine form with the 70mm roadshow event that was Quentin Tarantino’s snowbound slow burner, The Hateful 8, and continued with some high quality Oscar hopefuls, including The Big Short, Room, The Revenant, and eventual best picture winner, Spotlight. These were soon followed by the Coen Brothers’ glorious Hollywood homage, Hail Caesar!, which featured the most spectacular ensemble cast of the year. Another much loved auteur, Jim Jarmusch, returned later in the year with the wonderfully zen-like Paterson, a quiet triumph and a dream of an ideal life.

It was a particularly strong year for world cinema, not least with two of the year’s greatest and most profound pieces of work – Embrace of the Serpent, and Son of Saul – both nominated for the best foreign language film Oscar. The Oscar was deservedly won by the harrowing, unforgettable Son of Saul, but surely any other year, Embrace of the Serpent would have walked off with the honour. Ciro Guerra’s beautifully shot black & white masterpiece, was the year’s biggest surprise and most transcendent cinematic experience. Some of world cinema’s greatest directors, including Pedro Almodovar, Pablo Larrain, Paolo Sorrentino and Luca Guadagnino, returned with the stunning Julieta, The Club, Youth and A Bigger Splash, respectively. Isabelle Huppert shone in Things to Come, and our minds were blown by the German one take wonder that was Victoria.

Highlights from cinema made closer to home ranged from the big hearted, note perfect charms of Sing Street and A Street Cat Named Bob, to the raging social commentary of I Daniel Blake and High-Rise.

Animated films continued to delight audiences of all ages, with a string of wonderful releases, including Kubo and the Two Strings, When Marnie Was There, Ethel and ErnestYour Name, and three of the year’s top five highest grossing movies – Finding Dory, Zootopia and The Secret Life of Pets. Anomalisa was a stop motion animated film that could only have come from the mind of Charlie Kaufman, and as such, was definitely one for grown ups only.

Elsewhere, the horror genre presented some memorable classics with the extraordinary folk horror The Witch, gruesome cannibal western Bone Tomahawk, the Tale of Tale’s sumptuous dark hearted Italian fairy stories, and the chilling Iranian ghost story Under the Shadow. It was a good year for South Korean horror, with the black magic thrill ride The Wailing, and zombies on a train action sensation Train to Busan. Special mention for The Neon Demon, a gorgeously trashy, dark LA fairytale, populated by witches, vampires and big bad wolves, that did for the fashion industry what Suspiria did for ballet schools; it’s hard to imagine a film more perfectly Nicolas Winding Refn than this.

Even the big blockbusters weren’t all bad. The season was bookended by a trio of hugely entertaining superhero movies, in the form of Deadpool, Captain America Civil War and Doctor Strange. The Jungle Book was successfully reimagined for the CGI age, and Arrival was an alien invasion movie with a brain, that presented human nature as the biggest threat to life on Earth. Mega franchise spin-offs Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Star Wars Rogue One, ended the year on a thrilling high.

We were treated to some splendid soundtracks over the course of the year in cinema and TV, so here’s a playlist to help you relive some of the finest. Tracks include Morricone’s Oscar winning theme from The Hateful 8, Ralph Fiennes moves like Jagger to Emotional Rescue in A Bigger Splash, the perfect 80s pop of Sing Street’s Drive it Like You Stole It, Scarlett Johansson’s slinky rendition of Trust in Me from The Jungle Book, the electro sounds of Stranger Things, Papa Was a Rolling Stone from the discotastic Nice Guys soundtrack, Distant Sky from Nick Cave’s heartbreaking One More Time With Feeling, and Channing Tatum’s No Dames! sailor routine from Hail Caesar! All this and more…..

 

 

 

Sound and Vision Film Show Review of 2016


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This week, the Sound & Vision team discuss their movie highlights of the year. Have they picked or missed any of your favourites? Listen in to find out…

Sound and Vision Film Show – 21st October LFF Special


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Claire, Tony and Jane are joined by special guest Mat Fernandes this week to discuss the recent London Film Festival highlights. Also look at this week’s cinema releases, plus new movies to see on demand and on DVD/Bluray and quick sneak peek in to next week’s show on Doctor Strange. Then we run down the picks of free to air movies. All this and some great movie music highlights from the film festival.

Sound and Vision Film Show – 30th September

Phil and Jane look at this weeks cinema releases, a special look at Eight Days a Week, plus new movies to see on demand and on DVD/Bluray, including a discussion about the new 4K blu rays. Then we run down the picks of free to air movies. All this and some great movie tunes.

Part 1 https://www.mixcloud.com/jane-jane/sound-and-vision-film-show-300916-part-1/

Part 2 https://www.mixcloud.com/jane-jane/sound-and-vision-film-show-300916-part-2/

Sound and Vision Film Show – 16th September 2016


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Jane and Tom look at this weeks cinema releases, plus new movies to see on demand and on DVD/Bluray. Then we run down the picks of free to air movies as well as some highlights from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Life and the BFI player. All this and some great movie tunes.

Sound and Vision Film Show – Frightfest & LFF Special


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Claire and Tony serve up a film festival special this week, with reviews from this year’s FrightFest, and a look at some of the treats in store at next month’s BFI London Film Festival.

Sound and Vision Show – 19th August 2016


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Review: Gary Numan: Android in La La Land

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15Initial release: March 14, 2016
Directors: Steve Read, Rob Alexander
1Hr 25Mins

This film will appeal to all Gary Numan fans but, perhaps surprisingly, it will also appeal to music fans in general.

The film follows the musician Gary Numan during the gestation and making of his most recent album, Splinter. 4 years in the making it follows all stages in the creative process, from writing the songs, to production and then marketing the album (his most successful for 30 years!).

Along the way we meet his family, especially his wife Gemma. Some of the best scenes are the interplay and mild bickering between the two of them. Also documented is the move from rural England to LA (probably the least successful scenes of the film), where we learn something of Numan’s depression problems.

If you like the man and his music, you’ll enjoy this film but if you are interested in the creative process, or have a passing interest in the nitty gritty of people’s lives, you will also enjoy the film.

My viewing was enhanced by a Q&A with the directors. They are touring with the film and I urge you to see it at one of these screenings if you can.

Phil Wild