MUSIC – Balcony Scene – Craig Armstrong

From Romeo + Juliet 1996 

 

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SPEECH – Wellesley Commencement – Nora Ephron

In 1996 the acclaimed writer, journalist, novelist, blogger and director (to name but a few of her many hats) Nora Ephron returned to her alma mater Wellesley College and delivered a highly quotable speech.

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VIDEO – Honest Labyrinth Trailer 

In memory of David Bowie 


Every now and again, the Honest Trailer guys do one out of pure love. This is one. 
Also, the names at the end are terrific! 

PODCAST – INTERVIEW with Minicine

Recently I headed down to the beautiful Armley Mills Industrial Museum to have a  natter with the fabulously funny Minicine team – Woody and Abi.

As regular readers will know, I’m a long time supporter of Minicine, but only recently attended one of their screenings (check out my review for Westwood HERE and Wayne’s World HERE), who are based out of The Palace Picturehouse – one of the world’s smallest fully functional replica’s 1920’s cinemas.

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We all of us (well two of us anyway) talk a mile a minute so we manage to cover A LOT of territory. Naturally, we discussed the origins of Minicine and the ethos that drives it, as well as the challenges of trying to come up with a program of events… let alone the associated audio and video playlists, reviews and pictures that are the playground of the truly obsessed!

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Social cinema – as run by Minicine – is all encompassing, featuring cults, classics, foreign films as well as short films and anything else that Abi and Woody can sneak in, which leads to a particularly diverse and inclusive community atmosphere events. SPOILER – we pretty much decide it’s based on the cake amazing films that the team have brought together season by season in the last few years.

Which naturally leads us onto their award winning years – as they are the recent recipients of the Film Society Of the Year Award for 2015!

We also took a sneak peek at its exciting plans for 2016 – including the upcoming Human Nature season.

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Click below to hear an in-depth chat about all things film, short film, social cinema and CAKE!

Probably the most enthusiastic podcast you’ll hear this year!

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MINICINE – taking films seriously since 2010!

Want to learn more about Minicine? Check out the website HERE!

// And you can also find them on Instagram!

Human Nature Season

Her (2013)

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Under the Skin (2014)

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Conversations with Geek People – Suicide Squad SQUEE Podcast

The upcoming Suicide Squad film has Shona so excited and she just can’t hide it! In fact, she’s roped in her main squeeze Eoin (@Eo1nb) have a natter about the style and look of the Empire Covers (below) and overall feel from the trailer.

Given that the film is in fact a year away, be prepared to find the DC flag flying proud! Shona and Eoin also pose some immensely important questions, including a few below:

  • How do you say Leto? – Lito or Leeeto..or something else?
  • The Joker aesthetic – particularly the damaged tattoo
  • Heath Ledger’s Joker Diary – to read (if it ever became available) or not to read
  • Can a trip to the local tesco’s be described as a trek?
  • The evoltuion of the on screen Harley
    • Is it harder or easier to originate a character like this?
  • Not comparing Jokers…but comparing jokers…
  • DC versus Marvel – specifically in relation to the tone of the films
  • Will the jester outfit it into the film?

Listen here!

[audio https://podcastmachine.com/podcasts/18808/episodes/110359/media_files/256526/download/3/file_128kb.mp3]

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The Covers

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The Suicide Squad Trailer

[youtube https://youtu.be/WI3hecGO_04]

The FABULOUS ELLIE JAYDEN as new Harley

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And as comic Harley

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Brittany Murphy  as Harley

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Shona is not alone in thinking that Brittany Murphy would have been the perfect Harley – there is a ton of fan created art, available online.

*Other supermarkets were also available…but less convenient.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like (a Cult Fix) Christmas…

For those of you not in the know, I’m a HUGE fan of Christmas – the tinnier the music the sweeter it sounds to my ears! The gaudier the decor, the better!  The cheesier the film, the more engrossed I am! Stick a few tubular bells on at the right time of the year and I’m in!

It occurred to me the other day that many of the actors that I’ve chatted with probably have EPIC Christmas films just waiting for me to discover them.

Here are what I’ve uncovered so far.

Enver Gjokaj

Dick Elves

[youtube https://youtu.be/NcWRPvzcW94]

Magda Apanowicz

2012 – 12 Disasters of Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve when an ominous dark star appears in the sky; could this star be a sign that Judgment Day is near? When massive earthquakes and natural disasters tear apart cities, it seems that the day of reckoning is upon us – and now a small band of heroes must come together to save the world!

[youtube https://youtu.be/RGTtzbG4TQw]

2011 – Snowmageddon

An Alaskan town is in danger of destruction by a mystical snow globe that appears on a family’s doorstep, wrapped like a Christmas gift, and causes deadly “natural” disasters in the real world, while simultaneously occurring in the globe.

[youtube https://youtu.be/cYVdZB6i89o]

2006 – Holiday Wishes

Danni Hartford, party planner to the King family, wants to find her sister. Britney, the Kings’ spoiled 15-year-old daughter, wants a horse. On a nearby horse farm, Rachel is treated like a servant by her foster siblings; all she wants is a real family. When all three girls make wishes at the Christmas dance, Britney and Rachel’s souls switch bodies. But the girls soon find their new lives are not exactly what they pictured. When Danni discovers what has happened, she must figure out how to switch the girls back.

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2001 – Three Days

Ten years ago, Andrew married his childhood sweetheart, Beth. Now Andrew’s a high-powered literary agent, but his relationship with his wife has not fared as well. When Beth is tragically killed just days before Christmas, an angel gives Andrew the chance to relive the last three days his wife was alive. But he can’t change fate and Beth will still lose her life. However, Andrew can still discover the gift Beth needs most from him.

[youtube https://youtu.be/4-lWwjEGqBE]

Do let me know if I’ve missed anything in the comments or via twitter!

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QUICK CHAT with Magda Apanowicz

Recently, the delightful Magda and I chatted about her upcoming SF project on Indiegogo – OmniWorld (have a listen here, if you wish!).


She’s nearly always smiling or laughing in person!

While I had her on the line, it seemed only right that we have a little catch up about her life, work and hobbies. We only had a few moments but still managed to fit in snippets about a ton of stuff including putting the final touches on Continuum’s final season and how hard it is to say goodbye to such awesome characters; learning accents (for roles mostly!); The Green Inferno – finally released after sitting in limbo for some time and cooking as a hobby.

Then we discover why people shouldn’t podcast while hungry as we sort of descend into food worship – PRO TIP there, lads!

[audio http://culturallyfixated.podbean.com/mf/play/4ghj8i/CultFix-Magda-catchup.mp3]

Also, Magda has agreed to be a CultFix Special Correspondent (like our very good friend Reed Diamond) – so hopefully we’ll be hearing more about her adventures soon!

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The Green Inferno Trailer

[youtube https://youtu.be/FcpYPu9M3bw]

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MINI-INTERVIEW – Magda Apanowicz talks about OmniWorld

Recently I came across a tweet promoting an Indiegogo project called –

OmniWorld – The Movie

When tragedy strikes a couple leaving one of them in a coma, the other is presented with the technology to reconnect the two lovers, but at what cost?

I was intrigued by the idea and, when I read further, realised that Culturally Fixated friend Magda Apanowicz is set to star!

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Naturally I asked her to share some behind the scenes info with us. We only had a ten minute chat but – as you imagine from two talkers – cover A LOT of ground.

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We chat about why Maggie Werning (the director) chose Indiegogo and what it’s like raising funds for a film this way.

Magda also gives us a basic run down of the plot and what it was in particular that drew her to the project. We then have a bit of a natter about science fiction; the role that technology plays in our lives and the impact of this upon us as individuals but also as a society and species.

Magda chats about pushing the boundaries within storytelling and acting. And then the two of us get deep and meaningful (read a bit paranoid) about the prospect of a real life Elysium; about the importance of human connection and harmony with technology.

As always, it’s a true pleasure nattering with Magda – she’s so genuine and funny and awesome.

This project is still raising funds for another week or so. If this sounds like something you’d like to support, head over to THIS page on Indigogo for contribution details!

Directed and written by: Maggie Werning

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CAMEO of this and any other year

me and earl and the dying girlHimself and I watched “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” recently.

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Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

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[youtube https://youtu.be/2qfmAllbYC8]

For the record, I’d wholeheartedly recommend this.

It’s funny and clever and sad and thought provoking in the best possible way. Someone asked me if it was like The fault in Our Stars – as the subject matter is essentially teenagers with terminal illnesses and so on; but tonally it honestly felt more like 50/50 or Juno. Part of the ‘When unexpected things happen to decent, funny, smart people’ genera.

However, this isn’t a review.

* * * * * SPOILERS  * * * * *

One of the stand out moments for me was a wonderfully unexpected cameo by Hugh Jackman.

I’m loathe to spoil it utterly by going into all the details…but I want to so badly!!!

If you’ve seen the film and know what I’m talking about, drop me a tweet for a virtual high 5!!

QUOTE – In a World… (** * * * SPOILERS * * * * *)

IN A WORLD

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An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father – the king of movie-trailer voice-overs – to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star.

Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation.

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[youtube https://youtu.be/EiCwrjV06fI]

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EPIC SPEECH

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(like one of those in the West Wing or Newsroom; it’s a terrific speech – delivered brilliantly by the ever compelling Geena Davis –  in context but not necessarily out of it. So this is mostly for those who have seen the film)

Carol, let me level with you. Sure you have perfect tone and a strong sound that’s a fitting choice for the genera.

But, I’m using you for a bigger purpose.

This pseudo-feminist fantasy tween chick lit bullshit is a devolution of the female mission. It’s cancerous to the intelligence of young women.

You got this job because – whether the general public chooses to acknowledge it or not – voiceover matters. Everyone in the world watches movie trailers. Everyone in the world sees comercials on television or hear them on the radio. And that is power.

Look, this quad-rilogy is going to make billions of dollars and your voice is going to be the one to inspire every girl who hears it.

That’s why I choose you. Not because you were the best for the job because frankly you weren’t.