Happy New Year from Filmspot!

Apologies for the lack of updates, Filmspotters. We’ve had a busy few months at Filmspot HQ, and now the last few plans are just being confirmed up for our 2013 season. We will be updating the blog with our plans, as well as the website in the next couple of weeks, so do check back soon, but in the meantime here are a few films to look forward to in 2013!

Mood Indigo [Dir: Michel Gondry]

We are big fans of the master of crafty-cinema, Michel Gondry, from his ingenious music videos to the charmingly dreamlike Science of Sleep. ‘Mood Indigo’ looks like it will be the perfect Gondry project, with some fantastic acting talent attached in the form of Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. Based on a novel ( titled ‘L’Écume des jours‘) by French polymath Boris Vian, the film tells the tale of Colin, a man who falls in love with Chloe, a woman who is suffering from an illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.

Django Unchained [Dir: Quentin Tarantino]

We are not exactly devotees of Tarantino here at team Filmspot, but there’s something rather appealing about this concoction! This Western focuses on a freed slave (played by Jamie Foxx), who travels across America with a bounty hunter (Christopher Waltz) to rescue his wife from a plantation owner (played with equal charisma and menace by Leonardo DiCaprio).

Gangster Squad [Dir: Reuben Fleischer]

The combination of Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and gangsters is surely enough to tell you to book your ticket early! it tells the story of LAPD Detectives who are attempting to keep Los Angeles free of gangsters during the 1940s and ’50s. Judging from the trailer we’re in for a very classy, slick looking thriller.

Kaze Tachinu [Dir: Hayao Miyazaki]

Japanese anime master, Hayao Miyazaki’s first film in five years is sure to excite animation fans the world over. Based on his manga of the same title (meaning ‘The Wind is Rising’), Miyazaki’s film focuses on the designer of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane, flown as one of the country’s primary warcraft during World War II. Studio Ghibli will also release ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’, directed by the other founder of the studio, Isao Takahata – so 2013 promises to be a great year for animation!

Before Midnight [Dir: Richard Linklater]

Rumoured to be the final film in Linklater’s series chronicling the relationship of American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delphy), who met by chance on a Budapest – Vienna train in Before Sunrise (1995). Fans of Linklater’s indie films will be delighted – however, they are not for everyone. A friend who I suggested the last installment (Before Sunset) to, complained that there was ‘too much talking!’

So – in the next blog, you can expect some upcoming Filmspot dates. until then, let us know what films you’re looking forward to, either here in the comments, or contact us on twitter @filmspotter

The Great War Weekend at Eastbourne Redoubt

As regular readers of this blog will be well aware, we have a screening of ‘A Very Long Engagement‘ at Eastbourne Redoubt next week. It’s to complement the museum’s ‘Great War Weekend’.

When deciding on the right film to screen at this event, the Filmspot team came up with a surprisingly diverse list of ideas, so we thought we’d share some of the other titles from our original shortlist with you here.

1. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 

Directed by Lewis Milestone, All Quiet on the Western Front is rightly seen as one of the greatest anti-war films of all time. It is based on the novel of the same name by ErichMaria Remarque, and stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres John wary and Ben Alexander. The film focuses on a group of German friends, who patriotically join the army, only to have their outlooks completely changed by the horrors of life in the trenches.

2. . Porco Rosso (1992) 

An unusual WWI-related film this charming film by animation legend Hayao Miazaki ,from the Japanese Studio Ghibli, is about a former WWI pilot who is turned into a pig. The art direction and animation is as stunning as you would expect from the studio responsible for Spirited Away, Spirited Away and Totoro.

3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

David Lean‘s classic film about T.E. Lawrence, and his exploits in Arabia during WW1, stands the test of time, and remains one of the best-loved films of the 1960s. Peter O’Toole got his major break into feature films portraying the titular role, and this is often cited as his best performance.

4. Wings (1927) 

This silent film won the first ever ‘Best Picture’ Oscar. With a renewed interest in silent films, partly fuelled by the success and popularity of ‘The Artist’, it is a great time to revisit some of the classics of the silent era. Wings contains some incredible footage of airborne stunts – especially when seen by a modern audience, used to the smoke and mirrors of CGI effects.

5. Oh, what a lovely war! (1969)

This musical, directed by Richard Attenborough, really is a ‘who’s who’ of British acting talent in the late 60s. The cast includes Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud, John Mills, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Jack Hawkins, members of the Redgrave family, Maggie Smith and Ian Holm, just to name a few! The film somehow manages to portray the horrors of war, between a range of catchy ditties. A very surreal, but strangely moving feature.

So, all that remains is for me to mention once again… We will be kicking off our 2012 season with ‘A Very Long Engagement’, at Eastbourne Redoubt on 21st April at 8pm. We shall screen the film in original French with English subtitles.

See http://www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk/Events.htm for full details, and contact Eastbourne Redoubt for tickets on 01323 410300.

We look forward to seeing you all there!