Inception (2010) – Behind The Scenes

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

With critics all a buzz with the thought of a new epic drama for 2012, Cloud Atlas. The Rabbit Film thought it would be good to remember Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight Trilogy), which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy and many more exceptional actors. The film was an instant success, with a big budget of $160 million, the film grossed $823 million worldwide.

A film which constantly kept the audience on their toes, even after the closing scene. And with a brilliant score by Hans Zimmer. It has become another success for Christopher Nolan.

Check out the Behind The Scenes Images here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘The dream is real’. Re live this wonderful cinematic experience on DVD now.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Rises

Words by Benjamin Pinsent

Christopher Nolan, along with his film making contemporaries, know how to turn a film, stand alone or part of a series, into a major event. Inception and The Dark Knight were not just movies they where moments in history, where the whole notion of Blockbusters changed.

They could be smart while still retaining the high occtain thrill that seems present in all modern “mega movies”. The Dark Knight also proved that superhero movies could be about more than just the old and tired good versus evil. The Dark Knight Rises is even more of an event, Warner Bros. almost marketing it to death, and it will confirm to Christopher Nolan’s assent into Hollywood royalty.

Already there have been sparks of controversy where early reviews called Dark Knight Rises “Disappointing”. fan outrage, threats of violence and death followed and the reviews had their comment sections cut. Not to mention the shootings in Colorado, that has been politicised by the American Government.

Let’s deal with the bad first, Hans Zimmer has become a parody with his Inception score full of fog horns and loud noises, this was also true of his Batman themes. This fits with the universe just as Danny Elfman’s score fit Tim Burton’s Batman. The actors do like their quiet moments, speaking softly to add emotion to a scene but the score does not, and at times nobody can hear what characters are saying.

This is especially true of Bane (Tom Hardy) and Batman (Christian Bale); Hardy was redubbed into the diegesis, so really has no right to be accused of mumberling and neither does Bale despite his oft parodied Batman voice. People may also find this film a little long with large gaps where nothing much happens, however most will be too distracted by the cinematic gold unfolding in front of them.

But, it has to be said that this film is unmissable, a film where the big screen adds more than the TV. You feel connected not only to Batman, Selena Kyle (who is never actually called Catwoman) and the rest of the main characters but the entire city as well. It is so easy to place yourself in the ravaged Gotham because everyone is involved, a massive story that encompasses an entire metropolis.

The Performances are excellent from all the cast even those who have bit parts, from reappearing cameos to the new faces. Stand outs include Tom Hardy doing a magnificent job intimidating the audience with about three quarters of his face covered by a mask as mercenary Bane. Joseph Gorden-Levett almost shoulders main protagonist duties while Batman is out of the picture as a policeman with an interesting end twist that will cause many debates. Anne Hathaway provides strength and fun to Selena Kyle, and finally Gary Oldman as Comissioner Gorden returning for the third time, beating Alfred to the best returning character.

Wally Pfister, the Cinematographer, gives the entire film a certain energy with no shot remaining static for long. This does not mean the use of shaky camera movements, but slow pans, tracking shots and the occasional steady cam shots. Coupled with the dynamic editing one feels as though you were on a rollercoaster. And with action set pieces that almost rival The Lord of the Rings, the film almost verges on the spectacular as you just gaze upon the action that unfolds around you.

This is not a casual watch, it demands your entire attention, and from the moment it opens to the moment it closes, it is glorious.

The Dark Knight Rises is out in U.K cinemas now.

Cloud Atlas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgI6EeYbV84

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

In a film which promises to be the next Inception, and which stars a plethora of actors, Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent just to name a few.

And with a budget of $100 million, directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, and with themes of life, love. The future, the past and the present all intertwined within one film.

It is a sure fire blockbuster.

It is due to be released on October 26 2012 in the U.S

Check out the Extended Trailer here.