This month Celluloid Skeletons looks at a huge movie star of the 80s and 90s who has, through his own behaviour, fallen by the wayside a little. That’s right it’s ‘Mad’ Mel Gibson, star of action classics like Mad Max and Lethal Weapon, and Oscar winning director of films like Braveheart and Apocalypto.
Join Joe and his guests Rory Drummond and Jeff Kennedy as they talk about Gibson’s hugely successful career and skirt delicately around his later notoriety as an angry drunk. Plus, this week’s Celluloid Skeleton is based on a story idea by Bono, and was directed by art-house darling Wim Wenders, what could possibly go wrong? Listen on to found out.
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Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Starring: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth,
Running time: 121 min
When her mother leaves for Australia for the summer on business, teenager Lili is forced to stay with her grumpy, estranged Dad in his cramped one bedroom apartment. Accompanied by her much-loved dog Hagen, a labrador crossbreed, it all becomes too much for her father, who puts the poor mutt out on the street in a moment frustration with his strong-willed daughter. Left to fend for himself on the streets, Hagen is lost and bewildered, while Lili struggles to cope with the loss of her beloved companion and the trials of teenage life.
Release Date: 22nd of August Certification: 12A Running Time: 89 Minutes Director: Steven Quale Starring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Alycia Debnam Carey
When a freak storm converges on the small Midwestern town of Silverton, it starts all sorts of trouble. It doesn’t just bring the usual hassle of tornadoes, giant hailstones and flying bits of masonry; some storm chasing documentarians are desperate for some killer footage too. When one such crew and their tornado proof Batmobile cross paths with widowed father Gary Morris, a man on a desperate mission to save his son, this ragtag band of clichés find themselves heading into the heart of the chaos in this wholly uninspired found-footage disaster movie.
Release Date: 31st July 2014 Certification: 12A Running Time: 121 minutes Director: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro
Just exactly how many of you are suffering from Marvel fatigue right now? Unbelievably, this is the 4th movie to come from a Marvel franchise this year following sequels to Captain America, Spider-Man and X-Men. Not that any of these have been especially patience-testing, but with sequels to other comic book adaptations 300 and Sin City also out this year, you might be forgiven for wishing that anything vaguely superhero or comic affiliated would just bugger off for a bit. Enter Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s likely that unless you have an extensive knowledge of comics that you haven’t the foggiest who these guys are, which is actually rather refreshing considering the over-familiarity of the rest of 2014’s comic releases . Thankfully however, this has a lot more in common with the space opera than any superhero romp, and feels mostly devoid of any of the baggage that goes with them.
Release Date: 7th March 2014 Certification: 15 Run time: 99 minutes Director: Wes Anderson Starring: Everyone ever
You know the drill by now when it comes to a Wes Anderson film; an embarrassingly talented ensemble cast playing a menagerie of odd-ball characters. Gloriously lavish sets basked in primary colours to deliver an aesthetic that is both old-timey and other-worldly. This brand of twee cinema has earned him the respect and adulation of many, and yet to his sterner critics he has been tarred with the one-trick-pony brush, a director who puts style over substance. Admittedly all the familiar elements are present and correct in his latest work, yet The Grand Budapest Hotel may be his most accomplished work to date.