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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Release Date: 14 May 2015 Certification: 15 Running Time: 120 min Director: George Miller Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whitely
Every now and then an action movie comes along that leaves its contemporaries trailing in its dusty wake. With its comic book inspired visuals, propulsive plot and operatic sense of scale Mad Max: Fury Road is just such a film, an exquisitely berserk piece of cinema that thrills and astonishes throughout its two hour running time. … Continue Reading
Like most kids, my earliest trips to the cinema were mostly to see the latest Disney animation. By the age of five, however, my parents had clearly endured enough Alan Menken songs to last a lifetime, so deemed me mature enough to experience my first live-action release: Babe. As you might expect, the film struck an immediate chord; I loved seeing real animals talk, thought some of the supporting characters were absolutely hilarious and generally found the whole story quite moving. Of course, having recently been disappointed with The Land Before Time, I’ve since come to realise that I valued some truly awful films in my youth. But as I was happy to discover, Babe really is one of the all-time family greats.