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Daniel Dercksen
02/15/2013 09:54:03

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Daniel Dercksen: Entertain yourself this weekend with the latest films and DVDs!

This weekend the search is on, on the big screen: The hunt for Osama bin Laden unveils dark secrets in Zero Dark Thirty; all hell breaks loose when a detective tracks down his son in Chernobyl in the action-packed A Good Day to Die Hard; and at a retirement home for musicians the new arrival of former singing partner forces a group of singers to explore their glory days in Quartet.

The quest to tell the story of Zero Dark Thirty would eventually lead director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal into their own labyrinthine encounter with secretiveness and intense production challenges. But it all started simply and quietly, six years ago. “This thing is pretty handmade,” says Boal, “and it’s gone through two iterations. It began six years ago as a movie about the failure to capture bin Laden in Tora Bora. I spent a few years on that, researching and writing, and we were in pre-production of that film by 2011, with scouts in Romania. Then, more or less out of the blue, bin Laden was killed, and that film became ancient history. So I had to start again.” “This story was always personal to me because I grew up in New York City, in the shadow of The World Trade Center and, after 9/11, I really felt I needed to understand more about bin Laden and the U.S. response to him,” notes Boal, Read more: http://www.writingstudio.co.za/page4497.html

It is now 25 years since Die Hard exploded into theatres, launching a new cinematic hero, John McClane, and changing the paradigm of action movies. Willis is back as McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard, and he embraced the opportunity to pay another visit to the beloved character that has a habit of finding himself in the wrong place at the right time. Does trouble find John McClane or does John McClane seek it out? “Well, he’s certainly attracted to trouble,” says the actor, “but yes, trouble also seems determined to find him.” “I find it an interesting exercise to reach for the bar we set with the series, and I enjoy checking in with McClane at different stages in his life,” Willis continues. “In this story, he’s at a point where men tend to reflect on their past. For McClane, it’s the estranged relationship with his son. They haven’t spoken in some time, and the first news he’s received of him is about his arrest in Moscow.” Read more: http://www.writingstudio.co.za/page4500.html

Cape Town-born playwright Ronald Harwood’s inspiration for Quartet came from a documentary, Tosca’s Kiss, released in 1984. He has now adapted it into a film, with Dustin Hoffman directing. Says 72-year- old Dustin Hoffman: “I read the script on a plane,” remembers Hoffman, “and just as I finished it my wife looked over to me, saw me in tears, and asked me why I was I crying. I just said, 'you have to read this.' I never cry; I'm quite a severe critic!” Hoffman responded to the project's broader themes and its optimism about old age. “Someone once said, 'old age ain't no fun',” he remembers. “As your body gets older, you become more vulnerable, but I've always believed that your soul can expand. I'm nearly 75, and I think three things can happen if you're lucky enough to survive this long: you grow, you regress or you stay the same, which I think is the same as regressing. But it is possible to grow.” Read more: http://www.writingstudio.co.za/page4502.html

Home Entertainment

For those who would like to snuggle in at home, there’s some great new titles on the Home Entertainment front.

From its alluring title to its mutation from popular radio serial in the 70s to television series and now film (and also novel), Leon van Nierop’s Wolwedans in die Skemer is melodrama in action.

As impassioned as it is visceral, celebrated Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s Flowers of War enters the apocalyptic world of Nanjing in 1937 only to find a vibrant story about the most invisible people in the city, a story of unexpected romance, stolen moments of pleasure and an exquisite act of sacrifice in the name of hope.

If ever you thought that it is impossible to turn your ordinary world and humdrum existence inside out and upside down, Hit and Run is proof that anything can happen when cause and effect collide head-on.

Hope Springs is a delightful and utterly charming battle of the sexes and marriage make over with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a devoted married couple who need to shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.

In Wake Up and Die a young woman wakes up in bed with a stranger after a one-night stand, with no memory of how she found herself in this predicament. Her only hope to put an end to this endless loop of terror is to dig deep within her reservoir of memories in order to save her life; and director Victor Sylva toys with your imagination like a kid playing in a sandpit in Rosewood Lane, the kind of horror you can easily settle down to and have some chilling moments in the dark.

The sensational Frankie Go Boom is a totally insane and wacky story of Frankie (Charlie Hunnam), a young man who has been tortured, embarrassed and humiliated on film for his whole life by his horrible brother Bruce (Chris O’Dowd). When Bruce makes and uploads a naughty video of a disastrous one-night-stand of Frank’s, it goes viral with a bullet and then things really hit the fan.

Read more about these titles: http://www.writingstudio.co.za/page1762.html

Daniel Dercksen
Freelance Film writer
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