Wednesday, March 31, 2010

More useful box office analysis from Gdn

Nanny McPhee sends Alice in Wonderland to the naughty step at the UK box office
In a fight for family film faces, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang joined previews of How to Train Your Dragon in knocking off Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland from the top UK box office spot

Easter is still a few days away, but the contest for the seasonal family box office is already well under way. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang opened on more than 500 screens, knocking off Alice in Wonderland from the top spot in its fourth weekend of play. But it was a close-run thing, Nanny's £2.59m comparing with Alice's £2.50m. Both films might have been stronger had they not faced additional competition on Saturday and Sunday from paid previews of DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon.

Monday, March 08, 2010

'Great' British Cinema?

Spotted a few useful items on YouTube
This is a trailer for a TV show on the poor state of the British film industry - does anyone have this by any chance?

As they feature strong language, I won't post links to these, but 'Save the British Film Industry (by Hamish MacDougall)' and 'Brit vs. U.S. Movies - Eddie Izzard' may provide a smile as well as food for thought - ditto 'Eskimo Nell (1975)', a good illustration of the poor state British film reached in the 70s.

Something we may look at time permitting is the popular usage of the British (usually English) villain in Hollywood and US TV productions ... how many examples can you think of? [please add any eg's as a comment]

Your thoughts then?