Empire States: An Open Letter to Mark Wahlberg
Posted on Monday October 27, 2008, 13:46 by Dan Goodswen in Empire States
Dear Mark Wahlberg,
I have been a fan of yours for many years, probably since your break-out performance in Boogie Nights. I saw Three Kings three times in the cinema, and you were fantastic. In my household, yours is a name not to be slighted. I have defended you on many occasions and would like to keep doing so, but you’re making my job very difficult as of late.
We are all aware of what a shambles The Happening turned out to be, and that’s okay, you know, everyone makes mistakes. Being in one bad movie every now and then is alright – ask Michael Caine – but imagine my soul-destroying disappointment when the first reviews of your latest film, Max Payne, started rolling in. Another critical bomb in the space of six months? I knew I had to take action, and that is why I find myself writing to you here. The pen is mightier than the sword, Mark Wahlberg, and the keyboard is like the machine gun of pens. I hope you understand that I’m doing this for your...
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Empire States: Everything I Need to Know About London, I Learned From Guy Ritchie
Posted on Wednesday October 15, 2008, 10:15 by Dan Goodswen in Empire States
Being new in a big city can be a daunting prospect. While riding down to London from the North on the back of my Dad’s tractor, I was worried that I might suffer a bit of culture shock and be unable to adjust to city-life.
Thankfully I had cinema to guide me, and I now feel fully prepared to deal with whatever challenges London tries to throw in my path (the path of my tractor to be exact).
Here’s what I learned from the films of Guy Ritchie;
1. Everyone in London is a criminal. There are types of criminal who are nicer than others, but are criminals none-the-less.
2. Everybody speaks in an incomprehensible barrage of rhyming slang, but it’s just so darn jolly that you can’t help but smile, nod, and pretend you know what they are on about.
3. Don’t gamble. All gambling is fixed, be it boxing, cards, dog-racing – you will not win, and will likely have to enter into some devil’s pact to pay back your debt.
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Empire States: Who Will Watch the Watchmen?
Posted on Thursday October 9, 2008, 10:13 by Dan Goodswen in Empire States
Having watched the trailer for Warner Brothers' $80million adaptation of Watchmen in a full theatre, the excitement was palpable. More than anything though, it left me wondering whether this is going to be a production closed to the general public, for the enjoyment of the well informed and the fanboys only, destined to be nothing more than a cool trailer. Will it register with the masses, as similarly obscure 300 did last year? Can it break out of the fanboy box, the bane of such films as V for Vendetta and A History of Violence? I'll admit, it's a question that has left me uncertain.
DC comics, the publisher of Watchmen, sold 100,000 copies of the graphic novel in 2007.
In July, The Dark Knight came to theatres around the world accompanied by a 3 minute trailer for the film version of Watchmen.
Less than a week later, DC comics ordered an additional print of 300,000 copies of the book.
That figure has since risen to 900,000.
The trailer, with ...
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