Our friends at Grolsch Film Works have a website where you can find out what they’ve been up to and read/watch interesting stuff about films. Every week we'll be plucking the highlights. This is that.
FIFTEEN MOVIES TO GET HYPED ABOUT IN 2014
It's 2014 and we've all made a plethora of well-intentioned but ultimately pointless resolutions. The most important one? WATCH MORE FILMS. More specifically, the essential films, the unmissable films, the films which your friends will be talking about in bars and you'll be ashamed to say you haven't seen. But that will all change with the help of our trusty list of 2014's must-see movies…
WHY THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER IS ESSENTIAL VIEWING
Roger Ebert hailed 1955's The Night of the Hunter as "one of the most frightening of movies, with one of the most unforgettable of villains, and on both of those scores it holds up". The enduring thriller, which was the sole directorial effort from actor Charles Laughton, is a 50s classic that's lost none of its original terror.
FILMS THAT WERE BANNED FOR STUPID REASONS
Censors aren't as militantly destructive as they used to be. Showing a man and woman chastely lying in bed – together! – is no longer a big deal. Showing them getting down to business is no longer a big deal. Hell, showing a girl and a girl getting down to business is no longer a big deal. Yup, it seems censors have chilled out over the years and unleashed an increasing number of films like Nymphomaniac and Blue Is the Warmest Colour without so much as a blush. If we've learnt anything from the litany of injustices below, it's that Barney – purple dinosaur Barney – is way more radical than he appears. More radical than, say, Big Bird from Sesame Street; which we thought we'd never say.
THE 'FARGO' TV SERIES LOOKS TERRIBLE
Yahoo have the first look at the 10-episode TV series of Fargo, the much-loved 1996 Coen brothers movie, and, at the risk of sounding cynical, it looks, sounds and smells like utter crap. Why? Well…
As we previously reported, the Coen brothers will be attached solely as executive producers, which means minimal to no creative input. We suspect – and all credit to them – that they gave the go ahead simply to earn a bit of dough on the side. One thing's clear: they definitely don't see this as a creative endeavour.
Keep your peepers peeled for more Grolsch Film Works updates next week. Go to grolschfilmworks.com to see what’s happening right now.