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.
FASHION IN FILM: SNEAKERS
Back in 1991, Public Enemy's Chuck D made his sneaker statement pretty clear in Shut 'Em Down: "I like Nike but wait a minute/ The neighbourhood supports so put some money in it." A decade or so later, The Pack would seem to follow Chuck’s advice: "Man, we be sporting Vans and we throw away Nikes/ If you wanna get right, stop buying those Nikes." Sneakers quickly became an emblem of subcultural identification and youth tribe membership, and embraced by everyone from B-boys to graffiti artists, skaters and punks, hip-hop and indie kids, gym bunnies and basketball fans.
FIVE REASONS WHY THE VAMPIRE SCENE HASN'T LOST ITS BITE
You know what's incredible? The Twilight franchise ended and we all survived. Now we can all go live in a glorious post-Twilight world where the sky always shines blue and people spend all day frolicking and making daisy chains. However, the celebration can only last so long before we're faced with the tough questions: where do vampire movies go from here? Has Twilight's insipid teens sucked all the life out of the genre or is there still some blood left in this old beast? Can I fit any more vampire puns into this article? With this week's release of Neil Jordan's Byzantium, following two vamps seeking refuge in a sleepy British coastal town, all will soon be revealed.
ANTON CORBIJN TO DIRECT FILM ABOUT THE JAMES DEAN/DENNIS STOCK RELATIONSHIP
Legendary photographer Anton Corbijn made the successful transition into filmmaking with his classy black-and-white Joy Division tale, Control. He then made the Clooney-starring hitman thriller The American; and now Corbijn the filmmaker will return with something much closer to his roots: a film about photographer Dennis Stock and his relationship with James Dean.
Titled Life, the film, according to The Playlist, "will chronicle the relationship between movie star James Dean and photographer Dennis Stock. The latter first discovered Dean just before he came a massive star thanks to East Of Eden, and travelled the country with him taking pictures for Life magazine that would come to define the icon."
TWENTY GREAT COMING OF AGE FILMS
With the wannabe Stand By Me-esque The Kings of Summer out in Canada this week, we thought it was probably a good time to carry out the torturous task of coming up with our top 20 coming-of-age films. But don’t berate us for omitting the aforementioned Stand By Me, or its female equivalent Now and Then – we know these are the classics. Instead, we thought we’d try and bring a few new flavours to the table. So unless you’re allergic to any films that remind you of those mostly awkward years (in which case, this list would probably be more apt) sink your teeth into this tasty bunch.
Keep your peepers peeled for more Grolsch Film Works updates next week. Go to grolschfilmworks.com to see what’s happening right now.