Films to die for (maybe)

Nigel Andrews, the Financial Times film critic went to the Venice Film Festival and all I got was this… fabulous news.

“One moment, with austere enthralment, we are watching a wheat field being crossed back and forth by a combine harvester in the longest, most minimal, most unbudging single shot of the festival. How long did it last? Fifteen minutes? The film was Robinson in Ruins, shown on the fringe, the latest docu-feature by Patrick Keiller (London, Robinson in Space), who specialises in a kind of Martian pastoralism, analysing UK social history by peering at the UK countryside. Fascinating – if you can stand the pace, or lack of it.”


London
and Robinson in Space are fantastic films that will give you a serious brain-ache. There is no dialogue, no images of the the human travellers who journey through London and then in the footsteps of Daniel Defoe when he was employed as a spy in the early 18th century. And now at last the trilogy is complete!!!

Cannot. Wait. To. See.

[Reviews in Reverse Shot, Slant Magazine, Mubi.]

It’s with a bit more trepidation that the next film announcement comes.

It’s Bourne 4, back again from the dead. Paul Greengrass (director of Supremacy and Ultimatum) left the project over differences with Sony about “Green Zone” and a script by his favoured writer getting bumped. Damon said he would only do it if Greengrass were on board…

So Tony Gilroy, who was involved in writing all three film scripts in the trilogy is apparently going to direct. And it may or may not have Damon back. He’s quoted at the Hollywood Elsewhere site as saying

“It’s a completely original screenplay … this is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one’s replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter…this is a stand-alone project.
“The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal,” Gilroy says. “Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he’s very much alive. What happened in the first three films is the trigger for what happens. I’m building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy…the world we’re making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne’s return [down the road].
“Everything you saw in the first three films actually happened, and everyone who got into will be rewarded for paying attention. We’re going to show you the bigger picture, the bigger canvas. When you see what we’re going and see what we’re doing it’ll be pretty obvious….but Jason Bourne’s activities in the first three films is the immediate trigger.”

Part of me wants them to leave it alone – they can only screw it up, surely. The story is over “it’s all tied off”. And yet, and yet…

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