Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is to open the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 15th. Toby Maguire and Carey Mulligan also star. Oldcastle Books, while not publishing the official tie-in, do have the next best thing – the Pulp!TheClassics edition costing only £4.99 – a bargain, £3 cheaper than the Picador film tie-in. pulptheclassics.com/gatsby
Rebellion features Mathieu Kassovitz (La Haine, Amélie) makes a powerful comeback in front of and behind the camera with this violent thriller, based on true events. It’s April 1988 on the Ouvéa Island in the French colony of New Caledonia. 30 police are kidnapped by Kanak separatists and in response 300 special-forces operatives are sent in to restore order. Continue reading
Two more insightful and lively analyses of highly influential horror films from the quirky Devil’s Advocate series published by Auteur. If James Rose is more successful at strip-mining the elements that make the Texas Chain Saw Massacre such a provocative film (and more complex and ambitious than its gruesome reputation might suggest), than Benjamin Poole is in performing a similar feat with the first film in the Saw franchise, both writers nevertheless find new and unusual perspectives with which to address their censor-baiting material. Unsurprisingly, the effect of both books is to send the reader back to the films — but undoubtedly the best strategies is: watch the films, read these Devil’s Advocate analyses of them. In that order.
Devil’s Advocates: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre/James Rose & Saw/Benjamin Poole are published by Auteur