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Total Film

Total Film

February 2020

Total Film is the world’s best movie magazine, a monthly digest of what's hot in the empire of movie culture. Each issue offers in-depth features on the biggest movies - both mainstream and arthouse. You'll find the latest movie news, reviews of all the new releases, star interviews, on-set reports and an extensive home entertainment guide that rates all the new releases in dvd, blu-ray, videogames, books and soundtracks. If you love movies, then Total Film Magazine is your unmissable monthly companion.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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2 min.
total film

GROUP-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JANE CROWTHER (JC) jane.crowther@futurenet.com @totalfilm_jane One cake drop at a time. DEPUTY EDITOR MATT MAYTUM (MM) matt.maytum@futurenet.com @mattmaytum One movie release at a time. REVIEWS EDITOR MATTHEW LEYLAND (ML) matthew.leyland@futurenet.com @totalfilm_mattl One quarter pounder at a time. NEWS EDITOR JORDAN FARLEY (JF) jordan.farley@futurenet.com @jordanfarley One Chozen chicken katsu curry at a time. PRODUCTION EDITOR ERLINGUR EINARSSON erlingur.einarsson@futurenet.com @ErlingurEinars One bedtime routine at a time. ART EDITOR MIKE BRENNAN mike.brennan@futurenet.com @mike_brennan01 One sausage at a time. FILM GROUP Editor (SFX) Darren Scott Art Editor Jonathan Coates Deputy Editor Ian Berriman Production Editor Iain Noble CONTRIBUTORS Editor-at-Large Jamie Graham (JG) Art studio Robert Crossland, Georgina Hodsdon, Catherine Kirkpatrick, Cliff Newman, Prepress and cover manipulation Gary Stuckey Hollywood Correspondent Adam Tanswell (AT) Contributing Editors Kevin Harley (KH), James Mottram (JM), Neil Smith (NS), Josh Winning (JW) Contributors Anton van Beek (AB), Ian Berriman (IB), Simon Bland (SB),…

1 min.
welcome to total film the smater movie magazine

Yeah! It’s Fast & Furious time! The TF team are never happier than when another of the knowingly bombastic actioners revs up at cinemas – and we chatted to the ‘family’ to get all the goods on what outsized vehicles will be making appearance along with who will be raised from the dead. This issue I also hung out with John Krasinski for the third time in as many months to discuss his career, the sequel to A Quiet Place and get accused of stalking (he says the restraining order is in the post). Plus we chatted Bond baddie-dom with Rami Malek, were on-set of Downhill (yep, we skied), got therapy for onscreen pairings, and looked inside Calm With Horses, a film that marks a major announcement of talent both…

1 min.
total film wingman

DEAR WINGMAN I really think Total Film is on to something with its ‘discount-store special effects’ [see Dialogue, TF293]. Can you imagine the possibilities? Ghostbusters could be knocked up with a row of fairy lights and some old Halloween masks. Titanic with a kiddies’ paddling pool. Star Wars with painted loo rolls sellotaped together to make lightsabers – the potential is endless! Is that the patter of Hollywood feet I hear as Spielberg, Cameron and co make a raid on their local pound shop? OWEN HOLLIFIELD, CAERPHILLY WINGMAN SAYS… We could save even more dosh by following Dogville’s lead: i.e., bin all the sets. Mind you, you’d have the hassle of chalking the 10-mile outline of a Star Destroyer, so that’s out. What about no sets, actors, cameras, chalk, anything? Or did Andy Warhol…

5 min.
dialogue mail, rants, theories etc.

STAR LETTER ★This Christmas, while overindulging, I couldn’t help but wonder if my love of movies is the very thing that’s ruined the seasonal-movie experience. As a nipper, I used to love reading through the Radio Times double issue, planning what I’d watch, what I’d record, what I’d get my grandad to record because both our VHS machines were already set up… These days, I’ve already seen the films. The TV premieres are old news. I’ve binged the Bonds during the year on Blu-ray. Already streamed that on Netflix. There’s still a film or two that slips through the net but, for me, the magic has gone. RUSS TRIBE, FAREHAM It’s the adult equivalent of discovering that ‘Santa’ is actually the Argos catalogue: turning on the telly and being haunted by the ghosts…

5 min.
boston manner

Slickly updating an old favourite, Spenser Confidential is Netflix’s latest Ace up its sleeve. It’s inspired by the long-running series of detective novels originally written by Robert B. Parker and later continued by the brilliantly named Ace Atkins, whose 2013 book Wonderland is the source material for this Boston-set crime-comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Black Panther’s Winston Duke. Of course, it’s not the first time this gumshoe has been on screen: back in the ’80s, TV show Spenser: For Hire, starring Robert Urich, spanned three seasons, 66 episodes and four TV movies. But according to director Peter Berg, re-teaming here with Wahlberg for a fifth time, their version is “something much darker, kind of more along the lines of like a modern Chinatown” – which should be music to the lugholes…

2 min.
christian bale

As an actor, Christian Bale likes taking roles he can surprise himself with. “It keeps you going,” he told Collider. Eight years after Bale parked Bruce Wayne’s wheels, one such surprise has gathered rumour-mill momentum: Bale is thought to be making his franchise-film re-entry in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love And Thunder. Commentators have swiftly hammered out character options. Some say Bale might make a great Norman Osborn or Captain Britain. Others have taken a swing at god of fear Cul Borson or Beta Ray Bill, partly because the latter’s likeness on the Grandmaster’s tower in Ragnarok suggests the horse-y alien cyborg is on Kevin Feige’s mind. However you cut it, an MCU entry seems like just the kind of counter-intuitive choice Bale might make right now. Recently, he responded to a question…