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Total Film

Total Film

January 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.

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2 min.
total film

GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JANE CROWTHER (JC) jane.crowther@futurenet.com @totalfilm_jane Anywhere looking at the sea DEPUTY EDITOR MATT MAYTUM (MM) matt.maytum@futurenet.com @mattmaytum The toilet REVIEWS EDITOR MATTHEW LEYLAND (ML) matthew.leyland@futurenet.com @totalfilm_mattl In-laws’ outdoor loo NEWS EDITOR JORDAN FARLEY (JF) jordan.farley@futurenet.com @jordanfarley The Fortress Of Solitude PRODUCTION EDITOR ERLINGUR EINARSSON erlingur.einarsson@futurenet.com @ErlingurEinars The bathroom (I’m a dad) ART EDITOR MIKE BRENNAN mike.brennan@futurenet.com @mike_brennan01 Bed zzzzz 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) Lyme Regis 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), Simon Bland (SB), Nick Chen (NC), Tom Dawson (TD), Richard Edwards (RE), Hanna Flint (HF), Simon Kinnear (SK), Chris Schilling (CS), Kate Stables (KS), Gabriel…

1 min.
welcome to total film

New Podcast INSIDE FILM see page 26 We’re out the other side! Welcome to 2020. This issue we’re celebrating the power of horror – kicking off with A Quiet Place Part II. I was the only UK journalist on set last year when I travelled to Buffalo in NY to watch John Krasinski direct Mrs. K, Emily Blunt, in a new chapter of a chiller that speaks to us a community, not just as an audience. In between set-ups, Krasinski and I bonded over our shared love of another apocalyptic blockbuster, Waterworld, and discussed just what it is about horror that gets under our skin in a way few other genres do. In the pursuit of trying to get the bottom of that question we also talked to fright supremo, Jason…

1 min.
call sheet

JORDAN FARLEY NEWS EDITOR Visiting Pixar for this issue’s Onward report was a thrill. The in-world ‘Unicorn Poop’ cupcakes were much tastier than they sound. MATTHEW LEYLAND REVIEWS EDITOR My New Year’s Resolution: to watch all of 2020’s many animal-themed/titled movies. But can I be excused from Paw Patrol if I see Greyhound twice? MATT MAYTUM DEPUTY EDITOR Todd Haynes was fascinatingly self-aware: “The films I made took time [to be appreciated]. I don’t know if our culture still has that kind of patience.”…

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total film wingman

DEAR WINGMAN Apologies, I’m a little behind on my mag reading but I very much enjoyed the interview with Sandra Bullock in issue 280 and wondered if you could reassure me on something. After the revelations from Sandy and Keanu about their mutual but unrealised attraction, do you think there’s an alternative universe somewhere in which they’re a couple who’ve been together since Speed? HANNAH JONES, FAREHAM WINGMAN SAYS… No worries – Wingman is behind on his letter reading (Christmas closedown, bone-idleness, etc). Yes, we’re sure there’s branch of the multiverse where two lovebirds have been perched since the ’90s, thanking Cupid for bomb-ridden buses. But there’s also the darkest timeline, where they book a romantic getaway at a dreary Lake House. Any other alt-universe hook-ups you’d like Wingman to ponder? He spends half…

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EMAIL totalfilm@futurenet.com WRITE Total Film, 1-10 Praed Mews, London W2 1QY (postal addresses will be used for the sole purpose of sending out prizes) gamesradar.com/totalfilm twitter.com/totalfilm facebook.com/totalfilm Drop us a line totalfilm@futurenet.com STAR LETTER In these days where film companies ask actors/directors to appear on long-form conversational podcasts/YouTube interviews as part of the promotional kit for new releases and more trailers feature ‘interviews’ with the cast, are we in danger of knowing too much about a film before its release? DAMIAN ROBINSON, BACKWORTH There’s certainly more access than ever before – very different from back in the day when primary sources of film news were Blue Peter and your smug classmate who went to the States on holiday and saw a movie that’d be covered in moss by the time it reached the UK.…

5 min.
out of sight

When the Dark Universe went the way of Drac in the daylight, there was a silver lining. Instead of an over-ambitious interconnected universe that was riding Marvel’s coat-tails, Universal would instead do things the old-fashioned way: by assigning their roster of iconic monsters to filmmakers with unique visions, on a case-by-case basis, and, crucially, with no expectation that the films would also be a piece of a larger puzzle. Enter Upgrade writer/director Leigh Whannell. Though no stranger to horror, and a fan of James Whale’s 1933 adaptation, Whannell admits that making an Invisible Man movie wasn’t on his bucket list. “It was something that was pitched to me. I was not out there hankering to make an Invisible Man movie,” Whannell tells Teasers. After being called into – he thought –…