M.   /   October 22, 2009   /   14 Comments

Thanks to Lorna for sending in scans from the special edition of Empire magazine called Inside Empire (that celebrates the 20-year history of the biggest UK movie magazine).

14 Responses to “Inside Empire”
  1. George Says:

    Thanks Lorna.

  2. George Says:

    By the way, is there any British friend that is going to see Cracks next Sunday at London Film’s Festival?
    I am anxiously waiting for impressions…

  3. Jess Says:

    Don’t know whether you know this already, but > http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/knowledge/posts.php?thread=11103

  4. Nikos Says:

    George – Franklyn never made it to the USA not sure why can’t even get it on DVD?
    Hope this time around the Movie Cracks will come this way….
    Just wondering why some have not made it this way…….

    Thanks for the other Eva Info folks!!!!

    Best Regards,

  5. Johnny Says:

    Hi everyone!

    I just came here to tell you that I recently saw Franklyn! It came really late to theaters here, with no promotion but I was able to catch it on the opening week! I thought it was a deep and fantastic movie, I loved all the four stories, especially Emilia’s of course. The first scene she appears with her mother it’s so good, Eva did so well as a mad, complex and deeply depressed young adult, that this character Emilia is already one my favorite performances of Eva.

    I love this kind of movie. It was different from everything I’ve ever seen, the cinematography was really well done (unfortunately Meanwhile City only plays a big part at the beginning), the music… It’s a film that stays with you, my friends liked it a lot too! Franklyn received mixed reviews, but I think that the ones who gave it bad reviews didn’t quite understand the deep meaning of it. It all comes together at the end if you’re willing to pay attention to the details 🙂

    It’s a beautiful film about despair and “four lost souls” who just need the right guidance to encounter themselves in the world. So, to everyone who has seen it, what do you think? Did you like the movie?

    “Life’s too much of an adventure as it is, without making anything else up” – Sally 😉

    Nikos: I’m not sure but I think Franklyn will be released in the USA on November 17th

  6. George Says:

    Jess: Thanks for the info.
    I thought there were no tickets left for Sunday, but today, Friday afternoon, I realized that “Fully booked” was replaced by “Book now” in http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/node/367
    Then, I rushed into booking my flight but the flight was “Fully booked” and I was “Fully fu….” 🙁

    Nikos: USA release of Franklyn, November 1st East Coast and November 2nd West coast (it takes one more day to get there) and DVD November 17th (East and West…) Source Imdb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0893402/releaseinfo
    PS Get back to Greece. They are 6 months ahead… 🙂

  7. Tango_down Says:

    Nikos : I thought regarding your name that you were living in Greece 🙂

    Johnny : For my part I didn’t like Franklyn, especially because of Eva’s performance as Emilia. I think she overplayed her character, who was too much exaggerated, brutal, with a big lack of shade/nuance. Emilia was too much insensitive, impenetrable, not like a human being, so it was too hard to feel and understand this character.

    Otherwise, the script was very interesting and the atmosphere great, but we really feel the lack of support and money this movie unfortunately has met.

    I would put Franklyn behind all Eva’s movies except the one which DVD can be useful as a frisbee.

  8. Nikos Says:

    Thank you for the Info my friends 🙂
    I think any movie of that Eva is in is well worth watching because you get to see her Act in different roles – Tells you / shows you how good she really is!! But that is coming from a big fan….

    Yes the Name Nikos is Greek but I’m from the USA 1st generation here as both my parents are from Greece………
    Naturally from a famous Spartan Bloodline as well 🙂

  9. George Says:

    Tango_down: …. but Eva was very nice as the red hair Sally in Franklyn

  10. Johnny Says:

    Tango_down: I understand your point of view, I’m seeing that some people are thinking the same, but for me Eva’s performance as Emilia wasn’t overplayed at all. She was really good because I think the director was trying to show how deep loneliness and despair can do an already emotionally fragile person. Emilia was mad, unlikable, had awful memories of her childhood and couldn’t be honest with her mother. This is the kind of person that dives into a state of depression so deep that only a powerful event can bring her back to reality.

    I completely agree with you when you say that this movie suffers from lack of support and money. It was good, but could have been better! I still liked it at lot, the director made a great job with a tight budget. I would put Franklyn only ahead of Golden Compass and Arsene Lupin (lol to the frisbee), only because I really loved her other three movies (especially Kingdom of Heaven). I even think Franklyn story was better than The Dreamers, but Eva as Isabelle is rather unforgettable.

    I’ll certainly buy Franklyn when it comes out on DVD and maybe with a second view I’ll have a stronger opinion, but thanks for sharing yours Tango_down 😉

  11. Tascha Says:

    Johnny: Thanks for your words concerning Franklyn.. my opinion, too.

    Tango_down: Frisbee… ? Long time ago it was a scarecrow.. ;).

    Apropos – long time ago you helped with a certain translation… thanks for it. It’s just that I must’ve lost my head somewhere… kind of busy at the moment. So… thanks and sorry.

  12. George Says:

    Tascha: welcome back to Green planet after a long while. How was outer space?

  13. Tascha Says:

    George: Thanks… not well :(.

  14. Tango_down Says:

    George : Of course 🙂

    Johnny : Thanks for sharing your opinion on the movie, especially your understanding of the character of Emilia, it makes it clearer for me now. I understand that Emilia is a very mad person, who lives in her own world, but I’m still thinking that there’s something not really successful in the perception Eva’s play gives of the character. It’s like she makes Emilia more confusing and complicated than the character is at first. Her attitude is so uncommon, impulsive, that she looks inhuman, and I’m not convinced that we have to take Emilia as an alien. I would had liked to see the part of humanity Emilia still has, because I think she remains a human person, it would had been an entrance door for the character’s comprehension. But the scenes with her mother didn’t convince me…

    I’m not taking pleasure criticizing Eva or playing the bad guy, I know some people just love the movie because it’s Eva. But I don’t think you’ll hurt someone when you say that something not good is not really good, it’s all about her work, not the person. On the contrary, I hope she’ll appreciate to hear people who didn’t really understand and weren’t convinced by her work, and try to learn from it. In fact, it’s most of all because I love Eva that I’m criticizing her, I believe it’s the best way to support her so that she can express her Art as best as possible, which is probably her career’s goal.

    Tascha : You’re welcome, it can be useful as mirror as well.