The Week in GIFs

By
Clarisse Loughrey

While it's all good and well to try and re-cap the week's movie news, we realise that it's the end of the week and the daily grind has probably all but frazzled your brain, to the point where you can't concentrate on actual words or things that aren't brightly coloured. This is where the internet sensation for GIFs comes in, because why try and explain things when you can simply capture all your emotions in one constantly looping moving image.

AWARDS SEASON IS OFFICIALLY HERE. POP OPEN THE CHAMPAGNE AND LET'S GET DOWN TO IT.

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Be preprared for three months of hot gossiping and industry insiders as we launch head-first into all things award season. This week heralded the BAFTA nominations and American Hustle has managed a clean sweep of the acting awards, which will result in my peeing my pants with excitement if the same happens at the Academy Awards. GOOD LORD JUST GIVE AMY ADAMS AN OSCAR ALREADY.

HITCHCOCK'S UNSEEN HOLOCAUST DOCUMENTARY IS SET FOR RELEASE NEXT YEAR.


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I know, there is the underlying irony that a director so famed for his talent and terror and who once said "I think everyone enjoys a nice murder, provided he is not the victim" making a documentary of this nature, but he was a man appalled by violence in the real world. When he first saw the footage of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, he was so traumatised by it that he refused to return to Pinewood Studios for a week. Hitchcock was eventually persuaded by friend and funder Sidney Bernstein to produce a documentary on the subject; however, by the time it was completed in late-1945 the political atmosphere had changed and there was no longer a need to release it. The Allied Forces were initially keen to produce such a documentary to show to the German people the atrocities their country had committed, but soon realised such an attitude would be detrimental to postwar reconstruction and to continuing peace.

Lucky for us, the footage from the documentary was re-discovered in the 80s, and after full restoration, is slated for release in cinemas and later British TV in 2015, with an additional accompanied doc Night Will Fall with André Singer, executive producer of The Act of Killing, as director and Stephen Frears as directorial advisor.

PRAISE THE LORD, WE MIGHT FINALLY SEE THE END OF ARMOND "TROLL" WHITE.

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Look, I don't want to get too controversial, but I would hope that I can make the assumption here that any self-respecting film fan would be more than glad to form a mob and burn down Armond White's windmill of arrogant contrarianism. He is literally the same as those 12-year-olds and furious mothers who leave one-star Amazon reviews for Schindler's List, except he gets paid a bucketload of money to do it. This is the man who praised Jonah Hex as a re-evaluation of human morality, yet slammed There Will Be Blood, all without the Earth magically opening up and swallowing him whole.

There's a difference between refreshing honesty and just being a jerk, and that was a line which was so clearly crossed when White decided to shout obscenities at Steve McQueen and called him a "garbage man" as he accepted Best Director for 12 Years a Slave at the NYFCC awards, an action which has thankfully led to a vote on White's possible expulsion from the NYFCC. Finally, a use for that pitchfork I bought on eBay last year.

TARANTINO FANS HAVE A LOT OF TIME ON THEIR HANDS.

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I guess everyone's got to have a hobby. First off, there's the guy who's lovingly transcribed the entire Reservoir Dogs script onto Twitter, including RTs from separate accounts for every line of dialogue. If anyone actually reads this badboy to the end, let me know if you get a secret prize or if you're just left feeling unfilfilled and like you've wasted an hour of your time. Secondly, there's the significantly shorter 8-bit video game adaptation of Pulp Fiction, which includes a great level consisting of tapping a red button to clean out the car covered in Marvin's brains.

AND THIS WEEK IN THE WORLD OF YOUR NIGHTMARES...

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All those horrible rumours you heard about the Point Break remake last year are sadly true, and it is definitely happening. First off, the remake has its new Bodhi in Gerard Butler, which was pretty much the most obvious choice you could go for. Sure, Butler's grizzly, but Bodhi is nothing without the sad, puppy eyes of Patrick Swayze. Furthermore, the TV adaptation of Rosemary's Baby has now got Zoe Saldana giving birth to Satan AND the TV adaptation of Fargo has got Martin Freeman probably frowning a lot as he's wont to do, who we at least already know will be the only good things about their respective terrible projects. Sad-face for all eternity.

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