Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg
London, England

Shelagh is a Toronto-born, London-based writer. She also a programmer for Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and is writing her PhD on contemporary Spanish fantastic film.

Hey, London! Get Crazy with NIGHT OF THE TRAILERS and GET CRAZY!

While I have learned to put up with people talking during trailers, I still don't like it. I want to see and hear about the great movies that are coming out. And I know many people who love to look... More »
  

Iconic Spanish Horror Director Jesús Franco Dies

Jesús "Jess" Franco - director of nearly 200 films, father of the 1960s Spanish horror boom and father of several generations of filmmakers - has died in Malaga of heart complications, at the age of 82.I don't think you could... More »
  

New Trailer for STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS Gives a few Villainous Clues

The new international trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness reveals a few plot clues, including a bit of the possible origin/motivation of the villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Is he Khan? A disgruntled member of Starfleet? A rogue agent? Frankly,... More »
  

Jesus Got a Gun in First Trailer for Álex de la Iglesia's WITCHING AND BITCHING

It seems rather appropriate that on the day I'm redrafting my thesis chapter on The Day of the Beast, the first trailer for mad maverick Álex de la Iglesia's new film should be released. I've always been pretty impressed at... More »
  

Cinematic Spectacle And Nacho Vigalondo's OPEN WINDOWS

Back in the late 19th century, in the early years of cinema, purveyors of this new art form would show the spectacle at fairgrounds and carnivals. It was not yet a new mode of storytelling, but a technological wonder. After... More »
  

Koldo Serra to Helm Spanish Civil War Film GERNIKA

One of Pablo Picasso's most famous works is 'Guernica,' a painting about a town of the same name that was bombed by the Nazis during the Spanish Civil War. Now the story of that tragedy is being brought to the... More »
  

Gondry Animates Chomsky in Trailer for New Doc IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY?

I've come to the conclusion that Michel Gondry never sleeps. Either he's an insomniac or constantly high on caffeine, but his output is pretty incredible, especially in variety. With the trailer for his upcoming feature fiction film Mood Indigo only a... More »
  

Sex! Love! Tiny Cocktails! Spanish Trailer for Almodóvar's I'M SO EXCITED

Oh, Almodóvar. You've given us comedy, drama, romance, horror, and we come back for more. While he might have stumbled a bit in the early 2000s, the world's favourite Spanish filmmaker made a great comeback with 2011's The Skin I... More »
  

New Trailer For THE LAST DAYS Intensifies Apocalyptic Chaos And Fear

David and Alex Pastor's first feature film, Carriers, was a creepy film set in a deserted America where a plague was slowly killing the population. In their second feature,The Last Days, they're taking the apocalypse back to their native Spain.... More »
  

Spanish Films THE ORPHANAGE, JULIA'S EYES and More Slated for Remakes

Spanish fantastic film has been having an incredible renaissance over the past 15 years. From Álex de la Iglesia to Alejandro Amenábar to Nacho Vigalondo, all range of horror, science fiction and fantasy has been pouring out of the country,... More »
  

First Whimsical Trailer for Michel Gondry's MOOD INDIGO

Michel Gondry has quite a varied filmography (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Green Hornet, The We and the I), but arguably his best works are the odd and whimsical films about love, how the human mind processes it... More »
  

Danny Boyle Returns To His Darkly Comic Roots In The First Trailer For TRANCE

Danny Boyle has come a long way since his feature film debut Shallow Grave. His career has been an eclectic one, but it looks like he might have headed back to those roots again in his new film, Trance, an... More »
  

Shelagh's Intense, Low-Fi Top Films of 2012

This was a great year in film for me, for two big reasons. One: great sci-films are making a comeback, ones that care about story, not just explosions. Two: the classical, cause-and-effect narrative, where the audience is led by the... More »
  

A Few Spanish Glimpses at Vigalondo's OPEN WINDOWS

Nacho Vigalondo just wrapped production on his third feature film, Open Windows, down in Austin, Texas. A psychological thriller starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey, it follows on Vigalondo's examination of the dissemination of information, as the story is told... More »
  

BLANCANIEVES to Screen in Canada via D Films

My favourite film at TIFF this year, the sumptuous Spanish film Blancanieves will be distributed in Canada by D Films. A silent, black and white film retelling of the Snow White fairy tale set in 1920s Spain, directed by Pablo... More »
  

Spying on the Set of Nacho Vigalondo's OPEN WINDOWS

A series of emails took me through the maze of streets in a central neighbourhood of Madrid. Upon arrival, I was led by producer Nahikari Ipiña into the location shoot of Nacho Vigalondo's new thriller Open Windows. Starring Elijah Wood,... More »
  

Elijah Wood Starring in Nacho Vigalondo's OPEN WINDOWS

Elijah Wood will be hanging out in Spain a little while longer. Having just wrapped production on Eugenio Mira's new film Grand Piano in Barcelona, Wood is now in Madrid, filming Open Windows, Nacho Vigalondo's third feature.Open Windows is a technological... More »
  

A Visit To The Set Of GRAND PIANO Is Very Grand, Indeed

Spain might be in the throes of severe economic problems, but you wouldn't necessarily know it from the current state of its film industry. With Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible breaking box office records and Pablo Berger's Blancanieves the official... More »
  

Review: WUTHERING HEIGHTS is an Unusual and Haunting Interpretation

Many great classic novels have been adapted to film several times over. Books such as Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, and Great Expectations have all had, and continue to have, their adaptations. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte's classic gothic tale of unrequited love... More »
  

Twitch in Bondage: Am I Not Your Bond Girl

The first Bond film I saw was For Your Eyes Only. It remains one of my favourites, mainly because of the awesome Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet). When she killed the evil Gonzales with a crossbow, I found a new film... More »
  
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