Future events could include live music or beer tasting dinners, Kaeding said.We've barely creaked out of Paddington before a leather-bound menu is thrust into my hands, and Royal Oak, the stop a few minutes on, sees the delivery of fresh bread rolls and a pat of farmhouse butter as the seats around me fill in response to a Tannoy announcement.It seems extraordinary that while everywhere else, from the high street to airlines and airports, is upping their food game, the only alternative to the trolley or overcrowded buffet car on trains – with the exception of certain First Great Western (FGW) ones – is the at-your-seat airline-style plastic tray (and that's a "privilege" reserved for first class only).Surely you take the train precisely because you can walk around rather than having to be imprisoned in your seat." Whoopi Goldberg's boss barks at her when she starts actually communicating with her online customers at an international bank. Meanwhile, montages of disturbingly violent, grotesque, and sexual images flicker by at near-subliminal speeds, edgy soundtrack music plays, screams and metallic buzzes echo in the background, the point of view blurs, distorts, and reverses, and in general, the film pulls every J-horror trick under the sun in order to make viewers forget they're looking at people looking at a website. Rick (2003)In adapting Rigoletto for the modern era, director Curtiss Clayton and writer Daniel Handler are kinder than most filmmakers about assuming the audience can read, or that they can get the general idea about the mundane sex chat between "BIGBOSS" (Aaron Stanford) and "VIXXXEN" (Agnes Bruckner) just from context, and don't actually need every steamless line read to them.But oh, ho ho, is he comedically and ironically wrong! As the two users—the young boss and precocious daughter of smarmy businessman Bill Pullman—talk via a service called "Naughty Chat," the camera stays in close on Stanford as he rubs his hands through his hair, bounces, gasps, pops candy into his mouth, chants "Boom!Given Penny Marshall's extremely basic direction, all the tension relies on the prospect of her contact getting caught, and on Goldberg's up-cuttery, as she does silly voices, makes silly faces, spins around in her chair, sings to herself, and otherwise tries to be wacky yet endearing. Clayton achieves his excitement mostly by contrasting Bruckner's excitement with Stanford's comically blasé amusement, then throwing Pullman's obliviousness to the situation into the mix, all while cutting faster and faster as the scene reaches its—ahem—climax. Closer (2004)In the film adaptation of his stage play Closer, screenwriter Patrick Marber finds ways to bring each possible pairing of his four star-crossed leads—Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, and Julia Roberts—into proximity, sparking sexual and social tension from the way their needs push and pull at each other.In the next seats at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, an impassioned discussion begins. Philip Pullman roared with laughter when we met up the next day at his home just outside Oxford, and I told him this story. Of course, Oxford does feature in many works of literature, starting, I suppose, with Alice in Wonderland.
He remains unconvinced — after all, we are watching the stage version of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, and everything else about the storyline is imaginary.
War Games pioneered a whole visual language of people talking to and through computers, and that language still gets used today, whenever computer users in films read their screens out loud for the audience's benefit, saying what they're typing as the camera aggressively cuts to extreme close-ups of key words onscreen. When users first log on, the site initiates a primitive chat session, calling them by name and asking questions like "Do you want to hurt me?
More recent films usually have a live person on both ends of a chat-line, both of them reciting whatever they type; War Games instead had a tinned, eerily inhuman computerized voice simulator speaking for the world-threatening mainframe. Attempts to make computer communication exciting and cinematic have gone downhill ever since. Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)"Computers are not friendly! " A woman's seductive voice echoes everything the website says in print, but the filmmakers mostly avoid having the users respond out loud by limiting their sides of the conversation to brief questions, short and simple enough to be read off the screen.
Some later editions of the trilogy, such as the Lantern Slides editions and the Tenth Anniversary editions, include special extras created by Philip Pullman – where we can, we’ve uploaded these in our Extras galleries.
There are also some differences between the UK and US editions of the books.