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  1. Peter Strickland made the excellent revenge thriller, Katalin Varga (my review), with his own money and he is now back with a new film; Berberian Sound Studio. Synopsis: A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art. The film stars Toby Jones and has been getting good reviews since its showing at the EIFF. It is released on August 31st (no doubt a home release will follow shortly).
  2. Just watched this and loved it. I think it deserves it's own thread. It's a thriller that reminds me a lot of The Terminator. The soundtrack is brilliant, pure 80s driving synth tracks. Dan Steven's is an ex-soldier who visits the family of a deceased squad mate. That's the set up, pretty minimal, but the rest is best left unsaid. These tracks above pretty much tells you the mood of the film. I'd avoid watching a trailer.
  3. Shamelessly nicked from the How Did This Get Made? podcast. No matter how reviled a film is, somebody, somewhere loves it. So let's share glowing 5 star reviews from Amazon (or elsewhere) of absolute stinkers. To start us off - RoboCop 3 You all remember that national confusion, right? People wandering the street in the daze and video rental shops ablaze. It got so bad John Major nearly declared martial law! "Better muscial score" = Basil Poledouris' amazing soundtrack from the first film played on a kazoo. Admittedly that's still probably better than the music in RoboCop 2.
  4. I just caught up on episode one of this, and it made for an interesting half-hour. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b054cbnp It's a three-part series where Kermode looks at the way movies get made. Episode one, which is still on iPlayer, is about Development Hell. Episode 2: Getting to the Screen is broadcast tomorrow...
  5. I know it's inane and historically inaccurate but the Uk version of this is superb. Basically semi famous British stand up comedians get pissed and regale you with their inebriated version of famous tales of yore whilst reenactment of the tales are carried out. I've laughed out loud every week as some of them get in right states and the drunk intereptation of events can be genuinely funny. Worth a viewing and a thread of its own IMO. It's on Comedy central btw and no doubt all episodes can be caught up on if you have Sky.
  6. This is gathering a lot of hype for awards season. Had never heard of the story before seeing it and tried googling to see if it was a true story. Bad idea. Avoid doing that if you don't want anything spoiled by headlines. Lesson learned I guess. Only watch this trailer if you aren't sold on my description below... Steve Carrell is unrecognisable as billionaire philanthropist John Du Pont, weirdo loner heir to the Du Pont family fortune. At the start of the film he is recently obsessed by a dedication to make America great by sporting excellence. He does this by hiring Olympic gold medal winning wrestling brothers, the Schultz, to train a crack wrestling team at the Du Pont Foxcatcher training ground. I didn't really know anything going in other than the brief spoiler headline, so was really impressed by the level of acting here from all involved. Rufallo and Tatum are good as the brothers, Carrell is creepy as all hell.
  7. Haven't seen that trailer myself but do yourself a favour and watch the documentary. You will once again be reminded of how small minded and pathetic we truly are. Good times!
  8. I love the Muppets, in fact I love everything the Henson company did up until the mid-'90s and then things started to go wrong, especially for the Muppets. Muppets' Christmas Carol is the last great film the studio made but they have been making an effort to return to their roots of late with a Dark Crystal sequel and Fragglerock film in development. The first big release we will see is a brand new Muppet movie and for once it isn't based on a classic piece of literature. Written by Jason Segel (also starring) and Nicholas Stoller the film seems to be going back to the old style Muppet movies. Synopsis: On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the <ccc style="font-size: inherit; background-color: yellow; " title="">£6.34</ccc> million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011. I'm not even sure half the footage in the teaser even appears in the film considering it seems to be about a fake romantic comedy called Green with Envy (it even gets its own fake film poster) that doesn't sound like it could possibly fit in with the general synopsis for the Muppets movie.
  9. Gondry is back in quirky territory with his adaptation of Boris Vian's 1947 novel Froth on the Daydream. Synopsis: A woman suffers from an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs. The film stars Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, Omar Sy, Jamel Debbouze and Gad Elmaleh (the names might not be overly familiar but that is a pretty impressive French cast). Today a bunch of photos were released too:
  10. Synopsis: “Frozen Ground” follows Alaskan detective Glenn Flothe (Cage) as he sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen (Cusack), a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for 13 years. As the bodies of street girls start to add up in Anchorage, fear strikes a chord with the public. Risking his life, Detective Flothe goes on a personal manhunt to find the killer before the next body surfaces. When a seventeen year old escapee reveals key information about the case, Flothe is finally able to trail the killer. But will he catch him in time to save the next victim? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO50H7kJ_kw Looks like a direct to DVD movie but I can't deny there is some appeal in seeing Vanessa Hudgens as a stripper.
  11. Despite it being Vemsie's most anticipated film of 2012 we don't appear to have a dedicated Gravity thread, until now. It is a project that has gone through some big casting changes with Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr originally signed-on to star then Marion Cottilard and Natalie Portman were tested and passed on the role. Now we have Sandra Bullock (an undeserving Oscar winner but if Cuaron can get a good performance out of Clive Owen I have faith he can do similar here) in the lead role with George Clooney playing the only other support. There is still very little known about the film and no photos or footage leaked but I have collected together most of the major snippets. Synopsis: From the synopsis and a recent Clooney interview it almost sounds as if the two leads are just floating in space for the majority of the film (like Open Water in space) which seems pretty ambitious. In the same interview he also compared it to 2001: A Space Odyssey. From /Film: And a hyped Guillermo del Toro gushes about the technology: At <ccc style="font-size: inherit; background-color: yellow; " title="$80">£50.53</ccc>m this sounds like a very expensive art house film and with Emmanuel Lubezki (Children of Men, The Tree of Life, A New World etc.) on cinematography duty it is guaranteed to look beautiful. It will also be in 3D (surprise surprise) which may well suit its setting, the only reservation is that it is being converted in post-production. There are so many unknowns about the film but on paper I think Vemsie was right to single it out as one of the films to watch next year.
  12. Saw this today....can't believe Ashens has his own movie... Directed by Riyad Barmania. Its got Warwick Davis in it too and apparently its quite good! Anyone seen it?
  13. I saw this at the London Film Festival and it seems its finally about to hit the cinemas. Story of a few kids trying to get the the legendary Stone Roses concert. I genuinely loved it. Not sure if that was pure nostalgia though or whether people not familiar with the time and the music will enjoy it as much. When I saw it though the whole cinema was singing along to I Am the Resurrection at the end. I think its one of the best British Films I've seen in recent years. So would love you know other people's views when its finally out.
  14. Synopsis: A biography of Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel to challenge his rival, James Hunt. The film stars Chris Hemsworth (Hunt) and Daniel Brühl (Lauda) whilst it has lots of beautiful women with Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer and Alexandra Maria Lara all co-starring. It could be a really interesting story with the big reservation coming from the fact Ron Howard is directing. Below is a behind the scenes featurette (sadly you don't get to see if Hemsworth and Brühl have nailed their performances): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-xqy-ksqvs
  15. This actually looks quite interesting, although so have many other found-footage movies I suppose...
  16. Synopsis: After the disastrous food storm in the first film, Flint and his friends are forced to leave the town. Flint accepts the invitation from his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, which has been tasked to clean the island, and where the best inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. When Flint discovers that his machine still operates and now creates mutant food beasts like living pickles, hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees and apple pie-thons, he and his friends must return to save the world. The first film was one of the best animated family films in recent years and this looks just as ridiculous.
  17. Synopsis: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trailer and to reunite him with his true love. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK-knP1hQVM Starring Matthew McConaughey (continuing his recent return to form), Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon, Mud, received strong festival buzz last year and Nichols has proved to be a director worthy of attention. This should definitely be one to watch.
  18. Synopsis: Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) is a precocious girl with a bent for storytelling. A natural introvert, her idea of a good time is to put pen to paper and reflect on her inner life. Her “sister” Clara (Gemma Arterton) is the complete opposite: extroverted and sexual, she struts around in stilettos and skin-tight garb, attracting hungry male gazes wherever she goes. Both carry secrets from deep in their shared past — all 200 years of it — which bubbles to the surface as Jordan wends his way through the twists and turns of the plot. It turns out that Clara was involved in a passionate love affair during the Napoleonic Wars, while at the same time Eleanor was abandoned as a child. In the present, both seek to preserve their secret from their unsuspecting new companions. Eleanor falls for a sweet young waiter (Caleb Landry Jones), while Clara settles on a homey, unsuspecting man (Daniel Mays) who has just come into an inheritance: the Byzantium Hotel, which has seen better days. The fun begins as Eleanor and Clara shack up in the hotel, feeding off their victims while attempting to stay one step ahead of their pursuers, who are hot on the duo’s trail after Clara rather violently disposes of a particularly seedy pickup. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euSWwU_JbOU Looks better than most recent vampire films.
  19. We seem to be seeing a resurgence in elaborate credit sequences (start and end lately). I've written in the Iron Man 3 thread about how much I liked the end credits of that film. In case you haven't seem them (be aware it contains some spoilers for the film). Art of the Title is a great resource for reading about the design process for credit sequences, and they have a really good article up on this particular credit sequence at the moment (including footage of concepts that weren't used). http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/iron-man-3/ Share your favourite (and least favourite credit sequences) here.
  20. Synopsis: Julian (Gosling) lives in exile in Bangkok where he runs a Thai boxing club as a front for the family’s drugs smuggling operation. When Julian’s brother Billy is killed their mother, Jenna (Kristen Scott Thomas), arrives in the city. She wants revenge and forces Julian to find the killer. Julian’s contacts in the criminal underworld lead him directly to The Angel of Vengeance, a retired police officer who knows everything and who is both Judge and Punisher. Jenna demands that Julian kill The Angel of Vengeance, an act that will cost him dearly. A very rough and very short teaser: Drive was one of the best films of 2011 and the world and story of Only God Forgives looks potentially just as interesting.
  21. Synopsis: Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work. I've been following this film for a while as it seemed such a strange collaboration between the director of Gummo and the likes of Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson. Yet that is exactly what has happened and if the festival buzz is anything to go by then the results are interesting to say the least. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weftUojsqwI
  22. Synopsis: From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher. Despite hating Australia (the film, not the country) with a passion I've really been looking forward to seeing Luhrmann's take on this classic novel, particularly with such a good cast. Knowing Luhrmann's visual flair it will be interesting to see how he uses 3D for such a story. The trailer isn't perfect (mainly down to the music choices) but it is unmistakably from Luhrmann, although that won't be a positive for some.
  23. Synopsis: Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through this sceptred isle in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina’s led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see – the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that separates these wonders in his life. But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina’s meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris’s dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIh-LlbtFks Ever since the release of Wheatley's debut feature (Down Terrace) he has been promoted as the great hope for British genre cinema. Personally I've not been overly impressed with any of his films so far but this looks like it might be worth a watch with a good blend of humour and violence.
  24. Just days after posting about how the recasting of Indiana Jones would mean I could never buy into any reboot of the franchise comes the latest travesty; Ed Helms is to star as Lt. Frank Drebin in a reboot of the Naked Gun franchise. Paramount has hired the writers of 'Night At The Museum' to pen a script for the film and want comedic actor Helms in the lead role, massively missing the point that Drebin only worked because Nielson played him 100% straight. Nielsen WAS Drebin in the way that Sellers was Closeau; he can't be replaced
  25. Synopsis: The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic ATLAS (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts. FBI Special Agent DYLAN (Mark Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with ALMA (Melanie Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation he turns to THADDEUS (Morgan Freeman), a famed magic debunker, who claims the bank heist was accomplished using disguises and video trickery. One thing Dylan and Alma agree on is that the Horsemen must have an outside point person, and that finding him (or her) is key to ending the magicians’ crime spree. Could it be Thaddeus? Or Alma? Or could it really be…magic? As pressure mounts and the world awaits the Horsemen’s spectacular final trick, Dylan and Alma race to find an answer. But it soon becomes painfully clear that staying one step ahead of these masters of illusion is beyond the skills of any one man—or woman. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNfiXZzmhjw The film has an impressive cast but Louis Leterrier is a weak director so it could go either way.
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