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  1. Synopsis: Based on the Don DeLillo novel of the same name, it follows a young millionaire during a 24-hour odyssey on his way to get a haircut in Manhattan. NSFW Although Robert Pattinson has starred in a number of serious films in the last couple of years I think it is this film that will be the one that separates him from the Twilight franchise. It is a very short teaser but certainly looks intriguing.
  2. Synopsis: EPIC is a 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of ICE AGE and RIO, EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world…and ours. It is hard to ignore the Ferngully similarities but there is a bit of Arthur and the Invisibles too. The animation certainly looks smart but it loses points for the use of Snow Patrol on the trailer.
  3. Press release: Three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone returns to the screen with the ferocious thriller Savages, featuring the all-star ensemble cast of Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir. The film is based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel that was named one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of 2010. Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry—raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon—with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (Travolta)—wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills. The trailer has the vibe of Stone's '90s output which is a blessing as that was pretty much the last time he made a good film.
  4. Synopsis: Uptight and straight-laced, FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is a methodical investigator with a reputation for excellence–and hyper-arrogance. Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), one of Boston P.D.’s “finest,” is foul-mouthed and has a very short fuse, and uses her gut instinct and street smarts to catch the most elusive criminals. Neither has ever had a partner, or a friend for that matter. When these two wildly incompatible law officers join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, the director of “Bridesmaids.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf94D_a8ZgU An interesting marketing strategy to not include any jokes.
  5. http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2012/nov/06/jonathan-ross-itv-film-show
  6. Synopsis: In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nD2lkkHD5s This received rave reviews at Sundance earlier in the year and I've eagerly been waiting for the trailer to appear. It is getting a June release in the US but not sure when it is supposed to make it to these shores.
  7. First it was John Carpenter, then it became Paul Verhoeven. But now not even Kubrick is sacred anymore. The LA Times reports: I've only seen the Shining once in my entire life. That bear suit scene was enough to scar me for life. I can only imagine the prequel will fill us in on what the suit was all about and take away the mystery from many more elements from the original. In short: I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
  8. Synopsis: After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life — with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD6yNqOrnQQ Based on his own 1984 short film this is his second animated feature film as director. I've been very critical of Burton over the past ten years but I actually quite like the look of this. It has a nice Universal horror vibe with lots of obvious references and for once the trailer only seems to show the first act.
  9. Synopsis: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves the north of France for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. This has just been shown at Cannes and reviews seem to be very positive across the board with it being tipped for top awards and Cotillard made favourite to walk away with Best Actress. Audiard is a brilliant director and I'm really interested to see Marion Cotillard's unglamorous performance.
  10. From /Film: One thing is for sure is that you can never predict what film Miike will make next so it doesn't sound that far fetched he would be contemplating an adaptation of the game. What do people think - objection(!) or agreement?
  11. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/oct/03/bfi-online-film-player-heritage?INTCMP=SRCH
  12. There are plenty of animated films in production around the world at the moment that deserve attention but perhaps not their own thread (just yet). Hopefully this topic will be useful to more than just me.
  13. Synopsis: In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_s9EvacnVc Despite a good cast and a couple of decent action moments the trailer doesn't instil much confidence, particularly with David Koepp directing. It would have been infinitely better if they'd hired Jason Statham to play a maverick courier who beats the shit out people with his bicycle whilst delivering bike related one-liners ("dead tyred/all tyred out", "spoke too soon", "he took a brake" etc.). He could even ring his bicycle bell every time he has dispatched a bad guy like he was ringing the bell at a boxing match.
  14. I only just noticed that this film is on the Horror Channel in an hour (hopefully it is the uncut version). It is an excellent and strange little horror film that really hasn't found the audience it deserves. Review: It is impossible not to like a horror film when it’s about a Lovecraftian monster that crawls inside a woman’s uterus and turns her into a killer. There are obvious reference points from Possession to Brain Damage but pleasingly the film has its own unique and very bloody style to stand out from the crowd. The film builds reasonably slowly as the bond between mother and creature develops and her killing frenzy across France escalates. The monster communicates telepathically with its host which provides plenty of existential humour but the film’s real triumph is in how wholeheartedly it embraces such a frankly ridiculous concept. It avoids the knowing nods and winks to the audience, and whilst it is still has comedic elements it never actually mocks what is occurring on screen. As the film progresses it revels in its excessive gore. Arterial spray covers walls, bodies explode, heads are severed and monsters are born. It is so ridiculously over the top towards the end that you can’t help but fall in love with the film. Baby Blood is a genuinely underrated genre gem from the ‘90s.
  15. Gus Van Sant's last film, Restless, is one of the worst movies I've ever had the displeasure of watching so I guess the only way is up. This was set to be Damon's debut as director (he also co-wrote it) but scheduling conflicts meant he could no longer do it. In stepped Van Sant and now we get a trailer too. Synopsis: Mr. Damon plays Steve Butler, a corporate salesman who arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Ms. McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Mr. Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (Mr. Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PcqsG4POpQ
  16. Aaron Paul, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Nick Offerman star in this drama about a married couple who both love booze a bit much. She decides to sober up, and drama ensues. There's no trailer yet, annoyingly, but there are some clips. Sorry if there's already a thread for this, I did a search and couldn't find one. Limited release around the US in October. A few reviews here. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/smashed/reviews/
  17. So I've been watching Trailer Park Boys again recently and John Dunsworths performance as the drunkard Lahey is one of my favourite drunken performances ever. The guy cracks me up everytime and is completely believable. So I guess the simple question is what are your favourite drunken performances be it in either TV or Film ?
  18. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oogieloves#Box_office It can't be that bad can it? Oh yes. Yes it can. Fantastic interrview with one of the stars here. http://news.moviefone.com/2012/08/28/cloris-leachman-oogieloves-young-frankenstein_n_1836041.html The New Yourk Times has an awesome review here http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/movies/movie-review-the-oogieloves-and-the-big-balloon-adventure.html?_r=0 Amazing.
  19. Looks like he never recovered after his recent heart problems RIP big man, you were awesome http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120903/us-obit-michael-clarke-duncan/ http://www.washingto...8849_story.html
  20. This is for Linkster. The last time I did a monthly film calendar it bombed so this is just a trial run to see if there is now interest in the idea. Whilst studios and audiences alike rush to the cinema during the summer months to catch the latest must-see blockbusters, traditionally the best films are reserved for when the nights get darker and when stories take priority over pure spectacle. This year, and particularly September (a month that is normally quite quiet), is looking particularly promising. Here is a rundown of what to look forward to in September (UK release dates only I'm afraid): A surprisingly diverse month of films with award botherers, family animation, ultraviolent throwbacks and comedies all getting their UK debuts. First up is director, Pete Travis', adaptation of comic book icon, Dredd. Amazingly word of mouth is good with talk of a possible trilogy already looking likely. Comparisons with both The Raid and classic era Verhoeven also bodes well and should erase memories of Stallone's ill judged '90s effort. Rian Johnson’s Looper is also released at the end of September and the film promises head scratching time travel and exhilarating action as a hitman is employed to kill his future-self. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the young hitman whilst good ol’ reliable Bruce Willis plays the now aged cleaner. The concept sounds like it has bags of potential and the trailers certainly do a decent job of maintaining that interest. On a similarly violent bent, albeit a more grounded and realistic one, the month also sees the release of two highly anticipated features: John Hillcoat's Lawless and Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly. Both played well at Cannes this year and are made by two of the best directors working today. Lawless is based on the true story of the Bondurant brothers, a gang of bootleggers in Depression-era Virginia. Hillcoat has amassed a typically impressive cast and with Nick Cave on writing duties the dialogue is guaranteed to be great. Dominik returns to film for the first time since his modern masterpiece, The Assassination of Jesse James. Once again he is working with Brad Pitt and anything Dominik is involved in should be news and award worthy. Bringing a little bit of class and culture to September is Joe Wright’s novel adaptation of Anna Karenina with the whole thing being set in a theatre. The trailers certainly look unique but I’m not quite convinced by the style nor the eclectic casting choices. However, bar the misstep that was The Soloist, Wright is normally a safe pair of hands. Family entertainment comes in the form of Paranorman, a darkly comic stop frame animated feature about a boy who talks to dead people. It is made by Laika, the studio responsible for Coraline, and has been getting strong reviews in the US even if the film failed to translate that to box office success. As for comedy; Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star as rival political candidates looking for votes in The Campaign. Reviews have been middling at best so it might not be an essential cinema visit. Talking about non-essential films both Premium Rush (a push bike action film) and Resident Evil: If People Didn’t Keep Paying to See this Shit they Wouldn’t Keep Making Them both make it to the big screen this month and not a fuck was given. Adam Sandler’s latest cinematic cancer also gets vomited onto screens nationwide. Perhaps the most interesting (read: strangest) film of the month comes in the form of Leos Carax’s Holy Motors. It wowed and confused critics at Cannes and is set to do the same to paying audiences in September. It seems to be about a shapeshifting man who travels around at night in a white limo meeting lots of equally odd people. The trailer makes little sense, nor does the unusual casting, but reviews have been remarkably positive and Carax hasn’t made a feature film in 12-years so his official return is more than welcome. Friday 7th September Anna Karenina - Dredd - Lawless - Love - A Night in the Woods - The Queen of Versailles - Raaz 3D - Trailer Shut Up and Play the Hits - St. George’s Day - Tabu - That’s My Boy - Monday 10th September Twenty8k - Wednesday 12th September The Sweeney - Friday 14th September About Elly - Barfi! - Hope Springs - Keyhole - Paranorman - Premium Rush - The Snows of Kilimanjaro - Trailer To Rome with Love - When the Lights Went Out - Trailer Wednesday 19th September Now Is Good - Friday 21st September Heroine - House at the End of the Street - Hysteria - Trailer Inbred - Killing Them Softly - Santa Sangre - Savages - Tower Block - Untouchable - Trailer Friday 28th September Barbara - Trailer The Campaign - Holy Motors - Looper - Resident Evil: Retribution -
  21. The 4k version is 1.6GB link above. It didn't seem to be that hi res to me when I watched it. Enjoyable premise though, there's no denying the Bladerunner influence in there.
  22. I'm a big fan of the ITV TV movie so I'm not sure what to make of this as I think they'll be hard pressed to better it. Having said that, the story itself is probably due for another brush off (especially as you can no longer get the TV adaptation on DVD anymore) and they've got a decent writer (Jane Goldman) and director (James Watkins) attached already.
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