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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. This actually looks quite interesting, although so have many other found-footage movies I suppose...
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. After no doubt asking his agent why an ageing Norn Iron man had cornered the market in the mid-budget action stakes, Kevin Costner has decided to get in on some of that sweet action and is to star in 'Midnight Delivery', a thriller being produced by Guillermo Del Toro. Costner will play a man forced to traffic cocaine on a transatlantic flight to London, in order to save his daughter from the clutches of a ruthless Columbian gang, in a plot seemingly inspired by the alibi's of the Peru Two. The film hasn't even started per-production yet so we're probably a couple of years away from seeing whether Costner can cut it in the " I literally AM too old for this shit" action stakes but I'm personally thrilled at this announcement. Costner has always been a terrific actor and now that he's moved away from the lead roles in epics/flops that tarnished his reputation, he's ready for a career resurgance. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/kevin-costner-guillermo-del-toro-654232
  16. L'Extravagant voyage du jeune et prodigieux T.S. Spivet http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1981107/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1 Jean-Pierre Jeunet' next film is out now (according to imdb). Amelie, Mic Macs, Delicatessan etc. I've heard nothing at all about this anywhere. I'm a big fan of his French language films but this isn't in French although, it's set partly in Canada. Brief synopsis It's based on a novel but Jeunet has screenwriter credits. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/5324405/The-Selected-Works-of-T-S-Spivet-by-Reif-Larsen-review.html Having watched the trailer, it looks a little like a road movie and reminded me slightly of David Lynch's The Straight Story. It's not at my local cinema
  17. Synopsis: The Iceman is the true story of Richard Kuklinski: loving husband, devoted father, ruthless killer. He is believed to have killed more than 250 people between 1954 and 1985. The cast features Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Winona Ryder, James Franco and Ray Liotta and is directed by Ariel Vromen (a director I know nothing about). The trailer looks solid enough and Shannon looks ideal for the part.
  18. Synopsis: Just when the streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back and on the hunt. Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmgg7c-E6YA *The teaser footage from the Cannes site had issues with syncing the audio and video. First Showing have tried to fix it but a few seconds were lost from the end in the process.
  19. Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and–if he has his way–every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart. “Gangster Squad” is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD’s efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc3Ab52uqM8 It has a great cast, including Sean Penn,Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi and Anthony Mackie. I'm still not entirely convinced by Fleischer but the trailer certainly looks promising.
  20. For my money he is the best American director working today so I'm always looking forward to what he will do next. From Variety: <!--quoteo--><div class="quotetop">QUOTE </div><div class="quotemain"><!--quotec-->“There Will Be Blood” writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson has found religion, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, for his next film. <b>Anderson has written an untitled period drama that is set up at Universal. Hoffman, who has played supporting roles in most of Anderson’s past films, would this time be the centerpiece. Hoffman will play “The Master,” as in “master of ceremonies,” a charismatic intellectual who hatches a faith-based organization that begins to catch on in America in 1952. The core is the relationship between The Master and Freddie, a twenty-something drifter who becomes the leader’s lieutenant. As the faith begins to gain a fervent following, Freddie finds himself questioning the belief system he has embraced, and his mentor</b>. Anderson's treatment of religion was cynical in "There Will Be Blood." Here, the scrutiny isn't specifically directed toward faith-based movements like Scientology or Mormonism that are newcomers compared to established religions. Anderson explores the need to believe in a higher power, the choice of which to embrace, and the point at which a belief system graduates into a religion. Universal, which has become very selective about green lighting adult dramas, won’t make a decision on Anderson’s <ccc style="font-size: inherit; background-color: yellow; " title="">£22.11</ccc> million budget pic until he delivers his finished script. His hope is to make the picture next year, sources said. Anderson’s frequent collaborator, JoAnne Sellar, is the producer. Hoffman made his breakthrough in the cast of Anderson’s “Boogie Nights,” and has also appeared in the Anderson-directed “Hard Eight,” “Punch-Drunk Love” and “Magnolia.”<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
  21. I am a huge admirer of Genndy Tartakovsky but I have serious reservations about this one. The only positive so far (apart from Genndy directing) is the fact so little is known about the film so it could be better than the following elements suggest. Synopsis: Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez are the big stars which is bad enough but the small images released so far only make things worse. I realise these aren't the best size to adequately tell if this looks okay or not but they have none of the style of Genndy's usual work and even by normal standards they look downright ugly. I am trying to remain a little positive (in Genndy I trust) but this is not looking good.
  22. I've read a couple of books lately that got me thinking about the movie making process, and how brittle and open to complete chance it all is. The two books are What Just Happened? by Art Linson, and Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind. Enormously famous books that I'm sure many here would have read. Anyway, we're very familiar with tales from Hollywood of behind-the-scenes drama and catastrophe... Francis For Coppola going apeshit in the Phillippines and emerging with Apocalypse Now, George Lucas working himself into a near nervous breakdown before unleashing Star Wars upon us, Hitchcock squirrelling away Vertigo for a decade, and countless cult (and now mainstream) classics trashed upon their original reception and consigned to box-office doom and obscurity. The thing that got to me the most was the idea of all the middle-men sticking their oars in. Yes, I know they stump up the cash and grease the wheels, but it seems pretty damn clear to me that nobody really knows what the hell they're doing. Chance is the only meaningful factor, and often they're capable of doing way more harm than good. Linson to his credit makes numerous mentions of his own suspicion that producers get by on nothing but blind luck (or lack of it). There is no formula for success, and nobody really knows for sure what might be a hit, critically or commercially. However, this doesn't stop them labouring under the illusion that they do. Case in point: The Godfather. Coppola had to constantly fight for his vision of the film, while executives hit him with complaints and doubts about the script, the setting, the casting, the daily rushes, the music. Everything. Brando is too fat. Can't hear what Brando is saying. These scenes are too dark. Pacino isn't handsome enough to play someone who's been to college(!). The film is too long. Too short. Coppola fought tooth and nail for it, the film came out, made over a hundred million dollars and won a shitload of Oscars. It seems that if you're not a Spielberg, Cameron, Kubrick, Nolan, or a clutch of basically untouchable filmmakers it's quite frankly a miracle that your film ever makes it to the screen intact. I wonder how many masterpieces have been killed in the womb by clueless studio suits. Or finish your movie and hand it over to a marketing department who singularly fail to understand it, or who flat-out dislike it, and watch them bury it without trace. At least in that instance it can be rediscovered down the line (Blade Runner, Brazil, etc.) 'The Talent' can be just as clueless, by the way. Let's not forget the many tales of on-set tantrums, hubris and battles of ego that have threatened to collapse many a movie. I know the movie industry is inextricably tied to big business, and this post is rather Hollywood-centric, but it's just sobering to think how close we tend to come to not getting our classics. A total roll of the dice. "Can't sing. Can't act. Balding. Can dance a little."
  23. After the brilliant stop-motion adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson is back in more familiar territory with a live action offering starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and regulars Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray. Synopsis: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl. Trailer The trailer is unmistakably Anderson (whether that is good or bad depends entirely on you) but the film looks pretty good and it is interesting to see a few actors play against type.
  24. Not sure if this was more appropriate for ATF or here, but anyway. I'm probably not alone in having occasionally browsed various channels at dead times of the day and spotted some genuine, absolute bottom-of-the-barrel shite that once got released to almost universal disapproval. I mean, quality can be subjective, but it's not uncommon to see the likes of Catwoman and Evan Almighty on ITV2, or Meet Dave and Son of the Mask on Film 4, with the highest score on Rotten Tomatoes amongst them being a piddling 23%, which is probably the most "official" condemnation of these films as being total shit. And it probably wouldn't be so bad if these films were only on once in a blue moon, except for the fact that they're generally shown several times a week, and usually for a consecutive number of weeks as well. I mean, we have to contend with the fact that many bad films do exist, but there's not even a variety of awful films, instead just the same few in blocks of multiple airings repeated every few months for every year from now until television ceases. Without wanting to answer my own question and stunt discussion for this thread, what the fuck is going on? Is it some kind of shit package that stations need to take in order to show a big critical hit, that is not at all unrelated to shady practices of Hollywood accounting from the last century or so? Relatedly, I assume these shitty packages are why the BBC tends to stick to older/Nic Cage films which might not come with so many strings attached, unless they get some other kind of joke of a bill so they can only show LA Confidential once every two years.
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