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January Round Up

January has been a really busy month. Although I have managed to squeeze a lot of new releases into my schedule, unfortunately I’ve not had the time to review them (woe is me). Nevertheless I’ve decided to round up what I saw in the cinema in January.

Texas Chainsaw 3D

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series is one of the most iconic horror franchises in cinema. Kicking off with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1974, three sequels followed before it was inevitably remade in 2003, the remake then spawning a prequel in 2006. 2013 sees its first foray into 3D and you know it isn’t that bad…for the first 5 minutes at least. Continuing right after where the original left off, a lynch mob burn down the Sawyer family’s farmhouse with all of them inside. Finding a baby has survived, one of the mob adopt it only for her to grow up into Alexandra Daddario suggesting that she may not be a blood relative of her cousin Leatherface. Continue reading

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Jack Reacher (2012)

Jack reacher 1Expectation can be a dangerous thing. Especially when it’s fans of books about to see a long held hero brought to life on the silver screen. When it was announced that the Jack Reacher books would be adapted the initial excitement turned into howls of anguish as it became apparent that Tom Cruise’s production company was involved and the title role would be filled by Tom himself. The issue for most fans of the book was that Reacher is described as six-foot five and built like a brick outhouse. Tom Cruise on the other hand is about five and a half feet tall and doesn’t have the same imposing physical presence. The issue was put to bed for most of the fans when the book’s author, Lee Child, gave his opinion. He said that with any other (taller) actor you would get one hundred percent of height and ninety percent of the character but with Tom Cruise you get ninety percent of the height but one hundred percent of the character. While being generous with the estimation of Cruise’s dimensions Mr Child hits the nail on the head. The film is an interpretation and the core of that is a totally committed characterisation. Continue reading

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Preview: Sockzilla!

SOCKZILLAJust released to the world is the trailer for the new film from Director Paul Bruce. Best known for his five minute award winning epic Zombie Asockalypse from 2009, Paul and his team have been hard at work on the follow up. Staying with the horror genre, the subject of the new film is Sockzilla the sock monster from fifty thousand fathoms.  Featuring the same high quality wool blend and voice talent it looks as if Paul has another winner on his (sock covered) hands.

The trailer for the film can be found here

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Preview: Welcome to the Punch (2013)

Welcome-to-the-punchIn 2010 Eran Creevy’s unproduced screenplay Welcome to the Punch shared third place in that year’s Brit list (where the British and Irish community of producers, development execs and agents vote for their most liked and recommended unproduced scripts).

Having gone into production in 2011, the British thriller is set for release on 15 March this year. James McAvoy stars as detective Max Lewinsky who finds himself having one last chance at former criminal Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) when he is forced to come out of hiding. However not all is as it seems and the two enemies find themselves unlikely allies in order to survive.

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What to look forward to in 2013: Part 2

Django Unchained 

djangoBe honest with yourself, Tarantino hasn’t made a great film in 10 years. Inglourious Basterds was average, Death Proof took itself too seriously and Kill Bill Volume 2 would have worked better if not compared to its thrill packed predecessor. Django Unchained at least shows that the auteur has no plans of mellowing with age. Set during the American civil war about a freed slave, the film has already received much criticism for its racial epithets (which Tarantino has often been criticised for in his work). Boasting a stellar cast including Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and of course Samuel L Jackson, personally I’m hoping for a return to form for Tarantino. Though there are those that’d argue there was never a dip.

 

Pacific Rim 

images-3When mankind finds itself under threat from giant monsters that have appeared through a dimensional portal in the ocean, there’s only thing for it. Build giant robots to kick the living shit out of the threat. I don’t think much more needs to be said for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming sci-fi effort.

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What to Look Forward to in 2013: Part 1

GI Joe:  Retaliation

gi joeIt’s very unlikely that this will feature in my top ten come the end of the year, however I can’t deny having some love for it’s predecessor. It was cheesy, over the top and had the worst Scottish accent since Robert Duvall in A Shot at Glory, but it was fun and a had a strong cast. The sequel was supposed to see the light of day last year, however a decision to post-convert into 3D (yay he screamed sarcastically) and re-shoot a lot of the film to include more Channing Tatum, pushed the release date back almost a year. This won’t be The Godfather Part II, however at best it might just match The Expendables Part II.

The Lone Ranger

lone rangerJohnny Depp stars in a film with Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton isn’t directing? If this film was released last year I’d wager it was a tell tale sign of the Mayan apocalypse. Instead it’s Gore Verbinski that has taken the taking of converting the classic TV series for a modern audience. Armie Hammer takes the lead as the Lone Ranger himself; however it’s Depp’s Tonto that caught most people’s attention. Stylistically it’s looking great, with a supernatural theme running through it, the film proves to be interesting at least.

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Thomas’s top 10 of 2012

This list proved harder to cut down than I initially thought. Nonetheless, here’s my top films of 2012. Likely subject to change once discussed with exception of the top three.

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The Muppets

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Within five minutes of this film starting I instantly regretted my decision to come see it. My nostalgic memories were being kicked from me as I realised that not only the Muppets themselves had aged badly,

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John’s top ten films of 2012

2012 has been a very good year for films, especially ones that appeal to me. When I compiled my top ten of last year I had maybe thirteen contenders for the list. This year in comparison had about twenty three films that could have easily been in the top ten. The criteria for the list is simple. The film has to be released in the UK in 2012 according to IMDB. It can be either a cinema or ‘video premiere’ release. Unfortunately these rules exclude my favourite film which was the fiftieth anniversary release of Lawrence of Arabia. A classic movie that will be the subject of a piece in the very near future. So, onwards to the list! Continue reading

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The Sweeney (2012)

In this age of recycling the film industry is often held up as the major player in re using ideas for financial gain instead of promoting new and fresh ideas that may not have a major monetary recompense for the investors. You only have to look at the major studio films released this year to see the trend. Lots of twos, threes, fours and fives floating about in the multiplex. Add in to this reboots and re-interpretations of previous products making the cinema going experience a samey and dull experience sometimes.  So into this market place comes the new version of The Sweeney.  In the nineteen seventies the TV show The Sweeney heralded a new type of Police drama. Before it the British Police procedurals  showed the officers of the law as the good guys. There was no grey area. There were cops and villains and little in between. Continue reading

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Argo (2012)

Ben Affleck never seemed to be anyone’s favourite actor. Not only did he feature as a punchline to a song in Team America, he seldom gets credit for the Oscar he won alongside his writing partner Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting. Despite some great films in his early career he appeared to go from (critical and financial) flop to flop. Though it’s hard to lay all the blame at his door, most people often did.

Despite a lot of positive attention for his portrayal of George Reeve in Hollywoodland, a year later he jumped behind the camera for his directorial debut Gone Baby Gone which opened to rave reviews. His next effort The Town (which he also starred in) was a commercial and critical success. Even his acting was getting better reviews. It’s through this that people can now say without irony that they’ll looking forward to the next Ben Affleck film…especially if he’s directing it.
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