Category Archives: 2013

Kick-Ass 2: Red Band Trailer

378px-Kick-Ass2-PosterJeff Wadlow had some big shoes to fill when he agreed to direct Kick-Ass 2. Matthew Vaughn’s box adaptation of the cult comic proved to be a hit with both critics and fans with a sequel always inevitable. The trailer showcases the violent and comedic elements that it’s predecessor enjoyed ensuring that there is a focus on drama also. All the ingredients that made the first one a success seem Continue reading

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Iron Man 3 gets a new trailer

iron_man_3_poster_leadA new trailer for Iron Man 3 has been released, and it’s looking very promising. We are treated to more footage of Ben Kingsley’s the Mandarin and exceptional set pieces that are much if it is to erase the ghost of Iron Man 2 and match the deserved adoration of Avengers Assemble. We also Continue reading

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News: Highlander remake developments

highlander 4Updates have come in regarding the long running saga that is  the remake of the Christopher Lambert fromage fest, Highlander. Initially with Ryan Reynolds signed up to play Conner MacLeod and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 weeks later) on board, the project looked to be coming out of development hell and moving into a possible filming schedule. In December it was announced that Fresnadillo was no longer involved due to differences between himself and the studio over the creative vision of the project. The official line is that the film is still a priority and will be made under the supervision of another, as yet, un-named, director. In a piece of positive news Justin Lin is once again attached to the project. Initially touted as director prior to the appointment of Fresnadillo, Lin of Fast Five fame, is now on board in the capacity as an executive producer. With a track record of reviving a failing franchise Lin seems like a welcome addition to the team. Whether this proves to be the boost the project needs to move forward is debatable. A script has been getting developed during Fresnadillo’s tenure but no details have yet been released. Rumours of Ryan Reynolds using Mrs Doubtfire as a voice coach for that tricky Scottish accent are unconfirmed at this time.

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A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

die hardIn 1988 director John McTiernan cast Bruce Willis as John McClane in Die Hard and the rest is history. I could write a book on the sheer brilliance of the film however I wouldn’t be telling you anything you didn’t already know. The following two films were well received however Die Hard 4:0 (or Live Free and Die Hard) was successful in splitting opinion. Did it feel like a Die Hard film, is Bruce Willis too old for this shit, and was Kevin Smith solely responsible for ruining the film? Personally, I thought the film was okay however the questions were valid and that’s why I was incredibly sceptical of the fifth entry in the franchise. What made matters worse was the news that the studio would be releasing a toned down cut for the UK despite the film earning an R rating state side. Needless to say, I didn’t enter the cinema with high hopes.

The film finds John McClane heading to Moscow after learning that his son Jack (Jai Courtney) has been arrested. Before he’s even had a chance to see the sights, Continue reading

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Preview: Fast & Furious six

fast and furiious 6Released this week is the extended first look trailer for the new Fast & Furious movie. We are now up to number six in the seemingly never-ending franchise. This time the ‘gang’ are working for Agent Hobbs in order to bring down a rival gang. Their prize is the clearing of their own criminal records. Apparently the job involves shooting, driving and shooting while driving. After the dip in quality of the second and arguably the third film Justin Lin has breathed new life into numbers four and five. With the reintroduction of some of the original stars  the franchise has improved in quality and proven to be hugely popular.

As with all sequels Fast 6 has bigger stunts, more explosive action and possibly dumber dialogue. Some constants remain. It’s no surprise to see a buff Vin Diesel clad in white vest staring off into the distance. Fast & Furious six will be everywhere on 24th May.

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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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Hitchcock (2013)

Hitchcock 1The master of suspense. Alfred Hitchcock was one of the giants of movie making in the twentieth century.  One look at his canon of work is impressive enough. What marked him out from others at the time was his ability to generate buzz around his films that captured the public imagination and attention. From this gift he was able to develop a public persona of an enigmatic and slightly menacing figure. Hitch reveled in this and was always happy to play his part in building the myth. It got to such a level that the distinction between truth and fiction got blurred. I suspect that the film Hitchcock starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren has a similar relationship with reality. Continue reading

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Lincoln (2013)

Lincoln PosterAbraham Lincoln’s recent cinematic outings have seen him as a vampire hunter or zombie smasher. Lincoln instead goes for the much more authentic story of his fight against his real enemy; Slavery. It’s not your usual biopic though as it doesn’t tell the full tale of the man’s life, but instead concentrates on the last few months and one of the greatest achievements of his personal and political life; the 13th Amendment to the Constitution resulting in the abolition of slavery.

Lincoln opens well into his career meeting soldiers at the Confederate Union base at Petersburg battlefield two years after the famous Gettysburg Address. He is already a hugely respected man by both white and black soldiers and the opening exchange between himself and some grass roots troops sets the tone for the entire movie. The soldiers are in awe of the President as he speaks and tells a tale in his soft, grandfatherly way. This sets the tone for the rest of the movie, which is largely a succession of Abe’s speeches and amusing anecdotes. Continue reading

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