Inferno – Brand New Trailer!

It’s getting hot in here.

So let’s solve some crimes.

It is getting so hot, we’re gonna call Tom Hanks in…

Yes, that’s right! We’ve got a brand new trailer for Inferno, the latest religious mystery romp from Dan Brown (the novelist behind the film) and Ron Howard (the director). Inferno revolves around Robert Langon, a symbolist who must unravel the biggest game of treasure hunt in Italy as classic art, secret passageways, and other historical stuff. His sexy…sorry…smart assistant this time around is Sienna Brooks played by Felicity Jones.

There are older people out there who have been jonsing for this film and I suppose it’ll appeal to a young crowd. That being said, no film with Tom Hanks in it is a bad film!


Stealing Cars – Brand New Clip!

Stealing Cars is a bad thing. A bad, bad thing. And if you didn’t know that it was a bad thing, here’s a brand new film starring William H. Macy and Emery Cohen!

From executive producer Mark Wahlberg, the film revolves around a rebellious teenager who gets caught up with police for stealing cars. Sent to a juvenile prison, he inspires his cell mates to stand back and take control of their lives.

Stealing Cars looks like an American version of Adulthood and has been tipped as a similar movie to Starred Up. The clips certainly denote a fantastic film.


Eternity – Brand New Trailer!

Humans. We’re a tricky bastards, aren’t we? We go through a whole heap of emotions and events that denote our lives. Then we wither and die.
Sorry to put it so bluntly but that’s the most mysterious part of life – living and dying in a cycle that spans thousands of years.

Starring Audrey Tautou, Berenice Bejo, and Melaine Laurent and directed by Tran Anh Hung, Eternity revolves around three generations of women who live, love, grow old, and feel pain across 100 years of living.

With a sublime score, picturesque period images, and a phenomenal cast, Eternity looks like an exquisite French film that’ll ache and portray humanity in all its glory.


Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Release Trailer

Dawn of the Justice split people down the middle. Critics and audiences alike churned over the latest release until there was nothing left. And now, we’re getting an ultimate edition to take home with us. Ultimate said exactly like Batman.

For those who don’t know, because you’ve perhaps been living under some Kryptonite, the movie stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill as the titular heroes. With lots of alien invasions and God-like Superheroes, masked vigilante Batman is feeling a little bristled (with jealousy, mayhaps?) When he attempts to keep tabs on Superman, all hell breaks loose and the pair are soon at war. Which makes it the perfect time for a new enemy to rise and take over. Welp!

Ok. So, matter how you feel about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you can bet that there will be a bunch of buys and downloads of the upcoming film. Certainly one for your nerdy shelf, Dawn of Justice will be a must buy for DC fans! In this super-clip, you also get to see Jenna Malone’s Barbara Gordon. That’s interesting!


Open City Documentary Film Festival: Mallory – Review

‘No one gives a rat about me’ are the initial few words to escape the recovering drug addict that is Mallory. A line spoken that is both heartbreaking and dripping in truth as we witness Czech filmmaker Helena Trestikova’s 13 yearlong documentary about this woman’s devastating life. A tale of rejection and determination that is sure to make some of the right noises when screened at the upcoming Open City Documentary festival this month.

Back in 2002, this weak, substance depending woman made a promise to herself – to lead a better life, a clean life for the sake of her new born son. Despite trying, knocking heroin on the head and getting rid of boyfriend who constantly beat her years later she is living in her current boyfriends car not quiet believing that life could ever be this hard for her. Desperately trying to fight the system and get off the street for good, this hour and a half proves just how resilient humans can be, how corrupt society truly is and most of all how much Mallory herself learns from all of her mistakes.

Interestingly, after all these years, when this woman finds life throwing her back into a dark hole, she craves heroin. The desire that once controlled her every move is still so strong that she herself has to constantly battle not to go down that path again and deal with the everyday problems that simply can’t be washed away by numbing your emotions. Her wake-up call back in 2002 worked in some respect but the endless knock-backs from social services resulted in her son being taken away from her and committed to a psychiatric facility.  Such a moment that no mother should ever endure but one that was essential for his young boy to survive away from such abuse and corruption. As this lady cries at the camera explaining that she barely even goes to see him, she knows it was the right choice for him. Although, now she wants her little boy back, to raise him like a normal mother with a roof over their heads.

One thing that is unavoidable here is how Mallory chooses toxic relationship, after toxic relationship – she can’t seem to get it right. Her co-dependency devours her from seeing the truth. Any signs that she should have avoided are clouded by just being with someone so she isn’t alone. Yes, a quality that resides in many of us; yet on screen becomes laborious to watch and all the more predictable. We know that when this lady is in a good spot, that her world will come crashing down around her.

After all we see, what this woman has been through, there is a glimmer of optimism at the end. As she continues to get knocked back down and start all over again, her words to Helena, believing in this project, knowing that even though she isn’t where she wants to be, some things have changed for the best. Ultimately, such a format adopted here isn’t anything new, albeit Helena has shown us something that is important.

This documentary is an emotional roller-coaster of a ride. A ride that is slow to start, has a few too many barrel rolls, but does have a rather hasty middle, blowing wind into the hair of this woman, showing her what to do next.


East End Film Festival: Baskin – Review

From director Can Evrenol comes his first feature film Baskin, which follows a squad of police officers who go through a trap door to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building. The film possesses elements of the horror and fantasy genres, but there’s also something very surrealistic about it too. It’s a very weird film, but most certainly not in a bad way.

In fact, the weirder it gets, the better it gets; the first half of this film has a lot of scenes in which the main characters simply talk, and the even when the ball starts rolling on the plot, it’s still rather boring. This is definitely a film you don’t come to for the story. It honestly feels like a pain to sit through for the most part, and you find yourself waiting for something weird or exciting to happen (Thankfully, they do). In addition, the entire film is very darkly lit, which is of course on purpose and ideally used to effect, however it makes the film a little hard to watch and the drab, dull colours can have a tiring effect on you.

Saying all that, there definitely is a lot to like about this film. In it’s more surreal moments, where weird, inexplicable stuff happens, it’s quite glorious. It’s very uncomfortable, very unnerving and almost off putting, but it adds to the sensation and enthrallment with the film. This is of course complimented by the score, which frequently comes in with heavy, powerful tracks to hammer the point home, the lighting which changes to brighter, more vivid colours that contribute towards that dream like effect and entices the audience more so than the rest of the film does, and the fantastic make up work, which heavily adds to the unsettling nature of the film.

Baskin proves that Can Evrenol is a director with promise. There’s a lot of care that’s gone into this film, and it’s meticulously crafted to be a disorientating experience. As far as debuts go, he’s done an excellent job. The use of camera is superb, allowing the audience to feel like more of a witness to the events going on above all else, and the editing of the film allows for it’s more tense and confusing moments to have their full effect. Evrenol is a man who knows what he’s doing, and after directing so many shorts (Including a shorter version of Baskin), it’s great that he’s started making feature film. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes next, as he could have a very good career in horror.

Baskin is a very hard film to enjoy; it’s pacing and plot leave a lot to be desired, and even if you ignore that, it’s surrealistic nature can be jarring and uncomfortable. Regardless, that’s where the experience of this film lies, and whilst it may not be the most engaging or marvelous film of the year, it’s most definitely note worthy, and good sign that it’s director will be going on to great things.