Ben-Hur – Brand New Trailer!

Yes. This is still happening. This film is still a thing. I’m just going to go straight into the plot, then I’ll mumble angrily, and then  you’ll watch the trailer.


Oh wait, you don’t need the plot, do you? Ok, well, the film revolves around the titular character Ben Hurr, played by Broadwalk Empire’s Jack Huston. He’s a biblical prince who lives in Jerusalem. However, he takes revenge against those trying to intimidate the Jewish populace and helps find the freedom of the Jewish people.

Blah blah blah Jack Huston and Toby Kebbell blah blah blah.

That is all you need to know.

What do you think?


T2 – Brand New Teaser!

Trainspotting 2 has barely been filming and yet there has already been a teaser trailer. And set photos. And hints. And posters. And now we have yet another teaser trailer.

The funny thing about this? We still know little about the upcoming film. Man, that’s how you tease!

The aptly named T2 (which, by the way, doesn’t stand for the Terminator sequel which left me a little bit bewildered,) sees the original cast return for more drug-fuelled antics…

Ah whatever is coming our way so far doesn’t void the fucking excitement we have for this sequel. Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, and Jonny Lee Miller all return to make this one of the most highly anticipated films of all time!

T2 IS OUT 2017

Poor Cow – DVD & Blu-Ray Review

Ken Loach has been the backbone of our film industry since he came into our lives in 1967 (funnily enough, for this film.) Anyway, the film director, along with brethren such as Mike Leigh and Andrea Arnold, who have crafted such intense British dramas named lovingly as kitchen sink realism. The dark heart of British cinema is in the portrayal of the impoverished, imprisoned, and often elapsed souls of our society. They catch these stories and intricately weave harrowing emotions with realistic characters that secure redolent memories within our minds.

Loach is definitely one of the best and his work continues with the Palme d’Or winning I, Daniel Blake, which is out later this year.

However, today on DVD and Blu-Ray, we’re going back to explore his directorial debut Poor Cow which is a title that explains everything you know you are going to get from the film.

Poor Cow sees Joy, a young and hapless mother, forced to fend for herself after her abusive and unkind husband Tom is jailed. When criminal associate Dave attracts Joy’s attentions, they have a brief happiness and it looks as though Joy is piecing her life together again. As this is a Ken Loach film, however, the events become squiffy again when Dave is also arrested and thrown into. Joy is left to fend for herself and her young son in the worst kind of squalor. Could the character eventually find her namesake happiness?

There is a nagging sensation to peer back at Poor Cow with a glassy eyed nostalgia made possible by the near impeccable work that Loach has crafted since his directorial debut. True, Poor Cow is peppered by Loach’s trademark work. At times the dark, deep, and devastating drama, the emotions broil within the settings and in your stomach equally. The character study of Joy, played with astute precision by Carol White, and Terence Stamp’s Dave help evolve the studied relationship and all the strife the pair go through just to live and love. In many ways, Poor Cow hits hard and fast with churning accuracy that many can relate too.

The problem with Poor Cow, beyond the fact that Loach work since has been damn near impeccable, it’s that Poor Cow suffers from the general debut issues and the traps of the genre that Loach made his name in. If you aren’t used to drab and utterly depressing films under the scruff off bleak cinematography, then Poor Cow can seem alarming and, at times, quite dull. And yes, the film really, really focuses on how dire events have gotten which muddles the lovers tale and Joy’s story because, eventually, you are somewhat bored by the film. It’s tragic but not terrific. Good but not great.

Poor Cow may not be the biggest triumph in Loach’s repertoire and I can’t say it is an important watch. Unless, however, if you wish to see how he has evolved his craft, then Poor Cow is vital to see. Especially with the wonderful performances.


Gangsters, Gamblers & Geezers – Brand New Trailer!

Sometimes you can come across a small, independent film that will blow you away. A film that has the wit, gravitas and talent to make you question your life choices and either send you into a spiral of depression over the fact that you’ll never be able to make something of your life that comes even remotely close to what has been achieved, or motivate you into creating something even better.

The first trailer for Gangsters, Gamblers & Geezers has a similar effect on your psyche, but for entirely opposite reasons. This film looks bad. Not just bad, but a portent of the coming apocalypse which will lay waste to films left, right and centre.

The film looks to be sharing a similar story to Convenience, two friends rack up a load of debt and decide to become criminals in order to pay it off. Unfortunately, while Convenience had a small cast of talented actors, 3G (I can’t be bothered to write the full title) appears to be aiming for quantity over quality, with a number cutting their teeth in various soap operas before joining the film.

If that doesn’t warn you off, the number of women caked in fake tan, enough make up to suffocate a clown and wearing low-cut tops will do.

This film looks to be a travesty for British Independent Cinema.

Gangsters, Gamblers & Geezers is out in the UK September 20th

Zootropolis – DVD & Blu-Ray Review

Disney are certainly on a high this year. The relentless dream-makers who have been making our childhoods complete have soared with endless hits this year following from the Christmas phenomenon that was Star Wars. Between the return of a galaxy far, far away to the impending Finding Dory movie, no studio has had the great success that Disney have had this year (with the exception of Alice Through the Looking Glass because that was terrible.)

Zootropolis is based on the idea that humans never existed and therefore animals have built cities and become anthropomorphic…. (Though, if we never existed, they wouldn’t be called anthropomorphic, would they?). Anyway, there’s a rabbit cop trying to do her best in order to catch a fox who is slyly trying to escape her. But on their journeys together, they find that there is a much more sinister plot at hand that could threaten to sanctity of their city.

Zootropolis is a greatly imagined and fleshed out (furred out?) story that encompasses a large world of imagination. With gigantic and small characters interacting with each other, the team at Disney have rightly envisioned the scale of the inhabitants within the vibrant city. The kinetic energy of the titular place resonates the nature of different beast living un-wildly together with purpose, love, and friendship, captured in the stunning and colourful look of the film. Enhancing from this, Zootropolis has added spectacular detail to the animal design that makes the anthropomorphic critters look completely real. With each hair design crucially crafted to the last follicle, a lot of passionate artistry went into lovingly developing the animals.

The animal-ation imbues the story with a glorious charm but it’s the themes and tale that are vital here. On the surface, this is a film about a rambunctious bunny who wishes to make it in the big city as a police officer and has the aid of a sly fox equally trying to make waves on the town, though in a much more criminal manne. But within this plot, the writers showcase the prejudice and racism that can happen in the most idyllic of places. The different species don’t peacefully cohabitate with one another and the line between prey and predator is still there no matter how forward thinking an animal is. An echo of the world’s climate at the moment, Zootropolis serves as a revelation of how prejudice can sever and alter a harmonious world. The clear underbelly of hate that demonises placated predators is manipulated by media and politics within this world and soon riots and protests begin to rampage whilst a sinister plot plays puppet-master behind the scenes. Urging the audience to see passed differences, Zootropolis becomes a perfect education for folks unable to see similarities, love, and family within multi-cultures.

Zootropolis is a daring, complex, funny, and entertaining film that is full of quips and a noir-like unfurling crime plot. Ginnifer Godwin and Jason Batemen play opposing creatures who find common ground and their voice work is terrific from the chipper Judy to the wry and sarcastic Nick. They lead a rambunctious cast that includes Jenny Slate, Idris Elba, and J.K. Simmons. A wonderful family film, Zootropolis is a Disney classic with purpose.


Spaceman – Brand New Trailer!

There are a lot of sports biopics out there. A lot. But I can guarantee there is none quite like Spaceman.

The film tells the story of a former Major League Baseball pitcher named Bill “Spaceman” Lee who was fired from the big leagues because of his drug fuelled antics. Instead of laying down and taking it, he heads to the Small League to revive his name and love of the sport.

Starring Josh Duhamel, the film could be completely rubbish but it could also be phenomenal. Hailed as the sports version of The Big Lebowski, the only way the film could succeed is on the back of Duhamel talents.