Desertio – Brand New Trailer!

You are going to see the term “Oscar Contender” a lot these days. We’ve officially come into Oscar and Festival season and you are going to see the words all the time. Every film is seemingly an Oscar Contender these days but Gael Garcia Bernal led drama Desertio could really snatch the title.

The film revolves around an idyllic life which is ruined when a gun-toting vigilante romps and hounds the couple.

Traumatic and scary, this is going to be a tense thriller.


Desertio is out later this year. 

Rupture – Brand New Trailer!

Noomi Rapace is a gifted actress who came to fame thanks to her perfect performance of psychopath Lisbeth Salander.  She has since come leaps and bounds in movies such as Prometheus and Child 44 and looks to thrill us all in the shocking horror Rupture.

The film revolves around a young mother who is abducted into a mysterious laboratory and experimented on by seedy-looking captures.

Creepy, uneasy, terrifying, Rupture is going to be horrific. Directed by Steven Shainberg, who also crafted Secretary, Rupture is an interesting film.


Rupture is out 4th November

Tim Burton Week: Tim and Johnny = BFFs

Finding your soulmate is a combination of effort and a whole lot of luck.  But when you find that connection, not necessarily a romantic one, something amazing happens. Worlds collide and creativity flows back and forth between the two of you. Often other people don’t understand it. Sometimes you don’t either. But understanding it would make it less magical, right? That is the sort of bond we find between Timmy and John – BFFs.

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(Mum: Johnny! Tim! Turn round so I can get a picture of you! Tim: Eurgh Mum! You’re so embarrassing!)

When a young Johnny Depp walked into that coffee shop to meet Tim Burton for the first time, I doubt he realised the journey he was about to embark on. A friendship over twenty years strong sparked that day, from which we got collaborations such as Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, and the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Thank God those two found each other.

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(Tim: This is sooooo boring. Johnny: Totally. You still coming round to play computer games later?)

But then it seems inevitable when you hear them talk. Who else but Johnny could understand and help bring to life some of Tim’s more abstract ideas? Who else but Tim could bring out the best acting in Johnny, even when faced with impossible roles? Under Tim’s wing he played teenager made of corpses with scissors for hands – and became a successful movie star off the back of it! I once stuck pencils in between my fingers at school and pretended to be Wolverine. Maybe if I had had a friend like Tim that could have been the start of my greatness?

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(Tim: Hey, who just tapped my shoulder. Johnny: sniggers)

 

So this is a just a little celebration of that awesome friendship. May it go on for many more years guys and produce many more films

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is out 30th September.

Free State of Jones – Review

Is there a role that Matthew McConaughey isn’t perfect for? It seems that whatever this man is given; he invariably delivers above and beyond. The silver screens latest slice of political and racial history, Free State of Jones provides this class actor with enough meat he can sink his teeth appearing near impeccable before our eyes, whilst the supporting cast bring fresh, new talent to our screens. Of course, it was never the casting choices that was going to let this one down.

Despite being from the talented man who brought us the incredibly nail biting first installment of the successful Hunger Games – Gary Ross’ Free State sadly doesn’t live up to expectations. This is undeniably a completely different film entirely, but even after the 2 and a half hours of watching – there still seems to be an inescapable void that desperately needed to be filled with something other than lengthy, slow paced dialogue. Using facts and events that actually took place is always tricky and perhaps it was that restriction that leaves you feeling empty after you depart the theatre. As we are introduced to the hardships and harshness of the American Civil War, a medical nurse Newt Knight (McConaughney) works day and night, helping the wounded and the scared. Yet, when the amount of life’s lost surpassed the amount saved, he risks his own life by sparking a rebellion against the Confederacy. Recruiting anyone who was (at the time) as mad as Knight, local slaves and farmers, this small, yet powerful group of people ignited an historic uprising in Jones County in Mississippi.

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The longevity of this one is enough to put some people off; albeit due to the subplot of a court case surrounding Knights descendants, the film as a whole didn’t feel too long. Perhaps devoting more time to the case and knocking off 20 minutes of the build-up would have been a better move. Amongst the class story-telling and acting, the whole film is set out in a far too familiar fashion. We are given a formula with only one intention, to equals ‘the feels’. To toy with our emotions; when it was already there in the first place. Such aspects come with such a story and resulted in them seemingly forced and determined, rather than allowing the audience to become lost in the story.

The controversy surrounding Knight’s character and the all important act of helping and assisting black people during a time that the average Joe simply didn’t, gives him a real and raw edge. He spoke out and started a mini revolution – racial liberation, establishing himself as a beacon of hope in America’s text books.  This man, through perseverance, dangerous methods and sheer determination created a Free State of Jones with his bare hands – it truly is a compelling tale. An important point in history that changed so many people’s lives, only for it to be ripped away again; it’s heartbreaking.

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Free State of Jones seems to be a spot in time that many people brush over, but an important one for all to see.  Heart-breaking without being smothering, it’s just a shame that this doesn’t start a flame and rouse us as it should; despite the cast performing their socks off.  Such a story certainly warrants such a time limit but for some reason Free State of Jones simply doesn’t reach the heights it was capable of.


Free State of Jones is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Review

Peculiar and Burton nearly always go hand in hand. Look back to Edward Scissorhands, and Corpse Bride even; the man’s work is astonishingly bizarre and after a few near misses down the rabbit hole, his latest venture brings together all the best bits and adds a certain flavour to his labour.

Based on Ranson Riggs novel of the same title and scripted by the skilfully sharp Jane Goldman; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a visually pleasing adventure with an ominous undertone. This is what both pleasant dreams and frightening nightmares are made of. Take a combination of such thoughts, add children with special powers and the silver screens old favourite of playing with time; a quirky and imperfect story much like the characters that reside in this universe emerges. After the mysterious death of his grandfather, Jake follows the stories he was enchanted by as a child and happens to stumble upon an Orphanage homing some very special, yet peculiar children. Run by the spectacular, peculiar in every way Miss Peregrine, who can transform into a Peregrine Falcon (naturally) and has the ability to conserve time, she creates a Groundhog Day style loop in 1943 to ensure her children are safe from dark forces and to avoid the inevitable; being bombed by the Germans.

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As the story unfolds, monstrous forces headed up my crazy scientist Barron seek the answer to immortality, hunting down every peculiar in their way (and eating copious amounts of eyeballs).  When Jake finds out he has his own peculiarity, joining forces and fighting off the Hollows becomes his main task. That and falling hopelessly for the lovely Emma, who literally floats without her lead boots on.

The effects were simply breath-taking, giving such oddities the dark, Gothic tone it encompasses. The 3D is barely noticeable enhancing the viewing experience – yet this type of story would have been just as effective in 2D. The disturbingly creepy beasts are a cocktail of the recent Stranger Things and everyone’s favourite Jack Skellington, pin-striped suit and all. Above all else, they are enough to scare adults, never mind wee ones.

Eva Green fits the Burton bill; fluttering, almost gliding but with sheer purpose as her Peregrine Flacon through this tale. The cast of unknown, young actors hit all the right notes. Adorable and scary all at once. One has to mention the creepy twins who harbour a gift much like the weeping Angels for Doctor Who. Asa Butterfield plays adolescent Jake with enough determination and nervousness to make utterly believable, whilst Ella Purnell brings a doe eyed charm and some boots every punk rocker is sure to want to her floating, air manipulating Emma. Samuel L Jackson I here for one reason, hilarity. Basically playing his character from Kingsman The Secret Service; replacing the baseball cap with grey hair and world domination with the desire for immortality and there you have it. By the by his megalomaniac Barron serves a purpose and helps this reach its climax. On a side note – it’s rather hard not to see the late Christopher Lee in the role of the Grandfather, yet Terrance Stamp does an impeccable job considering the boots he had to fill.

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Unfortunately, this becomes a tad sugar coated at times which in turn, allows an air of predictability to seep in. After the formulaic introduction of characters, we quickly realise what’s going to happen; the evil things come and the kids fight them off using their peculiar powers. The main captive audience, children, won’t notice it as much but a less conventional approach would have kept cheesy moments under lock and key. Having said that Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children is a touchingly crafted mutant-esque tale with a terrifyingly imaginative texture.

Underneath it all, a sweet coming of age story simmers giving the now deep voiced Butterfield some much needed manhood. Look past the girl with teeth in the back of her head, the boy with bees flying out of his mouth and allow the Burton we all know and strange wonderment to consume you.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now!  

Fantastic Beasts – Brand New Trailer!

2016 is the year of the big films. Marvel and DC characters wee all at war with Batman vs Superman and Captain America: Civil War. Foul-mouthed merc Deadpool is a mere 10 days away and X-Menface their Apocolypse in May. Oh and then there’s Dr. StrangeRogue One…and this still to come. 

And, hold on to your muggles, we’ll be exploring the world of wizards with Fantastic Beasts and where to find them. Here, we have more information on the upcoming movie!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them revolves around Newt Scamander as he brings live creatures to New York and promptly uses them. Welp! With an America more secretive about their magical ways, it’s a race against time to find them again.

Look, you could show Eddie Redmayne dressed gloriously like Newt, producing fart noises from his wand and telling the Pottheads that they are the worst and we’d still salivate all over


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is out November