The Commuter – Brand New Trailer & Clips!

Liam Neeson…What a guy; his action thrills are Non-Stop...He’s Taken our money for years, and he deserves it. The limit of his talent is Unknown, but he never fails to Silence the haters. Batman Begins to question his masculinity when Liam Neeson is around, and to attain his physical fitness, you’d have to Run All Night. He is truly a Star…Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.

Okay I may have lost steam there, but he certainly hasn’t as he brings us his latest thriller The Commuter, where he plays an ordinary man caught in a criminal conspiracy during his daily ride home.

If you liked Non-Stop, Unknown and Run All Night, all from the same director of this, then this should be right up your alley as it definitely looks to be up to scratch. We can always rely on Liam Neeson to be the hero, even if his morals are kind of in The Grey area.

You’re right, I should stop.

 

 


The Commuter is out next year 

On Body and Soul – Brand New Trailer

You’ve heard of slow burning films, well turns out the exact same thing exists in trailers; the trailer for On Body and Soul starts out very slow and very boring, and by the end, it’s utterly captivating. On Body and Soul is an unusual love story set in the everyday world, based around the duality of sleeping and waking, mind and matter.

The film poses many interesting questions, and on a technical level, it’s visually stunning. It’s a little unconventional, which I think we can all appreciate in films sometimes, and there’s something extremely poetic about it’s story. This is one film you definitely don’t want to miss.


On Body and Soul is out 22nd September

Kingdom of Us – Bran New Trailer!

We all love a good documentary on Netflix, but their latest may have us feeling a little bit broken. Kingdom of Us is the harrowing tale of a family financially destroyed when the father of seven committed suicide, and Lucy Cohen explores three years of the family’s life as they look back on old family videos, discuss the man their father was, and look forward after such a bleak past.

While the documentary looks terrific, it’s a tough film to want to watch; the trailer alone is heartbreaking, and it makes you wonder if you’ll be able to press play. Still, it looks very well done and has such an interesting and complex story at it’s heart. Just make sure you have some tissues near by.


Kingdom of Us is out on Netflix on 13th October

Lane 1974 – New Trailer

Lane 1974 is the true story of a young girl, content with her unconventional life orchestrated by her troubled mother, but longing to experience a normal, stable life. Navigating her complicated mother as well as looking after her young siblings, Lane decides to forge her own path in hopes of finding a better life.

Lane 1974 looks like a tender, painful drama, but I don’t think this trailer does it justice; it goes on a little too long, and feels a little lost in what it’s trying to show. Beyond that, it looks like an excellent film. At only 1 hour and 19 minutes long, it’ll be interesting how they’ve packed such an emotional story into such a short run time, and if it works.


Lane 1974 doesn’t yet have a UK release date, but has already played at festivals in the US.

The Villainess – Review

There is no doubt that in the world of film, Korean cinema is proving to be some of the most exciting. Producing world class directors like Park Chan-Wook and films such as Oldboy and The Man from Nowhere, the country is experiencing its very own new wave. Action films are, of course, a huge bulk of this new wave, with the region’s prominence in Martial Arts.

New revenge thriller The Villainess aims to showcase the physical style the country can produce. Despite its rich setting and Korea’s pool of talent, the film is an overblown, messy action flick that picks style over any substance.

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When young Sook-hee (Kim Ok-bin) is caught after brutally killing an entire crime gang, she is offered a deal; work as a sleeper agent for the secret service or face jail. With her new-born child and intense training, her life begins to unravel as we learn how she became a killer and just who were the men she killed.

Directed by Jung Byung-gil, who previously direction action flick Confession of Murder as well as documentary Action Boys.

The story begins typically enough for an action/revenge tale. A young woman breaks into a building and kills numerous men, while looking for someone. She escapes the building unharmed but is picked up by the Korean secret service. They agree to give her back her life if she works for them for a period of ten years. After this explosive opening, the plot goes haywire. The relevance of the secret service and their true nature and aims are never established. The plot becomes crammed, convoluted, and difficult to follow.

The film continuously jumps into Sook-hee’s past, distorting the time and structure. What should unravel her past simply adds more action and confuses the plot. Non-linear structures are the trend in the best of Korea’s films but what is missing here is the solid narrative to justify it. The jumping around of time feels more for style purposes, rather than to tell an actual story.

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The film showcases plenty of action with well-choregraphed fight sequences. The frequency of the action feels out of place with the narrative, dragging it out. Yet the most unwatchable element of this film is the video game style the film often morphs into, using a player POV to follow the leads fighting path. The visuals feel at odds with the rest of the film and the result is underwhelming.

Lead actress Ok-bin Kim is most prominently known for her role in vampire thriller Thirst. Trained in multiple Martial Arts ,this film aimed to showcase her physical abilities. The director claims all stunt work was performed by her with CGI only used to remove cables. Although this is a well-choreographed action film, the story leaves all cast’s effort wasted. No doubt Kim has presence and could handle a more emotional arch but here, she’s wasted for the sake of visuals.

Despite a strong female lead and some impressive action, the films overblown running time, convoluted narrative and videogame style makes it a dull watch.


The Villainess is out now! 

Bad Sequels We Can’t Help But Love

Sequels are notoriously known for being bad. Their reputation is not that great. There are only a select few that rally to the ranks of greatness. Golden ones that exceed the original and make it better.

These are not those sequels. But we love them anyway! Here’s a selection of films we know are bad, but damn they make us feel good!

Nativity 2 (2012)

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Nativity 2 gets a whole lot of nothing in the reaction department – it’s a sequel that’s thought about very little, and discussed even less, because it is, let’s face it, pointless. But to that I say – so was the original. And honestly that’s the charm of the Nativity films. They’re pointless, they’re utterly ridiculous and implausible – and they’re festive and joyous and full of love and cheesy romance. Honestly what more could you want at Christmas? Are you telling me Jingle All The Way is a masterpiece? No, that’s what I thought. Also, David Tennant as a grumpy Scottish teacher who ends up dressed as a sparkly sequin star? I mean – if you’re not enjoying that I’m sorry but you may not have a soul.

Look Who’s Talking Now (1993)
by Georgia Sanders

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Yes, Look Who’s Taking is a trilogy. And whilst purists claim that only the original starring Bruce Willis as the baby is a decent movie, and movie buffs with taste claim that they’re all terrible, I’m here to say: good taste is overrated. Danny Devito and Diane Keaton playing a Rottweiler and a Poodle odd couple who fall in love whilst Kirstie Alley and John Travolta try to raise kids and keep their marriage together despite the interference of a rich business woman, and it’s Christmas?! There is nothing there to dislike. It’s fun, it’s funny, there’s adorable kids involved, it’s got everything except a helicopter chase. It’s also my go-to sneaky Christmas film. It’s technically not a Christmas film but it’s set at Christmas and there are Christmas songs in it, and therefore fulfils my desperate need for festivity when it’s September and no-one else will sing Rat Pack Christmas covers with me. In fact fuck it, I’m gonna watch it now.

The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
by Cookie N Screen

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As a spotty pre-pubescent teen, there was something so stellar about films that had women with power in them. No, I mean literally magical gifts. As I stared at the pencils in hopes that I could zoom it across the room, I supposed The Rage: Carrie 2 spoke to me when I was young.  The Rage: Carrie 2 took a Brian De Palma and Stephen King premise and made a mockery of it. The entire film is a pointless waste of the mental energy it would take just to watch it. It’s a poor imitation of the glorious predecessor that took all that was good and reshaped it to be an oversexed trollop of a film. It came with everything people hate about reboots; a need for more blood and shocks (despite the original having bucket loads) and missed the point entirely about the isolation of Carrie and how that burned inside her. The thin connections to the original were shoddy attempt to attract an audience….. But I love it. I love its cheesiness, its dialogue, its lack of tension, and its predictability. It’s gloriously bad and made all the more better for it.

Step Up 3D (2010) 
by Lee-Anne Pawley

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I have personally never come across a problem that couldn’t be solved by dance. Nor have I ever come across something more important than my dance commitments. Lose yourself in the Step Up series – never before had a story so required a sequel, a 3D follow up and more. In a world of Brexit, Trump and general horribleness, it’s nice to think that we could all put aside our differences and be reunited by a totally bitching dance routine.

Scream 3  (2000)
by Cookie N Screen

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Do you know when a sitcom becomes popular the main character (or characters) personality traits become exemplified and incredibly over the top?   Well, that’s what happened with Scream 3. Each role, character and story is enhanced and transformed into the caricature of themselves. It’s so Meta, it’s insane.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised that as I’m writing this a killer isn’t going to phone me and chase me around the house whilst I rave on about how complicated and clichéd Scream 3 became.  BUT Neve Campbell is flawless as always. She never made Sidney a simpering character, though she is often parodied as one in such awfulness like Scary Movie. There is a quiet strength to her that this time falls from the sarcastic lip or her will to survivor which is stunning and always great to watch. As for the rest of the performers, they do slip into their roles greatly despite them being overblown. The film is entertaining, with a steady foundation to party with its themes and Meta atmosphere. If you are a fan of slashers then you are going to enjoy it.


What’s your favourite “bad sequel?”