Jeepers Creepers 3 – Brand New Trailer

Oh look, it’s another horror franchise which is receiving a new update in an attempt to draw those who saw the originals back into the cinema…

I honestly can’t be bothered to write any more about this.

Jeepers Creepers 3 (Let’s all be grateful that they didn’t decide to swap out the “E’s” with 3’s) just looks dull and somewhat uninspired. Once again, The Creeper has returned once again to wreak terror on an unsuspecting populace, but this time, the townsfolk are ready and they want to make sure it can never return.

The film looks less horror and more gory action, with plenty explosions and blood.

It’s also going to include an ironically un-ironic mention of the film’s title, because that’s how you show how ridiculous something is these days.

Jeepers Creepers 3 is out in cinemas September 26th!

Better Watch Out – Brand New Trailer!

Christmas is a time of year where you can sit back, relax and watch films with the rest of your family.

Of course, that only works you’re not being chased around your house by a group of people who are threatening you.

Such is the premise for Better Watch Out a festive horror/comedy/thriller/mess.

The film is a much more gory parody of the Home Alone franchise, with plenty of blood and scares to keep an audience gripping the edge of their seats.

What’s really questionable (aside from the need to make this film) is why on earth the producers decided to release it on October 6th instead of nearer the Christmas Holidays…

I guess some mysteries were never meant to be solved.

Better Watch Out is out in cinemas October 6th!

All the Money in the World – Brand New Trailer!

Michelle Williams.

…What? What do you mean I have to say more than that to sell this trailer? Ugh, fine….

Easily the best actress in the world right now Michelle Williams stars alongside Mark Wahlberg in All the Money in the World, based on the novel by John Pearson following the kidnapping of a young man, grandson to the richest man in the world. He won’t part ways with his fortune to save his life, but his distraught mother will stop at nothing to convince him.

Ridley Scott has been very touch and go in recent years, but this looks absolutely cracking; it’ll be nice to see Mark Wahlberg play something that’s not Transformers or bad comedy, and Michelle Williams is Michelle Williams. Christopher Plummer (who has replaced Kevin Spacey) as well looks to be delivering something special. It’s stylish and enticing, and January can’t come soon enough.

All the Money in the World is out January 8th

My Life as a Courgette – Review

In the grand tapestry of the film industry, audiences are treated with kids gloves, as though their IQs were scraping the bottom of the barrel and they had to be spoon-fed their entertainment like the idiots we are. While we can wail about the general public, the rise of independent films and their popularity showcases a more intricate intellect than first thought. This essence of cinematic patronising is increased with children. Christ, people like to think kids are fools. Last year, a Guardian writer bemoaned that Kubo and the Two Strings was too smart for children to enjoy. We’re really selling our off-spring short.

Though I’ll admit that the sugar-addled, messy kin can be easily distracted by a vibrant coloured tic-tac, thanks to the likes of Pixar and Disney, an intellectual children’s film can be enjoyed by all ages. French Academy nominated film My Life as a Courgette is an endearing animation.

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Nicknamed Courgette from an abusive mother, a young boy is taken from his home and has to stay at an orphanage following a tragic accident. There, he meets a whole heap of new friends and starts to heal from the pain of his past. With the aid of a police officer who has taken him in, Courgette is about to embrace his new surroundings and find a new home filled with love and acceptance.

Merely 80 minutes long, My Life as a Courgette surprisingly packs an emotional arch and poignant depiction of childhood suffering and growth after trauma. Through a vivid character and set-design, director Claude Barras and his team of stop-motion animators passionately craft this adorable and powerful film. Seeing the world through the eyes of these children adjusting to a new home crafts an artistic licence for weird and unusual character design. The spectrum display is imbued with heart which allows the tale to flow.

There are themes here that should open up dialogue with children and adults alike. An orphanage that tenderly takes care of its residents and actively asking what the child prefers when it comes to horrendous family members. What could’ve been a bleak portrayal of orphaned children becomes an astute understanding of children’s personalities, their reactions as well as emotional responses to stressors and, most importantly, adults. My Life as a Courgette teaches acceptance past a horrific event in your life and how that doesn’t define you as a person. It is through this layers that My Life as a Courgette opens into a compelling and joyous watch.

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Animation such as Courgette are really leading the way in what children’s entertainment could be whilst still appealing to the wider adult consumer. Battling against the likes of Despicable Me 3, these quirky yet undeniable stellar movies need as much support. Shape your child’s film education with a unique and fascinating movie.

My Life as a Courgette will melt into your heart and fill you with warmth in an charming and affecting way.

Whilst I’d urge adult and older children audiences to seek out the original French dialogue, the English dub has the voice of Nick Offerman and if that doesn’t sell it to you, I don’t know what will.

My Life as a Courgette is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now! 

Alien: Covenant – Review

The Alien franchise remains one of the greatest Sci-Fi epics in film history. With two original films – Alien & Aliens – met with acclaim by audiences, the later entries did not quite resonate. When original director Ridley Scott announced he would direct prequels to the franchise, audiences were drawn back into outer space.

First entry Prometheus, despite its visual effects and stellar cast, left many wanting in terms of story and context. Alien: Covenant, the second prequel, builds on the mythology and action of its predecessor. Yet without a strong character centre the film still cannot match the greatest of Alien.

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On board a colonisation mission, the crew of the spaceship Covenant are awakened from hyper sleep when their ship hits a radiation storm. Under the leadership of Captain Oram (Billy Crudup), the team intercept a rogue transmission from a seemingly perfect planet. With the potential to settle in a nearby world the crew decide to follow the signals trail, despite protests from first mate Daniels (Katherine Waterston). The planet has plant life, water, and breathable air yet the deeper they venture it becomes clear this world is not all it seems.

Covenant acts as a direct sequel to Prometheus and the sixth instalment in the Alien franchise. Directed by original mastermind Ridley Scott, the prequel aims to explore the origins of the Alien.

The film establishes a new setting, context and crew quickly. Awaken due to a fault the group encounters tragedy and must follow the orders of their new captain. Elements of the plot feel familiar and downfall is inevitable yet tension builds and the great visuals and set pieces will impress the most die-hard of fans.

Visually the film builds on the gore and action of the previous films; more Aliens and mixed with the familiar, there are welcomed images of the crew running around their ship with guns in arm. Yet this lacks the unique effects the originals become so famed for.

With a larger than usual core group to establish, the film does not create a strong central lead. Waterston’s character Daniels will inevitably be compared to the iconic Ripley, yet despite her performance she does not get the development needed to carry the film.

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The most intriguing character here is again android David. Michael Fassbender plays a dual role of David and new model Walter who assists the Covenant crew. He is impressively able to distinguish his two roles between the more emotional yet ambiguous David with the stoic Walter. The characters have long scenes together and their power play is the films strongest dynamic. Still even two Michael Fassbender’s cannot fill the void Ellen Ripley has left in the series. With at least one more film to bridge the gap before Alien, the film will not answer all questions die-hard fans have. Yet this adds to the mythology the franchise has always circled.

The second instalment for the Alien prequels builds on the promise of Prometheus yet fails to reach the heights of the originals. Although, there’s a stronger story with more tension and action make this a good watch. Yet the lack of a developed central character leaves Covenant trailing behind the film’s original instalments.

Alien: Covenant is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now!