Mortal Engines – Brand New Trailerr!

Robert Sheehan delighted us in Misfits and has since been popping up in amazing films since. And also The Mortal Instruments. 

Well, now he is exchanged Instruments for Engines in Christian Rivers’ fantasy epic. (Yes, that was an awkward segue but just move past it)

Mortal Engines revolves around a dystopian future where all the worlds and cities now reside on moving vehicles and a nefarious plot surrounding them.

A mixture of Mad Max and Hunger Games, this could be interesting and absolutely visually interesting. Plus it’s great to see Peter Jackson back in some form as producer. What do you think?

Mortal Engines is out 22 December 2018! 

Ocean’s 8 – Brand New Teaser!

There may be a lot of reboots, remakes, and sequels, but we are so excited for this one.

Yes, the all-female outing for the Ocean’s 11 series is going to be amazing. And the trailer is just proof.

Directed by The Hunger Games’ Gary Ross and starring Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rhianna (plus plenty more,) the film revolves around a bunch of brilliant women who conspire to steal.

The teaser and the posters look amazing. We’re stocked, what do you think?

Ocean’s 8 is out 2018! 

Leatherface – Review

You know the old Hollywood adage: “If you make something good and successful, rehash it repeatedly until the soul has been sucked out.”

It’s been happening since the fat cats discovered they could make a quick buck from backstories, sequels, and the much forsaken remake. This is not a new thing and, especially for horror, our world has been filled with the fifth, sixth, seventh instalments of beloved original films.

This has been the case for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Tobe Hopper’s legendary horror masterpiece that still chills today has had an abundance of re-imaginings since it’s conception. The latest one being Leatherface.

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revolves around the early days of the Sawyer family and creation of the titular character as a deranged sheriff sets out to avenge his daughters death.

Here’s the rub: Prequels never work. They just don’t. For one thing, if you include characters from films that take place after your entry’s story-line then you’ve killed all the suspense. Which in a horror film is bad because sure, you can grimly chase a suspect or victim down but if you know they are going to crop up in a later part of the tale, you’re hardly going to be fearful for their lives.

Also, with villains such as Leatherface, their secrecy is key to them being a terrifying villain. Similarly to Hannibal Lecter, all mystery is squashed by trying to flesh out their reasoning or rhyme. He doesn’t have to have an explanation or a past; Leatherface is beyond nightmares because he is a dialogue-less character who wears human skin for a fun old mask and kills people without thought. We don’t need to see a mental institute or abuse to understand that this is a monster or evil character. For the film Leatherface, this is a detriment to the overall atmosphere that is somewhat lacking here.

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Putting this aside, Leatherface does try to pull itself away from your typical slasher garb. Despite the lacking of suspense, the plot and story-line is necessary to the action, rather than just stacking up the bodies and pouring red stuff all over the screen.

I say just because there are plenty of squirm inducing scenes to make your toes curl and hair stand on edge. It’s grim and curls within your stomach but in a rather clever way.  Fans who like the extreme parts of horror will not be disappointed, this is going to make you sick to your stomach and you are going to love it.

Despite it’s flaws, Leatherface is pretty entertaining and does well with the material it has. Though bogged down by the sheer amazing original that it cannot surpass, Leatherface is highly  visual and engrossing.

Emphasis on the gross.

Leatherface is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now! 

6 Alternative Christmas Movies

When you get to a certain age, no matter how gleeful and exciting they still are, you often get bored with the  festive film favourites this Christmas season. Though you’ll still delight in McCauley Culkin saying “Merry Chrismas ya filthy animal” in Home Alone 2  or The Muppets telling the Christmas Carol story in the best way possible, at some point you’ll get a little sick of the usual fare that is paraded on televisions and in cinemas. So as you grow older, you’ll start to notice that there are other films to bask in. Films that may not come to first thought but still hum along to the Christmas spirit but are just a little bit more…well.. darker than Love Actually.

Here are some alternative Christmas films for you to watch this year.

Batman Returns (1992)

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At a recent Christmas party, an alternative fancy dress theme, I was awoken to the idea that Batman Returns is a Christmas film. Then it was so blindingly obvious, it was as though Cat Woman had tasered me in the mouth. Of course, Tim Burton’s follow up to Batman is set at Christmas and several villainous folk come out of the woodwork to ensnare the big bat into their web. Michael Keaton is perhaps the best cinematic caped crusader whilst Michelle Pfiefer’s Cat Woman is glorious, as is Danny DeVito’s Penguin. Burton has always had a Christmas backdrop to his quirky and dark ideas, with Batman, it simply works in a spectacular way.

 Children Of Men (2006)

You’d probably never have thought of this film as being anything other than a stark and cold look at a dystopian future that could grip our world sooner than we’d like. Alfonso Cuaron’s thrilling depiction of the globe in a grip of panic without fertility is drenched in this visceral storyline that is damning of society. However, looking deeper into the film and it could be seen as a modernized look at the Nativity story with our “Joseph” Theo carting the pregnant Joy (“Mary”) across the country so she can give birth safely. Her child being seen as a saviour to the world, the jokes about virginity, and constant Christianity symbolism (such as crosses and fishes) could easily translate Children of Men into a very disturbing, intellectual alternative for your festive film. If anything, we may have just changed the film for you, causing you to flee to your DVDs to watch it!

Die Hard (1988)/Die Hard 2 (1990)

People are starting to come around to the idea that this double bill is actually a collection of the perfect Christmas films to see this year (or every year). After all, they are all set on Christmas. The first is set in a Christmas party that definitely ends a little bit worse than yours even if you did get off with Gary from accounting. Anyway, watching John McClane blow things up with the ringalinging of Christmas movies as Hans Gurber slowly unearths (and talks) about his plans for total domination. The second is set in an airport on Christmas Eve as McClane waits for his wife to land after the airport has been hijacked (he just can’t catch a Christmas break). As if you need any more excuses to watch the Die Hard movies, they are definitely must-see movies for this joyous season.

Gremlins (1984)

Again, there is no denying that Gremlins is a Christmas movie. It is set in the holidays, there are decorations everywhere and snow has descended on the town, frosting it with the idyllic twinkling lights. The thing is as much as it features the fucking adorable Gizmo, it’s still not a film that I’d safely allow children to watch. Because it’s so freaking dark! The gremlins themselves are terrifyingly hideous, there are many death scenes grim and extravagant and Phoebe Cates’ Kate’s monologue about the gruesome demise of her father means the undercurrent for Gremlins is richly macabre. As the critters run amok in the town of Kingston Falls, Joe Dante’s eighties classic is a festive terror for this season.

In Bruges (2008)

Pinning this as a Christmas film may solely land on giant tree in the picturesque titular town and its holiday setting but again, I doubt anyone needs many reasons to watch this other than its fucking brilliant. Starring award winning Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell in two career defining roles, this is an hilarious black Irish comedy from director Martin McDonagh’s. It revolves around two hitman who abscond to Brussels after the young Ray accidentally kills a child and are relentlessly pursued by Ralph Fiennes’ excellent mob boss Harry is a treat at any time of the year. Its just if anyone asks you why it’s on your telly on the main day, you can point wildly to the tree and decorations and go “there, it’s a Christmas film.”

Filth (2013)

There is no denying that this film is one that I will rabbit on about until every person has sat down, watched it and gone “yes, Sarah is right, this is brilliant.” But I’ve been waiting a whole year to champion it as a Christmas film again so here it goes. There’s the opening Winter Wonderland sequence and the penis related Christmas party. The demented Dr Rossi’s Christmas Carol and Bruce’s vomiting to Shakin Stevens. The festivities are paraded around as the bipolar cop, played impeccably by James McAvoy, unravels due to the stresses around him. Jon S. Baird’s film is pure class, delving into the issues of mental illness in a hyperactive, ultra-violent, and somewhat disgusting Christmas film.

What do you think?  
Let us know in the comments below

This article was first featured at I’m With Geek.

Dunkirk – Review

When we hear Christopher Nolan’s name our mind wonders to the deep chasms of Inception, the sinister world of Bruce Wayne, or to the vast open landscape of Intersteller’s space. This beyond talented writer, director has dabbled in many different realms bending and pushing the boundaries of our reality as we know it; producing features that truly resonate within one’s mind. Much like the aforementioned projects, Nolan’s latest venture brings a whole new realism to the mix in the profoundly moving war-epic Dunkirk.

Set in the familiar background of World War II, 1940 our troops along with France are stranded, surrounded by Germans on the water’s edge of the famous evacuation of Dunkirk. This immediately becomes a harrowing tale of survival that builds unbearable tension alongside careful character exploration that entices us in from start to finish. We are introduced to newcomer Fionn Whitehead as young Brit army Private Tommy legging it across the screen, desperately trying to get to safety in the hellish environment of bullets being thrown left, right and centre. Catapulted straight into action, the vigour throughout never falters providing us with a fast-paced, blood pumping roller-coaster that devours you whole.

Although we gain virtually no back story for most of our characters we become instantly attached, so invested in fact that the hairs on your arms will stand to attention, a lump form in your thrust and a knot in your stomach as this dramatic series of events pans out. With the Navy having to call on civilian sailing boats to come and rescue their troops, our attention is drawn to the sea whilst our eyes as whisked away to the clouds where Spitfires are twirling in an almighty formation. The somewhat queasy camera angles make you feel every move of these soldiers.  You are the pilot in the sky under attack, you are trapped underwater fighting for each breathe and you are the 10’s of thousands of men huddled on the port waiting to be rescued.

The underlying truth that this is a construction doesn’t even come close; the attention to detail here is so astounding that you believe that this is exactly how it happened. The horrific and terrifying acts of war are presented before us, not glorified or made out to be something of a heroic gesture but the sole purpose of fighting for your country and for those around you enduring the same fate. Our cast, made up of the likes of Hardy, Rylance and Murphy (fear not, Harry Styles actually holds his head above water, quite literally) bring their own flare to the war scene becoming carefully intertwined with the narrative so much so that their faces don’t matter anymore. What matters is how many people they can save. The masterful Hans Zimmer donates a reverberating soundscape that is poundingly perfect – overwhelming, even deafening at times but ideally matched with the image to create one hell of an immersive cinematic experience.

Nolan’s move away from surrealism and alternate realities to something very human is nothing other than a treat. Not a treat that will make you smile or even challenge you in the way his previous work does but one that is so special you will want to cherish it in your thoughts at least for a while. The haunting truth of what occurred as well an expertly crafted script; Dunkirk is a masterful piece of explosive art that hangs heavy in the air.

Dunkirk is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now! 

Chameleon – Review

The world is at odds because of the social class system. The massive huge divide between culures and within those cultures. Rich and poor are segregated by entitlement and greed where the former truly believe that they are better than the latter. For many, this construct is enraging. People take to the streets to fight back against the injustice. And the madness run deeper for most people.

On both sides, the sentiments fester dangerously: Racism and prejudice for the privileged to attempt to curtail the working class into obedience verses complete anger and raging back against the masses.

Director Jorge Serrano, Chameleon is a Chilean thriller that takes these political and social emotions, particularly the latter, and shoves them into a brutal and uneasy yet brilliant film.

Chameleon revolves around a party-dweller  named Gaston who infiltrates an upper-class party at a home by the beach. Turning up the next day and apologising for his friend’s antics the night before, Gaston soon charms hostesses Paula and Paulina into letting him crash for a couple more hours. However, due to Paulina’s nature, she is uneasy and condescending to Gaston whilst Paula is trying to be hospital to him. Unfortunately, for the women, Gaston unleashes and physical and psychological power play in which the women are tormented, tortured, and brutally broken down.

Chameleon is uneasy viewing as Gaston unleashes his horror both psychologically and physically. Audiences will be initially caught by Gaston’s charm and as he unravels, you are enthralled into the coldness and savagery on the big screen. For those of a nervous disposition, or suffering from trauma, the over-bearing and long rape scene half way through the movie is almost unwatchable (owing to plenty of people at the festival walking out.) It’s, at times, hard to figure out where Serrano is coming from with this uncomfortable and completely barbaric scenes. Alluding to Chilean home invasions that have tainted the country’s history, Serrano drew “inspiration” for this cruel acts in his films and the fascination of people who can worm their way into someone else’s home, releasing a tirade.

Whilst as vicious as this scene is, it comes with meaning. Whether it’s the showcase Gaston’s political and social struggle setting off a unjust temper against the women who have scorned him or to highlight violence against the LGBT community, Serrano sets of semantics and sentiments within the movie and creates substance to the horror – making it unrelenting and more horrifying.

There is power-plays through the different classes as Gaston plays the renegade hot white rage to Paulina’s refined and patronising gaze and Paula is meditating inbetween. Serrano is intelligent enough to unravel these stances smartly to the point that, no matter how harsh the images are on screen, you are completely engaged. Chameleon is an interesting film that may need another watch for you to develop your own viewpoint – but perhaps not too soon…

Chameleon is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now!