Star Wars – 10 Great Prequel Moments, or How I Learnt To Stop Sulking And Love The Prequels

Annoying characters, clunky dialogue, wooden acting. No, I’m not talking about the Star Wars prequels, I’m talking about the original trilogy. If you haven’t been hiding under a rock, you’ll be aware that the complete Star Wars collection was released on Blu-ray in the UK this week. The common consensus, myself included, has been that the prequels are awful, and an affront to the iconic original trilogy. Obviously, we were all disappointed when the belated prequels came along and did not live up to our expectations, but upon revisiting the films, i have discovered something. Continue reading
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Does Star Wars Deserve One More Shot?

***PLEASE NOTE – This article was originally published when the Star Wars Blu-ray sets were announced. I am reposting it to coincide with the release of the Blu-ray box sets this week. For the record, I have held firm and not bought them. At least, not so far…*** Continue reading

Ghostbusters Re-release – A Sad Indictment Of 21st Century Filmmaking?

It has been announced that Ghostbusters is to be the latest movie to enjoy a cinematic re-release, this time to coincide with Halloween. It will apparently be digitally remastered, and will have a short theatrical run. Check out the full story at Heyuguys.

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There Can Be More Than One – Highlander Rebooting

It was reported yesterday on Slashfilm, from an article on Deadline, that the proposed Highlander remake has found a new director. Fast Five’s Justin Lin HAD been scheduled to direct, but as he pressed on with another Fast and Furious movie, he dropped out as the Highlander helmer. The new name in the frame is Spaniard Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, director of 28 weeks later, and forthcoming Clive Owen vehicle Intruders. He will apparently direct from a script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. The choice of replacing Lin with another up and coming director with a solid track record so far is encouraging, and the fact that Summit Entertainment have gone ahead and named a new director suggests that Highlander may begin progressing. I guess the big question, then, is do we need a Highlander reboot?

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Can Contagion Continue To Spread?

This weekend saw the release of Contagion in the US, a new thriller of epidemic proportions, from classy filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. The movie boasts an impressive ensemble cast, and for a September release the opening numbers are reassuring. The question is, will the film reach pandemic proportions, or will next weekend see the virus snubbed out? Continue reading

Oscars Not Raw Enough For Eddie Murphy Comeback

It was confirmed last week that faded comedian and actor Eddie Murphy will be the presenter of the Academy Awards in 2012. I’m a little bit late on this, but I found this appointment very interesting, so I didn’t want to let it pass without making comment.There has been much criticism aimed at recent Oscar hosts, particular this year towards Anne Hathaway and James Franco. It is a difficult job particularly as there is pressure to be funny  whilst not really offending either the public or anyone in the industry. The Academy Awards are fully aimed at a family audience, meaning humour often ends up being pretty benign. When i heard that Eddie Murphy might be the next host, I felt quite excited about the idea of Murphy returning to live performance.

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Can Any Man Tame ‘The Wolverine’?

When X-Men Origins: Wolverine was conceived, it seemed fairly obvious that there would be a high chance of at least one follow-up. Coming as a spin-off from a franchise with three movies already under its belt, there was not chance it was ever going to be a stand alone art project. When it was released to such poor critical reception, however, one could be forgiven for thinking it might be the end of the road. This was not the case however, and Fox pressed on with plans for a second Wolverine film regardless. Continue reading

DVD Review – Biutiful

Biutiful is the latest film from Alejandro González Iñárritu, a well-respected Mexican director best known for the wonderful Amores Perros,  English language picture 21 Grams, and the multicultural Babel. Biutiful is a return to the Spanish language, and is a tale that encompasses drama, mortality and spirituality. Continue reading

Will Part 2 Be The Mother Of All Hangovers?

This week sees the release of The Hangover 2, Todd Phillips’ follow-up to his incredibly successful The Hangover from 2009. When The Hangover was released two years ago, it came with very little fanfare. With an experienced director, but a low-key cast and no major marketing campaign, it took everyone unawares. After its opening weekend, word of mouth spread like wildfire, and The Hangover became the surprise hit of the summer. It didn’t just enjoy massive critical and financial success, it broke a record. It became the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time. Continue reading

The Muppets Trailer – Green With Envy = Feeling Jaded

This week, the first teaser trailer for The Muppets was released, under the fake name Green With Envy. The trailer starts off as a generic romantic comedy, with a ‘big reveal’ towards the end that it is, in fact, a Muppet movie. The trailer doesn’t really give away much of the plot of the film, and the fact that Amy Adams and Jason Segel are in it make it pretty obvious, to be honest, that it is the Muppet trailer before the first hint of green hits the screen. You can see the trailer here at www.heyuguys.co.uk. Continue reading

Has Thor Struck Hammer Blow In Superhero Wars?

This weekend Thor managed to stay in the top 3 at the box office, adding another $15.5m to its haul, for a total domestic gross so far of $145m. Thor’s box office performance so far isn’t a patch on many of the comic-book adaptations we’ve seen recently, but as a second tier hero played by a virtual unknown, it is a pretty good number. Will it be enough, though, to see Thor standing victorious in the comic-book movie wars at the end of the Summer? Continue reading

Neuromancer Adaptation Booting Up

This is one to keep an eye on really, as not much information is available. It is good news, however, as it was announced this past week at Cannes that gifted filmmaker Vincenzo Natali is one step closer to bringing Neuromancer to the big screen. You can read Slashfilm’s article here. Neuromancer is a sci-fi novel by William Gibson, telling of a dark future in the cyberpunk genre, where people ‘jack-in’ to Cyberspace through a neural connection. Continue reading

I Cannot Condone Pirate Movies

When Disney first announced that they were making a movie based on one of their theme park rides, it bemused the film industry. The idea that a film company was so lacking in creativity that they had to draw inspiration from a structure of wood and steel was almost alarming in its idiocy. This, of course, was before movies began being based on board games like Monopoly and Battleship, and children’s gadgets like Viewfinder 3D. Not much was really expected from the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, despite the presence of Johnny Depp, and though they clearly had some belief in the project, Disney could not have predicted the success The Curse of the Black Pearl would enjoy. Continue reading

DVD Review – Chatroom

Based on a screenplay by Enda Walsh, adapted from her play of the same name, Chatroom is a British thriller by acclaimed Japanese director Hideo Nakata. You may not recognise the name, but you will have heard of his famous Ringu horror series, better known in the West as The Ring. Considered amongst the best of modern horror movies, hopes were understandably high that Chatroom would provide some thrills and chills. Continue reading

DVD Review – The King’s Speech

Just a few short months ago a we witnessed a royal occasion bigger perhaps even than that of the wedding of William and Kate. Riding a wave of critical acclaim, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech surprised many by winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards, as well as getting nods for lead actor and director. With the release of the DVD and Blu-ray, away from the hype and intense media attention, we get an opportunity to reappraise the film and ask the question – was it really the best film of 2010? Continue reading