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Speaking Up For The Artist Refund Claimants

This week it was reported by The Telegraph here that a handful of customers at an Odeon cinema requested refunds at a screening of The Artist, complaining that they had not been aware that it was a silent movie. The internet, of course, took great joy in deriding these consumers for their ignorance, hailing them as philistines. My first response too, I’ll admit, was a roll of the eyes at the stupidity of the mainstream viewing public. Continue reading

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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

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 – Blue Valentine

This week sees the DVD and Blu-ray release of Blue Valentine, co-written and directed by first time feature director Derek Cianfrance. Starring acclaimed actors Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, it is a low-budget independent film following a couple’s deteriorating marriage, juxtaposed against flashbacks of the first flushes of young love between them. Continue reading

Oh Yeah, And Kermit’s Old Too…

A few days ago i posted an article celebrating George Clooneys 50th birthday, and his 20 years on Hollywood’s A-list (which you can read here). Thanks to Bleeding Cool, it was brought to my attention this week that another great Hollywood star had a birthday, and went 6 better at the age of 56. Not quite such a round number, but i didn’t like to see it go past without say something. I’ve been a Muppet fan pretty much my entire life.

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DVD Review – Monsters

Nearly two years ago a relatively low budget sci-fi action movie became the surprise hit of the summer. Mixing political allegory with thrilling action and a refreshing amount of comedy, District 9 made a massive impact. So massive, in fact, that just over a year later we saw a couple of films with alien visitors and even lower budgets appear to try to emulate its success. Continue reading

Is Bourne An Impossible Mission For Jeremy Renner?

 This past week saw the announcement that Jeremy Renner had been offered the lead in the next movie in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy. After the departures of both director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon from the Bourne series, a question mark was left hanging. Would we see another Bourne film? If so, who would play the titular character? The Bourne films made Damon as a bona fide A-list star, and he has become synonymous with the role. Was replacing him an impossible task? Continue reading

Thor Reviews – Are You Going To Listen To Me, Or Are You Going To Listen To Your Friends?

 Thor was released in UK cinemas this week. Development of the project has been well documented, and the movie has been constantly in the news for one reason or another since it began pre-production. All the way through, i had been underwhelmed by what I had heard about it. I thought Kenneth Branagh was a bold and interesting choice, but worried that his inexperience with modern filmmaking, like CGI and special effects, might hamper the project. Continue reading

Superman Fanboys Kryptonite To Man Of Steel

There was more casting news for The Dark Knight Rises this week. These announcements were met with much speculation, argument, and, most of all, excitement. This is almost in direct contrast to the reception that the casting news for the new Superman film, Man of Steel, has endured. Batman and Superman are DC’s two biggest properties, and are two of the most popular superheroes in history. There is currently much disparity between the treatment the two properties are receiving, with almost overwhelming positivity towards the next Batman film by the fans, and little else but negativity aimed at Zack Snyder’s project. Continue reading

The Dark Knight Rises Casting Brings More Questions – Are These The Answers?

 More Dark Knight Rises (that still sounds like a Star Wars title to me) casting rumours have been firmed up this week, with the confirmation that both Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will indeed be teaming up once again with their Inception director Christopher Nolan. I don’t normally cover straight news stories, but there has been a lot of speculation around which characters these two actors will be playing, and the names revealed are not what had been rumoured. Continue reading

Common Sense Killed The Alien Prequel

Last week, it was announced that 20th Century Fox’s proposed Alien prequel, to be directed by original Alien helmer Ridley Scott, had instead become a completely original sci-fi project provisionally named Prometheus. The Alien fans who were looking forward to another installment in the franchise were left feeling desperately disappointed. Meanwhile, those that are heavily opposed to the plethora of reboots, remakes, prequels and sequels that we are routinely subjected to let out a huge sigh of relief. Personally, I don’t fall into either of these camps. I like the first Alien film, but successive sequels have deteriorated in quality exponentially. I have no problem in theory with remakes etc.. as long as there is a reason for them, whether it be a new, original take on a concept, or if more mileage is available form an existing film idea. So when I heard the news, I had no immediate extreme reaction to it, but I did find the news fascinating for several reasons. Continue reading

Disney Desperate To Create A New (Tron) Legacy

This week at aintitcoolnews.com Harry Knowles wrote a post revealing that Walt Disney Pictures may be about to announce that Tron 3 has been given the greenlight. Tron: Legacy has been successful at the box office, though not nearly as successful as Disney were probably hoping, and now that the film is effectively in the black, the company is apparently ready to begin development of the sequel. With a production budget of $170m and a worldwide gross of $300m, it looks on the surface like a no brainer. If, however, you take into consideration the marketing budget, which i would guess must almost equal that of the production, and it does not look quite so financially successful. The movie will make a small profit, particularly with merchandise and DVD/Blu-Ray sales yet to come, but conditions certainly don’t look ideal for a follow-up. Continue reading

Batman – The Rumour Count Rises

These past few days have seen a spate of The Dark Knight Rises casting rumours. At first, there was news from Collider.com suggesting that Eva Green has been cast to play the role of the movie’s female villain, Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter Talia al Ghul. It was also revealed that Naomi Watts may have been selected to play the part of Bruce Wayne’s new love interest, Vicki Vale. It was not much later that Hollywoodreporter.com released details of an apparent list of actresses testing for the two female leads. Continue reading