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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

Too Many ‘Critics’ Spoil The Blogs?

 Craig Skinner posted an article the other day about film critics at craigskinner.wordpress.com, and what it means to be one, or indeed not be one. It’s a very good article, and you should go read it here. This is not meant as a rebuttal to his article, nor as a supporting statement. I think when an interesting subject gets raised, it is important to explore different aspects of it. The rise in popularity of blogging, and with it online movie writing, has brought with it much consternation amongst print journalists, and there is also now seemingly a divide opening amongst those who do their writing online, between the ‘serious journalists’ and the trashy news writers. Continue reading

More Animated Audiences Emerging

This past weekend, the new animated feature from 20th Century Fox, Rio, won the US box office with a $39M opening, beating highly fancied Scre4m into second place with a disappointing $19M. There was a lot of expectation from the fourth movie in the Scream franchise. The first three movies grossed around $300 million dollars between them, with the second and third installments opening with over $30M each, and that nearly 15 years ago. Continue reading

Kevin Smith – Trailblazer, Or Midlife Crisis?

In the run-up to Sundance, the film festival currently taking place in Utah, filmmaker Kevin Smith announced that he would be holding an auction for the distribution rights for his latest film, Red State, immediately following its showing at the fest. This created a lot of anticipation for both the film, and the aftermath, leading to Red State being the hottest ticket in town this past weekend. In the end, it turned out to be somewhat of a ploy, as Smith bought back his own film for $20, and proceeded to lay in to the Hollywood studio system, which would have been well represented in the room with many studios keen for the chance to distribute Smith’s religious horror film. Continue reading

Remakes – Is Any Film Sacred?

 It was just a couple of days ago, when I wrote about the evolving Alien prequel, that I stated that I was not, as a rule, against prequels, sequels, reboots and remakes. Trust Hollywood, then, to put this assertion to the test with the news that following the departure of executive Jessica Goodman from Warner Bros, a whole batch of remakes in development hell have been re distributed to other WB execs. On first glance, I didn’t really have a problem with this. The news that proposed remakes that were going nowhere have been shared out amongst execs that may well not take them anywhere isn’t inherently newsworthy. However, when I read the titles that were being primed for reboots, I started to shudder. Lethal Weapon, Westworld and the like are considered classics by many. Thinking reasonably about it, though, and you can find justification. Continue reading

James Bond – Licence to Film

It was revealed this week that Bond 23 is finally on the slate for shooting to begin this year, with a November 2012 release date. The saga of the next Bond film has been going on for some time now. The rocky economic climate has affected many companies around the world, and last July we heard that the next Bond film had apparently been cancelled. MGM had been in turmoil for some time, with financial problems slowing projects, and no sign of a buyer. Things appear to be looking up a little, and a release date for the as yet untitled Bond movie is great news. Continue reading

Colin Farrell Could Recall His Career Potential

It was confirmed this week that Colin Farrell will play the lead in Len Wiseman’s Total Recall adaptation, to be released in 2012. Rather than a straight remake of the 90’s movie, it is expected to be much closer to Philip K. Dick’s original novel. This is good news for the film, and even better news for Farrell. The talented Irishman has not had the most stellar of careers to this point, and hopefully an intelligent Dick adaptation with a hard sci-fi edge can help him continue his journey back to the A-list. Continue reading

Does Star Wars Deserve One More Shot?

It was announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that both the original Star Wars trilogy, and the three prequels were to be released on Blu-Ray for the first time in September. You can buy both trilogies in separate box sets, or all six in one. There are hours of extra footage, and it is available to pre-order now. The news has been received with great excitement. Within literally hours of the announcement, the sets had reached the top of amazon.co.uk’s DVD chart. Are we really STILL this excited about Star Wars, even with George Lucas’ constant tinkering, and the disappointment of the prequel movies? I’ve been as big a fan as anyone of the original movies, but i find myself asking myself, do i really want to invest in them on a new format one more time? Continue reading

Prepare For A Marvellous Month Of Movies

Traditionally, January is the cinematic dumping ground. A slow month, it is usually the time when the dregs of the past year are put out to seed. That’s in the US. Here in the UK, we are often a bit luckier. The Autumn months in the States are when the Oscar hopefuls start being released, films which we quite often don’t get on these shores until some time later. That seems to be particularly the case this time around. In the next month, we see UK releases of some of the brightest and best of the Academy Award contenders. It’s going to be a great month. Continue reading

Fluent in Film’s Top Ten Films of 2010

What better way to kick off a new movie blog than a look back at the best films from the last 12 months? I remember compiling my best of 2009 list, and feeling that there really hadn’t been that many great films in the preceding 12 months. This was reflected in the fact that i struggled to come up with ten that deserved to be on such a list. This past year has been an improvement at least, as i found myself having to whittle downwards from a list of 15.

Just to be clear, my criteria for eligibility in this list is a 2010 UK theatre release date, meaning that Oscar hopefuls such as Black Swan, 127 Hours and The Fighter are not eligible even if i had seen them. I haven’t of course seen every film released this year, so if some of your favourites are missing it doesn’t necessarily mean that they didn’t make the cut, i may just not have caught them yet. Continue reading