Director: Corin Hardy
Starring: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic & Michael McElhatton
Synopsis: A family who moved into a remote mill house in Ireland find themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods
Rating: 15 Run time: 97 minutes Release date: 13 November (UK)
If you mixed Evil Dead, John Carpenter’s The Thing and Pan’s Labyrinth you would likely end up with a film resembling The Hallow. Director Corin Hardy’s first feature length film is a mix of popular horror films, mostly from the 70’s and 80’s with a dash of Irish folklore added for good measure. The result is an interesting, if not wholly satisfying horror that bodes well for the first time director’s future.
Director: Anne Fletcher
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara & Robert Kazinsky
Synopsis: An uptight and by the book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by cooked cops and murderous gunmen
Rating: 12A Run time: 87 minutes Release date: November 23 (UK)
Buddy comedies are nothing new. The format has been done to death on film and in television and has become such a staple of modern culture that films like Hot Pursuit can almost be predicted scene for scene. The key is to find two actors wAho have a great chemistry and compliment each other in a way that endears them towards the audience. Does Hot Pursuit manage this? Well, yes and no with a bit of maybe thrown in.
Following on from 2013’s successful Now You See Me is the ingeniously titled Now You See Me 2. Here’s our first look.
There’s been some talk online recently about Gods of Egypt and Hollywood’s whitewashing of Egypt’s history, but those people need not worry because surely no one will be going to see this!
Director: John Maclean
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn
Synopsis: When 16-year-old Jay comes to the American frontier to search for the woman he loves, he meets mysterious traveller Silas, who agrees to be Jay’s guide-but for his own dishonourable ends.
Rating: 15 Run time: 84 minutes Release date: November 2 (UK)
Slow West is a film as beautiful as it is bizarre, mixing fantasy-like visuals with a brutal realism that makes for a film that is hard to pin down at times, but leaves you in no doubt that this is as good as modern westerns get. Jay (Kodi Smit-Mcphee) leaves his native Scotland in search of his one true love; Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). His journey takes him to America during the 1800’s, a time where the land and its inhabitants were about one thing; surviving.
Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin & Jeff Cohen
Synopsis: In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirates ancient treasure.
Rating: 12 Run time: 114 minutes Release date: November 9 (UK)
After directing The Omen and Superman, and some part of Superman II, Richard Donner took a relative change of pace and in 1985 took charge of The Goonies. Written by Chris Columbus and adapted from Steven Spielberg’s screenplay, The Goonies is a boys adventure that feels like a not too distant relation to Indiana Jones.
Director: Kevin Fair
Starring: Rebecca Romijn, David Cubiit & Isabella Crovetti-Cramp
Synopsis: A couple are desperate to aopt a child but, when their dream comes true, strange events begin to happen.
Rating: 15 Run time: 91 minutes Release date: 21 September
The title of this film, Possessed by Evil, is a little misleading. It implies that this made for TV horror is a film about just that, possession. When in fact the theme of possession will play a less dominant role than you would expect and this comes across more as a daytime light horror that has less scares than an episode of Goosebumps.
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes & Christoph Waltz
Synopsis: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre
Rating: 12A Run time: 148 minutes : 26 October (UK)
After 24 films, it is inevitable that audiences will become familiar with James Bond and the way his adventures play out. Predictable may sound like a bad word to use in a film review, but the Bond films generally are just that, and anyone who has watched even one will likely know how they all play out. With that, Spectre is a very predictable Bond film, but it remains a highly entertaining film and a very good Bond film in it own right.
Directors: Clive Barker, Tony Randel & Anthony Hickox
Starring: Doug Bradley, Clare Higgins, Sean Chapman & Ashley Laurence
Synopsis: Barker’s original Hellraiser, follows Kirsty Cotton as she comes head-to-head with the Cenobites-demonic beings from another realm who are intent on reclaiming the soul of her deviant Uncle Frank.
Rating: 18 Run time: 93/99/93 minutes Release date: 26 October
It’s easy to forget just how good Hellraiser is. At a time when the horror genre was populated by stalk and slash films, Hellraiser brought something different to the table and for a mainstream horror especially, was defiantly gory with a rich subtext that can be explored to death.
This months Film Club is a suittably scary edition as Natasha from the excellent Films and Things chose Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Read on as we dissect the classic 1980 horror.
Director: Jules Dassin
Starring: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese & Lee J. Cobb
Synopsis: A war veteran turned truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw.
Rating: 12 Run time: 94 minutes Release date: 19 October (UK)
One might struggle to get along with Thieves‘ Highway. A film noir shot in 1949 and concerning a man out for revenge against a crooked produce dealer is hardly something that would get a modern audiences juices flowing, but will likely please film studies students who are looking for something to write their next essay on.
Director: Jack Heller
Starring: Kevin Durand, Lucas Haas & Steve Agee
Synopsis: An evil is unleashed in a small town when a logging company sets up shop in the neighbouring woods
Rating: 15 Run time: 90 minutes Release date: 12 October (UK)
Monster Hunter is one of the better examples of a low budget horror film that never received a major release. After being featured on Hollywood’s blacklist of the best unproduced screenplays in 2009, the film has gone through three name changes until it found its home on VoD and home release. Despite a limited release and a lack of any real marketing, Monster Hunter is a well made B-movie horror that serves its scares through slow build up and moody looking small town America.
Director: Brad Peyton
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino & Alexandra Daddario
Synopsis: In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey with his ex-wife across the state in order to rescue his daughter
Rating: 12A Run time: 114 minutes Release date: 12 October (UK)
It’s hard to know how to approach a film like San Andreas. It does everything it says on the tin and has all the hallmarks of a big, dumb summer blockbuster, so is it right to feel disappointed by it when it delivers exactly that? San Andreas features everything you would expect from a film of its type; overblown CGI, wooden acting and tonnes of exposition yet it misses one important thing, fun.
Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Neville Brand, Robert Englund & Marilyn Burns
Synopsis: Deep in the Louisiana bayou sits the ramshackle Starlight Hotel, destination of choice for those who like to check in but not check out! Presided over by the bumbling, mumbling Judd (and his pet croc which he keeps in a large pond out front), the patron of this particular establishment may seem like a good-natured ol’ Southern gent – but he has a mean temper on him, and a mighty large scythe to boot
Rating: 18 Run time: 91 minutes Release date: 21 September (UK)
Eaten Alive was the third film from director Tobe Hooper, and was his first film after directing horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Following up such a revered film would be difficult for any director, and so it proves with Eaten Alive. There are many similarities that can be drawn between both films, maybe a few too many at times, and Eaten Alive, with all its madness, comes across as a very loose, high intensity horror that will leave you wondering what on earth is happening.
This months edition of Film Club features our first Quentin Tarantino film, and was chosen by Hamish of HC Movie Reviews. Below are his reasons for choosing Jackie Brown, followed by each members thoughts on the film.
Director: Matthew A. Brown
Starring: Ashley C. Williams, Tahyna Tozzi & Jack Noseworthy
Synopsis: A neo-noir revenge thriller centering on Julia Shames, who after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy to restore herself
Rating: 18 Run time: 95 minutes Release date: 14 September (DVD)
Julia is very much like the film equivalent of a mirage. It looks great from a distance, but the closer you get, the more you realise there’s not actually anything there. What starts out as an interesting looking revenge thriller soon descends a nonsensical stab at the genre, which paints both men and women in a bad light.
Director: Zackary Adler
Starring: Simon Cotton, Kevin Leslie & Nicola Stapleton
Synopsis: Follows the early years of two unknown 18 year old amateur boxers who quickly fought their way to becoming the most feared and repected villains in London
Rating: 18 Run time: 110 minutes Release date: August 31 (DVD)
The Rise of the Krays is a low budget feature film portraying the early years of notorious London gangsters Ronnie & Reggie Kray. The film deals with their formative years and their rise through the ranks of London’s gangs, and does its best to show the audience how violent and menacing the two, particularly Ronnie, would be in their desire to become the leaders in London’s seedy underbelly.
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt & Bill Paxton
Synopsis: A military officer is brought into an alien war against an extraterrestrial enemy who can reset the day and know the future. When this officer is enabled with the same power, he teams up with a Special Forces warrior to try and end the war
Rating: 12A Run time: 113 minutes
When looking at Edge of Tomorrow, the first thing that should appeal to most is the chance to see the world’s biggest action star, Tom Cruise, get killed, lots. It’s something that the cinema going public have likely yearned for, for over a decade now. The man who seems to be nigh on indestructible, is forced to go through the same day over and over, Groundhog Day style, getting shot in the head, run over by a truck and getting shouted at by Tony from Coronation Street. If that doesn’t sound appealing, then you should stop reading now.
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: James Woods, Deborah Harry & Sonja Smits
Synopsis: A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station
Rating: 18 Run time: 89 minutes Release date: 17 August (UK)
Released in 1983, Videodrome was the brainchild of the auteur of strange; David Cronenberg. Mangled together from Cronenberg’s own experiences of late night cable TV while living in Canada, Videodrome is the ultimate “what if” scenario on how TV and the media can influence its viewers and what networks can achieve through subversive messages.
Don’t you just hate the new fashion of having teaser trailers for trailers! You know the ones, where some marketing guy has put together 30 seconds of footage to whet your appetite for the trailer that’s going to show you two minutes of footage. Annoying aren’t they? Well, here’s Deadpool to change your mind about that.
Director: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas & Evangeline Lily
Synopsis: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world
Rating: 12A Run time: 117 minutes Release date: 17 July (UK)
Before its release, there were more than a few people with more than a few concerns over Marvel’s latest offering. Ant-Man was a film bogged down with rumours and reports of trouble behind the scenes, and its original director; Edgar Wright left the film half way through production. And let’s be honest; no one gave the new guy, Peyton Reed, a chance. The end result then, is nothing short of a miracle and it’s remarkable just how good Ant-Man is.
It seems that some people think Terminator Genisys is the low point of the once great Terminator franchise. Well ladies and gentleman, let me tell you that things were indeed much worse than this at one point. Forget Christian Bale, forget Terminators driving trucks and definitely forget Arnie using the line “talk to the hand.” Because, this is where things really went downhill; 1991’s Arnee and the Terminaters. And yes, I did own the record when I was young and impressionable.
Uzi 9 millimetre!!!!!!!
Another month and another edition of Film Club. This months Film Club choice was down to myself and I wanted to choose something slightly different. With that it occurred to me that we have not yet covered an animated film and I wanted to be the first to do so. A few choices went through my mind before choosing, but in the end it just had to be Pixar’s first foray into motion pictures; Toy Story.
I hope you like my pick and enjoy reading what everyone else has to say on the film.
Director: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts & Adam Driver
Synopsis: A middle-aged couple’s career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives
Rating: 15 Run time: 97 minutes Release date: 27 July (DVD & Blu-Ray)
While We’re Young is director Noah Baumbach’s attempt at a cross-generational comedy. It’s central themes revolve around the onset of age and how the older generation have a difficulty associating with the youth of today, while themselves trying to remain relevant. The result is a mixed bag of awkward moments, genuinely funny gags and the age old of question of when is it acceptable to wear fedoras in public?
Director: Trevor Matthews
Synopsis: When a beautiful young woman enters the Girl House, a seamy world of all-you-can-eat, live-streaming internet fantasy, she piques the interest of one particularly disturbed online viewer. Hacking the site’s apparently impenetrable security protocols, he sets out to meet the girl of his dreams – and nothing will stop him from the face-to-face encounter of his dreams.
Starring: Ali Corbin, Adam DiMarco & Slaine
Rating: 15 Run time: 99 minutes Release date: 20 July (DVD)
Girl House is what you get when you mix Big Brother with Halloween and throw in some naked girls for good measure. One imagines that scenario is very tempting to viewers of a certain age and mindset, but Girl House rises above the sum of its parts and is a much better slasher film than initially imagined.
Director: Stephen Greene (David O. Russell)
Starring: Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal & James Marsden
Synopsis: A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behaviour that leads her to Washington, D.C., where sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator who takes up her cause – but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?
Rating: 15 Run time: 100 minutes Release date: 20 July (DVD)
Some ideas are best left alone, and that is firmly the case with Accidental Love. The film, based upon Kristen Gore’s (daughter of Al) novel; Sammy’s Hill, is a certified mess and one wonders how it ever saw the light of day. What started out as a David O. Russell directed affair titled Nailed has somehow deteriorated into an incomprehensible bore fest, with little to recommend it.
Director: Scott Dow
Starring: Tim Ogletree, Joey Oglesby & Dave Sheridan
Synopsis: When a police officer wakes up in a hospital to find out he is in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, he will do anything to find his family, even sacrifice Twitter
Rating: 15 Run time: 88 minutes Release date: 13 July (DVD)
With The Walking Deceased, what we have is not just a parody of successful zombie films & TV shows like Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead, but also a parody of parodies. Here, The Walking Deceased aims most of its barbs at AMC’s hugely popular TV series, but it also has no fear in ripping off the likes of Warm Bodies, Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland. The question is, why?
Director: Marjane Satrapi
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton & Anna Kendrick
Synopsis: A likable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date
Rating: 15 Run time: 103 minutes Release date: 13 July (DVD & Blu-Ray)
Ryan Reynolds has had something of a mixed career to date. He’s starred in various blockbusters, done the rom-com thing and has even been brave enough to take a few risks in his career. Reynolds has also starred in some duds, with Green Lantern and R.I.P.D . being low points, yet his sarcastic wit and naive charm have often been the best bit about these films. The Voices is a return to form for Reynolds, even if the film itself proves uneven yet fun.
Director: Alan Taylor
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke & Jai Courtney
Synopsis: John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be
Rating: 12A Run time: 126 minutes Release date: 2 July (UK)
As with any reboot of a beloved franchise, it can be hard to disassociate yourself from the feelings you have toward the series’ golden days, and any attempt to take the new film on its own merits can fall drastically flat. The problem often lies in the suits and the creators not knowing which direction to take. Do you appease those who have stood by the franchise or do you try to appeal to a wider audience in the hope of wider returns? Terminator Genisys tries to do both, but it’s a strategy that is hit & miss and will likely prove infuriating for long term fans.
To celebrate the release of Season One of The Royals, I have one copy to give away on DVD. All, you need to do is enter this rather simple competition.
Directors: Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin Starring: Sandra Bullock, John Hamm & Michael Keaton Synopsis: Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world Rating: U Run time: 91 minutes Release date: 26 June (UK)
It’s incredibly hard to dislike the Minions. Their colourful personalities, childlike innocence and desire to eat bananas while talking gibberish has ensured their place in pop culture history. Their appearances in Despicable Me & Despicable Me 2 were highlights of two very good films, but can those tiny shoulders carry a film all on their own?
Director: Kazuaki Kiriya Starring: Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman & Aksel Hennie Synopsis: A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master Rating: 15 Run time: 115 minutes Release date: 29 June (DVD & Blu-Ray)
For those of you that regularly read this site, you will no doubt have realised that many of the films being reviewed lately are questionable in their quality. Sure, there have been some nuggets such as Predestination and A Most Violent Year, but others have fallen into the bracket of one to two star films. Many questions have been asked about these films, like; how is such talent starring in these films, who’s funding them, why are they being made and why do I keep saying yes I’ll review that?
For this months edition of Film Club, new member Eric from the IPC was forced into picking our film for July. Keeping to type, Eric chose something trashy and full of debauchery, Porky’s. Below are his reasons for picking Porky’s followed by everyone’s thoughts on the cult comedy.
I’ve been reading these group posts for a while now and when Kieron asked me to join the club, it came with a debt – I had to choose the movie for this month. I went and looked at all of the older films they’ve talked about and thought I might lighten it up a bit, but I was very nervous being the new guy and choosing something not…. “prolific” so to speak…. I mean, most of what I write about at my place is not prolific whatsoever and it’s mostly crap movies and even crappier writing.
So…. having received my Film Club MasterCard Black and my keys to the stately clubhouse, I took a nude dip in the spa, drank several glasses of French brandy, smoked imported cigarettes and soaked for hours while I picked a film. About two hours in it finally dawned on me. These ladies and gentlemen had been picking classics so why not a classic from my era? And what better than the American teen sex classic called Porky’s?
Director: Warren Dudley Starring: Parry Glasspool, Lucy-Jane Quinlan & Lydia Orange Synopsis: College students Raz, Charlie and Jess are about to start work on their end of year media studies project, unaware of a malevolent force lurking deep below their sleepy town Rating: 15 Run time: 74 minutes Release date: 1 June (UK)
The found footage sub-genre of horror films has been done to death by now. The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity breathed fresh life into things, but it soon became oversaturated and stale while horror moved forward and seemingly left the found footage gimmick behind. Indeed, The Cutting Room is a found footage film, but director Warren Dudley has managed to use the tricks of the genre to his advantage, while giving us a valid reason to accept it here.
Director: John McNaughton Starring: Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon & Natasha Calis Synopsis: A couple who keeps their sick son in a secluded environment find their controlled lives challenged by a young girl who moves in next door Rating: 15 Run time: 104 minutes Release date: 22 June (DVD)
It’s more than understandable that sometimes actors will have to take a pay check over artistic integrity. Sometimes that comes in the form of a mega budget blockbuster, and sometimes it comes in the form of a straight to video home release. Can’t Come Out to Play, aka The Harvest, is firmly in the latter camp, but despite its bargain bin allusions, it is actually a fairly decent thriller that is probably better than it has any right to be.
Director: Colin Trevorrow Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard & Ty Simpkins Synopsis: Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitors’ interest, which backfires horribly Rating: 12A Run time: 124 minutes Release date: 11 June (UK)
22 years have passed since Steven Spielberg allowed audiences to step foot inside the world’s greatest amusement park and in that time, the cinematic landscape has changed significantly. Dinosaurs aren’t the spectacle they used to be, and audiences are now very much accustomed to city’s being pummelled and planet’s being destroyed. Even those elements just listed are nothing compared to superheroes fighting off alien invasions, transforming robots battling one another and humans doing the impossible with very fast cars. Despite Jurassic World having an in-built audience, its chances of success were not necessarily guaranteed.
Update: This competition is now closed and five winners have been drawn at random. Thanks to everyone who entered!
To celebrate the release of British horror film The Cutting Room, I have five copies of the film to be won on DVD.
“College students Raz (Parry Glasspool) , Charlie (Lucy-Jane Quinlan) and Jess (Lydia Orange) are about to start work on their end of year Media Studies project, unaware of a malevolent force lurking deep below their sleepy town. A recent wave of apparent cyber bullying and the disappearance of two local girls lead the group to an abandoned army barracks situated deep in the forests that surround the college. What they find there is a terrifying labyrinth of tunnels from which there seems no escape, and a dark figure hell bent on tormenting them. Hunted, frightened and lost, Raz, Charlie and Jess must now escape the barracks or suffer the unspeakable fate that awaits them.”
No words can really sum this one up. So instead, here’s just a small excerpt of pictures from this brilliant actors career. RIP Christopher Lee.
UPDATE: This competition is now closed, and one winner has been drawn at random who will now be contacted via email. Thank you to everyone who took part.
To celebrate the release of The Loft, due for home video release on 15 June, I have one copy of the film to be won on Blu-Ray.
The film stars Karl Urban (Dredd) , James Marsden (X-Men) and Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) in a film directed by Erik Van Looy.
Director: Daniel Alfredson Starring: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington & Ryan Kwanten Synopsis: The inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual Rating: 15 Run time: 85 minutes Release date: 8 June (DVD)
I imagine when the creators of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken were busy making the film, that they thought they had something really good on their hands. A sturdy cast, led by the ever reliable Anthony Hopkins, are brought together to tell the true story of five ordinary men who somehow pulled of one of the decades biggest crimes. Their kidnapping of Mr. Heineken, the beer magnate, is likely more thrilling on paper than it is on celluloid and, despite the casts efforts, only comes across as a loud, unfulfilling mess.
Director: Gil Kenan Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt & Kennedi Clements Synopsis: A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive Rating: 15 Run time: 93 minutes Release date: 22 May (UK)
It’s a hard task reviewing the remake of a beloved classic. Comparisons are made, lines are drawn and the original can linger in the back of your mind, making you wonder why you ventured out to the cinema when you could have stayed at home and put the DVD on. Depending on your stance though, films should always be called down the middle, right? You should put aside any feelings of the original, and attempt to review the new film with an open and honest mind. So, where does Poltergeist 2015 fit into the realm of horror remakes?
Another month passes, and so to does another entry for Film Club. This months choice was Joon-ho Bong’s first English language film, Snowpiercer, and proved to a popular choice overall even if it did split opinion on whether it was an instant classic.
For this months edition of Film Club, Damien from Flashback/Backslide had the dubious honour of picking this months film. With that, Damien has chosen one of our most unique films yet; Joon-ho Bong’s Snowpiercer. Snowpiercer is Bong’s first English language film and proved an interesting film for our members to tackle.
As ever, Damien’s reason’s for choosing this months film are listed below, followed by all our thoughts.
The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is now 25 years old, and making this writer feel very old indeed. The franchise has had its ups and downs over the years, and the films have varied deeply in quality. With that, here’s my look back at the series as I rank the films in quality from worst to best.
Last night, the world premiere of San Andreas was held in London’s Leicester Square, and as a way of celebrating this I was lucky enough to be able to host a live stream of the event. Unfortunately, as this was my first time, I was a little bit nervous and I had some, difficulties. Out of naivety I could not get the stream to work here or on Facebook, so instead I could only provide you guys with a link to the stream.
Ahead of its release on 28 May, San Andreas is holding its world premiere tonight! The stars will be out, with the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino and Alexandra Daddario all gracing the red carpet at London’s famous Leicester Square.
The world premiere of San Andreas is taking place tonight, and I will be hosting the live stream of this event.
You will be able to view the stream here and on my social media outlets, while I will be constantly updating Twitter & Facebook throughout the event.
If you can tune in, even for just a few minutes, that would be great. Also, I’m likely to trip up at some point, so if you don’t come for the The Rock then come for that.
Director: George Miller Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron & Nicholas Hoult Synopsis: In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order; Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland Rating: 15 Run time: 120 minutes Release date: 14 May (UK)
In a world dedicated to superheroes and franchises that demand instant returns, it’s refreshing for a film that’s been 30 years in the making to feel so revitalised by its time away. Mad Max: Fury Road arrives like a kick in the teeth to modern blockbusters and their reliance on CGI and selling the most merchandise, in favour non-stop action and minimalist storytelling. In short, Mad Max is cinematic anarchy at its brutal best.
Director: J.C. Chandor Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain & David Oyelowo Synopsis: In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history Rating: 15 Run time: 125 minutes Release date: 18 May (DVD)
In a world dominated by superheroes and the next action filled blockbuster, old school crime dramas seem to be a thing of the past. The time when directors like Friedkin, Lumet and Coppola were household names is long gone and seems almost like a forgotten institution in filmmaking. Well made thrillers that this triumvirate came up with are a cinema lovers dream, and it’s fair to say that A Most Violent Year is a spiritual successor to those film. Less Scarface, and more Serpico, A Most Violent is a slow paced crime drama that relies on interesting characters and a tight script, and attempts to answer some morally dubious questions along the way.