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.
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.
Director: John Hughes Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith & Kelly LeBrock Synopsis: Two nerdish boys attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that Run time: 94 minutes Rating: 12
Weird Science is a movie I fell in love with not as a child or a teenager, but as an adult. I must confess that I only saw the movie for the first time about 6 years on a VoD service when I needed something to cheer me up. The movie was released in 1985, which meant I was only a child at the time of its release, but unlike some of John Hughes’ other efforts such as Home Alone, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club, which I did watch growing up, Weird Science took its time in gaining my attention.
Director: Lexi Alexander Starring: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West & Julie Benz Synopsis: After hunting down and killing hundreds of violent criminals, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, faces his most deadly foe yet, Jigsaw Rating: 18 Run time: 103 minutes
Rarely have I used the word “depressing” to describe a superhero film. But here, in Punisher: War Zone, it feels essential. The dark, grim underbelly of New York is exposed to its fullest, with criminals running amok and the only person to stop them is the morally dubious “hero” The Punisher. Ray Stevenson has replaced Thomas Jane as the titular hero in this 2009 reboot, while Lexi Alexander has replaced Jonathan Hensleigh in the director’s chair and everyone involved has done their best to distance themselves from the 2004 version of the character.
Director: Gabe Ibánez Starring: Antonio Banderas, Dylan McDermott & Robert Forster Synopsis: Jacq Vaucan is an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who investigates cases of robots violating their primary protocols against altering themselves. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity Rating: 15 Run time: 109 minutes Release date: 4 May (DVD)
For a film that is so heavily influenced by other works of science fiction, it is perhaps unsurprising that Automata is enjoyable at times, but fails to find its own identity. Everything from Blade Runner, to I, Robot and even the likes of the recent Ex Machina are referenced here, and while it has its moments, Automata never feels like the satisfying whole that it should.
Director: Jake Paltrow Starring: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult & Kodi Smit-McPhee Synopsis: Set in the future when water is hard to find, a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive Rating: 15 Run time: 100 minutes Release date: 1 May (Theatrical) 4 May (DVD)
Bad Land: Road to Fury sounds like a tie-in/rip-off of this summer’s Mad Max: Fury Road, and was likely the victim of a title change to fool would be buyers into thinking this was some sort of prequel. Even though the film is set in a post apocalyptic wasteland and stars Nicholas Hoult, the similarities would seem to end there. Bad Land: Road to Fury is more of a science-fiction Western than an all out action fest, and in true Western style, it is very much a slow burner.
Director: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans & Chris Hemsworth Synopsis: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans Rating: 12A Run time: 141 minutes Release date: 23 April (UK)
Editors note: Minor spoilers within.
It’s been a mere seven years since Iron Man hit our screens, promising team-ups and the acceptance that superhero films can exist and share the same world. Since then there have been no less than 10 films released that have formed a part of this shared universe. With many more to come and one only a few months away, it does beg the question of have we had enough yet? Avengers: Age of Ultron does not answer that question, nor should it, but it does provide another huge payday for Marvel and keeps up their recent form of producing hit after hit.
The first foreign language film in Film Club’s short history proved to be a popular choice. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth scored a solid 8.1/10 from our members, and has instantly landed in the top half of the table.
With Avengers: Age of Ultron in cinemas, now is a perfect time to get up to speed on the best Marvel graphic novels. The following list contains five of the most important stories that Marvel has told, and that will surely form a part of their future plans on both the big and small screens.
Director: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson Synopsis: Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity Rating: 12A Run time: 143 minutes
Back in April 2012, Joss Whedon had a hand in creating two of the best films of the year. One was The Cabin in the Woods, while the other was the superhero ensemble Avengers: Assemble. It was the latter that was perhaps the bigger gamble, and the one that really had no right to work.
Since 2008 the Marvel cinematic universe has continued to grow. What started with the first Iron Man film, has now escalated into something much larger. From men in metal suits, to frozen soldiers, to talking trees we now have a series of films that have been wowing audiences of all ages. And with Avengers: Age of Ultron released in cinemas this week, what better time than now to look back at the entire franchise so far.
Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow & Jeff Bridges Synopsis: After being held captive in an Afghan cave, an industrialist creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight against evil. This leads him to conflict within his own company Rating: 12A Run time: 126 minutes
Pre 2008, superhero films were, different. They existed on their own, each to their own devices and in their own defined universe. Iron Man and, more to the point, Marvel changed that. Not only was Tony Stark’s first adventure the start of his story, but it was also the start of Marvel’s, and nothing has been the same since.
Despite a few delays, Film Club has returned for April with a film that has perhaps tested a few members in regards to watching something outside of their comfort zone. Pan’s Labyrinth is the Spanish language fairytale from director Guillermo del Toro, and is one of the more unique films that Film Club has had the pleasure of reviewing.
This months film was chosen by Cara from Silver Screen Serenade. As always, Cara’s reason for choosing this months film are listed below, followed by each members thoughts. Enjoy.
When Kieron asked me about picking a film for this month’s Film Club, I was at first a little overwhelmed. I had my choice of all of the movies. ALL OF THEM. Like, woah. But I thought things over, and I narrowed it down to films that really had an impact on me, then films that I haven’t had a chance to discuss in great detail on my blog. After much deliberation, the end result was Pan’s Labyrinth because a) I love broadening my horizons with foreign films, b) I love the dark fantasy/horror vibe that this film has going for it, and c) this one makes you feel, man. Plus, I was very curious to see how my fellow Film Clubbers felt about it. So let’s see what everyone has to say!
I’m sure that by now you have all seen, or at least read about, the new trailer for Terminator Genisys. The trailer has caused a little bit of a storm on the internet for two reasons. One, for its seeming abandon of the other films in the series, and two, for its heavy reliance on spoilers. After watching the trailer a number of times online, I have conflicting views about both the trailer and the film itself. On one hand, the heavy use of spoilers is annoying and could take away the impact it would have had in the cinema. On the other, I now have a more legitimate interest in the film, which I perhaps did not have before.
Directors: Michael & Peter Spierig Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook & Noah Taylor Synopsis: The life of a time-traveling Temporal Agent. On his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time Rating: 15 Run time: 97 minutes Release date: April 6 (DVD)
Every now and then, you come across a film that is a victim of its own devices. Predestination is a smart, well acted and very well told science fiction film, but to say too much could and, most likely, would spoil the entire experience for you. Predestination is so packed full of surprises and neat little twists that, from a reviewers point of view, it is all but impossible to talk about the films plot and its various narrative devices. Luckily, the film has enough going for it allowing to allow me to ramble on for 400 words or so.
Director: Chad Stahelski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist & Alfie Allen Synopsis: An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him Rating: 15 Run time: 101 minutes Release date: April 10 (UK)
It’s hard to dislike a film like John Wick, with its charismatic lead and well choreographed fight scenes, John Wick is the perfect film for leaving your brain at the door and watching the main character kill a lot of people. The films simple premise and reliance on its star, Keanu Reeves, make for a welcoming double act as the audience can easily sit back and enjoy this Taken like ride.
As promised, March’s edition of Film Club brought something completely different to the table. The Rose, starring Bette Midler, was a unique choice and something that the Film Club members openly admitted to being surprised by. Despite it’s low score, it was far from hated, and was perhaps more interesting than it was captivating viewing.
Film Club returns for March with a film that many of you may not have heard of. The Rose, from 1979, stars Bette Midler as the title character in a film that is the definition of sex, drugs and rock & roll. The IMDb has this synopsis for us: “The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager.”
The Rose was chosen by the lovely Reut of The Sweet Archive. Below are her reasons for choosing the film, followed by each members thoughts on the film.
The reason I chose The Rose for this month’s Film Club is very simple. The Rose is a classic film. I’m into classic films. I’m also into music, so… you do the math. I’ve heard plenty of good things about The Rose and know that it’s highly appreciated in cinema history. I figured it would be an appropriate first choice for me. Hope my fellow bloggers feel the same. Enjoy!
UPDATE: This competition is now closed, and two winners have been drawn at random who will now be contacted via email. Thank you to everyone who took part.
To celebrate the release of the Vicious Brothers’ Extraterrestrial I have a competition to win the film on DVD.
Director: Colin Minihan Starring: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma & Michael Ironside Synopsis: A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors Rating: 15 Run time: 101 minutes Release date: 9 March (VOD) 16 March (DVD)
Directed by one half of The Vicious Brothers, Extraterrestrial is a B-movie that wants to be the next Evil Dead or The Cabin in the Woods, but lacks the knowing humour or genre exploitations that made both of those films so popular. As such, Extraterrestrial comes across as a film that doesn’t quite know its place in the world. Is it a clever nod to the horror genre and all that makes it great, or is it a poor relative to the likes of Sharknado and the type of fare the Syfy channel offers on a Friday night?
Director: Alex Garland Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhall Gleeson & Oscar Isaac Synopsis: A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I. Rating: 15 Run time: 108 minutes Release date: 21 January 2015
Directed by Alex Garland, Ex Machina is a very powerful portrayal of man and machine that plays upon the curiosities and fears that modern society faces with today’s, and tomorrow’s technology. Here, first time director Garland has crafted a film in a similar mould to that of one of the films main characters Ava. Ex Machina is sleek, beautiful to look at and has a dark undercurrent that belies the films first impressions.
By now I’m sure that you have all heard the news that Sony & Marvel have agreed to share the character of Spider-Man in their respective cinematic universes. I’m sure you have also read many, better, articles regarding people’s initial reaction to this and what it means for the future of the character. But, if you’re up for one more, then I would like to also weigh in on the subject and talk about what this means for Sony, Marvel, the Spidey-verse, poor Andrew Garfield and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.