Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Upcoming Releases - March '12

Here is a selection of films due out in UK cinemas next month.


John Carter - 9th March

Action | Adventure | Fantasy
132 mins
12A certificate
Main cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds
Director: Andrew Stanton

'Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.'

Official site: http://www.johncarterarrives.com/



The Decoy Bride - 9th March
Comedy | Drama
89 mins
12A certificate
Main cast: Kelly Macdonald, David Tennant, Alice Eve, Dylan Moran
Director: Sheree Folkson

'When the world's media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent.'




The Raven - 9th March

Thriller
111 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson, Kevin McNally
Director: James McTeigue

'A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, in which the poet pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer's stories.'

Official site: http://www.theravenmovie.com/



Cleanskin - 9th March
Thriller
108 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Sean Bean, Abhin Galeya, Charlotte Rampling, Tom Burke
Director: Hadi Hajaig

'Ewan is a Secret Service Agent faced with the task of pursuing and eliminating a suicide bomber Ash and his terrorist cell, whilst Ash wrestles with his conscience and reflects on his journey to terrorism.'




Bel Ami - 9th March
Drama
102 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Robert Pattinson, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas
Director: Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod

'A chronicle of a young man's rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city's most influential and wealthy women.'



Contraband - 16th March
Action | Crime | Drama
109 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster
Director: Baltasar Kormákur

'To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.'

Official site: http://www.contrabandmovie.net/


We Bought a Zoo - 16th March

Comedy | Drama | Family
124 mins
PG certificate
Main cast: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning
Director: Cameron Crowe

'Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.'

Official site: http://www.weboughtazoo.com/



 21 Jump Street - 16th March
Action | Comedy
109 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube
Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

'A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.'

Official site: http://www.21jumpstreet-movie.com/


The Hunger Games - 23rd March

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
Running time and certificate: TBC
Main cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson
Director: Gary Ross

'Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.'

Official site: http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/



 Wrath of the Titans - 30th March
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
Running time and certificate: TBC
Main cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes
Director: Jonathan Liebesman

'Perseus embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, who has been targeted for capture by his traitorous son, Ares, and his brother, Hades.'

Official site: http://wrathofthetitans.warnerbros.com/



Information obtained from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, http://www.filmdates.co.uk/, and the films' official websites.


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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Review: Near Dark


Near Dark is a vampire Western from 1987, co-written and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Point Break). The film marked her first solo directorial effort and although it wasn’t a big hit at the box office, it has become something of a cult classic thanks to its performances, genre fusing and unusual portrayal of vampires. The film stars Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein and Joshua John Miller.

Read my review at Suite101: A Review of Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Alternative Oscar movie posters

This great poster series for the 2012 Best Picture nominees was designed by Hunter Langston. The nine minimalistic posters feature a red, black and white colour scheme that ties them all together really well. Take a look at the designs for Hugo, Midnight in Paris, The Artist, The Descendants, War Horse, The Help, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Moneyball, and The Tree of Life:

Monday, 20 February 2012

Indie Film Created Using Computer Algorithm Changes With Each Screening

Indie film project whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir by director Eve Sussman and her collaborative team at Rufus Corporation is assembled from thousands of clips of footage, voiceovers and scoring elements, spliced together by a custom-built computer system known as the “serendipity machine.” Edited live in real-time, working from tags assigned by Sussman, the film comes together in a random, ever-changing succession, meaning the final product is different every time it is shown.


whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir follows the observations and surveillance of a geophysicist named Holz who is stuck in a 1970’s-looking metropolis operated by the New Method Oil Well Cementing Company. Sussman and lead actor Jeff Wood traveled to the Kazakhstan border of the Caspian Sea for two years of filming. They ended up with 3,000 clips, 80 voiceovers and 150 pieces of music, all given tags so the “serendipity machine” can search for others with the same tag and string them together. As they write on their website:
"The unexpected juxtapositions create a sense of suspense alluding to a story that the viewer composes. Driven by key words, the work seamlessly comes together as a movie – that is not a movie."
whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir is currently touring the festival circuit, with screenings at Sundance, Berlinale and Site Santa Fe. The below trailer is just one sample of the movie, since it changes with every screening:



[Written for PSFK. Article originally posted here]

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Brooklyn Photographer Remixes The Wise Words Of Yoda


The Brooklyn-based photographer Henry Hargreaves turned to the Star Wars universe for inspiration for a series of images. Leveraging the famous brand for his art, he created ‘The Zen of Yoda’, which displays quotes from the popular sci-fi character.

In collaboration with prop and set stylist Sarah Guido, he placed keyboard keys in a setting reminiscent of the swamp-like planet Dagobah, where Yoda trains Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back. The keys spell out some of Yoda’s well-known words of wisdom, such as "Fear is the path to the darkside" and "Named must your fear be before banish it you can."




Henry Hargreaves

[Written for PSFK. Article originally posted here]

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Trailers: The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man...


An extended cut of the TV spot shown during the Super Bowl for The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. Release date: April 27th



The second theatrical trailer for The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland. Release date: March 23rd



The second theatrical trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field and Denis Leary. Release date: July 4th



An extended Super Bowl TV spot for John Carter, directed by Andrew Stanton and starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong and Bryan Cranston. Release date: March 9th

Friday, 3 February 2012

Superheroes Soar Over New York To Promote Chronicle


20th Century Fox promoted its upcoming release Chronicle with an eye-catching campaign by viral marketing agency Thinkmodo. Chronicle follows three high school friends who gain superpowers, including the ability to fly. Taking inspiration from this, three human-shaped RC planes were flown around New York to create the illusion that superheroes were flying over the city. Check out footage of the “flying people” in the video below:



Thinkmodo

[Written for PSFK. Article originally posted here]

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love

Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) has been married to his high school sweetheart for 25 years. His world falls apart and he jumps out of a moving vehicle after his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) suddenly announces that she wants a divorce and confesses that she slept with another man. Meanwhile, good-looking ladies man Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) tries to pick up straight-talking Hannah (Emma Stone) in a bar but finds that his irresistible charms don’t work on her as she shoots him down.

After finding himself alone, and with no idea how to meet new people, Cal goes to the bar to drown his sorrows and grumble about the man his wife slept with, David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon). He sees how popular Jacob is with women and one night Jacob invites him over and offers to help him rediscover his manhood. The young bachelor seems to be an expert in the dating game and takes Cal shopping to buy new clothes, and to the bar so he can learn to be more confident with women.

At the same time, we see that those around Cal have romantic problems of their own and the film’s great ensemble cast feature in these different threads. Cal’s 13-year-old son Robbie is hopelessly in love with the 17-year-old babysitter Jessica, but she has a secret crush on Cal. His wife Emily is unsure of her relationship with her work colleague David. Jacob finds himself falling for Hannah, the one who briefly got away and makes him reconsider his womanizing ways. As all of these connected strands develop, Cal has to decide whether to move on or fight for the woman he loves.


Crazy, Stupid, Love is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris) and written by Dan Fogelman, who previously wrote the screenplays for a number of animations including Cars, Bolt and Tangled. He offers a fresh and witty script that avoids many of the pitfalls that spoil most modern romantic comedies. The characters are all likeable and the talented cast all give good performances. There is great chemistry between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, especially in the scene where their characters stay up for most of the night talking, and Gosling shows an aptitude for comedy. Steve Carell is also impressive, and I liked the funny subplot about Cal visiting the family home to secretly do the gardening at night because he had a nightmare that David Lindhagen was doing it.

The film is essentially about people finding their one true love or their soulmate. It identifies that some get lazy or complacent after years of marriage and advocates continuing to work hard at relationships to show how much you love someone. Although the rom com is one of my least favourite genres, I found this film engaging, sweet and a lot funnier than most recent offerings.


 [DVD screener provided by flickfeast. Review originally posted here]

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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Teaser Trailer For Star Wars Game Features Homage To Famous Lightsaber Duel


This teaser video from agency AKQA for the Xbox 360′s upcoming Kinect Star Wars game features comedy actor Chris Pratt (from U.S. TV show Parks & Recreation) taking over the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. He has a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader in a homage to the famous scene from the movie Episode IV: A New Hope. Unfortunately, Pratt’s lightsaber skills leave a lot to be desired and Darth Vader gets rather annoyed with the bathrobe-wearing actor. The new game lets players explore the Star Wars universe (featuring iconic settings, characters and action) with no controller. Check out the video below:




[Written for PSFK. Article originally posted here]
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