Monthly Archives: May 2012

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012 Programme Announcement

Twelve days. One hundred and fifty films. Nineteen World premieres. Thirteen International premieres. Eleven European premieres. Seventy-six UK premieres. It’s safe to say there’s going to be a lot going on at the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival.

I’m lucky enough to be heading up to Scotland (for the very first time) next month and will be bringing you as much coverage as I can. As the Festival gets closer I will reflect a little more on what I’m most excited about, so, for now, here’s a round up of what’s going on between 20th June – 1st July.

The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film returns this year alongside The International Feature Competition, both of which include documentaries and narrative film. Nominees can be seen in this picture from the Festival brochure:

To see what films will be heading to Edinburgh next month, check out the full press release below or head over to the Festival’s official website here for more information: Continue reading

Bitesize Review: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

DIRECTOR: Wes Anderson.

CAST: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban.

SYNOPSIS: When Sam (Gilman) abandons the Khaki Scouts and Suzy (Hayward) runs away from home, the pair embark on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance.

My broken arm calls for a slightly different (and bitesize) reviewing format. So here’s ten things I want to say about Moonrise Kingdom: Continue reading

Bitesize Review: What To Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)

DIRECTOR: Kirk Jones.

CAST: Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Falcone, Rodrigo Santoro, Chris Rock, Matthew Morrison, Anna Kendrick, Chace Crawford, Dennis Quaid, Brooklyn Decker, Rebel Wilson, Thomas Lennon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Joe Maganiello, Rob Huebel, Amir Talai.

SYNOPSIS: Inspired by the bestselling book of the same name, five couples share their stories of the challenges, elation and heartbreak that surrounds impending parenthood.

My broken arm calls for a slightly different (and bitesize) reviewing format. So here’s ten things I want to say about What To Expect When You’re Expecting: Continue reading

Bitesize Review: Men In Black 3 (2012)

DIRECTOR: Barry Sonnenfeld.

CAST: Will Smith, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Jemaine Clement, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emma Thompson, Michael Chernus, Alice Eve, Mike Colter, Bill Hader.

SYNOPSIS: When a revenge-driven alien (Clement) travels back in time to kill K (Jones), J (Smith) must convince a young K (Brolin) to help him prevent a change in history and save the fate of the Earth.

My broken arm calls for a slightly different (and bitesize) reviewing format. So here’s ten things I want to say about Men In Black 3: Continue reading

Bitesize Review: The Raid (2011)

DIRECTOR: Gareth Evans.

CAST: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno, Ray Sahetapy.

SYNOPSIS: In the slums of Jakarta, a group of dangerous murderers and gangsters live in a tower block that even the police won’t enter. When a SWAT team decides to storm the building and take down notorious drug lord, Tama (Sahetapy), the other residents of the block won’t go down without giving it all they’ve got.

My broken arm calls for a slightly different (and bitesize) reviewing format. So here’s ten things I want to say about The Raid: Continue reading

65th Cannes Film Festival Winners

The winners of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival have just been announced by Nanni Moretti’s jury, with Michael Haneke taking his second Palme d’Or for Festival favourite, Amour.

To see who won the remaining eight Awards, check the winners out below, including a win for one of my most anticipated films, Beasts Of The Southern Wild and two actresses sharing their prize. Continue reading

Bitesize Review: The Dictator (2012)

DIRECTOR: Larry Charles.

CAST: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas.

SYNOPSIS: General Aladeen of Wadiya is a power-hungry, rich and ruthless dictator. When the UN summon him to New York to address their concerns over his use of nuclear weapons, he has to ensure democracy never comes to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

I’m afraid my broken arm calls for a slightly different (and bitesize) reviewing format. So here’s ten things I want to say about The Dictator: Continue reading

Baz Sure Does Love His Shiny Anachronisms

The trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby has finally arrived and it is every bit as debauched and impressive as you’d expect. But that doesn’t mean we’re exposed to a great deal of substance underneath the glitz and glamour.

Coming December 2012 in 3D which is bound to be so colourful it’ll make your eyes bleed, The Great Gatsby is another adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of the pursuit of The American Dream. With DiCaprio the only actor I can see embodying the titular Gatsby, the December release date looks like a clever bid by Warner for some Awards recognition.

While it is yet to be seen whether Carey Mulligan will play Daisy quite as mad as Mia Farrow in Robert Redford’s 1974 version, it’s a welcome change to see Tobey Maguire head back to something a little more serious after his Spidey excursions.

With a busy Christmas release slate for DiCaprio in the form of Django Unchained and The Great Gatsby, it’s up to you to decide whether Luhrmann or Tarantino have injected more ‘cool’ into their respective projects. Jay-Z, Kanye and Jack White may pale in anachronistic comparison to the first Tarantino trailer.

Oops

I may have broken myself again!!

Very bad timing, as it’s currently end of year coursework time, so I’ll be posting short, bitesize reviews for a while instead of my normal format.

I’m so desperate to talk about The Raid, so I’ll aim to get that (along with The Dictator) up by the end of the week.

DVD Review: Breaking Bad Season Three – HeyUGuys

Back with a bang and as addictive as ever, Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad returns for another Season that’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Please check out my review for HeyUGuys by simply clicking here.

Breaking Bad Season Three was released in the UK on Monday.