Monthly Archives: May 2012

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.

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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.

Review: Dark Shadows (2012)

DIRECTOR: Tim Burton.

CAST: Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Grace Moretz, Gulliver McGrath, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller.

SYNOPSIS: After breaking the heart of witch Angelique Bouchard (Green), rich and powerful Barnabus Collins (Depp) is doomed to spend his life as a vampire – and then buried alive. When he is accidentally freed two hundred years later in 1972, Barnabus faces a very different world and a very different family.

Based on the American television series that ran from 1966-71, Dark Shadows is yet another excuse for Tim Burton to dabble in the supernatural and unconventional. But even with an immaculate performance from Johnny Depp, this new film from the duo (with Bonham Carter in tow, obviously) will have you begging for a time when they were joining forces for original projects like Edward Scissorhands. Continue reading

Review: The Lucky One (2012)

DIRECTOR: Scott Hicks.

CAST: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart, Jay R. Ferguson, Adam LeFevre.

SYNOPSIS: While serving in Iraq, Logan Thibault (Efron) survives an attack after stooping down to admire a photo. Crediting it for saving his life, Logan heads out to find the girl, Beth (Schilling), in the picture that became his good luck charm throughout the conflict.

It’s hard to believe Scott Hicks was nominated for practically every Award under the sun for 1996’s Shine, when The Lucky One is such a messy jumble of screenplay, direction and, unfortunately, source material. With underwhelming surprises scattered throughout, The Lucky One sticks to a very basic and predictable formula for the most part, with the only real moment of threat and suspense tossed away with barely a second’s afterthought. With more checked shirts than your average Superdry, this adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel is pretty to look at and charming enough, but unfortunately lacks much underneath. Continue reading

Killer McConaughey

Let me warn you – this will not be the last time I explain how much I am looking forward to attending the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival. And when a trailer like this is released for what will be the Festival’s opening film, it’s a little hard to suppress my excitement.

Kicking off the Festival on June 20th, William Friedkin’s ‘shockingly cool and blackly comic noir thriller’ (as the EIFF’s website calls it) stars Matthew McConaughey as the titular Joe, alongside Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church.

McConaughey is proving a constant surprise of late, with an affecting turn in The Lincoln Lawyer and some very interesting films coming up in the form of Mud and The Paperboy. I’m genuinely glad to see him working on such diverse films – Magic Mike, anyone?! – and he’s definitely getting the chance to channel his best inner-Texan in his studded boots, here. But it’s his relationship with Juno Temple’s Dottie that has me fascinated, on the wrong side of appropriate and bizarrely haunting. And as for Temple, well, there doesn’t seem to be anything the little Brit isn’t prepared to throw herself into.

It’s also a relief to see Hirsch in this after Speed Racer and The Darkest Hour, as I was genuinely convinced he was on the fast track to becoming the next DiCaprio after Into The Wild. But, with Savages and A Long Way Down in the pipeline, I’m remaining hopeful.

Killer Joe gets a UK release on June 29th, with the USA getting it two days earlier after it previewed at both SXSW and the Seattle International Film Festival. So, check out the trailer below and bring on the Red Band!

What I’m Watching – May 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Moonrise Kingdom (Dir: Wes Anderson, 2012) *****

What To Expect When You’re Expecting (Dir: Kirk Jones, 2012) ***

Men In Black III (Dir: Barry Sonnenfeld, 2012) **

Men In Black II (Dir: Barry Sonnenfeld, 2002) **

Rushmore (Dir: Wes Anderson, 1998) *****

An Education (Dir: Lone Scherfig, 2009) ****

A Dangerous Method (Dir: David Cronenberg, 2011) ***

The Dictator (Dir: Larry Charles, 2012) **

The Raid (Dir: Gareth Evans, 2011) *****

Citizen Kane (Dir: Orson Welles, 1941) *****

Dark Shadows (Dir: Tim Burton, 2012) ***

Martha Marcy May Marlene (Dir: Sean Durkin, 2011) ****

Safe (Dir: Boaz Yakin, 2012) ***

The Lucky One (Dir: Scott Hicks, 2012) **