Monthly Archives: February 2013

Because The Oscar Winners Deserve Nothing Less Than A5 Paper

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20 out of 24? I’ll take that.

Win Tickets To See Maniac

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Fancy winning two tickets to the Manchester Premiere of Franck Khalfoun’s remake of Maniac, starring Elijah Wood? Well, luckily I can help you do just that.

The lovely folks over at Grimm Up North have a pair of tickets up for grabs for their event that will be taking place at 7:30pm on Thursday 7th March at the Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester.

As Grimm Up North themselves put it, it’s an unflinchingly fierce and full-blooded re-imagining of William Lustig’s infamous, oft-banned 1980 cult shocker. I was lucky enough to see it last month and can wholeheartedly agree with their opinion that it is challenging, controversial, and confrontational. This is truly a film that takes no prisoners.

You have until 12pm on Wednesday 27th February to enter and all you have to do is comment on this post with a new tagline for the film – think along the lines of ‘Frodo Goes Scalping’. My favourite wins, it’s as simple as that. Just make sure you include your Twitter handle so I can DM the lucky winner!

If you don’t win, fear not, because the first forty people to book through their website will win a limited edition UK quad poster, a copy of Starburst magazine and free entry into their after party!

For more on the event, be sure to check it all out here.

This event is sponsored by Appliances Online.

Introducing The Denzel Washington Cookbook

I’m sure a lot of you are having Oscar-themed parties tonight. If you’re in the UK, your Alex Zane-fuelled excitement will go right into the small hours and if you’re in America, well, it all happens over dinner really, doesn’t it.

It’s tough to stay unpredictable if you host these things year on year, so I thought I’d give you a loving nudge in the right direction for a night that’s sure to be talked about just as much as this year’s Met Ball.

Introducing:

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Other recipes include: Remember the Tiramisu and The Scone Collector.

Because Only The Best Oscar Parties Feature Denzel.

– A massive thank you to Elliott Crossley for the image and D.J. Devereux for being part of the original, inspired conversation we had one day at work.

2013 Oscar Predictions: The Voice Of The People – Sort Of

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Last year, my housemate Becca decided to be the voice of the (fairly movie ignorant) nation and gave me her inspired Oscar nominations. War Horse led the way and you should definitely give them a once-over, here.

Seeing as she is my own personal Karl Pilkington of the film world, I once again decided to dig into the recesses of her brain and find out what she thought would win this year – taking into consideration that she’s only seen Silver Linings Playbook, The Impossible and half of Les Miserables (for reasons we won’t go into as she’s scared it’s not strictly legal). Outside the main contenders, she’s seen The Avengers, Snow White And The Huntsman and Mirror Mirror, but this house has mad love for Tarsem’s latest, so I won’t have a word said against it. Oh, and she’s seen Paperman as I put it up on Facebook when Disney made it available on YouTube.

Check out the voice of the people’s Oscar picks below, working from the technical categories up to the big dogs. And yes, this is verbatim. Enjoy: Continue reading

Review: Cloud Atlas (2012)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS, HERE***

DIRECTOR: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski.

CAST: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Doona Bae, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, James D’Arcy, Hugo Weaving, Keith David, David Gyasi, Xun Zhou, Susan Sarandon.

SYNOPSIS: Six stories from different moments in time become intertwined as random acts change the course of history. From modern-day farce to post-apocalyptic warfare, everything is connected.

David Mitchell’s 2004 novel, Cloud Atlas, is a magical mixture of six seemingly unrelated historical yarns that weave together through time to become interlinked by specific, consequential ripples. With a formidable artistic trio at the helm, Mitchell’s majestic and lauded work has been transformed into a lovingly crafted, jaw-dropping epic from Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis.

Where the novel is read as separate chapters within the sextet’s respective timelines, Alexander Berner’s remarkable editing results in a singular, fluid tale. Slices of sci-fi, historical spectacle, political thriller and good, old-fashioned slapstick are layered harmoniously with unprecedented ease – an impressive feat that should not be undervalued. A modern-day caper set in an old people’s home may appear farfetched, but where the low-key comedy is merged seamlessly into the expansive world of Neo Seoul, you feel safe that these directors can master any genre. Continue reading

Interview: Domhnall Gleeson For Anna Karenina

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***THIS INTERVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON HEYUGUYS TO COINCIDE WITH ANNA KARENINA’S DVD AND BLU-RAY RELEASE, HERE***

2012 was quite a year for Domhnall Gleeson. Alongside his BIFA nomination and theatrical releases of Dredd and Shadow Dancer, Anna Karenina finally gave him a more significant post-Harry Potter role after brilliant turns in True Grit and Never Let Me Go.

With 2013 seeing him star opposite Michael Fassbender and Rachel McAdams in Frank and About Time, as well as starring in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror alongside Hayley Atwell, this rising star deserves to be recognised as far more than just ‘Brendan Gleeson’s son’.

Incredibly fun to talk to, with a contagious passion for his art, Domhnall speaks about wanting to work with the cast of The Master, his longing to feature in a film noir and why he’s glad the team behind Anna Karenina didn’t let him keep his scythe at the end of filming. Continue reading

Only One Of These Three Is Worth Your Hard-Earned Cash

It’s quite simple, really.

Wreck-It Ralph starts with this:

…and has Jane Lynch on top quickfire form:

There’s absolutely none of this:

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…or this:

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Hell, go and see Wreck-It Ralph an extra five times just to ensure you’re completely cleansed of all I Give It A Year and Hitchcock’s dirty, dirty residue.

Wreck-It Ralph, I Give It A Year and Hitchcock are all released in UK cinemas tomorrow.

Review: I Give It A Year (2013)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS, HERE***

DIRECTOR: Dan Mazer.

CAST: Rafe Spall, Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Minnie Driver, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Jason Flemyng.

SYNOPSIS: After a whirlwind romance, Josh (Spall) and Nat (Byrne) tie the knot, but soon find that things aren’t quite as easy as they’d imagined. With old flame Chloe (Faris) on the scene and a rather new attractive American (Baker) floating around Nat’s office, will the pair find themselves tempted by others before their first anniversary, or are they in it for the long haul?

For a film that aims to break away from romantic Hollywood clichés, I Give It A Year relies too heavily on its puerile and farcical elements to showcase any novel perspectives on the overdone genre.

Realistic situations may be touched upon, but are frustratingly never fully realised, which is a real shame considering Dan Mazer proves himself in the odd sentimental, genuinely heartfelt moment. However, while the romantic backstory between Spall and Faris is one that begs to be further delved into, the excessive improvisation takes away from what could have been a far more interesting and quieter route for Mazer to go down. Continue reading

What I’m Watching – February 2013

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry. Embargoed films get their respective star ratings when allowed.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Dir: Brad Bird, 2011) ****

Beware The Gonzo (Dir: Brian Goluboff, 2010) **

Everything Must Go (Dir: Dan Rush, 2010) ***

Butter (Dir: Jim Field Smith, 2011) ***

Young Adult (Dir: Jason Reitman, 2011) ****

6 Days To Air: The Making Of South Park (Dir: Arthur Bradford, 2011) ***

Cloud Atlas (Dir: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, 2012) *****

Vertigo (Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) ****

Rust And Bone (Dir: Jacques Audiard, 2012) ***

Chaplin (Dir: Richard Attenborough, 1992) *****

I Love You Phillip Morris (Dir: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, 2009) ****

The Big Lebowski (Dir: Joel Coen, 1998) *****

Flight: Knitting, Sick Bags And Piers Morgan – The Questions I Really Want Answered

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Have Your Cinema Provided Chairs With Sick Bags And Oxygen Masks?
If not, well, you’ll probably wish they had. With the events of the plane crash almost unbearably intense, Zemeckis ensures you feel every bump, bone crack and jolt of turbulence along with those in the fuselage. It’s safe to say this is one film that will be left off the inflight entertainment list for the foreseeable future.

What’s With The Music, Bob?
Whether it’s jangly elevator music or soft rock while Reilly shoots up, the hilariously clichéd cues are either Zemeckis having a tongue in cheek pop at addiction or quite clearly admitting on celluloid that he has never listened to any Red Hot Chili Peppers lyrics before. Continue reading