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Armchair Viewing: Shallow Grave (1994)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Mon, 05/04/2010 - 18:03

I've never seen a dead body before. I saw my grandmother of course, but I don't think that counts. I mean, she was alive at the time.

What’s it about?
Three friends sharing a house have a spare room and after interviewing a number of unusual prospective tenants settle on the most normal one. However, a couple of days after moving in, there has been no sign of him so they go into his room to investigate. To their horror they find their new flatmate dead. But to their collective intrigue they also find a suitcase full of cash. Do they tell the police and hand in the money? Do they heck.

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Armchair Viewing: Heat (1995)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Sun, 04/04/2010 - 16:02

I do what I do best, I take scores. You do what you do best, try to stop guys like me.

What’s it about?
Robert De Niro is the robber and Al Pacino is the cop in this battle of wits between two driven men with more similarities than they would perhaps like to admit.

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Screenjabber podcast #8 - Clash of the Titans

Posted by Justin Bateman | Sun, 04/04/2010 - 11:35

It's an Olympian-sized Pubcast this week...

Join Justin Bateman, Doug Cooper, Neil Davey, Toby Weidmann, Robert Barry, Stuart O'Connor and special guest Lewis Bazley (of Inthenews.co.uk) as we don skirts and sandals, and take up our swords for an in-depth dissection of the new 3D blockbuster Clash of the Titans.

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Armchair Viewing: Casablanca (1942)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Sat, 03/04/2010 - 09:14

By Toby Weidmann.

Here's looking at you, kid.

What’s it about?
With the coming of the Second World War, many eyes in imprisoned Europe turned hopefully, or desperately, toward the freedom of the Americas. Lisbon became the great embarkation point. But, not everybody could get to Lisbon directly, and so a tortuous, roundabout refugee trail sprang up - Paris to Marseilles, across the Mediterranean to Oran, then by train, or auto, or foot across the rim of Africa, to Casablanca in French Morocco. Here, the fortunate ones, through money, or influence, or luck, might obtain exit visas and scurry to Lisbon; and from Lisbon to the New World. But the others wait in Casablanca... and wait... and wait... and wait...

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Crumbs! Robert Pattinson's partial to a Hob Nob

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 01/04/2010 - 18:53

By Robert Barry

It was the question that put Gordon Brown in the hot seat. What do you have with your tea? And more importantly, do you dunk? In a press conference held to promote new film, Remember Me, Robert Pattinson put aside months of speculation when he revealed for the first time his love for the crumbly biscuit treat.

Syrupy new romcom (well, rom anyway), Remember Me, represents something of a departure for Pattinson. Used to playing brooding, insecure types with unresolved oedipus complexes in teen flicks about vampires and wizards, here he teams up with Lost star Emilie de Ravin in a film that deals with (or at least mentions) real, adult themes such as global politics, nihilism and international terrorism, and in which Pattinson plays a brooding, insecure type with an unresolved oedipus complex.

To herald Mr Diggery - I mean Pattinson's coming of age, it seemed only right to challenge him with what has become perhaps the political question du jour. Mumsnet users were shocked and appalled late last year when Gordon Brown repeatedly refused to answer this simple question. After more than 24 hours, finally the truth came out via the Prime Minister's Twitter feed, ending the Great Biscuit Silence of 09. So, between the austerity nostalgia of David Cameron's choice of oat cakes, the bland sincerity of Nick Clegg's Rich Tea, and the cheeky little secret of Gordon's finally, naughtily avowed, "anything with a bit of chocolate." Where was Pattinson to nail his political colours? Or would he storm off in a biscuit-induced huff, refusing to comment and thus inviting the fury of mums and Telegraph columnists everywhere?

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Official trailer released for Marmaduke

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 01/04/2010 - 13:57

Another mutt-themed animated movie is set to hit the big screen this summer courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Regency Films. Leaping out of the iconic comic strips and into cinemas is Marmaduke, a family comedy about a Great Dane who has a penchant for getting his paws on a surfboard and riding the waves like a real cool dawg. It has a very impressive cast indeed, so only time will tell if this animal-based film is yet another to fall flat on its face, or have the world barking its praises.

Marmaduke stars the voices of Emma Stone, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Judy Greer, Ron Perlman, Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas, Jeremy Piven, William H. Macy, Steve Coogan, George Lopez, David Walliams, and Owen Wilson as the colourful doggy himself. The film is directed by Tom Dey (Shanghai Noon).

SYNOPSIS: Marmaduke, the world's most lovable Great Dane, leaps from comic strip fame (appearing in 600 newspapers in over 20 countries) to big screen stardom. In this family comedy event, the super-sized, ultra-awkward lap dog is living the good life with the Winslow family, including beleaguered dad Phil, Phil's wife Debbie, their three children, and feline pal Carlos. But when Phil  uproots the clan from Kansas to California, Marmaduke finds his life turned upside-down. He must navigate the volatile Mutts vs. Pedigrees turf wars, woo the purebred of his dreams, and overcome a fall from grace from his new four-legged friends and his much put-upon family.

Marmaduke surfs into cinemas in the UK and Ireland this August

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New trailer for The A-Team

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 01/04/2010 - 12:35

The brand new trailer for Joe Carnahan's The A-Team, produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, has thunderously exploded into the world. The man who brought us the action-packed fun known as Smokin' Aces vows not to disappoint with his feature-length vision of the smash hit '80s TV show.

With the iconic B.A. Baracus played by a combatant from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson) rather than Mr. T, and Liam Neeson "donning" the cigar to become Hannibal Smith, what could you possibly expect? Well, in all honesty, not much. Until this trailer. Carnahan looks like he's on track to deliver the goods with an adrenaline-fuelled thrill ride with plenty of references to the classic series.

SYNOPSIS: The A-Team follows the adventures of three United States soldiers who were arrested for a crime they did not commit. After managing to escape from military prison, the three join forces with Captain H.M. Murdock, their reconnaissance pilot, as a team of soldiers of fortune.

The A-Team flies into cinemas (but not in a plane) in the UK on July 30th

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UK trailer for Agora

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 01/04/2010 - 12:05

The UK trailer has arrived for Spanish biopic drama Agora, starring Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz. The film, having premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and directed by Chilean film-maker Alejandro Amenabar, centres around Hypatia of Alexandria, a Greek scholar and astronomer. It collected a handful of Goya awards this year — Spain's equivalent of our BAFTAs — including one for Best Film. It's also been creating quite a stir in Italy, where it has been condemned for its strong religious theme. It struggled to find a distributor in the country until February, when Mikado Film finally picked it up for national release.

SYNOPSIS: 4th century A.D. Egypt under the Roman Empire... Violent religious upheaval in the streets of Alexandria spills over into the city's famous Library. Trapped inside its walls, the brilliant astronomer Hypatia and her disciples fight to save the wisdom of the Ancient World. Among them, the two men competing for her heart: the witty, priveledged Orestes and Davus, Hypatia's young slave, who is torn between his secret love for her and the freedom he knows can be his if he chooses to join the unstoppable surge of the Christians.

Agora clashes with cinemagoers in the UK and Ireland on April 23rd

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Armchair Viewing: The Blues Brothers (1980)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Mon, 29/03/2010 - 07:49

Ya see, me and the Lord have an understanding.

What’s it about?
Jake Blues (John Belushi) and his brother Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) reform their old rhythm and blues band in a bid to raise money for the orphanage where they were raised. With hilarious consequences.

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Armchair Viewing: Mean Streets (1973)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Sun, 28/03/2010 - 09:17

By Lizzie Husher.

"You don’t make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bullshit and you know it."

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Charlie (Keitel) is a young hood living in New York’s Little Italy and running small time errands for his Mafioso uncle. Whilst doing his best to succeed and move up in the organized crime world, he struggles with his religious conscience and also finds he must reconcile his self preservation and desire for power with the loyalty to his reckless and self destructive friend Johnny Boy.

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