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OSCARS PREVIEW: Who's gunna win★

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 05/03/2010 - 19:54

Yes, it's Academy Awards time. That time of the year when a bunch overpaid luvvies gathers to wear free frocks and eat free food and drink free champagne and once again be worshipped from afar by the plebs who are the general public. And then get a gold statue for doing their overpaid job slightly better than the other overpaid luvvies.

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New red-band trailer for George Romero's Survival of the Dead

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 05/03/2010 - 15:29

The red-band trailer for George Romero's sixth apocalyptic zombie film has arrived. It hits DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on March 15 and promises to deliver the vintage undead chaos that we all know and love!

SYNOPSIS: Like its predecessors, George A Romero's Survival of the Dead takes place in a desperate, nightmarish world where the dead walk the earth, relentlessly attacking the living. It is the story of Plum Island — a beautiful refuge whose isolation allows two powerful families to maintain a semblance of order in the wake of the zombie holocaust. But as the inhabitants slowly die off, the two clans become sharply divided: the O'Flynns believe that the undead must be destroyed without exception, while the Muldoons insist that afflicted loved ones be kept "alive" until a cure is found. The result is an escalating showdown with echoes of a classic Western stand-off that erupts in brutality and violence.

Oh, and when you get your bloody hands on Survival of the Dead, pay close attention to the case!

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INTERVIEW: Father Of My Children director Mia Hansen-Love

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 05/03/2010 - 13:33

The writer/director of Father Of My Children, Mia Hansen-Love, talks to Doug Cooper the filmmaking process ...

Part One

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Second trailer released for How to Train Your Dragon

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 05/03/2010 - 13:31

Based on the novel by Cressida Cowell and starring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera of Ugly Betty fame, and the reuniting Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon is a fully animated 3D family adventure set in a mystical and mythical age where dragons roam the lands and the skies.

SYNOPSIS: From the studio that brought you Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda comes How to Train Your Dragon — a comedy adventure set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, based on the book by Cressida Cowell. The story centres around a Viking teenager named Hiccup, who lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teen's smarts and offbeat sense of humour don't sit too well with his tribe or its chief... who just so happens to be Hiccup's father. However, when Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other Viking teens, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. But when he encounters (and ultimately befriends) an injured dragon, his world is flipped upside down, and what started out as Hiccup's one shot to prove himself turns into an opportunity to set a new course for the future of the entire tribe.

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New trailer for Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 04/03/2010 - 22:58

Based on the video game of the same title, Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the questing prince who sets off on a magical adventure to find the fabled Sands of Time. The $150 million film also stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina, so there is certainly no denying the strength of the cast.

The film has also been adapted from two other Prince of Persia video games: The Two Thrones and Warrior Within.

SYNOPSIS: From the team that brought the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy to the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (Gemma Arterton) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time — a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its posessor to rule the world.

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A new trailer for Clash of the Titans

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 04/03/2010 - 22:24

The remake of Clash of the Titans, directed by Louis Letterier, hits UK cinemas on April 2nd and will be presented, like a lot of films in 2010, in the third dimension. How will it compare to the original 1981 mythological classic? Sam Worthington stars as the protagonist Perseus, in what is his second 3D film in the last year, after starring in the Avatar machine that is still very much raging on. As is the usual with remakes, I'm sure a great many people will be raising questions about how it will fare against the original, of which comes the fact that I'm more interested in seeing just how much Liam Neeson will pale in comparison to the legendary Laurence Olivier as Zeus!

SYNOPSIS: In Clash of the Titans, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful God of the Underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.

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Armchair Viewing: Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Thu, 04/03/2010 - 00:29

"I'm robbing a bank because they got money here. That's why I'm robbing it.

What’s it about?
Two first time crooks attempt to rob a bank in New York. But being novices doesn't stand them in good stead. They miss the daily cash pick up and then decide to take hostages. Not only that, but the reason for the robbery in the first place is to pay for Sonny (Al Pacino)'s wife's gender reassignment operation.

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Independent exploitation film gets picked up by Troma

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 03/03/2010 - 13:08

Incest Death Squad is the vile story of an incestuous brother and sister who kill tourists in Wisconsin in the name of God. It certainly has no qualms about offending people, as the title alone may suggest, and it certainly packs a filthy punch as far as ultra low-budget indie films go these days and I, being a fan of these make-no-excuses exploitation fests, loved it. It has been available on DVD since the latter part of last year via self-distribution from writer-director Cory J Udler, but now Shalenn Productions has struck a two-part distribution deal with the legendary Troma Entertainment.

Not only does Troma CEO Lloyd Kaufman have a hilarious and totally outrageous cameo in Incest Death Squad, but his company will also be distributing the film via digital download very soon. Not only that, but it's a brand new never-before-seen cut not available on DVD. With Incest Death Squad 2 shooting this spring, what could possibly be in the Troma pipeline for the sequel? How about a double-feature DVD release? Yes, Incest Death Squad 1 and 2 will be available in a DVD set put out by Troma, the undisputed king of tasteless cinema.

SYNOPSIS: Meet Jeb and Amber Wayne, an incestuous brother and sister who have been given a message from God: KILL ALL TOURISTS! Meet Aaron Burg, a big city newspaper reporter sent to the Northwoods of Wisconsin to get a story on Chronic Wasting Disease. What Aaron doesn't know is that his life will soon be turned into an orgy of bloodlust at the hands of the Waynes. Starring Tom (The Legend Trip) Lodewyc, Greg Johnson, Carmela Wiese and Melissa (Horrid) Murphy, Incest Death Squad has been turning heads across the country with its jet black humour, its incredible performances and amazing soundtrack (featuring Britny Fox, Helliphant and El Valiente). Also starring Lloyd Kaufman, Elske McCain, Scarlet Salem, Sean Cain and George Kosana, Incest Death Squad will leave you speechless (and wanting a shower).

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Armchair Viewing: Crank (2006)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Wed, 03/03/2010 - 07:15

By Toby Weidmann.

"Don't pop a blood vessel, you little penis.

What’s it about?
Ace hitman Chev Chelios is poisoned by a conniving Mob boss seeking revenge. The only way Chev can keep his heart pumping, and thus buy him time to find an antidote, is by keeping his adrenaline cranked up to the max. All of which makes Chev one buzzed up badass on a mission.

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Armchair Viewing: The Fountain (2006)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Tue, 02/03/2010 - 20:49

"Every shadow, no matter how deep, is threatened by morning light."

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