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Fast and Furious 7

Sat, 13 Jun 2015 15:38:15 +0000

As always, I like to put myself in the audience mind-set when reviewing a film, but for this franchise there's no need, I enjoy Fast and Furious just as I love fast cars, both driving them and watching them being driven at speed. I love the sound and the looks, and with the Fast and Furious film franchise (that's a lot of F's!) I do enjoy how they have built the core of the film around the family, the teamwork and the characters above all, but still included those cars. The films may have stumbled along the way, taken a...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



A Most Wanted Man

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:49:53 +0000

John le Carré wrote the novel which is the basis of this film. You should remember that the last Carré novel that was adapted for film was Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and that turned out to be a damned fine thriller. Could this film live up to that? Andrew Bovell, who wrote the screenplay for the American version of Edge of Darkness, also wrote an early draft of Strictly Ballroom, no offence to Bovell, but it would take a lot to follow in the footsteps of Tomas Alfredson's script and those two titles aren't really nailing it for me. More...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



We Are Monster

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:06:48 +0000

I watched We Are Monster at the start of my first day at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014, and it set the day off to a dark and troubled start. Not because the film was bad, but because of the subject matter and the way the story is told. When people say a film is tough, they mean what they say. The language, intent and ideals of the lead character are, at times, difficult to watch, the incompetence of the authority figures is depressing, and the fact that this is all based on a true story is truly shocking....Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



Next Asian unmakeable remake, Audition

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:04:30 +0000

After the remake of Oldboy it seems that Hollywood has the belief it can remake more Asian horror/thrillers that previously were believed to be un-remake-able. I know that isn't even a word, but it should be. The news has arrived, and has piqued my interest back to the keyboard, that Audition is to be remade. Also known as Ôdishon, adapted from the Ryû Murakami novel by Daisuke Tengan, and directed byTakashi Miike. Now I'm going to take an unusual stand on this one, and perhaps upset a few people, but I now think they can do it, and if you...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



Old Bond writers return, change again

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:02:00 +0000

Bond 24, the film to follow the successful Skyfall (Filmstalker review), is set to gain two new writers. Except they aren't new to the Bond franchise, they're writers who just left it after the last film, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. They've been asked to return and work on the script that John Logan delivered for Sam Mendes to direct - Logan being the writer brought in to work on Skyfall after Purvis and Wade delivered their draft. So now the tables have turned Ms Broccoli and/or Mr Mendes, and you expect them to write. No, she doesn't expect them...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



Grace of Monaco

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:43:21 +0000

If you know anything about classic Hollywood you will know of the gorgeous and talented Grace Kelly. However you may not know of how she married the Prince of Monaco and became an actual Princess, not just the one that she had become in Hollywood, idolised by audiences. If you know of modern Hollywood, you probably know the story of the film Grace of Monaco, a film about a key political time for Monaco, and of an important time in Grace Kelly's own life. It's a film which has hit controversy as it wasn't too well received by critics at...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



Edge of Tomorrow

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:05:03 +0000

Although I'd seen the trailer and knew the concept of the film, I really had no idea of how the film was going to portray the idea of the tagline “live, die, repeat”. The idea of every day repeating in a science fiction film, and one with the scale of a worldwide alien invasion, isn't a plot line I could remember from many other films I'd seen or stories I'd read, although I'm sure there are many. Of course there's the Groundhog Day comparison, but that's hardly helpful in gauging what this film would be like, more helpful would be...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



Godzilla sequel, surprised? Come on now.

Wed, 21 May 2014 09:05:07 +0000

There's a sequel being talked about for Godzilla already after a big opening, apparently the biggest of 2014 to date, and while many are talking about it as though it was a surprise, it really wasn't was it? Looking at one of my local multiplexes for screenings tomorrow I can see that Godzilla has a mere seventeen in a mixture of 2D, 3D and IMAX, compare that with Bad Neighbors with nine, or The Amazing Spider-Man 2 or The Two Faces of January with just four 2D screenings. X-Men: Days of Future Past has eighteen screenings on its first day...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



Code Black trailer shows powerful documentary

Wed, 21 May 2014 09:03:49 +0000

I'm a huge fan of the Channel 4 documentary series, or reality series depending on how you look at it, called 24 Hours in A&E. The programme uses fixed cameras around one of the busiest and most well respected accident and emergency departments in the UK at London's King's College Hospital, recording patients as they arrive, go through their emergency treatment, staff as they work their shifts and interviewing them all after the day is over. It's a fantastically insightful and incredibly touching series that not only teaches you what our Hospital staff have to deal with but also just...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



New Lucy trailer reveals everything?

Wed, 21 May 2014 09:03:09 +0000

I was looking forward to Lucy, another action and science fiction film blend written and directed by Luc Besson, and starring Scarlett Johansson, sounded like a lot of fun and some of the early shots from the film looked like a lot of fun. Now I've seen the latest trailer I'm rather disappointed, I feel I've seen far too much and probably know the story of the main character. I do hate trailers like this for they do appear just to replay all the best bits from the film and potentially spoiling it all. Of course it could be that...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



Monsters: Dark Continent trailer, Monsters sequel

Wed, 21 May 2014 09:02:18 +0000

I had heard ages ago about a sequel to the very enjoyable and cleverly made Monsters (Filmstalker review), the film written and directed by Gareth Edwards who just delivered the new Godzilla film. Now it's time for the sequel to be seen as a trailer arrives for the film. Monsters: Dark Continent is written by Jay Basu who co-wrote The Dinosaur Project and the screenplay for Fast Girls, and directed by Tom Green who directed episodes of UK television's Misfits and Blackout. It stars some recognisable faces from British acting talent including Joe Dempsie and Johnny Harris. Could it turn...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



Point Break and The Mummy lose key members, follow revisit path

Wed, 21 May 2014 09:01:36 +0000

There's a certain way that the development of well-known remakes goes, and they always stall and stutter. When they're particularly big and well known films, nay even deemed classics or a cult film, they always seem to start off big and stutter and step their way down to being a shadow of what they once promised, and inevitably that means they aren't nearly as good. The initial ideas of a new version of Point Break and of a new instalment in The Mummy franchise, effectively replacing everyone and delivering a new franchise, both sounded like they might be big versions,...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



[REC] 4: Apocalypse trailer arrives

Wed, 21 May 2014 09:01:02 +0000

I am a fan of the [REC] series, especially what the second film managed to do to the plot line of the first delivering such a clever turn to events and giving a unique way forward for the franchise. The third film leapt back in time to the instigating event, while this fourth film is leaping forward once again to tell the closing events of the franchise. While the reviews of the third film weren't hugely glowing and the storyline didn't excite, this fourth and final film has a lot of promise and looks like it could once again push...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



Mikkelsen's dual revenge film trailers

Wed, 07 May 2014 08:53:33 +0000

I caught two trailers featuring Mads Mikkelsen, probably the coolest named actor there is, never mind the fact that he's a damn fine actor to boot. Both are revenge films but both are handled very differently both in story and in the way the treatment for the trailer has been delivered. One looks like rather an interesting film while the other looks like a comedy - let me point out now that it isn't meant to be a comedy. There's a film called Age of Uprising: The Legend Of Michael Kohlhaas which transports us to a medieval world where he...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)



Grace of Monaco denounced by Royal family

Wed, 07 May 2014 08:52:48 +0000

The film Grace of Monaco has been getting some less favourable attention of late because the American distributor, Harvey Weinstein, wants the director to re-edit the film for that market, something akin to Waterstones or Amazon wanting a novelist to makes changes to their novel before they sell it. Something you can read more about on Filmstalker. Now there's controversy of another nature and it looks like it's aimed at the original version, or indeed both versions, as the Monaco Princely family announce that they do not want to be associated with the film and reiterate that it just isn't...Visit Filmstalker for the full story. Restricted feeds to protect content.(image)