Filmstalker's Holiday 24th December to 6th January
Well Christmas has passed as has New Year, and the majority of us will be back to work tomorrow, myself included. If you had such a good time over indulging in food and drink, that you haven't been able to keep up with all things Filmstalker related, you are in the right place. Here is a pick of the reviews, trailers and news from the last two weeks.
Richard has ran his eye over the new film releases planned for 2008. First up were all the films with a UK release date. It's a comprehensive list and well worth a read.
Next up were the films which do not currently have UK release dates, which it turns out are not in short supply.
Richard reviewed Knocked Up on DVD.
And he also reviewed I Am Legend.
We saw The Bank Job trailer, about a succesful bank robbery which was covered up. The cast includes Craig Fairbrass, who used to play Dan of the orange tan in Eastenders and Jason Statham.
There was also a trailer for Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. I like Richard haven't seen the original and am also a bit sceptical but take a look. If for no other reason than you get to see what Richard's car looks like, well kind of.
Those of us outside the US also got a look at the new Cassandra's Dream trailer. Now the first one was a bit of a dog's dinner and didn't do it for me at all. The new one looks a lot better though. This is one of the films with no definite 2008 UK released date yet, so let's hope that changes soon.
And finally we have the trailer for Snow Angels. It looks like a powerful drama, and Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale look impressive.
Always thought editing movie trailers was easy? Well now you can make your own Sweeney Todd trailer. This is a dream come true for Richard who can add his own version of voiceover man.
Flight 103, the fictional book based on the real life Lockerbie disaster may be made into a film. And Steven Spielberg may get involved, as the author of the book was also behind the novel which inspired Munich.
The first Secret Cinema event took place in London with Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park the film shown. Keep an eye out for one of these coming to a town near you.
The Coen brothers have revealed they have written a western script and are keen to get it made. They are promising a fairly realistic and brutal portrayal of the Wild West. Sounds good to me..
The rumour mill of casting for the Wolverine film continues. Next up on the list of would be stars, is none other than ex Neighbours actress turned songtress Natalie Imbruglia. Time will tell if it's true.
Arnold Schwarzenegger won't be making an appearance in T4. However he may make a reappearance in future Terminator films. Providing he wants to go back to his day job after his time as Governor of California has ended. I hope he does, I'm not sure how they intend to make more Terminator films without him. Surely the farther into the future they go the more his role will come into it.
Some new plot details have emerged for the new Star Trek film. More details after the warp jump so as not to spoil it for anyone.
Sacha Baron Cohen may have landed a role in Steven Spielberg's new film The Trial of the Chicago Seven. Should be good to see him in a serious role for a change, can't say I was a massive fan of Ali G.
Daniel Radcliffe is continuing to choose roles that contrast the one he is most famous for, that of Harry Potter. He is set to play Dan Eldon, Eldon was a young photo journalist who was stoned to death in 1993 whilst covering the troubles in Somalia. The film will tell the life story of Dan Eldon and it certainly sounds like a challenging role.
The latest clip from Cloverfield exposed another secret. You can find out more in Richard's story, beware of spoliers though if they are not your thing.
Following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, there are already plans to release a biographical film of the woman many thought would become Prime Minister of Pakistan. Seems a little soon to be thinking about this for me, she certainly had an eventful life, but the word opportunism comes to mind.
Alan Moore, the original author of Watchmen, has reinforced the fact that he isn't interested in the film adaptation. Zach Snyder is currently working on the film, with Moore's collaborator on the original comics Dave Gibbons.
And finally we have the heavyweight fight between Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Warner Bros are to release their DVDs in Blu-ray format exclusively. And the adult film industry, often trendsetters in terms of formats and delivery etc seem to be following. So with those two in Blu-ray's corner, it looks like Sony is winning. Well on points anyway...
So that's all for this bumper edition of Filmstalker's roundup. Let's hope for some great films in 2008.