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May 30, 2012

Earth 2

DVD Two Stars
The road of American television is chequered with cancelled shows, and most of them for very good reason, but there are some shows that deserved more of a chance and still hold out well today, indeed there are some that have themes you can see repeated in shows or films...

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Lay the Favourite trailer looks fun

There are a lot of reasons to see Lay the Favourite and let me leap in there and just start reeling the list off - Stephen Frears; D.V. DeVincentis; Rebecca Hall; Bruce Willis; Catherine Zeta-Jones; Vince Vaughn; Joshua Jackson; Frank Grillo, and Corbin Bernsen. Okay I may have stretched things...

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No Khan screams Pegg

Sometimes I can't help but be pulled into the rumour and speculation mill, I do try and stay well clear of it and only turn in when I feel it's right there's an almost undeniable weight of opinion, and that's what I did with the announcement of Benedict Cumberbatch joining...

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May 29, 2012

Rush featurette reveals racing authenticity

I have gone on about Formula 1 as being a gold mine of stories for scripts, there's not just the racing but the team tactics on and off the grid and the politics that make it a much bigger sport than just the action on race day. There has been...

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Ridley talks more of Bladerunner sequel

Ridley Scott has been talking more about the planned sequel to Blade Runner, although lets be fair it isn't a direct sequel but is going to be more in the vein of their view of the Alien prequel Prometheus, it's in the same universe and borrowing elements but it's not...

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May 25, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter trailer gore filled trailer

A new trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has appeared online and it looks rather dramatic, filled with loads of CG and it flies by extremely fast and I had to watch it twice. It's good though, it does looks great. I like the fact that we're finally getting some...

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Richard Burton cast in Liz & Dick

I think this may be the second last story I write about the Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor film for numerous reasons but the main one being is that it's just not shaping up to be a good film. It's a television film for the American company Lifetime and it's...

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May 24, 2012

The Apparition trailer looks rather scary

What drew me to watch The Apparition trailer originally was the fact that I saw Tom Felton's name and wondered what he was up to after he'd left Harry behind, and much like Harry himself he's decided to head to horror and it looks a rather good choice judging from...

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Need for Speed looks to directors

Fast and Furious seems to have cornered the car film genre rather well and lately it's grown up to become something more and offer an unexpected longevity to the franchise, so is there any need for another one? Would an adaptation of the videogame Need for Speed offer anything new...

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Shadow of the Colossus film gains director

If you like classy videogames then I'm sure you've played Shadow of the Colossus, a bestselling videogame that has captured many people's imaginations including that of Sony Pictures who are going to make a big screen version of the film. Now there's word of who they have chosen as the...

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New Transit trailer works?

There's a new trailer arrived for the film Transit starring Jim Caviezel, James Frain, Elisabeth Rohm, Harold Perrineau, Diora Baird and Sterling Knight from writer Michael Gilvary and director Antonio Negret. While the first trailer didn't really impress me that much this second trailer builds the story, action and tension...

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May 23, 2012

McAvoy joins double disappearance films

James McAvoy has just joined Jessica Chastain in a film production that is not only rather unique and stands out from the crowd but that also sounds like it might be a fascinating story. They're set to star in a film called The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, or rather in...

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Everett leads Wilde film

Rupert Everett is set to write, direct and lead his biographical film about the great writer Oscar Wilde entitled The Happy Prince. The film is something he's talked about for some time, and way back in October 2006 he was talking about his desire to make the film. Finally...

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The Great Gatsby trailer arrives

Lavish and exciting, that's how I'd describe the trailer for Baz Luhrmann's version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby, that and well cast as it carries Leonardo DiCaprio in the leading role alongside Carey Mulligan with Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Amitabh Bachchan. The trailer...

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May 22, 2012

Magnificent Seven remake gains Cruise?

More news of remakes and whenever I express my surprise that the remakes have edged closer and closer to the seemingly untouchable classics along comes another story about a remake that blows all that out of the water, and here we go again with news of a remake of The...

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Skyfall trailer arrives

Well there's been a lot of excitement about it but it hasn't hit as hard as I had hoped with the first teaser trailer for the new Bond film Skyfall. I do like the style, some of the shots do give rise to questions about what this could all be...

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Ian Fleming biographical film gains director

Nicely tied in with the release of the new trailer for the next Bond film, Skyfall, comes the news that a much talked about biographical film of Sir Ian Fleming is going to finally make it to the big screen. It has a director and a leading star, a great...

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The Master trailer arrives

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master finally has a trailer, although it feels more like a teaser or rather it feels more like a clip from the film. Surprisingly for the content this teaser trailer seems very far from what we thought it might be. The film is about a man...

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Haneke's Love (Amour) International trailer

Well. It's Michael Haneke and the reviews and comments coming about the film are strong, but the trailer is another one that doesn't sell the film well enough for me. There's not much plot to go with the film, but there is a strong cast. I wonder if the film...

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O'Dowd in The Sapphires trailer

I had heard nothing about The Sapphires film until now but it does show that Chris O'Dowd is breaking away from where you thought his career was headed some time ago, a British television comedy star. There's nothing wrong with that but he's stepping forward to become something of a...

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Hyde Park on the Hudson trailer

I love Laura Linney, and so it's great to see her opening the trailer for Hyde Park on the Hudson, and it's also great to see Bill Murray playing such an interesting role, that of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Throw in Olivia Williams, Olivia Coleman and Samuel West and we have...

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Rust & Bone (De Rouille et d'Os) trailer

Jacques Audiard, the writer and director of The Beat That My Heart Skipped and The Prophet has just released a trailer for his next film Rust & Bone (De Rouille et d'Os) which he directed, co-wrote with Thomas Bidegain from a story from Craig Davidson...that's the film, not just the...

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Longoria moves on with The Baytown Disco trailer

When I watched The Baytown Disco trailer the first thing that popped into my head was Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces (Filmstalker review) and the Tremor Brothers. The characters, their actions and some of the styling that they carried, it all seemed rather familiar. Throw in the strange female assassins sent...

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44 Inch Chest

Blu-ray Three Stars
I had definitely set my expectations for 44 Inch Chest in a certain way and I'd wanted to see it for ages. It starred Ray Winstone, John Hurt and Ian McShane and it was billed as the story of a group of gangsters who reunite when Winstone's wife is found...

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It's Kind of a Funny Story

Digital Three Stars
It's Kind of a Funny Story is a rather odd film, it's a comedy about depression and while that sounds a rather difficult dichotomy to tackle it does manage it well and perhaps is one of the more successful films about what depression really is more because of the fact...

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Extraterrestrial (Extraterrestre)

Film Four Stars
Having seen the excellent Timecrimes (Los cronocrímenes) from writer/director Nacho Vigalondo I couldn't resist putting Extraterrestial (Extraterrestre) near the top of my list of films to see at the Glasgow Film Festival, after all if it was half of what Timecrimes was then it promised to be a thought provoking,...

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May 18, 2012

Blade Runner sequel gaining original writer?

It's hard to believe that there's going to be a sequel to Blade Runner. Remember when all the sequel, prequel, and re-whatever trend was taking off and everyone was making jokes about what classics would get hit first? Well it looks like those jokes could be coming true, and while...

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New Annie musical completely modernised

There are a few eye opening statements about the new Annie musical, which has just been confirmed as being written by Emma Thompson, and there are some huge changes and plans in store for the completely modernised story. It's funny though, when you read all the changes, the location, the...

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The Words trailer looks strong, sounds wrong

The Words is a film starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and J.K. Simmons, so already it's looking good. It's about a struggling writer who is just that, struggling, until he finds a story written by someone else and publishes it as his own. It...

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May 17, 2012

Suspiria remake gaining strong cast

When heard about the remake of Suspiria I didn't really expect much from the film, after all the original wasn't a huge production and while it does have a cult following, I wouldn't describe it as anything more than just that, a film with a cult following. Yet the latest...

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Trailer for Gondry's The We and the I

The concept for Michael Gondry's film The We and the I is an interesting one, and it's the reason that I feel drawn to the film, unfortunately I'm not sure if the trailer really is doing a decent enough job of keeping me there. Still it has my interest from...

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The Possession trailer is superb

Well, until the final shot that is. The trailer for the film Possession is a powerful one that has some great music that builds well and heightens the effect of the images which manage to build the intrigue and fear without resorting to the usual scare tactics. For the most...

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Does Maniac remake have something to offer?

I have to admit I haven't seen the original Maniac and I have no desire too, the film doesn't sound like it has a lot to offer over the usual slasher film fare, but I wonder if the remake does. The first trailer for Maniac, the remake title, shows us...

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May 16, 2012

Evil Dead remake and sequel?

We know that Sam Raimi is behind a remake, reboot or re-imagining of the original Evil Dead film that will have a new cast but follow a similar storyline, just scarier, but did you know that there was also as sequel to the series in development? It appears so, although...

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The Good Doctor trailer surprises

I started watching the trailer for The Good Doctor starring Orlando Bloom and I have to admit I was starting to turn away immediately, I thought I was about to start watching an episode of the formulaic and contrived Grey's Anatomy. However it's not long before a little thread of...

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Perfect casting? Cruise and Downey in El Presidente

Now the first thing I need to say is that these roles haven't been cast yet but if they are, or hopefully when they are, it's going to be a stroke of genius as the two actors will be playing to some career strengths and some personal experiences as well...

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Dead Shadows trailer shows tentacles

I'm not sure if Dead Shadows sells too much of itself in the trailer but if you forgive a few effects shots as the film is currently in post production, it looks like it might be interesting and might hold people to a frightening horror science fiction story. The film...

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The Amazing Spider-Man preview shows 3D all the way

There's one of these previews out for The Amazing Spider-Man where you get to see an action sequence from the film followed by the already released trailer, and while these can be good and without too much argument this one certainly is, they can also reveal some potential shortcomings of...

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May 14, 2012

Will The Godfather prequel happen?

Now this is how you resolve a dispute over publishing rights, let the work get released, put the profits aside, and in the meantime argue about the ownership with the eventual winner collecting the spoils, that ensures that there actually are spoils to be had and that the work doesn't...

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Sequels and reboots officially announced

There are way more sequels and reboots announced than the few I'm mentioning here but these are the ones that I find interesting because they have either been announced before the first film has been released or that they are just some interesting choices, even though we might have heard...

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May 11, 2012

Has the latest Hendrix film no music?

Here we go again, history repeats itself every time we see news about a Jimi Hendrix film the Hendrix estate comes out and says that they have nothing to do with it and that they can use no music in it and suddenly there goes the film, for what is...

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Loch Ness Monster horror thriller?

There's an announcement about a new film that has appeared online revealing the next project of the director of The Woman in Black and the writer and director of Eden Lake is set to tackle for his next project. The film sounds like it will be a horror thriller and...

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green trailer

This is not only dripping in romanticised goo it's positively drowning in it, but at the same time there's an appeal to the trailer for The Odd Life of Timothy Green that gets you a little like all those wonderful overly romanticised films that just work, you know some of...

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Excision trailer surprises

There are some shocking images and moments in the trailer for Excision as well as some surprising moments of who is actually starring in the film, after all when I first saw the name Traci Lords I didn't realise she'd also be backed by Malcolm McDowell, John Waters, Ray Wise,...

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May 10, 2012

Filmstalker's Films for May 2012

May, and where's the weather? The day I'm formatting this article for posting its pouring down outside, perfect weather for being inside a cinema watching a film to take you away to somewhere exotic, even if it is just in your head. There's certainly a lot to see this month,...

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The Gangster Squad trailer hits hard

The Gangster Squad is the adaptation of the as yet unreleased book by Paul Lieberman that tells the story of the Los Angeles Police Department's fight to get the organised crime gangs out of the city in the forties and fifties, a fight they obviously didn't completely win and still...

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Freddie Mercury film close to director choice?

The film has been a long time coming but word is that the Freddie Mercury biographical film is moving forward and that a director has been rumoured to be leading the race to direct the film. While we heard a while back that Sacha Baron Cohen was set to take...

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Hendrix film gains lead and estates' blessing?

There's another Jimi Hendrix film underway and this one has a screenplay, a director, a lead, filming locations and a start date, everything that seems to indicate that the film will go ahead, however we've been here before a number of times and then the production fell through because of...

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May 9, 2012

Affleck's Argo trailer arrives

I am excited for each new Ben Affleck film, after all he's delivered some fantastic films so far with Gone Baby Gone, The Town (Filmstalker review) and in between some of his acting roles have really turned around the way I thought of him, see The Company Men as a...

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Friedkin's Killer Joe trailer arrives

Who forgot that Matthew McConaughey was an actor and not some guy who looks pretty for the same old romantic comedies? Me, I did. Well I didn't really forget but I didn't think that we were going to see him come back from that type of casting again. Until this...

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Frankenstein stage play comes to the cinema

For those of you who didn't know about the successful Frankenstein stage play let me just remind you that it starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller playing alternate roles of The Creature and Victor Frankenstein. Each night the two actors would swap roles and deliver their own interpretations of...

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May 8, 2012

Collaborator trailer looks interesting

Here's another trailer I just happened upon and because it had the name of David Morse, a cracking actor whom I first began to like through St. Elsewhere but have been blown away by his roles in his later career, and not much else. Of course I didn't notice that...

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Jonah Hill growing up?

The signs are there, and while Jonah Hill's comedic roles have sometimes touched on a more serious tone it was only really with Moneyball that we realised that Jonah Hill was really an actor as well, and now there are more signs that he's moving away from the comedic roles...

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Arnie is most definitely back

...and the amazing thing is that he hasn't actually been seen in a film since leaving office yet. So why do I say that? Well he's just added another film to his upcoming belt that is all action, and the trailer we recently saw for The Expendables 2 was enough...

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May 4, 2012

The Expendables 2 trailer, Arnie makes me cheer

The Expendables 2 trailer has arrived and there are no real surprises here, although for me there were two absolutely fantastic moments that made me beam with excitement, and both involved Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of course let's not forget that this film also brings in Bruce Willis for more screen time...

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The Amazing Spider-Man trailer is rather amazing

I have to admit to being rather amazed at the new Amazing Spider-Man trailer, it looks pretty fantastic and really does prop up the storytelling elements of the film bringing not only a visual darkness but a plot one as well, one that does seem to carry a fair bit...

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End of Watch trailer. Gyllenhaal and Pena show colors

I watched this trailer and immediately thought of Colors. Remember the annoyingly spelt film with Robert Duvall and Sean Penn about an older experienced policeman and a rookie teaming up to patrol the gangland streets of East Los Angeles? Great film, and watching this trailer makes me think of that...

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Ill Manors trailer, Plan B directs

What? Did I hear that right? Plan B aka Ben Drew has just had major success as a singer and songwriter and has now appeared in just five films with his second leading role being alongside Ray Winstone, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell and Steven Mackintosh in The Sweeney, has just...

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May 2, 2012


Film Four Stars
Ink is a very interesting film that starts off setting the standard that it intends to keep very high. Before I started watching the film I thought that this was a small production and that the scope of the film seemed a little grand, but the opening sequence shouts very...

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The Cabin in the Woods

Film Four Stars
I had feared that the trailer for The Cabin in the Woods had revealed too much of what looked like to be a major plot twist, showing us that it isn't the usual young people trapped in a deserted cabin horror story and that there is something much more to...

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New Star Trek reveals villain and returning Spock

The interflab has been awash with the story that it's been revealed who the villain of the new Star Trek film is, and it's not really a huge surprise as the name has been touted since we first heard that there was going to be a sequel and then became...

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May 1, 2012

Peter Jackson defends 48fps Hobbit

There's been a lot of talk about the footage that was shown from The Hobbit at CinemaCon and a lot of it has been critical of the new frame rate of 48 frames per second, with films having been shot and projected at 24 frames per second for so long...

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The Dark Knight Rises trailer, is this really the end?

The new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises delivers a great feeling throughout it, until the joke at the end of course and one that's already been broken by the fact we've just seen the punch line. As it is I'd have been much happier if the trailer had stayed...

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