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August 31, 2012

LaBeouf does drugs for film but not sex

Shia LaBeouf admitted taking LSD and drinking moonshine to get into his roles for two films, taking LSD for The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and drinking moonshine for Lawless, and while that's great and makes a great story about the blockbuster kid turned method actor it's surprising to learn...

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Metal Gear Solid film happening?

April 2006, that was the first time we actually heard mention of a Metal Gear Solid film. From then there were references in 2007, 2008 and then a quite period until last year when the news was it was officially dead. Roll on 2012 and we hear that the project...

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Douglas playing Reagan in Reykjavik

First Liberace and now Ronald Reagan, Michael Douglas isn't slowing down as he takes on another American President, although to be fair the first one was far from the reality or weight of this role. Douglas is in discussions to play Ronald Reagan in the film Reykjavik which tells the...

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Redford's The Company You Keep trailer arrives

Robert Redford directing and starring, now that's something we haven't heard in a while and though that perhaps we wouldn't again. Now add in a cast of the newly reborn Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Sam Elliot, Brendan Gleeson, Stanley Tucci, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Nick Nolte,...

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Iceman violent trailer arrives

It's been ages since we saw the test scene of this film about Richard Kuklinski, a man who was convicted of murdering one hundred men for a number of crime organisations in New York. The film stars Michael Shannon as the lead character who becomes a chillingly good hit-man and...

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When the Lights Went Out trailer sells possession "truth"

The trailer for When the Lights Went Out could be described as the British answer to The Exorcist and Poltergeist all rolled up into one, especially so since the story is selling itself as factual, more than that the blurb claims that this is entirely true. The trailers so far...

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My Amityville Horror trailer, telling the true story?

Daniel Lutz is the oldest son of George and Kathleen Lutz. Why do those names sound familiar? Well perhaps as they are the main characters in the series of films started with the famous The Amityville Horror, and they are the names of the people from the real life story...

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Sightseers trailer, new Wheatley film

I must admit that when I saw the fact that Sightseers was directed by Ben Wheatley I was rather deflated, after all I seem to be one of the few that didn't think his previous film Kill List (Filmstalker review) was good and I really couldn't understand all the critical...

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Tower Block trailer surprises

When I saw the cast list for Tower Block I wasn't really expecting that much from the trailer, after all the majority are television actors and the talent behind it doesn't scream something special but when I saw the trailer I changed my mind. The film is directed by James...

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August 28, 2012

Videodrome remake talks to director

A remake of Videodrome has been on the cards since April 2009 and while the idea of a remake of the film wasn't totally horrendous the suggestion of what the remake might be offering was. Nothing much has changed since then apart from the news today that the production of...

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Ryan leaves Clancy Without Remorse

Jack Ryan's doing rather well without Tom Clancy, well on film anyway and in production that is, as casting news develops we hear not only that Jack Ryan's reboot is doing even better than first thought but also that there are big plans for the spin off series Without Remorse...

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Looper interactive trailer offers more

More footage, more information, more explanation and behind the scenes, that's what the Looper interactive trailer offers along with quite a bit from the director and the stars of the film about the story and the characters. If you've never been taken by interactive trailers before this is one that...

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Another Master trailer arrives

I like the way that Paul Thomas Anderson is playing the marketing for The Master, building it slowly and not revealing too much in the teaser trailers, of which there are now a number, and this latest teaser stays true to that style. It also has a rather clever way...

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The Waiting Room trailer, American healthcare from the inside

This reminds me of the award winning and utterly compelling British television series 24 Hours in A&E, a television series that uses fixed cameras in London's King's College Accident and Emergency department to follow the staff and patients through their working days and nights. It's fascinating, eye opening, hugely touching...

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Hollow trailer, the British Blair Witch?

It's impossible not to connect this film with Blair Witch and I don't think that writer Matthew Holt or director Michael Axelgaard would, or even could, argue against the point, the trailer screams of it, literally. However the real question is will it be as good as or better? Will...

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Powerful Lawless eighteen only trailer arrives

I have to say the trailers for Lawless so far were giving a certain tone to the film, nothing that was screaming to me that I have to go and see the film although it was looking good and the cast list were very impressive, I wasn't completely sold. This...

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Unconditional trailer hits hard

I haven't heard about Unconditional before, the first feature for writer and director Brent McCorkle but then there is something that caught my eye and drew me to the trailer, Michael Ealy. Once there the trailer does the rest of the work, telling the story and really giving a powerful...

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August 27, 2012

Guinea Pigs

Film One Star
The opening of Guinea Pigs had an uphill struggle for not only had there been a power cut and the film was delayed creeping into the start time of the next film, but next to me at the Edinburgh International Film Festival was a reviewer who was rustling and crunching...

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N.F.A. (No Fixed Abode)

Film Three Stars
N.F.A. or No Fixed Abode is a film that touches on two topics that most audiences may immediately retreat from, homelessness and mental health problems. However N.F.A. does something very interesting and approaches both topics from a very personal viewpoint and tries to make the audience understand not so much...

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Is the time now for a Lance Armstrong biographical film?

Lance Armstrong is the winner of the Tour de France for a record seven times. No man in a suit can take that away from him and it will forever be mentioned with regards the epic race. He won it, as well as numerous other accolades, with hundreds and hundreds...

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De Palma's Passion trailer delivers with tense eroticism

Brian De Palma's latest film Passion has a trailer and it's looking really good. The film stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace in a tense and erotic thriller remade from the 2010 French film Love Crime directed and co-written by Alain Corneau with co-writer Nathalie Carter, both of whom are...

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Side by Side trailer features big name directors

Side by Side is a document which sounds like it could be very boring, looking at the "workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation", well don't be put off by that quote, listen to who the documentary will be talking to - James Cameron; David Fincher; Christopher Nolan; Martin...

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Update: The Girl dual teasers with Hitchcock and Hedren

The first two short trailers for The Girl, the HBO and BBC produced film about the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and the actress Tippi Hedren who starred in The Birds and Marnie, has appeared online and it hooks you in almost immediately, in fact the teaser trailer is nigh on...

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Butter trailer will surprise you

I have to admit when I read the blurb for the trailer for this film I was instantly turned off, it sounded like another idiotic American romantic comedy that's churned (ouch) out one after the other and spread (ouch again) so thickly through the cinemas that you can't avoid them....

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August 21, 2012

The Dark Tower dumped by Universal, finds funding elsewhere

The Dark Tower isn't getting an easy time on its way to production, even with Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman behind the Stephen King adaptation, even their names and reputations aren't helping studios decide to tackle the massive project of the nine volume King series that the team...

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The Impossible trailer, a true story in the Tsunami

We've already seen one trailer for The Impossible and now there's an even better one. The film is based on the true story of a family caught in the middle of the horrifying Tsunami that looks as much at the terror of the immediate impact and the unbelievable after effects...

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The Frozen Ground trailer with killer Cusack, stripper Hudgens and Cage

The trailer for The Frozen Ground is, well to be quite frank, rubbish. Yet there are so many positives for this film that I'm hoping it's just a really bad trailer release and pretty soon we're going to see a decent one released. The good points? Well they are John...

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Unforgiven adapted for Japanese cinema

It's amusing to think that some of the classic westerns had their roots in Japanese Samurai film The Seven Samurai and now one of the modern day westerns, perhaps one of the best, toughest and directed by and starring one of the classic western actors Clint Eastwood, is about to...

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Campbell acknowledges Evil Dead remake difficulties

The Evil Dead remake. I think just by saying that you've probably groaned or thought you couldn't care less, I doubt there are many or any of you expressing their excitement, so it's hard to see why it happened, or that the original team are involved in any way. That's...

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August 20, 2012

Closing Credits: Tony Scott

I don't often get personally affected when I write a closing credits piece, usually it's sad that an aging actor or film personality has died but I write in a fond way about the films I remember and what they were most known for. However this morning as I read...

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LaBeouf matures but still scared of Nymphomaniac

Shia LaBeouf, as an actor, hasn't really set my screen alight. He's parked up in big blockbuster films but never really screamed out what talent that he has, and in Indiana Jones he became one of the focus points of some pretty negative feelings. He's known as the blockbuster actor....

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West's Stolen receives U.S. trailer

Nicolas Cage just keeps going, even when he's up against the police and his former partners in crime, I'm talking about the film Stolen here not his real life, and the film now has a second trailer to sell you on the character and the story. It's interesting to watch...

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August 19, 2012

Leave it on the Track

Film Three Stars
Like so many other people Whip It is the film that introduced me to the revival of roller derby and even helped me discover that there were teams competing in Scotland, some of the ladies of the Glasgow roller derby visited the screening of Whip It at the Glasgow Film...

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August 17, 2012

Foster talks media pressures facing Stewart, problem is everywhere

Jodie Foster has been speaking out in defence of Kristen Stewart and the media attention she's been getting, oh and of course the media attention that Robert Pattinson has been getting too I'm sure. Not just them though, of all young actors and the pressures of the media that they...

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The Last Stand trailer, Arnie's first comeback film

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back. If you weren't sure before by just seeing The Expendables 2 trailers then you can be now as the trailer for the first film that he leads has been released and it's an interesting line-up. The Last Stand is directed by Jee-Woon Kim and stars Arnold...

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Bullet to the Head trailer, Stallone's non-Expendables film

Bullet to the Head is a film from Walter Hill the director of films such as Wild Bill, Another 48 Hrs., Johnny Handsome, Brewster's Millions, 48 Hrs. and The Driver. So that's good pedigree already and he co-wrote the script with Alessandro Camon who co-wrote The Messenger, again sounding good,...

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Guardians of the Galaxy, is it doomed to fail?

I've been curious about what Guardians of the Galaxy was when I saw it was one of the films that Marvel wanted to make before the next Avengers film along with more films for Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and a Hulk television series, all of which sound much more...

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New special trailer for The Master

A new trailer for the non-Scientology Scientology film from Paul Thomas Anderson has appeared and it carries with it a bit more explanation of some of the story and the elements of the cult that is created in the story. I'm not just excited for the fact that its Paul...

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10 Years trailer, a waste of talent?

Oh dear me. I wasn't really going to write anything about this trailer but sometimes you just feel the need to say look how bland and uninteresting something looks and, as I said in the title, what a waste of talent something appears to be. That's exactly what I felt...

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Citadel trailer builds tension through therapy

Citadel is an interesting looking film from writer and director Ciarán Foy starring a small cast of Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku and Amy Shiels. The trailer is rather powerful and builds well to a bit of a surprising closing moment. I'm rather taken by it and the trailer...

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St. George's Day trailer, why the English are feared

The trailer for St. George's Day begins with a rather strong looking gangster trailer which then turns into something rather different that I'm not really sure about, in the end it changes to a football hooligan film. That said it stars a fair amount of interesting actors Charles Dance, Vincent...

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The Letter trailer shows Ryder's best work

Wow. What's happened to Winona Ryder? As an actress I mean. Watching this trailer for The Letter I struggle with the quality of the acting but then I always have with her performances, I don't think I've ever watched one where I was convinced of her as a character rather...

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August 16, 2012

Deleted Scenes from Prometheus revealed

I've said from the beginning that there feels like two stories in Prometheus, the Alien prequel film and the film that Damon Lindelof wrote, pulled together into one story with too much cut out of each for it to really stand alone. It's clear that there's a lot missing from...

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Universal deny Snow White loss

It looks like Universal realised the bad press that the dropping of Kristen Stewart from a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel could bring them, if the original story was correct and even if it wasn't their marketing department must have seen the potential for damage that this story could...

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Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

I don't know what genre of film really does have the worst production to completion ratio but surely musician biographical films have to come close to the top, usually it's because of trouble obtaining rights to the music or that the estate just don't want to get involved, strange that...

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August 15, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman sequel loses Snow White

The news has just arrived that, shock horror if you didn't know, since Kristen Stewart the person is not the perfect example of humanity that every other actor and actress is (this is indeed sarcasm) then she can no longer play the character of Snow White in the sequel to...

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Looper International trailer

If you don't know about Looper yet then you've been missing out. This time travelling conundrum of a story from writer and director Rian Johnson who brought us the excellent Brick (Filmstalker review) stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels with Gordon-Levitt playing the young version of...

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Seven Psychopaths trailer with Farrell, Rockwell, Harrelson and Walken

Sounds a great line-up doesn't it? Well it sounds even better when you hear the cast list is Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Tom Waits and Zeljko Ivanek and it's written and directed by Martin McDonagh who previously wrote and directed In Bruges....

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Inescapable trailer with Siddig and Tomei

What would happen if you take the idea of the film Taken, strip out all the Luc Besson side of things, transplant it to a real world Syria with all the dangers present there and give it a story based much more on a possible reality? Well I think from...

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August 14, 2012

Scorsese still on Sinatra

It would appear that Martin Scorsese is still attempting to make a film about the legendary Frank Sinatra as news comes today that a new writer has arrived to take another attempt at adapting the story for film. Unlike so many biographies of musical legends that we've heard about this...

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Expendables 3 already and with bigger cast?

Before I utter a word about this story and the almost legen...wait for it...dary casting on the third film let me get some things clear. Sylvester Stallone has said that this was it for The Expendables, just the two and it couldn't really go on again, the cast of the...

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Broken trailer with Roth, Murphy and Kinnear

Broken looks to be a coming of age film that, from the trailer anyway, looks to be filled with a healthy dose of reality, by that I mean it doesn't look to be a sugary sweet coming of age tale but one that reflects how tough and cruel life can...

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End of Watch trailer hits hard

David Ayer has written, directed and delivered some strong films, films such as Training Day, Dark Blue, Harsh Times, and yes The Fast and the Furious, U-571 (with apologies) and S.W.A.T., and so a gritty police thriller that he's written and directed fits well with the best films he's delivered....

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Updated: Newell's Great Expectations trailer

Mike Newell has moved on from that wonderful Prince of Persia to a great classic, Great Expectations, and to prove that the last film didn't hurt him he's pulled in a great cast including Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Flemyng, Robbie Coltrane, Ewen Bremner, Sally Hawkins and David Walliams...

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Universal Soldier: A New Dimension trailer, yes it's still going

I've seen a few poor trailers this morning but I couldn't not mention a trailer for another instalment in the seemingly never ending franchise of Universal Soldier, especially since it brings back Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme yet again. This time it seems they are both fighting together to...

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Airborne trailer uses some recognisable music

Oh I know that Airborne looks like a direct to digital delivery and it's not exactly brimming with intelligence, budget or stars, but it does carry a rather recognisable tune to it and there is something about how well put together the trailer is. The British film seems to be...

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August 13, 2012

The Island President

DVD Three Stars
The Island President is an important documentary that should be seen and although I do say that about a lot of documentaries that address important issues it is because they do just that, address important issues, and that's what The Island President does. For me there's nothing more important in...

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Red Dawn trailer arrives

The trailer for the remake of Red Dawn, minus the Chinese invading army and cleverly replaced with a North Korean one, has arrived. It's selling action adventure and fighting for your homeland big time with some strong rousing words to camera, but it's hard to tell how good the film...

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Deadfall trailer with Bana, Wilde and Hunnam

Deadfall stars Erica Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson, is written by first time writer Zach Dean and comes from director Stefan Ruzowitzky who received a lot of praise for his film The Counterfeiters. It tells the story of two fugitives on the run, a brother...

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August 10, 2012

Mary Queen of Scots is cast

The full title should read Mary Queen of Scots is cast American, with some direct Irish relation and undoubtedly Scottish ancestry. The highly talented Saoirse Ronan has been cast to play Mary Queen of Scots in a new film about the historical Queen's life. The character has appeared in films...

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Extended trailer for Coppola's Twixt online

A new trailer has arrived for Francis Ford Coppola's latest film Twixt and I'm surprised it's not causing more of a stir, after all this is Francis Ford Coppola. Mind you judging from the trailers we've seen the film isn't his best or most expensive work and that's one reason...

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August 9, 2012

Trailer for Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral

So far we've only seen a little teaser of the film from Brandon Cronenberg called Antiviral, the film about a company that takes illnesses from celebrities and sells them onto their ardent followers so that they can infect themselves and have the same illness as their star. Well as if...

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Loft remake trailer sneaks out

I don't think this is an official trailer for the remake of Loft and I'm not sure that it will be around for too long, especially as I think it might just give a little too much away from the film but bear in mind I haven't seen the original....

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Original Saw for a remake?

I must admit that I've heard this idea before that while the Saw franchise has been racing "forward", I use quotes as I only mean forward in reference to the numbering of a franchise not anything more, but the rumour has surfaced again from a "source". While it may be...

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Whedon signs up for The Avengers 2

With The Avengers being such a success the real question wasn't whether Disney and Marvel would offer the job of the sequel to Joss Whedon but whether he would accept it, after all he did so well on the first they would have been mad not to offer him the...

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Trouble with the Curve trailer, Eastwood's last performance?

Could Trouble with the Curve be Clint Eastwood's last performance? Is that really something we want to believe? We had thought that would have been Gran Torino (Filmstalker review) but the man just kept on going, however I must admit I prefer him behind the camera these days. Still, Trouble...

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August 8, 2012

The Assault (L' Assaut)

DVD Four Stars
The trailer for The Assault (L' Assaut) sold me on the film almost immediately, the dramatised story of the hijacking of the Air France Flight 8969 on the 24th of December 1994 by hijackers who it later transpired planned to explode the plane over or into the Eiffel Tower. On...

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Shadow Dancer

Film Four Stars
I read the blurb for Shadow Dancer at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year and was a little taken aback that it was a new film, not just because I hadn't heard about it especially considering the big name cast, but because the story seemed a little dated. A...

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August 7, 2012

Zero Dark Thirty trailer. Bigelow and Boal talk secrets

A trailer, albeit a short and teaser filled trailer, has arrived for Zero Dark Thirty. Now you might not know what that is yet but it's the film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal about the ten year hunt for Osama Bin Laden and the final events...

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August 6, 2012

Black's Game

Film Four Stars
A European thriller from the Edinburgh International Film Festival, it was all I needed to go and see Black's Game or Svartur á leik as it's also known as in its native Iceland. For me this combination usually means a strong thriller baked in the darker side of reality. The...

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Trailer arrives for strong Black's Game

I watched Black's Game recently at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and in the next few days I'll be getting the review online. It's a strong thriller that manages to mix humour into its ever darkening story as well as reflect real life events through the fictional characters and story....

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Berberian Sound Studio trailer sounds better than it is

Berberian Sound Studio sounds an interesting film, both on paper and when you're watching the unusual and fragmented trailer however when it comes to the film itself it doesn't hold together as the film itself starts to lose hold of its own reality. The film is written and directed by...

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Mental trailer with Collette, LaPaglia, Schreiber

P.J. Hogan has directed, as well as written, some strong films including Muriel's Wedding, My Best Friend's Wedding and Peter Pan, and he's turning his attention back to Australian life for his new film Mental. The comedy carries a strong cast with Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia and Liev Schreiber in...

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The Dying Eye filming in Edinburgh needs you

Shiphrah Meditz is one of the small number of female directors in the world and is fighting to keep her productions independent and with the involvement of the potential audience throughout the production. She's about to make a film in Edinburgh, Scotland and is trying to gather together the funds...

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August 5, 2012

Are films to blame for violent acts?

Following the shooting in Aurora Colorado the media leapt on the fact that the film that was playing at the time was The Dark Knight Rises (Filmstalker review) and the insinuations were flying, the killer was copying and influenced by The Dark Knight Rises, a film he hadn't yet seen....

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Filmstalker Films for August 2012

August is a mixed bag for films starting off with a comedy then something very serious, the month is really dominated by thrillers and action most of them all good and worth seeing. We have everything hitting us from a swearing teddy to dinosaurs with zombies, cults, possessed children and...

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August 3, 2012

The Dark Tower lead change, project still alive

The film and television adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series is far from dead, in fact it doesn't even seem to be languishing as it continues onwards and is about to deliver another version of the script for the first instalment of the mammoth project, The Dark Tower....

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Aykroyd goes Ghostbusters III without Murray

I did say that whatever Bill Murray said or did Dan Aykroyd would continue to make Ghostbusters III, even when they seemed to accept a truce and an acceptance about everything that had happened to date for the attempted production and the project seemed to stutter to a stop. So...

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Café De Flore trailer builds superb tension

The trailer might not manage to spell out the plot clearly, but that's because the plot does seem a little more complex than your average film, but the trailer does put forward a damn strong thriller in Café De Flore, and one you should give some time to. The film...

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New Taken 2 trailer gives a little more

A new Taken 2 trailer has appeared online and it does offer a little bit more, not much though, but a little bit that delivers an interesting twist to the opening of the story. While it's clear that we're going to be seeing Liam Neeson's character Bryan Mills back in...

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House at the End of the Street new trailer

There's more story-telling with this new trailer for the House at the End of the Street and it concentrates on the setting up of events much more than the previous. For me I think that this is probably the strongest one for the film yet. You can see what you...

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300 recreated in Skyrim, in less than eight minutes

I watched this trailer although I'm not that excited by the idea of Machinia but with this trailer created in Skyrim to recreate a fair bit of the film 300 does look rather cool. Machinia is the art of using a computer and a 3D graphics engine to create a...

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August 2, 2012

Prometheus sequel is on and other sequel news

Was it any surprise that a sequel to Prometheus (Filmstalker review), the Alien/non-Alien prequel, was going to happen? Well I think it is actually, although the film had a big success and had all those big names behind it I'm not sure it worked out quite how everyone had hoped,...

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More Batman after The Dark Knight Rises?

In a discussion about the big budget sequels that are due to come out over the next year or two it was revealed that although Christopher Nolan may be done with the Dark Knight, Warner Bros. are most definitely not. Before we go any further I better issue the usual...

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X-Men: First Class story revealed

It would seem that there's confirmation of the story that will feature in the sequel to X-Men: First Class and it brings in an interesting if concerning theme, the idea of alternate timelines, something we've seen brought into Star Trek to enable them to reboot the franchise and ignore, or...

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Killing Them Softly trailer has a killer Pitt

The trailer for Killing Them Softly is a little confusing as to what we're getting but a few things are clear. One is that there's a great cast, two is that Brad Pitt is playing a not so nice guy, and three is that the film is really intriguing as...

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The Paperboy trailer with Kidman, McConaughey and Cusack

I am really rather happy that Matthew McConaughey has dropped away from his nice guy, romantic comedy banter and is getting his teeth back into strong roles for he is a damn good actor. So it's with interest that I see the trailer for The Paperboy from novelist and co-writer...

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Paranormal Activity 4 dual trailers

Honestly I don't know why I'm writing about Paranormal Activity 4 as another franchise takes the same key points again and again, replays them with the sole intention of squeezing all the cash it can out of a film. I thought Paranormal Activity (Filmstalker review) was contrived, forced and really...

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August 1, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises

Film Four Stars
Let me set the scene for this review. I, like a lot of the film fans and more importantly the fans of Christopher Nolan and his Batman series, have been desperate to see this final film in his trilogy. The build up has been pretty big although, surprisingly not from...

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Two full trailers for Skyfall reveal big surprises for Bond

Following on from the teaser that was released for the American coverage of the Olympics opening ceremony we get to see two brand new, full length trailers for the new Sam Mendes directed Bond film Skyfall, and they are epic. There's a clear direction here, after the opening Bond films...

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The Expatriate trailer channels Bourne and Taken

Watching The Expatriate trailer you get a feeling for two major franchises, Bourne and Taken, all rolled into one. That's not a bad thing though as they both work well together and Aaron Eckhart does look good as the leading character. Plus what follows in the trailer looks like they've...

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