It’s hard to find any fault with Star Trek Into Darkness, which succeeds as both a thrilling sci-fi action film and a Star Trek story, better than any since Wrath Of Khan
There’s so few times when you can go to the cinema and get a satisfying experience. And then there’s The Dark Knight Rises, an entirely satisfying finale to a remarkable Batman trilogy
Pixar are back at the cinemas with new film Brave, so Zack Mandell has made a list of his top five Pixar movies. Do you agree with them?
They say when you set out to do something, you should know what you are intending to achieve with it. When Ridley Scott began work on Prometheus, it was as a prequel to the Alien franchise, but then the muddled announcement came out that it was only vaguely connected. But, make no mistake, this IS an Alien prequel, but the confusion over what it’s meant to be means that it fails to be anything particularly worthwhile.
Steven Soderbergh is a tough director to pigeonhole, flitting from genre to genre and big budget to indie, and Haywire is another curious entry in his list of films, managing to have a stellar cast while still seeming low key.
Tim Burton’s career has been in a strange place for a while now, with remakes and ‘reimaginings’ taking up more of his time than genuinely original or interesting projects, while Dark Shadows seems to have been met with a kind of irritation that it’s ‘another Tim Burton film with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in it’. I’d love to say that it’s a rip-roaring return to form for one of my favourite directors, but, unfortunately, it’s a bit too much hit-and-miss.
Whenever you watch a ‘video nasty’ for the first time, there’s always a slight sense of ‘was that it?’, because today’s standards are so much higher/lower when it comes to what we’re allowed to see on screen. Lucio Fulci’s The House By The Cemetery has been available for a long time now after being banned on home video in the UK in the early 80s, and while it’s not hard to see why people might have been worried about it, it’s also hardly a menace to society.
Sometimes the easiest way to tell a story is to base it on reality, even when it’s a story that involves a load of Muppets. That’s certainly what Jason Segel and Co did when they decided to bring back Jim Henson’s legendary creations for another movie; they made the story about bringing back the Muppets from the wilderness
Sometimes it’s hard to understand the logic behind the renaming of a foreign film, but in this case, it’s just a bit depressing. A Call Girl was originally called Slovenian Girl, hardly a difficult name for international audiences to understand, and very relevant to the film, but someone, somewhere, thought that it would get more attention if if it was renamed to sound a bit more ‘sexy’. Anyone buying it for that reason will be disappointed, which is a shame, because it’s a fantastic film on its own merits.
I was 16 years old when Titanic first came out, and 16-year-old boys only went to see it if they had a girlfriend to go and see it with. Otherwise, why would they want to see a 3 hour film about a ship sinking with that soppy Leonardo DiCaprio starring in it? 15 years later and with the added excitement of 3D (!) and a wife to take along, why wouldn’t I go and see it?