With the oft mooted Ghostbusters 3 only recently emerging from what has seemed like perennial development hell, it’s no surprise that the marvellous original film will once again be gracing cinemas worldwide this Halloween.
It’s a typically well engineered move, seemingly designed to generate buzz and excitement around next year’s third instalment, which will apparently go ahead with or without Bill Murray. Cynical marketing ploy aside, the return of unhinged doctors Venkman, Stanz and Spengler, the creepy Zuul and Gozer and not to mention the fantastical Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, is sure to delight nostalgic thirty-somethings and kids alike.
Chavs Vs Aliens? Okie dokie. Set in an all-too familiar vision of our knackered old Britain, Attack The Block pits an alien invasion against a cast of characters resembling the culprits of the recent UK riots. The aliens don't stand a chance. Written and directed by comic Joe Cornish, the film comes across like a council estate version of Shaun of the Dead, complete with Nick Frost in a supporting role (as well as Edgar Wright producing) and a great many pop culture references.
Helen Cox edits New Empress Magazine and she’s got something to say...
Anyone else remember a time when Orange adverts were actually funny? Back in 2003 some pretty ingenious marketing bod had the idea of partnering with cinemas to create a 2 for 1 evening even though mobile phones have nothing to do with cinema and have, in fact, made the cinematic experience decidedly worse. For an idea like that to succeed you need a way of making it look like something more than just a transparent promotional ploy: enter Brennan Brown (Mr Dresden) and Steve Furst (Dresden’s balding sidekick Elliot) - the fictional dimbo-dumbo Orange executives who lord over the Orange Film Board and have sworn an oath to promote the phone, the whole phone and nothing but the phone.
Hollywood is almost finished with the '80s, any film they dare to remake is either completed or in development and so it is time for the beloved hits of the '90s to feel the sting of remake news. Point Break, PC Danny Butterman's Film Of The Year for 20 consecutive years, is being developed for a remake by Alcon Entertainment.
Not content with glossing over a selection of original and transgressive Japanese, Chinese and Korean hits with a thick coat of bland, Hollywood is now turning its attention Thailand with a remake of the dark thriller 13: Game of Death.
You will have already guessed that the title of this new Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle refers to the ‘end of your shift’, and is precisely nothing to do with wrist timepieces. But you might not know that the ‘Watch’ that Gyllenhaal and co-star Michael Peña will be scrambling to reach the end of looks seedy, dirty, in fact just plain violent, if these photographs are anything to go by.
Sadly, Reuniting the Rubins falls flat as a heartless attempt to replicate the American feel good movies of the Little Miss Sunshine ilk. Lenny Rubins (Timothy Spall) is charged by his dying mother (Pussy Galore, I mean Honor Blackman) to gather the family around the living room for one last Passover. On paper, it sounds like a set up for a series of genuinely moving and emotional attempts by Lenny to get his apparently troublesome children back together. However, that never really materialises as his task proves incredibly easy (and emotionally cheap) to such an extent that the film’s emotional climax genuinely felt forced, fake and, erm, bad.
Yes, it's true. The greatest film ever in the history of cinema is returning to cinemas, but as if Maverick and Co.'s adventures weren't exciting enough in 2-D, the film will now have a shiny new 3-D layer.
Looking for a good laugh? Well, The Big Year might be the hit comedy of the autumn season.