After the release of the Snow White and the Huntsman trailer last week, the publicity team behind the rival film, Mirror Mirror, have released their first teaser trailer.
Woodrow and Aidan are two friends with nothing better to do. They don't appear to have jobs and, until they meet Milly and her group of friends, they seem to exclusively hang out with each other. They fill their time working on a personal project called Mother Medusa, the construction of an apocalypse-proof muscle car in the spirit of Mad Max 2, as well as some fearsome weaponry to go with it.
It may be a little early for some to enter into the festive spirit but this enjoyable caper courtesy of Aardman Animation is sure to be one of the best Christmas movies of the year. Never overly saccharine and with the schmaltz suitably toned down, it’s a heart-warming story that whilst not quite as funny as one might have hoped, still raises plenty of smiles along the way.
We are somewhat thin on the ground this week, as presumably distributors have shied away from pitching their films against the might of Twilight. For those of you who are not fans of Bella, R Pats and Mr Lautner, we have Nic Cage in maniacal mode in Justice, Brit comedy (usually either a blessing or a curse) in the form of How to Stop Being a Loser and Aussie crime flick Snowtown.
The Avengers marketing continues to roll out new content with the release of a banner poster, also split into four individual character posters, showcasing the four big guns of the team.
James Cameron's Avatar kickstarted the 3D boom but since then the appeal has begun to fade, it wasn't until Disney's 3D re-release of The Lion King that people started to talk about the gimmicks box office heat.
Applying 3D to movies people like is a cast-iron guarantee that audiences will show up, so it makes sense that Cameron would release his second biggest box office giant in his first favourite dimension.
Woody Woodpecker is best known for his obnoxious laugh and habit of pecking people in the face, if he were a real person he would be at the center of a murder conspiracy involving all his closest friends.
Do you know the saddest thing about considering a Michael Jackson biopic? I struggle to imagine a film that would be just about the music, the dance and the energy that Jackson brought to the world. What I imagine is, in essence, a freak show or history being completely whitewashed. Pun very much intended.
Recently I was having a conversation about Archipelago, Joanna Hogg’s middle class-tastic drama about a family gathering on the Scilly Isles. My friend said that the film was boring and she hated the characters which was why she loathed the film. I countered that the film was boring and I hated the characters which was why I loved it. Actually, I didn’t really love it; that was just a literary device to act as the opposite of loath. In fact I just really really liked it. Likeable characters and plots where lots of things happen are usually the very basic building blocks of what makes a film watchable. Archipelago had neither of these things, so why did I find it so compelling? It’s because I’m a snob who actually just pretends to enjoy these things purely so I can feel superior. That’s right: I deliberately rented the DVD, put it into my player and sat through two hours that I hated (with no-one else in the flat) then lied about liking it. In fact the director, the producer, the actors, the editor, the foley, the best boy, the makeup artist, the cinematographer only spent hours of their life on the film to prove they are better than all the other directors, producers, actors, editors, foleys, best boys, makeup artists and cinematographers. They’re not going to make any money out of it because only snobs are going to see it and it’s not in 3D.
If anything can be said with certainty about Roger Donaldson’s new film Justice, it’s that it is definitely a Nic Cage kind of movie. It’s ludicrous, melodramatic, brimming with bad acting and is gloriously, unintentionally hilarious. Throw January Jones and Guy Pearce onto that sinking ship and Justice is served.