In the midst of awards season, there invariably emerge a few gong hungry stinkers that spoil the party. This week perhaps sees the most flagrant of this year’s bunch with the release of Clint Eastwood’s J.Edgar, a biopic of the FBI’s “is he gay or isn’t he” founding father J.Edgar Hoover. We’re also treated, in the loosest sense of the word, to Madonna’s second directorial feature, W.E., Steven Soderbergh’s kick ass pic Haywire which can only be an improvement on the woeful Contagion which he inflicted upon us with last year and Ralph Fiennes’ take on Shakespeare’s epic tragedy Coriolanus.
We had a very wide sweep of nominees for this particular Plexie, with four candidates separating themselves from the rest of the field. There were some stand-out films, with debut efforts from Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur) going up against some bigger hitters with plenty of weight behind them - Spielberg, Scorcese, Allen, Almodovar and Aronofsky.
If you’ve seen Get Him To The Greek then you know what’s going on here. Apart from the fact that Russell Brand’s Aldous Snow has been swapped for three young children, everything else is very much the same - Jonah Hill is given a seemingly easy job to do but ends up getting in all and every kind of drug, sex and violence-related drama going.
The first twenty minutes or so of Steven Spielberg’s War Horse are an incredibly overly-sentimental look at an Americanized version of the British countryside. I swear I’ve never seen the sky that pink and the grass that green. The story of one boy, Albert (Jeremy Irvine), and his beloved horse Joey starts off heavy on the schmaltz and, in all honesty, at this point I was worried about the next two hours or so dragging by. Luckily, though, the movie does pick up and once the War kicks in and we follow Joey off to France, the film becomes far more palatable.
If the Daily Mirror is to be believed, then even the famously high-living James Bond is feeling the pinch in the current economic climate.
Like many others I watched Expendables not because I was expecting storytelling on a Shakespearean scale but for the nostalgic trip of seeing a whole bunch of 80s action stars crammed into one film, exhibiting plenty of gratuitous violence and smutty language.
However, it appears that two of the unique selling points of the original have not made it to the sequel. Alarm bells began to ring following comments made by one of its stars, Chuck Norris, during an interview for a Polish magazine - an Eastern European film publication (translated by Expendables Premiere), not a magazine aimed at cleaning enthusiasts.
He said: “In Expendables 2, there was a lot of vulgar dialogue in the screenplay. For this reason, many young people wouldn't be able to watch this. But I don't play in movies like this. Due to that I said I won't be a part of that if the hardcore language is not erased. Producers accepted my conditions and the movie will be classified in the category of PG-13."
I’m not suggesting that action films are only worth watching if every scene involves evil goons having their heads ripped off while the hero makes an obscenity riddled wise crack, but come on, is the 10-13 year old market really the target audience for this franchise? And would the producers bend to Norris’ demands?
In this lively bi-lingual action adventure, brooding leading man Largo Winch (Tomer Sisley) inherits the vast wealth of the W Corporation after the death of his adopted father, Nerio. But he's hardly had time to wonder what to do with all that lovely lolly (being a do-gooder, he opts for flogging the family business and channelling the cash into charitable causes) before international prosecutor Diane Franken (Sharon Stone) is accusing him of complicity in crimes against humanity.
Not content to sit on his laurels after the recent opening of his epic War Horse, Steven Spielberg has been talking to Time Out about another of his projects in the works: Robopocalypse - it sounds like a code name for another Transformers movie (a series that Spielberg executive produced), but it is in fact an adaptation of a novel by the same name, written by Daniel H. Wilson.
The May release date of The Avengers is fast approaching and the man behind it all, Joss Whedon, has been talking about commanding the largest superhero gathering since Ben Stiller put together the Mystery Men.
The 2012 awards season is well and truly in full swing and we've got all the Golden Globes winners for you here.
Awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes aren't always the best indicators for the Oscars and have been recently been more famous for being the event in which Ricky Gervais insulted pretty much everyone. Yet there are clearly some frontrunners emerging already and there aren't any major surprises as of yet. So, without any Gervais-style jokes, here all the winners for you.