Guy Ritchie returns again to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s finest literary creation and much like with his 2009 original, the end product is an entertaining Victorian boys own adventure romp. It’s loud, brash and about as faithful to Conan Doyle’s original Holmes stories as Braveheart was to Scottish history. Luckily though, this doesn’t matter one jot and while the movie is breaking no new ground and isn’t going to trouble anybody’s 2011 ‘best of’ list, it’s an enjoyable piece of escapist cinema.
It’s that time of year when everything from books to ‘humiliating celebrity moments’ are put into lists to squeeze a little more debate out of events that most people have mainly forgotten about. When it comes to film I’m not really a fan of arbitrary list-making as there’s often an element of comparison that doesn’t really work if you’re debating the virtues of an art house masterpiece and trying to rank it against a Hollywood blockbuster. Both types of film can be equally entertaining but for wholly different reasons. Therefore, I’m just going with writing about the film I’ve enjoyed the most. That film is Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris.
We've been given some rather lovely prizes for the superb Devil's Double, a tense, terrifying and explosive gangster tour de force starring Dominic Cooper (Captain America, An Education). The film is released on DVD and Blu-ray on 26 December 2011 by Icon Home Entertainment.
Kill List is a movie best seen as blindly as possible, a trailer and a very carefully written review (this one, obviously) should suffice. Beyond that, go in without knowing what is going on and let Ben Wheatley's unconventional horror masterpiece dig its claws into you.
The first official stills for the novel adaptation of The Great Gatsby have been released this week, showing the main cast of Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in their 1920s glam.
It is mere days away from Christmas, but who has time for that when epic trailers are popping up left, right and centre? First there was the Dark Knight Rises, with its croaky voice and Robin logo. And now the first trailer for the first part of the first (phew) adventure with a Baggins. There were times we thought it would never happen, as directors dropped off the project like the henchmen of Mordor. But on this cold December morn, a much-anticipated little trailer made its way into the world.
A new batch of images for Steven Soderbergh’s action thriller Haywire have been released today, showing Ewan McGregor pointing a gun, a worried-looking Channing Tatum and a face-painted Gina Carano looking ready for a mission.
The first trailer for Clash of the Titans sequel, Wrath of the Titans, has been released online by iTunes Trailers this week.
The rumour mills turn pretty fast in Hollywood. The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo doesn’t open until Boxing Day, but already interest is turning to director David Fincher’s next projects.
Fincher revealed that his production team is still negotiating the budget for animated adaptation of Eric Powell’s zombie apocalypse comic The Goon, but in spite of financial uncertainty, he explained that production was well under way, and set to gather speed in the new year.