Jack Falls is a stylish gangster thriller that, unfortunately, doesn’t live up to its promise. However, you can create your own drinking game by playing ‘spot the gangster movie-stereotype’. Prize goes to the first person to finish a bottle of vodka. (Best For Film cannot claim responsibility for any injuries caused by said entertainment.)
When not drinking expensive wine and reading cheap books, I am overwhelming friends and acquaintances with my unbound enthusiasm for upcoming X-Men: First Class. But all the previous films have been stunningly mediocre! I hear you cry. At which I smugly point out that Matthew Vaughn, comic-book-adaptor extraordinaire, is at the helm. Here is my (not at all biased) Cheat Sheet on the British talent.
From the writers of Sexy Beast comes 44 Inch Chest, a new Brit gangster flick starring Ray Winstone, Ian McShane and John Hurt. It’s the story of Col, a cuckolded mob who gathers his friends together to take revenge on his wife’s French lover. But with the loss of his wife imminent, Col starts to reassess his life, suddenly unsure of the abject masculinity he’s surrounded himself with all his life.
2009 certainly brought us a few cinematic corkers, from sci-fi epic Avatar to comic-book crunching goodness from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and Watchmen. But it wasn’t all wham, bam and explosions – will 2010 be a year of smarter movies? Judging this list… maybe.
Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming adaptation of the Mark Millar comic Kick-Ass has been picked up for UK distribution by Universal – which is damn good news as far as we’re cocerned. Vaughn, who previously produced Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, and directed 2004’s well-received Layer Cake, has been plagued with difficulties in finding a UK distributor for the film.