Oh look, it’s the Friday Face/off! Before we high-tail it out of here and into the closest drinking establishment we’ve slapped together a little piece on the legitimacy of trailers. They are part of the cinema-going experience; but are they no longer necessary? Do they give too much away or is that part of the allure? It’s an argument that has raged for centuries (well definitely for hours) and it continues here!
Recently the Alien invasion movie has seen something of a renaissance, with Cloverfield and District 9 both breathing life into one of the oldest and most tired sci-fi scenarios. But does new Hollywood blockbuster Battle: Los Angeles represent another step forward or two steps back?
We know, we know. You loved Let The Right One In, and you’re sick of Hollywood rehashing every good Swedish film ever made, so you’re not going to bother seeing Let Me In even though you liked Chloe Moretz in Kick-Ass. STOP RIGHT THERE. A faithful remake enlivened by sensitive direction and some truly extraordinary performances, this is a film which stands squarely on its own two blood-spattered feet.
With Nolan meeting with directors for Warner Bros.’ upcoming Superman project, Man of Steel, the shortlist of his favoured possibilities has become public. And it sounds super!
For some time now the JJ Abrams/Steven Spielberg super project, Super 8, has been an unidentified object hovering at the edge of film journalism. It’s drawn plenty of attention – most of it focusing on what on Earth (or perhaps not on Earth?) the film is all about. With this latest piece of casting news, could the mystery finally be unravelling? No, probably not.
For the second time in as many years, Scandinavian cinema comes up trumps with a stylish and invigorating thriller guaranteed to have audiences teetering excitedly on the edge of their seats. In 2009, we were spellbound by the coming of age story Let The Right One In (Lat Den Ratte Komma In), which put a refreshing yet bloodthirsty new spin on the vampire legend. Now director Neils Arden Oplev introduces a memorably unconventional heroine in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo .