Legend of the Guardians is a CGI fantasy kids film featuring a war between owl empires. Starring Australians, directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and based on a novel, this is a quirky cinematic treat worth paying the IMAX ticket price for. Did we mention it features owls?
Hurrah for the bloody goriness that is Guy Fawkes day! A proud, dastardly time indeed in our national history, and a great excuse to give children some fire to mess around with. So considering the film world is usually so ready and willing to hijack our most exciting tales, our question is, where are the films to accompany Bonfire Night?
Bruce Willis. Morgan Freeman. John Malkovich. Dame Helen Mirren. These are hefty names. It might seem reasonable to assume that a film capable of bringing them together would be pretty bloody special, mightn’t it? Unfortunately, it seems that all it takes is a production company with very deep pockets. Seeing Red is a truly unhappy experience which you are advised to avoid.
Director Julie Taymor has never shied away from Hollywood-ing up the world of Shakespeare – her Titus Andronicus was an explosion of sex, violence and colour – and judging by the first poster for her upcoming The Tempest, she’s still going as strong as ever.
Russell Brand never fails to surprise us with his kooky ways and today’s release of hilarious snaps, featuring him flouncing around in a Batman suit, are no exception. Brand donned the costume for a scene in the remake of the 1981 film Arthur, which is currently being shot in New York.
Well, what a night, eh? It was glorious to have a real nail-biter of a ceremony, with the David and Goliath battle that was Avatar vs. The Hurt Locker. But, in the end, Katheryn Bigelow’s budget Iraq epic took home the gold, in a night that was revolutionary, though rather predictable.
It’s easy to appreciate creative genius, but it must be hell to live with it. Based on the novel by Jan Parini, The Last Station is a love story set during the final year of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s life, focusing on the terrible strain borne by his wife, the Countess. Unable to live together under the same roof without descending into spiteful bickering, yet unwilling to live apart because of their deep love, the elderly couple plays out these final months against a backdrop of political intrigue.
It’s always nice to stay ahead of the curve, if only so you can feel unneccessarily smug in front of friends and loved ones. With this in mind Best For Film brings you what you need to know about next week’s film releases. Have a read, plan your week accordingly, and practice that lovely self-satisfied smile we all love you for…