Danny Boyle’s First Post-Olympics Release

Danny Boyle triumphed at the London Olympics’ opening ceremony, but now he returns to his natural habitat with his newest release Trance. Starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson, Trance is a slick crime thriller with a twist.
From the trailer the films looks classically beautiful, with a great story – great British film making at it’s best. If Boyle’s previous classics are anything to go by this will be a must-see at the cinema.

UK release date, 27th March 2013.

BBC One’s Victorian Cop Drama Surprises

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The first episode of Ripper Street left much to be desired, the plodding script, Sherlock-esque music and clichéd opening sequence marked it out as unoriginal and dated. But it just got better and better, becoming an essential part of the Sunday night schedule.

What at first appeared to be one-dimensional characters pull straight out of a bin the BBC’s creative department become fully-fledged personalities with complex backgrounds and tortured lives. Each episode revealed more and more of the main figures; the American’s Pinkerton past, the Sargent’s loving heart and the Detective’s lost child. While these may not necessarily seem like the most original facets but performances like that of Matthew Macfadyen (Mr Reid) with his sympathetic portrayal of loss and its all-consuming power gave the whole series a distinctively ‘tender’ feeling. As the series progresses the other characters also reveal their pasts and vices, which were once hidden under a veneer of Victorian propriety at first.

The dialogue effortlessly combines Victorian slag with modern vernacular, creating a warm mix of genres which interests and involves the audience. The endearing characters get in and out of trouble as crimes are committed and solved, again it doesn’t sound too inspiring, but the basis in history adds a new element to a well worn genre. The docker’s strikes, the opening of the underground and, of course, Jack the Ripper are all happening as the individual stories and crimes whisk the audience through Victorian Whitechapel.

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The visuals are brilliant; the costumes mix Victoriana with a slight modern element while Whitechapel is recreated in all its grimy glory. The smoggy streets and slums create a perfect background to the stories; we see evicted families, houses knocked down in the name of progress, streetwalkers and urchins all giving a sense of the tumultuous and uncertain times to which we are being transported.

The long thread of revealed secrets which runs through the series turns what could have been a clichéd period-detective-drama, into a truly engaging and unmissable human drama with many twists and turns that’ll keep you guessing all along the journey.

All episodes available on BBC iplayer

Evil Dead Trailer Released

With remakes you have to be very careful treading the line between honouring the original and bringing something new to the mix. With Evil Dead the simple upgrading for the special effects should be enough to do it.

While Sam Raimi’s original certainly has cult status, it no longer has the ability to really frighten. From the looks of the trailer Fede Alvarez, the new director, has kept the bizarre aspects of the original while updating the ‘horror’. A good move; the ‘Cabin in the Woods’ story has been done so many times since the original  that to try and reinvent the genre would have been a mistake. Hopefully what we’ll find is a loving homage to the original with a few frights thrown in.

The artwork for the poster is brilliant with a fresh, understated feel. An interesting new way to intrigue the horror loving audience.

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Evil Dead is released in the UK on 19th April 2013.

Oscar Winners – 6 out of 8 is not bad!

So it turns out i’m slightly psychic, or I just watched a lot of films this year. I got 6 out of my 8 predictions right, so heres a link to the complete list of winners . . . .

http://oscar.go.com/nominees

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And heres a run down of who won the big prizes

Best picture: Argo

Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis for Lincoln

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence  in Silver Linings Playbook.

Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Waltz in Django Unchained.

Actress in a Supporting Role: Ann Hathaway in Les Mis.

Animated Film: Brave

Best Director: Ang Lee for Life of Pi

I also thought Anna Karenina  would win Production Design, but that went to Lincoln.

In the Oscars dedicated to the Music of the Movies Adele walked away with the award for Best Original Song; and in its 50th year James Bond did get an Oscar, tying with Zero Dark 30 for Best Sound Editing. So 2 Oscars for the franchise, but still missing out on that Best Picture crown.

So the Oscars pretty much went the way most people expected, not too much controversy . . . I’ll be honest I haven’t seen the speeches  yet so I don’t know if there was an excessive amount of tears.

So just incase you didn’t believe me heres a link to my predictions . . . if you hadn’t noticed I’m quite proud about this!

Breaking Dawn Part 2 cleans up at the Razzies

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The conclusion to one of the biggest franchise in the world walked away with 7 Razzies last night at the antidote to the oscars.

Their awards included:
Worst Picture prize – for which it beat off Battleship, AThousand Wordsand That’s My Boy.
Worst Actress (Kristen Stewart),
Worst Supporting actor (Taylor Lautner),
Worst Screen Couple (Lautner and Mackenzie Foy as Jacob and Renesmee),
Worst Screen Ensemble,
Worst Remake/Rip-Off or Sequel
and Worst Director (Bill Condon).

A pretty impressive haul, but also walking away with prizes were Adam Sandler (Worst Actor – That’s My Boy) and Rihanna (Worst Supporting Actress – Batteship)

The Razzies may be irreverent, but lets face it they do hit the nail on the head.

Oscar predictions

Ok, so I’m on the train to Edinburgh, delayed of course, so I thought I set my Oscar predictions ahead of tonight’s ceremony:

Best picture: It’s a toss up between Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook for me. Although Silver Linings was a heartwarming story, brilliantly put together I think Life of Pi’s epic nature will pull it ahead.

Best Actor: It’s not controversial just to put Daniel Day Lewis for Lincoln in here – no contest.

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence proved herself a brilliant actress in Silver Linings Playbook bring a wonderful balance between manic and endearing . . . well deserving of the award.

Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Waltz, hands down. His dark comic timing in Django Unchained made the film, although Leonardo di Caprio’s performance seems to have sadly gone unnoticed.

Actress in a Supporting Role: Ann Hathaway in Les Mis really shone, and made the film for many people.

Animated Film: I may be a little biased as I saw this just before moving to Scotland but Brave was my favourite animation of the year, a new Disney Classic.

Best Director: Ang Lee for Life of Pi, he took what could have been a worthy story about life and religion and turned it into something truly magical. He is the only director since James Cameron to truly harness 3D and reveal it’s true potential.

There’s too many awards to go through them all but I have to single out one
Production Design: Anna Karenina, simple one of the most innovative and beautiful films to watch this year. The set is beautiful and I think Joe Wright was looked over in the Best Director category.

Oscar’s day is here!!!

So the 85th Academy Awards are happening this very night in Los Angeles, so for those of us lucky enough to live in the UK the show will be going out between 1:30 and 4 AM!!!! I’ll be on a train to Edinburgh tonight so no access to Sky I’m afraid . . . . oh well looks like I’ll be sending my thoughts into the internet tomorrow!

Alex Zane will be presenting Sky Movies Oscar’s coverage, so if you want to tune in and leave me your thoughts below that would be great!

Enjoy, my lovely film fans . . . .