Trailer: 6 Days

If you managed to catch the surprising Māori martial arts film from a few years ago, The Dead Lands, you will be well aware that Kiwi director Tao Fraser had big things ahead of him. His follow up picture, a 1980-set recreation of an Iranian hostage situation in the UK, 6 Days, just dropped its first trailer. There is a radical switch genre and aesthetic – out of the forest, and into the city, with sticks and tattoos replaced with flak jackets and rifles, but it is clear that the filmmaking is snappy and aims for adrenaline and impact.

In April 1980, six armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London, taking 26 people inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid, the likes of which the world had never seen before.

A very Magnificent Red Band Trailer for Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer, Bong Joon-Ho’s post-apocalyptic ‘society on a train’ action movie based on the French Graphic Novel (“Transperceneige”) has been released in pretty much every market except for USA/Canada at this point. There is even a uber-complete Blu-Ray in France if you have 40 Euros to spare. It is getting a proper (un-cut, original South Korean version) release at the end of June here in North America, and the powers that be have made, by far the most elegant, accurate and enticing trailer for the film that I’ve seen in any language or territory.

This is how you market a high-concept film folks, offer the big images, but do so in a clear, concise and well articulated fashion. And it certainly helps to have Tilda Swinton doing the talking. (“Precisely 74% of you shall die.”)

Blu-Ray Review: Filth

Director: Jon S. Baird
Screenplay: Jon S. Baird
Based on a Novel by: Irvine Welsh
Starring: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, Joanne Froggatt
Country: UK
Running Time: 97 min
Year: 2013
BBFC Certificate: 18

Trainspotting ripped onto the British film scene in 1996 at the centre of the ‘cool Britannia’ movement, showing the world that the British film industry could make something bold, exciting and stylish, not just period dramas and grim social realism. As well as making a better name for British cinema it also helped boost the popularity of the work of Irvine Welsh, whose novel the film was based on. Another attempt to bring his wild, unvarnished view of Scottish life to the screen came soon after with The Acid House, but this was a relative failure. Although Welsh’s books continued to sell, filmmakers seemed to steer clear of trying to pull off Danny Boyle’s balancing act of managing the madness alongside the central character arc and impact of the social side of the writing. There have been numerous rumours of a film adaptation of Porno, Welsh’s sequel to Trainspotting, but these have never become more than mere rumours.

Fast forward 17 years (God that makes me feel old) and Jon S. Baird has brought Welsh’s Filth to the screen. James McAvoy takes the lead as Bruce Robertson, a racist, homophobic, drug taking detective sergeant in Edinburgh. He’s desperate to win back his wife and daughter (the reason for their disappearance is held back through most of the film) and the only way he feels he can do this is by beating his colleagues to a forthcoming promotion. Desperate, he will do anything to get it and treats the whole operation as a cruel game in which he will crush even his last few friends to win.

Right from the offset it’s obvious we’re in the mind of Welsh with Scotland’s seamy underbelly being ripped open by the staggeringly offensive Bruce. Unfortunately Baird doesn’t have the same handle on it as Boyle did. The first half in particular is of wildly varying quality. There are a number of cutaways to short fantasy sequences, either for gags or to bring us into Bruce’s warped mind and these often fall flat. The tone and presentation of these scenes take outrageousness too far into campy territory and because of this the film seems more silly than sharply pointed.

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Trailer: Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer

After fellow Koreans Kim Ji-Woon and Park Chan-Wook launched their English language debut films (The Last Stand and Stoker, respectively) the most nuanced of the trio of directorial superstars, Bong Joon-Ho is delivering the largest in scale, the nuclear-winter bound science fiction flick, Snowpiercer. He has brought along the magnificent Song Kang-Ho for the train ride, alongside a sampling of Brit and American character actors including, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Steve Park, Ewen Bremner, Allison Pill and Chris Evans. You may not be able to recognize many of them covered in dirt, grease and facial hair.

Bong’s Memories of Murder and The Host are two of my favourite Korean films, thus, I have high expectations for this one, Inception soundtrack and all…

A train-trapped version of Alien3 with Orwellian grace notes and a lots of axes, this hopefully, will be my The Hunger Games! Set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an ice age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews. The film is an adaptation of Jean-Marc Rochette’s French graphic novel series Le Transperceneige.

Cinecast Episode 202 – Obviously You’re Not a Golfer


It is a cornucopia, a smörgåsbord, a veritable potpourri of cinema, as the Cinecast regulars get together with nothing on the agenda other than to talk about what they have watched, in the cinema, on the DVD and streamed from the internet or (in an exciting technology development, from the Computer Hard Drive.) Andrew continues to dig into the Foreign Language Nominees with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful. Kurt comes at Oscar a different way with the new documentary on the man with the midas touch when it comes to little gold men, Harvey Weinstein. And Gamble talks best animated film of 2011 with a preview of the flat out awesome Gore Verbinski/Nickelodeon/Industrial-Light-And-Magic Johnny Depp western, Rango. From there, we go from the occult, to Penelope Cruz DTV failures, to two vastly different takes time travel from the 1980s to Chinese shopping malls. Then it is onto Romans wandering about Scotland, Aussie crime dynasties and suburban teenage prostitution rings! It is all a part of your complete breakfast.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!



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Mamo!’s Matt Brown Video Reviews The Eagle


Let ignorance be your guiding light! This is not decrying the intelligence or insight of half of the Mamo! podcast, Matt Brown, but rather the worlds awareness of The Eagle (a sort of Centurion-lite wilderness romp, but then again, nobody really was aware of that one either). Starring, in Brown’s words Duke vs. Billy Elliot with a dollop of homoeroticism, left to flounder. The fine folks at The Substream put together a video of Brown in his high-word-per-minute take on a film that, ‘simply does not need to exist.’

Video review is tucked under the seat.

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It’s here! Trailer for Cary Fukunaga’s “Jane Eyre”

Jane Eyre OnesheetIs it spring yet? Can it be spring already? Please? Pretty please?

Yes, I’m begging for spring for good reason. I promise. That reason? Cary Fukunaga’s follow up to Sin Nombre (review). A take on the famous Charlotte Brontë romance. Jane Eyre stars Mia Wasikowska as Jane, the “mousy” governess, and Michael Fassbender as her beloved Rochester along with Judi Dench, Jamie Bell and Sally Hawkins in an assortment of supporting roles.

I was already keen on seeing the film and the release of the gorgeous poster, seen to the right, yesterday peaked my interested and now, quick on the heels of the poster release, we get a trailer for the production which features everything I could have wanted and more. Lots of grey, a little melodrama, a bit of mystery and enough Fassbender in period drab to make me smile from ear to ear.

You’d better believe that Michael O’Connor, who won an Oscar for his costume design in The Duchess (review), will be a front runner yet again in 2011. As for the use of the Goblins’ Suspiria theme at the beginning…an odd but effective touch.

Jane Eyre opens March 11, 2011. Not soon enough.

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