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When I'm lucky enough to get away for a beach holiday I like to completely switch off. Laptops, Sky TV and Sunday roasts are left at home, swapped for two weeks of foreign cuisine and clear blue water. I make two concessions; the occasional full English breakfast and a once a week check on the news headlines. So it was last week I found out about the passing of Michael Clarke Duncan at a dusty PC in Corfu.
That evening my wife and I raised a glass of Ouzo in memory of an actor who managed to become one of Hollywood's most recognisable and beloved characters. Like director Tony Scott just a few weeks ago Clarke Duncan didn't worry about high brow accolades. The former LA bodyguard aimed for loftier heights, crafting entertaining and memorable characters. The actor knew his physical presence (6ft 5in) was his calling card bu ... Read more »
Views: 1310 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2012-09-18 | Comments (0)

It took a full month to recover from our first movie marathon, the staggering journey that was all three extended Lord of the Rings movies. By the end of March though we were ready for round two (a slight delay in this report, obviously!). For part two we were going x-rated.
The LOTR extended editions are essentially six films, with all three parts split down the middle to create separate two hour movies. Our X-Men movie marathon would be a slightly easier prospect then, just five films encompassing all the X-Movies released to date, X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and X-Men: First Class (2011). One of the best aspects of the LOTR marathon was seeing Peter Jackson's vision moulded into one long story. We opted to recreate the magic by watching t ... Read more »
Views: 2389 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2012-08-26 | Comments (0)

We won't pour over the details here; its not appropriate and no doubt our predatory media will see to that. Two things have to be said though; our thoughts go out to the Scott family, and the movie world has lost a great filmmaker.

When you look down the list of Tony Scott's movies you don't come across a long list of Oscar winners. What you find is something more important than that; a long line of films that thrilled audiences from start to finish. Who cares about high-brow accolades when films are this entertaining. Sure, Top Gun (1986) is as cheesy as they come but it'll never bore you. The Last Boy Scout (1991) will strain plausability but you'll never get to the end and wish you'd watched something else. Tony Scott knew how to make the most entertaining of movies.

So pay tribute to the man this week by popping a Tony Scott ... Read more »
Views: 1438 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2012-08-20 | Comments (0)

When I meet someone new I try and get the favourite film question in fairly early, if conversation allows (and I don't trust people that don't have a favourite/s). For proper film fans this is a minefield of a conundrum. Can we name just one? Are we allowed a top five? Can we have a fave in each genre?
As a kid I use to have a top ten, listed in order of preference, but the more films I saw the more impossible it became to maintain the list. Most fans I speak to contend that it’s impossible to have a single favourite film of all time, to narrow such a vast artform down to one top ranked movie. When I'm asked the question I still give a list of ten or so films, no longer in order of preference. I like to give credit to all my favourites, Jaws (1975), Halloween (1978), Heat (1995), and almos ... Read more »
Views: 1805 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2012-08-13 | Comments (0)

While it might not mean a lot to non X-Men fans, the announcement this week that the follow-up to Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class (2011) will be based on the Uncanny X-Men comic storyline "Days of Future Past" is very tantalising news.
Wolverine gets toasty with a Sentinel.
Published in 1981 the two part story ran across Uncanny X-Men issues 141 and 142, and despite being over thirty years old the story is still considered one of the X-Men's very best. In a time-travelling plot X-Man Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat (the girl that can walk through walls, to those not in the know) transfers her older mind back into her younger self to warn the present day X-Men that the upcoming assassination of Senator Kelly will have grave consequences for mutant kind.
With Ke ... Read more »
Views: 2225 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2012-08-04 | Comments (0)

Tom Hardy may be use to throwing fists on the big screen but now he's looking to trade leather for real by stepping into the ring with former British heavyweight champion David Haye. The mouthy Haye stated after his recent brawl inspired bout with the equally gobby Derek Chisora "Me and Tom Hardy, that would be a good fight for sure. He's got in fantastic shape. He looks like an absolute tank. He can be my next opponent."
Despite the tongue-in-cheek suggestion, Hardy has stepped up to the challenge on the proviso that all proceeds from the fight go to the military charity Help For Heroes, The Prince's Trust, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and homeless charity FLACK. Taking the call-out in good humour Hardy told The Sun newspaper "Hardy v Hayemaker? No problem. Let me take my make-up off first. I'll fight him as soon as I get back from the Congo with my mates if he wants. I've never fought a professional heavyweight, it'll be an experience. I would obvious ... Read more »
Views: 1677 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2012-08-01 | Comments (0)

You wait years for a follow-up to The Shining (1980) then two come along at once.
The Grady Twins, proving that its somehow possible to be axed to death but still be in one piece...
Horror maestro Stephen King has recently announced that he's about to start work on a sequel to his original masterpiece The Shining. Tentatively titled Doctor Sleep, part two will follow Jack Torrance's son Danny forty year after the events of the Overlook. Danny now works at a hopsice, using his powers to help the terminally ill move safely into the afterlife. Meeting up with a twelve year old girl who also has the ability to "shine", Danny has to help the youngster fight off a group of travelling paranormal murderers (in the form of elderly, polyester wearing, RV driving, retired folk) who prowl the highways of America looking for the souls of those that can " ... Read more »
Views: 1704 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2012-07-30 | Comments (0)

If you've been to the cinema recently you'll be well aware of the anti-piracy adverts doing the rounds. "You wouldn't steal a car", "Love film hate piracy", "You're funding terrorism you piece of scum" and other unchallengeable declarations. Before we go any further I'm not here to advocate piracy. If you poured all your time and effort into creating something special, you'd want paying for it to. But cinema proprietor's belief that their profits are falling through the floor due to film piracy is utter lunacy. Cinema chains don't want to know the real reasons people are leaving in droves, but unless they want to end up becoming another Nandos or Starbucks, they better start paying attention. Are you listening Odeon, Cineworld, VUE and the rest?

1. I love going to t ... Read more »
Views: 2374 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2012-07-25 | Comments (0)

So the results are in and Christopher Nolan didn't let us down with The Dark Knight Rises (2012). It gave us everything we were hoping for, bigger scale, tricky twists, good links to the previous films, and a conclusion that wrapped everything up nicely. But what next for DC's biggest hero. If Marvel's The Amazing Spiderman (2012) is to become par-for-the-reboot-course the cape and cowl could be returning to screens much sooner than we think. So what are the options...
- With The Avengers (2012) earning a pretty penny at the box office DC will be eyeballing their own superhero team-up, the Justice League of America. Whether they want to plough through the number of prequels that Marvel went through who knows, but with Superman getting a reboot with the upcoming Man of S ... Read more »
Views: 1710 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2012-07-21 | Comments (0)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) doesn't hit screens until the 20th July, but the first reviews from preview screenings have started to trickle in. Even though director Chris Nolan had to go some to top The Dark Knight (2008) not many people envisioned him screwing up the final part of his Batman trilogy. And the early word is he hasn't.

The Mily Miracles said "This may go down as one of the best movies ever....if this does not break the mould and win Best Picture, no comic book movie ever will". Comments were similarly glowing after a Warner Bros press screening this week, "Quite speechless at the moment, it was everything I wanted it to be", "...perfect final chapter in the trilogy", " of my favourite movies I've ever seen, it was unbelievable" were just a selection of the tributes that followed a post showing standing ovation. Par for the course then you might say given the months of gushing we've endured over the various Rises tra ... Read more »
Views: 2108 | Added by: Dave | Date: 2012-07-11 | Comments (0)

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