Category Archives: Movies

Colossal looks weird and great fun

Colossal is a new film written and directed by Nacho Vigalando and it has a pretty unique premise. A huge monster is suddenly, randomly appearing in Seoul (which is in South Korea if you are truly awful at geography) and is causing havoc. Anne Hathaway is in America and basically spends her evening hanging out in Jason Sudeikis’s bar. But when she walks through a particular park, she occasionally somehow generates this ‘Kaiju’ in S.Korea which then acts as her avatar and copies her movements.

Because of reasons that probably won’t be explained and why should they be? Embrace the weirdness. I probably explained that badly but I’m sure you get the insane gist behind Colossal – Hathaway controls a giant monster in Korea.

The film originally aired at the 2016 Fantastic Fest film festival and had great reviews. Nacho Vigalando is the fellow behind the great Timecrimes, so it is definitely worth checking out. Colossal goes on general release in April, so keep an eye out for it.

The good people at io9 have already seen it and you can read a review and a better explanation by clicking on this handy link.

Here’s the trailer:

Death Race 2050 looks suitably insane

Roger Corman announced a new sequel to his insane cult 1974 movie ‘Death Race 2000’ a short while back and it is about to hit a DVD shop near you. (If there still is such a thing near you.) Death Race 2050 is set in a world ruled by a crazed tyrant with mad hair and where there is a need to keep the overpopulated planet distracted with ever more elaborate and distracting entertainment. So it could be set a lot nearer in time. The drivers race across America and get points by coming first, killing each other, and killing pedestrians – many of whom are willing groupies.

There have been some recent Death Race sequels – the first featuring Jason Statham and the other two with Luke Goss – so what is the point of this you may ridiculously ask? I rewatched the Statham one the other day and it was damn good fun. I have seen the other two as well and vaguely remember enjoying them, so I can only conclude they too were fun, but fairly forgettable. As you will know if you have seen the original Corman Death Race and the new-fangled ones, they are incredibly utterly different and that is putting it mildly. In fact the director of “Death Race Statham” (Paul W.S. Anderson) said that it was actually a prequel to the 1974 version. Which makes a lot of sense. Consequently, Death Race 2050 is a direct sequel to the original and it satisfyingly ‘on message’ with its continued bat-shit craziness and 70s aesthetic.

This new straight-to-video movie stars the awesome Malcolm McDowell (ideal for these roles) as the President, and the always good value Manu Bennett as Frankenstein. I am hoping this will come out on some streaming platform or other as they have kept the look of the 70s version and I don’t think a Bluray will be needed. Enjoy the superb madness of the Death Race 2050 trailer:

The Mummy (2017) trailer

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The Mummy 2017

This looks great! The new Mummy film has certainly taken a different stance from the Brendan Fraser version which, given the last one in China, was probably a good thing.

Tom Cruise is always reliable and even this short trailer is pretty damned thrilling. It also stars Russell Crowe, who is consistently good, and Sofia Boutella – the hot lady with blades for legs in Kingsman and the hot alien in Star Trek Beyond – who is consistently hot.

The Mummy isn’t due out until June 2017 and has been interestingly described as not only a reboot of the franchise, but also the first film of the Universal Monster Cinematic Universe. There are plans to make Frankenstein’s monster, Count Dracula, Wolf Man, Gill-man, the Invisible Man and even the Creature from the Black Lagoon (first 3D film I ever saw). Let’s hope this goes better than DC’s stuttering start to a universe. More info about the film here.

Here’s The Mummy (2017) trailer:

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 trailer 2

gog2The new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is here and I am mighty excited. It looks great. I hope they don’t play up baby Groot for cuteness too much but I have complete faith in everyone involved. The film isn’t released until May 2017 which feels like a hell of a long time away. They could at least release what will probably be an awesome soundtrack first, but it is unlikely.

Anyway, here is the second trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Looks fun.

Ghost in the Shell trailer

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Ghost in the Shell

The new Ghost in the Shell movie has its first full length trailer and I have to say it looks incredible (as does Johansson). It is not out until March 2017, which seems a painfully long time away but at least we have Star Wars to fill the gap.

I haven’t seen the original film in 20 years, so I am a bit hazy on what happens but after having watched the shiny new trailer, I don’t really care. It was bound to change a bit. Here’s the trailer:

Pretty awesome right? I highly recommend the original Ghost in the Shell anime. Someone has actually posted the entire movie on Youtube but you really should buy/rent a copy. It is on all streaming sites. There is also a TV series. If this is successful it might finally pave the way for Akira, who knows. Right, I feel an anime binge coming on.

Rogue One TV spot

This will be the last thing I post about Star Wars: Rogue One before it comes out. I wasn’t even going to post this trailer/spot and tried to avoid watching it. But then I got bored at work and gave in. It’s only 30 seconds and I think I have seen most of the footage already but I still got a little excited. So I might as well share.

Here is Rogue One “Together” TV spot. Enjoy.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 trailer

gog2I remember seeing the trailer for the original Guardians of the Galaxy and thinking it looked like it might be fun. Given the characters, including a talking raccoon and a tree, there was also quite a high potential for it to be a bit shit. Thankfully, it wasn’t just fun, it was superb and it now one of my favorite films of all time. It also has one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. So fingers crossed, no pressure for the sequel.

So far, there has just been a “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” trailer and a ton of cool posters. The trailer came out last week, but I was on a beach and some people may have missed it. So here it is again. It looks great.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

resident-evil-the-final-chapter-movie-poster-2-resident-evil-the-final-chapter-39812954-1024-1488I have no idea how many Resident Evil films I have seen. Or even how many Resident Evil games I have played. Definitely 3 or 4 for each and they have all been enjoyable. Not great, but enjoyable. The games are better than the films (they always are) but then the games don’t have Milla Jovovich in the tight and sexy outfits that women apparently need to wear in post-apocalyptic worlds. Which turns the films from being a little bit shit to quite watchable fun.

So when I saw there was a trailer for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, I watched it without much anticipatory excitement. I have to say it looks like a laugh. Plus it has Guns and Roses playing and some kind of dragon thingy flying around. I am quite looking forward to this now and know that I will probably enjoy it, even though I know it will be just a little bit shit.

I can’t wait for Resident Evil: Epilogue and all the rest.

 

 

 

Kyle MacLachlan explains Dune with emojis

Someone on Twitter asked the legendary Kyle MacLachlan to explain Dune. I assume it was meant as a laugh because Twitter is somewhat limited when it comes to giving explanations or descriptions. MacLachlan is always good value in everything I have ever seen him in. When I was young, he was the character that interacts with a cast of weirder characters – which, given that he was in a lot of David Lynch stuff, was some real weirdness. I’m talking about stuff like Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, and Dune.

Nowadays he plays the off-centre characters in things like How I Met Your Mother and Agents of SHIELD and is always fun. What I am trying to say is, I’m a MachLachlan fan. Now if you haven’t read the book of Dune, you should. It is superb and I reviewed it here. The film caught a lot of flack but I loved it. Possibly because I was on a lot of spice back then, or maybe I am just peculiar. If you have read the book or seen the movie, then you will appreciate the genius of what he did – you can really follow the story.

Here, in emoji, is Kyle MacLachlan’s Dune. I hope this becomes a new fad.

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The story of Dune in emoji, as told by MacLachlan