Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Trailer

Add this one to the pile of unnecessary franchises!

I have to admit that I do have a soft spot for the original TMNT films and so I don’t know how I feel about this new film. With Michael Bay acting as a producer you can see where he has had an influence in the overall style of the filming, but hopefully it won’t be as unwatchable as some of the later Transformers movies.

The CGI seems alright in the trailer but how it will look for a whole movie we will have to wait and see when it is released later on in the year.

I did have a little chuckle to myself over the “it’s only a mask” line, so it nice to see that some of humour hasn’t been completely lost.

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The Raid 2 Deleted Scene

Earlier today, Gareth Evans, director of The Raid and the upcoming sequel released this deleted scene from the new movie with the following statement:

“This is one of a few deleted scenes taken from the film. Reasons to cut were entirely down to pacing issues. This was probably the hardest for me to cut due to the fact that the production on this scene lasted around 6 days of shooting, it cost us a fuck load to make and it served to escalate the gang war out onto the streets involving people outside of the closed off inter-gang politics.

At the end of the day though, after discussing its worth it took us away from the central theme for a little too long with characters that would only exist in this scene alone.

Whenever I edit a film – every scene feels like a precious moment. “No fucking way can I cut this” is a regular phrase I utter at Aram (one of the producers at XYZ Films who patiently worked with me to get the film to it’s final cut) but his patience was always a virtue and it’s when you make a cut and no longer miss it from the bigger picture a few days down the line that you realise it was the right decision to make.

But I still want you guys to see the chaos and the mayhem we had in store, and so with the release of the film coming in a few days time – here’s a sample of one of the action scenes that simply didn’t make it.

Enjoy.”

If this is the kind of footage that Evans is having to cut of the final run of the film, it certainly looks like the finished version is going to be incredibly insane!

The film is released on the 28th March in the States and April 11th in the UK. Hopefully this deleted will keep everyone happy till then.

 

Micro Budget Film One Day Masterclass

Intense-Masterclass

The film industry is an incredibly difficult industry to work within, especially if you are just starting out. You may have a brilliant idea in your head, but are struggling to get it down onto the page in the form of a screenplay, or you may already be lucky enough to have crossed the first hurdle and possess your screenplay, but don’t know how to get funding for your project.

Well, the folks over at Intense Productions have taken it upon themselves to help people out with an upcoming one day masterclass they have organised to show film makers how the industry works and give them tips and pointers on the various areas they might be struggling with to get their films off the ground.

One of the main guests at the masterclass is Carlos Gallardo, who both produced and starred in El Mariachi. He will be on hand to discuss the various ways to fund your movie, hopefully not suggesting taking up medical testing, like a certain Mr Rodriguez

This intense one day class seems like a brilliant way for not just film students to get involved in the industry, but for anyone who is trying to get their movie made and distributed. The day is happening all across the UK, so there should be plenty of opportunities for people to attend.

  • Glasgow – 28th April
  • Lancaster – 30th April
  • Newcastle – 1st May
  • London – 3rd May
  • Manchester – 5th May

For more information and to buy tickets for the event, you can go here and make sure to follow them on Twitter 

American Interior – Review

Coming from a Welsh background I couldn’t help but be interested in the latest film from Gruff Rhys (lead singer of The Super Furry Animals), American Interior.

The film focusses on the life of a young Welshman, by the name of John Evans, who decides to travel across to America in 1792 in search a fabled tribe of Welsh speaking Native Americans. Whilst from the outside this may not seem like the most interesting of premises for a film, the finished product is actually a brilliant mix of American road movie, history lesson, and concert/PowerPoint show.

Whether or not Evans is actually a distant relative of Rhys is something people can discuss in their own time, but his story is one that has stuck with Gruff for years since he heard about it and in this he takes it upon himself to follow in Evans’ footsteps across to the States to see how much of story is actually true and how much has just become legend over the years. He manages to bring in experts from both side of the pond in to discuss the life of John Evans and what his life was actually like at the time. It is through these interviews that we learn that this poor boy from a religious family managed to get caught up in all sorts of adventures during his short life; from trying to map the Missouri river by boat to dueling for his life against a Canadian and almost single handedly making sure that the Spanish kept control of America.

The film really is a love letter to the life of John Evans and whilst his name may be the thing of legend to some Welsh families, he is often forgotten by many. It just goes to show the power and determination some individuals have when they put their mind to task, whether that is something as crazy as travelling to a whole new country to try and track down a race of people that may or may not have existed 5 centuries ago. Saying that, during the course of the movie, we are introduced to a whole host of other characters who are trying to keep their own cultures alive, in particular the last native speaker of the Mandan tribe; this was a tribe that Evans thought he was supposed to find.

The whole thing is beautifully shot in monochrome with the occasional highlight and splash of colour in certain shots and as I mentioned before it is intercut with scenes from different shows that Rhys played whilst travelling across America researching his story. It is nice to see how the story evolves as his show does, and it is all presented with Rhys’ own style of deadpan approach. Fans of his music will love the new songs, and I’m sure it will encourage a whole flock of fans to his musical stylings.

I really cannot praise this movie enough. It is funny, moving, passionate, and above all highly entertaining. I really do recommend going to check it out when it is released in cinemas in the UK on May 9th, the US is still waiting for a release date (sorry!)

For more information about the film, which is being released in conjunction with a CD, book and mobile app, go check out the website here

Cabin Fever 3 – Review

Cabin Fever 3

The horror genre is so popular because during the film, it allows the audience to have some nail biting, scary escapism for a few hours and then they are returned safely to their own lives knowing that some crazy axe murderer or in the case of Cabin Fever, a flesh eating virus is going to run amok and destroy their cozy day to day living. However, when something becomes popular and an unexpected hit with the fans, people always want more, and so the franchise is born.

Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero, to give the film its full title, is the latest film to come under the Cabin Fever umbrella and I was sceptical to give a viewing, considering I am such a fan of the first movie. I have to say I hadn’t even considered watching the second one because I felt it couldn’t live up to the first. The reasoning behind me giving into this film is that it was marketed as a prequel and so I was curious as to how the story started.

First off let me just say in my opinion that this film is by no means an official prequel. It may carry the Cabin Fever title, yet it brings nothing to the story that was set out in the first film made by Eli Roth; that isn’t to say that it doesn’t work. It seems more like a companion piece to the franchise, but could quite easily be happening at the same time as the events in the first film or even be a sequel. The whole ‘patient zero’ part of the film is interesting, but it brings nothing else to the story; it just seems to bring in another element to the mythos in the films about how the virus affects everyone it comes into contact with.

The plot is two stories that concurrently to one another. The first follows the life of ‘patient zero’, played by Sean Astin, (oh, how times have changed since Lord of the Rings) and his time in quarantine, where doctors are trying to understand the virus and possibly create a vaccination and find a cure. Much like any doctor in a horror film, the main behind the facility has his own plans, but these don’t come to light until later on in the film. The second story line, focusses on three brothers and a female friend heading off to a secluded island to celebrate the eldest brother’s last night as a single man, before his wedding. As you can most probably expect, things don’t go to plan and soon the happy campers end up infected with the virus. As the film progresses, the two groups come into contact and the story then follows the both of them together as they realise the full impact that the viral pandemic will have on the world.

Cabin Fever 3 is by no means the most original film, but it was certainly better than I expected it to be. The effects are really rather well done and it is nice to see some practical effects still being used in horror these days. The overall tone is certainly reminiscent of the first film and the script, written by Jake Wade Wall, really tries to bring in some of the humour of the first. The cat fight involving the two infected girls towards the end is one the highlights of the film, and I have never seen someone beaten to death by a giant black dildo before. Kaare Andrews, certainly looks like he can handle horror directing well, and it will be interesting to see what his next project is going to be.

Fargo Teaser Trailer

Whilst no one seemed to ask for it, someone thought it would be a good idea to take the genius film from the Coen BrothersFargo and turn it into a television show. At first I had my doubts about whether the concept would work, but this trailer seems to have set aside those fears slightly.

The show doesn’t just seem to a complete serialised remake of the original film, but definitely has a look and feel of the Fargo we all know and love. I somehow doubt that this show is going to surpass the original, but it certainly looks like a nice companion piece for the film.

The show features Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks and Adam Goldberg putting on their best Minnesotan accents. It is set to air in the US on April 15th with the UK picking it up shortly after on Channel 4.

Utero Finishes Principal Photography

Utero Poster

It has to be said that pregnancy can be a bit scary at the best of times, but when it is main theme of an upcoming horror movie, you know you are in trouble! That is especially the theory in the latest film from Bryan Coyne, Utero.

The plot of the movie, according to Coyne is:

“an agoraphobic unwed mother who finds her psyche unraveling as she becomes convinced that her unborn child is more monster than human.”

This certainly makes for an interesting premise for a movie. It has been a while since there has been any good body horror films within the genre and it will be interesting to see how this film plays out.

Coyne is very excited about the overall project himself:

“Shooting Utero was a dream come true for me. Like any filmmaking experience it was a grandiose challenge. But the commitment of our crew and cast, a wonderful commune of pure artists, helped me achieve something astoundingly effective. I can’t wait for this film to be seen.”

The films stars Jessica Cameron, who also helped produce the film, had this to say about her experience:

“I could not be more thrilled with the amazing production that has been Utero. The story, camerawork, and lighting, is all so impressive and fresh. I cannot wait to share this with audiences!”

I know it is common for the stars and makers of the films to be excited for their finished product and can’t wait for people to see their film, but it seems like both Cameron and Coyne are extra passionate about this film and I am really rather looking forward to seeing the completed piece.

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