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.

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.

Bananaman Coming To The Big Screen

Whilst this post may only interest the British readers, it is something that I couldn’t just let me go by.

Yesterday, a new website came up online for a Bananaman movie. Whilst at the moment it only features the hashtag #PeelThePower and a date for 2015, it seems to say that along with The Avengers 2 and Batman vs Superman, that year is going to be featuring another iconic superhero.

For those that have never heard of the character, the story follows of schoolboy Eric, who when he eats a banana becomes the title character of Bananaman.

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It really was as ridiculous as it sounds, but someone, somewhere has felt the need to bring this character back.

Part of my is immensely excited for this film, as it was a cartoon I remember from my own childhood, and I have actually been saying for a few years that there should be a movie based on the cartoon, but I wanted Nathan Fillion as the character of Bananaman, if he could pull off a British accent. I’m sure he could, he’s Nathan Fillion.

Anyway, if you want to check out the website you can here  but for the moment the site is really rather sparse!

The Incredibles 2 Is Happening!

The Incredibles

After a decade of waiting, yesterday it was announced by Robert Iger, who is the Chairman and CEO over at Disney, that The Incredibles is finally getting a sequel.

Fans of the first film have been wanting a follow up since the last one came out in 2004 so this news has made a lot of people happy, and I for one am one of them. I have to say that The Incredibles is my favourite Disney/Pixar movie and I just hope they Brad Bird can bring the same brilliance that he did with the first offering to the much anticipated sequel.

Stage Fright – Red Band Trailer

Stage Fright Poster

Everyone loves a good horror comedy, well how about if you throw in some musical theatre as well?! This is exactly what has happened with the new film, Stage Fright, that is looking to take the upcoming SXSW festival by storm.

The film is released by Magnet and they have been so kind as to release a red-band trailer for the film, so just be careful if you decide to watch it at work.

The film looks a hell of a lot of fun, and seems to have a good overall mix of horror, comedy and music. I have to admit that I did laugh at the bukkake joke; call me juvenile if you want, but if something is funny, I will laugh.

The film is from first time writer/director Jerome Sable and features Minnie Driver and the one and only Meat Loaf! The plot is as follows

“Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre.”

Magnet are releasing the film on its own Ultra VOD program, iTunes and On Demand on April 3rd in the US. It looks like England will have to wait a bit longer for this one, which is a damn shame!

Ben Wheatley Gives More Details On High-Rise

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In the latest issue of Empire magazine, Ben Wheatley took some time out from directing the upcoming episodes of the new Doctor Who series to speak a little bit about his next movie, High-Rise.

He spoke about when the book was written and how it fit into society today:

“It’s a very relevant book. It was written in the ’70s, projecting itself into a near future, but we live in that future now. It’s a book that’s about our parents in a way, that generation, and we’re the generation that’s the Thatcher generation. We’re almost in a new version of the ’70s. Nothing’s really moved forward particularly. It just resets, doesn’t it?”

“I’m looking forward to the ’70s and doing the ’70s. That period of British filmmaking is fascinating, so I’ve been looking at that and a lot of graphic design and fashion, and listening to a lot of music. I’ve got a massive 1975 playlist going on at the moment.”

A bit more about the casting of Tom Hiddleston:

“Ames (Amy Jump, his screenwriter and wife) and I cut some faces out of film stars we liked. Tom Hiddleston’s face was, disturbingly, on a whiteboard in our kitchen for quite a long time. It’s scary. I don’t think he knows that. He was our number one choice. You can see in the choices he made, if you go from Archipelago to Thor, it’s a pretty broad spectrum. He’s a very smart guy. I was chuffed.” I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who have a picture of Hiddleston on their whiteboard at home!

On the character of Dr Robert Laing, played by Hiddleston:

“Ballardian heroes are a tricky bunch, that’s for sure. Look at [James] Spader in Crash or even Christian Bale in Empire Of The Sun. They avoid, don’t they, a lot of the time? They’re tricky to pull off.”

And how this film is going to be different from his previous outings behind the camera:

“This is the fifth film in and it’s the first time we’ve had a set. It’s a major deal. It’s a different kind of filmmaking, marrying up the handheld and doco styles with the more controlled advertising and TV stuff I’ve done. That’s going to be very exciting.”

More information can be found over at Empire