Month: April 2013

Raanjhanaa Trailer Breakdown: A Love Story for All Ages

Honestly there hasn’t been much to talk about going on in Bollywood worth talking about. Lately the release schedules of the bigger and more exciting movies has been consistently been pushed back in the 2nd half of the year, banking on the bigger holidays like Eid and Diwali. That doesn’t mean we don’t get some nice surprises from unexpected corners (Kai Po Che, Special 26, Jolly LLB), but 2013 has been really dire in terms of Box Office even with Chasme Baddoor and Race 2 being the only clean hits.

So the trailer of Raanjhanaa is very refreshing, not only as it seems something different but because it seems to focus on that one element that the Southie Remake/Massala/ Punchy Dialogue movie making has forgotten and that is to give the audience some sweet sweet romance.

 

 

Although the guy stalking and following a girl trope feels icky especially recent news stories in India, a guy like Dhanush really can’t be a physical threat to anyone.

Abhay Deol makes an appearance too which I wasnt aware of, didn’t he and Sonam have some sort of tiff during the shooting of Aisha?

The movie looks very colorful and sweet and the thing that has me even more excited is of course the soundtrack being composed by AR Rahman.

Releasing 21st of June.

What do you guys think of the trailer of Raanjhanaa? Will this be the movie where Sonam Kapoo blows our minds with her acting ability?

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300: Rise of An Empire Exclusive Stills and Poster

When 300 came out it pretty much blew people away partly because of the way it was shot. The technology was nothing new and we had seen it before in movies like Sin City and Sky Captain but the fluidity of action and bare chested action made the movie stand out although I’m not sure it really holds up.

Frank Miller’s work has always been very divisive and now seems to be of an entirely different era, so I missed out on his graphic novel Xerxes, which is a prequel to the events in 300 and is the basis for this adaptation starring Sullivan Stapleton (“Animal Kingdom”), Eva Green (“Casino Royale”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Callan Mulvey (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Jack O’Connell (“Skins”),  Rodrigo Santoro (“Love Actually”) and directed by Noam Murro.

Here is the Synopsis:

This new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.  “300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

 

no release date yet

 

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Man Of Steel Trailer is ZOMG!

Already my most anticipated movie of the year, this trailer has just left me speechless. Showing us much more of the action, visuals and leading man Cavill (literally).

Since the release is just around the corner, it’s fun to see that the movie is more than just a depressing look at ole Supes. We get to see more of Michael Shannon’s Zod, Amy Adam’s Lois Lane and Russel Crow’s Jor-EL.

Zach Snyder has always had a great eye for visuals but this trailer has really blown me away!

You probably dont need a synopsis but hey ho!

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth.  As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do.  But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master”) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White.  Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”).

Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue (upcoming “The Seventh Son”).  Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Ayelet Zurer (“Angels and Demons”), and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).

MAN OF STEEL will fly into cinemas on June 14, 2013.

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The Great Gatsby: New Trailer and Character posters

I have to admit that I’m getting quite excited for Baz Luhrman’s grand vision the roaring 20’s. There probably isn’t another director that could do the era justice and together with a great cast of Leonardo Dicrapio,  Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) and Joel Edgerton as Daisy and Tom Buchanan; Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker.

Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim whilst the  soundtrack is produced by the one and only Jay Z featuring original new music from Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé x André 3000, Florence + The Machine, will.i.am, The xx, Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock, and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, among others.

Jay Z and Amitabh working on the same movie, how could i not look forward to it?

We have a new Trailer and beautiful new character posters:

 

 

From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.  The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.

“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks.  Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan.  It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits.  As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

The Great Gatsby will be released May 16th 2013

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21 and over – new preview clip

Shenanigans aplenty

Upod are pleased to make show you a new clip from 21 and Over, the upcoming comedy from the writers of The Hangover; Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy.

21 and Over stars Miles Teller (Project X), Justin Chon (The Twilight Saga), and Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), and is set for release in UK cinemas on May 3rd. This new clip sees Miller and Casey playing a traditional American party game called ‘Suck and Blow’. Enjoy 🙂

I’m so excited! Trailer & poster

Not for nervous flyers

…A NEW FILM BY PEDRO ALMODÓVAR, OPENING MAY 3RD IN THE UK

Usually I wouldn’t care too much for the darling of Spanish cinema, but on this occasion I’ll waive my usual cynicism.  I can only hope the melodrama isn’t as melo as it can be.  What an outstanding ensemble cast and if the plot matches my desire to see some kind of Airplane! re-make, Almodovar style, then even better!

A very mixed group of travellers are in a life-threatening situation on board a plane flying to Mexico City.

Their defencelessness in the face of danger provokes a general catharsis that ends up becoming the best way to escape from the idea of death. This catharsis, developed in the tone of a riotous, moral comedy, fills the time with unforeseeable confessions that help them forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest of dangers; that which they each carry within themselves.

I’M SO EXCITED! re-unites Pedro Almodóvar with Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother), Lola Dueñas (Volver), Javier Cámara (Talk to Her) and Blanca Suárez (The Skin I Live In) and many of his frequent collaborators including editor José Salcedo, director of photography José Luis Alcaine and Alberto Iglesias who has composed the original score.

The cast also includes Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, Hugo Silva, Antonio de la Torre, José María Yazpik, Guillermo Toledo, José Luis Torrijo, Miguel Ángel Silvestre and in cameo performances Paz Vega and in their first film together Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

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Check out the trailer below!

The Wolverine New Stills and Trailer

We hadn’t had a chance to post The Wolverine’s new trailer that got posted last week but since we received some new images, we didn’t want to let go of the opportunity.

Looking like a vast improvement than the X-men Origins, the introductory voice over does have a bit of Highlander to it, complaining about immortality and the burden it is.

Some of the CGI still looks iffy to me even more so in the trailer but I think Jackman really does bring it this time and the Japanese setting is definitely a fan favorite.

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman and directed by James Mangold, opens in cinemas around the world beginning in July 2013.

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The Conjuring Trailer and Poster

James Wan and  Patrick Wilson have previously worked together on Insidious and now are back with The Conjuring, based actual American Ghost Hunter’s (I’m sure they preferred to be called differently) Ed And Lorrain Warren’s case files.

I have always mentioned not being a fan of horror movies (what can I say, I get scared quickly) but I do love haunted house and paranormal stories. I do wish they had kept Rose Byrne as they worked together in Insidious but Vera Farmigia does a pretty god scare face too.

Here is the Trailer and Poster:

 

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville.
Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren
were called upon to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.
Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

UK Release date: 19 July 2013
Director: James Wan
Cast:  Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Haley McFarland, MacKenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver and Sterling Jerins.

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The Iceman Trailer and Poster

You might think that this was going to be a new Marvel Superhero movie but lucky for us it’s Michael Shannon “icing” people with a gun.

As soon as I read the words Michael Shannon plays a contract killer I was in, being a huge fan of his work from Boardwalk Empire although I seem to have missed most of his big screen work. He does have a major role in Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel later this year but looking at the trailer, the cast and the accolades the movie has already received, the Iceman releasing in the UK june 7th and based on real events definitely is one to look forward to.

The Iceman is the story of real-life mob hitman Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski, who was reportedly responsible for over 200 murders.

Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) and his wife Deborah (Winona Ryder) appear to have a model American life, living with their three children in an idyllic suburban ranch house with a big lawn on a quiet street. But unbeknownst to Deborah and the kids, when Kuklinski goes off to work in the morning — or, on occasion, in the middle of dinner or the middle of the night — he is carrying out executions at the behest of the Gambino crime family, employing a wide variety of deadly methods (guns, knives, explosives, strangling, poisonings) that make it difficult to trace all the fatalities to a single killer. The Iceman shows the development of Kuklinski’s career from the 1950s through the 1980s, chronicling his friendship with Gambino soldato Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta), his mentorship under assassin Robert “Mister Softee” Pronge (Chris Evans), and his troubled relationship with his brother Joseph (Stephen Dorff), who, like Richard, was plagued by sociopathic tendencies all his life.

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Olympus Has Fallen: New Clips, Trailer and Behind the Scene Featurette

Basically looking like Die Hard in the White House, Antoine Fuqua’s next starring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart looks kinda fun. He’s not a director I anxiously await a next release but when I do stumble across his movies, they usually tend to surprise me.

The new clip is hilarious, every actor manages to keep a straight face whilst we get a summary of Gerard Butler’s particulart skill set.

He is the best we got DAMMIT!

Let us know in the comment section if you can watch any of these clips with a straight face!

 

 

 

 

 

When terrorists take over the White House, a disgraced Secret Service agent attempts to rescue the president of the United States in Olympus Has Fallen, an electrifying and ingenious action thriller from acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). A small group of heavily armed, meticulously trained extremists launches a daring daylight ambush on the White House, overrunning the building and taking President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and his staff hostage inside an impenetrable underground presidential bunker. As a pitched battle rages on the White House lawn, former presidential security officer Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) joins the fray, only to find himself the last Secret Service member alive in the besieged building.

 

Banning uses his extensive training and detailed knowledge of the presidential residence to become the eyes and ears of Acting President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and his advisors. As the invaders begin executing hostages and threaten to kill more unless their outrageous demands are met, Banning tries frantically to locate the president’s young son, hidden somewhere in the building, and rescue the president before the terrorists can unleash their ultimate, terrifying plan. As the body count mounts and the clock ticks down, it becomes clear that Banning is America’s only hope of avoiding utter annihilation..

 

Olympus Has Fallen releases 17th April 2013 from Lionsgate

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4th Rendez-vous with French cinema

Style & sophistication

Never let it be said Upod lacks flair, sophistication or an eye for the unusual. Starting today, April 4th, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema is back in London for its 4th edition, with fantastic films and a host of famous actors and directors descending on Curzon Soho and Ciné Lumière for four days packed with treats and discoveries.

From the eye-popping Populaire, a sparkling film with a vintage feel, to the quiet charm of the impeccably crafted Renoir, not to mention the warm and winning Cycling with Molière starring Fabrice Luchini and Lambert Wilson, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema will give you a panorama of the latest and hottest films from France.

Get ready to meet your favourite actors: French hearthrob Romain Duris for a Q&A after Populaire, and the intriguing and exquisite Oscar-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas during her exclusive on-stage interview.

This festival is also an ideal opportunity to get behind the scenes of the newest films, with directors Gilles Bourdos, Régis Roinsard, Philippe Le Guay coming in after the screenings of their respective films to answer all of your questions. You can also discover France’s rising stars, from the enchanting Déborah François who won the César award for Most Promising Actress to Christa Theret, who plays with a shining mix of fragility, melancholy and charisma.
The festival is fast approaching… don’t miss your Rendez-Vous with French Cinema!

 

Dragon (Wu Xia)

Science and nature

Coming out this Friday, a new (but 2 years old…) Donnie Yen movie: Dragon / Wu-Xia.  We love Donnie Yen at Upod so getting to see this was a treat.  Spoilers below; you have been warned 🙂

Liu Jin-xi (Yen) is a village craftsman whose quiet life is irrevocably shattered by the arrival of two notorious gangsters in the local general store. When Liu single-handedly saves the shopkeeper’s life, he comes under investigation by detective Xu Bai-jiu (Kaneshiro). Convinced that

Liu’s martial arts mastery belies a hidden history of training by one of the region’s vicious clans, Xu doggedly pursues the shy hero—and draws the attention of China’s criminal underworld in the process.

Originally released in 2011, I presume it was withheld from release whilst it was adapted and re-edited for Western audiences, but I don’t know this for a fact.

So, that’s the basics out of the way; now for my 2 cents.  I really liked this movie and I’m not at all a real fan of martial arts / Kung Fu / wires etc. It was great to see Donnie Yen in something outside of Ip Man and the somewhat, ahem, patchy Dragon-Tiger Gate.  To be fair, for such a big star, I really can’t say I’ve seen anything of Takeshi Kaneshiro (yeah I know, go see House of Flying Daggers etc), but I got shades of Johnny Depp‘s character in Sleepy Hollow. I also got a strong hint of the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movies and any episode of CSI that you care to mention.  And these are both positive things imo.  Where Dragon is very strong is in its portrayal of Liu, affording plenty of backstory and development.  Conversely, I felt a lack of the same with Xu and this left me wanting more.  I just wasn’t quite convinced as to why he had to be so dogged in unmasking someone and ultimately setting off a deadly chain of events.  This is a small pick at what I think is a fab film – it’s snappy at under a hundred minutes, great action sequences and a very neat story of two quiet men with differing beliefs in the physical and metaphysical worlds.

Check out the trailer here or better still, get to a cinema and watch it on the big screen.

Dead man down

A dead man

DEAD MAN DOWN exploding into cinemas on May 3

When the body of a gang member is discovered in the freezer of crime boss Alphonse’s (Terrence Howard) mansion – a clear message has been sent… or has it?

As the gang reacts, members Darcy (Dominic Cooper) and Victor (Colin Farrell) take it upon themselves to dig further into who is after Alphonse. As a further complication to the gang, neighbour Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) discovers Victor has a dark secret and contracts him into a scheme to seek out her own vengeance. With the violence escalating Alphonse begins to suspect that revenge is closer than he thought.

DEAD MAN DOWN stars Colin Farrell (TOTAL RECALL, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS), Noomi Rapace (PROMETHEUS, SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS), Dominic Cooper (DEVIL’S DOUBLE) and Terrence Howard (IRON MAN) and marks the American theatrical debut of director Niels Arden Oplev (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO).

The cast and director should ensure this one is a cracker and from the looks of the trailer there’s plenty to get stuck into!

Check out the trailer here: