Month: June 2013

Upodcast’s Bollywood 2013 Mid Year Catch Up Part 2

Since we didn’t manage to fit in all we wanted to in one episode, we are joined again by the best bollybloggers in the business Filmigirl and Getfilmy to continue our filmi chat in this second part of our Epic Bollywood Mid Year Catch Up.

We head in straight away by picking the most interesting movies we’ve seen this year of Desi Zombies, Vidyut Jamwal’s jumpkicks and if Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani will join the pantheon of all time classic Bollywood movies like DDLJ and Jab We Met or will it run out of juice before that.

Continuing by going through the entire Bollywood Release Schedule of 2013 from upcoming release like Ranjhaana and Shortcut Romeo all the way to Dhoom 3.

Along the way we speak about 3D crotches, Akshay’s 90’s Pelvic thrusts, how big Chennai Express will be? Are Ranvir Singh and Ranbir Kapoor the succesors to SRK and Amir Khan and  if old school romance can make a come back with Ram Leela?

We do get a bit loopy towards the end but that’s what happens when you record for so long.

Hope you guys enjoy it!

@asimburney

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Monsoon Shootout, Bombay Talkies to bookend Fourth London INDIAN Film Festival

What an amazing line up that LIFF has in stall for London Audiences! Some of these movies you won’t be getting a chance to see in the UK anywhere else.

The London Indian Film Festival will be running from the 18th to the 25th of July this year.

Here is the full press release:

Amit Kumar’s trigger happy Monsoon Shootout will be the red carpet UK Premiere opening night film of the Fourth annual London INDIAN Film Festival (July 18-25), Together with O2. This film is a version of Sliding Doors meets a hyper-real cop thriller, which will have you on the edge of your seats. Closing the festival will be a special UK premiere of favourite Bombay Talkies with four magical stories by acclaimed directors Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap exploring 100 years of Indian cinema, studded with top independent and Bollywood stars. Both films had a triumphant reception at the recent Cannes Film Festival and special guests are expected to both screenings.

Now Europe’s largest platform for Indian cinema, the London Indian Film Festival returns to the Capital, celebrating the exploding movement of Indian Independent cinema and bringing to UK audiences a rare selection of cutting-edge films from some of India’s hottest independent talents. Going way beyond Bollywood, the festival presents a kaleidoscope of new films that challenge, shock, generate debate and present a more realistic view of India and the subcontinent today, in all its diversity. For the first time, the festival is going on tour to Bradford and Glasgow.

The festival will stretch citywide, opening in the West End at the historic Cineworld Haymarket, and continuing at BFI Southbank, Cineworld cinemas, Shaftesbury Avenue, Wood Green, Wandsworth, Staples Corner, and the O2 in Royal Greenwich, the Peckamplex and ICA near the Pall Mall, so there is a screening near you, traversing iconic sights and sounds of the city of London like a Monopoly game board.

The centrepiece ‘In conversation’ on Saturday 20th July at the BFI Southbank, will be with Actor Irrfan Khan, one of the very few Indians to straddle Hollywood, British and Indian cinema, talking to  award winning director of Senna, Asif Kapadia. Khan’s memorable film roles include BAFTA winner, The Warrior and Oscar winners, Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi and Hollywood biggies like The Amazing Spider-Man, The Darjeeling Limited and The Namesake, and Bollywood hits Life In A Metro, Mumbai Meri Jaan, New York and Paan Singh Tomar.

As well as films in the Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi languages, and our first Pakistani film Josh, in Urdu, we will be having a rare ‘Life in Pictures’ Masterclass, by the great South Indian Director Adoor Gopalakrishnan, on 19th July at BFI Southbank.

London Indian Film Festival also has films and events for a wide range of audiences and includes industry events at BAFTA, exploring UK and Indian subcontinent co-productions. The winner of the annual Satyajit Ray short film competition will be announced at the end of the festival at The Nehru Centre in Mayfair.

We are delighted to announce that our Major sponsors this year will include O2 International Sim, and the festival is also grant funded for the first time, by the BFI Film Festival Fund.

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Festival Director comments, “We are delighted that the festival is growing from strength to strength. If you want to find out more about South Asian cinema come and soak yourself in a week of magnificent films in London, or catch the festival tour in Bradford and Glasgow.”


For more information on the festival please visit: www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk

Join us on social media: www.facebook.com/LondonIndianFilmFestival & www.twitter.com/LoveLIFF

London Indian Film Festival is supported by partners including: O2 International Sim, BFI, Satyajit Ray Foundation, Cineworld, Grange Hotels, Zee TV, BBC London and BBC Asian Network.

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Cuttooth by Cuttooth

Cuttooth LP

For those of you who’ve seen the video I posted on here last week – Without You by Lapalux – that may give a clue as to the music I like to listen to. Down-tempo, not with a 4:4 (or, even worse, 4 to the floor David Guetta style) beat and falling generally under the umbrella of “IDM” (intelligent dance music) / electronica is definitely my thing right now. Cue my delight at Cuttooth asking me to review his latest release on the 4LuxWhite label.

His style is centred around solid boom-bap drums and complex, cinematic tones overlaid with abstract lead lines and airy, layered vocals. Cuttooth also puts a lot of focus on how a sound feels and relates to the rest of the track spatially and harmonically, which gives a lot of depth and a sense of place.  It’s also pretty clear he’s a big fan of the lo-fi aesthetic (the original concept was that the record should sound like an old cassette tape), and loves to overdub his tracks with crackle, hiss, hum and other noises that most sound engineers spend their careers eradicating.

My personal favourites are the 2 tracks with Hitomi on vocals (Old Tape Machine and Illusion Symptom) and the tracks that come in over the 3 minute mark.  This is certainly a reflection of my recent listens – Mala, Gas Lamp Killer, Flying Lotus for example – and I think there’s plenty of scope to really open up for some longer tracks on future releases.  I really hate to pigeon-hole music and artists, but if pushed I’ll mash these together: trip-hop in a post dub-step time…without glitchiness.

Nick ‘Cuttooth’ Cooke himself is a producer from Newcastle Upon Tyne in north east England. Having started out producing for hip-hop groups and competing in scratch battles, Cuttooth moved into more instrumental, blunted beat territory a few years ago and released his first album, Elements on Psychonavigation in 2011. Originally conceived as an EP, this record evolved from some recording sessions with Bridie Jackson and Kiki Hitomi in early 2012 and grew into the LP that I’ve been listening to twice a day for the past week!

Cuttooth is currently working on an EP with the very talented Eliza Shaddad, which should be out sometime over the next few months and then a hip-hop instrumental EP coming out on Plynt, who are a Belgian imprint. There’s also a single with Juice Aleem to come so there’s plenty still in store for the rest of 2013.  Alas, Nick is firmly a producer and so we can’t get the chance to see him perform live.

When I spoke to Nick, he said he’s just starting to collate ideas for the next Cuttooth record, which may be an LP or even an EP.  The idea is to get some demos done for that by the Autumn and get it onto a label with a view to release next year. Given the impeccable choice of vocalists on the Cuttooth album, I’m sure he’s got a wishlist of artists for collaboration: “…the first thing I’m going to do is write the stuff for the singers (as that’s gonna be what really sells it to prospective labels), get those tracks down first and then work on the instrumental stuff towards the end of this year/start of 2014.” he said.  Next year is shaping up to be a busy one indeed.

You can find more of Cuttooth on Soundcloud here and here.  The Cuttooth LP is available for download on Friday 21st June from all of the usual suspects.

A Haunted House Review: More laughs than the Hangover

The Wayans have a particular brand of humor that straddles the line between spoof and gross out comedy combining it with what can be described as FLAVA.

It gets derided by critics as low bro when it comes to movies like Little Man and White Chicks, or put in the same category as Friedberg – Seltzer comedies especially as they took over the Scary Movie franchise over from the Wayans, burn it to the ground and then built a ridiculous million dollar empire on it.

But I pretty much love all of the Wayans, from the first time I saw “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka” directed, written and produced by Keenon Ivory Wayans (who also wrote part of Eddie Murphy’s RAW) back in ’88 all the way to Damion Wayans Jr, in the recently canceled Happy Endings, a show that like Arrested Development, people will be rediscovering and loving in years to come.

Marlon Wayans was probably the one that got the closest to breaking through to mainstream audiences having worked in the GI Joe movies as well as getting quite a bit of praise in the Arronofsky addiction themed gut punch Requiem for a Dream. (One of my favorites of his was Senseless though; probably available in bargain bins)

This time Marlon spoofs the found footage/ documentary style horror known from movies like Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, The Last Exorcism.

A Haunted House makes as much sense as the movies it’s making fun of, Malcolm and Keisha move in together and soon realize that Keisha is being followed by a Demon as she sold her soul for a pair of shoes. To catch the presence Malcolm places cameras everywhere in the house and then humps a stuffed toy and Keisha break dances while possessed.

They are visited by priests, ghost hunters and psychics whilst their sexually deranged friends have mandingo parties in the garden shed.

Comedies are hard to argue, if you find any of the above funny than you will probably have a great time, even if some jokes are truly juvenile but the sincerity with which they are unrelentlessly delivered  cracked me up even when I didn’t want it to. ( I realized that seeing a man dessicrate the ashes of his father in law was something that did indeed make me laugh as i had been wrestling with that question for a while now). There is quite a bit of male nudity in the most unnappealing manner and the fart jokes (a staple for Wayans comedies) are what they are.

Haunted House does a good job of keeping a relentless pace of jokes coming in within the framework of the Paranomal Activity franchise, when it tries to expand and add to the story line by deviating into other movie franchises that’s when the movie begins to falter.  Lucky for us that is the moment that Cedric The Entertainer makes his entry and his jail house pastor, is just non stop hilarious.

Supported by some excellent comedic actors like David Koechner, Affion Crockett and even JB Smooth (LONG BALLS!) and a very likable main lead pair, Haunted House made me laugh out more than any of the Hangover movies did. And it does so with an unbelievably tight budget and funnier dead animal jokes

The trailer gives you a pretty good idea of what the movie is like, so give it a shot if it’s your cup of tea or if you like me like the Wayans brand of humour, it’s out in theaters this week in the UK.

@asimburney

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World War Z Review

World War Z produced by Brad Pitt’s company Plan B had an uphill PR battle to face up to it’s release.

The movie was a very heavy departure from the original source material by Max Brook’s zombie novel, which was a series of interviews of zombie apocalypse survivors where as the movie is more of the established action genre.

Director Marc Foster who has quite a few good movies on his resume is mostly remembered for unfortunate Quantum Of Solace, which audiences were disappointed with after Casino Royale. (I would opine they are wrong and QoS is quite a fun movie with some minor issues)

And on top of that, ongoing rumors were seeping through all through out the production.  Stories of delays, rewrites and reshoot, inflating budgets just up until the release of the movie, you can check out this piece from THR for more info (click here)

 

But I am glad to say that WWZ rises above all of those issues by climbing over a massive zombie wall and being a fun although gore-less globetrotting zombie adventure movie.

Not only is the movie beautiful to look at it but also adds something to the zombie genre of which we have seen so many different iterations from comedy, to rom- com to the classic horror genre.Just like Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, we are dealing with speeded up zombies that run, jump and move at breakneck speed with the difference that they are sensitive to sound instead of smell, creating a very tense climactic set piece set in Wales.

But where WWZ differs more importantly from 28 days is that it has a sense of optimism towards humanity that I found quite refreshing.

People generally help each other out even when facing the worst possible situations, the armed forces and even politicians seems to be inherently good people and this lack of cynism was just a welcome change for once.

Brad Pitt plays the most important man in the world with an ugly haircut, who quit his job as a UN investigator to be with his wife played by The Killing’s Mireille Enos and two daughters.

On their daily commute a zombie outbreak starts that forces him to take charge and join his former boss’s (Fana Mokoena) mission to find a cure for the outbreak by travelling to South Korea, Israel and Wales whilst the whole world is being devoured by zombies and most of the political leaders are dead.

The movie has some amazing action set pieces and moves at a breakneck speed, it is shot beautifully by DOP Ben Seresin and uses that speed and beauty to camouflage the plot holes and editing problems (of which there are quite a few- like the ending).

Some actors appear and disappear (Matthew Fox from Lost was apparently in this but I don’t even recall a scene with him) and if every location wasn’t bookended with a zombie attack you might start to wonder what the point of that visit actually was to the overall solution to the zombie plague.

WWZ also has a PG-13 certificate, which might bring in a bigger audience but for a zombie film it works to its detriment. Some scenes were missing their full impact because of the way the camera cut off.

The CG in the zombie crowd scenes looks iffy but it would have been unfeasible to shoot it in any other way, but the digital effect team could have definitely used a bit more time and budget to chisel out the kinks. Sometimes the zombies look like the vampires in I Am Legend and this isn’t a good thing.

The 3D in the movie is pointless and must be avoided at all costs. It only managed to give me a headache.

Brad Pitt plays Brad Pitt very competently; he manages to capture the frustrations and love for his family as well as being extremely competent in tough situations. He is supported by a wonderful cast of which you wish you saw more of as sometimes it feels Pitt is just in every scene. (You have Peter Capaldi in this and he doesn’t even get to swear that much)

I went in with very low expectation and came out having had a great time.

I would definitely recommend World War Z, just don’t see it in 3D.

 World War Z attacks theaters on June 21st!

@asimburney


 

Bhaag Milka Bhaag Songs and Images: Farhan working out, Sonam Smiling

Not being a huge fan of Biopics or sports related movies, the cast invovled in Bhaag Milka Bhaag is the reason I still mentioned the movie as one I am looking forward to in our Mid Year 2013  Bollywood Upodcast episode.

Farhan Akthar is a great writer-director but creatively that combination can be very draining so he has spread out his talents to production and acting, with a reasonable amount of success.

Sonam Kapoor is wonderful to look at in screen, and usually is shot in a slow motion panning shot whilst she smiles. The lady has a lot of opinions which she brazenly shares, one hopes that she can start delivering the goods soon too.

Shankar Ehsan Loy’s music and Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s direction has been a mix bagged lately but they are talented enough to create magic with the right project, if Bhaag Milka Bhaag is that project, we will probably know soon enough.

 

 

From the Press Release:

Many recall Milkha Singh as a world champion in the 400 meters, who infamously lost the penultimate race of his life – the 400 meters final at the Rome Olympics – but won in LIFE.

Milkha Singh’s life is a portrait of professional triumph over personal tragedy. The film attempts to understand a catastrophic loss that was deemed a sure victory and explores through the darkness of disgrace Milkha Singh’s redemption and catharsis that came when he confronted his past.

This iridescent tale winds through the plagues of a bloody civil war where Milkha’s family were brutally killed during the tumultuous India-Pakistan Partition era resulting in a lost childhood, homelessness, a life of petty crime, right through to victories hard won and easily lost.

The film draws an intricate image of human trials, setbacks and fate leveraged against the sheer power of will as Milkha Singh evocatively illustrates that true victory lies in racing with one’s troubles and not in running away from them.

The film stars India’s most versatile multi-star, the critically acclaimed actor, producer, singer, writer, director and musician Farhan Akhtar [Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Luck By Chance] who essays the role of Milkha Singh for what is described as Farhan’s most demanding performance to date.

He is joined by Sonam Kapoor [Saawariya, I Hate Luv Storys, Aisha (Indian version of Jane Austen’s classic Emma)], Art Malik [BBC1’s Holby City], Rebecca Breeds [Home and Away] and is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (director of the Bafta nominated film Rang De Basanti, Delhi-6).

The inspirational story is penned by Prasoon Joshi and the soundtrack is composed by the award-winning trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag will see Milkha fly, fall and rise, bruise his soul but not his will to survive. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag releases worldwide on 12th July 2013.

@asimburney

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The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones Trailer and Character Posters

The Twilight Saga has created such a bad taste in the mouths of  non twihard audiences that any property even closely resembling it sends knee jerk reactions, sometimes unfairly.

Of course movies studios are working the opposite way where they are frantically looking for the next hot people being vampires/ werewolfs/ zombies franchise to cash in on.

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones seems to be given us exactly that, mixed in with a bit of Blade and Underworld.

Clary Fray (Lily Collins) thought she was an ordinary teenager living in Brooklyn until one night in a downtown nightclub she encounters the mysterious, charismatic Jace.  Upon witnessing Jace hunt down and kill a demon in the crowded club, Clary begins to wonder if she is that ordinary after all. Especially as she appears to be the only one who can see him…

Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) is a Shadowhunter. Part of a secret cadre of half-angel warriors, he is tasked with protecting humanity in an ancient battle against demonic forces. This battle has been fought secretly in our midst for centuries, but the stakes have just been raised.

When Clary’s mother is viciously attacked and taken from their home, she discovers her connections to Jace run deeper than she could ever have imagined and beneath surface of the city exists another world…one she unknowingly belongs to. As both Clary and best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) are drawn into this dark and dangerous world, Clary realises Jace is both the key to uncovering her past and protecting her future.

Based on Cassandra Clare’s bestselling novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is directed by Harold Zwart and also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Lena Headey.
Release date for The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones is AUGUST 21 2013.

 

 

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Shuddh Desi Romance Digital Poster

Director of the run away hit Band Baaja Baraat,  Maneesh Sharma is back, this time teaming up Sushant Singh Rajput (Kai Po Che) with Parineeti Chopra (Ladies vs Ricky Bahl and Ishaqzaade) and newcomer Vaani Kapoor.

Yash Raj have released a digital poster and a very rustic looking one.

Although he got rave reviews for Kai Po Che, Sushant Singh just has a bit too much of Vivek Oberoi’s doucheyness for me to fully like him. Parineeti is awesome though and I can’t wait to see what she will be up to when her 3 deal contract with YRF is over.

I think like their predecessors Ranveer Singh and Anushkha the bigger and interesting works comes after the contract is done.

We don’t get to see much of what the movie will be about but here is some info in any case from the YRF website:

 

From the director of Band Baaja Baaraat and the writer of Chak De! India, comes a fresh and very real love story about the hair-raising minefield between love, attraction and commitment — SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE — finally, a romantic comedy that tells it like it is.

Starring in this classy, candid look at the affairs of the heart in today’s desi heartland are the endearing Rishi Kapoor, exceptionally talented Sushant Singh Rajput, and the versatile Parineeti Chopra, along with debutant Vaani Kapoor.

SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE is directed by Maneesh Sharma, written by Jaideep Sahni, and produced by Aditya Chopra.

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
MUSIC: Sachin-Jigar
LYRICS: Jaideep Sahni
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Manu Anand
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Aashish Singh
EDITOR: Namrata Rao
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: T.P. Abid
COSTUME DESIGNERS: Varsha-Shilpa
SOUND: Pritam Das
CHOREOGRAPHER: Brinda
LINE PRODUCER: Yogendra Mogre
CASTING DIRECTOR: Shanoo Sharma

The film releases worldwide on 13th September 2013.

 @asimburney

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Upodcast’s Bollywood 2013 Mid Year Catch Up Part 1

The Naughtiest Hindi Film Bloggers are back again for your listening pleasure.

FilmiGirl, Getfilmy and Upodcast got together for an epic Bollywood catch up of which this is just the first part.

The 2nd part of our chat will be posted in a couple of days but for this episode of Upodcast we start off with a recap of 2013 in Bollywood comparing the top 10 grossing movies at the Box Office in terms of quality and Revenue.

But you can’t have the queens of gossip on your show and not talk about the biggest News stories and juicy gossip of the year.

We talk about:

  • Himmatwala’s Epic failure
  • The greasy palms of TOIFA
  • Ameesha Patel went to Cannes and so did some other people…
  • Zinta’s comeback
  • Sanjay Dutt’s Chakki peasing
  •  The loss of Jiah Khan
  • And as usual much much much more

 

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300: Rise of an empire

The rise of an empire

The stylistically-gory trailer for 300: Rise of an empire has just been released and Upod has also been given some cracking new posters for it.   Sequel to the hugely successful 300, these posters re-capture the original’s aesthetic and make me wish March 2014 was just around the corner.  One of very few trailers to genuinely make me want to see the movie, if you loved the first one, then check out the trailer below.  In fact even if you didn’t, you should have a look, it really has got me itching to see it already.

The Red Sea

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, 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.

The film is directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel Xerxes, by Frank Miller.

 

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Game Of Thrones Season 3 Finale Upodcast Review

Dedicated to the only TV show worth watching before its season finishes, we bring you our thoughts on the story so far and dissect the 3rd season.

Joined by Moviesbybowes‘ Danny Bowes we’ll let you know some of our high points and low points, have a crack at some of the outstanding stories and episodes and let you know who’s delivering the most on-screen.

Not in a nude sense, but we do also try to get to the bottom (no pun intended) of accusations of sexposition levelled at the show.  It’s not all rosy as we do talk about some of the weaker points and predictabilities.  In the end though, you can just enjoy the two experts and Martin, who shows it’s possible to love Game of Thrones without actually knowing what half the characters are called.

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Chennai Expres Trailer Breakdown

Rohit Shetty and Shahrukh Khan’s collaboration Chennai Express finally hits audiences with it’s first proper trailer and the result is an odd marriage of established tropes of both these brands.

We have SRK character named Rahul, who helps girls catch their trains, he runs a lot in slow motion and ends up with a bloodied mouth at what I’m guessing is the climactic battle of the movie.

Rohit Shetty on the other hand provides us with saccharine cinematography, car flips, a horrible soundtrack and everyone dangling from wires.

The oddest choice is to give heroine Deepika Padukone a very strong South Indian accent, I have to admit I did not see that coming.

On the one hand it’s interesting to see that it’s Deepika that’s providig the only bit of originality we can find in this trailer, she is at least trying something different and there is always a fine line between being humurous and being offensive.

The other surprise of the trailer is how much it is banking on the previous successes of Rohit Shetty rather than King Khan for this movie.

Our good friend FilmiGirl pointed out that Chennai Express is looking like the South Indian minstrel show to her on our Bollywood Mid Year Wrap Up UPodcast (going live tomorrow evening) and I’m not sure anything that the trailer shows us will prove her assumptions wrong.

But on the other hand both Rohit Shetty and Shahrukh Khan can’t be called subtle in anyway when it comes to humour.

This trailer definetly makes me want to watch the movie, which is a feat in itself when it comes to Shetty’s brand of cinema. Although it just seems odd that I won’t be getting an Eid release from that other Khan instead this year.

 

Here is the trailer and some posters. Let us know what you think in the comment section below:

 

 

Chennai Express is in theaters on th 8th of August

@asimburney

 

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New Wolverine International Trailer

The new Wolverine trailer just went love and its looking pretty damn amazing.

Showing quite a bit of the action set pieces and revealing pretty much all the plot.

But we’re sold!

Synopsis:
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.

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The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman and directed by James Mangold, opens in cinemas on July 25th 2013.

Highly odd but highly brilliant: Without You – Lapalux

You're not a freak

If in my last post I said that the video was way cool, then this video has to be way weird. It’s brilliant…but ever so weird. Directed by Nick Rutter and featuring Natalia Tena (better known for starring in Harry Potter and better known still for starring in Game of Thrones as wildling Osha) this is the official video for Lapalux‘s Without You (featuring Kerry Leatham on distorted vocals). I could go on and on for hours about the music but I find Lapalux incredibly difficult to describe (beyond the catch-all of IDM/head music) and I’d come across as an inarticulate, rambling fool. Instead, enjoy the story, the photography and the images. In equal measure there are some funny moments and some very touching moments – the video does inded fit the song. I’ll warn viewers of a sensitive disposition that there is a brief moment of nudity and an ever-present man (presumably) in a latex gimp suit.

 

 

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New Trailer The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Being a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings book and movie series, I was quite looking forward to it’s sequel but when I started watching it when it finally came out on DVD, I fell asleep twice and never managed to finish it. The story has been stretched out for 3 movies where the book itself is quite short, I never bought into the central premise or the farcical tone.

This new trailer and images shows quite a bit more of the action as well as new cast members.

I still don’t know if it is enough for people to get really hyped about it though.

 

Here are some more images:

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventures of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a production of New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

 

The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug opens nationwide across the UK on 13th December 2013.

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Way cool video: Is Tropical – The Greeks

But all kids are cute right?

Check out this video of  The Greeks by Brit band Is Tropical.  It’s ages old (2011), but worthy of a post I’d say.   In fact, the video is so bloody good I can’t tell you anything of any note about the song; I just get distracted by the images.  The clever thing about this is that as boys, we all know that this is what’s going through our minds when we play war games, cops n robbers etc.  Now we’ve had it translated onto video for us!  Excellent use of the kids in this one and some cool moves with the guns and cell animation.  Definitely look out for the drug deal gone bad – classic re-creation from so many movies and TV shows.  Why didn’t anyone think of doing this sooner?  A fantastic video, simple and effective as well as being relatively cheap I’d have thought.  Thanks to the creative genius that is Megaforce for this one.  Oh and the song isn’t bad at all – credit where credit’s due!

New Trailer Lootera: Reveals more of the plot!

We just recorded a massive episode of UPodcast where we do 2013 mid year wrap up and also talk about the movies we are looking forward to in the 2nd half of the year. The one movie that both our guests FilmiGirlGetfilmy and Upodcast were very much excited for was Vikramaditya Motwane’s Ranveer Singh – Sonakshi Sinha starrer Lootera, slated for a July 5th release.

Until now not too much was revealed in the first trailer except that it was a romance set in the 50’s. The 2nd trailer changes that and give us much more of the story which seems to be Indiana Jones meets Catch Me If You Can added with some desi tadka.

 

 

How beautiful does that look?

Last time Ranveer Singh played a con man in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl wasn’t met with the kind of success as his debut so it’s quite interesting he is taking on what seems to be another role of a scam artist. As I mentioned during the UPodcast recording for me this is Sonakshi’s litmus test, she has the talent and screen presence but until now has been stuck doing inconsequential roles paired opposite much older heroes.

Director Vikramaditya Motwane’ s following up the critically acclaimed Udaan teaming up with Balaji entertainment which is an interesting collaboration. I have been listenting to the Amit Trivedi’s soundtrack pretty much non stop.

There is a lot riding on Lootera and I’m liking what I’m seeing until now.

@asimburney

 

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Side Effects and Steven Soderbergh’s Career Upodcast Review

Although Behind The Candelabra didn’t get a theatrical release in the US but did in the UK, we revisit Steven SoderBergh’s second to last movie, Side Effects.

Is it a bird, is it a plane?  No, it’s a Steven Soderbergh thriller with more twists in it than dress-changes in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.  Upod returns to the fray in quick time with a podcast dedicated to possibly the great man’s last ever directed film.  If you believe the rumours that is.   We at Upodcasting have a typically varied take on the Sod: he’s great, he’s OK, he’s overrated.  That said, Side Effects does truly unite us and there ain’t that many movies that do that!

So if this is to be Steve’s final cut, what has he left us with?  It’s pretty much the Jude Law and Rooney Mara show from start to finish, with effective enough filler parts from Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  So whilst the pared down cast makes it seem relatively simple, there are so many twists and turns a red herring would get lost whilst looking for a wild goose.  Thankfully, we navigate these and can say the film is really about: mental illness, “big” pharma, psychiatry, manipulation and revenge.  Plus of course all of the moral – or otherwise – hazards that accompany such matters.  It could be suggested that when you throw such a volumes of mud at something, then only some of it will stick.  And whilst there are certain things that don’t quite ring true enough, the vast majority do and we’re left with a cracking good thriller with a hefty dollop of Hitchcock as things unfold.

So Steven (Moby and Jim Rash have yet to be seen in the same room), if this is truly your last film as a director, then you’ve left us with a cracker and we’re grateful.  And if not, then we just chalk this one up to being another on the long list of successes over your prolific 25+ year career.
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