Month: February 2014

Highway Review Upodcast

We take a road trip through the lens of Imtiaz Ali’s Highway. Starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda, Highway is cute a departure from the movies Imtiaz has made up to now.

So does it measure up to his previous successes?

To discuss this we are joined by Aseem Chhabra who was one of the first people to write up his review after seeing the movie at the 2014 Berlinale, which you can find by clicking here. Our second guest is Shai Hussain, AKA DK Shai Guy who is also a writer, producer and director of the forthcoming webseries 3 Shades Of Brown.

Highway is out in theaters today.

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Cuban Fury

The man on a salsa style mission

 If ever there was a perfect role for Nick Frost, then surely being Cuban Fury is it.

Beneath Bruce Garrett’s shabby, flabby exterior, beats the heart of once great Salsa king!  Only one woman can reignite his Latin fire. Spotlight hits, sweat drips, heels click – Nick Frost IS Cuban Fury!  From the team that brought you Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul, Cuban Fury is the best comedy of the year. The film’s cast includes a briliant ensemble of great talent including Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, Rashida Jones, Olivia Colman, Ian McShane and Kayvan Novak.

In cinemas right now, don’t miss out!  Here’s a brilliant clip of Julia (Rashida Jones) running over Bruce.

 

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The Monuments Men Review

If you’re wondering what kind of war film George Clooney has made in The Monuments Men, it can be easily summed up a third of the way through the film. Two American soldiers share a cigarette with a German solder and the only words they share in common is ‘John Wayne’. And that’s what this is; a John Wayne – 50’s style war film. Full of brave heroes with gallows humour wit, no dissent amongst the ranks and the loss of a fellow soldier is encapsulated by the short but sweet term “hell of a thing.” Don’t expect much in terms of the wider scale of the tragedy. Briefly mentioned in places, there really isn’t much time for that.

It starts out at a pace – like the Indiana Jones 4 we all wished we’d seen, a parade of Nazi’s driving through 1943 occupied Paris, arriving at the National Gallery and hand picking great works of art to be presented to the Fuhrer himself. A quick jump across the Atlantic and we are in a darkened government room watching slides of famous relics of art that have been seized by Hitler. The man giving the presentation,  jacket, beard and spectacles all in check is George Clooney. What does he want? To assemble a group of art historians, architects, and other likewise experts-come-unlikely-heroes, land on the frontline and save the western world’s most important cultural and historical artefacts before they are hidden away for good, or worse; destroyed.

Through the opening credits he assembles his team, who are basically some of the best actors to have worked in Hollywood over the past 30 years; Murray, Goodman, Damon are all plucked along for the ride. “You want to get in the war?” “Sure do!” Is the response and suddenly its feeling like a high art version of the A Team – and perhaps that isn’t too far off what the real Monuments men were like. But that’s where the similarities end, this isn’t an Indiana Jones movie where the Nazi’s are shooting at the protagonists all movie long, although there is a bit of that. This is a film based on real events, based on real people who risked their lives for the sake of keeping our culture and history alive and not eradicated into extinction by the Third Reich.

And because of this it’s a hard story not to like. This is an incredible chapter as yet to be told from the single most documented event in modern history. Clooney has set us a very important question; is art, is culture, is the expression of what makes us ‘us’ worth the price of a human life? It seems to me this is the crux of going to war when our freedom is threatened. If not for this, then what else? And Clooney has found a story which encapsulates this perfectly and turns it into a much smaller, neater story. The trouble is, it still isn’t small enough.

There were some 370 Monument Men in reality. Here, a stellar cast of eight try to tell that story, and although it’s a bit of a dream team of talent, by numbers alone, we don’t get to see enough of them. Split across Europe, in search of lost treasures, we are bounced about from one scene to the next, never with enough time to stop and indulge in their chemistry. I could have watched just a couple of these guys go at it for far longer. They are not together as a unit enough and in the scenes they are, the dialogue and chemistry is magical.

Stand out performances have to go to Bill Murray and Kate Blanchet. Just when you think everyone is playing to their strengths, Murray turns everything on its head with a moment halfway through the film that is just seconds long, but shows us something I’m not sure I’ve ever seen from him before. Blanchet, who seems to have a never-ending array of interesting performances up her sleeve, plays the mis-trusting Parisian gallery employee with brilliant initial distain for Matt Damon’s Monument Man; a women who needs him to prove he’s not just there to steal the artwork for the Americans. Of course he’s not and this is a big part of the film; this being the only time in history the spoils of war were not kept by the victors, but returned to their rightful owners.

And that’s what makes Monuments Men such an interesting and important film; if not the most remarkable.

UK Release:   14th February 2014

Director:          George Clooney (The Ides of March)

Written by:      George Clooney & Grant Heslov (The Ides of March), Based on a non-fiction book by Robert M. Edsel

Producers:      George Clooney & Grant Heslov (Argo, The Ides of March)

Cast:               George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Hugh Bonneville

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Paul Mcghie is an Award-Winning Screenwriter, Director, London Lift-Off Film Festival Judge and git. You can check out his feature project here. His work is on Vimeo or you can follow him on twitter @DirPaulMcGhie

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Tammy Teaser: Melissa McCarthy is having a bad day!

Here is the first teaser and poster for Melissa McCarthy’s next “Tammy” directed by Ben Falcone, who is also her husband (he  played the Air Marshall in Bridesmaids), and co-starring  Susan Sarandon, Dan Aykroyd, Allison Janney, Kathy Bates, Toni Collette.

We don’t get to see much of the plot in the teaser so here is a brief synopsis “After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman (Melissa McCarthy) hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother (Susan Sarandon).”

 

 

I haven’t been able to keep up to date with all her releases after BridesMaids but I do find Melissa McCarthy hilarious on the big screen (Mike and Molly was less my cup of tea).

The teaser also has a bit of Sarah Barker who was excellent in Go On, another more than decent Matthew Perry TV show cancelled too soon (guys can’t seem to catch a break).

So quite looking forward to Tammy!

TAMMY is released in UK cinemas on July 4th 2014

@asimburney

 

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Dallas Buyers Club Review

His skinny ass gonna sell you the right drugs

First up, I’ll be candid and say that if you’re even vaguely curious to see this film, then I would urge to act on that impulse and watch it. The recounting of Ron Woodruff’s post-AIDS life is a remarkable one and well worth sitting down for.

Ron, played by Matthew McConaughey is an AIDS patient who, discovering that better (approved) medication cannot be prescribed due to FDA regulations, takes matters into his own hands. Importing drugs from Mexico and elsewhere, Ron is forced to accept that his friends disown him because he’s “queer and a faggot” and starts a business relationship (the buyers club in question) with Rayon, a transgender woman he befriends in hospital. Brilliantly played by Jared Leto it must be said.

That’s really the nuts and bolts of the plot without divulging too much. But director Jean Marc Vallee delivers so much more – what we’re given is the journey of a dead man walking. Told by doctors he has 30 days to live we see Ron immediately retreat to booze, cocaine and hookers – his staple diet up to this point. But it is increasingly obvious that he looks so utterly fucked whenever he isn’t either in hospital or not drinking or drug taking, that he looks so much better. One of the many great things about Ron’s journey is that he has no choice but to confront his life and what he wants from what remains. He is a man of the rodeo, the macho and certainly not the queer (references to Rock Hudson help date the film and reveal his and his friends’ attitudes).

The relationship that develops between Leto and McConaughey really is quite beautiful and there are little touches with Marc Bolan photos that are impeccable. More than that however is the way that we see Ron’s own attitudes change – be it to drugs, homosexuals…mankind. Someone who starts off as the alpha-male, self-centred and narrow minded becomes motivated, responsible and resilient in the face of adversity.  McConaughey is as brilliant as you’ve heard and this movie will most likely change your perception of him as an actor.

Sadly, for those who are old enough to remember the AIDS crisis, or if you’ve watched How to Survive a Plague, then you will know that the way in which AIDS patients were treated back then is accurately portrayed in the film.  Patients were so desperate they really did take their life into their own hands and start mixing approved and unapproved drugs.  There was simply no other choice.

Dallas Buyers Club isn’t quite as lighthearted as the trailer would lead to believe, but has some cracking lines; “DEA?  I’ll be DOA!” and some truly memorable scenes such as checking if a hot girl has AIDS as well so they can have unprotected sex.  Of course, there are characters Ron meets along the way (notably law enforcement) but we’re not told a huge amount about them.  Rayon’s drug addiction isn’t explained and the bond between Ron and Dr Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner) is allowed to bubble away without developing into much.  It really doesn’t matter though.  Ultimately this is a character study of a man who refuses to give-up and simply wants to help others.  And brilliantly done it is too.

Dallas Buyers Club is in theaters now.

@martincawley

 

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Holiday Trailer Breakdown: Ek Tha Soldier

The trailers of Akshay Kumar movies have started to follow a distinct pattern since he made Rowdy Rathore and it seems not much has changed for the trailer of Holiday- A Soldier is Never Of Duty.

First the trailer will sneak up on me like Beverly Hills Ninja, as none of his movies are something I particularly look forward to or have any expectation of leaving an indelible impression as soon as the movie has ended and my behind leaves the chair it was sat in, so I usually don’t follow the production news.

Then there is a sudden burst of excitement as I truly enjoy watching Akshay on screen, even though he rarely makes movies I fully enjoy. But I like the guy, his work ethic and earnestness making the kind of cinema he does, as he truly does believe in it and gives his 120% (which is the equivalent of 260% when calculated on the Salman Khan motivational scale of movie making)

Within the first seconds of the trailer I start thinking “Hey, this actually looks fun”, to “Look at Akshay singing and dancing and kicking ass” to very quickly turning into “Oh god this is going to suck as much as most of his movies” (usually the point Sonakshi Sinha walks on screen)

Holiday – A Soldier is Never off Duty is the Hindi remake of AR Murgadoss’s Thuppakki, which from what I read on FilmiGirl’s blog is a troublesome (although quite succesful) jarring mix of part love story and part Muslim bashing terrorism espionage thriller.

As I have said many times, I don’t know much about South Indian cinema, I do know that A.R. Murugadoss is one of the filmmakers that is able to draw massive crowds and makes visually interesting films, with high production values. A lot of his movies have been remade for Hindi audience (Jai Ho, most recently) and he has done so himself, teaming up with Amir Khan on the massively successful Ghajini.

Ghajini is one of those movies that is safely, better in most areas compared to the original and the key reason for that is Amir Khan and the attention to detail he brought ironing out the issues of the original, adapting the screenplay to his own personality as well as Hindi Film audience.

Unfortunately, I have no faith in Akshay Kumar doing any of the things mentioned above and indeed after seeing the Holiday’s trailer, I went back to watch the original Thuppakki trailer and most of it looks like a shot for shot remake with added gloss and the name of producer Vipul Shah as if that is some kind of brand endorsement (Dude, we haven’t forgotten London Dreams and Action Replay)

The other problem I have is the lack of Vidyut Jammwal in the Hindi version. Surprising when Vipul Shah already has an equation with Jammwal after producing Commando. A movie that was quite a success compared to the amount of money and faith they put into that movie.

Now they have some generic bad guy who we are supposed to believe is a foil for Akshay’s awesomeness, I think not!

Another thing about original Thupakki is that the female lead is completely unessential to the plot, so in a way they couldn’t have asked for a better actress than Sonakshi Sinha, a lady is who is continously squandering her photogenic looks, on-screen presence and cinematic charisma on disposable roles. I don’t understand why she keeps choosing to play second fiddle to older heroes in these 100 cr starrers, she doesn’t need the money, and how fun can making these movies really be?

I know a lot of people will already have made up their mind about Holiday, it being a South Indian remake, or starring the Akshay – Sonakshi combo. But all my problems aside (and I do have tons of problems as you can plainly see) I am looking forward to Akshay working with some new people and I think the A.R. Murugadoss style of cinema might actually suit him more than what Prabhu Deva brings.

 

Some More Randon Ranty thoughts:

As a personal pet peeve, I have a huge respect for the sport of Boxing and it grates me when the likes of Bobby Deol (Apne) or Sonakshi Sinha think that just by donning on a pair of gloves you can look like a boxer.

Come on people, do a few push ups at least!

Unless you are Juhi Chawla punching out Shahrukh Khan, as Hai Alla Juhi Jee, you can do no wrong.

On another note, aren’t movie trailer supposed to bring to forefront the best sides of the actor?

Why they would add lines where Akshay is speaking in English is beyond me (“Sooside Attack” “Aim Vaiting”)?

What’s up with the ridiculous tagline ” A Soldier is never off duty” of course he is off duty..when he is off duty!

Also what’s up with the questionable hairstyles Akshay? He’s been sporting wavey coiffes for a couple of movies and it’s starting to look a bit ridiculous!

Holiday- A Soldier is never off duty has a June 6 2014 release

 

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300: Rise of An Empire Behind The Scenes Featurette

Quite a few interesting tid bits about the forthcoming sequel of 300, firstly that it isn’t really a sequel but a movie about concurrent events. This time we follow the Athenian navy as they battle the onslaught of Persian God/King Xerxes.

Some might get a direct- to -dvd feel for this movie especially with none of the main cast returning but I think the visuals and the world building does show some promise. And of course Eva Green is in here being a bad ass which always tickles our fancy.

 

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” 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 Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Cruel and Unusual Films/Mark Canton/Gianni Nunnari Production, “300: Rise of an Empire.”  The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemisia.  Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; David Wenham returns as Dilios, and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.

The film is directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel Xerxes, by Frank Miller.  It is produced by Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Bernie Goldmann.  Thomas Tull, Frank Miller, Stephen Jones and Jon Jashni serve as executive producers.

300: Rise of An Empire hits screen in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX beginning March 7, 2014

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Rio 2 Footage Screening and Q&A

It’s a Thursday night in London, there’s the cold, the wind, the rain, and the tube strikes to tackle if you’re going to get anywhere. But if you can brave the elements and the train unions, in a London Hotel Screening room somewhere in Soho, a glimmer of the spring ahead is on show.  I’m talking about Writer/Director, Carlos Saldanha’s footage screening of Rio 2.

 

Now, two confessions; one – I haven’t seen the original Rio as yet -it’s a film that passed me by. Like many CGI carton films, I always seem to forget how much fun they can be until someone picks me up and plonks me down into a cinema seat to watch one. I nearly always leave the better for it and then very quickly forget all over again how much I enjoy them until the next time I’m forced to watch one – it’s sort of like a much less interesting version of Groundhog Day.

 

Two – this was not a screening of the full movie – it’s still two weeks away from completion. This was an appetizer, showing off the story, the set pieces and the characters old and new. So here is the low-down on what you can expect from Rio 2:

 

A Bigger World

Having conquered Rio de Janero’s hustle and bustle in the first movie (thank you IMDB), Rio 2 moves our main characters away from the bright lights and big noise of the city and plunges Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) into the Amazon rainforest in search of more Blue Macaws like themselves. This of course, leads to more trouble for our lovable, domesticized Blu, having thought he and Jewel were the last of their kind, he now discovers there are more in the wild and once again he is the outsider.

 

 

New Characters

Having lived happily ever after at the end of the first movie, Rio 2 picks up with Blu as the family man… or family Macaw. He and Jewel now have the kids to think about – all three of them, and these aren’t the cutesy kind. Think – tying your babysitter to fireworks on NYE and you’ll be closer to the mark.

 

The new flock of Macaws are lead by the buzz-cut wearing, Eduardo, voiced by the always-gruffer-than-his-last-movie, Andy Garcia. He doesn’t trust human or their domesticized pets. He’s also Jewel’s father. Will Blu match up to his expectations as a son-in-law? Not with a fanny-pack in tow he won’t.

 

If that didn’t make life tough enough, he also has to compete with Macaw-stud and fantastic-at-everything Roberto, (Bruno Mars), who’s introduction as a singing Casanova had everyone in the audience laughing out loud.

Old enemies

Villain of the original Rio, Nigel the Cockatoo (Jermaine Clement) is back. The now-lame-winged bird is joined by Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth), the love-struck poisonous frog and Charlie the anteater. Together they follow Blu and family into the jungle to wreak revenge – although somewhere along the way get caught up in a Talent Competition.

 

Set Pieces

Rio 2 begins with a massive New Year’s Eve Party on Rio beach, setting the tone for a film filled with colour, music and ambitions to convey the real heart of Brazil. This continues with a macaw-style football match in the middle of the second act; they may be birds, but they still love the beautiful game. The most entertaining footage however was left to last; a ‘Jungle’s Got Talent’ sequence where all the competitors get to show off their unique skills… Just before being eaten up by the other competitors – that’s the jungle for you. This sequence culminates in Nigel’s finest as-yet-seen moment. A performance of I Will Survive, with added Jermaine Clement Free-Styling.

 

And that was it. For now. It certainly left me wanting to catch up on the original before Rio 2 is released in the spring. With some great looking animation, an exceptional cast and a fair few belly laughs in just the small amount of footage we saw, Rio 2, so far, is a movie worth looking forward to. Roll on spring time.

 

 

Featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Leslie Mann, Jamie Foxx and Andy Garcia, Rio 2 flies into cinemas April 4, 2014.

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Paul Mcghie is an Award-Winning Screenwriter, Director, London Lift-Off Film Festival Judge and git. You can check out his feature project here. His work is on Vimeo or you can follow him on twitter @DirPaulMcGhie

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HighWay Posters and Behind the Scenes tidbits

Every movie directing by Imtiaz Ali is something to look forward to, he seems to be able to craft characters that stay with you for a long time after leaving the theater. Especially when he teams up with composer AR Rahman and lyricist Irshad Kamil, they create a sensitivity tornado that can break the shell of even the biggest cynics.

They are planning to travel to the UK next week for some promos and special screenings so hopefully we should have some more news for you then, hopefully even an early review.

Until then, the PR team send us some behind the scene shots of Alia Bhatt and some posters.

Highway, presented by UTV Motion Pictures and Sajid Nadiadwala, releases worldwide on 21st February 2014 and on 20th February 2014 in UAE.

With Alia, on the road to reality

With Alia, on the road to reality with matted hair, second hand clothes and not one ‘It’ bag in sight. Alia Bhatt’s transformation from minted school snob Shanaya Singhania to abducted teenager Veera Tripathi of Highway took two months, hundreds of miles and no shampoo. And the man who took the grease paint off the Student of the Year debutant is Aid Narula.

The fashion designer and film stylist, who birthed trends like collared kurtas in Bunty Aur Babli and frayed Nehru caps in Rockstar, started his recce in the weekly flea markets of Raja Garden in Delhi and the journey continued through the haats of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. And when pressed for some authenticity, he simply borrowed from the residents of tiny hamlets like Kalpa and Reckong Peo, where the film was shot. Alia, who inhabited the utopia of short dresses and big labels in her first film, was more than happy with strangers’ hand-me-downs. Veera starts her journey in a T-shirt and track pants; the urbane staples soon give way to oversized ‘borrowed from the boys’ garments and as the terrified teenager finally comes into her own and the motley crew move onto the hills, traditional skirts and turbans follow.

“Imtiaz (director Imtiaz Ali) was very clear that the extension of her wardrobe has to be an organic process. And all additions began with the question, ‘Where will Veera get this from?   ‘We even eschewed fitting shoes for the same reason. And every piece is explained, for example the turban she sports in the promotional images was crafted from a blue sweater she wears earlier and then re- purposes as headgear in a scene,” says Aid who travelled through Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir with the cast and crew. This austere approach meant that no backstage manipulations were allowed. After all where will Veera get safety pins or make-up from? And the barebones aesthetic was applied to the film’s leading man Randeep Hooda, who plays truck driver Mahabir Bhatti, as well as some of the 200 extras used in the film. “We used a lot of locals as extras and asked them to bring along their daily wardrobe. And instead of the usual prettying up, we went the opposite direction. So we picked out the most worn out pieces for them to wear,” says Aid. At least the wardrobe budget was never a problem? “We had an unlimited budget of creativity and emotions,” quips the designer.

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New Gravity Poster for Imax

I feel I haven’t professed my love enough for Gravity probably because when I got around to actually watching it, it was already in the last days of it’s theatrical run, and it seemed that I wouldn’t have anything else to add to the all round acclaim the movie has received.

Now that it’s been nomimated for a ton of academy awards and has a new run in Imax theatres, the producers have come up with a new poster  which looks pretty cool, it does have a bit of a nod to Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey but then again so does the movie.

Since opening in October 2013, the film has become the highest-grossing IMAX release of 2013, both domestically and globally. It’s also the 3rd most popular IMAX DMR® film of all time worldwide.

Defintley worth another rewatch in Imax, if you can get your hands on some tickets!

 

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A New York Winter’s Tale: 2 new trailers

Right in time for V-day we have a dreamy, magical love story to defy our yearly cynism. Come on people, it’s once a year, get over it!

A New York Winter’s Tale (quite the horrible title) hits cinemas February 21st. starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.

I must admit being a sucker for these kind of movies and the trailer does look interesting even with Russel Crowe’s outrageous accent, which makes it seem like he didn’t let go of Les Miserables.

Have a look and let us know what you think!

Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “A New York Winter’s Tale” is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film stars Colin Farrell (“Total Recall”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Oscar® winners Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”) and Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).  “Winter’s Tale” also introduces young newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs (both from Broadway’s “Once”).

The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”), who also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Helprin. Goldsman is also producing the film with Marc Platt (“Drive”), Michael Tadross (“Sherlock Holmes”) and Tony Allard (Showtime’s “The Baby Dance”).  The executive producers are Kerry Foster and Bruce Berman.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes five-time Oscar®-nominated director of photography Caleb Deschanel (“The Passion of the Christ,” “The Patriot”), production designer Naomi Shohan (“Constantine,” “I Am Legend”), costume designer Michael Kaplan (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Star Trek”) and editors Wayne Wahrman (“I Am Legend”) and Oscar® nominee Tim Squyres (“Life of Pi,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).  The music is composed by Oscar® winner Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King,” “Inception,” “Man of Steel”).

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Non Stop Trailer: Liam Neesons is one scary Air Marshal

Teaming up again with director Jaume Collet Serra (after Unknown, and with an equally forgettable title Non Stop) Liam Neeson is burned out Air Marshall, in another mid budget, high octane action movie.

Sometimes I wonder if the surprising success of Taken has been a gift or a curse for Liam Neeson, although none of the subsequent movies can be classified as bad (except Taken 2 I hear), none have been able to capture the same lightning in a bottle, however many threatening interogation scenes Neeson has.

They did team him up with some exceptional female actors like Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong’o but none of the writers involved seem to have anything exceptional on their resume (one of the guy even wrote an episode of Diners, Diners and Dives!!!), which doenst bode too well even though I quite liked Unknown.

Non-Stop is released in UK cinemas on February 28th

From Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) comes a new action thriller starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery. Bill Marks (Neeson) is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today’s flight will be no routine trip. Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes.

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Divergent Trailer and Infographic

There seem to be so many adaptations of Young Adult novels lately that it’s become increasingly hard to keep track of them. Although studios are hoping for another Hunger Games some end up just being Ender’s Games.

Shaileen Woodley is also a name that has been popping up quite a bit lately, but I only remember her from her wonderful performance in The Descendants which we reviewed on an earlier Upodcast episode, which you can find here.

If like me you are quite lost on what Divergent is going to be about, the trailer gives a pretty good idea.

They did manage to put a pretty good cast together of young  actors like Theo James, Miles Teller but I am most excited to see Kate Winslet play what looks like a villanous role, I’m sure she’ll enjoy sinking her teeth into that.

Director Neil Burger is probably best known for Bradley Cooper’s Limitless but I liked his work on The Illusionist too (a movie that got overshadowed by The Prestige which released the same year).

DIVERGENT will see a UK release on April 4 2014.

Here is an Infographic explaining the 5 factions of Divergent as well as the New Quad Poster:

“In this most recent look at the highly anticipated dystopian action-adventure based on the series of novels by Veronica Roth, we learn more about the society within which Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) live and the dangers and choices they have to face… “

 

 

 

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