Inglourious Basterds

Rush: out this Friday

Rush: it's not the one about undercover Narcs

In cinemas this Friday is the new film from Ron Howard and normally, I’d not be arsed to be honest.  HOWEVER…Rush is a re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between two Formula 1 drivers: James Hunt and Niki Lauda.  And having seen the trailer many times now, in the cinema I’m well and truly hooked.

The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives.  Co-starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader), Rush is also produced Eric Fellner who worked on the brilliant Senna so there is racing pedigree behind the scenes.

Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing (the 1970s) , Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.

Quite brilliantly, the two leads actually look like the characters they’re playing which will only add to the atmosphere I’m sure.  My only reservation is that the colours in the trailer seem to be off in some way, but hopefully this either won’t be the case for the full monty or it just won’t matter.  That’s my Friday evening sorted then.  Excellent trailer below.

 

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Trailer Green Hornet

The First Green Hornet trailer has just been released and has received a collective “meh” from Geek audiences it seems. This Michel Gondry re-imagining of the popular 60’s TV show starring Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou and the awesome Christoph Waltz from Inglorious Basterds fame. Although I do enjoy remakes and sequels unlike most people, I have to admit a tad skeptical  the whole concept of the Green Hornet re-imagining. Check out the trailer and why The Green Hornet has got us excited after the jump!

Reasons why I am excited:

  • I still like Seth Rogen even after his last few movies have bombed at the box-office and even critically, Rogen has added more of a comedic tone than the original show which is no real surprise.
  • Christophe Waltz, this is his first release after Inglorious Basterds and although he will probably never play a villain like Hans Landa, this could be the opposite of the Jew Hunter which could be interesting.
  • Michel Gondry, he’s always been an exciting and exceptionally creative director and this is probably his first truly mainstream picture although the shots we see are pretty generic.

My Question Marks:

  • Jay Chou, He’s supposed to be this Korean Pop superstar but after seeing  Rain’s ( the other Korean pop sensation) dismal performance in Ninja Assassin, I am worried as he’s taking over the mantle from the legendary Bruce Lee (dramatized in  Dragon the Bruce Lee Story or check out this clip!). Jay has some large shoes to fill (that kick really fast and high) and I am not sure he can do that.
  • The Special effects, they look a bit cheesy. Kato seems to be kicking like Johnny Cage from Mortal Kombat, I am getting a bad Speed racer vibe.
  • The general story line looks like Iron Man crossed with Batman, which could make or break the movie. But at the end of the day, how much originality can there be in a superhero origin story?

What do you think of the trailer? let us know in the comment section below!

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Oscars 2010…and the wieners are…

Altough the Upodcast team usually talks about under the radar news, being movie buffs we do get caught up with the yearly hysteria of the Academy Awards.

After the jump you can find the full list of winners and wieners from aunty Beeb

And don’t forget to catch our next Podcast( Episode 9) where we will be giving our acerbic take on this year’s show…with some very special guests.

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