Sam Raimi

Star Trek Into Darkness, Evil Dead and TV Upodcast Special

Upod seems to be all a bit pic ‘n’ mix this week.  Variety is however the spice of life and who are we to knock back the goodies on offer right now?  Unless you’ve been living on the moon in recent weeks there is the small matter of the new Star Trek movie which Asim talks about.  Enthusiastically.  Is it better than the first?  Is it more bad ass?  Asim tells all, before Martin reveals his horror treat of the week: the re-made horror classic The Evil Dead.  There’s more blood than you can shake a stick at (why would you though?) but watching Cabin in the Woods meant I was a tad confused at first.

Star of the show however is Ahmed and his devotion to all things cathode ray.  Why spend time experimenting with TV shows when Ahmed can do it for you?  In a pick of the pops but in no real order, Ahmed talks us through a dark crime drama, in Banshee, which sounds quite Lynchian in fact.  The mood is lightened with UK comedy Plebs (courtesy of my landlady as it happens – where’s the discount on my rent?) a seemingly modern sit-com set in erm, Roman times.  Quirky Brit comedy for you eh?  Returning to the darker side of things, we have Da Vinci’s Demons (give the production team more budget) and the very intriguing Orphan Black.  All top stuff and that’s without mentioning the part-documentary-part-fictitious Vikings, courtesy of the History Channel.  The Canadian-Irish production has been getting seriously good ratings from audiences whilst critics have been less favourable – if you want the truth and you can handle the truth, then stay tuned.

Finally, we talk about the hit and miss, Netflix’s Original series,  Hemlock Grove and with a tinge of sadness, the possible dragged out and slow, painful death of what feels like a family member of Upod.  That’s right, Community may have had its final paintball fight.  It may be there in body, but alas, not in (Dan Harmon’s) spirit.

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Oz The Great and Powerful: New Full Trailer and Movie Stills

We posted quite a few posters a couple of days ago and now we get the full trailer and a few still from the movie, set to be Disney first big release of 2013.

I love most of the cast involved just as long as the titular character doesn’t “Franco” it up. Whatever we’ve seen looks beautfil and colorful and I just hope that it stays clearly away from the Burton-esque esthetic of recent Disney releases.

Let us know what you think!

Oz The Great and Powerful Releases 13th of December


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Oz The Great and Powerful New Posters

Although I wasn’t blown away from the first teaser of Oz The Great and Powerful, rewatching the trailer and seeing some of the image and artwork has gotten me more and more excited as time goes by. Maybe it’s the fact that Disney choose to have the movie helmed by Sam Raimi and not their go-to guy Tim Burton, who to me has become quite the boring filmmaker, accompanied by a great cast and quite a bit of imagination setting this inspired prequel takes us back to the land of OZ.


Here are some new posters and the teaser trailer. Just love the design and artwork!


Monkey/Finley Poster: Oz The Great and Powerful

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Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great and powerful Wizard—and just maybe into a better man as well.

UK Release Date: March, 2013


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The Amazing Spiderman Review Upodcast

Not just a pretty face

New Episode Of UPODCAST is LIVE: One the most recognisable and enduring of the Marvel super-heroes, Spiderman, makes a welcome return to our big screens with Mark Webber’s The Amazing Spiderman.  Upod shines its bright light on Hollywood’s most recent re-boot and asks “is the re-boot too soon?” and how it compares to the Sam Raimi beasts that precede it.  We take a closer look at the inner workings of the film and some hints of that follow.

Andrew Garfield picks up Tobey Maguire’s nerdy baton and then proceeds to throw it away; eschewing shyness for a more assertive role.  And things are the same for Emma Stone‘s Gwen Stacey – given far more sass than Kirsten Dunst ever was.  Once again we return to the Brits for bad-guy inspiration, with Rhys Ifans‘ Dr Curt Connors terrorising New York as The Lizard.

In addition to those leads, the casting also includes Josiah Bartlet and Sally Field as Peter Parker’s uncle and aunt and Denis Leary as Chief of Police (& Gwen’s father).  That’s a bloody decent set of parents and we haven’t even mentioned Irfan Khan’s somewhat under used and shady Dr Ratha.  More of him to follow in the next two installments?  It would be good to see.

So, what lies in store?  A good, but not great, blockbuster that has been re-shaped into something that we at Upod thought should have been all along.  There’s enough to keep all but the harshest critics happy and the makers have sewn the seeds for the next two parts.  Not as innovative as the Christopher Nolan Batman Begins re-make, The Amazing Spiderman nevertheless ticks all the right boxes and gives us a film more grounded in our reality than before.

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