Author: Rob Stoakes
Studio executives are like the changelings from My Little Pony; inhuman creatures masquerading as real people, feeding off the love and passion of artists to fuel their dark power. Also they can fly and cast spells. So when they get worried that a film might not make enough returns, they have no scruples when it comes to taking a bonesaw to the project. Here are just a few of the most infamous surgeries, and whether or not they actually worked… Continue reading
INSIDE OUT (UK CERT: U)
Director: Pete Docter
Music: Michael Giacchino
Voices: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader
REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon
Inside Out is the first of two Pixar films this year
If there’s one thing Pixar knows how to do, it’s create memorable films. Long after you’ve walked out the cinema, the likes of Wall.E and Finding Nemo stay with you.
2015 marks the first time the studio will release two films in the same year, with The Good Dinosaur coming to cinemas in December and the subject of this review, Inside Out, in this year’s busy summer season.
But has this increased workload for Pixar’s animators resulted in a poorer quality movie? Continue reading
ANT-MAN (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: Peyton Reed
Music: Christophe Beck
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly
Ant-Man has had numerous production problems
REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon
You can almost hear the groans, yet another superhero film bulldozes its way into cinemas. Sandwiched between the ambitious Avengers: Age of Ultron and the Fantastic Four reboot, Marvel’s Ant-Man is the first of this year’s summer superheroes.
However, numerous setbacks that included a director walking out halfway through filming meant that Ant-Man would be haunted by the action behind-the-scenes, rather than that on it. But what is the finished product like? Continue reading
Jurassic World has broken many records
When Jurassic Park was released way back in 1993, analysts predicted big things for the prehistoric blockbuster and the same can be said for its two sequels, The Lost World and Jurassic Park III.
However, the release of Jurassic World just over a month ago took people completely by surprise. There was no doubt it would be successful, but just how successful has shocked the entire film world.
Helmed by an unknown director, with some pretty uninspiring trailers and a disappointing toy line, a few websites had it as one of their ‘at risk’ films of 2015. How wrong they were.
The film has now grossed over $1.4bn globally and shows no real signs of slowing down. It broke dozens of film records across the world and threatens to topple Avengers Assemble as the third highest-grossing film of all time.
Adam Brannon takes a look at what went so very right for the Colin Trevorrow directed follow-up. Continue reading
DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE III (UK CERT: N/A)
Director: Tomm Jacobsen, Michael Rousselet, Jon Salmon
Music: Tyler Burton
Starring: Alec Owen, Patton Oswalt, Brian Firenzi
REVIEW AUTHOR: Rob Stoakes
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare is the best Nightmare on Elm Street movie. Possibly the only good one.
Yes, horror movie junkies, I can smell your rage. I can feel every hair on your body stand up on edge. I can taste your hatred and it tastes good.
Note that I did not say the films aren’t entertaining, but if we’re being honest, Freddy Krueger has never ever been scary. He talks to the audience, he cracks jokes… he’s just silly. Besides, even if he was frightening, you don’t watch those films for the horror; you watch them for the ridiculous kills, the jokes and for the gallons and gallons of blood and guts. Freddy’s Dead threw everything out that got in the way of that, and that’s why it is the best Freddy film. A true reboot of the franchise shouldn’t even attempt horror in my opinion; just pile on the guts and the giggles and you’d have a film much tighter and better than anything in the series proper. Continue reading