Daily archives "May 20, 2013"

Newsreel (W/e 19th May 2013)

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Warner Bros. have hired Seth Grahame-Smith & David Katzenberg are to produce a new Gremlins movie.

 

Billy Crystal is attached to star in the comedy Winter’s Discontent tone directed by Frank Oz.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks for a remake of Toxic Avenger.

 

Will Smith is looking to star & produce a contemporary remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 western classic The Wild Bunch.

 

Christoph Waltz is set to join Robert De Niro in The Candy Store.

 

Composer Michael Giacchino is to score Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

 

Samuel L. Jackson joins Hailee Steinfeld for Kyle Newman’s action comedy, Barely Lethal.

 

Emily Blunt & Christine Baranski are in talks to join the cast of Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods.

 

The Weinstein Company announces that production of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny will begin in March 2014.

 

Christopher Nolan has been approached to direct the next 007 movie.

 

Screenwriters Jon and Erich Hoeber have been hired to pen RED 3.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Marton Csokas will play the villain in Columbia Pictures’ The Equalizer.

 

The movie based on Ubisoft’s popular video game Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, will be released on May 22 2015.

 

Star Trek Into Darkness warps to the top of U.S. box-office.

The Great Gatsby ***

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Run Time: 143 mins Cert: 12A

 

Synopsis: Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the movie tells the story of rich war veteran Jay Gatsby and his neighbour Nick Carraway.

 

The movie begins on Long Island, New York in 1922 when Nick Caraway (Tobey Maguire) a war veteran and University graduate, decides to rent a house there while working in the city. On moving there, he hears stories about his neighbour Mr Gatsby (Leonardo Dicaprio) which he is intrigued by. One night he is invited to one of Gatsby’s many parties and a friendship begins.

 

Of the two lead males, Dicaprio gives the stronger performance. He is both entertaining and believable as the title character. His love for Daisy (Carey Mulligan) is the root of everything he does and drives his desire to be rich and powerful.

 

Maguire on the other hand gives a rather dull performance as Nick. His character oesn’t do much except observe and assist Gatsby although his narration is good.

 

British actress Carey Mulligan gives a reasonably good performance as Daisy, Nick’s cousin and Gatsby’s lover. However the character is not particularly likeable. She doesn’t know what she wants and tries to have the best of both worlds. There are times when you feel sorry for her but as the story progresses this is less so.

 

While Daisy’s husband is not the most likeable character, Joel Edgerton gives a fairly good performance. The supporting cast also do a good job with one cast member in particular being unrecognisable until the very end.

 

Despite being set in the 1920s, the film contains modern day pop music as well as new covers of the era’s music. With songs performed by artists such as Beyonce and Florence and the Machine, the soundtrack is one of the movie’s strong points.

 

The 3D was very disappointing. Given that most of the movie’s scenes are at night, there is little room for 3D and the daytime scenes under-utilise it.

 

Overall “The Great Gatsby” is very average. While there are some good performances and a great soundtrack, the film feels a bit flat and drags towards the end.

 

Reviewed by Lesley Logan

The Look Of Love ***

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Run Time: 101 mins Cert: 18

 

Synopsis: Directed by Michael Winterbottom, this quirky British biopic stars Steve Coogan as club owner and pornography king Paul Raymond.

 

Based on a true story, “The Look Of Love” begins in the 1960s when club owner Paul Raymond decides to venture into erotica. Over the next three decades, he acquires a large number of clubs and other businesses in Soho whilst enjoying a glamorous lifestyle.

 

While on the surface the film appears fun and slightly comic with its over the top sex shows and poppy soundtrack, there is a darker side to the story. The seemingly carefree, extravagant lifestyle that Raymond and those around him live is also one of deceit and manipulation.

 

Steve Coogan gives a comic and sleazy performance as the lead character but lacks depth. Throughout the movie, his only interests are money, sex and spoiling his daughter Debbie (Imogen Poots). While the relationship between Raymond and his daughter could have added depth to the story, it feels slightly superficial.

 

Poots gives a good portrayal of the spoilt daddy’s girl but there are a lot of gaps in Debbie’s story which make it difficult for the audience to understand what is really going on in her life. The film seems to jump from one stage in her life to the next without giving the viewer any explanation as to how she came to be there.

 

In terms of the other leads, Anna Friel gives a mediocre performance as Jean Raymond. Again there are gaps in the story in that the viewer doesn’t really get any explanation as to why their son Howard stayed with her while Debbie ended up with her father. Throughout the movie, Jean only appears sporadically and doesn’t really add much to the story. Tamsin Egerton, while entertaining and attractive, gives a somewhat cheesy portrayal of Raymond’s long-term girlfriend Fiona Richmond.

 

The soundtrack is fun and reflects the times. From the 60s pop to 70s disco music the soundtrack is one of the film’s strong points.

 

Overall “The Look Of Love” is entertaining however its lack of depth and various plot holes make it a three star movie.

 

Reviewed by Lesley Logan