Monthly archives "July 2013"

The World’s End ****


Run Time: 109mins Cert: 15


Synopsis: Gary King (Simon Pegg), decides to track down his estranged friends and complete the Golden Mile, an infamous pub crawl encompassing 12 pubs in their hometown of Newton Haven. The group attempted the crawl as teenagers, but failed to reach the final pub, the World’s End..


Director Edgar Wright and co return to finish the last part of their “Cornetto” trilogy. After the rom zom com of Shaun of the Dead and comedy action thriller Hot Fuzz, Frost Pegg and Wright have gone for an apocalyptic sci fi comedy for the finale, with a satirical razor sharp wit that audiences have come to expect from the Spaced team.


The story focuses on the theme of growing up, while showing Britain as a dull place full of franchise chain pubs and superimposed high streets. Not to mention the usual mix of barroom brawls, movie references and a funky musical soundtrack. However the tone of the piece seems disjointed as the first half is solely a comedy, while the second part is more drama and action driven.


Usually it would be Frost that plays the annoying joker of the pack, but in a refreshing take Pegg is now this archetypal character and dials it up to 11. In doing this Frost shows his acting skills by the straight man for once. While the rest of the cast including Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan are equally as good supporting the two leads. Unfortunately
Rosamund Pike’s Sam is memorable, but underused. This may be to do with the fact that it is a boys to men story.


Wright brings his trademark flashy direction and jump cut editing that have graced the other two parts. After tackling the fantastic, but under performing Scott Pilgrim, many would have expected the director to pick a small project to follow up on. If anything this seems bigger especially in effects, but probably cost half of what it took to make the comic book adaptation.


Not the best of the trilogy, but The World’s End has enough laughs, surprise cameos and clever twists to make this a successful finale. Hopefully the team will decide to make more flavours.

Reviewed by Paul Logan

The Conjuring ****


<Run Time: 112mins Cert: 15

Synopsis: Roger and Carolyn Perron (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor), along with their five daughters, move to a secluded farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island. Soon, a dark presence starts to terrorise the family. They seek help from world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga). Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.


Based on true events, James Wan’s 2013 horror movie tells the story of a family that finds their house tormented by evil spirits.


The sound is excellent, particularly the creaking and banging sounds made by the spirits at regular intervals throughout the film. Combined with the use of a handheld camera that follows the characters through the house, this creates a scary atmosphere that will have the audience holding onto their seats.


“The Conjuring” has well developed characters and relationships between the Warren and Perron families feature heavily throughout the movie. This adds a level of depth that is rarely seen in horror films.


In terms of acting, Lili Taylor stands out in her role as a mother possessed by demons Wilson and Farmiga also give great performances as the couple who arrive to investigate while Joey King is enjoyable to watch as Christine, the child who is most affected by the spirits’ presence.


With its old school scary movie theme, real life basis and top class cinematography, “The Conjuring” is a must see for any horror fan.


Reviewed by Lesley Logan

Newsreel (W/e 21 July 2013)


Kevin Costner is in talks to star in the Guillermo del Toro produced movie Midnight Delivery.


Mackenzie Foy & John Lithgow join the cast of Christopher Nolan’s science fiction movie, Interstellar.


Margot Robbie & Will Smith will star in Focus, a con artist tale from writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.


Peter Dinklage confirmed to play creator of the Sentinels Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past.


Dustin Hoffman & Bobby Cannavale have both joined the cast of Jon Favreau’s indie comedy Chef.


Edge of Tomorrow is the new name for Tom Cruise’s All You Need is Kill.


The Conjuring 2 is now in development.


Dan Brown’s Inferno is heading to the big screen on December 18, 2015 with Ron Howard & Tom Hanks returning.


“Under the Dome” actress Britt Robertson to join the cast of Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland.


Warner Bros. has revealed plans for a Man of Steel sequel that will feature none other than Batman. The studio is also planning a Flash film for 2016 & a Justice League film for 2017.


Avengers 2 is now titled as The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.


The Conjuring scares the U.S. box-office.


R.I.P. Mel Smith

Newsreel (W/e 14 July 2013)


Charlie Kaufman will write the new Slaughterhouse-Five adaptation.


Disney is working on a new live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.


Johnny Depp is talks to star in David Koepp’s Mortdecai, an adaptation of “The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery” by Kyril Bonfiglioli.


Sam Mendes returns to direct Bond 24.


Ben Affleck is in talks to board director David Fincher’s adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl.


Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow writing & possibly directing Marvel’s X-Force for Fox.


Johnny Depp is in talks to return for James Bobbin’s Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass.


Minions reign as Despicable Me 2 stays on top of the U.S. box-office.

Monster’s University ****



Run Time: 110mins Cert: U

A direct prequel to the original “Monsters Inc”, the movie tells the story of how Sully (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) met and came to work in the factory.


The film begins when Mike (Crystal) visits the factory on a school trip and decides he wants to become a scarer. Years later, Mike begins studying at Monsters University where he meets Sully (Goodman), a monster with an established family history.


The story is enjoyable and relates to the original while still providing a good level of suspense to the audience. Throughout the movie, Mike and Sully experience the highs and lows of University life and have a turbulent relationship prior to joining forces.


Both Goodman and Crystal give great performances as the lead characters. The supporting cast includes Steve Buschemi as Randy and Helen Mirren as Dean Hardscrabble, both of whom also perform to a high standard.


The animation is top class and looks great in 3D. The soundtrack is also fun and appropriate to the film.


While “Monsters University” is not as good as the original, it is an entertaining and fun movie that ties things up nicely.


Reviewed by Lesley Logan

Newsreel (W/e 6 July 2013)


Dreamworks are developing a new feature film version of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.


Columbia Pictures has pushed back Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer over five months from April 11, 2014 to September 26, 2014.


Dark Horse Comics has teased a Prometheus title for an upcoming comic book spin off.


Scottish ministers have backed a plan to close down a school which was used in the film Gregory’s Girl.


Lee Daniels has appealed directly to Warner Bros’ CEO over the title of The Butler.


Brendan Gleeson, Sam Keeley Chris Hemsworth & Cillian Murphy have been cast in Ron Howard’s whaling movie, In the Heart of the Sea.


Gravity will open the 70th Venice Film Festival.


James Franco has decided to follow-up As I Lay Dying with a second William Faulkner adaptation, The Sound and the Fury.


Despicable Me 2 dominates at the U.S. box-office.

Newsreel (W/e 30 June 2013)


Arnold Schwarzenegger is to star in zombie movie Maggie. While Chloe Grace Moretz is no longer set to star due to scheduling conflicts.


Cameron Diaz has signed on to play Miss Hannigan in Will Gluck’s remake of Annie.


Paramount Pictures announces that a new Terminator trilogy will begin from June 26, 2015.


Sony Pictures planning a movie adaptation of the 90’s series Captain Planet and the Planeteers.


Mark Wahlberg to star in Peter Berg’s American Desperado.


Leonardo DiCaprio & Jamie Foxx will reteam for an adaptation of the upcoming S. Craig Zahler novel, Mean Business on North Ganson Street.


Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation has been given a US release date of August 1, 2014.


Elizabeth Banks is to join John Cusack for the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy.


Terence Stamp joins the cast of Tim Burton’s Big Eyes.


Adrian Lyne’s 1990 cult hit Jacob’s Ladder is set to be remade. Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) is providing the screenplay.


Monster’s University continues to scare at the top of U.S. box-office.


R.I.P. Richard Matheson