Daily archives "September 1, 2013"

This Is The End ****




Run Time: 106 mins               Cert: 15


Synopsis: Written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the comedy follows a group of actors as they experience the apocalypse together.


The movie begins when Jay Baruchel and his old friend Seth Rogen meet up in Los Angeles. They decide to attend a housewarming party hosted by fellow actor James Franco, where they meet a host of other celebrities. Jay feels uncomfortable at the party so he and Seth take a trip to a local shop to buy cigarettes, during which explosions occur and other people are beamed up into the sky. Despite this occuring outside, they go back to the party to find everything is carrying on as normal. However an earthquake creates a hole in the ground that swallows up a large number of celebrities, leaving only five survivors – Baruchel, Rogen, Franco, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson.


Having squabbled over rations and boarded up the house, the group of actors head to bed. On waking up they discover Danny McBride is alive and completely unaware of the previous night’s events. Over the next few days, the men spend their time getting high and spoofing movies. One by one they discover their fate.


“This Is The End” is entertaining and hilarious to watch. The sheer ludicrousness of the events is what makes the movie work and the story contains a number of twists that will shock the audience and leave them anticipating the next crazy occurrence.The relationships between Rogen and Goldberg’s fictitious versions of the actors are also fun to watch and cover all angles from close friendship to love-hate relationships and people that can’t stand each other.


The cast is top notch with great performances from all the actors – particularly Rogen, Franco, McBride and Robinson. The actors work well together and create an ensemble that provokes laughter at every opportunity.


The ending is both random and unexpected. Given the whole film is completely off the wall, it fits well and gives a good conclusion.


Reviewed by Lesley Logan

Newsreel (W/e 25 August 2013)


Rumour has it that Ewan McGregor is to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in JJ Abrams’s Star Wars Episode VII


Tron Legacy’s Joseph Kosinski is set to direct the remake of The Twilight Zone.


Producers Distribution Agency will be releasing Randy Moore’s directorial debut Escape from Tomorrow in the U.S. this fall.


Universal Studios has optioned the rights to the comic book series Day Men.


Robert Rodriguez’s movie El Mariachi is to be adapted for TV.


Idris Elba is set to both produce and star in an adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s novel Beasts of No Nation.


Guy Ritchie may direct an adaptation of Thomas Kelly’s period novel Empire Rising as his next project.


Chappie, the next film from Neill Blomkamp is set for release on March 27, 2015.


Ricky Gervais is planning to develop a movie based on his The Office character David Brent.


Benedict Cumberbatch has dropped out of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.


Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct the drama American Sniper.


A Rambo television series is in development.


Pirates 5 to be titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.


Ben Affleck will play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Batman/Superman movie.


JJ Abrams, & cinematographer Dan Mindel will be shooting Star Wars: Episode VII on 35mm film. Specifically, Kodak film stock 5219.


Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer has been cast as Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockinjay – Part 1 and Part 2.


Tony Jaa has joined the cast of Fast & Furious 7.


Happy 83rd Birthday to The Man Who Would Be King of Scotland, Sean Connery!


R.I.P. Elmore Leonard.


The Butler continues to serve at the U.S. box-office.