Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

If human life is defined by art, what does that make these undead collectors of culture?

The Oscar Nomnomnom Challenge

Predict the winners of the Oscars. The one with the most right wins cupcakes. Simple.

Review: The LEGO Movie

An anti-capitalist corporate-sponsored advert? Everything about this really is awesome.

Not Famous Anymore

Helping to make Shia LaBeouf not famous any more by Photoshopping paper bags on his posters

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List of upcoming film adaptations of young adult novels that are not being split into two parts Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 12:04

The Maze Runner



There. That's much simpler.

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An extended look at Godzilla is exactly what I don't want Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 07 April 2014 16:35

Warner Bros. released an extended look at Godzilla over the weekend, which is now racing around film websites keen to share the latest trailer. I'm not going to be joining them.


It's not because I'm not interested in Godzilla - far from it. I love Godzilla and look forward to seeing what Gareth Edwards does with the iconic monster. But you know what? I can wait.


I've written about this before, but this banner on The Verge summed it up best when I saw it this morning:



"The best look at the monster yet"? That's exactly what I don't want. I want to see Godzilla fully for the first time in the cinema, where his colossal height will work best. The last trailer included a glimpse of a beast, which already spoiled another potential surprise, so now I'm ducking all videos and pictures as best as I can. But it does beg the question once more: why not save giving us the best look at Godzilla yet until the actual film? Size matters - sometimes, less is more.


Godzilla is out in UK cinemas on 15th May. The latest trailer is easy to find on YouTube.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past poster - so bad Professor X is hovering away from it Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 24 March 2014 17:39

X-Men: Days of Future Past continued the franchise's fine form in terrible posters today when 20th Century Fox unveiled one of the worst one-sheets in recent memory - even more crowded than Thor 2's poster.


Ever since First Class (NEVER FORGET), the X-Men franchise has had a knack for naff poster design, like some kind of mutant whose special power is to be really, really rubbish at Photoshop. In the grand scheme of things, that's even more useless than that kid who can blink to change the TV channel, which basically makes him a glorified human-shaped remote control.


Now, with their latest effort - a cluster-fuck of bad cut-outs, orange and blue tones, weird poses, exploding buildings and lots of flying things for no reason - the Iron Man 3 Thor 2 X-Men marketing department have produced something so unoriginal and lazy that even its own characters are trying to escape it.



Look closer amid the chaos - just below Wolverine scratching his ear - and you'll spot the most ridiculous part of the whole thing: Sir Patrick Stewart's Professor X frantically racing to get out of the picture. In his magic hovering chair. His magic hovering chair that mostly seems to be invisible.


Amazingly, his magic hovering chair actually got quite far...


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Godzilla international trailer - a monster of a spoiler? Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 11:29

"It was not a natural disaster… THEY'RE LYING," declares Bryan Cranston at the start of the Godzilla international trailer. "Whatever they're guarding so carefully," he says, "I need to be able to prove that it's real."


That's the problem facing Warner Bros. as they try to drum up interest in an ancient terror. The biggest surprise they have is arguably what Godzilla looks like - but to make modern audiences interested, they have to prove that Godzilla is real.


The result is a halfway house that's gradually spoiling more and more of the film. (Warning: If you want to avoid them, stop reading now.) The first trailer revealed Gareth Edwards' approach to the monster's back-story (next to his appearance, the movie's other creature-defining decision) - the Japanese nuclear tests that traditionally created the beast were actually "trying to kill it", admitted Ken Watanabe.




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Clip from Under the Skin is creepy as hell Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:18

When was the last time someone said you have a nice smile? Did that person look like Scarlett Johansson? And were they driving a big white van through Glasgow? And did they lure you into a dark, empty house?


If the answer to any of those is yes, then something probably very bad happened to you - at least, that's the impression you get from this creepy clip from Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin. It's intriguing, it's dark and it's freaky as hell - and it's in cinemas on Friday 14th March.


Read on for the full clip - and, if that doesn't convince this is something rather special, scroll down for the stunning poster too. We'll have a review for you shortly.


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New The Raid 2 trailer guaranteed to wake you up on Monday morning Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 10 March 2014 07:42

If you haven't seen it yet, the new trailer for The Raid 2 is guaranteed to wake you up on a Monday morning. And yes, that is a man jumping through a glass window.


The Raid 2 is in UK cinemas on Friday 11th April.


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FADE TO BLACK, or Transformers: Age of Extinction's Trailer: A Drinking Game Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 18:26

trailers fade to black - Transformers Age of Extinction

The Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer has arrived online - and, shockingly, it looks quite good. The thing is, so did Transformers: Dark of the Moon.


Why? Partly because Mark Wahlberg is a reassuring lead presence and the plot looks like it might actually have some potential: it's not as intriguing as the lunar-based T3 premise, but it suggests there might actually be character-driven elements to the story thanks to the inclusion of Marky Mark's inventor's daughter.


The real secret, though, is that Transformers: Age of Extinction knows how to press all the right trailer buttons. BWOOMMMM noises, exciting music, robots, guns, Stanley Tucci shouting. All the elements Michael Bay fans want from his movies are there. If you played a Transformers trailer drinking game, you'd give yourself an aneurysm within 40 seconds. So let's just do that:


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Bag head posters: Making Shia LaBeouf not famous anymore Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 10 February 2014 13:25

Shia LaBeouf sparked a fresh wave of media attention this weekend by attending the Berlin premiere of Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac with a paper bag on his head bearing his now signature catchphrase: I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.


Now, I've tried to ignore Shia's bonkers behaviour over the last month - if his wish is to become not famous, or if his aim is merely to get attention, the best response seems to be not to give him the time of day. But frankly, I can't help but enjoy this latest stunt in all its papery baggy glory. Is this a genuine mental breakdown? Attending the red carpet premiere of a movie suggests not. Is it all an art project, a la Joaquin Phoenix's I'm Still Here? If so, he forgot to call Casey Affleck and get him to bring his camera.


Either way, it's starting to become kind of fascinating again. And so, to support Shia in his wish to become NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE, I've started to go through his back catalogue and remove his star status altogether. Which goes to prove several things: 1. Famous people saying they're not famous anymore while wearing paper bags on their heads doesn't make them not famous anymore, and, most importantly, 2. I will break any principle I have just for the excuse of some silly Photoshopping.


And so I present to you... #Bagheadposters:



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