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Alpha Papa clip: reassuring or a warning sign? Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Saturday, 20 July 2013 12:41

It remains impossible to tell whether Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa will be a triumphant bounce back for Norfolk's finest radio DJ or whether it will see him fail massively like a shamed man stuffing his face with Toblerone on the M25. This first clip from the film doesn't clear things up - there's a titter in there, as well as a cameo for the brilliant Darren Boyd, but it's hardly side-splitting stuff.


What do you think?



Alan Partridge is out on Wednesday 7th August.

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12 Years a Slave trailer: a Steve McQueen film? Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:43

"My name is Solomon Northup and I am a free man!"


That's Chiwetel Ejiofor in the 12 Years a Slave trailer. It doesn't sound like the kind of dialogue you'd expect to hear in a Steve McQueen movie. In fact, the whole trailer doesn't feel like a Steve McQueen movie: compared to the pared-down raw preview of Hunger and the wordless Carey Mulligan-led montage that trailed Shame, this feels like a more conventional film, full of empowering speeches and a plot and everything.



A quick glance at IMDb shows it's written by John Ridley with, curiously, no credit to McQueen - he co-wrote his last two screenplays with Abi Morgan and Enda Walsh respectively. John Ridley, meanwhile, last wrote the similarly-themed Red Tails, an underrated true story of a struggle for equality but one that is far from the abstract subtlety of Steve McQueen's work to date.



Shame saw Steve take a turn towards a more mainstream structure, more film than art installation. Will 12 Years a Slave complete that transition? Or is the trailer simply positioning it for Oscar season? (There's already - yes, even in July - talk of Chiwetel Ejiofor getting a nod.) With a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti and Michael Fassbender, not to mention McQueen's eye behind the camera, it'll be interesting to see how this one ends up. Needless to say, it looks very good.


Read on for the 12 Years a Slave trailer.


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Filth: the best poster featuring James McAvoy dressed as a policeman riding a pig you'll see this week Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 08 July 2013 16:15

Filth poster

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New Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 trailer had me at PIE Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 06:42

The new Cloudy 2 trailer had me at pie. Now can we please have more movies featuring food-based puns?


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World War H – or hate’s not all that Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 01 July 2013 10:56
World War Z - haters

In the 1990s, M. Night Shyamalan helped to write the screenplay for She's All That. No one saw that one coming.


But while everyone now goes into an M. Night Shyamalan movie expecting a surprise twist, there's one thing you can almost always predict: people looking to snipe at Shyamalan.


It may be my imagination, but it seemed to happen more than ever with After Earth, as people lined up ready to dump on the sci-fi film starring Will Smith and his son, Jaden.


That’s not to say Shyamalan hasn’t earned the reaction he gets– his movie The Lady in the Water openly presented critics as the bad guys, arguably inviting some ire from the inked-up hordes.


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*CLOSED* Competition: Win Confine poster and DVD Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Saturday, 29 June 2013 09:13

One of my favourite things about video on-demand is the opportunity it gives to independent films for a decent release. Confine is a perfect example. The screen debut of Daisy Lowe, it sees a scarred model, Pippa, trapped inside her home by Kayleigh (a charismatic Eliza Bennett).


The tense little thriller, which I liked when I saw it at Raindance last year, is out in UK cinemas, on DVD and available on-demand on Monday 1st July - and to celebrate, we've teamed up with our friends at VODzilla.co to give away a copy of the film on DVD and a poster.


The best thing about the poster? It gives you a nice, long look at male co-star Alfie Allen. Seems familiar? That's because the actor has appeared in Atonement, The Other Boleyn Girl and something a little more recent: the most pirated TV show of 2013, to be exact.


To win a copy of Confine on DVD and a poster, simply tell us which TV show it is.


Confined star Alfie Allen plays Theon Greyjoy in which TV show?


A. Game of Thrones
B. Vikings
C. The Walking Dead


Email your answers to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 11pm on Tuesday 2nd July with your name, number and postal address - and then read on to watch Confine's trailer:
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Clip: Pacific Rim is looking better by the day Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 28 June 2013 06:42

"Oh, but it's just CGI monsters hitting each other," someone said to me about Pacific Rim the other day. I pointed out that they were giant robots fighting Kaiju, designed by Guillermo Del Toro. That's on another level of geeky awesomeness.


But in case you're worried that the film will be a little too Transformers, here's a clip that doesn't feature gigantic virtual beasts slugging it out. Here's Idris Elba dishing out a smackdown of his own. Using his mouth.


Pacific Rim is out in UK cinemas on Friday 12th July - it's looking better by the day.


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Apologies in advance for ruining the Only God Forgives UK poster Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 16:21

I don't know why, but every time I look at the new UK poster for Only God Forgives, I see this:



I am so, so sorry.

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