At the weekend, I attended a screening of the hysterically camp Behind the Candelabra at the notably less-than-camp surroundings of a Picturehouse in Stratford, East London. It was a pleasant evening, until I noticed this monstrosity on the way out of the foyer. Not Henry Cavill, you cheeky monkey. The poster quote above Henry Cavill's face.
Even the sexiest of film posters are regularly plastered with words these days - sometimes fine words crafted by decent wordsmiths, sometimes meaningless bilge - but Man of Steel marks the point at which Warner Bros. decided that it was so important to have a quote on their poster that it didn't even matter whether the quotee had seen the movie. Thank goodness, then, that Yahooo! Movies UK were on hand to provide this nugget of wisdom.
What can we learn from this fine piece of concise criticism? Man of Steel is anticipated. Great. But what does that mean?
So, according to Yahoo! Movies UK's expert appraisal of the situation, Man of Steel is regarded as probable. Yahoo! Movies UK expects or predicts Man of Steel to happen. Yahoo! Movies UK guess, or are aware of, the fact that Man of Steel will happen and have taken action in order to be prepared.
Just to be clear, what does that have to do with the film's quality? Absolutely nothing. I anticipate my dinner this evening. That doesn't mean beans on toast with a bit of week-old aubergine I found down the back of the fridge is going to taste any good.
But it's more than that. Yahoo! Movies UK assure us that not only is Man of Steel anticipated - it's nothing less than the most anticipated film of the year. Never before in 2013 has a movie been so expected to happen. Never before in 2013 has a film been so probable.
I don't know about you, but that's me well and truly amped for the return of Superman. Man of Steel: The Most Probable Movie of 2013.
On Friday 21st June, a group of people in a Scottish village will watch I Am Breathing, a film about Neil Platt, a man who suffers from Motor Neurone Disease. At the same time, people in Mexico will do the same thing. And in Russia. And Kosovo. And Kenya. And India. And Bahrain. The list goes on. Coinciding with MND/ALS Global Awareness Day, the documentary aims to have 100 screenings taking place around the world all on the same day. So far, a total of 87 countries have signed up.
Why bother? Because the documentary, proposed by Neil in the first place, is that rare film that makes you rethink life. It's a hugely powerful, sad and moving piece of film, a candid handheld portrait of a man who wanted to leave a video record for his one-year-old son.
You may not be able to get to Kosovo, but if you find a screening on Friday 21st June, when Emma Davie & Morag McKinnon's film is released across UK cinemas, do try and go - whether it's in a theatre, or even a village hall or a pub, it's an ambitious idea to show a truly bold movie.
Head to www.iambreathingfilm.com for more information on the global screenings - or read on for the I Am Breathing trailer.
You know all those huge action sequences, the set pieces that, regardless of your feelings towards Zack Snyder, look spectacular on a big screen? If you want to see them on a tiny screen first, then this Man of Steel trailer is for you.
"All whales in captivity are psychologically traumatised."
That's the trailer for Blackfish, a documentary about killer whales that do just that. If you're someone like me, who grew up loving Free Willy, it's powerful stuff. And that's just the two-minute preview.
If the final piece is anywhere near as intimidating and powerful as this simple, effective poster, which looms over you in a cinema foyer like it's about to gobble your face whole, Blackfish is set to one of the best (and most upsetting) films of the year.
Blackfish is out in UK cinemas on Friday 26th July. Read on for the trailer.
Come As You Are trailer takes title somewhat literally
Written by Ivan Radford
Monday, 03 June 2013 06:41
Think about that title for a second. That's the kind of level that Hasta La Vista - or Come As You Are - is working on. The tale of three 20-something guys going to Spain to lose their virginity, it's in theory aiming for fans of 21 and Over, The Hangover or Project X. The fact that its three protagonists are disabled is both irrelevant and yet the defining characteristic of the whole film.
Based on the true story of Asta Philpot, it's moved and entertained enough people to earn it a UK charity fim premiere this Wednesday evening, in association with The Royal National College for the Blind, Brain Tumour Research and The Arthrogryposis Group. A more immature version of The Sessions? Untouchable meets The 40 Year Old Virgin? However you want to think of it, Come As You Are looks like it could be one of the most powerful takes on the Kevin and Perry Go Large formula this year. That title alone suggests it has the balls - and the brains - to pull it off.
Son of Rambow. Wild Bill. Will Poulter is one of the best young actors around. So it's great to see him in the trailer for We're The Millers - a comedy that looks almost definitely rubbish. But hey, if they're smart enough to spot Will Poulter and give him a shot at a big Hollywood vehicle starring Jennifer Aniston, I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Judging by the trailer, he'll probably steal every scene he's in. And rightly so. It's about time Will got some higher profile work. Good for him, swollen spider-bitten penis and all.
We're The MIllers is out in the UK on Friday 23rd August. Here's the full video:
Benedict Cumberbatch shower scene - and other SEO-friendly words
Written by Ivan Radford
Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:06
"I don't think I quite edited the scene in the right way..." admitted JJ Abrams on Conan O'Brien's show, discussing the whole Alice Eve underwear moment in Star Trek Into Darkness.
I'm not normally in the habit of blogging news stories that are reported on other sites already - trailers/posters aside, because I like trailers and posters - but after going to such efforts to explain why Alice Eve takes off her clothes in the middle of a sci-fi flick, it seems relevant to mention.
Abrams spoke to Conan about the scene, which lots of other people have also found to be sexist. He argued that it was a matter of balance, because Chris Pine is seen without his top in an earlier scene, then whipped out a clip of Benedict Cumberbatch in the shower to prove how non-sexist the film was, despite the fact that the footage was cut from the movie. (The clip, below, has since been picked up by websites galore using screencaps of the video alongside such SEO-friendly phrases as "Benedict Cumberbatch shower scene".)
Full credit to Abrams for addressing the debate head-on instead of ignoring it. He was joined by Damon Lindelof, a man who is no stranger to angry people on the internet, in commenting on the response. "I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress," Lindelof tweeted. "We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies. Do not want to make light of something that some construe as [sic] mysogenistic. What I'm saying is I hear you, I take responsibility and will be more mindful in the future."
Slightly less credit to Abrams, though, for also admitting that he "didn't see what the fuss was about".
Alice Eve can still be seen in her undies in UK cinemas now.
New Man of Steel trailer features giant mechanical spider?
Written by Ivan Radford
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 06:41
If you've ever seen Kevin Smith talk about Superman, you'll be very familiar with the words "giant mechanical spider". Producer Jon Peters was working on the reboot Superman Lives and told Smith, who was writing the script, to include a raft of bonkers ideas - from Superman not being able to fly to - most important of all - a showdown with a giant mechanical spider. According to Smith, he had this thing for giant mechanical spiders. Several years later, after that reboot was binned, Wild Wild West came along. The finale? A showdown with a giant mechanical spider.
Fast forward 14 years and Zack Snyder is directing a new reboot of Superman. Scroll to the 1:06 mark in the new Man of Steel trailer and...
Is that a giant mechanical spider? If not, it's something very similar to Pixar's robot that faced Mr. Incredible. Now, scroll to the end of the trailer. Yep, you guessed it.
Man of Steel is out in UK cinemas next month. Read on for the full video.