By Niall Browne, 19-May-2013 11:39:00
Grindhouse god, Robert Rodriguez writes and produces this Spanish language curiosity. Think of a low budget feature combination of Millennium meets The X-Files by way of ‘CSI: Mexico’. It never quite gels as a concept, but this low budget thriller has enough gore and crazy little moments to pass 90 minutes.
By Niall Browne, 19-May-2013 10:54:00
The Hunger Games isn’t for me. I know that - and if you read Movies In Focus – you know that. I’d rather kick-back and watch The Running Man. However, it does have its audience, who will no doubt be thrilled by this Jennifer Lawrence focused Katniss Everdeen character poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
By Niall Browne, 19-May-2013 10:27:00
The Masters of Cinema series has done it again. They’ve delivered a sumptuous looking disc of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1942 film, The Murderer Lives At Number 21 (or to give it its original French tite: L'Assassin Habite Au 21).
By Niall Browne, 18-May-2013 11:40:00
J.J Abrams shocked many when he successfully re-energised the Star Trek franchise with 2009’s Star Trek. He opened up Trek to a whole new audience (and generation), helping it crack into the mainstream. Before Abram’s captained the Starship Enterprise to box office glory, the franchise was something of a niche, ironically seen as a poor cousin to George Lucas’ Star Wars. This is odd considering that Star Trek first aired on television a decade before Lucas unleashed the full-force of his Jedi might.
By Niall Browne, 18-May-2013 10:37:00
The Hidden Face begins like most haunted house movies. A young couple move into a large country house and soon things start to go bump in the night. You’ve seen it all a million times before, but just as soon as you think that this Spanish language film (set in Colombia) has nothing new to offer, it takes a radical turn at the midway point by challenging the conventions of this stale genre. The turn means that The Hidden Face delivers a fresh new angle on the traditional ghost story; this grounds the tale in the real world and makes it strangely compelling viewing.
By Niall Browne, 18-May-2013 09:57:00
Christopher Nolan has made no secret that he’s a fan of the James Bond franchise. The director has liberally lifted elements from the 50 year old film series and used them to inspire some of the best moments in his films - Inception and the Batman franchise all contain nods to Ian Fleming’s hero.
Now comes word that Nolan is in early, informal talks with Bond producers, EON (Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli) to helm Bond 24. Is this accurate?
By Niall Browne, 18-May-2013 08:32:00
Tony Scott 1986 ****
By Niall Browne, 17-May-2013 12:32:00
Arnold Schwarzenegger in the remake of Troma’s Toxic Avenger? Hmmmmm.
To me any Schwarzenegger is better than no Schwarzenegger, but I never ever expected to write (or say) the words Schwarzenegger and Troma in the same sentence. It just shows you what time can do.
However, this looks like this will become a reality, and that the Austrian Oak will indeed to top-lining the remake of Troma Studio’s most famous character (apparently playing a character called The Exterminator!).
By Niall Browne, 17-May-2013 12:19:00
Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby is out now in the UK. It’s made good money in the US, but it has had mixed reviews (mostly to do with the director’s ‘vision’). It doesn’t matter, this is connecting with audiences, and it is already Luhrmann’s highest grossing film and the second biggest opening of star Leonardo DiCaprio’s career (behind Inception).
By Niall Browne, 16-May-2013 18:52:00
Steven Soderbergh’s Behind The Candelabra is one of Movies In Focus’ most anticipated films of the year. The Liberace biopic stars Michael Douglas as the flamboyant star and Matt Damon as his young lover, Scott Thornson. It’s getting ready for a launch at Cannes, where it should hopefully score some awards gold.
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