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Film enthusiast, ranter & writer. Part-time blogger, Atheist, Ex-smoker and Real Human Being

Doug Walker Editorial – ‘Is ‘The Big Lebowski’ A Masterpiece?

Well, yes…. But here’s Doug Walker of ‘That Guy With The Glasses’ to elaborate.


Special Feature | Summer 2014 Blockbuster #AMONTAGE

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Hey readers!

Once again, summer blockbuster season is upon us! As the summer blockbuster mash-up I did last year proved quite the hit, I’ve decided to make it an annual fixture. For the past three months, I have toiled over the 2014 edition, and it gives me great pleasure to post the finished version today, EXCLUSIVE to AMONymous.  Enjoy, comment, share, and most importantly…ENJOY THIS YEAR’S SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS!

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Six Of The Best Literary Adaptations

Originally posted on Charlie Derry:

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If you’re a fan of literary adaptations then no doubt you’ll currently have your head stuck in a copy of Joyce Maynard’s emotional coming-of-age novel Labor Day, Nick Hornby’s heart-warming suicide drama A Long Way Down, or maybe even Veronica Roth’s debut dystopian Divergent. What we’re looking forward to most, however, is Richard Ayoade’s upcoming adaptation of Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s dark comedy novella, The Double.

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Film Review | Khumba: A Zebra’s Tale

Scott:

Next up – ‘Foodfight!’ (Hopefully)

Originally posted on AMONymous:

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As the recent critical and box office success of both the Oscar-winning Frozen (2013)  and The LEGO Movie (2014) can attest to, animated movies have seldom been more popular than they are today. Though noble in its intentions, Anthony Silverston’s Khumba (2014)  - the sophomore effort from the Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios – is a substandard digimated excursion that’s all the more dissatisfying when compared to the films that inspired it.

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Trailer Tidbits – March/April 2014

 

Greetings, fatherfuckers. Here’s a little recap of some of the hot new trailers to hit the net.

 

‘Godzilla’ – Trailer #3 (Dir. Gareth Edwards)

Here’s the latest trailer for the 2014 Godzilla movie starring Walter White and the Maximoff Twins. No, but seriously – this is gearing up to be one of most anticipated movies of the year. And tonally, the ‘Monsters’ director seems to have nailed a gritty, realistic feel as opposed to the Emmerichian approach of the ’98 movie. There’s a couple of shots of new footage in this one, but all in all it’s very much of the same we saw in the second trailer.

 

‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ – TV Spot #1 (Dir. Matt Reeves)

More monkey magic! Take a good look at Caesar and his chimp chums in this first TV spot for the sequel to the surprisingly decent Apes reboot.

 

‘Lucy’ – Trailer #1 (Dir. Luc Besson)

Fresh off the heels from the recent release of his crime/comedy ‘The Family’ – Parisian writer/director Luc Besson gives us a first trailer from his upcoming sci-fi thriller – ‘Lucy’. This one could be shit fucking hot, people.

 

”Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ – Trailer #1 (Dir. Jonathan Liebesman)

Aaaand finally. This is the long awaited first glimpse at the new TMNT movie as produced by my main man – Michael Bay. Starring Megan Fox (ugh) and Will Arnett (hooray!) plus a load of unknown actors that we don’t care about…(yeah). I’ll be wholeheartedly honest, I’m not really digging the baby faces with the nostrils thing. BUT, I am very much looking forward to seeing the movie. Plus of course more trailers and promo material.

 

 

 


Inglorious Bastnerds Spoiler Podcast: ‘Captain America – The Winter Soldier’

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It’s time once again for another spoiler special for myself and the Bastnerd boys. Chris, Ian and I (@Celluloidical) are joined by regular guests, film journos – Amon Warmann and Mr Christopher Ejizu as we dive deep into the latest Marvel Studios outing – Captain America – The Winter Soldier. Which opens in the US on April 4th. (Sorry guys. We got there first – again!).

Aside from the obvious spoiler warning. I say this. Unlike Total Film, we actually have varying opinions. As opposed to just bitching and moaning. So, yeah.
Anyway, follow the guys and rate, subscribe to the podcast/sites and leave a review. Thanks and enjoy.

Click here to visit the podcast page.

 

@CinemaTronix (www.cinematronix.co.uk)

@i_nesbot (www.redbubble.com/people/inesbot)

@awarmann (www.amonymousblog.com)

@movieumpire (www.movieumpire.com)

 


Bastnerds Go Raw – ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Review

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For the first time since I started contributing to the Inglorious Bastnerds podcast, I met up with host Chris (CinemaTronix) and Ian (i_nesbot) in Liverpool. We decided to check out the latest work from acclaimed writer/director Wes Anderson. The Grand Budapest Hotel at the FACT cinema.

As usual. We do deviate away and talk general movie news etc. Whilst consuming a bottle of rum between the three of us in a hotel room.

Surprisingly. Myself and Ian (whom are both huge Anderson fans), didn’t immediately take to the overtly whimsical fare as we normally would.

Check out the podcast on this page – and don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe! Yarp.

http://cinematronix.co.uk/bastnerds-goes-raw/


My Top Ten Favourite Sequels

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It’s been a while, old friend. But I’m back – blogging, writing, complaining, gushing… Whatever.

As a way to dip my toes back into the world of bloggage, I thought I’d start with a few countdowns. So I took to social networks and I was given a couple of ideas for topics.

This one was suggested by my good pal, Ian Nesbit (@i_nesbot) – who has a lovely little Red Bubble store that you can check out here, for all your filmy, televisiony, comicy, nerdy needs.

Anyway. On with the fucking list.

*NOTE:- This will contain ‘threequels’ in some cases*

10. Evil Dead II (1987. Dir – Sam Raimi)

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While I’m totally alienated by the horror genre in general – Sam Raimi’s approach to production and direction – of his horror work in particular, is something I really hold dear. Sure, everyone says there’s a ‘charm’. But there fucking is, ok? Evil Dead II, although is more or less a retread of its predecessor – Actually surpasses it with its downright mental hilarity, creative effects work and offbeat style. Groovy means groovy.

09. Aliens (1986. Dir – Jim Cameron)

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Staying with the horror genre, so to speak. Ridley Scott’s beautifully constructed ‘Alien’ is among my favourite movies of all time. But with its sequel, James Cameron fucked that whole concept up the poop schute, and elevated it to gun-toting, ooh-ra chanting heaven. Additionally solidifying Ellen Ripley as a certified bad ass. It’s amazing how two films can be so vastly different, but so ball-achingly awesome aswell.

‘Awesome Jim Cameron’ – RIP

08. Toy Story 3 (2010. Dir – Lee Unkrich)

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Oh, Toy Story. You beautiful bastard. No other film series has resonated with or affected me more than this. On surface a kids film, but deep down there’s a whole other level of just how much this series rocks. After two belters, in 2010 they give us the masterpiece. I’m not going to justify by any means why this film is on the list. It should really be on everyone’s. The last 20-15 minutes, in particular, struck a chord with me I believe no other film has ever done. And that, alone, is something as a movie lover I will treasure.

07. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989. Dir. Steven Spielberg)

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Welcome to big school. A lot of people seem to shit all over Indy prequel/sequel ‘Temple’, due to its missing sense of ‘adventure’ that was so richly prominent throughout ‘Raiders’. But with ‘Crusade’, there’s a welcome return. Couple that with the addition of Sean Connery in one of his most memorable roles – you’ve got a recipe for success.

06. ‘Lord Of The Rings – The Two Towers’ (2003. Dir – Peter Jackson)

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Normally I consider Peter Jackson’s LOTR trilogy to be one complete body of work. However I felt I needed to include this particular choice on the list or I’d be fussing over whether to edit it or remove it. Whatever.  So, yeah. Helms Deep, Gandalf’s return, Gollum, the rise of Aragorn. It’s all there. And yes, I’ll highly recommend the extended cut, thankyou.

05. ‘Spider-Man 2′ (2004. Dir. Sam Raimi)

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Raimi again! Where upping the ante is concerned, Spidey 2 is one of the most recent examples of how to get it so perfectly right. Peter’s (Tobey Maguire) dilemmas with being a superhero, caring for his lonely Aunt, his career, his love life, his guilt over events of the first movie and going toe to toe with an idol of his (Fred Molina) – is placed so precisely well throughout the course of the film, that it never seems to lose any traction. Keeping all those elements relevant to the entirety of the film’s plot. The action/effects are also leagues ahead of Raimi’s original. Particularly the train fight between Peter and Octavius. Check out the extended cut on You Tube for certains. Then thank me with money and praisings.

04. ‘The Godfather Part 2′ (1974. Dir – Francis Ford Coppola)

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Considered to be one of the greatest films of the 20th century – ‘Godfather 2′ has one of my favourite film stories of all time. I love a good downfall movie. Newly donned…um… Don – Michael, completely unravels in perhaps Al Pacino’s most iconic, and best performance ever. Running parallel with the story of his father Vito’s escape from his hometown and settlement in America. A stellar turn by Bob De Niro. Though I’m a bigger fan of the first film, Godfather 2 is without question one that all filmmakers would aspire to.

03. The Empire Strikes Back (1980. Dir – Irvin Kershner)

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Course I was gonna have fucking Star Wars in here…. What I love about Empire is that though tonally it’s drastically different from A New Hope, it seems to just seamlessly blend with past (and future) events. Everyone’s on top form here, particularly Hamill and Ford. The standout aspect for me though is the movie’s dialogue and interaction between characters. The script is sublime. Oh, and there’s awesome fucking battles involving giant mechanical walkers, lightsabers and laser shooters – peow peow!

02. ‘Back To The Future Part II’ (1989. Dir – Robert Zemeckis)

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GLOVER REPLACEMENT! WELLS REPLACEMENT! Ah, shut up. This is always a winner for me. Sure there are some questionable elements that a lot of people take criticism with. I adore the filmmaker’s depiction of the future, the ramifications of the now infamous ‘Gray Sports Almanac’, Marty & Doc’s comedically heartwarming and lovable chemistry – in addition to the call backs to the first movie. It’s a time travel movie done right and then some.

01. ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008. Dir – Christopher Nolan)

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“What about escalation?”…. Quizzed Gary Oldman’s Lt. Jim Gordon at the end of Nolan’s new vision of the Caped Crusader. Yes, escalation is exactly what they aimed for and high-fived that bitch so hard its hand ceased to exist. ‘The Dark Knight’ is by a loooong mile my favourite sequel of all time. A few character nitpicks aside, the story is faultless in my opinion. It deals with an interesting study into Bale’s Bruce Wayne, and how far he could be pushed, as well as the city he protects – to its limits. Though I can gush on about Heath Ledger’s immortal portrayal of The Joker, the movie itself is also benefitted by its superb casting and screenplay by Nolan and his brother Jonathan. The theme of the film is ‘escalation’. And one thing I love about Chris Nolan’s storytelling is how he uses some of his movies as a living example of these themes. (See - ‘Memento’, ‘The Prestige’). This is another prime example. Here, it feels like a gradual rush – a shot of adrenaline, perhaps. Toward a dizzying high of tension, emotion and unnerving… Until everything comes crashing down in complete devastation. It’s a simple, yet really, really effective and clever method of film making.


#MTOS – Questions For Sunday 30th June 2013

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Yes! I’m hosting Movie Talk On Sunday on Twitter for a second time on the 30th June, and this time I’ve chosen ‘Extraterrestrials In Movies’ as my topic.

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Since the 50′s American cinema has been fascinated with creatures from other worlds, sentient robots, little green men, parasitic entities and all other manners of alien lifeforms. From E.T to Superman, and Predator to The Thing – there’s an alien movie we all love… and certainly one we hate aswell. Now, more than ever - filmmakers are delving deeper and deeper into a wider scope of the extraterrestrial movie. Such as political commentaries, philosophical theories and moral standpoints. However, we all know alien movies for one thing predominantly… AWESOMENESS!!!

Never heard of #MTOS? Here’s all you need to know – ‘What Is #MTOS?’

So here’s a rundown of my questions. Remember - #MTOS is EVERY Sunday, starting at 8:00pm GMT. Everyone is welcome, but don’t forget to use the hashtag. Also, please follow the creators of Movie Talk On Sunday – @askimrach and my fellow Inglorious Bastnerd, @Raghavmodi.

Q1. What is your favourite movie featuring life from another world? #MTOS

Q2. Is there a movie featuring extraterrestrials that you detest? What didn’t work? #MTOS

Q3. Do you prefer to watch movies about friendly creatures (eg. ‘E.T’) or those with hostile ones (eg. ‘Independence Day’) #MTOS

Q4. Is there an actor/director that you are absolutely convinced comes from an alien planet?

Q5. Alien characters have been used to convey social/political messages. Sanctimonious? Or morally/socially relevant? #MTOS

Q6. Is there an extraterrestrial character, from any previous work, that you would like to see get a modern update on screen? #MTOS

Q7. Do you think movies about alien life can ever attribute to ‘intelligent’ filmmaking? Are there examples of this? #MTOS

Q8. In your opinion – What’s the ultimate, defining moment in film of human/alien interaction? #MTOS

Q9. Who is your all-time favourite extraterrestrial character? What do you like/love about them?

Q10. You’re Head of Weyland-Yutani, Xenos are running amok. Cast 5 actors, any era, as your Colonial Marines – or it’s game over, man! #MTOS

 

Brain scrambled? Click here for a list of all movies featuring extraterrestrials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Inglorious Bastnerds Podcast – ‘V For Vendetta’

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So for this week’s podcast the ‘Usual Suspects’ – consisting of host Chris, Ian, Raghav, Allan and myself, talk about the Wachowski-scribed adaptation of Alan Moore’s ‘V For Vendetta’. And it would appear that this could be the first film to make a massive divide amongst the crew. In other news, we talk about the upcoming ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D’ television series, The Great Gatsby, The Brass Tea Pot, Parker, my growing obsession for Benedict Cumberbatch. Note – there are some spoilery-bits in regard to Star Trek Into Darkness. You have beeen warned!

V For Vendetta episode – Player is at the foot of the page

Please rate, subscribe, listen, share and check out the links for the crew and their Twitter accounts!

@CinemaTronix (Chris) www.cinematronix.co.uk

@i_nesbot (Ian) www.redbubble.com/people/inesbot

@raghavmodi (Raghav Fury – Director of R.I.G.H.T) www.tickertalksfilm.blogspot.com

@mysocalledbrain (Allan) www.myso-calledbrain.blogspot.com

@Celluloidical (Me) www.celluloidical.wordpress.com


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