Archive | March, 2013

Television Revision: The Sopranos – Season 1

By Andrew Williams March 19, 2013 Television Revision is a weekly feature in which our tuned in TV critic trawls through the best the box has to offer, giving you a primer on some of history’s finest shows (and warning you away from the specific episodes – or even seasons! – that might have ruined […]

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Play It Again – Funny Lady

By Jess Lomas March 19, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Interview: Michael Biehn (The Victim)

By Simon Miraudo March 19, 2013 Michael Biehn – formerly Kyle Reese in The Terminator and Corporal Hicks in Aliens – steps behind the camera for The Victim, an ultra-trashy, Grindhouse-inspired horror flick with low morals, short skirts, and a genuinely nifty twist ending. Shot in less than 12 days (and only put into production because the […]

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Take a picture – Dead Europe review

By Richard Haridy March 19, 2013 Christos Tsiolkas’ 2005 novel, Dead Europe, is as close to unfilmable as they come. Its sharply bifurcated structure and transgressive tone contained explicit moments that could never be directly transferred to celluloid. Director Tony Krawitz certainly can’t be faulted for his ambition, yet, despite some magnificent technical credits, his […]

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The (Pod) Casting Couch – Side Effects

Looking for a film podcast to whisper sweet cinematic nothings in your ear? Only one features Quickflix critics Simon Miraudo and Andrew Williams, as well as reviewers Shannon Harvey and Natasha Povey. That’d be The (Pod) Casting Couch, where each week the latest releases are analysed within an inch of their life, outrageous digressions are indulged, and flights of […]

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Trailer Debut: Kick-Ass 2 (Red Band)

The original Kick-Ass was a clever, subversive riff on superhero stories, but the recently released trailer for the upcoming sequel seems to signal the series’ slide into generic action territory despite some offbeat touches. Director of the original film, Matthew Vaughn, moved on to rebooting the X-Men franchise, handing the Kick-Ass reigns to Jeff Wadlow, […]

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Safety Not Guaranteed’s Colin Trevorrow to direct Jurassic Park 4

Colin Trevorrow has been named director of Jurassic Park 4. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news. While his name may not be known to many at the moment, Trevorrow made his impressive feature film debut just last year with the indie sci-fi Safety Not Guaranteed. It’s quite a leap for the director, who is now preparing to […]

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Trailer Debut: Scary Movie 5

And the award for Worst Trailer of the Year goes to … Scary Movie 5. And it’s only March! It’s safe to say this flick will also take out the award for Worst Film of the Year and possible crimes against humanity, but for now let’s look at what this “comedy” has in store for […]

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Danny Boyle won’t direct the next – or any – Bond film

In a wide ranging conversation with The Playlist, Danny Boyle revealed he definitely has no interest in directing a Bond film. Skyfall director Sam Mendes has been unwilling to confirm or deny his interest in directing the next instalment, and the internet has jumped at the chance to speculate on who would be a good […]

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Snow black and white – Blancanieves review

By Simon Miraudo March 18, 2013 Blancanieves is the third adaptation of the Snow White fable we’ve seen in just 12 months. Though it’s been a boon for the little people acting guilds, audiences are surely starting to tire of seeing the same story over and over again (one that’s been ingrained in them since […]

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The internet has paid for a Veronica Mars movie; will debut in 2014

Veronica Mars will be resurrected as a feature film, thanks to the efforts of fans who have dutifully pledged more than $2 million for its production on Kickstarter. Star Kristen Bell and show creator Rob Thomas announced on March 13 that Warner Bros – who hold the rights to VM –  would be willing to distribute their […]

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Iran suing Hollywood over Argo and similar “distorting” movies

Iran has recruited French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre to file suit against Hollywood for promoting “Iranophobia” in their movies. Ben Affleck’s Best Picture winner Argo has been targeted in the suit, as well as 300, Not Without My Daughter, and The Wrestler. According to The Guardian, Coutant-Peyre revealed details of her task at Tehran’s recent Hoax of Hollywood conference. Speaking with […]

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The 24 movie is dead

24 fans were dealt a blow today as director Antoine Fuqua, long attached to the feature film version of the TV series, announced to The Playlist that the movie may never happen. Talk of a 24 feature film has been circulating for some time, though word spread last year to a potential trilogy. Fuqua (Training […]

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Teaser Debut: The Bling Ring

The first teaser trailer for Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring continues the dialogue-light, soundtrack-heavy, dream-like tradition she’s come to be known for. The film is based on the real life events, as the trailer reminds you by splashing it across the screen, of The Bling Ring. Also called the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch, they were […]

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The Great Gatsby to kick off Cannes

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby will open the 66th Cannes Film Festival but will screen out of competition, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The much-anticipated Gatsby is Luhrmann’s second film, after Moulin Rouge!, to open the film festival, and the second time ever that a 3-D film will hold the honour, following 2009’s Up. Based on F. […]

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Trailer Debut: The Hangover Part III

The mildly anti-climactic first trailer for The Hangover Part III has been released, promising more of the same but now with added John Goodman. Despite offering very little in way of plot, the trailer does point towards a shift in the formula for this third and possibly last Hangover. There is no wedding and no […]

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Magic dance – The Incredible Burt Wonderstone review

By Simon Miraudo March 13, 2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone gets a lot of mileage out of its stars’ increasingly ridiculous hairdos. I’m not proud to say that they kept me giggling throughout, but they did, and I have to live with that. If a lot of effort was put into hair and makeup, not […]

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Interview: Ronan Keating (Goddess)

By Simon Miraudo March 13, 2013 Ronan Keating is one of the highest selling recording artists of all time, thanks to his stint in the beloved troupe Boyzone, as well as his own ultra-successful solo career. Yet, over the past 12 years, he’s simultaneously lived the life of the struggling actor, losing out roles in […]

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Play It Again – Easy Rider

By Simon Miraudo March 12, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Television Revision: Black Adder – Season 4

By Andrew Williams March 11, 2013 Television Revision is a weekly feature in which our tuned in TV critic trawls through the best the box has to offer, giving you a primer on some of history’s finest shows (and warning you away from the specific episodes – or even seasons! – that might have ruined […]

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The singing mum – Goddess review

By Jess Lomas March 12, 2013 It’s clear from the moment Goddess begins that writer-director Mark Lamprell (My Mother Frank) wants his audience to have a good time. There’s a high level of energy that doesn’t dissipate but seems to elevate uncontrollably, and by the time the final scene arrives one might feel as though […]

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Sexual nightmares and sleep crime – Side Effects review

By Simon Miraudo March 11, 2013 Steven Soderbergh‘s Side Effects begins as one thing, and then ends as something else entirely. Over the course of its 106 minutes, the feature evolves from an icy, haunting tale of depression and abandonment into a squalid, sordid, serpentine Alfred Hitchcock pastiche. That it can glide from these two […]

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The (Pod) Casting Couch – 100th Episode / The Top 10 Movie Moments of All Time

Looking for a film podcast to whisper sweet cinematic nothings in your ear? Only one features Quickflix critics Simon Miraudo and Andrew Williams, as well as reviewers Shannon Harvey, and Laura Hewison. That’d be The (Pod) Casting Couch, where each week the latest releases are analysed within an inch of their life, outrageous digressions are indulged, and flights of […]

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Disney working on sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful

Disney is plotting a sequel to Sam Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel Oz the Great and Powerful; a plan that will surely be turned into a reality following the picture’s massive debut at the U.S. box office over the weekend. According to Variety, Disney has signed Mitchell Kapner – who co-wrote the first flick with David Lindsay-Abaire – to […]

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Trailer Debut: Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon follows up The Avengers with, of all things, a black-and-white adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Whedon shot the picture over 12 days in Santa Monica while The Avengers was in post-production. Basically, in the time it took to render Hulk in just a couple of scenes, Whedon called up his friends and made this little […]

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Rival Lance Armstrong movies race to the big screen

Jay Roach is set to helm a new movie based on the doping scandal that saw Lance Armstrong stripped of his seven Tour de France championships, Deadline reports. Warner Bros has acquired the untitled project, scripted by Side Effects‘s Scott Z. Burns. The package – put together by Charles Roven and Alex Gartner – contains the […]

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Clerks 3 will be a film after all (and it may already have been written)

Remember when Kevin Smith suggested Clerks 3 would be released online as an e-book, and each chapter would be informed by the internet’s collective reaction to its previous instalment? Never mind. Smith posted the above image to his Facebook and Instagram account, with the following message: “20 years ago today, we started shooting Clerks. 20 years later, with […]

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Poster Debut: Sofia Vergara in Machete Kills

Posted without comment. Sofia Vergara stars opposite Machete himself, Danny Trejo, as well as Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, and Mel Gibson. Weird cast. We’ll get to see them all in action later this year. That is, so long as Overnight Productions’ lawsuit against Robert Rodriguez’s Quick Draw Productions doesn’t bar the film from release. Overnight are seeking $2 million […]

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The top 10 movie moments of all time

By Simon Miraudo March 8, 2013 For the 100th episode of The (Pod) Casting Couch, I was asked to compile my ten favourite movie moments of all time. As someone who has devoted a lifetime to the pictures, that’s quite an ask. However, as an obsessive, list-making loser, it was also a dream come true. […]

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Poster Debut: The Hangover Part 3

The poster for The Hangover Part 3 recalls the one-sheet for Warner Bros’ last big franchise ender, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. In it, Zach Galifianakis’ Alan faces off against Ken Jeong’s Mr. Chow. Nowhere to be seen: Ed Helms’ Stu, Bradley Cooper’s Phil, or Justin Bartha’s Doug (though the latter is frequently missing […]

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