Kick-Ass was without doubt one of the motion picture highlights of 2010. Based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. it captured the spirit of the graphic novel perfectly and featured stand-out performances from Aaron Johnson as the eponymous hero as well as a scene-stealing turn from Chloë Grace Moretz as the teen assassin Hit-Girl. Some quality support from Mark Strong and Nicolas Cage sealed the deal.
Friday August 16th sees the release of the long awaited biopic of Apple founder Steve Jobs in the USA. Strangely bearing in mind the UK's love of the shiny gadgets his company makes there's still no word of a UK release date so for the time being you'll have to make do with a look at the new trailer, entitled somewhat pompously American Legend.
If there's one message contained within the remake of The Lone Ranger it's that there's a very real limit to how much Johnny Depp and a shed-load of makeup can accomplish. In Gore Verbinski's flamboyant re-imagination of the long-running radio show and '50s cowboy TV series, Depp enthusiastically attempts to recreate the extravagant on-screen magic of his similarly lunatic Jack Sparrow, a character that was the very heart and soul of Verbinski's Pirates of the Caribbean series. Sadly it doesn't quite come off.
At the 2013 Comic Con bash AMC released a cracking four minute trailer for Season 4 of The Walking Dead. Initially restricted to US viewers only it has now spread across the inter-web as these things do. Much of it consists of our very own Andrew Lincoln further refining his gravelly Southern drawl but there is also plenty of zombie bashing and some philosophical pondering from Scott Wilson (who plays the wise old bearded one Hershel Greene).
To date the carnival of speed, danger, money and petrol that is Formula 1 has only only produced one decent feature film, John Frankenheimer's 1966 epic Grand Prix which started James Garner and Yves Montand. Forty six years is one hell of a long time to wait for a second but in Rush, Ron Howard's re-telling of the 1976 F1 series it just may have arrived.
In Shaun of the Dead Simon Pegg and Nick Frost tackled zombies, in Hot Fuzz they took on small-town police and mobsters but for their latest dose of laddish lunacy the UK’s favourite comedic slackers and director Edgar Wright take on their biggest challenge yet – a pub crawl to the end of the world in the hope of saving all mankind from an alien menace.
Few remakes are created with input from, and the blessings of, those who played significant roles in the original. 2013's Evil Dead is one of the lucky few. This franchise reboot, remake, re-imagining, whatever you want to call it of the classic Evil Dead was produced, and its director chosen, by the trio of Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, and Rob Tapert, the star, director, and producer, respectively, of the original film.
Now granted a sci-fi movie based on the premise that all human life on a frozen earth has ended with the exception of a hand full of class-ridden refugees on a huge train that endlessly circles the globe may sound a wee bit silly but Snowpiercer is actually based on the fairly cult (and very French) graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette.