At the beginning of Guillermo del Toro's summer blockbuster Pacific Rim the audience is presented with the definition of two words that may be new to many film goers. The first is "Kaiju" which apparently means giant beast in Japanese, and the second is "Jaeger" which I know for a fact is the German word for hunter. The following two and quarter hours consists mainly of the Kaijus and Jaegers beating the living daylights out of each other while wrecking significant parts of Planet Earth in the process.
The more music there is in a Coen brothers film the better it usually is (I'm thinking about O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Big Lebowski) so their new project which follows the trials and tribulations of an up and coming folk singer in early 60s New York should be a corker.
I doubt anyone reading this will have seen a documentary like The Act of Killing. While dealing with Indonesia’s horrific past - a subject many in the West remain woefully ill-informed about - the film shows nothing in way of violence. What it does to - even more disturbing ends than the most graphic brutality - is to ask the perpetrators of some truly horrific acts to demonstrate what they did and how.
The first trailer for Ridley Scott's new and eagerly awaited thriller The Counselor which is based on novelist Cormac McCarthy's debut screenplay has landed on the internet and it promises to one of the cinematic high-points of the year.
I’m not sure exactly how long Warm Bodies ran for in UK cinemas after its February 8th opening but it certainly wasn't long enough. If like me you missed this amusing and offbeat zombie flick when it was playing on the big screen it is now available to own on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Let’s get one thing straight from the start, Marc Forster’s Brad Pitt-decorated adaptation of Max (son of Mel) Brooks' book of the same name has strayed mightily from the path of righteousness. In fact title apart there is little if any similarity between the two. So if you expect even a half-faithful adaptation of Brooks entertaining (though I think rather overrated) novel stay away from the cinema next week.