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Adele Blanc-Sec Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 04/05/2010 @ 17:04
Subject: Film

Films seen so far this year: 134
Films seen this week: Gentlemen Broncos, White Material, Iron Man 2 (twice), Revanche, Coco & Igor

Review Footnotes
Regular readers (both of you) may recall that a couple of weeks ago I devoted some blog space to the bits and pieces (and afterthoughts) that I'd had to leave out of various reviews due to word count issues and so on. Well, that worked out so nicely that I've come up with a few more. Here are a few more footnotes on some recent films.

Date Night – Contrary to reviews I've read elsewhere, the funniest scenes are, for once, NOT all in the trailer. There are two scenes in particular that are still making me laugh out loud when I think about them and I saw the film nearly two months ago (58 films ago, if you can believe that). I don't want to give the scenes away here but you'll know them when you see them.

It's A Wonderful Afterlife – In retrospect, it probably wasn't a good idea to make a reference to one of the best-loved films of all time in the title of Gurinder Chadha's latest. I find it hard to believe that it was always going to be called that. Also, the film has one of the worst (or at least most badly Photoshopped) posters I've ever seen - it's so bad that when I first saw it, I thought the film was about a man being accidentally reincarnated as a woman.

The Joneses – I really liked The Joneses, but I felt it could have been a lot darker and weirder and was let down a little by its neatly wrapped-up ending. Thinking about it, The Joneses might have made a really good TV series. Are you listening, Hollywood? You can have that one for free.

Iron Man 2 – There is quite a lot I want to say about Iron Man 2, but it's probably fairer to wait until people have actually seen it, as a lot of it is very spoilery. Suffice it to say that there's a fanboy rant in the works and that much of it is about the treatment of Scarlett Johansson's character. Watch this space.

Films I'm Looking Forward To: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec
I only found out about this last week, thanks to a conversation with a friend and it's already leapt right to the top of my Dying To See list. Based on a Belgian comic book series (like Tintin, only not as famous), the film is directed by Luc Besson and stars relative newcomer Louise Bourgoin as the eponymous heroine. Set in early 20th-century Paris, the plot involves a pterodactyl and a reanimated Egyptian pharaoh and the trailer makes it look like a cross between Q – The Winged Serpent and The Mummy. The trailer also seems to promise plenty of exciting-looking action scenes but also a lot of humour – I particularly like the Mummy politely asking the way to the exhibition and the shot of the three men nervously looking around for the pterodactyl in the park. There's even what looks like a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of gratuitous nudity in the trailer. God bless the French, etc. No UK release date as yet but the English language trailer suggests we'll definitely be getting it eventually and I'm reliably informed that it'll be sooner rather than later. I can't wait.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only two new entries this week, with terrific British thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed and the wonderful Gentlemen Broncos (well, I thought it was wonderful, most other critics seem to disagree, according to its 21% score on Rotten Tomatoes) both making it into the top ten, although you should still look out for Cemetery Junction, The Joneses and City of Life and Death, all of which got pushed out of the list this week. Interview-wise you can read our interview with the lovely Gemma Arterton (star of Alice Creed) here and our exclusive interview with Ian Hart (star of A Boy Called Dad, also out this week) here. And if that's not enough, you can still read our interviews with Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Gurinder Chadha.

1. Dogtooth
2. Whip It
3. Kick-Ass
4. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
5. Lourdes
6. The Disappearance of Alice Creed
7. How to Train Your Dragon (3D)
8. Shutter Island
9. Date Night
10. Gentlemen Broncos

DVD of the Week: Air Guitar Nation (out now, RRP £15.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is the wonderful Air Guitar Nation, a documentary about the Air Guitar World Championships and the ensuing rivalry between the two American contenders: Bjorn Turoque and C-Diddy. Actually, strictly speaking, it's more of a Bargain of the Week, as I was inspired to include it here because I noticed it was down to £2 in Fopp (with apologies to anyone who doesn't live near a Fopp). One of my favourite films of 2007, this is a hugely entertaining, frequently hilarious documentary with colourful, warm-hearted characters and an infectious energy that’s impossible to resist. Perhaps the strangest thing about the film is that the whole idea of an air guitar competition sounds like a silly joke, but by the end, the contestants have actually won you over and convinced you that there is actually a degree of skill involved and that the contestants are genuinely skilled performers. Extras include: a featurette following Count Rockula at the UK 2007 Air Guitar championships; an audio commentary with Bjorn Turoque (aka Dan Crane) and The Magnet (aka Zac Monroe) and a couple of trailers. Highly recommended - you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll practise air guitar moves in the privacy of your own bedroom.

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