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Mirror Mirror Film Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 25/11/2011 @ 12:27
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Films seen so far this year: 464
Films seen in the last week: A Christmas Princess, Back to the Future, A Night at the Roxbury, The Innocents, Happy Feet 2, Man On A Ledge, Moneyball, Hugo, The Iron Lady, The Fairy

FILMS OF THE WEEK: Take Shelter, Moneyball, and My Week with Marilyn

The Monster Squad at the PCC
Last week, on more or less the spur of the moment (in that people were talking about it on Twitter and I'd always wanted to see it so I decided to go), I saw The Monster Squad (1987) at the Prince Charles Cinema. I'm not quite sure how I missed it in 1987, as I was 16 at the time and already an avid cinema-goer and it doesn't look like the sort of thing I'd have missed – I can only assume that it never made it to the Colchester Odeon. As for catching it later on video, I never had a VHS player growing up (we had a Sony Video8 – don't ask), so I never saw it then either. But in a way, I'm glad I waited, because the Prince Charles screening (accompanied by some friends who'd seen it and some who hadn't) was wonderful – there was an electric atmosphere in the (completely packed) cinema screen and we were all talking about it for hours afterwards.



The plot is delightfully simple: Dracula comes to America and quickly recruits Frankenstein's Monster (Tom Noonan, the only recognisable name in the cast), the Mummy, the Wolf Man and – in one of the film's best surprise moments – the Creature from the Black Lagoon to help him in his sinister plan (whatever that is – it's not entirely clear). The only people who can stop the monsters are the self-appointed Monster Squad, a group of 12 year old kids who are all experts on monsters and how to kill them, thanks to a diet of monster movies and horror comics. Essentially, this is the movie The Goonies should have been (I hate The Goonies, but that's a subject for another blog) – it's very funny, genuinely scary (the fact that young children are terrorised is perhaps a reason the film has been widely unavailable, alongside the scenes of kids shooting guns and making it look cool) and has a real affection for classic Hollywood monster movies (the Frankenstein scenes in particular).

Highlights include: Dracula dynamiting the kids' (empty) tree house purely out of spite (“Meeting adjourned!”); innovative ways to
(temporarily) disable a werewolf (one: kick him in the “gnards”, two:
stick dynamite in his trousers and push him out a window); and pretty much every scene involving “Phoebe the Feeb”, the foul-mouthed six year-old sister of one of the main kids. Apparently there's a Blu-Ray of the film either already out or on the way and I think it might have persuaded me to buy a Blu-Ray player. Either way, I'll definitely be going to more Prince Charles screenings from now on.



Trailerwatch: Mirror, Mirror
I wrote about Snow White and the Huntsman in last week's blog so it seems only fair to give the other Snow White movie the same space this week. Despite mentioning Mirror, Mirror last week, I hadn't actually seen the trailer until today, so I hadn't realised it was a comedy (to be fair, director Tarsem Singh isn't exactly known for his comedy stylings). I have to say, it actually looks pretty good. With Tarsem involved, the visuals were always going to be stunning and weird, but I hadn't counted on the apparent lightness of touch. It looks like it's essentially Julia Roberts' movie – relative unknown Lily Collins plays Snow White – and she's clearly having a whale of a time in the trailer as the Wicked Queen, with the slight twist in the tale being that the Queen has her own designs on the Handsome Prince (The Social Network's Armie Hammer).



Happily, the film also features the Seven Dwarves, who are notably absent from Snow White and the Huntsman, at least as far as the trailer is concerned. What I'm really excited about though is that there appears to be a sub-plot in which Snow White turns swashbuckling Robin Hood-style outlaw, which is a stroke of genius. (Incidentally, the script is credited to first-timer Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller, whose only notable previous credit was on, um, Machine Gun Preacher).



Anyway, there's a lot to like in the trailer, although I'm not sure about the Bollywood-style sequence at the beginning and I also hate the line “Snow White? S'no way!”, but hopefully they'll keep that sort of thing to a minimum. There's no UK release date yet, so it'll be interesting to see whether it comes out before or after “SWATH”.



Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):After a truly dismal week for new films last week, it's all change this week with no less than five new films making it into the top ten.
They include: Michael Shannon drama Take Shelter (which is sort of about Michael Shannon worrying that he's turning into Michael Shannon), Brad Pitt sport-and-maths drama Moneyball (based on a true story), Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh in My Week With Marilyn, Terence Davies The Deep Blue Sea (which really ought to be called “The Other Deep Blue Sea”, to avoid confusion with the Sharks With Brains movie) and cancer comedy (no, wait, come back, etc) 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Seth Rogen. I'll also put in a good word for the recently bumped Melancholia, which is presumably deep into its second run by now.

Interview-wise this week we have an exclusive interview with Terence Davies for The Deep Blue Sea and a semi-exclusive (i.e. round table) interview with Michael Shannon for Take Shelter. Elsewhere you can still read our exclusive interview with Snowtown star Daniel Henshall, our semi-exclusive round-table interview with Rum Diary (and Withnail & I) director Bruce Robinson, a semi-exclusive round table with The Rum Diary star Amber Heard, our exclusive interview with Keith Chegwin for Kill Keith, an exclusive interview with rising star Candese Reid for Junkhearts, our exclusive interview with Stephanie Sigman and Gerardo Naranjo (star and director of the excellent Miss Bala), a press conference interview with George Clooney for The Ides of March and an exclusive interview with The Greatest Movie Ever Sold director Morgan Spurlock. That gives me a pathetic score of 3/10 on the Interviews To Go With The Top Ten game. Must try harder.

1. Tabloid
2. Take Shelter
3. Moneyball
4. My Week With Marilyn
5. We Need To Talk About Kevin
6. Snowtown
7. Weekend
8. Wuthering Heights
9. The Deep Blue Sea
10. 50/50

DVD of the Week: The Fighter (out now, online RRP a mere £5)This week's DVD of the Week is The Fighter, largely because no-one sent me any new DVDs this week and this is one I never got round to reviewing when the DVD actually came out back in, er, June. Nominated for seven Oscars (including Best Picture), The Fighter is directed by David O. Russell and based on the true story of boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward. Set in smalltown Lowell, Massachusetts in 1993, the film stars Mark Wahlberg as Micky Ward, whose attempts to kick-start his boxing career are over-shadowed by his larger-than-life ex-boxer-turned-crackhead half-brother Dickie Eklund (Christian Bale) and his domineering manager mother Alice Ward (Melissa Leo).



The performances are excellent (Bale, Leo and Amy Adams – as Micky's feisty love interest - all deservedly received Best Supporting Actor / Actress nominations) and the script is superb, disguising the fact that, at heart, this is standard triumph-over-adversity fare with punchy dialogue and a strong sense of place. Similarly, Russell's direction is impressive throughout, mixing different styles and incorporating documentary-style footage to strong effect, while also handling the fight scenes extremely well, particularly during the exciting, if predictable climactic bout. In short, this is an impressively directed, superbly written and emotionally engaging boxing drama with a quartet of terrific performances from Wahlberg, Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams.

The excellent extras package includes: Director's commentary with David O. Russell; a Behind the Scenes featurette (including interviews with both the real-life Micky and Dicky); 20 minutes of deleted scenes (with optional commentary); another short featurette about Dicky (“Keeping the Faith”), including interviews with real-life family members and friends; and the trailer. Recommended.

Comments

by  Charlotte C  25/11/2011 @ 16:18
Snow White and the Huntsman is due for release in June, and Mirror Mirror is set to come out before that in March 2012.
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