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New Spider-Man Casting

Posted by: Matthew Turner 02/07/2010 @ 10:34
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Films seen so far this year: 235
Films seen this week: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Cherry Tree Lane

Superhero news: Andrew Garfield cast as Spider-Man
This blog isn't usually at the forefront of news scoops, but this particular snippet of Superhero News was only announced last night, so it's worked out nicely for everyone. Anyway, it appears that British actor Andrew Garfield has been officially cast as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, to be directed by (500) Days of Summer's Marc Webb. I'd been trying not to get too caught up in the speculation and rumours beforehand (for the record, I'd have been happy with either Logan 'Percy Jackson' Lerman or Josh Hutcherson), partly because rumour-based film reporting really annoys me and partly because I didn't want to get my hopes up. Garfield's casting may come as a surprise to some, but he's an excellent actor (Boy A, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Red Riding Trilogy) and he looks the part too, so it seems like a smart, interesting choice on Sony's part. I have to confess that the idea of rebooting the Spider-Man franchise worries me quite a bit, because they got everything so perfect the first time round and I'm concerned that they'll change things just for the sake of it – losing J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson, for example, would be a huge mistake. That said, I'm excited to see who they cast as Mary-Jane and Gwen Stacy this time round. Maybe they'll go proper old school and we'll get Betty Brant as the love interest instead? Or the Black Cat? Or Deb Whitman? Okay, okay. Enough Spider-Man-based nerdery. But hurry up with those official villain announcements please, Sony.

Trailerwatch: Let Me In
If you were a fan of Swedish vampire thriller Let The Right One In, it's entirely understandable that you might be annoyed at Let Me In, the imminent American remake. However, the recently released trailer (another uncharacteristically early 'scoop' for this blog) suggests that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves has been extremely respectful to both the original film and John Ajvide Lindqvist's source novel. For one thing, the stylish photography looks almost identical, with the same colour schemes and use of shadows. Similarly, Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass's Hit-Girl) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) have both delivered terrific performances elsewhere and they look perfectly cast here, even if McPhee looks like more of a vampire in the trailer than Moretz does. That aside, this could be a rare example of an American remake actually living up to the original. I love the music on the trailer too – anyone recognise it? The film opens here on Friday 29th October. Is it too much to hope that it might find its way into the FrightFest line-up?

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
It's been a good week for new films, with four new entries into the top ten (it might have been five if I'd seen Lymelife, which guest reviewer Cassam Looch assures me is “actually a three and a half”). The new entries include: French romcom (or Fromcom) Heartbreaker, starring Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis; Charlie Kaufman-esque comedy-drama Skeletons (which won the Best New British Feature Film award at the Edinburgh Film Festival last week); Shrek Forever After (better than Shreks 2 and 3, I'm saying); and Claire Denis' White Material, starring Isabelle Huppert. Also, both Bad Lieutenant and The Brothers Bloom are rapidly approaching the end of their runs, so catch them both in cinemas now while there's still time. On a similar note, I'm gutted to see that She's Out Of My League has already disappeared from cinemas, despite decent-ish reviews and its newly-sexed-up poster. What's the world coming to, eh? Eh? Interview-wise you can still check out our exclusive interview with Shirley Henderson (for Life During Wartime) here and there should be some Eclipse stuff heading your way shortly too.

1. Bad Lieutenant
2. The Brothers Bloom
3. The Killer Inside Me
4. Heartbreaker
5. Skeletons
6. Greenberg
7. Tetro
8. Please Give
9. Shrek Forever After
10. White Material

DVD Of The Week: MICMACS (out now, RRP £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is MICMACS, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, Delicatessen). French comedian Dany Boon stars as Bazil, a man with a bullet in his brain who plots to take down two big weapons manufacturers (Andre Dussollier and Nicolas Marie), with the aid of a makeshift family of junk-collecting misfits, including human cannonball Buster (Dominique Pinon) and a contortionist with a resistance to cold (Julie Ferrier). Hugely entertaining and frequently funny, this is a dazzlingly inventive comedy-drama that's a treat for Jeunet fans, thanks to a delightful cast, a superb score and the director's stunningly visual signature style. Watch out, too, for a delightful cameo from one of Jeunet's previous films. Sadly, the only extra is an interview with Jeunet, which is a shame, because there's so much detail in every frame that the film is crying out for an informative commentary. Highly recommended, all the same.

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