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New Spider-Man Pictures

Posted by: Matthew Turner 14/01/2011 @ 13:09
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Films seen so far this year: 22
Films seen this week: Henry's Crime, The Mechanic, A Girl In Every Port, Tiger Shark, A Hard Day's Night, The Lodger, Passport to Pimlico, Quatermass and the Pit, Night and the City, Wonderland, Dirty Pretty Things, The Green Hornet, Travellers, Gasland, Ride Rise Roar, Ballast, The Dawn Patrol, Brotherhood, Yogi Bear, Get Low, Wake Wood

Superhero News: New pictures of Spider-Man and Captain America
Twin-pronged superhero excitement this week with the official release of shots of both Andrew Garfield and Chris Evans in costume as Spider-Man and Captain America, respectively. The Spider-Man picture is interesting, because, as various comics nerds have already pointed out, there's a vague echo of this classic comic, although the prevailing rumour seems to be that they're going new school Spider-Man rather than old school. (Personally, I hope that's not true). As for the costume itself, the Spider-Man insignia looks decidedly weird, so God only knows what's going on there. Looks okay otherwise though and I also hear that the reboot is reverting to mechanical web-shooters, so that'll be nice.

As for the Captain America picture, I've expressed doubts about the feasibility of the costume before, but it has to be said, Chris Evans actually looks quite good in it. Fortunately, the film appears to be set mostly during WWII, so it's allowed to look a little weird and old-fashioned – it'll be interesting to see whether the costume remains that way for the Avengers movie. I'm not sure who the guys behind Cap are supposed to be? Robotic minions? Agents of H.Y.D.R.A.?  S.H.I.E.L.D operatives? Super-soldier prototypes? Only time will tell. Captain America is due out 29th July (trailer due imminently, apparently) and Spider-Man is still shooting and will be out next year.

Trailerwatch: Drive Angry
Maybe I'm slightly obsessed with Groundhog Day, but I really wish they'd called this DON'T Drive Angry instead. Ah well. Nic Cage (complete with yet another bonkers hair-do) stars as a vengeful father who, um, breaks out of Hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter (including Twilight's Billy Burke). Along the way he hooks up with ass-kicking strumpet Amber Heard, who you've probably seen in this publicity shot by now. Cage looks suitably unhinged (although there's an odd plasticky effect to his face that I'm not sure about) but the real star of the show (at least, judging by the trailer) is William Fichtner, who plays Satan's accountant, sent by the Devil to drag Cage back to Hell. Nice.

The trailer promises plenty of action and a gleefully ridiculous plot as well as some odd special effects and a handful of decent one-liners. It also stars some of my favourite unsung TV actors, such as Jack McGee (off Rescue Me) and Katy Mixon (off Eastbound & Down), as well as the always-excellent David Morse and twitchy weird guy par excellence Pruitt Taylor Vince (dollars to doughnuts he does that weird thing with his eyes at some point). Basically, it could go either way, but it has definite so-bad-it's-good potential. Opens here 25th Feb. And, oh yes, it's in 3D.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Three new entries this week, with relationship drama Blue Valentine (an early contender for one of the best films of the year), Michel Gondry's superhero comedy The Green Hornet and woman-goes-to-law-school-in-order-to-defend-her-brother drama Conviction all entering the top ten. I'll also put in a good word for Brotherhood (fratboy-intitiation-goes-horribly-wrong thriller) and Keanu heist comedy-drama Henry's Crime, which for some reason I keep thinking of as Henry's Cat. Bumped off the list are Amer, Megamind, The Kids Are All Right and Love and Other Drugs but all four films are still showing and are well worth seeking out. Interview wise we have an exclusive interview with actor-turned-Abel-director Diego Luna, plus an even more exclusive interview coming soon with ex-Hollyoaks star Roxanne McKee, who's in British horror F (see DVD of the Week, below).

Elsewhere you can still read our press conferences interviews with Gyllenhaal and Hathaway; press conference interviews with the stars and director of The Way Back; press conference interviews with the stars of Gulliver's Travels; an exclusive interview with the makers of Catfish and press conference interviews with the stars of The King's Speech.

1. The Social Network
2. The King's Speech
3. Blue Valentine
4. Abel
5. Catfish
6. The Way Back
7. 127 Hours
8. Conviction
9. The Green Hornet
10. Somewhere

DVD of the Week: F (out now, RRP £15.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is F, a British horror directed by Johannes Roberts, in which a group of teachers find their school attacked by a gang of vicious hoodies during after-school detention. David Schofield plays Robert, a teacher who's already on the verge of a nervous breakdown thanks to a previous incident where he was assaulted by one of his pupils and the school refused to back him. To make matters worse, he's put his own daughter (Eliza Bennett) in detention, placing her in direct danger when the hoodies attack. It's always a treat to see a great character actor handed a juicy lead role and Schofield is terrific, delivering a performance that's simultaneously moving and unsettling.

The direction is equally good – Roberts makes strong use of extreme close-ups throughout, heightening the tension by never showing you an establishing shot of each character's surroundings and also using strange angles and out-of-focus shots. In short, this is a superbly directed, genuinely chilling British horror that will have you crossing the road to avoid hoodies for the foreseeable future. Extras include: a director's commentary; a 28 minute Making Of featurette; a five minute interview with Roxanne McKee (although you can also read ours here soon and ours is better) and the trailer. Recommended.


by  MattM  17/01/2011 @ 15:15
Hmm, the new Spiderman worries me. I'm a big fan, have been since childhood and loved Sam Raimis take but this new one fills me with doubt. I initially heard it was to be a prequel, about the young Peter Parker - but how can this be? He wasn't Spidey when he was young, ie. pre the first Raimi film and now I hear it's a straight reboot - isn't it a little soon for the franchise to be rebooted as oppose to a 4th instalment? I need to find out more I think.
by  Matthew Turner  13/02/2011 @ 16:03
It was never going to be a pre-Spider-Man prequel in that sense. I think what they mean is that he's still going to be at high school (as in the early Ditko comics), whereas the first Raimi film jumps to Peter working in New York and all you really get in high school is that bit with the tray. I agree with you though - I think it's much too soon to reboot the franchise, but I'm a huge Spider-Man fan too so no doubt I'll come around...
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