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RIP Gravelly-Voiced Trailer Guy and Kevin Smith’s New Porn Film

Posted by: Matthew Turner 04/09/2008 @ 16:49
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Films seen so far this year: 321
Films seen this week: El Cantante, Disaster Movie, Never Apologise, The Werewolf of London (1935), Bangkok Dangerous, Sweet Land, Outlanders, Gomorrah

RIP Gravelly-Voiced Trailer Guy, Don LaFontaine
If you've ever deepened your voice and started a sentence with the words “IN A WORLD...”, then, like me, you'll be saddened to know that gravelly-voiced voiceover guy Don LaFontaine passed away this week. Trailers will never seem the same again. There's a rather lovely tribute to him (see below) that's worth watching to the end for the accolades heaped upon him by his peers. He will be sadly missed.

Films I'm Looking Forward To: Zack and Miri Make A Porno
If you spend a lot of time on the internets, you may well have come across the recent phenomenon of the Red Band trailer. I confess, I didn't know what it meant, so I had to ask someone, but basically it means a trailer with swearing in it, distinguished by the red preview screen rather than the usual green (at least as far as US trailers are concerned – the UK version would have an 18 certificate). A good example is the Red Band trailer for Kevin Smith's upcoming Zack and Miri Make A Porno, starring Seth Rogen and the lovely Elizabeth Banks. I haven't really liked a Kevin Smith movie since Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, but I think Zack and Miri looks like it could be pretty funny. Be warned, trailer contains foul language from the outset...

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):Three new entries this week, with Sweet Land, RocknRolla and The Duchess all making it into the top ten. (El Cantante and Never Apologise are both worth seeking out too, though they may be harder to find). On a separate note, one of this week's other new releases, Disaster Movie, makes it onto my list of the Worst Films of the Year. Flee! Flee! In terror from the badness! Etc.

1. The Dark Knight
2. Man On Wire
3. WALL-E
4. Mamma Mia
5. Somers Town
6. Get Smart
7. Sweet Land
8. RocknRolla
9. The Duchess
10. Hellboy II: The Golden Army

DVD of the Week: Persepolis (RRP £17.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is the animated drama Persepolis, based on co-director Marjane Satrapi’s semi-autobiographical graphic novel, about a young Iranian girl growing up during the Islamic Revolution. This is unquestionably one of the best films of the year – it's an emotionally engaging, superbly written and beautifully animated drama that demands to be seen. Mercifully, the DVD contains both the subbed and dubbed versions, so it's well worth checking out. It also has a terrific, lovingly assembled extras package that includes: an excellent 30 minute Making Of documentary that contains several interviews and takes a detailed look at the filming process; a short animated film by co-director Vincent Paronnaud; the trailer; and four excellent specially filmed interviews with Gena Rowlands, Vincent Paronnaud and graphic novelists Joe Sacco and Brian K. Vaughan. Highly recommended, as is the original graphic novel.


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