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Runaways Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 12/02/2010 @ 16:04
Subject: Film

Films seen so far this year: 46
Films seen this week: Beyond the Pole, Valentine's Day, The Wolfman, The Blind Side, Happy Ever Afters, Shutter Island, Winter in Wartime, Cemetery Junction

Five Random Things I Found On The Internets
Has it really been that long since I last did a Five Random Things?

1. This utterly bizarre photograph of Alfred Hitchcock. Bookmark the website, while you're at it – it's a wonderful photo blog
and one of the very few sites I check on a daily basis via Google
Reader.

2. This rather brilliant explosion-by-explosion guide to Die Hard. A must-read for Die Hard fans. Impossible to read this without
wanting to watch it again.

3. This lovely collection of classic film noir posters. My birthday is in August, apropos of nothing.

4. This awesome collection of movie lists, sorted into 19 different categories. A must-read for list-makers, but there's something here for everyone.

5. This very funny parody of West Side Story, entitled “Web Site
Story: An Internet Paedophile Musical” – see below. I first saw this when it played as a short before the equally hilarious Blood Car in Edinburgh two years ago, so it's possible I've linked to it before, but it's worth repeating. It's Safe For Work, in case you're worried and I guarantee you'll be humming “I want to be on the in-ter-net...” for the rest of the day.

Films I'm Looking Forward To: The Runaways
The Runaways is a coming-of-age biopic about 1970s teenage band The
Runaways. Based on the book by Cherie Currie, the film is written and
directed by acclaimed video artist Floria Sigismondi and stars Kristen
Stewart
and Dakota Fanning as guitarist / vocalist Joan Jett and lead
vocalist / keyboardist Cherie Currie. Also starring Michael Shannon as
their manipulative manager Kim Fowley, the film takes place between
1975 and 1977 and details their formation and rise to fame.
This is still just a 50 second teaser trailer as yet (set to their hit
“Cherry Bomb”), but there's enough here to get excited about, not
least the inspired casting of Stewart and Fanning. There's also this clip of Joan meeting Cherie, which suggests that we're in for yet another
terrific Michael Shannon performance too. I don't know a huge amount
about Joan Jett (other than the fact that Bad Reputation is the theme tune to Freaks and Geeks) but I'm a sucker for this sort of movie anyway, so I'm really looking forward to it. No UK release date as yet, but watch this space...

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only two new entries this week, with both Miyazaki's delightful
animated fantasy Ponyo and Dutch coming-of-age drama Winter in Wartime making it into the top ten. I've dropped Where the Wild Things Are, because it's coming to the end of its second run, but it is still worth seeking out and deserves to be seen on the big screen if
possible. I'll also put in good words for The Wolfman (flawed, but
fun), Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (entertaining, possible
franchise-starter), A Single Man (featuring an Oscar-nominated
performance from Colin Firth), food doc Food, Inc. and the Avatar-esque Battle for Terra (which has had poor reviews elsewhere and is
likely to be forgotten with all the films out this week but is still
worth a look), though none of them are quite good enough to break into the top ten. Interview-wise, you can still read our exclusive
interview with Tony star Peter Ferdinando here and we also have
interviews with Percy Jackson stars Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson.

1. A Prophet
2. The Road
3. Ponyo
4. Up in the Air
5. Toy Story 2 (3D)
6. The Princess and the Frog
7. A Serious Man
8. Tony
9. Youth In Revolt
10. Winter in Wartime

DVD of the Week: Pontypool (out now, RRP £15.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Pontypool, which, for my money, was one of the most original horror films of last year. Essentially a zombie
horror flick, it's based on the novel by Tony Burgess and stars
familiar-faced character actor Stephen McHattie (he played the
original Nite Owl in Watchmen) as a radio DJ who gets besieged in his
church basement radio station when a zombie virus spreads throughout
the town. It's always a pleasure to see a terrific character actor
given a great leading role (see also Richard Jenkins in The Visitor) and McHattie seizes the opportunity with both hands, delivering a wonderful performance that's utterly riveting. Hugely enjoyable, superbly directed and intriguingly weird, this is an absolute treat, thanks to an original, offbeat premise, a clever script and McHattie's terrific performance. Don't switch off before the end or you'll miss a genuinely bonkers post-credits scene. Extras include: a director's commentary, two short horror films (Eve and Dada Dum), a stills gallery and trailers. The Blu-Ray disc also includes the 30 minute radio play, which you can listen to here. Highly recommended.

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