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Snow White and the Huntsman Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 18/11/2011 @ 14:04
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Films seen so far this year: 454
Films seen in the last week: How to Stop Being A Loser, Puss In Boots (3D), Magic Trip, Welcome to the Rileys, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Special Forces, Mother and Child

FILM OF THE WEEK: Snowtown

Nic Cage Top Ten
When I first found out that Nic Cage had not one but two terrible-looking movies coming out in successive weeks, I was thrilled. There are few finer pleasures in cinema-going today than a gloriously terrible Nic Cage movie and the truly, hilariously awful ones (like The Wicker Man or Vampire's Kiss) have deservedly become cult classics of the so-bad-it's-good variety. (Check out this hilarious compilation from The Wicker Man, for example: “NOT THE BEES!” Yeah, still
funny.)

However, as The Shiznit's Nic Cage Matrix conclusively proved, there is such a thing as Good Cage and Bad Cage and sadly, both Trespass and Justice (his two recent films) were definitely Bad Cage. Perhaps Cage can be forgiven for some of his recent bad movie decisions (and for doing adverts like this) because he's going through some rather serious financial problems at the moment and clearly needs the cash. In fact, if you have a script right now and you think Cage would be perfect for it, there'll never be a better time to get him so strike now. Anyway, in the interests of redressing the balance, here are my Top Ten Nic Cage movies that are actually properly good.

1. Wild at Heart. I'd seen Moonstruck and Peggy Sue Got Married in the cinema but this was the first time I'd ever taken notice of Nic Cage. “This here snakeskin jacket is a symbol of my individuality and my belief in personal freedom.” I've loved him ever since.

2. Adaptation. Proof, if proof were needed that Cage can indeed pull it out of the bag when need be. Gloriously, Adaptation gives you two Cages for the price of one.

3. Red Rock West. I'm a sucker for neo-noir movies and this is one of the best. Cage gives surprisingly good Everyman here, toning the madness right down, which you kind of have to if you're sharing the screen with Dennis Hopper.

4. Matchstick Men. A controversial third choice, perhaps, but I really love this film. Again, I'm a sucker for movies about con men and this is great fun. It's also, for my money, one of Ridley Scott's best films and certainly the best film he's made in the last 20 years.

5. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Technically, this is Cage being gloriously over the top but this is the sine qua non of Cage being gloriously over the top, so it stays.

6. Raising Arizona. More of a Coens movie (and not my favourite Coens movie by a long way) than a Cage movie but he's brilliant in it all the same. And only Cage can make voiceover lines like “Her insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase” work.

7. Leaving Las Vegas. The film that won Cage the Oscar. Forget all the drunk acting though – my favourite bit is when he shouts “I'm the kling-klang-king of the rim-ram-room!”

8. Face/Off. Face/Off is properly mental, isn't it? They should make more movies this mental. I really must watch Face/Off again.

9. The Rock. Enough said, really. In fact, I much prefer The Rock to Con Air, but that's probably a subject for another blog.

10. The Family Man. Another possibly controversial choice. Often derided as one of his terrible films, The Family Man is actually pretty good and - yes, I'm going to say it - as good a remake of It's A Wonderful Life as we're ever really likely to get. Give it another chance next time it's on.

Finally, no blog post about Nic Cage could be complete without this wonderful compilation of his best moments.

Trailerwatch: Snow White and the Huntsman
Not being a rabid Twilight fan, I don't bother keeping up with whatever Kristen Stewart is up to (although, for the record I am PRO K-Stew), so I was only dimly aware of Snow White and the Huntsman, although I did wonder what #SWATH meant when people started talking about the trailer on Twitter this week. It's only a teaser trailer so far (meaning, essentially, that it's shorter than a normal full-length trailer) but it does look rather promising, although is Kristen Stewart really “fairer” than Evil Queen Charlize Theron? I don't think so.

I haven't heard of director Rupert Sanders and the imdb gives nothing away, but he certainly seems to have a way with visual FX judging by the cool-looking monster at the 1m28s mark (somebody call the TrollHunter) and the bit where Evil Queen Charlize Theron turns into an evil flock of starlings or whatever. Actually, the visuals generally are very reminiscent of Tarsem Singh's work (Immortals, The Fall), which is no bad thing. I particularly like the bit where Evil Queen Charlize Theron bathes in what looks like milk and then emerges with it all over her like paint.

Cunningly, the film has covered not one but two rabid fan-bases, because not only is K-Stew playing Snow White (cue rush of Twilight fans) but Thor's Chris Hemsworth is playing The Huntsman and from the looks of all the axe-swinging action in the trailer, he's playing it basically like Thor. That said, they basically had me at “Evil Queen Charlize Theron.” Who doesn't want to see Charlize Theron playing an Evil Queen? I know I do.

It's worth noting that a rival Snow White project is also due out next year, which, funnily enough, IS directed by Tarsem Singh – Mirror Mirror, staring Lily Collins as Snow White and, um, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen. Incidentally, the music they're using in the SWATH trailer is driving me mad. Anyone know what it is? It sounds a lot like the music they used for the Inception trailer. At any rate, it's not out till June next year, so expect plenty of hype between now and then ...

[Note: Thanks to the good people of Twitter, the piece of music has been identified as Worlds Collapsing by Danny Cocke, but it's definitely riffing on both Inception and Tron.]

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
It's a shockingly bad week for new films this week, so much so that I've administered one star kickings to an unprecedented THREE films (How To Stop Being A Loser, Justice (see above) and Special Forces.
There is actually a reason for this – with the release of Twilight:
Breaking Dawn – Part 1
(incredibly not the worst film out this week by a significant margin, while still being pretty bad), all other big releases were running scared and so cleared out of the way. The result of that is that there's only two new entries in the top ten this week:
the brilliantly made but brutal to watch Australian serial killer drama Snowtown and, somewhat further down the list but still worth seeing, Kristen Stewart's other film out this week, Welcome to the Rileys.

Interview-wise we have an exclusive interview with Snowtown star Daniel Henshall and you can still read our semi-exclusive round-table interview with Rum Diary (and Withnail and I) director Bruce Robinson, a semi-exclusive round table with The Rum Diary star Amber Heard, an exclusive interview with Keith Chegwin for Kill Keith and an exclusive interview with rising star Candese Reid for Junkhearts.

Elsewhere you can still read our press conference interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman for Jack Goes Boating, 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, press conference interviews with Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and director Tate Taylor for The Help, our exclusive interview with Albatross star Jessica Brown Findlay (aka Downton Abbey's Lady Sybil) and an exclusive interview with The Greatest Movie Ever Sold director Morgan Spurlock.

Come back next week for interviews with The Deep Blue Sea director Terence Davies and Take Shelter star Michael Shannon.

1. Tabloid
2. We Need To Talk About Kevin
3. Snowtown
4. Weekend
5. Wuthering Heights
6. Melancholia
7. Midnight In Paris
8. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
9. The Rum Diary
10. Welcome to the Rileys



DVD of the Week: Kung Fu Panda 2 (out now, online RRP £11.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Kung Fu Panda 2, the sequel to the 2008 animated hit. Dragon Warrior panda Po (Jack Black) is now the sixth member of the Furious Five Kung Fu team – including Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Crane (David Cross), Viper (Lucy Liu) and Mantis (Seth Rogen) – but has yet to master inner peace, thanks to some haunting, dimly remembered images from his childhood. However, before Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) can help Po uncover his past, the valley is threatened by evil peacock Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), who is developing a super-weapon with which he plans to conquer China.

The animation is gorgeous throughout (especially on the beautifully designed flashback scenes) and at least on DVD you can slow down the fight sequences and appreciate them properly. Similarly, Black is on good form and Oldman is great value as Lord Chen, but the film rather sidelines its fabulous supporting cast this time round. That said, it's not quite as funny or as emotionally engaging as the first film, perhaps because Po as a kung-fu super-warrior and team leader is less interesting than Po as a clueless, over-eating fat panda forced into action.



In short, this is an enjoyable, well made sequel that won't disappoint fans of the first film, but it doesn't quite hit the emotional or comedic heights of its predecessor.

Extras include: Commentary track featuring director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the producer, the production designer and the supervising animator but none of the voice cast; a 12 minute Making Of featurette (“Kicking It With The Cast”), three deleted scenes and some trailers.

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