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Total Recall Film Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 20/07/2012 @ 14:08
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Total films seen so far this year: 229
Films seen in the last week: I Am Bruce Lee, Mr Forbush and the Penguins, The Dark Knight Rises, In Your Hands, Revenge of the Electric Car, Holy Motors, Lola Versus, Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best, Ted, The Dark Knight Rises (IMAX), Beasts of the Southern Wild

FILM OF THE WEEK: The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best

Five Random Things
It's been literally weeks since I last did a Five Random Things and the random things keep stacking up, so here, once again, are five random film-related things I found on the internets this week.

1. First of all, this enormously time-consuming game where you identify the “famous” movie from the object. Warning: prepare to kiss the rest of Friday afternoon goodbye.

2. Secondly, this hugely entertaining interview with character actor legend Dick Miller (The AV Club run a regular series of character actor interviews and they're always a fun read, but this is one of the best).

3. Thirdly, this collection of rare photographs of iconic celebrities hanging out together. It's a bit mean of that article not to acknowledge the probable source, the Awesome People Hanging Out Together Blog, but they've made a great selection, anyway.

4. Then there's these two thematically similar ideas, with films imagined as book covers, firstly this one with Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli films and secondly this one with a selection of classics.

5. And finally, some very amusing “Literal Posters”. Warning: some of the language in the later ones is a) rather rude and b) will make you laugh out loud, so consider it NSFW in that respect.

And as a bonus, here is a video of a kitten riding a tortoise, with music by Henry Mancini (Baby Elephant Walk).

Trailerwatch: Total Recall
I'm really kind of torn on the Total Recall remake. On the one hand the current trend for remakes is wildly out of control (there's a list somewhere on the internets with all the currently proposed or in production remakes and it's insane) and it seems all kinds of wrong to remake a film that is a) only 22 years old (obligatory “Holy shit, Total Recall was TWENTY-TWO YEARS AGO!” moment) and b) still holds up remarkably well.

It is a testament to the popularity of the original Total Recall that you can still get laughs by doing Arnie impressions from it, most notably the line “COHAGEN – GIFF THE PEOPLE AIR!” And on the other hand ... well, the remake actually looks like it might be quite good, though whether or not they've included the scene with the three-breasted hooker (or indeed, there is a character called Cohagen) remains to be seen.

At any rate, Colin Farrell looks good in the role, even if I have my doubts about both Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel – that seems like the triumph of eye candy value over acting talent to me. (Could be worse, mind – Jessica Alba could be in it). Still, the presence of Bryan Cranston is promising, even if it's impossible to take John Cho (Harold and Kumar's Harold) seriously in that ridiculous blonde frightwig. The main things the new film seems to have going for it are the special effects and the action sequences: the former have obviously come a long way since 1990, while there seem to be some very promising chase and fight scenes if the trailer is anything to go by.

I especially like a) the seemingly Futurama-inspired world of flying cars etc and b) the electro-tentacle gun thing you can see at the 1m48s mark. Actually, just looking up that timecode forced me to see Jessica Biel's terrible delivery of the line “Get in – we've been looking for you everywhere,” again. Oh dear. Ah well. The film opens at the end of August (the 29th), after what is rapidly becoming known as the Olympics Slump as far as exciting cinema releases are concerned. I am tentatively looking forward to it.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
This week there are three new entries into the top ten: indie road comedy-slash-musical (in that songs are performed in it) The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best, Chris Paine's follow-up documentary Revenge of the Electric Car (if possible, try and see Who Killed The Electric Car? first) and the final part of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises (which, incidentally, I would urge you to see in IMAX, as I saw it in two different cinemas this week and the sound in the IMAX was vastly superior).

I will also put in a good word for both Killer Joe (which has just dropped out of the top ten) and Lola Versus, which is the best of the other three star films I've reviewed this week. Once again, if you are planning on seeing either The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best or Revenge of the Electric Car this week, please make sure you see them this weekend, because smaller films really need the support on their opening weekends (See Smaller Films First, #SSFF etc), whereas the likes of The Dark Knight Rises will probably still be playing several months from now.

No new interviews this week, but you can still read our exclusive interview with the lovely and talented Rebecca Foster, who did the animations for Tony Kaye's Detachment; our  exclusive interview with Nadine Labaki, writer, director and co-star of Where Do We Go Now?; our exclusive interviews with director William Friedkin and Gina Gershon for Killer Joe; an exclusive interview with Eduardo Sanchez, director of Lovely Molly; an exclusive interview with Jeremy Jordan, star of Joyful Noise; and exclusive interviews with Bobcat Goldthwait and Joel Murray, director and star of this week's God Bless America.

There's also our exclusive interview with Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, star of the magnificent A Royal Affair; an exclusive interview with Maiwenn, director, co-writer and co-star of Polisse; and our exclusive interview with The Angels' Share director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty. Come back next week for an exclusive interview with the director and star of Searching For Sugar Man, one of the year's best documentaries.

1. Moonrise Kingdom
2. The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best
3. The Dark Knight Rises
4. The Giants
5. Electrick Children
6. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
7. Magic Mike
8. A Royal Affair
9. The Amazing Spider-Man
10. Revenge of the Electric Car

DVD of the Week: The Kid With A Bike (released 23rd July, online RRP £11.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is The Kid With A Bike, which is currently still my favourite film of 2012 so far. Written and directed by the Dardenne Brothers (Jean-Pierre and Luc), the film stars Thomas Doret as 11 year old Cyril, who escapes from the children's home where he's been dumped by his father and heads to their flat in the hopes of finding his beloved bike, only to find that the flat is empty and his father hasn't left a forwarding address. When his carers come after him, Cyril runs into a doctor's waiting room and clings to the legs of kindly hairdresser Samantha (Cécile de France), who takes immediate pity on Cyril and eventually agrees to foster him at weekends.
However, though they eventually find Cyril's bike, Cyril's father (Jérémie Renier) doesn't want to know and despite Samantha's warnings, Cyril finds himself drawn to local thug Wes (Egon Di Mateo), who has his own plans for the boy.

Newcomer Thomas Doret is utterly heart-breaking as Cyril, refusing to accept the truth about his father and lashing out at anyone who tries to help. There's an extraordinary intensity to his performance that's utterly gripping to watch, heightened by the fact that, in typical Dardennes style, he's in every scene and the camera follows him relentlessly as he charges around on his bike. Cécile de France is equally good as Samantha, who quickly comes to realise she's not really qualified to look after Cyril and may have bitten off more than he can chew; their tentative relationship forms the heart of the film and is extremely moving. The film is also beautifully shot by the Dardennes' regular cinematographer Alain Marcoen. In short, the Dardennes have done it
again: like all their films, this is a brilliantly directed, superbly written and terrifically acted drama that exerts a powerful emotional grip. Unmissable.

Extras on the DVD include: a short featurette entitled “Return to Searing with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne” and an interview with Cecile de France.


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