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Your Highness DVD Release

Posted by: Matthew Turner 05/08/2011 @ 12:22
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Films seen so far this year: 269
Films seen in the last week: The Tree, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Colombiana


Five Random Things I Found On The Internets This Week
It's been ages since I've done Five Random Things, hasn't it? You know how it is. Weeks go past with no Random Things at all and then five turn up at once. So here they are.

1. This wonderful series of science fiction films reimagined as Tintin covers by cartoonist Dan Hipp. The link goes to Star Wars but there's also Tron and Alien and they have, frankly, made my day.

2. On a similar note, Doctor Seuss does Star Wars.

3. This online list of the entire Moviedrome archive. I could do an entire blog post about Moviedrome and how wonderful it was (and how I met Alex Cox), but this list will have to do for now. Actually, on the subject of lists, there's also this (recently debunked but still interesting) list of the 206 films that Spielberg allegedly demands you have to have seen if you're going to work for him. I've only seen 191 of them, so I wouldn't stand a chance.

4. This insane picture of Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor

5. And finally, this wonderful article on the changing face of Disney heroines on the MostlyFilm blog (set up and written by users from the now sadly deceased Guardian Film Talkboards). In fact, the entire blog is worth reading and I'm not just saying that because I'm one of the contributors.

Trailerwatch: New Year's Eve
It's no secret that I hated Garry Marshall's Valentine's Day, the star-heavy, multi-story romcom that was comfortably one of the worst films of last year. So I am really not looking forward to the inevitable follow-up, New Year's Eve, which is basically exactly the same film only with a different all-star cast and set around New Year's Eve instead of Valentine's Day. I've watched the trailer twice now and there's not a single moment that makes me want to see it, except maybe Katherine Heigl slapping Jon Bon Jovi.

What is remarkable though is that so many big name actors have signed up this time round – the admittedly mouth-watering cast includes Michelle Pfeiffer (who, as far as I can tell, is involved with ... um ... Zac Efron), Robert DeNiro (wisely restricting his trailer appearance to the very end) and a plethora of romcom queens such as Katherine Heigl, Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Hilary Swank and Jessica Biel. Hell, even Carla Gugino and Sienna Miller are in there. (Note that Valentine's Day stars Biel and Ashton Kutcher are both returning for more, but as different characters – I guess they must have been Garry Marshall's favourites).

The trailer is also notable for two more things: 1. This looks like it's going to be Abigail Breslin's move into teenage roles (that's her kissing somebody at 1m04) and 2. It marks Glee star (I hate Glee – I just want to put that out there) Lea Michele's graduation to proper romcom star.

It seems to me that there isn't much in the way of eye candy for the women – Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron and Ashton Kutcher, okay, fine, but the other male romantic leads appear to be ... um ... Ludacris and Jon Bon Jovi. (That shot of Jon Bon Jovi singing while Katherine Heigl pulls a serious face makes me laugh out loud at the sheer awfulness). Anyway, it opens here on 9th December, so not quite New Year's Eve, but close enough.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only one new entry this week, with just JJ Abram's Spielberg-produced Spielberg pastiche Super 8 entering the top ten. That's not to say there aren't any other good films out this week – I liked referee doc The Referees, French drama Sarah's Key (starring Kristin Scott Thomas), feuding Irish Traveller bareknuckle fighting documentary (now there's a genre) Knuckle, Australian drama The Tree and even Mr Popper's Penguins (with Jim Carrey back on not-far-off top form), but none of them are quite as good as all the films listed below. Speaking of which, Senna and Poetry are almost certainly nearing the end of their runs, so catch them now while you still can. I'll also put in a good word for last week's Our Day Will Come (Vincent Cassel and the Ginger Apocalypse), which I bumped in favour of Super 8.

Interview-wise this week we have a semi-exclusive interview with the lovely Audrey Tautou (le sigh) for next week's Beautiful Lies, a semi-exclusive interview with Dominic Cooper for his dual roles in next week's The Devil's Double and an exclusive interview with Bob Ingersoll, one of the talking heads-slash-chimp handlers featured in next week's unmissable chimp documentary Project Nim.

Elsewhere you can still read our exclusive interview with Submarine star Craig Roberts, as well as press conference interviews with Horrible Bosses stars Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and squeaky-voiced Charlie Day, our exclusive interview with Horrible Bosses (and King of Kong) director Seth Gordon and our exclusive interviews with Princess of Montpensier stars Melanie Thierry and Gaspard Ulliel and director Bertrand Tavernier.

Also, there's no blog for the next two weeks, because my lovely editor is on holiday, but next week's Film of the Week is Rise of the Planet of the Apes (which MUST be seen back-to-back with Project Nim) and the week after that's Film of the Week is Susanne Bier's Oscar winner In A Better World.

1. Bridesmaids
2. The Tree of Life
3. Captain America: The First Avenger
4. Arrietty
5. Super 8
6. Poetry
7. X-Men: First Class
8. Senna
9. Bobby Fischer Against The World
10. Cell 211

DVD of the Week: Your Highness (released 8th August, RRP £11.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is the “longer, harder” extended edition of Your Highness, the medieval sword and sorcery comedy by David Gordon Green. Danny McBride stars as foul-mouthed prince Thadeous, who, along with his trusty servant Courtney (Britain's own Rasmus Hardiker), accompanies his heroic older brother Fabious (James Franco) on a quest to rescue his beautiful bride-to-be Belladonna (Zooey
Deschanel) from the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux). Along the way, they encounter various beasts and warriors but help is at hand when they meet the feisty Isabel (Natalie Portman), who is seeking her own revenge on Leezar.

Essentially Your Highness is exactly what the trailer promised: a foul-mouthed fantasy adventure with more dick jokes than you'd have thought humanly possible. With that in mind, it's obviously not going to appeal to everyone but, as a friend of mine said after he'd seen it, “If laughing at Rasmus Hardiker being sodomised by a Minotaur is wrong, then I don't want to be right.” At any rate, the performances are hilarious and the stylised dialogue is extremely funny (providing you like swearing), while the film also delivers some superb action sequences (the carriage chase in particular is one of the best action scenes I've seen all year) and some great special effects. Highly recommended.

Extras include: a gag reel; a 30 minute Making Of documentary (including interviews with cast and crew); Line-O-Rama (basically a compilation of multiple alternate lines for various scenes – actually funnier than the gag reel); “Perverted Visions” featurette (basically just an extended out-takes sequence from the scene with the Yoda-like mystic); “A Vision of Leezar” (Justin Theroux filming vision sequences); and an audio commentary with director David Gordon Green (who, interestingly, introduces himself as David Green) and stars McBride, Franco and Theroux. The Blu-Ray has deleted and extended scenes on top of that. Would it have killed them to put the deleted scenes on the DVD? It would not. Poor show, DVD makers. Poor. Pretty decent selection of extras otherwise though.


by  Jimmy654  20/08/2011 @ 21:13
Great Five things. I enjoyed your post.
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