Trailer Trash! – Colossal (Trailer #1)

Not all that long ago we posted the first glimpse of the next Anne Hathaway film, Colossal, in which her character apparently inhabits/controls the body of a giant kaiju monster wreaking havoc across the city. Now we get the first full trailer for the film, and although it doesn’t have a huge amount of new footage, the geeky, subversive humour and tone of a Being John Malkovich suddenly comes into full focus. Enjoy the first trailer for Colossal!

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Movie Review – Train To Busan

Director :  Yeon Sang-ho
Year Of Release :   2016
Principal Cast :  Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi, Kim Su-an, Kim Eui-sung, Choi Woo-shik, Ahn So-hee.
Approx Running Time :  118 Minutes
Synopsis:   While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

*****

There are two types of films in this world. Films that are damn good, maybe even great. And then there are films that are pure cinematic dynamite. Train To Busan is a prime example of the latter: a tour-de-force of zombie cinema that pulverises your senses with hyperkinetic style and delivers knock-out thrills, scares and effects. A terrifying mix of Snowpiercer, 28 Days Later and even World War Z, Train To Busan’s zombie-centric plotting turns the genre on its head with a brave mixture of characters you care about, wide-ranging set-pieces and a sense of apocalyptic desperation not seen on the big screen in years.

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Movie Review – Sing Street

Director :   John Carney
Year Of Release : 2016
Principal Cast :  Ferida Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aiden Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kelly Thornton, Ben Carolan, Mark McKenna, Percy Chamburuka, Conor Hamilton, Don Wycherley.
Approx Running Time :   105 Minutes
Synopsis: A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

******

Few films manage to engender the feeling of nostalgia quite like a coming-of-age story. Sing Street, set in mid-80’s Dublin, Ireland, and using the proposition of a bunch of school kids setting up a band, not only taps into nostalgia but makes one almost yearn for a simpler time, before wi-fi, Facebook and the ubiquitous internet. Directed by John Carney (Once, Begin Again), Sing Street is effortlessly enjoyable yarn about first love, finding out who you are, and fractured family dysfunction. Not to mention, a couplet of terrific era-attuned songs, written by the director and inserted into the film in a manner so innocuously they creep you on you with how catchy they are. Yes, Sing Street enters the coming-of-age lexicon as a contender of the highest order; sadly, it won’t be seen by a lot of people, more’s the pity, but if you’re reading this then you owe it to yourself to locate it.

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Trailer Trash! – Ghost In The Shell (Final Trailer)

Every time I see a new trailer for this film, I can’t help but think Denis Villeneuve has his work cut out for him making the Blade Runner sequel pop just a little more. Ghost In The Shell arrives next month and even if the story is as incomprehensible as the animated film version, the visuals alone will make for truly spectacular viewing.

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Movie Review – Deepwater Horizon

Director :  Peter Berg
Year Of Release :   2016
Principal Cast :  Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, Kate Hudson, Ethan Suplee, Trace Adkins, Brad Leland.
Approx Running Time :   118 Minutes
Synopsis:  A dramatization of the April 2010 disaster when the offshore drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

*****

Consider this: one of the world’s largest man-made environmental disasters, the Deepwater Horizon explosion, has to-date cost BP, the company behind the operation of the failed oil-rig in the Gulf Of Mexico, some $54 billion. The company’s 2015 total revenue came in somewhere 6 times that amount. Meaning the cost of the Deepwater’s failure to BP is barely a drop in the ocean (pun intended) for the massive conglomerate, and some would suggest that perhaps they should have been gouged more for creating one of the worst catastrophe’s in modern history. Peter Berg’s memorialisation of the Deepwater incident, in which 11 people were killed and millions of gallons of crude oil spilled into the open ocean creating an enormous slick covering much of the US’s pristine lower coastline, is a compelling affair, maximised by Mark Wahlberg’s competent leading man performance and a gravitas that never steps into exploitation.

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Movie Review – Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Director :  Edward Zwick
Year Of Release :  2016
Principal Cast :  Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Holy McCallany, Austin Herbet, Robert Catrini, Robert Knepper.
Approx Running Time :  118 Minutes
Synopsis: Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.

*******

Tom Cruise’s action-man status has in no way diminished as he runs confidently into his older years; still the box-office draw post-Y2K for Hollywood, Cruise continues to go from strength to strength, in spite of honest-to-goodness mediocrity like Jack Reacher. The first film limped into Cruise’s oeuvre, and I never held much chop that the inevitable sequel, Never Go Back, would improve the situation, despite the addition of acclaimed director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Legends Of The Fall, Courage Under Fire) and Avengers actress Cobie Smulders. The Reacher character always felt too similar to Cruise’s Ethan Hunt role, only without the tech assist or the exotic ability to scamper across the globe unchecked, and Cruise’s square-jawed performance style between the two lacked the ability to differentiate itself.

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Movie Review – Inferno (2016)

Director :  Rob Howard
Year Of Release :   2016
Principal Cast :  Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ana Ularu.
Approx Running Time :   122 Minutes
Synopsis:  When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

*******

The third in the increasingly banal Dan Brown film series (based on his books) following The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons, Ron Howard’s Inferno once more sees Tom Hanks essaying the author’s eponymous symbologist hero in Robert Langdon as he attempts to unlock a puzzle that will prevent… the collapse of humanity? To be honest, Inferno’s central premise offers not a lick of sense in the making, stumbling around the idea that humanity is barely forty years away from total collapse due to overpopulation (an idea which has merit), and that a cleverclogs science dude has come up with a way of solving this problem; kill most of the people on the Earth.

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Trailer Trash! – Baywatch (Superbowl Spot)

Every new trailer or teaser for this film continues to make me chortle, which isn’t something many comedies can claim. Baywatch looks to be a silly, fun time at the cinema. 30 seconds of boobs and bods after the jump!

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Trailer Trash! – The Fate Of The Furious

Vroom, vroom. Boom, boom. The Fast & Furious franchise continues to extricate dollars from punters by being outright insane. Check out the Superbowl spot for the 8th film in the franchise!

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