IMDb > John Hodge > News
Top Links
biography by votes awardsNewsDesk
overviewby type by year by ratings by votes awards by genre by keyword
biography other works publicity photo galleryNewsDesk
External Links
official sites miscellaneous photographs sound clips video clips

News for
John Hodge (I) More at IMDbPro »

Connect with IMDb

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2005

1-20 of 24 items from 2017   « Prev | Next »

Film Review: ‘T2 Trainspotting’ is a Nostalgic Trip That Stays on the Rails

6 April 2017 12:44 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Sequels are the bane of film’s existence. They tend to end with unresolved plotlines in an attempt to promote the need for another film. Disappointing film franchises have been built this way, but Danny Boyle is the last person I would have expected this from. “T2 Trainspotting” is the sequel to “Trainspotting” that we never wanted but are surprisingly happy to have.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Trainspotting” didn’t end the conventional way by resolving every conflict, but instead ended with the limitless potential of a new beginning. Danny Boyle has never been a slave to conventions so this comes as no surprise, but the way he ended the first film left it completely open-ended and up to the imagination of the viewer. There is a purity to that approach that forces the audience to take everything they have experienced and learned during the film and use it to create their own ending. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

Permalink | Report a problem

T2 Trainspotting movie review: GenX running out of steam but chugging on

22 March 2017 2:31 PM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… The sparse, cold satisfaction that could be wrung from Trainspotting’s punk insolence has been replaced by an exhausted cynicism. Which is exactly right. I’m “biast” (pro): love the 1996 film

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Choose life,” Mark Renton suggested back in 1996, when he was a heroin addict in Edinburgh. Mark’s advice was ironic, of course, because he “chose not to choose life” and was courting death by overdose or death by AIDS-acquired-via-a-shared-needle. But the life he was rebelling against was one of conformity and consumerism — “choose a fucking big television; choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers” — a life in which no one actually has much choice anyway. So, while Trainspotting hardly romanticizes drug addiction — the film’s depictions of the »

- MaryAnn Johanson

Permalink | Report a problem

Interview: Director Danny Boyle Goes Back to ‘T2 Trainspotting’

22 March 2017 9:19 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Rarely does a filmmaker have a long or influential enough career to revisit a story and characters that they’ve explored in a previous film. Oscar winner Danny Boyle has both qualifications, as he again takes on – 20 years after its 1996 release – his classic film “Trainspotting, which is elegantly titled “T2 Trainspotting.”

The boys of the original “Trainspotting” have reunited for the outing, portrayed by Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller. Middle age angst is the theme, as each of the characters are going through some life changes, but the spirit of their larcenous souls are still intact. The first film launched the uber-careers of Ewan McGregor and director Danny Boyle, and the re-exploration of the energetic style and quick-cutting scene work are back in the new story as well.

Jonny Lee Miller and Ewan McGregor in ‘T2 Trainspotting,’ directed by Danny Boyle

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Releasing »

- (Adam Fendelman)

Permalink | Report a problem

Danny Boyle Shares The “Porn Movie” Story He Ditched For ‘T2 Trainspotting’

21 March 2017 1:38 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“T2 Trainspotting” is now playing, serving fans a warm dose of nostalgia in a film that earns its trip down memory lane, and even makes light of being a “tourist in your own youth.” While author Irvine Welsh has penned a proper sequel to “Trainspotting” in “Porno,” and a prequel with “Skagboys,” the new film conjures a fresh story with a script by John Hodge.

Continue reading Danny Boyle Shares The “Porn Movie” Story He Ditched For ‘T2 Trainspotting’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

Permalink | Report a problem Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘T2 Trainspotting’ With Ewan McGregor

21 March 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – In the latest Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated sequel “T2 Trainspotting” starring Ewan McGregor!

Since the hit film “Trainspotting” in 1996, fans have been waiting for this sequel for 21 years!

“T2 Trainspotting,” which opens in Chicago on March 24, 2017 and is rated “R,” also stars Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle from director Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Sunshine”) and writer John Hodge based on the novels by Chicago’s Irvine Welsh. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “T2 Trainspotting” courtesy of, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! »

- (Adam Fendelman)

Permalink | Report a problem

T2 Trainspotting

19 March 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

In 1997 there came a little movie called Trainspotting, adapted by director Danny Boyle and scenarist John Hodge from Scottish writer Irvine Welsh’s novel of the same name. It was the loose-limbed story of a group of childhood friends spinning their collective wheels in the working-class gloom of Edinburgh, Scotland, scheming schemes, committing petty crimes, arguing the merits of Sean Connery (and, by extension, Scotland) and trying to sustain those decaying friendships all while rotating in and out of a seemingly hopeless cycle of heroin addiction, indulgence and withdrawal. For me, Trainspotting’s exuberant, hyperkinetic style decorated a somewhat sensationalistic attitude toward tragedy, on a sociopolitical as well as personal scale, and its scabrous energy always seemed too much at odds with the overwhelming lethargy which follows the orgasmic relief of a desperately needed hit. (I guess I’m more of a Panic in Needle Park kind of guy.)

But what do I know? »

- Dennis Cozzalio

Permalink | Report a problem

'T2: Trainspotting': How the Original Cast Made a Perfect 20-Years-Later Sequel

17 March 2017 1:32 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"I'm not sure that Americans have penises," Ewan McGregor declares, carefully and painstakingly keeping his expression as deadpan as possible.

Danny Boyle's ears suddenly perk up. "Wait, your penis isn't there? Did they blur it out?" He lets out a laugh that might be characterized as the sound of exploding joy. "That would explain a lot!"

"They have to import them from Scotland," Jonny Lee Miller adds, at which point McGregor's stone-faced look begins to crack a bit.

"Scottish sausage!" Ewan Bremner chimes in, chuckling. "It's where the term comes from. »

Permalink | Report a problem

'T2: Trainspotting' Review: The Lads Are Back in Mournful Sequel to Cult Classic

15 March 2017 1:12 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Back in 1996, Trainspotting (adapted from Irvine Welsh's 1993 cult novel) emerged as one of the great British films of the era, one that bristled with incendiary sense of style and danger. The daring dims a bit in T2: Trainspotting, though director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs) and doctor-turned-screenwriter John Hodge try their damnedest to force lightning to strike twice. The passing of two decades can take the piss out of characters, especially the four slum-dwelling Scotsman who caught that generation-defining moment of youth-in-revolt set to a pulsating Brit-pop score (Elastica, »

Permalink | Report a problem

“T2: Trainspotting” is the sequel many fans have been waiting for

15 March 2017 12:50 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A staple of mid 90’s independent breakthrough cinema, Trainspotting has long been a movie that seemed poised to get a sequel. After all, author Irvine Welsh did write a sequel to his novel of the same name, that one called Porno. This week, the sequel does arrive, though this is with the slightly more multiplex friendly title of T2: Trainspotting. The film looks to recapture what people loved so much about the first one. Considering how long this next installment had been brewing before everyone signed on the dotted line, it would have to be in order to work. Luckily, that seems to be the case. Crisis averted! This sequel is a return to the world initially presented to us in Trainspotting, obviously. After having spent 20 years abroad following his escape in the first one, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) makes a returns to Scotland. There, he reunites with his »

- Joey Magidson

Permalink | Report a problem

Back on Track: Interview with star of T2: Trainspotting, Jonny Lee Miller

14 March 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Back on Track: Interview with star of T2: Trainspotting, Jonny Lee MillerBack on Track: Interview with star of T2: Trainspotting, Jonny Lee MillerJulide Tanriverdi - Cineplex Magazine3/14/2017 10:01:00 Am

When, in June 2016, rumour got out that director Danny Boyle had started filming the sequel to his cult hit Trainspotting people got very excited.

Paparazzi and fans alike flocked to the Edinburgh set and disrupted filming, making it tough for the filmmakers to keep anything secret. “They were trying to shelter our costumes. They had umbrellas and were like, ‘Put your hood on when you get your hair done,’” recalls Jonny Lee Miller, who once again plays platinum-blond drug addict Sick Boy. “Danny said, ‘It’s like f--king Star Wars up here.’ There was a level of excitement which was quite alarming.”

The 1996 film was an unexpected sensation and made instant stars out of Miller and his co-stars Ewan McGregor, »

- Julide Tanriverdi - Cineplex Magazine

Permalink | Report a problem

Trainspotting 2 Legacy Trailer Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane

2 March 2017 9:35 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

More than 20 years after the iconic Trainspotting hit theaters, the gang is finally coming back together in a new trailer for T2 Trainspotting. The sequel premiered in the U.K. back in January to rave reviews. This trailer not only includes new footage, but a sampling of some of the critical acclaim this film has been getting since its overseas premiere, as it gets ready to cross the pond later this month. This highly-anticipated follow-up is already off to a good start internationally, both critically and financially, but it remains to be seen if U.S. audiences will flock to theaters 20 years later for this Trainspotting sequel.

Sony Pictures debuted this new trailer on their YouTube channel today, which includes snippets of footage from director Danny Boyle's 1996 groundbreaking film, along with new footage from this sequel. This next adventure for the boys is based on Porno, Irvine Welsh's »

- MovieWeb

Permalink | Report a problem

Berlinale: Cast of ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Praise Danny Boyle’s Ageless Energy

10 February 2017 10:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

How times have changed is both the subject of “T2 Trainspotting” and an inevitable topic for a meet-the-press presentation of a sequel. But the cast of “T2” said at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday that director Danny Boyle’s kinetic energy was undiminished between the original film and the 2017 return journey.

The film is a 20-years-later sequel to “Trainspotting,” the iconic 1996 British drug culture drama, that helped define the “Cool Britannia” era and the Britpop music scene.

“Danny has an amazing energy. He really powered the original film,” said Ewan Bremner, who plays the character Spud. “This time round, he has honed his energies in a very athletic way. There’s so much in his head…that he shoots very economically, very quickly.”

“We’ve all changed, but I’ve never worked with anyone like Danny Boyle. There’s no difference there,” said Jonny Lee Miller, who plays Sick Boy. »

- Patrick Frater

Permalink | Report a problem

Film Review: ‘T2 Trainspotting’

2 February 2017 5:22 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

How do you make a sequel to a film that defined a generation, a whole generation later? Do you define that generation anew, through thicker bifocal lenses, or do you pass the baton to a younger one? Both are valid approaches. Neither is quite the one taken by “T2 Trainspotting,” a shinily distracting but disappointingly unambitious follow-up to 1996’s feverish youthquake of a junkie study, which reunites its quartet of older, none-the-wiser Edinburgh wretches to say simply this: Middle-aged masculinity is a drag, whether you’re on smack or off it. As a fan-service exercise, Danny Boyle’s itchy, antic caper just about passes muster, reassembling “Trainspotting’s” core ensemble, soundtrack cues, and even its seasick camera moves for two hours of scuzzy nostalgia. Yet it largely passes up the opportunity to update the original’s caustic social snapshot of contemporary Britain — a region itself currently preoccupied with the rearview mirror, »

- Guy Lodge

Permalink | Report a problem

‘T2 Trainspotting’ Review

2 February 2017 2:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Anjela Nedyalkova, Kelly Macdonald | Written by John Hodge | Directed by Danny Boyle

20 years on, the idea of a sequel to a film that was so entrenched in a time and place in modern British history might seem like folly. And while it’s not as bad as it could have been, T2 Trainspotting (as it’s clunkily named) struggles to find a personality or a cultural relevance of its own. It tries hard – too hard – and ends up being a cover version as dodgy as the remixes that dominate its soundtrack.

First we find a middle-aged Renton (Ewan McGregor), running on a treadmill. Still running. Always running but getting nowhere. He’s living in Amsterdam, but he’s drawn back to Edinburgh. There, Spud (Ewen Bremner) has barely moved on. The clocks changed for British summertime and he got confused »

- Rupert Harvey

Permalink | Report a problem

The Danny Boyle sci-fi short film we never got to see

30 January 2017 6:48 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jan 31, 2017

Shot well over 18 years ago, Danny Boyle's sci-fi short film Alien Love Triangle has never been released - despite a starry cast...

In the late 90s, two very different filmmakers were still in the (relatively) early stages of their careers. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro had released his first feature, Cronos (1993) to widespread acclaim. The UK's Danny Boyle had captured the zeitgeist with his second movie, Trainspotting, and was about to embark on his next film, A Life Less Ordinary (1997).

See related  A closer look at Jodorowsky's Dune The fall and rise of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune Looking back at David Lynch’s Blue Velvet

Had everything gone to plan, del Toro and Boyle could have wound up directing their own chapters of a three-part anthology movie - the sci-fi equivalent of, say, Amicus Productions' portmanteau horror films of the 60s and 70s, such as The House That Dripped Blood »

Permalink | Report a problem

T2 Trainspotting Review

27 January 2017 9:05 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s been twenty years since Ewan McGregor’s Mark Renton strolled across Waterloo Bridge, £16,000 stolen from his best friends slung over his shoulder, explaining that he was going to “choose life.” Now, he’s back and it’s time to see if he lived up to his words in the awkwardly named T2 Trainspotting.

Danny Boyle’s 1996 Trainspotting was one of those rare films that perfectly encapsulated its time and place. It arrived just as John Major’s Conservative government was gasping its last fart and Tony Blair was promising us that “things could only get better,” as Britpop exploded into a frantic burst of coke-fuelled creativity and people started excitedly blathering on about ‘cool Britannia.’

Renton returns to a very different Scotland, one reverberating from its failed bid for independence from the UK, paranoid about the impact of Brexit and gradually crumbling under economic austerity. The country isn »

- David James

Permalink | Report a problem

Trainspotting 3 teased by Robert Carlyle

23 January 2017 10:20 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jan 24, 2017

Robert Carlyle suggests that chatter is already underway about a possible Trainspotting 3....

This Friday, just over 21 years since we last saw them on the big screen, Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie return. As played by Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle, they are, of course, the core cast of Trainspotting. And they’re back on screen in T2: Trainspotting, for original director Danny Boyle.

See related  Britsoft: An Oral History charts the early UK games industry

The gang really is all back together, too. An Irvine Welsh novel – Porno, in this case – has provided the basis of the story, and it’s been adapted by John Hodge, who picked up an Oscar nomination for the first movie.

What’s more, following the premiere of the film, chatter has picked up about a potential Trainspotting 3. Robert Carlyle, chatting to the Daily Mirror, »

Permalink | Report a problem

Movie Review – T2 Trainspotting (2017)

23 January 2017 6:06 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

T2 Trainspotting. 2017

Directed by Danny Boyle

Starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, Anjela Nedyalkova and Kelly Macdonald.


Set two decades after the 1996 cult hit, T2 Trainspotting sees the original foursome reunite as middle-aged men in Edinburgh, grappling with their past demons and present failures.

Nostalgia and money can be a hazardous combination in the film business, especially when it comes to sequels. While some follow-ups have genuinely added value to the story, many others have tarnished those beloved memories of the original. Fortunately, fans of Trainspotting can relax because Trainspotting 2.0 – or to give its official title, T2 Trainspotting – is an experience worth indulging in.

After 20 years away from home, a middle-aged and sober Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to Edinburgh to escape his crumbling marriage in Amsterdam and, perhaps subconsciously, to face the demons of his youth. He’s soon reunited with Spud (Ewen Bremner »

- Sara Hemrajani

Permalink | Report a problem

T2 Trainspotting review: “A sequel that doesn’t disappoint…”

20 January 2017 5:01 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

T2 Trainspotting review: The boys are back in town in this energetic, engrossing sequel to the 1996 classic.

Read our T2 Trainspotting review below.

T2 Trainspotting review

21 years on from the film that defined a decade, Danny Boyle assembles the original team that were responsible for the iconic original. Based on Irvine Welsh‘s novel ‘Porno,’ adapted once again by John Hodge, T2 Trainspotting opens on Ewan McGregor‘s Mark Renton, decades off the smack, whose new drug appears to be fitness. Following an incident in a gym that nearly leaves him in the ground, and various other changes in personal circumstances, Renton returns from Amsterdam, where he has been residing for the last twenty years, to his homeland in Edinburgh. His leaving with £16,000 of his mates’ money back in the mid-nineties didn’t sit too well with the likes of Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewen Bremner), and most »

- Paul Heath

Permalink | Report a problem

T2: Trainspotting review

20 January 2017 1:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ewan McGregor and the rest of the gang are back in Danny Boyle's sequel to Trainspotting. Here's our review of the unexpectedly moving T2...

Time can play cruel tricks. A recent strain of Hollywood movie showed us the cosy side of nostalgia - the dinosaurs roaring again in Jurassic World, the Millennium Falcon taking flight in Star Wars: The Force Awakens - but there can be a bittersweet, even cruel side to the lure of old memories.

See related  Jessica Jones’ Kilgrave: Marvel’s creepiest villain yet Iron Fist: episode titles and directors confirmed Luke Cage smashed Marvel's 2016 Netflix ratings

For Renton (Ewan McGregor), heading back to his old stomping ground in Edinburgh after 20 years is akin to opening a box of old photographs. There’s a comfort at seeing old faces, but then the regret starts flooding back: the drugs, the alcohol, the friends he's lost and »

Permalink | Report a problem

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2005

1-20 of 24 items from 2017   « Prev | Next », Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners