6 items from 2011
Desperate Measures, 2011.
Directed by Steve Looker.
A drink and drug addict is kidnapped and held on a remote farmhouse where his two captors put him through a brutal regime to get him clean.
Based on a screenplay by producer Chris Green (who also has the Stephen Graham / Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje drama Best Laid Plans set for release later this year), Desperate Measures is a new independent feature from director Steve Looker, a Manchester-based filmmaker who has been building a fine reputation over the past couple of years with his short film work, including the Halloween homage Cold Blood (watch it here) and the thriller Sacrifice, which picked up the Limelight Best Drama Award back in 2009.
A gritty and engrossing slice of low-budget British cinema, Desperate Measures plays with audience expectations, taking a rather simple plot and incorporating a number »
This is the Pure Movies review of Route Irish, directed by Ken Loach and starring Mark Womack, Andrea Lowe, John Bishop, Trevor Williams and Stephen Lord. Written by David Hudson for Pure Movies. Director Ken Loach is known for his politically-charged work, and his latest, Route Irish, is no exception. Fergus (Mark Womack) is a former soldier who has subsequently earned good money working for a private security firm in Iraq. He convinces his best mate Frankie that he too can earn a small fortune by joining the same firm, and is therefore guilt-ridden when Frankie is killed when ambushed on the notoriously dangerous road to Baghdad airport (the ‘Route Irish’ of the title). The film opens with Fergus attending Frankie’s funeral in Liverpool, and joining Frankie’s family in seeking answers about his death from his employers. Pretty quickly, Fergus smells a cover-up and sets out to find »
- David Hudson
Route Irish, which premiered at 2010 Cannes Film Festival to solid reviews, tells the story of a private security contractor in Iraq who, after rejecting the “official” explanation of his friend’s death, sets out to uncover the truth.
The film will be released nationwide on March 18.
Check out the new UK poster below:
Source: Empire »
- Jamie Neish
Opens: April 29th 2011
Director: Joe Nussbaum
Summary: Portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite. For Nova Prescott, it’s a battle of wills as she finds herself drawn to the guy who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Others face all the insecurity and anticipation that surrounds one of high school’s most seminal events.
Analysis: Disney's attempt at creating the next "High School Musical" franchise for itself, this teen romantic comedy is a batch of clique cliches - the beauty queen, the rebel with better hair than anyone else in the film, the handsome yet dumb foreign exchange student, the 'so above it' geek who really wants to belong, and at least one or two 'fugly' girls.
It's all very "The Breakfast Club" meets "10 Things I Hate About »
- Garth Franklin
Stephen Lord has revealed that he has experienced a mixed reaction to his Casualty character Warren Clements. Warren has been at the centre of a domestic violence storyline on the BBC medical drama in recent months, tormenting his wife Kirsty (Lucy Gaskell). However, in an interview with The People, Lord explained that Warren's poor health has earned him some sympathy from fans despite his abusive ways. The actor explained: "I would never defend what he did to Kirsty, not in a million years. But the fact he has muscular dystrophy and that he's been sat at home while she's been out flirting with her colleague Adam means it's not been absolutely black and white. "I was over in Ireland when he first started getting violent. On the ferry going back to England, a woman said to me, 'I (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
Artificial Eye Film Co have just released the very first images from Ken Loach’s new movie, Route Irish which I wonder if means we can expect a trailer for the movie soon. Route Irish stars Mark Womack, Andrea Lowe, John Bishop (yes the comedian who I just found out has been in Skins), Trevor Williams and Stephen Lord and according to IMDb will be with us in the UK 18th March.
Synopsis: The story of a private security contractor in Iraq who rejected the official explanation of his friend’s death and sets out to discover the truth.
Some of our guys have seen clips from the movie at various events at the London Film Festival which you can check out here.
In the meantime, click the images below to enlarge.
- David Sztypuljak
6 items from 2011
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