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Official poster for Film4 Frightfest 2013 revealed!
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Top illustrator Graham Humphreys, who has been FrightFest’s poster designer since the very beginning in 2000, has revealed the artwork for FrightFest 2013. Graham said today:
This year’s image plays with the skull of Yorick, in a parody of Hamlet and all the attendant themes of revenge, murder, ghosts and corruption. The death of celluloid is represented by the corpse in the director’s chair and the spools for brains. As it is the centennial year of Peter Cushing’s birth, his contribution to the genre is honoured with a bust and the passing of Ray Harryhausen is remembered with a glimpse of two of his creations.
Film4 FrightFest, the UK’s biggest genre film festival, runs from Thursday 22nd August to Monday 26th August at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. The full line up will be announced on 28th June (and I can’t wait). Festival and day passes »
- Phil Wheat
Awesome first trailer for ‘The Lego Movie’
18 June 2013 4:34 PM, PDT
The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.
Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie join Chris Pratt to form the cast of the first-ever full length theatrical Lego movie, the “greatest movie ever assembled”, which is set to hit cinemas February 14th 2014.
- Phil Wheat
Panel Discussion #010 with Jack and Mark
18 June 2013 2:42 AM, PDT
12th June 2013
Hey there, kids/adults/other! Today’s something of a bumper issue as Jack and I appear to actually have bought more than one comic each this week, so be prepared for us to go on a bit. And by “us” I of course mean “me”.
It also marks the tenth installment of Panel Discussion. We made it to double figures – huzzah! I’m just as surprised as you are; I thought Jack’d be dead by now. Speaking of…
When I heard about Snyder’s intentions to return once more to Batman’s roots, I was both excited and dubious. As I’ve said before, Snyder has grafted hard on Batman to earn my goodwill, so I was intrigued as to what he’d do. On the other hand, Frank Miller’s Year One is regarded by »
- Mark Allen
‘Monsters University’ Review
18 June 2013 2:19 AM, PDT
Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Helen Mirren, Steve Buscemi, Peter Sohn, Sean Hayes, Dave Foley, Charlie Day, Tyler Labine, Aubrey Plaza, Bonnie Hunt, John Krasinski | Written by Dan Scanlon, Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson | Directed by Dan Scanlon
As is traditional with Pixar features, Monsters University is preceded by a short film featuring whimsical anthropomorphic objects falling in love. The Blue Umbrella is a bit twee, but charming nonetheless and sees two umbrellas meeting-cute amidst a city downpour. It was impressed on the audience by Mu producer Kori Rae that everything we were looking at was CGI and it’s a good thing she did as the photorealism was startling.
The film proper begins with a teeny tiny Mike Wazowski (Crystal) on a school trip to the Monsters Inc. factory of the original film. It’s there that he decides to dedicate his young life to »
- Jack Kirby
Film4 Frightfest 2013 announce opening and closing films
17 June 2013 2:46 PM, PDT
Big Bad Wolves from Israel and Indian Zombies signal global horror invasion at this year’s FrightFest. This year’s festival opens with the world premiere of The Ford Brothers The Dead 2: India – the first-ever international production of a zombie film shot in India.
It’s truly an honour to be the opening film – mind-blowing! Being at FrightFest for ‘The Dead’ was such an incredible experience for us and one of the highlights of our whole journey with the film. It’s an awesome event with a brilliant crowd and we both sincerely cannot wait to see you all there!
- Phil Wheat
Cool fan poster for Michael Bay’s ‘Tmnt’ movie
17 June 2013 5:09 AM, PDT
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle L.A., Wrath of the Titans) and produced by Michael Bay, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett. Penned by the team of Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, who also wrote Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, the film reportedly sees:
…aliens invade Earth, inadvertently spawning a quartet of mutated reptilian warriors, the Ninja Turtles, who rise up against them to defend the world.
- Phil Wheat
Rewind: ‘Jaws’ Review
17 June 2013 1:32 AM, PDT
Today the summer blockbuster has become a staple in our society. The hype machine has grown larger and larger now with the anticipation for the next-big-thing building years prior to release. Millions have turned into billions as domestic hits have transformed into worldwide sensations. We forget the summer movie season was not nearly as predominant as it is now. People peg one movie as the conduit that started it all, and obviously that film is Steven Spielberg’s second feature Jaws. The success propelled Spielberg from up-and-comer to surefire superstar. Not only was it the first film ever to reach the $100 million mark it was also nominated by the Academy Awards for Best Picture. Strangely enough Spielberg did not receive a nomination for his directing efforts. Still, throughout the years Jaws »
- Dan Clark
17 June 2013 1:21 AM, PDT
Ah Statham. We’re on safe ground here folks. I’ve already fully elucidated The Stathe’s qualities in a previous outpouring of praise review so they hardly need reiterating here. But to be clear: Jason Statham is a brilliant human and his works make the world a better place. His latest exploration of the human experience (or ‘film’, if you must reduce his art so) is Parker, a cinematic adaptation of the Richard Stark novel, Flashfire. Statham plays the titular character, a thief who ‘only steals from those who can afford it and never hurts those who don’t deserve it’. He’s basically Robin Hood then, except he keeps the money.
Parker does a job with a bunch of his father-in-law’s less-than-salubrious friends, who »
- Jack Kirby