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It was a heavily-discussed film on S&A this year, and now the Noel Clarke-penned Fast Girls has been released on DVD & Blu-ray. Financed by BFI Film Fund, StudioCanal and Aegis, and developed by the UK Film Council, Fast Girls centers on a "street-smart" runner (Lenora Crichlow) who forms a rivalry with an equally ambitious wealthy athlete (Lily James). Fast Girls, directed by Regan Hall, also stars Noel Clarke, Bradley James, Lorraine Burroughs, Lashana Lynch and Hannah Frankson. »
- Emmanuel Akitobi
The BBC/France Télévisions murder-mystery co-production Death In Paradise was released on DVD in the U.K. this week. Ben Miller stars in the lead role as Detective Inspector Richard Poole. Danny John-Jules (Red Dwarf, The Crouches), Lenora Crichlow (Being Human, Fast Girls), and French actress Sara Martins (C.I.D., Orpailleur) co-star in the 8-part TV series. The series also features loads of guest-stars, including Colin Salmon. Check the synopsis: Death In Paradise is a fish-out-of-water story about a quintessential English cop posted to the Caribbean island of Saint-Marie. To anyone else it would be paradise, but for Detective Inspector Richard Poole »
- Emmanuel Akitobi
The BBC/France Télévisions murder-mystery co-production Death In Paradise was released on DVD in the U.K. this week. Ben Miller stars in the lead role as Detective Inspector Richard Poole. Danny John-Jules (Red Dwarf, The Crouches), Lenora Crichlow (Being Human, Fast Girls), and French actress Sara Martins (C.I.D., Orpailleur) co-star in the 8-part TV series. The series also features loads of guest-stars, including Colin Salmon. Check the synopsis: Death In Paradise is a fish-out-of-water story about a quintessential English cop posted to the Caribbean island of Saint-Marie. To anyone else it would be paradise, but for Detective Inspector Richard Poole (Miller) it's hell! The island of Guadeloupe serves as the actual filming location for the fictional Saint-Marie. You can purchase Death In Paradise Here.
- Emmanuel Akitobi
No doubt once again hoping to cash-in on the immense good will generated by the London Olympics — having previously preceded the games with its theatrical release back in June — Regan Hall’s Fast Girls this week lands on DVD and Blu-ray. But does it still stand up now that the endorphins have worn off and the Olympians have finally crossed the finishing line?
Promising young runner Shania Andrews (Lenora Crichlow) has offset her tumultuous home-life with the help of kindly shop-worker Brian (Philip Davis), who has trained her in anticipation of the 2011 World Athletics Championships. Leaving her mentor behind in order to work with professional trainer Tommy (Noel Clarke) and physiotherapist Carl (Bradley James), Shania progresses from local to national level alongside privileged rival Lisa Temple (Lily James), where the two are also asked to join the British 4×200 metres relay team.
Focusing on the fictitious World Championships rather than the »
- Steven Neish
Director: Regan Hall
Running time: 90 minutes
Extras: Behind The Scenes, Fast Girls: UK Premiere, Interviews, Trailer
When sitting down to watch a sports movie, it’s highly likely you could accurately predict the plot and the character arcs before you’ve even pressed play. What is vital for films of this type to stand out is simplicity and humanity. Fast Girls, nicely timed after the Olympic summer, has both in spades.
Following Shania (Crichlow) as she prepares for the World Athletic Championships, all the staples are present: troubled home life, teaming with a rival Lisa (James), love interest Carl (Bradley James), and a rousing finale where all the pieces fall into place and everyone smiles. What makes Fast Girls stand out is Critchlow; as »
- Sam Carey
Is a lower 12A certificate responsible for Taken 2 grossing more in the UK in a weekend than the entire run of its predecessor?
When Taken debuted in the UK in September 2008 with £1.17m, the Liam Neeson action film proved a surprise word-of-mouth hit with audiences, its box office dropping just 6% the following weekend, and eventually achieving a healthy total of 5.5 times its opening number (£6.39m). The film went on to be a robust performer on DVD. In other words, all the planets looked felicitously aligned for the sequel, and industry expectations for commercial performance were appropriately high.
Even so, the success of Taken 2 has caught commentators by surprise. With £6.19m over the three-day weekend, and £7.38m including Thursday previews, the Istanbul-set film has already grossed more than the entire UK run of the original Taken. If previews are discounted from opening weekend figures (as they should »
- Charles Gant
It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a jam-packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, October 8th 2012.
Pick Of The Week
Nash Bridges: The First Season (DVD)
In the first season of this action-packed police drama, Don Johnson stars as Nash Bridges, the charming street-smart inspector for San Francisco’s elite Special nvestigations Unit. Always behind the wheel of his signature yellow ‘Cuda,’ Nash often goes undercover to track down the city s most vile criminals, from drug dealers and smugglers to the Russian mob. Never far behind is Nash’s loyal partner Joe Dominguez (Cheech Marin), a retired cop who’s »
Stars: Lenora Crichlow, Lily James, Noel Clarke, Rupert Graves, Bradley James, Philip Davis, Lorraine Burroughs, Lashana Lynch, Hannah Frankson | Written by Jay Basu, Noel Clarke, Jon Croker, Roy Williams | Directed by Regan Hall
After a summer of sport The United Kingdom, especially London at times feels like it’s clinging onto the high that was achieved in those weeks. We’ve even had the government trying to use that uplifting feeling to sell what they see as their “brand”, where of course the people see it as their country. Enough of politics though or I’d be complaining for a few thousand words. The fact is the Olympics were a great success, and if you want to bring back some of that magic Fast Girls may be the perfect film for you.
Using the background of athletics Fast Girls look at the relationship between two girls, Shania and Lisa. »
In the wake of the absurd levels of hype (both authorised and otherwise) that preceded its long-awaited cinema release, it was perhaps inevitable that Prometheus (2012, Fox, 15) should have been judged a let-down by so many hardcore fans, going from the most anticipated to the most disappointing film of the year in the space of its opening weekend. Hopefully now that the brouhaha has subsided and the promotional caravan has left town it's possible for viewers to see the movie for what it is, rather than what they wanted it to be. In an age of machine-tooled, head-banging franchise fantasy fodder, it's good to find an unashamedly grandiloquent sci-fi flick with big ideas and foolhardy ambitions, even if only some of them are realised. In the words of ultimate space-trooper Buzz Lightyear, it may not be flying but it's certainly falling with style. »
- Mark Kermode
Thank Flickering Myth it's Friday...
In Sinister, even the paper is haunted.
Now October's here, the cinema appears to be going into scare-overdrive. This one's the latest from "The Producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious," and shares a similar narrative: nice, white, middle-class family in very haunted house.
But, for once, found footage is a plot point rather than a stylistic convention. The movie's shot conventionally, but the father (Ethan Hawke) finds a box of old 8mm reels. They're home videos and the like. Just with a bit more of the murder stuff.
The trailer looks terrifying, and, by all accounts, it ain't that bad. Read our ★★★★ review here.
Sinister is out now.
Noel Clarke is a one-man film-producing machine. In his 72nd movie this year, he's co-written, -produced and stars a little bit in this British wedding comedy. He's well on his way to having the »
- Chris Villeneuve
What is it about sport that makes it so translatable to film? It has a lot to do with the natural drama that comes from the competitive, unpredictable nature of sporting events. Some, of course, translate better than others; one-on-one sports, such as boxing and other physical combat sports have been the most popular and successful, with the factors of the minimal characters and a conflict between two, classically disparate, contrasting opponents creating effective and simple conflict.
To celebrate the release of Fast Girls on Blu-ray & DVD from October 8th, I have created a list of my favourite sporting movies of all time.
I have kept my list to theatrical films; if I had branched out to documentary then Hoop Dreams would have certainly made the top three. If you haven’t seen Steve James’ 1994 documentary that follows a group of African American youths ‘attempts to make the NBA draft, »
- Adam Rayner
Merlin star Bradley James hopped onto the big screen this summer to play physio Carl in Noel Clarke's Olympics-themed Fast Girls. While the likes of Lenora Crichlow and Lily James were in the midst of strict training regimes to prepare, James told Digital Spy that he had one thing on his mind: convincingly giving leg massages. Also up for discussion were the ingredients needed to make a good sports movie, how he related to Fast Girls and James's experience watching Mo Farah bag an Olympic gold medal this summer. What drew you to Fast Girls and made you want to be a part of it?
"I think it was the fact that I was able to massage women's legs, professionally speaking, and not have someone report me to the police for it! I was happy to take on that tough role." The girls went through a tough training regime »
- By Simon Reynolds
Directed by award-winning young filmmaker Regan Hall (3 Hours) and produced by Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), Fast Girls is co-scripted by Noel Clarke (Adulthood, Kidulthood), Jay Basu and Roy Williams. Clarke also heads the strong supporting cast line-up of, Lorraine Burroughs (Dr Who), BAFTA nominee Phil Davis
(Vera Drake), Rupert Graves (V For Vendetta) and introducing newcomers Lashana Lynch, Dominique Tipper and Hannah Frankson. Twenty-two year-old Shania (Lenora Crichlow) seems like a regular girl from a London council estate, but she possesses the raw talent as a sprinter that sets her apart from other girls.
Thanks to her amateur coach Brian (Phil Davis), she qualifies for the World Championship and is asked to »
- Matt Holmes
Here's your first look at one of 3 films Brit Noel Clarke will release this year; the other 2 being the sports drama Fast Girls, which was released about 3 months ago, and the sci-fi thriller Storage 24, which was released in June. This one is the wedding rom-com titled The Knot. Noel Clarke, who co-wrote the screenplay, stars along with Matthew McNulty, Talulah Riley and Mena Suvari. Synopsis reads: Soulmates Alexandra (Talulah Riley) and Jeremy (Matthew McNulty) are getting married. At least that's the plan. Unfortunately for them, nonchalant best man Peter (Noel Clarke), bridesmaid Sarah (Mena Suvari) and an army of naysayers »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Last week saw the release of Kevin Macdonald’s acclaimed documentary, Marley, alongside Peter Berg’s mammoth blockbuster, Battleship, and this week brings with it a handful of new films and, most importantly in my books, the long-anticipated release of The Walking Dead Season 2. Today is a good day.
It’s a fairly light week with new releases, so without further ado,
My pick of the week:
The Walking Dead – Season 2.
The Walking Dead – Season 2 Iframe Embed for Youtube
DVD and Blu-ray
(also available: The Walking Dead – Seasons 1 and 2 Box Set)
Ordinarily, I focus on television programmes after the week’s new film releases, but The Walking Dead deserves to be the exception to that rule.
The show is one of the finest currently on TV, and if you haven’t started, now is definitely the time to pick up the first two seasons. It’s not often we get »
- Kenji Lloyd
Here's your first look at one of 3 films Brit Noel Clarke will release this year; the other 2 being the sports drama Fast Girls, which was released about 2 months ago, and the sci-fi thriller Storage 24, which was released in June. This one is the wedding rom-com titled The Knot. Noel Clarke, who co-wrote the screenplay, stars along with Matthew McNulty, Talulah Riley and Mena Suvari. Synopsis reads: Soulmates Alexandra (Talulah Riley) and Jeremy (Matthew McNulty) are getting married. At least that's the plan. Unfortunately for them, nonchalant best man Peter (Noel Clarke), bridesmaid Sarah (Mena Suvari) and an army of naysayers »
- Tambay A. Obenson
For the most part, found-footage films have largely been couched in the horror genre, and it’s always nice to see when they take a new direction.
Not only were we treated to the massive success story Chronicle this year, we’ve still got The Dinosaur Project to look forward to in just a few weeks’ time.
The trailer we saw earlier this month was more than enough to take us in, and now we’ve been sent over the new UK quad poster ahead of its release next month.
“Studiocanal are delighted to finally bring this astonishing story of the missing Congo expedition to UK audiences, and the findings of the Cryptozoological Society to audiences around the world. The film features stunning recovered footage of creatures thought to be extinct for 65 million years. As the search for the missing crew continues, questions remain about the source of the missing »
- Kenji Lloyd
Here's your first look at one of 3 films Brit Noel Clarke will release this year; the other 2 being the sports drama Fast Girls, which has been out for about a month now, and the sci-fi thriller Storage 24, which has been out for about 2 weeks. This one is the wedding rom-com titled The Knot. Noel Clarke, who co-wrote the screenplay, stars along with Matthew McNulty, Talulah Riley and Mena Suvari. Synopsis reads: Soulmates Alexandra (Talulah Riley) and Jeremy (Matthew McNulty) are getting married. At least that's the plan. Unfortunately for them, nonchalant best man Peter (Noel Clarke), bridesmaid Sarah (Mena Suvari) and an army of »
Why has the fourth Ice Age film got such low numbers? Because England and Wales seem to have an official release freeze
With just £853,000 from 134 sites at the UK and Ireland box-office, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift is the first film to top the chart with a sum below £1m since The Other Guys did so on its third weekend of release in October 2010, and the lowest-grossing number-one film since Nicolas Cage actioner Next landed at the summit with £795,000 back in April 2007.
And if you're wondering why the fourth instalment of the hitherto-mega-grossing animated franchise is doing so badly, and playing on so few screens, the answer is simple: Ice Age 4 has officially opened only in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, where the school summer holidays kick off earlier. England and Wales officially get the film on 13 July, but in fact Ice Age 4 »
- Charles Gant
Released back in 2010, Gareth Edwards’ Monsters is one of the finest indie films and one of the finest British films we’ve seen in years. Revolving around a cast of two, and with a film crew made up of four or five, the film took the monster genre in a new direction and made very good on its modest budget grossing $4m. worldwide.
Early last year, Vertigo Films announced that they would be developing a sequel without Edwards returning – he’ll instead be helming the upcoming Godzilla reboot, along with an intriguing sci-fi epic of his own – and last month we heard that Misfits director, Tom Green, would be behind the camera for the return to the Monsters universe.
- Kenji Lloyd
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