Feb 12 2013

Amanda Seyfried lined up for role in Seth MacFarlane’s comedy Western

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LOS ANGELES — In the latest episode of the riches-to-more-riches saga of Seth MacFarlane, The Hollywood Reporter has indicated that Amanda Seyfried is in talks to join the cast of MacFarlane’s comic oater, A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Why is this such big news? For one, the Family Guy creator’s feature debut also happened to be 2012 highest-grossing (and highly gross) comedy at the US box-office. After the success of Ted, his next project will have to bear the weight of unreasonable expectations.

Secondly– this is a big month for MacFarlane, who will host the Oscars Ceremony on the 24th. There’s been a lot of speculation as to what he and his writers will deliver on the night, although it’s probably a given that it will somehow involve big band numbers, funny voices and a monologue joke that ends in “…[something-something] secret AIDS”.

But more than anything, this news is interesting from the angle that this would be Seyfried’s first comedic role since Mean Girls, in which she played “the dumbest one” of the Queen Bees. She’s perhaps been the most prolific actress to come out that cast –a cast that included Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey and the memory of Lindsay Lohan– but she’s mostly been confined to playing straight leads in dramas and horror films.

But this being a Seth MacFarlane picture, one has to wonder whether she’ll be given the role of ‘shrieking harpy’ or ‘vacuous eye candy’ — the only two character types that seem to exist in his world. Can anybody anywhere remember a single funny thing Mila Kunis‘ character did in Ted?

MacFarlane is set to star as well as direct and co-write A Million Ways. He will play a farmer who has to learn how to man-up and become a gunfighter — while presumably belting show tunes and making anachronistic references to Betty White and the Ninja Turtles.

[Source: THR]


Feb 11 2013

Super-Styles Me: New Trailer for Morgan Spurlock’s “1D in 3D” Documentary

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The movie gods have parted the clouds today, delivering unto film fans the first trailer for Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary. The irreverent director, best known for his fast food documentary Super Size Me, is seemingly taking a detour into musical films with this intimate portrait of a small combo that goes by the name of One Direction.

Although the trailer suggests a pretty straight-forward concert film interspersed with footage of the unknown band on tour, one can safely assume that Spurlock will inject the movie with his trademark humour. Perhaps he will force the young singers to subsist entirely on Tayto crisps and Monster energy drinks for the duration of the tour. Or maybe he will send them on a fruitless search for the burial waters of Osama bin Laden.

Having scored over 2 million hits on YouTube in the first day, the trailer’s popularity is surely a sign of unquenchable public demand for irreverent non-fictional fare. As one commenter puts it: “do i have permission to die now…cos this movie will be the death of me.“  Obviously, years of plugging away on independent factual features like The Greatest Movie Ever Sold has led to Spurlock’s sudden elevation to pop culture icon, a phenomenon that tabloid rags have already dubbed ‘Morgan Fever’.

On a minor note, this could be the biggest thing to ever happen to this young vocal quintet. We predict that this exposure to millions of Spurlock’s teenage admirers will likely lead to a modest bump in record sales.

1D in 3D is slated for a cinematic release in August,which must seem like an eternity away for rabid Spurlock fans.


Feb 11 2013

Watch ‘Monsters University’ Trailer

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Hot on the tails of the cinematic re-release of Monsters Inc (in 3D, no less), Disney-Pixar have unleashed their first full-length trailer for their upcoming Monsters prequel.

Judging by the trailer, Monsters University is pretty much what the title suggests: set years before the original, we see furry giant Sully (John Goodman) and tiny green eyeball Mike (Billy Crystal) meet as university freshers studying to become professional child-scarers. But it seems that the two of them weren’t always the best of friends…

There looks to be plenty of traditional college movie hi-jinks involved in the proceedings: raucous parties, American Football games and -of course- a rivalry with a richer, snootier fraternity. If it was anything like our university, though, there would be a lot more sleeping and casual drinking in the afternoon.

While we are huge fans of Pixar and adored the original film, we are only cautiously optimistic for Monsters University. After all, studio’s only other sequel came in the form of Cars 2 — which was so bad by Pixar standards that it was easily on a par with a decent Shrek film.

Pixar has an infuriating tradition setting UK release dates long after their US premieres, which means that we won’t have an opportunity to slap eyes on Monster U until July 12th this year. Until then, why not re-watch the excellent Monsters Inc to get your self in the child-scaring mood?


Feb 11 2013

Top BAFTA Awards won by star of Gigli and Pearl Harbor

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Ben Affleck continued his streak of success last night as he took the stage twice during the ceremony of the EE British Academy Film Awards light night. Winning first for Best Director before returning minutes later as Argo was announced as Best Film, the BAFTAs were surely another vindicating evening for Affleck, who was snubbed earlier in the year when he missed out on an Oscar nomination for directing despite the film’s success in every other category.

The awards themselves were a classy affair despite Stephen Fry‘s unusually sloppy presenting. But even when he’s only at 30%, Fry is still the country’s most gregarious and dignified host: one shudders to recall the unspeakably awful Jonathan Ross years.

The truncated BBC broadcast spared viewers the need to sit though the minor categories  (i.e. ones not won by celebrities) but wisely kept some of the more touching moments. Danny Boyle’s introduction of Film4 honcho Tessa Ross along with Ross’ speech were some of the evening’s highlights. Along with Kevin Spacey’s warm presentation of a BAFTA fellowship to director Alan Parker, Boyle’s bit is one of the reasons why the BAFTAs are in many ways superior to the Oscars as a celebration of cinema. The American Academy are impossibly reverential and often incredibly self-congratulatory, while there’s always a more reasonable sense of perspective at the BAFTAs.

The rest of the major awards went according to plan, with no real surprises in the acting categories. Daniel Day Lewis and Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actor and Best Actress. They were up against incredibly strong competition but  they were both noticeably head-and-shoulders above the rest of the pack. Quentin Tarantino won the gong for Best Original Screenplay while David O Russell took home the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay: both of them are notable writer-directors, which must have really cheesed off dedicated screenwriters who don’t get to hob-nob with beautiful actresses nor win any awards this year.

Here are some of the winners from last night’s BAFTA Awards:

Best Film: Argo

Other nominees:

Les Misérables

Lincoln

Zero Dark Thirty

 

Outstanding British Film: Skyfall

Other nominees:

Anna Karenina

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Les Misérables

Seven Psychopaths

 

Director: Ben Affleck – Argo

Other nominees:

Michael Haneke – Amour

Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

Ang Lee – Life of Pi

Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty

 

Leading Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Other nominees:

Ben Affleck – Argo

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables

Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

 

Leading Actress: Emmanuelle Riva – Amour

Other nominees:

Jessical Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone

Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

Helen Mirren – Hitchcock

 

Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

Other nominees:

Alan Arkin – Argo

Javier Bardem – Skyfall

Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

 

Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables

Other nominees:

Amy Adams – The Master

Judi Dench – Skyfall

Sally Field – Lincoln

Helen Hunt – The Sessions

 

Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man

Other nominees:

The Imposter

Marley

McCullin

West of Memphis

 

Original Screenplay: Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino

Other nominees:

Amour – Michael Haneke

The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson

Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola

Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal

 

Adapted Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell

Other nominees:

Argo - Chris Terrio

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin

Life of Pi – David Magee

Lincoln – Tony Kushner

 

Non-English Language Films: Amour

Other nominees:

Headhunters

The Hunt

Rust and Bone

Untouchable

 

Animated Film: Brave

Other nominees:

Frankenweenie

ParaNorman

 


Feb 11 2013

“Perks of Being in Madagascar”: New Releases Monday 11th Feb 2013

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Madagascar 3
The Madagascar gang return for another adventure! And as with the third Rush Hour film, our intrepid heroes are heading to Europe! Leaving Africa with the intention of returning to New York City, Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) land in Monte Carlo where they join a circus in an attempt to hitch a ride back to America. With this travelling roadshow of delights, they end up meeting a whole pack of continentally-accented animals voiced by illustrious European actors Martin Short, Bryan Cranston and Jessica Chastain. Listen out for a vocal cameo by Vinnie Jones, who probably plays an animal with a history of mauling Paul Gascoigne’s sprouts.

Perks of Being a WallflowerOne of last year’s unexpected critical hits, Three Musketeers star Logan Lerman plays Charlie, a lonely new boy at a new school who befriends an older girl (Harry Potter’s Emma Watson) and her strange step-brother Ezra Miller (last seen as a psycho teen in We Need to Talk About Kevin). It’s an unexpected sweet movie about the messy complications of teen love and it provides Watson with the perfect platform for showing off her post-Potter talents. The title makes it sound like unbearably hip indie flick but given a chance, its numerous charms will win you over.

SinisterWhen a true crime writer moves his family into a new house and neglects to inform them that it recently served as the scene of a brutal murder, things are only going to get bad for him. But when he discovers a box of film in the attic that document a series of killings, things start going way off the hook. This supernatural horror could easily have been lost in the vast milieu of horror films released every year were it not for its premium cast, led by Ethan Hawke. Critics have had no trouble lavishing Sinister with praise with E! naming it their “Best Horror Film” of 2012.

To Rome with LoveWoody Allen follows up his most acclaimed film in decades (Midnight in Paris) with another European jaunt. This time, he presents four interspersing romantic stories set in the Italian capital. Perhaps taking a page out of the New Year’s Eve/Love Actually playbook, he’s put together a strong (if not slightly left-field) ensemble cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz and the Woodmaster General himself. Expect gorgeous shots of Rome’s many landmarks to provide the backdrop for middle-class people to neurotically lament missed opportunites.

Beasts of the Southern WildPerhaps the biggest indie hit of 2012, there’s a good reason why Beasts of the Southern Wild has been celebrated with Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay and in her first acting role, Quvenzhané Wallis (who was only 6 at the time of shooting) is up for Best Actress. And really, this is her film: set in a post-Katrina Louisiana, Wallis plays a poor girl whose grim surroundings fail to suppress her fiercely vivid imagination and naive optimism. Director Benh Zeitlin has made an incredibly brave and moving film with a cast of non-professional actors who manage to infuse the story with tremendous power: while Wallis is deservedly getting the lion’s share of the kudos, credit should also go to Dwight Henry, a New Orleans baker who plays her volatile father.

AntiviralThe apple never falls far from the tree, especially not in the case of Brandon Cronenberg, son of horror maestro David. His debut film could easily have been inspired by the stories his father used to tell him as a child; stories about women’s bodies being torn apart and turned inside-out. Caleb Landry Jones plays an employee of a clinic that specialises in harvesting diseases from celebrities; diseases that adoring fans can also contract for a price. When Jones injects himself with a virus that ends up killing a big star, he has to find a way to save himself while fending off superfans desperate to get their hands on the sickness. Cronenberg has his father’s fascination with unravelling human bodies that he finds a way to combine with his own satire of modern celebrity culture. Die-hard horror fans have found their ‘must-see’ title of the week.

SparkleEssentially a lock-stock copy of Dreamgirls, Sparkle earns notoriety for containing the final film appearance of Whitney Houston, who died a few months after production. Like Dreamgirls, it’s set in Detroit in the late 60s and it also happens to tell the story directly inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes, tracking the meteoric rise of a soul singer (played by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks). According to reviews, the music is actually pretty good and the soundtrack includes the very last song that Houston ever recorded. The Dreamgirls comparisons are perhaps a bit harsh but they certainly didn’t help Sparkle at the box-office last year where, like Whitney Houston, it died alone and unseen.

Ginger & RosaThe latest film from British director Sally Potter tells the story of two teenage girls in the sixties as they muddle their way through the spiky issues of nuclear politics, feminism and –gasp- boys! There’s quite an impressive star cast here, but it’s tough to fathom why Potter has cast so many American actors to play British parts: Christina Hendricks, Elle Fanning and Alessandro Nivola are good actors but were they better than every available performer from Blighty? We haven’t seen this film yet but the reviews have been divisive: the Telegraph and the Guardian seem to love it but the Daily Mail gave it only one star — which puts it on level pegging with Zero Dark Thirty (one star) and  Lawless (one star) but makes it slightly better than Beasts of the Southern Wild (zero stars).

The RomanticsWow. For an independent romantic comedy, this film sure has a lot of big stars. Katie Holmes stars as a woman who reunites with her college pals when her ex-boyfriend (Josh Duhamel) invites them to his wedding – he’s marrying Anna Paquin, you see. Holmes’ pals are played by Adam Brody, Malin Akerman, Elijah Wood while her mother is played by Candice Bergen. With this glittering cast, one wonders why this film has been kept on the shelf since its Sundance Debut in 2010. Was it a Scientology conspiracy to punish Katie Holmes? Or could it be because it’s not very good? Only you can be the judge!

Room 237Stanley Kubrick’s film of The Shining has maintained its reputation over the last few decades as one of the greatest psychological horror films of all time. An adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling novel, it sees Jack Nicholson going insane in an abandoned hotel. But what if the entire film was actually a coded message from Kubrick, both revealing his disgust with America’s imperial past and his complicity in faking the moon landings? A festival hit last year, this documentary sounds like the fever-dream of conspiracy nut, looking at the secrets and theories that surround Kubrick’s masterpiece. You’ll start watching it as a sceptic but by the end, you won’t know what to believe! Highly recommended!


Feb 08 2013

Which museum will have things come alive in it for Night at the Museum 3?

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 11:21 am

LOS ANGELES — Twentieth Century Fox have announced that Shawn Levy has signed on to direct a third installment of Night at the Museum starring Ben Stiller. The first two films were overwhelming successes with family audiences, boasting a combined box office gross of around US$1 billion, an amount of money that we know from The Social Network to be cool.

Slated for a Christmas 2014 release, details about the final piece in the Museum triptych have so far been sketchy. Fox has yet to reveal which characters will return and they have given no indication as to which museum it will be set in. The first film saw Stiller work the night shift at New York’s American Museum of Natural History while Part 2 found Stiller tenuously holed up in Washington DC’s Smithsonian Institution.

Both of these establishments enjoyed a significant increase in attendance in the wake of their appearances in the films. No doubt, impressionable young children begged their parents to take them to a museum, only to be disappointed when the exhibits didn’t try to kill them.

So which Museum will get the ‘Stiller Bump’ next year and appear as the centrepiece in NATM3 ? Here are some viable candidates:

British MuseumBen Stiller somehow accidentally falls asleep at the British Museum when on holiday in London. But when he wakes up, he discovers that the world’s greatest stolen relics come to life at night! Cue: Stiller being chased through corridors by the Elgin Marbles and a number of alabaster reliefs.

Madame Tussaud’sBen Stiller is now an Interpol detective, on the trail of an international wax-smuggling ring. His investigation takes him into Madame Tussaud’s where he discovers that –under the cover of night– all the wax displays come to life! Cue: Stiller being chased through corridors by poorly rendered celebrities!

Guggenheim Museum BilbaoWhile spending a week in Basque country to meet the parents of his Spanish fiancée, Ben Stiller takes in a night stroll through the streets of Bilbao. Little does he know that when the sun goes down, the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum comes to life! Cue: Stiller being chased through Spain by an enormous deconstructivist Autobot!

Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian are both available at blinkbox.


Feb 07 2013

First Look: New images from Hunger Games sequel!

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Taking the place on the cinema release calendar previously occupied by Twilight movies, the second film the Hunger Games cycle is set for a release this November. So obviously, between attending awards ceremonies and delighting America with her candid appearances on talk-shows, Jennifer Lawrence has found the time to shoot some scenes from Catching Fire. The sequel will see Lawrence’s character Katniss Everdeen cope with the consequences of ‘gaming’ the system at the end of The Hunger Games, a move that allowed her to spare the life of her fellow competitor Peeta Mellark — whose name sounds best when you imagine it’s being said by Lois from Family Guy.

Anyway, thanks to Lionsgate Films, we’ve been able to get our mitts on some early production stills of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire!

Francis Lawrence (no relation) might not be the kind of big name director that fans were hoping for, but he does come packing a solid CV. With almost two decades worth of experience making music videos, his back-catalog  includes promos for Janet Jackson, Jay-Z and Britney Spears. He took the leap into features with 2005′s entirely decent Constantine, following it up with the almost-great I Am Legend. His most recent picture was Water for Elephants, which nobody saw, but was apparently quite nice.

Lawrence has signed up to direct the remainder of the franchise.

Ermahgerd! Could this be yet another love interest for young Miss Everdeen? Between fellow competitor Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and hometown hunk Gale (Liam Hemsworth), does this put our Katniss right in the midst of a love quadrangle?

Oh, wait — he’s totally coming on to her in a bad way, isn’t he? So Finnick Odair is probably a villain right? Oh well, maybe Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s newly added character will turn out to be another one of Kat’s suitors. That would be crazy weird!

This photo is probably from a scene near the beginning of Catching Fire. The partially-obscured number in the background presumably refers to the 74th Hunger Games, of which Katniss and Peeta were the winners. Are the armoured figures behind them there to protect them… or there to control them? Will victory at the Hunger Games turn out to be a poisoned chalice for Katniss?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will hit cinemas 22nd November 2013.


Feb 07 2013

Poster Mash-Ups: Psychiatrists

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Ever since A Dangerous Method introduced us to the concept of Carl Jung: sexy psychoanalyst, we’ve been obsessing over our favourite headshrinkers from film and TV. They’re an indispensable part of modern cinema: every single movie hero seems to be going to therapy, vocalising their every weakness and desire:

I can’t go back to the army, doc”;

“I’m in love with two men!”;

“I’m scared of the water, but I’m going on a beach holiday now”, etc…

For the most part, fictional analysts aren’t  characters so much as they are exposition deliverymen, setting up plot strands in a short amount of time. But why don’t they get to play romantic leads more often? After all, psychiatrists would be the perfect lead in a Mills & Boon-type story: they dress well, they’re good listeners, and they make decent money. Anyway – rant over.

Here are some poster mash-ups featuring some of our favourite romantic exponents of ‘the talking cure’.

Forever JungCarl Jung, the  famed forefather of modern analytic psychology is cryogenically frozen for almost 100 years. Adjusting to modern life and attempting to find love, he opens a practice using his severely outdated psychiatric techniques!

When Harry Analyzed SallyCharting the decades-long relationship between Sally Albright (Meg Ryan), an attractive obsessive-compulsive and Harry Burns (Billy Crystal), a cynical psychiatrist who’s battling his own loneliness! Will they eventually end up together, or will Harry’s sense of professional propriety get the better of him?

 


Young Bella Swan moves to live with her father in Washington State, where she is torn between her forbidden love for two suitors: Seattle psychiatrists Frasier and Niles Crane! Naturally, her friends and family do not approve of their relationships on account of how old and creepy they are! Frasier and Niles engage in one of their usual games of one-upmanship, doing some potentially awkward things like hide in the bushes outside Bella high school and stealing opera tickets from each other.

 

Three married couples comprised of wealthy African-Americans find their group dynamic upset when one of their friends Dianne (Sharon Leal) gets married to Jonathan Crane, a disgraced former psychiatrist-turned-super-villain. While the other couples worry about ‘rich people problems’ like BlackBerry addiction and a flagging sex life, newlywed Dianne lives in a state of perpetual terror as her husband constantly doses her with his patented fear gas.

The world’s first combination analyst and therapist, Tobias Fünke (David Cross) goes on a road trip across America, helping patients discover ‘the man inside them’. As his unorthodox methods yield unexpected results, he quickly runs afoul of the law. He goes on the run from various government agencies and as a result, becomes a TV sensation (meaning he’s a big hit with all the TVs).


Young wallflower Baby (Jennifer Grey) is sent to a ‘health spa’ in the Catskills where she is placed under the care of Dr Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), who uses dance therapy to bring Baby out of her shell. At first, they’re at odds with each other but the good doctor soon finds himself feeling protective towards her. The film ends in a competition where Lecter wears the face of a rival dancer, taking his place and intentionally tanking the routine so that Baby wins.


Feb 06 2013

Review: Wreck-It Ralph

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Making a family movie based on old 8-bit video games seems like a really bad business idea: none of its target audience would ever have heard of –let alone played— classic titles like Frogger or Tapper or Ms Pacman. The references would be aimed squarely at gamers who were now at least 30 or 40 years old and probably less inclined to see an animated film.

Wreck-It Ralph begins with a genius conceit and proceeds to explore it in wonderful ways. It takes place within the confines of a large video arcade – you know: the kind that doesn’t really exist anymore. Machines from the 80s apparently share the floor with newfangled shooters and racing games. The only difference is that when the kids have all gone and the lights are switched off, the characters clock-off and hang out in Game Central, a train station that’s housed in a standard household power strip.

Ralph (John C Reilly) is the bad guy in a perennially popular video game called ‘Fix-It Felix’ that’s a lot like Donkey Kong. For over 30 years, his job has been to scale the outside of a building, smashing in its windows with his oversized hands and feet while the game’s titular hero (30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer) works to fix everything. While the building’s residents celebrate Felix’s victory by hosting a disco in his honour, Ralph attends a support group frequented by a number of video game bad guys. (In a guaranteed nergasm moment, Bowser from Mario and Mortal Kombat’s Kano are seen sipping coffee in the same room as Dr Robotnik).

Ralph isn’t happy being labelled as a villain whereas the others have learned in time to accept their lot in life: as Zangief from Street Fighter tells him, “just because you’re a bad guy, it doesn’t mean you’re a bad guy.”

Determined to be seen as a hero by his neighbours, Ralph leaves his game in an effort to win a medal in one of the arcade’s other games. He finds himself in Hero’s Duty, a modern first-person shooter that’s run by the tough-as-nails futuristic soldier Sergeant Calhoun (voiced by Jane Lynch). As it turns out, modern video games are a lot more brutal than Ralph had ever expected.

He eventually finds himself in a Mario Kart-inspired racing game where everything is made of sweets and the citizens are ruled over by the Candy King, a creepily jolly figure that sounds an awful lot like the Mad Hatter.  He finds an unlikely ally in a Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) –a plucky young girl from Candy Land whose glitchy programming prevents her from fulfilling her dreams of racing cars– and they reluctantly strike a deal to help each other out.


This is the third feature from the newly revamped Walt Disney Animation Studios, which now operates under the stewardship of top Pixar man John Lasseter and it certainly shares a lot of DNA with his first film, Toy Story. They’re both about playthings that lead their own lives when nobody’s watching and they both seemingly understand the value of crafting strong characters.

Much of Ralph’s aw-shucks appeal comes from Reilly’s voice –which is never more likable than when it’s used to play a guy who’s up against the world– but it’s really the quality of the writing that shores up the entire film. Even Sarah Silverman’s ‘divisive’ vocal quality is used to great effect: her character never feels cloying or too cutesy in the way of most child characters. The way the characters’ journeys come together is one of the picture’s greater pleasures.

Having made his name on the Simpsons and Futurama, director Rich Moore brings a high joke rate to the project as well as an appreciation for in-jokes pitched at different levels (a reference to the Konami cheat code would fly over the heads of most people under 30). But like the best family films, Moore and his writers never presume to talk down to their audience by broadening the references. The world of Wreck-it Ralph is very specific but the themes are universal. This has always been a hallmark of Pixar films and now it looks to be a philosophy that’s taken hold at Disney.

Last word: Wreck-it Ralph is the funniest and perhaps the most charming animated film from the past year. This is the movie that will work with everybody. That is a (legally non-binding) guarantee from us to you!

Wreck-It Ralph now available to buy and rent at blinkbox


Feb 06 2013

There will now be even more Star Wars films than you originally hoped/feared

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 9:59 am

Here’s a wild speculative look into the future: it’s sometime around 2017, in the past 2 years alone you’ve seen something like 5 Star Wars movies hit the big screen. You casually remark to your friends: “this would’ve never happened if George Lucas was still around. At least he wasn’t a sell-out.”

And indeed, with Disney CEO Bob Iger’s announcement yesterday that the mouse-driven Lucasfilm company was in the process of developing subsidiary Star Wars films starring minor characters from the Star Wars Universe. Which characters, exactly? Iger remained coy, suggesting that he had no idea whatsoever but was keen to spit-ball the idea of A Very Jar Jar Christmas Adventure.

Remember when we all used to accuse Lucas of being a vain and greedy madman? Turns out, he was a lot more conservative with his property than he could have been. Maybe in a few years, we’ll look back to a simpler time and remember when we only had to deal with a Star Wars movie once every few years.

But anyway, which characters would you like to see get their own spin-off? Here are some of ours…