May 31 2013

LOOK: New Images for ‘Thor: The Dark World’!

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In case you forgot: here’s another timely reminder that Iron Man isn’t the only Avengers heavyweight to make a big return to theatres this year. Coming up this autumn, we’ll be seeing Thor: The Dark World, which finds Chris Hemsworth’s muscular Thunder God teaming up with Avengers villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to battle a greater evil. New photos have been released, giving us a first glimpse of new baddie Malekith (Former Doctor Christopher Eccleston) alongside his evil elf army (who look a lot like the Cybermen from Doctor Who, if you ask us)!

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Thor: The Dark World hits cinemas 30th October

(via Indiewire)


May 31 2013

The #1 Online Destination for Hunger Games Fashionistas!

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After almost a year of brazen neglect, the internet has finally got around to servicing the needs of a much-ignored corner of the internet. That is to say: Hunger Games super-fans who also happen to be really into fashion.

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The Tumblr site ‘Capitol Couture‘ does a pretty good job at presenting a Vogue-like fashion site for all wealthy citizens of Panem, the fictional future America from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games novels. Showcasing features and op-eds that can help you attain that coveted ‘dystopian future’ look, the site highlights cutting edge designs from designers like Viktor and Rolf who have managed to capture a brand of glamour only possible if you’re part of an elite social class that has enslaved the rest of your nation.

Fashion-conscious aspiring neo-fascists: this one’s for you!

The Hunger Games is now available to buy and rent on blinkbox!


May 31 2013

Trailer: Hugh Jackman goes Hunting for a Missing Child in ‘Prisoners’

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Sure, we’ve seen it all before: a parent is driven to the edge of sanity in a hunt for their abducted child. Hell, next to all of Harrison Ford’s 90s output involved him saving various family members from danger. The trope might be old and familiar, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be done well.

From a screenplay that’s apparently been floating around in Hollywood for over a decade, Prisoners sees Hugh Jackman play a suburban father whose child mysteriously disappears. Leading the search for the daughter is police detective Jake Gyllenhaal, who soon identifies creepy Paul Dano as a likely suspect. Unable to pin the crime on him, he has to let Dano go, forcing Jackman to take matters into his own hands.

But why have I told you this? Just watch the trailer already!

Prisoners co-stars Viola Davis and Terrence Howard and is due in cinemas 4th October


May 30 2013

Trailer Park: The Latest and Greatest Movie Trailers

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Welcome to our weekly breakdown of the hottest new trailers! Every Friday, we’ll be looking back at some of the most exciting theatrical teasers that have surfaced on the internet, plus a couple of ones for our newest releases here on blinkbox!

So buckle up and put your seat back in the full upright position, because we’re kicking off with the final cinematic preview for Disney’s Planes:

Next up, we had our first real look at Robert Rodriguez’s sequel, Machete Kills. Danny Trejo is back as the blade-savvy Mexican antihero and this time… he’s surrounded by an even bigger cast! This trailer was made for a Spanish-speaking audience, but you really don’t need to understand the words to get a kick out of it:

If you haven’t had enough of the hundreds of trailers and teaser for Man of Steel, here’s one more to whet your appetite:

If you’re looking for something to watch this weekend, you may want to consider The Purge. A super-dark thriller, it’s set in a future dystopia where all crime is legalised for just one night a year. Ethan Hawke stars as a father whose family falls under siege, forcing him to protect his home at all costs:

Or perhaps if you’re looking for something super strange and awesome to watch at home, in which case I strongly suggest you check out the trailer for the Australian horror film Bait. It’s Jaws meets Supermarket Sweep in the most literal way possible (NSFW):

For more of the latest films, check out our New Releases page!


May 30 2013

Game of Thrones: 8 Great Memes, Spoofs and Fan Vids

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We know that a lot of you are hooked on Game of Thrones right now, and so are we! The show might not have been on earlier this week, but that didn’t stop us from getting our fix from the hundreds of memes and fan-generated tributes littering the internet. To help you get over your withdrawal symptoms, we’ve pulled together our favourite bits of online Thrones randomness.

1. The King of Westeros + The Prince of Pop = One eminently punchable internet meme.bieber1
(via joffreybieber.tumblr.com)

2. The one where Game of Thrones is set to the ‘Friends’ theme

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3. Which of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms would you belong to?

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(via buzzfeed)

4. A beautiful game. A game of two halves. A game of thrones.

5. It’s only a matter of time before your favourite characters start shilling for major credit cards…Mastercard
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6. Remember Ned Stark? He was pretty stupidStupidNEd
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7. If the Houses were to hire management consultants for some aggressive blue sky thinking and to leverage their core competencies.
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8. Jon Snow doesn’t know anything. Case and point:

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(via buzzfeed)

Catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 of Game of Thrones at blinkbox


May 29 2013

Review: Byzantium

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Attractive, brooding vampires are about a dime a dozen these days. We could go on and list every current movie, comic book and TV show about immortal blood-suckers but it would literally take up half my word count. So what does this new vampire flick starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan have to offer that the others can’t?

Well for one, it’s directed by Neil Jordan, whose last foray in the world of gothic horror gave us the iconic Interview with a Vampireperhaps the first film to truly make nosferatus sexy. Byzantium is a story much smaller in scale than Anne Rice’s epic saga but it has the same kind of thoughtfulness: along with screenwriter Moira Buffini, he seems interested in exploring the psychological and social effects of being an immortal.

Ronan plays a 200 year-old vampire who has survived the centuries by remaining anonymous and moving from town to town with her mother, who herself makes ends meet by selling her body. We discover that mother dearest (Arterton) was a prostitute back in the early 1800s who defied a coven of wealthy vampires and stole the secret to eternal life to share it with her daughter. And for this reason, they have since been on the run from the Brotherhood of Evil Vampires.

Despite her age, Arterton’s ‘gift’ has allowed her to stay super-hot, a fact we know because she walks around in very little for much of the movie. But for Ronan, immortality means she’s cursed to stay 16 until the end of time: a fact made worse by having to spend eternity living with her mother.

Through her personal writings and late night walks through seaside towns, we sense her loneliness. The only people she ever opens up to are those whose lives she ends: the sick and the elderly for whom she serves as an angel of death. You’d be pretty bummed out as well if you had to murder everyone you ever talked to.

When she and her mother arrive at a new town, Ronan meets a kindred spirit in the form of a sickly young man (Caleb Landry Jones) who works at a local restaurant. Though they seeming share an instant connection, she keeps him at arm’s length: perhaps because she needs to stay hidden; perhaps because she realises that she is like, way old.

Of course, there will be direct parallels drawn with the behemoth that is the Twilight Saga: both are kind of love stories between an attractive vampire and a teenage loner. The major difference is that Byzantium doesn’t work on the assumption that its audience is made up of idiots. The romance is given space to breath and the phenomenon of love is simply explained away by some magic mumbo-jumbo about ‘imprinting’.

When talking about movies, two adjectives thrown around too commonly are ‘dark’ and ‘gritty’. Usually they just mean that a character dies at some point and there are a lot of scenes taking place at night but in this case, Jordan creates a very palpable atmosphere out of a crumbling seaside town and the lonely souls that wander through it. His camera moves under the promenades and through the shabby amusements, making it feel like the stygian pit of solitude.

Aided by a great cast of British character actors that include Tom Hollander, Johnny Lee Miller and Sam Riley, Jordan has directed something incredibly strong: a thoughtful story about teenage vampires that isn’t made for infants. Byzantium is, as they say, a proper film.

Who should watch it: Fans of Interview with a Vampire; Twi-hards who want something a bit more challenging; and anyone curious to see Neil Jordan back on something approaching his top form.

Rating: ★★★★

Byzantium is in cinemas Friday 31st May


May 29 2013

WATCH: Final ‘Planes’ Trailer Takes to the Sky

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I think it’s safe to assume now that the Summer blockbuster season is in full swing. We’ve already had our first $1billion dollar movie in Iron Man 3; a glitzy literary adaptation in The Great Gatsby; and a sci-fi spectacular in Star Trek into Darkness. But what is there for families? Apart from Monsters University from the utterly dependable Pixar studios, there isn’t much else suitable for the all-ages audience. Apart from this Disney animated film spun-off from Pixar’s worst franchise: Cars.

In Planes, a simple anthropomorphic crop-duster finds himself entered into an international plane racing series, competing against the world’s fastest planes. The only problem is… he’s afraid of heights!

Voiced by comedian Dane Cook, the protagonist is cloyingly named Dusty Crophopper, which makes you wonder what names are left for all the other cropdusters! Dropp T. Organic-Pesticide? Baron Flylow von Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane?

Anyway, people more cynical than us may see this film as a lazy derivative cash-grab designed to sell toys that will essentially be Airfix models with smiles on them. But us? We think this is going to be a heartwarming treat, guaranteed to delight the entire family!

Planes taxis into UK cinemas 16th August


May 28 2013

Review: Texas Chainsaw

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 5:20 pm

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The last two films to bear the name ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ were produced by Michael Bay in the mid-2000s with some box-office success. Just a few years later now, Tobe Hooper’s classic horror has been rebooted again but this time, the film’s writers and directors have attempted to channel some grindhouse DNA into the project by positioning it as a direct sequel to the original.

In Hooper’s 1974 film, a group of youngsters on a road trip happen upon a 6’5” maniac and his protective hick family who proceed to slaughter the living heck out of the,. The action in the 2013 version kicks off moments after the end of the original. New footage is matched seamlessly with shots from the original, showing the entire Sawyer family trapped in a house blaze started by a local lynch mob. The fire seemingly kills everyone but a new-born baby girl, who is then adopted by a couple of the hayseeds responsible for killing her kinfolk.

Cut to: twenty-something years, presumably. The baby has grown up into a sexy young woman who seemingly doesn’t own a single piece of clothing that covers her toned mid-riff. She discovers the truth about her birth parents when she finds out that she has inherited a rural farmhouse in deepest Texas. Not knowing about her family’s murderous history, she travels through to Texas along with a small group of friends including her promiscuous friend, a geeky hanger-on and her buff boyfriend played by recording artist Trey Songz.

Now: this film is just about as sexually exploitative as a movie film can get without technically featuring nudity. Within moments of meeting our nominal heroine, she strips to her bra in a sex scene before the film swiftly cuts onto the next scene, where all the characters are soaking wet, thanks to a freak rainstorm (thanks, freak rainstorm!). On top of that, the director’s favourite angle seems to involve the camera being placed at the perfect level to get an eyeful of the girls’ butts.

Don’t get me wrong: there are plenty of good looking people for you to ogle at in this movie, but when the film cuts between scenes of sexy women in their undies with graphic shots of dismemberment, it felt like we were a part of some conditioning experiment designed to make us associate sex with terror. This is nothing new in the world of horror. In fact, most of the video nasties from the 80s had their fair share of T&A. But with this particular production being as slick as it is, it doesn’t quite achieve the charming naiveté of those old saucy horrors.

Should you see this? If you’re looking for something to watch on a quiet night in by yourself, this might not be for you. But if you’re with a small group of people and you just want something disposable, there’s a good chance you’ll find Texas Chainsaw to be a fun and trashy experience.

Rating: ***

Miscellaneous Notes (**contains minor spoilers**)

  • There’s a dramatic device known as Chekov’s Gun which suggests that if a loaded gun is introduced in the first act of a play, it has to go off in a later act. Heather’s boyfriend is established as a skilled cage fighter in the opening third. Does this pay off later with Leatherface being taken down by a triangle choke hold? You bet it doesn’t!
  • While the original film is set in the early 70s, this sequel is most definitely set in 2013 (smartphones and all). The production designers and writers try to gloss over this fact the best they can, even going so far as to produce the only newspaper in the world that doesn’t bother including the year in its dateline:

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  • If the handsome sheriff’s deputy looks somewhat familiar, it might be because he’s played by Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott!

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Texas Chainsaw is now available to buy and rent at blinkbox!


May 28 2013

‘Lesbian Romance’ wins Palm d’Or at Cannes Film Festival

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cannesIn a timely bit of social and political confluence, Blue Is the Warmest Colour, a French-produced romance drama from Tunisian-born director Abdellatif Kechiche won the coveted Palm d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The victory came just one week after the French government passed a bill that legalized gay marriage.

Starring Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, the film languidly traces the relationship between their characters from the heady first days of infatuation all the way through to their eventual disillusionment. The film does contain scenes of sexuality but it has mostly been praised for its emotionally revealing lead performances. Jury president Steven Spielberg: “For me, the film is a great love story and the fact that it’s a great love story made all of us feel like we were privileged, not embarrassed, to be flies on the wall”.

Also in competition was  Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic, which focused on a very different same-sex relationship. It seems almost appropriate that these dramas have found success at this time, and it hopefully signals a sea-change for films that deal with LGBT themes or characters. Even in 2013, most gay cinema is still ghetto-ised in the straight-to-DVD market, where they’re afforded very little mainstream exposure.  It’s only a matter of time before films like Blue is the Warmest Colour won’t even be referred to as ‘The Lesbian Movie‘.

In other parts of the competition, the Coen Brothers’ latest film Inside Llewyn Davis won the Grand Prix; the Camera d’Or prize for debut film was won by Singaporean director Anthony Chen for his film Ilo Ilo; Mexico’s Amat Escalante was named Best Director for Heli; Bérénice Bejo won Best Actress for Le Passé (The Past); and veteran American actor Bruce Dern win Best Actor for his role in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska.


May 26 2013

New Releases Monday 27th May 2013

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 10:47 pm

Zero Dark Thirty ★★★★★ (Pick of the Week)
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Following up her Oscar winning Iraq war thriller The Hurt Locker, director Kathryn Bigelow gives a meticulously-researched chronicle of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Following the story of a CIA analyst played by Jessica Chastain, we are given a look behind the scenes of 2011’s biggest news story. The film’s final movement, which should come as no spoiler, is a minute by minute re-creation of Seal Team Six’s siege on the bin Laden compound. On its release, it started a firestorm of criticism that accused Bigelow of glorifying torture. Regardless, Zero Dark Thirty should be high on your priority list of ‘must-see’ movies.

Texas Chainsaw
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This is the second time Tobe Hooper’s horror classic has been rebooted this millennium, albeit in the form of a sequel. Picking up some time after the events of the original, it follows Heather, a young woman travelling though Texas with her boyfriend to collect an inheritance which –unbeknownst to her—includes her cousin, Leatherface! If you’re wondering whether this film will be too graphic for some of you, we’ll refer you to this release from the BBFC:

“There are a number of scenes of strong bloody violence in which people are attacked with chainsaws, hammers and other implements. There is sight of bodies being sawn into, limbs being sawn off and blood spraying onto the camera lens. Dead bodies and body parts are also shown with strong gory detail.”

Proceed at your own peril, gentle viewers.

Hyde Park on Hudson
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Bill Murray stars as President Franklin Roosevelt in this spiritual follow-up to The Kings Speech. On the brink of World War II, King George and his wife Queen Elizabeth are visiting America with the purpose of bolstering support for the imminent European war effort. Taking the American President up on an invitation to stay at his country estate in Hyde Park (not the one in London), the royal couple find themselves baffled by the eccentric president and his peculiar personal life. Olivia Colman is great as the Queen Mum while British actress Olivia Williams makes an odd choice as an unnervingly attractive Eleanor Roosevelt.

The Numbers Station
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John Cusack stars in this British-set spy thriller in which he plays a disgraced CIA agent sent to work in a remote English outpost. When something goes wrong, he’s forced to lock down the station along with a civilian analyst (Watchmen’s Malin Åkerman) and they soon discover than they’re in way over their heads. Also starring is Game of Thrones’ Liam Cunningham as Cusack’s boss: an ally who could potentially turn out to be an enemy. Gripping stuff!

Bullet to the Head
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Sylvester Stallone makes another foray into the world of 80s style action films. He plays a New Orleans hit-man named Jimmy Bobo (no joke) who’s forced to team up with a policeman to track down ruthless killer Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones). Stallone looks scarily buff for a man in his mid-60s and under the direction of veteran Walter Hill (48 Hrs, The Warriors), he’s delivery an action spectacular as stunning as bombastic as anything he made 30 years ago.

Lore
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In the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, five siblings must travel almost a thousand miles through Germany after they are abandoned by their parents, high ranking officials in the Nazi Party. Along the way, they discover the consequences of their family’s actions and the truth behind the stories they had been told growing up. Premiering at the Sydney Film Festival last year, Lore was submitted as Australia’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
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Originally released as a series of webisodes, this feature based on the immensely popular video game franchise follows a young cadet caught in the war with the evil Covenant. This live-action film contains plenty of action, a little romance, plenty of eye-popping special effects as a well as an appearance from the Master Chief himself. Even if you have no idea what the heck any of this means, you should still check it out, if only to see the kind of blockbuster production values that can be achieved with just a budget of under $10 million.

Sacrifice
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Christian Slater must be the hardest working man in show business. We joke about it a lot, but he’s had a new film come out literally every week for the past two months. This time, he plays a supporting role behind Cuba Gooding Jr, a tough cop who gets dragged into an underground heroin ring when a gang defector saddles him with a five year-old girl. It’s a direct to video movie, so don’t expect too much from the production; after all, it’s filmed in Ottawa, Canada. Instead, focus on the fact that it stars an Oscar-winning actor!

The Good Doctor
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Just when you thought Orlando Bloom was dead and the papers forgot to report it, he returns with a leading role in this American medical thriller. He plays a British medical student in Southern California who has a little bit of an ego problem. Petty and self-aggrandizing, he sees himself as a House-type super doctor. But when he finally makes a mistake that could threaten his entire career, takes increasingly desperate measures to cover his tracks. As you may have noticed, the title is wordplay!

For more of the latest movies, check out our New Releases section