Oct 31 2013

Review: Thor: The Dark World

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In an effort to recreate their comic book universe on the big screen, Marvel Studios have really changed the way blockbuster films are made. Instead of making a film and waiting years before thinking about a sequel, they seemingly have movies in the pipeline up to a decade in advance (maybe). By having each of their individual characters like Iron Man and Captain America co-exist in the same world and timespan, movies like Thor: The Dark World seem less like individual films than episodes of a sprawling television series (albeit one with more explosions and intergalactic travel).

While that observation is in danger of being an insult, we really don’t mean it like that. The old criticism of sequels not working in isolation doesn’t really hold that much water any more. Almost everyone going to see Thor 2 will have caught up with all the other Marvel films already. In essence, people aren’t going to see a new movie; they’re going to see the next episode of a really expensive TV show.

So: Previously on Thor…

The brash and cocky Thunder God of Asgard (Chris Hemsworth) was sent to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) as punishment for being a big dumb jock (essentially). In his absence, his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) feels slighted by Odin’s refusal to make him king. He decided to live up to his reputation as the God of Mischief by mischievously putting his father in a coma and naughtily staging a coup. Meanwhile, having fallen in love with scientist Natalie Portman and learned a lesson about humility, Thor returned home and defeats his brother.


THEN… in Avengers Assemble, we discovered that Loki survived his defeat at the end of ‘Thor’ and managed to rope in a few thousand of his alien buddies to invade Earth. Thanks again to his brother and The Avengers, he was once again defeated, restoring the status quo.

That description was grossly simplified but that pretty much covers the story of those two films.

We’ve been trying to figure a way to easily explain the set-up of Thor: The Dark World and we’re running into some serious trouble. In the film’s prologue, Anthony Hopkins’ voice-over relates a story from the past in which Asgardians fought against a race of Dark Elves who…umm… developed dark matter as a weapon? Apparently they wanted to destroy some world so that they could… er… live in its ashes, perhaps?

But now, thousands of years later, all of the major worlds (including Earth) are coming into celestial alignment, which means that… uh… people are able to walk between worlds and the surviving dark elves can destroy all the planets in tandem so that the 15 surviving Dark Elves can live in their collective ashes. That sounds about right.

Most of the film clips along just fine with entirely decent, if functional action sequences. Problems arise when they ignore the elements that made the original Thor a lot of fun: namely seeing the big man act like a fish-out-of-water in small town America. Instead, most of the story takes place in Asgard, where every characters is just as haughty as he is.

Portman’s scientist character returns as the great love of Thor’s life. In fact, Thor’s only personal arc in film is to realise he can’t live without her. Having said that, we still didn’t feel much of any chemistry between the two. The characters say they love each other but at no point do we see why – beyond the fact that they’re both impossibly attractive.

On the good side, however, Marvel’s writers have stumbled upon on a goldmine with Hiddleston’s Loki. As he proven in his last two outings, he’s by far the most interesting villain of the franchise – a character with more than two dimensions whose intentions you can never truly measure. Every one of his scenes is a real highlight and Marvel surely know this. We’ll be quite surprised if he doesn’t gets his very own film before long.

As another entry in the anthology of Marvel stories, there’s nothing really wrong with Thor: The Dark World. But for its intergalactic scale and massive budget, there’s still something about it that seems incredibly small.

Perhaps this is best expressed by the grand finale: while the end of The Avengers saw an attack on Lower Manhattan by alien invaders, the only collateral damage done in Thor 2 is the destruction of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. It’s a nice museum, but it’s hardly the same.

Thor: The Dark World is in cinemas now

Oct 31 2013

How to survive the inevitable zombie apocalypse

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 12:12 pm

We’re all familiar with zombie movies: we enjoy watching regular people attempt survive in a world where personal security is thrown out the window.

But how would you fare in Zombieland when your back’s up against the wall? Between hoards of shambling monsters roaming the streets and opportunistic survivors willing to kill you for the last bag of Cheesy Wotsits, there’s no guarantee that any of us would survive the first few days.

Face it: in the event of a catastrophic zompocalypse, you will be completely and utterly boned. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Thanks to the people behind World War Z, we’re now able to provide you with all the information you need to prepare for the upcoming post-society world.

By following these 7 important tips from real-life survival experts, you;ll give yourself the best chance at being the last human left on Earth.

1. Take Shelter

Red satin sheets and a 50″ plasma screen: this guy knows how to survive in style!

2. Stay Connected

If the only other survivors of this plague are ham radio operators, you’d have to think long and hard about whether you really want to stick around.

3. Train Harder

Say goodbye to casual pints after work: your body is now both a weapon and a survivalist’s toolkit.

4. Stock Up

Survival Mom actually seems pretty cool and nice for someone so paranoid.

5. Bug Out

They’ll laugh when you convert your truck into a nutty survivalist vehicle… but they won’t be laughing when you’re driving rough-shod over their zombified corpses.

6. Head for the Hills

This reminds us: we should probably make friends with Bear Grylls before too long.

7. Heal Thyself

“…the doctor’s dead, now what?” has got to be the best corporate slogan ever.

8. Get Off the Grid

Meh… We’d rather just wait two more years for Mr Fusion to become a reality.

For more signs of things to come, check out World War Z – now available to buy and rent at blinkbox

Oct 31 2013

Happy Halloween from blinkbox!

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 9:42 am

What are you doing this Halloween night?

Why not stay in an check out one of the scary movies in our Dark Nights Collections?

If you need a little more guidance, let us help you chose a horror film based on your mood.

Even if you’re looking after some little ones, you can still get into the spooky spirit with our safe, crowd-pleasing recommendations ranging from Scooby-Doo to Labyrinth. Check it out here.

On the other hand, you have made plans to go out tonight. If that’s the case, have a very happy Halloween and enjoy:

Oct 30 2013

Gatsby & Company: Great (…and Not-So-Great) Adaptations

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Big, brash and bombastic, director Baz Luhrmann’s fantastic version of The Great Gatsby is nothing like anything the author could ever have imagined. In honour of his thrilling new take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel (now available at blinkbox), we’re taking a look at some of our favourite literary adaptations… along with a few that really missed the mark!

Great Adaptations

The Talented Mr Ripley
Hired by an American industrialist to retrieve his wastrel son from a life of decadence in Europe, Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) finds himself seduced by the easy, glamorous life the playboy Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law). Initially inseparable, Dickie quickly tires of Tom in the way that rich people grow weary of their sports cars. Tom, it will turn out, is not the kind of man you can easily rid yourself of.

Previously filmed in the 60s as Plein Soleil starring Alain Delon, this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel is much more faithful to the source material, presenting the character of Tom Ripley as a lonely and conflicted psychopath.

Cancel your flight to Italy and watch The Talented Mr Ripley here

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
A reclusive chocolatier holds a promotion granting 5 lucky children a life-time supply of chocolate as well as a tour of his top-secret confection creation facility. Amongst the spoiled brats and rich kids who find a golden ticket inside one of Wonka’s chocolate bars is Charlie Bucket, a poor boy with a heart of gold.

There’s no-one under 40 in the English speaking world who didn’t grow up with the books of Roald Dahl, and while this movie is far from the most faithful adaptation of his work, it’s hands-down the best film based on his books.

Ignoring the psychedelic visuals, catchy songs and memorable lines (“Augustus, my child! That is not a good thing you do!”), it’s Gene Wilder’s lead performance that really elevates the affair. Unless you’ve seen this film recently, you probably won’t remember how dark Willy Wonka is: behind his lilting singing voice and cheery façade is the cold, dead stare of a monster:

 For your golden ticket to Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, click here

Life of Pi
Previously thought to be un-filmable, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi triumphs by turning a book about verbal storytelling into a visual spectacular. When young Pi Patel survives a cargo ship wreck, he ends up trapped on a lifeboat with an adult Bengal Tiger who could kill him at any moment. Largely a tale of survival, the book also plays with the meaning of faith in the most desperate of situations.

The biggest challenge of the film was always going to be bringing the tiger to life. With the help of dozens of visual effects artists, Richard Parker (as the creature is called) is as fully-realised a character as you could hope for in a film.

Sure, there are a few changed from the novel but by-and-large the story’s plot and greater meaning remains intact. Author Yann Martel’s entire third section is compressed to fit within a screenplay structure and the book’s spiritual message comes across a little trite. But considering how everyone thought it couldn’t be adapted, Life of Pi we saw at the cinema is a genuine feat of wonder.

Take the plunge and savour Life of Pi here

Silence of the Lambs
Director Howard Hawkes used to define a great film as one with three great scenes and no bad ones. By that standard alone, the 1991 film of Thomas Harris’ most famous thriller is a tremendous movie.

With the help of prodigious psychiatrist (and noted serial killer) Hannibal Lecter, FBI agent Clarice Starling must fights against the clock in her hunt for a psychotic murderer who skins his victims. And while Anthony Hopkins’ startling performance earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor, he’s actually only on screen for a bit over 16 minutes!

Now if we’re talking about great scenes, this film is packed full of them: from Lecter’s introduction to his daring escape (wearing a guard’s severed face), there haven’t been this many classic moment in a single film since Hollywood’s golden age.

Also, what man has not at least once uttered ‘it rubs the lotion on its skin’ before dancing in front of the mirror?

Cook some fava beans and crack open a nice Chianti here

The Godfather
This may rub some of you the wrong way but the film arguably better than the book. There: we said it.

Sure, Puzo’s novel goes into more detail with minor characters and there are entire sections of the book that don’t appear anywhere in the film. He gives his reader a well-researched, pseudo-fictionalised history of organised crime in America but when it comes down to it, he’s not a particularly subtle writer and there’s a thick vein of macho BS that runs through his writing. Case-and-point: the chapters told from the point of view of Sonny Corleone’s former mistress Lucy Mancini add very little to the story and are a little sleazy (just Google it).

As director and screenwriter, Francis Ford Coppola brings the book to life with a greater deal of craft, lending many of his characters a lighter touch.

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High Fidelity
It’s impossible to list films without thinking of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity. It’s told from the perspective of Rob, a record shop-owner on London’s Holloway Road from a time when record shops were still a thing. Having been dumped by his long-time girlfriend, he descends into self-pity, processing his grief in the only way he knows how: by making lists.

In fact, he’s constantly constructing lists of everything from Top Five Smiths B-Sides to his Top Five Devastating Break-ups: his need to organise the data of his life is something that struck a chord with male readers in the same way that a lot of women related Bridget Jones.

When John Cusack announced that the film of High Fidelity was going to take place in Chicago with him in the lead role, fans were understandably concerned. Some of them have even refused to watch it to this day, calling it an abomination, sight unseen.

What those folks don’t know is how wrong they were: High Fidelity is solid film. It takes what’s great about Hornby’s novel and discovers that it isn’t unique to depressed Londoners in their 30s.

Much like Nirvana’s The Man Who Sold the World, this is a cover track that belongs on anyone’s Top Five List.

Put away your vinyl collection and watch High Fidelity now

Not-So-Great Adaptations

Bicentennial Man
1996 to 1999 marked Robin Williams’ Blue Period: in that span of time, he appeared in a number of films that tested his audience’s tolerance for sugary sentimentality. Coming straight off the back of Jack (where he played a 10 year-old boy with a condition that made him look like Robin Williams) and What Dreams May Come, he starred in this adaptation of a 1976 Isaac Asimov novella, The Bicentennial Man.

The film’s intentions are nothing short of noble, as it attempts to tackle themes of slavery, liberty, humanity and love — all through the eyes of ‘Andrew’ a domestic servant robot who yearns to become more human. Over the period of his 200 year life we watch him become romantic, lose his love ones, and thanks to biotechnology, become mortal.

This all sounds great… but in reality, the film is unbearably mawkish in its attempts to be a tearjerker, deploying sentimental scenes back-to-back for over two hours.

(Don’t) watch Bicentennial Man here


The Time Machine
Directed by the actual great grand-son of HG Welles, this most recent Hollywood version of The Time Machine tries its best to be a Spielbergian action-drama but it just ends up being a goofy mess.

After his wife is killed by a mugger, 19th century scientist Guy Pearce resolves to make a time machine (presumably out of curtain rods and leather) so he can go back in time and save her. Instead, he zaps himself into the distant future where he inadvertently lands himself in a conflict between two species who have since evolved from humans.

In the book, the Morlocks are a brutish race of ape-like creatures but in the film, they’re led by the hyper intelligent Jeremy Irons, who sports some Halloween-grade prosthetic make-up.

On the other side of the war are the Eloi, whom Welles described as a species of innocent, child-like beings. In the film, Pearce totally gets it on with one of them.

Avoid watching The Time Machine by not clicking here.

There’s so much to unpack with this bizarre adaptation of Michael Crichton’s techno-thriller, we couldn’t fit everything in to this article but click here to read all about it. Trust us: this movie is bonkers.

If you’re looking to watch a great movie this weekend, there’s no better place to start than with our Great Adaptations Collection.

Oct 30 2013

Terrible Movie Adaptation #23: Congo

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 11:37 am

Jurassic Park was the undisputed box office champion of 1993. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, Spielberg’s film was revolutionary in its use of computer generated effects and benefited from a great script and a litany of classic movie moments. 20 years later, the film remains one of the decade’s most loved films.

So in 1995, when the opportunity arose to adapt Crichton’s earlier novel Congo for the big screen, Jurassic Park producer Kathleen Kennedy obviously jumped at the opportunity. Despite her track record and the wealth of proven talent working on this film, Congo still managed to become a singularly wretched film.

First of all, certain decisions were made in adapting the book that are absolutely baffling.

The plot of the book involved a technology company who were looking for a lost city in Africa that held a bounty of diamonds that were essential to the production of 32kb computer chips. Even in 1995 that was laughably outdated. In the film, the diamonds were to be used for communication lasers that would fire up into satellites.

Satellites and lasers do not work that way.

The expedition in the film is comprise of Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh from Nip/Tuck, Tim Curry and Ernie Hudson (the fourth Ghostbuster). They rope in the help of Amy, a sign language-using gorilla who can presumably find the lost city by asking the other apes for directions. For the benefit of movie-goers, the Amy in the film has a Nintendo power-glove that recognises her signing and translates it into a creepy little girl voice.

Why do they need this glove when someone on the team already understands sign language?

When they finally reach the lost city with all the diamonds, the team discover that it’s guarded by a never-before-seen breed of aggressive gorillas. Now in the book, the logical thing happens: Amy is able to communicate with the apes and the team is saved, validating the entire existence of the Amy character. It would seem that this finale wasn’t dramatic enough for mainstream audiences, so in the climax of the film, Laura Linney loads a massive diamond into a ‘communications laser’ and cuts these gorillas to pieces in a brutal primate genocide.

But do you know what the weirdest thing is about this terrible movie?

This awful, awful screenplay was written by Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley. That’s right: the guy who wrote Moonstruck and Doubt also wrote the line “Put’em on the endangered species list!”

Somewhere in LA right now, there’s a fancy shelf on which you’d find a Pulitzer and an Oscar lined up right next to the Razzie Award for the Worst Film of 1995.

Congo is not currently available on blinkbox

Oct 30 2013

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ trailer: it’s Goodfellas in Skyscrapers!

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Yesterday, news arrived that Martin Scorsese’s latest film The Wolf of Wall Street would be receiving a US release at the end of this year, allowing it to slip in to next year’s Oscars race by the skin of its teeth. And if the latest bonkers trailer is anything to go by, it ought to pose some serious competition.

Based on the life of Jordan Belfort, an American businessman who became incredibly rich by manipulating stock prices and defrauding investors through boiler room tactics, The Wolf of Wall Street is dealing with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the talent involved. Working from a script by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, Scorsese has brought on board a large cast of great actors from Jonah Hill and skinny Matthew McConnaughey to Friday Night LightsKyle Chandler and Rob Reiner.

The the most interesting thing we’ve gleamed from the trailer is how fun and funny the picture seems: Jonah Hill, if anything, seems to be filling that Joe Pesci-shaped hole in Scorsese’s films.

Di Caprio’s rags-to-riches-to-drug-induced-paranoia arc also recalls Henry Hill in Goodfellas which is no bad thing at all considering how that was Scorsese’s last all-time classic movie.

Every time Scorsese makes a new film, critics and journalists marvel at how the great master has remained on top in a career spanning over 40 years. But realistically, he last time he made an unbelievably amazing film was Casino in the early 90s. As much as people loved his Oscar-winning film The Departed, it was nowhere near as funny, violent, moving and bombastic as his earlier films. The ones with De Niro in them.

The Wolf of Wall Street looks like it could be great. Not just ‘great’ like Gangs of New York but GREAT like Goodfellas. That is the benchmark folks: accept nothing less.

The Wolf of Wall Street floats on the UK market starting 17 January 2014

Oct 29 2013

Trailer: A first look at X-Men: Days of Future Past

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After much anticipation,we’re finally getting a look at what could be 2014′s biggest action blockbuster. Uniting the casts of Bryan Singer’s 2000 X-Men and the prequel X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past adapts one of Marvel Comic’s most beloved storylines for the big screen.

Resurrecting Patrick Stewart‘s Professor X after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, we see him send Hugh Jackman‘s fearsome Wolverine back to the past in order to undo an event that threatens the future of the planet. There are so many stars in this trailer that it would be exhausting to mention them all — but with Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Ian McKellan involved, this movie looks to feature the hottest cast of any film for years.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will descend upon us 22 May 2014

Oct 29 2013

18 Chilling Horror Films for a Perfect Halloween

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 11:40 am

In an inconvenient turn of events, Halloween falls on a Thursday this year. As a result, it’s pretty unlikely we’ll be venturing out in full costume on the 31st of October and partying ’til the break of dawn. Not if we wanted to remain employed through November.

While your celebrations may have to wait a day or two, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take this opportunity to get in the spirit of things: with over 700 horror films available for your perusal, blinkbox has everything you need to kick-start your Halloween night in!

To help you select your perfectly insidious horror film, we’ve picked a few of our favourites for your consideration. Whether you’re a fan of the classics or looking for something truly gruesome to shock your senses, there will be something here for each of your tastes.

Classic Chillers

The Shining
Jack Nicholson takes his family to an abandoned hotel over the winter. The guests have all checked out but some of them will never leave. Working from the Stephen King novel, Stanley Kubrick’s  virtuosity as a director is on full display as he summons fear out of mid-air within the confines of the hotel’s vast halls, snaking corridors and frozen hedge mazes.

Your parents always told you that too much TV is bad for you. You should’ve listened to your parents. This collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper has been relatively forgotten in recent years and we can’t fathom why. Even today, the original Poltergeist is totes scareballz.

The Exorcist
Acclaimed by many film critics (including superfan Mark Kermode) as ‘the greatest (horror) film every made’, The Exorcist slower-burning film than anyone remembers. In fact, the crazy stuff doesn’t even appear until the last movement of the film as director William Friedkin gradually ratchets up the tension. You won’t be hiding behind your sofa cushions but by the time the credits roll, you’ll begin to believe in the devil again.

Freaky Ghost Stories

The Ring
An urban legends tells of an enchanted videotape: anyone who watches it will die in 7 days. Naomi Watts has seen it and her time is beginning to run out. A remake of a seminal Japanese film, director Gore Verbinski keeps the tension up throughout and ensures the scares aren’t lost in translation.

Paranormal Activity 2
After finding their house inexplicably trashed one day, a suburban family installs security cameras all over their home. What they’re about to discover is much more chilling than a group of vandals. Shot almost entirely with consumer-grade cameras, Paranormal Activity 2 proves that you don’t need a load of special effects to craft a deeply scary film.

The Woman in Black
Daniel Radcliffe is a single father, a widower and a solicitor (three things he is way too young to play) called to a remote island to tend to the affairs of a recently deceased woman. As it would turn out, she really has a thing against lawyers, even in death.

Modern Nerve-Shredders

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Before she was Dexter’s sister, Jennifer Carpenter was the lead in this story of a young girl possessed by demons and the priest who attempts to save her soul. Allegedly based on reported events, its the finest film of its type since The Exorcist. Truly chilling.

The Thing
Both a prequel and remake of John Carpenter’s legendary original, this paranoid horror finds a group of scientists trapped in an Antarctic base with a deadly creature capable of hiding in their midst! It’s rare that a remake can hold a candle to a classic but this 2011 film managed it while also bringing a few new tricks to the game.

Drag Me to Hell
Sam Raimi shook the horror world with his Evil Dead films in the 80s. After a string of big budget Spider-Man films, he returned to the genre with this shocking tale of a young woman beset by a gypsy (sorry– Romany) curse. Full of the Raimi’s old stylistic trademarks, this is one of the best made horror films of this century.

Blood, Guts and Gore

Cabin Fever
For better or worse, director Eli Roth changed the direction of post-millennial horror films with this super-gory 18 certificate take on the ‘cabin in the woods’ trope. Imagine a straight-faced version of The Evil Dead but with more open wounds and dismemberment and you begin to approach the horror of Cabin Fever.

Perhaps the apotheosis of Eli Roth‘s mission statement, the premise of Hostel is pretty simple: tourists are lured into a cheap luxurious hotel in Eastern Europe, kidnapped, and then subjected to unfathomable body torture by mild-mannered businessmen. Depraved to the max, this is not to everyone’s tastes.

Human Centipede
Even if you haven’t seen Human Centipede, there’s little chance you haven’t heard of it. Three random people are kidnapped by an insane doctor, who stitches them together to create what should really be called a human dodecapede. This film doesn’t just test the limits of good taste- it completely ignores them.

Vampire Tales

The Lost Boys
If Twilight was the embodiment of vampires in the 2000s (emo hipsters, essentially) then The Lost Boys gave us the definitive 80s version of nosferatu with their open shirts and love of hairspray. They’re Bon Jovi without the guitars, if you will. If you haven’t seen this, then there’s a serious gap in your movie CV.

Let the Right One In
This bittersweet fairy tale from Sweden is much darker than anyone gives it credit for. Young Oskar lives in a Stockholm suburb with a negligent mother. His only friend is the girl who just moved in next door, but as he soon finds out, she’s a little older and a little more vampire-y than she seems at first. Heartbreaking and terrifying in equal measure, it transcend the very limits of the vampire genre.

From Dusk till Dawn
Winning the award for playing the least likely siblings, George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino play the bank-robbing Gecko brothers, Seth and Richie. On the run after a job gone wrong, they kidnap the family of a preacher and end up at a truck stop south of the border: a little saloon that happens to be crawling with vampires…

Comic Horrors

Cabin in the Woods
Coming in around the same time as the Evil Dead remake, this subversive horror from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard takes all of the genre’s cliches and filters them through the prism of a semi-insidious government body that lures teenagers to their death. It stars a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth.

Directed by horror-meister Wes Craven, Scream was basically a post-modern deconstruction of the slasher genre. When a mysterious hooded figure starts picking off the students of a suburban high school, the kids think they can avoid being killed on account of having seen all horror movies ever made. They are very wrong.

Planet Terror
Robert Rodriguez tackles the zombie genre with his homage to the B-movies of his youth. Rose McGowan plays Cherry, a stripper caught in the middle of a zombie contagion that see her and a group of survivors battle both the undead and a military unit (led by Bruce Willis). This is off-the-walls bonkers in the best way possible.

For more nightmare-inducing movie suggestions, head over to our Dark Nights Collection

Oct 29 2013

WATCH: Disney dispatches a trailer for ‘Planes 2′

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 9:42 am

Following Pixar’s successful –if critically unloved–  Cars franchise, Walt Disney Animation Studios released a spin-off this summer in the form of Planes.

Set in a world where all sentient beings are anthropomorphic vehicles, it saw Dane Cook voice Dusty Cropper, a cropduster who dreams of competing in an international racing circuit (much like the one in Cars, if we’re being honest here).

Despite the fact that it was no huge hit (by Disney standards) a sequel is already in the pipeline for a release in summer 2014. Titled Planes: Fire & Rescue, it will presumably find Dusty working for an aerial firefighting service — a job he actually seems halfway qualified for, seeing as how he’s designed to drop liquids from the sky. Here’s the trailer:

We can’t be entirely sure but it’s possible we heard Holly Hunter‘s voice coming over the PA system. If that is the case, it would be a pretty cool reference to her character in Steven Spielberg‘s 1989 ftragic romance Always. In that seriously underrated film, Richard Dreyfuss played a hotshot firefighting pilot who gets killed on a mission and comes back as a ghost.

Now, if that turned out to be the plot of Planes 2, it would add another layer of awesome insanity to the already-crowded Cars universe. Just imagine it: ghost planes!

Planes: Fire & Rescue comes in for a landing August 2014



Oct 28 2013

This Star Wars Blooper Reel is the Best Thing You Will See All Week

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 5:43 pm

OK. We’ve already got a winner.

In the never-ending search for cool and interesting videos on the internet, very few things can come close to this. First screened at the San Diego Comic-Con this year, a blooper reel from the original 1977 Star Wars has just been posted for the enjoyment of legions of online film fans.

Featuring clips of Alec Guinness mugging, Peter Cushing flubbing his lines, and a team of stormtroopers blowing more than just ‘the bloody doors off’, this amazing YouTube video wins the week, hands-down.

The first 40 seconds or so are silent, so please persevere…