Tag: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

sin-city-a-dame-to-kill-for-joseph-gordon-levittIt has been long overdue. The first trailer for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For has been released online. The film has had a rough passage from page to screen. It was originally penciled in for a 2013 release only for that to be put back a whole year. Continue reading “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” »

What To Look Forward To In 2014: Part 3

In the last part of our look forward to all things cinematic in 2014 we give you the top picks from Jason. Taken on a month by month basis the list gives flavour of what to seek out at the local multiplex. Continue reading “What To Look Forward To In 2014: Part 3” »

Goyer and Gordon-Levitt to produce The Sandman

An adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman has been in development since the 1990′s. Since then many failed adaptations have came and went including an attempt to bring the story to the small screen. Well good things come to those who wait as David S. Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have signed on to produce the cult comic series. Sceptics may scoff at the latest news, however with Gordon-Levitt also rumoured to star and direct, it gives the project more weight than it’s had since Roger Avery was fired from the project almost twenty years ago.
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Don Jon

don_jons_addiction_joseph_gordon_levittRomantic comedies can become stale very quickly. For every Silver Linings Playbook that breathes new life into the genre we’re subjected to a million films of the standard of The Bounty Hunter. The same can be said for most genres (horror I’m looking at you) but I’m picking on romantic comedies for two reasons. One, it’s a genre that sees the self mutilation of my eyeballs as a more pleasing alternative, and two, it’s the subject of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon.

Modern day Don Juan, Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt), has a simple list of things he cares about in his life. They are “my body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls.” And despite being a very successfull Lothario, Jon enjoys something a lot more than his string of sexual encounters…his porn. He makes no apologies for it as he justifies to the audience why he prefers it over real life. When he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) he finds he’s surprisingly unable to talk her into bed, a novelty in Jon’s world. This makes him question whether the reason he prefers porn over one night stands is that he needs someone to love that will fulfill his desires. He believes Barbara is the person to change him however is she the dream girl he’s looking for and can he stop watching porn? Does he even want to?

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Lincoln (2013)

Lincoln PosterAbraham Lincoln’s recent cinematic outings have seen him as a vampire hunter or zombie smasher. Lincoln instead goes for the much more authentic story of his fight against his real enemy; Slavery. It’s not your usual biopic though as it doesn’t tell the full tale of the man’s life, but instead concentrates on the last few months and one of the greatest achievements of his personal and political life; the 13th Amendment to the Constitution resulting in the abolition of slavery.

Lincoln opens well into his career meeting soldiers at the Confederate Union base at Petersburg battlefield two years after the famous Gettysburg Address. He is already a hugely respected man by both white and black soldiers and the opening exchange between himself and some grass roots troops sets the tone for the entire movie. The soldiers are in awe of the President as he speaks and tells a tale in his soft, grandfatherly way. This sets the tone for the rest of the movie, which is largely a succession of Abe’s speeches and amusing anecdotes. Continue reading “Lincoln (2013)” »

Eva Green is A Dame to Kill For

evaIt’s been 8 years since Frank Miller’s iconic graphic novel series Sin City was unleashed on the big screen. For a while there it didn’t look like it would ever see the light of day, however it’s happening. You better believe it’s happening and now co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Miller himself have announced the title character for the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

The role of Ava Lord was originally written with Angelina Jolie in mind however it is Eva Green that the duo have picked. The character has ben described by Miller as “every man’s most glorious dreams come true, she’s also every man’s darkest nightmares.”

Rodriguez and Miller said, “We’ve been wanting to tell this story for a very long time. Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City. From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green. We are ecstatic that Eva is joining us.”

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Batman, Superman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Johnathan-gordon-levitt-as-john-blakeIf you haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises yet, chances are you’ve heard what happens at its conclusion. If you haven’t and don’t want to know, you’re probably best not reading any further and staying off the internet until you rectify it.

Despite Christopher Nolan’s insistence that “We’re finished with all we’re doing with Batman” it hasn’t stopped the rumours flying about that Joseph Gordon Levitt is taking over the mantle of the Bat. Speculation is rife that the star will be wearing the cowl in the upcoming Justice League film and as a prelude to that, a cameo in Superman: Man of Steel. The man himself Continue reading “Batman, Superman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt” »

Looper

looper 1Time travel films require a certain amount of faith on the part of the viewer. If you are willing to accept the premises presented then all is well. In some films thinking a bit too much about the science behind the time travel elements of the plot lead to questions and problems appearing. When this occurs it is easy to be taken out of the film in terms of the enjoyment. Looper deals with these issues quite effectively within the film. On two separate occasions characters dismiss all talk of time travel theory because it really screws with your head. Basically the film is saying that there are questions but let’s not dwell on them here. This is a movie for you to enjoy. A nice touch in sidestepping the plot holes from the talented writer / director Rian Johnston. Continue reading “Looper” »

50/50

When a film is described as how someone comes to terms with cancer you tend to fear the worst. There have been too many movie of the week entries where the story is so predictable that I could almost write the lines of dialogue. From the initial shock, through anger and acceptance the story line has been done to death. So when moviescramble sat down to watch 50/50, a comedy about cancer that was based on a true story, the alarm bells were already ringing.

The film centres on Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a twenty-seven year old writer for a radio station. A pain in his back leads to the discovery that he has a rare form of cancer that has grown on his back. He has to seek aggressive treatment so he can have surgery that will give him a better chance for survival. Continue reading “50/50” »