Tag: Scarlett Johansson

Meet Black Widow

Black-Widow-artworkMarvel UK has released a nice featurette which focusses on the character of Black Widow. Up until now the character as portrayed by Scarlett Johansson has taken a secondary role in the building of the Avengers universe. Now with phase two well under way the character is being developed more with a view to at some point give her a standalone movie. Continue reading “Meet Black Widow” »

Her

her-joaquin-phoenixThe interaction between human and machine has fascinated film makers since the birth of cinema in the late nineteenth century. How we use and adapt to an artificial intelligence has informed a wide variety of movies from the Sci-Fi of Forbidden Planet, thrillers such as War Games, cerebral dramas like 2001: A Space Odyssey and of course Fritz Lang’s silent masterpiece, Metropolis. Director Spike Jonze has taken inspiration from the films of the past in the construction of his new film, Her. Continue reading “Her” »

New releases for March

The month of March sees the last of the major award ceremonies taking place with the Oscars being announced on the second. The release schedule reflects this. The past few months have seen all of the contenders movies hitting the screens and the cinemas packed with worthy and serious fare. This month sees a bit of a shift away from that. There is a lot more of the popcorn / blockbuster entertainment on offer to help relieve film goers of their cash. Continue reading “New releases for March” »

Under The Skin First Full Trailer

The first full trailer for the forthcoming Scarlett Johansson film Under The Skin has just been released. Based on the cult novel of the same name by Dutch author Michel Faber, the story centres around a young human looking alien who travels the roads of Scotland picking up hitch hikers. She drugs and fattens her victims before handing them over to her companions who relish humans as a delicacy. Then it starts to get weird! Continue reading “Under The Skin First Full Trailer” »

New releases for February

January was a month for the Hollywood heavyweights however February also brings with it some award hopefuls, along with some good old fashioned popcorn fodder.

robocop-2014 featuredRoboCop (Released the 7th of February)

I’m not ashamed that I judged and derided this film before seeing a smidgen of footage. There are some films you shouldn’t remake and Paul VerHoeven’s RoboCop is high on that list. Nothing about the new version sounded promising. The violence would be toned down, Murphy doesn’t die, they give him a motorbike etc. Despite my initial rancour however I have to admit this looks pretty sweet and my fear has turned to excitement. However I also remember saying the same about Superman Returns and Iron Man 3 and, well we know how they turned out. A stellar cast in Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton adds a hefty weight to a film that’s mere premise melts fanboy brains causing the blood to pour from their ears. Even if the film is terrible there’s always a silver lining.  Continue reading “New releases for February” »

What To Look Forward To In 2014: Part 1

2014 is set to be a memorable year for cinema releases  with some major titles making an appearance. In part one of of our coverage, David lists his ten films to look forward to. Continue reading “What To Look Forward To In 2014: Part 1” »

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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Under The Skin

The first trailer for the new Scarlett Johansson freaky Sci-Fi drama Under the Skin has been released to promote the impending release of the film. Based on the cult novel of the same name by Dutch author Michel Faber, the story centres around a young human looking alien who travels the roads of Scotland picking up hitch hikers. She drugs and fattens her victims before handing them over to her companions who relish humans as a delicacy. Continue reading “Under The Skin” »

Hitchcock

Hitchcock 1The master of suspense. Alfred Hitchcock was one of the giants of movie making in the twentieth century.  One look at his canon of work is impressive enough. What marked him out from others at the time was his ability to generate buzz around his films that captured the public imagination and attention. From this gift he was able to develop a public persona of an enigmatic and slightly menacing figure. Hitch reveled in this and was always happy to play his part in building the myth. It got to such a level that the distinction between truth and fiction got blurred. I suspect that the film Hitchcock starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren has a similar relationship with reality. Continue reading “Hitchcock” »

Marvel Avengers Assemble (2012)

The Avengers PosterCast your mind back to 2008 and arguably the best of the solo Marvel superhero movies, Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr nailed the character of Tony Stark and people began to believe that super hero films could be cool again. During the movie we were introduced to Agent Coulson and the people he worked for, Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, or S.H.I.E.L.D for short. The fanboys had a nice little chuckle to themselves at the nod to the bigger Marvel universe. And then came the little bit after the credits where Samuel L Jackson first appeared as Nick Fury and asks to speak to Tony Stark about something bigger. The fanboys had a full on nerdgasm.

Jump forward to present day and Marvel have brought the Hulk, Thor and Captain America to the silver screen as well as a second outing for Iron Man and introduced more characters in Hawkeye and Black Widow. Now they are all together in what must be one of the most eagerly anticipated cinematic events in years. Frankly, if the fanboy community went doolally at the post credit teaser on Iron Man, I fear lives may be in danger when they watch Marvel Avengers Assemble. Continue reading “Marvel Avengers Assemble (2012)” »