Not quite a prequel to the Gerard Butler starring 300 (2006), the story of 300: Rise of an Empire tells the parallel story along with some background flashbacks, to the stand of the 300 Spartan warriors against the God King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) lead Persians at the Hot Gates.
Cinetalk recently went along to a screening of footage from director Doug Liman’s (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) latest film Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Cruise is Lt. Col. Bill Cage caught in a time loop on the day he is dropped into a last ditch fight against alien invaders on Earth, with Rita (Blunt) being the soldier who realises what is happening to him and uses it to train him to hopefully defeat the invaders. Think Groundhog Day but with far more military and not (just) romantic skills and life lessons being learnt.
I rather like the idea of straight-to-DVD films, and I’m always on the lookout for an undiscovered classic. One of the most surprising things about them is the abundance of prolific (and often award-winning) actors who sometimes appear.
The fact that the new Liam Neeson thriller is completely preposterous should come as no surprise to those who have followed his recent career. The disappointment this time around is that Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra appear to have forgotten to make the film exciting in amongst all this ridiculousness.
For those who take a perverse pleasure in watching stars fall from grace A New York Winter’s Tale could be a feast of a film.
With shades of Tennessee Williams’ A Street Car Named Desire colouring in the narrative, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is the story of former New York elegantly well heeled socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) who flees the financial and mental ruins of her life to move in with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco.
Once a champion child Salsa star, Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) abandons his love and talent for Latin dance after a traumatic incident and finds his adult life devoid of joy, of dance, sequence and love.
Even before you sit down to watch Le Week-End, you know you’ve seen it before: an English speaking couple take a holiday in Paris, have difficulties speaking the language and go home having learned something about themselves at the end of the film, or else Paris changes them forever and they separate from their spouse. You saw it in Julie Delpy’s phenomenal directorial debut, 2 Days in Paris in 2007 (only slightly different - Delpy is French), and in 2011 with Woody Allen’s time travelling epic, Midnight in Paris. Well, guess what? You’re going to see it again with Roger Michell’s Le Week-End.
Most film fans will associate writer-director Stephen Sommers with big budget snooze-fests like GI Joe and Van Helsing – however, he has made some very fun adventure films in the past, including everyone’s guilty pleasure The Mummy. His latest film, Odd Thomas, has strangely gone straight to DVD in the UK, perhaps due to the legal issues which dogged the film’s production.