VIDEO: UK thriller K-Shop releases first teaser trailer

23 Jul

First teaser trailer for UK vigilante thriller K-Shop

“I want to know why you think it’s acceptable to behave the way you do.”

The first teaser trailer has been released for vigilante thriller film K-Shop, shot entirely in Bournemouth by local studio White Lantern Film.

The 25-second clip showcases the drunken, abusive revellers that finally tip kebab shop owner Salah (Ziad Abaza) over the edge. As the binge culture of Britain becomes too much for him, he takes matters into his own hands and begins to brutally murder those who push him too far.

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Review – Tammy

21 Jul

Poster for 2014 comedy Tammy

Genre: Comedy
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 4th July 2014
Runtime: 97 minutes
Director: Ben Falcone
Writer: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Kathy Bates
Synopsis: After her husband cheats, a disgruntled woman takes her boozy grandmother on a road trip.

 

 

Melissa McCarthy is a big star in the world of Hollywood comedy right now. Off the back of Bridesmaids, Identity Thief and The Heat, she’s one of the most bankable female performers in the genre. She has teamed up with her husband, Ben Falcone, to write and produce her latest film Tammy. Unfortunately, they forgot to write any jokes.

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Review – Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie

20 Jul

Poster for 2014 comedy Mrs Brown's Boys

Genre: Comedy
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 27th June 2014
Runtime: 94 minutes
Director: Ben Kellett
Writer: Brendan O’Carroll
Starring: Brendan O’Carroll, Eilish O’Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Robert Bathurst, Nick Nevern
Synopsis: When evil businessmen try to get her market stall shut down, the eponymous matriarch must fight to retain her livelihood.

 

 

One of the more baffling cultural phenomena of the last few years is the BBC sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys. The intentionally rickety production is a perfectly fine broad comedy, but the success it has received and the critical bile slung in its direction has marked it out as something that everyone has to either love or hate.

Naturally, a film adaptation was always going to happen. And, equally naturally, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie is one of d’worst films of d’year.

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Review – Cold In July

19 Jul

Poster for 2014 thriller Cold In July

Genre: Thriller
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 27th June 2014
Runtime: 110 minutes
Director: Jim Mickle
Writer: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici
Starring: Michael C Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, Wyatt Russell
Synopsis: A suburban Texas father is plunged into a world of darkness and crime when he accidentally shoots dead an intruder in his home.

 

 

Between William Friedkin’s Killer Joe and the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning No Country For Old Men, the “Texas Noir” genre is really starting to spread its wings. Next up is Cold In July – an initially conventional home invasion thriller that morphs into something completely different and darker.

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Q&A – Found Footage 3D writer-director Steven DeGennaro on the difficulties of found footage horror

18 Jul
Writer-director Steven DeGennaro on the set of Found Footage 3D

Writer-director Steven DeGennaro on the set of Found Footage 3D
Photo: Patrick Rusk

 

Earlier this year, I wrote a post that suggested an end was near for the found footage horror subgenre. I argued that the falling box office of the Paranormal Activity franchise and recent stinkers such as Devil’s Due would spell the end of the movement that caught fire with the release of The Blair Witch Project in 1999.

Not everyone agreed with this blog and I received a number of very interesting replies, both on the blog and on social media. The response that really caught my eye, though, was from Steven DeGennaro. Steven is the writer-director behind the upcoming film Found Footage 3D, which features a film crew who attempt to film the first 3D found footage movie, but end up inside it themselves.

I put a number of questions to Steven about Found Footage 3D and the challenges facing the genre in the future. Here are some of the highlights of that conversation.

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Review – Jersey Boys

12 Jul

Poster for 2014 musical Jersey Boys

Genre: Musical
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 20th June 2014
Runtime: 134 minutes
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice
Starring: John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Christopher Walken, Mike Doyle
Synopsis: A musical retelling of the turbulent path to fame of iconic band Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, mixing crime, drama and grit with the glitz and glamour of showbusiness.

 

If you were picking the ideal director to take the helm of a musical, Clint Eastwood perhaps wouldn’t be the first name that came to mind. However, with this adaptation of Broadway smash hit Jersey Boys, he has proven that when it comes to musicals, he feels very lucky… punk.

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Review – Oculus

11 Jul

Poster for 2014 horror film Oculus

Genre: Horror
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 13th June 2014
Runtime: 103 minutes
Director: Mike Flanagan
Writer: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard
Starring: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Katee Sackhoff
Synopsis: When her younger brother is released from a mental institution, a woman tries to prove his innocence by convincing authorities that the culprit was a supernatural evil within an ornate mirror.

 

 

Horror movies in 2014 have been a little bit rubbish so far. Found footage has been ubiquitous once again, with Devil’s Due and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones stinking up a storm. Oculus immediately stood out as a unique entry amongst this year’s horror releases and it certainly delivers on that potential.

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