Monthly Archives November 2013

Free Birds

Free Birds - quad posterDirector: Jimmy Hayward

Writers: Jimmy Hayward, Scott Mosier (screenplay). David I. Stern, John J. Strauss (story)

Cast: Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, George Takei

Cert: U

Running Time: 91 mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Reel FX Creative Studios force feeds you its first animated feature. Reggie and Jake are time travelling turkeys attempting to change the Thanksgiving menu for good. Despite the vocal talents of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and the delightful Amy Poehler, this awful offering deserves a thorough roasting.

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The full verdict: Thanksgiving is a quintessentially American holiday. Traditions such as the President pardoning one turkey each year are largely unknown outside the U...

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Carrie (2013)

Carrie 2013 - Chloe Grace Moretz, quad posterDirector: Kimberley Pierce

Writer(s): Lawrence D. Cohen, Robert Aguirre-Sacasa

Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Portia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell, Judy Greer

Cert: 15

Running time: 100mins

Year: 2013

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Big Bad Wolves

Big Bad Wolves - Keshales, Papushado, posterDirectors: Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado

Writers: Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado

Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Tzahi Grad, Rotem Keinan

Cert: 18

Running time: 106mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: From the makers of Rabies, Israel’s first horror movie, comes Israel’s second horror movie. A nasty tale of revenge torture, child abduction and particularly dark impulses, Big Bad Wolves is confident horror filmmaking, but not without problems. And bring a strong stomach.

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The full verdict: Like all good fairy tales, Big Bad Wolves features good and bad and both are plain to see.

First the good. Writer/directors Kehsales and Papushado understand how to sideswipe audience expectations, making plot twists and turns with the brio of Tarantino in his heyday.

Shocking violence, sweaty-palmed suspense and v...

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Boomerang Family Cast and Director Interview

Boomerang Family - poster, Park Hae-il, Yun Je-munThe 2013 London Korean Film Festival boasted a broad range of movies old and new, but in time honoured tradition arguably saved the best for last.

Boomerang Family closed the London stage of the festival, before a select number of movies then tour the country. And a fine choice to showcase how exciting the country’s cinema can be.

Revolving around a sixty-something woman and her dysfunctional brood, Boomerang Family is a family drama, slapstick comedy and crime thriller in one deliciously spicy package.

We caught up with movie’s writer and director Song Hae-sung and stars Yoon Yeo-jeong and Yun Je-mun, who play the mother and one of her son’s respectively, to talk about the film.

Electric Shadows: Could you give me one word to describe Boomerang Family?

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Dom Hemingway

Dom Hemingway - quad posterDirector: Richard Shepard

Writer: Richard Shepard

Cast: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Emilia Clarke, Demian Birchir, Kerry Condon

Cert: 15

Running Time: 93mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Pretty posh lad Jude Law slaps on sideburns, piles on the pounds and dusts off his best Del-boy impression to play the eponymous safecracker, recently released and looking for compensation after a twelve year stretch. A somnambulant Richard E. Grant is on hand as Dom’s long-suffering sidekick. Writer/Director Richard Shepard (The Matador) tries to give his crude creation an original voice but the result is more bellowing bore than Sexy Beast.

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The full verdict: The indulgent tone for this brash Brit-flick is set from the start with an imprisoned Dom (Law) delivering a lengthy, Steven Berkoff-style paean to h...

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Kim Jee-woon Interview at the London Korean Film Festival

Kim Jee-woonKorean director Kim Jee-woon may not be a household name in this country, but chances are you may have come across his excellent tale of the supernatural A Tale of Two Sisters and you’ll definitely have heard of his Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie The Last Stand.

A suspense filmmaker in the same league as David Fincher or Brian De Palma, Kim Jee-woon’s movies peer into the darker corners of the human mind to stunning effect.

Kim Jee-woon - I Saw The Devil posterHis 2010 film I Saw the Devil is a serial killer classic in waiting, while The Good, The Bad, The Weird is an action movie with brains as well as brawn.

Kim is also a director who flits between feature films and short movies, and on 9th November presented four of his shorts to great acclaim at the London Korean Film Festival.

We caught up with him to discuss sho...

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The Flu

The Flu - Ae Su, Jang, Park Min-ah, posterDirector: Kim Sung-su

Cast: Ae Su, Jang Hyuk, Park Min-ah

Cert: 15

Running time: 122mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Korean pandemic thriller in the style of Outbreak that ladles on the de rigueur (mortis) apocalyptic imagery, but also finds room for romcom antics and a liberal glazing of melodrama. A disaster movie evoking the cheesy charms of The Towering Inferno or The Poseidon Adventure, this crams in enough excitement to satisfy those looking for an easy thriller, although the gushing sentiment might make this Flu too sickly for some.

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The full verdict: Cramming in enough disaster to make the most fraught season of 24 resemble a lazy Sunday with the papers, The Flu cannot be accused of shortchanging the audience.

But, a little more restraint would have provided greater focus for this blu...

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Don Jon

Don Jon - Jospeh Gordon-Levitt, quad posterDirector: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Writer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson

Cert: 18

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Aw-shucks grin hot property Joseph Gordon Levitt once more whips out his outrageously large talent with this knockout directorial debut… that he also wrote… and stars in. As uber-confident swordsman Jon Martello (“Don” Jon to his awed friends), a hit with the ladies but more interested in online porn, he offers a bare-naked depiction of the modern male. But with Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore co-starring as two very different women in his life, you know Jon’s road to enlightenment is going to have quite a few ups and downs.

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The full verdict: Sex is everywher...

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Gareth Evans Talks The Raid 2: Berandal

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Gareth Evans reveals secrets of The Raid 2: Berandal!

In August this year I had the good fortune of interviewing soon-to-be-white-hot director and all round good bloke Gareth Evans.

I was primarily there to talk about the terrifying segment of V/H/S/2 that he and co-director Timo Tjahjanto were responsible for. But, I couldn’t let the interview go without taking the opportunity to ask him about what we can expect from The Raid 2: Berandal.

Mr. Evans graciously revealed teasers of what we can expect and, to my, joy also confirmed the sequel does feature a car chase!  Something I’d hoped for when writing my review of the original movie.

If like me, waiting for The Raid 2 is like a kid waiting for their first Christmas, then read on and prepare to get rather excited.

The Raid 2 Berandal - Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais“It’s a lot differe...

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London Korean Film Festival 2013

London Korean Film Festival - poster Those mourning the end of the London Film Festival take heart in the news that the London Korean Film Festival begins this week.

Kicking off on Thursday 7th November, it runs until Friday 15th with almost 30 films showcasing the best in Korean cinema past and present.

Over the past 8 years the LKFF has established itself as a must-see event not just for fans of world cinema but for movie lovers in general, with a host of talent on hand to discuss the importance of the country’s cinema.

Excitingly diverse, the range can be seen in the opening and closing gala movies. Opening the festival is the European premiere of Huh Jung’s directorial debut, Hide and Seek...

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