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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier doesn't open in North America until this Friday, but Marvel Studios has been rolling its latest Phase Two offering out in various markets since last week, and it's now been reported that Chris Evans' second solo outing has scored an impressive $75 million international opening weekend. From that figure, $10.9 million came from South Korea (where Avengers: Age of Ultron just so happens to be filming), while the U.K. was the second highest market with $10.7 million).

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out now in the UK and opens this Friday (April 4th) in North America, with Marvel veterans Evans, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell) joined in the cast by MCU newcomers Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Emily VanCamp (Revenge) as Sharon Carter / Agent 13, Frank Grillo (Zero Dark Thirty) as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones, George St-Pierre (Death Warrior) as Georges Batroc / Batroc the Leaper and Robert Redford (All Is Lost) as Alexander Pierce. Read our reviews here and here.

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    This week's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will see the introduction of J. August Richards' Mike Peterson as Deathlok, and while we've already seen some images of the character's drastically different look for the TV series, Agent Coulson himself Clark Gregg has taken to Twitter to post a new promo image which suggests Peterson will continue his transformation into something a little more faithful to the cyborg's traditional comic book appearance....

    New Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. promo image teases Deathlok's final look

    End of the Beginning - Agents Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Triplett are back to help Coulson's team track down S.H.I.E.L.D.'S nefarious enemy - the Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok destroy them all to protect his master's identity?

    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons. Guest starring are Bill Paxton as Agent John Garrett, Saffron Burrows as Victoria Hand, J. August Richards as Mike/Deathlok, B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett, Titus Welliver as Agent Felix Blake, Maximiliano Hernandez as Agent Jasper Sitwell, and Brad Dourif as Thomas Nash.


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  • 03/30/14--23:16: DVD Review - Parkland (2013)
  • Parkland, 2013.

    Directed by Peter Landesman.
    Starring Zac Efron, Tom Welling, Colin Hanks, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Giamatti and James Badge Dale.


    Set during the days that immediately followed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Peter Landesman’s Parkland examines the impact felt by those directly involved in the shocking event. In his adaptation of Vincent Bugliosi’s novel, “Four days in November,” Landesman concentrates on the implications the shooting caused; changing the lives of the people affected forever.

    Many of us have seen the famous “cine-film” footage of that fateful day, November 22nd 1963, when the then President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy, was shot dead. That footage was filmed by Abraham Zapruder (played by Paul Giamatti) and from the moment he began filming, he would forever be known for that piece of film. Jim Carrico (Zac Efron) was the Doctor to whom JFK was brought to try and save his life; he would also be asked to try and save the life of the President’s assassin, Lee-Harvey Oswald, surely a massive moral dilemma to face. The film does a good job of uncovering the stories of these people, rather than concentrating on why the President was shot and the saturated re-run of the conspiracy theory surrounding the event. This is a refreshing change and although there is some “cover-up action” from the enforcement services, the film doesn’t deviate from its path of well-paced story-telling.

    To begin with, I was surprised by Robert Oswald’s (James Badge Dale) almost unsurprised attitude on learning of his brother’s apparent actions. However, as the film progressed, I felt this worked well to pull the attention away from the culprit and again, more towards the way an innocent party, Robert Oswald, describing how his own and even his young children’s lives would forever be tainted by the event. The casting team did a good job here; no huge names that overpower their respective roles, instead allowing us to watch their future’s change over split second events.

    Lots of good visuals here too, amplifying the initial shock and horror of it all; incredible amounts of crimson splashes on blindingly white hospital uniforms and the loss of emotional control by several members of the fallen President’s immediate aides as they barge their way from the hospital with the coffin onto a plane, ripping up seats to accommodate their precious cargo.

    For me this film succeeds in highlighting how the innocence of a country, and parts of the world, was lost forever as the events unfolded. It tells a different tale to those films which look at the conspiratorial side of that day.

    Flickering Myth Rating - Film: ★ ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

    J-P Wooding - Follow me on Twitter.

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    A new batch of images has arrived online from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's long-awaited Sin City follow-up Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, giving us a new look at cast members Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Jamie Chung, and Powers Boothe....

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is set for release on August 22nd, with a cast that also includes returning Sin City stars Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson and Jaime King alongside Basin City newcomers Juno Temple (Killer Joe), Alexa Vega (Machete Kills), Christopher Meloni (Man of Steel), Lady Gaga (Machete Kills), Stacy Keach (The Bourne Legacy) and Jeremy Piven (Entourage). Watch the first trailer here.

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    Frozen, 2013.

    Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.
    Featuring the voice talent of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Goff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Alan Tudyk.


    Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

    "Magical" is a word that gets bounded around Disney fairly often and for very obvious reasons. Aside from the fact the word makes up the first half of one of their park's most famous areas, Disney movies carry a certain aura about them that screams "magical". It is a word that can be overused and is even attributed to Disney films that don't deserve so, but 2013's Frozen is a movie that really earns it. Frozen is simply magical. But more than that, it's a damn fine movie.

    Set in that part of Nordic Europe where everyone has an American accent, Frozen tells the story of Anna and her older sister Elsa who has a secret - she can create snow and ice from her hands. After an accident involving her powers, her parents decide it's best to shut her away from the world until she can control her terrifying affliction. Unbeknownst to this, Anna just thinks her sister is ignoring her which means she spends the better part of her childhood just wishing her sister would come out and play with her again. When Elsa is forced to leave her room and interact with society, the news that her care-free sister is getting married on a whim causes her to lose her temper and create an eternal winter across the land. As she scurries away into her own ice castle away from the world, Anna must track her down to see if she can convince her sister to come back home and relieve the town of their frozen landscape.

    It's been talked about often enough so it doesn't need repeating here, but one of the shining elements of Frozen is how it doesn't play up to the now solidified Disney formula. But Frozen is a movie that is more than just bucking the trend by focusing on sisters rather than a princess finding a dashing prince. Like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and The LEGO Movie, it parodies the genre conventions without being patronising and remaining a film that can entertain its target audience. Tropes like falling in love with the first man you meet are pointed out for being ridiculous and the anthropomorphic snowman created from nothing without any explanation is glossed over with such blatant disregard that it's clear Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee were having fun with the genre conventions. It is nice to see a Disney movie with a different set of morals, but to ignore the clever writing is a disservice to the filmmakers.

    But what would a Disney movie be without a fantastic toe-tapping soundtrack? Let It Go appears to have been covered more times than A Bridge Over Troubled Waters, but the rest of the music in Frozen is just as good. Even the redundant rock trolls have a good up-tempo track and the lack of the traditional slow love song means that Frozen always stays alive and in high gear. The exposition heavy Do You Want To Build A Snowman is perfectly crafted while the love song parody Love is an Open Door is a brilliant duet that is inkeeping with the movie's genre-bending motif. While it may seem like a pointless stop gap, Olaf's In Summer is the movie's true earworm and features some very clever lyrics that achieve that balance of fitting the song while also being funny.

    As stated at the start of this review, Frozen is just a brilliantly magical movie where everything comes together beautifully. The fact that it throws out all expectations from a Disney movie sets it apart from the Snow Whites and Beauty and the Beasts and has thrust it into "instant classic", but there is so much more to Frozen than just a simple change of pace. It's a good story with interesting and defined characters, it has a big heart and a good moral compass. The songs are good, the voice acting is good and its design is bright and colourful without being offensive to the eyes.

    It is different yes, but we shouldn't be focusing on that. We should focus on the fact that this is a great movie.
    Flickering Myth Rating - Film: ★ ★ ★ ★  / Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★

    Luke Owen is one of Flickering Myth's co-editors and the host of the Flickering Myth Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @LukeWritesStuff.

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    After dropping a new poster last week, Paramount Pictures debuted a TV spot for the upcoming sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend during the 2014 Kids' Choice Movie Awards, and we've got it for you right here....

    Transformers: Age of Extinction is once again directed by Michael Bay, with Mark Wahlberg (Ted) leading an all-new human cast that includes Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Bingbing Li (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller (She's Out of My League).

    Transformers: Age of Extinction is set for release on June 27th. Watch the first trailer here.

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    There has been a lot of talk recently about Ghostbusters III and it seems that the studios are keen to move forward with The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the helm, at least according to rumours. One person we know for sure who will only be in a producing role is Ivan Reitman, who directed Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Reitman has spoken about why he turned down the project.

    "It wasn’t that hard" he said. "When I came back from the funeral [of Harold Ramis], I thought it would be better to turn the director’s chores over to someone else and let me produce it."

    One of the other key factors in bringing the Ghostbusters back to the big screen is Bill Murray, who played Peter Venkman in the first two movies. However, speculation has always been around of just how much Murray would be involved with a third installment. In the interview, Reitman addressed the Internet rumours, "There were a lot of stories about how he read the script and it wasn’t up to his standards" the director said. "I think he may have read 15 to 20 pages." 

    He then went on to talk about how the he had dinner with the actor regarding the movie, "[The dinner] started at about 10:30 and ended at 4 a.m. We closed down the restaurant. And he just said, ‘Look, I’m not interested in doing these movies anymore. I like doing these small parts. I don’t want to feel the weight and the burden of all that.’ And I understood it. And it came from a good place in his heart."

    So there we have it, Ghostbusters III will not feature Murray's Venkman. Or at least in a leading role.

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    20th Century Fox has released a new poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes via Collider showcasing Andy Serkis' ape leader Caesar and a baby chimp, as well as a TV spot offering up some new footage from the hotly-anticipated simian sequel; check them out here...

    A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) and sees Serkis joined in the cast by Jason Clarke (The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Keri Russell (Mission: Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In), Enrique Murciano (Black Hawk Down), Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line), and Judy Greer (13 Going on 30).The film is set for release on July 11th. Watch the first trailer here.

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    With just over a month to go until its release, Warner Bros. has debuted a new still from the upcoming animated movie Son of Batman, which shows Dr. Kirk Langstrom hard at work in his lab...

    Hidden atop a secret mountain stronghold lies the League of Shadows and its fearless leader, Ra’s al Ghul. Together with his equally dangerous daughter Talia, he oversees a trained army of assassins with plans for global domination. But an uprising from within the league now threatens to shift the balance of power and sends Talia and her young son, Damian, fleeing to Gotham City. With assassins on their trail, Talia seeks the protection of Batman, who, unbeknownst to him, is the boy’s father. With his son in tow, Batman wages war against the villain Deathstroke and the League of Shadows, all while teaching his headstrong boy that one can’t fight crime by becoming a criminal. With help from Gotham’s finest, including Commissioner Gordon and Nightwing, Batman will soon discover that his son and most trusted ally are one and the same!

    Son of Batman is set for release on May 6th, with a voice cast that includes Jason O'Mara (Justice League: War) as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Stuart Allan (Rise of the Guardians) as Damian Wayne / Robin, Morena Baccarin (Homeland) as Talia, Giancarlo Esposito (Once Upon a Time) as Ra's Al Ghul, David McCallum (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as Alfred Pennyworth, Xander Berkeley (24) as Kirk Langstrom / Man-Bat and Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds) as Deathstroke / Slade Wilson. Watch the first trailer here.

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    Having topped the U.S. box office this past weekend with his latest film Noah, director Darren Aronofsky has been doing the press rounds in promotion of the Biblical epic, and during a chat with MTV the subject of comic book movies was brought up. As we know, Aronofsky came close to rebooting the Batman franchise in the early 2000s with an adaptation of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One, while he was also set to link up with The Fountain star Hugh Jackman for last year's The Wolverine.

    Well, it turns out those weren't the only two superhero movies that could have had Aronofsky's name on the credits, with the director revealing to Josh Horowitz that he held "a few conversations" with Warner Bros. and producer Christopher Nolan about helming last year's Superman reboot Man of Steel, and that he would have "absolutely" taken the job under the right circumstances.

    "Superman's one of the holy grails. It's Superman. It's the best superhero. Batman is great, of course, but it's Superman. He's the same level. That possibility was great," said Aronofsky, before reflecting on the final product from Zack Snyder: "I thought Zack was a great choice, and I loved his Watchmen movie. I thought [Man of Steel] was great. I thought that as a fan of the comic, you couldn't hope for a better interpretation. I liked the orthodoxy of it. It was interesting to add the pathos that they put into the character. It's a hard one to do. You look at what Christopher Reeve did, and it was perfect, because it captured that 'good old boy' thing. But to try and redo that again and bring that for a modern audience is tough in a post-Batman and Wolverine world. It's hard to do that."

    Would you have liked to see Aronofsky's version of Man of Steel? Let us know your thoughts...

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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2014.

    Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.
    Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Robert Redford, Cobie Smulders, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, and George St-Pierre.


    Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

    Full of eye popping fight scenes, awesomely cool characters and an unexpectedly intelligent foray into a question of morals, 136 minutes will fly by in an instant as Captain America: The Winter Soldier is promoted in rank as one of the best Marvel Universe films thus far.

    Nearly fully acclimatised to the modern day USA, the hulking Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) find his honesty and good-nature challenged as S.H.I.E.L.D. is corrupted by a past enemy. This latest threat even has the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), on edge as his boss Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) casually looks on. The Captain is soon let in on the top-secret, brand new hi-tech heli-carriers that the division has been building in an underground bunker. Soon to be permanently deployed in the sky, they are set to eliminate any potential human threats to the future Earth. But are they a legitimate form of security or do they represent something more sinister?

    Along the way, the Cap’ faces a new foe; the bionic armed Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). A definite force to be reckoned with, the Winter Soldier is equipped with the same, if not more developed, strengths as the Captain. Unfortunately, the Winter Soldier is most definitely not fighting on the same side as the magnificently muscled Captain America. Accompanied by the sultry, ass-kicking Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the formidable former soldier Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), the trio must fight to save the integrity of S.H.I.E.L.D., defeat the Winter Soldier and more importantly prevent the deaths of millions of possible future threats who may or may not pose a risk to the order of the Earth.

    Most interestingly, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is not your average Marvel superhero flick. With one foot firmly planted in the action genre, the other hovers over the political-thriller zone, an area that never normally grants access to a superhero. In reality, we live in an increasingly disordered world, rife with riots, revolutions and violence and The Winter Soldier touches upon these nasty subjects with a surprising amount of candour. The question posed begs a difficult answer; would you kill an innocent human being who potentially poses a threat to you, to ensure that threat doesn’t become a reality? Okay, this may sound a little bit like the plot to Minority Report, but it is dealt with on a much larger scale. Despite coming from a World where war was raging and the Nazi’s were committing atrocious crimes, Captain America still has a tough time trying to come to terms with the right choice. Of course, being the decent, honest and law-abiding citizen, we can count on him to make the right decision.

    In a largely CGI crazed Universe, the directors Anthony and Joe Russo (Arrested Development, You, Me and Dupree) have done their very best to use as little as possible (it really isn’t necessary to see this in 3D by the way) and the film looks fantastic. Training has certainly paid off for Evans and Co. as the multiple fight scenes are breathtakingly good. Fight choreography in The Winter Soldier is amongst the best in all Marvel films so far. The opening scene upon a hijacked ship is a spectacle in itself, only bettered by the crazy altercations between the Cap’ and the Winter Soldier. Every fight is masterfully created and executed that you will quite literally be out of breath just watching them. Samuel L. Jackson endures one of the coolest car chase scenes in his long career and Johansson more than proves that she could easily hold her own in her own Black Widow spin-off.

    As ever, Evans delivers as the excruciatingly toned Captain America. Despite his size and power, his humanity shines through. His newfound comfort in the 21st century is shrouded in the pain of his past life and this is hauntingly evident (although the Academy Awards certainly won’t be a’knockin’. We’re talking super-hero standards here). Anthony Mackie is excellent as Sam Wilson. The ex-soldier that Captain America befriends brings an interesting dynamic to the team, rightfully earning his place as the Captain’s right hand man and hopefully as one half of a new dynamic duo. Sebastian Stan has clearly been working out for his role as the nonchalant, swaggering enemy. He may lack screen time and can be somewhat forgettable but his role is no less important.

    There may however be a few shortcomings with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Some shoddy dialogue, mostly between Black Widow and Steve Rogers is eye-wateringly awful. Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (the team behind Captain America: The First Avenger, Pain and Gain) you may be unwilling to believe that they are responsible for The Winter Soldier discrepancies and well, you would be right. Rumour has it that Johansson and Evans are the brainboxes behind those scenes, insisting on writing their own dialogue. Take note: this is a prime example of why the pretty people stay in front of the camera, not behind it.

    Overall, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is well worth your hard-earned cash. It is not your usual superhero no-brainer filled with action and punchy one-liners; instead it’s filled with actual punches, double high kicks and politics not too far from real life. That’s right, no aliens, no Demi-gods and certainly no giant robots but you really won’t miss these usual Marvel hijinks. The Winter Soldier is thoroughly enjoyable and will easily keep your attention for its entire duration.

    Don’t forget to stay until the end of the credits though…

    Flickering Myth Rating - Film: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★

    Sadé Green

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    Last night, American audiences were treated to a new TV spot for X-Men: Days of Future Past during the season four finale of The Walking Dead on AMC, and if you missed it, or you're from anywhere else in the world, the promo has now made its way online for all to enjoy. Check it out below...

    The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

    X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by Bryan Singer and features a cast that includes Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside X-Men newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop, Fan Binbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, Adan Canto (The Following) as Sunspot, Evan Jonigkeit (The Following) as Toad, Josh Helman (Mad Max: Fury Road) as William Stryker and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as Bolivar Trask.

    X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for release on May 23rd.

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    Magic Mike 2 gets a director and new title
    With Channing Tatum hard at work on the script, it seems the follow-up to the 2012 stripper comedy Magic Mike has found itself a director, with The Playlist reporting that in Greg Jacobs, Steven Soderberg's long-time first AD and producing partner, will helm the sequel, which is reportedly going by the title of Magic Mike XXL.

    As well as his work with Soderberg, Jacobs has directed Criminal and Wind Chill, while Amazon Studios is currently developing the single camera comedy Red Oaks, which he created, wrote and is executive producing. Meanwhile, Magic Mike director Soderberg is set to remain involved with the project, serving as executive produce.r

    Magic Mike XXL is currently without a release date, and is expected to reunite Tatum with co-stars Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer and Matt Bomer.

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  • 03/31/14--13:14: DVD Review - Klown (2010)
  • Klown (Denmark: Klovn: The Movie), 2010.

    Directed by Mikkel Nørgaard.
    Starring Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen, Marcuz Jessa and Mia Lyhne.

    DVD Review - Klown (2010)


    In order to prove his fatherhood potential to his pregnant girlfriend, Frank 'kidnaps' her 12-year-old nephew and tags along on his best friend Casper's debauched weekend canoe trip.

    DVD Review - Klown (2010)

    The bumbling fool, the blithering idiot, the blissfully ignorant ignoramus. It’s a televisual and cinematic staple. A character who can sometimes be likeably simple, or in other cases likeably unlikeable. Think of David Brent, Alan Partridge, George Costanza (or of course Larry David). Nothing ever goes right but it makes for great entertainment. So with Klown, a Danish film spinoff from a popular TV show from the land of awesome bacon, we get the Scandinavian answer to Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    Most outside of Denmark watching Klown: The Movie will be unlikely to have prior knowledge of the TV show. That matters little as the characters and all their foibles are set up pretty early on, so prior knowledge is not required. The film itself plays out like Curb Your Enthusiasm, mixed with The Hangover. Frank (Frank Hvam) is a man-child and a walking disaster unable to take responsibility for his own actions and constantly making bad decisions, never helped much by best friend Casper (Casper Christensen) a philandering playboy. When Frank’s girlfriend finds out she’s pregnant, she’s reluctant to go through with the pregnancy because of Frank’s inability to show any adult responsibility.

    In order to prove he’ll be a good father, Frank kidnaps his girlfriend’s nephew (this is Frank’s sort of logic) and takes him on a road-trip with Casper. Casper hates the idea as it disrupts the duos initial plans of a weekend of drinks, drugs, in what he also calls “the pussy tour.” Despite having a 12 year old boy in tow, it doesn’t stop Casper from getting his way, and despite Franks best efforts to try and look like father material, every decision he makes seems to result in trouble.

    Klown is pretty entertaining. It’s incredibly puerile at times and pretty disgusting in others, even by the sort of standards of something like The Hangover. The Dane’s don’t hold back at all. There’s nothing that they feel is too risqué to show. That said, despite the fact it’s pretty repulsive at times, it somehow manages to be pretty charming too, more so than most Hollywood gross out flicks. Hvam and Christensen (who created the TV show, and wrote the film) have great chemistry and Hvam in particular as the gullible simpleton Frank is likeable. There are plenty of laughs to be had here.

    Overall this is a brisk and enjoyable little film with no shortage of charm. Some of the laughter is uncomfortable it must be said, but there are a few inspired moments which I won’t spoil. Needless to say, the majority of the humour revolves around bodily functions. This certainly isn’t for the faint of heart or easily offended but those who go for this sort of thing won’t be disappointed.

    Flickering Myth Rating - Film: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★

    Tom Jolliffe

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    We've seen some fantastic posters for director Gareth Edwards' (Monsters) upcoming kaiju reboot Godzilla over the past couple of months, and now Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures has debuted a new promo poster featuring a pixilated image of the King of the Monsters complete with the hashtag #DemandToKnow. The plan is for us to share the poster via Facebook and Twitter to "awaken the truth", which you'd have to image will presumably be a shot of Godzilla in all his glory (or maybe a new trailer?)...

    Godzilla is set to open on May 16th with a cast that includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Ken Watanabe (Inception), David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine).

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    Blue Ruin, 2013.

    Written and Directed Jeremy Saulnier.
    Starring Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack and Eve Plumb.

    Bradford International Film Festival 2014 Review - Blue Ruin (2013)


    A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

    Bradford International Film Festival 2014 Review - Blue Ruin (2013)

    To describe Blue Ruin as “pulpy” would both undersell the film and nail its violent familial revenge scenario dead-on. For the movie - writer/director Jeremy Saulnier’s impressive second turn at the bat - is comfortable being both a schlocky pulp fiction thriller and a genuinely affecting (in its own sly, understated way) mystery drama, one resting on a lead character elevated to Greek tragedy by a quietly commanding performer.

    When first we’re introduced to Macon Blair’s Dwight Evans, searching trash cans for food and living in his titular ‘blue ruin’ of an auto, he’s apparently been off the grid for some time. He’ll say nothing of how or why he came to be living miles from home out of that wreck of a car, solitude his choice, but slowly we come to assume a gruesome turn in his family’s history is what’s been haunting him to this very day. The pain of loss is embedded within him – the only reason the film rolls into motion is because, after years of waiting, Dwight sees an opportunity to exact vengeance.

    The economy of the storytelling is as single-minded as Dwight; Saulnier’s film targets the revenge fantasy and keeps subplots to a minimum, as Dwight rejects assistance in his mission and avoids reigniting the spark of old friendships when he heads back to his home town. But Blue Ruin is no Point Blank-esque noir, and Dwight is no catatonic, Lee Marvin-style antihero – Dwight’s first attempt at ‘assassination’ is messy, and his instant reaction afterwards is to call on his estranged sister and break down in tears. Similarly, Dwight's act of eye for an eye early in the film would usually mark the end of any revenge movie, but it only sees Dwight becoming the hunted in a prolonged retaliation attack.

    With Dwight’s plan neither clear in the planning nor wholly successful in its execution, Blue Ruin is a revenge movie with the usual hero supplanted by some regular everyday guy. The scene in which Dwight attempts to self-operate on his newly arrow-punctured leg recalls the moment in No Country for Old Men in which Anton Chigurh casually patches up his bullet wound. Only Dwight’s attempt is followed by a jump-cut trip to the hospital, the arrow still embedded in his thigh (there’s a nice line in straight-faced black comedy here). He is as vulnerable as any normal person might be in such heightened circumstances.

    As Dwight, Macon Blair is terrific. Through him, Saulnier’s lead appears silent but for what he needs to say, always visibly warring with himself over what’s right and what he feels is his duty. Much of it is not said, but seen in Blair’s sad, tired eyes. He ensures Dwight remains a common man with a small-town history, one whose best days have become memories. It gives Dwight a devil-may-care aura and grounds the story, suspending your disbelief even as the violence escalates to face-exploding levels.

    Much of this review has been intentionally vague. There are films that don’t need the nowadays seemingly obligatory spoiler alert to remain surprising, but Blue Ruin is a film for the viewer to react along with. Another case for the argument that the modern thriller is replacing weak mainstream horror as the genre for cinema-goers seeking darker kicks, Blue Ruin features some superbly tense sequences, and a great deal of that tension is based in your lack of information. The film relies on its mystery, and on your discovery, to fully work. Avoid prior knowledge, go in innocent, and revel in what Blue Ruin has to offer.

    Flickering Myth Rating - Film: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Brogan Morris - Lover of film, writer of words, pretentious beyond belief. Thinks Scorsese and Kubrick are the kings of cinema, but PT Anderson and David Fincher are the young princes. Follow Brogan on Twitter if you can take shameless self-promotion.

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    With Chronicle director Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four gearing up to go into production, Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox will take the first step in merging its Marvel properties with the upcoming reboot, with the site revealing that X-Men veteran Hugh Jackman will appear in a brief cameo role in the film as the adamantium clawed Logan.

    According to the report, Jackman - who will next be seen as Wolverine in May's X-Men: Days of Future Past - has signed a new three film deal with Fox, which also includes 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse and the recently announced sequel to The Wolverine, which is set to hit in 2017. This third solo movie will mark Jackman's TENTH appearance as the fan favourite mutant, having been an ever-present in Fox's X-Men franchise since the first film in 2000.

    The Fantastic Four is set for release on June 19th 2015, with a cast that includes Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now, That Awkward Moment) as Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic, Kate Mara (American Horror Story, House of Cards) as Susan Storm / The Invisible Woman, Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn), and Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm / The Human Torch. It's also been reported that Fox's shortlist for the role of Doctor Doom consists of Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans) and Sam Riley (Control), while Trank himself is said to be keen on either Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) or Melissa McCarthy (The Heat).

    Meanwhile, X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 23rd of this year, with Jackman joined by X-Men veterans Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside X-Men newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop, Fan Binbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, Adan Canto (The Following) as Sunspot, Evan Jonigkeit (The Following) as Toad, Josh Helman (Mad Max: Fury Road) as William Stryker and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as Bolivar Trask.

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    Screen Junkies have posted their latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style. And this time round they have their flubber-coated shield's sights on Captain America: The First Avenger, just ahead of its sequel's North American release this Friday. Watch the video below, in which they address...

    -Steve Rogers' alter ego...The Human Torch from Fantastic Four.

    -Captain America's origin story effectively being 'steroids.'

    -And ultimate Frisbee!

    'German Capote' might be there best 'honest name' yet.

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out now in the UK and opens this Friday (April 4th) in North America, with Marvel veterans Evans, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell) joined in the cast by MCU newcomers Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Emily VanCamp (Revenge) as Sharon Carter / Agent 13, Frank Grillo (Zero Dark Thirty) as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones, George St-Pierre (Death Warrior) as Georges Batroc / Batroc the Leaper, and Robert Redford (All Is Lost) as Alexander Pierce. Read our reviews here and here.

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    IDW Publishing continues to collect the many comic-book iterations of Trek “as they happened” by stardate with the arrival of the deluxe hardcover Star Trek: The Stardate Collection Vol. 2: Under the Command of Christopher Pike; take a look at a preview here...

    Helmed by Trek experts Scott and David Tipton, and featuring special commentary, creator interviews, and more, Volume 2 completes the early voyages of the Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, and wraps up with two lost adventures from Pike’s career! For new and old fans alike, there's never been a Star Trek collection like this!

    Star Trek: The Star Date Collection, Vol. 2: Under the Command of Christopher Pike is out on Wednesday, priced $49.99

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    MGM has announced that it is working on a new Pink Panther movie, although rather than following the adventures of Inspector Clouseau, it "will harken back to the tone shared by the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons as well as that of Blake Edwards’ films" with a live-action / CG animated hybrid from director David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie, Monsters, Inc.).

    “I am proud that the Pink Panther– both the feature films and the great library of cartoons created by David De Patie and Friz Freleng that sprang from it– continues to be one of the brightest jewels in the crown of Mirisch films. Now, for the first time, the live action franchise will be united with the world- famous cartoon character in a new hybrid feature film. I am excited by our concept and I look forward to an outstanding movie entertainment,” said Walter Mirisch, who will produce the film alongside Julie Andrews, wife of the late Blake Edwards.

    “We are incredibly proud to re-introduce the Pink Panther to a brand new generation in such a fresh way," adds Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM's motion picture group. "Even more exciting is the chance to work again with our dear friends Walter Mirisch and Julie Andrews, as well as the talented David Silverman, whose enthusiasm convinced us to ‘Think Pink!’."

    Are you excited about a live-action / CG hybrid Pink Panther movie? Let us know your thoughts...

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