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‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Trailer: Colin Firth Needs To Blow Off Some Steam

Posted by Matthew on September 25, 2014
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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Speaking of movies that were moved back to February here’s a new trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service.

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Alan Turning Biopic ‘The Imitation Game’ Gets Two Trailers, Lots of Cumberbatch

Posted by Matthew on July 22, 2014
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Benedict Cumberbatch / The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the father of modern computing. A period piece featuring a great cast and a protagonist who struggles against adversity (more on that in a moment) during World War 2? I think I smell an Oscar contender.

We have not one but two trailers after the jump, one from Weinstein Company in the US and one from Studio Canal in the UK.

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Welcome to the Punch Trailer

Posted by Matthew on March 22, 2013
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Yearing for that certain type of crime film that only the UK can provide? Looks like Welcome to the Punch might provide it.

It’s already out in the UK and should be coming soon to North America. Does it look interesting to anyone other than myself?

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Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Posted by Matthew on January 16, 2013
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Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty might seems like it’s come and gone already but since it finally came out in wide release this past weekend I finally had a chance to see it. It seems like the best place to start is the beginning, so lets start there.

A few years ago Kathryn Bigelow was developing a movie about the search for Osama bin Laden. To that point he had eluded all efforts to find him and the film was meant to end at the Battle of Tora Bora where they had thought he was hiding but ultimately they failed to find him.

The film was meant to end on an ambiguous note, sort of a “what do we do now?” type feel but then one day the world found out that US Special Forces killed Osama bin Laden. Interestingly, the film wasn’t reworked that much, wasn’t turned into a propaganda “America, FUCK YEAH!” movie.

And the result is pretty spectacular.

Zero Dark Thirty is a spy film but not what you’d normally expect from a spy film because the main character, Maya, isn’t jumping from rooftop to rooftop or saving the world from a mad man or ferreting out a mole, she’s diligently and tirelessly searching for a single man, using all the resources available to her.

As if we needed reminding of the situation, the film starts with a black screen with radio communications playing from 11th September 2001, something I found particularly effective. I’m not American but I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when it all went down, as I expect all of you do as well.

The film then plays out the entire ten year search in all its gritty, gruelling and bureaucratic detail, spearheaded by Maya.

To say it’s an effective movie would be the understatement if the year. Simultaneously showing what they had to do, including torture, ground work, and long sleepless nights shows the toll on us all through Maya, and Jessica Chastain weathers it like a champ. She’s already won a Golden Globe for the role and she deserves her Oscar nod more than anyone else I’ve seen so far for the upcoming ceremony. Make no mistake, the Oscar is hers to lose.

Everything in this film is utterly compelling, and when we finally get to the final act where the raid on bin Laden’s compound by Navy Seals the idea that realistic military tactics and execution thereof isn’t filmable in a meaningful way is shown to be false. In fact any time anyone says this to you from now on just tell them to watch Zero Dark Thirty.

This film deserves to win all the awards it’s nominated for. It probably won’t win them all, but it should, and in addition to everything above this is because it tells us what happened but doesn’t tell us how we should feel about it. The torture and humiliation is on screen, but there’s no heavy handed speech about how it’s terrible but necessary or how it is destroying the country’s soul or any of that. Just, here it is, feel how you feel.

That, in and of itself with such talked about yet delicate subject matter, is a pretty major achievement.

Rating = 9/10

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