Monthly Archives March 2011

Brooks and Fox to Appear in Knocked Up Spin-Off?

Being big Judd Apatow fans here at SGUK it’s safe to say that this new Knocked Up spin-off has us chomping at the bit. The film is a semi sequel to the 2007 comedy hit following the lives of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), the b-plot couple from the original movie. If you remember the original film Pete and Debbie were having a rocky time with their relationship and now we get to see how much worse it can get with this latest offering from Apatow, who is writing and directing.

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In Cinemas Now: Hall Pass, Battle: Los Angeles & The Company Men

A week that looks pretty mediocre has come upon us, so lets get it over and done with.

The only film I have a real wan to see is the new comedy Hall Pass. The film stars Owen Wilson as a sexually frustrated married man whose wife (Jenna Fischer) gives him a “hall pass”, a week off marriage. This film has had horrible reviews but I have a huge love for the work that The Farrelly Brothers have put out over the years (Stuck on You is one of the most underrated comedies of the past 10 years) and the trailers did make me laugh, but the plot doesn’t drive me wild. The cast also includes funny people such as Jason Sudekis, Stephen Merchant, J.B. Smoove and a comedic turn from the great Richard Jenkins. I’ll be seeing this over the weekend but I have very low expectations. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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LoCo Film Festival presents Submarine

Submarine PosterSo I love Submarine, it was one of my favourite films last year and easily the best thing I saw at the 2010 London Film Festival. This film tells the tale of Oliver Tate, a young confused Welsh lad who has to deal with subjects like love, divorce, adultery, growing up and of course, the burden of every great character: egotism. The film is lovingly crafted by actor turned director Richard Ayoade and offers brilliant performances from a cast that includes Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), Yasmin Paige (The Sarah Jane Adventures) and Craig Roberts (Being Human).

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DVD Review – Africa United

Africa United DVDDirected by Debs Gardner-Paterson
Starring Eriya Ndayambaje, Roger Nsengiyumva, Sanyu Joanita Kintu & Yves Dusenge
Release Date: 28/02/11
Available from Play, Amazon and HMV

This was an odd movie. I always look forward to the family movie for the London Film Festival, it’s interesting to see what they pick, it has to be family friendly yet it has to cater to a mildly artistic crowd and this one works in that spectrum but that’s not necessarily a positive. The film follows the story of three Rwandan children, two from the slums Dudu and Beatrice (Ndaymbaje & Kintu) and the mildly well off Fabrice (Nsengiyumva), all travelling to the world cup so that they can get Fabrice one to appear in a half time show. They come across new friends and some tribulations on their way.

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Film Review – The Adjustment Bureau

Directed by George Nolfi
Starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Terrance Stamp

I really love Matt Damon, I think he is my new man crush, I can honestly watch the man do anything and to this day I will still defend Stuck on You as one of cinemas most underrated comedies. I was a little miffed by the trailer for The Adjustment Bureau, Damon usually focuses on prestige pictures with big name directors and this looked completely new for him, in fact the only Damon sci-fi that jumps to mind is Titan A.E. which I will not try to defend. Still, the trailer caught my interest and I gave it a shot. The film follows a politician (Damon) who falls for a young ballerina (Blunt), but for some reason a group of shadowy figures are working overtime to keep them apart.

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Film Review – Rango

Directed by Gore Verbinski
Starring Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher and Abigail Breslin

After two days of release the word on this movie has been pretty positive, in fact many of my friends on Twitter (especially @EthanRunt) have been praising this movie to the sky, so this definitely upped my interest in the film (I had not been won over by the trailers and Gore Verbinski rarely inspires that much hope for me). Lets just say the movie did not meet my expectations. We join a confused chameleon named Rango (Depp) on his quest to bring law to a frontier style town populated with animals.

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In Cinemas Now: The Adjustment Bureau, Rango and The Tempest

Another week and another crop of movies for me to dissect. Not a shabby looking week though, as we start off with the new Matt Damon sci-fi thriller The Adjustment Bureau. Damon stars as a politician who falls for a young ballerina (Emily Blunt) but supernatural forces are fighting to keep them apart. The film is based on a Phillip K. Dick novel and being a fan of Dick (lets just get that joke out of the way) I’m greatly anticipating this to be one of the early surprises of the year, I’m seeing it tonight and will probably have a review by tomorrow. Here’s the cool looking trailer after the jump.

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