Monthly Archives July 2011

Film Review: Middle Men

Middle Men DVD CoverDirected by George Gallo
Starring Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi & Gabriel Macht

Films that take a behind the scenes view of the porn world are usually fun, Boogie Nights is great, I’m personally a fan of Zack & Miri Make a Porno; it’s just a fun subject to tackle in film because it seems rather taboo, so then why does Middle Men take it so seriously? This is the story behind the world of internet porn industry, Luke Wilson portrays Jack Harris, the man who came up with the idea to use a billing service company to hide the porn sites names on credit card bills, but is the porn industry really the type of business a family man like Jack wants to be in on?

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Contest: Win Buy One Get One Free Tickets For LOCO Film Festival

We’ve made no secret here at ScreenGeeks UK that we are fans of the LOCO Film Festival (London Comedy Film Festival), they honour comedic films which are usually left by the wayside. Starting from the 8th August until the 12th August, LOCO will be hosting a season of films featuring the theme of Transformation. The films playing are Big, Being John Malkovich, Teen Wolf, All of Me and Tootsie. All great films (my personal favourite being Being John Malkovich) and this is a wonderful opportunity to see them on the big screen. The event is taking place at Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB and tickets are £15 each and can be purchased here.

LoCo’s Week of Transformations from LoCo Film Festival on Vimeo.

LOCO have very kindly given us 5 buy one get one free tickets for their Transformation event, all you have to do to win them is follow both @ScreenGeeksUK and @LoCoFilmFest on Twitter and retweet this tweet. Contest is open to the UK only and will close on August 4th. Good luck!

Film Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America PosterDirected by Joe Johnston
Starring Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving & Hayley Atwell

It is very surprising that with all the comic book films of late, nobody has really done a period superhero film until this year. X-Men: First Class started it off by setting itself in the 1960s with its heroes averting the Cuban missile crisis, here we have Captain America: The First Avenger where the titular hero is kicking some Nazi (and Hydra) butt back in the good old 1940s, it’s a smart move to keep the genre feeling fresh, but does it work? Steve Rogers (Evans) is a scrawny New Yorker who wants to help his country by enlisting for the armed forces but is thought to be too weak by military officials. He is soon inducted into a secret programme where is injected with super serum turning him into Captain America, the star spangled man. Now as the most powerful soldier the US has to offer it is up to him to stop the dastardly villainous Red Skull (Weaving).

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Film Review: Super 8

Super 8 PosterDirected by J.J. Abrams
Staring Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning & Riley Griffiths

It is always a difficult task when a director tries to recreate what they idolized in their youth. Bryan Singer and Peter Jackson were both criticized for their overly stylized, long running and nostalgic takes on Superman Returns and King Kong (though I am a fan of both those films). Here writer and director J.J. Abrams has tried to recapture his childhood days by making an homage to Steven Spielberg (who executive produces) movies from the 70s and 80s, so instead of retooling a movie, he’s retooling a time period, not a bad idea really. A group of kids in the late 70s a shooting a zombie movie late at night when they accidentally capture a huge train crash on film. Soon their small town is swarmed with military and government officials leading to the big questions, what was on the train and is it dangerous?

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Win Wild Cherry Starring Kristin Cavallari on DVD

Wild Cherry DVD coverTo celebrate the release of Wild Cherry (starring The HillsKristin Cavallari), we are giving away a copy of the DVD to 3 lucky winners.

In the vein of American Pie, Wild Cherry is about a beautiful young girl, Helen, in her final year of high school, who is completely in love with Stanford, the placekicker on the school football team. She has made the decision to go all the way for the very first time and give herself completely to Stanford. Until, however, she and her two best friends discover the “Bang Book” in which the football team has written every name of the virgins remaining to be deflowered in the senior class. When Helen finds out that it’s Stanford’s job to deflower her the tables are turned and the battle begins. With the help of her two best friends the girls form a pact to maintain their virginity, embarrass the football team and foil their plot.

Wild Cherry is a hilarious, roller-coaster ride of a movie starring The Hills actress Kristin Cavallari, actor Rob Schneider, Tania Raymonde and Rumer Willis and comes to DVD 1 August. Order you copy on Amazon today.Image from Wild Cherry

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the following question:

Kristin Cavallari starred in which hit reality show?

a)    The Osbournes

b)    The Hills

c)     Keeping Up With The Kardashians

E-mail your answer, name and address to jack@screengeeks.co.uk with the subject line Wild Cherry Comp. Good luck. Competition closes August 10th.

Film Review: Zookeeper

Zookeeper PosterDirected by Frank Coraci
Starring Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb & Nick Nolte

I quite like King of Queens, mainly for the hysterical Jerry Stiller and the ever-changing shape of Leah Remini’s bottom, but Kevin James was a likeable leading man, never the funniest thing about the show but easy enough to watch. His movie career has proven very difficult to watch, his work with Adam Sandler has proven to be distasteful (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry) and when he tried to work with a more respectable crowd earlier this year with The Dilemma, the results were most unfortunate. Once again James is working with the Adam Sandler production team Happy Madison to produce kid friendly fodder (just like the disastrous Paul Blart: Mall Cop). James portrays Griffen, a zookeeper who is not too great with the ladies but is good at his job. The animals decide that since they like him so much they will break their biggest rule and talk to Griffen, giving him advice on how to court a lady.

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LOCO Film Festival: Jerry Zucker Interview

Jerry ZuckerLast December I was lucky enough to sit down with a man behind such films as Airplane!, Ghost, The Naked Gun, Kentucky Fried Movie and Rat Race, Jerry Zucker. He was in town for the 30th anniversary screening of Airplane! set up by the London Comedy Film Festival (LOCO for short) and was happy to talk for 30 minutes about comedy, awards, filmmaking and my favourite subject South Park. Sadly this interview has been lost under a giant stack of rubish but it is finaly here to be read and enjoyed. Read the interview after the jump.

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Luther – Not Quite a Series, but Not Something to Miss

Luther PosterThe second ‘series’ of Luther finished yesterday. I say ‘series’ because at four hour-long episodes, I don’t see how that could really be a whole series but what do I know? The show follows maverick cop DCI John Luther and his strangely small team of detectives trying to catch particularly nasty murderers in a very attractively shot grimy part of London. For this four episode run, each murderer had two episodes, the first a nasty man wearing a punch mask randomly killing people to ‘bring back the fear’. The second, a nasty man with a nasty twin playing a dice game where you kill people for points. Running under this is the just-short-of-tenuous story where Luther has saved a girl from a prostitution ring and now has to do the bidding of the nasty woman who likes to nail people’s hands to desks.


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The Help UK Trailer

The Help PosterIf like me, you are a fan of fun teen films, you probably enjoyed last years sleeper hit Easy A. One of the best things about that film (and a couple of others over the past few years) was the charming and strong performance from actress Emma Stone and since then I’ve been chomping at the bit to see what she comes up with next. Of course the big news is that she is appearing as Gwen Stacy opposite Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man but in a smart move Stone is also appearing the drama The Help, a film about race relations between women in 1960s Mississippi. The UK tailer can be viewed below.


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