Monthly Archives October 2011

Win Everything Must Go on Blu Ray

To celebrate the upcoming release of the new Will Ferrell dramedy on DVD & Blu Ray we have 3 copies of the film on Blu Ray to give away to our readers.

Directed by Dan Rush and based on a short story by Raymond Carver, EVERYTHING MUST GO tells the story of Nick Porter (Ferrell) a man who sells “salesmanship” for a living, but the days of being on top of his game are long gone. After delivering an inspiring presentation to his sales staff, Nick is summarily fired for falling off the wagon one last time. He returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all his possessions out on the front yard. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line – or more accurately, on the lawn.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of this Blu Ray just visit our Twitter page and retweet this tweet, whilst making sure to follow @ScreenGeeksUK. The contest closes on the 14/11/11 and is only open to residents of the UK. Good luck to all

Everything Must Go is available on DVD and Blu Ray from 31/10/11

LFF Film Review: Bernie

Bernie is playing at the BFI London Film Festival on 22/10/11 and 23/10/11.

Directed by Richard Linklater

Starring Jack Black, Shirley MaclLaine & Matthew McConaughey

Jack Black and director Richard Linklater reteam after the sublime School of Rock for dark comedy Bernie, but is it a joyous reunion? Bernie tells the true story of Bernie Tiede (Black), a small town funeral director who becomes very attached to widow Marjorie Nugent (MacLaine) until her years of smothering him begin to take their toll. Bernie snaps and murders the woman. The film raises interesting questions on what should be done when a genuinely good man does something wicked, but is that enough to carry a motion picture?

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Win a Pair of Tickets to the Premier of The Hike!

To celebrate the upcoming release of British horror film we have 2 tickets to give away to the movies premier and after party. The premier takes place at The Prince Charles Cinema on 19/10/11. You must be able to make your own way to the event to claim the prize.

A young soldier, Kate (Zara Phythian), returns from a tour in Afghanistan after witnessing her boyfriend’s tragic death in combat. With the comfort of her friends, including Torri (Barbara Nedeljacova), she takes the chance to get away on a camping trip to a picturesque, remote area of the British countryside. Wanting to escape their past, the girls begin their expedition into the woods for a peaceful break. As they near Sunset Point, they come across a strange and evasive group of locals who seem to be living off the land. During their journey they also have a friendly encounter with three charming, rock-climbing adventurers, led by Ethan (Ben Loyd Holmes). After the girls find themselves secluded again, Charlie (Jemma Bolt) goes suddenly goes missing, leaving the girls vulnerable in the dangerous woods. As darkness falls, the girls will be forced to rely on each other and their newly formed friendships to find Charlie before it becomes the last hike of their lives.

To be in with a chance of winning these tickets just visit our Twitter page and retweet this tweet, whilst making sure to follow @ScreenGeeksUK. The contest closes on the 16/10/11 and is only open to residents of the UK. Good luck to all

DVD Review: Bunraku

Directed by Guy Moshe
Starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson & Demi Moore

A chaotic mix of disparate visual styles and motifs from cult movies, comic books and videogames where instead of each element perfectly complementing each other to create a delicious multi-genre cocktail (ala Kill Bill/Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) we are instead served the cinematic equivalent of a dirty pint. A incohesive blend from a random Fan Boy genre checklist that fails to gel because the characters are nothing more than cyphers than actual human beings that we can connect with and get behind. This is Bunraku.

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Win Bunraku on Blu Ray!

To celebrate the upcoming release of the new action film Bunraku on DVD & Blu Ray we have 3 copies of the film on Blu Ray to give away to our readers.

A mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett) and an ardent young Japanese warrior Yoshi, played by Gackt in his international film debut, both arrive in a town that is terrorized by outrageous and virulent criminals. Each is obsessed with his separate mission, and guided by the wisdom of The Bartender (Woody Harrelson) at the Horseless Horseman Saloon, the two eventually join forces to bring down the corrupt and contemptuous reign of Nicola (Ron Perlman), the awesomely evil “woodcutter” and his lady Alexandra (Demi Moore), a femme fatale with a secret past.

The film mixes skewed reality with shadow-play fantasy, in a place where even the landscape can betray you. Heroes triumph here only because the force of their will transforms and transcends both space and time. The world of Bunraku is past and present, fantasy and reality, Samurai and Western all combined. Resonating through a wide range of cultures and showcasing a mind-blowing array of martial arts disciplines, Bunraku is a fresh arena for breath-taking fight action.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of this Blu Ray just visit our Twitter page and retweet this tweet, whilst making sure to follow @ScreenGeeksUK. The contest closes on the 29/10/11 and is only open to residents of the UK. Good luck to all

Bunraku is available on DVD & Blu Ray on 10/10/2011

Spinning the Disc: Nagisa Ôshima Double Bill

In the Realm of the Senses
Directed by Nagisa Ôshima
Starring Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda and Aoi Nakajima

Predominantly the most successful of Ôshima’s films, it is surprising that it has been exposed to such a large audience, even though this release is the only fully uncut edition granted by the BBFC in the UK. Taken loosely from a scandal that occurred in Japan, 1936, In the Realm of the Senses tells the story of Sada (Matsuda), once a prostitute who takes a job as a maid working for Kichizo (Fuji), a married local inn owner. The two embark on an affair; Kichizo leaves his wife, as he and Sada set up shop somewhere else. Sada’s jealous nature soon starts to become an issue, with sexually violent consequences. (more…)

Film Review: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Directed by Troy Nixey
Starring Guy Pearce, Kaite Holmes & Bailee Madison

Sally (Madison) is a nine year-old girl who has been sent to live in the countryside with her father (Pierce) and his new girlfriend (Holmes) in a country manor, Blackwood, which they are renovating. But all is not as it seems at Blackwood and Sally uncovers an ancient artists studio entombed beneath the house. Sally inadvertently unleashes a pack of evil little creatures, who will not rest until they have feasted on the teeth of a small child. Sally struggles to come to terms with being an unwanted presence in the house, whilst trying to evade the evil little gnomes.

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ScreenGeeks UK is Coming to the Radio!

For all you fans of the ScreenGeeks podcast, get ready for the spinoff! ScreenGeeks UK is coming to Insanity Radio. Every Sunday from 11am to 12noon GMT we will be broadcasting a live show. Regular host Jack Gregson will always be on hand to give his opinions on the latest films with a series of recurring guest hosts. We are still working on the logistics on releasing a podcast version of the show but for now you can tune in if you are in the Egham/Staines area on 1287am, but for most of you out of towners, you will be able to tune in online at www.insanityradio.com. The first episode is going live on 09/10/11, tune in and hopefully enjoy.

DVD Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Motion Comic

Directed by Jeff Shuter
Starring Kelly Albanese, Natalie Lander & Daniel Taylor

When did it become such a chore to read comic books? When did mankind decide that funny books were just a tad too difficult and that we needed a new way to view them? Who on earth decided that a motion comic was the way forward? Whoever it was, they should be ashamed of what they have done. Back in the 60s there were several motion comic adaptations so its actually not a new thing, various superhero books were adapted to the small screen with very little motion but these were done when comics still used real art, not the digital art crap we put up with today (which is why I still find the Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic quite entertaining, it’s a gorgeous thing to look at).


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DVD Review: Potiche

Directed by François Ozon
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu & Fabrice Luchini

François Ozon. Catherine Deneuve. Gerard Depardieu. Three names within French cinema that have consistently been at the heart of its progression for quite some time. Being veteran explorers of taboos and controversies in the likes of Belle De Jour and Les Valseuses, the two very decorated main actors, give Potiche an air of grandeur.

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