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Press Conference: Thor: The Dark World


The Dorchester Hotel, stately crash pad for Midgards rich and famous played host to the Gods of Asgard at the press conference for Thor: The Dark World.

The principal cast were joined by director Alan Taylor and Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige and all were in high spirits.

Actor Chris Hemsworth & Tom Hiddleston, the titular Thor & his scheming adopted brother Loki, revealed that they’re off screen relationship is a lot more loving & fraternal than the characters they play, spilling the beans about a road trip they took along with Chris’ brother Liam (of Hunger Games fame) where they teased Hiddleston about his driving.


DVD Review: The Kings of Summer

KingsofSummerJumpingOffTsrposter2Directed by Jordan Vogt-Robert

Starring Nick Roberts, Gabriel Basso & Moises Arias

Stand By Me runs into Superbad in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Sundance hit indie movie The Kings of Summer.

Dorky Joe (Robinson), tough kid Patrick (Basso) and the nutty tag-a-long bud, Biaggio (Arias) are in that awkward between stage where they’re growing out of childhood but not yet actually adults, though their bodies and new rush of emotions say different. Sick of their ‘dumb’ parents getting in the way of them having a good time, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to run away from their comfortable suburban homes and spend the summer in a house they’ve built in the woods, where they can do what they want when they want. Sweet, right? WRONG! Their idyllic summer quickly descends to Lord of The Flies-esque in-fighting and becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family – whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create – is something you can’t run away from.


Film Review: Girl Most Likely

2Directed by Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini
Starring Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening & Matt Dillon

Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene a talented playwright from New Jersey who won an illustrious commission to write a new play but instead moves to Manhattan and blows the money on living the life of a New York socialite and doesn’t write a word. As soon as her money runs out, so do her fake friends and posh Dutch boyfriend, heavily in denial, Imogene uses her skill for drama to stage an elaborate fake suicide as an appeal for his sympathy. But her attempt backfires when she’s put into the custody of Zelda (Bening), her estranged gambling addict mother, and is dragged kicking and screaming back to the Jersey shore.


Film Review: Dial M For Murder 3D

Dial M for MurderDirected by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings

Dial ‘E’ for Excitement as a little seen Alfred Hitchcock classic returns to UK screens, digitally restored and for the first time in 3D as it was originally intended. 3D movies were the big craze of the early 50’s. Revived as a ploy to lure audiences back from their newly invented television sets, 3D movies proved so immensely popular that studio head Jack Warner ordered contract director Hitchcock to shoot his new project, Frederick Knott’s Broadway smash thriller Dial M for Murder, stereoscopically. (more…)

Film Review: The Bling Ring

The Bling RingDirected by Sofia Coppola
Starring Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson & Leslie Mann

Sofia Coppola returns to give us a ring side seat to the most audacious burglary gang in recent Hollywood history in The Bling Ring. The movie tells the true Hollywood story of five club-hopping Valley kids who between October 2008 and August 2009 went on a five fingered Celebrity ‘shopping’ spree. They sneaked into the glamorous & unlocked homes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom among others, making off with handbags, watches, shoes, dresses and rolls of cash.


Film Review: I’m So Excited

Im-So-ExcitedDirected by Pedro Almodóvar
Starring Javier Cámara, Carlos Areces & Raúl Arévalo

Set almost entirely on an airplane, I’m So Excited tells the tale of a motley collection of passengers and their flamboyant flight crew who come face to face with danger after a technical failure on their plane. They find themselves without the luxury of technological distractions such as smartphones or iPads, they must turn to each other for support and relief in this tense time.


Film Review: Gimme the Loot

gimme_the_lootDirected by Adam Leon
Starring Ty Hickson, Tashiana Washington & Joshua Rivera

Adam Leon’s graffiti-scrawled SXSW Grand Jury Prize winning debut feature Gimme The Loot tells the story of the roguish Malcolm (Hickson) and tomboy Sofia (Washington), two plucky, smack talking, young Basquiats who over one summer weekend, crisscross New York City trying to score the cash needed to bribe their way into Citi Field for one epic tag – the Giant Apple that pops up following a Mets home run, while simultaneously discovering romantic feeling for each other. (more…)

DVD Review – My Mad Fat Diary: Series 1

My MAd Fat DiaryThe naughty and transgressive folks at E4 are at it again. First they give us the teen drama Skins, chronicling the daily hot messes of a bunch of good looking, substance abusing, sexually active Bristolian teenagers, then up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, but a gang of anti-social gob-shites on community service that they turned into super heroes for hit snarky teen comedy fantasy show Misfits. Now these mischievous Daily Mail baiters are at it again with My Mad Fat Diary – a coming of age teen comedy drama about a mentally ill Northern fat girl.


Film Review: Les Misérables

Directed by Tom Hooper
Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway & Amanda Seyfried

Director Tom Hooper follows up The King’s Speech with another piece of blatant Oscar bait – the old school epic Hollywood musical spectacle – with a marketing campaign that’s already succeeding Stateside in storming the Bastille of cinema goers wallets. This adaptation of the musical version of Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Misérables is a generation spanning tale centred on Jean Valjean (Jackman), a thief turned pious man, who is trying to turn his life around in 19th-century France, but is relentlessly hounded by the heartless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole.


DVD Review: The Watch

Directed by Akiva Schaffer
Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade

Imagine if you remade Attack The Block but you took out all the things that made it unique and cool. Y’know, like, a bunch of ruthless ASBO teens as the main protagonists, the urban council estate setting, which is usually the purview of gritty yawn-fest social dramas. Oh, and inventive action scenes – all sparsely peppered with ‘right on’ social commentary. Joe Cornish, how I love thee. That’s kind of how The Watch turned out.