ANT-MAN IS CONFIRMED AND GETS A RELEASE DATE!

Finally! Marvel confirms Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN and gives it a November 6th 2015 release date! The film was co-written by Wright and Joe Cornish, writer/director of last year’s excellent Attack the block. The two also co-wrote The Adventures Of Tintin: The secret of the unicorn, together with Steven Moffat. The Lesson here: they know how to write a great film.

(via comingsoon)

Joe Cornish to direct RUST

This wins best news of the day. Joe Cornish is the director of my favorite 2011 movie, Attack The Block. Any announcement involving him is great, but RUST actually sounds amazing. It’s a graphic novel by Royden Lopp, which which Joe Cornish will adapt for the big screen, and you can read more about it HERE.

I found out about this at comingsoon.

Congratulations ATTACK THE BLOCK!

Yup. Not done bugging you about this flick (coming out on DVD/Bluray NEXT WEEK in North America).

They just picked up four awards at the Sitges festival 2011!

They won best original soundtrack, the special jury award, the audience award for best motion picture, as well as the Jose Luis critic award!

Attack The Block at the MOMA!

Hey New-York pals, Attack The Block (this year’s best film) is playing at the MOMA this Thursday with writer/director Joe Cornish in attendance for a Q&A.

If you haven’t seen this fantastic movie I can think of no better occasion to check it out.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, go HERE.

You’re welcome.

New German tv spot for TINTIN seals the deal: this will be Spielberg’s most thrilling movie since, hell, possibly since Raiders…

I can’t bloody wait!

Let’s take back cinema…

I love Hollywood films. I do. And I love the Summer season and during that season I usually go see everything. There’s a movie coming out every Friday that I have interest in. I like special effects and I like ‘splosions. A lot.

But this year, for the most part, it kind of looks like Hollywood didn’t even try. There are exceptions obviously. Somewhere on this blog you’ll find a good review of X-Men: First Class, which was great, and a good review of Captain America: The First Avenger, which is also great. But this year there are movies that I skipped entirely. This never happens. Ever. I didn’t go see the new Pirates Of The Caribbean movie. I didn’t see The Hangover 2, hell, I didn’t see Cars 2, and that’s a fucking PIXAR movie. Big expensive images are not enough: I need an interesting story. Explosions alone don’t do it for me anymore. I’m no longer 12, I guess (though I’ll admit I took my sweet time growing up, heh).

Of the huge movies I did see: Green Lantern can hardly be called a success, Transformers is mostly a total disaster, Thor was fun enough but not something that leaves me itching to see it again, same with SUPER 8 (that was fun but in hindsight has been thoroughly humiliated by ATTACK THE BLOCK). Some will argue that it’s like this every Summer, that the season’s blockbusters are hardly ever memorable. Maybe that’s true, but I’m a dummy for these flicks, I’m an optiomist. I always hope for more. Enough so to go see them and most years I do, but this year? Cowboys & Aliens is coming out this weekend and I’m starting to think I’ll wait and rent it. Normally I would already have my ticket in hand.

All of this should be bad news but it isn’t. The bad news would be that there are no good films playing, that this year is a cinematic wasteland. That’s far from being the case.

I think this year is much much stronger than 2010 in terms of film quality, and that’s because of the wave of awesome smaller films that have been released in the past seven months. Little jems like SUPER and ATTACK THE BLOCK and PAUL and (hopefully soon to be released) DETENTION and BRIDESMAID and BELLFLOWER and THE TROLLHUNTER and MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and SOURCE CODE and I SAW THE DEVIL (I don’t care that it was released in Korean in 2010, it’s a 2011 release for North America and therefore for me too) . These are all movies that I loved and that belong on a year end list.

There are also small films I haven’t yet seen that look amazing, like THE FUTURE, SUBMARINE, HESCHER, WIN WIN, KILL THE IRISHMAN and many more I’m forgetting. You know what all these films have in common? Authors. Film lovers are behind the wheels of these films. Passionate filmmakers. That’s going to give you a better movie nine times out of ten. That’s why Tarantino makes better movies. It’s why Edgar Wright makes better movies. It’s why Spike Jonze makes better movies. People who live and breath cinema, people with new tricks up their sleeves. You know who doesn’t live and breathe cinema? Michael Bay. Michale Bay has a job and his job is making movies. He couldn’t give less of a shit if a script is good or not. Actually I’m convinced he couldn’t tell a good story from a bad one to save his life.

Film is a very young art form and we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what it can do and how it can be molded and shaped in order to tell stories. I’m very excited about the future of cinema, but Hollywood needs to learn to take more chances with younger, riskier directors. I can see why they don’t. Why make a Scott Pilgrim that’ll make thirty million at the box office when you can make a Paul Blart that’ll make 200? It’s a valid point. Audiences are like old dogs, they don’t want to learn new tricks. They want the same thing over and over again which is why, when it isn’t a sequel or a prequel or a reboot or a re-imagining or – god forbid – a spoof, then it’s a date movie or a gross out comedy or one of those recipe movies that telegraph what’s going to happen from a mile away.

Those movies need to go. I know they won’t, but they need to. That’s the cure. That’s the solution. The audience needs to learn to take a chance and that’s never going to happen when an easier option is available. We need ten ATTACK THE BLOCK for every IRON-MAN 2 and ten SPEED RACER for every Adam Sandler comedy and ten SUPER for every GOING THE DISTANCE. We need more movies that try. That dare to be different. Maybe you won’t like all of them but you’ll take something away with you every time you go to the movies, instead of being comforted by the warmth of repetition under disguise. Last year’s Scott Pilgrim movie should have made hundreds of millions. It wasn’t hardcore experimental cinema, it was pure unabashed fun. I don’t know anyone who didn’t love the movie. Unfortunately most people are discovering it too late (actually that’s not true – it’s NEVER to late to see a movie, by “too late” I meant that their viewings of the film on homevideo unfortunately doesn’t affect the numbers studios look at, IE the opening weekend gross. That’s too bad. Scott Pilgrim will be remembered by studio heads as a flop, instead of a really great movie that audiences took their time discovering).

There came be a great wave of Hollywood cinema happening in the next few years. An era where the big studios give reasonable budgets (no one needs three hundred millions to make a good movie, no one) to great filmmakers and release a tidal wave of truly amazing cinema upon us. But that starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with the message we send to Hollywood. A big part of filmmaking is the business part and nobody likes to lose money. But let them. Let them lose money on COWBOYS AND ALIENS, on TRANSFORMERS, on PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN. Go see ATTACK THE BLOCK this weekend, get SUPER on demand, rent KICK-ASS and SCOTT PILGRIM and have an amazing double-bill with your friends. Rent SPEED RACER and have a shot every time a car does something impossible. Wait don’t do that, you’ll end up in the hospital. What I’m saying is that a new golden age of cinema is right at our doorstep. The talent is there, it exists. I’m tired of people saying the last great decade for cinema was the 70s. Fuck that. We are, right now, almost there. We have astonishing talents just waiting to take us on amazing journeys in that dark church of moviegoers. There is no greater feeling than the lights going back on in a cinema right after a truly great film just finished playing. But all of this starts with the choices we make. Tell Hollywood that you’re ready, that we’re all ready for what’ll be remembered as the era when author-led cinema took back Hollywood and became the norm.

I for one cannot wait…

Attack The Block

Well now, that’s not really fair is it?

How in the sweet taste of chocolate fudge is any movie supposed to top ATTACK THE BLOCK this Summer?

Joe Cornish wrote and directed this. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of him, you’re not alone (unless you’re British, in which case: Pay attention man, the guy’s been on your TV and Radio air waves for years!). I got wind of this guy’s existence a couple of years ago when I read that he was co-writting Ant-Man with dear old Edgar Wright (him and Wright, along with Steven Moffat of Dr Who and Sherlock fame, also co-wrote the screenplay to the upcoming Tintin movie). Then I found out that he was writing and directing a movie co-produced by Wright about kids, in a less-than-desirable neighborhood of South London, protecting their block during an alien invasion. That, obviously, got me curious and I started to follow the progress of the movie very closely (I have blogged excitedly about posters and trailers for Attack The Block on several occasions).  

Sometimes anticipation pays off. Tonight, along with two pals, I got to see the movie Attack The Block at the Fantasia film festival and let me tell you: it left me breathless.

The film is expertly written, paced like a bomb going off in slow motion. It escalates at such a perfect rythm, always either funny or tense or even touching, the threat growing more and more real as the minutes go by. 

The kids are uniformely fantastic but John Boyega, playing the leader of the pack - a kid named Moses - stands out as a real shining star. This guy is amazing. He plays every moment exactly right. He knows when to keep up the tough kid facade and when to let his vulnerability seep through the cracks, even just for a fleeting moment. Seeing him transform from thug to something better, greater,  is a uplifting thing indeed.

The film is fantastically scored by Basement Jaxx and, while I don’t know if the songs stand up on their own, they support the film amazingly well. I couldn’t think of a mor eperfect music to carry the film.

I don’t want to go on for too long but I need to mention the creature design, after all this is an alien invasion movie, so there are aliens. Let me just say that I haven’t been this excited about a new monster design in a very very long time. It’s simply brilliant, what they’ve done. The monsters are completely unique, scary, dynamic and yet very simple. No zillion tentacles or weirdly placed extra arms or whatever. Any fan of monster movies owes it the themselves to go see Attack The Block if only for that.

I can pretty much garantee this movie’s place very high up in my top favorites of the year, come december.

Apparently the movie will be released on screens across North America in August. Seek it out. If it doesn’t play your town then wait for the DVD and buy or rent it. Don’t download it. Give Joe Cornish your twenty bucks. Show the distributors that you want quality movies like this, not under written shit like Transformers.

Attack The Block is one of the most exciting movies you’ll see this year.

Allow it.