Nightcrawler and Mr Turner lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e October 31st 2014

nightcrawlerThis weekend there are five new films out for you to choose from: a dark thriller in Nightcrawler, historial biopic in Mr Turner, Devilish Daniel Radcliffe gets the horn in… er… Horns, a cabin-in-the-woods horror in Extraterrestrial, and some supernatural spookiness in Ouija.

Nightcrawler proves that Jake Gyllenhaal rarely chooses a conventional film.

It’s a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling – where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents.

Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.

The film also stars Bill Paxton, Ann Cusack and Riz Ahmed.

Hit or Miss? Verdict:

Dark Water: Official TV Trailer & “Who’s Missy?” video – Doctor Who: Series 8 Episode 11 – BBC One

dark-waterDark Water is the 11th and penultimate episode in Doctor Who Series 8, and this time round, Missy (right) is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming…

Dark Water is on BBC1 tomorrow night at 8.15pm, and now we’re back to 30 second trailers, as it’s the first part of the two-part finale. Last week’s episode returned to the terrible ones, so hopefully they’re pulling out all the stops for the finale!

Visit the Official Doctor Who page.

Check out the trailer below as well as two additional videos, an introduction to the episode, and a preview called “Who’s Missy?”:

Alien Isolation on PS3 – The DVDfever Review

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Alien Isolation is set 15 years after Alien, and 42 years before Aliens, two of the best films of all time – the former for suspense and the latter for action, and you are Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, the last survivor of the Nostromo, which was doing just fine until Ash revealed himself to be an android, dismissively referred to as a “synthetic”

You’re on board a ship called Torrens, built similarly to the Nostromo to help you get a feel for it – such as with the dining tables and sleeping quarters, and also have the retro feel of the first film, even though the year is 2137. Also, I guess, if the design of a ship is good for one of them, it’ll be good for all the others.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Official Final Trailer (2014) – Jennifer Lawrence Movie HD

The Mockingjay LivesThe Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 stems from the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy, and the book is being split into two films.

This time round, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.

And today, after all the teasers, trailers and sneak peeks, the final official trailer is finally released.

The film is directed by Francis Lawrence, who took over the franchise with the second film, and also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, Michelle Forbes and Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 is released in the UK on November 20th.

Check out the final trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image:

Avengers: Age of Ultron Sneak Peek (2015) – New Avengers Movie HD

age-of-ultronAvengers Age of Ultron is the sequel to 2012′s Avengers Assemble, often referred to as Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, just in case anyone might confuse them with the camp performances from Patrick Macnee and Emma Rigg from the ’60s.

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to The Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans…

There’s now a new clip online, and most of it is based around all of the other Avengers trying to lift Thor’s hammer, but it’s as predictable as can be – eg. Iron Man tries his magic powers, the cocky, hip black guy chips in the word “represent” when trying to get someone to move their arse, and so on. Not massively impressed with that.

The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L Jackson, Hayley Atwell, Paul Bettany, Andy Serkis, Stellan Skarsgård, Stan Lee, Don Cheadle, Thomas Kretschmann and Lou Ferrigno as the voice of the Hulk!

Avengers Age of Ultron is written and directed by Joss Whedon and is out on May 1st 2015, and it looks from the trailer like he’s changed the widescreen aspect ratio from 1.85:1 to 2.35:1 since the last film. Obviously, this one will be in 3D again, but will it be shot in 3D, or like Avengers Assemble, will it be filmed in 2D and have the 3D all be done in post-production?

Check out the new clip below:

Lords of the Fallen on PC – The DVDfever Review

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Lords of the Fallen comes from developers CI Games who aren’t a particularly big well known company and neither are Deck 13 for that matter, between them their most well known titles have been Alien Rage and the Sniper Ghost Warrior games (CI Games) and Jack Keane 1 & 2 (Deck 13). Earlier this year Enemy Front was released by CI and they just didn’t quite hit the mark with it getting average reviews and feedback from players, Jack Keane 1 & 2 seems to be loved by some and hated by others, it is an adventure game though so that could be the reasoning behind this.

CI also have a bit of bad luck with their games in them being buggy upon release, Sniper Ghost Warrior for example was slated for the bugs and closed off areas,

The London Film Festival 2014 Part 1: Mainstream, by Helen M Jerome

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The London Film Festival 2014The London Film Festival 2014 has come and gone, and once again, Helen M Jerome has been watching many a movie, and now brings you the first of three parts of her look back at the festival, starting with the more mainstream offerings.

What a tremendously diverse 58th London Film Festival we’ve just been treated to. Okay, so maybe 2014 didn’t have the massive movies like last year’s Gravity and Twelve Years A Slave. And it wasn’t bookended by a pair of Tom Hanks’ vehicles. Yet it had breadth and depth all over; you just had to look a bit further to find it, in dynamic debuts, in dark dramas, even in off-the-wall comedies.

When you consider that some of the films at last year’s festival are only just being released, like Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, then you begin to appreciate how far ahead of the game you can get by devouring the festival fare on offer. So without further ado, let’s get stuck in.

Intruders – She Was Provisional & And Here… You Must Listen – Series 1 Episodes 1 & 2 – The DVDfever Review

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Intruders episode 1, She Was Provisional, begins in 1990, in Barstow, California, with a young girl called Donna (Katherine Evans) being woken up in the middle of the night by some unmasked men claiming they’re there to return to her a secret which she gave to them some years ago, apparently due to her asking, and they say they’re there to “shepherd her”. She doesn’t seem to recognise them as she vomits in utter shock. While she has a mini-breakdown in the corner of her room, rocking back and forth, muttering in Arabic, the men leave her a return flight ticket to Seattle…

Video Games Charts (All formats) – week ending October 25th 2014

week ending October 25th 2014In this week’s all-formats video games charts for week ending October 25th 2014, there are a few new entries, but the highest one is only at No.7, for Bayonetta 2.

    1 (1) FIFA 15 (EA Sports)
    2 (9) Minecraft: PS3 Edition (Sony)
    3 (2) The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks)
    4 (7) Destiny (Activision) (review)
    5 (4) Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros Interactive) (review)
    6 (3) Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (2K Games)
    7 (-) Bayonetta 2 (Nintendo)
    8 (5) Forza Horizon 2 (Microsoft)
    9 (6) Alien Isolation (Sega)
    10 (11)

UK Top 100 Music chart summary & my views w/e November 1st 2014

November 1st 2014Staying at No.1, in the UK Top 100 Music Chart w/e November 1st 2014, is Meghan Trainor with All About That Bass. Please, someone, tell me – this ‘song’ is a joke, yes?

There are two Top 10 new entries: Waze & Odyssey vs. R. Kelly at No.3 Bump & Grind 2014, as if we really needed a follow-up(!), and then at No.9, 1 Fuse ODG feat. Angel with T.I.N.A.

And there’s a re-entry at No.40 for Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne with Rather Be, thanks to it being featured in a TV advert, the product of which I’ve completely forgotten… but who cares about the product. The tune is top!

Thankfully, the BBC’s self-congratulatory back-slipping “God Only Knows” shite drops from No.38 to No.60.

You can hear the Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne track mentioned below here:

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