State Of Grace on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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State of Grace stars Sean Penn as Terry Noonan, an undercover cop who’s tasked with sorting out what’s rotten in the state of New York, namely the nefarious doings of Frankie Flannery (Ed Harris) and his loose cannon brother Jackie (Gary Oldman), the latter being Terry’s best friend from when they were growing up round there. Taking place in Hell’s Kitchen, also caught up in this is their sister Kathleen (Robin Wright, who later went on to marry Penn). There’s a mutual attraction between her and Terry, but there’s a potentially explosive outcome to the fact that, after ten years of being away, you’re investigating your own friends and their involvement in gang warfare, and just when you think you’ve got a hold on it all, hard-drinking Jackie starts throwing his weight around with the mob.

Goosebumps Official Trailer #2 – Jack Black, Amy Ryan

goosebumps Goosebumps is sort-of the movie version of the late ’90s series which told of horror anthology stories based on the children’s books by R.L. Stine.

I say sort-of as in this film, a young kid, played by Andrew Goodman, teams up with Hannah (Odeya Rush), the niece of young adult horror author R.L. Stine (Jack Black) after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.

The cast also features Halston Sage, Dylan Minnette and The Wire‘s Amy Ryan (aka Beadie), who also recently starred in the Oscar- and BAFTA-winning Birdman.

And there’s also an appearance from Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine, himself.

Goosebumps looks like predictable fluff, but this second trailer makes it look a lot more engaging. I hope it’s not because they’ve thrown everything worth watching into said trailer…

The film is released in the US just before Halloween, but in the UK we will have to wait until near the first half-term of the year, and it’s now been brought forward by a single day to February 5th.

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

Rock the Kasbah – Official Trailer #2 – Bill Murray

Rock the Kasbah Rock The Kasbah shows Bill Murray at his best again, here as a down-on-his-luck music manager who discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.

And now a second trailer has been released.

The film also stars Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Taylor Kinney, Danny McBride, Leem Lubany and Scott Caan, and is directed by Barry Levinson (Rainman).

Rock The Kasbah hasn’t yet got a UK release date, just a US one on October 23rd at present, but I hope it does soon as it looks hilarious. Bill Murray proves he doesn’t need to make Ghostbusters 3 when he can clearly grow old disgracefully with great films like this.

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

He Named Me Malala – Official Trailer #2 – Malala Yousafzai

He-Named-Me-MalalaHe Named Me Malala is a documentary looking at the events leading up to the Talibans’ attack on the young Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

And now a second trailer has been released.

The attack happened during the afternoon of October 9th 2012, when Malala boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman asked for her by name, then pointed a pistol at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of her forehead, travelled under her skin through the length of her face, and then went into her shoulder.

Malala is clearly a hugely inspiring young woman, given what she has gone through, and this comes to the fore when she says “There is a moment to chose whether you remain silent, or stand up.”

He Named Me Malala is so-called because she refers to her father in the film, yet while he named her Malala, she states that she still made what she is today.

He Named Me Malala is out in the US on October 2nd, but a UK release date has yet to be announced.

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

The Iron Giant – Official Signature Edition Trailer

the-iron-giant The Iron Giant tells the tale of a 9-year-old boy Hogarth Hughes (Eli Marienthal) who makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that came from outer space. Naturally, the US govt don’t see it that way and want to blow him up. Their agent, Kent Mansley (Christopher McDonald), arrives in town, determined to destroy the giant at all costs. It’s up to Hogarth to protect him by keeping him at Dean McCoppin’s (Harry Connick Jr) place in the junkyard.

The film is directed by Brad Bird (Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, The Incredibles) and also features the vocal talents of Jennifer Aniston, James Gammon, Cloris Leachman, John Mahoney, M Emmet Walsh and Vin Diesel as The Iron Giant, and the brilliantly-named (and obviously fake) Rodger Bumpass.

I wasn’t into The Iron Giant this first time it came out, but now the extended Signature Edition is getting a limited cinema release from October 5th in the US, but there’s no UK date yet. I definitely want to see this as it looks different from the usual animated fare. Note that the film is shot in 2.35:1 but this trailer is in 16:9, and you can see the panning and scanning. I hate that. Why didn’t they make a 2.35:1 trailer?

Presumably, The Iron Giant will be out on Blu-ray and DVD in time for Christmas.

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

Love The Coopers – Official Trailer #1 – Olivia Wilde

love-the-coopers Love The Coopers is an alleged comedy so unfunny, based on the trailer, that it will make you HATE the Coopers. However, the title is set out on the poster so that it’s more like “Love, the Coopers” but without the comma.

When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.

Yes, there are lots of jolly japes to be had, not least in the oh-so-unhilarious plot line that the stunning Olivia Wilde can’t get a boyfriend, and so has to ask a random male stranger to be her boyfriend for the vening. You know EXACTLY how that will play out, and they’ll end up making babies before the night ends. Oh, my days(!)

There’s a large, well-known cast to this which also includes Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Anthony Mackie, Alan Arkin and June Squibb.

Americans will begin to suffer Love The Coopers on November 13th when this is released over there, while us UK lot have until December 4th for that.

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

Hitman Agent 47 – The DVDfever Cinema Review

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Hitman Agent 47 is the second attempt at bringing the big baldy bastard with his big Ballers to the silver screen.

The key to being a good hitman is to appear ‘invisible’. That is, to hide in plain sight. Being a nearly-middle-aged man, I find this very easy, indeed. Most people ignore me, particularly women. Anyway, you didn’t start reading this review to hear about my relationship woes.

At this point I would try to describe the plot. Okay, well, Katia (Hannah Ware) has been fruitlessly searching for a particular man for a long time, someone who was last seen in Berlin around 1989/90.

UK Top 100 Music chart summary w/e September 3rd 2015

UK Top 100 Music chart summary w/e September 3rd 2015Rachel Platten climbs from No.68 to No.1, in the UK Top 100 Music chart summary w/e September 3rd 2015, with Fight Song, and it’s the most pedestrian and autotuned piece of utter bilge ever to have surfaced from the deepest surface of the bottom of my bottom.

As such, Jess Glynne drops from No.1 to No.3 with Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself, and I love a bit of dance music when it’s got piano in it – something that has always happened quite a lot, and Ms Glynne has got a hell of a voice on her, so this is a great track.

The only other action in the Top 10 is a climber from No.54 to No.2 for Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson with Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better).

Now, I bet The Sun’s Dan Wootton claims tomorrow that the Top 2 singles are new entries, when they’re actually CHART entries (which he does a lot), but then The Sun always talk complete bollocks.

What’s your view of Rachel Platten’s new single? Take a listen below:

John Boyega and his blue lightsaber – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens John Boyega shows off his blue lightsaber in this Instagram teaser which has been released today, also showing some already-seen footage from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. And is he about to fight baddie Kylo Ren?

The film is due out in cinemas on December 18th. Ever-present Andy Serkis will be one of the newbies, as Supreme Leader Snoke, alongside John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o and the awesome Max von Sydow. They will all be alongside Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.

JJ Abrams will direct, but once again he’s been proved to be a cheap-ass, since while it’ll appear in 3D in the cinema, just like Star Trek Into Darkness, he’s filming it in 2D, and then doing a post-conversion into 3D. If you’re going to make it 3D, do so from the start!

Assassins Creed Movie – Michael Fassbender picture

assassins-creed Assassins Creed is a long-running series of videogames which have been hit and miss over the years, with Assassins Creed Unity really suffering from glitches in its launch offering. However, videogames always make great movies, right?

Oh, so wrong… still, that never stops them trying, and this offering – according to IMDB – centres around Desmond Miles, who is abducted by a company called Abstergo Industries, to explore the mind of his ancestral bloodline. As he’s forced to relive the lives of his relatives he discovers a dark family secret.

Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, Shame, Frank) stars as Callum Lynch, and the first picture has been released, showing him in the outfit (below). Yes, there’s no Callum Lynch in the games (well, not yet), but the film isn’t following any plot from any of the games and instead brings new movies into the gameworld.

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