Hellgate begins with an old man finding a weird crystal in a cave which can bring things back to life – rather handy when introduced to Lucas Carlyle (Carel Trichardt), whose daughter, Josie (Abigail Wolcott, in her one and only film) is dead. However, early tests on creatures including a dead tortoise and a live goldfish don’t exactly work out in a pleasant way, so it can’t be the wisest use of someone’s time.
Hellgate on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review
Hellgate begins with an old man finding a weird crystal in a cave which can bring things back to life – rather handy when introduced to Lucas Carlyle (Carel Trichardt), whose daughter, Josie (Abigail Wolcott, in her one and only film) is dead. However, early tests on creatures including a dead tortoise and a live […]
The Initiation on DVD – The DVDfever Review
The Initiation is what Kelly (Daphne Zuniga) goes through as she begins her time at the Delta Rho Chi student house, but we know from the start that not all her dogs are barking after an incident she carried out with a knife in her parents’ bedroom. There’s a gardener with a burnt face and […]
Wiener-Dog on DVD – The DVDfever Review
Wiener-Dog follows the ‘adventures’ of the titular dachsund from him being introduced to us via the opening dysfunctional family (Tracy Letts and Julie Delpy) who buy him, through to concerned vet’s assistant Dawn (Greta Gerwig), plus others including film school teacher Dave Schmerz (Danny DeVito) and an elderly woman played by Ellen Burstyn. With a […]
Freejack – The DVDfever Review
Freejack is one of my all-time favourite films, even if it does have some issues that can’t be resolved, and it’s also one I never got round to reviewing, as it was in the cinema before I started imparting my missives on the internet (well, April 1992 was a time when I only had access […]
Assault On Precinct 13 Special Edition on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review
Assault On Precinct 13 is one of those all-time classic movies which I’ve never got round to watching before now, but with this 40th Anniversary release, I still went in knowing as little as possible, and I could nitpick in that it’s not Precinct 13, but Precinct 9, Division 13. Gang violence in rife after […]
The Initiation is what Kelly (Daphne Zuniga) goes through as she begins her time at the Delta Rho Chi student house, but we know from the start that not all her dogs are barking after an incident she carried out with a knife in her parents’ bedroom.
There’s a gardener with a burnt face and hands – and apparent evil intent, plus a scene where all the residents of the local mental hospital are somehow out of their rooms and surrounding the matron as she tries to get into her car. It’s like one of those scary ’70s horror movies and illicits the same fear that they gave me!! That said, how matron couldn’t fight off a headcase with a trowel, God only knows.
Colossal looked interesting at first in this brief trailer, as Gloria (Anne Hathaway) realises much later than everyone else (thanks to being in a drunken stupor) that there’s a monster terrorising Seoul, just walking through buildings without looking down.
And then she realises that SHE is controlling it. But how? or why? We’re not told in this trailer, but it lost me as she starts dancing and, thus, everyone sees the monster dancing, too.
The Lost City of Z tells the true story of British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.
Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages”, the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife, Nina (Sienna Miller), son Jack (Tom Holland) and friend, Henry Costin (Robert Pattinson), he returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.
Written and directed by James Gray, based on David Grann‘s book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, if period tales are your bag then this might be for you, but it looks like one of those epic-style films which would bore me to tears.
The Lost City of Z is released in the UK on March 24th.
Check out the trailer below and click on the above image for the full-size version.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature follows three years after the first film and sees Will Arnett (The Lego Batman Movie) and Katherine Heigl (Home Sweet Hell) reprise their roles as Surly and Andie, respectively, joined by Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Isabela Moner, Peter Stormare and Bobby Cannavale.
The film is directed by Cal Brunker, who co-wrote this dross with Bob Barlen and Scott Bindley, the latter of whom is responsible for this year’s forthcoming TV movie, Cop and a Half 2 with Lou Diamond Phillips. Yes, Cop and a Half 2, a sequel to a dire theatrically-released film with Burt Reynolds.
CGI films from Hollywood are really scraping the barrel for ideas, now. I’d rather see The Nut Sack Job!
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is released in the UK on August 29th.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size version.
Collide looks clearly so forgettable that I couldn’t remember I first saw a trailer for it last June. Somehow, I said it looked entertaining. Now, I despair at this rubbish which we’ve seen 1000 times before.
Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley, as druglord and gangster, respectively, look embarrassed to be chewing the scenery in this silly film that stars Brit Nicholas Hoult (X-Men Apocalypse) as American backpacker Casey, who gets involved with a ring of drug smugglers as their driver, though he winds up on the run from his employers across Munich’s high-speed Autobahn.
Also changing nationalities is Brit Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) as Juliette, who needs a live transplant… or something. Who cares. The fact is, that Casey has to nick a truck so that Kingsley will pay him a ton of money so he can buy his girlfriend a new organ.
Logan (aka Wolverine – Hugh Jackman) takes places in the near future, where the aging Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and the always-old Professor X (Patrick Stewart) have to protect a young female clone of Wolverine, Laura Kinney, from an evil organisation led by a man called Nathanial Essex.
And now, a second trailer has been released.
At this point in time, Logan’s healing abilities are regressing, while Xavier is suffering from Alzheimer’s forcing him to forget. Logan must defeat Nathaniel Essex with the help of a young girl named Laura Kinney, a female clone of Wolverine.
Staying at No.1, in the UK Top 100 Music chart summary w/e January 26th 2017, is Ed Sheeran with Shape Of You. He’s trying a bit of reggae, and it’s terrible. He’s also bagged the No.2 (how apt) with his other new single, Castle On The Hill.
The only new entry in the Top 10 is The Chainsmokers at No.10 with Paris.
New out this week is the new Arcade Fire single featuring Mavis Staples entitled I Give You Power:
Power Rangers – like the Turtles, it’s another of those ’80s/’90s superheroes franchises which were of their time, then died a death. However, since the Turtles have been reborn in a couple of recent movies (and having died a box office death after No.2), obviously someone thought there was mileage in resurrecting the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers if they dropped the first two words and added a ton of extra CGI in this tale about a group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, and then try to harness their abilities in order to save the world.
This was never really my bag, but for those that love it, Bryan Cranston is Zordon, Elizabeth Banks is Rita Repulsa, Bill Hader is the voice of Alpha 5, and those playing the Rangers are Naomi Scott, Becky G., Ludi Lin, RJ Cyler and Dacre Montgomery.
This trailer also shows Cranston as Zordon. As the kids say, “I’m talking to a wall”. I think that would be preferable.
Power Rangers is due out on the UK on March 24th, 2017.
Check out the teaser below and click on the new poster for the full-size image.
Wiener-Dog follows the ‘adventures’ of the titular dachsund from him being introduced to us via the opening dysfunctional family (Tracy Letts and Julie Delpy) who buy him, through to concerned vet’s assistant Dawn (Greta Gerwig), plus others including film school teacher Dave Schmerz (Danny DeVito) and an elderly woman played by Ellen Burstyn.
With a disparate set of stories and great, unassuming performances from all the cast, particularly DeVito, who doesn’t make a huge amount of films in his later years, and whose character clearly isn’t at all satisfied with his life, it’s interesting, offbeat, wacky and ultimately, it’s weird at times.