Berlin Syndrome on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

Berlin Syndrome

Berlin Syndrome‘s title infers similarities with Stockholm Sydrome, when a captive bonds with their captor.

New to the city, and hanging out with some impromptu friends on the roof of her hostel, Clare (Teresa Palmer) soon heads off into the town, and into a chance meeting with Andi (Max Riemelt), leading to perhaps the one true love she’s been looking for all these years?

Movie Charts UK and US week ending October 8th 2017

Movie Charts UK and US week ending October 8th 2017This week’s Movie Charts UK and US week ending October 8th 2017 are as follows:

The Snowman leads the new cinema releases and trailers October 13th 2017

The Snowman This week, there are EIGHT new films out for you to choose from: a thriller from Jo Nesbø with Michael Fassbender in The Snowman, British horror in The Ritual, a gory Double Date, a film with a wildly different look in Loving Vincent, a celebration where anything can happen in The Party, more multicoloured bricks in The Lego Ninjago Movie, the most self-satisfied film of the year in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), and a thriller with no thrills in 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain.

The Snowman is far from a charming Raymond Briggs animation this time, but centres around Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender), investigating the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman… Plus, she’s lost her head.

This trailer looks quite a silly thriller, which marks a departure for MF’s usual serious roles, but there could be something in this.

Director: Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Writer: Jo Nesbø
Also stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Val Kilmer, Chloë Sevigny, JK Simmons, Jamie Clayton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, James D’Arcy, Toby Jones, Sofia Helin, Ronan Vibert, Anne Reid.

Hit or Miss? Verdict:

Replicas – Trailer 1 – Keanu Reeves

Replicas Replicas centres around daring synthetic biologist Will Foster (Keanu Reeves, right, at an event where he answered questions about the movie) who, after a car accident kills his family, will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science.

In this reasonably enjoyable hokum (such that it looks from the trailer), one colleague asks about his experiment, “What if something goes wrong?”, to which comes Keanu’s low-key reply, “Something already has!”

Well, something did as they hired Alice Eve as his wife, Mona, and she can’t act to save her life!

Replicas doesn’t yet have a release date anywhere, but I will check this out as I like the premise.

Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Writers: Stephen Hamel (story), Chad St John (screenplay)
Also stars: Thomas Middleditch, Emily Alyn Lind, John Ortiz, Emjay Anthony

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

Pacific Rim: Uprising – Trailer 1 – John Boyega

Pacific Rim: Uprising Pacific Rim: Uprising is the sequel to a film I’ve still not yet seen – 2013’s Pacific Rim. Why? Mechrobots fighting other Mechrobots – I find games like that are a big turn-off. Following the teaser, where the only human onscreen was Star Wars Episode VII: The Force AwakensJohn Boyega, there’s now more people. And more robots.

However, none of Guillermo del Toro‘s vision is present in what’s showing of this movie so far, and this trailer just extends the mish-mash of Transformers-style robot-bashing which we had in the teaser, adn that looked as terrible as 2014’s Robocop reboot was compared of the original.

Never mind the Jaeger Uprising, perhaps they should make a film about Jager instead!

Pacific Rim: Uprising was due out originally, on February 23rd, 2018, but has now been pushed back closer to summer, on May 18th.

Director: Steven S DeKnight (TV series – Smallville, Spartacus, Daredevil)
Also stars: Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Adria Arjona, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman

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

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi – Trailer 1

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is coming to a cinema near you in December and along with a new trailer, there’s another new poster, this time paying tribute to Carrie Fisher, placing her right in the centre.

The film is directed by Looper and Breaking Bad‘s Rian Johnson. And starring Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford… maybe. Then next Christmas will see the Young Han Solo movie. Then Episode IX will follow in Christmas 2019.

Out now is a new trailer and the phrase “Everything including the kitchen sink” comes to mind. It really does just copy everything we’ve seen before. I enjoyed Rogue One, but The Force Awakens was such a disappointment.

In addition, I see, like TFA, some of this is in 70mm IMAX 1.44:1, according to IMDB, but how much? And will we actually see it? Only one scene was shot that way last time (Finn and Rey first piloting the Millennium Falcon), and given what a tight-arse Disney was over the 70mm prints last time, that meant that the Manchester Printworks cinema didn’t get one, as only 3 prints went out across the entire UK! So I paid money in advance to see it, and just got the ‘cropped-to-1.90:1’ digital version. I’m not making that advance mistake this time. I’ll most likely just see it in regular 2.35:1 widescreen.

The extensive cast list also includes Tom Hardy, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Laura Dern, Oscar Isaac, Benicio Del Toro, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Warwick Davis, Peter Mayhew, Gareth Edwards, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie Tran, Adrian Edmondson and… er.. tax-dodger Gary Barlow.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi was due for release in the UK on December 15th, but as I predicted, it’d been moved back a day to the Thursday (14th) like they did with The Force Awakens and Rogue One.

PS. The Star Wars Episode IX subtitle is “Flange”.

Check out the video below and click on the poster for the full-size image.

Peter Kay makes a Warburtons advert and it’s utterly terrible

Peter Kay
Peter Kay. He used to be funny around 15 years ago when he brought Phoenix Nights to Channel 4, along with That Peter Kay Thing, beforehand.

However, Max and Paddy’s Road To Nowhere ran out of steam along the way, and any time this overblown ‘comedian’ has released a Live DVD, it includes rehash of jokes he’s told before.

Video Games Charts week ending October 7th 2017

Video Games Charts week ending October 7th 2017The Video Games Charts week ending October 7th 2017 are as follows:

    1 (1) FIFA 18 (EA Sports) (review)
    2 (-) Forza Motorsport 7 (Microsoft)
    3 (3) Forza Horizon 3 (Microsoft)
    4 (2) Destiny 2 (Activision) (review)
    5 (5) Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games (review)
    6 (6) Crash Bandicoot N’sane Trilogy (Activision) (review)
    7 (-) The Lego Ninjago Movie Videogame (Warner Bros)
    8 (10) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
    9 (4) NBA 2K18 (2K)
    10 (9) LEGO Worlds (Warner Bros Interactive) (review)

Blade Runner 2049 – a home-grown flop?

Blade Runner 2049 Blade Runner 2049 is set 30 years after the original Blade Runner, and comes 35 years in real terms after the original.

Hollywood expected it to take $50m in the US, yet its three-day opening weekend only amassed $31.5m.

Why? Well, don’t forget that the original was a cult film whose audience grew along with the number of different versions that were later spawned (although Denis Villeneuve has confirmed BR2049 *is* in its final and director’s cut.

Gameface Episodes 1 and 2 – The DVDfever Review – Roisin Conaty

Gameface
Gameface is the first full series for Man Down‘s Roisin Conaty as Marcella, part-time actress and mostly-time office temp, as her life lurches from one disaster to another.

Thankfully, her disasters are our pleasure as they lead to semi-ridiculous situations which we can partly identify with, plus jokes which on the face of it start off quite funny, then are fleshed out with additional dialogue to make them even more hilarious.

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