***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED HERE FOR THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON APRIL 24TH, 2013***
Director: Shane Black.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ty Simpkins, Jon Favreau, William Sadler, Stephanie Szostak, Paul Bettany (voice).
Running Time: 130 minutes.
Synopsis: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds his world challenged by a terrorist simply known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), he embarks on a mission to protect those he loves, no matter the cost.
After Joss Whedon set the Marvel bar to dizzy, Asgardian heights, Shane Black’s first venture into the superhero realm was always primed for comparison. With the director’s second feature with Robert Downey Jr. to be viewed as the fourth part of Tony Stark’s metallic journey and a direct response to how, “Nothing’s been the same since New York,” many will feel it suffers for not necessarily belonging to the IRON MAN canon. But the decision to honour its central story instead of competing with its bigger, brassier AVENGERS predecessor makes it a surprisingly personal tale about the testing of our favourite mechanic’s mettle. Continue reading
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Seeing as everyone was a little Oscar’d out yesterday, I thought I’d wait until today to put these up. I’m not going to say too much, as I think I exhausted my point over on Twitter (@iamnotwaynegale) and said everything I wanted to when predicting my nominations here.
‘Snubs’ aside, all I’ll say is that I’m absolutely thrilled for Benh Zeitlin and little Quvenzhané and really pleased Eiko Ishioka gets a fitting tribute.
Check out the full list of nominees for the 85th Academy Awards below: Continue reading
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Now, I’m sure you’re pretty sick and tired of hearing peoples’ two cents on today’s BAFTA nominations and how they might correlate with tomorrow’s (well, today now) Oscar nominations, yadda yadda, blah blah blahhh.
So I’m simply going to post the list of nominations below with no preamble. That can come with whatever tomorrow’s Academy Award nominations bring!
Check out the full list of the EE (eurghh) British Academy Film Award nominations below: Continue reading
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It’s alliteration a gogo for the announcement of the 40th Annual Annie Awards.
Brave, Wreck-It Ralph and Rise Of The Guardians lead the nominations, with Hotel Transylvania and ParaNorman not too far behind. It’s a strong set of nominations for Disney, with John Carter and The Avengers also lurking on the sidelines.
As for who to put your money on in regards to the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, well, I think it’s pretty safe to say it’s a two-horse race between Brave and Wreck-It Ralph.
Check out the full list of nominations (minus anything TV-related) below: Continue reading
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You know the drill by now. I update this list (in accordance with UK release dates) throughout the year and then publish my final Top Ten after the Oscar winners receive their statues. It’s only April and there’s plenty more to be seen and plenty I haven’t yet watched, but it’s time to get the ball rolling and keep this list in order:
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This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:
The Avengers (Dir: Joss Whedon, 2012) *****
Iron Man 2 (Dir: Jon Favreau, 2010) ***
Despicable Me (Dir: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, 2010) ***
Battleship (Dir: Peter Berg, 2012) **
The Cabin In The Woods (Dir: Drew Goddard, 2011) ***
Pret-A-Porter (Dir: Robert Altman, 1994) **
Born On The Fourth Of July (Dir: Oliver Stone, 1989) ****
Jumper (Dir: Doug Liman, 2008) **
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I love this week’s selection of trailers, which you may find surprising seeing how I’ve actually been a little harsh towards some – very unlike me, I know. But there’s such a brilliant mix to choose from, including some great animation, thrillers, comedy and some not so great ones. But hey, that’s all part of the fun. This week Nadine and I look at (deep breath please) The Stath, the supernatural, that pesky John Carter again, more Marvel characters than you can shake a stick at, David Hasselhoff, Snoop Stiller, Adam Sandler’s weird career, a resurrected canine, little yellow minions, morticians, American Football, claymation ghosts, John McClane and Superman, coming of age indie quirkiness and Norwegian murders. Let’s talk trailers: Continue reading
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