LISTED Film Previews – November 2010

Once again, I bring you another list of some films you should (and some, maybe you shouldn’t!) go and check out this month. It also sees the return of the money-making machine that is the Harry Potter franchise. Make of it what you will, but needless to say, this is going to sell out everywhere. If there was ever going to be a “Big One” for this generation, this one and ultimately the very last one will be it! Mark my words, this is going to be massive stuff! Get your eyes on it:

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART ONE (12A) (Dir. David Yates)

With the last instalment of the already multi-million dollar franchise being split into two parts, it’s really hard to not question the ratio between doing the most crucial book justice with creative integrity and milking the final cash-cow for all its worth before it all ends. That being said, anyone who liked the very stylistic (if somewhat plot-holed) Half-Blood Prince will be happy to hear that the same director and writer are on board for this final venture, so fans of the teenage wizard troop are sure to get the kind of film they’re hoping for. What’s more, this will all be in “magical” 3D so all the cool broomstick and spell effects will seem a lot more lifelike, which will provide more entertainment for the seven people out there who haven’t read the final book! Released November 19th.

JACKASS 3-D (18) (Dir. Jeff Tremaine)

Ok, so there’s never really any plotline, there are no dynamic characters or multi-layered threads of development of any kind. There are no cool computer effects, no action stars, and hardly even a script. But let’s face it, even the sternest of film critics will have a moment of weakness and let slip a giggle when they see someone get smacked across the room by a giant, spring-loaded rubber hand! Jackass may have been somewhat left behind in recent years, but the fact that this latest effort from Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O and the rest of the danger-facing crew has been filmed using 3D cameras might add a touch more interest for the people out there cringing at the thought of this film taking up precious screen time at their local cinema. It does beg the question, though: Just how much many dangerous stunts can you really do in 3D, and are they going to be awesome? Released November 5th.

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS NEST (18) (Dir. Daniel Alfredson)

Steig Larsson’s Millennium trilogy finally comes to a close with the high-octane final instalment! After the events of Girl Who Played With Fire, Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) is fighting for her life in intensive care whilst Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is fighting to prove her innocence. This is set to round off the trilogy in a pretty big way, and is very hotly tipped for some Oscar Nominations (Rapace is in the running for Best Actress) this year. Make sure you catch this film, as well as the first two, before the Hollywood re-make with Daniel Craig is released next year! Released November 26th.

WELCOME TO THE RILEYS (15) (Dir. Jake Scott)

Married man James Gandolfini grieves over the loss of his daughter and his gradually fading marriage when he meets a young runaway (Kristen Stewart) on a business trip in New Orleans, and forms a questionable relationship that begins to bring all three broken people into a new life together. This is probably a film anyone who hasn’t seen any Twilight films might gravitate towards as it looks genuinely dramatic, but might also bring in a crowd eager to see Stewart wearing not very much at all… Released November 26th.

As published in Listed Magazine and on www.listedmagazine.com

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LISTED Film Previews – March 2010

Because of changes in the printings for Listed Magazine, these will actually be going out monthly now, as opposed to covering two months in one go – which means more movie previews packed into a months space than before, making your movie-going choices even more difficult than before! I love being helpful!!

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (PG) (Dir. Tim Burton)

Tim Burton, master of the wierd and gothy, has struck once again – this time turning his hand to Lewis Carroll’s famous masterpiece! Taking on a slightly different storyline to the usual concept, this version sees a 19 year old Alice returning to Wonderland to fulfil her destiny of ending the Red Queen’s reign of terror over Wonderland. Burton has given the film’s visuals his own unusual-but-accurate approach, and with a star-studded cast including Johnny Depp (of course) as The Mad Hatter, Stephen Fry as The Cheshire Cat, Michael Sheen as The White Rabbit and Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen to name just a few, this is definitely one (acid) trip you’ll want to go on! Miss this, and you’ll miss out! Released March 5th.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (15) (Dir. Neils Arden Oplev)

After having a huge reception, this Swedish adaptation of the bestselling book is reaching our shores soon! A journalist (played by Michael Nyqvist) and a computer hacker are paired up to investigate a girl’s disappearance. But the more they investigate, the more they uncover about the families history and a string of murders from the past… Even though Sony have already optioned for a remake, you’ll want to check out this original version first and foremost! Released March 12th.

THE RUNAWAYS (15) (Dir. Floria Sigismondi)

A chronicling of the rise to fame of LA rock band The Runaways, who were an all-girl band in a man’s rock world in 1975. Written and directed by Sigismondi, this film sees Kristen Stewart break FAR away from her previous Twilight Saga role to play teenage lead singer Joan Jett, as well as Dakota Fanning looking surprisingly grown-up playing Cherie Currie. A must see for drama lovers and music lovers alike! Released March 19th.

CLASH OF THE TITANS (12A) (Dir. Louis Leterrier)

Whilst 2010 seems to be “The Year Of The Bad Re-Makes” (stay tuned for future months for more on those…), the Clash Re-make starring Sam Worthington (of Avatar fame) looks like it could satisfy anyone having withdrawal symptoms from 300! Loosely based on Greek myth, Perseus (Worthington) embarks on a mission to destroy Hades (Ralph Feinnes) before the underworld can spread to Earth and seize the power of Perseus’ father Zeus. The visual effects in Clash Of The Titans looks fantastic from the trailer, so you can definitely get more bang for your buck in this one than any other action film this month. Expect every other re-make this year to look awful compared to this! Released March 26th.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (PG) (Dir. Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders)

From the same studios that brought you Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, How To Train Your Dragon is an adaptation of the children’s book of the same name that follows a young Viking named Hiccup Horrendous The Third as he finds his very own wild dragon, Toothless. If you’re a fan of kid’s films with things for the parents included, then this is a great comedy adventure for the family. Catch it in 3D if possible, too! Released March 31st.

As printed in Listed Magazine Issue 25 and on www.listedmagazine.com

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