Saturday, 12 April 2014

Bad Neighbours De Niro Party

I'm going to be seeing this film called Bad Neighbours just for Dave Franco's impersonation of Robert De Niro in Meet the Parents. I hope this is a good solid hour of the film but I reckon that might be optimistic. You violated the circle of trust Focker! Check out his little Jinxy. That looks like the best party in the world.

If this picture alone doesn't have you sniggering then check out the trailer. It's got a baby dressed as Heisenberg and eating 'blue meth', not to mention an unfortunate incident with a condom. Seth Rogen fans also might enjoy the stoner getting smacked around by misplaced airbags. The brilliant Rose Byrne is also in it so even if you can't stand Zac Efron, there must be something attractive about this film.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Call for TV news and reviews writers! Get Paid to Write!

Hello again! As the new TV Editor at Filmoria, I am looking to expand our team of dedicated TV writers. What we need is people who want to cover news and weekly episode reviews of some of the biggest shows on television as they hit screens in the UK. We already have writers covering episode reviews for Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Bates Motel but we always need more people to cover the latest news and to write features on all of these shows and more. Here is the full list of shows we need covering in terms of news, features and episode reviews:

Doctor Who
Downton Abbey
True Detective
House of Cards
24: Live Another Day
Sleepy Hollow
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Sons of Anarchy
The Following
The Americans
American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Mad Men
From Dusk til Dawn
Person of Interest
Hemlock Grove
Da Vinci’s Demons
Penny Dreadful
Under the Dome
Peaky Blinders
The Good Wife
Parks and Recreation

Surely one of these must spark your interest. Did I mention that you will also get paid to write at Filmoria? There is a performance pay scheme that basically works out like this:

You will earn £0.05 per article that you write and publish for every 100 unique page visits, within the first 30 days of being published, with no upper limit threshold.    
    • 1000 unique page views = £0.50
    • 10,000 unique page views = £5.00
    • 100,000 unique page views = £50.00
    • 100,000,000 unique page views = £500.00

It might not be much at the moment but as the site grows, we hope to see our page views and income rise. The more you write and the more our audience reads it, the more you earn! News stories should be around 400 words and features and reviews around 700 words.

If you are interested, please contact me on and send me a few links to your published work. Feel free to check out Filmoria and see what you think!

Here's a selection of some of the stuff we've been writing recently:

7 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching ‘Bates Motel’

Thursday, 27 March 2014

1 Million Views at Yahoo and the new Filmoria Podcast

OK that wasn't a long hiatus but had to share that my writing at Yahoo just passed the 1 million page view mark. I'd love it if it were this blog that had made it to a million views but it's still brilliant to know that lots of people are checking out my stuff somewhere.

In other completely unrelated news, I am part of a small team who are contributing to a new Filmoria podcast tonight. Not sure when the final thing will be published exactly but I'll be sure to post it here when it is.

I also might be going to a press conference with Arnold Schwarzenegger in attendance on Monday so that's something to shout about!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

TV Editor at Filmoria

I've been given the very exciting position of becoming the TV editor at Filmoria. It's my first time taking an editorial position and I will be doing my best to get the team to contribute as much in the way of TV news, reviews and features as I can.

Sadly, it also means that I will probably be letting I Love That Film gather a bit of dust for the foreseeable future. I'm still going to use this blog to share other things I'm working on but I suspect that posts are going to become few and far between.

I'm pleased to say that after however many years of writing here, I finally managed to get loads of useful tabs on that menu at the top. So if people do visit this blog, then they can find stuff really easily. I'll still be adding links to reviews, Yahoo articles and Filmoria articles so I guess I Love That Film is still my base on the internet.

If anyone does read this, then thank you for stopping by and if you've been with me since I started or ever read, shared or commented on anything on this blog then an even bigger thank you! Until next time, please check out the TV section at Filmoria for all the latest news, reviews and features.

I'm sure this isn't the end. Just a temporary hiatus. See you on the other side.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The Maze Runner Poster and Trailer

The next YA adaptation is on its way with Will Poulter starring in The Maze Runner. Check out the new trailer below. It looks promisingly much more like Hunger Games than Twilight. The Maze Runner is about a group of boys who are trapped in a place called 'The Glade' with no memory of their past lives before they were brought in. They are surrounded by a maze that could lead them to escape but it is filled with slug like spiked monsters that can kill them. Dystopia, danger and the constant threat of death; it sounds like the kind of story I would have loved when I was a teen.

There are two more books in the series already so Fox will undoubtedly be hoping for a big hit. It is coming hot on the heels of Hunger Games, Twilight and Divergent so The Maze Runner will have to be good to compete in that kind of market place.

The new trailer and poster are below:

Monday, 17 March 2014

Shane Meadows talks This is England 90 at Svengali Premiere

This is England 90 can't come soon enough and though there hasn't been much word on it recently, Shane Meadows has answered some questions on the upcoming series while attending the premiere of new film Svengali starring Vicky McClure.

He assures us that This is England the saga is (definitely, hopefully) going to 'go out with a bang' so it sounds like this one will be the last for sure. He also recently told the BBC recently that "The stories that we've got lined up for this one I think could top it all... there'll be a lot of births, deaths and marriages".

Watch the video of director Shane Meadows talking to Red Carpet News TV about This is England 90 below:

I cannot wait to see how it all ends for Shaun, Milky, Combo, Woody, Lol and the rest of the This is England gang. The above video may not tell us much but it does suggest that filming might begin at the tail end of this year and that can only be a very positive step in the right direction.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Starred Up Review

The savagery of prison life is on full display in Starred Up, a brutal British drama that should make a long overdue star of Jack O’Connell. From director David Mackenzie, the film is an electrifying look at the brutal life behind bars of an explosively violent teen. After roles in the likes of This is England, Skins and 300: Rise of an Empire, Starred Up should be the film that finally makes people take serious note of Jack O’Connell.
When Eric Love (O’Connell) is transferred (or starred up) to adult prison despite being two years too young, he is put on the same wing as his father Neville (Ben Mendelsohn). The violent, seething, resourceful nineteen year old has become too much to cope with as a youth offender and is now thrown into real prison where his tendency to lash out is likely to get him into a new level of trouble. With his dodgy father looking out for him and insisting on his attendance at experimental anger management classes, Eric’s life in prison could go either way. Beneath the rage and the swagger, there could be some hope of redemption for this young man, if he can only choose his role models carefully.

Jack O’Connell is always a Jack the Lad type character and this is never more so than in Starred Up. He even has the nickname tattooed on his arm and his sneer, swagger and savagery all attest to the boy’s unflinching desire to do damage. After being brought in to the prison, he is stripped and processed. Silent for the first ten minutes of the film, he might appear an unproblematic prisoner. Alone in his cell, he goes about setting himself up with makeshift (and terrifying) weapons and ensuring that when he is attacked, he will be ready. He is a caged animal; cornered, grunted at by the guards, dismissed or threatened by other prisoners but totally unafraid to fight his way out of any corner by any means necessary.

It is not hard to understand how he became this way. As his father becomes an increasing presence in the film, it is clear that violence, threats, anger and brutality were a way of life for Eric since being a boy. His back-story is gradually revealed and while not making him wholly sympathetic, Eric is at least much more understandable than he at first appears. He is psychotic, scarred for life and brutal. In turn he is treated like an animal by all but the psychotherapist Oliver (Rupert Friend) who is determined to help him. Starred Up could turn into inspirational Dangerous Minds style fare here but never does. The language, the characters, the dialogue and action never descend into cliché. 

In fact, Starred Up is refreshingly real almost throughout. Apart from becoming a little contrived and over the top by the climax, the film sizzles with realism. O’Connell looks the part, the dialogue is occasionally so thick with slang it is hard to understand and the location drips with misery and menace. A couple of characters stray towards caricature but more of them are left beneficially underexplored, only hinting at their motivations and back stories. As a result they feel as real as almost everything else in the film.

It is a film about the bond between father and sons, the possibility of redemption and the hopelessness of the prison system without some means to mend these angry young men. More than that, it deals briefly with issues of race, sex, class and masculinity and sexuality. In short, it is so much more than a simplistic prison drama. Starred Up is utterly convincing, gripping and at times horrifying. It is time for director David Mackenzie to make moves towards the mainstream and for Jack O’Connell to stand up and be a star.

More reviews from I Love That Film:


12 Years A Slave  

300: Rise of an Empire 

I Declare War 

Lone Survivor 

The Stag  

The Wolf of Wall Street   

Sunday, 9 March 2014

New trailers: Godzilla Vs Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Two new trailers hit this week with Gareth Edwards' Godzilla and Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. I know damn well which one I'm most looking forward to already.

Godzilla has an awesome soundtrack, brilliant Bryan Cranston voiceover and just enough of the big scary monster to keep everybody satisfied. I saw this trailer in 3D before a screening of 300: Rise of an Empire and it looked absolutely breath taking. It looks like it should be action packed, emotional and undoubtedly spectacular. Anyone (or everyone) disappointed by the Roland Emmerich version will be pleased to see no Matthew Broderick or 'size does matter' jokes so far. Get ready to be trampled back to the Stone Age.

Total Film also shared this neat version where someone has taken the audio and replaced the visuals with the old original Godzilla movie.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the long awaited (but not by me) sequel from Rodriguez and Frank Miller and has an even bigger cast than the original with Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Josh Brolin and Ray Liotta joining the cast. It looks gorgeous but I found little to interest me in the characters last time around so I'm not getting my hopes up for this one. All the girls look like they'll spend most of the movie in bras and all the men will be the usual hard boiled cliches from film noir past.

Either of these take your fancy?

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Upcoming screenings: The Zero Theorem, Starred Up, Locke

I've got three screenings lined up for this week and they are an exciting bunch; The Zero Theorem, Starred Up and Locke. First is Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem. This is dystopian sci-fi from the guy who brought us Brazil and 12 Monkeys so promises to be at the very least interesting. It also stars Christoph Waltz (which guarantees a little awesomeness), Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, David Thewlis and Rupert Friend. It looks from the trailer like it could be weird but potentially wonderful.

Next is British prison drama Starred Up from director David Mackenzie and starring Jack O'Connell who is destined to be a big star soon. I've been watching him since his minor role in This is England through to bigger roles in the likes of Tower Block, The Liability, Harry Brown and Eden Lake. Starred Up looks like a brutal story about a violent young offender who is moved in to big boys prison. It also stars Rupert Friend (again) and the excellent Ben Mendelsohn.

Last but not least is Locke starring Tom Hardy in a car making a series of phone calls. Sounds like this could be one of those really interesting minimalist bits of cinema where the star is stuck in one location and has to entertain us with the strength of their performance and clever little story. I have soft spot for things like 127 Hours, Phone Booth and Buried so I hope this will be tense and terrific.

Any of these trailers float your boat?

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Technology news and opinions: Nintendo, Google Glass and Netflix

Apart from writing for Yahoo on TV shows and film franchises, I also write for them about technology issues, news and opinions. Here are links to some of my recent articles on subjects that range from time shifted TV viewing to Google Glass:

The repercussions of increased time-shifted TV viewing
As a recent convert to time-shifted TV viewing and recording technology, I have found that that my viewing habits have drastically changed. But what will be the repercussions?
Why I hope Nintendo never quits making consoles
With Nintendo currently making loses year after year and ignoring calls to go into mobile game development, the future of the company looks uncertain. However, I hope that Nintendo will find a way out of the hole they are in and get back on top in gaming.
Interviewing Ralph Fiennes with Google Glass is a success
After having my first experience with Google Glass this week I am convinced that everyone will be wearing this gadget within the next few years. On Monday night, I interviewed the stars of a new film on the red carpet in London, all videoed on Glass.
Netflix needs more films, not three tier pricing structure
Netflix might be moving towards a three tier pricing plan, offering a cheaper option to those with no desire for HD or dual streaming capabilities. The cheaper pricing plan will not get me back on Netflix as my main concern is the selection of films.
Should Google Glass be banned from cinemas?
As a major film fanatic, and someone who would resist watching pirated material even if you paid me, I would hate to think that more people will be making poor quality copies of films from wearing their Google Glass specs in cinemas.