why it might be time to boycott paramount films

See the poster and feel the fear.  It has been reported in Variety that Michael Bay and Paramount Studios have extended their first look deal for three years.  The Chairman and CEO of Paramount, Brad Grey, was quoted as saying “With an every growing worldwide fan base, Michael is truly one of the most inspired…

should we all be copy writing our names?

I was reading a story that a young lady in Southend has had her passport application returned because they considered her middle name was subject to a trademark or copy right.  In this case her name was Laura Skywalker Matthews.  The UK Passport office commented that they didn’t want to do anything that might call…

uk weekend box office – 25th – 27th July

I reported earlier in the week that Hercules had, had a less than spectacular opening in North America and the pattern has been continued in the UK.  Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes stayed top for a second week following a gross of £3.7m.  It was a tight battle for second and Hercules just…

what next for this movie blog?

I don’t know if this fits into a crisis of confidence but I continue to seek a clear identity for what I am trying to do.  Movie reviews are what I enjoy most, watching trailers is kind of fun, and my occasional editorials provide some variety, but what do I do with the news? There…

editorial: the purge – some ideas for reinvention

I felt so frustrated after watching The Purge: Anarchy because there is no much potential to create a rich other world and establish a classic new movie franchise.  I have no illusions that this is going to happen but below are some movie ideas that I recommend highly to the Studio: The Purge: Family –…

new interstellar trailer review

The new trailer that was revealed at Comic Con has been released by Warner Bros.  Mr Nolan is quickly becoming my favourite movie maker and if he delivers on a piece of pure science fiction I will be his forever and ever.  Having watched a couple of trailers now I am starting to piece together…

the purge: anarchy review – could be so much more

It’s the year 2023 and the population of Los Angeles are making final preparations for the start of the annual purge.  The New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) are encouraging the citizens to cleanse their souls.  We are introduced to the characters who will through a variety of circumstances come together to and find themselves…

this week’s movie releases in the uk

Marvel Studios is striding into theatres with its second big release of the year, Guardians Of The Galaxy.  Chris Pratt is the lead of a talented cast which includes Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper.  The buzz around this movie is massive and is attracting a lot of critical praise based on recent press screenings. With…

paul greengrass to direct al-qaeda movie?

It is being reported that Paul Greengrass, well known for the Bourne movies and Captain Phillips, is being lined to up to direct a movie version of the book Agent Storm: My Life Inside al-Qaeda. The book tells the story of a Danish man, Morten Storm, who became a radical and member of al-Qaeda who…

trailer review – The Hunger Games: mockingjay part 1

Well we have our first proper teaser trailer with footage from the movie itself.  The trailer shows the space craft that Katniss escaped in at the end of the last movie landing in District 13.  It features the now sadly departed Phillip Seymour Hoffman talking to a new character played by Julianne Moore about the…

trailer review – mad max: fury road

Holy crap.  Not one for swearing in posts but this is a trailer that has really got the juices flowing and I already need to keep my expectations in check.  We have the dynamic duo of Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron who feature heavily.  Mr Hardy is the eponymous hero of the piece while Theron…

weekend north american box office – July 25th – 27th

The Scarlett Johansson vehicle Lucy, directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) topped the North American box office over the week with an opening of $44m.  While not earth shattering, for a movie with a reported production budget of $40m Universal and Canal+ will be very happy.  It’s well on its way to delivering a…