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Is Television overtaking Cinema?

TelevisionSet.jpgThe question has been asked for some time now and every year seems to be coming to the fore more and more and being posed in different ways. Is television overtaking cinema? Is it producing better quality and more interesting stories than cinema can hope to deliver? Is it a better return for studios and production companies?

I know I’m watching more television shows than I ever have and I’m finding a lot more gratification from them than I am from many films I’m seeing, but seeing a great thriller in those two hours on a big screen or a home cinema still takes some beating for me.

Yet I can’t deny that there’s more talk of television shows that I’ve heard over films, both in my circles of friends and in my social media circles, even from the people who talk about films all the time many conversations are beginning and ending with television series. The question itself is being seen more and more and asked again and again.

How do you see it? Is Television overtaking Cinema?

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April 18, 2014

New X-Men: Days of Future Past trailers are fantastic

XMenDaysofFuturePast.jpgIf you didn't realise by now the upcoming X-Men film X-Men: Days of Future Past is packed with talent both old and new, we're seeing the joining of the original X-Men actors with their counterparts from the previous film X-Men: First Class, a fantastic reboot, restart and origins film if ever there was one.

However exciting the prospect of bringing all those great actors on screen it's what's happening behind the camera that has me incredibly interested, the return of Bryan Singer. You might be asking why that's important, well that's easy. He directed and X-Men and X-Men 2.

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Fincher's Gone Girl trailer

GoneGirl.jpgWho wouldn't be excited or at least extremely interested in a new trailer for a David Fincher film? Do you really need me to reel off a list of films he's directed? Well let me give you the highlights - Alien3, oh come on now, it's not that bad; Se7en; The Game; Fight Club; Zodiac; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; The Social Network; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and House of Cards.

So if you didn't realise how good a director he was before then you probably won't be reading this article or watching his next film, but even if you did, looking at the new trailer I'm not sure if you'll still feel the same way. Gone Girl sounds a great project but the trailer isn't selling it well.

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Haggis' Third Person trailer

ThirdPerson.jpgI like Paul Haggis' work, not because of his last name but because of his talent and some of the films he's written and/or directed - Crash (Filmstalker review), Million Dollar Baby, Casino Royale (Filmstalker review), Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, The Next Three Days (Filmstalker review). Some of his work is exceptional and he really can capture so many emotional aspects of real people and put them on the page or bring them through the camera, if they are there in the performance. Plus he can write thrillers and he can write them well.

So I'm excited to hear about Third Person, a film which he has written and directed and brings together three seemingly disconnected stories of three couples in three separate cities. Sounds like it's perfect with Haggis, and the trailer is here to back that up.

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April 5, 2014

An Inconvenient Truth sequel, the right time?

AnInconvenientTruth.jpgIf you're one of those people that believe global warming isn't happening, that these extreme weather events and changes in standard weather patterns we are experiencing are faked, a standard cycle of the Earth or are going to be magically resolved by some unseen, unheard, unproven and uninterested magical force, then you probably never watched An Inconvenient Truth (Filmstalker Review) or did and believed it was part of the government conspiracy designed to rid you of your stockpiled weapons.

If you're a normal, rational and intelligent human being you were probably shocked and moved, as I was, to do something about it, even if your government wasn't. While they pretended to talk about reduction of CO2 emissions and help save the planet without actually making any real decisions, people around the world were being move to change helped by An Inconvenient Truth.

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Ridley Scott's company producing Halo

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The team of companies producing the project do include Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions and also 343 Industries, the company currently behind the Halo franchise, and XBox Entertainment Studios. So it's still not a cinema release yet.

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April 3, 2014

Stalked: Trailers for The Drop; Jupiter Ascending; Mobius; Raid 2: Berandal; Edge of Tomorrow; Wolf Creek 2; Night Moves; X-Men: Days of Future Past

FilmstalkerBBFC.jpgI've been keeping my eyes on some of the trailers that have been popping out recently and there are some big ones, but there are also a few smaller films that have stonking trailers and promise a hell of a lot. Here's a selection.

There's the big titles with Lucy from Luc Besson and starring a great cast; Jupiter Ascending from the Wachowskis, Edge of Tomorrow with a great cast, writers and director, and X-Men: Days of Future Past with all the crew and Bryan Singer returning to the franchise. Then there's the Drop, James Gandolfini's last film from a Dennis Lehane script, the dark and chilling looking Night Moves, a horror sequel that might be as good as the first in Wolf Creek 2, the international cast thriller Mobius and action galore from the stunning looking Raid 2: Berandal. Get in.

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February 26, 2014

The Raid remake gains director

TheRaid.jpgHave you seen The Raid: Redemption (Filmstalker Review)? No? Well you should do and you should get your hands on it as soon as possible. This is an action film to top all action films and has moments that you can hardly believe are real, moments where you think must be done with special effects but the surprise is that they’re real, they’re physical.

Is it a surprise then that with the success of the film Hollywood have decided to remake it? No, not really, a remake of a strong independent film that did well at the box office and has become a bit of a cult? Why wouldn’t Hollywood want to remake it?

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February 26, 2014

Zemeckis gains star for 3D Man on Wire film

ToWalkintheClouds.jpgRobert Zemeckis has found a leading actor for his next film, a film about Philippe Petit, the man who walked the tight rope between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974 and who was the focus of the recent well received documentary Man on Wire.

The film, To Walk in the Clouds, is going to be made in 3D and is described as an experimental film which is going to concentrate heavily on effects. While that works for the story itself I am a little concerned.

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February 21, 2014

Boyle and Beaufoy delivering Billie Jean King film

BattleoftheSexesMatch.jpgDanny Boyle looks set to deliver a film about Billie Jean King and the film would concentrate on her famous Battle of the Sexes tennis match with Bobby Riggs in 1973. The event is documented superbly well in the film The Battle of the Sexes, a surprisingly enjoyable and engaging documentary.

The true story is about Billie Jean King playing Bobby Riggs who came out of retirement at aged 55 to prove that men could easily beat women at the sport. He was proven wrong, in spectacular fashion.

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Joe trailer, Cage is back and serious

Joe.jpgI admit to seeing this trailer a few days ago and thinking that there was nothing to write about, after all it's just another trailer that everyone's carrying. Except there's something different here, Nicolas Cage. Oh I know what your instant thoughts are, they were mine too, but hold on a minute, that's not what I mean.

The trailer for Joe has one big surprise in store and that's the fact that Nicolas Cage looks like he's delivering a straight, serious, and powerful performance, something that's backed up by the marketing quotes that come with it. Is this Cage back in all his glory? - That's the acting glory, not the over the top, crazy performance glory.

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February 18, 2014

BAFTA 2014 Winners

BAFTA.jpgThe British Academy Film Awards 2014 were just last night and were presented wonderfully, once again, by the great talent that is Stephen Fry. You can still catch them on BBC iPlayer if you're in the UK and if not the nominees and winners are right here with a few comments from myself.

I would like to say something about the BAFTAs before we continue though. They are not a run-up to the Oscars, they aren't just another indicator of who will win the Academy Awards. Let's not forget what both of these awards ceremonies are shall we?

The Academy Awards, or Oscars, are the awards from and for the American film industry, the British Academy Film Awards, or BAFTAs, are the awards from and for the British film industry. See the difference there?

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February 10, 2014

Sabotage trailer: Ayer, Woods and Arnie

Sabotage.jpgWhat a combination. David Ayer directing and co-writing, Skip Woods writing and a cast that is headed up by Arnold Schwarzenegger in what looks like a seriously tough role, and supported by, in no particular order, Olivia Williams, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Josh Holloway, Joe Manganiello and Max Martini.

Just writing that out is enough to get me excited but then I went and caught the red band trailer and it looks good.

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January 22, 2014

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, has the reboot failed?

JackRyanShadowRecruit.jpgI have always said that there's far too much focus on the domestic opening weekend of a film - for those of you who don't know in American film speak that means the first weekend the film is released in American cinemas - typically it is forgotten that there's a larger world out there that can return more cinemagoers than just the American audience and that a film is shown longer than three days.

Despite that I read an article today that is casting doubt over the future of a Jack Ryan sequel because of the domestic opening weekend box office takings and especially the statistics that claim "more than a third of the opening weekend audience was over the age of 50".

Apart from the obvious comments of "so?" and "are you really surprised?" I'd also suggest that listening to statistics and relying on American opening weekend alone is not always a good thing.

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January 21, 2014

Gravity at the Oscars: Will it get a fair screening?

Oscar.jpgThe Oscar Academy, the people responsible for selecting the nominees and the winners, have a tough job some years and one that doesn't always net them a lot of praise with yearly headlines being pulled out with the words "Oscar Snub" tacked on the end of someone's name or a film title.

Surprisingly though the film Gravity has made it into the nominations, despite the flaws with the film the popular opinion and the effects alone have pushed it through to the competition for the American film award.

However there may be a problem, Gravity isn't going to get a fair screening from the people behind the voting.

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January 16, 2014

Terminator: Genesis, what will it mean?

Terminator.jpgThe title of the new Terminator suggests a lot and there’s more of a puzzle when we know that Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the series and that the rumour is he’s reprising his iconic role.

Now there are rumours regarding a new actor to play Kyle Reese and the fact that they’re looking for a younger, newer actor seems to hit home with the title.

Are we looking at an origin film kicking off the new trilogy and television series?

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