Sunday, 31 July 2011

Poll Result: Favourite Harry Potter Film?

Goblet Of Fire
We've got another draw on your hands in the second of this weeks poll results. The fourth Harry Potter installment (Goblet Of Fire) came joint first position with the last film (Deathly Hallows: Part 2). Anyone who has read my review of the final film will already have worked out that I totally disagree with the result. But thanks again for voting everyone!

The new poll this week will be: Should There Be A Toy Story 4? I'm sure this will prove to be a contentious subject.

The second of the So I Saw This Film's polls is currently running and so be sure to vote for your favourite film from director Robert Zemeckis.

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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Poll Result: Favourite Quentin Tarantino Film?

Pulp Fiction
The readers have really done themselves proud this week with huge numbers voting so thanks a lot guys. This week you were voting for your favourite Quentin Tarantino film and it was quite a close one with Pulp Fiction coming out top by just one vote. Inglorious Basterds and Kill Bill:Volume 1 came joint second with two votes each.

The poll is now closed but if you want your opinion heard let us know in the comment section which Tarantino film floats your boat.

A new poll will now be posted and this week it will be: Favourite Robert Zemeckis Film? Get voting once again and the results will be posted next week.

Cheers guys!

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Gangster Squad To Attract Emma Stone?

Emma Stone
Emma Stone (Superbad, Easy A) has recently been linked to 40's crime drama Gangster Squad which, if you eagle eyed viewers will remember, was covered previously on So I Saw This Film after Sean Penn was revealed as the lead male in the film. The film will also feature Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin, and Emma Stone looks likely to join the growing cast.

The actress, who was nominated for a BAFTA in the Rising Star category in 2011, looks set to star as a character caught between Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling. Penn will play gangster Mickey Cohen while Gosling will play good-cop Jerry Wooters alongside fellow cop Josh Brolin. The film will be directed by Rubin Fleisher who cast Stone in his film Zombieland.

THR originally revealed the news of the possible casting but no decision has yet been made. The project has been in the pipeline for a while but there will still be quite a wait ahead for those who want to see it, as the film won't see the big screens until 2013.

Emma Stone has been rather busy recently and joining the cast of Gangster Squad could prove to be a major boost to her career. Do you think she would be right for the role? Is she more suited to other genres? Let us know below.

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Monday, 25 July 2011

Captain America Takes Top Place At The US Weekend Box Office

Captain America has managed to knock Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 off the top spot in this weekend's US box office.The film proved to be yet another Marvel success story, taking a rather unimpressive $65.8 million. The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 made an impressive haul in its second weekend with $48 million, taking the film's US total above $274 million. 

Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake's new comedy Friends With Benefits found itself in third place with a total of $18.5 million. The third installment of the Transformers franchise, Dark Of The Moon, came fourth with $12 million and Horrible Bosses, which has just been released in the UK, came fifth with $11.7 million.

Zookeeper finished in sixth with $8.7 million (rather more than I thought it would achieve) and Cars 2 came seventh with a $5.7 million haul.

The top ten was rounded off with Winnie The Pooh ($5.1m) in eighth, Bad Teacher ($2.6m) in ninth and Midnight In Paris continuing its trends of tenth place with $1.8 million, making the film Woody Allen's most profitable film to date.

What did you guys see this weekend? Anything you would recommend?

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Seth Rogen And Zac Efron To Make An Unlikely Pair?

Universal has come out on top of the bidding for the rights to a new and untitled comedy which has Seth Rogen and Zac Efron attached to star. The pair look likely to make a rather unlikely pairing in the new film which Rogen will produce alongside Evan Goldberg according to Deadline.

The film will be written by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien and was successfully landed by Universal for a reported seven figure sum. The plot will see Zac Efron and his partying friends disrupting the family life of Seth Rogen and Total Film rightfully noticed the similarity of the plot to that of Old School. Not sure if Efron sounds like the right guy for the role thought to be honest. Bit strange.

The film sounds like a rather odd concept if I'm honest. I would never have put Rogen and Efron together in anything, let alone an Old School-esque comedy. I'm really struggling to see how this film will do well but of course the two very different actors could bring in two very large and diverse fan bases. Basically, it will either work well or it will bring a cringe to viewer's faces. We'll probably be waiting a long time to find out which as it hasn't even been written yet.

One to watch out for? Let us know what you think below...


Thursday, 21 July 2011

Paranormal Activity 3 Trailer (Courtesy Of Trailer Addict)

Poll Result: Favourite 'Transformers' Film

Well done for voting yet again guys and an interesting result in this one. We have our first draw since the polls began to be reported on and the draw comes between Transformers and Dark Of The Moon. No surprises that Revenge Of The Fallen got no votes and I think a fair result all round. People obviously loved the first film and felt that the third film regained what we loved about Transformers after a poorly received second film.

Voting continues on your favourite Quentin Tarantino film and at the moment Pulp Fiction is out in the lead, with Kill Bill: Volume 1 following closely behind. Don't agree? Let your vote be heard.

And I guess that makes it time for a new poll. So the new poll beginning today will be this: Favourite Harry Potter Film? Make sure to get voting and check out my review of the final Harry Potter film.

Cheers guys!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

A Terrible Way To End - 2.5/5
So I saw this film last night called Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and lets me make myself very clear from the start, in my opinion it was the worst of all the Harry Potter films to date. Thats right I said it. As both the films and the books have been so popular and have been a stalwart of cinema and literature since 1997 I think people are less inclined to say anything bad about the films. Well if you don't want to read a scathing review of the final film don't read on.

Lets begin with a one word overview of about the first hour of the film. AWFUL. And no, that isn't too strong a word to use. I'm amazed that with such an amount of quality storyline handed over by J.K. Rowling that director David Yates couldn't have made more from it. Personally I haven't really enjoyed any of the films since the first four and have found major flaws in every one of the last four. The first hour of Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was simply depressingly bad. It skipped over major parts of plot and tried to focus too much on comedy. For me there should have been no place for stupid puns but somehow they found their way back. Some parts were so cheesy that they were hard to watch (especially Neville Longbottom's speech at the end) and overall the film was badly done.

The film began to pick up pace when the battle began and to be fair there was extremely effective special effects on show that did credit to those responsible. I had begun to enjoy to film after about an hour until it was again ruined by the fact that the death of one of the main characters (I don't want to spoil it for anyone) was totally skipped over and wasn't even touched upon even though a huge section was devoted to it in the books. And how about the way Ron's mum managed to defeat the second in command to Voldemort with ease? It was ridiculous! Just about the only factors that held the whole thing together as a film was the sublime performance of Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort and the special effects. That's it.

The ending was probably the worst part of the whole film. I had already read the books and so new how it would finish but I was wondering how they would do it. I didn't think they would use different actors becuase it wouldn't be a good way to end. But what they did do was truly terrible. They barely looked any different and it was cringeworthy. I'm trying not to reveal too much of what happens at this point for those who haven't seen the film or read the book.

I think the main problem with the books is that they started off as a book exclusive for children but then proved massively popular to adults alike. It is clear to see that Rowling made the story darker but she couldn't leave the children behind when finishing the story. Harry Potter should have died to save everyone else. Simple as that. But can you imagine millions of children reading how they wizarding hero had perished? It wouldn't be pretty.

The film is a HUGE dissapointment from start to finish and is an awful way to end such a series of films. However, I'm sure many will love it and I wish I could say the same. But I hated it, and that's that.

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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Sean Bean Set To Play The King In Tarsem Singh's 'Snow White'

Sean Bean As Boromir
After a lot of casting news on both the Snow White projects coming up in 2012 a while back the two films have gone rather quiet. Tarsem Singh's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White will be battling Snow White And The Huntsman in 2012 and so far it is fair to say that the latter has whipped up far more excitement.

However, Heat Vision have revealed that Sean Bean is in final negotiations to play Snow White's father, the king, in Tarsem Singh's version of the film. A big name like Bean's is seriously needed to boost the films image as so far Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer are the only well known names on the list. The Huntsman has already got on board Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart, Ray Winston and Bob Hoskins among others so Singh really needs Bean to sign his name on the dotted line.

With previous fantasy roles in Lord Of The Rings and TV series Game Of Thrones, Bean wouldn't look out of place in The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. He definitely has the look of a king about him

Friday, 15 July 2011

My Cinematic Alphabet: In Depth - G

What is it, like week 7 of this series? I hope you're all enjoying it so far. Make sure you're up to date with A-F before we start. If your new to this feature it's a simple principle: the So I Saw This Film teams favourite films for each letter. Bring on the G;s....

You can never really overlook a film that won five Oscars including Best Actor and Best Picture in these types of lists, nor one that was nominated for pretty much every other award. The film brought Russell Crowe his only Oscar to date, proving that it is in fact his greatest performance, even though I have enjoyed some of his recent films including State Of Play and The Next Three Days, the latter of which you'll find a review for on this site. Another of his greatest roles was in American Gangster which featured when I looked in depth at the best films for the letter A. The music is divine and Hans Zimmer proves his genius again. You can't not have seen this.

The Green Mile
The Green Mile is one of the most emotionally evocative films out there and proved to be another hit for lead man Tom Hanks. It is a hugely successful and popular films and remains a timeless classic full of wonder. I don't think any of these lists haven't featured Tom Hanks thus far!

The Godfather
How could this not feature? For me it's not as perfect a film as it is made out to be but when you're talking about The Godfather not being perfect it still manages to be one of the most well known and best loved films of all time. Number 2 in the IMDb Top 250 only to the Shawshank Redemption (which I've never understood). 'Say hello to my little friend!'
(P.S. Godfather II and III both should be up here but I'm classing them all under the Godfather)

Gran Torino
I didn't think I'd enjoy this film all that much when I first saw it advertised. It looked like it was just an opportunity for Clint Eastwood to make a film about himself that nobody would really be able to relate to. Well I was wrong. I admit it. He manages to kick major ass despite being grey and proves once again that he is both a world-class actor and sublime director.

Grosse Pointe Blank
A slick and stylish John Cusack film that may not be for everyone but is certainly for us. The film features one of the best all time soundtracks (I'm begining to sound like the Cusack from High Fidelity now). Check this one out.

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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Planet Of The Apes (1968)

Sci-fi Brilliance - 4/5
So I saw this film today called Planet Of The Apes and, after previously reviewing the rather poor 2001 Tim Burton effort, and with Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes on its way in less than a month, I thought I had better go back and see how the films all got started. Of course the 1968 version is miles apart and wholly different to the 2001 version and the list of reasons why the film featuring Charlton Heston is far better would be infinitely long. Therefore I am not going to even bother to compare the two films. I watched the Burton film first and now, after watching the original, I find it hard to believe he managed to get that film out of something that was originally so brilliant.

I used the word brilliant there because that's exactly what this film is. Brilliant. There is something about the beginning of a retro sci-fi film that lets you know that you're in for a treat. After becoming a sci-fi fan in the last few months, after watching Logan's Run and Alien, I thought it about time to watch Planet Of The Apes. It turned out to be right up my street and it was a totally magnificent two hours of film.

Let us begin with the cinematic scenes that were brought to us by director Franklin J. Schaffner. The stunning scenery was quite enthralling, as were the special effects which wouldn't have looked outdated in a film from five years ago. The final scene with the statue of liberty was extremely

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Edward Norton Could Become New 'The Bourne Legacy' Villain

Edward Norton
After Matt Damon publicly confirmed he would not reprise his role as Jason Bourne for a fourth time following the release of The Bourne Ultimatum, director Tony Gilroy has seemingly expressed his desire to add a new big name to the fourth film.

Variety has reported that Edward Norton is close to being confirmed as the new villain for the upcoming film The Bourne Legacy. The American History X actor looks likely to star opposite new lead man Jeremy Renner who was confirmed a few weeks ago as the new protagonist in the film that will be set in the same world as the first three but will not include Jason Bourne. Small villainous roles should come easy to Norton by now after films such as The Italian Job.

Rachel Weisz has also signed up to the film and if Norton comes on board it looks to be a relatively

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

'Oldboy' Remake In Hands Of Spike Lee

Spike Lee
Do The Right Thing director and star Spike Lee has been officially named as the director of the English language remake of the South Korean cult favourite Oldboy, which was released in 2003. He is currently working on his Do The Right Thing sequel Red Hook Summer and looks set to start the new project upon its completion.

Nathan Kahane, the Oldboy executive producer, said of the news: “It’s a great honour to put this special project into the hands of such a gifted writer and iconic director,”.

If you remember the original followed a man who, after being imprisoned for 15 years, attempts to find out who was behind his imprisonment. No casting decision for the lead man has been confirmed

Friday, 8 July 2011

Poll Results: Favourite 'Toy Story' Film

The So I Saw This Film readers have been busy again in the voting department and have decided that their favourite of the Toy Story trilogy was Toy Story 3. In this one I think any one of the three could have come out on top but it seems fitting that the only Oscar winning film out of the three was victorious.

Voting continues on your favourite of the three Transformers films after the release of Dark Of The Moon recently so be sure to check that out and vote.

The new poll will be to find out your favourite film from Quentin Tarantino. Reservoir Dogs? Pulp Fiction? Inglorious Basterds? Let us know.....

Thanks once again for voting guys.

'Good Time Gang' Could Welcome Mark Wahlberg And Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill
The Other Guys and The Happening star Mark Wahlberg looks set to join comedic force Jonah Hill in a new indie film entitled Good Time Gang. The pair look set to join forces for the first time in the new film that could see them both step out of their usual film roles. The LA Times has revealed that the duo are signing on for the project which is produced by RCR Pictures.

The pair are reportedly to play two incompetent mercenaries who are sent on a serious case involving terrorism and along the way discover that one of them is related to the target. Empire say the film is being pitched as a Lethal Weapon type film that focuses more on the action than the laughs. The script will come from Max Landis.

The pair have already been busy stepping out of their comfort zones, with Jonah Hill appearing in 21 Jump Street and Moneyball alongside Brad Pitt. At the same time Wahlberg has found his way into

Thursday, 7 July 2011

My Cinematic Alphabet: In Depth - F

We're at week 6 in the weekly journey through the best films for each letter. This week it's F, so if you've missed any be sure to catch up. Anyway, on with the show....

Forrest Gump
I think this is either the third or fourth film from the Robert Zemeckis portfolio to appear on these lists so far and so I guess that makes him my favourite director. Forrest Gump is a film that you will never forget watching for the first time and one which is endlessly enjoyable. One of Tom Hanks' greatest performances. The Zemeckis/Hanks partnership never fails in my eyes.

The Full Monty
Not only is The Full Monty is a wonderfully funny comedy but it is also an insight into the hardships faced by certain Britons during the Thatcher era. It deals with an issue so taboo at the time in a darkly comic way that is also designed to lift people's spirits. An awesome soundtrack on this one too.

Fight Club
Fight Club can never be overlooked in this type of list. The duo of Edward Norton and Brad Pitt works so brilliantly and rumours have surfaced recently that the pair may appear together again for the first time since Fight Club. If you haven't seen this one you're missing out.

Four Lions
If you had asked me before I saw Four Lions whether I thought a comedy that centred on terrorism would ever work, or would ever be green-lighted in the first place, I would have said you were crazy. I decided to watch it on recommendation and it turned out to be one of the most outrageous comedies I've ever seen. Somehow they made it work and it was downright hilarious. Probably not for everyone though.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
For me Ferris Bueller's Day Off is just the perfect childhood film. Yes, I did use the word perfect. It's a comedy caper that doesn't fall into the trap of being an unoriginal snoozefest. Matthew Broderick gives the performances of his life in this one. The final scene ranked among my top five film scenes. Check this one out if you haven't and check out the So I Saw This Film review.

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Monday, 4 July 2011

Poll Result: Favourite Eddie Murphy Film

Murphy In Trading Places
After a week of voting the So I Saw This Film readers have decided that they could not choose between Shrek and Trading Places as their favourite Eddie Murphy films of all time.

I'm not surprised Shrek made it up there but I thought it would be able to defeat the opposition in this one.

Don't forget to vote for your favourite of the three Toy Story films after the news that a fourth could be on the way ( scroll down to find this poll).

The new poll about the go up now is to see how successful the new Transformers film was. So get thinking and vote for your favourite of the three Transformers films and the results will be revealed this time next week.

Thank to all those who voted! Get those votes in again.

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'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Defeats Competition In US Box Office

As I'm sure everyone expected the third, and in my opinion best, film in the Transformers series has triumphed in the US box office this weekend. The weekend numbers posted by Dark Of The Moon weren't as impressive as those set by the second film, Revenge Of The Fallen, but still totalled an impressive $97.4 million, with $162.1 million taken in total in the US since it's release. Its global figure is a whopping $370m and counting.

Cars 2 had a rather unimpressive weekend with $25 million but despite the poor figures the film has managed to toal an impressive $116m. Bad Teacher came in third with $14.1m.

Larry Crowne made a surprsingly poor weekend debut with only $13 million, although with such big competition it picked a bad weekend to try and make an impact. Monte Carlo came fifth with $7.6m

Friday, 1 July 2011

July 2013 Will See A 'Thor' Sequel

Deadline have reported that, following the magnitude of the success of Kenneth Branagh's film Thor, a sequel has received the green-light and will hit our screens in July 2013. Disney and Marvel Studios made the official decision and Disney revealed to MTV that Chris Hemsworth is set to reprise his role, whilst Kenneth Branagh will not be returning as director.

After grossing $437 million worldwide you'd think there wouldn't be any need for such a large change as a change of director. However the dropping of Branagh was allegedly a 'mutual and amicable' one and that Branagh may return in a producing role. The hunt is now on for a new director.

I am yet to see Thor but the numbers speak for themselves and I think any sequel that retains Hemsworth at its helm will go down well with fans of the first film. We come to expect sequels from

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