Thursday, 25 August 2011

The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

An enjoyable watch - 3.5/5
So I saw this film last night called The Inbetweeners Movie. I would assume that the hugely popular TV series, The Inbetweeners, will be known more to our UK audience. The mix of dry, taboo humour and brilliant characters is what made the series so popular and a film was always inevitable.

What I worried about before I went in to see the film was that it wouldn't stay true to the television series and that it would prove to be unpopular. However, after watching the film, I can confirm that it retains the type of humour we have all come to love from The Inbetweeners. Cringeworthy at times, the script delivered a quick witted and fast-paced screenplay that managed to keep me entertained almost the whole way through. Admittedly it was a pretty cheesy story but it worked. However, I would say that there is a reason this type of humour works in small 30 minute programs. It did wear a little thin towards the end as the same type of jokes were repeated over and over again. Despite this the film was an enjoyable watch and exceeded my expectations.

The four main characters, played by James Buckley, Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison, all impressed and retained their individual styles. It was as if the film continued directly from the TV series without any break in between. The four young actors must be praised for making this happen.

Writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, who worked together on the hit comedy show Flight Of The Conchords, must also be praised for coming up with such a popular group of characters who have gone on to achieve three successful series and now a film. Their blunt writing style is surely the main reason The Inbetweeners has become such a success and their comedic style cannot be overlooked.

I'm pretty sure that every single fan of the TV series will enjoy this film. It isn't the best piece of cinema ever but it proved to be an enjoyable watch that will surely leave fans wanting a sequel. If you like The Inbetweeners you'll love it. If not, I wouldn't bother.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

My Cinematic Alphabet: In Depth - H

After a slight break in the regularity of these posts, it is time to resume our journey through the So I Saw This Film's top rated films for every letter of the alphabet. Today we take a look at the best films beginning with the letter H...

The Hangover
Admittedly The Hangover is probably the first comedy film to make it onto these lists. It always feels weird saying that a comedy film ranks among your favourite films of all time because for some reason you feel they don't deserve to rank among of greats. But of course, this is silly. If you love a film, say it. And I did love this film. I haven't had the pleasure of watching the second film yet but if it's anything like the first it will be worth watching. A brilliant comedy.

Horton Hears A Who!

OK, maybe this one is taking what I just said a little bit too far. I doubt whether Horton Hears A Who! will feature among many lists of this type but, for me, this film was pure genius. The voice talents of Jim Carrey made this such an enjoyable watch and they truly did the original story justice. Love it.

The Hurt Locker
A truly brilliant film from 2008 and worthy winner of an incredible 6 Academy Awards. The film launched many a career and rightly so. It is one of the best war films around and manages to focus on the new form of warfare that hasn't been touched on much in films so far. If you haven't seen this one where have you been. Check it out.

The Hurricane
I can't think of a more perfect film for somebody like me than the sublimely cool Denzel Washington starring in a moving boxing film. The story is magnificent and I won't hear those who will criticise it for bending the truth. It remains a top quality film and a must watch for boxing film fans. Check out my review of it here.

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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Terrence Malick's New Film Attracts Christian Bale

Christian Bale
Terrence Malick, director of such films as The Tree Of Life and The Thin Red Line, has attracted the talents of Christian Bale to his new project as well as tempting four actresses to compete for the female lead. The as yet untitled film seems to be a low key affair and will essentially consist of Christian Bale opposite a young female lead.

Roony Mara (Youth In Revolt), Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland), Clemence Poesy (Harry Potter) and Haley Bennett (Marley & Me) are all reportedly vying to star opposite the Oscar winner. Malick is said to be taking his time to find the right girl for the part.

Malick will not begin working on the project until his also low-key Ben Affleck flick, reportedly entitled The Burial, is over and done with. It will be released some time in 2012 and work is likely to begin immediately on the new project. It won't be the first time Bale and Malick have worked together after Bale featured among the star-studded cast of Malick's film The New World. Bale was also in line to star in The Burial in the role later taken by Affleck.

Total Film reveals that no word of this film will probably surface for some time and nothing cast-iron has officially been decided. The project however does excite me and I'll be continuing to cover it's development on So I Saw This Film.

Anyone else as excited as I am about this one? Let us know...

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Brad Pitt In Talks For Assassin Thriller 'The Gray Man'

Brad Pitt
Before I bring you this news piece I would like to apologise for the lack of posting over the last week but...I MOVED HOUSE! So the internet's all ready now (finally) and So I Saw This Film can now continue to bring you the posts you love. On with the show....

Although currently working on World War Z, which is being filmed in Glasgow as we speak, Brad Pitt has been linked to another new film by Variety in the form of The Gray Man. The reports suggest that Pitt is in preliminary talks to star as the worlds greatest assassin who makes his way through Europe to save both his handler and their family.

James Gray (Two Lovers) will be directing and the script, which comes from Adam Cozad, looks to have excited him and potentially Pitt also. The story follows a former CIA operative who finds a secret government plot against him. Although it sounds fairly Bourne like in nature, director James Gray has stated to Deadline why it will not follow those same lines:

What [Paul Greengrass] did was a documentary-style, objective approach,”. “He owns that style. I

Thursday, 4 August 2011

J.J. Abrams On A 'Star Trek' Sequel

J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams hasn't been short of work recently, with his latest film Super 8 hitting the big screens in the UK tomorrow. However, in a recent interview with Collider, Abrams revealed how he is already considering the possibility of a Star Trek sequel. He is determined not to rush with the project and, although this could mean it will not be released for some time, it should lead to a better film.

There have been a lot of things that we’ve been working on,” he told Collider. “A lot of important elements that we just know we need to really nail down and solve.”

Once you say, ‘We’re ready to go, but we don’t have a finished script yet,” or ‘I’m directing and here’s the release date but we don’t have a finished script,’ you’re suddenly in production on a movie where you’re thinking, ‘Oh my god, we weren’t really ready!’”

I want to make sure we’re putting the story, characters, cast, crew and, most importantly, the audience first, before we start talking about exactly which locations we’re going to be shooting at, and

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