Movie News: Och, it’s a clip from Brave!

Ok, so I usually hate the kind of animation that has all the women as lollipop-headed waifs and all the men as walking sofas, but I still loved this. Disney Pixar says: Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos … There’s more

Oscar Nominations 2012

While I feel compelled to tell you that, yes, this year’s Oscar nominations have been announced (hurrah!), I also must tell you that all of us here at Culch are a little devastated. That’s right, The Fass has been over looked for an Oscar this year. *throws bricks at Academy members* And quite frankly, I just want to know why. To quote  Joey from Friends : “Why, God. Why are you doing this to us?!”  I have a feeling it’s to do with the Rated R aspect of the film but still. That’s no excuse. Anyway, the brick throwing much sums up our feelings on the matter. And while this means that I shall never again look at the Oscars the same way (EVER), I must press on and congratulate all the other nominees and films that did make the cut. 

Wetting yourself with excitement over TRON (soundtrack)?

Dearest readers, right now I should be writing this weeks Ad Nauseam column – indeed it’s already late, but I just had to put pen to paper (or should that be keypad to pixel?) about the new movie Tron: Legacy, which in case you haven’t been to the cinema in a while, is gonna look a little something like this: At this point, I have to admit that I’ve never even seen the original Tron movie, though relax film nerds, it is now top of my “ones to watch” list. So the fact that I, and many Tron-virgins like me are practically wetting themselves with excitement isn’t so much to do with the film itself (though it looks pretty darn hot), it’s to do with the movie score. Which has been composed by everyone’s favourite electro artists. The French duo who have managed to balance popular adoration with critical acclaim … There’s more

Perrier’s Bounty – Trailer

Found this trailer floating around the internet yesterday, hadn’t heard a thing about it before. Looks good though! It stars Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy, Jim Broadbent and Jodie Whittaker. Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon , it tells the story of the gangster Perrier (Gleeson) who puts a bounty out on a small time thug (Murphy) after he accidentally kills one of his hit-men. In fairness, I never though I’d see the Luas feature in a crime thriller comedy.  

Galway Film Society winter/spring season

The Galway Film Society has announced its winter/spring season for the new year. As usual, the films will be screened at the Town Hall Theatre [map]. Titles and dates are as follows: Séraphine (17 Jan.), Home (24 Jan.), Mid August Lunch (31 Jan.), Welcome (07 Feb.), Tales from a Golden Age (14 Feb.), Bright Star (21 Feb.), White Ribbon (07 Mar.), Tulpan (14 Mar.). I haven’t seen any of them yet, but it’s an interesting line-up, with a few in particular catching my eye. For more information on prices, booking, and the films themselves, see the Town Hall website.

Down by the Bayou 3 – The Princess and the Frog update

Walt Disney Pictures have unveiled a new featurette for their forthcoming traditional animated tale The Princess and the Frog. Now we here at Culch are always very excited when any news on a Disney movie comes out, but most especially when it’s news concerning that venerated institutions return to the animated style which made it famous. This new film clip talks about the magic of villain Dr. Facilier (voiced by Keith David) and Mama Odie (voiced by Jennifer Lewis). The movie which is opening on December 11th in the US won’t be seen in Ireland until February 5th, 2010.

Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes – News from HP7

Do we have Harry Potter fans? Well if so then they will be delighted to learn that the first picture from the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I has been published in USA Today. The pic depicts Harry, Ron and Hermione and the trio look like they mean business. The paper also published quotes from director David Yates, long-time producer David Heyman, and Ron himself, actor Rupert Grint. The three have confirmed that the first part of the adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s seventh and last Potter outing  will be more grounded that previous movies.

Here be dragons…

To prove that I’m not just obsessed with Disney, and simultaneously prove that I am in fact a huge child, here is the poster for Dreamworks next 3D computer-animated movie experience, How to Train Your Dragon. The movie is set in a mythical world featuring Vikings and dragons (so far so good!) and focuses on Hiccup, a teen who lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teens cleverness and wacky sense of humour is frowned upon by his tribe, but most of all by Hiccup’s father (who just so happens to be the tribe leader). When Hiccup is selected for Dragon Training, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. But when he meets an injured dragon, his world is turned completely upside down. How to Train Your Dragon is co-directed by Dean DeBlois and … There’s more

Trailer Round-up – Oct 28th

Warner Bros. have given us our first look at the latest Clint Eastwood movie, Invictus, starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman. The story is based on the John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation which is the true story of newly elected President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, played here by Morgan Freeman, and his attempts to unite his bitterly divided country through sport. No sport is South Africa highlighted the Apartheid racial divide more than rugby, and so Mandela set about rectifying the situation in the run-up to the South African based 1995 World Cup. Matt Damon plays Francois Pienaar the captain of the host nation, desperate to win the Webb Ellis trophy for his team and for his country. The movie will be out on December 11th in the US, just in time for the Oscars and can be seen … There’s more

We love it when a plan…

A little bit of movie news to brighten up your Monday.  Here is the first official look the all new A-Team line-up featuring Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as Sgt. “B.A.” Baracus, Sharlto Copley as Capt. “Howling Mad” Murdock, and Liam Neeson as John “Hannibal” Smith. The new A-Team movie will be directed by Narc and Smoking Aces helmer Joe Carnahan, and also stars Jessica Biel. The movie will hit cinemas on June 11th 2010. In a word? AWESOME!

A quick bite…

Good news for all you vampire lovers out there, I’m looking at Darren, Lottie and Peter here, there’s a new movie on the way set to be released early 2010. Have a look at this cool new poster courtesy of MTV. It is some what of an action/sci-fi/vampire hybrid but in the spirit of the season here’s the details. Daybreakers is an upcoming film written and directed by brothers Peter and Michael Spierig and starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill.

Dr. Manfattan’s Movie News 10/10/09

Seems like even Ridley Scott is looking to tap into this vampire-movie craze. John Logan is teaming up with Fox to write The Passage, a vampire novel by Jordan Aisley which could be directed by Scott. Apparently the script version has been lying around for a few years over at Fox 2000, supposedly waiting until Aisley actually finished the book. In the novel, terminally ill patients become healthy after they are bitten by bats in South America, and the government conducts secret tests on human subjects to see if the virus can cure illness. The result is an apocalyptic unleashing of bloodthirsty vampire test subjects that include death row inmates. Sounds cool I suppose. Thoughts? So here’s an eary look at the (alleged) Karate Kid remake, Kung Fu Kid. Jaden Smith plays Dre (really?Dre?) who is forced to move to China after his single mother (Taraji P. Henson) is forced … There’s more

Down by the bayou 2

As you may know some of us here at Culch are a little bit obsessed with Disney, and in particular their return to traditional 2D animation. Last month Rick had a date with Disney and got to see the opening 30 minutes of the first of these movies The Princess and the Frog. While the rest of us haven’t been so fortunate, footage has leaked onto the internet of the first 5 minutes of the new movie. For those who are unfamiliar with the movie, the plot is centred in the bayou around New Orleans and sees a prince named Naveen from the land of Maldonia transformed into a frog by an evil scheming voodoo magician. The frog prince then mistakes a girl named Tiana for a princess and has her kiss him to break the spell but as always things don’t go according to plan.

Plastic fantastic – Mattel goes to the movies

It would appear that Mattel is anxious to follow Hasbro’s lead and start developing movies based on their popular toy brands. This news is unsurprising as Hasbro has made a small fortune on the back of Michael Bay’s out-landish, effects laden, big-budget blockbuster franchise Transformers, as well this summer’s GI:JOE. Mattel has quite a large stable of intellectual properties which includes Hot Wheels, Battle Force 5, Masters of the Universe and of course Barbie. It is the last two that Mattel is keen to exploit, with news surfacing this week that both will soon be adapted into new live-action feature films. The Masters of the Universe toy line spawned the much loved 1980’s classic TV series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and its spin-off She-Ra: Princess of Power. As a child I could often be found 2 feet in front of a TV screen, glued to the adventures … There’s more

Away We Go review

I saw the preview of ‘Away We Go’ recently with a friend. ‘Away We Go’, directed by Sam Mendes, is a lovely, simple movie following new parents-to-be Burt (John Krasinski from The Office US) and Verona (the very pretty Maya Rudolph). Burt and Verona live in a horrible, rundown little house near to Burts parents. The same day that they announce they are expecting a baby, Burts parents announce that they are moving away for two years and suddenly the parents to be are thrown into turmoil. With Veronas parents dead and Burts parents gone away, they have no family for the baby outside of themselves. While Verona is still pregnant they undertake a huge trip around the country visiting various friends and family members scattered as far apart as Miami and Montreal, trying to find somewhere to put down roots and bring up baby with some sort of support … There’s more