RESISTANCE

5 out of 10

Release Date: 25th November 2011

Director: Amit Gupta ( One Crazy Thing /  Jadoo)

Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wlaschiha, Sharon Morgan, Iwan Rheon, Anatole Taubman, Alexander Dreymon, Stanislav Ianevski, Kimberley Nixon, Tomos Eames and Michael Sheen

Writer: Owen Sheers

Trailer: RESISTANCE

Review by Joe Pesci II below

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Andrea Riseborough: Birdman, Oblivion, Welcome To The PunchShadow DancerW/EBrighton Rock ( 2011)Never Let Me Go, Made In Dagenham, Happy Go Lucky
  • Tom Wlaschiha: Game Of Thrones (TV), Rush (2013)
  • Sharon Morgan: Torchwood (TV), Leaving Lenin
  • Iwan Rheon: The RiseWild Bill (2012), Misfits (TV)
  • Anatole Taubman: Transporter 4, The Fifth Estate, Captain America, Taken
  • Stanislav Ianevski: Hostel 2, Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire
  • Kimberley Nixon: Offender,  Elfie Hopkins, Hunky DoryCherrybombBlack Death, Easy Virtue, Wild Child
  • Michael Sheen: Alice In Wonderland 2 (voice), Far From the Madding Crowd (2015), Kill The Messenger, The Adventurer – Curse of the Midas Box, The Masters Of Sex (TV), Breaking Dawn 2, The Gospel Of Us, Breaking Dawn, Midnight In Paris, Tron 2, Alice In Wonderland (voice), New Moon, The Damned United, Underworld 3, Blood Diamond, The Queen, Underworld 2, The League Of Gentlemen – Apocalypse, Kingdom Of Heaven, Laws Of Attraction, Timeline, Underworld, Bright Young Things, The Four Feathers (2002), Heartlands, Wilde, Mary Reilly, Othello (1995)

THE COTTAGE

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 14th March 2008

Director: Paul Andrew Williams (Song For Marion / Cherry Tree Lane / London To Brighton)

Cast: Andy Serkis, Reece Shearsmith, Jennifer Ellison, Steven O’Donnell, Logan Wong, Jonathan Chan-Pensley, Danny Nussbaum with Dave Legano and Doug Bradley

Writer: Paul Andrew Williams

Trailer: THE COTTAGE 

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT PERSON IN BEFORE?

  • Andy Serkis: Jungle Book – Origins (mo-cap), Avengers 2, Tintin 2 (mo-cap), The Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 2 (mo-cap), The Hobbit – The Desolation Of Smaug (mo-cap), The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey (Mo-Cap), Wild Bill (2012),  The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Mo-Cap), Tintin (2011) (Mo-Cap), Brighton Rock (2011),  Burke and HareSex & Drugs & Rock-N-Roll, The Prestige, 13 Going On 30,  King Kong (2005)(Mo-Cap),  Alex Rider-Stormbreaker, Deathwatch, 24 Hour Party People, Lord Of The Rings – Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, The Return Of The King (Mo-Cap), Mojo, Stella Does Tricks, Career Girls
  • Reece Shearsmith: The World’s EndA Field In England, Psychoville (TV), Burke & Hare, The League Of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse, The League Of Ordinary Gentlemen, Birthday Girl
  • Jennifer Ellison: The Phantom Of The Opera (2004), Brookside (TV)
  • Steven O’Donnell: The Hooligan Factory, The Comic Strip Presents…(TV), Conan The Barbarian (2012), Churchill – The Hollywood Years, Kevin and Perry Go Large, Guest House Paradiso, Spice World, Bring Me The Head Of Mavis Davis, Bottom (TV), Casualty (TV), The Pope Must Die, Tygo Road (TV)
  • Danny Nussbaum: Club le Monde, Beautiful People, Twentyfourseven
  • Dave Legano: Sword of Vengeance, Last Knights, The Incident, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows- part 1 & 2, Bonded By Blood, CenturionDead Cert, Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince, Hell To Pay, Snatch
  • Doug Bradley: The Gathering, Shame The Devil, The 4th Reich, Wrong Turn 5, The Reverend (2012)Jack FallsUmbrage- The First VampireTen Dead Men (voice), An Ideal Husband,  Hellraiser 4, Proteus, Hellraiser 3, Hellraiser 2, Hellraiser

SEE BELOW FOR REVIEW BY JOE PESCI II aka MATT USHER

PERFECT SENSE

8.5 out of 10

Release Date: 2nd October 2011

Director: David Mackenzie (Starred Up / You Instead / Hallam Foe / Young Adam)

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Stephen Dillane, Denis Lawson, Alastair Mackenzie with Ewen Bremner and Connie Nielsen

Writer: David Mackenzie & Kim Fupz Aekeson

Trailer: PERFECT SENSE * FOR THOSE THAT HATE SPOILERS – WATCH THIS TRAILER WHICH MANAGES TO EXCISE THE WHOLE ‘CONCEPT’ ON WHICH THE MOVIE RESTS? WEIRD.

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TO BE PROOFREAD: Here’s cinema’s most interesting ‘end of the world’ movie. The human race begins to lose it’s senses one by one. The mysterious pandemic is witnessed by an aloof chef, Michael (EWAN MCGREGOR – SON OF A GUN) and epidemiologist Susan (EVA GREEN – CLONE) who begin are at the beginning of a tentative romatic relationship. Set in Glasgow amongst the city’s trendy restaurant  and the shabby government labs we experience a heartbreaking journey about what it is to be human and how we could cope with such a devasting global change in nature.

First of all the human race loses its sense of smell. The phenomenon is proceeded with a huge feeling of loss and hurt because the loss of smell is associated with memory and nostaglia. The change is gradual but as the disease gets a grip the window between change is getting ever narrow as everybody on earth succumbs. It’s a fascinating look at how we’d react to a slow apocalypse. The reason for the apocalypse is a mystery and only vaguely explored in the narrative, however this isn’t Outbreak or The Day After Tomorrow – there’s no stopping this slow killer. It’s perhaps the most intriuguing, realistic, thoughtful and sensible ‘end of the world’ story ever to make it to cinema screens. It’s strange that the trailer shows no sign of the film’s central downer but there’s no escaping what this film is about once you press play.

Scottish director David Mackenzie proves himself to be one of the most interesting auteurs at work in the UK at the moment. It’s a shame that his films don’t get any mass recognition as he has a great imagination and the ability and style to realise some high concepts on a modest scale. Ewan McGregor puts in one of his best performances in ages as the baffled Michael who finds love a little too late. Eva Green matches him as the fragile Susan who is being pulled in two directions – one to satisfy her brief of finding the cause of the ‘disease’ and to find love at the end of days. There’s no happy endings or resolutions here and the inevitable ending (in which all the senses are lost) is left open – mercifully, ending on a temporary positive note.

8.5 out of 10 – Thoroughly recommended as the perfect opposite to Hollywood disaster movies. Imagine a Hollywood version featuring Nicolas Cage and The Rock as rival epidemiologists for a minute? Scary huh?

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Ewan McGregor: Son of a Gun, Mortdecai, August-Osage County, Jack The Giant Slayer, The Impossible, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, Haywire, Beginners, Jackboots On Whitehall (voice), Nanny McPhee, The Ghost, Amelia, The Men Who Stare At Goats, Angels & Demons, I Love You Phillip Morris, Incediary, Cassandra’s Dream, Miss Potter, Scenes Of a Sexual Nature, Alex Rider -Storm Breaker, Stay, The Island (2005), Star Wars III – The Revenge Of The Sith, Valiant (voice), Robots (voice), Big Fish, Down With Love, Star Wars II – Attack Of The Clones, Black Hawk Down, Moulin Rouge, Nora, Eye Of The Beholder, Rogue Trader, Star Wars – The Phantom Menace, Little Voice, Velvet Goldmine, A Life Less Ordinary, Serpent’s Kiss, Nightwatch, Brassed Off, Emma (1996), The Pillow Book, Trainspotting, Blue Juice, Shallow Grave, Being Human, Lipstick On Your Collar (TV)
  • Eva Green: 300 – part II, Dark Shadows, Clone, Cracks, Franklyn, The Golden Compass, James Bond – Casino Royale, Kingdom Of Heaven, The Dreamers
  • Stephen Dillane: Papadopoulos and Sons, Twenty8K,  44 Inch Chest, Goal II, Goal, King Arthur (2004), The Hours, The Truth About Charlie, Spy Game, The Parole Officer, The Darkest Light, Hamlet (1990)
  • Denis Lawson:  The Machine (2014), New Tricks (TV), The Wee ManBroken (2013), Holby City (TV), Kit Curran (TV), Star Wars VI – Return Of The Jedi, Local Hero, Star Wars V – The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars IV – A New Hope
  • Alastair Mackenzie: You Instead, New Town Killers, The Edge Of Love, The Monarch Of The Glen (TV)
  • Ewen Bremner: Snowpiercer,  Jack The Giant Slayer, Great Expectations (2012), Perfect Sense, Fool’s Gold, Hallam Foe, Death At a Funeral (2007), Match Point, Alien Vs. Predator, Around The World In 80 Days, Welcome To The Jungle, 16 Years Of Alcohol, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbour, Snatch, Julien Donkey Boy, The Acid House, Mojo, Trainspotting, Judge Dredd (1995), Naked, As You Like It (1992)
  • Connie Nielsen: Nymphomaniac 1 & 2, The Ice Harvest, Brothers, Basic, The Hunted, One Hour Photo, Mission To Mars, Gladiator, Soldier (1998), Rushmore, Permanent Midnight, The Devil’s Advocate

SAWNEY – FLESH OF MAN

4 out of 10

Release Date: 23rd February 2013 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Ricky Wood

Cast: David Hayman, Samuel Feeney, Gavin Mitchell, Elizabeth Brown, Shain Denovan and William Houston

Writer: Ricky Wood

Trailer: SAWNEY

 

To be proofread: This is a reasonably made Scottish horror flick the explores a ‘what if’ scenario revolving around the Sawney Bean legend. Now for those of us who had never heard of Sawney Bean before let me tell you this. Mr Bean was the semi-mythical head of a 48-member clan in 15th- or 16th-century Scotland reportedly executed for the mass murder and cannibalisation of over 1,000 people.  Now, what if the modern authorities were harbouring surviving descendants to carry out their mission to express God’s word through eating and drinking their fellow men?

Well, Sawney has several pluses which edge it ahead of the majority of UK based horrors – one of these is the ace casting of David Hayman (SCREWED) as the lead ‘Bean’. Hayman, has been labouring as a bit-part actor and sometime director north of the border for decades but has virtually never scored a leading role. Here he comes across every bit as demented as fellow Scotsman – Peter Mullan – as the most vocal yet just as unhinged member of the ‘clan’.  Another plus is the atmosphere and pacing of the plot. The locations and some of the plot flourishes are interesting but ultimately Sawney just ends up being as dumb, badly acted (by the remainder of the cast) and very poorly plotted. The lead actors choke on a terrible script, completely dopey plot turns and ultimately Sawney is left dangling around Hayman’s towering, insane performance.  Not a lot of detail is gone into as to why the Sawney Clan are made up of homunculi, coke sniffing parkour addicts with dog faces, giant ladies and spooky cataracts.  How one of the clan got into a high ranking government official is a great mystery but partially explains how the cannibals could have gone undetected for quite so long.  Although it’s kind of entertaining, how did the freak twins learn martial arts? Maybe these questions deserve answering because the film is largely straight faced. If it had been a broad attempt at comedy exploitation in the vein of Peter Jackson’s Braindead, such scrutiny could be swept aside.  Efforts to generate gravity and a sense of pathos are thorougly lost in the plot mix thanks to a bunch of light weight, pale, and generally weak good guys.  The good guys are generally crusaded by a loan English journalist played by unknown, Samuel Feeney. He’s OK, but not suitable for a role that required more than showing up and wrinkling his brow and saying his lines in earnest.  He’s too dim.  He’s more interested in the story and puts others and his own safety to one side on too many occasions. The ending is a flurry of events and works quite well as the Clan’s lair is well realised and interesting to look at. But yet, we are firmly entrenched in The Hills Have Eyes / Wolf Creek territory here. It rarely fails to better or offer anything new – or even tech us all that much about the legend of Sawney Bean.

4 out of 10 – You’ll see many worse horror flicks from the UK. This is entertaining enough, elevated by a memorable lead performance from character actor David Hayman. The plot runs on rails but it fails to deliver by expanding on it’s central legend. A weak script and stupid plot also harm a potentially excellent horror yarn. Recommended if you liked the Hills Have Eyes remake or Wrong Turn.

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • David Hayman: Castles In The Sky, Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit, Screwed, Burke and Hare, Flood, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Rag Tale, Tailor Of Panama, Vertical Limit, The Match, My Name Is Joe, Smilla’s Feeling For Snow, Regeneration, The Jackal, The Near Room,  Twin Town,  Rob Roy, Venus Peter, Sid & Nancy, Hope and Glory
  • Gavin Mitchell: You Instead, Monarch Of The Glen (TV)
  • William Houston: Dracula Untold, Sherlock Holmes 2, The Age Of Heroes, Sherlock Holmes (2009)

THE RISE

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 20th September 2013

Director: Rowan Athale

Cast: Luke Treadaway, Iwan Rheon, Matthew Lewis, Gerard Kearns, Neil Maskell, Vanessa Kirby and Timothy Spall

Writer: Rowan Athale

Trailer: THE RISE

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

PAINTBALL

REVIEW COMING SOON

UK/Spain Co-Production

Release Date: 10 July 2009 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Daniel Benmayor (Tracers)

Cast: Brendan Mackey, Jennifer Matter, Patrick Regis, Neil Maskell, Iaione Perez, Anna Casas, Peter Vives and Claudia Bassols

Writer: Mario Schoendorff

Trailer:PAINTBALL

review below by Joe Pesci II

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

LE WEEK-END

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 11th October 2013

Director: Roger Michell (Hyde Park On The Hudson / Morning Glory / Venus / Enduring Love / The Mother / Changing Lanes / Notting Hill / Titanic Town / Persuasion)

Cast: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum and Olly Alexander

Writer: Hanif Kureishi

Trailer: LE WEEK-END

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Jim Broadbent: War & Peace (TV), The Lady In The Van, Brooklyn, Big Game, Get Santa, Paddington, Postman Pat (voice), The Harry Hill Movie, Filth, Cloud Atlas, The Iron Lady, Arthur Christmas (voice), Another Year, Harry Potter- part 8, Harry Potter- part 6, The Damned United, Young Victoria, Inkheart, Indiana Jones 4, Hot Fuzz, Chronicles Of Narnia- The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Bridget Jones 2, Vera Drake, Vanity Fair, Bright Young Things, Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Gangs Of New York, Iris, Moulin Rouge, Bridget Jones, Little Voice, Topsy Turvy, The Avengers, The Borrowers, Smilla’s Feeling For Snow, The Secret Agent, Rough Magic, Richard III (1995), Princess Caraboo, Bullets Over Broadway, Widow’s Peak, The Crying Game, Enchanted April, Life Is Sweet, Erik The Viking, Vroom, Brazil
  • Lindsay Duncan: Birdman, The Last PassengerAbout Time, Alice In Wonderland (2010), Starter For 10, Rome (TV), Under The Tuscan Sun, Mansfield Park (1999), An Ideal Husband, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1996), A Year In Provence (TV), GBH (TV), The Reflecting Skin, Prick Up Your Ears, Kit Curran (TV)
  • Jeff Goldblum: Mortdecai, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Morning Glory, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Igby Goes Down, Cats and Dogs, Perfume, Holy Man, Jurassic Park 2, Trigger Happy, Independence Day, Powder (1995), Nine Months, Hideaway, Jurassic Park, Deep Cover, The Favour The Watch and The Very Big Fish, Mister Frost, The Tall Guy, Earth Girls Are Easy, The Fly, Silverado, The Right Stuff, The Big Chill, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Annie Hall, Death Wish
  • Olly Alexander: The Riot Club, God Help The Girl, Penny Dreadful (TV), Cheerful Weather For The WeddingGreat Expectations (2012), Tormented