Universal Pictures have just released the trailer and poster for LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, directed by Edgar Wright and starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy.
“This story of ‘Last Night In Soho’ was dreamed up over many late night walks in the city of London. I have a fascination both with the modern city I live in, but also with the London of the 60’s. It’s an obsession that encompasses the music, the fashion and, of course, the films. The story was partly inspired by both a love of the dramas and thrillers of that period, as well as the genre of psychological horror, which allows one to take audiences on a unique journey.”
Summary: After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th June 2017
Australian DVD Release Date: 1st November 2017
Country: United Kingdom, United States
Director: Edgar Wright
Screenwriter: Edgar Wright
Cast: Jon Bernthal (Griff), Jeff Chase (Jeffrey), Morse Diggs (himself), Ansel Elgort (Baby), Flea (Eddie), Jamie Foxx (Bats), Eliza Gonzalez (Darling), Brogan Hall (Samm), Jon Hamm (Buddy), Lily James (Debora), CJ Jones (Joseph), Lanny Joon (JD), Kevin Spacey (Doc), R. Marcos Taylor (Armie), Paul Williams (The Butcher)
Runtime: 113 mins
OUR BABY DRIVER REVIEWS & RATINGS:
Kyle McGrath’s Baby Driver Review:
I’ve considered myself a huge fan of Edgar Wright’s films for some time. Since the release of Shaun of the Dead and with the continuation of his “Cornetto Trilogy” with Hot Fuzz & The World’s End Wright he has created what I would consider to be almost perfect films. In only a short amount of time Wright has created several instant cult classic films with their stylish presentation, music selection to characterisation and emotional moments having a kick to them even though the film itself may have an absurdist comedy twist to them. This isn’t to say I have impossibly high expectations for his movies simply that I know what Edgar Wright as a filmmaker is capable of.
Baby Driver is the story of “Baby” (Ansel Elgort) a young extremely talented getaway driver with a passion for music and a constant soundtrack to his own life playing on his iPod. Forced for years to serve as a wheelman to payback a debt to crime boss “Doc” (Kevin Spacey) Baby appears to be finally free to start building a life for himself after meeting a beautiful waitress named Deborah (Lily James). However much to Baby’s horror he is forced to take part in yet another “final job” with a team of psychopaths. Trying not to get in too deep Baby strive to stay ahead of the criminals and the cops and escape this life of crime once and for all before it’s too late.
By far the star of the film is not the actors but the music and how it is incorporated into the film. Wright has clearly put an extensive amount of effort into choreographing almost the entire film so that it synchs up with the accompanying soundtrack. Gunshots, camera edits, punches, car chases, car crashes everything is timed perfectly to match the rhythm and the beat of the song playing in the background. This has got to be the most musical-like non musical I’ve ever seen.
It’s definitely an impressive achievement and Wright shows off the slick visual style he has become known for. While definitely cool it can feel a little out of place at some points like the opening credits which serves as a single long take of Baby going to get coffee for the crew after a job well done. The scene plays out with specific lyrics from the song playing inexplicably spray graffitied around right as they come into view and right as that line in the accompanying song plays. Now this is probably the most extreme example and while being inconsequential it shows how at some points what’s happening in Baby Driver is more about creating a music video than the music enhancing the story.
That’s the main issue I personally had with the film and it’s just one of taste really, so much time and effort has gone towards these musical scenes though the actual story and characters feel underwritten.
Storylines and relationships feel completely rushed, the characters are really given room to grow or give us reasons to care for them other than on a superficial level. The romance between Baby and Deborah especially felt forced and certain characters actions contradict how they were portrayed up to that point that the audience themselves are left to fill in the gaps more often than I felt was necessary.
Like for example in Mad Max Fury Road I’m perfectly fine with some backstory left up to interpretation as it wasn’t particularly necessary. But as simple as the plot was for that film if the villain had a sudden change of heart out of the blue at the end and called off the whole chase or something I would expect more than a passing line of dialogue as an explanation.
Baby Driver I felt was all style and little substance. It’s not a bad film really it is just somewhat forgettable despite its stylish presentation. The plot and characters feel like they are just there as an excuse to create some cool car chases and music videos which is totally fine. However at the same time the film is brought down a little by that.
Not that I want to say I’m rating this film on a curve, I would have felt the same way about it if had I not known the director’s name or previous work at all. But the soul of this film doesn’t quite live up to Wright’s previous work. Rather than feeling for these characters I felt indifferent to them and what was happening. Actors like Jamie Foxx or Kevin Spacey who I know are capable of comedy and drama seemed wasted on what felt like no more than rehashes of their roles in Horrible Bosses.
I enjoyed Baby Driver as a funny and entertaining rev head popcorn heist flick. Clearly I do think Edgar Wright was capable of crafting something better overall but for a crowd pleaser he’s most assuredly delivered with his latest film.
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The Astor Theatre’s second calendar, since the business was taken over by Palace Cinemas in June, was today revealed. Featuring a carefully curated selection of classic and new release films in digital and celluloid formats, the new program takes audiences from Sunday September 20 through to Saturday December 24, Boxing Day.
For the first time in many years the theatre will open on weekdays during the September school holidays with a program of films tailored to children. With tickets to all weekday, children’s film sessions $5 (for all ages) this stream of programming offers families the chance to experience the charm and atmosphere of the Astor Theatre while watching such iconic titles such as MARY POPPINS as well as new favourites such as WRECK IT RAPLH and KUNG FU PANDA.
As well as the family friendly weekday sessions, audiences can expect the return of fan favourites THE BLUES BROTHERS, the GREASE(SING-A-LONG) and many event sessions as well as double features from iconic film makers such Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder, Francis Ford Coppola and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Some other exciting titles include the international critical hit THE TRIBE, along with a killer double feature of BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFRADO GARCIA and ROLLING THUNDER.
“I’m really proud of the New Astor Calendar which speaks volumes of the eclectic capacity that The Astor Theatre has; a single screen theatre that can screen films throughout history and from all around the world to the film loving audiences of Melbourne – we truly are a yearlong film festival” Zak Hepburn, The Astor Theatre’s General Manager says.
This calendar also sees the return of the all night movie marathon with the Great Astor Spook-Tacular to celebrate Halloween, on Friday 30th October. This all night festival of fright brings back some classic horror features as well as some rare titles not seen on the cinema screen for many years. The evening will feature trivia, prize draws and lots of other surprises.
The CORNETTO TRILOGY, Edgar Wright’s madcap love letter to genre cinema also screens as a triple feature on Cup Eve – a great way to spend a Monday evening.
For more information visit www.astortheatre.net.au. The calendar will also be mailed to over 21,000 Victorian film fans this week.
Summary: Life isn’t going well for Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). After famously being arrested for a modern day Robin Hood crime his release from prison finds himself unable to keep down a job – a big issue since his ex-wife, Maggie (Judy Greer), and her new partner Police Detective Paxton (Bobby Cannavale) won’t give him any form of custody to his daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Forsten).
He finally gives in to his best friend’s urges and decides to help out with a heist that suddenly finds him being recruited by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to become ‘Ant-Man.’ While Pym’s daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly), thinks it is a bad idea soon Scott is being trained to help prevent the money hungry Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) from selling technology that is destined to be used for evil.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 16th July 2015
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Country: United States
Director: Peyton Reed
Screenwriter: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd, Stan Lee (comic), Jack Kirby (comic), Larry Lieber (comic)
Cast: Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Carlos Aviles (Carlos), Nicholas Barrera (Ernesto), Bobby Cannavale (Paxton), Joe Chrest (Frank), Robert Crayton (Peachy), David Dastmalchian (Kurt), Martin Donovan (Mitchell Carson), Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Abby Ryder Fortson (Cassie Lang), Judy Greer (Maggie Lang), Dax Griffin (Young Pym), Wood Harris (Gale), Tom Kenny (Hideous Rabbit), Lyndsi LaRose (Emily), Evangeline Lilly (Hope van Dyne), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Cesar Mendoza (Gabriel), Jordi Molla (Castillo), Michael Pena (Luis), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man), John Slattery (Howard Stark), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), Corey Stoll (Darren Cross/Yellowjacket), T.I. (Dave), Gregg Turkington (Dale), Danny Vasquez (Ignacio)
Runtime: 117 mins
OUR ANT-MAN REVIEWS & RATINGS:
The Marvel universe has been chugging along quick nicely for a while now. The franchise has peaked with amazing films like Guardians Of The Galaxy and Captain America: Winter Soldier and even it’s weaker films, Thor 2 etc, are films that are worth more than one watch. But now comes the film that many would consider the problem child for Marvel, Ant-Man.
So why is Ant-Man the film that seems to have been causing Marvel the most amount of trouble. Well first of all the fanboys have been all over the film, criticizing the casting of Paul Rudd (like they did with Robert Downey Jnr. before Iron Man) and seemingly being outraged that they would even entertain inserting comedy into the film (yep because nobody had a chuckle during Guardians Of The Galaxy). But like is the case with so many problem children the real root of the issue was happening behind closed doors. See Ant-Man was supposed to be a Edgar Wright film. Yes the man who is largely responsible for the Cornetto Trilogy was supposed to be at the helm, but because he didn’t fall into Marvel’s line found himself turfed out and replaced with Peyton Reed (the man who brought us Bring It On), but the good news is that despite all this upheaval Ant-Man turns out to be a pretty decent film.
Now before you go into the cinema to feat on Ant-Man be aware that the problems behind the scenes have resulted in Ant-Man being very different to any of the other films in the Marvel universe, but that actually ends up being a good thing. Gone are the epic scenes of large flying ships crashing to Earth or the destruction of a major city and instead we are left with an action packed scene that occurs in a little girl’s bedroom but will have you laughing out loud as a giant Thomas The Tank Engine goes crashing out of the side of the house. Yes it is scenes like that has Edgar Wright’s finger prints all over it.
There are things that let Ant-Man down a little, the most annoying being that Michael Pena and Bobby Cannavale are simply playing walking clichés, but the plusses certainly outweigh the negatives. The screenwriting team have inserted the much needed heart that was missing from Avengers: Age Of Ultron as both Hank and Scott try to repair the relationships with their daughters while the well-written script has allows some of the cast to bring their A-Game to the acting stakes as well.
Yes that is right everybody it seems that throughout this film that Michael Douglas forgets that he is in a comic book movie and actually turns up his acting output to that of what we recently saw in Arbitrage. Douglas is on fire here and it seems to have a carry on affect on some of the actors around him as well. Evangeline Lilly brilliantly plays a character with divided loyalty and it is Hope that much of the suspense centres around. Is she really on Pym and Scott’s side or is her loyalty to Darren Cross more than what they bargained for? She plays the double agent well and you can only hope that both her and Douglas are used more in the Avengers franchise now.
Then there is Paul Rudd, who as I previously mentioned had the fanboys baying for his blood before the film was even released. Now I will admit that I was skeptical about Paul Rudd’s ability to play an action hero, but he well and truly made me eat my words with his performance. Rudd not got buff for the role but seems to become Ant-Man with complete ease. He manages to pull off the action sequences awesomely well, while it is also some of his quick wit and one liners that make the film a please to watch. Apparently we should also be thanking him for helping the script run smoothly after Wright’s departure… so Mr. Rudd from the bottom of our heart we thank you.
So the best way to approach Ant-Man is to go into the cinema not expecting anything like you have seen in the Marvel universe to date. Yes Ant-Man has two Avengers appear (one in the main frame of the film, the other in the credits) and there are a few references to the Avengers and Spider-Man, but this is very much a film that is out there on its own. Yes this is a child that is very different to its siblings, but sometimes they make the best friends, right? Ant-Man is enjoyable enough to make you hope that the character appears again somewhere… very soon.
This week on the show Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’, ‘10o Bloody Acres’, The Way Way Back’ and ‘The World’s End’ . This episode also features interviews with Steve Carrell, Sam Rockwell, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and AnnaSophia Robb. The boys also take a look at the latest news about ‘Wolf Creek 2’ and explore the best…um… ‘Most Unlikable Characters In Film’.
They also give away some copies of ‘The Last Exorcism 2′ thanks to Transmission Films.
Summary: In The World’s End, 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realise the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st August, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Edgar Wright
Screenwriter: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Cast: Zachary Bailess (Young Andy Knightley), David Bradley (Basil), Pierce Brosnan (Guy Shephard), Paddy Considine (Steven Prince), Martin Freeman (Oliver), Nick Frost (Andrew Knightley), Thomas Law (Young Gary King), Jasper Levine (Young Steven Prince), Eddie Marsan (Peter), Bill Nighy (The Network (voice)), Simon Pegg (Gary King), Rosamund Pike (Sam)
Runtime: 108 mins
SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘THE WORLD’S END’’:
Get ready for a comedy invasion! Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Director Edgar Wright will be in Australia this July to celebrate the release of their eagerly-awaited new film THE WORLD’S END – the final chapter in the ‘Three Flavours Cornetto’ trilogy, which includes 2004’s breakout hit SHAUN OF THE DEAD and 2007’s cop-comedy HOT FUZZ.
Fans will have the opportunity to see the trio when they walk the red carpet at the film’s Australian Premiere on Tuesday July 16 at Melbourne Central. Pegg, Frost and Wright will then visit Sydney on Wednesday July 17.
THE WORLD’S END centres on five childhood friends who reunite after 20 years in an attempt to complete an epic pub crawl and reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. But finishing the pub crawl becomes the least of their worries when they realise the real struggle is for survival, not just theirs but mankind’s. THE WORLD’S END also stars THE HOBBIT’s Martin Freeman and JACK REACHER’s leading lady Rosamund Pike.
Summary: A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world s largest comic book convention. Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.
Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A
Australian DVD Release Date: 7th November, 2012
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Screenwriter: Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock, Joss Whedon
Cast: Tim Bradsteet (himself), Kenneth Branagh (himself), Holly Conrad (herself), Guillermo del Toro (himself), Chris Evans (himself), Will Ferrell (himself), Jamin Fite (himself), Harrison Ford (himself), Matt Fraction (himself), Seth Green (himself), Matt Groening (himself), Marc Guggenheim (himself), Skip Harvey (himself), Eric Henson (himself), Thomas Jane (himself), Henry Jenkins (himself), Angelina Jolie (herself), Robert Kirkman (himself), Harry Knowles (himself), Stan Lee (himself), Todd MacFarlane (himself), Scott Mantz (himself), Frank Miller (himself), Grant Morrison (himself), Joe Quesada (himself), Ryan Reynolds (himself), Seth Rogen (himself), Chuck Rozanski (himself), Eli Roth (himself), Steve Sansweet (himself), Paul Scheer (himself), Jon Schnepp (himself), Tim Sheridan (himself), Kevin Smith (himself), Sylvester Stallone (himself), Billy Tucci (himself), Dan Vado (himself), Gerard Way (himself), Joss Whedon (himself), Olivia Wilde (herself), Edgar Wright (himself), James Young (himself), Se Young (himself)
Runtime: 86 mins
Dave Griffiths’s ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.
Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope′: Nil.