Superbad might sound like a cross between American Pie and Porky’s, with a smattering of every other teen comedy ever made, and that’s because, basically, that’s exactly what it is.
And so, after THAT trailer, and that whispery, understated stealth marketing campaign, Cloverfield, producer JJ (Lost) Abrams' monster movie, finally hits. And it's a little cracker.
Written and directed by Jake Paltrow (Gwyneth’s brother), The Good Night treads on familiar ground as it contemplates the blurred lines between dreams and reality.
Music biopics are often slave to their own formula: flashblacks, montages, voiceovers, a past tragedy to overcome, great success, experimentation with drugs/drink/sex (delete as applicable).
There is always a danger in over-hyping a film. If every critical voice — from the nationals to, well, newish kids on the block like Screenjabber — declares a film...
'I saw white powder on red fingernails passing in front of my face. I don't ever recall breathing in...'
If any modern genre has had its day then surely the modern "heist-gone-wrong" movie is it.
The foibles of foreign policy, the power of persuasion and the benefit of hindsight all come under scrutiny in Charlie Wilson's War.
'The films that came out of Romania were very strange... It was a lesson in how not to make films.'
Given the recent run of Cannes winners — where the judging process seems to go: 'Bleak? Unfathomable? Impossibly pretentious? Give it the Palme D'Or' — the arrival of 4 Months,...