Quote of the Day – Graeme Willy

Enjoyable line from the trailer to Greg Mottola’s PAUL, starring Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, amongst a whole host of other massive comedic stars. The new poster is online over at Collider.com and the trailer is embedded below. A longer version will be available from tomorrow.

“We’re just a regular couple of guys, walking down the street, with a small cowboy.” – Simon Pegg, PAUL

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First Trailer Online for Fast Five – Dwayne Johnson draws my attention.

The first official trailer has just debuted online for the fifth film in the Fast and Furious franchise, titled Fast Five. To mix things up a little, Dwayne Johnson is starring in a combative role versus Vin Diesel. Specifically, Johnson plays a rough and ready federal agent trying to track down Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) – they may have the advantage of speed, but he’s definitely the one with brawn: driving an armoured 10 ton gurkha truck (like “a humvee on steroids”).

Fast Five is out on April 29th 2011.

I was never that big a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise. The movies always just struck me as a lot of mindless action strung together with a weak plot, with the result that I’ve only watched two or three of them. The latest one however, is firmly on my film radar. And why? Because Dwayne Johnson, the guy most people will until (relatively) recently have known simply as wrestling icon, The Rock, is joining the cast in a major role.

Johnson started pretty meekly, a flurry of tacky kids movies (think The Game Plan), and started flickering in my peripherals when he starred in Get Smart next to Steve Carrell. To draw laughs away from Carrell is surely not the easiest thing, but despite generally being a crappy movie, Johnson derived a lot of humour from his role, and was one of the few good things about the film in general.

Then came The Other Guys, a film I’ve lauded time and time again. Working alongside Will Ferrell, Johnson really showed that he’s not just hard as nails, he’s a seriously funny mofo. Ranking second only to Superbad in terms of my favourite American comedies, The Other Guys is a hilarious action comedy – don’t miss it. Now though, Johnson is firmly stepping away from comedy and towards adrenaline pumped, Diesel fuelled, steering-wheel action (excuse the pun). In addition to his role in Fast Five, he’s the lead in Faster (no relation), and is one of the executive producers behind Racing Dreams. With his involvement in so many exciting and high profile projects, it would be safe to say that his career is definitely in the fast lane at the minute. And all the power to him, judging by Collider’s recent interview, he’s a damned fine fellow.

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Fast Five official synopsis is as follows:

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five. In this installment, former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law. Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race.

Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he’s not the only one on their tail.

Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can’t separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey…before someone else runs them down first.

Not sure if this’ll be the last instalment of the drawn out franchise, but if it keeps pulling in big bucks then I doubt it. As with the previous films, this is likely to be a pretty safe bet if you like fast cars, and you like hot girls (and let’s be honest, how many of us don’t?)

The Social Network – a masterclass in film making.

Wow. I’m simply full of praise for the team behind The Social Network. Surely Hollywood, not to mention the premium TV channels that have shunned him in the past, are now clamouring for more scripts by Mr. Aaron Sorkin. I’ve written of my admiration for the guy in the past, and I’m sure I will again. His script is quick-fire, quicker witted and utterly compelling. It is saturated with Sorkin style; rapid conversations that are just too smart to be real, multiple topics and scattered trains of thought covered in dialogue scant sentences long, and of course, a sense of humour, all of which combines to create real momentum and audience involvement. (There is also reference to cocaine, a pivotal point for Sorkin due to his own habit earlier in his career. How much that storyline adheres to the truth I’d be interested to know…) At the cinema screening I sat through, the entire auditorium was totally attentive all the way through, an uncommon circumstance these days. And by these days I mean, days in which cinemas are largely attended by loud dickheads who eat and talk and annoy.

Fincher’s direction is top notch as per usual, great pacing, a broad contrast of ups and downs; that emotional rollercoaster people love to speak of was well an truly rolling and coasting.

Equally impressive is the casting and the cast. Even Timberlake, and I can see it’s not going to be long before ‘even’ won’t belong at the beginning of a sentence like this, gave a spot on performance as the infuriatingly slimy and cock sure, Sean Parker (Napster creator). Eisenberg was at his best. Sullen, sharp, unlikeable – a perfect Zuckerberg and last but not least, our beloved friendly neighbourhood Andrew Garfield, playing the hard done by Eduardo Saverin, in what might be his last interesting role for a while as he dons Spidey’s suit.

Except he’s not really last, because three more of The Social Networks greatest assets need a mention.

Well, actually, this is where it gets confusing, because two of those ‘assets’ are actually one person. Armie Hammer, whose acting career is just about to go boom, plays both Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and does a hilarious job of it (in the best possible way). Meanwhile, their friend Divya Narendra is played by Max Minghella, another character with a relatively small role who really jumps off the screen and makes an impression.

Ultimately, I think that’s why The Social Network is going to be such a highly regarded film. It offers a spectacular example of film making on every level. Fincher’s on a role, I really hope Sorkin is too. The trailer doesn’t really do it justice but take a look anyway:

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Dead Space 2

Here’s another exciting trailer from E3 – Dead Space 2. The original was phenomenal, offering up a completely fresh take on the survival horror genre. This looks very similar to the first game, with some of the same classic weapons but a few new special abilities. From what we can see, the environment seems to look like a cross between Quake 3 corridors and Prince of Persia artwork. Combat seems to have stepped up the pace, hurling more enemies at you in one go. Hopefully they’re not overdoing the ‘quicktime’ feature, where you hammer a key rapidly in order to achieve something in game. For example, in the clip, Isaac has to hammer X to get rid of the little mutant freaks, and he also hammers X to hold on when the windows shatter and zero gravity ensues. This has been used a lot in other games to mixed reception, but personally, I’m not a fan at all. Anyway, without further ado, enjoy the trailer and fingers crossed the real thing is as good as we’re all hoping it will be.

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