God bless the Spanish and their twisted sense of humour. It was evident in the darkly comedic REC, and it’s certainly apparent in this brilliantly wacky short from directors Adrián Cardona, Rafa Dengrá and David Muñoz. Brutal Relax is one of those micro-budget epics that come along all too rarely, notable for its highly competent cinematography and a perverse mixture of slapstick and mutilation.
Telling you what it’s about would spoil the surprise, but it’s got a great little hook: The rather odd Mr. Olivares has been suffering through some anger issues and decides to treat himself to a soothing holiday. But things don’t quite go to plan. Or do they? Continue reading
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is the long-awaited prequel to his own Alien (1979). I just wish he’d come out and say it. For months now, we’ve sifted through rumours, heard conjecture from the studio and pored over a plot synopsis that could turn out to be phony. Whatever this film ends up being, it has my complete and undivided attention.
The venerable director spoke to Wall Street Journal and dropped a few new titbits. First, Ripley fans should prepare themselves for disappointment – Sigourney Weaver won’t be making a cameo appearance in the new film. Perfectly understandable considering the time-frame of the picture (even if it would be good to see ol’ Ellen one last time). Continue reading
The following review was submitted by guest contributor Miles Perhower.
I arrive at the MAC in Birmingham, inebriated, just in time to buy tickets for the 5pm showing of Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia. Finding my way into the cinema, I locate my friends, sit down and endure the condescending adverts and shockingly poor trailers. Having spent the last fortnight moving house, everything felt rushed, up-in-the-air and downright apocalyptic. With the aid of brandy, hot baths and contraband, the new house was beginning to feel like home; a new exciting place to live, the second city in clear view from the garden patio. All this enhanced at night by the bright red lights of the BT tower, the moon and stars overhead. It was an appropriate prelude to the film. Continue reading
Without a doubt, the biggest piece of gaming news this week is GTA V’s debut trailer. After a countdown on its developer’s website, the first trailer for one of the most anticipated sequels in video game history was released online today.
The story woven by the narrator and the imagery hints at a rags to riches tale, an underlying theme in many of the prior games in this series but this time there seems to be a hope for ‘going straight’ after past transgressions. I feel it’s safe to assume that won’t last for long. This next iteration looks like it will be set in a modern day Los Santos, a doppelgänger of Los Angeles that featured in the game’s ambitious predecessor, San Andreas. It’s still too soon to say whether GTA V will encompass the wackiness of the prior titles, but the dark observational humour is certainly still there, along with the contrasts in play between the haves and the have-nots. Continue reading