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Perrier’s Bounty – Trailer for Cillian Murphy Irish Gangster Film

Posted by LiveFor on February 17, 2010

First I’d heard of this one, but as well as Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later, The Dark Knight) it also stars Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Jodie Whittaker.

Michael (Murphy) owes money to Dublin’s meanest gangster, Darren Perrier (Gleeson). When the debt is called in Brenda (Whittaker), Michael’s recently “dumped” and suicidal best friend, accidentally shoots dead one of his goons. To make matters worse Michael’s estranged father, Jim (Broadbent), arrives just in time to witness the scene. With a bounty on their heads Michael, Jim and Brenda flee to the mountains.

On the run with his eccentric father, who’s convinced he’ll die the next time he sleeps, and an increasingly morose Brenda, Michael is about to lose his mind. But as the net tightens and the helter-skelter chase reaches its climax he is forced to forgive his father and confront his true feelings for Brenda. With every hard man in Dublin on their trail it looks like Michael won’t make it through the next 24 hours; however, The Grim Reaper and a gang of savage dogs have a funny way of intervening.


Source: Quiet Earth

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Studio Ghibli adapting The Borrowers for their next film

Posted by LiveFor on December 17, 2009

Exciting news indeed for the many fans of Studio Ghibli’s work.

It is going to be called Karigurashi no Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty) and is an adaptation of Mary Norton’s Carnegie Medal winning novel The Borrowers which was made into a TV ages ago starring Ian Holm and also a 1997 movie featuring John Goodman and Jim Broadbent. The animated adaption will be directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

Unlike the original novel, which tells a story about tiny people who “borrow” things from normal humans during the 1950’s in England, Studio Ghibli have transferred their version to Tokyo Koganei in 2010 (Koganei is where Studio Ghibli is settled) and tell the story of 14-year-old little Arrietty (Chiisana Arriety was the films original title).

Yonebayashi earlier worked as a key animator on previous Ghibli works like Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and Spirited Away and was animation director for Miyazaki Goro’s Gedo Senki.

Karigurashi no Arrietty is to be released summer 2010 and will have a length of about 80 minutes.

Source: GhibliWorld

The Borrowers TV show at Amazon UK
The Complete Borrowers – Book on Amazon UK

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on April 17, 2009


The third trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simpering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

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The Damned United, 2009 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on March 29, 2009


Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent
Running Time: 97 minutes

This review by mredrew.

I watched this film at a preview screening and although there were no trailers, the film more than made up for it. Based on the popular book of the same name, the film charts the early career of the legendary and outspoken Football Manager Brian Clough. It simultaneously contrasts Clough’s rise to glory as Manager of Derby County in the late sixties, with his disastrous subsequent appointment at local rivals Leeds United lasting only forty-four days.

Brought to the screen by a similar team as ‘Frost/Nixon’, it stars: Welsh actor Michael Sheen as Brian Clough; Timothy Spall as his long-suffering assistant manager and best friend Peter Taylor; Jim Broadbent as the snooty Derby County chairman, ‘Uncle’ Sam Longson and Colin Meaney as Clough’s idol-turned-rival, former Leeds Manager Don Revie. British gems, the lot of them! Famous players are well represented in the cast, most notably by Stephen Graham as former Leeds Captain Billy Bremner.

Michael Sheen’s Brian Clough is an entertaining, arrogant but likable character with self-destructive flaws. Obviously he has the best lines (unfortunately many of which feature in the trailer) and some of his best scenes are with Timothy Spall’s Peter Taylor, who’s friendship is severely tested as the events unfurl. Clough’s vulnerability and insecurities are explored in his relationship with Taylor and the audience learn that only as a team do they conquer English football. Clough’s apparent hatred for Revie stems from being snubbed by the latter at an early Cup match. This experience drives Clough’s ambition to not only succeed, but to attempt to eclipse the architect of Leeds United’s ‘Golden Age’. Along the way we learn about the now familiar friction between the Manager and the Chairman, the task of signing players and the universal theme of pride coming before a fall (there’s a football pun in there).

Set in the late sixties/early seventies and seamlessly interspersing the action with real footage and interviews, this film enables the audience to embrace the spirit of the times and appreciate the simplicity of ‘the good old days’ whilst still going on a journey with laughs and tension throughout. As with ‘Frost/Nixon’ the story caters for people with very little prior knowledge of the subject matter and as such, it can be enjoyed by football fans, history fans and film fans alike. Plus there isn’t a huge amount of actual ball kicking by the cast, so people won’t switch off. There is an obligatory montage, but it’s nicely done and over quickly.

The only downside to this film is that it’s a little bit short if anything, but it leaves you wanting more which can only be a good thing. There’s a mild bit of comical swearing throughout, which is justified (and probably even toned down) given the situations the lead characters face.

To sum up, I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoyed ‘Frost Nixon’, Biopics, Football or quintessentially British films. This film isn’t my favourite of the 2009, but is definitely getting a Champions League spot!

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The Damned United – Brian Clough’s first day as Leeds Manager

Posted by LiveFor on March 26, 2009

Michael Sheen is the legendary Brian Clough in this funny and heart warming biopic alongside Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent, Colm Meaney and Stephen Graham.

Set in 1960’s and 1970’s England, THE DAMNED UNITED tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough’s doomed 44 day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football Leeds United. Previously managed by his bitter rival Don Revie (Colm Meaney), and on the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds had an aggressive and cynical style of football – an anathema to the principled yet flamboyant Brian Clough, who had achieved astonishing success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby County building teams in his own vision with trusty lieutenant Peter Taylor. Taking the Leeds job without Taylor by his side, with a changing room full of Don’s boys, would lead to an unheralded examination of Clough’s belligerence and brilliance over 44 days. This is that story. The story of The Damned United. Jim Broadbent plays Sam Longson, Derby Chairman. THE DAMNED UNITED was filmed in locations throughout Yorkshire, Leeds, Derbyshire and Spain.

It opens tomorrow.

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The Damned United – Brian Clough biopic starring Michael Sheen

Posted by LiveFor on January 27, 2009

From the best-selling and critically acclaimed novel by David Peace, The Damned United is directed by Tom Hooper and stars Michael Sheen as the legendary, opinionated football manager Brian Clough, with Timothy Spall as his right hand man, only friend, and crutch Peter Taylor.

Set in 1960s and 1970s England, The Damned United tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Cloughs doomed 44 day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football Leeds United. Previously managed by his bitter rival Don Revie (Colm Meaney), and on the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds had an aggressive and cynical style of football – an anathema to the principled yet flamboyant Brian Clough, who had achieved astonishing success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby County building teams in his own vision with trusty lieutenant Peter Taylor. Taking the Leeds job without Taylor by his side, with a changing room full of Dons boys, would lead to an unheralded examination of Cloughs belligerence and brilliance over 44 days. This is that story. The story of The Damned United. Jim Broadbent plays Sam Longson, Derby Chairman. The Damned United was filmed in locations throughout Yorkshire, Leeds, Derbyshire and Spain.

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