Trailer: Storage 24
Thursday, 14 June 2012 Written by Ivan Radford
Director: Johannes Roberts
Cast: Noel Clarke, Antonia Campbell Hughes, Laura Haddock, Colin O'Donoghue
UK Release Date: Friday 29th June
London is in chaos. A military cargo plane has crashed leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware London is in lockdown, Charlie (Noel Clarke) and Shelley (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), accompanied by best friends Mark (Colin O'Donoghue) and Nikki (Laura Haddock), are at Storage 24 dividing up their possessions after a recent break-up.
Suddenly, the power goes off. Trapped in a dark maze of endless corridors, a mystery predator is hunting them one by one. In a place designed to keep things in, how do you get out?
Saturday, 02 June 2012 Written by Ivan Radford
After the successful second year of Oscarnomnomnom and those lovely Avengers cupcakes, I've decided to embrace my inner baking nerd and start blogging movie cupcakes each month. Because let's face it, I'd probably be baking them anyway, so I might as well take pictures and make you lot jealous.
Following the edible Avengers goodness, I therefore turned my doughy fingers to the next big movie on its way to cinemas. An inspirational, stylish, colourful film, well-suited to the cute, family-friendly nature of the innocent cupcake. Yes, I present to you the world's first Prometheus-inspired baked goods. If H.R. Giger makes you hungry or you want your chest to burst with cakey goodness, then these babies will hug your face off.
Ridley Scott-themed Alien cupcakes? It's probably a good thing I don't have children. Read on for the full recipe and stuff - or head this way for a Prometheus review (spoiler: it's quite good).
Thursday, 31 May 2012 Written by Ivan Radford
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Logan Marshall-Green
From the opening credits, gliding over the surface of an Earth-like planet, you can tell that Prometheus is a very different kind of Alien.
Ridley Scott’s return to the genre that he mastered – twice – has been trumpeted as the prequel to the series. The one that explains the beginnings of H.R. Giger’s beasties. But when we see our first E.T., it's clear that the director's thinking bigger than that: he doesn’t want to explain where the Space Jockey on LV-246 came from. He wants to explain where EVERYONE came from.
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 Written by Ivan Radford
Prometheus is almost here. In case you hadn't guessed from the millions of teasers and trailers - mostly for other teasers and trailers. So it's probably about time someone did a themed series of blog posts over a week (well, it's Wednesday now, so let's say a couple of days) and gave it a stupid name. Like Promethweekus. Or something.
With Ridley Scott returning to his best genre, the temptation is to write long, ineloquent articles analysing what makes the original Alien such a superb film. A part of me walks to talk almost exclusively (and at length) about Ridley Scott's use of tracking shots and how he shoots empty corridors like no other director. Another part of me wants to then contrast that with James Cameron's Aliens and talk about how the Avatar director tries to imitate Ridley's corridor-based camera movements - and mostly fails.
It's also hard not to debate the character development of Sigourney Weaver's Ripley: the careful juxtaposition of her against Veronica Cartwright's hysterical fellow female crew member in 1979; the unsubtle use of Carrie Henn's "Newt" in the loud, bombastic 80s; the transformation from mother to Queen Bitch at the turn of the decade; the move from Queen Bitch to scientific freak in 1997's muddled finale by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
But I was so busy rewatching the Alien series that I didn't have time for all of that. So instead, here's a quick and easy way to remind yourself what happened in the franchise before going back to the myth's origins.
Here is the Alien Quadrilogy - in Haiku.
Monday, 30 April 2012 Written by Ivan Radford
The new Prometheus international trailer interrupted my viewing of Homeland last night. Fortunately, it was really, REALLY good so I didn't mind too much.
Read on to watch the epic three-minute video - but be warned that it contains a lot of plot details. For example, it's now blindingly obvious that Charlize Theron is a terrorist. And that Damien Lewis is a robot.
Still, if you listen really carefully around the two-minute mark, you can hear the arrival of the awesomeness train into the station of cinema-ville. And if you listen even harder, you can hear me on the station platform jumping up and down and shrieking with excitement. Either that, or it's Michael Fassbender making robot sex noises.
For more Prometheus goodness that doesn't spoil the plot, see the Michael Fassbender "David" promo. It is also ridonkulously amazing.
Friday, 09 March 2012 Written by Ivan Radford
The hunt for the prettiest thing you'll see this week is over. Even Brian Cox saying "amazing" on a loop 10 times would fail to sum up the gorgeousness of this star map from Ridley Scott's Alien prequel. Well done, Prometheus. You win at the internet. Again.
There's more stuff to be found on the film's neat promo website, Weyland Industries.
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 Written by Ivan Radford
This is one of the smartest, effective and generally exciting marketing campaign I've seen in a long time. Also, Guy Pearce is on a serious run of form at the moment.
For some equally exciting lectures, head to the official TED talks site. For more on Ridley Scott's Alien prequel, watch the Prometheus teaser trailer.
Thursday, 22 December 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
The full Prometheus trailer has parked its shiny bum on the internet - and as far as teasers go, it's pretty damn teasing.
We still don't know that much about Ridley Scott's prequel-but-not-a-prequel-but-still-connected-to-the-Alien-franchise-but-not-really mystery film. The official synopsis reads something like: "A team of explorers find a clue to the origins of man on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe... There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race."
We seem to be looking at what happened in the lead up to the events on LV-426 in the first Alien film. But Ridley's been pretty adamant that this isn't a directly linking prequel.
Yet everything about this screams Alien. The pods littering the ground around Michael Fassbender's character. The familiar outline of the infamous space jockey's ship. The way the titles appear in the same gradual procession of vertical and horizontal bars.
So what's it all about? Like all the best teasers, Prometheus' trailer doesn't answer any of our questions - it just asks a load more. When Ridley Scott does answer them in 2012, it should be something very special. As long as you forget that this is the director who also made Robin Hood and A Good Year.
Read on for the full Prometheus trailer. Then get very excited.
Thursday, 10 February 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
When it comes to amusing interviews, you can't beat a bit of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. If you put them together in a press conference with Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Lo Tuglio, Jason Bateman and director Greg Mottola, you've got the greatest roomful of funny people since the film Paul. Which, by an coincidence, is exactly what they were there to talk about.
Comprising of Arrested Development actors, sci-fi geeks, Adventureland directors and movie legends, the ensemble spent a lot of time throwing around entertaining in-jokes. Here's what they had to say about aliens, Christians, and Steven Spielberg...
Friday, 22 October 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
After long months of waiting, Peggy and Frosty fans can be happy to see the teaser trailer for Paul. And when they say teaser, they mean teaser - it doesn't show you much.
A sci-fi comedy about an alien (called Paul) who gatecrashes a road trip across America by two British geeks. That's about all you're getting from this video, apart from a few lines from Seth Rogen's foul-mouthed E.T.
The rest is just namedrops, although they are pretty impressive names: Greg Mottola (of Adventureland fame) at the helm, Jason Bateman and Sigourney Weaver in the supporting cast, and a bit of Kristen Wiig to boot.
This could be amazing. It's certainly a bit more promising than Burke & Hare. But it's also a complete cypher. Paul will be unveiled properly next February. Read on for the video.