Saturday, 14 January 2012 Written by Ivan Radford
If you've seen David Fincher's Dragon Tattoo, the opening credits probably blew you away with their angry, sub-Bond style and loud cover of Led Zeppelin's The Immigrant Song by Trent Reznor and Karen O. At the very least, they should have made a strong impression, presuming you don't already think that it was the best title sequence of the whole year.
Now, you can watch those Dragon Tattoo opening credits online - thanks to Tim Miller and Blur Studio's superb design, it's 154 seconds of your life that you won't regret losing.
Yet to make your mind up about your favourite titles from the past 12 months? Read on for the top 5 opening credits of 2011.
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
With Captain America captaining it up across the world, it's easy to forget that Joe Johnston has done a lot of movies over the years. And not just The Wolfman. A case in point? The Pagemaster, the 1994 animated film. Amazingly, I actually own it on VHS. I don't know why, but it's apparently a Turner Family Favourite. I do know that whoever the Turner family are, they're idiots.
The tale of a young boy learning to overcome his fears, it's a painfully obvious film. It may teach you to appreciate books, but watching it is only likely to make you less intelligent. Ironic, you might think. Then again, it is made by Fox.
Thursday, 28 July 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell
Captain America: The First Avenger proclaims the title in Marvel’s typical Avengers-promoting fashion. After all the films advertising the 2012 blockbuster, it's a wonder Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) hasn't become bored of getting the band back together and gone home to polish his eye patch.
Fortunately, Captain America is worth the wait. But now he's here, everyone wants to know two things: How many Nazis does he kill? And how many times does Chris Evans take his shirt off? The answer to both: not enough.
Trailer: Captain America: The First Avenger
Thursday, 30 June 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci
Release Date: Friday 29th July
Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.
As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).
One of a continuing slate of films being produced by Marvel Studios based on the Marvel characters, Captain America: The First Avenger joins Thor and The Avengers out in 2012.
Thursday, 24 March 2011 Written by Ivan Radford
After that preview at Superbowl, the lack of a full trailer for Captain America was starting to worry the Marvel crowd. We could almost have pieced it together ourselves from all the 6 second clips that kept turning up online - someone probably did. But it's here now. And it's good.
Running through the movie's basic set up (Steve Rogers is a wuss, gets experimented on, hello Mr. Buff), it's nothing revelatory in terms of plot, but it does give us a look at Chris Evans' pathetic damp squib before he gets his Super Soldier on. It's surprising how much a floppy fringe can do. That and a bucketload of CGI. It sort of works. In a weird kind of way.
It's not as exciting as Thor in my books and will no doubt wind up a lot like the other superhero flicks we've had to put up with, but Marvel's flagship Avengers preview shows no sign of dropping the ball yet. And by ball I mean shield, of course. Kudos to Joe Johnston, too - here's hoping it doesn't go all Wolfman on us.
Captain America is released in UK cinemas on Friday 29th July. Read on for the full video, and be sure to pause at 1:47 and sample the delights of a very red-faced Hugo Weaving.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
The full-size submarine created for Captain America has turned up. In Liverpool. More specifically, in The Daily Post.
Yes, in a triumph for local reporting, Liverpool's Post has published exclusive photos of the sub on set in Stanley Dock, which has been transformed into 1940s New York.
Rumours of a boat being built have apparently been going round Liverpool for a while - some even thought a German U-Boat was being constructed - but now locals have got a glimpse of Marvel's heavily guarded set.
Directed by Joe Johnston, Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans as the titular superhero. It tells the origins of soldier Steve Rogers, who undergoes a series of experiments to become a super warrior.
Captain America will hit cinemas in July next year. Head over to The Daily Post for more details, or read on for the full pictures.
Friday, 12 February 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving, Emily Blunt
Wolfman. Benicio Del Toro. It's a great piece of casting - they don't come much wolfier than old Benicio. But even with the most hairiest of men baring his teeth at the camera, Joe Johnston's remake of the classic horror story never quite works. It's no surprise after the years of troubled production, but The Wolfman is patchy stuff. For all its gothic leanings and fondness for its furry material, this beast reeks mostly of ham. Thick, hammy slices of ham.
Thursday, 04 February 2010 Written by Ivan Radford
Two weeks, people. That's what Joe Johnston has confirmed. On the rounds for Wolfman, Johnston told Sci-Fi Wire that the super-solider would be definitely cast within the next two weeks and that we should expect an announcement.
He said: "We have a very short list, but we're still juggling actors here. I'd say within the next couple of weeks we'll have ourselves a Captain America, I hope."
So who should play the strong American? It better not be Sam Worthington. Aaron Eckhart's a popular favourite - he certainly has the muscles down pat - but with all the Oscar buzz floating around at the moment, I'd like to pop one name in there: Jeremy. Renner. Bet that won't happen...