Out Now – 10th September 2010

FILMS!

Cyrus
Like Greenberg this is some mainstream mumblecore. This means it will be great despite the cast and the fact that it is being publicised as a generic comedy.

Going the Distance
A romantic comedy about a long distance relationship, which as we all know can never work. Not a fan of Justin Long.

Metropolis
Sometimes it feels like I’m the only “film person” who doesn’t want to take this silent German epic home with them to meet their mother. It actually made me fall asleep. The poster can be seen in student bedrooms everywhere!

Resident Evil: Afterlife
Erm… I guess it’s the same sort of stuff again. Not seen the others. Guns! Zombies!

Tamara Drewe
The big old mess of a comedy we are hesitant to recommend. I will now be patronising and suggest it as a date movie; romance for the ladies and Arterton for the lads.

Alamar (limited release)
“Before their inevitable farewell, a young man of Mayan roots and Natan, his half Italian son, embark on an epic journey into the open sea.” It’s only 73 minutes long!

Dabangg (limited release)
A hindi action film. Songs and guns!

Kandahar Break (limited release)
Worth watching on a rainy afternoon when you’re doing something else. What it would look like if Eastenders went further east.

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (limited release)
“Inspired by a true crime, a man begins to experience mystifying events that lead him to slay his mother with a sword.” Eh? It had Defoe and Sevigny so I’m in.

The Runaways (limited release)
Young girls in the past having a sing song.

The Runaways – Review

Best to get this out of the way before we all start getting excited about the comic adaptation The Runaways. Rather than a story of teens running away from their evil parents this is a story about teens forming a band in the 70’s, and it’s almost a true story.

The Runaways isn’t so much a film about the band The Runaways as it is about Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, both played brilliantly by Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. They didn’t even bother buying the life rights to the other band members and you’d be forbidden for not noticing that Arrested Development‘s Alia Shawkat is in the band.

Moving on… is the film any good?

Yes. the film is wonderfully nostalgic for a time I never knew. The music is good and it all rolls along in a fun way. If nothing else it serves as further evidence that outside of Twilight Kristen Stewart is actually quite good.

No. The film feels long while the journey of the band feels rushed. This makes no sense. It also completely fails to get very far under the surface of the characters and you don’t particularly like or relate to anyone.

Well… I used the word good a lot. This is probably in the top three films released this Friday and so long as you don’t find seeing an underage Dakota Fanning singing on stage in her undies then you’ll enjoy it.

The Runaways is out this Friday.

The Runaways to Shoot in 2011

Remember The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning? Thank God because this is completely different.

Bryan K. Vaughan wrote a brilliant Marvel comic about a group of kids who discover their parents are supervillains, this is Runaways. And with all the greatest works it sounds more stupid than it is as this is no teen comedy about wacky hijinx, Sky High this is not. The comics have been rumoured to be heading for the big screen for a while and now it looks like they’re finally filming in early 2011.

This is exciting and terrifying news. Let’s hope they don’t ruin it!

Kristen Stewart – Vampires = Flop

I don’t know about you but I heard endless amounts about The Runaways during it’s production and up to its release. There were production stills, on-set photos and endless interviews with everyone’s favourite angsty actress Kristen Stewart and it looked like the true Twihards would be flocking out in droves to support the actress they managed to get the Orange Rising Star award at this year’s BAFTAs.

Oddly though as The Runaways ended it’s run in America this week it had taken just $3,626,540 worldwide. Admittedly it was only on limited release but it got a lot of buzz and the Twilight connection brought it plenty of attention so there’s no reason it couldn’t have built up to more screen and made at least its budget back.

This could reveal that Twilight is all about the franchise itself and not the actors within it. Stewart has been shown to have little to no audience drawing power on her own, though perhaps her male counterparts would fare better as they are more often the target of the seemingly endless supply of screaming fangirls. It’s a shame really as Kristen Stewart is a good actress, Twilight aside, and has been in some good films. She just probably shouldn’t be the biggest name in her next feature.