Orcs Sir. Thousands of them.

I have to admit to being somewhat conflicted about Duncan Jones’ World of Warcraft adaptation. There hasn’t really been a decent adaptation of a computer/ video game so far – whatever you may think. But he is an outstanding filmmaker, so I’m holding out, hoping for a quality production.

Anyway, to tide us over, here’s a new trailer with lots of Orcs.

Warcraft hits these shores on 30th May 2015, while our friends across the pond will have to wait until 10th June.

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Bourne. Is. Back.

Clearly, the “thing” in Hollywood advertising departments at the moment is to cut trailers on the beat of the music they use. I’ll be honest; it’s effective. You’ve just got to look at the latest Jason Bourne trailer to see why.

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass walked away from a successful franchise nine years ago. The same franchise which breathed life into Bond; whether the Broccolis want to admit it or not. Anyway, I’m hoping it’s taken something special for this particular filmmaking dream team to go back to where it all began for them.

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Add to that Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassell, Tommy Lee Jones and Julia Stiles reprising her role and it feels like a recipe for success. We’ll have to wait until 28th July 2015 to find out.

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Suicide Squad bringing the funnies? Who cares?

Now, a lot has been made of these additional pick-ups for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. The negative reaction to Batman v Superman’s “gritty reality” spawned numerous internet theories about the reasons for said pick-ups, mainly along the lines of the need to add more humour. Then along came this new trailer:

Whether it brings the funnies or not, I’m still very much looking forward to this one. I like apples and oranges.

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London Has Fallen – Nonsense

Olympus Has Fallen had a certain charm. You know…when the likeable protagonist dispatches multiple bad guys by stabbing them in the cranium…that kind of charm. London Has Fallen doesn’t have any of that. What it does have though is a nonsensical premise underpinned by superfluous on-screen graphics informing the audience who’s who on the “we don’t care” list. All this plus questions, oh so many questions. I’ll start with:

Why would the German Chancellor want to watch the changing of the guard before a funeral?

Does the French President need to be sitting on a boat on the Thames just to be fashionably late?

If you were the Japanese Prime Minister would you really want to take Hammersmith Bridge to get to St. Pauls?

Are we to assume every Italian Prime Minister needs to be with his mistress on top of Westminster Abbey?

Don’t worry, I’m not spoiling the plot, just demonstrating Hollywood’s need for shonkey geography to fit a purpose. Then, of course, we have the depiction of our own simpering Premier cowering in St. Pauls leaving the dear old Pres – “leader of the free world” – to go all gung-ho-Smokin’-Joe on the terrorist’s asses. Ably supported by Gerard Butler of course. And let’s not even get started on Morgan Freeman dialling in a performance.

Still, on the upside…it’s no Blackhat.

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Down & Dirty?

I’m loving the feel of this first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It’s looking a bit edgy, the Star Wars universe getting a little down and dirty and that’s not a bad thing. Check it out:

At this particular time, words fail me, but in a good way. I. Can’t. Wait.

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In a small part of Hertfordshire, big things were going on.

Sometimes it’s the “ordinary” people that make something extraordinary. Of course, if your acting résumé includes Star Wars you really aren’t ordinary at all. Here’s a trailer for Elstree 1976, a documentary about 10 people who didn’t get top billing alongside Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher but were – and still are – just as important to cinema’s best-loved franchise.

Imdb shows this as having an October 2015 release date, but I don’t think it had a UK-wide release. Looking online, it seems they’re getting a May 6th 2016 release in the US at a few indie theatres and as for a Blu Ray/ DVD release, well, I just don’t know. Which is a shame, because it looks like Jon Spira has created a really great piece of documentary cinema.

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10 Cloverfield Lane – Tense

I don’t think anybody expected to see a follow up to 2008’s Cloverfield and in fairness, despite the name connection there’s little else to draw on. But that’s not a bad thing. Cloverfield put Matt Reeves fairly and squarely on the map, demonstrating his directing chops and inducing all kinds of motion-sickness in the process. Of course, Mr Reeves has gone on to cement his reputation with the outstanding Let Me In and the franchise-busting Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with Cloverfield being a slightly smaller footnote to his burgeoning career.

10 Cloverfield Lane surfaced with barely a whisper just a few weeks before release and is poles apart from its progenitor. There have been indications from its producer – none other than J J Abrams, who was also a producer for Cloverfield – that further instalments may come our way, so an overarching narrative pulling all the strands together could clear the muddied waters “connecting” these two films.

It’s always a pleasure to see John Goodman on screen and 10 Cloverfield Lane provides the rare opportunity for Mr Goodman to take a leading role. While his stature may allow him to physically dominate any film – even with smaller roles (see The Gambler) – this extended screen time allows us to bask in his obvious talents. His character, Howard, is an interesting creation, struggling to cope with the interlopers within his sanctum, a person with inner turmoil who must exhibit restraint to survive.

Said “interlopers” are Michelle, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Emmet, played by John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom). Michelle provides the audience with a focal point, asking the type of questions we hope we would, while Emmet is just thankful to have been “rescued”. This three-hander, played out in a single environment, manages to rack up the tension and stay half a step ahead of the viewer. It’s an intriguing premise played out over 103 minutes and deserves to succeed. I don’t wish to say any more about 10 Cloverfield Lane as it should be seen fresh, without any preconceived notions or knowledge of plot points. Suffice to say, Dan Trachtenberg has created a very nice piece of cinema on his directorial debut – it’s well worth your while taking a trip to the flix to see it.

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