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Wolf - Preview

Wolf

Preview by Jack Foley

To celebrate the release of Wolf, out on DVD on November 3, 2014, we have a copy of the film and the official quad poster to giveaway courtesy of Studiocanal.

The official closing gala at this year’s Raindance Film Festival, Wolf is a gritty, stylish and uncompromising crime saga that recalls the early works of Martin Scorsese and Michael Cimino.

Jim Taihuttu directs the proceedings with verve, while leading man Marwan Kenzari delivers a blistering, charismatic performance that somehow turns the unsavoury Majid into a sympathetic and almost likeable anti-hero.

“A straight line descent of Nicholas Winding Refn’s Pusher” – Twitch Film

Available to order on Amazon today

Synopsis

The son of an immigrant family from Morocco, now residing in a depressingly anonymous Netherlands suburb, Majid is a fiercely talented kickboxer with a criminal past who finds it difficult to stay on the straight and narrow.

Despite being on parole, he continues to subsidise his income through petty crime. When his notoriety and prowess in the boxing ring catch the eye of a local promoter, Majid is given a shot at the big time.

But his background and his inability to avoid trouble whenever it comes calling see him becoming connected to a powerful Turkish gangster who has plans for the talented fighter.

Soon, the worlds of competitive fighting and organised crime are combined in a volatile mix, leading Majid down a deadly path lined with violence, destruction and tragedy.

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Q. Who directs Wolf?

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©2013 HABBEKRATS / NTR. Distributed by STUDIOCANAL LIMITED

Win the monster epic Godzilla on Blu-ray - available to own now

Godzilla

Preview by Jack Foley

THE arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control. To celebrate the release of GODZILLA™ on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 27, out now on Digital HD™ we are giving you the chance to win a copy on Blu-ray™.

This spectacular adventure pits GODZILLA™, the world’s most famous monster, against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

GODZILLA stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Cosmopolis), and Oscar® nominee Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), alongside Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck, The Bourne Legacy) and Bryan Cranston (Argo, TV’s Breaking Bad).

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Before you enter head over to @GodzillaMovieUK on Twitter and share your Godzilla roar for your chance to win a Toshiba TV to watch Godzilla in all its glory!


For your chance to win GODZILLA on Blu-ray™, simply answer the following question.

Q. Gareth Edwards, the director of GODZILLA, wrote, directed, created the visual effects and was the director of photography on his first feature film. Name the film… (Clue, the answer is in our review)

A) Monsters
B) Aliens
C) King Kong

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© 2014 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved. GODZILLA TM & © TOHO Co., Ltd.

The Snow Queen - Preview and trailer

The Snow Queen

Preview by Jack Foley

DISCOVER the dazzling story that inspired Frozen, as Signature Entertainment proudly presents The Snow Queen, coming to selected cinemas from October 25, with a Blu-ray, DVD and digital release following on November 3, 2014.

Based on the enduring, magical fairy-tale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen follows the story of little orphan girl Gerda, who must defeat the evil Snow Queen who has taken over the kingdom and kidnapped Gerda’s brother, Kai.

Accompanied by her pet ferret, Luta, and Orm the troll, Gerda embarks on a perilous journey across the icy wonderland, facing swashbuckling pirates and treacherous trolls, in a race against time to defeat the wicked Snow Queen, save Kai and bring warmth back to the hearts of people across the land.

Fans of Frozen will delight in this heart-warming take on a beloved fairytale – full of fantastic, lovable characters, and timed perfectly for the festive season, this fun-filled, frosty adventure will melt even the iciest of hearts!

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To celebrate the release of The Snow Queen on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, November 3, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who wrote the fairytale upon which The Snow Queen is based?

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The Killing Fields: 30th Anniversary - Preview

The Killing Fields

Preview by Jack Foley

TO celebrate the 30th anniversary of its original release, The Killing Fields will be re-released by STUDIOCANAL on Blu-ray on 3rd November.

Directed by Roland Joffé and brilliantly scripted by Bruce Robinson (Withnail and I), The Killing Fields is the critically acclaimed and heart-wrenching film based on a true story of friendship, loyalty, warfare and survival during The Cambodian ‘Year Zero’.

It follows the relationship between Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston; Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), a Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times correspondent, and Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor; Heaven and Earth), the Cambodian aide who remains behind following the evacuation of Cambodian citizens by theUS army.

After the American withdrawal the communist Pol Pot regime takes over and the Khmer Rouge captures Schanberg and Pran along with other western journalists. Whilst Schanberg gets deported safely back to the States, Pran is sent to one of the notoriously brutal ‘re-education camps’.

The Killing Fields features an outstanding supporting cast including John Malkovich, Julian Sands and Spalding Gray.

When released back in 1984, critics and audiences alike reaped praised on the film and it is widely regarded as a modern classic.

Nominated for seven Academy Awards® (including Best Picture and Best Director), the film also dominated that year’s BAFTA Awards®, taking eight awards including Haing S. Ngor for both Best Actor and Most Outstanding newcomer to Film categories, as well as winning Best Screenplay and Best Film.

A real-life survivor of the Pol Pot Regime, Haing S. Ngor, moved to America in August 1980 and was cast as Dith Pran, despite having no previous acting experience. Ngor saw this as an opportunity to tell the world the truth behind ‘Year Zero’ and is quoted as saying: “I wanted to show the world how deep starvation is in Cambodia, how many people die under communist regime. My heart is satisfied. I have done something perfect.”

An extraordinary account of hope overcoming the most brutal and hostile of situations, The Killing Fields is a powerful and engaging film, which is guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings when released this autumn.

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary re-release of The Killing Fields on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, November 3, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. SImply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs The Killing Fields?

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The Polar Bear King - Preview

Polar Bear King

Preview by Jack Foley

Filmed in Scandinavia, The Polar Bear King is a visualisation of an old folk tale.

After his father is killed, King Valemon ascends the throne and is set to marry the unpleasant Queen of Summerland.

When he refuses, she turns him into a Polar Bear.

The luckless prince must seek out a human to help him break the spell, so he travels to Winterland to find a wife to take home.

Fitting the bill is a beautiful princess who joins the furry prince on a perilous journey back to Summerland.

Win The Polar Bear King on DVD

To celebrate the release of The Polar Bear King on DVD on Monday, November 3, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies. SImply answer the following question…

Q. Who plays Elisabeth in Silent Night?

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Silent Night (Linda Hamilton) - Preview

Silent Night

Preview by Jack Foley

A GERMAN mother, Elisabeth (Linda Hamilton), is hiding with her young son in a rural cabin on Christmas Eve, in the midst of World War II. When disturbed by American soldiers, she demands they keep the peace on the holy night.

Just as a bond grows, a group of German soldiers arrive and are shocked by the treasonous situation they find, but Elisabeth is determined they should keep the peace and enjoy a meal on the holy night.

Silent Night is based on an incredible true story.

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Q. Who plays Elisabeth in Silent Night?

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Debug - Preview

Debug

Preview by Jack Foley

GET ready for the hard drive from hell as DEBUG comes to Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from November 3, 2014 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Sent in to deep space as punishment for computer-based crimes, six young hackers are attempting to debug the computer systems of a massive derelict space freighter.

While they struggle to clear out the viruses, the team fall prey to the ship’s vengeful artificial intelligence, a programme that would literally kill to be human. As the fractious team is forced to match wits with this rogue programme, they discover that the ship holds a deadly secret – and a fate far worse than death.

Written and directed by the multi-talented David Hewlitt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Cube) and starring Game Of Thrones’ Jason Momoa, DEBUG is a nerve-shredding sci-fi horror that proves that, in space, it doesn’t matter if they can hear you scream…

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To celebrate the release of Debug on DVD on November 3, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Who directs Debug?

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Win Cold in July on DVD

Cold in July

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

Jim Mickle’s gripping noir thriller Cold in July will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand from October 20, 2014 – and to celebrate we have 3 DVDs to give away.

Set in Texas in the late 1980s, Cold in July features a distinguished cast including Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, and Michael C. Hall in his breakout film role.

How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.

Michael C Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled badasses portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson.

Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, Southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action film, one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds.

Twists and turns accelerate as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end. Cold in July is as muggy, oppressive, and hard to shake as an east Texas summer.

Cold in July will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand on October 20, 2014.

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To celebrate the release of Cold in July on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, October 20, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…
Question

Q. Who wrote the novel upon which Cold in July is based (Clue, the answer is in our interview)?

A) Joe Lonsdale
B) Elmore Leonard
C) Dennis Lehane

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Godzilla - DVD Review (2014)

Godzilla

Review by Rob Carnevale

BRITISH filmmaker Gareth Edwards worked wonders with a minuscule budget when he broke onto the scene with his stunning debut Monsters. His sophomore effort finds him stepping up to the big league in no-less impressive fashion.

Godzilla is a big movie in every sense of the word. It arrives amid massive expectation, it unfolds on an epic scale and its vision is such that it demands to be viewed best on the largest screen possible.

It isn’t without flaws but Edwards ensures that the imaginative nature of the spectacle and the clarity with which he delivers the stunning effects go some way to papering over the cracks.

A self-confessed Godzilla geek, Edwards has worked hard to retain the elements that made Toho and Ishirō Honda’s 1954 original so iconic, both in terms of the look of the creature and its serious take on global concerns. And it’s in these elements that his film thrives.

He also attempts, albeit less successfully, to maintain the intimacy that made his debut film so memorable (and different) but is letdown, in part, by the dictates of this bigger scale of movie and a somewhat passive leading man in Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who struggles to realise a lot of the film’s emotional potential.

Some may also lament the lack of screen-time afforded to Godzilla himself, but the decision to slowly reveal the film’s biggest draw proves wise (you can have too much of a good thing) and it’s not as if Edwards doesn’t throw plenty else at the screen.

Opening amid historical footage of nuclear testing in the 50s, the film then starts proper in 1999 as physicist Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) fails to prevent a meltdown at a Japanese nuclear plant that also claims the life of his wife.

Fifteen years further down the line, Joe is still obsessively trying to expose the ensuing cover-up by officials, convinced that something more than a natural disaster contributed to the tragedy.

Enlisting the help of his sceptical son Ford (Taylor-Johnson), a bomb disposal expert with his own wife (Elizabeth Olsen) and child, Joe travels back into the quarantine zone just as another meltdown occurs and the true horror of what took place in 1999 is revealed by the emergence of both Godzilla and another malevolent creature.

Enlisting the help of a Godzilla expert (Ken Watanabe) and the US Navy (led by David Strathairn’s admiral), the race begins to save the planet from these creatures before a new world order can be created.

For those willing to avoid finding out too many spoilers, Edwards’ movie has a lot of surprises up its sleeve while posing some relevant observations on nuclear power and man vs nature.

It also plays on our subconscious knowledge of natural and man-made disasters with many of the scenes of destruction eerily reminiscent of recent world events (from tsunamis to 9/11). Hence, the film does play out with a realism that makes it all the more compelling, and less like a blockbuster.

That said, he still manages to combine this with the thrilling spectacle of what is also required and a Honolulu reveal of Godzilla and a climactic battle in San Francisco are but two breathtaking examples – as are several other sequences.

The one slight disappointment is that the human story at the centre of proceedings fails to be more affecting. Early on, Cranston puts in some strong work but as the focus shifts to his son, the emotional pull weakens with the relationship between him and his own family particularly weak.

Similarly, the likes of Watanabe and Sally Hawkins spend too much time gawping and not enough building memorable characters, a failing that would be all the more glaring were it not for the powerful and/or exhilarating nature of Edwards’ visuals (a couple of which he lifts from his own Monsters as much as Toho’r original and the subsequent genre it spawned).

In this regard, Godzilla has to rate as a rip-roaring success – a serious blockbuster that still manages to excite as well as inspire awe and respect.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 123mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: October 27, 2014

Le Jour Se Leve - Preview

Le Jour Se Leve

Preview by Jack Foley

TO celebrate the 75th anniversary of its first release, Le Jour Se Leve will be re-released in a never-before-seen restored version by STUDIOCANAL and ICO on Blu-Ray and DVD on October 27, 2014.

Set in a five-story guesthouse in the middle of a Parisian working class neighbourhood, Le Jour Se Leve opens on the top floor of the building with shouts and a gunshot. A door opens and the body of a man tumbles down the stairs.

As the police start to besiege the building and a crowd gathers, the killer, François (Jean Gabin; La Grande Illusion, Le Quai des Brumes), flees the crime scene and locks himself in his room.

After unsuccessfully failing to shoot their way into his room the police climb on top of the roof, and François, starts to recall previous events… His love for Françoise (Jacqueline Laurent; Le vie del peccato, Dawn Over France), the beautiful florist, and her love for Valentin (Jules Berry; The Crime of M Lange, Parade en 7 nuits), the attractive dog trainer. Also starring the renowned Arletty (Hotel du Nord, Thunder Over Paris) as Clara, Valentin’s assistant and suggested lover.

Le Jour Se Leve is celebrated for its use of poetic realism, a popular and influential cinematic style that emerged during the 1930s. By cleverly interweaving bleak, proto-noir art direction and lighting, the film brings to life the social conditions of its working class characters.

Le Jour Se Leve is also widely regarded as a game changer in the world of French cinema due to its use of flashbacks – the first French film with sound to use flashbacks as a narrative device.

Now regarded as one of the best French films ever made, on its original release the Vichy Regime demanded that scenes be cut from Le Jour Se Leve and then they later banned the film altogether.

Following the restoration process in collaboration with STUDIOCANAL and ÉCLAIR it was also revealed that the Vichy censors had also forced Carné to modify the opening credits by removing the names of two Jewish cast members, Curt Courant and Alexandre Trauner, due to political tensions at the time.

Le Jour Se Leve has now been restored to its full gorgeous cinematic glory – including the scenes previously removed and full credits.

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To celebrate the release of Le Jour Se Leve on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, October 27, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who plays Clara in Le Jour Se Leve?

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