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Win Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For on DVD

Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For

Preview by Jack Foley

To celebrate the release of Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For on DVD and Blu-Ray from 15 December we’re giving away 3 copies of the film on DVD!

Reuniting for the first time since 2005’s groundbreaking Sin City, co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez once again bring Miller’s visually stunning graphic novels to the screen.

Featuring one of the hottest casts ever assembled, Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For stars Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Eva Green and Bruce Willis, alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Ray Liotta, Powers Boothe and Lady Gaga.

The film opens with fan favourite Just Another Saturday Night, as returning hero Marv (Mickey Rourke) finds himself in the centre of carnage as he tries to remember preceding events. The Long, Bad Night tells the tale of Johnny, a cocky young gambler (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) taking his chances against the biggest villain in Sin City, Senator Roark (Powers Boothe).

The central story, Miller’s acclaimed A Dame To Kill For, features Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) in his final confrontation with the woman of his dreams and nightmares, Ava Lord (Eva Green).

Sin City 2 features some of the most eye-catching and expansive packaging ever seen on a home entertainment release – perfect for the Xmas gifting season.

To celebrate the release of Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, December 15, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…
Question

Q. What is the name of the character played by Jessica Alba in Sin City 2 (Clue, the answer is in our gallery)?

A) Miranda
B) Nancy
C) Trixie

Simply send the answer to Sin City 2 competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Let's Be Cops - DVD Review

Let's Be Cops

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

JAKE Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr make for an arresting double act in buddy-cop comedy Let’s Be Cops but the film itself is a hit-and-miss affair.

Co-written and directed by Luke Greenfield, the story aims to put a different spin on a well-worn idea by having the central partnership at play be only pretend cops.

Hence, after a particularly raucous night of partying while in fancy dress LAPD outfits loser flat-mates and best friends Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Wayans) decide to keep donning the uniform to continue indulging their wish-fulfilment fantasies.

Things threaten to turn bad, however, when the two fall foul of a local gangster (James D’Arcy) and attract the attention of one of LA’s real cops (Rob Riggle).

Just as he did with past film The Girl Next Door, Greenfield throws too Everyman characters into a seemingly fun situation and then slowly watches as they become increasingly out of their depth, albeit with comedic undertones throughout.

The ensuing mix sometimes strikes an uneven mix between the zany and/or crass and the darker, more serious stuff but it does give rise to some interesting genre subversion while giving it’s two likeable leads plenty to do.

At its best, therefore, Let’s Be Cops has plenty going for it – a winning central chemistry (reminiscent, early on, of the Seth Rogen-Bill Hader pairing in Superbad with a touch of Michael Bay machismo throw in), some good sight gags and one liners and at least two or three genuinely laugh out loud moments.

It’s just a shame that Greenfield struggles to be consistent throughout. By opting to shoot a little too low-brow at times, his film sometimes feels lazy and unfunny and lacks the sophistication of 22 Jump Street, which toyed with genre expectation much more expertly.

Greenfield also wastes some of his supporting players (such as Andy Garcia and Nina Dobrev) and, perhaps even more curiously, edits some interplay between characters extremely carelessly, to the point of distraction.

An overly generous running time also means that the film loses momentum midway through badly. But it does come back with a strong finish that makes a better fist of combining the madcap with the dark (as well as giving Riggle some welcome moments to shine).

As flawed as Let’s Be Cops remains, it still does enough to keep you suitably entertained.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 104mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: December 26, 2014

The Guvnors - Preview

The Guvnors

Preview by Jack Foley

RIZZLE Kicks star Harley Sylvester makes his feature film debut, alongside a host of top British acting talent in hard-hitting, stylish thriller The Guvnors.

Directed by Gabe Turner (In The Hands of The Gods, The Class of ’92), it’s produced by Fulwell 73 Productions and co-produced by author and bona fide football firm insider Cass Pennant. The film comes to DVD and Blu-ray on December 29, 2014, courtesy of Metrodome Distribution.

It’s dog eat dog on a South East London Estate, gangs rule with fear and intimidation and gang leader Adam (Sylvester) will stop at nothing to earn respect and prove he runs things.

Mitch (Doug Allen – The Firm, Gangster No.1) has left behind his tough estate upbringing, and violent past as leader of a notorious football firm The Guvnors.

Now living in the suburbs, he’s the doyen of respectability and quiet confidence, until young upstart Adam attempts to drag him back in, desperate to inherit Mitch’s reputation and vanquish his legend.

Two generations steeped in violence collide and the two men are forced to reconcile their past and face the future as secrets are revealed, blood is spilt and lives are shattered.

Turner’s violent thriller explores the sinister, inescapable legacy of a life of violence in all its forms.

The Guvnors stars David Essex (Stardust, Eastenders), Martin Hancock (Coronation Street, Kingdom of Heaven), Jay Simpson (Utopia, Foyle’s War), Charlie Palmer Merkell (Plastic, Our Girl), Paul Reynolds (Trevor’s World of Sport, Press Gang), Vas Blackwood (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Mean Machine), Tony Denham (The Football Factory, Vendetta) and Richard Blackwood (Anuvahood, The Richard Blackwood Show).

Win The Guvnors on DVD

To celebrate the release of The Guvnors on DVD on Monday, December 29, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs The Guvnors?

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The Grand Seduction - Preview

The Grand Seduction

Preview by Jack Foley

To celebrate the release of The Grand Seduction, starring Brendan Gleeson (Calvary, The Guard, In Bruges) and Taylor Kitsch (True Detective Season 2), on DVD on January 5, 2015 – we have a copy of the film to give away courtesy of Entertainment One.

Brendan Gleeson once again delivers a fantastic performance in a delightful comedy that is full of charm, wit and boasts stand-out performances from a stellar cast.

Taylor Kitsch, more known for his science fiction blockbusters, shows great comedy prowess and exactly why he is such a big name in Hollywood.

Rounding off the main cast is the stunning Liane Balaban and Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent, who provide some truly laugh out loud moments! The film is directed by Don McKellar.

Synopsis

The mayor of a small fishing village which has fallen upon hard times comes up with a radical plan to rejuvenate the community… entice a giant corporation to build their new factory in the village. But there’s just one problem – in order to qualify, they must have a doctor in residence, which they don’t have…

When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis (Kitsch) lands in their lap for a trial residence they believe their prayers have been answered, and hilarity ensues as the villagers rally together to charm him into staying.

Available to order on Amazon today

Win The Grand Seduction

To celebrate the release of The Grand Seduction on DVD on Monday, January 5, 2015, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 copy. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs The Grand Seduction?

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Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead - Preview

Dead Snow 2

Preview by Jack Foley

TO celebrate the release of Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, out on DVD and Blu-ray from January 12, 2015, we have a copy on Blu-ray to giveaway courtesy of Entertainment One!

Bigger, bolder and bloodier, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead – directed by Tommy Wirkola – is severed heads and shoulders above the first instalment and has some of the most inventive zombie kills ever seen on film.

Perfectly balanced with enough blood to fill an army of tanks, Dead Snow 2 has a wickedly dark sense of humour and is truly one of the funniest films of the year filled with laugh out loud moments, outrageous gore and jaw-dropping visual gags that are unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Synopsis

Having crashed his car after fleeing the ski lodge where his friends were brutally murdered by General Herzog and his squadron of Nazi zombies, Martin wakes up in hospital attempting to convince the local authorities that he is not responsible for their deaths.

Little do they know the undead fascists are very much still ‘living’ and marching on the town and what’s worse, they have a tank!

With time running out it’s up to Martin and his new American allies to save the town from total annihilation and defeat Herzog and his men once and for all.

Available to order on Amazon today

Win Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, January 12, 2015, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 copy on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead?

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The Guest - DVD Preview

The Guest

Preview by Jack Foley

ADAM Wingard and Simon Barrett, the director and writer of You’re Next, team up once more for one of the coolest and most acclaimed films of 2014.

Boasting an awesomely badass standout performance from Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens, The Guest is one of the most talked about movies of the year and perfectly balances explosive action, wit and genius scriptwriting.

Synopsis

Still struggling over the loss of their oldest son, the Peterson family find great comfort when David, a young charismatic former soldier, arrives at their home, claiming to be a friend and colleague of their late son.

He is quickly welcomed into their lives, and begins helping out in unexpected ways that seem to change the family’s fortunes for the better.

A troubling and violent chain of events cause Anna (Monroe), the oldest daughter, to suspect David’s real intentions, and she begins to realise that his motives are more extreme than the family could ever imagine.

This steely-eyed stranger might appear to be a dream come true but as bullets start to fly and the body count rises, the Peterson family’s nightmare is just beginning.

Make sure you invite The Guest into your home this Christmas on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download, available to own from December 29, 2014, from Icon Film Distribution.

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Win The Guest on DVD

To celebrate the release of The Guest on DVD on Monday, December 29, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 copy and a DVD/Blu-ray/T-shirt of a randomly selected title. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs The Guest?

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We Still Kill The Old Way - Win DVDs and signed posters

We Still Kill The Old Way

Preview by Jack Foley

WE STILL Kill The Old Way will be available on DVD and Blu-ray from Boxing Day and to celebrate, we have 3 DVDs to give away along with a signed poster by the cast!

When retired East End villain Charlie Archer (Steven Berkoff – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) is brutally murdered at the hands of a vicious mob of youths, his brother Ritchie (Ian Ogilvy – Return of the Saint) hits the savage streets of London, returning to his gangster roots on a violent quest for vengeance.

Rounding up his old firm including Arthur (James Cosmo – Game Of Thrones), Roy (Chris Ellison – The Bill) and Butch (Tony Denham – The Football Factory), Ritchie leads a vigilante crusade to find and punish his brother’s killers, using every brutal method possible.

From director Sacha Bennett (Bonded By Blood) and also starring Alison Doody (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), Lysette Anthony (Dracula: Dead and Loving It), Danny-Boy Hatchard (Eastenders) and introducing Dani Dyer, We Still Kill The Old Way is an explosive, bullet-riddled showdown for peace, justice and retribution.

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question…

Q. Which film did Ian Ogilvy previously star in?

A) Titanic
B) Spiderman
C) Return of the Saint

Simply send the answer to We Still Kill The Old Way competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

We Still Kill The Old Way will be available to own on DVD and Blu-ray from December 26, 2014.

Win signed copies of The Inbetweeners 2 on DVD

The Inbetweeners 2

THIS summer, Jay, Neil, Simon and Will are reunited for the comedy event of the year. Invite the boys into your living room this December, when The Inbetweeners 2 launches on Steelbook, Blu-ray, DVD and VOD just in time for Christmas.

The hotly anticipated sequel rocketed to the top of the UK Box Office earlier this year, enjoying the biggest opening weekend of the year and achieved the biggest ever opening day for a comedy.

The Inbetweeners 2 sees our favourite foursome visit Australia. Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas are joined by additional cast members Emily Berrington, Freddie Stroma and David Field.

The Inbetweeners 2 on DVD includes hilarious deleted scenes and bloopers as well as audio commentaries from stars Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas.

The Blu-ray includes these extras and more, with an extended version of the deleted scenes and a special East End to the Outback featurette.

Read our preview

To celebrate the release of The Inbetweeners 2 on Blu-ray and DVD on December 1, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 signed copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…
Question

Q. Which of the following trio did not co-write and co-direct The Inbetweeners 2 (Clue, the answer is in our preview)?

A) Damon Beesley
B) Iain Morris
C) Spencer Millman

Simply send the answer to Inbetweeners 2 competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Bloodshot (Danny Dyer) - Preview

Bloodshot

Preview by Jack Foley

THE King of Albert Square is back and on top form in an unexpected and compelling new role in Bloodshot, arriving on DVD and digital platforms from December 26, 2014, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Danny Dyer (TV’s Eastenders, The Football Factory) stars as Phillip, a horror and action film worker who falls in love with the mysterious, gorgeous Jane, a model who has just arrived in the UK from America.

Philip becomes infatuated with this beautiful stranger, and Jane soon reciprocates his affections, but behind her glamour hides a dark and moving secret.

Following a torrid night of passion, Philip is soon drawn into a nightmare more terrifying than any of the horror films he has worked on as Jane’s shocking past threatens to destroy them both.

Written and directed by Raoul Girard, Bloodshot is a refreshingly direct, chilling thriller that underlines Dyer has more strings to his bow than the much-loved Mick Carter.

Also starring Keith Allen (24 Hour Party People, TV’s Robin Hood) and featuring a striking performance from newcomer Zoe Grisedale as Jane, Bloodshot is the most surprising thriller you’ll see this year and the perfect Boxing Day antidote to all that familial bonding…

Win Bloodshot on DVD

To celebrate the release of Bloodshot on DVD on Monday, December 26, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who wrote and directed Bloodshot?

Simply send the answer to Bloodshot competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Into The Storm - DVD Review

Into The Storm

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

STEVEN Quale’s Into The Storm is very much a triumph of special effects over substance – but only a minor one at that.

Inspired by past disaster flicks such as The Day After Tomorrow and, in particular, Twister, the film sadly embraces most of the worst traits of those films too – namely, banal dialogue and thinly sketched, stereotypical characters.

That it now exists in the shadow of real-life natural disasters such as Katrina further casts a cloud, particularly as the film is clearly more interested in exhilarating than it is counting any real cost, emotional or otherwise, despite some contrived attempts.

Hence, the film unfolds as an unprecedented storm hits a US town and follows several of the people caught up in its path. These include Richard Armitage’s widowed dad, estranged from both teenage sons, yet inevitably called upon to save one of them (the sensitive boy with a crush); a storm chasing documentary crew whose leader (Matt Walsh) will risk everything and everyone to get the money shots, and one of his crew members (Sarah Wayne Callies) who is as desperate to prove herself as she is to be reunited with her five-year-old daughter. And then there’s a pair of YouTube obsessed adrenaline junkies who continually flirt with the dangers presented by the storm in a bid to generate more views for themselves.

Quale’s film struggles to make you care about any of these characters, not least because it’s so obvious what is going to happen to them.

It’s therefore down to the effects to save the day and, to be fair, Quale does have some impressive devastation in his armoury, having clearly learnt from his time working with James Cameron on films such as Titanic and Avatar (he has also directed Final Destination 5).

Among the visual highlights are a fire twister and a widescreen shot of several 747s being swept along in the tornado path. But even then, Quale doesn’t always get things right given his decision to let a lot of the action unfold from a found footage, first person standpoint that impairs your vision while also making you feel nauseas.

It means that despite the best efforts of all concerned to try and deliver the most authentic portrayal of a twister-charged super-storm yet committed to film, the ensuing film will leave you feeling less than blown away.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 89mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: December 15, 2014