Catching up with Valhalla Rising…and the AFM et all

Man I am really jealous of Todd over at Twitch, He’s currently at the American Film Market checking out promo reels for a whole bunch of projects i’m really interested in. He’s seen some stuff from the live action adaption of ‘Blood: The Last vampire’

Blood The Last Vampire. The ultimate success of this one is going to depend largely on how convincing star Gianna Jun ends up being in English but on a purely visual level? Damn. This thing has definitely got the goods.

e.x.c.i.t.e.d.

but he’s also checked out the Promo Reel for the film i was babbling about a couple of posts back; Nicholas Winding Refn’s ‘Valhalla Rising’ starring Mads Mikelsen

Nicolas Winding Refn’s viking epic has been one of the most anticipated titles going in these parts from the day it was announced and if the promo reel that the Wild Bunch have on exhibition is any indication then Refn fans are going to be very, very happy. Mikkelsen looks stellar in the lead role, the rest of the cast is very strong, and this just looks like sparse, brutal perfection. Another winner from the director of Pusher.

Still not convinced, check out the on-set reports from Valhalla Girl on youtube. Or my favourite so far below…

Follow Todds excellent coverage of the AFM over at Twitch

and check out a bunch more images on flickr here

Marc Singer’s excellent ‘Dark Days’ on google video

I think i’ve talked about Dark Days before, and Marc Singers new film (now scrapped) ‘Warriors’. Dark Days was a great debut for Singer and made a big splash on the festival circuit when it was released back in 2000, and it still holds up as a great piece of documentary film.

DARK DAYS, a groundbreaking documentary from British director Marc Singer with a moving soundtrack from DJ Shadow, shows a way of life that is unimaginable to most people. The film focuses on a group of homeless people that live deep underground in an abandoned New York City railroad tunnel. During the daytime they scavenge for food on the streets of New York. At night, they retreat to the tunnel where they have built homes out of scrap metal, plastic, and plywood. They have electricity, furniture, and working kitchens, not to mention community, comradery, and the support of each other.

If you want to burn an hour and half you could do far worse than watch this (obviously I recommend you buying the dvd to appreciate it fully, but this is enough for you to get the flavour, oh and you can hear the brilliant soundtrack from DJ Shadow)

More ‘Terminator Salvation’ footage hits the net *updated*

*UPDATE* yeah it was bound to happen, it got taken down, however, seek and ye shall find *

This is currently being ‘disappeared’ in the mafia sense of the word from most places around the web, but luckily we still have a copy. It’s worth checking out if only because you get to see some more of Bale, more Sam Worthington (both interesting actors) and some more sweet robot action smashing some shit-up in the dessert.

The set-up of this movie gets me interested, unfortunately the ever-present retardo-named McG is there to give me a swift kick in the cock, and that coupled with things like ‘WE’VE GOT 10 DIFFERENT TERMINATORS IN THIS MOVIE’… makes me really fucking worried..

Bueller?

Trailer for Winding Refn’s ‘Bronson’ …hmmm

I wanted to catch this film at the London Film Festival but just couldn’t spare the time from my schedule of playing xbox in my pants and occasionally touching myself in the happy place. I really like Nicholas Winding Refn’s other work; the Pusher Trilogy, Bleeder, even ‘Fear X’ with John Turturro which i’m pretty sure nobody saw except for me…and perhaps John Turturro.. but maybe not. This on the other hand… I don’t know looks weird. I’m interested in Charles Bronson as a character (Britain’s most notorious prison inmate, spent 35 years in prison and even had a wing built to keep him away from the other prisoners and guards) but this looks a bit too much like it does nothing but glorifies who he is.

There’s a spate of books published here in the uk ‘written’ by retired east-end gangsters with titles like ‘Ronnie ‘The Teeth’ Collins: Portrait of a double-ard barstard’ that frankly make me want to puke. These are people that made a lot of money through extortion and violent crime, that are now admired and given book-deals because they’re real ‘cockerknees’. dogshit. So it might be an understatement to say that film versions of these kind of books… don’t interest me, much like the recently released ‘Cass‘.

I trust Refn based on his previous work to be smarter than this, and hopefully it’ll be a much more well rounded film and a film worth talking about.

I’ve no idea if ‘Bronson’ will make it to cinemas, but Winding Refn’s also got another movie (A viking film starring the awesome Mads Mikkelsen) in the pipeline that may well arrive before we see this released, until then dig out one of the pusher films (Also starring Mikkelsen) or FearX (see the trailer below)

Teaser poster crops up for Romero’s latest. Mmmm brains

So the title ‘Island of the Dead’ seems to have been scrapped for now… shame.. I wanted to see some sweet action on an island for a change

George.. please don’t fuck it-up. It’s just us. Come on, we’ll take this real slow. Remember how good your movies were? you remember don’t you? Remember flyboy? remember the Monroeville mall? remember Savini? yeah course you do. You don’t need handheld cameras and bullshit shakey cam. You’re George A. fuckin’ Romero, one of the fathers of modern horror. You’ve got nothing to prove. Let’s just pretend Diary of the Dead didn’t happen. sssshhh shhhhh come on. sleep…

I fucking love zombies. Fingers crossed this will be amazing, but there’s always new Norwegian zombie flick ‘Dead Snow’ to look forward too if it’s rubbish. (Teenagers in the snow + Nazi zombies = Munching = awesome)

Romero poster via shockillyoudrop (never would have guessed it from the giant fucking watermark across it would you)

Real ‘Fortress of Solitude’ found. Brandon Routh still missing.

When my buddy Gui showed me these photos I honestly thought they were Photoshopped, or faked in some way, but no, they are apparently real photos of a cave recently discovered in Mexico. Oh and nothing to do with superman… other than I thought they looked a lot like the Fortress of Solitude (Brandon Routh’s hotel room).

Check some of the other amazing photos here and here

Brandon Routh is incidentally still MIA after ‘Superman Returns’ AKA ‘Lifting Things : The Movie’ and word is he’s not returning for ‘Superman: Man of Steel‘ in 2011 (Though does pop-up in Zack & Miri as a sheepish gay pornstar) . Lets just hope it’s not his fucking piano-pushing latchkey kid taking his place. blargh

WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW?!?!! AKA ‘Hotel for Dogs’

really. REALLYYY?? someone actually pitched this. REALLY? Someone put money up for it. REALLY!?!?!?!!

although. it’s not exactly an original concept… :/