The Reel Filthy Movie News Roundup (13th April – 26th April)

words fae harry sambrook (@DriedCthulu)

Another week, another steaming handful of pop culture detritus. This week I’ll attempt to run through all the important stuff and why it will have a lasting impact in all of our lives forever. Remember to recite my opinions as your own so you can attempt to fill that empty void left by your meaningless relationships and lack of a personality (talking to you, Bobby).

Venom Trailer

Just as I had finished crafting this masterpiece of a report, Sony pictures decided to drop the Venom movie trailer, making me have to scrap my ramblings about the Deadpool trailer. Anyyyyyyyyway this trailer seems to show a lot more of the story elements of this film as well as a much awaited look at what Venom will look like. It’s still unclear about how much it will tie to the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe (my guess is, not at all) but it seems to be doing something interesting with itself despite Sony’s repeated attempts to beat this dead horse full of flies and used needles that is the expanded Spiderman universe.

One thing I have to say is that I cannot and will not believe that Tom Hardy is a news reporter. He looks like the doorman at my local dodgy nightclub, where they check you at the door for contraband. I mean, there’s a scene where he’s cornered in his flat by three or four generic looking disposable villains, and he looks like he could take them all out without the help of super powered space-liquorice. The terrifying presence of Tom Hardy aside, he is a good get and has a strange habit of making the most average of films actually good (e.g. Legend, 2015) and the venom voice and suit looking great and quite horrifying. This has actually made me excited for the film, despite the involvement of Sony.

James Cameron vs. Avengers

James Cameron recently had an interview with Indiewire in which he talked at length about his of the Avengers films and superhero films as well as his own upcoming Avatar sequels. His main point is that the avengers movies are just testosterone fuelled nonsense and that “there are other stories to tell”. Despite the fact that this is the man behind the Terminator films, which in my opinion are also testosterone fuelled nonsense, I can’t help but agree with him. Disney, our all-powerful overlords that govern our every film experience tend to take over the box office for periods of months and prevent other films from gaining any traction. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy these films as much as the next skrub but the current slate for the next few months includes Avengers: Infinity War, Solo: A Who Gives A Crap Story, The Incredibles 2, and Ant-Man & The Wasp. In my local cinema, independent films have only small chance of making any headlines when Avengers is showing 43 times a day for 2 months. Cameron then continues to talk about how his Avatar Sequels will follow a similar trend as the Godfather. Now a lot of people have taken that to mean he thinks they will be as good as the Godfather or it’s sequels but I think he just meant he wanted to emulate the generational aspect of these films in his sequels more than actually comparing them to some of the most highly regarded films of all time.

Fast and the Furious Netflix series

So this is unexpected. From the people that brought you Vin Diesel and his weird egg-shaped head and scowl combination that we know so well is teaming up with the studio that brought us such famed animated hits as Boss Baby: Back in Business and All Hail King Julian, comes a new Fast and the Furious animated TV show. And it’s coming to Netflix. This will be a short one as I care very little for the Fast and the Furious. In fact, I watched the 7th one on a plane in 2015 and had no idea what was happening I turned it off and watched Gone Girl instead. I can only imagine it’s the same as the last XXX film and that was balls and nonsense. Anyway, I’m sure this’ll be exciting for anyone who inexplicably likes this series.

Hot Summer Nights Trailer

Lastly we have a new trailer for the film Hot Summer Nights, starring Timothée Chalamet and Maika Monroe, release from A24. A24 is a smaller studio who has released an incredibly wide range of films, to varying degrees of success. Films I love such as Locke, Ex Machina, Room, Green Room, It Comes at Night, and The Lobster, as well as other films that I don’t like, such as Tusk and The Florida Project. Either way it can be said that they take risks and I am looking forward to seeing this latest release. Written and Directed by Elijah Bynum, it follows a coming of age story of a boy on holiday in Cape Cod. Although it seems like this is Bynum’s first film, I for one am looking forward to seeing what they’ll make out of this seemingly average story. I am definitely hoping for the weirdest shit possible. However, knowing the cinemas where I live, it’ll probably be a pushed out for a Star Wars anthology movie about the backstory of Princess Leia’s buns.

Well that’s it for this week for the news everyone. It was a joyous ride of ups and downs. Of stupid things being said and attempts at being funny. Thanks for reading. It should be said that these are the views of Sam from the Reel Filthy Podcast. The opinions don’t reflect Mac or anyone at Transistor. SO come at me Disney. Aye, that’ll do.

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The Reel Filthy Movie News Roundup (29th March-12th April 2018)

It came! It finally came! It’s Reel Filthy but finally transcribed for the intellectual in written form. A moment of literary importance that rivals Nietzsche’s ‘Beyond Good and Evil’. Anyhow, here are some things from the past week or so that peaked my interest and will make your pop culture obsessed pals think you’re cool by reciting.

HAN SOLO TRAILER 2

       I almost forgot this film was happening, what with the lack of marketing until the last month or so, with the film releasing as soon as the end of May. Strange for something as massive as a Star Wars film. Was this down to the apparently sizeable behind the scenes drama that happened over its production with directors being fired? Who knows, but it’s safe to assume that’s had a part in it. The first trailer arrived and had me skeptical with the lack of Solo himself, almost as if the studio weren’t confident in Aldenreich taking on the coveted role. I wasn’t massively impressed, but left intrigued. This time around however, hell with it, count me in.

This new trailer didn’t make the hairs on my arms stand or blow me away by any means, but I am left very curious about this Star Wars spinoff. Yes there’s the whole generic, “I’m putting together a crew” thing going on, but I just want to see the origins of things like Han’s trousers and chin scar. I don’t really care anymore, they’re going to pump at least one of these out every year for the foreseeable future so may as well see what expensive romp they have in store for us. See the new trailer for yourself below.

Leia in 'The Last Jedi'WAIT. *, SURPRISE RANDOM STORY SWOOPS IN* More Star Wars you say? The Last Jedi VFX Supervisor, Ben Morris has revealed that Lucasfilm are keeping ‘digital clones’ of every actor appearing in their films. This is in the same vein as Tarkin’s appearance in Rogue One, when a dead Peter Cushing was dragged back from the grave to feed Disney’s wallets to the tears of his family. I’ll admit though, whilst it was noticeable that Tarkin wasn’t real, the CG used was still admittedly impressive and will only get better. So there you go, hopefully, this doesn’t mean CG Leia in Episode XI next December, but only time will tell. Scary stuff.

TERMINATOR REBOOT PUSHED TO NOV 2019
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         Another year, another reboot. This time we have Terminator which already kinda rebooted but was a sequel in 2015 with Terminator Genysis. After being not as successful as was expected, it seems they’ve opted to re-reboot, this time with James Cameron involved in a Producing role. Tim Miller, director of Deadpool is set to direct, with an again returning Schwarzenegger alongside Linda Hamilton, reprising her role as Sarah Connor. Originally set for a July ’19 release, the film is now expected to stroll in on a zimmer frame in Nov ’19. Hopefully, with Cameron involved, this can turn out more like the original two, with the film to apparently ignore Terminator 3, as well as also start a trilogy, but the latter hasn’t been green lit as of yet. Good call perhaps? Learning their lessons? Maybe no post-credits this time with Dr Who?

LORD OF THE RINGS TV SERIES SET TO COST $1BILLION

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       Also in things you love but didn’t necessarily think you wanted more of, the rights to Lord of the Rings were recently purchased by Amazon for an estimated $250 million dollars after a bidding war with Netflix. This was back at the end of 2017, but now some more spicy tidbits are starting to come out, including that they plan to make five seasons of a Lord of the Rings TV series, a series that is being ballparked as costing around $1billion. As of yet, Peter Jackson who directed the spectacular Lord of the Rings trilogy and the spectacularly forgettable Hobbit trilogy is said to not be involved at this moment in time. Whether this changes or not is yet to be seen. My hope is they simply use the universe available to them make a new story, rather than retread and remake the already great films. Also what if the first series comes out and it’s rank? That’s a damn expensive risk. Essentially this could either be amazing or a sad, disappointing waste of time, but time will tell.

ALFONSO CUARON’S ROMA GETS PICKED UP BY NETFLIX

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UH OHHHH, sack your capeshit and Disney nonsense for a second folks, it’s time for Indie… stuff. I haven’t thought of a name for this segment. Ah well. Director of Children of Men, Alfonso Cuaron’s new film ‘Roma’, which follows a middle class family in Mexico City in the 70’s centering around the Corpus Christi massacre in which students were killed by Mexican soldiers, has been picked up by Netflix. As a result, however, it’s appearance at the highly coveted Cannes Film Festival next week is now uncertain.

This is due to the recent disputes ongoing in the industry, which puts into question whether streaming content should be considered for awards due to not being screened in cinemas. Personally, whilst I appreciate the experience of watching a film on a big screen, as every Marvel film says, “the world, is changing”. Perhaps these festivals should move with the times too, as the filmmaking process is still intact end of the day, it’s simply where people sit and watch them. As sad as it is to say, even I can acknowledge the kinoplexes like Cineworld are going to disappear eventually. As long as all that’s left are arthouse cinemas for kinophiles like myself to have the option, I’ll be happy.


So ehhh yeh, that’ll do for this one. From here on out, every fortnight we’ll be bringing news in between our own bi-weekly show ‘News and Reviewsss’, right here to BlinkClyro.com. Except minus the reviews, cause who has time for actually watching films am I right? Long as you can rhyme off the trivia, and that’s just what we’re here for. Catch you next time ya filthy animals!

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New Alt J material may be on the way

by liam menzies (@blnkclyr)

After their third LP Relaxer dropped last year, in addition to a curve-ball collaboration with metal act Code Orange, you’d expect English indie rock outfit Alt-J to take a bit of a breather during 2018 when they aren’t already extensively touring. This may not be the case though as fans of the Leeds act are convinced new material is on the way after recent information was revealed via a Facebook event.

Alt J - New LP
Source: Reddit

As you can see, the wording here implies that a new record will be on its way very soon. Whether that’ll be a collection of b-sides or a completely new LP is yet to be seen though a tweet from the band last night would imply that it’s more likely to be the latter.

Relaxer dropped in 2017 and was welcome with mixed reviews (as well as a positive one from ourselves). The band are set to play their final EU date tonight in Lithuania and will return to the UK on the 20th to play The Garage in London.

 

LISTEN: Jamie XX shares remix of “On Hold”

By Liam Menzies (@blnkclyr)

The XX have been on a roll this year, dropping their third album I See You to critical acclaim as well as following it up with an extensive tour. Most of this positive feedback came from the greater role Jamie XX’s production was allowed to play, his trademark expertise in sampling shining through. Releasing a remix of the LP’s first single On Hold on Annie Mac’s show earlier today, Jamie showed he hasn’t lost his knack.

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Track Review: Beck – Dear Life

By Kieran Cannon (@kiercannon)

Regular listeners will have learned by now to expect the unexpected when Beck announces new music. The Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist has roots in folk and blues but over the years has served up a bewildering array of styles, incorporating everything from lo-fi to country to hip hop in his extensive back catalogue. His latest offering, Dear Life, arrives hot off the heels of a long-awaited announcement confirming the release date of Colors, his first full-length LP since 2014. Due to be released October 13th on Capitol Records, this record signals yet another departure from the laid-back folk rock of Morning Phase towards a more pop driven style, influenced in no small measure by Prince and LSD-era Beatles. Check out the music video below, featuring a bizarre montage of psychedelic-drenched clips narrated by lyrics.

The fourth single to be released from the upcoming album, Dear Life follows the precedent set by the others and ushers in a new era of poppy, upbeat Beck – with a twist. While the rest of the album is set to be packed with euphoric summer anthems, such as the uptempo scratchy-guitar driven Dreams, this latest single hides an existential cry for help behind funky piano melodies and layers of psychedelia. If the rest of the album is outburst of happiness, an expression of contentment with his marriage then this particular number serves as a counterbalance. “Dear life, I’m holding on / How long must I wait / Before the thrill is gone” the chorus rings out, a cynical rebuke to the relentless optimism displayed so far: surely it is only a matter of time until the roof caves in around him?

Until recently, Beck was seemingly no wiser to the planned release date of Colors than anyone else; however, he has developed a coherent vision about what lines the new material will tread – “it’s not retro and not modern“. Despite this and the undoubtedly catchy piano/drum combination, it seems to lack the cutting edge of tracks from comparable albums such as Midnite Vultures. Most of his output merits repeated listening to uncover moments of sharp wit, clever turns of phrase or passages sung with tongue planted firmly in cheek but the renowned wordsmith appears to be going down the route of straightforward, face value pop with his most recent offering. Whether he can effectively pull this off throughout the course of the whole album remains to be seen.

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Podcast: The Blinkclyro Hour #2

Tyler The Creator Review – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/25/album-review-tyler-the-creator-flower-boy/

Clickbait Cop: Consequence Of Sound’s Tyler The Creator Review – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/20/click-bait-cop-consequence-of-sounds-tyler-the-creator-review/

Motorhead Top 10 Albums – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/21/ranked-the-10-best-motorhead-albums/

Foster The People Review – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/26/album-review-foster-the-people-sacred-hearts-club/

Dizzee Rascal Review – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/24/album-review-dizzee-rascal-raskit/

Declan McKenna Review – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/23/declan-mckenna-debut-review/

Mental Health Piece – https://blinkclyro.com/2017/07/20/the-stigma-surrounding-mens-mental-health/


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New Wolf Alice Track Dropping Tomorrow

By Liam Menzies (@blnkclyr

If you’ve been eagerly anticipating a new track from Wolf Alice then your prayers have been answered!

Having already teased fans with the rage-fuelled Yuk Foo, the indie rock outfit are set to appear on Beats 1 tomorrow (July 5th) at 5.30pm to show off a new track. Titled Don’t Delete The Kisses, the song is set to appear on the band’s anticipated sophomore record Visions Of A Life which drops September 29th.

In addition to some new songs, Wolf Alice have also announced a world tour, including a UK leg that begins in November. Dates for the gigs are below:

08 Bristol, O2 Academy
09 Manchester, O2 Apollo
11 Glasgow, Barrowlands
13 Newcastle, 02 Academy
15 Nottingham, Rock City
16 Birmingham, O2 Academy
17 Norwich, UEA
18 Leeds, O2 Academy
20 Brighton, Dome
21 Southampton, O2 Guildhall
24 London, Alexandra Palace
27 Belfast, Ulster Hall
28 Dublin, Olympia


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What We Want From This Year’s E3

By Adam Ouakli (@AdamOuakli)

It’s that time of year again, gamers! Yep, E3 is just around the corner and this year, it’s open to the public. With less than a week to go until the biggest event of the year on the gaming calendar, we got thinking about what exactly we want to see at this year’s show.

The event is set to run from June 13th to June 15th but before that, we are going to be treated to press conferences from the bigger companies on the days leading up to the event. Here are the times of the presentations:

Saturday 10th June

  • EA – 8pm GMT

Sunday 11th June

  • Bethesda – 5am GMT
  • Microsoft – 10pm GMT

Monday 12th June

  • Sony – 5am GMT
  • Ubisoft – 10pm GMT

Tuesday 13th June

  • Nintendo – 5pm GMT

With that out of the way, let’s see what these gaming juggernauts are set to reveal and what we want to see them announce:

Xbox Will Show Off The 4K Scorpio

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The showpiece of the weekend will inevitably be the Xbox Scorpio. No other company is revealing a new console and although we got a sneak peek at the Scorpio at last year’s E3, we expect to learn more about specs and hopefully get a release date. Microsoft has already shown us a snippet of what the console is capable of with a very short trailer of a new Forza game (which is likely to debut) but we want to see more. We want to see what its full capabilities are and what games will be released for it in glorious 4K. Perhaps Gears of War 5? Perhaps a new Halo game or re-master, perhaps not. Fans can dream.

Sony’s Main Focus Will Be On Games

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Sony will be going into E3 this year without any new hardware to reveal. This means that their focus will be almost entirely on game releases. We are expecting a whole heap of games to get excited about. We know about some of the titles we expect to be showcased already: Spider-Man, Days Gone, Detroit: Become Human and the highly anticipated sequel to what many consider to be one of the greatest games of all time; The Last of Us. A new God of War game would be quite nice too. Hopefully, we’ll see trailers or even gameplay for most if not all of these titles.

What Games Do We Want To See

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We can expect a Destiny 2 trailer and a Call of Duty WWII trailer. Fingers crossed that Activision will have some gameplay to show us from CoD WWII. If we’re lucky we might even get a sneak peek at some multiplayer.

Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding will most likely make an appearance. We have already seen a short trailer of the game but we hope that there will be some new gameplay to show off.  After all who doesn’t want to see some more of Mads Mikkelsen and Guillermo del Toro?

Another game some of us desperately want an update on is the Final Fantasy VII remake that was announced at E3 back in 2015. It hasn’t been long since Final Fantasy XV was released but Square Enix cannot tease fans on such a matter. This is serious stuff. We want that FF7 remake and we want it now.

Some of the bigger announcements will be coming from the likes of EA, Ubisoft and (we hope) Bethesda.

EA will inevitably showcase its yearly football instalment FIFA 18. A new Need for Speed game will also most likely be showcased. EA’s most hyped unveiling will be Star Wars Battlefront 2. After a disappointing 2015 revamp of the old classic, from what we’ve seen already, the second instalment will include different generations, and, wait for it, single player. Finally. We weren’t asking for much.

Nintendo Will Have To Amp It Up This Year

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Nintendo will have to unveil a lot of exciting things this year to keep fans interested. It’s been just over 3 months since the Nintendo Switch was released, and fans are itching for new titles to be announced with a very limited line-up so far. We’re looking for new exclusive games like a new Mario game; in particular, we expect to hear more about Super Mario Odyssey. Fans of Nintendo will be hoping and praying that a new Metroid game will be unveiled. We’ll be holding our breath. We probably shouldn’t though.

E3 Disappointment For Pokémon Fans?

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Pokémon fans who are expecting a big announcement at E3 will probably be disappointed. Nintendo broadcast its yearly Pokémon Direct on Tuesday which promised a ‘big announcement’ which left fans wondering what it could be. Could it be a new game in the series for the switch? Could it be the rumoured Pokémon Stars after the release of Sun and Moon last year?

Wrong and Wrong. Two of the series’ classics, Pokemon Gold and Silver will be coming to the Virtual Console on the Nintendo 3DS store for download in September. Nostalgic? Yes. Exciting? Perhaps a little. Ground-breaking announcement? No.

We will be seeing two new Pokémon games, however. Announced along with Gold and Silver were two new additions to the 3DS: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, featuring new story-lines and Pokémon but still set in Alola. Kind of like when Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 followed on from Black and White.

Oh yeah, Pokken Tournament is also coming to Switch. The Pokémon fighting game, until now only available in Japan, will be released on Nintendo Switch on September 22nd.

Nintendo’s presentation last year was a bit underwhelming despite showing off Zelda: Breath of the Wild so we’re hoping they do a bit better this year.

Ubisoft Will Show Off Some Big Titles

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Ubisoft could potentially steal the show this year in terms of unveiling new titles. A new Assassin’s Creed trailer or demo is expected along with a more detailed look at Far Cry 5 which looks like it could be the best Far Cry game to date. We’ve already been treated to a trailer of the new Far Cry but a better look at it and possibly some gameplay could make it one of the most exciting showcases of the weekend. Also, remember that South Park game that’s been shown off the past two years? You’d be forgiven for not due to the constant delays that The Fractured But Whole has recieved but with a firm 2017 release date, expect to see Ubisoft show a lot of gameplay off, or at least some sort of cinematic trailer. Let’s just forget that Mario-Rabbids crossover, okay?

Will Bethesda Deliver?

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From this year’s E3 I want one thing. One simple thing. I want an Elder Scrolls game. Prey is fine. Quake Champions is okay. They may announce a new Wolfenstein game, good. But what we all want is another Elder Scrolls game. Please, Bethesda?


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FRESH VID: Mac DeMarco Befriends Death On ‘One Another’

By Liam Menzies (@blnkclyr)

Jizz-jazz pioneer Mac DeMarco is no stranger to the, well, strange. While he may have got a lot more serious and mature on his latest album This Old Dog (review here), his latest music video for One Another shows that he’s still got a funny bone. Hyped up as a “fish out of water, buddy flick“, the Canadian rocker finds himself befriending none other than death itself with whom he has a great bond with but one major setback: they can look but cannot touch. The video, directed and written by Pierce McGarry even has its very own twist that I won’t spoil here, just go watch it down below. With hot reviews such as “Man the chemistry between the two leads is palpable on screen”  by a Professional Reviewer, DeMarco has his Oscar Bait ready.

 


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Sacramento Rockers Sages Are Back With ‘Close Your Eyes’

By Liam Menzies (@blinkclyro)

Hot off the back of re-releasing their Sleepwalker LP, Californian five-piece Sages haven’t let the creative juices fizzle with the reveal of new single Close Your Eyes. The band, best known for their ambiguous lyricism and visceral narrative, continue their staples traits on the newly released track: channeling a lot of influences (Deftones and Tesseract to name but a few), Sages manage to mix the new with the familiar enough to stop them from walking into a trodden path. According to Dino Vidovich of the band, the track has multiple interpretations:

In one context, it’s about a man who is broken over losing a loved one, and he wants to reconnect with her in his dreams, but she keeps telling him not to fall asleep, because she’s going to haunt him. It’s an interesting situation. However, It’s also symbolic of being spiritually guided to stay “awake” and not succumb to the illusions of desires and attachments.

Announcing a bunch of new tour dates alongside this track, Sages are beginning to kick their career into top gear thanks to some extensive coverage from the likes of Alternative Press and Tattoo.com.

Tour Dates: 

May 27 @ Country Club Saloon – Loomis, CA
 
June 7 @ Powerhouse Pub – Folsom, CA
 
June 24 @ Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
 
August 4 @ Goldfield Trading Post – Sacramento, CA w/ Black Map
 
August 19  @ Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA

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