First thing I should say, is this shouldn’t be confused with the SyFy TV show Continuum… Or the Stargate movie Stargate: Continuum. In fact the movie when it had it’s American cinema release was call ‘I’ll Follow You Down’, which i’ll admit, isn’t the best title, but it’s a damn sight less confusing. I’m sure the idea was to give the film a more scifi title, but they could have picked something that wasn’t already in use by 2 established tv franchises!
So, with that out of the way, back to the review…
The film stars follow the story of a married couple, Marika (Gillian Anderson – X-Files, The Fall) & Gabriel (Rufus Sewell – The Holiday, A Knight’s Tale), and their young son Erol (John Paul Ruttan – Robocop, Murdoch Mysteries). The family head to the airport to see off Gabriel to give a physics lecture at a conference, and all seems fine. That is until they come to pick him up a few day’s later, and he’s not on the plane, not answering his phone, and no one can find him. Skip forward 12 years, Erol has grown into The Sixth Sense’s Haley Joel Osment, and he’s managed for his life to continued on. However, Marika has never got over not knowing what happened to him, and has been battling depression over the loss. It’s not until Erol’s grandfather (Victor Garber – Alias, The Flash), who is also a physic’s professor, reveals he think’s he knows what happened to Erol’s father, and it relates to some ground breaking research Gabriel was working on… and that he might still be alive… Although to reach him, they may have to destroy everything they know, and change the past to bring him back.
If you’re looking for some big sci-fi epic, this really isn’t it. Although their are sci-fi elements to the story, the real focus here is on whether Erol is prepared to sacrifice everything to bring his father back. Writer/Director Richie Mehta has a fairly laid back style and produces a movie which is interesting, but could have done with a little more bite to it. The main plot points are somewhat predictable, and serve as a catalyst to push Erol towards finding his father. It might have been rather more interesting had he had to make more moral choices, rather than fate pushing him towards the inevitable goal. The cast give solid performances all around, and Osment in particular proves that he’s lost none of the skill that one him the Oscar nomination all those years ago.
For me it’s a film that’s solidly performed and directed, but could maybe have done with a little more tension and a little less predictable script. Not a bad movie, and worth watching if you’re a fan of the actors involved, or you’re looking for something to view on a Saturday night in.
7/10 – Solid enough film, a bit let down by the script.
We’re back to out usually timeslot and this week sees the return of regular co-host Chris! Discussions on the show this week include:
- A look back at last week’s tv and talk of the return to the UK of THE ORIGINALS
- We talk about the sad loss of the iconic Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy.
- Bringing you the latest TV & Film news – including news of a possible new spin-off from Flash & Arrow.
- Bring you all the latest air date info, and a look forward to tv in the next 7 days
For all the latest uk tv premiere information, check out the UK Air Dates page here.
The full version and frankly awesome video of Leonard Nimoy’s ‘The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins’.
Link to Amazon Prime Instant Video if you want to sign up to be ready for the arrival of OUTLANDER on the 26th March 2015.
Geektown Radio : Episode 7
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Ahh yes… Nicolas Cage… It’s fair to refer to him as a man with, shall we call it, an ‘eclectic’ career…
His work has spanning the decades and across genres, with forays into action, drama and comic book adaptations, some with great success… Some, not so much… However, to celebrate the release of his latest film, Dying of the Light, out on Blu-ray and DVD from the 2nd March 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment, we take a look back at some of his better roles.
Dying of The Light (2015)
This brilliant thriller, directed by Paul Schrader and executive produced by cinematic wunderkind Nicolas Winding Refn, stars Cage as Evan Lake, a desk-bound Langley CIA agent, forced into retirement by signs of early onset dementia. At the same time he discovers that his former nemesis, Jihadist Muhhamed Banir (Alexander Karim – Zero Dark Thirty, TV’s Tyrant), is not dead as has been assumed for the last two decades, but alive and receiving experimental medical treatment. Banir’s exact location is unknown but with the help of a disgraced young agent (Anton Yelchin), Evan sets out to track down and confront him before it is too late for both of them…
This classic romantic comedy won Oscars for Cher, Olympia Dukakis, and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley, but Cage’s turn as the main romantic interest cannot be overlooked. Moonstruck tells the story of widowed bookkeeper Loretta Castorini (Cher) who has agreed to marry Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello). When Johnny leaves for a trip to visit family, Loretta is tasked with attempting to mend relations between Johnny and his volatile brother, bakery operator Ronny (Cage). However, complications arise when Loretta and Ronny find themselves utterly and irresistibly attracted to one another…
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Cage won a Leading Actor Oscar for this film, in which he plays Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. On arrival, he forms a bizarre friendship with prostitute Sera (Elizabeth Shue) after nearly running her over, and they eventually move in together… but their self destructive patterns of behaviour threaten to drive them apart. Cage famously admitted to being genuinely drunk while filming some scenes, in order to add authenticity to the character.
Con Air (1997)
Cage stars alongside John Cusack and John Malkovich in this action thriller, and plays Cameron Poe, a US Army Ranger, imprisoned for involuntary manslaughter for seven years. When he becomes eligible for parole he is forced to share an airplane with some of the country’s most dangerous criminals, including notorious serial killer Cyrus ‘The Virus’ Grissom (Malkovich). When the criminals hijack the plane, Cameron has to find a way to stop them, all the while maintaining his facade as ‘one of them’.
This cult favourite is often cited as one of the greatest action films of the nineties- and with good reason. Cage stars as Castor Troy, a criminal genius responsible for the death of the son of FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta). Troy has planted a time bomb that could wipe out Los Angeles – and refuses to reveal its location. Troy’s brother, Pollux (Alessandro Nivola) is also aware of the location of the bomb- so FBI scientists hatch an ingenious plot: using experimental surgery, they graft Troy’s face temporarily onto Archer’s head to allow him to question Pollux without suspicion. But once Archer has taken Troy’s face, Troy regains consciousness and forces the doctors to give him Archer’s face. Now Troy has practically the entire FBI fooled, and Archer is stuck with virtually nowhere to turn…
Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000)
This remake of the 1974 action thriller of the same name was a major hit on release- and stars Cage alongside Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi and Timothy Olyphant. Cage plays Memphis Raines, a brilliant car thief who has his retirement plans delayed when his younger brother Kip (Ribisi) runs afoul of a vicious crime boss. Raines agrees to steal 50 luxury cars in one night, with the help of other car thieves, including Sara “Sway” Wayland (Jolie), in order to get his brother out of harms way. But first, he’ll have to outwit a rival group of thieves, as well as evade Castlebeck (Delroy Lindo) and Drycoff (Olyphant)- the two detectives who are on his trail…
Lord of War (2005)
This film charts the rise and fall of arms dealer Yuri Orlov (Cage), starting in the 1980s in Little Odessa, selling guns to local mobsters, all the way through to the early 90s, where he formed a partnership with an African warlord and his psychotic son. Co-starring Bridget Moynahan and Jared Leto, the characted of Orlov is said to have been modelled on real life arms dealer Viktor Bout, who became one of the world’s biggest arms dealers after working as a Russian lieutenant, and was finally arrested in 2008.
This wildly successful adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jnr’s comic book featured an all-star cast including Aaron Taylor Johnson as the titular reluctant superhero, alongside Chloe Grace Moretz as the irrepressible Hit-Girl. The action-packed comedy follows the exploits of Dave Lizewski (Taylor-Johnson), an introverted student and comic book fan who decides to become a super-hero, even though he has absolutely no powers or real incentive to do so. Cage provides wonderfully off-the-wall support as superhero veteran- and Hit-Girls father- Damon Macready, AKA Big Daddy.
Dying of the Light is available on Blu-ray and DVD from the 2nd March 2015, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.
With the next Birmingham Comic Con due to arrive next month, I thought it was about time I posted the rest of the Indie Comic interviews I did at the end of last year!
We’ll kick them back off with Thomas Coulter, talking about his book Blood Tear, where he started off by explaining what the comic was about…
TC: Blood Tear is about a young man, living in Liverpool, little down on his luck, and accidentally inherits the role of the Grim Reaper! Not sure of what his powers and abilities are, he actually becomes a superhero!
GT: Okay! Does he get any help of guidance in this?
TC: Slightly yes… Not willingly, but he does get some, but little does he know, he’s actually being hunted down by the man who was supposed to become the Grim Reaper. So he’s not only trying to be a noob superhero, but also being headhunted at the same time!
GT: Awesome! It’s a very nice looking book. You’re the writer and the artist… and it’s in full colour. That’s a heck of a lot of work!
TC: It’s a LOT of work, yeh! It’s slow but it’s a labour of love!
GT: What got you into drawing comics?
TC: Mainly reading them growing up, and wanting to really be part of the whole comic universe. Reading other things, and seeing stories, and thinking ‘aww, why did they do it like that, I’d have done it my own way…’ So decided to do it my own way!
GT: How do you find the process of getting you comic books done, printed and getting to shows?
TC: It’s a bit difficult and time consuming, but I think if you’ve got the right passion for it, and the right ‘know how’….and the right people pushing you (pointing at his girlfriend, who’s with him on the stand.)
GT: So what are you doing next? Another issue of Blood Tear?
I’ve got plenty of new issues coming up! It’s going to be a long running series. I may try out a few smaller projects, but Blood Tear is my main thing.
As we mentioned a few weeks ago, a report broke that it was Amazon who would be airing the long awaited time-hopping, Scottish based drama. It’s been out nearly a year in the US, but conspicuously absent from UK tv screens. To the annoyance of some of our Highland brethren who don’t have the best internet connections, it’ll still be missing from ‘traditional’ TV as it arrives to Amazon’s popular (but ridiculously named) streaming service.
Based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, the show tells the story of a WW2 nurse who gets chucked back in time to 1743.
Outlander will be available from Thursday the 26th of March on Amazon Prime Instant Video with the first 8 episodes being added together, then each new episode being added weekly from 5th April, less then 24hrs after their US airing.
For those of you of a certain generation (i’m waving at those of you the wrong side of 35), you’ll probably have memories of many of a Saturday morning watching such classic breakfast fair as ‘The Wide Awake Club’ or even ‘SM:TV’, and you’ll remember this rather distinctive theme…
Well, it’s now coming back for a new generation! Here’s the press release:
An all-new “DuckTales,” an animated comedy series based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, has been ordered for launch in 2017 on Disney XD channels around the world. Set to be produced by Disney Television Animation, the new series will again star Disney’s enduringly popular characters: Scrooge McDuck, his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and Donald Duck. The announcement was made today by Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD.
Buhaj said, “DuckTales’ has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history; it drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books, and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”
The new series’ adventures will once again take viewers along as Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews – Huey, Dewey and Louie – and the optimistic yet temperamental Donald Duck embark on high-flying adventures worldwide. Other beloved characters slated to be in the new stories are: Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley and Webbigail Vanderquack.
A generation’s seminal cartoon, the Emmy Award-winning “DuckTales” led the daily syndicated cartoon block “The Disney Afternoon” with 100 episodes produced by Disney Television Animation from 1987-90. An animated theatrical film, “DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp” premiered in 1990.
The new run of DUCKTALES is due to start on Disney XD in 2017 in the US, so its extremely likely it’ll be on Disney XD UK around the same time.