When The Blair Witch Project emerged as a totally unexpected sensational hit, the found-footage style boomed into the filmic stratosphere and has since been intrinsically tied to the horror genre, for better or for worse. The moc-doc, though, has had a new lease of life breathed into it with films like Cloverfield and the brilliant Troll Hunter, rightly seeing its unique appeal and seemingly limitless potential beyond horror. Chronicle is the latest effort to revitalise the style, and does so to incredible effect, merging it flawlessly with the superhero sci-fi.
After the great success of last year’s X-Men First Class, director Matthew Vaughan has been recruited to start work on a follow up. 20th Century Fox were reportedly very pleased with the franchise reboot and luckily the critics roundly agreed. Vaughan’s movie was, for me, the stand out comic book movie of 2011 and the decision to relocate the action back to the 1960’s was an inspired one.
So icy it's glacial, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is released this week on DVD and Blu Ray and we have two copies to give away.
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons. What follows is a maze of cross and double cross, bluff and double bluff, as Smiley tracks down his quarry.
As ever with our competitions, this one is a doddle to enter - all you need to do is follow our twitterfeed (@lostintheplex) and retweet our competition message. Click through to the story and leave a comment if you want to draw our attention to you a little more.
Best of luck.
It has been some time since we saw an update from Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino's first direct forray into the spaghetti western genre, but now that the production has kicked into gear we finally have something more substantial than a constant procession of exciting casting announcements.
Marc Webb’s superhero franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man may be some way off - but the promotion campaign is already underway, with exclusive footage to be screened next week to various cities around the world.
Ever wondered just what Ferris Bueller might have done now he's way past the days of ditching school? If the marketing execs at Honda are to be believed, he'd be eager to flog us all a brand new set of wheels during this years Super Bowl.
It would appear another sequel to The Hangover is on the cards and the three stars of the first two movies are rumoured to have negotiated bumper pay deals in order to appear. The recent Hangover sequel was definitely a box office success (if not a critical one), so it’s no surprise that Warner Brothers were keen on pushing through a deal for a third outing.
Betrayed and left for dead, the young Japanese samurai Yamada finds a new home in Siam and soon faces his greatest battle against the elite warriors he once regarded as brothers. If you are a fan of Muay Thai, this is a competition you'll want to enter.
The film, available from Showbox Media, was released today and immediately kicked lesser martial arts DVDs straight in the chops. We've got a couple of copies to give away - all you need to do is follow us on twitter @lostintheplex and retweet our competition message.
This is a quick turnaround comp - we'll be drawing tomorrow.
It seems that nary has a week gone by when we haven’t been treated to a combination of potential classics and absolute stinkers at the box office. This week (and very much on the plus side) Oscar hottie The Descendants washes up on our very un-Hawaiian shores, the suitably snowy Liam Neeson extravaganza The Grey crash lands and an ocean separates young lovers in Like Crazy. Shonky alternatives arrive in the form of Brit flick Mercenaries and Clive Owen horror vehicle Intruders.
Last week I paid a visit to the local multiplex and caught a busy screening of Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut Coriolanus. When I emerged from the screen a couple of hours later rather saddened and shaking my head in disbelief. It wasn't to do with the quality of the film (3/5 if you are interested) but from what occurred in the auditorium during the screening.
Within the first fifteen minutes I witnessed twenty people leave and not return. Why? It couldn't have been the quality of the film because they had not had enough time to really give it a chance. No, they left because *spoiler alert* this adaptation of the Shakespeare play Coriolanus was performed in the original Shakespearean iambic pentameter.