Category: Film

Amongst the throng of superhero movies that we're to expect on these shores in 2011, comes The Green Hornet.  Based on a 1930s radio hero, who has appeared in movies, tv series and comics ever since, Michel Gondry tries his rather marvellous hand on the world of the super.

Teaming up with comedy hero Seth Rogan, who writes and stars; Gondry looks to have delightfully blended humour and action with his quirky Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind / Be Kind Rewind style.  Following the life of playboy Britt Reid, Rogan's male Paris Hilton has his life flipped in it's head when his media mogul father is killed (Tom Wilkinson).  Helped by an odd employee of his pa's in Kato (Jay Chou), Reid realise he's been wasting his life and sets upon stopping crime in city, targeting Mob Boss Chudnofsky played by the awesome Christopher Waltz.  Packed to the rafters with gunfights, explosions and so much slow-mo, The Matrix should be credited as an influence; The Green Hornet appears to be everything we all love about superheroes.

But with Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern out in 5 months time, it'll be interesting to see which film will stand out in the one-on-one battle of the green.  We at Jack have a sneaking suspicion it'll be Rogan's release that'll top; looking distinctly slicker than Green Lantern, comfortably armed with Gondry's love of the original and a box office pull in Cameron Diaz in the female lead.  Time will only tell Jackers.

soho shorts rushes call for submissions

Rushes Soho Shorts calls for submissions for it's 13th celebration of everything short. The film festival is a not for profit annual event that bridges the gap between independent and commercial short film. Jack's there every year as many of the films are unmissable. The categories are as follows :

The Short Film Award
For live action, fictional work by experienced filmmakers in the UK, under 12 minutes
The Newcomer Award
For live action, fictional work by new filmmakers in the UK, under 12 minutes
The International Award
For live action, fictional work by filmmakers outside the UK, under 12 minutes
The Long Form Award
For live action, fictional work by filmmakers from around the world, under 30 minutes
The Documentary Award
For factual work by filmmakers from around the world,  under 12 minutes
The Animation Award
For factual and fictional work by filmmakers from around the world, under 12 minutes
The Music Video Award
For music promos by filmmakers from around the world, under 12 minutes
The Broadcast Design Award
For branded content, title sequences, idents, commercial sequences, spots,  digital posters and work specifically designed for multi-platform distribution including the Internet and mobile networks by filmmakers from around the world and under 5 minutes

Work can be submitted here and there is an entry fee of £15.00. Films will need to have been completed between 1st January 2010 and this coming April (11) and the submissions close on the 20th July. The Awards will then be on the 28th July 2011. Full Ts&Cs can be found here and you can see past winners here.

DC Comics is never shy of a few famous fans, but Helen Mirren?! You better believe it; as The Queen herself joins aging stars Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Brian Cox in the thoroughly enjoyable screen adaptation of DC Comics' three issue series 'RED'. (Psst it stands for Retired & Extremely Dangerous).

Directed by the man behind in limp Time Traveller's Wife, Robert Schwentke; we see Willis as retired Black Ops agent Frank Moses.  Bored with home life in paralysing suburbia, his only saving grace a daily phone-call with Sarah (Mary Louise Parker), a pension advisor to whom he has never met, Frank is suddenly attacked, escaping with his home in ruins and every mother f*cker dead.  Seeking help from Sarah & fellow retirees Joe (Freeman), Marvin (Malkovich), Victoria (Mirren) and Ivan (Cox), Willis discovers all is not swell at the CIA, who's Agent Cooper (Karl Urban) is given the task to kill him & his old cronies dead.

The storyline obviously offers up a wealth of fun fight sequences to the Gods, but its the cast that are the shining glory.  Each comfortable in their respective roles; Willis is a lovable bad-ass, Malkovich a crazy bastard and Freeman the softly spoken father figure, that you can't help but trust.  Mirren is a joy to watch on screen; classic posh English accent in tow, her love for weapons is an original touch that we'd love to see in more of her movies.  And it's this comic element that drives the flick home.  The script is quick as jokes come thick and fast from Malkovich in the comedy role.  Said to have been fed LSD everyday for 10 years, his brilliantly unhinged character steals the stage whenever on screen.  So it's no surprise that the flick has been included in the Best Comedy nominations in 2011's Golden Globe Awards.

If you're after a film that will stretch your cerebral side, you may avoid Red...but do so at your own peril.  It's perfect escapism; promising enough laughs, great performances and explosions to shake your pistol-shaped-stick at. And let's be many films will you see Helen Mirren in camoflage with a sniper rifle?!

(We at Jack watched the flick in London's awesome Prince Charles Cinema)