New and Upcoming Films

Contains swearing. Awesome swearing

Armando Iannuccis In The Loop is a hotly anticipated (by me, at least) satire in which the US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war.

The film is due to hit UK screens on April 17th and, to get you in the mood, the good folks at Empire have four exclusive clips / deleted scenes / webisodes (the borders are a bit porous) online, here (via Twitch).

And if that wasnt enough, two of the characters have have short but very entertaining Twitter accounts. Go take a look at Malcolm Tucker and his Chief Press Officer Jamie MacDonald.

The No Right Turn Postcard Collection

With the world premiere of independent feature film No Right Turn (review, trailer) fast approaching, the folks at Last Exit Productions have released a set of three promotional postcards.

Theyre gorgeous.

Surreal post-apocalyptic gorgeousness from Shane Acker

One film Ive been looking forward to seeing ever since I caught the trailer is 9. Shane Ackers feature length début tells the story of 9, a robot rag doll that comes to life in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction.

The film is being produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov and is an expansion of Ackers 2005 short film of the same name.

Late Film have managed to track down the short and it looks stunning. But dont take my word for it – go see for yourself.

One more time with TRON 2 and Daft Punk

Among the increasing avalanche of remakes and sequels that are being churned out at the moment is TRON 2, a sequel to the 1982 film starring Jeff Bridges. My attitude to this film has been to ignore it on the assumption that it will be yet another by-the-numbers piece of pap trading entirely on the name of its predecessor. Until now.

By way of Quiet Earth comes the remarkable news that bonkers electronica duo Daft Punk have signed up to provide the score.

While they have provided music for films in the past, and Interstella 5555 is derived from several of their songs, the duo havent written an entire score as yet. But they are one of the most original and entertaining bands in their genre, so whatever they come up with is going to be well worth listening to.

TRON 2 has just become a whole lot more interesting.

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Free film online: Nightmare in the Attic

A little over two years ago, I saw a film called Jigsaw, a very smart noirish thriller that was one of the strongest films I saw in 2006. At the time I was under the impression that this was writer/director Scott Stavens first film. It turns out that it wasnt.

Before Jigsaw, Staven made a film called Nightmare in the Attic. I havent yet watched the film but, from the logline, it does sound intriguing:

A revelation of a past unknown and a reoccurring nightmare leads a woman on a journey to find out the history of her amnesia victim boyfriend. But some things should just be left unknown.

Best of all, the film has been released online completely free so there really is no excuse not to go and take a look. I certainly will be doing so in the very near future.

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Bill Plympton talks Idiots and Angels

Bill Plympton is one of the most original animators working today. His 2008 film, Idiots and Angels is a dark comedy about a morally bankrupt man scrabbling to hide the good in himself - which manifests itself in a pair of angel wings that just won’t go away.

And in this short film, shot while he was promoting the film in Bordeaux, Plympton talks about Idiots and Angels.

Charisma Carpenter is not an Urban Scumbag

Variety (by way of Fangoria) is reporting that Charisma Carpenter has signed up to star in Vivid, a psychological horror from new British genre specialist Red Sparrow. The film is due to start shooting on location in London and Somerset.

Carpenter plays a New York writer who moves to a manor house in rural England and has to deal with not only the unfriendly residents, but frightening visions of bloodshed in her new home.

Red Sparrow do have a very interesting looking production slate, including John Landis’ The Bone Orchard, which sees Chinese vampires in the old west, and Cockneys Versus Zombies which, as far as I can tell, has nothing at all to do with the rather more amusingly titled Urban Scumbags vs. Countryside Zombies Reanimated by Maxim Matthew.

Schrödinger’s Girl in Warwick

Following on from yesterdays post about Schrödinger’s Girl, Ive heard from Huw Bowen that there will be a cast and crew screening on Sunday 18 January at the Warwick Arts Centre. Its not a formal premiere but they do have some extra tickets available.

If you are in the area and would like an early look at the film, email huw and tell him that Paul from Pulpmovies sent you. The email address is: huw DOT bowen AT gmail DOT com.

First ten minutes of Schrödinger’s Girl online

If you havent already seen the trailer for Huw Bowens science fiction film, Schrödinger’s Girl, you really should go here and check it out.

The film is about Rebecca (Abigail Tarttellin), a disgraced scientist conducting research into alternate universes. She finds a method of travelling between parallel worlds only to discover that her counterparts in these worlds have also been working on this problem in order to further agendas of their own.

If that isnt enough to excite your interest, you can see the first ten minutes of the film on YouTube, and I have to say that it does look very good indeed. We have three very different worlds and right from the outset it looks like the film is going to make a serious stab at addressing some serious SF issues.

As far as I can make out from the directors blog, production on the film is finished and their marketing effort is just getting going. All I can say at this stage is that this does look a film well worth keeping an eye out for and, if all else fails, they are looking at a DVD release before the end of the year.

Tick Tick Boom

Sometimes, a title is all you need. And when that title is Paris by Night of the Living Dead you can be sure not only of exactly what youre going to get but also that youre going to have a damn good time in the process.

Check out the promo reel after the fold

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