Battle: Los Angeles

The trailers so far for this sure to be blockbuster have been slowly building momentum, teasing more and more of the good stuff over the past few months. This last trailer seems to indicate a nice mix of Cloverfield, Aliens and District 9. All these should bring to the mix a great disaster, alien, popcorn flick, although I’m hoping for a stand out, new ground flick nonetheless with a touch of its own something to make it stand out.

Trailer here.

Scott Pilgrim Versus The World

I went to see this film at the flicks the other night and it is downright one of the weirdest films I have seen in ages. I know nowt of the comic books and was very sleepy when I sat down to watch, but it still struck me as funny, entertaining, action-packed and off kilter. It starts off relatively normal with a nice comic book style to it (‘DING DONG’ popping up on-screen when the door bell goes and lightning bolts coming out of the guitars the main characters play). I thought this was very stylistic. Twenty minutes in and suddenly it goes full hell for leather with the stylisticness (a word?). Michael Cera is fast becoming one of my favourite comedic actors and the supporting cast add to this films likeability. Kieran Culkin was good as Cera’s gay room-mate with some good one-liners, and Cera’s girlfriend Knives Chau (yes her name is Knives!) is funny as the young, dumb and smitten GF.

The plot follows Cera as he meets Ramona Flowers and quickly falls head over heels with her. To win her affections he must defeat her seven evil exes…in a fight to the death. It’s all very PG and the fact that as he defeats them (via death) it’s all glossed over in a Super Mario-style winning of coins as opposed to blood and guts. It is very stylistic and congrats to the production designer for realising this strange mix of reality and anime-esque alternative universe. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but well worth a look. Plus it has a welcome return to the big screen for Brandon Routh (aka: new Superman) who hasn’t really made an impact after his stellar turn as The Man Of Steel.

IMDB page here, and trailer here.

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