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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Review

Yes, everyone’s favourite fedora-wearing professor is back on the block. A mere 19 years after The Last Crusade, Spielberg and Lucas have brought one of cinema’s greatest icons out of cold storage, and thrown him into the start of the Cold War. And the good news is they haven’t done a terrible job.

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Life on the floor…

As I mentioned once before, I work in a cinema, watch films a lot, and am a (sometime) film journalist. A triple threat, if you will. This post is all about my weekend in the cinema. Its content is fairly self-explanatory, you’ll see it if you read on. Well, go on then. ***Warning – this contains what could be seen as a spoiler for 10,000 BC. But only if you thought the ending wouldn’t involve a Mammoth in one way or another.***

Working in a small city-centre cinema, the reactions we get to films are a bit, well, they’re not what you might expect. Absolutely nobody went to see Vantage Point last week, yet a good 50 people nearly filled the tiny screen it was in Sat. and Sun. Nobody really bit on the previews for Horton, despite him clearing house in Amewica, and apparently there are still plenty of people who haven’t seen Juno.

 It just goes to show that there’s no accounting for people – plug the hell out of a film pre-release and nobody comes to see it; try and drop it like a stone and they’re on it like hobos on a bindle. Mind you, our cinema was still showing Atonement the week after it came out on DVD.

 At least there was one thing that everyone could agree on – 10,000 BC. “Total shit” is what I’m hearing from the punters, shit with an nonsensical ending involving a heart-to-heart with a mammoth.

Oh, and I hit my head on an ice-cream cabinet, due to hitting it on a poster case. That was a sore one.

Trailer Park: Diary of the Dead…

For those of us who can’t get to preview screenings, for whatever reason (more on that later), and refuse to believe in the opinions of critics, the Trailer is still the most important inkling of what a new film’s all about. Good trailers give you a snapshot of the film, great trailers blind you to the fact that a film could be a bit shit, and a bad trailer means you won’t even get in the door of the multiplex/arthouse/fleapit. So Trailer Park is my way of previewing forthcoming releases, by reviewing the trailers. A plan…

Diary of the Dead

Just when you thought it was safe to get the video camera out, George A. Romero pops up, with Diary of the Dead showing us that even in a zombie holocaust, youtube still needs a-filling, and there’ll be teens with camcorders to get the job done.

The trailer itself is genius – the ‘electronic interference’ font, the zombies, and the line “There’s a zombie walking around – shoot it in the head!”. High-octane, creepy, zombie action. While the concept of zombies on home video may be easy to get across, this trailer’s got to be lauded for doing it in such a stylish way

8/10 – Face it, you’re going to want to see it after seeing that.

The Other Boleyn Girl

There was a preview of this in the cinema tonight, take-up of the free tickets was so great that I personally had to tell around 25 people that, umm, there were no seats. So there’s demand for this, although mostly among older middle-class women from what I saw. As for the trailer, well this is what happens when you try to boil down an entire film into 2 minutes. The result is an overbearing voiceover, shagging, costumes, DRAMATIC music, and some highly questionable accents.

6/10 – The kind of trailer that is only ever going to get the standard period drama audience to come out.

The Gameplan

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. A little girl. A bulldog. An American sport. It’s like the set-up for a joke. And the trailer doesn’t really make much headway in that kind of thinking. For starters, kids won’t give 2 shits about the overly-dramatic and unconvincing pocket portrayal of Johnson as an NFL great. Things just get worse from there, complete with a ‘Stanley’s Cup’ voiceover and a shot of a dog in a tutu.

3/10 – If you don’t like the idea of a wrestler acting alongside a child in a coming-of-age comedy, this isn’t going to change your mind.

The ‘barn is open…

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This is the Moviebarn, a movie blog written by a student journalist/cinema worker (that’s one person). It’ll feature movie news, reviews, features, and other such chatter.