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Pirate Radio—also known by its original, less insipid title, The Boat That Rocked—really wants you to like it. It’s an exuberant, rowdy dose of Rock ‘n’ Roll silliness, sloppily but enjoyably slapped together with a continuous stream of classic ’60s tunes blasting in the background. It’s also an entirely inconsequential affair, lacking any real desire to thoughtfully tackle the historical significance or impact of illegal radio stations in Europe, or even approach its near dozen subplots with the slightest bit of honest emotion or genuine character interaction. And frankly, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, so long as all you’re looking for is a rollicking bit of escapist fun. It’s the sort of movie where one of its antagonists—the right-hand man to a stuffy government minister who hates all things considered cool or fun—has the name Twat, and is repeatedly referred to as such. That should suitably demonstrate the level of depth we’re talking about here.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A commentary from director Richard Curtis, producer Hilary Bevan Jones and actors Nick Frost and Chris O’Dowd, and deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 6 featurettes (“Tuning In”, “7 of Heaven”, “All at Sea”, “Getting Ship Shape”, “Hitting the Decks”, “Mark’s Love Den”).
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Written and directed by Peter Stebbings, and starring Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings, Defendor is a superhero dramedy which centers around three characters: an everyday guy who comes to believe he’s a superhero, his psychiatrist, and the teenager prostitute he befriends. It’s part Kick-Ass, part Sopranos, and part Kpax. I screened the film at the premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and can tell you that it is not your typical superhero movie. Actually, it features no super powers, and the vigilantism is more Home Alone than Death Wish. It’s a character piece with both dramatic and comic elements. It is worth checking out, but not worth going out of your way to see (ie I’d reccomend netflixing the home video release). We now have an official trailer for the film, embedded after the jump.
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The Toronto Film Festival came to a close on Saturday, and I’m currently in Austin Texas awaiting Fantastic Fest. That said, we still have a bunch of TIFF coverage left to post. I thought I’d begin with this video blog recorded a few days ago with Alex from FirstShowing and myself, reviewing the superhero dramedy Defendor (starring Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings) and the anticipated new Michael Moore documentary Capitalism: A Love Story. Watch the video blog after the jump.
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Peter Stebbings feature directing debut Defendor is not your typical superhero movie. Actually, it features no super powers, and the vigilantism is more Home Alone than Death Wish. It’s a character piece with both dramatic and comic elements. Defendor successfully attempts to both subvert and inhabit the superhero genre in a much MUCH different way than Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming adaptation of Kick-Ass.
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I’ve been unabashedly up on Defendor‘s jock ever since the first images dropped, and it’s been good to see the film get some decent notes out of Toronto. The Canadian film, directed by first-timer Peter Stebbings, stars Woody Harrelson as a homespun superhero out to defeat a villain who may or may not exist. Kat Dennings, Sandra Oh and Elias Koteas co-star. And now you’ll probably get to see it. Probably. Read More »
Every piece of new material I see from the Canadian homegrown superhero movie Defendor, starring Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings, has me more interested in seeing it. Peter posted a bunch of photos a while back and I ran a short clip not long after. Now the full trailer has arrived in advance of the film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. And yeah, I’m ready for this one. See the clip after the break. Read More »
Twitch has a short clip from the odd-looking superhero movie Defendor, starring Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings. We’ve already run some photos, which got me interested in the film immediately, and this clip looks great. Check it out after the break. Read More »
Defendor is a superhero dramedy which premieres at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Peter Stebbings, and starring Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings, the story centers around three characters: an everyday guy who comes to believe he’s a superhero, his psychiatrist, and the teenager he befriends.
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Nick and Norah’ Infinite Playlist star Kat Dennings is in talks to join Peter Stebbings‘ Defendor. Woody Harrelson plays a regular guy who believes he has a secret superhero identity. Dennings will play a teenage girl who he befriends. Sandra Oh will play his psychiatrist. I imagine that the film will be something like K-Pax meets Unbreakable, but I could be totally wrong. I was so excited when they Hancock went into production (but obviously disappointed with the final production) because I think the film world could use a take on superheroes which steps beyond the standard comic book adaptation. Maybe Defendor might be a step in that direction. Stebbings will make his directorial debut, with production set to begin next month in Toronto.