Peter Mullan is a great character actor and a very serious director. His previous two films, The Magdalene Sisters and Orphans, were both pretty intense dramas, but definitely worth a look. He hasn’t made a film since 2002, but now returns with NEDS (short for Non Educated Delinquents), which charts the life of John McGill, a boy on the cusp of manhood trying to make his way through a tough life in ’70s Glasgow. Serious stuff once again, but possibly a companion piece of sorts to Shane Meadows’ great This is England. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

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Paddy Considine is one of the best character actors out there. You’ve seen him in Hot Fuzz, Cinderella Man, Red Riding 1980, The Bourne Ultimatum, the films of Shane Meadows and more. Now he’s made the jump to directing features and his debut film, Tyrannosaur, is getting great notes at Sundance. And while promoting that effort, he’s dropped hints about his next film. That will be a ghost story called The Leaning. More details after the break. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Over the past week there have been several rumors about the possible lead casting for Steven Spielberg‘s new film War Horse, which is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and the successful play based upon the book. English actor Eddie Redmayne was said to have one of the lead roles, and Tom Hiddleston the other. Based on current info, it looks like Hiddleston is in the mix, but has yet to sign. Rather than going to Redmayne, however, the lead role of Albert has gone to relative unknown Jeremy Irvine. Read More »

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Back in 2007, Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz and Dead Man’s Shoes actor Paddy Considine unveiled his directorial debut, the short film Dog Altogether (you can see a promo shot at the head of this post). Over the next eighteen months or so, the film went on to win a number of awards, including the BAFTA for best short, and Considine was pretty soon talking about making his first feature film.

Giving an interview to Empire, in early 2008 Considine said Tyrannosaur was going to be…

…about a woman leaving an abusive relationship. But it’s not your run-of-the-mill, kitchen-sink drama, there are bits and pieces in there that hopefully make it a little bit different. Hopefully, we start shooting it at the end of the year.

The end of the year came and went – and the whole of another year, for that matter – and only now does Tyrannosaur seem to be gearing up for production. Good things come to those who wait, I suppose. And those who wait, in this case, include Dog Altogether stars Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, and new-addition Eddie Marsan.

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I knew nothing about Red Riding until the trio of films played Telluride last year. They generated quite a response, to the point where Columbia snapped up remake rights for Steve Zaillian and Ridley Scott to work on. Meanwhile, IFC is distributing the original films in the US, and the idea of being able to see a great crime trilogy is hopefully pretty damn enticing. Now there’s a great domestic poster for the series, and an equally good trailer to promote IFC’s release. Read More »

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