Stuff To Look At

This week we have a clip from Pain & Gain, the Lovelace trailer, the Pacific Rim vault and the trailer for Filth

Pain & Gain

I know American audiences saw the film a lifetime ago, but I am super excited to see Pain & Gain. Marky Mark, The Rock, the 90s setting! Above is a clip from the film. Pain & Gain hits UK screens on 30th August 2013.

Pacific Rim 

Pacific Rim Poster

For the release of Pacific Rim on Friday, a vault of film-related treats has been compiled. The vault, which features clips, vlogs, and information on the various Jaegers, can be viewed here. I noticed there isn’t a robot shaped like a unicorn though. Something to think about, Guillermo del Toro.


Here is the first Lovelace trailer. The film stars Amanda Seyfried as infamous porn star Linda Lovelace. The trailer is a 1970s overload. Not least Chloë Sevigny’s hair. Given the setting and topic, Lovelace will face the inevitable comparisons to Boogie Nights. We’ll see how it does when the film is released on 23rd August 2013.


Filth is the new film based on Irvine Welsh’s novel. The film stars James McAvoy as a corrupt policeman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Filth is released in Scottish cinemas on 27th September 2013, and in the rest of the UK on 4th October 2013.

Film Review: Pacific Rim

PACIFIC RIMWilfully silly but continually entertaining, Pacific Rim should satisfy audiences craving mindless blockbuster fun.

In the near future, humanity comes under attack from aliens which rise from the ocean. To fight back, humans create giant robots to fend off the invaders. These are piloted by people such as Raleigh, who has seen his share of tragedy…

Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim follows the formula laid out by many previous apocalyptic blockbusters. The film ticks all the expected boxes – tragedy spurring the hero on, the archetypal characters, fate being left in the hands of the underdogs and so on.

Where the film excels is in its execution. The action sequences offer fantastic spectacle. These scenes are immensely entertaining. Pacing is good for the most part, although there is a slight lull in the middle.

There is a real diversity to the characters in Pacific Rim. There is an emphasis on the crisis bringing humanity together rather than creating division. It is here that del Toro’s film deviates from the norm. Nevertheless, it is always apparent that the young, chiseled, white American male is going to have a pivotal role. It is a shame that the film does not follow through on its heterogeneity.

The premise of Pacific Rim seems like something the Syfy Channel would produce. However, it works as a big-budget film. High concept in the extreme, the film plays on the silliness of the idea. This generates some welcome humour.

The cast performs well in Pacific Rim. Charlie Hunnam certainly looks the part of the hero, and Idris Elba seems to be having fun. Meanwhile, Charlie Day appears to channel Rick Moranis in a gratifying manner.

Pacific Rim faces limitations in its unwillingness to diverge from the template. The fact that it does not take itself too seriously is what makes the film enjoyable.

Trailer Round-Up

Plenty of new trailers this week, including The Call, The Frozen Ground,and Only God Forgives

The Call

Halle Berry plays an emergency call operator in The Call. Also starring Abigail Breslin, film looks like a fast-paced thriller, from the trailer at least. It at least serves as a warning to always keep your phone adequately charged. The Call is out in UK cinemas on 20th September 2013.

The Frozen Ground

Watching this trailer, it’s hard to believe that John Cusack is the same guy who was in Say Anything. The Frozen Ground is based on the true story of the hunt for a serial killer in Alaska. Also starring Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens, The Frozen Ground hits the big screen on 19th July 2013.

Only God Forgives

Here is the latest trailer for Only God Forgives. Kristin Scott Thomas is barely recognisable. And Nicolas Winding Refn really does seem to like neon. Starring Ryan Gosing, Only God Forgives is out in UK cinemas on 2nd August 2013.

Pacific Rim

Monsters! Robots! Action writ large! Pacific Rim (I can’t with this name) is Guillermo del Toro’s future-set action blockbuster. If gigantic monsters started popping out of the ocean, I think I would just hide under the bed. But perhaps this would not make for a very exciting film. Pacific Rim hits the big screen on 12th July 2013.

Runner Runner

Justin Timberlake plays a college student who pays for his tuition through online gambling in Runner Runner. In fairness, he could be a mature student. The film also stars Gemma Arterton and Ben Affleck,  in his second role since his Argo success. Runner Runner is out on 27th September 2013.


Hawking is a new documentary on the life of the most famous living scientist in the world, Stephen Hawking. His fame seems to concentrate on his work as a physicist and his disability, so perhaps this film is an opportune chance to discover more about the renowned scientist. Hawking is released on 20th September 2013.