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The Last Stand – Premiere Footage

24 Jan

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Did you miss out on the chance to see Arnie in Leicester Square earlier this week? Well fear not! I have just the premiere footage for you! Take a look at this fab video showing all the cast and crew in action! Looks like a fab night and the film is meant to be a lot of fun!

Also, loving this retro illustrated poster! How cool is that! The Last Stand hits cinema screens on the 24th January (TODAY!!!) so get your butts into action and check it out at your nearest cinema!

Here’s a little bit of info on the film…

Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Korean action-suspense director Kim Jee-Woon’s hard-_DSC9028.NEFhitting US directorial debut, THE LAST STAND.

After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.

With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Sommerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. _DSC9869.NEFlaw enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive slips across the border forever.

At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in THE LAST STAND. Directed by Kim Jee-woon and written by Andrew Knauer and Jeffrey Nachmanoff, THE LAST STAND also stars Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzmán, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford and Genesis Rodriguez. The film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the TRANSFORMERS series, RED, GI JOE, SALT).

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All is not what it seems – UFO review

20 Dec

 

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Nowadays, when you think of a low-budget British film, you’d normally associate the term with some form of Hackney based, gang culture film not too far from the likes of Kidulthood, or My Brother The Devil. That genre is slowly declining and new ambitious film-makers are stepping outside of that particular box to try their hand and something new, and sci-fi film UFO provides a refreshing break to that mold.

Director Dominic Burns brings to the big screen a small budget sci-fi movie with hints of Transformer-esq effects in this tale of human survival during an invasion of those not of our kind. The great thing about this film, and perhaps the misleading element from the poster is that the story is not directlyScreen Shot 2012-12-20 at 11.44.51 about ghoulish looking creatures from a universe far far away, but more about the reaction from humankind amidst tragedy, invasion, and imminent destruction.

To show a sample study of how the world may react, UFO focuses on a group of friends who, after a night out on the tiles awake to find that the end is nigh. Lead by Michael played by Sean Brosnan (the look and sound-a-like to his father Pierce) this small group of friends take under their wing Carrie (Bianca Bree – the not so look or sound alike to her father Jean Claude Van-Damme) who after a one night stand seems to have become Michael’s latest squeeze and an immediate addition to their circle of friends. The film follow’s how each of the characters react to the present situation and to each other at a time of crisis, and as the story unfolds, even within their close knit circle, things really aren’t all what they seem.

You have to commend this film for its bold storyline and yet intimate portrayal of its characters. This is a character study and not a Hollywood action film. The aliens are secondary in the plot, but you can understand the distributors point of view as to what marketing would be more likely to put bums on seats. Where the budget has been spent on the effects, you will see that they are well done, and carefully thought about, and not just a gimic to behold.

The director has also thought carefully about the portrayal of certain heightened sequences, such as the supermarket in Derby where the cast manage to break in through a side door to stock up on supplies before the rest of the public. In the same breath in which you think the characters would take as

The UFO premiere in Leicester Square

The UFO premiere in Leicester Square

they burst through the doors and quickly gathered what they needed, the audience follow them in what seems to be a ten minute tracking shot which never leaves their side. This helps keep the tension at an all time high as you seem to be in there, experiencing every moment with them.

In addition to this, the fight scenes are excellent, with one standout showdown between Michael and a police officer. Again, like the single tracking shot through the supermarket, you as an audience member get a sense of tension throughout this sequence, which in places almost verge on becoming ultra-violent. The choreography is commendable here and you definitely get the sense that this is a real fight, where the characters are getting naturally exhausted, and don’t just keep going for the sake of it. In a strange way, this section is probably the most natural bit of acting you will see throughout the film.

Unfortunately the problems that do arise in the film, are not anything to do with its ambition or technical ability, it’s with the performances. The beginning of the film seems like a warm up until the actors can really settle into their roles and even then, you just don’t quite believe them. Bianca Bree is the most natural in delivery and reaction, you believe her in most instances, and for a leading lady in this case, less really is more. Sean Brosnan allows you to forget that he served in the army at a high level as he loses the assertiveness of a commanding officer until he is provoked for a fight scene or the like, and his imbalance is somewhat problematic. However,

Director Dominic Burns and me at the UFO premiere

Director Dominic Burns and me at the UFO premiere

sadly it is the support cast that for me let this film down. The drunken scene at the beginning lacks maturity in its performance, and feels contrived and over acted plus the difference between relatively new on-screen actors and seasoned professionals such as Sean Pertwee and Jean Claude Van Damme becomes very apparent when their cameos appear on-screen and in an instant steal the show.

However, that being said, its great that a film maker like Dominic Burns is taking chances on unknowns and mixing them in with more experienced performers. I’m sure the actors will watch and learn from their performances here, and go on to do bigger and better things, and I’m a great believer in British film nurturing new talent in all shapes and forms.

So if you are planning on watching UFO when it hits selected cinema. Enjoy it for what it is, an ambitious project from an ambitious film-maker who has created something away from the expected low-budget British film genre and pushed the boundaries of budget and technical ability. For all its faults, it’s an enjoyable, engaging film, commendable on a number of different levels.

 

I’m still here… my presenting showreel

17 Dec

So here’s my showreel just incase all you think I’m doing at the moment is reviewing films (which I love to do!) but my number one passion is presenting, hope you think I do a good job…and if you think I do, then why not recommend me to any colleagues looking for up and coming presenters.

My amazing agent Liz Beeley is always ready to take your call!

Liz Beeley at Urban Talent:
Tel +44 (0)161 228 6866
Fax +44 (0)161 228 6727
Email liz@nmsmanagement.co.uk

Thanks everyone! x

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Moment in the spotlight for Channel 5 News….

15 Nov

Well what a difference a day makes…

As I walked past the Twihards in Leicester Square, penned up in their camping gear like cattle, my mind wasn’t on RPatz’s twinkly diamond vampire face or KStew’s newly acquired red contact lenses… it was on what makes this phenomenon so big and would I be able to chat about it concisely and coherently.

Why was I so nervous? Well, they may have been strolling down the red carpet that evening, but yesterday morning I was preparing to make my screen debut for none other than the brilliant Channel 5 News. What a difference a day makes, on Tuesday I was sat at my desk with a hot cup of coco when the phone rang with 5 News asking if I’d like to be a film critic discussing this films’ success and future. Absobloominglootly!!!

So in the space of 24 hours I was hot footing it to Leicester Square ready for my close up and as soon as I get the link I’ll share it with you all. What a coup! Very humbled to be asked, and hopefully its the start of more great things to come. In the mean time, here are a couple of shots of me on the programme.

Thanks for all your support and reading my little blog x

 

I’m feeling filmy!!! …..

6 Sep

Well yesterday marked the start of the most exciting time of London’s film calendar…The London Film Festival. I was lucky enough to be at the event in the Odeon Leicester Square to capture all the reactions from the BFI Execs through to the film makers who are so over the moon to be a part of this fantastic festival! Well done all, it looks like an amazing line up!!!

For anyone who isn’t familiar, here are a few interviews to get you up to speed on all the wonderful films on offer this festival season….

 

Amanda Nevill CEO BFI

Sally El Hosaini – Director – My Brother the Devil

Sarah Gavron – Director – The Village at the End of the World

Charlie Paul – Director – For No Good Reason

Alice Lowe – Actress and Screenwriter – Sightseers

Mat Whitecross – Director Spike Island

Kicking off a busy week with…THE SWEENEY

4 Sep

Its a good job its warm outside this week…as its choca-block with premieres and big film announcements, and why not kick it off with one of its most star-studded. The Sweeney crashed into the Vue Leicester Square last night to the sound of a siren or two and a massive reception from fans. For those who may be too young to remember the John Thaw and Dennis Waterman original can be safely brought up to 2012 with this high action chaser centred around our wonderful city of London. It hits cinemas next week and to if you cant wait that long, then check out my interviews with the cast and crew!

Enjoy!

Its cookie time once again…This next show is…FRESHLY BAKED!

31 May

Well its come around quick hasn’t it?! Our pilot show was really well received so thank you for all your positive feedback. Hopefully you’ll see a lot of new and improved updates to what we first produced. Show two is fresh out of the oven and ready to hit your screens, so please sit back, relax and see what we’ve got in store for you this month.

To kick off the show we hit London’s Leciester Square where I’m lucky enough to interview at one of the best premiere’s I’ve been to so far… Men in Black 3. I managed to catch up with the gorgeous Nicole Scherzinger, Goonies legend Josh Brolin and teen sensation Conor Maynard! It was amazing!

Then we head back to the studio to meet brand new boy band The Promise – what a bunch of cheeky chappies : ) They were absolutely lovely and really talented musicians. Then finally it was down to meet the wonderful Natalie from Estella Cupcakes who talked me through creating the ultimate Jubilee party!

Its such a fantastic opportunity working on this show in such depth… I hope you can see all of the hard work that’s gone into it. Once again, huge thank you for following this blog and keeping up to date with my presenting career fingers crossed its going from strength to strength!

Enjoy the show! xx