TV Review: Follow The Money

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BBC Four is the place to be for Scandinavian drama at the minute. Following on from the success of The Bridge, River, and Trapped (which I reviewed last month), this month sees the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the latest Nordic Noir & Beyond TV series, Follow The Money.

After concluding on BBC4 on 16th April, the first series of this Danish crime drama will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.

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TV Review: Trapped

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Arrow Films is pleased to announce the release of the complete first season of the thrilling Icelandic crime drama, Trapped. The series concluded on BBC Four on 12th March, and follows previous Nordic Noir hit drama series, The Bridge.

Originally titled Ófærð, and created by the directed of last year’s theatrical true-story epic, Everest, Baltasar Kormákur, Trapped is Iceland’s most expensive TV series.

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6 Of The Best: Literary Adaptations

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If you’re a fan of literary adaptations then no doubt you’ll currently have your head stuck in a copy of Joyce Maynard’s emotional coming-of-age novel Labor Day, Nick Hornby’s heart-warming suicide drama A Long Way Down, or maybe even Veronica Roth’s debut dystopian Divergent. What we’re looking forward to most, however, is Richard Ayoade’s upcoming adaptation of Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s dark comedy novella, The Double.

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6 of the Best: Wes Anderson Films

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Currently filming his latest comedy-drama The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is set to star an ensemble cast including Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and Saoirse Ronan, Wes Anderson has been producing quirky dramas for almost twenty years now. Director, screenwriter, actor, and producer of features, short films and commercials, Anderson’s work is mostly known for his family struggles, flawed characters, British rock soundtracks, and colourful cinematography. Not only do his films compare in visual style, though, they also often include regular collaborators Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen and Luke Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman. Here’s some of his best:

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DVD Review: 10 Years

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Directed by writer Jamie Linden and serving as his directorial debut, 10 Years follows a group of friends who come together for their 10-year high school reunion. Jake (Channing Tatum) is preparing to propose to his girlfriend Jess (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), his ex-highschool flame Mary (Rosario Dawson) has already married, husband and wife Cully (Chris Patt) and Sam (Ari Graynor) are stressed from their family routine, Marty (Justin Long) and AJ (Max Minghella) are trying to impress the hottest girl in class (Lynn Collins), and rock star Reeves (Oscar Isaacs) is hoping to finally talk to his high school crush Elise (Kate Mara). As tensions run high and the night progresses, the group are made to contemplate what their own lives have become as well as what they might have been.

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DVD Review: Hotel Transylvania

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From Sony Pictures Animation and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, Hotel Transylvania tells the story of Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), the owner of the monster hotel, who invites some of the world’s most famous monsters – including Frankenstein (Kevin James), Frankenstein’s wife Eunice (Fran Drescher), werewolf Wayne (Steve Buscemi), Wayne’s wife Wanda (Molly Shannon), ghost Griffin (David Spade), and Murray the mummy (Cee Lo Green) – to stay for the 118th birthday of his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez). When a human, Jonathan (Andy Samberg), finds his way to the hotel, however, Dracula isn’t in for the easy weekend he was expecting, as Mavis starts to realise that she’s old enough to experience the real world with the possibility of romance.

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Misfits Series 4 – DVD Review

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When Series 3 of the British science fiction comedy drama Misfits came to an end this time last year, it was difficult to imagine what could happen next and which characters would even return if the series were to continue. With the revelation that most of the cast would not be reprising their roles in this new series, and that the series would instead be led by original member Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), recent additions Rudy (Joseph Gilgun) and Seth (Matthew McNulty), and new characters Jess (Karla Crome) and Finn (Nathan McMullen), it could either pick up quite suitably, or, more than likely, could go completely downhill. Fortunately, whilst the series will never be as good without its original cast members together, it worked out quite well.

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DVD Review: Life Just Is

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Written and directed by Alex Barrett, serving as his feature directorial debut and premiered at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival, Life Just Is follows four university graduates living in London – Pete (Jack Gordon), Tom (Nathaniel Martello-White), Claire (Fiona Ryan) and Jay (Jayne Wisener) – who find themselves having trouble making the move into adult life. As they hang out, throw parties, and attempt to navigate their new responsibilities, romantic tensions stir and desires to find a spiritual answer to life’s meaning arise, as the true meaning of their friendships are put to the test.

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Exclusive Clip of John Krasinski & Olivia Thirlby In ‘Nobody Walks’

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This month sees the release of an exclusive clip, released by Magnolia Pictures, for Ry Russo-Young’s latest drama, Nobody Walks, which he co-wrote with the brilliant Lena Dunham, creator of HBO’s sex-fuelled comedy Girls.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Filmmaking at this year’s Sundance, jointly with James Ponsoldt’s Smashed, Nobody Walks stars John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby in the leads, as the film follows a 23-year-old artist from New York who arrives in Los Angeles to stay in the pool house of a family, where the father agrees to help her complete sound design on her film as a favour to his wife (Rosemarie DeWitt).

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DVD Review: Jeff, Who Lives At Home

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Directed and written by Jay and Mark Duplass and premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, Jeff, Who Lives At Home follows slacker Jeff (Jason Segel) who is dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, Sharon (Susan Sarandon). Set across one day, Jeff is determined to follow what he believes to be a ‘sign’ about what to do with his life, as he sets off on a journey to find his destiny, leading him to spend the day with his brother Pat (Ed Helms) who’s tracking down his possibly adulterous wife, Linda (Judy Greer).

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3 New Images of Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace in ‘Passion’

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Rachel McAdams (The Vow) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) feature in the five new images for Brian De Palma’s erotic thriller, Passion, which have been released this week on Toronto International Film Festival’s official website as the film was added to their Galas and Special Presentations line-up.

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