Archive for October, 2008

Welcome to Chad’s Filmnazium

17 October, 2008

Welcome to Chad Cinema, Chad’s newest blog dedicated to all things related to the big screen.

To start off this soon to be legendary blog we’ll be looking at the highs and lows of what’s appearing at the multiplexes and independents this week, as well as what you can look forward to watching from today.


Still showing at Mansfield’s Odeon is Simon Pegg’s How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. The film received mixed reviews at best from critics on its release, some of thought it was average, while the rest thought it was just terrible. I havn’t seen the film yet myself but if Pegg’s last effort without writing buddy and apparent saviour Edgar Wright, Run Fat Boy Run, was anything to go by I’d avoid it like the plague and wait to see if Ricky Gervais’ upcoming Ghost Town stop the yanks laughing at us for all the wrong reasons.

Also still doing the rounds is Ben Stiller comedy fracas Tropic Thunder, which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone after a couple of hours of light hearted, tongue-in-cheek laughs. You can read Chad’s review here.

Independent treats to catch at Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema are the highly acclaimed Gomorrah, which won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for it’s frank and brutal depiction of life in the shadow the Mafia in modern Italy. Meanwhile anyone who fails to capitalise on the opportunity to soak up Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut on the big screen this Sunday (19th) is simply not worth knowing. End of.


Coming up next week is the Coen brothers much anticipated return to comedy, Burn After Reading, complete with a traditionally big name cast including the likes of Brad Pitt, George Clooney and John Malkovich. Early reviews of the film have been mixed once more, although this may reflect more on the fact that the outstandingly good No Country for Old Men is still fresh in the minds of many. I’m a big fan of the Coen’s though, and will be keeping my fingers firmly crossed that this won’t disappoint. Check out next week’s Chad for a full review.

Also out today is Hollywood Flavour of the Month Shia LeBoef’s latest flick, Eagle Eye. The film follows LeBoef and co-star Michelle Monaghan as two strangers united by a string of enigmatic phone calls which dictate events to them as the pair become embroiled in an ever more dangerous game. As their lives move increasingly out of their own control, the duo struggle to get to the source of the calls and the twisted game they are in. Brought to the screen with executive producer Steven Spielberg, this looks like an all-out thrill ride. And a man like Steven Spielberg wouldn’t put his name to any old rubbish now would he? Well, except Jurassic Park III, Evolution, Men in Black II, The Legend of Zorro, The Haunting, Deep Impact, Twister…


And so here endeth the lesson. Keep checking back here in the coming weeks for regular updates on all things film. And look out for a special Halloween post next week, including a round-up of all the best horror films to catch on the big and small screens to get you in the mood for blood…