There is a rich tradition of creature features, horrors and sci-fi films of all types, with a fervent fan base, who are a constant source of inventive new talent. Many great artists have emerged through the Roger Corman studio or other similar studios such as Troma, who specialise in this kind of film, and where would we be without these places where new ideas & people can be fostered?
In this Tommy Wirkola steampunk version of the what happened after the Brothers Grimm story of Hansel and Gretel, there is plenty of gore, not a lot of terror and a nice twist on the classic tale. The Brothers Grimm version, this a’int! Gatling guns, grenades, all manner of technological marvels of malevolence….
The children’s tale of Hansel & Gretel stops after they shove the witch in the oven and burn her alive. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters imagines what life could have been like if the tale followed them to adulthood. Starring Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) as Hansel and Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) as Gretel, the film is a rollicking and fast-paced action flick.
Having made films such as: ‘Les Amants du Pont-Neuf’, and ‘Mauvais Sang’, the director of ‘Holy Motors’, Leos Carax, is one who likes to deliver innovative, visually striking work, pushing boundaries where he can, while at the same time retaining and commenting on the central human element. With ‘Holy Motors’ being a ‘pseudo-science fiction’ drama with fantastical elements, and also his first feature film for 13 years, the viewer will not be quite sure what to expect.
International contributor Steve Harcourt describes how living in the UK is a different kettle of fish when it comes to experiencing the world of books, TV and movies. Contrary to popular belief, there will not be constant references to bowler hats or cricket, although there will no doubt be differences in points of view or perspective.
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever. The musical (which stemmed from the novel by Victor Hugo) is about loss, grief and the ability of love to overcome these obstacles.
Irish Expatriate Iain McNally outlines how living in Malaysia affects his perspective on the nerd world and how the vagaries of international distribution will impact his contributions to Nerdspan. If Malaysia sounds familiar, well, Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller once tried to assassinate the Prime Minister (Zoolander), a former James Bond and Katherine Zeta Jones tried to rip off the “International Clearance Bank” in the former tallest towers in the world…