Ahoj! This week we keep things simple to focus on three things we really want you to watch. Along with some rather mad news and a box office update, in the week that Spring started, and you probably went to watch The Hunger Games... Don't forget to show Wild Bill some love though...

Danny - Film Ed.



Trailer Park

- The 405

The first teaser trailer for David Cronenbourg's new film Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson, has emerged. Whatever you think of the guy, he seems to be happy to mix it up genre-wise and if Cronenberg wants to work with him, he's ok with me...mostly, anyway.

This should hopefully be the actor whose weird abbreviated nickname I detest and refuse to use has hitherto undertaken. The acclaimed Crash, and most recently A Dangerous Method director will helm a script adapted from a novel by Don DeLillo.

And then we have something quite, quite different. Will Ferrell is a comedy hero by now, and his latest has such a stellar cast that it could emphatically kick-start his form after some lacklustre output in the form of Everything Must Go and even though he had a strangely hypnotic partnership with Wahlberg in The Other Guys, the rest of film often wasn't worthy of them.

Poster Boy

- The 405


Well, you've seen the trailer, and I think you'll agree the poster is rather classy too. I dig the understated font, brooding, mysterious but evocative shot angle, and the slightly sepia colours; making me hope Cronenberg's signature surrealism will meet a stylishly shot and handled thriller

Shorts Bar

- The 405

Here we have a somewhat heart-wrenching tale, a meditative journey on what it means to fight for something, to get out of your comfort zone and to be true to yourself at the same time. Directed by Andres Salaaf in 2009, it's an oldie but a goodie - and chances are, woefully, most people have never even heard about it, let alone seen it.


News Grab

- The 405

We didn't exactly call it, but hey we did report on it last week; The Hunger Games is shaping up to be quite the behemoth at box office. Latest reports predict the Lionsgate adaptation could be quickly approaching $400 million; with it already being primed to have the 3rd biggest opening ever. By contrast, it's doing pretty badly abroad - but nowhere near as badly as John Carter, which is currently running at roughly a $2million loss, including its marketing budget. Ouch.

Definitely the best film-related news this week however is something that sounds like it should have been part of Borat. Strangely, it does concern Borat quite directly; after Kazakhstani gold medallist Maria Dmitrienko took to the podium at a Kuwaiti sporting event last week, it wasn't the official national anthem she heard, but the Borat version.

Such lyrics as "Kazakhstan's prostitutes are the cleanest in the region, except, of course, for Turkmenistan's. Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, you very nice place .. come grasp the mighty penis of our leader from junction with testes to tip of its face." must not be the most rousing thing to hear after you've just represented your country at an international level at an important sporting event. Hey ho, could have been worse; she could have placed second!