Sup y'all. We're running with a very definite theme this week; quite whether it's because as the weather, painstakingly, gets that little bit warmer the studios and their attendant PRs are desperately seeking to evoke Summer Blockbuster goodness or simply as a good, honest coincidence, there're some rather intriguingly visual and wholesome-dumb-fun films being put about and so, ever the open-minded film team that we are we thought we'd highlight in our own inimitable way the best of them. (although to balance it out I'm only going to watch Ingmar Bergman films for the next fortnight.)

And remember, we'll be here for a day or two, so don't feel like you need to read it all at once! Bookmark us or get that fancy Read It Later app, dip in and out, do with us what you will.

Danny - Film Ed.



Trailer Park

- Danny Wadeson

Mars. From the Dan Dare comics to films like Total Recall, that inhospitable red planet has been the subject of many young kids' wildest dreams for many years. John Carter is a suitably generic name for a planet-hopping super-bad-ass that (for the boys anyway...) he could be the next in line of perfect heroes to experience the low-gravity wonderland vicariously through. Again, to say nothing of how intellectually stimulating the film will be (although fingers crossed for some kind of xenology/post-colonial subtext to the gladiatorial fun...) this looks like it could be a fantastic shout to see at the IMAX with your younger newphews/nieces, a bunch of your mates, or morosely by yourself, crying into your popcorn over the memory of your failed astronautical dreams...

Some more official words on the matter: "John Carter” - a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

Republic of Wadiya - That's Coup Bro.

- The 405

In a way I'm not sure that Sacha Baren Cohen's latest satirical, moron-baiting, and general outrage inducing feature belongs in a themed digest about big dumb fun because it will likely be scathing, intelligent and hilarious - but conversely, it will no doubt make a few easy visual gags and make use of psuedo-racism all over the place so I think we can forgive it.

Particularly of note (so far..) as regards The Dictator is the wonderful social media campaign. I'm normally skeptical about this kind of thing but when it's done this well, and with such a sense of narrative, it deserves to be noted. So, if you haven't already, make sure to check out the official website and the frankly hilarious Twitter feed

Or if you're lazy and/or you hate Twitter, just watch this:

Worst Of British?

- Alice Sutherland-Hawes

So the great and good of British cinema are back together for a new film about old people who go to a hotel in India and I guess, rediscover themselves. Hmm. Now, a lot of people would argue that with a cast like that (Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Penelope Wilton etc...) Best Exotic Marigold Hotel can’t go wrong but so far it seems it maybe has.

Reviews haven’t been brilliant, three stars average and I can’t help wondering if it’s because of the massive cast. British cinema is great. We have brilliant actors, a unique sense of humour and tend to snub the shiny Hollywood ways. Less huge blockbuster, more quietly getting on with things. Less happy ending, more reality. I still believe we should have made Contagion, it would have been a lot better. Don’t get me wrong, I love the films this country makes but I feel this one has completely missed the mark. With such a huge cast it’s almost been left to make itself, as if no one has to do any work with those names on the posters.

This time it’s like the writing doesn’t matter so long as the faces and voices are there. The film can be as cheesy as it likes and no one will notice so long as Maggie Smith is pulling her pout face and Bill Nighy is acting half stoned half drunk again. It’s a pity because, let’s be honest, they’re not getting any younger and the last thing I think we want is for them to go out on a downer.

Competition: Project X

- The 405

Someone has got to win it right?

I'm actually strangely looking forward to this film. No-one expects it to be clever but chances are it will certainly be big. Have a peek at the latest, fairly entertaining images while you're considering whether to get crunk and go see it with your brodudes or your homegirls, or, in contrast, stay at home angrily bemoaning the state of the Hollywood teen-comedy genre on Twitter.