Monday, 17 November 2014

Desert Island Movies: Noel Clarke

In this brand new feature 'Desert Island Movies' cast various guests adrift on an island and all they have is 3 movies and one movie soundtrack/score for company.  The only rules are that the movies have to be by different directors and can't be sequels of the same movie (i.e. Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back & Return Of The Jedi)

This weeks guest is Noel Clarke, Actor/Director/Producer/Writer of such movies as Kidulthood and his latest release The Anomaly.  Here are his choices as we set him adrift...

PULP FICTION 

Love this movie. It inspired me, this was one of the films that made me want to make movies. I can still watch it today and love everything about it. Everything i ever want to achieve is embed in this film. clever plot, smooth dialogue and performances that will live forever. I met Tarantino once and he was lovely so that helps too.

JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK 

Everyone knows i’m a huge Kevin Smith fan. The guy is the writer/director that made me believe i could make films, and if it wasn’t for Clerks. Kidulthood would never have been conceived. Clerks showed me that you could write a film where people just talked about what they wanted to talk about. Followed by Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Dogma these Kevin smith films were faves growing up. JASBSB was (before clerks 2) the final one of that series and encompassed everything grey about them and all the in jokes.



BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR

This is new and interesting. It’s a beautiful film, and not because of the sex. but because the performances were so real that the film captivated me. Those girls were not acting they were there. The type of performance that any actor would be proud of and aspire to. I hope one day I could be that good.






I’d also take the Moulin Rouge soundtrack.

If any girls turn up on this island, I’ll need some song for the romance!










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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Competition: Win There's Something About Susan on DVD

Releasing digitally and on DVD from 17th NOVEMBER 2014 – THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SUSAN is an intimate documentary, profiling the enigmatic Susan Boyle as she battles to overcome life-long performance anxieties and struggles to fulfill her musical aspirations of touring live. Very personal access and a triumphant finale, mark this out as a must-see program.

Susan Boyle is one of the most successful singers in the world, a Grammy nominated artist who has sold over 20 million records, a woman who came from nowhere to become an overnight global sensation. But she has suffered from anxiety her entire life and, despite her fame, she has never felt able to tour. Until now…

This film follows Susan on a journey through the stress of rehearsals, to the opening night in Scotland and on to a sellout concert in America in front of 20,000 adoring fans. If all goes well a world tour will follow. But Susan’s nerves make pressure extremely difficult to cope with and success is far from certain.





To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question: What reality TV show shot Susan to fame in 2009?

a) The X Factor
b) Pop Idol
c) Britain’s Got Talent

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SUSAN will be released digitally and on DVD from 17th NOVEMBER 2014

Email your answer to screen1ne.competitions@gmail.com

Competition closes 14th December 2014.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Top 5: Underrated Anime

Typically whenever compiles a list of anime for neophytes or those only exposed to 
mainstream titles, the same titles appear and not without validation – they wouldn’t be 
the classics they are otherwise. 

So, the purpose of this article is to buck this trend somewhat by proffering five titles that 
rarely get recognition or may have slipped under the radar of many but are equally as 
good as the usual suspects. With that in mind, we shall take it as read that the likes of Akira, Ghost In The Shell, Ninja Scroll, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop and the works of Studio Ghibli come with the heartiest of recommendations and instead focus on some titles you may not be aware of. 

N.B – I shall be limiting the list to titles available in the UK via DVD and Blu-ray. That 
said in no particular order: 

1. Paranoia Agent (2004) 
The late Satoshi Kon startled anime fans with his mind bending films Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress and Paprika and continues to terrorise our collective consciousness when he turned to TV for this 2004 series. A savage satire on the convenience of blame in society over the truth, the plot involves a mystery figure called Shonen Bat who brutally murders people but no-one can actually identify him since they haven’t seen him – that is of course if he really exists. As ever this is a masterclass of psychological manipulation from Kon in which he lets his startling imagination run riot, predating the psychedelic onslaught of Paprika by two years. 


2. Slayers (1995 - 2009) 
One of the most popular series in Japan in the 90’s, the antics of teenage sorceress Lina Inverse and her merry crew of dopey swordsman Goury Gabriev, magical princess Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun and sorcerer Zelgadis Greywords spawned five series and a 
number of OVAs and films. Each one is a fast and furious gem of manic comedy, fantasy and magical adventure in the company of a superb and likeable cast that stills holds up to this day, even if the animation looks a tad dated. Often imitated but most certainly 
never duplicated. 


3. Welcome To The NHK (2006) 
Another astute mind bending satire this time casting a wry eye over the hikikimori phenomenon in Japan, in which young people become shut ins to avoid the world, their existence controlled by the internet and their otaku hobbies. The main character Tatsuhiro Satō becomes so deluded that he begins to believe that TV station NHK is conspiring against him. His only saving grace is Good Samaritan Misaki Nakahara but she has some demons of her own to battle. A dark and scathing social commentary this is not for the young or the faint of heart but is a sublimely provocative outing. 



4. Baccano! (2007) 
This well crafted period hopping adventure begins with 18th alchemists but spends its time in 1930’s prohibition America. Flitting between different eras and four disparate storylines involving mobsters, thieves, assassins and even mutants, the connecting force s an elixir which promises immortality. From the creators of the equally sprawling Durarara!! this shows has it all, intrigue, action, magic, horror and comedy, superbly animated and thoroughly engrossing. Eschewing most of the lazy and often objectionable elements found in anime Baccano! is an example of the intelligent side of the medium at its best. 


5. Kids On The Slope (2012) 
A fairly recent title which many will probably ignore due to it being a gentle slice-of-life show with atypical character designs and shoujo-esque veneer. But don’t be fooled by the aesthetics – this show is one of the genuine and emotive coming of age stories to emerge in many years, bolstered by its unique setting in the late 1960’s featuring two 
friends who bond over jazz music. The tale of studious classical pianist Kaoru Nishimi bonding with rough around the edges jazz drummer Sentarō Kawabuchi while falling in love with Ritsuko Mukae who is in love with Sentarō is played over a sumptuous and infectious jazz soundtrack that will have you bopping in your seat. Nice! 


And one to avoid… 

We Without Wings (2011)
It was either this or Ikki Tousen, but at least that show stuck to its basic premise of feuding factions. This show, based on one volume of a series of light novels, doesn’t even have a premise that can be easily summed up, resulting in a confusing and discordant mess of a narrative that would have David Lynch scratching his head. Throw 
in some tacky fan service and disturbing sexualisation of minors and you have something which is best given a wide berth even by the most tolerant of anime fans. 

With anime’s growth in the UK on the rise each year and the sheer wealth of titles available for public consumption it is not easy to reduce the number of recommendations to such a restricted total, but I hope that this snapshot of the diversity of themes and genres anime has to offer is of some use to hep dip your toes into the vast ocean of shows which lie beyond the Narutos and Dragonball Zs of this world. 

Thanks for reading. 

MAN IN BLACK

Monday, 10 November 2014

Desert Island Movies: OJ Borg

In the first of a brand new feature 'Desert island Movies' cast various guests adrift on an island and all they have is 3 movies and one movie soundtrack/score for company.  The only rules are that the movies have to be by different directors and can't be sequels of the same movie (i.e. Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back & Return Of The Jedi)

Our first guest is OJ Borg, TV presenter and host of BBC 5Live's Bespoke.  Here are his choices as we set him adrift...



Waynes World - watched it every night of my summer holiday between school and college. Then didn’t watch it again till this year, 19 years later. Can still do every line, including the Cantonese. Means I can hail a Chinese ship if it gets in range to rescue me.

The Life Aquatic - Wes Andersons films are not about anything, They depict a dysfunctional environment in which stuff happens in the back ground. TLA has such a great pace, feeling and look that it fills me full of warm feelings whenever I watch it. So watching this on an island would would not only make me cheer the funk up but would also be a great instructional film for when I have to bring down a Jaguar shark.

The Matrix - I had to be dragged to the cinema to see this as I got it confused with Cronenbergs Existenz. When I got in there and Trinity starts running round the walls it became my favourite film of all time. Watch this on an island and you can feel good that yes you are on your own, on an island, with nothing but coconuts and malaria to keep you company BUT,  at least you don’t live on a futuristic hovercraft that however technologically advanced still have less clothes washing facilities than you.


All set to Weezers Island in the Sun. Wandering around humming “hip hip” to your self is the only way to be marooned.




You can listen to OJ Borg every week on BBC Radio 5Live 'Bespoke' on Tuesday at 9.30pm and you can find the podcast via the 5live website or Itunes.







Competition: Win Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods on Blu Ray

To celebrate the release of the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods on DVD, Blu-ray and Collector's Edition Blu-ray from 10th November we have a Collector's Edition Blu-ray to giveaway!
Following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it's too late. Only Goku, humanity's last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe!
Includes both the 85 minute Theatrical Cut and the 105 minute Director's Cut.
Available to order from Amazon UK today at http://amzn.to/Ydslq4


To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question: Who is the 'God of Destruction' featured in DRAGON BALL Z: Battle of Gods?

a) Beerus

b) Majin Buu   

c) Goku 

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is available on Blu-ray and DVD from 10th November 2014.

Email your answer to screen1ne.competitions@gmail.com

Competition closes 14th December 2014.

Friday, 7 November 2014

We're Back!

After a lengthy absence Screen One has returned.  Why have we been gone for so long?  Well let us explain.  In what could be described as a Jerry Maguire moment, we here at Screen One have decided to change our approach to what we do.  But just a little.  

What we realised is that there are lots and lots of movie websites now doing their reviews, all publishing the same trailers and new posters and interviews.  We were just another site that if you found us that you might come back to us.  Now, we are not complaining about this.  No, in fact we recommend that you check out some of our good friends at HeyUGuys, Den of Geek and Nerdly.  What we are saying is that we were squeezing ourself into a very small space and we want to do something a different.

So what is that we hear you ask.  Well, in this day and age things are changing.  Digitally they are changing.  So we are dropping our coverage of new movie releases, although we will still have new trailers on the website and with our colleagues at The Reel Review we will be an outlet for their content.  We are going to concentrate on Home Entertainment.  That means if you missed a movie at the cinema or you just like to wait for the Blu Ray/DVD release, that's what we are going to concentrate on.  We also are embracing streaming as well, so expect us to cover new additions and features on the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime & NOW TV as well.  

Also, we will be expanding into a bit of TV coverage, so from your Walking Dead to Doctor Who and a few in between we will have some features and articles for those.  We want to expand our gaming coverage too.  We want to bring you more than just the normal reviews and announcements.  We want to get under the covers and bring you something fresh.  If this interests you the. Please see below on how to get in touch with us.

We are going to put our efforts into bringing you not just a press release about a new poster, but interesting articles like our 'Re-Casting' features, Top 5's, Best of and countdowns. We will also continue with all our competitions and hopefully be adding more. If you really want to read our views on the latest movie releases, then you will be able to find them at Letterboxd.  If you are not aware of Letterboxd, in our view it is the best Movie fan based social media site you can find, click the link and see for yourself.  Screen One's movie reviews will all be there.

You can find all of these things in the menu bar at the top of this site.  Also, this is just the first stage of the new look, as you can see we have changed the look of the site slightly, well there will be more changes coming over the next few weeks as well.

We want to thank you for your continued support and we look forward to you joining us on the journey as we expand down these new roads.  If you are interested in becoming a contributor for Screen One then get in touch via the links below and come and join the revolution!








Thursday, 6 November 2014

Competition: Win Begin Again on Blu Ray

BEGIN AGAIN is the funny, romantic and feel-good film of the year, which is available to Download now and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD from 10 November 2014. To celebrate the film’s release, we have 3 DVDs to give away!

Seduced by dreams of making it big, Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) move to New York to pursue their passion for music. However, when Dave rejects her for the fame and fortune of a big solo contract, Gretta finds herself alone and far from home.

Just when she’s given up hope, life begins to look up when struggling record producer Dan (Mark Ruffalo) stumbles upon her singing during an open mic night. He’s instantly captivated by her raw talent and inspiring authenticity and together they embark on an adventure, transforming the streets of New York in to their recording studio, giving love, life and music one final shot.





To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question: Which song features on the BEGIN AGAIN soundtrack?


a) Let It Go

b) It’s Raining Men   

c) Lost Stars 

BEGIN AGAIN is available to Download now and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from 10th November 2014.

Email your answer to screen1ne.competitions@gmail.com

Competition closes 14th December 2014.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Trailer: Fast & Furious 7

Colour us excited but the thought of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson firing off a mini gun in the middle of a street has us already booking our seat for the next instalment.  Off the back of the Paul Walker tragedy the film has been completed and the first trailer is now online and can be viewed below.  It is kind of eerie to see Paul Walker in this trailer too.

However, on a lighter note, having clips of The Rock Vs. The Stath which is the movie fight for the ages and can only be likened to Sly vs. Arnie if it had ever happened in the 80's.  Throw in some Kurt Russell looking cool, this is almost becoming modern rendition of The Expendables. 

Simply. Can. Not. Wait.  Check the trailer below. (Other clickable social media stuff after that too.)






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OFFICIAL UK CHANNELS

Fast & Furious Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fastandfuriousuk

Fast & Furious Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/FastFurious



Universal UK Twitter: https://twitter.com/universaluk


Please note that the release is titled ‘Fast & Furious 7’ in the UK and ‘Furious 7’ in the US

FAST & FURIOUS 7 IS OUT IN UK CINEMAS APRIL 2015

Friday, 14 March 2014

Reel Deal: Gone In 60 Secs 13th March Edition


Here is this weeks Reel Deal 'Gone In 60 Secs' Movie review show for week commencing 13th March.  as ever it is presented by our very own Rebecca Perfect and this weeks releases are given the 60 second treatment.

Don't forget to watch and subscribe!!








Thursday, 20 February 2014

Competition: Win Captain Phillips on Blu Ray

Win Paul Greengrass’ action-packed thriller CAPTAIN PHILLIPS on Blu-ray!

The Oscar and BAFTA nominated thriller CAPTAIN PHILLIPS comes to Blu-ray, DVD and digital download this February 10th and to celebrate we’ve got 3 copies of the Blu-ray/DVD to give-away completely free!

Directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93), CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is based on the true story behind the first American cargo ship hijacking in 200 years, the Maersk Alabama, and its U.S. Navy rescue in 2009. The emotionally charged and critically acclaimed film focuses on the relationship between the ship’s captain, Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain (breakout actor Barkhad Abdi) who takes him hostage 145 miles off the Somali coast, with both men at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS stars two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks (Best Actor, Forrest Gump, 1994; Best Actor, Philadelphia, 1993) and first time actor Barkhad Abdi (nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar for his performance).



To be in with a chance of winning simply watch the above trailer and answer the following question. What is the name of the hijacked ship in the movie?
  • The Maersk Alabama
  • The Mary Rose
  • The Cutty Sark
Email your answer to screen1ne.competitions@gmail.com



CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download February 10th.

Competition closes March 12th 2014.

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