The Establishing Shot: Week 1 2012 Film News Round-up


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Film NewsLast week on The Establishing Shot: Welcome to 2012, We see Goon – Gets the thumbs up as well as Man on a Ledge, UK Top 10 Films, This weeks Film Releases: Despair, The Iron Lady, Mother and Child, Goon, Yamada: Way Of The Samurai, Martin Scorsese To Be Honoured With BAFTA Fellowship, Celebrate Paramount Pictures 100 Year Anniversary with Paramount Pictures... 100 Years of Movie Magic App, Previously unseen vehicles to debut at BOND IN MOTION, Sundance London Short Film Competition, Short Cuts Returns…In 2012, Submissions for the ÉCU 2012 Script Competition is OPEN!, Final Secret Cinema tickets for January released, Midnight Movies Jan and Feb Events Revealed...,The Hobbit vs The Dark Knight Rises vs Prometheus trailer buzz Showdown, Top 10 List - The top 10 Studio Ghibli, Things I Don't Understand, , Troll Hunter, Arrietty, Life, Above All, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Drive, Yamada: Way Of The Samurai, The Woman In Black Teaser Trailer, No man can walk alone

Last Week On The Establishing Shot:
Welcome to 2012
Firstly, a warm welcome and I hope you all had a great break and that you are easing into the New Year with the appropriate vigour. Thank you for your continued support and readership over the years and I hope to bring you lots more news, reviews and insight into this thing of ours - film art.


Goon – Gets the thumbs up
We have has a slow but very busy start to the new year but after a couple of misses I finally got around to seeing Goon which was well worth the wait as I loved it. Inspired by actual events Goon is a sports film that captures the experience of Ice Hockey in and off the ice without being just about the sport or taking itself too seriously.

A full review should be up soon but in the meantime I heartily recommend Goon if you are looking for a fun couple of hours. Seann William Scott has been in a number of successful films and I’ll go so far as to say that Goon is the one that shows a different side of the guy and he kills it as the slow witted but fast fisted Doug The Thug.

From one of the most memorable opening scenes I have seen in a while it, for the most part it delivers on the high level of expectation that it promises.

Also Seann William Scott popped over to London to surprise fans at a screening the day, sadly we weren’t invited but you have to respect that level of commitment. To commemorate that - I infringed copyright laws by creating alternative taglines for the Goon poster below.

Goon
Poster: Goon Alternatives

Goon
Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of underperforming misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

Director: Michael Dowse
Writers: Jay Baruchel, Adam Frattasio, Evan Goldberg, Doug Smith
Stars: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill


Goon release date: 6 January, 2012


Man on a Ledge
We were also lucky enough to see the new Sam Worthington/ Jamie Bell / Ed Harris thriller Man on a Ledge. We can’t offer up any opinion as there is an embargo in place but a full review will be up later this month.


Man on a Ledge
A man threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The nearest New York Police officer immediately responds to a screaming woman and calls dispatch. More Officers arrive with SWAT and tactical command along with fire-fighters. The police then dispatches a female police psychologist personally requested to talk him down from the ledge. However, things aren't as straightforward as they appear to be.

Director: Asger Leth
Writer: Pablo F. Fenjves
Stars: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell


Man on a Ledge release date: 3 February, 2012

The Establishing Shot: UK Top 10 Films Friday 30 Dec - Sunday 1 January, 2012 courtesy of Digital Cinema Media

1. Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol
2. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
3. Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game Of Shadows
4. Alvin And The Chipmunks 3: Chip-wrecked
5. Puss In Boots 3D
6. New Year's Eve
7. Arthur Christmas 3D
8. Hugo 3D
9. Happy Feet 2
10. Don 2

The Establishing Shot: This Week's New Releases: 6 January 2012 courtesy of Movie Preview Guide
The Movie Preview guide is a pretty handy breakdown of this weeks and upcoming releases as well as film news. Head over to http://www.moviepreviewguide.com/ to check it out.

Despair
The chocolate business has been good to Russian exile Hermann. He owns a comfortable apartment in Berlin, drives a convertible, and is married to the accommodating and beautiful Lydia. But Hermann has the increasing feeling of alienation and removal from his body. When he meets a tramp called Felix Weber on one of his business trips, he develops an unbelievable idea - Hermann is convinced that Felix is his very image to the last detail. The appearance of his double serves him as an inspiration: what if he just disappeared, opting out of his old life and starting a new existence under a different name? Thus Hermann initiates a perfect, a delightful crime - his rebirth, his trip towards the light.

The Iron Lady
'The Iron Lady' tells the compelling story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.

Mother and Child
Annette Bening is Karen, a bitter, unhappy spinster coping with the death of her mother and the lifelong feelings of loss and regret over the child she gave up for adoption when she was 14. Naomi Watts is Elizabeth, the grown up daughter she's never met, now an ambitious lawyer who has trouble making emotional connections and Kerry Washington is Lucy, an infertile wife who turns to adoption as the key to the maternity she passionately craves. Rodrigo Garcia skillfully interweaves the rich and complex stories of these three women into a single narrative that runs deep with emotion.

Goon
Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of underperforming misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

More UK Film release dates can be found in The Establishing Shot: Film Calendar

The Establishing Shot: In the Mail
Recently we have seen some outstanding and imaginative films from the East like; Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Shaolin and from South Korea; The Chaser, The Man from Nowhere, I Saw The Devil and the tragic The Yellow Sea and with Cine Asia re-releasing their Hong Kong Legends Bruce Lee Collection later this month – we thought it was high time we reacquainted ourselves with the magic of the Eastern Cinema. Kicking off with Yamada: Way Of The Samurai which seems to mix to martial arts disciplines (Muay Thai and the battlefield techniques of the Samurai) as well as their respective cultures into one kick ass adventure.

Yamada: Way Of The Samurai 
Get ready for hard-hitting, hi-impact fight action from the cinematic tradition that brought you Ong Bak and The Warrior King.

Video: Yamada: Way Of The Samurai Trailer


Set in the ancient Kingdom of Ayothaya, this incredible true story brings to life the adventures of Yamada Nagamasa, a young Japanese Samurai warrior, who gave up his homeland to protect the sovereignty of the Thai people.

Betrayed and left for dead by treacherous Japanese forces, he finds a new family in a remote village and masters the devastating fighting art of Muay Boran (Thai boxing).

Fearless, he ascends to the royal bodyguard of King Naresuan The Great, but will soon face his greatest ever battle against the elite Japanese warriors he once regarded as brothers.

Review up soon.


Yamada: Way Of The Samurai release date: 30 January, 2012 on DVD & Blu-ray

The Establishing Shot: Film News
Momentum Pictures, Hammer And Exclusive Media
Present The Worldwide Premiere Of
The Woman In Black
Tuesday 24th January 2012 

On Tuesday 24th January 2012 Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, screenwriter Jane Goldman and director James Watkins will attend the Worldwide Premiere of THE WOMAN IN BLACK at the Royal Festival Hall.

Based on the classic ghost story, THE WOMAN IN BLACK tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House.  Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town's tragic and tortured secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances. When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK also stars Ciáran Hinds (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds), was adapted from Susan Hill's novel for the screen by Jane Goldman (Kick Ass) and directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake).

VENUE: The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX


Martin Scorsese To Be Honoured With BAFTA Fellowship
On Sunday 12 February, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts will present Martin Scorsese with the Academy Fellowship at the Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony, at London’s Royal Opera House.

Awarded annually by BAFTA, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. Previously honoured Fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave. Christopher Lee received the Fellowship at the Film Awards last February.

Tim Corrie, Chairman of BAFTA, said: “Martin Scorsese is a legend in his lifetime; a true inspiration to all young directors the world over. We are delighted to honour his contribution to cinema history and look forward to paying tribute to him in London on 12 February.”

Martin Scorsese added: “It is a great honour to be recognized by the British Academy and to join the ranks of such an esteemed group of industry colleagues and friends.”

With a celebrated career now spanning six decades, Martin Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers in cinema history. The acclaimed director, producer and screenwriter has been nominated by BAFTA no fewer than nine times, garnering three wins in 1991 for Goodfellas. A cinematic master, his works also include Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Casino, Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed. He has continued to delight critics and audiences alike with his most recent work, Hugo, a film that not only marks the director’s first foray into 3D but is also his first adventure film for all the family. Scorsese has also made a number of ground-breaking documentaries including celebrated music films No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Shine a Light and George Harrison: Living in the Material World.

Demonstrating his passion for film preservation, Scorsese is the founder and chair of two non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation and protection of motion picture history: The Film Foundation and the World Cinema Foundation.

In December 2010, Scorsese was the subject of a ‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ event, where he shared personal insights into his career and his craft and gave invaluable advice to newcomers to the industry. These videos are now available to view on www.bafta.org/guru.

The nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards will be announced on Tuesday 17 January. The ceremony, broadcast by the BBC in the UK, will be held on 12 February and hosted by Stephen Fry.


Celebrate Paramount Pictures 100 Year Anniversary with Paramount Pictures... 100 Years of Movie Magic App
 The year 2012 ushers in the 100th Anniversary of Paramount Pictures, the only major Hollywood studio to achieve this historic milestone.  We are proud to present one of many celebratory hallmarks that will commemorate this momentous occasion:  the Paramount Pictures 100 Years of Movie Magic App for the iPad (http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/paramount100/id488890759?mt=8).

The app is an exploration of the studio’s incredibly rich and storied history. From Paramount’s modest beginning in 1912 with Queen Elizabeth to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the app provides a fresh and innovative opportunity to experience your favorite films by flipping through never-before-seen photos, watching memorable film clips, and listening to timeless music scores.

This unique keepsake also includes an overview of Paramount’s story, a Studio Tour and a specially designed Scene it? game – all of which you can share with your friends and family on Email, Twitter, and Facebook.

Begin your exploration now and download this promotional app to your iPad or download to your PC or Mac with the Adobe Air version; available via the 100th Anniversary Intranet site on January 4th.


The App can be downloaded over here: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/paramount100/id488890759?mt=8


Previously unseen vehicles to debut at BOND IN MOTION
The opening of the exciting new exhibition of 50 James Bond vehicles, which will be unveiled to the public on 17th January 2012, is now less than two weeks away.

The exhibition, the largest of its kind staged anywhere in the world, will showcase 50 of the best loved and most iconic James Bond vehicles in celebration of the 50th year of James Bond films. BOND IN MOTION will run from January to December 2012 at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

Among the vehicles now arriving for the exhibition are a number that have never before been seen in public.  These include:
  • The Ford Mustang Mach 1 from Diamonds Are Forever
  • The villain Zukovsky’s Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II from The World Is Not Enough
  • The vintage 1962 Rolls Royce, pushed into a lake by May Day and Zorrin with Bond still inside, in A View to a Kill  
  • The ‘Burial-At-Sea Bed’ from You Only Live Twice.
  • The Union Jack Parachute which villain Gustav Graves used when he landed on The Mall
  • The Surfboard with concealed weapons and ammunition from Die Another Day  
  • Casino Royale Skyfleet S570 model, based on a Boeing 747
  • The original ‘Pig’ from The Living Daylights, used to smuggle Koskov across the border through the Siberian Pipe Line.
2012 also marks the 40th anniversary of Beaulieu’s world-famous National Motor Museum, a fitting year to be hosting a major new car exhibition with some of the most recognised vehicles from the Bond films.


For more information please visit www.bondinmotion.co.uk

More Film Event dates can be found in The Establishing Shot: Film Calendar

The Establishing Shot: Film Making Competitions
Sundance London Short Film Competition
As part of Sundance London, and in partnership with Greenwich Council and Ravensbourne, we are launching a short film competition with the winning entry being shown as part of the Sundance London short film programme.

To celebrate the competition and festival links to Greenwich, the place where time began and the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the competition theme will focus on time with the title ‘Story of our Time’

The challenge is to produce a three to five minute short film around the theme of ‘Story of Our Time’.

Entrants can interpret ‘Story of Our Time’ in any way they choose and films can be in documentary, animation, live action, comedy, drama or any other format or genre.


Short Cuts Returns…In 2012
Cliff Productions are proud hosts of Buckinghamshire’s very own film festival – dedicated to screening new British Short Films.

The main venue for the festival screenings is the prestigious National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield. Full details of programmes and schedule of events will be released in February 2012.

CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Calling all UK-based filmmakers…we are open to accept your short films for consideration. We’ve had many requests from our FaceBook and twitter fans for the deadline to be extended to allow more time after Christmas to get their entries in.
So, we have been able to extend the deadline to 5pm on Wednesday 18th January 2012.


Submissions for the ÉCU 2012 Script Competition is OPEN!
ÉCU, The European Independent Film Festival, is pleased to be hosting its sixth Much More than a Script Competition. As part of the ÉCU 2012 film festival, the script competition’s focus is on independent screenplays, that is, scripts that aren’t aimed at mainstream Hollywood film markets.
Writers are invited to submit their short and feature-length scripts to the competition where they compete for the best script of the festival. Scenes from the winning feature-length script are given a dramatic live reading at the film festival, which will take place in Paris March 30th to April 1st, 2012. The winners from both categories will also receive a script coverage package courtesy of ScriptShark.

Script Submission Deadlines:
Early Bird Deadline: November 20, 2011
Regular Deadline: December 18, 2011
Late Deadline: January 8, 2012
WAB Extended Deadline: March 11, 2012





The Establishing Shot: For your calendar
Special The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) War Horse Screening
From director Steven Spielberg comes ‘War Horse’, an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, ‘War Horse’ begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. The film follows the story of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets.

The much loved book and international theatrical hit, ‘War Horse’ now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.

War Horse Monday 9th January 2012. Doors Open 6pm, Film Starts 6.30pm @ Vue Cinema, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7AL Tickets: £15

Head over to: https://www.ctbfgiving.co.uk/ for tickets.

Special Preview of Shame and QA
Momentum Pictures are holding special preview screenings of Shame followed by a live satellite Q&A with the films director Steve McQueen (Hunger) and writer Abi Morgan (Iron Lady). The screenings take place on Tuesday 10th January in cinemas across the UK and Ireland for more info head over to: http://www.premierpr-online.co.uk/pprsecure/facebook/shame/

Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a 30-something man living comfortably in New York balancing a busy job and active social life. When the wayward Sissy (Carey Mulligan), turns up at his apartment unannounced, Brandon's carefully managed lifestyle spirals out of control.

From award winning director Steve McQueen (Hunger), Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.

This special preview screenings take place before the films general release on Friday 13 January.

Special Charity preview of The Artist
Entertainment Film Distributors And Vue Entertainment welcomes Uggie to the UK, from rescue dog to Hollywood's award-winning 'Top Dog' and star of the Oscar-favourite THE ARTIST Steals every scene in which he appears - Allan Hunter, Daily Express.

 The Artist and Dogs Trust have teamed up to offer the public a chance to see the film and meet Uggie while at the same time make a difference to rescue dogs across the UK. Each year Dogs Trust cares for over 16,000 dogs at its 17 Rehoming Centres nationwide. The charity's work is funded by public generosity so, if you love dogs and love great movies please buy a ticket to see an outstanding movie and help a dog in need at the same time. All proceeds go to Dogs Trust.www.dogstrustandtheartist.com

Uggie has come a long way from life in a pound to now being the most talked about dog in the film that has 6 Golden Globe nominations and is tipped to sweep the board at The Oscars. Following rave reviews and a stellar opening weekend for THE ARTIST on its exclusive London platform release, Uggie, the nine year old Jack Russell Terrier, canine star of the film will be arriving in London for a week of media appearances including BBC's The Graham Norton Show, BBC's Newsround and a special screening of THE ARTIST for Dogs Trust. Just today, France's Lumiere Awards awarded Uggie an honourable mention when announcing this year's nominations. Uggie is no stranger to the silver screen having also starred in Water For Elephants with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.

The special charity screening event in aid of Dogs Trust will take place at Vue West End who kindly donated a screen for the event on January the 10th at 6 for 6:30pm.

There are a few tickets available for a Special Charity preview of The Artist on 10th January in Leicester Square - to buy tickets: www.dogstrustandtheartist.com 

MCM Group Releases 2012 Show Schedule, Launches New Birmingham Comic Con
Happy New Year from MCM Expo! After a 2011 that saw record London Comic Con attendances, a brand new Manchester show and the return of Memorabilia London, we’re raising our game even more in 2012 – including launching MCM Expo Birmingham Comic Con to run alongside Memorabilia.

MCM Group is proud to present the UK’s biggest and best pop culture events, featuring everything from movies and videogames to anime and comics; here’s our 2012 line-up for your diaries:

Midlands MCM Expo @ International Centre Telford
18 February 2012

Memorabilia Birmingham @ The NEC
31 March - 1 April 2012

MCM Expo Birmingham Comic Con @ The NEC
31 March - 1 April 2012

MCM Expo London Comic Con @ Excel
25 to 27 May 2012

MCM Expo Manchester Comic Con @ Manchester Central
21 July 2012

MCM Expo London Comic Con @ Excel
26 to 28 October 2012

Memorabilia London @ Excel
27 & 28 October 2012

Memorabilia Birmingham @ The NEC
24-25 November 2012

To watch some of the special guest panels from recent MCM Expo events, go to http://www.youtube.com/mcmexpo and http://vimeo.com/mcmexpo

To stay up-to-date with MCM news, follow www.twitter.com/mcmexpo; www.facebook.com/mcmexpo or visit our website at www.londonexpo.com

Final Secret Cinema tickets for January released
Secret Cinema’s most ambitious project set the New Year off to a fine start. The last January tickets will be released on Thursday 5 January at 12.00 You still have a chance to experience our latest production, and ditch those January blues.

For tickets head over to: http://www.wegottickets.com/secretcinema

Secret Cinema are also running a secret photo competition. The winner will receive two pairs of tickets to the next Secret Cinema.

Send your pictures here (secretphoto@secretcinema.org)
Remember, tell no-one.

P.S. Follow Secret Cinema on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Secret-Cinema/46896241052) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/secretcinema).

Midnight Movies Jan and Feb Events Revealed...
We will return in 2012 with...

Midnight Movies' NIGHTCAP A night of shorts as part of the LSFF Friday 13 January, Rio Cinema and  Alex Cox's REPO MAN Join us for our fourth birthday celebration!
Wednesday 29 February, ICA

Fri 13 Jan: Midnight Movies' Nightcap.  11pm for 11.30pm screening, with a late bar afterwards till 1.30am.

Midnight Movies teams up with the London Short Film Festival for a second year running, after last year's sell out screening at the Rio Cinema in Dalston. This selection of mind-bending short films mixes strange surrealistic dreams and nightmares with more out-and-out horror. Includes the Warp Films produced The Organ Grinder's Monkey by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman and starring Rhys Ifans.

1/4'' - Ian Pons Jewell
2.20 - Jason Wingard
Birds & Bee Stings - Ben Whitehead
Bobby Yeah - Robert Morgan
Daddy Cross -  Evrim Ersoy, Russell Would & James Pearcey
Dreamt In Flesh - Ian Pons Jewell
 The Fox - Tony Burke
The Organ Grinder's Monkey - Jake & Dinos Chapman
Punctum - Laura Clarke
Shoreditch Slayer - Simon Levene
Tumult - Johnny Barrington

The 9th London Short Film Festival (6 - 15 January 2012) takes place at 24 venues across London. For more info and tickets head here! Or visit www.midnight-movies.co.uk

Wed 29 Feb: Repo Man plus 4th Birthday Party, ICA
Celebrate our 4th Birthday in true '80s cult classic style with a Straight to Video DJ/VJ set from 9pm, and then Repo Man (starring Emilio Estevez) at 11pm. Plus we have a great Prize Bounty for the best dressed (dress code: '80s punk rocker), cake & cocktails in the ICA Bar.

For more info and tickets head here (http://www.ica.org.uk/31855/Film/Midnight-Movies-presents-Repo-Man.html)! Or visit www.midnight-movies.co.uk

The Establishing Shot: Thought Piece - The Hobbit vs. The Dark Knight Rises vs. Prometheus trailer buzz Showdown
The good people over at Way To Blue masters of social media entertainment have done some research and put together an insightful look at the early online buzz created by 2012’s expected Tentpole films: The Hobbit vs The Dark Knight Rises vs Prometheus. I’ve lifted the first couple of paragraphs from the their website but it is well worth heading over here! for the full surprising piece.



The Christmas holiday season has seen three very significant trailer launches for The Hobbit, The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus. All three have caused a stir online in different ways. Here we’ll take a look…

Video:  Prometheus Trailer 2 


The Hobbit is certainly one of the largest responses we have seen from a film property online in the social media era. Comparing the levels of buzz upon trailer launch The Hobbit has reached almost double the levels of noise on Twitter than The Dark Knight Rises. Clearly the core audience for the Tolkien franchise have waited a long time to replenish their large appetites but we are surprised by the differential in Twitter volume from The Dark Knight Rises (which is no slouch either!). Prometheus definitely lacks the overt franchise link in the way these other properties do and it has to work a lot harder given its tenuous reported association. It’s still a strong performance no matter...

Head over here for the full piece: http://uk.waytoblue.com/the-hobbit-vs-the-dark-knight-rises-vs-prometheus-trailer-buzz-showdown


The Establishing Shot: Top 10 List - The top 10 Studio Ghibli
To commemorate the release of the dreamy Arrietty on Double-Play and a deluxe Collector's Double Play today January 9th, 2012 – Romley Davies have put together a list of the Top 10 films from Studio Ghibli. The Japanese animation and film studio which is like the Eastern equivalent of Walt Disney but with all the art work still done by hand. All the fantastic Ghibli films you would expect are featured as well as some surprises. Perfect timing as I’m sure like me many of you Catbus is still fresh in mind after Channel 4’s screening of My Neighbor Totoro the other night.

Arriety
Image: Arriety Poster

1. Ponyo 2008
The award-winning Ponyo is based on an unusual friendship formed between the 5 year old son of a sailor and a beautiful goldfish princess who yearns to become a real girl. Sosuke rescues the small, aquatic princess and names her Ponyo after finding her trapped in a glass bottle. The daughter of a sea goddess and a powerful wizard, her magical father performs sorcery to make her human and Ponyo finds herself falling for Sosuke. However, as the story unfolds and the two’s friendship deepens, consequences are soon realised from the power wielded to make Ponyo human.

2. The Cat Returns 2002
After helping a strange cat from oncoming traffic, young Haru finds herself being showered with gratitude from the King of the Cats in the form of gifts and favours; much to the dismay of his feline followers. But Haru gets more than she bargains for as the mysterious King wants seeks to marry her to his son, Prince Lune. With the help of a rotund, grumpy ordinary cat and an elegant cat sculpture come to life Haru must find a way to escape the Cat Kingdom before it’s too late!

3. Spirited Away 2001
The Oscar-winning, Spirited Away, is another epic feat from the producers at Studio Ghibli. This enchanting tale exudes an extraordinary imagination and a delightful narrative. Young Chihiro finds herself inadvertently stumbling in to a mysterious realm filled with strange creatures, gods and spirits and magical places. After being terrified by the unusual things she finds in this weird world, she runs to return to her parents only to find they’ve been turned into pigs and her way of escape gone! She meets a young boy, Haku, who finds her a job and promises to help her parents and herself escape.

4. Princess Mononoke 1997
This tale begins with a young warrior stricken with a curse from a rampaging boar-like demon after protecting his village from its attack. Whilst on his way to seek out the cure for the mysterious curse, Ashitaka finds himself caught between the warring sides of a mining colony, Tatara, and the gods of the forest. During his quest he meets San, the Princess Mononoke.

5. Pom Poko 1994
This is the touching tale of a community of shapeshifting racoons desperate to save themselves and their forest homes from the concrete monster of urban development and its resulting threat of extinction.

6. Porco Rosso 1992
It’s the 1930s in Italy and air pirates, bounty hunters and sky high fliers of all kinds dominate the heavens. The most cunning and skilled however is former Ace pilot, Porco Rosso. He now makes his living flying contract jobs and rescue missions – that’s when Donald Curtis, his rival in the air, isn’t challenging the hero (and stealing all the women) with various obstacles and hindrances.

7. Kiki's Delivery Service 1989
This is the tale of thirteen year old witch, Kiki. She begins living her compulsory year of independent life, where she settles into a new community and starts running her own air courier service. Kiki is ready to take on the world and extend her horizons despite her initial challenges, all with the help of newfound friends and her close companion and talking cat, Jiji.

8. Grave Of The Fireflies 1988
This is a tragic but touching tale of friendship, loyalty and self-discovery as brother and sister, Setsuko and Seita, struggle to survive in wartime Japan. Their mother is killed in an air raid and then the duo are left homeless following quarrels whilst living with family relatives – oblivious to their soldier father’s whereabouts, the two must somehow strive to keep a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs.

9. My Neighbor Totoro 1988
Two young girls, Satsuke and her younger sister Mei, move into a house in the country with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. The two discover that the nearby forest is inhabited by magical creatures called Totoros. They soon befriend these Totoros, and have several magical adventures!

10. Laputa: Castle In The Sky 1988
A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Arrietty
Based on the classic children's book The Borrowers, tiny 14 year old Arrietty lives under the floorboards of an old house with her father and mother. Their peaceful life is dramatically changed when the ever curious Arrietty accidentally allows herself to be seen by Sho, a poorly and lonesome 12 year old human boy. The fledgling friendship between the two lonely children causes Haru the housekeeper to become aware of the borrowers' existence. The family of little borrowers are forced to choose between staying in their well-established home or leaving for the uncertainty of the great outdoors.

Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, Tom Hollan, Olivia Colman

Out on DVD, Double-Play and a deluxe Collector's Double Play: January 9th, 2012

The Establishing Shot: Independent Spotlight
Things I Don't Understand
Violet Kubelick, a brilliant young grad student studying near-death experiences, now withdrawn and closed-off after a mysterious, failed suicide attempt. She and her two artist-roommates are forced by financial matters to finally step out of the protective bubble they've created for themselves in their Brooklyn loft while Violet herself forms a cathartic relationship with a young, terminally ill girl in a hospice she is interviewing for her thesis and the damaged bartender who lives downstairs. A story of changing, relationships, love, life and what comes after we die.


Director David Spaltro’s previous feature "...Around",  a personal love-letter to NYC generated a lot of buzz on the festival circuit, garnered over 80 positive critic reviews and found distribution on Netflix, online, VOD and eventually it's TV debut on PBS this past Christmas. Things I Don't Understand his second feature is a return collaboration with actress Molly Ryman. This story of changing, relationships, love, life and what comes after we die hosts performances by several fresh new talents, as well as veteran stand-up comedian Mike Britt ("Ugly Americans, "Bad Boys of Comedy") and an epic return to film by Lisa Eichhorn (2-time Golden Globe Nominee, "Yanks", "Talented Mr. Ripley")

For more info head over to: http://www.tidu-film.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Things-I-Dont-Understand/109012409143185


The Establishing Shot: Upcoming Home Releases
January Releases
Amongst other films January sees the home release of two of my favourite films of 2011. The rich tour de force that is Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as well as the ultra cool neon lit Drive.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
STUDIOCANAL are pleased to announce the Home Entertainment release of number one UK box office success TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, a tense, cerebral and captivating adaptation of John le Carrés genre-defining bestseller. Set at the height of The Cold War, with international relations poisoned with paranoia and deception, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), codenamed ‘The Circus’, is striving to keep pace with other countries attempts at counter-espionage, and keep the UK secure.

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
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The Chief of the Circus, ‘Control’ (John Hurt, The Elephant Man, Brighton Rock) personally sends dedicated agent Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong, Kick Ass, The Guard) into Hungary, but the mission goes bloodily awry, forcing Control out of his position, and the circus, along with trusted lieutenant George Smiley (Gary Oldman, The Dark Knight, The Fifth Element), a career spy with razor-sharp senses. However when disgraced agent Rikki Tarr (Tom Hardy, Inception, Warriors) reappears with devastating information that The Circus has long been compromised by a mole working for the soviets, Smiley is secretly conscripted back into service and the murky world of espionage. Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects - all experienced, urbane, successful agents - but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment. Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate, as the hunt leaves a trail or murder, doubt and double crosses in it’s wake. TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY has been made for the screen by Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In) with the screenplay adapted by the writing team of Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy release date January 30, 2012 On DVD, Double-Play (including Steelbook edition) & EST January 30, 2012

Also available in limited deluxe double play edition with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy novel, original soundtrack, bespoke notepad, playing cards, onset photographs and exclusive film cell

Drive
Drive is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day (Ryan Gosling), a loner by nature, who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan). When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best - Drive.
DRIVE
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Drive release date: On DVD and Blu-ray 30 January, 2012!

Troll Hunter
One of the biggest hits with audiences at this year’s Film4 Frightfest and a major critical success during its subsequent UK theatrical release in September 2011. The debut feature from Norwegian director Andre Ovredal, this “original and highly assured fusion of B-movie lore and fairytale terror” (The Hollywood Reporter) combines the vision of “Where The Wild Things Are” with the faux-documentary, found-footage stylings of “Cloverfield”, “REC” and “The Blair Witch Project” to produce an “enormously entertaining” (Variety) and suspense-filled creature feature that the Daily Star rated as 'one of the finest monster movies ever" and Total Film described as being “like David Attenborough taking a stroll into Roald Dahl’s brain.”

Following the deaths of a couple of tourists and a spate of livestock mutilations in the mountains and forests of Norway, the government’s official line is that rogue bears are responsible. But the local hunters don’t agree and neither does a trio of college students who have been stalking an alleged poacher, Hans, with the intention of making a documentary film about him. Their persistence in pursuing Hans finally pays off when the filmmakers become victims of a night-time attack by something that is obviously much larger than a bear. In the aftermath, Hans agrees to an interview in which he reveals the truth regarding his occupation – he is actually a government employed troll hunter. Sceptical, the students volunteer to assist this unlikely hero in his work on the understanding that they will be allowed to document the proceedings and publicly reveal the heavily guarded secrets of a race of creatures thought only to exist in fairly tales.

Troll Hunter release date: On DVD and Blu-ray 9 January, 2012

Arrietty  
Discover an amazing adventure that’s unlike any other. From Studio Ghibli, the creators of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, Arrietty is an enchanting tale of “little” people with a big heart, released on DVD and Blu-ray on 9th January 2012 courtesy of STUDIOCANAL.

Beneath the floorboards of a sprawling mansion set in a magical, overgrown garden in the suburbs of Tokyo, tiny 14-year-old Arrietty lives with her equally tiny parents. The house is occupied by two old ladies, who are absolutely unaware of the existence of their miniature tenants. Arrietty  and her family live by “borrowing”. Everything they have, they borrow or make from the things they have borrowed. Essentials like gas, water and food. Tables, chairs, cooking utensils. And treats - a sugar cube here, a scrap of material there. But only a little each time, so the ladies do not notice.

A 12-year-old boy, Sho, moves into the mansion while he waits for urgent medical treatment in the city. Arrietty ’s parents have always warned her: “Never let humans see you.” Once seen, little people always have to move on. But the adventurous Arrietty  doesn’t listen, and Sho discovers her. The two begin to confide in each other and, before long, a friendship begins to blossom...

Based on Mary Norton’s much-loved children’s classic ‘The Borrowers’, Arrietty is a beautiful story of childhood and friendship from the Academy Award® winning anime master Hayao Miyazaki, and the directorial debut of Studio Ghibli’s star animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

Featuring the voices of Olivia Colman (Rev, Tyrannosaur), Mark Strong (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Green Lantern), Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), and Tom Holland, with its stunning animation and captivating storytelling, Arrietty will enthral children and adults alike.

Arrietty release date: Out to own on DVD, Blu-ray Double play & Limited Edition Collector’s Edition – 9 January 2012

Life, Above All 
12 year-old Chanda learns of a rumour that spreads like wildfire through her small, dust-ridden village near Johannesburg.  It destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother and the truth.  LIFE, ABOVE ALL is an emotional and universal drama about a young girl (stunningly performed by first-time-actress Khomotso Manyaka) who fights the fear and shame that have poisoned her community. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage powered by the heart. Directed by South African filmmaker Oliver Schmitz ("Mapantsula", "Paris, je’taime"), it is based on the international award winning and best-selling novel, “Chanda’s Secrets” by Allan Stratton.

Life, Above All release date: On DVD and VOD 23 January, 2012

Yamada: Way Of The Samurai 
Get ready for hard-hitting, hi-impact fight action from the cinematic tradition that brought you Ong Bak and The Warrior King.

Set in the ancient Kingdom of Ayothaya, this incredible true story brings to life the adventures of Yamada Nagamasa, a young Japanese Samurai warrior, who gave up his homeland to protect the sovereignty of the Thai people.

Betrayed and left for dead by treacherous Japanese forces, he finds a new family in a remote village and masters the devastating fighting art of Muay Boran (Thai boxing).

Fearless, he ascends to the royal bodyguard of King Naresuan The Great, but will soon face his greatest ever battle against the elite Japanese warriors he once regarded as brothers.

Yamada: Way Of The Samurai release date: 30 January, 2012 on DVD & Blu-ray


More UK Home release dates can be found in The Establishing Shot: Film Calendar

The Establishing Shot: Trailer of the Week – The Woman In Black Teaser Trailer
With the release of The Woman In Black coming Up in February and the Premiere taking place down on the Southbank later this month I thought it might be time to take another look at it’s trailers. The Woman In Black got a full trailer a little while ago but, covering the checklist of essentials in Horror; Victorian era setting, eerie soundtrack, unsuspecting protagonist, broken toys, creepy abandoned house, strange local community, creaking doors, black & white photos with eyes scratched out, apparitions, spooky young girls, a remote location and faces, lots of faces, at windows) I’m still moved by the chilling teaser trailer that introduced us to The Woman In Black back in August.  Directed by James Watkins who brought us the frankly borderline subversively chilling Eden Lake incurring stirrings reminiscent of those late 70s and early 80s horrors like; Tobe Hoopers’ The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left and The Hills of Eyes he is an inspired choice to breathe terror into a classic tale.

Based on the classic ghost story, The Woman In Black tells the tale of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House.

Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town’s tragic and tortured secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances.  When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.

Video: The Woman in Black Teaser Trailer

The Woman in Black 10 February, 2012
The Woman In Black also stars Ciaran Hinds (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds), was adapted from Susan Hill’s novel for the screen by Jane Goldman (Kick Ass) and directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake).

Director: James Watkins
Writers: Susan Hill (novel), Jane Goldman (screenplay)
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer and Ciarán Hinds

The Establishing Shot: Music discovered this week: No man can walk alone
This week the featured song hasn’t actually made it out into the open yet and we don’t know who made it. But it is probably being stored on some creative’s PC waiting for just the right moment to be released. It doesn’t have an official title but has come to be know No man can walk alone taken from the lyrics. I am of course referring to the track that has been kicking around everyone’s head at some point over the last 6 months Oh no! Oh yes! This is critical. Oh no! Oh yes! It's pretty chemical. Oh no! Oh yes! No man can walk alone – the 60 second hypnotic soundtrack for the Lynx 2012 - Happy End of the World TV advert. Is that Terrance Stamp's voice at the end?

Video: Lynx 2012 - Get It On For The End Of The World

The Establishing Shot: Week 1 2012 Film News Round-up
This week on The Establishing Shot: Welcome to 2012, We see Goon – Gets the thumbs up as well as Man on a Ledge, UK Top 10 Films, This weeks Film Releases: Despair, The Iron Lady, Mother and Child, Goon, Yamada: Way Of The Samurai, Martin Scorsese To Be Honoured With BAFTA Fellowship, Celebrate Paramount Pictures 100 Year Anniversary with Paramount Pictures... 100 Years of Movie Magic App, Previously unseen vehicles to debut at BOND IN MOTION, Sundance London Short Film Competition, Short Cuts Returns…In 2012, Submissions for the ÉCU 2012 Script Competition is OPEN!, Final Secret Cinema tickets for January released, Midnight Movies Jan and Feb Events Revealed...,The Hobbit vs The Dark Knight Rises vs Prometheus trailer buzz Showdown, Top 10 List - The top 10 Studio Ghibli, Things I Don't Understand, , Troll Hunter, Arrietty, Life, Above All, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Drive, Yamada: Way Of The Samurai, The Woman In Black Teaser Trailer, No man can walk alone

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