Review-Blair Witch

In 1999, The Blair Witch Project shook Hollywood to its very core, two young filmmakers managed to break new ground and breathe life into the found footage sub-genre. As well as breaking box office records, it was the first movie to realise the true potential of Internet marketing.

Like with most franchises that have a dud sequel, Blair Witch pretends Book of Shadows never happened and serves as a direct sequel to the original. 

The new film focuses on James (James Allen McCune) who happens to be the younger brother of, Heather, who disappeared in the first film. James and his film student girlfriend Lisa (Callie Hernandez) find a video on the internet, which convinces James that even after twenty years, Heather may still be alive. 

James decides that no matter how remote a chance, he has to take it. So he and Lisa, along with their friends Peter (Brandon Scott) and Ashley (Corbin Reid) head into the woods in Burkittsville, Maryland (formerly Blair), where they meet local odd-couple Lane (Wes Robinson) and Talia (Valorie Curry), who posted the video online.

From there on in, the film is pretty much a rehash of all the things that made The Blair Witch Project so original. We get stick figures, piles of rocks, handprints and steady-cam POV footage of actors running through the woods, whilst screaming. 

Back in ’99 this all felt fresh original, but now it’s been done to death. Apart from slightly expanding the mythology surrounding the stick figures, there’s nothing innovative here. 

This feels less like a sequel and more like a modern day remake, the slow-burn of the original, along with rawness of the grainy footage has been replaced by quick glossy digital cuts. Nothing about this film feels found, it’s sleek and well-crafted, to maximise the profits from the YouTube generation. 

The fact that James is Heather’s brother is entirely tangential and unnecessary. 

I suppose in many ways, this film is poetic. The Blair Witch Project kick started the found footage sub-genre, it’s only fitting that Blair Witch is the final nail in its coffin.

 

John Barrowman announces The lives of Captain Jack 

Earlier this year John Barrowman spent a week recording various projects for Big Finish. One of those included an audio with Camille Coduri. There was a lot of fan speculation at the time, as to what this audio could be. Barrowman took to Facebook tonight to announce the four-part audio series ‘The lives of Captain Jack’.

Released in June 2017, The Lives of Captain Jack is written by Guy Adams and James Goss. The stories include:

THE YEAR AFTER I DIED: Set in the year 200,101, on an Earth ravaged by the Daleks, we see Jack struggling to save humanity from its oldest enemy.

WEDNESDAYS FOR BEGINNERS: Jack and Jackie Tyler (Camille Coduri) must unite to rescue the Powell Estate from a force whose name Jackie can never say.

ONE ENCHANTED EVENING: Captain Jack and Alonso Frame (Russell Tovey) have only just met. But why did the Doctor want them to be together?

MONTH 25: He’s the young star of the Time Agency, and his whole life is about to fall apart. But that’s not going to stop him winning.

Trailer-Live by night

Warner Bros. have released the first trailer for the new Ben Affleck film,  Live By Night, which he both directed and stars in (as far as I know, he hasn’t written the theme tune. Doo-doo-doo).

Let’s be frank, the film looks awesome! It’s based on the 2012 novel by  Dennis Lehane. It also stars Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chris Messina, and Chris Cooper.

Here’s the synopsis:

Boston, 1926. The ’20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world.

Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city’s most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one—neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover—can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt.

Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa’s Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.

Live By Night comes out in October, 2017.

Christopher Eccleston regrets not doing more Doctor Who

Long-term readers may remember that way back in 2011, Christopher Eccleston told us that he left Doctor Who, because of the “bullying ” during the production.

Over the years, he’s expanded on this. But recently during an interview with 774 ABC Melbourne, he expressed regret in not staying on for another series.

He said:

“It was kind of tragic for me, that I didn’t play him for longer. He’s a beautiful character and I have a great deal of professional pride and had I done a second season, there would have been a marked improvement in my performance. I was learning new skills, in terms of playing light comedy. I was not known for light comedy and again, production did not allow for that. It’s very important that on a first series you make an informed and intelligent choice, even if it means breaking the budget, about getting the first director who is going to set the tone for the season, how the actors relate and that did not happen. Disaster.

But, the show has survived. Thank god. Capaldi and Matt and David are just brilliant and, I Know how brilliant they are. Because I’ve been inside it. I know how difficult it is.”

You can hear the full interview down below.

Power of the Daleks to be released as an animation 

After weeks of speculation, it seems that the long-lost classic story featuring Patrick Troughton’s debut as the second Doctor is to be released on digital download and DVD, later this year. 

It’s one of the Doctor’s most celebrated adventures and held in extremely high regard amongst Doctor Who fans, yet no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to exist. The master negatives were destroyed, when the BBC decided to wipe their video tapes in an archive purge in the early 70’s.

Earlier today, a page advertising the project was accidentally launched early on the BBC store.


BBC Worldwide are expected to confirm the news at midnight  tomorrow. 

The story has been animated in black and white and uses the original audio recordings, with the original cast.
 

The six half hour episodes feature the regeneration, or as it was then called ‘renewal’, of First Doctor William Hartnell into Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.


Of course, this isn’t the first time a Patrick Troughton story has been animated. The Invasion used animation to replace two missing episodes. 

Power of Daleks will be released on BBC Store on Saturday 5th November followed by the DVD on Monday 21st November. Let’s hope this is one of many.

 

Red hot chilli peppers to play the O2

Red hot( get it?) on the heels of headlining the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Grammy® Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Red Hot Chili Peppers are to return in December for their first UK tour in five years and will play The O2 on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th December 2016.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 2 September and are available at theo2.co.uk or by calling 0844 856 0202.

 

The band will be touring in support of their 11th studio album, The Getaway, out now on Warner Bros. Records, which was #1 in ten countries across Europe and was produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Godrich.

Red Hot Chili Peppers have spent the summer performing at a variety of music festivals around the world, including headlining Lollapalooza in Chicago, T In The Park in Scotland, Fuji Rock in Japan and this weekend headlined the Reading and Leeds festival.

Supporting the band across their UK tour will be Japanese sensation BABYMETAL. The J-pop teen metallers have taken the world by storm since their formation in 2010. Their latest album Metal Resistance peaked at number fifteen on the UK Albums Chart, the highest position reached by a Japanese band.

Episode 161:Star Wars:Rebels press conference

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend the Star Wars:Rebels series 3 press con, at Star Wars celebration. In attendance were Dave Filoni, Sam Witwer and, Tiyer Sircar.

Thrawn is discussed, Tom Baker is radiant.

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The podcast can be accessed via different places, including Audioboom, Tunein, Miro, Stiticher, Blubrry, Player fm and Itunes.

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Episode 160:The Blair Witch Project

Gerrod and Martyn sit down to discuss the 1999 horror movie, The Blair Witch Project.

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The podcast can be accessed via different places, including Audioboom, Tunein, Miro, Stiticher, Blubrry, Player fm and Itunes.

Twitter:

Martyn – @BadWilf

Pete – @BeeblePete

Gerrod – @ingerrodsmind

 

Trailer-Star Trek Discovery

San Diego comic con is now in full swing and, every studio is showcasing their projects. CBS have released the teaser trailer for Star Trek: Discovery, the  TV series from Bryan Fuller that will air on CBS All Access, in the US and on Netflix in the rest of the world, next year. There’s still no news on casting, but speculation is that the new ship will feature a female Captain.

Bryan Fuller confirmed that the series will be told, much like a novel and not the traditional episodic structure.

Check it out below.