RIP Anton Yelchin 

Some shocking and sad news has come to light this evening. Actor Anton Yelchin has died in a tragic car accident, aged 27. TMZ are reporting that the Star Trek star was found crushed between his car and his brick mail box at his home, in L.A.

Yelchin was a bright and emerging talent, who oozed screen presence. He was born in Leningrad, under the former Soviet Union in 1989.

He moved to the United States when he was just six months old, he began acting age of 9 in the independent film A Man is Mostly Water, and went on to appear in successful films such as; Alpha Dog, Terminator Salvation, Fright Night, Odd Thomas, Burying the Ex and Green Room. He is perhaps best-known for portraying Pavel Chekov in 2009’s Star Trek reboot and the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, along with the upcoming Star Trek Beyond.

On behalf of all of us here at Bad Wilf, I would like to pass on our condolences to Anton’s friends, family and fans.

Episode 95: Star Trek into darkness

In which Martyn and Mark attempt to discuss the film, but find it difficult to stay on course and they travel around the trekverse.

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Film review: Fright Night

Charley Brewster, played by Anton Yelchin, is trying to leave his nerdy past behind. He’s got a new girlfriend (Imogen Poots) and is working hard to impress the school’s popular jocks. But when his former best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) starts claiming that their new neighbour Jerry (Colin Farrell) is a vampire responsible for the recent disappearances in the neighbourhood, Charley tries to distance himself even further from Ed. However, when Ed goes missing, Charley begins to believe his friend’s theory, but nobody else does.

Desperate for help, Charley turns to magician and vampire hunter Peter Vincent, played by David Tennant in a brilliantly intense performance that features a lot of swearing. However, Charley’s last hope might not be enough to stop Jerry, who is played with an intimidating presence by Farrell.

As a fan of the original, I approached this remake with trepidation, but I found it to be entirely enjoyable. It’s a faithful enough adaptation that captures the fun of the original while ramping up the tension and giving it a modern twist. The cast is strong, with Farrell owning every scene he’s in, and the dialogue is sharp and witty. The pacing is well-done, and the acting is superior to the original. The only drawback is the 3D, which makes the nighttime scenes too dark to fully appreciate.

Overall, it’s a solid remake worth watching,but if possible, catch it in 2D.