Win Trainspotting on Blu-Ray!

Trainspotting Blu-Ray

It’s Trainspotting, hitting Blu-Ray from Lionsgate. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

The film follows the life of Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a heroin addict who struggles with his addiction. Renton is able to kick the habit and moves to London, where he finds a job, a flat, and something close to peace of mind. However, old friends Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud all arrive at his doorstep, leading Renton back into drugs and crime. Renton’s lifestyle starts to significantly affect his relationships with his friends and family. He reluctantly discovers that his old friends continue to play a part in his life and make changing a difficult task.

We’ve got a spare copy of the Blu-Ray to give away. Want to win it? Lovely. Here’s how that happens: you enter using the form below. Remember you can enter once a day. If we draw your name when the contest ends, you snag it! Good luck!
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By | 2017-09-24T22:37:02+00:00 October 6th, 2011|Contests|0 Comments

Angels & Demons (2009) – 27 Second Review

Angels and Demons movie poster

Written by: Akiva Goldsman and David Koepp, based on the novel by Dan Brown
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Pierfrancisco Favino

Review: Well, they fixed the hair. And that’s good. But they did well with the rest of it as well, and that’s unexpected. Instead of an overhyped dissapointment, this one seems to be the unholy union of National Treasure with the first movie. Which occured in a meat grinder. That was on fire.

Also, Anti-Matter! Yay!

Time: 13 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T23:01:48+00:00 June 27th, 2009|27 Seconds, Reviews|1 Comment

Win Long Way Down!

Long Way Down book cover art

So the trial of making the Star Wars movies was so traumatic for Ewan McGregor that he started riding his motorcycle all over the world with his buddy Charley Boorman. This time around he’s driving from Scotland to South Africa. We’ve got three copies of the book here in hardback–and you can win one of them.

Enter using the form below–and you can enter once a day. In fact, you can enter every contest we have on the site once a day, so don’t be shy. It’s a lot easier than crossing two continents, that’s for sure. We’ll draw three names from the entry sombrero–and they win! It’s just that easy.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:08:02+00:00 December 22nd, 2008|Contests|0 Comments

Trainspotting (1996) – DVD Review

Trainspotting DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by John Hodge, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh
Directed by Danny Boyle
Starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd

Features:

  • Running audio commentary with director Boyle, scribe Hodge, and actors Macdonald, and McGregor
  • Deleted scenes with audio commentary
  • The Making of Trainspotting
  • Retrospective featurettes and interviews
  • Cast and crew bios
  • Photo gallery
  • Cannes Film Festival Interviews and Spotlight
  • Trailers

Released by: Miramax.
Rating: R.
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Own it.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:54:14+00:00 September 28th, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments

27 Second Review: The Island (2005)

Written by: Caspian Treadwell-Owen
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Bean, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan

Review: Losing your virginity should be a special occasion. Especially if you’re losing it to Scarlett Johansson. Only trouble is, Ewan McGregor’s character is, for all intents and purposes, three years old. Man, life’s a bitch, ain’t it? Anyway, this movie has basically the same plot as this one that I first saw on MST3K all those years ago. But it also has kickass explosions, rocket bikes, and the bastard child of Cadillac and Lamborghini. It’s far from MST3K-worthy, actually not a bad film, but don’t expect the best.

Time: 23 seconds.

By | 2017-09-24T23:56:28+00:00 July 31st, 2005|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments

Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) – Movie Review

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Written & Directed by George Lucas
Starring Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson

My Advice: To hell with it.

War! Huh. Good God, y’all. That’s right, it’s war. General Grievous (voiced by Matthew Wood), a supposedly fiendish badass villain who’s really just a level boss from Doom in need of an inhaler, and Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) have kidnapped Senator Palpatine (McDiarmid). Obi-Wan and Anakin (McGregor and Christensen), those whacky fun-loving Jedis, have hauled ass to go and save him. But little do they know that this is all part of Palpatine’s fiendish plot, which is finally going to come to fruition thanks to the stupidity of the Jedis, the selfish brat-nature of Anakin, and his and Padme’s (Portman) desire to play house.

Wow. Wow. This was really, really bad. And let’s leave aside for the moment how this sullies the original trilogy–because it does. Let’s just concentrate on what we have here. Acting-wise, I’ve pretty much decided to give everyone a pass here, because let’s face it: they didn’t know what they were signing onto. They, like all of us, thought the prequel trilogy would rock ass. So I can’t blame anybody in the cast. McGregor’s about the best thing going, despite his brand new accent for the film, because I figure he’s just about given up and decided to roll with it. Portman and Christensen are still terrible, but that’s because they’re younger actors who need direction. See any other movie outside of the franchise with them in it and you’ll see: with a real director at the helm, they can do wonders. But for this, you could have picked two random high school age actors from anywhere in the country and probably would have been better off. Jackson seems kind of bored, but considering how stupid a character he’s given to play, I don’t necessarily blame him. And McDiarmid isn’t bad either, he’s just, again, this side of moustache-twirling. The rest of the bit parts are just that: bit parts.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:58:17+00:00 May 23rd, 2005|Movie Reviews|28 Comments

Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – 27 Second Review

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Written & Directed by: George Lucas
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson

Review: Where to begin… somehow, we’ve dropped even further down the “Oh shit, what have we done!?” chain. This one is comically bad. Where did congruency go? Now all droids have magically become sentient, one of which coughs incessantly due to his vestigial lungs. R2-D2 suddenly gains self defense measures, and an attitude to match. Ewan McGregor randomly grows a Welsh accent, and Yoda starts spouting one-liners that would be badass were it not for his constant confusion of subject placement in his speech structure (suck diseased pig ass, this movie does). I once said it’s time for George Lucas to put down the shovel. I take it back. Keep digging George. We’ll fill in the hole when it’s deep enough.

Time: 27 seconds (had to push the limits for this one)
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By | 2017-09-24T23:58:18+00:00 May 19th, 2005|27 Seconds, Reviews|2 Comments

Black Hawk Down Collector’s Edition (2001) – DVD Review

Black Hawk Down Cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Ken Nolan, based on the book by Mark Bowden
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, Sam Shepard, William Fitchner, Jason Isaacs

Features:

  • Running audio commentary by director/producer Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Running audio commentary by author Bowden and screenwriter Nolan
  • Running audio commentary by Task Force Ranger Veterans
  • Filmographies
  • DVD-ROM Weblinks
  • “The Essence of Combat: Making Black Hawk Down” docu
  • Deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by Scott
  • “Designing Mogadishu” featurette
  • Production design archive
  • Storyboards & Ridleygrams with optional commentary by artist Sylvain Despretz
  • Jerry Bruckheimer’s Black Hawk Down photo album
  • Title design explorations with optional commentary by graphic artist Flavio (Kampah) Campagna
  • Photo Galleries
  • “The History Channel Presents: The True Story of Black Hawk Down”
  • PBS Presents: “Frontline: Ambush in Mogadishu”
  • Mission Timeline
  • Target Building Insertion: multi-angle sequence with optional commentary by first assistant director Terry Needham
  • Question and Answer Forums taped segments from BAFTA, the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild and American Cinematheque
  • “Gortoz A Ran-J’Attends” music video performed by Denez Prigent and Lisa Gerrard
  • Theatrical poster concepts

Released by: Columbia Tristar
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Own it.

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By | 2011-12-11T00:46:40+00:00 June 20th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments

Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) – Movie Review

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones poster

Written by: Jonathan Hales & George Lucas
Directed by: George Lucas
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson

My Advice: Matinee

It’s been ten years since we last visited the Star Wars universe in Episode I. In that time, Amidala (Portman) has fulfilled her term as queen of Naboo and is now acting as their representative in the Senate. Anakin (Christensen) is now a strapping young lad who’s been galavanting around with his mentor, Obi-Wan (McGregor), having a buttload of adventures. But there’s a disturbance in the…politics. A group of separatists is trying to throw the Republic into chaos by signing an alliance between multiple federations–entire star systems are on the verge of leaving the Republic. Because Amidala is such an important figure in the Senate (though I was never sure why this was, I must admit), these separatists are after her head. An attempt on her life leads her path back in line with that of Anakin and Obi-Wan–and the investigation into the incident leads them all into the machinations that have been going on behind the scenes for the last ten years, dragging the entire Jedi Council with them along the way.

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By | 2011-01-20T03:33:01+00:00 May 17th, 2002|Movie Reviews|0 Comments