Every month without fail i receive my Empire Magazine through the post as i expect so many of you Film geeks do. I wait impatiently each day knowing it wont have arrived yet but still checking just incase when i open my mail box i find a magical subscribers special edition cover waiting within. Knowing one day a month i will open my box to get extremely excited, pull out my sealed parcel, rip the cellophane away and slump into the nearest bed or chair to flick through the "coming soon", "just out", or "on the set of" articles; regardless of essay deadlines or social events i have sworn an oath to attend. This month however due to moving to Glastonbury i have had to buy my Empire magazine like a commoner from the shop, leaving my Subscribers edition to whichever lucky git decides to rattle through my post to find the £5 in Pennies my best mate decided to send me in a card for my Birthday 5 months too late and my beloved July 2011 issue of Empire magazine.
This months Empire is a feast for the eyes, being not just a normal Empire but a super duper Harry Potter Farewell Empire complete with a neat cardboard sleeve covering a special edition Harry Potter cover (Which if i may add contains a very tidy looking Emma Watson) and Photo biography special extra which examines the potter Films from first to last film, using photos of the cast and crew during the filming of each film and today. Whether you see the Harry Potter Movie series as Milked a bit to far, as a Brilliant Masterpiece of film or as "The-Series-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named" this edition of empire is perfect for you. For example if you hate Harry Potter you can always just cut out the Picture of Emma Watson and carefully removing the front cover burn it with emphasis on the Tagline "THE PERFECT FAREWELL" and if you love Harry Potter, well just Frame it and put it on your wall, either way Hate it or Love it this Harry Potter is a big deal, as the Second Half of the Last Film ever (errr... yes they did milk this last one a bit).
THE 36 Page Photo Special
Regardless of personal preference on Harry Potter it may be of a particular interest to film geeks to have a quick flick through the Harry Potter Photo special accompaniment to this months Empire. Not only does this little extra make you feel wrong about thinking Harry Potter star Emma Watson is slightly tasty as the series provides a document of her Pre-teen and Teenage years but also you can see a document through watching the films of advancing film technologies with improved CGI, equiptment and resolutions; the latest Film is shot in 3D. Details about this last instalment can be found in the Main EMPIRE magazine from pages 80-86
Moving away from the Harry Potter Theme and the excitement of the lovely looking cover there are various other exciting articles within Empire with previews and reviews to get your adrenaline running. Here i want to tell you what films got my heart pumping with excitement and adrenaline at the prospect of watching them in the near future. For example turn to the Back cover and you may well find the poster for Senna, a documentary on the late Famous Racing driver Ayrton Senna which is currently in cinemas now and which i am dying to see at some point soon. Below you will find my mouthwatering list of films i would sell my left testicle to see this very minute, films i have recently been and seen and films which look interesting for this year. Here you will find page references for this months Empire magazine, article links and trailers so you can see for yourself what all my fuss is about if you haven't already-
FILMS I HAVE SEEN RECENTLY
Pirates of The Caribbean: on stranger tides **
Ok so the new pirates of the caribbean features some very entertaining and "hold on to your pirate hat" scenes, but collectively the story whilst not weak seemed somewhat lazy in its discourse. In other words it seems like this instalment is merely milking the franchise and with the loss of key characters from the former films, no real new characters seem to develop. As well as this the film could have done with another hour to properly tell the story and fill in missing gaps. overall it wasn't bad to watch in the cinema, but i wont be buying this on dvd regardless of price.
Attack the Block- seen ***
An ok and entertaining film set in a rough estate in London, where aliens decide to attack. Good characters although at stages seems to glorify gang culture. worth a watch in the cinema but wont live long in the memory
( *'s Based on Personal Opinion)
Films of Possible Interest in 2011 (see previews in Magazine or search online)
page 22-23 Empire
FILMS IM EXCITED TO WATCH AND DEFINITELY NEED TO SEE
03:34- Earthquake in Chile
not included in this months empire. but here is an article to tell you a little bit about it
Im expecting another gem of a latin American film to add to my world cinema collection. This chilean film will tell the real life stories which took place during and after the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit chile on the 27th of february at 3:34 AM, using fictional reconstruction. The trailer looks fantastic and i cant wait to get my hands on this film, lets hope its a good'n
Pages 70 to 78 in EMPIRE
In my head i'm expecting the modern equivalent of "the Goonies" which according to my mate nick is the best film in the world as it has everything... maybe not... but when your sat watching it, feeling like a kid again it may feel like it. I just hope Super 8 hits me in a similar fashion and with it supposedly being a tribute to the 70's and 80's work of its co-producer Steven Spielberg i may just be right... Do the truffle shuffle whilst phoning home!
LIFE IN A DAY
page 58 in EMPIRE
A youtube experimental film which tried to get people from all over the world to film and post a video covering one day of their live's on youtube to be created into a movie. Trailer looks visually stunning and will be interesting to watch the final outcome.
pages 38-41 in Empire
pages 44-45 in Empire
I have absolutely been dying to see this film for some time now but with everything going on at the moment haven't had chance yet. Tried booking it for the day before fathers day but couldn't find a screening and have no idea when it will be on dvd, all i know is that if done properly, this has potential for my film of the year.
FIlms which i should have seen, but haven't:
Please leave comments freely and let everyone know about films you are excited to watch, or films you have seen. (NO SPOILERS THOUGH PLEASE!)
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