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This Week In Cinema's..... It's Remake week as SPIDER-MAN and TOTAL RECALL Are Back

Friday, 6 July 2012

If you remember last weeks post then you’ll have read about the new killer movie starring Matthew McConaughey which I told you not to take your girl to on the first date together, that was pretty much all there was on offer last weekend but, luckily this week is looking a whole lot better with three big (ish) releases (or re-releases) and one which may interest the biggest of movie fans. So what we got? Well there is the new Spiderman movie (already?), the massive and highly anticipated remake of Total Recall, pop star Katy Perry is entering the movie business and Willem Dafoe is hunting a tiger in Tasmania.

I’ll start as always with what I think is going to be the week’s biggest earner, Total Recall stars Colin Farrel, Bokeem Woodbine, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Beil and Bryan Cranston. Now, I’ve never seen the original Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (it’s been recorded on my planner long enough) so I don’t have anything to compare this movie to but from the trailers I have seen it looks pretty impressive and Colin Farrell seems a little more kick ass than usual. Like I say I’ve never seen the 1990 version but I’ll presume that the following synopsis covers a very similar pattern.  In the movie Douglas Quaid (Farrell) is a factory worker who puts himself forward for a mind-trip, just a little time away from his mondaying life of fundraising and his loving wife. The “trip” however goes badly wrong and Quaid now equipped with the mind of a super spy / assassin finds himself on the run from the police. Check out the trailer and let me know what you think.

Now I don’t know about you but I think that looks pretty good, so much so in fact that I could probably say that I’ll see this one before I see the 1990 version. Ever seen the original? Let me know what you think, hey you could even write a review of it and have it published here if you like, just email it to (

Now I’m going to move on to Spider-Man, well, The Amazing Spider-Man actually a movie which I can’t believe has been remade already. Never mind, I’ll get to that in a moment this new Spider-Man movie stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Dennis Leary and Martin Sheen. Considering that Spider-Man 3 only came out in 2007 it’s a little hard to grasp that they are bringing another one out so soon, and also replacing Toby Maguire as Peter Parker, let’s face it Toby Maguire still looks like he’s in high school so we can just presume that he turned down the offer, anyway whatever the reason for bringing out a remake so quick I’m sure there must be a story to tell. I’ll be perfectly honest here and say that I really couldn’t give two hoots about this movie so, therefore I’m not going into detail on the story but you can be sure that Spider-Man is on a collision course as usual with resident bad guy and his fathers former partner Dr Curt Connors also known as The Lizard, check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.

I’m sure comic book fans will probably love this but the three movies starring Toby were a big enough stretch for me so I don’t think I’ll be making any effort to see this movie, In fact I don’t even think I have seen all three of the previous ones.

Now I’ll move onto pop star Katy Perry who this week sees the release of her new movie / documentary Part of Me. No stars to mention here, other than Katy of course, everyone else in the movie is in Katy’s life in some way or another, be it a dancer or part of her family. The documentary follows Katy’s life both on and off the stage and I’d imagine that if you like Katy Perry’s music then you’ll probably love this, the documentary currently sits as the most popular release of the week on IMDB but for me I think I’ll give it a miss. I saw Katy on Graham Norton a couple of weeks back and she’s a nice girl, but in my opinion her ex-husband Russell Brand is a heck of a lot funnier. Like Katy Perry? Then take a look at the trailer and shout abuse at me in the comments. If you want to review this movie and have it published here then drop me a line (

Last movie to mention briefly is The Hunter, it stars Willem Dafoe (who used to be in Spider-Man with Toby), Sam Neill from that shitty TV show Alcatraz and Strike Back’s Sullivan Stapleton. In the movie Dafoe plays Martin David, a former mercenary who is sent to Tasmania by some rich company to hunt for the last remaining Tasmanian tiger. Again, I’ll be honest here and tell you I have never seen the trailer for this movie, the synopsis is enough for me, it’s another miss I’m afraid.
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