Electricity & Lust

Trailer: Daylight

Posted in Movies by Sam Unsted on June 18, 2011

The art of making a compelling trailer for a film is not one lost or forgotten, just often neglected. The vast majority of trailers you see follow a very similar pattern of establishing the basic narrative of a film, providing some action set pieces and then informing you of when this film is coming out. Any artistic integrity involved in the creation of a trailer is very rare, meaning that when really good trailers come along, there is a sense of excitement that surrounds them and gives a positive buzz to the film they are advertising. That pattern, of providing credible buzz to a film through making an interesting and non-conventional trailer, doesn’t appear to grasp hold of the marketing bods in major studios for the most part, but it does make the satisfying ones really satisfying.

There have been some genuine corkers in the last couple of years. Going back a bit further, Little Children is constantly praised for the quality of its trailer, which plays like a short film on its own. In the last couple of years, A Serious Man caught my attention superbly and Fincher has had double success with the first trailer for The Social Network and the first trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Terence Malick’s Tree of Life garnered the kind of praise you might expect for a movie already working with great visual raw material.

Daylight, a no-budget thriller that appears to have been doing the festival rounds for some time, has a stunning, intriguing trailer. All that is provided to you in terms of information on the film is that you will see violence and you will see some interesting relationships develop between the key characters of the piece. But there is no dialogue, only the occasional sound, and nothing of the story is ruined or hinted at. You’ll go into a film like this fresh and confident that there is good material in the film but none of it has been spoiled with the kind of lowest-common-denominator explosions and quips that the summer movie season often flings at you.

Anyway, enjoy. The film could end up being very boring, but trailers like this at least provide something of substance to enjoy and intrigue.

Another New Site

Posted in film, Movies by Sam Unsted on January 30, 2009

Hello folks

Sorry for the lack of anything on here for sooooo long. I felt a bit bad for this so I thought I should provide some information on what’s going on.

So, we are now running two other blogs. The first, I’ve linked to before. It’s called Politalking and its all about business and politics and current affairs ‘n’ stuff. It’s also suffered a little from less posting in the last few weeks but we’re working to form a plan to be able to contribute to that and…

The Movie Overdose! Our brand new film hosting site which houses our podcast of the same name!! You can check us out on iTunes and through the site but I thoroughly recommend both, in case you misplace one of those MP3s.

So, that’s what’s going on at the moment. Please come and check both out and I’ll try to post some more stuff on here in coming weeks.





The Diving Link and the Butterfly

Posted in Links, Movies, Sam by Sam Unsted on April 3, 2008

So the puns will remain in this new film format. But they’ll all be film-related now. For remainder of this week, it’s Oscar nominees of this year.

JoBlo has highlighted Shotgun Stories, a Cassavetes award nominee at the Independent Spirit Awards and produced by David Gordon Green. It looks marvellous.

It also has news on the latest project from William Monahan, Oscar-winning writer of The Departed.

Matthew McConaughey as Magnum PI?

Mad Men and 30 Rock have won Peabodys.

The creators of Smallville are leaving the show.

Carmen Maura is replacing Javier Bardem on Coppola’s Tetro.

Billy Crudup is going to play J Edgar Hoover in Michael Mann’s new one.

Brendan Fraser is joining the cast of GI Joe and The Rock may follow.

The Bad and Ugly has a first look at Paul Greengrass’ Green Zone.

Jared Leto looking big to play Mark Chapman in Chapter 27. Seriously.

IndieWire has a profile of Wong Kar-Wai.

The poster for Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? is just as annoying as I would imagine it would be.

Pineapple Express looks great.

Review: My Kid Could Paint That

Posted in film, Movies, review, Sam by Sam Unsted on March 30, 2008

My Kid Could Paint That
Dir: Amir Bar-Lev
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Modern art has long been considered a difficult art form, not because of its generational confrontations but also because its purpose is less clear, its aims and philosophies are further towards an abstraction. Modern art’s value is in the interpretation of the piece and the explanation for its existence and the simplicity of the designs on a technical level often produce reactions of disbelief from those outside the art world and distaste from those inside. Having been to some strong art museums in the past and explored the modern spaces, it is not hard to see why. Some of the works used as example in the documentary purposefully engage with this problem. How is it that a piece on which depicts a large shaded colour on a white background can sell for upwards of $20m? Surely, when you study the lack of artistic sophistication in the piece, notably with regards to another protagonist/antagonist of the film who works in a photo-realist spectrum, it could easily be surmised that ‘my kid could paint that’.


Oscar Predictions: Betty, Tommy ‘n’ Johnny

Posted in Actors & Actresses, Awards, Beth, film, Movies, oscars, Sam by Sam Unsted on February 24, 2008

So Betty and Tommy need to keep their spirits up and predict what will happen with the Oscar show tonight, trying desperately to keep up with me in the predictions race (which I am winning thanks to the Golden Globes). These are all set out at will win / want to win. Enjoy their losing after the jump.


Oscar Predictions 2008

Posted in Actors & Actresses, Awards, film, Movies, Sam by Sam Unsted on January 19, 2008

So after you’ve watched six possible nominees on Newsweek in the post below, you can see if you agree with my assertions as to whom will be nominated across the eight major categories. Closer to the day, we will also predict winner and I will hope to repeat my triumph in the Golden Globes and very soon, the BAFTA, predicatathons.

Until then though, comment away with you’re disagreements, agreements and wax angry about how I have got it all wrong. Predictions after the jump.


If You Missed It…

Posted in Beth, Movies, TV by Beth Squires on January 13, 2008

… here’s Tom Hanks’ televisual appearance on Jonathan Ross promoting new movie Charlie Wilson’s War.

It’s funny… what a nice guy he is!

Sam’s Films of the Year

Posted in end of year lists, Movies, Sam by Sam Unsted on December 29, 2007

So the list time has been upon us for a few months now and it’s our turn here at E&L to throw some assertions into the ring about the year’s finest movies. So I’m first up out of the blocks and I’d, as many have this year, like to make a toast to the quality of film which seems to have been released over the past year. There have been some truly marvellous works of movie-making-magic over the past twelve months and I salute particularly the emerging crop of talent which seems to be tearing it up right now.

So my list is based on movies that were released in the last twelve months in the UK and therefore omits a number of excellent movies that have figured constantly on the year-end charts of other sites. Notably, No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood fall into that category. I have also failed to see every excellent movie which has been released over the past year but I’ve listed the feasible candidates for that mini-category at the bottom of the list. So, without further ado, check this out.


Nice Socks…

Posted in Beth, Magazines, Movies by Beth Squires on November 27, 2007


Here is Empire Magazine’s January 2008 cover; showcasing an unusually scary-looking Heath Ledger taking on the role of The Joker in new Batman movie – The Dark Knight…

My only question is… where can I buy those socks?!

The Darjeeling Limited

Posted in Beth, Movies by Beth Squires on October 4, 2007

The Darjeeling Limited

I was lucky enough to attend a screening of The Darjeeling Limited last Monday and I have to tell you I was completely enamored with it. The infamous ‘nude Natalie Portman’ short film, Hotel Chevalier, played before the movie, and was a fantastic accompaniment, adding more layers to Jason Schwartzman’s character that added more clarity to parts of the main feature. Owen Wilson seemed more world-wise than usual, and acted his socks off. Appearances by Anderson regulars also add even more interest to a finely detailed mise-en-scene, with most of the movie set in India there’s a lot of room for the quirky touches that are so typical of Wes Anderson.

So, yeah. I loved it. I’ll link to my review when it’s up, but rest assured it’s a great movie.