I like driving in my car – ★★

Robert Pattinson tries to distance himself from the Twilight Saga with David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel Cosmopolis.

The story concerns Eric Packer, a 28 year old market analyst billionaire who travels around town in a white stretch limo while his fortunes slip away. He entertains many a passenger philosophising with each and slowly becomes more unhinged as the day progresses. Finally finding the barber he has been searching for from the opening scene he ends up realising the expected threat on his life isn’t as far fetched as he previously thought.

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Drive – Anatomy of the poster

Drive - Version 3 of 14

Rich Andrews of Empire Design spoke to Empire Magazine about his agency’s work on the design of the UK quad posters for our film of the year – Drive.

Link: 14 Alternative Drive Posters [empire]

I know we’re featured quite a lot of material about the film here, but this is a great wee feature. Who would ever have thought that the final version of the poster was actually composited with a shot of the wrong car and the designer’s hand holding a bag they’d just picked up in Sports Direct.

Spooool’s 25 Best Movies of 2011

The best part of coming up with your favourite films of the year is trying to remember what the hell came out. So after spending the Christmas holidays trawling through IMDB and digging under the couch for old ticket stubs to try make a master list of “stuff wot we hav seen“, we’re finally able to remember what we liked from the last 12 months.

We both have individual lists (they’re riiiiight at the bottom of this post) but pooled them together to get this list of 25 of our favourite releases of 2011. These movies define Spooool, so be prepared to be pissed of by our choices, but be sure to comment and let us know what you think.

Last year saw new additions to the classic genres (Insidious – horror, Rango – western), fresh offerings from auteur directors (The Tree of Life, Hugo, The Skin I Live In, Midnight In Paris), stunning documentaries (Senna, Hell and Back Again), strong work from up and coming film-makers (Take Shelter, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Kill List) and exciting efforts from across the international spectrum of cinema (A Separation, Troll Hunter).

The 25 films are all featured below and an [N] denotes a blurb from Nigel, [P] means Páraic. And clicking on the film image will take you to our original Spooool review, where applicable.

So without further ado (in fairness it’s already a week late), let’s get started with #25… Read More

There’s something inside you… It’s hard to explain… - seriously

Animators Tom Haugomat & Bruno Mangyoku have put together this awesome little tribute to Nicolas Winding Refn’s little film about a man who drives a car, Drive. Read More


Scorpion beats frog every time - ★★★★★

Buckle up it’s going to be a bloody ride.

Our latest incarnation of the man with no name is Ryan Gosling who is a straight talking no nonsense driver. A stunt driver for the movies, a getaway driver for the right price and a stock car driver for his boss. The boss in question is Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Seinfeld) and it is he who sets our film in motion by introducing Ryan to the quietly menacing character of Albert Brooks. Al will gladly front the money for a stock car but when Ryan does a job for his love interest’s (Carey Mulligan) husband and inadvertently ends up with Als partner’s money things get messy. The partner in question is no other than Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman. He’s ditched the makeup and cigar and now runs a pizza joint with extra intimidation on top. Read More