Michael Fassbender is Assassin’s Creed’s Desmond Miles

| o | - Let’s hope it can live up to the high watermark set by other amazing game/movie adaptations like Super Mario Bros and JCVD’s Street Fighter…

Spooool-favourite Michael Fassbender has just been announced as the star and co-producer of the upcoming adaptation of the ridiculously popular Assassin’s Creed video game series.

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Prometheus

It’s Aliens Jim, but not as we know it – ★★★

Among sci-fi fans the age old debate of which is better Ridley Scott’s Alien or Cameron’s Aliens is set to continue, with Prometheus - the latest offering from Scott – unlikely to dent either classic.

Alien is regarded as the more tense and atmospheric of the two with the alien design by H.R. Giger resulting in one of the most iconic creatures ever created for film. Cameron does what he does best, action, and Aliens is a no holes barred action extravaganza, taking the elements that Scott had in place and cranking them up to eleven. David Fincher took over the baton for Aliens 3 managing to make a film out of the production nightmare surrounding it but his film was seen as the weakest link until number four, 1997′s Alien: Resurrection, came along. We won’t even mention the Alien v Predator nonsense. So when word began circulating that Scott was going to direct a new Alien picture the movie world went a tiny bit ape-shit.

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Ridley Scott + Cormac McCarthy + Pitt + Bardem + Fassbender + Jolie + Cruz = Success

| o | - Ridley Scott, fresh off directing 'Prometheus', will tackle Cormac McCarthy's 'The Counselor'.

News this morning from The Hollywood Reporter that Penelope Cruz is the latest name to be circling Ridley Scott’s forthcoming The Counselor. The film is most notable for featuring the first screenplay by acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy who illiterate cinephiles will know from writing the books that The Road and No Country for Old Men were based on.

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Michael Fassbender is an amazing robot

So we hate just re-posting stuff that the rest of the internet is covering but today we’re making an exception because i) our man of the year Michael Fassbender is involved, and ii) it’s to do with one of our most eagerly-anticipated films of the year Prometheus. Check out this new viral video “Happy Birthday David” below.

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Move over Fassbender! Ciarán Hinds may be Ireland’s new king of ubiquity.

| o | - Ciarán Hinds - Omnipresent.

I’ve been a really big fan of Ciarán Hinds since seeing him for the first time in Stephen Spielberg’s Munich in 2005. Since then he’s rocked my world in There will be Blood, Margot at the Wedding, The Debt, Harry Potter 7.5 and The Gate Theatre’s 2009 adaptation of The Birds. He’s well able to lead the line but also has that Steve Buscemi-like knack of adding something special with a supporting role.

But as I was watching John Carter earlier this week I realised the man needs to be careful as he is treading on another thespian’s toes. The other man is Spooool’s 2011 Man of the Year, Michael Fassbender.

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“We are the Gods now!” – Prometheus TED 2023 talk

| o | - Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland in Prometheus which lands on earth this June.

So we try not to follow the typical pre-release hype cycle that a lot of movie websites indulge in. Every new still or poster getting its own post in the months leading up to blockbuster release, and then once it’s released maybe a quick review, leave your money on the bedside table and out the door, never to be spoken of again.

But this little bit of viral marketing genius for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus that showed up yesterday is a little different…

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Your Film Festival

| o | - youtube.com/yourfilmfestival

So Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender must have hit it off on the set of Prometheus as they’ve teamed up to launch Your Film Festival.

It’s a subsite on YouTube where you can submit your own movies, they’ll judge them and the successful winner will be given $500,000 to make their movie. Scott was obviously bitten by the gorilla/indie film vibe when he worked with Kevin Macdonald to compile Life in a Day and it’s great to see someone of his talent offering his services to the budding directors of the world.

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A Dangerous Method

Just what the doctor ordered - ★★★★

The master of body horror, David Cronenberg, is back, and this time the frailty of the human mind, its intricacies and weaknesses are the object of his desire.

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Haywire

Jane Rambo - ★★★★½

Haywire will either have you grinning from ear to ear with childish glee or reporting a crime to the sensible police.

Stephen Soderbergh is back with a run of the mill tale of private contract killers and their shady double-crossing lifestyles. What sets this film miles ahead of the rest is his deft touch. With a real auteur director you should be able to pick out their film from a line up blindfolded. Soderbergh is one such director, and Haywire a perfect example of his craft. From the deep colour changes to the way he shoots his cities, the longing looks of intent between two lovers whilst never being brash and his raw, at times operatic fight scenes with the always on-form David Holmes and the right amount of humour all woven together by a solid ensemble cast.

The particular spy/mercenary/spook in question is Mallory, expertly played by retired mixed martial artist Gina Carano. We see her first enjoying a very watery cup of tea in a run of the mill diner that is until Aaron (Channing “neck” Tatum) comes to bring her back in. To say it all kicks off is a bit of an understatement, what follows is a brutal onslaught of some of the best hand to hand combat since The Bourne Supremacy and the film doesn’t stop for the next 90 minutes. That’s right the golden number, the Fibonacci of action/comedy films: 90 minutes. We are transported from Barcelona to Dublin and back to the states all within that holiest of numbers and at no point does it drag or any scene feel redundant.

Carano in control

Carano is the real star of the show able to rub shoulders with the likes of Rambo, McClane and Dutch, adding  to the canon of deadly female action heroes. The list of co-stars is insane and too long to mention but Fassbender puts in a nice turn as the rogue agent Paul and it’s good to see Red State’s Michael Angarano getting some more work. The Oscar for Best Beard in a supporting role must go to Antonio Banderas and he even gets away with a moustache, is there anything this man’s facial hair can’t do?

Now granted the film is a tad silly at times but knowingly so and no more than any of the films that have gone before it of the same ilk. The humour is intentional and relieves some of the tension from the violence making it more palatable. So I hope people aren’t short-sighted or sexist to dismiss the merit of the film simply because it’s a women who is doing all the ass kicking and name taking.

I would gladly have walked straight back in and watched this again and I can’t remember when last I saw such a smart, well assembled and enjoyable action movie.

USA, Ireland  /   Steven Soderbergh  /   Lem Dobbs  /  Starring: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor,  Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas  /  93min  Biography, Drama, Thriller   /  Release: 18 January 2012 (US, Canada, Ireland, UK)

Shame

Fool me anytime you want - ★★★★★

Shame puts to bed the ill-conceived notion of a glamorous side to sex addiction.

Steve McQueen’s first film since Hunger and only his second to date has all the hallmarks of a classic. He teams up once again with his muse Michael Fassbender to show the grimy trappings of an addiction to sex. Never one to muddy the water with banal dialogue McQueen begins with a montage of sorts to show how Brandon’s life is an endless roundabout of meaningless encounters and shallow games. Once his sister, played by the magnificent Carey Mulligan, turns up his whole secret life is in danger of being exposed for all the world to see.

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Shame gets the whole sex addiction thing pretty spot on apparently…

Sex is readily accessibly all across the internet pipes.

The Guardian speaks to some self-confessed “sex addicts” to gauge their opinions on Steve McQueen’s new film starring kerryman Michael Fassbender as Brandon, a man incapable of forming human relationships.

Click here to view the original article – guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jan/10/sex-addicts-talk.

Shame is released on Friday in the UK and Ireland and Paraic’s review will be posted tomorrow. Considering it’s already in our top 10 films of last year (some of us were lucky enough to see it in the company of the director and lead actor at the Toronto International Film Festival last year), you can safely assume it’s worth your time and money.

How has no one ever noticed this?

Fassbender = Cranston?!

So here’s a random one…

Two current “men of the moment” Bryan Cranston and Michael Fassbender.

Now maybe it’s just me but I think Seinfeld’s Dr. Tim Whatley looks a wee bit like the winner of the Venice film festival’s “Best Actor” award…

Anyone else?! OK then…