West Ham Edition: Bits & Pieces

West Ham Edition: Bits & Pieces

West Ham Edition: Bits & Pieces – When Frank Walsh (Nicolas Cage), a hunter and collector of rare and exotic animals, bags a priceless white jaguar for a zoo, he figures it’ll be smooth sailing to a big payday. But the ship bearing Frank’s precious cargo has two predators caged in its hold: the cat, and a political assassin being extradited to the U.S. After the Mercenary breaks loose – and then frees the jaguar and a host of other exotic beasts – Frank feverishly stalks the ship’s cramped corridors in hot pursuit of his prey, as vicious monkeys, deadly snakes, and the elusive white jag cause chaos…

Helen Mirren, Oscar®-winner for Best Actress performance in The Queen, tells the story of Anne’s life in the documentary Anne Frank: Parallel Stories. Born in Frankfurt on 12th June 1929, this documentary is dedicated to her memory and has been created to tell the story of her life to mark what would have been her 90th birthday.

Quezon’s Game stars Raymond Bagatsing, Rachel Alejandro & Kate Alejandrino and is directed by Matthew E. Rosen who makes his feature-length directorial debut. The film has received acclaim at numerous festivals, including 12 awards at the Cinema WorldFest Awards in Canada and four at The WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.



In the tradition of Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, and inspired by today’s obsession with reality TV and social media stars, writer-director Steven Jay Bernheim’s clever mockumentary fixes on a Paris Hilton-esque heiress named “London” (newcomer Julia Faye West) who is struggling to regain fame after being pushed out of the limelight by three Kardashian-type sisters named “The Kims.” London’s life is a self-indulgent maelstrom of product endorsements, talent managers, pet psychics, private jets, fashion shows, yachts, and a celebrity posse. Despite her wackiness, she ultimately makes it back to the top of the heap. This parody of America’s infatuation with fame raises the question: are these celebs-for-no-reason marketing geniuses, or are they just the accidental beneficiaries of the American public’s stupidity?

Directed, written and produced by Marhoul, The Painted Bird, features a staggering central performance from the young Petr Kotlár alongside a star-studded international ensemble including Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands and Barry Pepper. The film has won ecstatic acclaim, with The Guardian’s Xan Brooks describing the film as “a monumental piece of work” rewarding the film with a five-star review. The film is also one of ten films that has advanced to the next round of voting in the International Feature Film category (formerly known as Foreign Language Film) for the 92nd Academy Awards.  Ninety-one films were eligible in the category.

Special agent Vladimir is the Secret Service’s top spy, but he’s not so good at obeying orders. Following a reckless mission, the maverick agent is sent on a disciplinary assignment to a remote off-shore platform to guard a top-secret cargo… with only timid rookie Hector for company. But when a gang of mysterious figures break into the platform and steal the mysterious consignment, the pair must embark on a thrilling undercover mission to find the stolen goods, redeem themselves as spies, and save the world from the brink of extinction. With a topical environmental message, smart humour, a horde of zany animal characters reminiscent of Disney’s Zootropolis and enough gadgets to satisfy James Bond, Spycies is a slick spy adventure that will entertain the whole family.

Apple today released the first official trailer for its highly anticipated, original comedy series, “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Megan Ganz – the team behind “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” All nine, half-hour episodes of the live-action comedy will debut globally on Friday, February 7, exclusively on Apple TV+. The series is produced by Lionsgate, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ubisoft.  

Following a theatrical release to the USA’s top markets, GVN Releasing has announced the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital release of Michael Damian’s High Strung Free Dance.  The sequel to Damian’s dance hit High StrungHigh Strung Free Dance tells the story of choreographer Zander Raines (Thomas Doherty, The Descendants franchise, “The Lodge”), contemporary dancer Barlow (Juliet Doherty) and innovative pianist Charlie (Harry Jarvis, “Proven Innocent”, “Dixi”) amid the backdrop of New York’s most-anticipated new Broadway show: Free Dance.  

The ultimate arthouse auteur, the celebrated director, beloved by the likes of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Dennis Hopper and David Lynch, has been an influence on everything from Alien, The Exorcist, the imagery of Marilyn Manson, and even the songs of Noel Gallagher, Marina Abramovic’ and Kanye West. A unique, extraordinary figure in the cinematic landscape, this is a rare chance for audiences to see three of his films in all their breathtaking, visionary glory.


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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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