Posts Tagged ‘Gangster Squad’

gangster_squad_quad-cast2-610x280Trailers for Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad have certainly miss-sold the movie, likening it to Brian De Palma‘s poignant yet exhilarating The UntouchablesIts nothing like a gangster film that master would be part of. No, its quite the opposite. This is something a master like James Cagney would be part of.

The clue is in the name. This is very much a film which revels in bringing to life a type of movie which has been sadly long absent from our screens; the old fashioned gangster yarn, reminiscent of of White Heat, The Public Enemy and the fantastic The Roaring Twenties.

The scene is well set with police sergeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) ignoring his criminal-wary partner’s advice and storming a whore house where a young woman has just been taken. The sequence sums up the film’s black and white crunch, good men realizing it might take knocking criminal’s teeth out to protect the law, whether they like it or not. And that a small force might have to take and give a beating to ensure what’s right happens.


The Protoype2012 was a special year for fans of genre and franchise cinema. Sam Mendes gave us the appropriately excellent Bond adventure Skyfall for the secret agent’s 50th anniversary. Christopher Nolan made it a hat-trick and finished off his Batman trilogy with the stunning The Dark Knight Rises. Karl Urban delivered a rendition of The Law all comic fans were waiting for with the reassuringly violent Dredd. We were also treated to a return visit to Middle-Earth by the man who took us there in the first place via The Hobbit. And perhaps the most nerdgasm inducing of them all; that which I thought I’d never see on the silver screen, a cohesive (not to mention brilliant) comic-book universe culminating in the joyous Avengers Assemble.

But it wasn’t just good news for the superhero fans, the horror fans were well catered for too. Horror studio and British institution Hammer continued it’s triumphant resurrection with the rightly praised The Woman in Black. Tim Burton got back on form with the flawless Frankenweenie. Ridley Scott went back to the future with the retro Prometheus and Drew Goddard almost re-invented the horror-show with the showstopping The Cabin In The Woods.

Also there was blogger Louise Boyd’s must see horror of the year, Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead.

But now we’ve survived apocalypse and will soon be into Twelve Months of Terror then what have we got to look forward to?

Below are the trailers that have got Goats in the Machine most intrigued to see the films they’re flogging. (more…)