FILTH Blu-ray Review

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Irvine Welsh made his reputation with both the novel and the filmed version of Trainspotting, with the latter creating the cinematic language that has been borrowed by every adaptation of his work that’s followed.  The most recent big screen Welsh adaptation is Filth, which was written for the screen and directed by Jon S.  Baird and stars James McAvoy as Detective Bruce Robertson, a corrupt cop who’s got some issues at home and in the workforce.  But where it has some of the flash of Trainspotting, it seems more like a Chuck Palahniuk adaptation, replete with a terrible third act twist.  My review of the Filth Blu-ray follows after the jump.


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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a wonderfully compelling drama told entirely from the confines of a car, a quartet of older animated Disney films getting an HD upgrade, a new Muppet movie, and more.  Briefly:

FILTH Review

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Addiction can be used as a way to mask a deeper pain.  The addict can disappear into a drug-induced haze, and find a brief reprieve before real life comes crashing back in, and there’s a need for a bigger fix.  Filth follows suit, but instead of using drugs to mask pain, it uses drugs to mask a shallow story and weak jokes.  Writer-director Jon S. Baird has plenty of tricks: breaking the fourth wall, throwing up graphics, frenetic cinematography, etc.  He also has a great cast willing to give it their all, but nothing can compensate for a tedious picture that thinks it’s more aggressive and exciting than it actually is.  Only near the very end does its constant posturing prove to have a semblance of a point.

James McAvoy Talks FILTH, Enjoying His Character’s Corruption; Working with His Co-Stars, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, FRANKENSTEIN, and More

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With the dark comedy Filth set to arrive in theaters tomorrow, I recently got to interview the film’s star, James McAvoy.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the movie, it’s about a corrupt cop (McAvoy) who is angling for a promotion in order to win back his estranged family.  The terrific cast also includes Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, and Jim Broadbent.

During our exclusive phone interview, McAvoy talked about what interested him in the character, the atmosphere on set, playing off his co-stars, and the freedom of an independent movie versus a studio picture.  We also talked about his upcoming films X-Men: Apocalypse, Frankenstein, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Filth is now available on VOD, and opens tomorrow in limited release.

Exclusive Clip from FILTH Starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, and Jim Broadbent

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With director Jon S. Baird’ adaptation of the Irvine Welsh crime novel Filth now on VOD today and in theaters May 30th, we’ve happy to premiere an exclusive clip from the film.  If you’re not familiar with the story, James McAvoy stars as Bruce Robertson, a corrupt, drug-addicted detective who attempts to connive his way to a promotion in the hopes that it will repair his broken family.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan, and Jim Broadbent.  Hit the jump to watch the clip and here’s a crazy red band trailer if you missed it.

Red-Band Trailer and New Poster for FILTH Starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, and Imogen Poots

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If you live outside of the U.S., there’s a good chance you might have already seen writer-director Jon S. Baird’s crime dramedy, Filth.  This adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel follows a bipolar and bigoted detective with an addiction (James McAvoy) who attempts to get his career, family, and life back in order.  Now that the film has secured a U.S. release date, we have a new red-band trailer to share with you.

Also starring Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Jim Broadbent, and Imogen PootsFilth will be available on iTunes and OnDemand starting April 24th, with a theatrical release date of May 30th.  Hit the jump to watch a new red-band trailer.

Joanne Froggatt Talks DOWNTON ABBEY Season 4, Keeping the Scripts Secret, Cast Departures, FILTH, and More

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Downton Abbey is back for Season 4 – currently airing on Sunday nights on ITV, and then premiering on PBS’ Masterpiece on January 5, 2014 – as the show’s beloved characters deal with the aftermath of last season’s shocking tragedy.  Cast members Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Laura Carmichael, Sophie McShera, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Lily James and a host of others, will be joined by Shirley MacLaine, Paul Giamatti this season, along with a handful of new faces.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actress Joanne Froggatt (“Anna Bates”) talked about how things pick up six months after last season’s death with Lady Mary (Dockery) still in deep mourning, that Anna and Bates (Coyle) are getting to enjoy a bit of happy married life, that a roller coaster of drama is ahead, how amazing the show’s success has been, the lengths they go to, to keep the scripts under wraps, what it’s like to have familiar faces leave and new faces join the show, and her most surprising storyline.  She also talked about her experience on Filth and working with James McAvoy on the very out-there feature film, based on the Irvine Welsh novel.  Check out what she had to say, and be aware that there are some spoilers

New International Trailer for FILTH Starring James McAvoy and Jamie Bell

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A new international trailer for director Jon S. Baird’ adaptation of the Irvine Welsh crime novel Filth has been released online.  If you want to see James McAvoy doing drugs, having rough sex, and angrily masturbating, then this trailer is for you.  McAvoy stars as Bruce Robertson, the chauvinist cop who is enlisted to solve a murder while also trying to stop his colleagues from taking his much-coveted promotion in the force.  The film’s first red-band trailer made it clear that Baird isn’t holding back from the madness of the novel, and this international trailer seems to amp the craziness up even further.  McAvoy looks to be giving a delightfully deranged performance as Robertson, and it’ll be interesting to see how the full film plays out.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan, and Jim BroadbentFilth opens in the UK in September and is currently without a US release date.

Red-Band Trailer and Poster for FILTH Starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, and Imogen Poots

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Lionsgate has released a red-band trailer for director Jon S. Baird‘s Filth, the adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s popular crime novel about a crooked and devious police officer who goes on cocaine binges and has rampant sex ventures as part of his annual vacation to Amsterdam.  The film stars James McAvoy as Bruce Robertson, the chauvinist cop who is enlisted to solve a murder while also trying to stop his colleagues from taking his much-coveted promotion in the force.  The trailer lives up to its red-band classification.  With an abundance of profanity from a visibly coked-out Robertson, plenty of coercive sex scenes and brief nudity, the film is sure to live up to its name.  Just watching this trailer made me feel filthy.  Personally, I haven’t read the novel, but I hear a tapeworm is used as a narrative device and now I’m highly intrigued.

Filth will open in September in the UK, a US release date is yet to be announced.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, and Jim Broadbent. Hit the jump to watch the red-band trailer and to view the newly-released poster.


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In this edition of “Photos from the Set,” we have:

  • Neighborhood WatchBen Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade star as a group of neighbors who form a local watch group and end up stumbling onto an alien plot to destroy the world.
  • LovelaceAmanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgard star as Linda Lovelace and her abusive husband Chuck Traynor in the biopic about the star at the center of the porn phenomenon Deep Throat.
  • Dog FightWill Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star as rival politicians running for a congressional seat in a small North Carolina district.
  • FilthJames McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming star in the adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel about a malicious Scottish police officer.

Hit the jump for the set photos and more info on each movie.

James McAvoy Taks ARTHUR CHRISTMAS, Danny Boyle’s TRANCE, the X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Sequel, Showtime’s SHAMELESS, FILTH and More

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In the animated family film Arthur Christmas, hitting theaters on November 23rd, actor James McAvoy voices Arthur, the awkward but enthusiastic youngest son to Santa Claus (Jim Broadbent). When the ultra-high-tech Christmas gift delivery system fails, missing one child out of hundreds of millions, Arthur embarks on a rogue mission, with the help of his rather naughty Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) and a giftwrapping-obsessed elf (Ashley Jensen), to deliver the last present before Christmas morning.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, James McAvoy talked about his desire to want to do more films for kids because they’re the best audience around, that he responded to the integrity and humor in the story, the challenge of voicing a character that is always so enthusiastic and nice, and that, if given the choice, he would likely go with the simple and classic ways of doing things versus the high-tech ones. He also talked about how freaky it was to watch even 10 minutes of the Showtime remake of Shameless (he starred in the original), his hopes for the X-Men: First Class sequel, which has not been greenlit yet, the amazing experience he’s had working with director Danny Boyle on Trance, for which he has one day left of shooting, how good the action-thriller Welcome to the Punch turned out, and shooting the fantastic but twisted script for Irvine Welsh’s Filth, starting in January 2012. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming to Star in Adaptation of Irving Welsh’s FILTH

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A feature film version of Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh’s book Filth is on its way, and it sports quite the cast. James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming are set to star in the film which centers on an evil Edinburgh cop who has a knack for bigotry and coercing sex from teenage Ecstasy dealers. The Playlist recently spoke with Welsh who confirmed that a feature film version of his novel is on the way, with McAvoy taking on the lead role, Bell playing his sidekick Lennox, and Cumming set to play McAvoy’s boss, Toal.

Welsh is probably best known for his 1993 novel Trainspotting which was adapted for the screen by director Danny Boyle. While I haven’t read Filth, it definitely sounds like some slightly insane material. This sounds like a rather meaty role, and McAvoy should have plenty of opportunities to really show his chops. Bell and Cumming are no slouches either. The plot hinges on a murder mystery that McAvoy’s character must solve, but the guy’s got so many quirks that this will most definitely not be your typical paint-by-numbers thriller. Jon S. Baird (Cass) is directing, with production looking to start in January 2012. Hit the jump to read the synopsis of Welsh’s novel.

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