‘Kiss Me First’ Review: Netflix’s Cyber-Thriller Is a Bleak and Toothless Mess of Virtual Reality

‘Kiss Me First’ Review: Netflix’s Cyber-Thriller Is a Bleak and Toothless Mess of Virtual Reality
Kiss Me First,” like its teenage protagonist, is confused and immature. The Netflix series has the raw materials for what could be a promising tale, but its storytelling has not yet found its voice. Instead, it appears to be mimicking a number of different genres — cyber-thriller, mystery, coming-of-age, and romance — yet doesn’t know how to blend or develop them.

The brief six-part British series is very loosely inspired by the novel by Lottie Moggach, and how it botches the adaptation will be addressed later. Teenager Leila (Tallulah Haddon) retreats into the virtual world of Azana and needs it more than ever now that her sick mum has died. She encounters a mysterious group of misfits, including a young woman named Tess (Simona Brown), whom she befriends in the real world.

What follows is a meandering, flailing sequence of events in which Leila muddles through life after mum by acquiring
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Kiss Me First Review

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The Virtual Reality gaming world and the small screen are set to collide on April 2nd when Channel 4 premieres the innovative thriller hybrid live-action and state of the art animation Kiss Me First. Judging from the first episode alone, Channel 4’s ability to connect with younger audiences hasn’t faltered. It stunningly delves into the minds of troubled, lonely teens just looking for a world in which they can leave their troubles behind and be someone else.

The six-part drama is adapted by Skins co-creator Bryan Elsley and is based on Lottie Moggach’s debut novel of the same name – in which she used the world of social media and chat rooms and not Vr gaming – the drama flits between the animated Virtual Reality and real worlds. The story focuses on the timid yet inquiring Leila, played by rising star Tallulah Haddon. She spends her time escaping the loneliness
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Craig Roberts Directorial Debut 'Just Jim' Trailer with Emile Hirsch

"The key is to be mysterious..." Take a look at the first trailer for the directorial debut of a young actor, Craig Roberts, who you may recognize from films like Submarine, Jane Eyre, Red Lights, Neighbors or 22 Jump Street. Craig Roberts wrote and directed and stars in this film, Just Jim, which also co-stars Emile Hirsch. This is the story of a loner. Jim, 16, has no friends and is a bit weird. He eventually makes friends with Dean, a tough kid on the run who moves in next door, played by Hirsch. The cast includes Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey, Ryan Owen & Charlotte Randall. Check it out. Here's the first official trailer for Craig Roberts' Just Jim, found on Vimeo (via The Film Stage): Synopsis: In a small Welsh town, a teenage outcast becomes the cool kid when an enigmatic American moves in next door
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2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile.
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Craig Roberts’ Just Jim

Park City became a special lieu for actor Craig Roberts back in 2011 with the world premiere launch of Richard Ayoade’s Submarine (see pic above). Over the course of this past summer, the just over the legal drinking aged thesp tag-teamed with indie vet Emile Hirsch on the shot in Wales. Titled Just Jim, it’s being described as a dark comedy, and this just happens to be Roberts directorial debut. Cast is comprised of Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey, Ryan Owen and Charlotte Randall star.

Gist: A Welsh teenager will become the cool kid of the town if a deal is made with his new American neighbour (Emile Hirsch).

Production Co./Producers: Vox Pictures’ Pip Broughton, Adrian Bate.

Prediction: World Dramatic Competition or Premieres.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic). Tbd (international)

More 2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions 2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Josh Mond’s James
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The Passing Bells

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The Passing Bells co. BBC

Katie and her doting boyfriend Michael are having the time of their lives — blissfully unaware of the war mongering emanating from Berlin. Local delivery boy Thomas is equally inept when it comes to current affairs. But the lives of this trio and millions of others are about to be forever altered by the horrific carnage we now refer to as World War I.

The Passing Bells is the latest installment of the BBC’s year long commemoration of the outbreak of World War I. Written by Tony Jordan (Hustle) it tells a tale of love, loss and loathing on the frontlines and back home over a five year period from 1913 to 1918. The cast includes Paddy Gibson (What Richard Did) and Jack Lowden (The Tunnel, Wolf Hall) who appear alongside a host of newcomers such as Ben McGregor, Mark Burghagen and Matthew Aubrey. The first of the five,
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Tracking Shot: Van Sant, Doremus, Guadagnino & Reed Morano Shooting This August

“Tracking Shot” is a monthly featurette here on that looks at a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing (or in a couple of titles below have been shooting since July). This August we’ve got a good number of projects that will start surfacing as early as next year’s Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin Film Fests. With Dakota Johnson having been just announced, we’ve got Luca Guadagnino’s long awaited (remake) A Bigger Splash, getting ready for a poolside shoot. Gus Van Sant comes out of the woodworks to move into the woods for Sea of Trees. Sundance alumni Rick Alverson is wrapping up Entertainment, Reed Morano is set to make her directorial debut this mid-August with Meadowland, while Douchebag, Like Crazy, Breathe In‘s Drake Doremus is stationed in Japan for a weighty cast and futuristic tale in Equals. Here are some
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Emile Hirsch To Star In Just Jim For Craig Roberts

The name Craig Roberts has been high on the list of promising film talent ever since he took the screen by storm in Richard Ayoade’s film, Submarine, in 2010. That role brought with it well-deserved recognition, and a slew of varied offers, including The Double, Bad Neighbors and 22 Jump Street. Now, Roberts is turning all that good will into tangible opportunities behind the camera, by beginning pre-production on his own directorial debut at the tender age of just 23 – Just Jim.

Written by Roberts himself, Just Jim features the lead character realizing that he will be considered part of the socially acceptable group of teenagers, if he can successfully negotiate with his handsome and mysterious American neighbour. While Roberts is expected to play the lead, Emile Hirsch has been cast in the role of his neighbour. The cast is rounded out by Aneirin Hughes (Young Dracula), Nia Roberts (Doctor Who), Richard Harrington
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Emile Hirsch Joins Craig Roberts’ Directorial Debut Just Jim

Emile Hirsch Joins Craig Roberts’ Directorial Debut Just Jim
Though Submarine star Craig Roberts is just 23 years old, he’s already gearing up to begin production on his directorial debut. Roberts will lead Just Jim, which revolves around “a teenage loser whose life is turned around by the appearance of an enigmatic, handsome neighbor.” ScreenDaily reports that Emile Hirsch has now joined the cast, and one imagines he'd be a swell fit for the aforementioned neighbor. Filming begins in Wales this week, and co-stars include Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey, and newcomers Ryan Owen and Charlotte Randall. The pic will be released in the UK and Ireland sometime in 2015. The Welsh Roberts—who was recently seen onscreen in Neighbors, The Double, 22 Jump Street—previously directed a music video for the band Los Campesinos, but Just Jim marks his first time helming a feature film. He’s definitely a promising young talent in front of the camera,
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Casting: Hirsch, Azalea, Bernal, Laurence, Henao

Just Jim

Emile Hirsch ("Into the Wild," "Lone Survivor") is set to star in "Just Jim," directorial debut of "Submarine" and "Neighbors" actor Craig Roberts, which begins filming in Wales this week.

Roberts plays a teenage loser who life is turned around by the appearance of an enigmatic, handsome neighbour (Hirsch). Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington and Matthew Aubrey also star. [Source: Screen]

Fast and Furious 7

Rapper Iggy Azalea is set to cameo in the upcoming seventh "Fast and Furious" film at Universal Pictures. Vin Diesel revealed the news during an interview with France's Skyrock FM. Diesel said:

"Well, Iggy Azalea, I just worked with her two weeks ago. I guess you'll be the first person that knows this - we casted her in Fast & Furious 7. She has a cameo in Fast & Furious 7." [Source: Billboard]


Gael Garcia Bernal, Jason Priestley, Mariana Ximenes and Alison Pill have joined the cast of Pedro Morelli
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Emile Hirsch joins Just Jim

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Emile Hirsch joins Just Jim
Into the Wild star joins the directorial debut of Submarine star Craig Roberts.

Us actor Emile Hirsch has been cast alongside Craig Roberts in Just Jim, which goes into production in Wales this week.

The feature marks the directorial debut of Roberts, the 23 year-old star of Submarine and The Double who has recently been seen in Us comedies including Neighbors and 22 Jump Street.

Roberts plays the title role opposite Hirsch, best known for his roles in Lone Survivor, Into the Wild and Prince Avalanche.

The story centres on Jim, a teenage loser who life is turned around by the appearance of an enigmatic, handsome neighbour.

Co-stars include Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey and newcomers Ryan Owen and Charlotte Randall.

Producers are Adrian Bate and Pip Broughton of Vox Pictures and the film will shoot on location in Caerphilly, Wales, over three weeks.

Just Jim was selected as one of three finalists of Ffilm Cymru Wales
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Emile Hirsch Joins Just Jim

Emile Hirsch Joins Just Jim
As if his breakthrough performance in Richard Ayoade’s Submarine wasn’t impressive enough, 23 year-old Craig Roberts is looking to take a leaf from his colleague's book by gearing up his own directorial debut, Just Jim. And he’s snagged Emile Hirsch to co-star with him.Just Jim will see Roberts as a teenage loser whose life is suddenly turned around by the arrival of an enigmatic, charismatic neighbour (Hirsch). The pair heads a cast that also includes Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey, Ryan Owen and Charlotte Randall.Roberts got the gig after submitting the project to Wales’ new talent scheme, Cinematic, and will shoot in Caerphilly across three weeks. “It’s surreal to be back in my home town shooting a movie,” Roberts says in a statement picked up by Screen International. “I’m excited to work with a great cast and I hope Emile likes Maesycwmmer.
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The Passing Bells

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Two young actors lead the cast of The Passing Bells, a new five-part First World War drama for BBC One which is about to start filming in Poland.

The series has been written by Tony Jordan (Hustle, Life On Mars) and commissioned as part of the BBC’s programming to mark the Centenary of the First World War. The drama sees the conflict of the First World War unfold through the eyes of two very ordinary young men, both of whom have enlisted in a war they expect will be over within months

Irish actor 18 year old Patrick Gibson stars as Thomas and Jack Lowden as Michael, two young men for whom the war has little mercy, no matter which side they might be fighting for. Over five chronological years, we follow their lives as they grow up, lose friends and find love amid the horrors of the war.

Patrick Gibson
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This week's new films

The Cabin In The Woods (15)

(Drew Goddard, 2011, Us) Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz. 95 mins

It's clear from the outset this Jj Abrams-produced genre offering isn't your standard slasher movie, as a traditional teen country break set-up is monitored by wisecracking officials in some mysterious bunker. But exactly what the twist is, it's better to discover for yourself. Let's just say it gives the horror formula an exhilarating jolt without destroying it, in a Lost-meets-Scooby-Doo sort of way – a meta-mystery tour signposted with spoiler alerts.

Battleship (12A)

(Peter Berg, 2012, Us) Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna. 131 mins

After the triumph of Transformers, Hasbro spin off another of their products, resulting in an effects-driven alien invasion that looks a lot like, er, Transformers. Expect Michael Bay-scale destruction, lots of CG explosions and military heroism, with extra cheese.

A Night To Remember (PG)

(Roy Ward Baker,
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