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Interstellar Trailer #1 Review

Okay, I know this trailer’s been out for a little while already but I just had to give my thoughts on it, of course I am talking about Christopher Nolan’s next big film, Interstellar. There’s been a lot of talk about the film and its been hidden in secrecy for ages, and now we finally get a teaser trailer, however, it’s not exactly what I was expecting.

Just have a look at the teaser below:

Well, okay, erm, don’t really know what to say to that. Honestly I think this has to be one of the “wtf” teaser trailers I have ever seen, in the sense that it did absolutely nothing to tell you or show you what the film is about. Now below loads of people start coming over to this blow trying to rip me to shreds in the comments here me out for a second. I understand what a teaser trailer is, it is meant to give you a tiny taste of what the upcoming film is about and of course in recent years most trailer give away too much, however this trailer gives you NOTHING.

All you get is a load of archive footage related to humans and space travel with monologue by Matthew McConaughey, then you get some random film footage sliced in of a bookcase with a dusty plane toy kind of thing on it, fields of corn, some people holding hands and lastly McConaughey driving a car and that’s it. That is it. There was barely any film footage at all. I obviously wasn’t expecting too much from a film that’s still a year away, but to give people a trailer and have it consisted of mostly archive footage and then a few seconds of actual film footage and then the title of the films, that’s just no good.

Some people may be fine with it and some have argued it’s a great teaser and is what teaser trailers should be, however, I don’t think that this is a good teaser because unless you’re a fan of Nolan and/or have been following the film, you have absolutely NO IDEA what the hell this film is gonna be about. At least the recent Dawn of the Planet of the Apes teaser gave us something to work with.

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Now I’m sure this film will probably be awesome and we’ll probably get a better trailer down the road, but as it stands, the first teaser to Interstellar is not doing anything for me. Hate on me if you must, but that is my opinion on the matter.

What do you lot think of the teaser? Sound off your comments below yo! Laters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Paul Rudd is Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man!

Hi people of WordPress and the larger interweb, its time once again for some film related comic book news! And today I’m gonna touch upon a fairly interesting story related to Marvel’s first Phase Three film, Ant-Man. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“Rumored for the role since earlier this year, Paul Rudd is Marvel Studios’ choice to headline Ant-Man! The Wrap reports that the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues star will play Hank Pym in the July 31, 2015 release.

Set to begin production early next year in Georgia, Ant-Man will be directed by Edgar Wright, who co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).

Although there’s no assurance yet that it remains the case, Wright’s original plans for the film called for both Pym and the later Ant-Man of the comics, Scott Lang, to appear in the feature.

“The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both… Henry Pym and Scott Lang,” Wright told SuperHeroHype some years ago. “So you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60’s, in sort of ‘Tales to Astonish’ mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him.”

The film, which is supposed to launch “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will follow Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s May 1, 2015 release.”

So this is the kind of news that drops online when you fall asleep during the day huh? I need to stop doing that haha. But anyways in terms of the casting I’m a bit surprised but at the same time unsurprised too. I mean it was rumoured that he was up for the role along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and I said I’d be down with either but if it was based on who had the look, I would have went with Rudd. Now whether he is superhero material is another thing entirely, but Marvel have proved with most of their casting that there is a special something in most of their actors/actress and most of it has worked out for the best, so one can only hope that Paul Rudd is gonna continue the trend too.

So what do you lot think of Paul Rudd’s casting in Ant-Man?

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Emilia Clarke is Terminator reboot’s Sarah Connor!

Alrighty then, now its time for another news story, just a quick one. In the last few months there’s been a fair amount of information surrounding the upcoming the future of the Terminator series in both film in and television and ow it seems like we have our second cast member. The following info comes from superherohype:

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“Said to be one of two finalists for the role last week, “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke has won the role of Sarah Connor in the upcoming Terminator reboot. Deadline has the news, reporting that Clarke joins the already-attached Arnold Schwarzenegger with Jason Clarke nearly set to play a later version of Sarah Connor’s son, John Connor.

The first in a stand-alone trilogy, Terminator will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are attached to write the screenplay.

Alan Taylor, who has previously worked with Emilia Clarke on the hit HBO fantasy series, is directing the new film, which is slated to hit theaters July 2, 2015.”

Okay well this is interesting, while Jason Clarke is a good actor and I’ve liked what I’ve seen him in, Emilia Clarke is a WAY more interesting casting choice. Most people will know her as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones and anyone who has watched that show knows how great she is in there. She is not only SUPER gorgeous, but Clarke also has a great screen presence, can be intimidating, commanding and extremely emotive. I feel like she’d be a good fit for Sarah Connor considering what the character stands for, I just hope she does a good job considering how good Linda Hamilton was back in Terminator 1 & 2.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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My Epic The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

So here we are in December with the second instalment in the Hobbit series of films with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. While I have been waiting for this film for ages, with all the other big films that were also coming out earlier this year I had forgotten about this one for a while. But now considering how lame 2013 has been for films in general, I need a film that’s gonna be truly awesome. So is The Desolation of Smaug the one? Read on and find out.

The storyline in nutshell continues the events of An Unexpected Journey, in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins travels with the wizard Gandalf and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug.

Unlike the first film where the film felt the need to make obviously tie-ins to the Lord of the Rings films and had a lot of slow pacing issues, this film throws you right into the story and is delivered a lot quicker while still providing moments of humour, action and drama. This feels a lot more like the Middle-Earth adventures that fans knew from before thanks to the much-needed injection of a proper threat, elves and proper foreshadowing. Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves’ adventures gets ever more complicated thanks to the evil that rises in the shadows with villains new and old on show for them to overcome and it is simply fascinating and entertaining to watch. While I still don’t think the story was as powerful as anything LOTR has done and the film only really gets interesting once the elves show up, otherwise the story is a solid improvement.

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The cast in this film is nothing short of fantastic as members new and old deliver some great performances. Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins has certainly grown since the last film, he’s more cunning, confident and courageous, but still has great funny scenes thanks to Freeman’s comedic timing. Sir Ian McKellen is still as awesome as ever as Gandalf the Grey, McKellen’s acting talents know no bounds as he has some really cool scenes and dialogue too. Richard Armitage is still a badass as Thorin Oakenshield, you can see that he is a man still on a mission and will stop at nothing to get his homeland back. Armitage still has an incredible screen presence and offers a lot of varied emotions for Thorin in this film. Also Graham McTavish as Dwalin and Ken Stott as Balin were awesome thanks to some additional screen time, the same can also be said for Aidan Turner as Kíli and James Nesbitt as Bofur too.

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So after years of doing nothing of importance, Orlando Bloom returns as Legolas and my god he is BADASS! This is a very different kind of Legolas, he’s much more of brute and he’s not as chilled out as he is in LOTR, but that’s what makes him so cool in this film and it is great to see Bloom in a role that suits him so well. Then there’s Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, I think I’m in love. Tauriel is a beautiful as she is deadly, Lily is great giving us a character who is tough, perceptive, but also a bit of a free spirit too. Luke Evans is another good addition to this world as Bard the Bowman, Evans had a great deal of charisma for his role and was definitely someone not to be messed with and you could understand what the deal was with this character considering his history. Also Lee Pace as Thranduil is a lot better this time because of the additional screen time he gets to show off why he is who he is, he is very calm and yet cruel, uncaring of other but very protective of his kind, Pace was really cool. Even Stephen Fry is good as Master of Lake-town.

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But the main person we need to talk about is Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, MY GOD! I swear everything he touches turns to gold. Cumberbatch basically delivers a gorgeous, charismatic and intense performance which makes you believe that Cumberbatch is truly invincible. Smaug is this beast of a dragon who is such confident, intimidating, scary and badass kind of villain you need in these types of films. The voice alone is enough to send shivers down your spine, but I think in addition to the motion capture Benedict kind, it just adds to the overall performance. Best person in the film by miles!

When it comes to the presentation, one word comes to mind… GORGEOUS! I think you tell that I’m talking about the visuals here haha. Honestly I thought Gravity was the most visually impressive film I’ve ever seen, but The Desolation of Smaug proves once again that fantasy beats reality any day. An Unexpected Journey was already looked incredible, but this film provided some simply stunning material with a great use of action, locations and CGI. And speaking of the CGI, the visual effects used for Smaug are nothing short of AMAZING! Never has there been a dragon portrayed in such a magnificent, grand and scary manner before, the scale, motion-capture and movements looked so astonishing, the film is worth watch just for him alone. I also want to touch upon the fact that I watched this in IMAX 3D in 48 frames and the end result is kind of mixed. While it is definitely an interesting concept, I don’t think the world need this doubled-up frame rate, it looks fin in scene that don’t move that face, but in scenes with a lot of movement, everything moves far too quickly and looks unnatural. Also the soundtrack by Howard Shore is sounds really good with some nice tie-ins to his previous themes in LOTR but also provides some really epic and beautiful new compositions in this film.

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In conclusion The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a bloody fine film which improves upon the last film with better pacing, better characters new and old, a more in-depth story, and an incredible dragon that should rock your world. This film is a visual treat and should definitely be seen in IMAX, and while it’s no LOTR, nor did it blow me knock my socks off in the way I wanted it to, The Desolation of Smaug is worth watching, no doubt about it. Again, HAIL CUMBERBATCH! 😀

Rating: 9/10 (Benedict Cumberbatch + Smaug the dragon = Awesomeness)

So what did you think of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? Was it better, on-par or worst than the last instalment in your opinion? Whatever your thoughts, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Sony Pictures Announces Spider-Man Spinoffs Venom and Sinister Six!

Howdy people, time for some more superhero film related news and just when you thought that the announcements of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, X-Men: Apocalypse and the Godzilla trailer was enough to get you excited for the future of films, Sony Pictures comes out of nowhere with their shock announcement about the future of their Spider-Man franchise which sounds nothing short of intriguing. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“In a move said “to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen,” Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that they will, in association with Marvel Entertainment, develop several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

The five writers, along with the two producers and Marc Webb, have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films. Under the deals, the studio announced that Kurtzman & Orci & Pinkner are writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio hopes Webb will return to direct. That film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016. In addition, the team will build on the cinematic foundation laid by Webb, Arad, and Tolmach in the first two movies. They will expand the franchise with Kurtzman & Orci & Solomon writing the screenplay for Venom, which Kurtzman will direct. Goddard, then, will write with an eye to direct, The Sinister Six, focusing on the villains in the franchise. Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor will oversee the development and production of these films for the studio.

Commenting on the announcement, Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures said, “The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets. We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’. We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming films.”

Arad and Tolmach added, “This collaboration was born out of the great experience we and Marc had working with Alex, Bob, and Jeff on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’. With more than fifty years’ wealth of stories in the comic books to draw upon for inspiration, the Spider-Man universe is truly boundless; in addition, the Spider-Man comics have the greatest rogues gallery of any series, and to have the chance to explore that on film is truly thrilling. Until now, we have approached each film as a separate, self-contained entity, but with this move, we have the opportunity to grow the franchise by looking to the future as we develop a continuous arc for the story. That is what Alex, Bob, Jeff, Ed, and Drew will do in this unprecedented collaboration, and we’re excited about the directions they are taking the character and the world.””

Well firstly I have to say that Sony have balls. They’re the first studio to actively pursue a particular course of action that hasn’t yet been seen in the world of superhero film adaptations. Now what they’re saying is in addition to making the next Spider-Man film expected to drop in 2016, they’ve announced to villain spin-off film based on some of the most iconic characters and storylines in the Spidey comic mythos. The idea of making a villain-centric film has been talked about for years and even rumoured on numerous occasions, but no one’s ever gone ahead with it. It seems like Sony are gonna be the first ones to take the plunge.

How do I feel about this? Well I’m pretty intrigued. The idea of a villain-based film is something that I’m not sure of, but would like to see happen at some point because these are characters who have storylines just as interesting, if not more so than the heroes themselves. Plus if these villains have films to explain their origins then it’ll save them having to explain it in the next hero-based film and save on a lot of screen time too. For the Sinister Six, they have to get that team right, these are a bunch of villains who worked solo for ages and are brought together for the sole purpose of taking out Spider-Man, that team dysfunctional dynamic and humour have to be there 100%. As for Venom, he is the best Spidey villain in existence, however they choose to handle him it needs to be done with care. I want to see an Eddie Brock story or possibly a Mac Gargan version, but no bullshit new version with some cheap-ass storyline not involving an alien being from space.

Anyways that’s my two cents on the matter, what do you lot of the internet think? Sounds off your comments below! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Godzilla (2014) Trailer #1 Review

Howdy people, time to review another trailer and today’s one I’ve been looking forward to for a long while now, I am of course talking about the highly anticipated reboot, Godzilla. Now if you’re like me, then you happened to catch the Comic-Con teaser trailer when it was leaked online a few months back and that looked great and had a beautiful atmosphere and tone to it. So yesterday first official trailer dropped online, is it looking good or not Erm, heck yeah! 😛 Read on to fight out my thoughts.

But firstly have a look at the badass trailer below:

How can I put this is words… BEST. TRAILER. EVER! *In Comic Book Guy’s voice from The Simpsons)*

Okay maybe that is a bit far, but I’m loving what I’m seeing right now, sure there wasn’t that much of Godzilla himself in all his dinosaur glory, however this is just a teaser trailer and to be honest I’ve been interested in seeing where the humans come into play in this film and thankfully we got an idea of that in this trailer.

Firstly let’s just talk about that overall tone, my god is it dark! Everything is so grim, foreboding, bleak and sad. Everything is serious and there is not a smile or a light-hearted joke to be found, and that’s awesome. One of the things I immediately thought of when I saw the soldiers and everything after that was that this film is really trying to capture the essence of the 1954 film and that’s awesome.

I love the introduction scene will the soldiers getting that pep talk, then we see them jumping out of the plane with red flares, all of those shots are incredibly pretty, nicely angled and that large extreme wide shot of them falling through those dark clouds was just GORGEOUS. Then there’s the beautiful POV where the soldiers falling into the city and we get glimpses of Godzilla in shadow to the right.

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From there we get a montage of clips of just pure tragedy, chaos and danger. Bryan Cranston looks sad, stuff blows up, shit gets torn apart, buildings have big holes through them, cities are on fire, nukes are being dispatched, Aaron Taylor Johnson looking badass with his cool haircut, Ken Watanabe is hanging in this cave, Elizabeth Olsen staring at the sky with a crowd of people. Oh man just a lot of shit is going down.

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And then of course is the teaser money shot, where the filmmakers want to show up just how large this beast of monster is. It is a panning shot from the base to the top of the monster when we see a bit of his leg, tail back and finally his head with the iconic scream. Technically this the same shot used at the Comic-Con trailer earlier this year but now it is a lot cleaner and better because of the extra detail and buildings falling off of Godzilla’s back.

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In conclusion Godzilla looks like the film us western audience wanted back in the 90’s and definitely rectify the problems with that poor Roland Emmerich version. This film looks like it is just death, destruction, drama and action displayed at such a large-scale with incredible special effects, damn I’m just keeping goosebumps thinking about it. I know a lot of people hoped to see more of the monster, but just like Amazing Spider-Man 2, this is a teaser trailer and the film probably still needs work so be patient and wait you greedy people! If this film is as good as I hope it’ll be then it could be one of the best films of 2014.

So what do you think of the first official Godzilla trailer? Are you excited or did you wanna see more of the story and the monster in question? Well whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya later! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Kill Your Darlings Review

Okay, time for the third film review of today and its time for me to review the final film I saw yesterday, Kill Your Darlings. I’d heard about this film around 2 months back or maybe in the late part of summer, either way I just wanted to see what Daniel Radcliffe was up to these days and since Dane DeHaan is one of my favourite recent actors I’m always done for a film with him in it.

The premise for this story can be summed up in this short segment here:

“A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.”

In truth it is hard for me to summarize plots in where the plot isn’t clear-cut and simple,where there are complexities and different layers, so that’s why I used premises instead, like right now. Honestly while I understood the majority of the film, there was a good portion of the film where I didn’t know what was going on, it was like the characters were doing stuff in random scenes, but it felt like it was going nowhere or had no impact on the story. Maybe I’m an idiot or can’t follow stories very well, but it took a while before the story’s pacing got going and found its feel. This film is a kind of coming-of-age story along with themes of change and revolution, desire and betrayal and realisations too. Like On The Road there are a lot of similar themes between this and that film, some that I could accept and some that I couldn’t. It was certainly an interesting tale with some great non-linear storytelling but some of the content was a bit much for me and for those who have watched the film, they know what I mean.

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When it comes to the cast they’re all very good and give some very impressive performances. Let’s start with Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. Good gravy Radcliffe has come pretty far since those days in Harry Potter, he’s actually taking on some serious roles and he’s acting skills have become a lot more solidified and realistic and he does a decent American accent too. But someone who may be more impressive is Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr, DeHaan is just magnetic as this vivid-thinking, out-going, impulsive and chilled out individual who comes across as a good, if somewhat strange guy, but he has secrets and angry issues too. It is hard describe how good DeHaan is without watching him in action, but he is so good, his acting talents is so varied, I love it.

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Then there’s Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac. Now Huston, I recognized him, but couldn’t tell where I’d seen him before, then I saw online he was Richard Harrow from Boardwalk Empire! I love him in that show and I guess I couldn’t tell who he was because he had his full face in this film, but now I’m going off-topic. Basically Huston was pretty cool. Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs was a very strange, deep-voiced, reserved and observant member of this group of poets and Foster is good. Michael C. Hall as David Kammerer was really good, he had some of the most emotive and complicated relationships with some of the people involved and Hall was just really good. I’ve never seen Dexter, but I would have never guessed that Hall had such talent and range.

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Elizabeth Olsen as Edie Parker is pretty good, this is my first time seeing her in a film and I liked what she did in this film, she looks young but acts older, her character is sweet but is tough when she needs to be and I liked that. Jennifer Jason Leigh was really as Naomi Ginsberg, she is an emotionally and mentally complicated person and Leigh had some really some great scenes which were left an impression after she left each scene. and finally David Cross, I haven’t seen him since Men In Black 1 & 2, as Louis Ginsberg he was a good father, but he like many of the other characters had personal issues that needed to be sorted out in the background and I thought Cross was good.

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In conclusion Kill Your Darlings is an intriguing story about writers and was a great look into a time period when change was on the horizon. For me the film’s story never quite connects with me fully, sometimes I didn’t know what was happening and some of the elements of this film made me feel a bit uncomfortable. But outside of those issues, the film is worth watching for the acting talents the cast have.

Rating: 7.5/10 (A film that works well thanks to a strong cast)

So have you seen Kill Your Darlings and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts drop them below in the comments section and I’ll see ya later yo! 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Homefront Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another film review and today’s second review will be on the latest Jason Statham film, Homefront. This was a film I was interested in seeing because the trailer looked cool, but then I heard the film wasn’t received that well in the US so I was thinking about giving it a miss. But since I wanted to watch something new in the cinema I decided give the film a chance. So was it worth the watch? Read on and find out!

The story in the film involves DEA agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham) sees his quiet family life turned upside down when his path crosses with a band of drug traffickers, led by Gator (James Franco), a meth kingpin.

In truth I had expected more from the plot, the premise sounds interesting enough, but the execution is kind of messy and had a lot of unnecessary baggage with some side characters. There are a lot of basic action thriller elements that this story follows. I think this may have something to do with Sylvester Stallone’s screenplay which feels like some average kind of thriller that I’d expect him to be in. But in truth the plot didn’t insult my intelligence that much and I like it just for the amount of action and the main story surround Broker and his daughter. Though I swear this is just a film to remind people about how badass Jason Statham is, like if there was a tagline for this film it’d be like: “I’m Jason Motherfuckin’ Statham bitch!” or “Remember the name, I’m Jason Statham bitch!” Haha! 😀

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When it comes to the cast their all pretty good, none of the performances are overly incredible, but it’s not really bad so it serves the film’s story just fine.

Let’s start with Jason Statham as Phil Broker, in truth you’re not gonna find much difference in Statham’s performance then any of his previous films, however I feel unlike his older action films from the mid-2000’s in recent years we’re starting to get some roles for him with a little more substance to it like this film and Hummingbird (aka Redemption). But let’s be honest, we just watch Statham films to see him kick some ass and he does PLENTY of that in such a stylish and sexy way that it more than makes up for any failures in the story. And then there’s Izabela Vidovic as Maddy, Vidovic is new to the acting scene and I feel like she leaves a good impression. She can handle herself well, she’s likeable with decent range of emotions and I liked Vidovic’s scenes with Statham, they definitely had good on-screen chemistry.

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James Franco as Morgan “Gator” Bodine is a strange one, firstly that accent is so weird coming out of his mouth, but other than that he’s an okay antagonist though he’s not that smart and not as calculating as he could have been. Winona Ryder as Sheryl Gott was pretty decent, Ryder I forgot was even in this film until I saw it in the cinema, but yeah her role was one of a simple yet some degree of importance and Ryder did fine. Kate Bosworth was great as Cassie Bodine, she was one of those redneck, loud-mouth, unbearable kind of people to be around and Bosworth played the role well and this was a right transformation from the that time she played Lois Lane in Superman Returns right?

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Frank Grillo as Cyrus Hanks, this was my first time seeing Grillo in anything before his upcoming role in the next Captain America film and while this isn’t a good film to just his acting skills off of, I thought he was intimidating and cool in his role. Rachelle Lefevre as Susan Hatch was alright, all I really recall about her was how pretty she was. Finally Clancy Brown was pretty cool as Sheriff Keith Rodrigue, this was my first time seeing him in a live-action role because most stuff I’ve seen with him is animated because of his voice acting work.

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In conclusion Homefront was a lot of fun, while it wasn’t as unique as I had hoped and there were definitely story elements I could have done without. However this was a good time in the cinema for me with Statham just showing off how many guys he can mess up in a film, and I would recommend the film just on the fact that the action is nicely choreographed and violent, good stuff.

Rating: 7.5/10 (Just some kick ass fun with Jason Bloody Statham, yeah boi!)

So what did you think of Homefront? Did you like it or hate it? Also what do you think of Jason Statham films in general, leave your thoughts below yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Saving Mr Banks Review

Howdy people of the internet and welcome to the first of 3 film reviews today. Now I know that I am a fair bit late with this film review, but honestly my uni schedule has kept me away from the cinema so that’s why this Saving Mr. Banks review is SO late. However I knew that this was a film I’d have to review for this blog no matter what, so read on to find out my thoughts,

The story in the film depicts author P. L. Travers and her fortnight-long briefing in Los Angeles as she is persuaded by filmmaker Walt Disney, in his attempts to obtain the screen rights to her novel. And while in LA Travers has flashbacks into her troubled past as a child which haunts her.

I thought the story was fairly interesting, dramatic, funny and unexpected. I knew the film would be about the process in which Disney wanted to make Mary Poppins into musical and how he had to get approval from Travers, but I never knew it would turn out like this. I thought the film would be a typical drama “based on a true story”, however I did not expect the film to have as much emotional depth to it. I got a bit teary-eyed to be honest. 😛 The story is very much centered on  P. L. Travers, but there is also some room for Walt Disney and some other major character plot lines that you do not expect to see due to trailers leaving it out.

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As for the cast they al do a tremendous job at bringing their characters to life and making us, the audience care about them. But the stand-out performance by far is Emma Thompson as Pamela “P. L.” Travers. Thompson was absolutely mesmerizing as the author of Mary Poppins, she was extremely intimidating, pre-judgemental, overbearing, persistent, and quite a rude woman in general. But it was those qualities that made her such a joy to watch as her snarky remarks and actions lead to some very moments throughout the film. Thompson is just such a versatile actress and her believability and emotional range is so heartfelt and beautiful, and for some reason I felt incredibly attracted to her (I don’t know why though, maybe I like older women? :S). Oh and Annie Rose Buckley was great as the young P.L. Travers too!

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Tom Hanks is good as always as Walt Disney, Hanks plays the iconic filmmaker and you can see that he is very jolly, charismatic and full of life, but also strong-willed, stubborn and likes to get his own way. And while this is not Hanks at his best, that is by no means a negative on his part as he turns in a good performance that is worth mentioning. The other major person in this film is Colin Farrell as Travers Robert Goff, Farrell has a fairly big role in this film that many won’t be aware of until they watch the film and he does a great job in the film. His character is a very loving father, but behind his usually good-willed exterior, on the inside he had problems. This is definitely one of my favourite Farrell performances, it is strong, emotional and his accent is so good for a dude that’s naturally Irish.

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And my other favourite performance would be from Paul Giamatti as Ralph, Pamela’s chauffeur. Giamatti is very well-known and versatile actor and while this was one of his more light-hearted roles, he was just adorable as this happy-go-lucky kind of guy who drove around Travers and tried to make conversation with her, even with her negative attitude. He and Travers have some great screen time together and I loved their interaction together. Other notable performances include Bradley Whitford as Don DaGradi, Melanie Paxson as Dolly and B. J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman as Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman.

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In conclusion Saving Mr. Banks was a very good film with a lot of heart and amazing performances from the cast, but it is truly Emma Thompson who steals the show with incredible acting talent. While the film wasn’t nearly as impressive as I thought it would be because of the hype prior to it, it is something I will probably watch again at some point because of the performances alone.

Rating: 8.5 /10 (A beautiful story with a great central performance from Emma Thompson)

So what did you think of Saving Mr. Banks? Did you like it or hate it? Whatever your thoughts are, leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Film Reviews Will Return, I PROMISE!

Hey ladies and gents, as you might notice, as of recent I haven’t been reviewing films as frequently as I used to and I don’t want you to think I’ve given up or dropped off the face of the planet, I’M STILL HERE, I just have other commitments with uni and my new job, So yeah let me give you some info on my situation.

cinemaonscreenThis is where I belong, and I’m being denied of it!

Now as I’ve said before, I’ve gotten a hell of a lot of stuff going on in my life at the moment. Firstly my animation course has been bleeding me dry with the three modules I’ve had to do and while it’s not been hard per-se, it has been tedious and time-consuming. Secondly I started my new job last weekend and that eats up all of my weekend and since its night shifts, when I get hope I’m almost dead and crash out, but for some reason I sleep even longer during this time which in turn means I have no time in the day to do anything and that sucks! All of this has made my cinema going experience very difficult to tackle.

However never fear as I shall return to the cinema soon!

With the hand-in of my uni work coming around next week and most of my work being finished this weekend, I’m thinking that I will treat myself to the cinema after all this stress and bullshit.

So what’s on the card? Well here’s the list of films I want to see and review:

  • Frozen (I have heard LOADS of people go one about this film like it’s the most amazing thing ever, I’m curious to see if it meets the hype)
  • Saving Mr. Banks (I’ve heard so many good things about this film and I have to see it because of the actors involved)
  • The Butler (This is film I had followed for a while so I’m hoping to catch it at some point)
  • Philomena (It’s got Judi Dench in it, and Steve Coogan in a serious role, plus Mark Kermode said it was good. I’m down)
  • Kill Your Darlings (It has Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in it, I’m interested by that alone)
  • Anchorman: The Legend Continues (Liked the first film, wanna see the sequel, nuff said)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Loved the first film and early reviews say it’s better than the first so I CAN’T WAIT!)

Here are films I am kind of half and half about:

  • Homefront (I heard this film isn’t anything special, but I like the cast and the trailer, may check it out)
  • Bad Grandpa (The trailers for this looked hilarious, it’s still showing in Sheffield, so I’m gonna try and catch it)
  • Oldboy (This is remake that didn’t need to happen, but I may watch it to see how much it fails)
  • Carrie (It’s a remake, I like Chloë Grace Moretz, but I’ve heard lame things, I can take it or leave it)

As for films I want to re-watch well we have:

  • Thor: The Dark World (I really liked this film and annoyingly I haven’t seen it since opening day, weak!)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (This was a good film and I really liked it above the first, need to check it out again)
  • Gravity (Great film, gotta see it for the crazy amazing visuals again)

Films for December 2013I know Homefront isn’t on this list, but I messed up on the Photoshop alignment lol

So yeah expect a good deal of reviews over the next few days/weeks. TRUST IN ME! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2013 in Films, Life, Media

 

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