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LATE REVIEW: Central Intelligence

Howdy people of the internet, its review time once again and yesterday I finally got around to seeing Central Intelligence so now I’m gonna talk about it here! 🙂

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So the story for this film can be described as the following:

“Calvin Joyner, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage after he reconnects with an old friend, Bob Stone aka Robbie Wheirdicht from high school through Facebook.”

This film’s story was pretty good, and more importantly funny. As some of you may know I’m a fickle guy when it comes to comedies and I’m always pleasantly surprised when I am able to not only laugh a lot but also enjoy the story too, and I believe Central Intelligence did that for me. I liked about this film’s story was:

  1. There was a little more to it than what the trailers showed off.
  2. There was some depth to the story when it came to the relationship between the two lead characters.
  3. I liked the pop culture references especially with the use of other films, music or other verbal jokes.
  4. It was ridiculous but had enough emotional moments to ground it realism to a degree.

This film was all sorts of ridiculous and that is always my kind of jam, though there were a few things I wanted to nitpick. There were a few things that happened in this film that felt like they were dealt with fairly quickly or not reserved in a realistic manner. Plus the film follows some of the standard story beats that come with comedy films, however, this didn’t overly detract from my enjoyment of the film.

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When it comes to the cast, they all did a great job. Firstly there’s Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson as Calvin “Golden Jet” Joyner and Bob Stone/Robbie Wheirdicht, both actors did fantastic jobs in their roles individually and together as well. Hart was essentially the same guy he’s been in most of his recent films being loud, crazy and funny, and while Hart’s style of humour and charisma can be a little overbearing and tiresome at times, it worked fort his film. And Johnson, he was just fabulous and reason I loved him so much was that his character allowed Johnson to show off his acting skills. This kind of material is in Johnson’s wheelhouse but it was also different at the same time, and what I mean by that is Johnson is an action star and has good comedic skills too, but to see him switch between these styles so often with different personas was really interesting and once again shows that he’s come far as an actor since he started how many years ago. And of course Hart and Johnson have great chemistry, and they played well off of each other. The rest of the cast was also good with Amy Ryan doing a good job as the blunt Agent Pamela Harris, Danielle Nicolet was also very nice and cute as Maggie Joyner, Thomas Kretschmann had a nice appearance as The Buyer and Jason Bateman as Trevor, damn what a great part he had to play in this film. But my absolute favourite part of this film was with Aaron Paul as Phil, I won’t say when or why he’s in the film, but he was such incredible and had one line that just made me giddy. 😀

As for the presentation it was pretty good, I really enjoyed the action was it was cool, over the top and well-choreographed when it came to the firefights and hand-to-hand combat. And the soundtrack was great with some great music choices from the 90’s and the film score from Theodore Shapiro and Ludwig Göransson was nice as well.

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So in conclusion Central Intelligence was a lot of fun and heck of lot better than some critics lead me to believe, I mean I knew I’d like this film because of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart but it was just so delightful and hilarious that I ended up having a damn good time. It wasn’t super consistent with the humour and I had a few nitpicks with the story, but overall I had a good session with this film and I recommend it for sure.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen Central Intelligence and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see y’all on the next review! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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PODCAST: Film Focus Episode 10 – The Legend of Tarzan Review

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Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, as some of you may have seen, not too long ago I started a film podcast entitled Film Focus! This week’s episode was out on Wednesday, so I’m technically back to the original release day of the podcast when I first started. Yay!

Anyway here’s the 10th episode:

Even though I did a written review, if you wanted some more information in a verbal form then here you are or if you’re just interested in the podcast version of my reviews I hope you get a kick out of hearing my verbal opinions. The next review on the podcast should be Star Trek Beyond but that probably won’t be out til Friday as I’ll be going to see it the night before. 🙂

As I said before in each episode I’ll cover a different topic and since I don’t have much in the way of listeners or promotion, I’m here to spread the word about my podcast. 🙂

You can find my main site on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

Or if you’re on iTunes subscribe and rate me on there: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/film-focus/id1114233892?mt=2

So if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to listen to the ramblings of a passionate/strange man then please check it out, and share it with your friends if you can. Also you have any feedback or if you’d be interested in joining on future episodes be sure to let me know, until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2016 in Films, Media

 

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QUICK THOUGHTS: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Celebration Reel

Howdy people of the internet, been a bit since I posted anything new so here I am again talking about a trailer, or more so a behind-the-scenes featurette on the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that’ll be showing up in December.Now I’ve been pretty hyped for this film since I saw the leaked footage from Comic-Con last year I think, and after the first trailer game out I got even more excited. But I think it’s the footage that dropped online from Star Wars Celebration that really got me the most giddy so far. 🙂

Check out the video here:

After I saw this yesterday I felt the hype ascend in my soul again haha! 😀 I mean how can you not see that footage and not be anything but excited for this film? That reel pretty much confirmed what we’ve been told this film would be from the beginning; a war film. Rogue One looks rough, dirty, more serious in tone and just from the shots on the beach, the collection of Stormtroopers and other individuals running through explosions, this looks a war film set in the Star Wars universe and I love it.

Just the approach in style, direction, cinematography and use of practical effects is fascinating and feels very different from The Force Awakens where things in this film feel a little more intense and action-packed. It really feels like Gareth Edwards and the rest of the cast and crew know what they’re doing and are creating something familiar yet totally different from what we’ve seen before in the main series of films. And while I usually don’t like to check out how certain films are made because I just like not knowing the details, at the same time it can be very insightful and can give you a greater level of respect for the film you’re watching and I dunno how Edwards and company are keeping such a crazy production in check but they seem to be doing it in such a great way from what I’ve been in this footage.

And speaking of footage look at all that goodness like:

  1. Donnie Yen looking all badass and dispatching dudes in only the badass way that he can, love it!
  2. Felicity Jones continues to look more and more interesting.
  3. The amount of different designs of the human and alien-based characters is varied and cool.
  4. Seeing Gareth Edwards behind the camera during some of the key action scenes looked great and its cool to see him actively involved with the camera work.
  5. Oh and that cool small creature towards the end of the video who laughed before going back to shooting stuff from that gun, I love him. I have no clue who or what he is but I think he’s now my favourite person since Wicket or Nien Nunb! XD

Anyway, regardless of how Rogue One turns out I’m still glad that the effort was put into this film to make something different and I’m more hopeful than ever that I’ll have a good time in December.

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So those are my thoughts, right now I’m on the hype train for this film and the wait for December continues to get harder and harder. 😛 But how about you? Were you impressed with this behind-the-scenes footage or would you have prefered to see a proper trailer instead? Whatever your thoughts be sure to drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2016 in Films, Media

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Independence Day: Resurgence

Howdy people of the internet, Hypersonic55 back again playing catch up with the latest films in the cinema and last night I watched Independence Day: Resurgence and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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Now the first Independence Day is still one of my favourite films from the 90’s and to be honest it may even fall into my all-time favourites too just because of how much fun it is to watch. So understand, I had no interest in watching this film, I never wanted the sequel, however since the trailers looked decent enough I thought the film might be tolerable. That being said, those bad reviews online did prepare me for the worst, but here’s the thing… Independence Day: Resurgence wasn’t that offensive to me, it was just incredibly unremarkable.

Story-wise the film goes like this:

“The film focuses on the battle between ESD (Earth Space Defense), an international military defense and research organization, and the returning alien invaders during the twentieth anniversary of humanity’s first victory against the latter on July 4 – the same date as the Independence Day in the United States.”

At the end of the day, this film’s plot was essentially the first film just done with a few variations when it came to the use of certain characters, use of technology and modern story elements. This plot while it had a few new and interesting ideas, was quite predictable, generic and painfully average with no proper balance between the drama and humour. The main thing that this film sort of got some of the humour right with some lines of dialogue making me smile or chuckle, however, most of the humour felt really forced or lazy.

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As for the cast it was a mixed bag. Returning members Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, Bill Pullman as President Whitmore, Brent Spiner as Dr. Brakish Okun and Judd Hirsch as Julius Levinson were fine, however, I only really liked Spiner as the doctor as he was fairly lighthearted and fun. Goldblum fluctuated between being familiar and fun and feeling like an imitation of his former self, Pullman was good but I wasn’t keen on the way his character was handled. But Vivica A. Fox as Jasmine was wasted, she had no real reason to be there. The new cast weren’t too engaging, Liam Hemsworth and Jessie T. Usher as Jake Morrison and Dylan Dubrow-Hiller try to fill the shoes of Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith from the last film, but they didn’t have the charisma, magnetism or chemistry their predecessors had, plus they were so boring. Maika Monroe was pretty but forgettable as Patricia Whitmore, Charlotte Gainsbourg felt as Catherine Marceaux felt like a weak addition to this film, Sela Ward was dull as President Lanford, however William Fichtner wasn’t half bad as General Adams.

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When it comes to the presentation it was solid for the most part. Visually the film was pretty cool with a cool sense of scale and pretty detailed CGI, though the quality of the CGI varies a lot and after a while the crazy amount of CGI madness going on with the destruction of earth, aliens and spaceship fights got tiresome. And the film score by Harald Kloser and Thomas Wanker was horrible, it felt so cheesy, overly dramatic and didn’t add to the film as much as it felt distracting.

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In the end Independence Day: Resurgence was exactly how the film I thought it’d be before I saw the trailers, it was silly, generic, lackluster and kind of cool in the spectacle department. This was probably a one and done situation as it didn’t have any redeeming factors and didn’t have the good qualities that make summer blockbusters worth watching.

Rating: 5/10

So have you seen Independence Day: Resurgence and if so what did you think of it? Was it a colossal mess or just a loud, dumb and fun film? Give me your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: The Legend of Tarzan

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Here’s the thing about The Legend of Tarzan, there’s a lot of interesting ideas with good story and character elements. however, I don’t feel like this film reached the potential it could have. Now I LOVE Disney’s Tarzan, it’s one of my favourite animated films ever, and while it took a lot of liberties with the source material, it was a wonderful visual experience with a simple yet effect story with characters you cared about and cool soundtrack to boot (yes I loved the Phil Collins sound, suck it haters)! So I’m a little biased. However, after doing some reading about Tarzan online I’ve come to realise that he’s a pretty interesting character with cool stories and a lot of potential for more modern live-action adaptations because, Tarzan, while he’s been depicted in many live-action versions prior to this 2016 version, I feel like there’s always been room for improvement with technology, cinematography and the depiction of Tarzan’s abilities. So even though I didn’t feel the need to see another big-screen version of Tarzan, at the same time I was curious to see what Tarzan would look like with today’s technology and under the direction of David Yates.

The story can be described as the following:

“Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.”

The story was certainly interesting with the film focusing on life of Tarzan post jungle and then having a situation that would force him out of his civilised life and back into the wild. It was nice to see the origins of Tarzan’s life in flashbacks similar to Man of Steel, I also liked how there was history between not only just Tarzan’s life in the jungle but also an African tribe and other animals that helped flesh out the world and make Tarzan and Jane’s life seem well-lived and detailed. However the plot felt very familiar and standard fare to anyone to who’s seen any kind of film in the action adventure genre, it also doesn’t help that the script lacked a lot of unique or compelling elements, and the dramatic or subtle moments that the film tried to portray didn’t have the right kind of emotional depth. It also didn’t help that most of the interesting aspects of the film was about Tarzan’s past and the latter half of the film, everything else just felt like a chore to get through. However if you’re just looking for a simple action adventure film and you’re not too fussed about the story details then you’ll forgive those issues I previously highlighted.

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The cast do a decent job, though some people were clearly better than others. Firstly there’s Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan/John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke. Can I just say that Skarsgård as nice as he is, looks too pretty to be Tarzan. For a dude raised in the jungle and having dealt with the harsh nature of that lifestyle for years, the guy looked too perfect in body structure and the face, I would have preferred the guy be a little more rough around the edges with more battle scars and longer hair. Plus Tarzan felt a little plain and unless Jane was involved, the man felt lacking in the motivation department and considering the book material the character could have been a lot more fun and intriguing to watch. Outside of that I will say that did start to come around to Skarsgård towards the end of the film. Margot Robbie as Jane did alright as Tarzan’s wife, Robbie brought a lovely charm to the character, however, she was also a little plain and her romance with Tarzan felt so engaging and tedious. Samuel L. Jackson was the best as George Washington Williams, Jackson was clearly having fun in the role and his character while having some serious moments, also provided most of the film’s best moments of humour nad he was the best part of the cast. Christoph Waltz was severely underwhelming as Captain Léon Rom, Waltz just played the same average/lazy villain role that he’s become attached to in recent years and while he was fine, it felt like he wasn’t really trying. Djimon Hounsou was actually pretty good as Chief Mbonga, while Casper Crump (who some keen-eyed viewers will recognise him from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as Vandal Savage) was fun as Captain Kerchover.

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When it comes to the presentation visually the film was decent with some nice camera work, action scenes and CGI. Though I feel like the quality of the visual effects fluctuated between being decent to pretty lazy and blurry, also for a film with tribal warriors, and a man who fights apes and summons the animals to fight for him, I feel like the action lacked creativity, flair and choreography, Tarzan’s action scenes were just alright and the fact that the tribe people didn’t get to do much felt like a wasted opportunity. Also the film score by Rupert Gregson-Williams was alright, but wasn’t nearly as memorable as it should have been and at times it tried to be super dramatic with some of the vocals but it didn’t connect with me.

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In the The Legend of Tarzan wasn’t as bad as I had initially feared, it had moments of intrigue and fun and I was having fun with it especially when Sam Jackson was involved. But I just felt like the film was a little formulaic, didn’t expand the mythology of the title character or do much to sway people who weren’t fans of the material beforehand.

Rating: 5.5/10 (It was just alright)

So have you seen The Legend of Tarzan and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to comment below, share your thoughts and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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PODCAST: Film Focus Episode 9 – Hopes & Fears For The Sonic Live Action Movie

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Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, as some of you may have seen, not too long ago I started a film podcast entitled Film Focus! This week’s episode is out on a Friday, again as opposed to the regular Wednesday upload, but as I mentioned last week I’d be gone for a few days the latest episode and I only got home yesterday. But regardless it was a delightful few days off and now I’m back with another interesting opinion-based episode. 🙂

Anyway here’s the 9th episode:

So as you can see above I’m talking about Sonic the Hedgehog, and it only took me 9 episodes before I started talking about the video game character that I’m so closely associated with haha. But seriously, since I haven’t been able to go to the cinema, filling the podcast with different and interesting topics of conversation has been a little tough, though I’ve found a way to get something done close to the day of release. 😛 And even though most people have talked about the live-action/GCI hybrid film showing up in 2018 (me included), I feel like there’s a little more to say and with Sonic’s recent 25th birthday I thought it’d be interesting to throw my thoughts on the podcast and see what the world thinks, regardless of whether they hate me or not haha.

As I said before in each episode I’ll cover a different topic and since I don’t have much in the way of listeners or promotion, I’m here to spread the word about my podcast. 🙂

You can find my main site on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

Or if you’re on iTunes subscribe and rate me on there: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/film-focus/id1114233892?mt=2

So if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to listen to the ramblings of a passionate/strange man then please check it out, and share it with your friends if you can. Also you have any feedback or if you’d be interested in joining on future episodes be sure to let me know, until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2016 in Films, Media

 

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PODCAST: Film Focus Episode 8 – Jason Bourne Trilogy

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, as some of you may have seen, not too long ago I started a film podcast entitled Film Focus! Unfortunately like last time, the latest episode was late again and was posted on Saturday, but for various reasons I won’t get into now, that’s the way things ended up. But I’m glad I got this out when I did because I’ll be out of town for a few days haha.

Anyway here’s the 8th episode:

With the release of Jason Bourne approaching towards the end of the month I decided to take some time to discuss the Matt Damon series of Bourne films and just talk about why I love them so much and what makes these films worth watching.

As I said before in each episode I’ll cover a different topic and since I don’t have much in the way of listeners or promotion, I’m here to spread the word about my podcast. 🙂

You can find my main site on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

Or if you’re on iTunes subscribe and rate me on there: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/film-focus/id1114233892?mt=2

So if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to listen to the ramblings of a passionate/strange man then please check it out, and share it with your friends if you can. Also you have any feedback or if you’d be interested in joining on future episodes be sure to let me know, until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2016 in Films, Media

 

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