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My Top 5 Films of 2014 So Far.

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, we’ve passed the halfway point of the year already and June’s pretty much over but on this last day I would like to give you my picks of the top 5 films I have enjoyed the most so far. Now I normally do this around mid-June however a combination of moving back home and laziness have contributed to this late blog post. So with that in mind let’s start.., But before that, HONORABLE MENTIONS!

Here is a few films that I saw this year that just missed the list but are still worth mentioning:

  • Lone Survivor (one of the best war films I have seen in years with great acting, incredible action, cinematography and sound design)
  • The Lego Movie (one of the most creative, funny and kick ass animated films with kick ass humour, action and amazing voice performances from the cast involved)
  • Edge of Tomorrow (the biggest surprise of 2014 so far, this is an interesting, humourous, dramatic and action-packed sci-fi film with awesome performances from Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise

Remember 2013 films released this year DON’T COUNT! So with that out of the way here are my favourite films from 2014, IN REVERSE ORDER!

5. THE RAID 2: BERANDAL

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So yeah this one is at an interesting place in the list. Check it, I really liked The Raid: Redemption, it was some filthy martial arts action in a confined location and had some of my favourite kills in any film ever. But I felt like it wasn’t quite enough to blow me away. So in comes the sequel and it pretty much outdoes its predecessor in every way. The story is much denser and more complex, the fight choreography is even more chaotic and complex than before and the cinematography was lovely throughout. Some people will probably say that this film should be much higher on the list, but for me there were a few nitpicks. I felt like there was a bit too much going on in the story department, some of the fight scenes went on a little longer than I would have liked and the overall length of the film I felt could have been shorter. But all that said I REALLY liked this film and it is one that any fan of martial arts or action films in general should check out.

4. 22 JUMP STREET

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Now 21 Jump Street was a surprisingly fun film and in the sea of horrible comedy films I’ve had to sit through in recent years this was one I liked, so I was looking forward to the sequel but was also cautious because I didn’t want to be disappointed. Luckily 22 Jump Street was badass and pretty much exceeded any expectations had for it as it was the funniest film I’ve seen in AGES. Phil Lord and Chris Miller do the impossible and create one of the most, if not the most funny comedy sequels ever. The film is self-aware, repeats many of the plot elements from the previous film and yet is still ridiculously funny thanks to the script and brilliant acting from Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and an especially awesome Ice Cube.

3. GODZILLA

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This is probably where things are gonna get a bit more controversial, but I don’t care, bring the fire people! For me, Gareth Edwards’ new interpretation of Godzilla is pretty kick ass and considering all of the things that could have gone wrong with this film, the end result is bloody impressive. There is a story that feels big and moves across several locations, we also get treated to a cast of characters who are relevant to the plot and we also get monsters, but the one thing this film gets right more so than anything else in the presentation. The CGI was super impressive and seeing Godzilla fighting 2 other monsters was SO awesome and this film also features one of the most badass kills in any film ever. Now sure there are problems like: a strong start for the story but never stays that consistent, too much teasing for the monster fights, not so interesting human characters and the death of Bryan Cranston early on in the film. But all that aside, for all the haters of this film, just remember this… Godzilla (2014) is FAR better than the 1998 Roland Emmerich version. would you rather have that film as your only western adaptation of Godzilla again? Thought not.

2. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Honestly if you had told me that X-Men: DOFP would be totally badass, I would have looked at you and said “Are you sure?” Believe me, I saw the trailers and really liked them, but since Bryan Singer hadn’t made a good film since X-Men 2 I was worried for this next instalment. Fortunately my worries were misplaced as the film was SO good and it was like a love letter to fans of the film series and comics. It bridged the gap between the newer and older films and united a massive cast of actors and actresses in one place. There was so much to love about the film from like the action set-pieces, references to comics, visual style and direction, darker and more mature tone and the film’s great sense of humour. But the best thing about the film was the fact that it pretty much fixed the X-Men film timeline by creating a new reality that destroyed the previous one (take that X-Men 3!). For some this is the best comic book film of the year, but for me there is still one that is rises above.

1. CAPTAIN AMERICA 2: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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For the people who know me I’d have to ask you, “Was there any doubt in your mind?” I only got to see this film twice, but it still left a massive impression on me. The reason why Captain America: TWS is still my favourite film of 2014 is because it was everything I wanted and then some and considering how plain the first film was, this sequel was a massive surprise for a lot of people. This was a genre-specific film (political thriller mixed in with action) and it did many things that no one expected, in particular re-introducing Hydra and breaking the  secret organization known as SHIELD. What we were given by Marvel Studios was a comic book film which was smart, quick in pace and had lovely character moments too. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson pretty much perfected the roles they’ve been playing for a while now and Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan did such a great job in their roles as well. I don’t think anyone expected a Captain America sequel to be so good, but it pretty much was the best effort from Marvel since The Avengers and some believe to be even better than that.

Well that’s my favourite films of 2014 so far. It has been a good year from what I’ve experienced and I’m having a much better time than I ever did this time last year. So what do you think of my choices? Do you like them or hate them? And what are your picks for th year so far? I’d love to read them so comment below and let me know. Until next people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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22 Jump Street Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to a new film review (man it feels like ages since I’ve said that haha) and today I’ll be talking about 22 Jump Street, a film I’ve been looking forward to for a long time now. As most of the people who follow this blog know, I’m not overly fond of comedies, however there are a few that I do like and 21 Jump Street surprised me back in 2012 so I was definitely down for the sequel especially after the trailers dropped. So how does this comedy sequel fare? Well read on and find out!

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The story for the film can be summarised as the following:

“After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.”

In a nutshell this story is awesome. The story on display here basically does the same thing again, except changes the setting and story elements, like for instance instead of it being school it is college and rather than Jenko having a bad time, its Schmidt this time round. 22 Jump Street does what The Hangover 2 tried to do, but rather than fail miserably, this film gets the sequel formula right. I will admit at the beginning I thought the film was just alright, but around the middle when Ice Cube came into the film more was when the film really picked up and by the end it was insanely funny. The humour is just as funny as its predecessor, if not more so, but beyond that the story has some touching moments to it too. I love how self-aware the film is, it references a lot of pop culture, pokes fun at itself and the concept of film sequels and at one point even does something similar to Tropic Thunder but takes it to a new level of fun and absurdity.

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When it comes to the cast they’re all very good offering various levels of humour throughout. Firstly there’s Jonah Hill as Morton Schmidt and Channing Tatum as Greg Jenko. They’re back as this odd dynamic duo and they’re just as funny, if not funnier than they were before. These two clearly are having fun with their roles and they’re chemistry is amazing and kinetic. Hill is funny because of his character’s awkward lines of dialogue, weird interactions with people and poor levels of physical strength and Tatum is funny because his character is a blockhead, seems to be some kind of superhuman and his stupidity leads to some really funny one-liners in the film. Also I just want to note how frigging cool Tatum was, his action scenes were awesome and his acrobatic moments really make him look like he’ll fit into a superhero film in the future (let’s hope he does Gambit justice). Ice Cube as Capt. Dickson is just on the highest level of awesomeness in this film. I thought Dickson was funny in the last film, but here he is on fire just being like the most angry stereotypical black man ever and Cube just kills it. I have not laughed at one person so much in a film in a long time.

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Peter Stormare as Ghost is great too, he’s the main bad guy and he has a bit of stage play performer vibe about him, but I like that and how cocky and weird he is too. Wyatt Russell as Zook is just amazing, he is a very odd man, he has some very strange personality traits and dreams, but that’s what makes him so funny and his interaction with Jenko is awesome. Amber Stevens is gorgeous as Maya, she’s a person Schmidt befriends and she’s a smart and kind-hearted soul, I like her. Jillian Bell as Mercedes is really funny, her lines in this film were insane, rude and kind of repetitive in the subject manner but also funny. Also seeing the return of Nick Offerman as Deputy Chief Hardy is just perfect, I love how Hardy delivered his lines in such a deadpan kind of way, Offerman was clearly channeling his inner Ron Swanson as it was pretty much the exact same character and to be honest I loved it. Dave Franco as Eric Molson and Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters were awesome in their segment in the film too. There are also some cameos in the film that I won’t spoil which are just awesome and hilarious.

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In conclusion 22 Jump Street is awesome and is a prime example of how to do a comedy sequel correctly. I had hoped for a good experience watching this film, but it was way funnier than I expected and I was actually laughing out loud which has not happened since 2011. This a great fun-filled experience which is basically the same thing again, but better. I can easily recommend this as some summer fun in the cinema.

Rating: 8/10 (Ice Cube is a don! XD)

So what did you think of 22 Jump Street? Did it meet your expectations or were you let down? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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June, The Month of Drought For Films

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, time for a film-related blog post. But this time it isn’t so much news or a review as much as it is just an opinion-based piece on the month of June and its films in the cinema, or should I say lack of them, at least good ones…

searching_for_something__by_jashxxx-d317nbuThis is what it is like to look for big films in June, yeah it’s that difficult.

So yeah we’ve had a pretty good run of films since February, we’ve seen the likes of Lone Survivor, The Lego Movie, The Raid 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow to name a few (2013 films released this year don’t count). The have been a few bumps in the road, but I’d say 2014 is on a better level than 2013 was for films by this point in the year.

But now we’ve come to June and now we’re in this barren wasteland for major film releases. I mean sure there’s 22 Jump Street, but besides that ONE film what else is coming out? Think about it… Have you gotten the answer yet? Yeah, that’s right. NOTHING! Obviously there will be films released during this month that will probably be worth watching, but when it comes to what’s come before or what will follow in July and August, it just doesn’t compare.

So you may be asking two things: 1) Why are you making this post? And 2) What does that mean for us? Firstly I am making this blog post to alert all major film-goers and casual people alike that there won’t be anything big or amazing going on in the cinema (at least for the UK), until July when things pick up again. And secondly what this means for us film people we’ll just have to sit down and endure this drought until the next month comes or jump into the cinema and find something of interest to hold us over or possibly just re-watch our favourite films from May if they’re still playing.

All I can say is bring on Dawn of Planet of the Apes in July! CAESER! 😀

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So what do you lot think? Am I right about this film drought throughout July or am I wrong? Comment below yo.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2014 Part 2

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to PART 2 of Films to look out for in 2014! In this series of blog posts I’ll basically be listing a number of films that you should keep your eyes on over the course of the year.  If you missed part 1 you can read it here.

The Rules:

  1. Obviously a lot films come out, so if they’re not only my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care.
  2. 2013 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! 😛

Alrighty then, let’s start 😀

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Release Date: April 4th (USA), March 28th (UK)

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Okay, this is where the year starts to get serious with its films. Entering a lot earlier than previous Marvel films is Captain America 2 and I CAN’T WAIT! This film looks incredible, the trailer looks lovely and all the interviews with the cast, directors and Kevin Feige all point towards greatness. What I see is the potential for a kick ass action thriller with politics, wonderful fight scenes and the adaptation of one of the best Captain America comic book storylines. I pray that this film works out.

Sabotage

Release Date: April 11th (USA), 25th (UK)

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It’s 2014 and we have another Arnie film, life is good again. While Schwarzenegger has add a bit of a bumpy year in 2013, this looks like it could be his return to form. It is a genre he is familiar with, the supporting cast are good and story seems like it could work and potentially be something specially with the director being the man behind Training Day. Here’s hoping that it works yo.

Transcendence

Release Date: April 18th (USA), 25th (UK)

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Now while this film isn’t on my high priorities list, it does look unique and interesting. I am very weary about films with Johnny Depp in them, but this looks like it could be good with the whole science and subconsciousness stuff. Plus the director, while I’m not too keen on his comments about The Avengers, looks like he could craft a good film on his own with his really good cinematography. Guess we’ll see what happens.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Release Date: May 2nd (USA), April 18th (UK)

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I’ve said it countless times before but I’m gonna say it again, I did not like Amazing Spider-Man. It was alright but nowhere near as “amazing” as the name suggests. However this trailer looks a HELL of a lot better than the last film with the new set of villains, storylines and potential tie-ins to the comic book source material. The film does look a bit crowded and we could be potentially looking at another Spider-Man 3, but I pray to god that this is the Spider-Man film that fan deserve.

Godzilla

Release Date: May 16th (USA & UK)

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Trailer:

Oh my god, I need this film now! I need this film to be good. I have been a fan of Godzilla for a good few years now and us western audience need a proper version of Godzilla made that will be shown in the cinema rather than having to search around for it on DVD. This film looks like it’ll be badass, the teaser trailers look kick ass with some incredible visuals, a wonderful dark tone and a good cast. I hope that it’ll be the one and conquer 2014!

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Release Date: May 23rd (USA), 22nd (UK)

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Ah X-Men, for the longest time you only had two good films to your film series, however luckily First Class changed the game and The Wolverine, while not perfect had the best interpretation of the title character yet. So Days of Future Past has a lot to live up to. It looks pretty solid, the cast are big and incredible and Bryan Singer is back to direct. But those points I just stated both excited and scare me. I want this film to succeed and I NEED it to succeed. However there are so many potential red flags that come up, I’m afraid. I just pray that it works.

Maleficent

Release Date: May 30th (USA & UK)

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This film is something that I’m curious about and yet not overly interested in at the same time. I thought the teaser trailer looked interesting and the character is one of the coolest and most terrifying female villains I have known since my childhood. A film centered on the character could go one of two ways; it could be either really good or really bad.

Edge of Tomorrow

Release Date: June 6th (USA), May 30th (UK)

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Now this is a film I’ve been following for a long time since the first imagine of Tom Cruise in his exoskeleton suit came online. The overall trailer wasn’t what I expected, however I feel like it is again a unique enough concept to made a story around and justify the crazy action going on. My current issues with the film trailer make me believe that we may have another Oblivion on our hands and some stupid story that won’t get a proper satisfactory ending, but hell we’ll see what happens.

22 Jump Street

Release Date: June 13th (USA), 6th (UK)

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21 Jump Street from 2012 was one of the better films I saw at that point in the year and was surprisingly fun, while I didn’t love it as much as a lot of other people did I still found it to be enjoyable. So with there being a sequel I’m down, the trailer looks just as ridiculous as the last film and as long as it makes me laugh then we’re gonna have a good time.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Release Date: June 13th (USA), July 4th (UK)

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And lastly we have the sequel to the Dreamworks film that everyone wouldn’t shut up about back in 2010. I still haven’t seen the first film, yes I said it. Back at the time I had no interest and I was very picky with children’s animated films. I’ve been meaning to watch it for a while but just haven;t gotten around to it. I’ll be sure to check it out before this sequel comes out, I’ve heard good things about the trailer so I’ll be in the cinema when it shows up in June.

Alright then, part two is done! That is your fix from April to July, the months that matter! So yeah there’s my picks from the summer, make sure to come back to the blog asap as I finish the year off with part 3! 🙂

P.S. What do you think of the list? Also is there any films you think I’ve left out? Feel free to drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you asap. Until the next time laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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