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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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007 is back again in this Spectre Review

Howdy people of the internet, time for another film review from the cinema and today I’m finally getting around to talking about the 24th James Bond film, Spectre. To say that I’ve been forward to this film would be an understatement, and after the great sense of satisfaction and fun I had with Skyfall, I was ready for more. So how’s the latest Bond adventure? Well read on and find out in this spoiler-free review.

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The story can be described as the following:

“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”

The story in this film was quite interesting with a great deal of mystery, intrigue, death and more connection’s to Bond’s past coming back haunt him in the present. Like Skyfall, this was another personal tale for not only Bond but also the characters who surrounded him and it was great to see another character-driven adventure. The humour is also back with a lot of great one-liners and visual humour, oh and the call-backs/references to the former Bond films whether they be visual or verbal were awesome and it was the kind of material I had kind of missed from these newer films. However, for me the story was at its strongest when it found was referencing the previous Bond films and tieing them in with the current story, it was smart, well-thought out and allowed for some interesting continuity not only from the last film, but also all the way back to Casino Royale. The only nitpicks I had were that I thought that this plot wasn’t as captivating as the last, the pacing was a little slow at points and there was certain decisions made with the story that I wasn’t as keen on.

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As for the cast they were all pretty good. Firstly there’s Daniel Craig as James Bond, what can be said that hasn’t been said already? Craig did a terrific job, he’s smooth, sophisticated and badass, but also focused, aggressive and thoughtful. Léa Seydoux was also great as Dr. Madeleine Swann, I didn’t know that she’d be so integral to the plot but she had a great backstory and had an interesting relationship with Bond. I’ve seen Seydoux in a few films here and there but she did a wonderful job here and damn she is gorgeous woman. Oh and of course Christoph Waltz was good as Franz Oberhauser, this character has a history shrouded in mystery and once he came into the light things got a lot more interesting. Waltz is a great actor and he had a lot of his charming and intimidating traits that made him cool in Inglorious Basterds, but I wish I’d seen more of him and I didn’t find him as memorable as Raoul Silva.

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Ben Whishaw was good as Ql, in this film I felt like Q’s appearance was expanded as he had more to do and had some pretty memorable moments whether it was for the sake of humour or story. Naomie Harris was also good as Eve Moneypenny, like Q, she had some interesting moments with Bond and was key to the story. I really liked Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, all I can say is what a beast! From the time Hinx steps on-screen he leaves an impression, he’s a man of few words but is tough as nails, tenacious, scary, smart and resourceful. Bautista was so cool and intimidating in this role and when he wasn’t around I missed him. Ralph Fiennes did a good job as M, he had a lot to deal with the changes in government and Bond’s personal ventures, but I appreciated how he was central to the plot and had some great lines. As a fan of Sherlock I enjoyed seeing Andrew Scott’s performance as Max Denbigh, his character was smart, witty and a bit of a prick but very relevant to the plot. Monica Bellucci was beautiful as Lucia Sciarra, however like Bérénice Lim Marlohe her presence wasn’t as large and she wasn’t utilized as I’d hoped. And finally Rory Kinnear as usual was good as Bill Tanner and it was nice to see Jesper Christensen return as Mr. White.

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When it comes to the presentation it was lovely. The visual presentation was good with some wonderful cinematography and pretty awesome action sequences. There are a lot of memorable sequences including one with a helicopter, a really cool and tense car chase or another hand-to-hand combat sequence later on which was really crazy, intense and badass. And Thomas Newman returns again to craft the film score and it is great, Newman’s soundtrack always has this great level of energy, drama, sensuality and has the right sound for the right situation. One thing I was happy about was the inclusion of one key theme from Skyfall returning in this film (“Mother” I believe is the name of the track) it was my favourite piece from the last Bond film and I’m glad Newman brought it back. As for the new theme song, “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith I’m a little indifferent to it, on one hand it is quite lovely, subtle and Smith’s vocals shine through, on the other hand the song’s a little too light on the instrumental side of things and I do prefer my Bond songs to be a little more epic.

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In conclusion Spectre is another solid entry in the Bond franchise, it has all of the great elements that make the recent trend of Bond films fun to watch, but it also features a lot of cool throwbacks to the older films too. I will admit that there were certain narrative and character choices that I didn’t agree with/would have handled differently, but putting my issues aside, this is still a very good film and if you’re a fan of this franchise it deserves your attention.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen or are you going to watch Spectre? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below, until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Inglourious Basterds Review

Howdy ladies and gents, today I come to you with an unexpected film review. So last night I had film session with my mum, sister and cousin and the film I decided to watch was Inglourious Basterds, a great film I hadn’t seen for a while and after the film ended I just felt the need to talk about it on this blog. 🙂

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

“In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner’s vengeful plans for the same.”

I love this story. What makes it so compelling is the real world setting, most educated people know the history of WWII, so to see this unique story unfold and change what we know is very interesting and hilarious. As a war film the structure, pacing and style is so unique and unconventional and that’s thanks to Quentin Tarantino, the man is so good at using his talents for storytelling and crafting such smart and sophisticated dialogue. The key features that make the film work for me is the tension, drama and humour. This film makes me feel uncomfortable, so many of the scenes just involve people in conversations that can be calm and civil, but then can switch to being aggressive, intense and awkward as hell. They are situations you wouldn’t want to find yourself in and they are executed wonderfully. In addition to the emotional material, the film’s incredibly funny with some awesome one-liners, witty conversations and humourous moments that are unforgettable. I will note that the plot can be a little hard to follow when the subtitles come into play and if you can’t read them quickly like myself, but if you can get around that then you’ll be fine.

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And then there’s the cast who all around do fabulous jobs in their roles. Before I get into this film, it troubles me that I forget that people like Michael Fassbender and Daniel Brühl were in these films long before they became better known in X-Men: First Class and Rush respectively. Let’s start with Brad Pitt as Lieutenant Aldo “The Apache” Raine. Aldo is confident, cocky driven and hilarious individual on a mission to take out his enemies and do it with style. Pitt killed it in this role, before this film I didn’t care for Pitt as an actor at all, but here he was incredible. The man was super charismatic, engaging, funny and the ascent alone was just the best thing ever. However, Christoph Waltz as SD Standartenführer Hans Landa steals the film. Landa, what a man, he is a guy who is charming, warm and multilingual, yet he’s extremely cunning, smart and terrifying and he can turn on a dime. Waltz is magnetic, he steals every scene he’s in and he’s really funny but also quite monstrous at the same time. Mélanie Laurent as Shosanna Dreyfus is another strong performance. Shosanna has such a traumatic experience and because of it she becomes hardened, cold and crafty, and I really liked Laurent’s performance as she’s strong, fragile and ambitious.

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Michael Fassbender as Lieutenant Archie Hicox is bloody great, here Fassbender is demonstrates his talents in humour, wit and aggression. Hicox is a smart and talented individual and has some really memorable moments. Daniel Brühl is also great as Private First Class Fredrick Zoller, this character has an interesting backstory and seems like a nice guy who doesn’t just want to be associated with his war exploits, and when he attempts to engage with Shosanna you can’t help but feel for him a little, and Brühl acts with such heart, humour and charm. Eli Roth is another person I love as Sergeant Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz, like Aldo, this character had a charm, sense of humour and screen presence that made him fun and memorable and this is the film that makes me want to see more of Roth as an actor more so than a director because he was quite good here. Diane Kruger as Bridget von Hammersmark is very nice, she’s very pretty and nice, but also has a great deal more to her character beyond her acting career, also August Diehl is awesome as Major Dieter Hellstrom, this guy is one of those characters who comes out of nowhere and has one of those performances that is striking, intimidating and funny. Til Schweiger as Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz did say much but left a big impression, B. J. Novak and Omar Doom were good as Private First Class Smithson “The Little Man” Utivich and Private First Class Omar Ulmer, Mike Myers’ appearance as General Ed Fenech was nice, Martin Wuttke did a good job as Adolf Hitler and even Léa Seydoux, another person I forgot was nice to see Charlotte LaPadite.

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When it comes to the presentation this film succeeds on many levels. Firstly the film looks lovely with the cinematography, editing and nice interior and exterior locations. Also the costume design and make-up is really good as well. In additional to that the action is awesome, there are some well-choreographed scenes with guns, knives and baseball bats that are full of violence, blood and chaos, and it is a gorgeous spectacle. Also the soundtrack is perfect, as usual Tarantino has assembled a collection of music that doesn’t fit the time period, but has the right emotional and dramatic sounds to match the action on-screen. A lot of it sounds like it belongs in those old western films and love it, but what surprised me was the use of a David Bowie song, I love Bowie’s music and I’m surprised I’ve missed it that last few times I’ve seen in this film.

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In conclusion Inglourious Basterds is one damn good film, thanks to a great story, a great deal of tension, action and suspense, and stellar performances from the cast involved. This is easily my favourite film in the war genre and one of my all-time favourite films as well, it has all of those beautiful elements that make a Tarantino film worth watching, but it is the unique setting, script and characters that make it special. This is a film I highly recommend.

Rating: 9/10

So have you seen Inglourious Basterds and if so what do you think of it? And how do you feel it compares to Tarantino’s other films (personally this is my favourite), whatever your thoughts are, drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: The Green Hornet

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #8 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Today I review a film I had no intention of watching until now; The Green Hornet.

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I had originally wanted to see this film before it came out mainly because I wanted to see how the filmmakers would update this film from the  1960’s TV series. But the trailers didn’t grab my interest and I saw that the critical reception wasn’t good so I gave it a pass. But now since I’m watching superhero films this month I thought I’d finally give it a watch.

The story can be summed up as the following:

“Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father’s large company, teams up with his late dad’s assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.”

The story in this film… Yeah, let’s just say that I don’t like it. I knew that turning The Green Hornet into a comedy was not going to be a good idea, but bloody hell this film is just a mess. It is primarily a comedy film with some superhero elements incorporated, and while I’m not against comedy in superhero films (I mean look at the good stuff we’ve gotten from Marvel Studios), but the story needs to be worth investing in and the jokes need to be funny, however neither of those things were good. The film is goofy, frustrating and has story arcs that don’t feel earned, plus the film goes on for too long. I was bored around halfway through.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Seth Rogen as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet was not good. Britt is a selfish, cocky and narrow-minded individual who even in the face of danger does know when to shut up and use rational thinking. These days I don’t hate Seth Rogen that much, however this is one of those films where the character he plays just pisses me off and in turn just fuels the fire of hatred. Jay Chou fares better as Kato, he’s not a great actor and is far from being the next Jackie Chan, but he has a nice screen presence and kicks a lot of ass so that worked for me. Cameron Diaz is fine as Lenore “Casey” Case, her character was smart and resourceful and I’m glad she wasn’t just a typical love interest for Britt. Christoph Waltz as Benjamin Chudnofsky, he was okay, but ultimately really cheesy and I couldn’t take him seriously because of the dialogue he had. Edward James Olmos (who I know now from his appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) was pretty good as Mike Axford, David Harbour was a little better as District Attorney Frank Scanlon and Tom Wilkinson was fine as James Reid.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is interesting but not too good overall. This film tries to do some fancy things with the special effects to create these stylized action sequences and scene transitions and while it is a nice experimental kind of thing, overall I don’t think it added to the film and actually was more distracting and annoying then it was cool. As for the soundtrack, James Newton Howard steps in to score this film and while I usually like a lot of Howard’s material, that is not the case with this film. This score is lacklustre and totally forgettable with no spark, energy or memorable themes.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well the thing about The Green Hornet is that it has been part of many types media since the 1930’s, but move people know of the 1960’s TV show with Van Williams and Bruce Lee and clearly that’s where this film took a lot of inspiration from. In the end I haven’t read any of the comics or seen much of the old show to comment on how well its been adapted, but from what I’ve seen and researched this film only has very loose references to the old show.

So to conclude The Green Hornet is a pretty bad film, the people behind this film took a pretty cool franchise from decades ago, updated it and made it terrible. Besides some and I do mean SOME decent fight scenes and references to the old TV show, the rest of the film is incredibly silly, unfunny and is an endurance to watch. It is a such a waste because this property deserved a better modern interpretation than this.

Rating: 4.5/10

That’s 8 reviews done, only 22 more to go. So have you seen The Green Hornet and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Spectre Teaser Trailer

Howdy people of the internet, time for an unexpected trailer review as the teaser for Spectre dropped online and so I have to talk about it. So far every bit of news for Bond 24 has been ticking all the right boxes, but now we have some footage to work with. So what’s the teaser saying? Well read on and find out.

Check out the trailer below:

So what are my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? Nice, very nice. I’m getting very dark, harrowing and mysterious vibes from this trailer and I like it.

It seems like the next Bond film will continue the codes and conventions that have been presented since Casino Royale came out with more serious and realistic stories, darker tones, important characters and beautiful locations. From what I’ve seen, it looks like we’ll be getting another personal story with James Bond with him keeping secrets from people (MI6 probably) and coming into contact with people he’s known in the past. This is not a problem for me as I’ve always preferred stories that are closely tied to the main character, that’s why I LOVED Casino Royale and Skyfall. Bond also looks like he’s obtained a ring (or circular object) with the Spectre logo on it and is talking to someone who he knows about it hoping to get answers, and it seems like he’s aware of something. And while we don’t see him in the light, Christoph Waltz’s villain seems to welcome Bond sounding quite polite and cool, just from his dialogue I’m getting nice vibes from him too.

Looking at this teaser I’m seeing that the beautiful cinematography will be coming back in full force. Skyfall‘s visual presentation was simply gorgeous with some incredible camera work during action sequences, but even more impression was the static shots that showcased the scenery with such wide-angle shots full of detail. And looks like this film will be continuing to show off these great locations of the world in a very beautiful way.

Here’s a few other points I wanted to highlight like:

  • The shot of the MI6 building after the explosion is a heavy reminder of the drama in Skyfall
  • Seeing Naomie Harris talking to Bond about him having secrets leads me to believe that there will be more close moments between the two of them
  • Among Bond’s belongings recovered from the MI6 building, there is a burnt picture, I wonder who the people are in the photo. Parents or old friends? Or possibly the man in the following scene?
  • The man who resides in the cabin in the snowy woods, he looks rough and tired. Who is he, what’s his connection to Bond and how does fit into the grand scheme of the plot?
  • Bond’s travelling on a boat in a very cold snowy mountain location, looks very pretty
  • Bond’s attending a funeral, and we see Monica Bellucci who’s there too. Looks like a melancholy moment for sure
  • Seeing Christoph Waltz’s character in silhouette is so cool, imposing and mysterious, it’s nicely done

This looks like it will continue the same tone and feel from Skyfall but take things in a different yet even darker direction. I mean I could be wrong and everything I’m saying is speculation, but at this state it’s always nice to question things before more details come to light. I’m just curious to see how all of the other cast members will fit into this film like Andrew Scott and Dave Bautista. Sam Mendes done such a good job with the last film and I’m already feeling like this film will be another winner.

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In conclusion the teaser trailer for Spectre looks very intriguing for sure, from what’s on display here it seems like we’ll be getting another dark and personal chapter in the Bond series. Sure it there is not much in the way of action or many of the cast members, but it is a teaser and gave me just enough to get me excited even more than I was before. I cannot wait.

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Spectre? Are you hyped more or less after seeing this? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below, until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Horrible Bosses 2 Quick Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to a new film review. Now every once in a while you end up going to the cinema and seeing a film you didn’t expect to see, but when the choice is made by one of your best friends, you just have to go with it, and that’s what happened when I saw Horrible Bosses 2. As most people know on this blog, I’m not keen on comedies and I hadn’t seen the first film, but I thought I’d give it a try. So how did the film turn out? Read on and find out.

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The premise for the film is as follows:

“Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.”

I thought the plot was fine, however it was fairly convoluted, strange and kind of generic. The best parts of the film was when the main three men went into kidnapping mode as everything else didn’t have enough humour or unique traits to be engaging. When it comes to the humour, there were a few laughs here and there, but most of it was jokes that fell flat or physical humour was crude, lame or a bit offensive.

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As for the cast they are good for the most part, though some are better than others. Jason Bateman as Nick Hendricks is probably the most tolerable of his trio, he is level-headed and has certain funny moments, but is a bit dull. And Charlie Day as Dale Arbus, bloody hell, that man, Day was good in Pacific Rim and frigging amazing in The Lego Movie, but in this film he was one of the most annoying people I have ever come across in a film, ever. He’s an idiot who does things without thinking and acts like a fool too often for it to be funny. Jason Sudeikis as Kurt Buckman, he’s alright, he looks a bit like Ed Helms and has some funny lines too. Together Bateman, Day and Sudeikis make a formidable group, though they remind me of a less interesting version of The Hangover guys, and at their worst they remind me of The Three Stooges. All their constant bickering can get tiring after a short amount of time.

Jennifer Aniston as Dr. Julia Harris was pretty decent. Now I have to say something, I normally despise Jennifer Aniston, I think that she’s overrated and overhyped when it come to humour and hotness too. That being said she was tolerable in this film and I would be lying if I didn’t find her attractive in this film. Jamie Foxx was pretty funny as Dean “Motherfucker” Jones, his dialogue was great and though his role was small it was used to good effect. Chris Pine was probably the best person in the film as Rex Hanson, Pine is really funny, has great comedic timing and his character is a douche but the man is so charismatic and cool that you can’t help but like him. another good performance comes from Christoph Waltz as Burt Hanson, this was a very different kind of performance I’ve seen from Waltz but he was pretty funny for sure. And finally Kevin Spacey was really awesome as David Harken and Jonathan Banks (who I love from Breaking Bad and Community) was pretty good as Detective Hatche.

In the end Horrible Bosses 2 wasn’t as bad I expected it to be. There were a few laughs to be had, the story was ridiculous and humourous and the cast did a good job. That being said, at the same time, the jokes weren’t always on-point, some of the cast members are really annoying and I felt like some of these plot elements were a bit cliché. I know a lot of people loved this film, but for me it was alright.

Rating: 5.5/10 (Better than expected)

So have you seen Horrible Bosses 2 and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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James Bond 24 Titled Spectre & Cast Announced!

Good day to you ladies and gents, today I return to the world of the internet to blog about some important film news that comes in the form of the 24th James Bond film that will be coming out next year. The following information comes from superherohype:

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This morning, Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that the 24th James Bond film will be titled Spectre! Filming will start on Monday, December 8 for the November 6, 2015 release.

The cast (in the order they were announced) includes Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser and, of course, Daniel Craig as 007.

Spectre will be filming at Pinewood London, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee and Austria. Also, James Bond’s new car in Spectre will be the Aston Martin DB10, created exclusively for the movie.

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Commenting on the announcement, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said, “We’re excited to announce Daniel’s fourth installment in the series and thrilled that Sam has taken on the challenge of following on the success of ‘Skyfall’ with ‘Spectre.’”

Written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, the film’s Director of Photography is Hoyte van Hoytema and the Editor is Lee Smith. Production Designer Dennis Gassner returns along with Costume Designer Jany Temime and Composer Thomas Newman. Action Specialist Alexander Witt is the 2nd Unit Director. The Stunt Coordinator is Gary Powell, SFX Supervisor is Chris Corbould, and Visual Effects Supervisor is Steve Begg.

SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is a fictional global terrorist organization featured in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, as well as the films and video games based on those novels. The organization was led by the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Well this is certainly news worth talking about. Much like a J.J. Abrams or Christopher Nolan film, James Bond films tend to be hidden in secrecy for a while until a major announcement gets made where you find out a certain degree of information that gets you excited. It was certainly the case for Skyfall a few years ago and it looks like Spectre is following suit. Now I’m just going to talk about the specific aspects of the announcement when it comes to the film’s new name and the cast.

The Film’s Title

Spectre, tis a very simple and singular name, but at the same time its effective and sounds kind of sleek and sophisticated. And obviously if you know you Bond films then you know that the title of the film has something to do with the story. I’m not going to make any assumptions because I know I’ll be wrong, but if that terrorist organization are involved then I guess we should expect some really epic and dangerous stuff.

The Cast

The fact that all of the cast from Skyfall are coming back is a great thing. The only veterans returning to this film that are part of this series of Bond films are Craig and Kinnear as Fiennes, Harris and Whishaw were all introduced in the last film. The new cast additions make me smile I think mainly due to the additions of Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista. Christoph Waltz has yet to star in a film I haven’t liked him in yet and since his great work with Quintin Tarantino, it just makes me want to see him in everything and it seems perfect to put him in a Bond film especially if he is the main villain. And then there’s Bautista as Mr. Hinx which I have to say is a great and funny little name for him. I love that Bautista has gone from being in something as questionable as The Man With The Iron Fists to Guardians of the Galaxy and now a James Bond film, he must be filling pretty chuffed. I would be friggin over to moon to be climbing the ladder into such big Hollywood films in such a short space of time. I think Andrew Scott’s name was the one that threw me, until I saw his face and remembered that he was the brilliant actor who played Jim Moriarty in Sherlock, just his performance in that show alone makes me so hyped to see what he’ll do in this film. Léa Seydoux, according to her filmography I have seen in at least two major films, Inglorious Basterds and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, both are films that I love, but are also films I haven’t seen in a while, but it seems like she is a great actress from what I’ve read so I’m down with her. Also Monica Bellucci, damn, she may be primarily a model and models don’t tend to make for the best actresses (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), however she is gorgeous and has had a fair amount of film experience since the 90’s and so her inclusion doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

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In the end this news make me smile and makes me hyped for the next instalment in the Bond franchise. Currently for films of 2015 there are only two films that have my attention; Avengers 2 and Star Wars: Episode VII. All other films pale in comparison and none of them have given me the same level of hype and anticipation, however I think Spectre may change the game a bit. We’ll have to wait and see,

So what are your thoughts on this announcement, please be sure comment below and let me know. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Christoph Waltz Reportedly Playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Bond 24

Howdy ladies and gents, I return today will some more film news. A little while ago it was made known that Christoph Waltz would be rumored to be in the next James Bond film. Now there is a new bit of news relating to Waltz’s involvement in the film. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Just two weeks after initially reporting that two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz would play the main antagonist in the upcoming Bond 24, The Daily Mail is back and reports that Waltz will play none other than James Bond’s nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Production is expected to begin on the sequel next month.

It was revealed over a year ago that MGM had settled with writer Kevin McClory regarding the rights to the Blofeld character and the infamous SPECTRE organization, which sparked rumors they could appear in future films, and now it appears that could be a reality. Blofeld has been heard or seen in six of the previous James Bond films and was previously played by Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas and Charles Gray.

Set for release on November 6, 2015, the Bond 24 will see Waltz join Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Dave Bautista. Sam Mendes returns to direct the film, which is produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.

Okay, so I was already reported that Walt would be in this film, which already had my approval and now he’s set to play an iconic villain from the past? That’s pretty cool. Ernst Stavro Blofeld isn’t exactly one of my favourite Bond villains and I’ve only seen him in You Only Live Twice, I’m more of Goldfinger, Jaws and Oddjob kind of guy. But the villain is classic and if you want to get a great actor to play him, Waltz is not a bad choice at all. Good stuff, if this proves to be official, then I’ll be super happy.

Anyways, how do you feel about this reported news? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to leave them below, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Warner Bros.’ Tarzan to Swing Into Theaters on July 1, 2016

Good evening to all that may be reading this blog, tonight I’m gonna be delivering some film news that I think is of some degree of interest. The following information comes from superherohype:

Warner-Bros.-developing-dual-Tarzan-movies“Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that the studio has entered into pre-production on a new live-action 3D Tarzan action adventure, bringing Edgar Rice Burroughs’ legendary character back to the big screen. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, also announced that the film has been slated to open domestically on July 1, 2016.

Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) has been set to star as the man who was orphaned as a baby and raised in the jungle, later to return to the urban jungle of London. The film also stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction); Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), as Jane Porter, who becomes the love of Tarzan’s life; and two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained).

David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters, will direct the new feature from a screenplay based on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Jerry Weintraub production, the film is being produced by Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra, the “Ocean’s” trilogy), together with David Barron and Alan Riche.

In making the announcement, Silverman said, “We have assembled a phenomenal international cast to tell this extraordinary story. Warner Bros. has also enjoyed long and successful collaborations with both David Yates and Jerry Weintraub, and we look forward to seeing what they and the entire team have in store for this timeless tale.”

Kroll added, “Tarzan has been an enduring and enigmatic figure in literature and cinema for more than a century. The adventures of a man who was torn between two worlds has entertained and intrigued people young and old, and we are excited to bring him to the screen for a new generation.”

Fellman stated, “This is a perfect entry for the summer movie season corridor, with a terrific combination of action, adventure, romance and suspense that is sure to appeal to a broad audience.”

Jerry Weintraub added, “I am so pleased to be reuniting with the team at Warner Bros. on this thrilling project. David Yates and I are going to be using the best of today’s technology in creating this new adventure, and we can’t wait to get started.””

So the next adaptation of Tarzan is in pre-production eh? Initially I was totally against the idea of having another Tarzan film because of my nostalgic attachment to the 1999 Disney film, however seeing the talent onboard for this new film makes think that it may be something worth watching. Now I know there are many books on Tarzan and many films and TV versions in the past. But I was never interested enough to have a look at any version until the Disney animated film which to my research is one of the best depiction of the character’s personality, strength and attributes and location too.

Now from what I’ve read about the books Tarzan is a lot darker and mature than the Disney films and deals with a lot of issues and themes that would make for a great live action story, if done properly. One of the reasons I’d be down with this now is because technology and filming techniques have advanced to a point where some of the more fictional aspects of the Tarzan book mythology good make it to the big screen in a realistic manner, plus with someone like David Yates at the helm who did the best of the Harry Potter films, I can’t help but feel like we’re in safe hands. On top of that there is the acting talent of people like Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson definitely peaks my interest. I’m curious to see how this film turns out.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Django Unchained Review

Finally! After around a month of waiting and hearing about all the hype and positive reviews, we over here in the UK finally get to experience Django Unchained. To say that the wait for this film wasn’t painful would be an understatement yo. I suffered having to wait for this film’s UK release especially because I love films for Quentin Tarantino.

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The premise for the film is as follows:

“Set in the antebellum era of the Deep South and Old West, the film follows a freed slave (Foxx) who treks across America with a bounty hunter (Waltz) on a mission to rescue his wife (Washington) from a cruel and charismatic plantation owner (DiCaprio).”

I thought the story in this film was pretty good. It was great to see Django and Schultz go on this journey together as bounty hunters killing off the people on their checklists, and then seeing them go on the hunt for Calvin Candie to rescue Broomhilda. It was an interesting tale that got progressively better. I loved seeing Django and Schultz bond and have their little adventure together. And then of course there is the part of the film where Calvin Candie comes into play where both he and Stephen contribute to the story in a magnificent way. Now granted the film does feel a bit long in places and I swear I thought the film was going to end at least 3 times before it did, but if you have patience and let the film run its course it is a kick ass story as a whole.

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Now when it comes to characters Django Unchained has some of the best film characters I’ve seen in a while. Firstly you have Jamie Foxx as Django Freeman. He was badass! It was interesting to see him go through such a transformation in the film from a timid slave to a gun-wielding bounty hunter. His character really does grow over the course of the film and there are some very memorable scenes with Django that I shall not forget any time soon. Then of course there’s Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz. Waltz again turns in another fabulous performance in a Tarantino film and I can see why Waltz won his Golden Globe for this role. He is this awesome bounty hunter who takes Django under his wing to train him up and free him from slavery. Schultz also has a great way with words, is very funny and knows how to throw down in the action-related situation.

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But let’s talk about the epic man of the hour, Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin J. Candie. He was epic awesomeness. This is probably the best role I’ve seen him in for a while, Calvin Candie is such cruel and twisted human being, and yet he is so awesome. He’s the bad guy you love because he is so humorous, charismatic and has a really big presence on-screen. Oh and Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen, damn! He was epic too. I was not expecting such an interesting, mysterious and cruel character to come from him, but as usual Sam Jackson brings the fire to his role. Stephen is a hella funny character with some of the best lines in the film, and some of his interactions of Calvin Candie and Django are really memorable. And lastly there’s Kerry Washington as Broomhilda von Shaft. She was wonderfully pretty in the film as always and her character was a big driving force for the plot. Washington did well with her role but when compared to her other co-stars she didn’t do nearly as much, while her character has relevance she won’t be one of the main people you remember about the film after it ends.

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And then there’s the presentation for Django Unchained which was frigging awesome. Visually the film was shot in a very interesting manner and featured zooming shots and other types of camera work not normally associated with western films. But with Tarantino’s style of filming it works just fine. Also this film is bloody violent (pun intended), not since Dredd have I seen such violence and carnage on-screen and you know what? It’s frigging awesome, now this film does have some genuinely crazy and gruesome stuff and to some degree I wouldn’t recommend this film for the squeamish, but for everyone else who doesn’t mind that kind of thing then before for violent mayhem and carnage that only Tarantino can bring to films. Also the soundtrack for this film was incredible and as per usual with Quentin Tarantino films there is a variety of music and songs used throughout. The great thing about Tarantino films is the fact that there are many of songs used from different time periods that seem like they shouldn’t fit in the film at all, but the way they are presented and timed with the action on-screen makes them relevant and Django Unchained is not except to the rule. I loved the song “Django” by Rocky Roberts & Luis Bacalov; it sounded so perfect for the film and was totally epic. Also there are some other great contributions from John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, Elisa, Rick Ross and several of the original pieces of music for the film helped set the tone for this film very well.

So in conclusion Django Unchained was frigging sweet as hell and was another great film for Quentin Tarantino. The film had a great story, a wonderful cast, some awesome dialogue, the film was shot well and was bloody violent and the soundtrack was lovely too. If I had seen this last year it easily would have made it onto my top 10 list for 2012, but anyway that time has passed all I’m gonna say is for UK audiences go watch this film, you’d be mad not to. 🙂

Rating: 9/10

Thanks for reading my review yo. So have you seen Django Unchained or are going to watch it soon? Whatever your answer is drop me a comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Peace. 😀

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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