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Life After Beth Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another film review and today’s review comes in the form of Life after Beth. Now I hadn’t heard of this film until last week when I saw a TV spot for it and while it looked like some sort of silly zombie comedy, the fact that Aubrey Plaza and Dane Dehaan were in gave me a reason to seek it out. So luckily while I was up in Sheffield earlier this week I got to watch it and now I’m ready to give you my thoughts. Minor Spoilers Follow 🙂

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The story can be described as the following:

“Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. When she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to experience all the things he regretted not doing when she was alive. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite the way he remembered her, and before long, Zach’s world takes a turn for the worse.”

I thought from the way the film was advertised that it was going to be some sort of comedy and while it certainly comedic at various points in the film, this is not Zombieland. This is like a dark comedy with a minor focus on zombies There’s a much bigger focus on Zach and his relationship with his girlfriend, Beth, the story is focused around them until Beth starts to become uncontrollable and the film opens up to this small epidemic that is taking place all over the local town. The film did not play out how I imagined and there were a few things about the way in which the small zombie apocalypse was handled was different and interesting. The humour in the film did feel a little lacking and I’m sure there were points where jokes or funny lines were spoken which were supposed to make me laugh, but I, along with the rest of the members of the cinema screen stayed silent. Another bummer was the fact that the film went on a bit too long, part of what happens towards the end of the film is a long time coming, but I feel like it could have been done a lot sooner.

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As for the cast, they are all good for the most part. Aubrey Plaza as Beth Slocum is great, she really gives 100% in this role as human-like zombie who at first seems normal, but eventually starts to deteriorate and go a bit psycho as the film progresses. What I liked about Plaza here is that this role felt like an extension of her character April in Parks and Recreation, like if April wanted to go crazy and eat people I feel like this is the kind of stuff that she would do. But beyond that, Beth is a beautiful, caring and well-mannered girl, that being said when she freaks out, she can be very similar to the Hulk in terms of strength, anger and all-round chaos and I loved it. Dane DeHaan is also good as Zach Orfman. Zach is a guy who basically goes through hell and back when he loses his girlfriend, gets her back, then has to deal with her mood swings, angry outbursts and much more, so you can’t help but feel bad for the guy in a lot of ways. That being said the dude is a bit too lovesick for my liking and can come across as a bit of a whiny bitch at times. DeHaan did well with his material and I like how far he has come as an actor since 2012.

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John C. Reilly as Maury Slocum was interesting, he is a well-mannered man who loved his daughter and had a good relationship with Zach, however, once Berth comes back to life and becomes involved with Zach again, he starts to get very protective of his daughter and aggressive towards Zach. Reilly is a funny guy and I’ve seen that in the past, but I don’t believe he was nearly as funny as he should have been. Molly Shannon doesn’t fare any better as Geenie Slocum, she is just there to support her husband but doesn’t really have many stand-out moments to herself. Both of them together work well together and they have interesting banter, but considering the situation with their daughter, I thought there could have been funnier and more serious moments for them to take on in the story. Cheryl Hines and Paul Reiser as Judy and Noah Orfman are fine as Zach’s parents, but they aren’t really all that interesting to be honest. Of the Orfman family the funniest would be Matthew Gray Gubler as Kyle Orfman as his job as a security officer puts him in some funny scenarios with his brother and other members of the community throughout the film. Also the lovely Anna Kendrick was nice as Erica Wexler. Erica is a cute and good-hearted person, but is also a bit of an airhead and this is the first time I’ve seen Anna Kendrick in such a light-hearted and silly role, but she was definitely entertaining. Oh, and I was so happy to see Jim O’Heir as Chip the Mailman, (another member from the Parks and Rec TV show for those paying attention).

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In conclusion Life after Beth is a pleasant bit of zombie fun with a great central performance from Aubrey Plaza and good back up from Dane DeHaan. And while the film’s humour is a bit hit and miss, and film’s length is extended a bit longer than it should have been, otherwise it was a good time.

Rating: 7/10

So have you seen Life After Beth and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to comment below and let me know. Until next time peeps, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

Good day to you people of the internet, time to review a new film and today’s the one I have been cautiously looking forward to, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now check it, I wasn’t too keen on the first Amazing Spider-Man, I re-watched it recently and liked it a bit more than I remember, but I’m still not over the moon about it. So with this new film I had hoped that it would be the one to win me over, ever since the first trailer I’ve been hyped and since I loved Captain America: The Winter Soldier this film had a lot to live up to. So has Marc Webb and his team succeed with this film? Well read on and find out!

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So what’s going on with the story? Well firstly Peter Parker is still Spider-Man but he’s definitely become a well-known figure in New York, he saves lives, the people know and love him (for the most part) and as a superhero he has become a lot more confident. Outside of the suit Parker is also continuing his relationships with Gwen Stacy and trying to find out what happened with his parents and how it ties to Oscorp. Oscorp also plays a big role in this film as it leads to the return of Harry Osborn and the creation of the villain Electro, a villain ready to wreck things up for not only Spider-Man, but the rest of New York.

What we get in this story is a better look at the life of Peter Parker, seeing how he balances his life between being a superhero and then trying to hide his secret to Aunt May and continue his relationship with Gwen although he is haunted by the promise he made to her father in the last film. The film is at top form when it focuses on the relationship between Peter and Gwen, it is the core element of this film and that got right. The rest of the plot has its moments but none of it comes off as effectively. Besides the backstory involving Peter’s parent’s ties to Oscorp which finally gets some clarity in the way I’d hoped in the last film, this film just feels a bit bloated  with there being there’s a lot of things going and with some of these other plot points don’t get the screen time they deserve to feel as relevant. I do like how this film draws from its comic book source material and it does have some moments of greatness, however it doesn’t feel like a cohesive film and at times because of the heavy focus on Peter and Gwen’s relationship I felt like I was watching a romantic drama with comic book elements sprinkled in which made this film less like a superhero film to me.

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As for the characters there are pretty good for the most part. Let’s start with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Garfield does a great job with the role here as he’s definitely become more comfortable with this role and has been able to take it to new places emotionally. Peter in this film has a lot of issues to deal with from his relationship to with to hiding his superhero identity from his aunt to reconnecting with Harry and on top of that be Spider-Man and I feel like Garfield acts well. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is amazing, besides the fact that I love this woman because she is beautiful, she definitely is really good in this role. Gwen in this film is still smart, sassy, funny and has a lot of relevance in this film and I loved what the writers did with her character in the film. As for Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro this where things get a bit iffy. As Dillon, the electrical engineer who works for Oscorp as someone who no one notices he’s good, he has odd personality traits and weird. After Dillon becomes Electro I like what they did with his powers and I liked him more than the Lizard, that being said this villain wasn’t nearly as compelling or had the gravitas of other good superhero villains like the Joker, Loki or a better example would be Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock.

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Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn was cool, this version of Harry is a lot more distant, suave, sophisticated and emotionally complex and I loved what DeHaan did with the character and his chemistry with Peter was pretty intriguing although I think it needed more time to develop. However as the new version of the Green Goblin DeHaan was a bit hard to watch because of the over-the-top nature of the acting. And lastly Sally Field as Aunt May was lovely, I feel like she continued to be a good support for Peter and she definitely steps up and does a wonderful job where the emotional moments matter.

When it comes to the presentation it is really good for the most part. Visually the film looks gorgeous, the GCI is very sharp, vivid and beautiful. The cinematography is also very nice with some incredible first person shots, wide shots that showcase the incredible New York landscape and tracking shots that look really awesome too. The fight Spider-Man’s fight scenes and web-slinging look as good as ever and are way more advanced and intricate than before. And the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is a bit of mixed bag. Normally Zimmer can do no wrong and for the most part this score has a better presence and heroic sound to it than the previous film, that being said, this film also has some questionable music tracks inserted that really take me out of the film and feel like they were added to try and make the film feel modern which was really unnecessary.

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In conclusion The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is good, but wasn’t the Spider-Man that I wanted. The central storyline involving Peter and Gwen is where this film succeeds, that and the great action sequences, but beyond that not much else works. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier I knew I was in love with that film almost immediately, but now with Amazing Spider-Man 2 I’m still indifferent to it. There’s stuff I liked and stuff I didn’t but as an overall piece of work I can’t figure out how I feel about it. This is gonna be one of those films that splits the audience down the middle again and your enjoyment will really depend of your thoughts on the last film, what kind of comic fan you are or whether you prefer these new films to the Sam Raimi ones. As it stands this film was not a train wreck, but it wasn’t amazing as the title implies, watch the film for yourself to form your own opinion yo. I’m out. :S

Rating: 7.5/10 (A film that has its moments, but just isn’t consistent)

So what do you think of The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Did you love it or hate it or are you indifferent to the film like I am? 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 April 17, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Kill Your Darlings Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Spider-Man and Electro Land on the Cover of Entertainment Weekly

Okay well it looks like today is a day worth caring about after all because we’ve got some new official images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to check out haha, so let’s talk about that! As per usual the following information comes from the ever reliable superherohype:

“Entertainment Weekly has just unveiled the covers to their “Comic-Con Preview” issue and two of the covers feature some familiar faces to our readers. The first cover features The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Andrew Garfield as the webslinger himself, Spider-Man, and also the first official look at Jamie Foxx as Electro. In addition, EW has also revealed a new image from the film including Garfield and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn.”

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Well let’s talk about the obvious main image and that is the one-on-one picture with Spidey and Electro. This is the first image where we have a look at Jamie Foxx’s Electro outside of those strange set pictures. To be honest I like it really, it looks practical without seeming too goofy and is totally different from the original comic book counterpart (which is obviously a good thing). But right now I’m seeing a bit of the Electro costume from The Spectacular Spider-Man TV series in the sense that rather than having a stupid star mask he has his head exposed (but in Jamie Foxx’s case his head isn’t constantly electrified).

I do hope/wish that he’ll have more on an electric look like the Spectacular Spider-Man version (pictured above).

As for the second image with Andrew Garfield and Dane DeHaan as Peter and Harry I’m kind of half and half about it. Firstly Garfield looks fine as Parker, he looks normal and in line with what we’ve come to expect from a modern Peter Parker costume design. As for DeHaan as Harry that’s where things are a bit iffy for me. Sure DeHaan has the rich, posh-boy look about him, but as Harry Osborn it’s not like any version I’ve seen before. I’m sure in this Spider-Man universe every character besides Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy just doesn’t want to look like their comic book counterparts, either the filmmakers just want to try something different or they just have no intention of making the cast look similar to the comics at all. Anyways DeHaan looks alright, I’m just not overly keen of DeHaan’s look, he looks no different then he does in general or in other films. I’ll wait to see him in the film and judge his acting talents as the character instead of the way he looks.

Anyways that’s my two cents on the two images, what do you lot think about the latest images from TASM2? Sound them off in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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First Images of Electro & Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Yay finally we get to see specifically what not only Jamie Foxx will look like as Max Dillon but we also get to see our first look at Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn too. Both of these images found their way onto the internet via Twitter. I love have blogged about them yesterday but I was out last night so I’m blogging about it today, so let’s start with Jamie Foxx:

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So here we see Foxx in a more natural state when compared to his most recent set pictures where he’s been in that blue make-up which was probably post-transformation, so this is probably him before the incident and to be honest its a nice look for him. He looks like a professional person, kind of innocent in a way and I dunno why but I like what they’ve done with Foxx’s hair it just makes his whole look very interesting. In the background we can see that Max Dillon must be a bit of Spidey fanatic with that massive picture of him to the right of the picture and then there’s that slighty more blurred image to the far left. It looks like one of those crazy web of conspiracies that crazy people, detectives or policemen do when their trying to track someone down. I’m curious to know what this has to do will Max, I guess we’ll find out in due time.

Now it’s time to talk about Dane DeHaan:

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Okay here we have our first look at Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn and the first thing I see in this image is the fact that Dane still has his normal hair colour, so this means his hair won’t be brown like the one from the comics. This now makes me wonder what Norman Osborn will look like when he’s eventually revealed. Anyways we’re moving off-topic here, moving on back now… Well Dane certainly looks like he has the right dress attire for the role, though he doesn’t look that much different from most of his other film roles, maybe he’s slightly more fuller in the face but otherwise he looks pretty similar. As for what’s going on in this scene well I can only assume he’s getting into one of his cars that’s driven around for him by the people from his father’s company. The look on his face suggests Harry sees something he doesn’t like or seems suspicious of, maybe he’s looking at Peter or maybe he see Spider-Man or maybe its his father Norman. There’s a good few possibilities here so I’m just assuming them all haha.

So there we have it, two new images of Max Dillon (Electro) and Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. What do you think of them? Do you like them or did hope for something a little more similar to the comics? Whatever your thoughts drop them below.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Dane DeHaan Bulking Up for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Alrighty then finally I have more film news to blog about, we were in a bit of dry spell for a bit but then we had the news story about Spider-Man’s new costume and now we have new information about Dane DeHaan’s role as Harry Osborn! Yay! The following article comes from the every reliable superherohype:

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“With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 already well under way in New York City (we just revealed the Spider-Man new costume!) one of the film’s newcomers, Dane DeHaan is still getting ready for his part. DeHaan has been cast as Harry Osborn in the sequel and in an interview with The New York Times, he revealed that he’s bulking up big time for the film.

“I’ve been preparing. Right now it’s just about getting all my work done and bulking up a little bit. I’ll start shooting fairly soon in New York. I work out incredibly intensely six days a week and I eat every two hours. Mostly proteins and veggies. I consume at least 3,000 calories a day. I’ve already gained seven pounds in six weeks!”

With DeHaan putting on muscle for his role it stands to reason that we may see him showing up as either the Green Goblin or another villain from the Spider-Man mythos.

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds, life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

Also starring Martin Sheen, Shailene Woodley, Paul Giammatti, Felicity Jones and Colm Feore, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters May 2, 2014.”

Man this sounds awesome, I love it when actors go through physical transformations in order to fit into their film roles. Now while I don’t expect a Tom Hardy/Bane transformation, I do hope that DeHaan looks bigger because while Harry Osborn’s body was never a muscle house it wasn’t too slim either and I definitely would like to see some more meat on DeHaan’s body. It sounds like he’s on the right track and I can’t wait to see what his acting chops bring to teh role of Harry bsborn.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Dane DeHaan is Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man Sequel

I knew it! I frigging knew it! Did I not call this a little while ago when the actors were announced to be in talks for the role of Harry Osborn? I said that Dane DeHaan would be a good choice didn’t I? Man I am badass! 🙂 Anyway now let’s move onto the official article from superherophype below:

“Said to be up for the part last month, Dane DeHaan has officially scored the role of Harry Osborn in the upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. Director Marc Webb confirmed the news this morning via his Twitter feed with the following post:

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DeHaan is best known for roles in films like Chronicle and Lawless and his casting suggests that the sequel will retain the “dark and edgy” take on the young Osborn rather than, as later rumored, a more outgoing and athletic version.

Harry, the son of Green Goblin alter ego Norman Osborn, was in the comics a close friend and classmate to Peter Parker who later became a villain, taking up the Goblin mantle himself. In Sam Raimi’s original trilogy, the role was played by James Franco.

DeHaan joins the returning Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone along with Shailene Woodley in the part of Mary Jane Watson. The below press release also confirms that Jamie Foxx has joined the cast and he’s expected to play the film’s central villain, Electro.

The Amazing Spider-Man sequel hits theaters on May 2, 2014. Here is the official press release on the casting:

Dane DeHaan will join the cast of the next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man™ along side Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Shailene Woodley as Columbia Pictures prepares to begin production on the next chapter of the blockbuster franchise,  it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio.
 
The screenplay is by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt. The film will be directed by Marc Webb and produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. 
 
The casting of DeHaan as Harry Osborn was confirmed this morning in a tweet by Webb (@MarcW) who wrote “Meet Harry Osborn. So excited to have him on board. @danedehaan.”
 
“Dane is an exciting and extraordinary young actor and he is a fantastic addition to our cast,” Webb said.
 
The new film in the Spider-Man saga is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014. Production will begin in early 2013 in New York.
 
Webb, Garfield and Stone previously teamed on this summer’s blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man, which has taken in more than $751 million worldwide.
 
DeHaan caught moviegoers’ attention with his performances in four 2012 releases: Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Lukas Haas; John Hillcoat’s Lawless, alongside Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Jason Clarke; Bradley Rust Gray’s Jack & Diane, with Juno Temple and Riley Keough; and one of the year’s biggest sleeper hits, the adventure thriller Chronicle, directed by Josh Trank. He began his film career with director John Sayles and actor Chris Cooper in Amigo.
 
DeHaan next stars in Place Beyond the Pines alongside Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling.  In addition he will star in Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, about the fate of the West Memphis Three; and John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings, with Jack Huston, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster, and Kyra Sedgwick, set in 1944 amidst the Beat Generation.
 
Mr. DeHaan first came to industry attention with his portrayal of Jesse in the third season of the critically applauded drama series In Treatment, starring alongside Gabriel Byrne. This was followed by a guest arc in the fourth season of the popular horror series True Blood.

 In 2010, he received an Obie Award for his performance in Annie Baker’s The Aliens, directed by Sam Gold. The Rattlestick Theater production was cited as “Play of the Year” by The New York Times. Mr. DeHaan made his Broadway debut in with American Buffalo, Robert Falls’ 2008 staging of the classic David Mamet play.

I am so glad for DeHaan for landing this role, he is more than capable of giving us a great performance as Harry Osborn, as long the writers give him good material to work with and fully utilize the back story of the character from the comics. Harry is one of the most interesting characters in the Spider-Man universe and if they properly tap into that for the sequel then I’ll be very happy to watch this sequel.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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Details Emerge for Harry Osborn Role in The Amazing Spider-Man Sequel

Okay now I know this story is a bit late, but I was debating whether this was news worth posting about or not. But in the end I thought to myself, “It’s Spider-Man, of course it’s relevant!” And so through superherohype I deliver to you some more casting information relating to The Amazing Spider-Man 2:

“Following reports earlier this month of Jamie Foxx joining the cast of Marc Webb’s upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that casting is underway for the part of Harry Osborn, played in Sam Raimi’s original trilogy by James Franco.

The trade’s report indicates that casting for the part has shifted from a larger, athletic actor to someone “dark and edgy.” Among those said to be up for the role are Brady Corbet (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Melancholia), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, Lawless) and Alden Ehrenreich (Stoker, Beautiful Creatures).

Whoever is cast will join the returning Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone along with Shailene Woodley in the part of Mary Jane Watson.

The Amazing Spider-Man sequel hits theaters on May 2, 2014.”

These are some interesting choices for the role of Harry Osborn, but I am mainly interested in Dane DeHaan, he was awesome in Chronicle and was really good in Lawless too so if he handed a role in the next Spider-Man film that would be great! While I’m not quite sure I could see Harry Osborn in DeHaan’s current look, he does have the acting skills to pull off such a complex character like Osborn. Fingers crossed he’s the one that hands the role! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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Lawless Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post, today I bring you another review in form of the gangster film, Lawless.

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When I saw this trailer for this film I was immediately interested mainly due to its similarities to Boardwalk Empire, a TV series I love immensely. Lawless seemed to embody the same kind of look and feel of that TV show, but it also looked like it had an interesting story tell and the cast alone had my attention immediately. So then I went to see the film on Monday this week and it was pretty darn good and going to tell you why in this review.

So story wise it goes a little something like this: Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang (in the form Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke) is threatened by a new deputy (Guy Pearce) and other authorities who want a cut of their profits.

The story in Lawless is really good and I enjoyed it a lot. I felt like it provided a story, set in an interesting point in time and felt like an accurate portrayal of the events that took place in that era. There’s a lot of good stuff to expect form a film set in the Prohibition-era like drama, crime, violence, alcohol and all those dodgy dealings that go on in the background. I also like the way it develops for the characters involved and see how they gradually change over the course oft he film. The pace of the story is bit slow for those who like these kinds of films with a bit more action, but if you give it a chance and get into it then the story is an entertaining one.

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When it comes to the characters of Lawless the cast do a tremendous job with their roles. Shia LaBeouf as Jack Bondurant was really good, I was impressed with LaBeouf, he has some acting chops and I was glad to see he can actually act. The story of Lawless really centers around Jack and his journey throughout the film and liked that aspect. Tom Hardy as Forrest Bondurant was absolutely awesome as Forrest he is the hardest of the three brothers and the quietest too. Hardy’s character is very relaxed all the time, doesn’t really say much and some times only responses to things with a slight groan haha. His character is as funny as he is brutal and I loved it. And Jason Clarke as Howard Bondurant. I think that LaBeouf, Hardy and Clarke function well as brothers, they have some great chemistry on-screen and really seem to have that brotherly bond done pretty well.

And then there’s Guy Pearce as Special Agent Charlie Rakes, he was some kind of beast of man! He was this cold, merciless and evil member of the government that wanted to shut down the illegal moonshine operations in Virgina and Pearce played his part really well. Guy Pearce’s character is such a bastard in this film and you really hate him because of all of the cruel and unforgivable things he does, but as I said before Pearce plays his part really well. Also Gary Oldman as Floyd Banner was awesome in the film (like he is always) and while he wasn’t in the film as much as I thought he would be, when he does have his screen time his presence is magnetic. Mia Wasikowska as Bertha Minnix was interesting, I wasn’t expecting to like Wasikowska that much because I really didn’t like her in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, but in this film she was tolerable and actually quite nice. Jessica Chastain as Maggie Beauford was really good, I remembered Chastain from her work in The Help and I loved her in that film and was glad to see her deliver another solid performance in this film too. And lastly I wanted to give a shout out to Dane Dehaan as Cricket Pane, I really liked his character in the film, Dehaan and LaBeouf worked well together and I’m glad to see Dehaan continuing to be in films after his great performance in Chronicle.

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The presentation of Lawless is great, the film is well-shot and has some nicely executed action scenes with gunfire and things of that nature. Also another thing to note is that Lawless is pretty brutal and violent, I almost forgot the kind of film that I was watching until the fight scenes came around, whether it be the Bondurant brothers dishing out the pain or Charlie Rakes wasting somebody because he felt like it, there is some violent damage dishes out and it is very visual, but I love the film for going that extra mile when it comes to realism. The soundtrack for Lawless is pretty good too, not overly memorable, but there are some nice tunes here and there.

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I also think another reason I liked this film so much would be because of its direction, I didn’t know until today that John Hillcoat who directed The Road, which was one my favourite films I saw in the cinema in 2010. I get that same vibe of drama, emotion and engaging characters in this film as I did with The Road. Though Lawless isn’t perfect, it is a slower-paced film and it is one that builds up to the action rather than just throwing it out there for the sake of it. For me I was really expecting something in the same vain as Boardwalk Empire and while Lawless is impressive, it just doesn’t reach the that level of epicness I thought it would have.

In conclusion Lawless is a great film, it has a story that’s engaging and interesting from start to finish and its full of drama, character development and brutal action scenes. While the film isn’t as good as it could have been and falls short of the epic mark it could have achieved, Lawless is still the best film I’ve seen in the cinema since The Dark Knight Rises and that’s saying something.

Rating: 8/10

Well that’s been my review, hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading it and drop me a comment and let me know what you made of the film. Until the next time people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My Short Chronicle Review

Howdy people of the world and welcome to another blog post, tonight’s is review-based though in a slightly different sense. Indeed it is a review on the film Chronicle that came out I think about a week ago and while I was going to do a massive written review on the film I’ve decided to do a slightly more condensed version in a written format while the video I have done on YouTube provides the majority of my descriptive thoughts on the film.

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Now it seems that every once in a while there is a film that has an interesting idea but from the outset it looks like it could go one of two ways; it could either be brilliant and an unexpected success or it could be an ugly disaster which film audiences will sweep under the carpets of their minds. That was the way I felt about Chronicle before watching it last week Sunday. Now I had seen the trailers on the internet and seen a lot of coverage on the film prior to its release via Facebook and whatnot. But I wasn’t sure whether the film would work out or not. Luckily Chronicle was a pretty damn good film and as my first film of 2012 it has set a pretty decent standard for things to come. The film had a nice and interesting story with a very dark nature to it, and I think that was the key aspect that really made it stand out from other films.

And the other main element that made Chronicle so good was its characters, the main cast members need to be given credit as Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, and Alex Russell give us a lovely set of performances that are not only likeable but also relatable too.I liked the way they gained super powers and used in a funny and non-heroic fashion and then see where their powers took them once the darker element of the story starts to take place.The presentation of Chronicle was pretty good too, the found footage style of filming actually helped the overall style and quality of the film and the way the technique was used was very nice, the script was pretty well written, the action sequences were well-constructed and the GCI for the most part worked well in the film (though it did look a bit questionable at times breaking the realism effect that the film was going for). While the film is no game-changer in the world of science fiction or superhero films, it definitely feels fresh and more original than most films I’ve seen in recent times.

Rating: 8/10

For my full thoughts on the film check out my video review:

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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