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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Sausage Party

Howdy ladies and gents people, time for another single paragraph review and today I’ll be briefly talking about Sausage Party. Now I was always curious about the film from the time of its announcement to the start of the marketing, and while the trailers didn’t blow me away, as a fan of animation I had to give it a watch.

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The plot for the film can be summed up as the following: “The film is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.” The interesting thing about the story was that there was much more to it than the trailers let on (well done marketing team), there’s was a lot of inventive, smart and layered elements that went into the story and it was fairly captivating for the most part. Though I will admit the humour was a bit hit and miss for me and the overly sexual nature of the film was a bit much times, and there’s one moment towards the end that kind of ruined the immersion of the film (Those of you who have seen the latter half of the The Lego Movie should pick up on what I’m on about). But for all the stuff that I didn’t love, there was a lot of stuff to appreciate like the film references, and visual presentation which was incredible with the impressive and varied character design, animation and cinematography. Oh and the use of music and overall film score was good too. And finally the voice cast was pretty solid too with Seth Rogen and a lot of his familiar acting people surrounding him once again. Everyone did a good job in their roles but I’ll just highlight certain people: Seth Rogen as Frank was pretty cool, he was interesting and well-rounded character and I appreciated how Rogen was more of a character than his usual self. I also really liked Kristen Wiig as Brenda Bunson, she was sassy, direct and had some good lines too. Michael Cera surprised as Barry (because oft he voice), he was a character I didn’t think I’d like and ended up being one of my favourites.Jonah Hill who I recognised straight away was great as Carl, while Nick Kroll was also good as Douche, and Salma Hayek was another instantly recognisable voice as Teresa del Taco who was another memorable character with a lot of passion charisma. I also loved Edward Norton as the Woody Allen-esque bagel Sammy Bagel Jr., Norton really surprised with his voice work and Sammy was a really likeable dude. And David Krumholtz was also funny too as Kareem Abdul Lavash with his beef with Sammy Bagel. Other actors worth noting were Bill Hader, James Franco, Craig Robinson and Paul Rudd.The strange thing about Sausage Party is that it turned out being the exact film I thought it’d be with the over-the-top and crude humour full of your standard set of sex, drugs and violent-related humour that comes with a R/15 rated US comedy, but at the same time it was incredibly creative, fun, silly, stupid, well-thought out and entertaining. At the end of the day this is one of those films you’ll either love or hate, but I enjoyed it more than I expected and I’d say its worth a watch. ūüôā

So that was my review, have you seen Sausage Party and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Homefront Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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This Is The End Review

Okay peeps, time for me to review a film that I’ve been hesitantly interested in for some time. Today I’m talking about¬†This Is The End, the comedy that loads of people have been going on about for weeks now. I saw the trailers and I thought the film looked good and then I saw them like 10+ times more and I kind of got sick of it. So then I wasn’t too interested in the film, but I decided to give in and watch the film yesterday and what follows is a film I wasn’t expecting.

Story in¬†This Is The End involves Jay Baruchel going over to meet Seth Rogen in Los¬†Angeles, the two hang out for a bit until Rogen suggested that they head over to James Franco’s for a massive house party. While initially apprehensive about it,¬†Baruchel agrees. The two go to Franco’s house and at this party there are celebrities left right and center who are drinking, doing drugs, singing and doing all sorts of other madness. It is during this party however that the world decides to bring on the apocalypse with the fire, earthquakes, cracks in the ground and so on. The initial event kills loads of people in the process, so then we are with¬†Seth Rogen,¬†Jay Baruchel,¬†James Franco,¬†Craig Robinson¬†and¬†Jonah Hill¬†who have barricaded themselves inside Franco’s house. Eventually¬†Danny McBride¬†shows up too and these guys all have to try and survive together with crazy results happening along the way.

The story in the film is alright, but not what I expected it to be. You have your standard abundance of drug and sexual references, swearing, crude humour and ‘what the fuck?’ kind of stuff too, all of which you’ll either be a fan of or won’t be. Oh and did I mention that all the good parts in the trailers ruined the those supposed funny points in the film? Darn marketing. I though the story was good at the beginning, but once you actually saw the direction in which the film was going I started to lose interest and its comedic tone really started to drop. Now in most comedies there’s always some kind of emotional subplot going on that’s meant to meant to have a little heart and meaning behind it, and while that’s the case with this film I don’t really feel like it works due to not only the drama that goes on between the characters, but also because of the religious aspects too. I also felt like the story went on for far too long, there were moments in the middle of the film that dragged like hell and I felt like 10-15 minutes could have been trimmed off of the runtime. The one saving grace about this film for me is a kind of spoiler but I have to say it anyway… The Backstreet Boys! They’re one of my favourite nostalgic boy bands and they make the film, I won’t say how or when, but that was my favourite moment hands down.

When it comes to the cast, they’re really hit or miss for me. They’re all playing exaggerated versions of themselves which kind of works but then kind of doesn’t in some regards. So let’s start with¬†Seth Rogen, he’s a person I actively hate just in general, but luckily he wasn’t as annoying as he was in his usual films.¬†Jay Baruchel, I have to ask who is this guy? I was asking myself that for ages, but other than that I didn’t care for him because all he did was wine, bitch and moan.¬†James Franco was my personal favourite, he acted like a douche, but that was okay because he was funny.¬†Craig Robinson was a bit over-the-top with his humour but he was definitely one of the funnier people in the group.¬†Jonah Hill was also funny and was just being the nicest person ever, though he has his moments of weirdness too. And as for¬†Danny McBride, I really don’t like him in general and in this film I just hated him, he was such annoying man.

The rest of the cast is all just smaller roles or cameos.¬†Emma Watson’s part in this film wasn’t nearly as funny or useful as I’d hoped.¬†Michael Cera was humorous but didn’t make me laugh that much. Then there was¬†Rihanna, dunno why she was in the film. The only other cameo that stood out was the appearance of¬†Channing Tatum, so bloody unexpected haha.

As for the presentation,¬†This Is The End is okay in both departments. The visual side of things has a decent use of practical effects and CGI though some of it is fairly crude and over-the-top. And the soundtrack by Henry Jackman is okay, but nothing memorable, the film fairs a lot better when there’s music taken from artists in the real world (example: the use of PSY and Backstreet Boys).

In conclusion¬†This Is The End is okay, but the film is not nearly as funny as I thought it’d be. It’s just typical american humour that just doesn’t do anything for me. I’m sure most people who have seen or are going to see the film are gonna find it hilarious, but for me it wasn’t THAT good. I had more fun and laughter with¬†Despicable¬†Me 2 and The World’s End, in the end the film has its moments but it wasn’t my kind of humour yo.

Rating: 6/10 (I was gonna rate it lower but the Backstreet Boys saved it)

So what did you think of¬†This Is The End? Was the film the hilarious masterpiece that you were expecting or was it overhyped? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Spider-Man 3

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #3 of my¬†Month of Superhero Film Reviews!¬†During this month I‚Äôll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films.¬†Okay so we reviewed Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, now it’s time to conclude the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy with what is regarded as one of the worst superhero films ever and the one film that killed this otherwise great series,¬†Spider-Man 3.

Oh god, you and I both know that you don’t have to watch this film to know that it sucks, but for the sake of the review I’ll put myself through this hell. Bloody hell, how did Sam Raimi, his crew and Sony go so wrong with this film, it was gonna be huge and had the potential to be the best in the series. In the end it was huge alright… A HUGE LOAD OF ASS! But anyways I’ll save my ranting and raving for now, let’s talk about film section by section starting with the story.

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So the story in Spider-Man 3 is set months after the last film, here Peter Parker¬†enjoys a successful life as Spider-Man because the city of New York love him. However those times of peace are disrupted when Flint Marko,¬†an escaped convict comes into play as the new villain Sandman. Add to Parker’s troubles that the fact that¬†Harry Osborn¬†still wants Peter dead because of what happened to his father, he’s also having relationship problems with Mary Jane, we also have the introduction of Eddy Brock at the Daily Bugle and the alien symbiote too.

Argh! The story alone in this film and the way its handled is just stupid, absurd and very frustrating to watch considering that source material is so strong, but I’ll moan about that later, let’s talk about the cast first.

While I can’t hate the cast too much because of the script they had to work with, I can’t say that some of these performances aren’t out of the area of criticism. Firstly there’s¬†Tobey Maguire¬†as¬†Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Man, if people didn’t like Maguire as Parker before then they definitely won’t in this film. Some of Maguire’s acting was cheesy enough but in this film there are things I can’t forget and it really hurt me. Nuff said. As for Kirsten Dunst¬†as¬†Mary Jane Watson, by this point in the series I didn’t really care for her character, plus she’s a bit of a player, I mean she’s gone with Peter, Harry, John and Flash, makes me wonder if the series had continued what other men would she have taken? And then there’s¬†James Franco¬†as¬†Harry Osborn/New Goblin, his character I didn’t mind as much as the previous two and I liked his dark and underhanded nature. But there were some inconsistencies and silly moments that I can’t ignore.

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Oh then there’s¬†Thomas Haden Church¬†as¬†Flint Marko/Sandman. I’m gonna be straight with you lot, I didn’t like this character, at all. Haden Church I don’t believe was the right man for this role and while I’m not overly aware of Sandman’s origins in the comics, this version of him was only relevant for a bit and was sort of forgotten about and then brought back a little while after because he was apparently relevant again… And then there’s frigging¬†Topher Grace¬†as¬†Eddie Brock/Venom. I can sum him up as both characters in one word: DISGUSTING! NEXT!

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Now we have¬†Bryce Dallas Howard¬†as¬†Gwen Stacy, probably the best thing to come out of this film when it comes to the new cast. I mean sure her character is hardly relevant and she was basically shoehorned into the film but Dallas Howard is so hot in this film it is worth watching just for her alone.¬†Rosemary Harris¬†as Aunt¬†May¬†was good and gave use a nice performance even though it was in a smaller capacity than before. And lastly¬†J. K. Simmons¬†still makes for a good¬†J. Jonah Jameson, unfortunately there’s not nearly as much screen time for him as there was before.

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When it comes to the presentation it decent but not nearly a good overall when compared to the last two films. Firstly the CGI and special effects are good for the most part and have improved a great deal from Spider-Man 2, this makes for some very nice-looking action sequences, the best of which is Peter and Harry’s¬†aerial fight and when Spider-Man saves Gwen Stacy. Those are the best scenes in the film. Everything else is just not up to par and has too much special effects. As for the soundtrack, it sucks! There’s no Danny Elfman! It bugs me that Elfman and Sam Raimi couldn’t come to an agreement when Spider-Man 3 came out, instead we have Christopher Young who borrows Elfman’s themes while creating new ones for this film. The end result is a soundtrack that seriously lacks the impact that the previous films had, besides the songs when Sandman disappears near the end of the film and when the old themes are being used, the rest of the soundtrack is weak.

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Ah man! After watching this film again today I actually hate it more than I did before. There used to be some things I actually liked, but I guess after turning 23 my opinion has changed a great deal since the last time I saw this film.

So what worked in the film? Well only a tiny set of things like:

  • The first fight between Peter and Harry, that was some different and dynamic stuff
  • Bryce Dallas Howard, she was incredibly hot and totally showed up Kirsten Dunst
  • The Spider-Man crane scene when he saves Gwen Stacy, that’s cool
  • Peter and MJ’s break-up, that was nicely done and was kind of heartbreaking

As for the stuff that didn’t work? Take your pick, this film is filled with stuff that didn’t work. But here’s the main offenders:

  • Why in the holy mother of heck was Flint Marko the killer of Uncle Ben? Who thought that plot twist was smart? It basically took a shit on the first film and made everything that happened prior to this film pointless!
  • Having 3 villains in one film, such a foolish idea
  • Topher Grace as Eddy Brock, who the hell cast this guy? HE SUCKS! He totally kills the character in every way
  • Venom. Nuff said.
  • The black suit, it looked horrible and its powers were never fully looked into or explained
  • Shoehorning characters like Gwen Stacy and Eddy Brock/Venom into the film knowing that those characters are popular in the franchise and really needed more development
  • Peter Parker the Emo
  • Tobey Maguire dancing in the street
  • The whole jazz bar scene, that is just something I’ll never recover from… EVER

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well let me put it like this: HA! It literally takes the source material and takes a big dump on it. Besides having some similar-looking elements it was terrible. Firstly what the hell did they do to Venom? The character got completely butchered! The look of the costume was wrong, he was so small and ugly and poorly handled when it came to his powers, he wasn’t even the main villain which was terrible! With that in mind I feel the need to mention the symbiote in general, how it showed up the films is unlike the comics and its powers were so dumbed down and was never fully shown in the film, there was so much more that could have been done and yet what we got was this poor imitation! Also the New Goblin, that was just lazy. I’m all for change in adaptations but that was just weak, also how come Harry can take the gas that his father did in the first film but come out without going all crazy? Inconsistencies! There’s so much more I could moan about but I’m gonna leave it here for now.

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In conclusion Spider-Man 3 is one of those films that will be forever hated and for good reason. It tried to do too much, changed many of the basic elements that made the previous two films so successful and basically hurt me mentally and physically in ways I’ll never recover from. I used to give this film the benefit of the doubt, but no longer, it sucks and that’s all there is to it. I still blame Sony for this!

Rating: 5/10 (There’s tiny elements of good, but they’re hidden away behind all the crappy parts!)

So there’s my review people, only 27 more to go. So have you seen Spider-Man 3 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 3, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Spider-Man 2

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to my¬†Month of Superhero Film Reviews!¬†During this month I‚Äôll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films.¬†Alrighty then we’re on Day #2 of these superhero film reviews and now we continue with the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy with what is arguably one of the best superhero films in existence and one of my all-time favourite films, Spider-Man 2.

So after the success of Spider-Man in 2002 a sequel had to be made right? So enter Spider-Man 2, released in 2004, and at the time it was a highly anticipated film. The first film had set the stakes pretty high, I don’t think people were ready for the epicness that would follow.

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In terms of the plot this film is set two years after Spider-Man, and focuses on Peter Parker struggling to manage both his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man. We also get a new villain in the shape of Dr. Otto Octavius, a scientist who becomes Doctor Octopus after an experiment fuses four mechanical tentacles to his back. And it is down to Spider-Man to stop new threat from destroying the city of New York.

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To say that I love this film would be an understatement. I ADORE THIS FILM! Before I watched The Shawshank Redemption this was my number one favourite film. If that doesn’t speak volumes about how much I love this film I dunno what will. I’ve watched this film so many times I know it inside and out, and I quote it almost all the time especially with my best friend Chris.

When it comes to the cast all of the returning members are on top form as well as the new additions to the cast.¬†Tobey Maguire¬†as¬†Peter Parker/Spider-Man¬†is still awesome. In this film you can really see that Parker’s life is in the worst place possible and Maguire excels in showing us the emotional strains of have a dual life as a hero and an everyday person. As for¬†Kirsten Dunst¬†as¬†Mary Jane Watson¬†I feel like her character was a little more developed and had more to do, while she may not again be the MJ from the comics, she does well here and has good chemistry with Maguire. But why in the holy mother of hell did she go ginger in this film, Mary Jane is meant to be a red-head! Anyway moving on…¬†James Franco¬†as¬†Harry Osborn¬†was awesome, this was the film that really made me like Franco as an actor. Harry now is now the head of his father’s company, but behind the shadows he still¬†holds a resentment against Spider-Man over his father’s death. And because of Peter’s position as Spider-Man it puts a very difficult strain on their friendship. I loved seeing Harry evolve in this film and see how Spider-Man started to effect their relationship to the point of deterioration.

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Now let’s talk about¬†Alfred Molina¬†as¬†Dr. Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus. If I had to sum him up in one sentence it’d be this: He was bloody awesome. Now this is a villain that not only could go toe to toe with Spidey in a fight, but also had a more complex story and likeable personality. Doc Ock has style but is also ferocious and unpredictable. I love Molina in this role! We also get some more beautiful moments of¬†Rosemary Harris¬†as¬†May Parker, her scenes with Peter are so heartfelt and dramatic, it gets me all emotional. And of course¬†J.K. Simmons¬†as¬†J. Jonah Jameson¬†is still playing the character so well that it is unreal. Simmons handles his dialogue and scenes with such charisma and¬†finesse that he’s just perfect and hilarious at the same time.

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There are also great contributions from Donna Murphy as Rosalie Octavius, the wonderful appearance of Dylan Baker as Dr. Curt Connors and the small appearance of Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn near the end of the film too which is awesome!

In terms of the presentation, in Spider-Man 2 it is near flawless. After this film came out I expected this level of quality in all future superhero films. Visually it is AMAZING. The CGI and special effects were so much higher than the last film and it made for some incredible action sequences, that well beautifully shot and perfectly choreographed. The Spidey vs. Doc Ock train fight will always be one of my favourite moments in any film ever. As for the soundtrack Danny Elfman takes the foundations of what he did in the first film and elevated it by ten, the themes in this film are so beautiful it’ll have you in tears.

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Now even though I love this film to pieces, there are a few issues here and there. Firstly the CGI and special effects, while miles better than the first film do look a little too obvious at points. Also I guess it comes down to that cheesy and sometimes awkward corny nature that this film series has too. But other than those its hard for me to criticize a film I love so much.

As for how it compares to the comics well it does take a few cues from it pretty well like the constant struggle that Pete has between his personal life and his life as Spider-Man or when Peter decides to give up being Spider-Man which is taken from taken from The Amazing Spider-Man No. 50. There is also how Doc Ock is able to go up against Spidey equally in a fight and how he still has a dark sense of humour too.

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Oh and lastly I wanted to mention Spider-Man 2.1, the extended version of Spider-Man 2 that featured 8 minutes of unseen footage. I’ve only seen it twice in the 5-6 years that I’ve owned it but I felt the need to bring it up. The new footage dotted around the film, while not all of it necessary does add to the overall narrative and character development. Because of this additional footage we see more interaction between Peter and Harry, we also see Mary Jane and her friend discussing her engagement. There’s also an extended scene with the doctor examining Peter and lastly there is an amusing scene with Jameson in his office wearing the Spider-Man costume too. Again some of the additional footage is cut for good reason while other parts just help flesh out the material that’s already there.

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In conclusion Spider-Man 2 is just one of those exceptional films that really not only excels as comic book film, but really works as a great action popcorn flick due to its great storytelling, character development and incredible action sequences. Obviously the film came out almost 10 years ago and the film does have its flaws here and there, but to not acknowledge how great this film is in the superhero genre would be a crime. This is still one of the finest films in the superhero genre and I can’t recommend it enough.

Rating: 9/10 (So good, this film has my heart!)

So there’s my review¬†people, only 28 more to go. So have you seen¬†Spider-Man 2¬†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 2, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Spider-Man

Howdy ladies and gentlemen from the far regions of the internet and welcome to my¬†Month of Superhero Film Reviews! Today on June 1st we begin 30 days of superhero film madness¬†where I‚Äôll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Okay let’s start this thing in style with one of my favourite superhero films of all time, Spider-Man from 2002!

So let’s go back to 2002 when the first live-action Spider-Man film came¬†out from director Sam Raimi, most famous for the Evil Dead film series. This was an ambitious project at the time and had been attempted before but had numerous issues in development before it was eventually crafted and released. Luckily the film was a large success at the box office and critically too, coming just after Bryan Singer’s X-Men in 2000, Spider-Man was the film that really made superhero films big. Indeed¬†X-Men paved the way for the genre, but I believe¬†Spider-Man came along and cemented it.

As for the story we have Peter Parker, a smart teenager with a knack for science and photography who one day gets bitten by a genetically mutated spider and superpowers. At one point he let’s a bad guy escape and this person kills his uncle. Feeling responsible for the death of his uncle, Peter becomes the superhero Spider-Man and defends the city of New York from evil. And along the way Spidey comes across the Green Goblin, a formidable foe who has powers of his own and will make things difficult for Spider-Man and his alter-ego.

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Spider-Man as a film does so many things right, But most importantly it was and still is a film that gets me giddy every time. I love so many aspects of this film from the story to the cast to the quotable dialogue and epic action sequences and soundtrack. All of it is amazing.¬†This film is so hard to talk about purely because I’m just such a massive fan of it. Not only because of the nostalgia factor but also because this was one of the first comic book films to really open my eyes up to the genre and make me interested in future live-action adaptations.

The story is a simple yet effective one. It is about good versus evil, but there is also a love story there and both elements are handled with care. I also like the way the film was directed, you can tell that its Sam Raimi’s film because there are elements of horror to be found in way some of the characters and scenes are handled.

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When it comes to the cast their all pretty good for the most part. Firstly let’s talk about¬†Tobey Maguire¬†as¬†Peter Parker/Spider-Man. At first people were unsure about Maguire in the role and to this day some still don’t like him in the role, but for me I liked his portrayal of the character. Granted there are some Peter Parker/Spider-Man elements I don’t get to see in the film otherwise Maguire puts his heart into the role and really does give us a charismatic performance.¬†Then we have¬†Kirsten Dunst¬†as¬†Mary Jane Watson, now Dunst is often noted as the weak element in this film series and its only now as an adult I can see why. Honestly back when I was a teen I thought Dunst was hotness in this film and she still looks great in this film. As the character of Mary Jane Watson she doesn’t really embody the elements of the character from the comics, however for the story that was told in the film Dunst was alright and had some nice chemistry with Maguire.

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As for Willem Dafoe¬†as¬†Norman Osborn/Green Goblin he was good in that cool yet cheesy way. Dafoe really goes hardcore with the role and seems to be just as crazy as he is in other villain-based roles. He makes for a good Norman Osborn and has some great¬†delivery¬†with his dialogue especially with the dual identity. Now we have¬†James Franco¬†as¬†Harry Osborn, I really liked Franco in this role. Franco gave a nice version of the character that still had his father issues and slight jealously of Peter’s intellect due to his father’s¬†acknowledgement¬†of Peter’s smarts. I liked the screen time that Franco and Dafoe had, their relationship definitely felt legit.

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Then we have¬†Cliff Robertson¬†as¬†Ben Parker.¬†Robertson made for a great Uncle Ben, even though we didn’t get to see him for that long I felt like he had all the right mannerisms of Uncle Ben from the comics so when he died the impact was definitely there. As for¬†Rosemary Harris¬†as¬†May Parker¬†she was lovely, while her take on Aunt May was different, it was still nice to see her concern for Peter and know of his admiration for MJ. And lastly¬†J. K. Simmons¬†as¬†J. Jonah Jameson, he was awesome. If this trilogy got anything right it was the casting of Simmons as Jameson. Simmons is great as the¬†publisher of the¬†Daily Bugle¬†who moans about Spider-Man continuously and is generally a bit of jerk to every one.

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As for presentation it is still pretty badass. Visually the film is great, the CGI is good, the action and fighting scenes are nicely shot, well choreographed and really show of what kind of abilities Spidey has. But the best element of this department is the¬†web-slinging. This was my favourite aspect of the character in the comics and it came to life in an incredible fashion in the film.¬†I get an adrenaline rush from watching these scenes and its exhilarating watching Spidey swing in such an elegant and stylish manner. As for the soundtrack by Danny Elfman it is fantastic. Loads of people have cited the 1989 Batman soundtrack as Elfman’s best work and while I don’t deny its awesomeness I do think Spider-Man‘s soundtrack is incredible too. There are some beautiful themes crafted here which are soft, beautiful, heroic, eerie¬†and creepy too. Elfman really did create some amazing tunes that would continue to be used throughout the trilogy.

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Now of course the film isn’t without its problems. It is 2013 and comic book films have changed a great deal in the last 11 years. Firstly some of the CGI definitely looks dated and this film also has a lot of that early wire work in action scenes that really looks odd and unrealistic at times. Also this film is undeniably cheesy, whether it be the dialogue, story, action or the sort of really comic book-esque vibe, it is there and because of the more sophisticated superhero films of the last few years a lot of this stuff is can be off-putting.

As for how it compares to the comics well it’s a bit half and half. This film seemed to combine the original story from the Amazing and Ultimate comics and mesh them together giving us something familiar yet new for its time. Most of the key elements were intact in this adaptation like:

  • Peter Parker the nerd
  • The death of Uncle Ben
  • The robber that got away
  • Spider-Man wrestling
  • The Spidey suit
  • The personality of Norman Osborn

But then there were things that weren’t completely translated well or just not at all like:

  • Having a genetically mutated spider rather than a radioactive one
  • Peter’s level smartness is never fully explored
  • Peter’s organic webbing as opposed to the mechanical web-shooters
  • Spider-Man’s trademark humour being nerfed in the film
  • The portrayal of Mary Jane Watson being more like Gwen Stacy instead of the comic book version
  • The ugly Green Goblin costume and how stupid it looks when compared to the comics

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In conclusion Spider-Man is starting to show its age these days, but it is still a great superhero film in my eyes. While this may not be everyone’s idea of the perfect live-action version of Spider-Man for me this film did a lot of things right and as an adaptation it was a wonderful effort. This film has probably been lost to time especially due to the appearance of The Amazing Spider-Man but I believe this film is still relevant and if there’s anyone who’s yet to watch it, I would recommend it highly.

Rating: 8.5/10 (This is some good stuff, trust me.)

Well that‚Äôs the first review down, only 29 more to go lol. So have you seen Spider-Man and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts people! Swing by tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review for ya, laters!

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Oz The Great And Powerful Review

I have been waiting for this film for a while now, it seems like a neat idea and I like the cast involved, but what I was truly interested in was director Sam Raimi and what kind of powers he could bring to this film. I loved what he did with Spider-Man 1 & 2, but I didn’t quite like Drag Me To Hell so I hoped for a decent film with Oz The Great And Powerful. And I can easily say that this film is good one and worth your time.

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So the story of this film involves Oscar Diggs, circus magician who doesn’t have the best work ethics and is always looking out for number one. One day by chances he’s whisked away from Kansas to Land of Oz, a fantastic and colourful world. Here he is mistaken for a powerful wizard that will bring order to the land, since there are riches to be won he goes along with it and along his travels he comes across three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda who question his abilities. So Oscar along with his two new friends Finley and China Girl, must embark on a quest to find out the truth, and Oscar must use his magic skills and brains to sort things out before things get out of hand.

I thought the story was pretty nice, it was nicely paced and had a few twists and turns I didn’t expect. I liked Oscar’s story, he was easy to relate to and I liked the film’s focus on him and how interacted with the people of Oz. I also liked Sam Raimi’s direction on this film, you could tell it was his style with the grand scale of the film and the use of tension and jump scares too, also there were some nice verbal and visual references to The Wizard of Oz that I liked too. The story is certain places was a little lacking a predictable though considering the type of film it was I wasn’t too surprised.

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I think one of the key elements that make the film work is the characters. Let’s start with James Franco as Oscar Diggs, as said before he’s a magician who is only doing things for his own benefit. He comes across as a liar, a ladies man and has a way with words which messes with the emotions of the people around him. Though he was a bit of a jerk at first, over the course of the film we see him change from the start of the film to the end and finally become a creditable man. I thought Franco was great as the main character, while he was a bit cheesy at times he was charismatic and hilarious in the role. Then there’s Mila Kunis as Theodora, honestly while Ms. Kunis is remarkably pretty I wasn’t too fussed with her character due to the fact that I just didn’t feel like she connect to her role that well. She wasn’t terrible by any means, I just couldn’t get into her performance and later in the film it just gets a little to hammy for my liking.

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As for Rachel Weisz as Evanora she was pretty good, Ms. Weisz is one of the few women who can look beautiful forever, but putting that aside I enjoyed her role in the film too. Michelle Williams as Glinda the Good Witch was also good too, Williams brought a soft, kind and charming approach to her character that I liked. Then there was Zach Braff as the voice of Finley/Frank. Now I’m not really a fan of Zach Braff especially NOT in Scrubs (I don’t see the obsession with that bloody show), however as Finley we was great, funny and not annoying in the slightest. Also Joey King was simply wonderful as the voice of China Girl, she was dead adorable and I wasn’t sure if I was gonna be able to care about such a small character but King brought enough emotion in her voice for her to matter. There were also some nice contributions from Bill Cobbs, Bruce Campbell and Tony Cox as Knuck the Fanfare Player (he was the best!).

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The presentation of¬†the film is pretty damn good. Visually the film is fabulous, the way in which the film is presented in black and white in a 4:3 aspect ratio before changing into the widescreen 16:9 ratio was a nice touch. There are some nice camera angles and interesting cinematography, also the CGI used was also very nice, it was wonderfully used to craft the world of Oz, though some of it is a little inconsistent and looks a bit questionable in some of the witch fights. and then there’s the soundtrack by the awesomeness that’s Danny Elfman, his compositions are slightly different from the usual style that he tends to use (I can usually recognize his sound immediately). His soundtrack for the film was nice and had a very grand and epic sound to it and I’m sure I heard some similarities to Elman‚Äôs work with Tim Burton like Edward Scissorhands or The Nightmare Before Christmas which Burton produced.

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In conclusion Oz The Great And Powerful is an interesting prequel to the classic film with enough of a story to justify its existence. While the film wasn’t as good as I’d hoped maybe due to my high expectations, but otherwise it’s a film with great performances from the cast and spectacular visuals. I’d say take a look at this film, it is the first film of 2013 which is actually worth a second viewing.

Rating: 7.5/10 (I recommend it!)

Well that’s my review of Oz The Great And Powerful, hopefully you enjoyed reading it! Whatever thoughts you have on the film drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo! ūüėÄ

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

 

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127 Hours Review

Howdy to all who may be reading this blog, today I return with another film review in the form of the Danny Boyle film 127 Hours, an adaptation of the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which documented the true events of a mountain climber, Aron Ralston whose played by James Franco in this film. Now I saw this film just after it came out in cinema back in 2011, but I didn’t watch again until I went to America and caught it on the plane while travelling over. So now that I’ve had time to reassess the film I think its time to review this film again with my better understanding of it, I’ll shall try to make it worth reading ūüôā

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Ever since I heard about this film I was continuously wondering just how it was going to be done. I mean here you have a film based on a real life situation of a very gruesome nature, plus it’s a film that’s primarily going to be based in one location for the main duration of the film, how long will the film be able to hold up before audiences get bored? Those were the main aspects I kept thinking about before seeing the film. It’s not that I didn’t have faith in Danny Boyle as a director because I know he’s brilliant, at that point in time I had only seen Sunshine and Slumdog Millionaire but both films I enjoyed immensely so I wasn’t overly worried. However making a film about a man who goes climbing in the wilderness, gets his arm stuck beneath and boulder and then has to cut his arm off to get free doesn’t sound like a very inviting film. Plus the filmmakers and actors would have to portray it properly, so it wasn’t the easiest task to try and get right. But thankfully due to some clever direction by Danny Boyle, some wonderful cinematography, a great soundtrack by A. R. Rahman, a lovely script and fantastic performance from the leading man James Franco, the film all comes together in a very heartfelt and memorable way.

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So let’s start with the story which is the main aspect of the film, now what makes a 127 Hours such a good film is the fact that it‚Äôs story is so interesting from start to finish. The introduction is fabulous with the use editing and great music to start the film off and straight from that point you are engaged, you establish the kind of lifestyle that Aron lives and get sucked into his world as he travels from the city into an isolated canyon in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Along the way he meets two girls and goes along with them to point them in the right direction while also hanging out and having fun. After leaving them he travels alone and while climbing grabs onto a loose boulder, he falls and then the boulder lands on his arm. And then the rest of the film is about how he survives through his traumatic situation of the course of time and the events leading up to how he frees himself.

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Even though 127 Hours has a very difficult subject matter at the center of it all, the film is full of a range of different things like adventure, joy, pain, suffering, temptation and the concept of cause and effect. This film easily could have just been about one man stuck in a canyon for 90 minutes slowly succumbing to death and then escaping in a heroic and clich√©d manner. But the way in which the filmmakers have tackled the problem of 127 Hours being potentially tedious and boring is by using flashbacks, hallucination sequences, having a well written screenplay and having one fantastic and varied performance by James Franco as Aron Ralston. Before saw this film I had only seen James Franco in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man film trilogy as Harry Osborn in which he was pretty darn good in my opinion. Since then I’ve only seen him in Date Night, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the one episode he was in 30 Rock, but from what I’ve seen so far he doesn’t disappoint and commits to whatever role he gets into and that is especially the case with 127 Hours. I think James Franco gives his best performance to date in this film and it was truly incredible. He portrays the many levels of emotion that one would go through in that situation, he has great range, more so than his previous work in my opinion, but I think the best parts is when he’s on edge, at those emotional breaking points and in a frail state. Those are the moments where he really shines and it all feels authentic and most importantly you connect with him too.

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This film isn‚Äôt for the casual film watcher as it is a film based mainly in one location for the main duration of the film and while that doesn‚Äôt bother me too much, I know some people who wouldn‚Äôt watch the film purely based on that fact alone. As I just said I have seen a few films where the main location of the film doesn’t change like Lifeboat, Conspiracy and more recently Buried, all of which I highly recommend. One other thing to note is that this film isn’t for the skirmish either, there is also the point where he actually cuts his arm off which is pretty nasty and not for the faint-hearted, but it is very impressive to look at because of the level authenticity that went into it and how well James Franco deals with it. Gruesome but awesome! And just before I finish I just want to mention the film’s soundtrack, A. R. Rahman is man who knows how to craft a bloody good soundtrack. All of his tracks sound incredible and really add a great layer of emotion and atmosphere in the scenes its applied to. There is literally always the right kind of music for the right situation from A. R. Rahman’s compositions to use of songs in the film too which always seem to be on form especially the song that used in the trailer that’s also used in the film, “Never Hear Surf Music Again” by Free Blood, it’s very addictive.

Overall I think 127 Hours one of the best films I’ve seen for a while, it’s a wonderfully crafted, really raw and well worth a watch. If I were to rate the film I’d give it an 8.5/10.

Well thanks for reading and I‚Äôll see you guys later!! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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