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Star Trek Into Darkness Full Teaser Trailer Review

Okay so a week ago the internet gave us our first look at the second Star Trek film from JJ. Abrams, and today we get the full teaser trailer of Star Trek Into Darkness which has a slightly different tone from the first video, but is by no means any less awesome. Check it out below:

Now obviously a lot of what is in this trailer was available in the last video, but it does introduce a lot of new scenes, more questions and mysterious that needed solving. I like how Bruce Greenwood had this nice monologue about James T. Kirk and it seems like from what voiceover is saying Kirk has done something that might have endangered his crew and possibly started off this whole war with Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, Jim Morrison. I like seeing the quick shots of all of the Enterprise crew in different locations with such distressed looks on their faces. You can see that some bad shit is gonna go down yo!

I also just like the visual look of this film, the futuristic city scape, the crazy volcanic planet that looks like Mustafa from Star Wars Episode III, the vivid colourful plants on the alien planet, that clean white and bright look of the interior of the Enterprise ship. It all looks so good and it makes me excited for what other visual delights we will encounter in this new film. And then there’s Benedict Cumberbatch… BENEDICT FRIGGIN’ CUMBERBATCH! He is so friggin’ cool it is just beyond words. I hope his villain in this film is way better than Eric Bana’s Nero in the last film. But I think he will be badass, he has some badass dialogue and his face alone looks menacing enough to kill you if you stare at him too long haha.

Anyways all in all I’m super excited for this film, I want May 2013 to happen now I hope that it will exceed my expectations. So what did you think of the trailer? So out you thoughts in the comments below! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Looper Review

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Now from the time I saw the trailer for Looper I was very interested in seeing how it was turn out. I mean it is the first film in a while that looks original, has a unique idea and it also isn’t a sequel or reboot so I think it should win people’s attention on those last two points. Though I don’t think it was until the second trailer came out where I was like “Okay I really want to watch this film now.” And I can easily say now that Looper is one the best films I’ve seen this year.

The story of Looper goes like this:

“In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self.”

I found the story to be very intriguing and engaging from start to finish. Just when I thought that I’d sussed the film out, another new element came into play and there was a lot of drama and emotional stuff to be found in this film too. The way Looper handles the concept of time travel is impressive too like how the events of future were connected to the past and vise versa. I also liked the film’s themes about cause and effect and whether violence is truly the way to sort out one’s problems. The story advances at a great pace and comes to a lovely finish too. I really want to avoid spoiling the plot of this film so that’s all I’ll say for now.

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Besides the great premise, it really is the characters that make this film work and there are some very strong performances going on here. Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Joe was fabulous, it was interesting to see the lifestyle of a Looper from his perspective and journey that he goes on over the course of the film once older version of himself comes into play. I’ve heard in the IGN review of this film that Gordon-Levitt was wearing make-up and that it didn’t look good, but I didn’t have any issue with it. When it comes to Bruce Willis as Old Joe we was great, though his character didn’t say that much and was in more a supporting role he was great had some really emotional scenes too. Also Emily Blunt as Sara was great, I wasn’t sure what her connection to the main plot would be but I liked what she did and her American accent was very convincing. Jeff Daniels as Abe was awesome too and Pierce Gagnon as Cid was absolutely fabulous, literally like the best child actor I’ve ever seen ever, he’s adorable!

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The visual presentation of Looper is great, there is some absolutely fabulous camera work done in this film. Just the way certain scenes are shot with the angles and tracking shots was really, really good and camera work isn’t something I talk about often. The CGI in the film is also used well too, and the soundtrack was pretty nice though not as memorable as other elements of the film. While watching Looper I was trying to figure out what really made it so good and why everyone was talking about it so much and for a little while I couldn’t see the hype. But then there are moments in this film that really stand out and make you look at the film in a completely different way to other films, and by the end of the film you at everything overall and you realise Looper is so much more than your basic conventional film. It’s smart, sophisticated, original, dramatic, works well in the science fiction genre and it really sticks with you after you’ve left the cinema.

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In conclusion Looper is a great film that exceeded my expectations and was a joy to watch. While I still don’t think it’ll replace my love for The Avengers as my favourite film of 2012, this film comes in at a close second place. The film has a great story, a fabulous central performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, some really impressive action scenes and camera work and I’m just glad that an original film has come out in recent times and been really good. There will be some that probably won’t enjoy the film as much as others, but I guess that depends on personal preference and what you’re looking to get out of the film. I say go out and watch this film, you’d be doing yourself a disservice to miss out on it.

Rating: 9/10

Well that’s been my review, drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts on the film and I’ll see ya on the next review yo 😀

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Battleship Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review and today’s review will be on that live-action adaptation of a board game, yes I am talking about Battleship.

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Video  Review:

Now this written review will be an abbreviated version of the video review I done on YouTube yesterday. So if you want the full review please watch the video for my full thioughts.

Mini Review:

So Battleship, um, where to start? Well let’s go back to when the first teaser trailer came out for this film. It was interesting at best because it was just some Navy people chilling at see and then there was the massive robot splashing about in the ocean. It looked pretty epic, so I was interested and intrigued at best. But then after a while I saw the full trailer… And man I was like “My God, this film look like ass!” It just looked like Transformers at sea tome, the use of CGI and sound effects, along with the style of front from the titles looked like Transformers and I really wasn’t interested in this film. I had my fill of Transformers already. I mean the first Transformers I like, but then the second film was only good for the visuals, other than that Revenge of the Fallen broke my heart and Dark of the Moon, who even remembers that film? And then to add to my confusion and lack of interest in this film I found out it was based on the actual Battleship board game! The I was really like “What the fuck!?! How the hell did that come about?” So when I went to watch this film I was very weary nad had fairly low expectations.

Surprisingly Battleship wasn’t a complete disaster of a film, but unfortunately it didn’t do anything overly interesting, cool or original in my opinion. If you’ve seen any disaster/science fiction action films in the last 10 years or even some relating to the 1990s then you’ve lived this story and action in some way, shape or form. It just depends on how much you love these kinds of films. Most of the film is generic, clichéd and unfunny. The story is passable, but again it’s nothing special. You have the personal journey of the main character played by Taylor Kitsch, but it is terribly executed and there’s a lot of subplots going on outside of the main alien invasion but it’s all irrelivent and just there to try and add some substance to this empty, loud, visual eye fest. Oh and there is also a cheap little love story added in tehre for good measure which is typically cheesy and pointless. It doesn’t help that the dialogue in this film is terrible and so basic that its painful to watch at times and whoever thought up some of the funny elements of the film should be slapped in the face, there was barely anything to laugh at when it was intended in the film.

So is there anything I liked abou this film? Well yeah the visualswere good. They were actually more then good, they were friggin incredible. The visual quality of teh CGI was very clear, crisp and sharp from the fight scenes on the see, the details of the alien ships to the destruction of the cities. It was done on such a ridiculous scale, but I shouldn’t expect anything less from Industrial Light & Magic, they are godly when it comes to visual effects. Also did anybody think of the alien robot ships as the Transformer Decepticons? I found myself just thinking of the Decepticons many times when the robot space crafts where on screen or when those alien robot yoyos were flying all over the place (which were friggin hilarious).

Anyways overall Battleship is a decent film, probably best to watch in a massive group of people. Its good if you’re into this kind of thing. But if you’re tired of disaster films or had your fill of Transformers then skip this one. You won’t be missing much.

Rating: 6.5 (And that’s me being nice)

The story is passable

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Terminator Salvation Review

Howdy people, today I come to you with another film review from the past and this one comes in the shape of Terminator Salvation aka Terminator 4. Now I saw this film in the cinema back in the summer of 2009 and to be honest I liked it back then, it wasn’t great but it was tolerable. However times have changed and I wanted to offer up my new opinions instead in the year 2012.

The History

Now for those not in the know let me give y’all a little history lesson. It all started in 1984 when the first Terminator was created. Directed by James Cameron (now known for his work on Titanic and Avatar), the film featured Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese, a man set back from the future to protect Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her unborn child from the unstoppable cybernetic robot assassin The Terminator T-800 (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) who has been sent back to kill her. The film revolves around Kyle and Sarah running away from the Terminator and while on the run we find out that Sarah is meant to have a child who is meant to safe the future from Skynet, a computer system that takes over all electronic technology. The story of this film set up one of the most interesting and confusing plots I’ve ever witnessed in cinema with the concept of time travel and time paradoxes. It honestly wouldn’t come any better then this. The film was a cross between science fiction and horror and on paper this was a risky project. The budget was low, the story had some complex issues and Arnie at the time wasn’t exactly a big actor yet, but times did change. Luckily The Terminator was a well recieved film back in the 80s. The music was scary, the action was beautifully done, the sense of danger was constantly there and the movie propelled Arnie into stardom. With the film being an overall success financially and critically there was room for a sequel… and boy was there a sequel.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the follow up film that showed up in 1991 again directed by James Cameron. This film saw Sarah Connor’s character change dramatically, she was now a badass chick who knew what the future held and she prepared herself and her son through childhood for the future that he would undertake. Unfortunately due to her efforts in trying to stop Skynet (attempting to bomb a computer factory), she was arrested and put into a mental hospital. While in there we see the now 11 year old John Connor living with foster parents, but he is a little rebel skipping school and doing as he pleases (to a degree due to his age). As fate would have it, a new Terminator comes from the future to take out John due to his future duty as the leader of the resistance against Skynet. This Terminator is the T-1000 which has many upgrades over Arnie’s model with a liquid metal that allows it to take the appearance and voice of any person it comes into contact with; it has a higher level of durability then the previous models. The original T-800 Terminator comes back, except this time he has to protect John from the T-1000. After busting Sarah out of the metal hospital, John, Sarah and the T-800 move quickly to avoid death and to take out the place where Skynet came into existence. Now let me tell you now, this is the best Terminator film out of the all of them, it’s the definition of badass! The film is bigger and better then the last, showcasing even more memorable action sequences, more interesting story elements and even stronger visual effects which at the time were amazing. The film outgrossed the original and was considered to be even better then the last film by many fans and critics and even won 4 Oscars at the 64th Academy Awards.

Then after a long while in 2003 we got Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. In this film it focused on John Connor’s adult years which lead up to the future we’ve heard about. Basically after Skynet failed to kill Sarah Connor before John was born, it sends back another Terminator, the T-X, to try and kill John’s associates. Since Judgment Day has only delayed rather then averted, John Connor still knows the what’ll happen in the future and has been living and constantly on the move. The T-X is even more advance then the model in T2, with an endoskeleton with built-in weaponry, a liquid metal exterior similar to the T-1000 and the ability to control other machines. Luckily Arnie was back again as the T-850 model, having the same attributes as the previous versions, but now has a different power source. This time he protects John Connor and his future wife Kate Brewster (who is also a target for the T-X). Even with Arnie back in the game, a sexy new female cyborg and action set pieces that looked great, the plot, characters and overall film wasn’t strong enough. It was just impossiblt to live up to Terminator 2, T3 as much money as the previous films and only got an aveerage to negative reception.

In truth after that film it seemed like there was never going to be another Terminator. T3 more or less filled out the connections between the future and the present. Arnold Schwarzenegger had quit acting and become Governor of California and there was no word from series originator James Cameron whether the franchise would get a new film. So when i heard that a fourth Terminator film was in the works i felt hope in my soul again. Okay I’ve blabbered on for far too long, it’s about time i actually started talking about the new film.

The Review

When it comes to story it goes something like this: Salvation is set in 2018 and focuses on the war between Skynet and humanity, with the human Resistance fighting against Skynet’s killing machines. The film focuses John Connor as a a Resistance fighter before he becomes the legendary leader that is known from the first and second films. On the other side of things there is a cyborg called Marcus Wright who used to be human who then got transformed, he has no memory of his past and in the film he spends most his time trying to hunt for the answers. The film also introduces us to a young Kyle Reese and give us the origin of the T-800 Model 101 Terminator.

With Terminator 4 now under the direction of McG and the promise of a dark gritty film with many ties to the first and second films, you think this film would be brillaint right? Wrong! To be honest back in 2009 I thought the film was pretty decent but then I watched it again in last year and man, this film is nothing like I remember it and if anything it seems worse. Now I understand that first Terminator was a horror film, the second film was an action thriller and the third was more of an action film. And this film was a war film. Unfortunately I didn’t really feel like the whole war concept was translated into the film very well. Sure it was there, but its execution wasn’t very good at all. T4 was just a dark, depressing film for all the wrong reasons, it was lacking in character charm or originality which all the previous films had.

The characters in the film were okay but for the most part they’re pretty bland. I mean you’re only paying attention to 3 or 4 of them throughout the whole film because everybody else doesn’t really matter. Christian Bale plays this version of John Connor and in my opinion he was not a good choice for this character. The way he speaks, urgh! Damn yo so annoying. The guy seems to whisper when he talks or he sometimes uses that horrible raspy voice from the Batman films! His overall look just seems to deviate too far from the original John Connor, he seems a little skinny in the face and it makes him seem older then he should look and i wish that John didn’t have a fat mustache. On the other side you have Marcus Wright, a man turned machine that lives his life without knowing the truth. Sam Worthington is a little better than Bale’s character because he’s got a much more interesting backstory and you can kind of attach to him, but again after a while he gets really boring. And lastly we have Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese. Now I thought that this was a one of these kinds of characters that the actor didn’t get right. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved Anton Yelchin in Star Trek as Pavel Chekov, but in this film he was a just okay, but pretty weak in prescence and I did not feel the connection between him and the version from the first film. The rest of cast were just forgettable. Other characters like Kate Connor, Barnes, Blair Williams, and General Ashdown… I didn’t care about them, they were bland and irrelevant. It may be harsh but that’sjust the way I felt. I really got into that mode of just seeing action and skiping past anything to do with the human scenes. I just wanted to see explosions and robots. And speaking of robots, let’s talk about them.


The T-600s were pretty nice, sure they were slow, unorganised and nowhere near as cool as Arnie’s T-800 model, however I felt they were a nice  little edition to the series. I couldn’t tell exactly where the T-700s were because between them and the T-600s they’re hard to tell apart because they’re not clearly labelled lol. And then there’s the T-800s, they still rock, nuff said. The other flying and water machines were okay for what they were and it’s good that tehfilmmakers tried to add more types of machines, but in the end I reakky didn’t really care for them. The only new robot that really deserves kudos is the Harvester, that colossal beast is cool, just moving about in slow motion shooting the crap out of stuff, badass. The visual style of the film is pretty interesting, it based in a baren wasteland that is the future version of Earth due to the war and it is nicely done. And in terms of the presentation the locations do look dark and dreary and i think it’s a look that works fairly well, although i was hoping for fights at nigh time like in the previous films. But the look very a little dull and uninteresting. The GCI in the film is pretty good, but that’s to be expected in films like these and there was some good use of praticle models for teh Terminator robots too, although there are a few inaccuracies which are clearly noticeable. The T-800 models are done very well for something that only mainly moved with skin covering it or moving in stop motion animation. With the action scenes and sequences, they were alright and nice to look at, though they wasn’t anything that left an impression or properly memorable.

Conclusion

In the end Terminator Salvation aka Terminator 4 wasn’t complete a load of crud, but it wasn’t the film fans or critics wanted. There is some things to like about the film like the action sequences and the unstoppable Terminator robots/ There wasseveral points of the film where I was left thinking “Oh come off it! How is that thing is still moving? Impossible!” The Arnie cameo is great even if it is through CG editing and even if he’s there for 2 minutes. Unforunately the film is just not the same with out the full-on awesomeness that is Arnold Schwarzenegger! He makes the films; without him, there is no Terminator! The film did okay without him considering the circumstances, but it had it’s own share of problems with a pretty weak and inconsistant story, boring chaarcters and overall feeling like a film really devoid of any life or feeling. McG was a bad choice as the drector and this film has sort of shot the Terminator series into the ground. I don’t think there should be any other films after T4 and if there is i will send an angry letter to James Cameron telling him to get his ass in gear and prevent this franchise from being completely destroyed.

Rating: 5.5/10

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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John Carter Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, today I come to you with a new film review and it will be on the recent sci-fi action film John Carter.

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Never before have I ever seen a film of such a high magnitude fall victim to such a questionable situation with its critical reception and box office numbers. I mean from what I know John Carter as a film is adapted from very rich source material called Barsoom which was a 11-volume series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. And it is was that source material from the novels that influenced directors like Jame Cameron and George Lucas when making Avatar and the Star Wars films. So with all of this influential material and the novels looking like the basis of every great science fiction adventure film, it is hard to believe that the material could be adapted into something bad. Upon the film’s release there were critics that said it was great, while many others said that it was just okay while many others said it was terrible. But I believe the main thing that hurt John Carter was the box office numbers. So far it’s failed to rake in enough cinema-goers to make its money back, it cost $250 million to make which is an absurd amount of money and currently it’s just short of that at around $234 million which is pretty tragic really. So is the film really that bad? Well read on into my review to find out.

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The plot of the film is set in the 1800s and it focuses on the main protagonist, John Carter. A man from Virginia, he’s a natural-born fight whose fought in the Confederate Army and at that current point in time he was tired of war, didn’t take shit from anyone and was obsessed with finding his treasure of gold. However through a series of events he happens to find a medallion, say some magic words and gets transported to Mars (also known as Barsoom to inhabitants of that planet). So when he’s on Mars he discovers that he jump higher and has increased strength due to his higher bone density and Mars’ lower gravity. He then comes across a race of green aliens with four arms who witness his newfound powers and take him in, meanwhile on the other side of the planet there’s a princess called Dejah Thoris who is being forced into marrying the antagonist in the film because with that deed done he can end the war with his power, but the princess isn’t down with that so she attempts to escape, then meets up with John Carter and then they get to know each other and form an alliance. And now moving onto the antagonist Sab Than, a man who’s been given a great power called the Ninth Ray and under the influence of ancient powerful entities called the Thern he is destined to take the princesses hand in marriage to end the war. So somehow Carter is drafted into this war, while he is also trying to find a way of getting back home…

Confused much? Well if you said yes then you are not alone. I know that wasn’t a very good plot description but the fact of the matter is that there is many layers to John Carter, it would be hard to talk about the film without going into specific details about characters and story. The film’s main problem is that it has too much story. There’s too many layers and its mashed together in a very choppy and unorganized manner. John Carter’s story starts on Earth and there’s a lot of story there involving a lot of characters past and present, then you have the several events that take place on Mars and all the characters he interacts with, some of which have their own backstories and then you have the history of Barsoom (Mars). That’s a lot of material to cover in around 2 hours. There was too much source material to work with and while the story gets clearer as events play out on Mars, it still gets lost in translation at many points. I reckon that this film could have been split into 2 halves, though finding a clear-cut off point would be difficult, but I feel that approach would have benefitted the film much better especially with all of the back story that comes with Barsoom and Carter’s history on Earth.

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The cluttered story also makes for some awkward pacing over the course of the movie. It really felt like the film didn’t allow you to process the information it was trying to give you, much like Clash of the Titans and Green Lantern. I mean you are given the whole history of Barsoom at the beginning of the film, but it feels like it was breezed over and not given enough breathing space.It would have worked better at a later part of the film through a descriptive back story by one of the inhabitants that Carter encounters. You also have John Carter being on Mars, adjusting to the fact that he’s on another planet with light gravity, he then comes into contact with the green aliens just a little while afterwards, then there’s another new storyline with Dejah thrown in, and then there’s the whole thing with the Thern and Sab too. And the way you cut from scene to scene without enough time to take in is very frustrating because there are moments of emotion and good action, but they are all too brief and over in a flash. And it is because of this awkward pacing that we don’t get time to properly get invested in the characters or believe the budding relationship between Carter and Dejah, such a shame.

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Also when the film was going through like the first act on Earth I was like “What the hell is all this shit? Where’s all the action and adventure from Mars? When does he get to Mars? Skip this shit, I wanna see Mars!” When you are thinking about all of those things before a film has even gotten into its element then you know its got problems. Basically the first part of the film dragged, it had awkward editing, pretty dull characters and that part of the plot I didn’t really care about. And even after we get to Mars and things become more interesting, there’s still awkward, choppy and incomplete moments that arise.

Other failings of the film come in the form of its dialogue, characters and the film’s overall tone. Some of the stuff that happens in this film is actually weird or completely ridiculous regardless of whether its meant fictional. The dialogue is okay, but a lot of it is cliché and pretty lame at points. Secondly the characters in the film are the kind we’ve seen a good few times before except a lot better in those other films, Taylor Kitsch as John Carter is alright and did what he could with the role, but I feel like he was just a bit boring at times and Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris was pretty and not half bad acting-wise but overall just a tad annoying and lacking in likability. Willem Dafoe as Tars Tarkas was probably the most memorable of all the characters because he had personality and was actually pretty cool and when it comes to Dominic West as Sab Than he was just the generic villain, no layers to him whatsoever and Mark Strong as Matai Shang was just Mark Strong being himself, an interesting character but a little dull. But the third and final thing that bugged me was this whole lighthearted Disney feeling that was sprinkled all over the film, from the comedic scenes to some of the dialogue or the choice of music. It felt very Disney-like, like watching old Disney animated films. That atmosphere created made John Carter feel like it was intended for children and dumbed down for adults, it was quite annoying like some of the scenes from the Pirates of the Caribbean films.I made a good few comparisons to Disney’s Aladdin due to the characters, plot and setting. But then the tone of the film keeps switching between kiddie and then adult when there are scenes of war and violence, especially when you see people being killed and decapitated. So you have to wonder what kind of tone was this film going for.

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Remember all this chaos and action-packed scenes from the trailers and posters? Well you have to wait for all that stuff and sit through half of a film that feels like its part of another film.

So after all of this hateful comments I’ve given to this film you probably think I hated it right? Well I didn’t. Before this film came out I thought it was just another Conan the Barbarian except it’s in space, but luckily it wasn’t nearly that bad. When I left the cinema screen I was bemused, I found myself liking the film, but it was hard to pinpoint the balance between how much I liked with how much I disliked. As I said before the film frustrates me because there are aspects of the film that do work, John Carter’s past and present story was a deep one and the adventure he goes on is pretty incredible, BUT that is offset but the execution of this film which defeats the elements that the film is trying to sell to you as an audience member. For a film that is meant to be basis of most other science fiction films it sure does pay homage to other films like the recent Stars Wars Episode 1 to Star Wars Episode 6 with the podracing and speeder chases sequences and there’s some obvious parallels to Avatar too.

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In the end John Carter meets somewhere in the middle; it isn’t completely rubbish or a masterpiece either. While it has some moments of genuine entertainment, it is also plagued with questionable dialogue, a very heavy and convoluted storyline, strange character personalities and awkward pacing. The film is just frustrating because it had a lot of potential and in a way you could see that it could be so much more, but unfortunately it’s just half a good film, half a mess of a film. Watch the film if you so choose, however I can’t recommend it because of how much it a disappointment it was to me.

Rating: 6/10

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

 

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Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012: Prometheus

At first I was just curious about this film and was just keeping track of its progress from a distance, but now my this film is really intriguing me and I really want to see it, the film in question being Prometheus, the new film from Ridley Scott.

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Now as I said before, at the time this film was announced I was only partially interested because the concept of the film sounded cool, plus Ridley Scott was attached to the project, but beyond that this film wasn’t on my radar at all. Prometheus first started out as another film in the series of Alien films, a series of sci-fi films that Ridley Scott helped create by making Alien in 1979. While this did sound like an interesting concept I think a lot of people just wanted the franchise to be left alone especially after the Alien Vs. Predator films. I don’t think it was until Ridley Scott was attached the project in 2008 that people started to pay attention and though that this film might be good because it’s being directed by the man who basically established the franchise. The project couldn’t be in safer hands right?

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So there was a lot of talk and happenings in 2009 about the then unnamed upcoming Alien film. Firstly Fox studio stated that this film would be a reboot to the Alien franchise, then it became a prequel to be set 30 years prior to Alien but the original alien creature wouldn’t be in it and neither would Sigourney Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley. Fox also gave a little more information about the context of the film saying that it would involve discovery and the origins of an alien race of the space jockey. Then there were a load of different things that happened to the film during its developement like Ridley Scott becoming the director, to the film having a script revised that contested Scott’s original budget plan, so he had to reduce it so that it would be in line with 20th Century Fox’s budget. In 2010 the film finally got a tentative title under the name “Paradise”. In April Scott confirmed that the film would be shot in 3D and that he wanted to make two Alien prequel films, also by November of that year the film had gone into production according to visual FX designer Henry South.

In January 2011 the film got its official name Prometheus and scheduled to be coming out in 2012. It was also at this point when Ridley Scott started tone down the connection of this film to the Alien franchise saying “while Alien was indeed the jumping-off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative.” Some fans however didn’t take kindly to the fact that the film had been set up in a lot of ways as an Alien prequel but now was being downplayed as if the connections didn’t existence at all when they were clearly there. In June and July 2011 we got more information about the setting of Prometheus, we were told that the film takes place in the same universe as Alien and Damon Lindelof stated “a true prequel should essentially proceed [sic] the events of the original film, but be about something entirely different, feature different characters, have an entirely different theme, although it takes place in that same world.” So he and Scott were really adamant that Prometheus would be able work on its own as a film with elements of the Alien films within it, but not as a direct prequel to the first Alien film. Filming for this film begun in March 2011 and continued for several months until August when the film had gone into post-production. In December 2011 the film had undergone some additional dialogue recording and it was stated by Scott that the film would be edited into two versions; a PG-13 cut and a R-rated cut submitted to Fox when the film is finalized.

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Last December we got our first look at Prometheus in a teaser trailer and man it was pretty impressive. Straight from the outset it established itself with that same creepy vibe you got from the first Alien film. During the one-minute teaser we are treated to some fast-cut editing, many different scenes of action, chaos, destruction and people in danger and some distorted audio used on someone talking off-screen in the beginning, But the most intriguing part was when the lines started appearing on the screen that started to spell out the name of the film, the same way it was done in the first Alien. If that wasn’t a clear sign that this film was connected to the original Alien film then I don’t know what is. Either way it was pretty cool, interesting and creepy in atmosphere. At the time the film had my interest, but not my full attention…

That was until this recent trailer came out:

I mean damn! Did you see that? No, really did you just watch that? That has to be one of the best trailers I have ever seen. Okay maybe that’s over exaggerating a little bit but that trailer was pretty damn cool. the teaser trailer did well to establish the tone and atmosphere about the film but it left a lot to be desired in my opinion. I guess I just wanted more than a teaser trailer and wanted to get a better understanding of what the film’s plot and characters would be doing, well I got my wish with this full trailer. It was well-edited, completely unnatural, disturbing and eerie as hell and it set the tone of the film very well as a sci-fi thriller with action elements incorporated in there too. For a while I was wondering how this film would be executed, because the premise sounded great on paper but making a live-action film on it is different matter altogether, luckily from what I’ve seen in this trailer Prometheus is looking very good. It has that dark, creepy atmosphere with a varied assortment of characters getting into different situations and scenarios full of action, fear, suspense and most importantly mystery and hell there seems to be a lot of mysterious things going on this trailer that will get people talking. And with a great and varied cast consisting of Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron, this film is looking very great. I’m especially excited to see what Michael Fassbender does (I loved him in X-Men: First Class) and I’m hyped to see what Idris Elba does too, I just hope the filmmakers don’t pull a “kill the black guy first” thing, it’s so cliché and unnecessary and hopefully he has a useful in this film.

Man I thought the first trailer for Prometheus was cool, but this trailer kicks the crap out of the last one and it genuinely has me excited for the film. From being vaguely interested to being highly excited doesn’t happen to most films I’m interested in, but in the case of Prometheus it did and my summer has just become that much more interesting. Now with The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises and Men In Black 3 all on my list for summer films I can now add Prometheus to the list too, June 8th couldn’t come any sooner.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012: Men In Black 3

Hello again ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another installment of films I’m looking forward to in 2012 and today’s film is very interesting one which comes in the shape of Men In Black 3.

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In a way Men In Black 3 in a way is one of those unexpected sequels that’s just showed up out of nowhere and it really does seem like Hollywood are running out of ideas and are resorting to reviving dead franchises from the ground for a remake or unnecessary sequel, however this is one sequel I think some people would like to see. The first Men In Black was awesome and I think everyone can agree that it was a good film, whereas a lot of people hated MIB2 and it wasnt the sequel most people wanted, so with a third film on the way I think fans want to see the power of the film series restored. Now this film has taken many years to make mainly because for a while it only was rumored to be made and then it was eventually confirmed by Sony Pictures Entertainment back in 2009 that the Men In Black would grace our cinema screens again. In 2010 after some debate as to whether Will Smith would sign on to do another MIB film, he was eventually drafted onto the project once co-star Tommy Lee Jones had joined the fray along with returning director Barry Sonnenfeld in May 2010. And then we had our first taste of that old school MIB feeling when Will Smith dressed up the black and white suit with the glasses at an exclusive Sony 3D TV launch event at Sony Pictures Studios saying that he was about to make 3-D look good. That line alone got me hyped.

In November 2010 principal photography started and it was at this point we got a look at the first set pictures and as time went by we got to see some of the additional cast members that would be part of the film including Emma Thompson, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement and even singer Nicole Scherzinger was going to be part of crew too. The cast for MIB3 seemed to be a mix of the old with a lot of fresh new talent and things only started to look up after the set pictures started showing up. Seeing Will Smith as Agent J again made me so happy and it was also good to see Tommy Lee Jones there too. It also looked like Josh Brolin looked great as the young Agent K, Emma Thompson looked fairly professional onset and Nicole Scherzinger just looked hot so I had no complaints. 🙂

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It seems like an odd fit on paper but Smith and Brolin seem to fit well together as partners in MIB3.

When it comes to the plot of MIB3 it is as follows:

J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.

Now time travel is no stranger to sci-fi films and if anything it is usually used as the main plot device for films from classic film series’ like The Back To the Future Trilogy to the Terminator films or more specifically in great films like Donnie Darko or the animated masterpiece that is The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. In the case of MIB3 it does seem like a questionable choice for a plot on paper, but at the same time it does look pretty good in the trailers so there looks like there’s hope for this film.

The development of this film has been very turbulent due to delays, script rewrites and other formalities that made MIB3 look like it wasn’t going to be made. But luckily the film continued in production. And so several months down the line we got more set pics, the main teaser poster which was literally the title of the film in space. Then in November 2011 the next set of teaser posters came out and they were very funky, dizzying and confusing.

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Look at those? While it’s certainly an inventive poster, one has to ask the question who thought that these posters was a good idea? It’s very strenuous on the eyes.

Then in December we got our first sort of look at the film when the first small trailer came out in December 2011 and it sort of had that old MIB feel with a few new aspects in play in terms of plot, aliens and the human characters. And while it was decent trailer it did feel like it was quite lacking and left much to be desired. Luckily a full trailer was released recently, but we’ll get to that in a bit. There’s also talk recently of Lady Gaga making a cameo in MIB3 which could be great or completely irrelevant and this wouldn’t be the first time a famous music artist made an appearance in a MIB film. As many will be aware the late Michael Jackson made cameo as Agent M in MIB2 and it was probably one of the best scenes in the film because it was pretty damn funny.

I think the main reason I’m looking forward to this film is due to the fact that it’s Will Smith’s first film in like 4 years and that’s far too long for someone as awesome as him to be out of the game. I think MIB3 is the type of film Will Smith needs to come back into the world of cinema. Mainly because it’s part of a series of films that people know of and it seems like it’ll be massive. Plus this’ll be a great chance for those uneducated in the world of Big Will to take in all of his greatness.

Besides the fact that Will Smith is in the film, MIB3 does look like it could be a decent film. As I mentioned before MIB2 wasn’t that well received and so now in the year 2012 the filmmakers and actors have one final chance to redeem themselves and prove that the MIB series still kicks ass and also prove to us as the film audience that sequels can be good when handled properly. Potentially MIB3 could be a failure and all of this could be in vain. However even if this film doesn’t do amazingly well in the end it couldn’t be any worse than MIB2. Now let’s talk about that new trailer that’s available below:

Now seeing this trailer I feel a little more hopeful for this film. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t think MIB3 was going to be a complete failure but it’s always hard to tell until you get a decent trailer. This trailer happens to give us better idea as to what will be going down and is miles better than the previous trailer. Seeing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as partners again back in black is fabulous and Josh Brolin seems to capture the spirit of Agent K very well and overall there seems to be a great deal of scale to this film, with the characters, action and sci-fi elements combined.

So now all we can do in wait until May 2012 to see if this sequel kicks ass or flops at the Box Office and with critics. It comes outs around 2 weeks after The Avengers so it’ll be interesting to see how it fares in the summer.

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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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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