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PODCAST: Film Focus Episode 14 – The 2016 Summer Movie Season – Has It Been A Disappointment?

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, as some of you may have seen, back in April I started a film podcast entitled Film Focus and on this podcast I talk about various topics in film and reviews as well. I was actually meant to make this post available last week but was super busy with work, but hey better late then never right?

Anyway here’s the 14th episode:

Even though the summer movie session is not completely over, but most if not all of the heavy-hitters have come out and since there’s been some discussion online about the quality of this year’s summer of films I thought it’d make for a good episode on the podcast. So in this episode I cover all of the film’s I’ve seen and talk about whether this year has been a disappointment for summer films.

As I said before in each episode I’ll cover a different topic and since I don’t have much in the way of listeners or promotion, I’m here to spread the word about my podcast. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find my main site on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

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So if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to listen to the ramblings of a passionate/strange man then please check it out, and share it with your friends if you can. Also you have any feedback or if you’d be interested in joining on future episodes be sure to let me know, until next time, laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2016 in Films, Media

 

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PODCAST: Film Focus Episode 6 – TMNT: Out of the Shadows Review

Howdy people of the internet, as some of you may have seen, not too long ago I started a film podcast entitled Film Focus! And after a week away due to technical difficulties with me laptop, I’m back again and today I’m sharing my thoughts on theย TMNT: Out of the Shadows. Even though I already did a written review for this film, that review was fairly short and concise and believe me when I say that I had much more to say about this film. The podcast if anything allows me to flesh out my thoughts on not only the recent Ninja Turtles films but also how I feel on the franchise as a whole, and I think you’ll be interested in hearing it too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway here’s the sixth episode:

As I said before in each episode I’ll cover a different topic and since I don’t have much in the way of listeners or promotion, I’m here to spread the word about my podcast. ๐Ÿ™‚ So if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to listen to the ramblings of a passionate/strange man then please check it out, and share it with your friends if you like it. Also you have any feedback or if you’d be interested in joining on future episodes be sure to let me know, until next time, laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2016 in Films, Media

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Howdy people, it is review time again and today I’m reviewingย Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Now I’m one of the few people that liked the 2014 Ninja Turtles, while it wasn’t perfect, but it laid the groundwork for a better sequel. And after seeing it I’m ready to pass judgement.

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Here’s the thing about TMNT: Out of the Shadows, I’m indifferent to it, but also quite disappointed. I don’t know. There’s stuff that I liked about this film, but after I left the cinema yesterday I was thinking to myself “I think I lied the 2014 film better.” And that just felt weird to me. Out of the Shadows corrects a lot of the key problems with the last film, but at the same time retains some of the those same issues and creates new ones as well. What works in the film was the Turtles, like the last film the Turtles had the right kind of personalities and chemistry, and I also really liked the Michelangelo as he was quite funny and light-hearted. I also liked some of the references to the old cartoon, some of the action sequences, Brian Tee as Shredder (in the small capacity he was used) and Megan Fox and Stephen Amell were decent as April O’Neil and Casey Jones. However the story was just a little nonsensical with a good few plot holes, several moments of humour felt stupid, juvenile, awkward and insufferable, and while I know this film was clearly aimed at children, I did miss the slightly more serious tone of the previous film whereas this film was more kid friendly but in the worst possible way. And while this film featured a lot of fan service which was fun from a nostalgic point of view, in the grand scheme of things it didn’t add much to the overall film. Also Bebop and Rocksteady, those two, there fluctuated between being stupidly fun to being absurdly strange and annoying. Shredder was wasted, Casey Jones’ integration in this film was horrible, oh and it has to be said, Krang, what the hell man? They ruined him and his inclusion in this film was completely pointless. So to conclude Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows was decent, however it wasn’t as good as I would have hoped. While some of the action and Turtle moments were good, there were massive issues story, characters, tonal inconsistencies and a lack of good ninja-based action and hand-to-hand combat fights. Fans and children may enjoy this film, but for everyone else I can’t recommend this.

So have you seen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and if so what did you think of it? And did you prefer this one or the previous one? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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2016 SUPER BOWL MOVIE TRAILER MADNESS!

Hello people of the internet, hope you had a good weekend. Obviously the Super Bowl 50 went down yesterday and while that’s all well and good for sports fans, us movie fans were looking forward to the trailers for the upcoming blockbusters that will be dropping in the next few months and we were treated to some pretty cool stuff. Now for the sake of this review I’m 1) Skipping Deadpool because that’s coming out pretty soon so this additional marketing doesn’t mean much to me, 2) I haven’t seen The Jungle Book trailer, but I’m already sold on that film so I don’t need to see it and 3) Independence Day: Resurgence and some of the other films aren’t being talked about because I’m not interested in them. With all of that out of the way, let’s begin.

Captain America: Civil War

Gotta start with the big one; Civil War and man I really liked that trailer. There wasn’t too much in the way of new footage, but just like the previous trailer, there’s serious tone, plenty of tension and you really get a sense that these heroes have some serious beef and shit is gotta get real. I like the chanting in the background, but the two coolest moments were: 1) Bucky going to shoot Tony Stark with a gun, and Stark using a cool metal glove to stop the bullet. It’s a quick moment, but it’s pretty cool and shocking. And 2) We get to see both teams standing off against each other; with Team Cap consisting of Cap, Bucky, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Falcon and Ant-Man (sporting a new kick ass helmet). And on the other side there’s Team Iron Man with Stark, War Machine, Black Widow, Black Panther and frigging Vision! I’m curious to see how this’ll play out considering how badass Vision is haha.

Jason Bourne

Fuck yes! My boy Jason Bourne is back and I’m SO frigging hyped. While I’m not fond of the film’s title and feel like it’s a bit lazy, other than that this trailer’s got me giddy. Seeing Damon back in this role, looking cool and taking people out is so cool. We also get some cool shots of Tommy Lee Jones, Ato Essandoh and Julia Stiles. There’s hand-to-hand combat, gun fights, cars getting smashed up and Jason Bourne knocking a dude out with ONE PUNCH! Damn, I’ve watched the trailer twice and it’s still just as badass, it’s just one of those key factors that highlight how efficient he is and it felt like a physical statement that would read like this: “You don’t fuck with Jason Bourne!” ๐Ÿ˜€

X-Men: Apocalypse

Now I haven’t been fair to this film in recent months, the first trailer didn’t wow me and while I’m intrigued by the story, new cast members and the mythology, there just hasn’t been much to blow me away, but this trailer really got me on board. While I hate the choice of song because it continues this annoying habit of film trailers having dark and unnecessary covers of good songs, everything else I’m down with. It really looks like the world is going to shit, the level of destruction and chaos looks insane with those missiles firing and cities being disintegrated, it’s madness. I’m really liking Apocalypse more and it looks like Oscar Isaac is gonna kill it in this role. I also liked seeing shots of other mutants like Jean Grey, Cyclops and Angel, but Psylocke, damn, she looks pretty badass and Olivia Munn, she’s gorgeous, nuff said.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

This was one of the trailers that surprised me, even though we got to see cool moments with the Turtles running around, and brief shots of Casey Jones, Shredder and April O’Neil, what really surprised me was the visual introduction of Krang. While we only got a brief look at the brain within the humanoid suit, it was genuinely surprising how cool it looked and seeing Mikey’s reaction was priceless. My anticipation is definitely growing for this sequel, I’m just hoping it doesn’t go too far into the lighthearted/comedic department, I was a good balance, but who knows how this’ll pan out.

So of all the material shown at during the Super Bowl which was your favourite? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see y’all on the next review, laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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TRAILER OVERLOAD! QUICK REVIEWS FOR 2016 FILMS!

If you’ve been on the internet during the week you would have seen that there’s beenย  a lot of film trailers released online within a short space of each other. Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the main focus at the moment, I guess all other studios are pretty to get the focus back on their trailers instead haha. So the trailers that have come out so far are: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Legend of Tarzan, Independence Day Resurgence, Star Trek Beyond and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I was going to do individual trailer reviews, but honestly things got too busy and I’m too lazy, so I’m gonna compile them all into one blog post. So here we go!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

While most people hated it, the 2014 edition of TMNT was surprisingly better than I expected, when April O’Neil wasn’t the focus and we had time with the Turtles, the film was really fun and kind of badass. So while I wasn’t super hyped for the sequel, I was definitely interested in the sequel and I’m surprised by how much I liked it. While I hate the choice of music and don’t care for Megan Fox again, I do love Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, the Turtles and their classic van looks awesome and even the Foot Clan look like ninjas instead of Call of Duty soldiers. Though the main winning aspect of this trailer was the appearance of Bebop and Rocksteady, since the since TMNT film in the 90’s fans have wanted a live-action version of these villains and they’re finally here and they look great. Now the film does look very CG heavy and the visual effects don’t look as polished or realistic as they did before, but I assume they’ll look better when the film’s released.

X-Men: Apocalypse

It’s been almost a week since this trailer came out and I have to say that the trailer was a bit underwhelming. Unlike when the first Days of Future Past‘s trailer came out which had me excited and intrigued, this trailer was good but not great. That’s not to say that there wasn’t great things in the trailer, I do love Storm’s new look, the information about Apocalypse being known by different names and being the basis for some of the stories in the Bible was great and James McAvoy seems to be bringing his A-game again as young professor X as his acting in that one seen when he’s in Cerebro with the helmet on was fabulous, oh and he’s bald at the end of the trailer! Cool! However, other than that this film looks like it could be dramatic and personal for the key members of the X-Men, but there’s nothing that screams “awesome” to me, plus I’m not keen on the fact that Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique isn’t blue in any of the footage so far and I’m concerned that the mutants controlled by Apocalypse will end up like Hawkeye in The Avengers; being stuck under control for a good portion of the film and not bring able to be themselves until the end of the film. But I guess we’ll see what happens.

The Legend of Tarzan

Right now this film looks interesting, the look of Tarzan is cool and I like way the film looks in terms of the use of CGI and lighting. But everything else looks kind of generic and forgettable. That final shot of Tarzan and that ape going up against each other in slow motion, that felt like something that belongs in a standard action filmย  and reminds me of that specific fight been Vin Diesel and Jason Statham in Furious 7. For me Disney’s Tarzan is the only version that exists, though I’m willing to give this a chance because I like the cast and director, but I’m not expecting anything special.

Independence Day Resurgence

For me Independence Day was one of my favourite films from the 90’s. It was a disaster film with a goof cast of characters, funny humour, all the crazy action and cool set pieces too. It didn’t need a sequel, but hell since loads of film films have to become franchises, we are returning to this world with Resurgence and I have to say that I’m intrigued. Basically it looks like Earth has had a time of peace and have ungraded their technology, but the aliens who got beat in the past have come back with bigger ships and more destructive power. I like the look of the film, it’s incredibly detailed, large in scope and it’s fun to see Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman back, but I’m not quite sure how Liam Hemsworth fits into this and I do miss Will Smith as his chemistry with Goldblum was one of my favourite aspects of the old film, but it’s not a massive loss for me. This film could either be fun or it could suck ass, but here’s hoping that the film’s fun and gives a logical explanation for the alien’s return and why we should care.

Star Trek Beyond

Ah Star Trek, I’m concerned for you now. Now Unlike a lot of hardcore Star Trek fans, I’ve liked the new JJ Abrams films (especially the first one), before 2009, Star Trek was dead to the world beyond its fan base and the new film brought that sci-fi franchise back into the public consciousness and while I think that film laid pretty good groundwork for a sequel, however Into Darkness didn’t exactly take the franchise in the direction I was hoping and made some mistakes with its marketing and plot elements that prevented it from being the sequel that I wanted. So now we have Beyond, directed by Justin Lin of the Fast and Furious franchise (films 3-6) and it really shows. While this film looks consistent with the previous one’s in terms of look, feel and style, honestly I wasn’t keen on this trailer. Why’s the Enterprise destroyed? What’s with all these crazy action set pieces and hand-to-hand combat? Now I know these new films are a far cry from the original source material and that was part of the reason I liked the first film, but I thought it would eventually evolve into the classic style of the show with sci-fi elements, however, its like the people behind this franchise have decided to drop that part altogether and just for action set in space. And it doesn’t help that “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys is being played over the trailer like a music video, I love the song and I understand the significance from the first film, but it is not the way you sell Star Trek to people especially the fans. I will say that I like the look of new aliens and that moment when Bones and Spock are surrounded by enemies, but then Spock disappears and leaves Bones alone, that was awesome. I hope the films is good but right now this trailer isn’t doing it for me.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The teaser trailer for this, was alright. Besides hearing a familiar spell in the beginning and hearing about some creatures that have apparently escaped, there was much that was worth noting for me. Seems pretty mysterious and interesting, but the trailer didn’t show me anything that made the film seem very enticing, but it was only a teaser and I’m sure future trailers will be better.

Okay and that’s everything done, as you can see I had more to say about certain trailers than others, but in any case I just had to talk about these trailers as they are films I’ll probably watch in 2016. So what did you think of any or all of these trailers? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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