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My Top 5 Summer Films of 2012

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another blog post, as you can see from the title today I’ll be talking about my top 5 films of the summer. Now while this has certainly been an interesting and highly anticipated summer for films, in retrospect I find myself incredibly underwhelmed by the summer film season as a whole. Don’t get me wrong there were great set of films to check out, but I feel like there was a lot highly anticipated films that failed to live up to the hype. Anyway let’s move on that list of my personal favourite films of the summer:

1. The Avengers

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In the end what else would you expect me to put as my top film of the summer? When it comes to The Avengers I am in love. The film that gave me everything that I wanted and then some. It had action, humour, great acting and interesting character interactions throughout and it defied the impossible by taking several superheroes from their individual films and assembled them in one place and the end result was epic to say the least. We put our trust in Joss Whedon, the writer/director of this mammoth of a film and he delivered. He created a special kind of comic book film that really did appeal to the fans and casual audiences, the film’s tone and atmosphere really was much that of a comic book, but it also had the realism that was established in the previous Marvel Studio films. The Avengers was a gamble and it easily could have failed, but it worked and really succeeded. The Avengers is easily my favourite film of not only the summer, but of the year too. I loved it since my first viewing and since the summer’s ended nothings been able to touch it. Fact.

2. The Dark Knight Rises

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The only film that would have given The Avengers a run for its money was Batman and boy did it come close! The Dark Knight Rises was the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s dark and realistic take on the comic book character. With the hype of The Dark Knight proceeding this film, there was a lot riding on this film. Luckily TDKR succeeded on being a pretty darn good sequel and in my opinion TDKR was a way better than TDK. This was the first Batman film from Chris Nolan I genuinely liked for all the right reasons, In TDKR there was drama, a real sense of urgency and chaos and a load of action too. The scale of this film was much better, the story felt much bigger and the villain, Bane was such a beast of a guy and so badass! Also for the first time Batman actually got to fight someone in a one-on-one fight and it was friggin awesome! The cinematography, sound design and epic soundtrack by Hans Zimmer made TDKR one of my favourite films this year.

3. The Amazing Spider-Man

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Now this film is a bit questionable in its position as my third favourite film of the summer. Don’t get me wrong The Amazing Spider-Man is pretty damn good, but in a lot of ways it didn’t meet the requirements for the kind of Spider-Man film I would like to watch. Obviously we all know the deal with this film being a reboot of the Spider-Man film series and how it was going to be the untold story of Peter Parker with the film following the comic book source material better while also creating its own story in the process. The end result in TASM is a good one. Andrew Garfield gave us a much more precise interpretation of Peter Parker, Emma Stone was also very good and pretty as Gwen Stacy and it was mainly their roles individually and together that made the film work. The action and CGI was pretty good too and the soundtrack has its special moments too. However their were a good few issues I had with TASM. The film’s interpretation of Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard isn’t nearly good as it is in the comics, and I just wasn’t wowed by much in the film which really was the main thing that bugged me. I think the marketing for TASM hurt the film greatly by showing far too much in the trailers and TV spots. But anyway to summarize TASM is a good film, some say the best Spidey film to date (though I still feel that’s Spider-Man 2), but I am more interested in what they’ll do with a sequel and hope that I’ll find what I’m looking for there.

4. The Watch

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To be honest I didn’t think this film would be in my top 5 of the summer. With the questionable reception it got in America I thought The Watch would just be an okay comedy film… Man I was glad to be wrong! The Watch was frigging hilarious and while it wasn’t as funny as I was hoped and certainly wasn’t the best comedy film I had ever seen, it was the best comedy I saw this year. I remember seeing the teaser for this film and thought it looked hilarious, but when I found out about the alien invasion aspect of the film I thought it would suck. Luckily there is still a great amount of fun to be had with this film and I think it works really well because it’s just really stupid humour and it kicks so much ass! But it’s really the performances from Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade that makes The Watch such an enjoyable film to watch.

5. The Expendables 2

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Now this is what I’m talking about! Just some beastly film about great action stars coming together and destroying stuff, yay! The Expendables 2 is just a fun time in the cinema and I certainly came out of the cinema with a grin of satisfaction on my face. The film isn’t a greatly executed piece of art, it’s just an action film full of gunfire, fighting, explosions and chaos and it all kicks ass! It is just great to see some of these older action stars return to the big screen after all these years especially with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Expendables 2 is just a big, dumb load of fun that doesn’t take itself too seriously and its also pretty funny too with movie references aplenty.

Now to conclude one could argue that I am a bit biased towards comic book films, but what can I say, when I want some entertainment in the cinema they always seem to deliver (when they are made properly). Either way that’s my top 5 films of this summer, while at least 2 of these films delivered completely, as a whole this summer of films felt pretty weak overall when compared to the last two. Well that’s been my list of films for the summer, drop me a comment and let me know your own favourite films of the summer. Until the next time people, later on! ūüėÄ

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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Expendables 2 Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review and today’s review will be of the action sequel to The Expendables, The Expendables 2!

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So it is the latter half of the¬†summer with only a few weeks separating us from September and the eventual return to academic life for us students, but before that comes around it looks like the summer film season will keep us entertained at the cinema for quite some time. And so enter The Expendables 2 and I’m just gonna let you guys know right now… This film was great, just a load of fun from start to finish. Not perfect by any means, but still better than some of the other films I’ve seen in the cinema.

Back in 2010 we had The Expendables, a crazy action film full of explosions, hand-to-hand combat scenes and loads of firefights. It was film that summoned several of the big action stars¬†of the 80s into one place with a few new faces to fight alongside them. The cast including Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Gary Daniels, Randy Couture, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Steve Austin and two cameo appearances from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. While it¬†received a mixed reception it was commercially successful and¬†I¬†think most people who weren’t hardcore critics enjoyed the film. So then fast forward to 2012 with the action sequel which has more stars, action and explosions and to be honest it is so much better for it.

Story

The story of this film is as follows:

“The film follows The Expendables, a mercenary group, as they seek revenge against Jean Vilain, a rival mercenary who murders one of their own, and threatens the world with a deadly weapon.”

While there was a plot in the film, like the first film it is overly important, though it is a bit better than the first film in the sense that it doesn’t drag as much and feels a little more¬†relevent to the characters involved. Though the plot’s only there¬†to give the characters a reason to run and gun and blow things up. It does annoy me a little bit that action films these days can’t have a good or smart plot, but for this kind of film I’ll let it slide because it’s just fun to watch. Within the plot there are references aplenty, the script for this film is funny. Humour seems to be the aim of the game for this film and it works. Heck, if it can work for The Avengers then why no The Expendables 2? There are some lines that each of the action stars are given which are hilarious throwbacks to their previous films, whether they were visual or audio references, they worked very nicely.

Characters

This film boasts an impressive cast that in a lot of ways is even more impressive than the last film. While you have Stallone, Statham, Lundgren, Li, Couture and Crews returning, you also get Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger coming back in much more substantial roles. And then add into the mix Liam Hemsworth, Yu Nan, Scott Adkins and finally the awesomeness that is Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris and you have film full of badasses!

So much badassness in one area!

Seeing all of these cool people in one film was just grand. Stallone I still applaud him for continuing to do these action films and showing us even though he’s old, he’s still kicking!¬†Jet Li’s fight scenes in this film were a hell of¬†a lot better than the last film, so tight and so brutal! Terry Crews who I am a massive fan of was great in this film, delivering funny lines, battle cries and just being a badass in general. Statham had some great fight scenes too¬†and newcomer Yu Nan had some awesome scenes herself. I also loved Van Damme in this film, he was so cool, so calm and awesome as the villain. Then there’s the awesomeness that’s Chuck Norris, I wasn’t sure what to expect but he was just utterly cool, pure and simple, I loved every second he was on-screen. And then there’s Arnie the frigging Terminator!!! Just seeing him in any scene I was hyped, while he’s a little stiff (granted because he’s old), he delivers some funny lines and when you see him walking and shooting stuff I swear it was like watching him as the T-800 all over again, I loved it!

With a film that has such a huge ensemble cast, there were moments where it felt like some characters didn’t get as much screen time as others and while it’s not as bad as X-Men 3, some characters do get lost in the background.

Presentation

When it comes to action The Expendables 2¬†was just full of insane amounts action! It was pure and utter¬†chaos and I loved it.¬†The fight scenes were well-choreographed,¬†the fire fights were so insane to the point where it looked like a crazy online game of Call of Duty and all of the explosions were great. I can’t explain why the all of these crazy scenes and action sequences were so good, but when they happened¬†I just got a great level of satisfaction from watching¬†all of the carnage.¬†So much brutality, death and destruction and yet it was so good to watch, maybe it was due to¬†all that testosterone and epic manliness. Also the soundtrack by Brian Tyler is decent too as it fuels all of the badass action on-screen and borrows the main theme from¬†the last film and while it’s not overly memorable it still sounds good.

In conclusion The Expendables 2 is one hell of a film. It’s¬†unashamedly loud, proud, cheesy and doesn’t take itself seriously and it all works. Seeing all of these action stars running around and fighting each other, shooting things and blowing stuff up was just so much fun. I was enjoying myself throughout. While¬†the film wasn’t as amazing as I thought it should have been and certain stars didn’t get as much screen time as they should have done. The Expendables 2¬†is still hella fun and I recommend to all people just wanting some summer fun at the cinema.

Also with¬†talks of a third film in the works, it seems like these kinds of films are here to stay! Just add¬†Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Vin Diesel, Steven Seagal, Mel Gibson and Wesley Snipes (if he can get out of jail) and that’ll work for me.

Rating: 7.5

Well that’s been my review ladies and gentlemen, hopefully you enjoyed it. Be sure to drop me a¬†comment and let me know what you thought of the film. Until next time, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films I‚Äôm Looking Forward to in 2012: The Expendables 2

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another instalment of Films I‚Äôm Looking Forward to in 2012 and today’s blog post will be on the upcoming sequel action film The Expendables 2.

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Now out of all of the films coming out in 2012 this may be a strange choice. I mean most of the films I have posted about before have had a lot of great aspects about them and have genuinely got me and a lot of other people in the world excited to see what comes out of them. But now we have The Expendables 2 and in a way it does sound like a bit of a questionable film that may be fun and action-packed, but beyond that it may not hold up.

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This is the crazy film that started all of the madness and it’s hella good! Just pure entertainment.

Anyways let’s go back to the first film. Back in 2010 we had The Expendables, a crazy loud and proud action film with a 15 certificate staring an immense cast including Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Gary Daniels, Randy Couture, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Steve Austin and two cameo appearances from two of the most legendary action stars in cinema; Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I mean damn the cast was massive and immense and there was a lot of testosterone and epic manliness in that film. While there was a plot in the film, to be honest the point was irrelevant, it was only there to give the characters a reason as to why they wanted to run and gun and blow things up and boy did they do a lot of that. The Expendables was a film of just insane amounts of action and chaos from the fight scenes to the fire fights and all of the explosions that took place over the course of the film. While the film’s story was a bit weak and the actors won’t get awards for their performances in the end it was just a fun summer movie for fans of the 80s and 90s action films of yesteryear. The Expendables opened to mixed reviews from critics and casual film-goers, it also wasn’t the perfect action film that so many had hoped for and there was a good few action stars missing from the cast. However, it was still a commercial success at the box office and loads of people were talking about this film in the summer of 2010 and I watched it in the cinema when it came out and I thought it was awesome fun. So much brutality, killing and explosions, good god I loved it, though the film did drag and lacked a lot of great action sequences, it is all made up for by the last third of the film which is just a massacre of destruction. Beautiful, beautiful destruction. And so now 2 years down the line its time to summon these action stars back in a sequel, but this time with additional help…

Enter The Expendables 2 which boasts a cast that in a lot of way is even more impressive than the last. While you have Stallone, Statham, Lundgren, Li, Couture and Crews returning, you also have Willis & Schwarzenegger coming back in much more substantial roles! You also have the addition of new cast members Liam Hemsworth, Yu Nan and Scott Adkins too. Then add into the mix the awesomeness that is Jean-Claude Van Damme and the legendary badass of badassness Chuck Norris!!!! And then its like the film has become a completely different beast entirely. And again like last time there are a good few people missing from the cast like obvious choices Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Vin Diesel and Steven Seagal to name a few. But Stallone has his reasons for his casting, so I can’t argue with that, plus if there’s a third film then these other action stars may make an appearance.

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Three badasses of action films finally together again to kick some ass in The Expendables 2. This should be fun ūüėÄ

In terms of plot it does sound familiar, but also inviting. Just have a read at the Wikipedia plot summary here:

After taking a seemingly simple job for Mr. Church (Bruce Willis), the Expendables find their plans going awry and one of their own is brutally murdered by rival mercenary Jean Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme). The Expendables set out into hostile territory ‚ÄĒ with their new members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) ‚ÄĒ to put a stop to a deadly weapon and gain their revenge against the villain who killed their brother.

Sounds like a simple plot about revenge and for this genre of film it works. One just has to wonder if this film will be either as good as the original or better (which it really should aim to be)? I hope that this film will build upon the foundation of the last film by using its cast effectively throughout the story and action scenes and sequences. I also seriously hope Jet Li will get more screen time and more opportunities to show off his proper martial arts skills. I hope all of the fights has interesting and impressive choreography and that the fire fights play out well and have some kick ass explosions! Personally I think the cast will pull through, I mean you have Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis & the epic return of Arnie the frigging Terminator!! This film has to be at least decent to watch. Either way I’m just excited just to see all these action stars come together and create some chaos! In summer 2012 The Expendables will return and kick some ass in this sequel, let’s hope that it was worth the wait.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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