Thursday, 23 February 2012

Review: Chronicle

Hey guys, it's been a little while but my next review is for the masterpiece I've just seen called "Chronicle". Sort of like "Cloverfield" mixed with "Misfits", the story is about four teenage boys who discover something deep underground and the next thing they know, they all of a sudden have super powers. They have fun with them, but learn on how to control them. But one of them named Andrew has other ideas with what to do with these powers. The whole thing is filmed with video cameras and is I think apart from "The Artist", one of the greatest things I've ever seen in my life, it's just incredible. Everything is right, the story, the characters, the way it's filmed, it's exciting, funny, suspenseful and thrilling to watch, unbelievable. Check it out, please it's incredible and I give it;

5/5-A Masterpiece

Friday, 17 February 2012

Top 5 Worst Nicolas Cage Films

So to celebrate the release of "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance", I have a list here of the worst films unimaginable from Nicolas Cage himself. Here's a top 5 list of good examples of dull acting, over-the-top screaming and just inhuman performances. So in the words of Nic Cage himself; "I HOPE YOU REALLY ENJOY THIS!!!!!!!!" Sorry. Warning, these clips contain strong language, graphic violence and sex references and no one under age should watch these.

1. Nicolas Cage in "The Wicker Man" (2006)

2. Nicolas Cage in the original "Ghost Rider" (2007)

3. Nicolas Cage in "Deadfall" (1993)

4. Nicolas Cage in "Vampire's Kiss" (1989)

5. Nicolas Cage in "Zandelee" (1991)

Review: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Nicolas Cage returns as Marvel's darkest superhero in this... well... first let's just explain the plot. Nic Cage stars as Johnny Blaze, once a motorcycle stuntman who made a deal that went horribly wrong with the Devil to save his dying dad and now is stuck with the curse that stand up to his side of the deal, and that is whenever evil is around his head becomes a flaming skull, his motorcycle turns on fire and he becomes the Ghost Rider. When the Devil comes back and wants to unleash a new form on boy, Blaze is hired to save the boy so his curse will be lifted. During all of this you feel no pain, no remorse for Blaze in this, now I will say it, complete superhero mess. Nicolas, you're an academy award winning actor... stop doing these crap films and coming off as a douchbag in them. Poorly done, looking at it gives you a headache, boring, no heart, bad acting particularly from the main man him self, as you can imagine. I'm pleased to give this;


Monday, 13 February 2012

Review: The Woman in Black

Next review is for "The Woman in Black", the terrifying ghost story based on the novel by Susan Hill and the stage play which scared the hell out of me and starring Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer from London travelling to the countryside of England to sell a deserted house. As he gets there he realises a chilling history and something which has haunted the local village. So as from a line in the trailer above, Arthur won't find a local buyer. The film I thought was very well done, very scary and Daniel Radcliffe, after being in those series of films, which I can't I... don't really remember the name of, has shown that he can do different pieces of acting and really serious mature acting once again. While I didn't think it was as scary as the play, it's beautifully filmed and will make you jump in some places and might make you feel a little scared to be alone when you come home from the cinema. I'm pleased to give "The Woman in Black";

4/5-Very Good

2012 BAFTA Winners and Review

So I'm sure you guys were aware that last night were the BAFTAS, live at the Royal Opera House with Sir Stephen Fry hosting (how awesome is that) and yeah gotta tell you it was a pretty good show. The awards were given to the right winners and if you guys don't who the winners were, here's what I'll do which is a lot a different from my review of the Golden Globes. Basically I'll just make the list of the winners and the follow ups and then after the list then I'll give you my full review and opinion on the winners. Okay here we go.

Best Film: "The Artist"
Runners Up: "The Descendants", "Drive", "The Help" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy".

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist"
Runners Up: Tomas Alfredson for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", Lynne Ramsey for "We Need to Talk About Kevin", Nicolas Winding Refn for "Drive" and Martin Scorsese for "Hugo".

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin for "The Artist"
Runners Up: George Clooney for "The Descendants", Michael Fassbender for "Shame", Gary Oldman for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Brad Pitt for "Moneyball".

Best Actress: Meryl Streep for "The Iron Lady"
Runners Up: Berenice Bejo for "The Artist", Viola Davis for "The Help", Tilda Swinton for "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Michelle Williams for "My Week with Marilyn".

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer for "Beginners"
Runners Up: Kenneth Branagh for "My Week with Marilyn", Jim Broadbent for "The Iron Lady", Jonah Hill for "Moneyball" and Phillip Seymour Hoffman for "The Ides of March".

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer for "The Help"
Runners Up: Jessica Chastain for "The Help", Judi Dench for "My Week with Marilyn", Melissa McCarthy for "Bridesmaids" and Carey Mulligan for "Drive".

Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film: 
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Runners Up: "My Week with Marilyn", "Senna", "Shame" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin".

Best Screenplay (Original): "The Artist"
Runners Up: "Bridesmaids", "The Guard", "The Iron Lady" and "Midnight in Paris".

Best Screenplay (Adapted): "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Runners Up: "The Descendants", "The Help", "The Ides of March" and "Moneyball".

Best Cinematography: "The Artist"
Runners Up: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "Hugo", "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "War Horse".

Best Editing: "Senna"
Runners Up: "The Artist", "Drive", "Hugo" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy".

Best Production Design: "Hugo"
Runners Up: "The Artist", "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2", "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "War Horse".

Best Costume Design: "The Artist"
Runners Up: "Hugo", "Jane Eyre", "My Week with Marilyn" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy".

Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music: Ludovic Bource for 
"The Artist"
Runners Up: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", Howard Shore for "Hugo", Alberto Inglesias for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and John Williams for "War Horse".

Best Make-Up/Hair: "The Iron Lady"
Runners Up: "The Artist", "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2", "Hugo" and "My Week with Marilyn".

Best Sound: "Hugo"
Runners Up: "The Artist", "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2", "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "War Horse".

Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2"
Runners Up: "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn", "Hugo", "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "War Horse".

Best Film Not in the English Language: "The Skin I Live In"
Runners Up: "Incendies", "Pina", "Potiche" and "A Separation".

Best Animated Feature Film: "Rango"
Runners Up: "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" and "Arthur Christmas".

Best Documentary: "Senna"
Runners Up: "George Harrison: Living in a Material World" and "Project Nim".

Orange Wednesday's Rising Star: Adam Deacon
Runners Up: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chris O'Dowd and Eddie Redmayne.

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: 
Paddy Considine and Diarmid Scrimshaw for "Tyrannosaur"
Runners Up: Joe Cornish for "Attack of the Block", Will Sharpe, Tom Kingsley and Sarah Brockelhurst for "Black Pond", Ralph Finnes for "Coriolanus" and Richard Ayoade for "Submarine".

Best Short Animation: "A Morning Stroll"
Runners Up: "Abuelas" and "Bobby Yeah".

Best Short Film: "Pitch Black Heist"
Runners Up: "Chalk", "Mwansa the Great", "Only Sound Remains" and "Two & Two".

Okay so in total, I thought the decisions they made this year were brilliant, "The Artist" was as you can see with 7 BAFTAS including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Music etc. and of course "The Artist" deserves all those awards and there is no doubt that it's gonna win at the Oscars, I believe it might win all it's nominations. Anyway for the other wins, I was kind of 50/50 on "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" but then again when you look at it's competitors that it won against such Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay, it's really the best film to win those. But for me honestly I didn't think "Tinker Tailor..." was the brilliant film everyone said it was, as I found it a bit slow. But anyway on to the other winners, of course Meryl Streep had to win for her performance as Maggie Thatcher even though I've still not seen the film, don't think I will to be honest, but obviously I'll route for her cos she's one of the best. I was also happy with Octavia Spencer for winning for "The Help" and Christopher Plummer for "Beginners" as Best Supporting Actress and Actor. I was bit surprised though that "Rango" won for best animated film instead of "Tintin", as I thought "Rango" was okay, I mean it looked stunning but it was clearly no masterpiece. So for the rest of the night, good choice of winners as I said before, also Martin Scorsese won for the BAFTA Fellowship as he deserves too and the legendary John Hurt won for outstanding contribution to British Cinema, plus you had Sir Tom Jones perform "Thunderball" for the 50th Anniversary of James Bond, you can't beat that. But anyway if you wanna leave a comment about the show at the bottom go ahead and now it's time to get ready for the Oscars.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Review: The Muppets

It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time to meet the Muppets as they are back on the big screen after their last cinema appearance 11 years ago. In this new adventure written by and starring "How I Met Your Mother" star Jason Segal, the Muppets meet their biggest fan, new Muppet Walter, who after hearing from the evil Tex Richman, played by Chris Cooper, that the old Muppet theatre is being torn down, Walter along with his human brother Gary (Segal) and Gary's girlfriend Mary, played by Amy Adams, go to get Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Swedish Chief, Animal, Scooter, god I could go on there's so many of them, anyway they go to get them back together after they've been apart for a long time, to perform a show to save their old theatre. The movie is just gorgeous, a wonderful sense of nostalgia is felt throughout it and just seeing these characters that I've loved since I was a kid, was just pure gold it really was. Great songs, acting, very funny, surprise celebrity cameos and I think you may cry a little bit... I certainly nearly did. Thank god for Jason Segal who wrote the movie and brought the Muppets back on the big screen, I am very proud to give "The Muppets";


Manah, Manah!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Review: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D

Ladies and Gentleman, it's time to return... 'A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away!'

Sorry I just had to do that. But yes, the "Star Wars" saga is back on the big screen in 3D. I cannot tell you how happy I am that I get to see these movies again being as I told you before the biggest "Star Wars" fan. For those who don't know "Star Wars", "Phantom Menace" will be a great start into this magnificent film series, that has become a global phenomenon. But onto what I thought of "Phantom Menace" itself, I first saw it back in 1999 when I was I think 11 years old. I was so excited to see the movie being a fan of the original and great trilogy and watching it now that I'm 23 and seeing it in one of the cinemas I first saw it in, was pretty magical. But the movie itself, I gotta say, while most fans consider this the least popular of the saga, I really like "Phantom Menace'. I mean yes it's a bit childish and silly in some places and it stars literally the most annoying film character ever created, Jar Jar Binks, but funny thing is I love him for being annoying... well okay not that much. But it does have some spectacular sequences in it, such as the underwater scenes, the pod-race scene and the final light-sabre duel with a memorable "Star Wars" villain, Darth Maul and his awesome double-edge light-sabre. And let's not be forgetting John William's iconic music which gets me excited every time. So that's what I love about the movie I saw when I was 11, but now onto the changes that Mr George Lucas has done. First of all Yoda has been changed into his CG self, that we saw in the later prequel films, and originally he was his puppet self from the original trilogy, but I think he looks better in CG. And of course there's the 3D which I thought, if being honest, no effect whatsoever. But hey I'm not surprised or ticked off, I was just happy that I'm seeing possibly the best film series ever made back on the big screen. Enjoy your journey back a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Sorry I said it again, couldn't help it. But anyway I'd like to give "Phantom Menace' itself;

4/5-Very Good

And a;

2/5-Poor (For the 3D).

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Happy Birthday John Williams

Big News today guys as one of the greatest living composers who has brought us the most memorable scores ever heard, there isn't anyone in the world who hasn't heard them, turns 80 today. The legendary John Williams. To celebrate here is my list of 25 of his greatest pieces of work in my opinion, they need no description and no introduction. Happy Birthday Mr Williams, may the force be with you!

1. The Flying Theme from "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982).

2. The Raider's March (Indiana Jones Theme) from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981).

3. Theme from "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" (1977).

4. Theme from "Superman: The Movie" (1978).

5. The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) from "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980).

6. Theme from "Jaws" (1975).

7. Theme from "Jurassic Park" (1993).

8. Theme from "Schindler's List" (1993).

9. Flight to Neverland from "Hook" (1991).

10. Hedwig's Theme from "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (2001).

11. Hymn to the Fallen from "Saving Private Ryan" (1998).

12. Duel of the Fates from "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" (1999).

13. The Dance of the Witches from "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987).

14. Main Titles and Somewhere in my Memory from "Home Alone" (1990).

15. Main Titles from "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" (2011).

16. Harry's Wondrous World from "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (2001).

17. Luke and Leia's Theme from "Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi" (1983).

18. Love Theme from "Superman: The Movie" (1978).

19. Where Dreams Are Born from "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (2001).

20. Yoda's Theme from "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980).

21. Princess Leia's Theme from "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" (1977).

22. Cadillac of the Skies from "Empire of the Sun" (1987).

23. Suite from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977).

24. Plowing from "War Horse" (2011).

25. The Throne Room & Finale from "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" (1977).

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Review: Man on a Ledge

My next review of February is for the new action thriller set-piece "Man on a Ledge". Sam Worthington plays Nick Cassidy, a former cop arrested for being accused of stealing a $40,000,000 diamond from a guy named David Englander, played by Ed Harris. Nick escapes from police custody and heads to New York where to prove his innocence, stands outside on ledge to the Roosevelt Hotel while his brother and his brother's girlfriend steal the diamond, and the rest if you wanna know, see the film to find out what Nick's got in mind. Anyway that being said, the movie although it's no masterpiece is still enjoyable but at times pretty silly, it kind of reminded me of "Phone Booth" it being a centre-piece in Manhattan but with a few different things. Also if you wanna see the incredibly gorgeous Genesis Rodriguez in her bra at one point, then trust me it will be worth the money. Kind of. Anyway I'd give "Man on a Ledge" a decent and good fun;


Saturday, 4 February 2012

Review: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

My next review for February is the new fun family adventure "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island", sequel to 2008's "Journey to the Centre of the Earth". In the sequel, Josh Hutcherson reprises his character from the first film Sean Anderson, who receives a radio signal from his grandfather, played by the legendary Sir Michael Caine, saying he's found Jules Verne's Mysterious Island. Accompanied by his step father, played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson they begin searching for Sean's grandfather on the island, and come face to face with giant lizards, tiny elephants and Sean gets a tip from his step father on how to impress the girl of their team, played by Vanessa Hudgens, that is to pop his pecks. The movie I thought was awesome, it's a great family adventure, filled with laughs, cool action scenes and good performances as well. However it won't make kids read about Jules Verne, but never the less they'll still have an awesome 3D ride, and now can I say, good to finally have a 3D film where the 3D effects come in handy! Any way I'm pleased to give "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island";

3/5- Good

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Review: The Descendants

Hey guys, welcome to February of 2012, and to kick it off I have another review and this is for George Clooney's new film and what won him the Golden Globe this year for best actor in a drama, "The Descendants". Clooney plays Matt King, a man along with his family live in Hawaii where he learns that after his wife has a boat accident and is in a coma, it will be unlikely that she will wake up from it. With Matt and his two daughters realising a tragic loss they have to go through, he learns that his wife was keeping a very big secret from him and one that they test the fact on whether or not he will always love her. The film is just absolutely brilliant, the script is superb, smart, witty and sad at the same time and I think by far this is Clooney's best performance. He does what he does best as an actor he portrays emotion brilliantly and knows when to be funny in a scene, and I could easily tell that this role was made for him. I would absolutely recommend this lovely, lovely film to all people I know whether you're a George Clooney fan or not. I proudly give "The Descendants";