Zootopia

From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.

  • Overall: 9/10
  • Story: 9/10
  • Graphics: 8/10
  • Sound: 8/10

The story has multiple layers.. simple and easy to watch for the kids (though still a few scary bits for the super little ones..), and at the same time a deeper layer for adults..

The world starts like you’d expect from a Disney cartoon and then takes a twist.

There is humour.

There are unexpected moments.

This is fun, easy and you’ll leave going.. that was worth it.

Batman vs Superman

It’s been nearly two years since Superman’s (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel.

This is a really interesting movie, at an interesting time in cinema.

Netflix’s Daredevil has been setting the bar for adult comic adaptions, meanwhile there are so many kid friendly mega franchises coming together that it’s going to be interesting to see what comes next.

So.. the double bill.. yes.. do it.. Whether you watch it at home or in the cinema, you’ll benefit from watching Man of Steel knowing that Batman vs Superman is coming up.

After all .. how could Batman come to not be pro-Superman…

The movie itself does a lot.. it has a lot of plotlines and elements, and both sets up the future.. and completes some arcs for those who know the comic book stories.

Highlights.. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.. she’s going to be great.. (fingers crossed).

Lowlights.. We love -Jesse Eisenberg – see Now You See Me etc.. – but as Lex Luther.. a bit too Joker.. for those of us who are used to him being the cool super villain with a brain to rival Tony Stark.. The other surprise was Amy Adams, who plays Lois Lane.. When you watch both the movies together.. she just seems flat.. I think a function of the writing and the focus, and finding the balance between action and romance.

Biggest Surprises … Ben Affleck as a dark and brooding Batman.. and what was that.. Aquaman (but not the Adrian Grenier /
Vincent Chase from Entourage (ed. which would have made us all .. well so so so happy had it been awesome)

  • Overall.. 8/10
  • Story: 8/10
  • GFX: 8/10
  • Music: 8/10
Kung Fu Panda 3

Kung Fu Panda 3

This is the movie we’ve waited for, for what seems like an eternity

When the first Kung Fu Panda came out, it was a breath of fresh air.

Unexpected.

Funny

Beautiful

Poignant

A decade later Po has met his father and … well.. sorry..

This could have been the movie to lift us all up.

As it was, it felt flat.

My friend who saw the screening said it best..

Visuals: 8/10 – it’s beautiful
Score: 8/10 – beautiful music
Story: 5/10 – … enough said

To make it worst.. we know chi masters.. we love tai chi.. ( www.MasterTaiChi.com ) , we love all the elements.. but if the first movie taught us that there is no secret ingredient… it perhaps didn’t get that message over.. The formula has been repeated. There were some incredible scenes, and unfortunately.. the movie turns into the worst of disney serial animation.

Perhaps .. the writers having turned out not just the movie, but countless episodes of kick, bash .. we win.., coupled with a need to keep the movie short for the young audience, took a movie that could have had depth and legacy and made well a nice.. easy to watch at home when babysitting movie.

Sorry..

The opening scenes were some of the best, and gave a set up for what could have been epic.

The challenge.. our dragon warrior is more and more a farce. He hasn’t really matured, and in many ways the time passed since the first movie has turned him into a character. On day one.. you can forgive the flaws.. but imagine Harry Potter facing Voldemort.. and dropping his wand and forgetting the spells.. it just wouldn’t cut it.

Did we enjoy it.. yes.

But then again we love movies.

Did we love it .. well NO..

If we could edit out the bad bits, and make an awesome 15 minute short film.. then yes.
But poor dialogues, weak story archs.. it feels like the franchise is dead.

The tragedy.. it will probably spawn another.. series.. based of the stories of Oogway or others..

However our enthusiasm is gone..

Sorry..

Overall : 5/10
Suggestion: watch at home with young kids..

Living large and loving life, Po (Jack Black) realizes that he has a lot to learn if he’s going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor (Dustin Hoffman). After reuniting with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston), Po must transition from student to teacher and train a group of fun-loving, clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters. Together, the kung-fu brethren unite to take on the evil Kai (J.K. Simmons), a supernatural warrior who becomes stronger with each battle.
Release date: March 11, 2016 (United Kingdom)
Directors: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni
Box office: 323.8 million USD
Film series: Kung Fu Panda
Production companies: DreamWorks Animation, Oriental DreamWorks

 

 

Mad Max – Fury Road

Full review to follow.

But for now.. recommended.. especially on the IMAX

Avengers The Age of Ultron

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Thank you..

For those of us that love big cinema, big action, special effects, real movie stars and to suspend our disbelief for a few hours.. Thank You.

Just one request.. more movies more often..

We reviewed this at the IMAX, and personally that’s the way to go.

The quality of the imagery shines, and the sound track and the humorous small touches.

Storyline: 7/10.. it’s a bit weak in places, but only for the more intelligent viewer.. who questions.. “spoiler police..”

Graphics: 8/10 – could have done more with the 3D

Casting: 8/10 – generally tried and tested.. but some interesting choices.. with some all too well known faces .. if not names..

Overall.. 8/10 – good movie.. in the series.. now bring on the next instalment..

The challenge.. for those of us that love the joy of watching back to back on Netflix, the slow and steady build up to the Marvel Cinematic Universe feels like it’s taken for ever..

We know it’s coming..

We can feel it..

Please..

They have us.

This is the best franchise in town.

They know it

We know it.

Now..

What if .. it was an 18 movie?

What if … there was a different marketing model?

What if..

 

Jupiter Ascending

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Summary: Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under signs that predicted future greatness, but her reality as a woman consists of cleaning other people’s houses and endless bad breaks. Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered hunter, arrives on Earth to locate her, making Jupiter finally aware of the great destiny that awaits her: Jupiter’s genetic signature marks her as the next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Ok.. so this movie had an amazing trailer, it’s made my the team that made the Matrix.. it’s going to be amazing.. and well.. it’s…

See we can’t even say it.. it just wasn’t.

They had the budget, they had the experience and what they produced.. was Cinderella in Space, meets Marvel Comic book special effects, meets… Game of Thrones..

Still sounding great right..

Our hero – rescuer.. can surf on the air.. with his boots.. – but for some reason no one else has them.. Think Marty McFly’s hover board.. only without the board.. again..cool right.

I think this is the catch.. at this point.. too many people went .. oh yes.. that will be cool.. and so what we end up with is a movie.. that’s almost non stop action.. lots of shooting and random bits..

Lots of deep plots that well aren’t that many twists.

Maybe too much memories of Flash Gordon..

Again.. we went in ready to love this.. ready to really love this.. and watching it on Imax.. some beautiful moments.. but lots of “really”… “oh really”..

Of course Bees were engineered.. of course a single broken piece of glass destroys an entire base.. – they can handle space and rescue suits that repair.. but a fire brigade or super repair crew.. of course not..

Cyber Punk still allusions to 16th century noble records and lawyers.. which are handled.. with a $100 bribe.. all just very surreal.. and well breaking the suspension of disbelief.

I think with the elements in place.. this could have been amazing.

I still some of the premises posed are smart.. but the resolution.. well just bad and unsatisfying.

This is a teen flick.. and not a good one.

This had promise.. and well I’m sorry.. but it’s one to Film Blast.

 

 

 

Ex Machina

Ex Machina – not the movie you’ll expect from the trailers.

Alex Garland’s stylish sci-fi thriller Ex Machina is out on limited release today (with full general UK release on Friday 23rd).  The film tells the story of a young programmer at the world’s largest internet company who wins a competition to spend a week at the retreat of Nathan, the company’s reclusive CEO.  When he arrives at the remote location he finds he has been chosen to be the human component in a test to evaluate the human qualities of Nathan’s latest experiment, a beautiful female A.I.  The eerie electronic score by composers Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow (of Portishead) was mixed by Rupert Coulson.

In a current ever connected world, with the mega-corps being Apple and the like.. this vision of the future doesn’t feel like it’s too far ahead.

In doing this review we don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet. Which is quite challenging as we so want to to talk about those bits..

The visuals – fairly stunning and as we’ve seen special effects really make this movie work in the current time in a way they couldn’t before.

Our friends at Sharing Our Solutions showed us the holographic avatars are a few years ago and it helps connect the dots.

Twenty minutes before the end – we heard – “come on . When does this end ?” … we stuck with it and glad we did.

Too many overly gratuitous shots .. perhaps .. And do they really add to the story?
If we were to swap the genders of the roles would full frontal male nudity have been as acceptable.

We leave thinking..

Quiet..

This will take time to simmer ..

The ideas will definitely ripple and for those that are interested in the question of reality and authenticity it poses some distinct viewpoints which are refreshing.

As our mum heard her mum say “Don’t believe a sausage by its skin.

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Interstellar 2014 Review

Interstellar 2014 Film Review

FilmBlast™ Ratings

  • Overall: Film Blast Off™
  • Visuals 9/10
  • Audio 8/10
  • Story 8/10
  • Summary: A Movie that will have you thinking about the very nature of time, space and our purpose here.. and maybe .. everywhere.
    If you like Sci-Fi, you’ll love it..
  • Most Like: Gravity, Many Old school Sci-Fi/Anime.

Produced by Christopher Nolan.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Matt Damon.

Interstellar is an epic and profound film with technical miracle and a powerful narrative in which a team of astronauts, led by Matthew McConaughey venture into the cosmos in search of a new home for humanity. The film presents the future now, with the biosphere of earth in the clutch of disease that blights food crops resulting in grey-brown powder drifting acrossthe land into houses, cars and in all spaces on earth resulting in famine.

Can mankind overcome this famine? What is needed to succeed? What is mankind doing that appears to be the right thing but for the wrong reason? In order to make progress, what must we leave behind?

The film explores extraordinary ideas and takes the viewer on an emotional roller coaster. The narrative presents a father following his destiny, leaves his family, including a daughter who is distraught with the decision of the father to honour his destiny to preserve the future of humanity by finding another habitable planet. The story is dramatized with intense plots that keep the viewer completely immersed in the twists and surprises within the story.

There is never a dull moment, humour, suspense, complex decisions, questions relating to love – what does love mean? How do we respond to time and survival? Do we care – Do we care for self or for the whole of humanity? The impact of quantum physics, the wormhole, the fifth dimension, nature of time as non-linear and the function of gravity.

The film presents more questions than answers for example, reflective questions relating to love and quantum physics. The viewer is left with complex ontological questions on the path is destiny as well as the power of commitment to an agreement.

Interstellar is a most accomplished film and I encourage you to view the film and keep the conversations on the future that we want to create active.

Neslyn Watson-Druée | www.Neslyn.com
8 November 2014

Reviewed on behalf of FilmBlast™ and WisdomWorldWide.com

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014

FilmBlast: 8/10 Blast Off

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 is becoming the biggest unexpected success of 2014.

For those of us that grew up during the era of the Turtles, it’s a comic myth which feels as deep as that of the Batman.

The opening sequence is truly beautiful art, and for those of you that don’t yet know the original comic.. check out the documentary.Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles://www.imdb.com/title/tt3817848/

Turtle Power

 

Movies to look forward to in 2014

A lot of great movies came out in 2013, so I can definitely say it was a good year for the film industry. Some of the movies anticipated by the people are Furious 6, Thor: The Dark World, Les Miserables and so on.

Here are some of the movies for the first half of the year that will appear on the big screen. The dates of the showing may still change, but I hope this list helps you in planning out your trip to the theater this year.

 

January Movies

Jan 3       Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Jan 10     The Legend of Hercules
Jan 10     The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
Jan 17     The Nut Job
Jan 17     Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jan 24     I, Frankenstein
Jan 31     That Awkward Moment

Paranormal Activity

One of the anticipated movies is Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Like it’s other Paranormal Activity franchise, the movie has a thriller/horror theme that will clearly send shivers down your spine.

 

The Legend of Hercules

The Legend of Hercules is about a Greek hero, the son of God Zeus, but was exiled because of forbidden love. He now needs to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom using his formidable power.

 

Adventurer The Curse of the Midas Box

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box is about a 17 year old boy who’s parents vanished and his younger brother is kidnapped. In the realm of child-kidnapping monsters, he stumbled upon the Midas Box and it’s secrets.

 

The Nut Job

The Nut Job is an animated film about a squirrel who’s outlawed from the park his park and forced to live in the big city. Luckily he tumble on the thing that can save him and the entire park community.

 

jack Ryan Shadow Recruit

The movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is about a CIA agent, who uncovers a Russian plot for the US economy to plunge with a terrorist attack.

 

I Frankenstein

I, Frankenstein is the first action/sci-fi movie of 2014. Frankenstein finds himself caught in a war between two immortal clans. Although it seems impossible, he will risk everything to save the human race.

 

That Awkward Moment

That Awkward Moment is about three Best Friends who finds themselves thinking about what to do with their dating relationship. This comedy/romance film will surely put a smile on your face, and some butterflies in your tummy.

 

February Movies

Feb 7       The LEGO Movie
Feb 12     Robocop
Feb 14     3 Days to Kill
Feb 28     Son of God
LEGO movie

The Lego Movie is about an ordinary minifigure mistaken to be an extraordinary master builder. He was recruited to stop the evil Lego tyrant from gluing the universe together.

 

Robocop

When a cop got critically injured in a assignment. The multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees this as an opportunity to create a part-man, part-robot police officer.

 

3 Days to Kill

Now 3 Days to Kill is an action movie about a secret agent who got sick. He wants to reconnect to his daughter but because of his sickness he needs to buy back his own life. He needs to do one final job, to kill in 3 days, in exchange for a cure.

 

Son of God

Son of God is a story about the life of Jesus, from birth, crucifixion and resurrection.

 

March Movies

Mar 7       300: Rise of an Empire
Mar 14     Need for Speed
Mar 28     Noah

300 Rise of an Empire

When the Persians advances their assault on Greece, a new hero arises.  General Themistocles is leading the Greeks in an all out war against the mortal-gos Xerxes. Personally, 300: Rise of an Empire, is a movie that I can’t wait to see.

 

Need for Speed

Need for Speed is based on the Famous Video Game. The story is about a street racer who was framed by a wealthy businessman and was put to jail. Straight from prison he now joins a country race event with revenge in mind.

 

Noah

Another Biblical Character emerges in the form of Noah. The movie is about his story, from the dreams and prophecy of God through his dreams tot he great flood that destroys the human race.

 

April Movies

Apr 4       Captain America: Winter Soldier
Apr 11     Rio 2
Apr 18     Transcendence

 

Captain America The Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier is the 2nd installment of the Captain America Movie. It’s packed with action and fighting scenes just like the previous film. Both comic book and non-comic book fan will enjoy watching as Captain America battles the Winter Soldier from Russia.

 

Rio 2

After finding out that there might be a whole flock of Blu and Jewel’s species, they set out an adventure to the Amazon rainforest to find others. For Blu it’s literally a jungle out there, especially after meeting his Father-in-law.

 

Transcendence

When a scientist is shot and was about to die his wife decided to download his mind to a computer. Making him very powerful and soon, unstoppable. Transcendence is a film that revolves around Artificial Intelligence, evolving and taking over everything.

 

May Movies

May 2       The Amazing Spiderman 2
May 16     Godzilla
May 23     X-Men: Days of the Future Past
May 30     Maleficent

 

The Amazing Spider Man 2

Peter Parker was under surveillance and a mysterious company known as Oscorp sends out super villains after finding out that he is Spiderman. Now he struggles to save the world and simultaneously save himself.

 

Godzilla

Godzilla is giant radioactive monster, appears to bring havoc to the human race. This Action/Adventure movie will surely entertain kids and adults alike.

 

Xmen Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of the Future Past is a movie directed by Bryan Singer. Wolverine was sent by the X-Men into the past to change history and prevent an event that will doom both humans and mutants in the future.

 

Maleficent

Maleficent is another movie that I am dying to see this year. It’s about the story of sleeping beauty, the only difference is, it’s shown through Maleficent’s eyes and what drove her to curse Aurora.

 

June Movies

Jun 6       Edge of Tomorrow
Jun 13     22 Jump Street
Jun 13     How to Train Your Dragon 2
Jun 27     Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

 

End of Tomorrow

Now Edge of Tomorrow is a sci-fi/action movie that surprised me. I wasn’t expecting much but after watching the trailer I’m sure I will watch this when it comes out. The movie is about an alien race invading Earth and a soldier caught in a time loop, reliving his last day in battle.

 

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street is certainly a comedy/action film and a sequel to 21 Jump Street movie. After going through high school twice, Schmidt and Jenko go in deep undercover in a local college. Their adventure and misadventures will surely make you laugh.

 

How to Train your Dragon 2

How to Train your Dragon 2 is an animated movie about a viking and his dragon. After uniting the dragons and the vikings, Hiccup and Toothless now needs to stand up to what they believe and protect the future both for humans and dragons.

 

Transformers 4 Age of Extinction

The Transformers series continues with this fourth movie. A mechanic and his daughter discovers the existence of Autobots and Decepticons. Which certainly puts them under the governments radar.

 

That are some of the movies to look forward to watching for the first half of 2014. We will feature other movies for the 2nd half soon. Watch out for it.