Turbo Kid

This is a very interesting piece of film making.

We saw the trailers but hadn’t got around to watching it until today’s session.

Well filmed, clearly a love from the film makers for the subject, but not to everyone’s taste.

If you grew up on 70/80s films, games and tv series you’ll have a fondness which will help positively spin.

There are some touching moments.

There are some incredible shots.

There is genius in the costume, set and prop design.

Overall.. 6/10

  • Story: 8/10
  • Music: 8/10
  • Filming: 8/10

The negatives are the genre, Graphic violence albeit caricatured. 

  

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man show is a mix of British crime thriller at its best with a hint of agents of shield.

The premise.. A lucky charm gives the holder luck. 

There is a cost though.. Everything must balance.

And so an innocent opening turns into chaos episode by episode.

Twists and turns.

This is not one for the kids though, dark, death, corruption and violence.

The episodes show the London we know so well, and there are some bigger arcs.

The universe of the show is very much modern day London now.

We kept wondering when there would be a crosse over to the world of Limitless or Mission Impossible or ..

So what would you do if you thought you were always going to have luck on your side ?

Oh and the underworld mastermind want the bracelet for themselves at all costs.

How far would you go?

Overall 7/10

Story: 7/10 – a bit normal and overly complex

Visual: 7/10 – British vibe .. Could have pushed it more .

Audio: 7/10

  

Limitless TV Series

We loved the movie Limitless for so many reasons.

We know some savant like geniuses (thanks to SimonX.com) and they have showed us that well fact maybe closer than fiction..

Meanwhile, there is no sequel coming.. (Shame), so this TV series fits the bill.

It takes on just after the movie or in parallel.

Familiar faces (care of Bradley Cooper <thankfully>) and some faces you will recognise from other tv hits.

The music remains, the plots ..

Well that’s the catch.. So far a few shows in we’re somewhere close to numbers but with a gloss of mentalist and ..

It’s working and ..

Some great characters.. 

But less of the depth and suspense than the movie.

If you loved the movie you’ll find yourself smiling along.

We can be more than we are.. Right ?

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.

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Highrise

A doctor (Tom Hiddleston) moves into a London skyscraper where rising tensions and class warfare lead to anarchy

We walked in.. only knowing a little..

We left stunned.

This has the mix of elements and an amazing cast, that should make for a cult classic.

There are at least 3 movies in one..

The visuals are stunning.

The performances will take you by surprise.

The story has twists.

The end.. well not to the tastes of many.

Highlights: Jeremy Irons.. outstandingly believable and the visual look of the high rise.

  • Overall: 8/10
  • Story: 7/10
  • Acting: 9/10
  • Score: 8/10
  • Visual: 9/10

 

Ok.. so now for the spoilers. by the end.. there is truly shocking elements. Civilisation collapses. There is violence and death. This is not the movie for the kids on a Saturday night.

We left shaken and thoughtful.

It will stay with us.

This is what movie making was before the elements of VFX.. that cater to the masses.

I think the similarities between the poster for this and Clockwork Orange may tell you all you need to..

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Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad has an on point trailer and is looking great.

The premise: Supervillains accept a secret government mission that will likely result in their deaths.

There is a great animated version which are expecting to be close to the actual film, based on the trailers.. but we’ll see..

Coming in 2016..

Update: August 2016

Ok.. so that was the highlight.. the trailer.. we’ve now seen the movie.. and well we’re sorry.

The trailers were awesome.

We love the story, what looked like great casting and the possibility of something fun, exciting and timely..

In stead.. well it just didn’t work.

Probably trying to please too many people.

Compare that with Deadpool.. which has rocked.. and everyone that gets it loved.

They understand being Marmite and Wasabi.

Disappointed is the word that most someones up the feedback from sampling over 100+ of our loyal reviewers and fans.

There are some great moments.. but where as sometimes you’re waiting for the teaser and excited.. we left.. ready to leave

Enchantress.. such a waste and not the plot line we’d have gone for.

We don’t know how this got authorised.. and green lit..

Why oh why..

Haven’t they been doing focus groups?

Here’s our quick review..

Overall: Filmblast 2/5

Soundtrack: 3-4/5

Look and Feel : 4/5

Story: 2/5

🙁

 

 

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

 

 

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Grimsby

This is a movie that makes no sense, and yet was made, and will I’m sure be watched again and again.

Partly it’s the right movie at the right time, much like the Carry On films. In fifty years from now will they look on this and laugh or despair.. who knows.

Nobby, a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, reunites with his long-lost brother Sebastian, a deadly MI6 agent, to prevent a massive global terror attack and prove that behind every great spy is an embarrassing sibling. Nobby has everything a man from Grimsby could want, including 11 children and the most gorgeous girlfriend in the northeast of England. There’s only one thing missing: his little brother, Sebastian, who Nobby has spent 28 years searching for after they were separated as kids. Nobby sets off to reunite with Sebastian, unaware that not only is his brother MI6’s deadliest assassin, but he’s just uncovered plans for an imminent global terrorist attack. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.

Director: Louis Leterrier

Cast: Mark Strong, Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Gabourey Sidibe, Penélope Cruz

Sacha Baron Cohen is his usual chaotic genius self, and in this role there is a tenderness that may have been missing from the Ali G, Borat and other personas.

The trailers had been skillfully crafted so that the actual punch lines and scenes still took the audience back.

When the scenes with the elephant kicked in.. the whole audience broke state and cracked up.

This is extreme, it’s silly, it’s Grimsby.

Overall: 7/10 – Film Blast Hit or Miss
Story: 7/10
Acting: 7/10
Film: 8/10
Soundtrack: 8/10

 

P.S.

It’s interesting that Penélope Cruz played a similiar role to her Zoolander 2 role. we look forward to seeing her in a lady leading role soon.

 

Deadpool

Deadpool Synopsis

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Ok.. What can I say..

I went with friend, we laughed, we came out happy, as it ended I said “just the right length” and yes we stayed for the sugar at the end .. Wait for it after the credits

DeadPool is not your usual marvel / xmen action flick for the kids.

It breaks the rules and makes itself a place that will I’m sure be a favourite for many more years to come – especially with those old enough to watch it now.

Without spooling the film and gags – it combines a Liam Neeson nightmare reference that is just so spot on and is very self aware.

You can imagine that this was fun to make, though the story of its making I’m sure will be a documentary to be seen soon..

It’s recent opening box office success is quite surprising, but then the timing of the release is good with not much direct competition and it’s February and we want to laugh and smile..

Points to think about.. (Spoilers)

  • At the end she does seem to forgive him far too easily.
  • His thing is that he’s ugly.. but well.. he isn’t.. not one of us want oh my god.. put the mask back on.
  • The baddies not so bad?
  • Not the biggest plot
  • Female leads.. / evolved.. just felt a bit old school.

The movie stands alone.. but if you have an appreciation for the industry, for X-men, Agents of Shield, Captain America, etc.. then this is a movie you’ll enjoy.

 

It won’t be too all tastes.

But then that’s ok.

… a week or so on..

Do I want to watch it again.. well not really.. I’m sure.. I’ll catch it on netflix or something in years to come and laugh again, but for now I’m good.. now onto the next installment.

Release date: February 10, 2016 (United Kingdom)
Director: Tim Miller
Running time: 1h 48m
Budget: 50 million USD
Production companies: 20th Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment, The Donners’ Company
Deadpool on twitter – https://twitter.com/deadpoolmovie
Graphics – 8/10
Script – 7/10
Fun – 9/10
Acting – 8.5/10
Overvall – 8/10 – Film Blast Off
Final thought..
If a movie is meant to entertain, and have us thinking..then this does.
This is not your usual hero movie.