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 ?

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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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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

 

 

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.

Sens8

Sens8, is the latest and most exciting new Netflix sci-fi drama series from Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix etc.. ) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5).

This trio has produced some incredible and very timely.

Take a look at the work of David Garcia and Creative Transformation – www.See.org and The Creativity Challenge, and you’ll see some of the roots behind the roots of this show.

It’s a beautiful mix of judgement and opinion..

ps. not safe for work.. and definitely and adult show..

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..

 

Whiplash

This movie.. is why we love movies.

Great story, great film, great ideas, and great energy.

The casting works well, and while some of the actors are well known they let themselves get into the parts.

There are a few scenes which go past the normal reality, but then that’s needed for this world of the hyper creative.

There is a clear love of music and love of the art.

Film Blast Off!!

One to watch

To become maximally creative we must risk everything – Simon Hedley

For those of us who’ve pushed past the boundaries many don’t know there are moments we understand. The love and “hate” we have for our coaches and mentors who aim to push past the limits we don’t even know we can surpass.

A first-year music student (Miles Teller) wins a seat behind the drums in a jazz band led by a teacher (J.K. Simmons) who uses fear and intimidation to push his students to perfection.
Initial release: January 16, 2014
Running time: 107 minutes
Screenplay: Damien Chazelle
Featured song: Whiplash
Awards: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, more

 

Want to go beyond your limits.. www.LimitLessNOW.com

 

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending: www.jupiterascending.com

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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.