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..

 

Kingsman The Secret Service

Kingsman The Secret Service

 http://www.kingsmanmovie.com/

So.. is this the remake of British Cool.. the restart for JB.. James Bond.. we’ve been waiting for … or.. well something else.

Firstly this movie, knows it’s a movie, and know’s to play to the crowd.. the only question.. what crowd is it aiming at.. and we’re a little worried that it’s aimed after the kinda crowd.. that well.. isn’t necessarily the one we’d have chosen.. and in so doing.. will fail on multiple levels.. Yes it will get box office and applause.. but in a decade will it stand.. we think not. which is a shame.

There are some exceptional moments, some intelligent choreography and plot twists and for those of us who know.. http://s.ecret.me/ closer to the truth. (tell them Simon sent you..)

Ok.. the plus’.. it’s not overly sacharine.. You will laugh at time.. Strong athletics and physicality.. in places. Interesting plots and ideas..  One of the most striking is Algerian dancer and actress Sofia Boutella, who plays deadly henchwoman Gazelle.

The not so good.. overly gratuitous violence.. think for 15year old boys.. a weird anal sex line.. why required? what’s the point. Some silly overly simplified role plays – plebs vs not.. boys that say “bruv”..  The over the top swearing.. just so you can..

It was like someone had watched the English football hooligan movies and said.. what if we did that with James Bond.. and then had Mr Cool… Samuel L Jackson.. play the bad guy..

We overly simplify.

All in all.. we’re frustrated and fascinated.

This could have been amazing.

As it is.. I’m not even sure if we’d recommend you go watch it..

Shaun of the Dead – had humour..

Kingsman.. falls over and doesn’t quite cut it.

So.. who let the script through? do they care?

Will there be a sequel?

 

 

What could have been a really intelligent long standing movie that was genre defining was in our view let down by production and directorial vision..

 

We’ve been asked to help with a few film projects and we’re clearer why this happens.. Someone starts thinking ego, money and funny.. not real artwork and edutainment.

 

For me.. the opening pieces were most telling and poignant.

 

So.. if you loved The Avengers.. , 60s tv.. and well you want a silly movie.. watch this..

 

can you tell we’re confused our self..  we so want to love Kingsman…. time for a fan cut.. or reboot..

 

And Sir Michael C.. a gem as always..

 

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

 

The Equalizer

FilmBlast: 8/10

The Equalizer is a movie that lives up to the trailer – if you like the genre.

We’re clear that is stepped up the bar around several areas, which we’ll let you enjoy to experience.

There are some more intelligent nods than in most action movies.. the old man and the sea.. and others.

Most interesting for our reviewers was the paradox of “You are who you are” and “You can chance who you are”.

Both these points of view and made clear and at the same time, left to be considered.

Denzel Washington does an amazing job of portraying a believable character, in a role which he has come to play in a number of films over the years.

This is great.. martial arts and speed/efficiency.. taking the best of true Tai Chi, Naked Kill, Krav Maga and other practical skills.

There are also nods at the end.. to the “Kung Fu” sagas and A-Team mythology. if no one else can help you.. make you can find..

Key Cast:

  • Denzel Washington
  • Robert McCall
  • Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Marton Csokas
  • Dan Bilzerian

Melissa LeoThe Equalizer

 

The Plot Summary:

McCall is a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri, he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

47 Ronin

47_Ronin_poster47 Ronins is out now in cinemas, and I was ecstatic that I get to watch it in it’s premier showing here. The story begins when Lord Asano of Ako, together with his Samurai was hunting in the forest and found a half-breed, exhausted and injured.One of the leading Samurai disapproves to take the half-breed back with them, believing that he is a demon and will bring bad luck to the land but Lord Asano sees something in him and decided to take him under his care.

Several years later, Kai, the half-breed has grown into a fine man. He is very thankful to Lord Asano for taking care of him, not only was Lord Asano a great leader and father he also did a good job in making Ako a rich land.

The tragedy started when the Shogun arranged a tournament between the best warrior of Lord Asano and Lord Kira. That night Lord Asano is bewitched in hurting Lord Kira and was punished by the Shogun to commit Seppukku, leaving the Samurais leaderless and becoming Ronins.

Recognizing that everything is part of Lord Kira’s evil plan, Oishi, the master Ronin, made a vow to avenge their master. Now it’s up to Kai and the forty-seven Ronins to give back the Honor of their master that was stolen from him.

The movie is based on a true story popularized by the fictional accounts known as Chūshingura. Personally I like the movie even if a lot of Japanese is showing otherwise.

The movie is packed with action and special effects that are both pleasing to the eyes. You can say that it’s a testosterone filled movie with just enough drama and love story along the way.

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.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby Review

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The trailer is a wonderful piece of cinema – rich, luscious, enticing and teasing which we’ve come to love and expect from Baz Luhrmann.

So it was with anticipation that we went to the screening.

The movie starts slowly and draws you in, weaving a tapestry of plots and characters that will entice and revolt, delight and surprise.

To avoid too many more spoilers, this is an adult film with adult themes, which touched on many aspects and I’m sure will have people coming back to watch time after time.

The stellar cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire play their roles well and Leonardo is a great Gatsby. For a man who has played his life from the early days in stellar roles and living a Gatsbyesque lifestyle it seems apt.

This is a piece of art produced outside of time and with a heart that comes across.

It has some dark elements, which highlight all the more the good and joyful aspects of the movie.

Our need to fit in, to be perceived as doing right, to earn money, to love and be loved, to trust and be trusted – all these and more are exposed in this movie.