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.

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

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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

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.

Zoolander 2

Zoolander 2

Yes you read that right. Zoolander 2.

It’s incredible to think that it’s been so long since Zoolander first came to screen and made Blue Steel and Magnum part of modern culture.

Perhaps you’ve never seen the first movie, well grab some popcorn and friends and settle in.

Zoolander 2 continues when we didn’t know how they could.

Penelope Cruz joins the leads, an ex swimwear model now Interpol agent .. Yes you read that right.

There are some great cameos and spoofs of other movies – subtly done and while it builds slowly, the whole cinema cracked up more than once.

For us this was a slow and unexpected surprise which made a great Sunday matinee movie.

This won’t win any best movies ever, but if you want to switch off and enjoy some fun then this maybe the movie for you.

We’re still stunned they managed to get Sting, Justin Bieber, Tommy Hilfigger and many more.

There’s also some classic product shots Uber.

So why the big names ? Perhaps enjoying the joke and for their kids / grandkids… ?

So, without spiking the plot.. Yes there is some cheesy weak acting moments, however if you like your fashion fabulous, and you want to laugh and let go for a bit, then maybe Zoolander 2 is for you.

Overall:

  • Filmblast 7/10
  • Casting: 7/10
  • Cinematography: 8/10
  • Script: 6/10
  • Humour: 7/10

Synopsis:

Models Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) must stop a conspiracy to kill the world’s most beautiful people.

Release date: February 12, 2016 (United Kingdom)
Director: Ben Stiller
Film series: Zoolander
Music composed by: Theodore Shapiro
Screenplay: Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux, John Hamburg, Nicholas Stoller

Bridge of Spies

Movie just finished .. Really quite good .. Makes you think .. And grateful for the times we live in today.

The Bridge of Spies, looks on the surface like a homage to many other spy movies, that we’ve grown to know and love, but the combination of Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg and a relatively unknown story and a great script create something that is quite mesmerising.

The story told from the other side would make an interesting compliment.

However the movie is made from a Western perspective, however without some of the filters we often face.

There are true characters and moments that make you feel.

And as you probably know by know what we love are those moments when light and sound on a screen truly move you.

We left thoughtful and grateful, Bridge of Spies is a thoughtful movie, a good movie, a great movie.

Several days later we’re still loving it, and happy to recommend it, and especially for those of us that remember when the wall came down in Berlin – and perhaps when it went up – makes you think.

How close we came..

Thank you Standing Man 🙂

Film Summary: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.

Storyline: 8/10 – great story and based in a real world that we still remember

Graphics: 8/10 – great moments and mood as you’d expect from a master

Casting: 7/10 – there’s only a few castings that grated, or perhaps weaker acting.. but generally spot on. the leads are truly on form.

Overall.. 8/10 – definitely one to watch

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

 

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