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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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

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..

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.

 

 

 

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

http://inherentvicemovie.com/

Recommended…

In a California beach community, private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) tends to work his cases through a smoky haze of marijuana. One day, Shasta, a former lover, arrives out of the blue to plead for Doc’s help; it seems that Shasta’s current beau, rich real-estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann, has a wife who may be plotting to commit him to a mental hospital. When Mickey and Shasta both disappear, Doc navigates a psychedelic world of surfers, stoners and cops to solve the case.

This movie.. was fun and amazing and surprising.

It’s dark and spins and twists.

The drugs elements play a part to the story, but if you’re not a part of that world or interested do play a big part to the story.

Joaquin Phoenix plays his role fully.. in an almost Johnny Depp’ esque mastery.. if you know what we mean.

There is a few castings.. we’d have suggested changing out.. but we’ll be nice for now..

There were also some gems.. the fact that they were filming in LA may have made that easier.

If you’ve ever visited there.. you’ll know the places and the “vibe” – think Venice beach at night.. and the contrast..

Rich => Power => Sex => Corruption

One of our favourite characters is Jade.. for so many reasons..

What’s real.. what’s paranoia.. enjoy the ride..

If you’ve seen Mulholland Drive this isn’t as dark.. but resonants with that original energetic.

Yes.. hard to describe without giving away the plots..   Yes extreme in places.. and yes possibly 15-30mins too long.. but all in all .. a movie that shows what film making can be .. and a great contrast to Kingsman.. out at the same time..

 

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..

 

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