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.

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

 

 

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

 

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.

The Delivery Man

This movie came and went and many people missed it.

The premise and the press junket.. made it seem like a classic comedy.

With Vince Vaughn – always the joker.. and Cobie Smulders (How I met your mother..)

we know what to expect right..

In truth, it’s very tender and points to human emotions.

It points to what matters.

Watch it..

Smile

You may even cry.

For those of us with children, who have lost children.

The script is beautiful.

Without Vince and Cobie it might have landed differently.

As it is.. it has a lightness and tenderness

that for us was apt and beautiful

Recommended.. 8/10

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

This is a very subtle and powerful film.

The quality of acting and care for the stories is very high.

Watch it and understand that this is not a fiction, that people are every day impacted by pharma companies and more.

We live in a world that is free.. and yet.. somehow we are not.

Often trapped by who we were, not who we are.

(Quote care of www.FreedomInternationalNow.com )

 

Summary

Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy with a devil-may-care lifestyle who is blindsided with an H.I.V.-positive diagnosis and given 30 days to live. He quickly finds a lack of approved medications in the U.S. and crosses the border into Mexico where he learns about alternative treatments.

 

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.

Moneyball

MoneyBall

MoneyBall starting Brad Pitt is a movie that many missed.

Recommended by many of our friends and partners it made for an ideal home movie.

The film has several arcs and patterns – the classic sport/baseball story, the characters and their journey from abyss to passion, mathematics and the rise of the “nerd” and many more.

It’s beautifully made an holds the tension well.

You care about the players and the leads.

You see behind the romance to the numbers.

It will make you think.

The idea that most of the market doesn’t understand the game and undervalues what’s important – is something we can all get I believe and makes the movie worth watching for that alone.

Do yourself a favour and get hold of this today.. and settle in for a proper movie.

A movie that doesn’t rely on sci-fi cgi.. (though we love that)

If you’ve seen Baseball before.. all the better..

if not maybe you’ll want to..

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Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The film is based on Michael Lewis’s 2003 nonfiction book of the same name, an account of the Oakland Athletics baseball team’s 2002 season and their general manager Billy Beane’s attempts to assemble a competitive team. In the film, Beane (Brad Pitt) and assistant GM Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), faced with the franchise’s unfavorable financial situation, take a sophisticated sabermetric approach towards scouting and analyzing players, acquiring “submarine” pitcher Chad Bradford (Casey Bond) and former catcher Scott Hatteberg (Chris Pratt), and winning 20 consecutive games, an American League record.
Columbia Pictures bought the rights to Lewis’s book in 2004.[4] After a number of years in development, the film was featured at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival[5] and was released on September 23, 2011 to a box-office success and positive reviews. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Actor and Best Picture.

Thor : The Dark World

downloadThor: The Dark World is better, funnier and definitely a far cry from the first one. In the movie, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) asked for Loki’s help (Tod Hiddleston) to fight an evil Dark Elf’s sinister plan, from unleashing the Aether, an ancient force of infinite destruction.

The super villain Malekith is planning to annihilate the Nine Realms. As the king of the Realm Asgard, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) orders his son Thor to end Malekith’s intentions.

Additionally the “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slowly introduced in this film, it is an upcoming science fiction film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team.

Since most of the scenes are played out in Asgard and other distant dimensions, director Taylor did a great job in delivering his most compelling setpieces. The backdrop is a straight up fantasy world, serving as a good crossover from the first movie to the marvel Comics Asgard.

Overall I’m giving 8 stars out of 10 to Thor: The Dark World, both for its story line and great landscape.