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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

  

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Star Trek into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness Review

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star-trek-into-darkness

Last night we went along to the latest update of the Star Trek reboot, some had seen the first reboot some had not, but we are all Sci-fi fans and love the heart of Star Trek.

Overall we had a good night out. One was a raving fan, and the rest of us enjoyed the ride.

The opening sequence is beautifully shot and sets the tone really well. The characters for the most part hold together well and work as new characters and as ripples of their archetypes, and the core question of logic / heart and what is right begins.

The upsides:

  • Great graphics – this is what animation and special effects were dreamt for – big space scenes where you really can forget that not one piece is really floating in space – yes the USS Enterprise is a real ship and we all wish we could fly on her…
  • The physicality of the universe made more sense – a real sense of a human made space ship and engineered world.
  • A few moments that will leave you engaged by the plot and wondering what’s next..
  • A favourite “Sherlock Holmes” playing a baddie.
  • Spock played by Zachary Quinto (from Heroes) played it well and the love interest with Uhura (played by the gorgeous Zoe Saldana)

The downsides:

  • a couple of the characters don’t cut it – McCoy, Scotty, … they are good actors but someone don’t seem to be playing it as straight as the rest and they are comic relief in parts but not in a way that we felt was right. Character choice and ability to play a role convincingly so that we the audience suspend our disbelief is more and more essential and harder and harder to “fake”.
  • a couple of places will have you question the plot and nice hollywood rubber band endings

Overall a movie that you can watch in the cinema or when it reaches home release. It won’t shock your world, but it will leave you having had a fun ride with your friends and after all isn’t that what cinema at least at times is all about.

 

 

 

The Croods

The Croods

After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.

The Croods

The Croods

We were invited to the screening in London and loved the atmosphere they created.

We were expecting a small affair and walked into thousands of excited children and families (including british Olympians and international press), so a quiet morning was transformed with fruit, danishes and great prehistoric surprises.. and yes.. The Croods Popcorn.

Made by the team that brought us Madagascar (“We like to move it .. move it..”), this has a great look, feel and sensibility.

The world is mix Flintstones meets Avatar and there are a few scenes which are truly beautiful.

The humour comes thick and fast, as well as a father / daughter interplay (which is slightly saccharine) though works for the target audience – and yes.. it’s hard not to be slightly moved by one of the key scenes (this may upset the very young)

Favourite elements – well Belt – and yes I and we want one..

I can see Belt having his own cartoon show on TV and shorts.

Will there be a Croods II .. I’m not sure the story needs one.. but you never know.

There is certainly the beginnings of a movie that will be a marmite movie – loved by some hated by others.

The scene in the cave.. where the cat blows out the candle being one of the most apt.

What do you think?

Life of PI

The Life Of Pi – 2012 – 20/12/2012

The Life Of Pi

Life of PI

The Life Of Pi is an amazing book which looks like being an amazing break through movie from the award winning director Ang Lee.

The trailer is amazing and we look forward to seeing how the books amazing imagery translates to the big (or super big screen). Everything we’ve heard and seen so far, suggests this is going to be one of the visual treats for the year, and we strongly this The Life of Pi will end up getting many awards.

If you haven’t yet, read the book, and smile..

After all .. how often do you get rescued by a life raft only to find yourself stuck with a tiger…

http://www.lifeofpimovie.com/

Skyfall James Bond

Skyfall – James Bond

Skyfall James Bond

Skyfall James Bond

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Skyfall is the upcoming twenty-third spy film in the Eon Productions James Bond series, produced for MGM, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

For a twist it premiers in London, October 26th and in the US November 9th.

This is a great example of pre promotion and there is a lot of anticipation after the last few bond films.

The look of the film and the tone are very on point.

We have tickets to see the film at Imax available to VIPs care of  Fresh And On Point and Simon X

We can’t wait till the public release of The Super Spy – which remains under wraps publically but is extremely interesting

If you like this you should also check out Shibumi  and for martial training if you’ve been inspired.. Master Martial Arts and Master Tai Chi  

http://www.skyfall-movie.com/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1074638/

Total Recall

Total Recall

Total Recall – 2012 – Review

Official Site: http://www.welcometorecall.com/

Total Recall

Total Recall

An interesting premise, a world with limited viable space, the idea of The Fall – a trans global though centre of the earth travel – and vision of the future has the seeds of a great movie.

Rekall.. where you can implant memories… What would you like… A spy perhaps?

The police crash in and the following scene is one of the best in our opinion.

The question of what is reality is a key one.

The opening sequence where our hero looks out onto the future world is usually impressive. A multi dimensional multi layered warren of housing and living space.

The scenes remind of many Sci Fi films, but this is no bad thing.

Add to this magnetic cars and a world filled with mag lev (magnetic levitation), and throw in the display glass of Minority Report and Day of Glass (Corning) ( see YouTube and be blown away ).

The catches:

Obvious plot glitches …. Why doesn’t the toxic air spread everywhere? Why doesn’t she just kill him when he’s asleep? Why would the prime minister also lead his own army with massive risk? What happens next? Was it all just a dream… ?

Overall:

It was a fun movie to watch for the boys night out. The chase scenes, the industrial spaces, and the not too serious dialogue. You may jump in parts. Enjoy.

P.s.
This is not the Total Recall of our child hood…

Visual: 7/10
Plot: 6/10
Script: 6/10
Fun: 7/10

 

Note:

Total Recall is a 2012 American science fiction action film remake of the 1990 film of the same name, in turn loosely based on the 1966 short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Unlike the original film and short story, the plot does not include a trip to Mars[4] and exhibits more political overtones. The film blends Western and Eastern influences, most notably in the settings and dominant populations of the two nation states in the story: the United Federation of Britain, and the Colony.

Cast

  • Colin Farrell as Douglas Quaid/Carl Hauser, a factory worker suffering from strange violent dreams who serves as the film’s protagonist.[7]
  • Kate Beckinsale as Lori, a UFB undercover agent posing as Quaid’s wife.[8]
  • Jessica Biel as Melina, a member of the Resistance and Quaid’s love interest.[8]
  • Bryan Cranston as Chancellor Vilos Cohaagen, the corrupt and ruthless dictator of the UFB who serves as the film’s main antagonist.[9]
  • Bokeem Woodbine as Harry, Quaid’s “best friend”.
  • Bill Nighy as Matthias Lair, the leader of the Resistance.[10]
  • John Cho as Bob McClane, a rep for Rekall who offers Quaid the chance to experience an imagined adventure.[11]
  • Kaitlyn Leeb as The Seductive Woman (aka The Three-Breasted Woman)[12][13]