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.

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Star Trek into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness Review

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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.

 

 

 

Horror Movie Night In – Paranormal Activity 3

 

There it was – a scare fest to be noted in the history books as the greatest trilogy of horrors. Unlike action movies, thrillers and science fiction flicks, this is a horror film cliché which, like the villains in the tale, literally refuses to die. It was clearly not initially intended to be made into an annual series, like The Blair Witch Project or Birds, which are movies that attracted mounds of controversy and rank high in many people’s top 10, partly because they stand alone.

Any cheap sequels like Exorcist 2 are either completely disregarded, or the impact that they made simply failed to reach enough people. So when you mention such no-hit-wonders, the reaction is “What Exorcist 2? Never happened!”

The film did feature a good story line with catchy one-liners from the comical male lead (Christopher Smith) who exemplifies the saying ‘ignorance is bliss’. The lead female candy played by Lauren Bittner was vacant and unwitting, a role which to master must mimick real life as the movie was shot with hand held cameras; I think she did a pretty good job.

It threw in a snivelling, anorexic side-kick for a few more laughs, invisible demons, possessed children and there you had it – Paranormal Activity 1. Oh sorry, I mean 3. It was in fact incredibly reminiscent of number 1, apart from the fire which started all the madness; implicated to have been ignited by the spectre. In the original movie the fire held paramount significance, but its failure to appear at all held good stead for PA4 (2012). There was a fire lit at some point, homage possibly?

It also had more dragging across floors, more ostentatious ghost/spectre behaviour, and a lot of appearing and disappearing. There is something spookier about children when they are possessed because all of their integral innocence is gone, maybe not after the 2011 August riots, but it is an age-old and perhaps over-used remedy to a horror.

The film also holds in store some good screams, a few faux monsters jumping out of closets, ghosts locking you in attic rooms, and rapidly moving objects glimpsed through door cracks. Despite it’s somewhat lack of originality, the film was very entertaining and did not let down the previous instalments, I would rate it a 7 out of 10.

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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?

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

For all Iron Man and Robert Downey, Jr.fans Iron Man 3 was being eagerly awaited and I think it’s fair to say exceeded expectations.

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Yes, there’s been a change of staff for one of the key roles, and a change in tone.

In short summary, great action, great plot (refined slightly from the comic cartoon story lines), and a great humour tone.

Where Iron Man 2 left some areas for concern / doubt (still amazing film for real fans), this movie has the potential to be a real turning point movie for the franchise.

It also provides a great link together between Iron Man 1/2/3 and The Avengers franchise group.

Tony Stark is revealed as more human, more intelligent and more fragile.

Pepper Potts is evolved from the PA to his saviour.

Yes, some areas that change for the timing of the movie.

Yes, some things we’d love to share (but not till you’ve seen the movie)

Look and Feel

The Iron Man iconic imagery is there in full effect, including Tony Stark’s seaview mansion, the classic red and gold Iron Man armour, the red/white and blue of War Machine / Iron Patriot and previous Marvel adaptions.

The movie seems to have matured with a strong environment to complete the storyline.

This is a grown up Iron Man movie, not a simplified vision of what could be done.

The Mandarin is played very differently to some of the stories you may know and love – we give the director , writer and producers kudos for this strong move, which when you watch the movie through to the end will make sense.

Plot / Story

Iron Man 3 contains many plot lines and story elements – as requested we won’t reveal too many insights .. yet..

However, it does focus on Tony/Pepper’s relationship and how it moves from the simple place of their flirtation to a real world relationship where they are vulnerable and in a real world love. Where suffering, risk and passion are played full on. Any woman would have a hard time keeping up with Iron Man, and at the same time without his Pepper Potts there can be no Iron Man.

She saves him more than once and he her.

There is another theme about how we create our own demons, and this is a great lesson.

Sometimes those moments that we hardly notice go on to produce our greatest challenges.

Personally, I can acknowledge that and in some way part of why I really loved this movie.

There will be elements when you will cheer and elements that will delight.

The Catches

The Extremis elements are not as thought through and storied out as they could be, and for those who know and love the Marvel universe, they will have some questions and grumbles.

Can we excuse – yes.. but really.. this area of the script could have been handled more elegantly, completely and succinctly.

What’s next

We hope.. Iron Man 4.. we really do.. and keep it real, gritty and focussed.. we can but hope..

We are Iron Man..

 

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Argo

Argo – a film that many will miss or filter because of the recent awards.

It’s an example of old school film making.

A simple great story that anyone can understand.

Tension being built not by special effects but story, pacing and film making.

I challenge you not to have you biting your nails, and holding your breath.

And was it just me, or does the film “Argo” itself remind you of Flash Gordon?

100% worth a watch on the big or small screen.

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Argo is a 2012 American dramatic thriller film directed by Ben Affleck; it is a dramatization of and is based on a 2007 article about the “Canadian Caper”,[3] in which Tony Mendez, a CIA operative, led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.

The film stars Affleck as Mendez with Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman, and was released in North America to critical and commercial success on October 12, 2012. The film was produced by Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, and George Clooney. The story of this rescue was also told in the 1981 television movie Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper, directed by Lamont Johnson.[4][5]

Argo received seven nominations for the 85th Academy Awards and won three, for Best Film Editing,[6] Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture. The film also earned five Golden Globe nominations, winning Best Picture – Drama and Best Director, while being nominated for Best Supporting Actorfor Arkin. It won the award for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards with Alan Arkin being nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. It also won Best Film, Best Editing, and Best Director (for Affleck) at the66th British Academy Film Awards.

 

Plot

A dramatisation of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.

 

Director:

 Ben Affleck

Writers:

Chris Terrio (screenplay), Tony Mendez (book)

Stars:

Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman

Django Unchained

Review: Django Unchained

Django Unchained

The hype about the movie sets up a lot of questions. Tarentino remains one of the most loved and hated directors.

The movie starts strongly, and Jamie Foxx has a gravity on film that is undeniable.

The character of the Doctor is one of my favourite characters in some time.

The movie builds tension and suspense well, and you will be constantly beguiled by the soundtrack and  visual tapestry that unfolds step by step.

There are moments were the blood flows in the movie but not as much as in other films and truthfully it plays an important element.

There are scenes that will shock and leave you questioning the moral line. Half way through a scene with dogs being set on someone for example.

The final act of the movie is one of those.

This movie will not be to everyone’s taste, nor is it the movie that many will expect.

We believe it is a very important movie that in time will be come to be loved as one of Tarentino’s best

Notable change of tone and possible a piece that could have been filmed differently is Samuel L Jackson’s character which feels slightly more like Samuel L Jackson than a truly separate character at the start. He is truly scary and terrifying.

One fact that shocked many viewers was the true nature of Alexandre Dumas. I wonder how many people already knew that he was black?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandre_Dumas

Overall: Stick with it – you’ll love it if you can watch the whole way through.

Django Unchained

Django Unchained is a 2012 American epic western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson
Release Date: December 25, 2012 (initial)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Running Time: 180 minutes
Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino
Awards: Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Cast:
Quentin Tarantino
Christoph Waltz – Dr. Schultz
Jamie Foxx – Django
Leonardo DiCaprio – Calvin Candie
Samuel L. Jackson – Stephen

Review: The Man with the Iron Fists

The Man with the Iron Fists

The Man with the Iron Fists is a 2012 American martial arts film directed by RZA and written by RZA and Eli Roth.
The film stars Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Byron Mann, RZA, Rick Yune, David Bautista, and Jamie Chung

For any fans of Chinese martial arts films, early hip hop and beautifully designed films this movie has elements that will tease and tantalise.

Amazing trailers, and a cast to die for heighten the anticipation.

The soundtrack produced by RZA is exceptional as you’d expect and works well.

The bad news – which we hate to say – the story lacks depth, some of the acting doesn’t hold – there are exceptions from all the cast at times.

That said a day or so after watching, the film still stays in the memory and some great moments.

If you like this or want a comparison check out Django Unchained

 

Release date: November 2 2012 (initial)
Director: RZA
Running Time: 96 minutes
Budget: 20 Million USD$
Producers: Marc Abraham, Eli Roth, Eric Newman

Cast

  • RZA – The Blacksmith
  • Lucy Liu – Madam Blossom
  • Russell Crowe
  • Jamie Chung

Upside Down – Trailer

Upside Down is an interesting movie, and the trailer will definitely get you thinking.

What if there were twin planets with different gravities..

It’s definitely a movie that will intrigue those of us that like the altered world variety, from the Matrix to Dark Cities.

It’s going to be interesting to see reviews when the movie goes live.

“Upside Down is a 2012 French-Canadian romantic fantasy film written and directed by Juan Diego Solanas. Starring Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst, the film is about a man searching an alternate universe for a long-lost love from his youth”

Monsters Inc 3d

Monsters Inc 3D

Monsters Inc 3d

Monsters Inc 3d

One of the movies that was a turning point for the genres has come back for the Xmas season (and to help with the marketing of Monsters University) and this time it’s in 3D.

If you know the movie already there will be some obvious places where 3D has the potential to have a big impact – the scare scenes, the door chase, etc..

We saw the movie in a great cinema and with our favourite 5 year old film reviewer (he hadn’t seen the movie in 2D).

The film still has the same surprises and characters that will enchant many.

Our 5 year old jumped in places and maybe caused by the 3d genuinely got “upset” in parts.

Does the 3D make the movie.. well when we compare with Life of Pi which would not have been the same movie in 2D by any shape of the imagination, I don’t personally feel that Monster’s Inc 3d was really that much of a step forward.

Perhaps it was the screen, or the mood, overall yes a great movie – though somehow it felt “darker” this time around (and yes we’ve seen it many many times before…)

It’s interesting to think back the history of Pixar, especially with the legacy of Steve Jobs and the other impacts happening globally.

We’ve seen the future and the future is holographics (http://www.THEfutureINadvance.com) and watching a movie like Monsters Inc in that format would be truly life changing.

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Our 5 year old did ask an interesting question – why do people love 3d so much?

Be warned you will walk by the Disney store and the merchandise is back in force…