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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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.

Top 10 Horror Movies

# 10 28 Days Later

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It all started when a deadly virus swept the human population. Bike courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up in a hospital bed after 28 days in coma. For a moment there, it seems like he is the only man living on the face of the Earth. He isn’t alone however. London has been evacuated after the virus outbreak which turns its victims into mindless zombies. There are others who are not affected as well and they all team up to find other survivors.

Personally I don’t believe that it is as epic as most people did but still it’s a reasonably good zombie movie. Waking up to a zombie apocalypse is a scary thought and the film is successful in conveying that feeling to the audience.

 

#9 The Others

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The Others, starring Nicole Kidman as grace is a religious mother with two daughters who has moved with her family to a mansion, while waiting for her husband from world war 2.

It is a well-made creepy and scary movie blended with period drama. The plot is so intense, that it leaves a lasting effect. There aren’t too many movies like this around, which makes it truly stand out.

 

#8 The Mist

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The Mist is a horror novel written by the American author Stephen King. A small town in Maine is suddenly enveloped by an unusual mist that conceals otherwordly monsters.

At first I wasn’t impressed with the movie but as the story unfolds I find myself entwined with the story. It’s not your typical horror movie with crazy serial killer. It’s very thought provoking because as you watch the film you yourself will ask “What will I do if I were in their shoes?”.

 

#7 Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula is an American Horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker.

The story started when Vlad Dracula (Gary Oldman) renounces God after learning that his wife had committed suicide when she received a false report of his death.
Mina (Winona Ryder), Professor Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins) and Jonathan’s (Keannu Reeves) adventure now begins. As they encounter vampires, were-wolves and other
unworldly creatures.

Even if the film is quite old and doesn’t have superb special effects, the plot will surely keep audiences captivated, as Count Dracula enticed Mina in the film.

 

#6 Saw

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Saw film revolves around a kidnapped victim who is given an instruction explaining how to escape a gruesome death. The Jigsaw killer is the mastermind of the “games” that he intricately planned to have the victims play.

“Saw’ got its name from the first movie, the victims (Adam a photographer and Lawrence an oncologist) are chained at the ankles to pipes, Adam finds a bag containing two hacksaws which they use to try cutting through the chains. Adam breaks his and Lawrence realizes that the saws are actually meant for their feet.

Saw 3 is the most popular of the series if you are guessing which sequel to watch first.

 

#5 Child’s Play

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Child’s Play is a cheerfully energetic horror film. The film opens when a doll has been possessed by the mind and the soul of a mass murderer who studied voodoo from a  black magician. Chucky, the sinister doll is behind the killings and unexplained murders.

Of all the Child’s Play sequel it seems like the latest sequel is by far the most popular, Curse of Chucky. Child’s Play 3 is the least popular earning only $20,560,255 worldwide.

 

#4 Orphan

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The movie Orphan revolves around the story of a family that adopted a nine year old russian kid named Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman). Behind the sweet innocent veil she is wearing, hides a deranged, creepy girl.

It can be concluded that Esther is just a little spoiled brat that gets what she wants, even if it means killing them.

Orphan is a chilling movie and I find the mind games very intriguing. The movie has an awesome twist at the end that is very unpredictable.

 

#3 I am Legend

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I am Legend is not faithful to the book it got its name from, but I don’t care. It’s a totally different media anyway. Even if Robert Neville (Will Smith) is the only man left living in the center of New York city, he is such a powerful actor that he alone made the film very engaging.

And although the special effects is substandard, the film compensates with a level of emotional depth and awe-inspiring plot.

 

#2 The Crow

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The Crow is based on a comic book by the same name, It stars Brandon Lee playing as Eric Draven. The story begins when a group of thugs murdered him and his fiance.

After a year he was resurrected by a crow that also acts as his guide showing him the way.

The Crow is a straight up revenge film. It’s gothic, dark and one of the best comic book adaptation ever made. It is a must see this Halloween season and I am certain
you will not get disappointed.

 

#1 The Sixth Sense

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The Sixth Sense is not a gruesome movie, unlike the other films we have in our list. The film revolves around Cole Sear’s (Haley Joel Osment) psychic powers to see dead people around him. He is constantly teriffied and he felt that he can only share his secret to Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) who is also a child psychologist.

However as the doctor probes into Cole’s strange power, instead of finding an answer, he is confronted with more questions.

Some critics argue that the pace of the plot is very slow and they are compelled to keep themselves awake until the movie ends. This might be true to some of the scenes, however the ending gives us an unexpected twist. Over all the movie is thought-provoking, The Sixth Sense is scary and smart, taking the number one spot in my
list.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past – Trailer

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The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.

The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.

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Days Of Future Past finds Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and the current X-team confronting a dark alternate future where mutants are an endangered species, tracked down, imprisoned or killed thanks to Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage)’s Sentinel program and an overwhelming level of distrust aimed at them from regular humans.

They boldly plan to send Wolverine’s consciousness back in time to the First Class era (or a few years after we last met those versions of the characters) to convince the younger Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the rest to work together to stop the threat at its source

We love the X-Men for many reasons and we hope this version will capture some of the magic that fans and newcomers have been waiting for.

Only time will tell.. what do you think?

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Gravity

Gravity Review

Vamers-FYI-Movies-Gravity-Official-Poster-496x733Just watched the movie Gravity last night.. I have seen the trailer before and honestly I was not impressed by it thus I was not expecting anything extraordinary when I entered the movie theaters. But BOY WAS I WRONG!

The movie started with a shot of Earth like I never saw it before and all through out the movie it repeatedly shows a different shot on a different angle, it is almost like the planet is another cast member.

One of my favorite scenes is when Ryan (Sandra Bullock) is in a tense and very dangerous scenario but on the back-drop it shows a contrasting beauty of the Northern-lights (aurora borealis)

speaking of cast members, they could not have picked a better cast, George Clooney’s intense but calm and collected facade as the Astronaut “Matt” and “Ryan” his complete opposite, an inexperienced Astronaut hired for her scientific and hard-ware expertise.

The movie took me on a roller-coaster ride, it has touched multiple aspects of human-life struggles.

First it showed how humans amid impossible circumstances can persevere through the impossible to acheive a goal, it also showed how critical teamwork and focus is in problem solving.

it also showed 2 different and very contrasting death scenarios.. sacrifice and suicide. And how noble one can be and how selfish is the other.

Hope and faith was also portrayed as a very important aspect on how we live our lives.

*Spoiler alert*
Ryan is an atheist and by the end of the movie she was converted.
*Spoiler alert*

All in all I will give this movie a 15/10 score.

Definitely worth watching specially on IMAX.

It was one hell of a ride.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim Review

pacific_rim_ver3Pacific Rim, directed by Del Toro, offers an intoxicating visual effects and fight scenes. It caters both to adult viewers who were fascinated by Godzilla and the new generations hooked by robots.

The film revolves around giant monsters, colossal mechas, linked brains, aliens and portals. These are some of the most effective ingredients in film making to grab the attention of viewers since it’s the core of pop culture currently.

The Robots specifically are very plausible as it still needs the complex human brain to control it.

As for the ammunitions they are composed of incinerator turbines, plasma casters, sting blades, nuclear vortex turbine and the likes, so the mechas doesn’t need heavey projectile-firing guns which are a waste of resources and will definitely add weight to the machines making it a near-perfect allusion.

 

All-in-all movie was an 8 / 10 in my books and I am 100% expecting a sequel and hoping this will be a long franchise.

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.

 

 

 

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.

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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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