Thursday, 23 December 2010

Tron: Legacy

Mutton Dressed as Lamb

Lover: Taken from IMDB
“In my eighteen years on this earth, I have been able to see many movies, some of them great, some of them terrible. Only one of them, however, has been able to move me to tears of exultation and utter, boundless joy. That movie, my friends, is Tron Legacy. The Tron franchise has always been known for its cutting-edge approach to film-making as it tackles tough issues and offers a refreshing commentary on surprisingly deep subject matter. Legacy goes even further than its wonderful predecessors. This movie is the second coming of Christ. It is an orgasm for the senses. It is the word "perfect," transformed into an animated, watchable form. It is love itself. It is like an evolved form of oxygen that is so much fresher than a typical breath of fresh air. If you don't see this movie, you have never experienced life or seen color or felt a single genuine, worthwhile emotion. Life begins and ends with Tron Legacy.”

I just liked this one because it was really dramatic, I did like Tron: Legacy but this review is a little over the top!

Hater: Taken from IMDB
“Tron Legacy is so bad, that if I had been in Jonestown and they were showing this film, I would have drunk the Kool-aid half way through the film to end my life. The lines are so bad, the acting is borrowed from every blockbuster that was a success before this film (think Star Wars, Raiders, Attack of The Clones..etc.) the idea is, if they show you familiar themes with familiar frames and a music score that is supposed to be avant-garde but comes up sounding borrowed and repetitive. The Film wants to be Batman, and a video game at the same time, and it never makes sense. For a film that's about computers, the computers seem awfully stupid and the Users even more idiotic... Save your money and see Yogi Bear at least that movie has no pretense.”

Firstly I have no idea where this person is getting their comparisons from and fails to justify why they make them in the first place! Don’t save your money for Yogi Bear, go and see Tron; that despite what you may have heard if it’s nothing else it’s visually and audibly groundbreaking!

What I thought:
I describe Tron as Mutton dressed as lamb; the reason I do? Just look at the trailers and listen to some of Daft Punks score! It paints a film that is epic in scale as well as effects; sadly the end result doesn’t live up to the hype. A story that’s a little thin on the ground and more interested in getting our characters in and around “The Grid” than development.

However it does live up to something, in fact I would go as far as to say surpass something; the visuals. Everything you have seen and everything you have heard is true; the world of Tron looks utterly amazing! The basic design carries over from the first film but there are no flashes of nostalgia here, this world has evolved. It’s now a neon nightmare complete with fully computer animated storms, sky scraping cities of gravity defining buildings and all your old favourites are back including the Solar Sail (impressive for a world without a sun!). However the thing that eclipses all of this, the young Jeff Bridges; Pure and simply put its groundbreaking stuff! It’s utterly convincing and it will blow you away!

After all this though you really thought the 3D would be impressive, sadly I think the film would be just as visually gorgeous without it. I don’t mind as it proves me right again, the 3D had no added effect to the film what so ever! Stop charging me extra for it!

The Soundtrack is utterly amazing and well worth shelling out for, Daft Punk have surpassed themselves with synth dance beats mixed with Haz Zimmer-esq theatrical scoring with an electronic edge. It all adds up to one thing; a film that looks the nuts and should be viewed on the big screen, however don’t pay the extra for 3D it has no effect to the already stunning visuals. Sit back and enjoy the action, which is fast paced and thrilling and enjoy Michael Sheen the short time he gets on screen as he is excellent!

The Buzz: 23/12/10

Above Concept art for third Riddick Film

Terry Gilliam for Steampunk "1884"

Tron Director talks sequels

Christian Bale for "Nanjing Heroes,"

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

My Top Ten....

Christmas Movies

10. Santa Clause the movie: Dudley Moore as an Elf, quality Christmas entertainment!

9. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation: Chevy Chase and the national lampoons at their very best!

8. Home Alone: Festive Family Fun with lethal traps!

7. The Nightmare before Christmas: Tim Burtons imagination and Danny Elfmans musical stylings at their peak!

6. Planes, Trains and Automobiles: "Those aren't pillows!" Bloody Brilliant Comedy!

5. Scrooged / Groundhog Day: I put these together because Groundhog Day isn't usually considered a Christmas movie and its like a Bill Murray tribute at number 5 as both these films are excellent Festive comedies!

4. Muppets Christmas Carol: I nearly put the version with Patrick Stewart as it is excellent but this one featuring those loveable muppets is just fun for all the family!

3. Elf: Inspired casting of Will Ferrell and superb comedy writing make for a real sleeper hit, "Buddy the Elf, whats your favourite colour!?"

2. It's a Wonderful Life: Try doing a list of best Christmas movies and leaving this classic out!

1. Die Hard: I don't care what anyone sais, Die Hard is a Christmas movie and it has everything! Action, Comedy, Family Drama and Alan Rickman saying "Now I have a machine gun, ho ho ho"

Up and Coming Movies...

West is West

In UK Cinemas: 25/02/11

What they say:
Manchester, England, 1976. The now much diminished, but still claustrophobic and dysfunctional, Khan family continues to struggle for survival. Sajid, the youngest Khan, the runt of the litter, is deep in pubescent crisis under heavy assault both from his father's tyrannical insistence on Pakistani tradition, and from the fierce bullies in the schoolyard. So in a last attempt to ‘sort him out’, his father decides to pack him off to Mrs Khan No 1 and family in the Punjab, the wife and daughters he had abandoned 30 years earlier. It is not long before Ella Khan [Mrs Khan No 2], with a small entourage from Salford, England, swiftly follows to sort out the mess, past and present.

Directed by Andy De Emmony (Fantabulosa), written by Ayub Khan-Din (East is East) and produced by Leslee Udwin (East is East). Starring Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Lesley Nicol, Emil Marwa, Jimi Mistry, Ila Arun, Nadim Sawalha, Vijay Raaz, Raj Bhansali and Aqib Khan

What i say:
East is East was brilliant, a real gem in British cinema. It is hard to see how they will follow it up but all it needs is just the right amount of comedy and family bickering to make it live up to the original.

The Buzz: 22/12/10

Above, poster for new film Your Highness

Tron TV series

next pixar short in front of Cars 2 is "Toy Story 3" duo Ken and Barbie

H.R. Giger back for Alien prequel

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

This Can Motion Pictures Review Special...

In an industry fuelled by Superhero movies, sequels and countless reboots it’s genuinely hard for the independents. With the demise of UK Film Council still ringing in their ears, it’s hard to see a way through. Matthew Daniels and This Can Productions came up with a way to get two passion projects off the ground and filmed.

This is the first of my two features about them and the work they are doing; we start with a review of the two features in question; Powerless and Finding Their Feet. Both of which have underlining themes of hope in the face of adversity, much like the films themselves which Mr Daniels had help funding using ebay. The decision to sell credits on ebay is an inspired idea, people get a piece of your film and a named credit at the end depending on the amount of money they are willing to part with.

We start with Powerless, a great debut in anyone’s book, its rough around the edges but it sure as hell looks the business. We follow a young family after a tragedy when they lost their dad, it tore them apart. Their mother has relocated them out of the big bad city in an attempt to try and hold them together. After a terror attack during new years celebrations in London brings the country to a halt, this damaged family must pull together to survive.

It’s a good premise that has promise of a very personal view on what is a very real threat to people these days. Unfortunately this is not really explored, blame it on budget or time constraints but you really only get a vague feeling of the panic spreading the country. When it does show up, it shows up really well and tantalises the viewer with glimpses of real threat that it never really delivers on. From radio sound bytes, TV’s going off and a driver screaming “it’s everyone for themselves now!” you really get a feel for impending doom and it never really happens.

Of course there is something here despite the events outside; a dysfunctional family must deal with lack of food, parenting and each other. As family secrets begin to spin out of control so do family matters. It works well as something in the foreground to this terror attack but does seem to strangle any other theme out of the movie. The acting is coming of age, as the family on screen are also a family off screen. Every member working on real life relationships with a bit of added scandal, it works well and adds to the reality.

The Direction is really the key though; an Amateur does not have this kind of control over his shots proving that Matthew P.D Daniels is a talent to keep your eye on. Building tension well with variation of shots that include artsy with mundane close ups, cutting them together with assuredness in the material that only helps to bring up the credibility to what is a very low budget production.

Finding their Feet is a harder sell than Powerless, it’s a feel good coming of age piece that feature ballet. However this isn’t Billy Elliot we’re talking about here, our main characters have some big flaws, one speaks his mind, and the other doesn’t speak at all! Danny is the cheeky chap who speaks his mind, played confidently and likeable. Kate is our mute, after losing her voice in an accident she’s forced to convey her feelings in other ways. It’s a challenge for the actress sure enough, but handled confidently and positively adorable.

What makes “Finding their Feet” a hard sell is there isn’t as much original material in the story; the characters and their arcs are predictable. You also get the feeling your watching something that had a so much more potential to be funnier than it is. Its biggest fault however is some of the acting from the smaller players, a “loan shark” type character with little or no threat in its performance, a wizened dance teacher more forgetful that insightful and other very minor players showing their amateur routes.

Saying this, the writing has matured since Powerless and after watching the making of a bit of freedom given to the actors for improvisation. It adds to the independent nature of the production make it all the more likeable. The direction once again is handled with a command of someone with more experience, this time more emphasise on more arty shots that help with the ballet and dance theme. A surprise ending top it off and only help to seal the deal for Mr Daniels and his future endeavours.

Coming up, an interview with the man himself about the two projects and the themes behind them, what’s next and above all; beating the Movie business to get his films made.

The Buzz: 21/12/10

Above poster for new film Paul

Phil Noyce out of "Salt" sequel

Hasbro move forward with board game movies

Kevin Spacey on playing Casino Jack

Monday, 20 December 2010

Up and Coming Movies...

Love and Other Drugs

In UK Cinemas: 29/12/10

What they say:
"Hathaway portrays Maggie, an alluring free spirit who won’t let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie’s evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love."

What i say:
Well worth the effort, without taking the time to read about this film or watch the trailer it looks like just another rom-com. On closer inspection its so much more Jake Gyllenhaal and Anna Hathaway look like they had a ball doing this film and i think you will to.

Check out the trailer here...

A BLAST from the past

In honour of its release this week, because I have already reviewed it and because it’s still just as horribly entertaining on the small screen. I have decided to do a special feature about The Expendables, in the form of a quick look back at my favourite moments of the stars not so glittery past.

Sylvester Stallone:
The man of the moment and the reason this movie exists, He created this monster as part of his insane resolve to revive former glory. Just look at Rock Balboa and Rambo, both of which were supposed to transport you back to the old days of Sly’s career. However this is a whole different kettle of fish, The Expendables pulls together allies from his time with more up to date action stars, gives them a story and a script that is straight out of the eighties, mixes the lot together with gratuitous but so bad its good violence to complete a very entertaining film. His finest moment however was of course Rocky, never since has Sylvester Stallone ever flexed more acting muscle than when he played down on his luck south paw Rocky Balboa (In the first one, he became a parody of himself almost instantly after). Never has the big guy ever been so vulnerable and that’s what makes him so loveable (hey that rhymed!).

Jason Stathem:
Despite the actors choices he’s still very likeable, the popular choice may be The Transporter or the crazy Crank movies (they show what he’s become big for). My choice however is Lock, Stock and Snatch; I say both because it’s hard to choose between them. In Lock Stock he was the straight talking hard man of a bunch mates in the deep end. His character in Snatch could have been the same character set a little further in the future, Turkish is one of the most quotable characters in the film and he plays him to perfection. Never has a life of an un-licensed boxing manager looked so cool!

Jet Li:
This guy has never been known for his acting and I would say we haven’t really seen enough of his acting chops to judge him on that front. He does however kick ass extremely well, in the Expendables he’s used as a butt of a joke and he plays it well. For me one of the best films he’s done was Romeo must Die, taking on numerous bad guys using a fire hose: Fantastic!

Dolph Lundgren:
To say that this mans best moment wasn’t playing Ivan Drago would be very wrong so I’m not doing that. The Russian “Machine” labelled “Death from above” in the movie is a tower of muscle and foreboding. There’s not much acting needed for the role but you sure as hell believe he could kick ten tonnes of crap out Sylvester Stallone. Let’s face it he does also kill Apollo Creed, help make Universal Soldier cool and has some great moments in The Expendables.

Mickey Rourke:
Bringing the acting chops to The Expendables was Come-back king Mickey Rourke, putting enough conviction into the role to make a believable character in an un-believable film. His greatest moment for me, its clich├ęd but I have never seen the guy act as well as he did in the Wrestler.

Steve Austin:
Short but sweet but this guys best moments were saved for the square circle!

Bruce Willis:
Again Short but sweet, but the first Die Hard wins hands down. Although he has since proved his a much more versatile actor, he does make some bad choices in regards to his career.

I know very little about the other Expendables and need to get on with some writing that I’m very behind on. So hope you enjoyed reading.

The Buzz: 20/12/10

Above, poster for new film Battle L.A

Chris Hemsworth talks the Avengers

Zac Snyder's "Superman"...

17 minutes of lost footage from "2001: A Space Odyssey" Isn't it long enough?

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Up and coming movies...

Blue Valentine

In UK Cinemas 14th February

What they say:
BLUE VALENTINE is a story of love found and love lost told in past and present moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean (Ryan Gosling HALF NELSON) and Cindy (Michelle Williams SHUTTER ISLAND) use one night to try and save their failing marriage.

What i say:
Another schlock worthy movie with Ryan Gosling at Valentines. its got chick flick and a date at the movie written all over it!

The Buzz: 18/12/10

Above poster for new film Vanishing on 7th Street

George Clooney caught in Gravity

A Conspiracy of Paper for Ridley Scott

James Mangold for "The Gunslinger"

Friday, 10 December 2010

Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Like a teenager, trying its best to act like an adult

Lover: Taken from IMDB
“Personally, I am a Twihard, but I also enjoy a GOOD movie. And finally there is a good Twilight movie. The first movie, if you has read the book as I have, sucked. New Moon was a bit better. It stuck to the book more but the acting still sucked. Eclipse..... best one yet. The acting of the major actors/actresses has improved dramatically. There is a bit more comedy, more to laugh at. The movie starts with intense drama, passion, and comedy all developing into more and more till your on the edge of your seat. The story line is stronger this time around and sticks so much to the book that it is the book, just on the screen. Any Twilight fans who are sceptical about how this movie will turn out will be surprised once they see it because it IS the best one yet and I am looking forward greatly to see how they do on the last book, both parts. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who like romance, comedy, with a little bit of action.”

The points about the book I can’t comment on as I’m here just to treat it like a movie. That and I have no interest in reading the books, however they are right about one thing, this has been the best one so far.

Hater: Taken from IMDB
“Thank you director David Slade for ruining my favourite instalment of the Twilight Saga. Maybe you should have stranded by your original opinion of the Twilight stories. Bella was made into a strong character, Edward was made into a wimp, Jake was more of a jerk. You totally edited the scenes with Rosalie, which are very important to the next part of the series. You failed to show how ALL of the Cullen's feel about Bella, which is also important to the next part of the story. In the past you have stated, you wouldn't touch this I guess your change in opinion was really a ruse. You decided to sabotage the story instead. Thank God you are not going to be given the chance to ruin Breaking Dawn.”

This review is solely from someone judging the film by the book so I can’t really comment but I feel for her. It’s not nice when a director ruins on of your favourite books…

What I thought:
The third instalment of the Twilight saga is like watching a teenager trying their best to act like an adult. The story and the focus of the main relationship is still about Bella choosing to lose her virgi… sorry to be turned into a vampire. Those that can’t see the obvious message of sex when you’re young are being a little short sighted. The film starts with Edward and Bella sat in a field of flowers and ends in a field of flowers, basically none of what happens in between really matters as the films are portraying next to no more depth than this silly love triangle. I sure hope the books are at least a little bit more detailed, in this world where Vampires glitter in the sunlight and Werewolves are all chiselled and walk around with no tops on, I’m sorry did I stumble into a teenage girls wet dream?

Well enough of the bashing, because despite everything the stuff between our sickly love scenes in the field there is a deeper story going on. A new born is a vampire who has just turned and so enters finally some genuine threat to what has just been a metaphor about losing your virginity. Don’t get me wrong by threat I don’t mean scary just threat for some of the major characters. The action in places is handled very badly by the director, trying to go somewhere between Slow-mo and the hyper kinetic camera work of something like Bourne and in the end neither seem to fit. Though the ending fight sequence is probably the stand out scene of the movie, especially from a boy’s perspective!

This instalment does have some interesting flash backs of the Cullen Families previous human lives, which does add some interest to character like Jasper who I would be happy to see more of. Saying that these scenes have a very little production value and all look like they are staged instead of genuine memories, which is a great shame! The characters look uncomfortable in their period garb and subsequently don’t convince. The Love triangle in question escalates and Robert Patterson gets to flex his comic timing while Taylor Lautner just flex’s! It’s a juvenile playground rivalry that wouldn’t find its way into any other Vampire / Werewolf movie. Here though I will take some criticism as I can see I’m missing the point, our lead characters are juveniles and would act this way, apart from the vampires who have been around for god knows how long and should know bloody better! (Pun most definitely intended!).

Twilight fans should understand that they’re beloved books are being made into films that’s sole existence, is being marketed for young pubescent girls to take more money from their parents wallets. I think the most important thing to take from this instalment is that apart from Edward and Bella’s irritating dance around the obvious they are getting better. Like Harry Potter who took three films to get brilliant maybe twilight will take four? Here’s hoping.

The Buzz: 10/12/10

Alien prequel news and rumours...

third Uncharted game...

Trailer description for Thor

Chris Zylka will play Eugene "Flash" Thompson in new Spiderman

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Up and Comning DVD / Blu Rays...


Released in the UK 10/01/11

What they say:
A vivid interpretation of the life of one of the twentieth century’s most extraordinary artists - singer, songwriter and hellraiser, Serge Gainsbourg. Beginning with an enchanting glimpse at his early life, growing up in 1940’s occupied Paris, we follow the metamorphosis of precocious Lucien Ginsburg into ‘Serge Gainsbourg’, through his successful song-writing years in the 1960’s, until his death in 1991. Tracing not only the major steps in his musical trajectory from obscure pianist to cabaret artiste to major pop cultural phenomenon, Gainsbourg also explores lesser known dimensions of his colourful persona: his Russian/Jewish roots and his aspirations as a painter. Gainsbourg encompasses the seminal moments of his career and glamorous notoriety, including the recording of “les Seccettes”: a thinly veiled paean to the joys of oral sex with 18 year old France Gall; his infamous reggae rendition of “la marseilleise” and of course the saga of his greatest love song – “Je t’aime moi non plus”. Gainsbourg also takes us through his relationships with the great women of his life, Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta, Born in 68) and of course, his wife and muse, Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon, Spiderman 3).

Written and directed by acclaimed comic-book Artist Joann Sfar, adapted from his own graphic novel, the story is injected with a bold poetic dimension through the use of animation, used to vividly depict Serge’s alter-egos and tempter, including La Gueule (Doug Jones, Pan’s Labyrinth), a lanky, long-nosed, snake-fingered puppet figure, an artefact of his early experiences of anti-Semitism in wartime Paris.

Gainsbourg is a stunning combination of realist narrative and poetic animation, “Un conte” or fairytale that becomes both a touching biopic and inspired musical.


Behind the scenes

Cinemoi exclusive interview with Joann Sfar and Eric Elmosnino Interview with director Joann Sfar


What i say:
I honestly dont know, make of it what you will...

Up and Coming Movies...

Black Swan

In UK Cinemas 21/01/11

What they say:
A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, BLACK SWAN stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). A Fox Searchlight Pictures release by visionary director Darren Aronofsky (THE WRESTLER), BLACK SWAN takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.

What i say:
Should do for ballet what the Wrestler did for wrestling. Extremely good reviews and awards buzz alone is enough to catch it.

The Buzz: 09/12/10

Another Robin Hood, this time from the Wachowski's, bullet time arrows anyone?

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Cillian Murphy to get role in third Tron

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