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Southpaw :

So a few years ago, this movie was supposed to be made, and it was supposed to star the rap god himself, Eminem. Good things come to those who wait however as now we have one of the best actors around taking on this very multi layered role of champion fighter Billy “the great” Hope.southpaw

Physical transformation is no stranger to actors, Gyllenhaal included. Previously he lost a considerable amount of weight for the movie “Nightcrawler” and has now reversed his fates and gone up a weight class to play the top level athlete. The film also stars fan favourite Rachel McAdams and a very promising looking young actress in Clare Foley who plays Gyllenhaals’ daughter.3044397-inline-i-2-the-southpaw-trailer-hits-you-with-a-ridiculously-cut-jake-gyllenhaal-and-new-eminem-music

We still get all the Eminem flare however as he remains on the project lending some vocals in the form of a new song, and possible others for the movie. Even Rita Ora appears in the film (if she will also lend some music we will have to wait and see), in a role that seems to be much more gritty than anything she has done before.jake-gyllenhaal-southpawSouthpaw hits most theatres the end go July. Hopefully with a strong enough 1-2 punch to make critics and audiences alike take note (couldn’t go all the way without a boxing joke, come on man). Are you excited to see Southpaw? What about the physical transformation of Gyllenhaal? Do you think Southpaw is worth a don’t miss it?

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Review : Home

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“Oh, an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own.”

Home is a very well animated, very well voice acted, very well constructed movie. The problem? It’s just not compelling. As a movie, home has all the parts needed, and hits all the notes needed, to be a really good outing for the family. Like I said before, the voice acting in particular here is very well done, and the voices really do seem to fit the characters and they personalities. The problem then is more in the grander themes and feel of the movie. It’s just missing that something, that something that took movies like How to Train your Dragon to the next level. That’s where this movie falls short, in taking that next step from good to great. The young ones for sure will have a great time with this movie (be prepared to have to buy toys), and the other ones who have to take said younglings to the cinema will have an enjoyable enough time also. The middle of this movie does also have a bit of a dip to it, and that will find you checking your phone probably. I was really hoping this movie would have been a great surprise like The Croods was, but it was just good enough.

Review Score : 6 out of 10

The Return of…EVERYTHING!

This year, we are going to be witness to a massive resurgence of properties that all rose to prominence and great fan fair many, many years ago. We are seeing the return of Star Wars (1977), Mad Max (1979), Terminator (1984) and Jurassic Park (1993). Each of these series have massive fan bases around the world, and are near and dear to many a heart of many a person.

Terminator Genisys :

Terminator Genisys is basically a rebooting of the series, by changing the timeline set out by the original movies. This new timeline looks to make some drastic changes that would allow both a re-telling of this story, and still let this movie be a true sequel and continuation of the story that we know and love from before. Mr. Terminator himself returns, along with the introduction of a new Sarah Connor in the form of The Queen of Dragons and Khalessi, Emilia Clarke and the so far very underwhelming Jai Courtney.1422639542702

Jurassic World :

In line with new sequels that are many years later than anyone would have guessed, we have Jurassic World. This movie looks to be a straight up real time sequel, taking place the in present day, with the idea that the park itself was re-opened and has been running for some time now. As with anything, us humans start to get a bit bored with these stale dinosaurs, and as such the park seeks create a new attraction, with a new dinosaur until predictably all hell breaks loose.chris-pratt-velociraptor-jurassic-world

Star Wars – The Force Awakens :

Dum dum dadada dum dadada dum dadada dummmmmmm. If any movie ever needed NO introduction, it would be Star Wars. The Sci-Fi fantasy juggernaut has finally come back to what we hope is a gleaming new pinnacle in it’s movie making. We don’t know too much outside of speculation about the film thus far, but what we do know from the teaser trailer at least is we are going to have a lot to look forward to. Star Wars drops in december and will look to make a considerable dent in the pocket of every red blooded man woman and child the world over.Star-Wars-Sith

Mad Max – Fury Road :

Finally we have another franchise continuance here that shouldn’t be over looked at all, in Mad Max Fury Road. It comes to us from the same, and i repeat the same people who made the original Mad Max movies, and is supposed to be some kind sequel to some, prequel to others entry in the Mad Max universe. This time we have Bane himself, Tom Hardy in the lead role as well as a really solid cast along side him. The trailer for this movie damn near broke the internet when it was released and i for one can’t wait to return to the dessert waste-land behind V12’s and a whole lot of sand.DSC_3888.JPG

So what do you think? Hollywood so out of ideas they have no choice but to try and return to their glory days? Or maybe technology has finally caught up to the place where these movies can have the splendour and time in the sun that they deserved to have so many years ago.

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Review : The Gunman

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“A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier’s successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself.”

So if you read that, and if you maybe saw the trailer for this movie, you’re gonna think this is a gun shot fueled action movie………and you’d be wrong. What this movie actually is, is a fairly slow paced, agenda heavy, actually mostly a drama kind of action movie. Sean Penn is JACKED in this movie, like seriously, he got in serious shape for this movie like damn. Even that however, is not enough to distract you fully from the fact that he wanted this movie made for one reason, and that’s to us as a soap box, to preach about a certain topic. That in itself wouldn’t really be a problem, IF, this movie wasn’t marketed as a real action movie meant to have us on the edge of our seats. If it was marketed as a political kind of drama/thriller, then the action that it does have would be a welcome surprise. Also almost every other character in this movie has just about nothing to do. So all in all this movie is just kind of boring. It might not have been if I was expecting drama/thriller, and the trailer wasn’t so misleading.

Review Score : 4 out of 10

Top 10 favs! No. 7!

Princess Mononoke :

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In 1997, Hayao Miyazaki gave us one of the greatest gifts in the form of animation we have ever seen, and are likely to ever see. Princess Mononoke is a truly magnificent and awe inspiring tale, told in a way that any one from any where could understand and fall in love with. One of the first eastern great animations to embrace and do a good job at using english voices ( boasting a very solid cast i must ad ).mononoke-2

This movie is gorgeous to look at, and uses a great combination of animation and art styles. It creates these beautiful sweeping animated shots, juxtaposed against wonderful water colour styled back drops. Even with all the complexities of this movies’ narrative, the story is basically a coming of age tale, which is why it lends itself so well to peoples of all ages, from all backgrounds.Mononoke3I don’t think that there should be such a discrepancy between animated and live action feature films, and Princess Mononoke is one of the shining examples of why any feature film this great, should just be considered a great film and not a great animated film. I would put this movie up against any best picture winner when it came out. It is simply that good. And good enough to be number 7 of my all time favs!

Review : Insurgent

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“Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.”

Full disclosure from the start, I did not read these books before hand, nor do I intend to. It is possible that a lot of the problems I have with this movie could be solved if I had read the books, but I shouldn’t have to. Films like this should be a stand alone experience. That being said, half of this movie for me made absolutely no sense. There were numerous times where I literally looked around wondering if I was the only confused one. Like seriously, I feel like if parts of this movie are missing, that’s how bad it was at certain points. That aside, the look and feel of this movie has definitely been ampted up from the last time in all the big ways. We get better visuals, bigger action and all lots of new set pieces. This movie also has its fair share of good acting, which you expect seeing how many good actors are cast here. That being said, a lot of the real emotional aspects of this movie that are supposed to hit me and resonate with me really fell flat and didn’t come across genuine at all. All in all this is a disappointing follow up to a movie I didn’t think was half bad. I’m really wishing now they wouldn’t split the last book into two movies.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

Review : Cinderella

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“When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.”

Cinderella is a modern telling, in a classical way, of the classic animated movie of the same title. The list of live action Disney fairytale movies is growing every year it seems, but this is the first time I think they have done a straight live action adaptation of the property and not a twist on the old story like with movies like Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland. This movie is however, simply gorgeous to look at, EVERYTHING in this movie is so attractive and well put together you could certainly enjoy yourself for just that reason alone. There is more however to like about this movie. The visuals aside, the acing is pretty good here, especially the chemistry between our two leads. Another thing that was really well done about this movie was the expansion and humanizing of the wicked step mother. This is the first time I truly got an understanding for why she was the way she was, and that was really nice to see, without making her some kind of anti-hero in the end. I didn’t know what to expect when I went into this movie, and I was pleasantly surprised with what I got here. This is truly a solid retelling of a real classic. It doesn’t bring anything new other than a bit of side character development, but still a really solid movie.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10