Review : Tomorrowland

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“Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.”

Tomorrowland is brought to us by the house of mouse aka Disney, and is really a kind of advertisement, while also being a reflective journey almost about Disney and their ideals all at the same time. It focuses on a young girl who because of her beliefs and intellect must cross paths with a bitter old man to save the world. That’s all well and good, and it’s also acted really well by everyone involved here, but this movie is not without problems. One of the major problems is a bit of a spoiler, so we won’t go over it here, but let’s just say they bank a lot here on the either of the journey is more important than the destination. The movie can also come off as preachy at some points, which is frustrating when it can come off as totally magical and amazing at other points. There is also a slightly creepy kind of romance story here, that i think can’t be fully explored, and since it can’t, it should have been left out all together. Overall this movie those have its entertaining parts and bits of wonder and real tomorrowness (let it go, i know its not a real word), but the rest of the movie really comes off as lacking in the same heart and wonder. Also i feel like this movie should have been marketed to children a bit more heavily, they are sure to be more forgiving.

Review Score : 6.5 out of 10

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The Martian:

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If I told you that Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sebastain Stan, Matt Damon, Sean Bean, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Micheal Pena were all going to be in a movie directed by Ridley Scott, I shouldn’t have to tell you anything else to excite you, but I will anyway. The movie centers around astronauts on mars who lose contact with Matt Damon’s character who is now stranded, alone, and unable to communicate his survival to his peers. The movie itself is an adaptation of a novel by Andy Weir, and was written for the screen by Drew Goddard who has a long writing career from tv ( Alias, Angel and Daredevil) and the big screen ( Cloverfield, World War Z, Cabin in the woods). Combine this with one of the greatest directors of all time and an amazing cast and we have The Martian. Set to hit cinemas near you at the end of November 2015. So are you excited for The Martian? Is this the first you heard of it or have you been following it since day one?

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Review : Pitch Perfect 2

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“After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.”

So if you’re like me, you saw the first Pitch Perfect and were genuinely surprised by how good it was. Pitch Perfect 2 thing had some decent shoes to fill, and you know for the most part it really does. The cast is back here with some good new additions that all fit perfectly into this machine. This is also the directorial debut for Elizabeth Banks and she really nails it. She does a good job at keeping the attention moving from character to character and her sense of comedic timing is really great. All the actresses here also share the screen really well and you feel their chemistry. The singing here is also really on point as you would expect and the choice of songs as well is also really great. The success of this movie will be a great poster child for women lead films and female directors also, which that group really needs a big box office win to point to when people say women lead or women directed movies don’t make money. All in all this movie is almost every bit as good as the first, so if you are a fan of it you should definitely check this one out, even if you haven’t seen the first this movie is a really solid comedy.

Review Score : 8 out of 10

Review : Mad Max – Fury Road

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“In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.”

Every so often a film comes along, that makes it really hard for me to find a problem with it…Mad Max Fury Road is one such movie. The movies starts at a break neck pace and hardly ever lets up to let you breathe. From the start to the end the movie is also one continuous and evolving plot line that feels organic in its development and progression. Even with this shortened form of story telling, there is still some really good character development over most all of the characters. The world building here also is really amazing, and there is so much attention to detail and everything had a purpose and a place. Everything also looked amazing. Between the impressive use of so many practical special effects, and when they were blended with the supreme digital special effects we really do get a visual feast. The directing here also plays fully into the ideals and sensibilities thst this movie portrays. A great example is the use of some sped up shots that ad to the frantic pace and feel of the movie, and they are blended in a very well and subtle way that didn’t distract from the action on screen. Overall this is really an amazing movie and experience on a whole. It does very well its 3D and it couples an awesome soundtrack for a cinema experience that will be very hard to beat. Btw Charlize Theron is REALLY good in this movie!

Review Score : 10 out of 10

In Case you Missed it

Paprika:

So in 2006, Satoshi Kon directed a movie by the name of Paprika. An animated action, sci-fi, mystery film that weaves some complex ideas with some mind bendingly beautiful animation. I can’t stress enough how wonderful the animation here is, and it employs a number of different techniques to achieve this. Aside from its visual prowess, it employs different levels of story telling also.

paprika_00268341The main story tells us of an experimental device that can be used to tap into the dreams of people and allow someone else in also, but when the device is stolen…all hell breaks loose. The story then goes off in a way that we are almost never really sure when we are seeing a dream or the real world.

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This movie is basically a spiritual animated successor to Inception, and you can really see some similarities between the two. If you are a fan of animation on the whole, especially if you like challenging and experimental film making, you will really enjoy Paprika.

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Film Slating, helping or hurting?

So recently, more and more companies have gotten into the habit of announcing their film slates for the next basically 20 years, giving us movies to salivate over for years and years to come. However, after some recent film viewing ( looking at you Avengers ), I’ve began to wonder if these slates are really helping or hurting these films. So what do I mean by this? Well hear me out.

1) What do these slates actually accomplish?

The point of these slates is so we know and are excited about where these film universes are going, however does that now handcuff some of your creativity? Most of the more negative reactions I have heard in regard to the mot recent Avengers movie, was that it didn’t seem to well enough set up the audience for the films coming after. This is something that could only be a problem if we KNOW what is coming next.

2) Do these slates actually raise interest?

For most people, knowing when Dr. Strange is coming out is of no significance, but to fan boys and girls its a huge deal. The problem here is that fan boys and girl don’t make up the majority of the viewing audience these movies need to make a profit. So is it worth fatiguing these properties for the sake of a few?

3) What happens when changes have to be made?

After the recently finding that Spider-Man can now be in Marvel proper movies again, we instantly saw a change in the Marvel movie slate pushing back some films to feature a new Spider-Man film. What does this cause? It causes the people who were really excited about one of those pushed back movies, to be annoyed now that they are being to wait even longer than before.

All of these could be avoided by simply only announcing the next years films or something of the like. What do you think? Do you like knowing so much? Or would you rather just wait and see where the rabbit hole goes.

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Suicide Squad and The Joker

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So recently there has been a flood of official photos being released for up coming big budget films. Needless to say some were better received than others. One of the biggest splashed made was the first official reveal of what most think to be the final look for The Joker as played by Jared Leto, followed soon after by our first official look at the suicide squad on a whole. It was a move that seemed to come as a way for the studio to try and counteract the backlash after The Joker picture reveal, but we will probably never know. Firstly on the topic of The Joker image, I would say I am fairly on the fence here. On the negative side I would have preferred a little more subtlety in his over all look, but I also know that this picture is out of context and I reserve real judgment for when I see him in action. Jared Leto is a reigning Oscar winner.

Suicide-Squad-Cast-Photo-Costumes-1024x820As for the squad on a whole, I’d say I’m pretty happy with what I’m seeing here. This reveal has so much more context to it already, with good looks at the entire squad as well as getting to see them together is a really nice way of giving us some ideas as to the team dynamics. It’s much less of a freeze frame type of image as The Joker’s own, and that helps it out a lot.

have-the-leaked-photos-and-clips-changed-your-mind-on-jared-leto-as-the-joker-370470On The Joker again however, a reason I so stress on context is because even this leaked image showing The Joker in more of “costume” I think is a much better look at what the character we are getting is likely to look like. But what do you think? Love or hate the looks we have been given so far?