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17 Apr 2015 | Leave a Comment

Small bits of the Batman v Superman popped up online earlier, before getting pulled down quickly, however it does seemed to have speeded up Mr. Snyder’s decision to post the official trailer online, and here it is in all it’s Bat-supery glory!

I’m so looking forward to this. Roll on 2016!

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17 Apr 2015 | Leave a Comment

Last night, the 2nd trailer for the J.J. Abrams highly anticipated debut into the Star Wars universe, and it’s as awesome as seeing 2 Jawas on each other shoulders dressed as a Tusken Raider riding a Bantha whilst juggling thermal detonators! Watch above. Break down below (obviously, there maybe some spoilers!)

Not Tatooine

Not Tatooine

I LOVE this opening shot! Crashed Star Destroyer & X-Wing. Remnants of past battles scatter a desert plain, whilst a speeder (possibly Daisy Ridley’s Rey as seen in trailer 1?)… speeds… across the backdrop. The planet may look tike Tatooine, but apparently isn’t. It’s a new sand-filled dust bowl called Jaku (or Jakoo… or some other random spelling we’ve not thought of yet), and it’s Rey’s home world.

Your face looks familiar...

Your face looks familiar…

Don’t think I need to explain who’s mask that is… This is accompanied by the voice of Mark Hamill as Luke – “The force is strong in my family… My father has it…” Interesting choice of tense there with ‘has’… And is that asthmatic breathing I hear?…

R2 and Luke?

R2 and Luke?

“I have it…” Yay, R2! And… Luke I guess… There are only 2 people of note we know of that have had their hands chopped off… And both did know R2… Didn’t Luke have ‘skin’ covering his hand though?

Lightsaber

Lightsaber

“My sister has it… You have that power too…” You’d assume the person being handed the lightsaber here is Rey… But that’s not Leia if you look at that arm and the slight profile of the face in the shot above. Lightsaber appears to be Anakin’s. The same one passed to Luke in A New Hope.

Poe Dameron

Poe Dameron

Oscar Isaac’s as ace pilot Poe Dameron

Run away!

Run away!

This is Rey, John Boyega’s Finn and BB-8 running from a strafing TIE Fighter, apparently on Jaku. Finn, as we saw in trailer 1, appears to be a Stormtrooper on the run from the Empire.

Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren

Adam Driver (not that you’d know given the mask!) as Kylo Ren, the cross-shaped lightsaber wielding bad guy from trailer 1 surrounded by fire and stormtroopers. Sith? Dark Jedi? Is he controlling the remains of the Empire?

Lots of Stormtroopers!

Lots of Stormtroopers!

Another powerful shot. Lots and lots of smoothed out stormtroopers gearing up for battle in front of a re-vamped Imperial logo… But who’s that guy at the back in the middle? And where are they? Hoth?

Fight Fight Fight

Fight Fight Fight

Appears to be a shootout on a ship’s or base’s docking bay. The interesting thing for me is, look a the lasers… Red (bad) and green (good) as usual… But, the green lasers are coming from a TIE Fighter? And that looks to be Stormtroopers fighting other Stormtroopers?

Captain Phasma

Captain Phasma?

Captain Phasma we presume? Looks imperial to us.

Yay, Falcon!

Yay, Falcon!

The Millennium Falcon showing up in this beautiful chase shot through theexhaust/engine of a crashed ship.

OMGOMGOMG

OMG OMG OMG!!

I believe this is referred to as the money shot… The first proper view of the original cast returning. Han & Chewbacca – “Chewie, we’re home”. Assuming that’s the Falcon, that implies they’ve been separated from the craft for a while. I can only assume it’s the Falcon they’re talking about, as that’s the only ‘home’ they have.

The more I see of this, the more excited I get! Looks awesome & beautiful, and the story seems to have some great twists in it.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out in UK cinemas on the 18th December 2015, and I can’t wait!!

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8 Apr 2015 | Leave a Comment

Alien

Alien

Three years after esteemed director Ridley Scott produced Prometheus, District 9 writer Neill Blomkamp is now in talks to direct Alien 5, which could be coming to our screens as early as 2017.

Blomkamp has certainly been a busy guy: he has recently released Chappie, portraying a dystopian future in which local police forces are run by robots. Now, with Chappie in cinemas and receiving critical acclaim, Blomkamp has his sights set on something all the more ambitious: the fifth installment in the Alien series.

Though to keen Alien fans 2017 may seem far away, Blomkamp has already been discussing his plans openly through podcasts, and one thing which he was keen to stress was that he would not tread on the toes of Scott’s forthcoming sequel to Prometheus, set to hit theatres next year.

It turns out that Blomkamp has already been having extensive talks with Scott in preparation for producing the new film, which will of course star the inimitable Sigourney Weaver, who will reprise her role as Ellen Ripley. Speaking with his wife Terri Tatchell on a podcast for Empire, Blomkamp said: “I changed the one thing that he [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit. One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make.”

There is still very little than can be revealed about the upcoming movie, though it’s rumoured that there will be new plot twists to the original story created by Scott. Another potentially controversial issue is the film’s title, which we can confirm will not be Alien 5.

Blomkamp said: “I sent the title I wanted to Ridley. It’s kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title. But in the event that it doesn’t work, I’m dead in the water.”

The Alien franchise has been a cultural phenomenon ever since we first saw the creature popping out of John Hurt’s stomach back in 1979. Today, almost three decades later, the movie is still cropping up in fan paraphernalia, and it’s more than just keyrings and t-shirts. In 2013, it was announced that developers at 20th Century Fox were in talks to create an Alien-themed amusement park.

Moreover, in the modern day, Alien has even had its effect on the online gaming world. Nothing could be more thrilling than avoiding certain death at the hands of the movie’s main protagonist, and some games developers at Mr Smith Casino have even gone the extra mile with an Alien-themed online slots game. Without a doubt, this ensures that the Alien brand reaches a plethora of different audiences, but will said audiences be happy with Blomkamp’s contribution to the series however?

Certainly, with contributions from Mr Scott himself, the fifth installment in the series is not doomed to fail, but will it triumph over the 1979 original? Watch this space.

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Continuum

Continuum

First thing I should say, is this shouldn’t be confused with the SyFy TV show Continuum… Or the Stargate movie Stargate: Continuum. In fact the movie when it had it’s American cinema release was call ‘I’ll Follow You Down’, which i’ll admit, isn’t the best title, but it’s a damn sight less confusing. I’m sure the idea was to give the film a more scifi title, but they could have picked something that wasn’t already in use by 2 established tv franchises!

So, with that out of the way, back to the review…

The film stars follow the story of a married couple, Marika (Gillian Anderson – X-Files, The Fall) & Gabriel (Rufus Sewell – The Holiday, A Knight’s Tale), and their young son Erol (John Paul Ruttan – Robocop, Murdoch Mysteries). The family head to the airport to see off Gabriel to give a physics lecture at a conference, and all seems fine. That is until they come to pick him up a few day’s later, and he’s not on the plane, not answering his phone, and no one can find him. Skip forward 12 years, Erol has grown into The Sixth Sense’s Haley Joel Osment, and he’s managed for his life to continued on. However, Marika has never got over not knowing what happened to him, and has been battling depression over the loss. It’s not until Erol’s grandfather (Victor Garber – Alias, The Flash), who is also a physic’s professor, reveals he think’s he knows what happened to Erol’s father, and it relates to some ground breaking research Gabriel was working on… and that he might still be alive… Although to reach him, they may have to destroy everything they know, and change the past to bring him back.

If you’re looking for some big sci-fi epic, this really isn’t it. Although their are sci-fi elements to the story, the real focus here is on whether Erol is prepared to sacrifice everything to bring his father back. Writer/Director Richie Mehta has a fairly laid back style and produces a movie which is interesting, but could have done with a little more bite to it. The main plot points are somewhat predictable, and serve as a catalyst to push Erol towards finding his father. It might have been rather more interesting had he had to make more moral choices, rather than fate pushing him towards the inevitable goal. The cast give solid performances all around, and Osment in particular proves that he’s lost none of the skill that one him the Oscar nomination all those years ago.

For me it’s a film that’s solidly performed and directed, but could maybe have done with a little more tension and a little less predictable script. Not a bad movie, and worth watching if you’re a fan of the actors involved, or you’re looking for something to view on a Saturday night in.

CONTINUUM is available digitally 2nd March 2015 and on DVD from 9th March 2015

7/10 – Solid enough film, a bit let down by the script.
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26 Feb 2015 | Leave a Comment

Ahh yes… Nicolas Cage… It’s fair to refer to him as a man with, shall we call it, an ‘eclectic’ career…

His work has spanning the decades and across genres, with forays into action, drama and comic book adaptations, some with great success… Some, not so much… However, to celebrate the release of his latest film, Dying of the Light, out on Blu-ray and DVD from the 2nd March 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment, we take a look back at some of his better roles.

Dying of The Light (2015)

This brilliant thriller, directed by Paul Schrader and executive produced by cinematic wunderkind Nicolas Winding Refn, stars Cage as Evan Lake, a desk-bound Langley CIA agent, forced into retirement by signs of early onset dementia. At the same time he discovers that his former nemesis, Jihadist Muhhamed Banir (Alexander Karim – Zero Dark Thirty, TV’s Tyrant), is not dead as has been assumed for the last two decades, but alive and receiving experimental medical treatment. Banir’s exact location is unknown but with the help of a disgraced young agent (Anton Yelchin), Evan sets out to track down and confront him before it is too late for both of them…

Moonstruck (1987)

Moonstruck

Moonstruck

This classic romantic comedy won Oscars for Cher, Olympia Dukakis, and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley, but Cage’s turn as the main romantic interest cannot be overlooked. Moonstruck tells the story of widowed bookkeeper Loretta Castorini (Cher) who has agreed to marry Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello). When Johnny leaves for a trip to visit family, Loretta is tasked with attempting to mend relations between Johnny and his volatile brother, bakery operator Ronny (Cage). However, complications arise when Loretta and Ronny find themselves utterly and irresistibly attracted to one another…

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas

Cage won a Leading Actor Oscar for this film, in which he plays Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. On arrival, he forms a bizarre friendship with prostitute Sera (Elizabeth Shue) after nearly running her over, and they eventually move in together… but their self destructive patterns of behaviour threaten to drive them apart. Cage famously admitted to being genuinely drunk while filming some scenes, in order to add authenticity to the character.

Con Air (1997)

Con Air

Con Air

Cage stars alongside John Cusack and John Malkovich in this action thriller, and plays Cameron Poe, a US Army Ranger, imprisoned for involuntary manslaughter for seven years. When he becomes eligible for parole he is forced to share an airplane with some of the country’s most dangerous criminals, including notorious serial killer Cyrus ‘The Virus’ Grissom (Malkovich). When the criminals hijack the plane, Cameron has to find a way to stop them, all the while maintaining his facade as ‘one of them’.

Face/Off (1997)

Face/Off

Face/Off

This cult favourite is often cited as one of the greatest action films of the nineties- and with good reason. Cage stars as Castor Troy, a criminal genius responsible for the death of the son of FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta). Troy has planted a time bomb that could wipe out Los Angeles – and refuses to reveal its location. Troy’s brother, Pollux (Alessandro Nivola) is also aware of the location of the bomb- so FBI scientists hatch an ingenious plot: using experimental surgery, they graft Troy’s face temporarily onto Archer’s head to allow him to question Pollux without suspicion. But once Archer has taken Troy’s face, Troy regains consciousness and forces the doctors to give him Archer’s face. Now Troy has practically the entire FBI fooled, and Archer is stuck with virtually nowhere to turn…

Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000)

Gone in Sixty Seconds

Gone in Sixty Seconds

This remake of the 1974 action thriller of the same name was a major hit on release- and stars Cage alongside Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi and Timothy Olyphant. Cage plays Memphis Raines, a brilliant car thief who has his retirement plans delayed when his younger brother Kip (Ribisi) runs afoul of a vicious crime boss. Raines agrees to steal 50 luxury cars in one night, with the help of other car thieves, including Sara “Sway” Wayland (Jolie), in order to get his brother out of harms way. But first, he’ll have to outwit a rival group of thieves, as well as evade Castlebeck (Delroy Lindo) and Drycoff (Olyphant)- the two detectives who are on his trail…

Lord of War (2005)

Lord of War

Lord of War

This film charts the rise and fall of arms dealer Yuri Orlov (Cage), starting in the 1980s in Little Odessa, selling guns to local mobsters, all the way through to the early 90s, where he formed a partnership with an African warlord and his psychotic son. Co-starring Bridget Moynahan and Jared Leto, the characted of Orlov is said to have been modelled on real life arms dealer Viktor Bout, who became one of the world’s biggest arms dealers after working as a Russian lieutenant, and was finally arrested in 2008.

Kick-Ass (2010)

Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass

This wildly successful adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jnr’s comic book featured an all-star cast including Aaron Taylor Johnson as the titular reluctant superhero, alongside Chloe Grace Moretz as the irrepressible Hit-Girl. The action-packed comedy follows the exploits of Dave Lizewski (Taylor-Johnson), an introverted student and comic book fan who decides to become a super-hero, even though he has absolutely no powers or real incentive to do so. Cage provides wonderfully off-the-wall support as superhero veteran- and Hit-Girls father- Damon Macready, AKA Big Daddy.

Dying of the Light is available on Blu-ray and DVD from the 2nd March 2015, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

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Quite often we’ll get sent posters for things, and often I don’t bother posting them because there’s not really a whole lot interesting about a poster. Then there’s this:

Jason Momoa as Aquaman

Jason Momoa as Aquaman

It was announced a while back Jason Momoa would be playing Aquaman in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but this is the first time we’ve seen him in his full. Aquaman outfit. Well… I say full Aquaman outfit…. This is Momoa we’re talking about, so the costume is of course, shirtless. At this point I beginning to suspect it costs more to have Jason actually wear a shirt in a project… 😉

There are a couple of possibilities as to what the ‘Unite The Seven’ but i think we have to assume it’s referring to The Justice League – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, & Cyborg.

Aquaman will be making his first appearance in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice which hits cinemas March 2016, before a solo Aquaman movie in 2018.

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