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Friday, 16 August 2013

Review - Kickass 2

Kick-Ass 2 is a sequel to the surprise hit Kick-Ass, a lot has changed between the two films on and off camera, a new director, instead of Matthew Vaughn, we now have Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) also off camera, we have several different characters that now have different actors.

I loved the first Kick-Ass film and was very surprised of how well the humour and story mixed together and the characters themselves were so fresh and unique.

Kick-Ass 2 needed to be bigger, funnier and crazier to beat out its predecessor... and unfortunately it just isn't as good, that's not to say its bad at all though!
I'll start with the bad, i didn't care for Mindy/Hit girl's coming of age arc throughout the film, that has her dating guys and trying out for the cheer-leading team, i understand why it was in the story, it was needed to progress the character of Mindy, but i thought they could have done a lot better. One of her scenes includes an extremely awkward promotion for a band in one scene, which was ridiculous and completely took me out of the film.
A small thing that irked me about the film was Katie (Lyndsy Fonseca) had one line at the start of the film and just vanished!
Another bad thing is unfortunately there was toilet humour, which i find to be the lowest form of comedy, it's too easy and far too gross and it was very explicit here and i was very unimpressed.
The film kept on changing tones far too often, going from a dramatic death to a silly joke, this was something the first filmed handled incredibly well.
I also thought there was just a bit too much in the film, it felt like they were juggling too many things at once and thought that could have been handled differently and it all could of been fitted in perfectly.
The reason there was a lot to juggle was because the film is following 3 characters, Kick-Ass (obviously), Hit-girl and The Motherfucker (previously known as Red Mist)
Kick-Ass' story this time round was still very interesting, he wants to team up and be a superhero fighting team with Hit-girl, but she declines so he joins Justice Forever! led by Colonel Stars (Jim Carrey) Carrey was great with his role and stole the scenes he was in and turned out to be a very deep character.
The Motherfucker's story was a dark one, in the first scene you see him in he accidentally kills his mother after that he spirals out of control and becomes The Motherfucker, he hears that Kick-Ass has created a team of superheroes so he creates the first super villain team and wants to get revenge on Kick-Ass who killed his father.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse was the standout other than Jim Carrey in this film for me, his acting was spot on through his dramatic scenes and when he was in a dark scene he could still incorporate humour into his lines which is great.
The side characters in the movie were rather diverse and interesting having the opposing sides of the heroes and the villains, Mother Russia (Olga Kurkulina) was great, she was menacing, crazy and HUGE! and her fight against Hit-Girl was the best of the film, the other side characters were less interesting and had more screentime, Dr Gravity (Donald Faison), Marty/Battle Guy (Clark Duke) and Todd/Ass-Kicker (Augustus Prew) were funny characters who are perfect in their roles when on screen, while other such as The Tumor (Andy Nyman) and Black Death (Daniel Kaluuya) and Genghis Carnage (Tom Wu) didn't have anything to work with and were forgettable.

All in all, Kick-Ass 2 was a good solid film which was funny and interesting but just not as good as the first one, in my opinion because of the different director.
Hopefully we'll be seeing a Kick-Ass 3 in the near future!
What did you think of Kick-Ass 2? Comment and tell me!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Comic Con 2013 - Wrap Up


Ultron

Wow... Lots of awesome stuff from Comic Con this year!

I'm going to pick my favourite news topics and talk about them;

Joss Whedon announced the name for The Avengers sequel, it'll be called Avengers: Age of Ultron and will be focused on the villain Ultron who has been going up against the Avengers since 1968.

Zack Snyder announced that the sequel to Man Of Steel will be a crossover film with Batman! Inspired by the Dark Knight Returns story, which should be coming out in 2015, it also came out that they are planning for a 2016 release for The Flash and then Justice League in 2017.

Onto TV! The Walking Dead released a 4 minute trailer for Season 4 of the show, showing how the stakes are being raised
and that the walkers are as dangerous as ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxg27QsaIEY

Breaking Bad released the first footage for the last 8 episodes! Unfortunately there is no footage but i found an article which explains what happens: http://www.slashfilm.com/heres-what-happens-in-the-first-scene-of-the-breaking-bad-season-premiere/#more-18582

What was your favourite news? Comment and share!

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Review - The World's End

The World's End is a British Sci-Fi, Comedy, directed by Edgar Wright, it's his fourth feature film and his third in the "Cornetto Trilogy" with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

The World's End is about Will (Simon Pegg) reuniting with his childhood friends, played by Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan, after twenty years to repeat a legendary pub crawl from their youth (which they originally failed) returning to their hometown once again to attempt to reach the fabled pub "The World’s End" but their hometown isn't as they remembered it.

I thought this film was great, it had the same feel that the other Cornetto films have and that's a good thing, Edgar Wright is a great director, the angles he uses with his shots and the transitions that are putting the shots together are very quick and fast and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are as good as ever, i wasn't enjoying Frost's character at the start, but throughout the movie he blossoms into a drunken hulk! Pegg's character could grate on you because of his character's repetitiveness but i didn't mind it and thought he was very amusing.
The supporting cast were very solid also, Freeman, Considine and Marsan were interesting characters with a little background and funny characteristics, the love interest played by Rosamund Pike, was okay, she didn't have a lot going for her and most of her funny moments were from other characters in the scene.

The story is very interesting and there is a lot of mystery about what is happening in this town and why everyone is acting so strange, it's a pretty straight forward plot, going from pub to pub, but it's the conversation between the cast and the mystery that really keeps it going, the thing i enjoyed the most about the film was the fight scenes, they were so fluid and fast and extremely interesting, i was on the edge of my seat, some of the best hand to hand combat I've seen in film. The tone of the film changes frequently, from a comedic scene to a fight scene to an emotional scene, but it doesn't feel forced it feels very natural which Edgar Wright is great at.

The main problem i see with the film is the ending and i could tell it wasn't going to bea good ending because of how panicky and crazy everything got near the ending, it was a decent ending but didn't live up to the rest of the film.


I thought The World's End was a funny film, with great action and an interesting plot, a great way to finish off the "Cornetto Trilogy" and i'd be very welcomed with more films from these three.

3.5/5

What are your thoughts on the film? Leave a comment!

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Review - Now You See Me

Review - Now You See Me

Now You See Me Poster.jpgNow You See Me is a Crime/action film directed by Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, The Incredible Hulk)

When first seeing the trailers for Now You See Me, i thought this was going to be a great film and then the reviews came pouring in and they seemed surprisingly negative! So going into the film i had low expectations but was still very intrigued to see it and was delighted at the outcome.

The plot is about 4 top tier magicians (J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), and Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson)  who form a group called the Four Horsemen, who perform in Vegas sponsored by Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine) for the finale they pick a man out of the audience and make him rob a bank for their trick.FBI Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) & Interpol Agent Alma Dray (Melanie) are trying to figure out how the group are able to rob that bank and so they try to get help from Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) who is an ex-magician who now exposes magicians and shows the public how magicians do their tricks.

The movie is pretty much a cat and mouse chase with Ruffalo's character always one step behind the 4 Horsemen and it's a pretty interesting one, the tricks the 4 Horsemen do are amazing, unfortunately they aren't realistic, everything else in the film is realistic but when it comes to these tricks, it is impossible for them to do, which is one of only problems I had with this film, there is a few other problems with the film were that it lost momentum half way through the film, but it picked it up for the ending, there is also a plot twist at the end, which comes out of nowhere and doesn't really make sense, but it's easy to get over it and just keep going with the film, another gripe is that there isn't really a main character, i thought Jesse Eisenberg's character would've been, after seeing the promotional videos and images, but he is always in the 4 Horsemen group and progresses when the group progresses and Ruffalo's character had just as much screen time as the 4 Horsemen which I found very surprising. There is also a forced in romance that didn't need to be in the film at all.
The casting was brilliant, everyone was great in their roles, no standout performances, but everyone was very solid. This was a very fun film, which you can't take too seriously otherwise you'll probably dislike it!

3.5/5

Friday, 12 July 2013

Review - Movie 43

Review- Movie 43

Wow... This Movie... Shocking.
I have never been so shocked by a film in the way i was while watching this one, it was disgusting, cheesy and just plain stupid with no redeeming features at all, I'm surprised they were able to get such a great cast and do absolutely nothing with them.
The film is basically a string of short films that don't connect at all, with a silly main story line interweaving them all which is also utterly pointless and has no payoff at all.
 I'm going to go through the skits in order and review them all:

The Thread:
The Thread is the main plot that links everything together, about 3 teenagers trying to find the infamous "Movie 43" which is supposedly a life changing video, which turns out to be a warning to them, to not watch Movie 43 because it'll destroy the world. This was such a bad skit, it is the main story but was probably one of the weaker stories because it hardly had a humor in it at all and there was no mystery about "Movie 43" because I just didn't care!

The Catch: This skit was so cringe worthy and embarrassing for the actors involved, Beth (Kate Winslet) goes on a blind date with Davis (Hugh Jackman), the city's most eligible bachelor, Davis looks like the perfect man until he takes his scarf off... revealing the TESTICLES he has dangling from his neck... Yep...
I just didn't understand why this was supposed to be funny, it was horribly cheesy and just stupid and i was extremely surprised two huge actors agreed to do this skit.

Homeschooled:
Out of all of these terrible skits, I thought this one was the best, that's not to say it's good at all, but it just the better shit than the other shit. It had Liev Schrieber & Naomi Watts playing a couple who home school their child, but want the child to have the high school experience, so bully him endlessly. There were a few funny parts in this skit, like the parents having a house party and not inviting their kid got a laugh out of me, i had seen this kind of thing before but it was a lot more enjoyable than any of these other skits.
The Proposition: Julie (Anna Faris) and Doug (Chris Platt) are a couple who have been going out for a year and Doug is going to pop the question to her, but before he gets to ask, she asks for Doug to defecate on her in the bedroom... Oh dear, i honestly have no idea where they came up with these ideas and that they thought people would actually laugh at this terrible idea.
Veronica: I thought this skit was one of the worst ones and didn't really understand it, it's about a check out guy called Neil (Kieran Culkan) who is working a night shift, when his ex-girlfriend, Veronica (Emma Stone), come through his line and the two begin arguing with each other, the argument quickly becomes more sexual and the joke is that Neil left the intercom on so all the shoppers are hearing their conversation, Hahaha... it's as funny as it sounds! After Veronica leaves in tears, the customers agree to look after the shop while Neil goes to find Veronica. I thought this would be continued later on because of the ending but nothing else happened with the sketch, i think they could of come up with a better ending than that and once again the sketch underutilized the actors they had to work with.
iBabe: A rip-off company of apple have made a product called, The iBabe,  a naked woman which also functions as a mp3 player. The boss played by Richard Gere is getting a lot of complaints over the placement of the fan on the iBabe which is located in the genital religion  because teenage boys are mangling their penises who attempt to have sex with them. The board members make a new advert telling people not to touch the genital area. Another unfunny skit which is completely random and stupid, not much to say about it really!

Superhero Speed Dating: Robin (Justin Long) is doing speed dating in Gotham City, when Batman (Jason Sudeikis) seeks out a bomb threat that had been called in at the speed dating establishment by their nemesis, Penguin, while Robin is trying to find his one true love, including; Lois Lane (Uma Thurman) and Supergirl (Kristen Bell) who turns out to be the Riddler in disguise, which Batman already had figured out and was screwing with Robin who had been kissing him. This could of been a really fun sketch but there was something off about it, maybe it was because i had already given up on this movie at that point and just switched off but i think it could of been a lot funnier and once again it had a great cast that they did nothing with!

Middle school Date:
I don't even want to talk about this one because it was so gross, Nathan (Jimmy Bennett) and Amanda (Chloe Grace Mortez) are on a date, Amanda realizes she is menstruating for the first time and tries to hide it, soon Nathan and his brother find out and start freaking out over it and try to find objects to stop the bleeding with. This one was another vulgar, disgusting one, that wasn't trying to go for smart laughs it was trying to go for low brow humor which i didn't like at all, especially seeing cute, little Chloe Grace Mortez smearing blood on the walls...
Happy Birthday:  Pete (Johnny Knoville) has slept with Brian (Seann William Scott) girlfriend and as a present captured a leprechaun (Gerald Butler) and is demanding for the leprechaun's pot of gold. The leprechaun says that his brother is coming to save him (also played by Gerald Butler), which he does hidden, in a pot of gold, he attacks Brian and Pete but they kill both leprechauns and they take the gold, Pete also got Brian a fairy who gives blowjobs for gold coins, how convenient!
This skit was okay, I think Gerald Butler is a pretty terrible actor but i enjoyed him as a leprechaun for some reason! But overall, another pointless skit.
Truth Or Dare: Donald (Stephen Merchant) & Emily (Halle Berry) are on a date in a Mexican restaurant,  Emily is bored of all generic first date questions and makes Donald play truth or dare with her, the game starts with silly truths but then they ramp it up by doing ridiculous dares like getting breast enlargements and getting a penis tattooed onto Donald's mouth, the only one i found funny was Emily blowing out a blind child's birthday cake candles before the kid could, (I'm a fan of cruel humor) This sketch had its funny parts but was dragged out too long.
Victory's Glory: I had really given up on the film and this point and absolutely hated this skit, Terrence Howard played a basketball coach for a all black team that was worried about losing to an all white team, Coach thought that it was ridiculous that they were worried, saying things like "You can beat them with your footlong dick" just horribly stereotypical things like that really angered me and made this one of the weakest skits of the bunch.
Beezel: The credits started to roll and I was happy this terrible film was over, until another sketch began!
directed by James Gunn who directed "Super" (which I think is a great film) i had slight hopes for this one for some reason, but once again I was utterly disappointed;
Beezel is an animated cat, who is jealous of Amy's (Elizabeth Banks) and Anson's (Josh Duhamel)  relationship. But the cat is not jealous because it is not getting all the attention anymore it's because Beezel loves Anson, at one point in the skit, Beezel masturbates over photos of him! That's the great kind of humor used in this sketch! This sketch seemed even more out there than the others because it also included animation, which could of been done much better, but the film just doesn't care!

This film is the worst film I have ever seen, just random skits tied together, none of them good, wasting such great actors, just terrible, if these skits had been YouTube videos it would've worked a lot better and probably would have gone viral but they tried to make a film out of them and that's where they messed up, I hope to dear God that there will never be a film to outdo this one with its terribleness
0.5/5

MARVEL News - X-Force Movie Confirmation

Marvel just keeps coming up with more comics to adapt to film and i love it!
Earlier this week, Fox registered the website domain "X-ForceMovie.com" Making comic book geeks very excited to see this awesome group on the silver screen, then the comic book creator, Rob Liefeld, confirmed it on twitter, he also confirmed that Ryan Reynolds will be returning as Deadpool!. Kickass 2 director Jeff Wadlow is supposed to pen the script and rumor is, he could also be the director.
X-Force
is a comic book hero team that exists in the same universe as the X-Men and features superheroes 
such as Deadpool, Wolverine & Cable.
More Updates To Follow!