Review: Fantastic Four

Review: Fantastic Four

Synopsis: Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. Director: Josh Trank Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell Release Date: 6th August 2014 AP: Do you remember a few months ago, before the trailer was released, there were rumours that Josh Trank (the director) couldn’t handle the pressure of this movie and displayed apparent appalling behaviour throughout its production? There were a lot of rumours going around the tabloids and speculation that his bad working behaviour ended up with him getting fired from directing an instalment of the new Star Wars franchise. A little while later, the trailer was released and our fears were suppressed a little because the trailer looked awesome. Last night we were given the opportunity to see Fantastic Four at a media screening. To be perfectly blunt, this movie fucking sucked. Fantastic Four has reached a new low in the superhero genre; it’s ill-conceived, ill-casted and ultimately, ill-fated. The film is a complete mess with terrible structuring and it fails to show us anything new. The plot is actually a complete bore with a very predictable and hokey script, and it’s attempts at jokes or one-liners don’t translate to on-screen. One of the many big flaws in this movie is that it has terribly casted. None of the actors feel well-suited or believable in their roles. The chemistry between Kate Mara‘s Invisible Girl and Miles Teller‘s Richard Reed is completely non-existent. Teller feels unequipped to handle being the leading man of a major superhero...
Review: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

Review: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

Synopsis: Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Director: Christopher McQuarrie Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson Release Date: 30th July 2015 AP: UGH. I apologise. Starting a review with ‘UGH’ is probably not the professional thing to do. Watching Mission Impossible, it feels that this movie was built for individual moments, rather than a story-telling piece with an overall arc and characters that actually develop and change.  This movie was built to showcase its stunts only. Tom Cruise on a plane. Tom Cruise on a dangerous swim. Tom Cruise in a car chase. Tom Cruise in a motorcycle chase. This movie relies too heavily on its stunts and lets everything else fall by the wayside. It’s characters aren’t that particularly intriguing, including newcomer to the franchise Rebecca Ferguson, who plays agent Ilsa Faust. I have to mention that it’s really great to MI:RN decided to have a strong female character (literally strong, but unfortunately not strongly written) but the writers have spent so much time making sure you see her fighting skills on-screen, that you learn almost nothing else about her. Her fight skills, while admirable, look like they’ve been pulled directly from Marvel’s Black Widow. So much so that I watched the credits carefully to see if it was Heidi Moneymaker that did those stunts (it wasn’t). The main villain of this piece of the franchise is laughable. Played by Sean Harris, Solomon Lane doesn’t feel threatening at all. Instead, he just...
Review: Trainwreck

Review: Trainwreck

Synopsis: Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy. Director: Judd Apatow Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader Release Date: 6th August 2015   AP: I, along with the rest of the world, love Amy Schumer. She’s a hilarious comedian, not afraid of going places or touching topics that some wouldn’t dare. It’s to no surprise that her feature film début is the same. Amy’s film follows a self-described sexual woman, who likes to see multiple people at once. When she is tasked by her magazine editor (played by the amazing Tilda Swinton), to interview Aaron Conners (Bill Hader) to two quickly begin a relationship and Amy must come to terms with her sometimes destructive behaviour. Honestly, it’s nice to see a romantic comedy where the roles are reversed. Normally, we as an audience would be subjected to a film where the male lead would be seeing various women and sexual partners and then he would meet a woman who he’d fall in love with and that would change him. What a bore. Seeing Amy in the lead, taking on this role that is typically reserved for men, is refreshing and in my opinion, makes the movie more enjoyable and funny. As a writer, she’s penned together a funny, light-hearted and thoughtful script that works well on-screen. She’s not afraid to write scenes about used tampons, or a condom stuck in a cervix. She pushes the boundaries usually set for women in this genre. Some jokes in the film, however, come across as a little...
Trailer: Spectre

Trailer: Spectre

Brace yourselves. Spectre is here. The first full trailer for the 24th James Bond film from Director Sam Mendes has arrived in spectacular fashion as always. Here’s the synopsis: In SPECTRE, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.  Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, from a script by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade. SPECTRE stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion and is a global criminal syndicate and terrorist organisation in Ian Flemings books lead by supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld- the guy that we often saw holding a white cat such as in From Russia with Love and Thunderball, however in the trailer it really looks like Christoph Waltz, who was cast in the role of Franz Oberhauser, is the leader- so the question is, is there still a Blofeld? Or have they changed the name? More info to come. SPECTRE is set for release in AUSTRALIA on NOVEMBER...
Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation: The Stunts Are Real

Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation: The Stunts Are Real

Tom Cruise is batshit insane. In news that makes you go NOPE, Paramount Pictures Australia has released some behind the scenes featurettes of the making of Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation with the goal of making us go HOLY SH*T BALLS….and succeeded. The first stunt video involved Cruise legit holding onto the side of a plane whilst in the air: Seriously though… just NOPE. The second involved Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson speeding up a mountain on motorbikes: Not as cool as hanging onto the side of a plane midflight tbh, but still cool. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION is in cinemas JULY 30 Synopsis: With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate.  These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet. Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin Director:  Christopher...
Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Synopsis: High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Starring: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke Release Date: 3 September 2015 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl stars Thomas Mann as Greg (you might remember him from “Project X”), RJ Cyler as Earl (he’s a great acting newby) and Olivia Cooke as Dying Girl aka Rachel (“Ouija”). In the movie you’ll also find Nick Offerman as Greg’s Dad (“Parks & Rec”), Connie Britton as Greg’s overbearing Mum (“Nashville”) and Molly Shannon as Rachel’s Mum Denise (shitload of stuff…like “Never Been Kissed”). It’s a great cast, and one that works together perfectly to tell the story of self-loathing Greg, a high school senior who makes parodies of his favourite films with co-worker Earl (he won’t call people friends) and finds his life changed after befriending his classmate who’s been diagnosed with cancer. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a coming of age story, however a number of beautiful things tie this story together to make it special, such as the many classic and foreign movie references that present themselves as gorgeous stop-motion animation and live-action films that Greg and Earl create. The film revolves around these short films (42 that they’ve made in total) with titles such as Eyes Wide Butt, 2:48 Cowboy, and the brilliant A Sock Work Orange. A video posted by @meandearl on Jun 8, 2015 at 2:51pm PDT (Their Instagram is full of these cool clips btw, definitely worth...