With Avengers: Age of Ultron in cinemas, now is a perfect time to get up to speed on the best Marvel graphic novels. The following list contains five of the most important stories that Marvel has told, and that will surely form a part of their future plans on both the big and small screens.
Director: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson Synopsis: Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity Rating: 12A Run time: 143 minutes
Back in April 2012, Joss Whedon had a hand in creating two of the best films of the year. One was The Cabin in the Woods, while the other was the superhero ensemble Avengers: Assemble. It was the latter that was perhaps the bigger gamble, and the one that really had no right to work.
Since 2008 the Marvel cinematic universe has continued to grow. What started with the first Iron Man film, has now escalated into something much larger. From men in metal suits, to frozen soldiers, to talking trees we now have a series of films that have been wowing audiences of all ages. And with Avengers: Age of Ultron released in cinemas this week, what better time than now to look back at the entire franchise so far.
Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow & Jeff Bridges Synopsis: After being held captive in an Afghan cave, an industrialist creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight against evil. This leads him to conflict within his own company Rating: 12A Run time: 126 minutes
Pre 2008, superhero films were, different. They existed on their own, each to their own devices and in their own defined universe. Iron Man and, more to the point, Marvel changed that. Not only was Tony Stark’s first adventure the start of his story, but it was also the start of Marvel’s, and nothing has been the same since.
Despite a few delays, Film Club has returned for April with a film that has perhaps tested a few members in regards to watching something outside of their comfort zone. Pan’s Labyrinth is the Spanish language fairytale from director Guillermo del Toro, and is one of the more unique films that Film Club has had the pleasure of reviewing.
This months film was chosen by Cara from Silver Screen Serenade. As always, Cara’s reason for choosing this months film are listed below, followed by each members thoughts. Enjoy.
When Kieron asked me about picking a film for this month’s Film Club, I was at first a little overwhelmed. I had my choice of all of the movies. ALL OF THEM. Like, woah. But I thought things over, and I narrowed it down to films that really had an impact on me, then films that I haven’t had a chance to discuss in great detail on my blog. After much deliberation, the end result was Pan’s Labyrinth because a) I love broadening my horizons with foreign films, b) I love the dark fantasy/horror vibe that this film has going for it, and c) this one makes you feel, man. Plus, I was very curious to see how my fellow Film Clubbers felt about it. So let’s see what everyone has to say!
I’m sure that by now you have all seen, or at least read about, the new trailer for Terminator Genisys. The trailer has caused a little bit of a storm on the internet for two reasons. One, for its seeming abandon of the other films in the series, and two, for its heavy reliance on spoilers. After watching the trailer a number of times online, I have conflicting views about both the trailer and the film itself. On one hand, the heavy use of spoilers is annoying and could take away the impact it would have had in the cinema. On the other, I now have a more legitimate interest in the film, which I perhaps did not have before.
Directors: Michael & Peter Spierig Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook & Noah Taylor Synopsis: The life of a time-traveling Temporal Agent. On his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time Rating: 15 Run time: 97 minutes Release date: April 6 (DVD)
Every now and then, you come across a film that is a victim of its own devices. Predestination is a smart, well acted and very well told science fiction film, but to say too much could and, most likely, would spoil the entire experience for you. Predestination is so packed full of surprises and neat little twists that, from a reviewers point of view, it is all but impossible to talk about the films plot and its various narrative devices. Luckily, the film has enough going for it allowing to allow me to ramble on for 400 words or so.
Director: Chad Stahelski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist & Alfie Allen Synopsis: An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him Rating: 15 Run time: 101 minutes Release date: April 10 (UK)
It’s hard to dislike a film like John Wick, with its charismatic lead and well choreographed fight scenes, John Wick is the perfect film for leaving your brain at the door and watching the main character kill a lot of people. The films simple premise and reliance on its star, Keanu Reeves, make for a welcoming double act as the audience can easily sit back and enjoy this Taken like ride.
Today I take a look at the Brazilian crime drama, Elite Squad, for MovieRob and his Latin directors season.
For this month’s first review for Genre Grandeur – Latin Directors, here’s a review of Elite Squad (2010) by Kieron of What About the Twinkie?
Thanks again to Anna of Film Grimoire for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by James of Back to the Viewer. We will be reviewing our favorite movies featuring a dystopian world (past or future). Please get me your submissions by 25th April by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice James!
Let’s see what Kieron thought of this movie
Director: José Padilha Starring: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro & Caio Junqueira Synopsis: 1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rating: 18 Run time: 115 minutes
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As promised, March’s edition of Film Club brought something completely different to the table. The Rose, starring Bette Midler, was a unique choice and something that the Film Club members openly admitted to being surprised by. Despite it’s low score, it was far from hated, and was perhaps more interesting than it was captivating viewing.
Film Club returns for March with a film that many of you may not have heard of. The Rose, from 1979, stars Bette Midler as the title character in a film that is the definition of sex, drugs and rock & roll. The IMDb has this synopsis for us: “The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager.”
The Rose was chosen by the lovely Reut of The Sweet Archive. Below are her reasons for choosing the film, followed by each members thoughts on the film.
The reason I chose The Rose for this month’s Film Club is very simple. The Rose is a classic film. I’m into classic films. I’m also into music, so… you do the math. I’ve heard plenty of good things about The Rose and know that it’s highly appreciated in cinema history. I figured it would be an appropriate first choice for me. Hope my fellow bloggers feel the same. Enjoy!
UPDATE: This competition is now closed, and two winners have been drawn at random who will now be contacted via email. Thank you to everyone who took part.
To celebrate the release of the Vicious Brothers’ Extraterrestrial I have a competition to win the film on DVD.
Director: Colin Minihan Starring: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma & Michael Ironside Synopsis: A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors Rating: 15 Run time: 101 minutes Release date: 9 March (VOD) 16 March (DVD)
Directed by one half of The Vicious Brothers, Extraterrestrial is a B-movie that wants to be the next Evil Dead or The Cabin in the Woods, but lacks the knowing humour or genre exploitations that made both of those films so popular. As such, Extraterrestrial comes across as a film that doesn’t quite know its place in the world. Is it a clever nod to the horror genre and all that makes it great, or is it a poor relative to the likes of Sharknado and the type of fare the Syfy channel offers on a Friday night?
Director: Alex Garland Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhall Gleeson & Oscar Isaac Synopsis: A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I. Rating: 15 Run time: 108 minutes Release date: 21 January 2015
Directed by Alex Garland, Ex Machina is a very powerful portrayal of man and machine that plays upon the curiosities and fears that modern society faces with today’s, and tomorrow’s technology. Here, first time director Garland has crafted a film in a similar mould to that of one of the films main characters Ava. Ex Machina is sleek, beautiful to look at and has a dark undercurrent that belies the films first impressions.
By now I’m sure that you have all heard the news that Sony & Marvel have agreed to share the character of Spider-Man in their respective cinematic universes. I’m sure you have also read many, better, articles regarding people’s initial reaction to this and what it means for the future of the character. But, if you’re up for one more, then I would like to also weigh in on the subject and talk about what this means for Sony, Marvel, the Spidey-verse, poor Andrew Garfield and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This months Film Club, and January’s for that matter, has brought with it some interesting views and a few interesting stats. For the first time in Film Club’s short history we have four films with the same rating, meaning that third and fourth place in the leaderboard are each shared by two films a piece.
Due to some unforeseen technical difficulties, Film Club was delayed from its original publication date of 8 February, so I must apologise for that. Now everything is back on track, it is time to move ahead and look at this months entry, Heat. Ryan from Ten Stars or Less had the dubious honour of picking March’s Film Club entry. Below are his reasons for doing so, followed by each members take on the LA crime drama. Enjoy.
“When I joined Film Club in December 2013, I thought it was an awesome idea that someone would pick a movie and then everyone would review it. Over the first couple of days of being in the club I began to put together a list of movies I’d want to suggest for the club at some point. It was during this time that I had watched the movie Heat for the first time in a long time. While watching this movie I decided it would be my first selection if I ever got to choose the movie of the month.”
Earlier in the week it was announced that a new Ghostbusters film would finally be hitting cinemas, with a release date of July 22 2016, marking a real step in the progression of the franchise. Ever since 1989, when Ghostbusters II was released, there has been talk of Sony developing another sequel to the immensely popular series, but no one take on the film ever received the green light. Until now.
Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr & Scarlett Johansson Synopsis: A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family Rating: 15 Runtime: 114 minutes Release date: 25 June 2014
After finally getting round to watching Chef, I had one thought on my mind afterwards. It wasn’t the catchy soundtrack, or the easy interplay between the characters, no, it was simply, food. No sooner had Chef ended and I was starving. I craved a grilled cheese sandwich the way it was made here, but most of all I craved one of those delicious looking cubano sandwiches that Jon Favreau’s character Carl Casper makes so well. It’s a little odd for a film to impact me in this way, as I’m pretty sure no other film has done this to me in the past, but it made me so hungry that I nearly forgot all about the film.
Director: James Kent Starring: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington & Taron Egerton Synopsis: A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I Rating: 12A Runtime: 129 minutes Release date: 16 January 2015
Based upon Vera Brittain‘s memoirs from World War I, Testament of Youth is a heartbreaking account of love and war, as well as one woman’s attempts to find herself in a male dominated world. Vera’s tale is rife with elements that will pull on the heartstrings, and justifiably so, but does that make it a good film?
When I first joined Film Club a few months ago, I started to contemplate what movie I would choose for everyone to discuss when Kieron would have me pick the film. As you all know, I’ve seen a few movies in my 41 years exactly (because today 11 Jan is my birthday) of movie watching and to whittle it down to one choice movie was not an easy task in and of itself.
As a film fan, one of my main goals is to help others uncover new enjoyable movies to add to their own movie (hopefully loving) repertoire. So I decided to choose one of my own personal favorite movies that I’ve seen so many times but also probably doesn’t get as much exposure by modern moviegoers as it probably should. I hope you all enjoyed this movie as much as I always do. I, at least can say that I loved re-watching it for Film Club despite knowing it practically by heart.
Thanks to Kieron for choosing me this month and I apologize to any of you who felt this movie was too long.
Director: Tom Harper Starring: Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine & Helen McCrory Synopsis: 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant Rating: 15 Runtime: 98 minutes Release date: 1 January 2015
Once upon a time I hated horror films. To the point where I would avoid the genre and anything it produced at all costs. If a friend recommended we watch a horror film, I would protest but then begrudgingly agree to view it. I hated to be scared, and so I would look to other genres for my entertainment. It wasn’t until I was in my very late teens, maybe even early twenties, that I began to enjoy horror films and by proxy enjoy being scared. Once I gave into the genre, and all its familiar tropes, I found myself warming to it and seeking out all manner of films.
Michael Keaton’s career has been nothing if not varied. He has been the leading man, the comedic foil, the villain, the supernatural, the corporate slime ball, the plastic doll (Toy Story 3 in case you wondered) and a superhero. But, has Hollywood given Keaton enough attention? Possibly not. He’s only ever received one leading actor nomination at a major award ceremony, and despite his undoubted talent and impressive CV Keaton remains known for two iconic roles early on in his career.
With that in mind, and with the excellent BiRDMAN arriving in cinemas today, now is the perfect time to take a look at five of Michael Keaton’s best performances.
With 2014 almost over, it is time to look ahead to the future. More specifically 2015, and the films we have to look forward to over the next twelve months. Skimming the surface, it seems that 2015 will be full to the brim of blockbusters, tent-pole films and the usual Oscar bait and that it will be more or less impossible to see everything upon its release at the cinema. Therefore I have created this handy little guide to some of the key films that will be released in 2015.
As part of Movie Rob’s James Bond blogathon I chose to review Quantum of Solace. Check out my review.
Here’s a review by Kieron of What About the Twinkie? of Quantum of Solace (2008).
Director: Marc Forster Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench & Olga Kurylenko Synopsis: James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country’s most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love Rating: 12A Runtime: 106 minutes
It was never going to be an easy task to follow-up Martin Campbell’s excellent 007 reboot, Casino Royale. The film launched James Bond into the modern era, stripping away his gadgets, his Q’s and Moneypenny’s, and deconstructed the character, only to have him fully formed again by the film’s end. So what should we have expected in Quantum of Solace? The Bond of old returning, womanizing his way around the world and killing enemies whilst…
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It’s that time of year again, where we bloggers wind things down with our guides to everything the past year in film has given us. With only two calendar days left in 2014, it is about time that we got round to picking our top films of the year. Much like last years list, I have perhaps missed a few films that would have otherwise made the list, but I just cannot get round to watching them all. Despite this minor misdemeanour, I believe I have come up with a solid list of films that showcase 2014’s best cinematic offerings.
Films come and go throughout the year. Some are great successes and others are major failures, but others are just plain boring, and that is a crime worse than being just bad. It’s a depressing waste of time when you go to the cinema to sit down and enjoy a film, only to walk away struggling to remember a single memorable scene.
2014 may not have been golden year for film, and there were some real duds released at the cinema, but this list focuses on the three worst offenders. With that in mind, here are the three most forgettable films of the year.
As a little stocking filler for Christmas, myself, Zoe, Rob and Ryan have all prepared an essential viewing guide for you to peruse. We have all picked three films that no Christmas season can do without, and that we find ourselves going back to each year without fail. Check out our selections after the jump.
2015 promises to be a huge year for film fans. With the likes of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World all due for release, it will be a busy year to say the least. But this article isn’t about those films, nor is it necessarily about the actors who will star in those films. Instead, this article looks at the rising stars of 2015, those young actors and actresses who will be starring in films both big and small throughout the year.
As 2014 draws to a close, so too does Film Club. In the final review of the year, we picked apart Tim Burton’s first entry into the comic book genre with his take on Batman. Deemed a classic at the time of release, and for many years since, but Burton’s Batman is showing its age a little now and has surely been eclipsed by Christopher Nolan’s own take on the Dark Knight.
Below is the updated leaderboard for December, where you can find our thoughts on the previous entries, and what position Batman takes in the overall rankings.
In this months edition of Film Club, Cathal, aka The Narrator, chose Tim Burton’s Batman as our film of the month. It was another interesting choice and one that didn’t go down as well with some as it did with others, while it also brought out inevitable comparisons to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films.
Keep reading for everyone’s thoughts on the original Batman.
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton & Emma Stone Synopsis: A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory Rating: 15 Runtime: 119 minutes Release date: 1 January 2015
When I initially heard about BiRDMAN, it had me intrigued. A film starring Michael Keaton where he portrays a down on his luck actor, who is mostly remembered for his time playing one of Hollywood’s first big superheroes is a tale that it so close to real life, I had to know exactly how Keaton would approach it and, more importantly, if the film could work as a satisfying whole. And for the most part, it does. BiRDMAN is a fast paced, witty and altogether real look at the life of an aging actor trying to re-establish himself and his career in the eyes of a modern audience.
With DC and Warner Bros. set to launch their own cinematic assault against Marvel in 2016 with the double-whammy of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Suicide Squad film, now is a great time for those who are new to the world of superheroes to start reading the stories that inspired the films. With that in mind, here are 10 graphic novels that should be considered essential reading for any wannabe DC fan.
News came recently that Roberto Orci had been relieved of his directorial duties on Star Trek 3. Reasons for his departure are currently unknown, but it is believed by some that Paramount Studios are unhappy with his ideas for the film. Since original director JJ Abrams left to direct a little known indie film called Star Wars, Star Trek 3 has been left in limbo somewhat. Recent speculation suggests that the studio are seeking Edgar Wright to direct the film, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
With Star Trek 3 due for release in 2016, to coincide with the franchise’s 50th anniversary, Paramount will be looking to hire someone quickly. With that in mind, here’s my handy little guide of six candidates for the directors chair.
As you all undoubtedly know by now, it has been another busy day in movie land. With the official unveiling of the new James Bond film, and the first teaser trailer from Terminator Genisys both arriving, there has been various levels of excitement on social media today.
Making the announcement late last night, or early this morning depending on your time zone, DC and Warner Bros. finally announced the lineup for the David Ayer directed Suicide Squad film. The lineup seems to consist largely of that which had been reported over the past few weeks, and does indeed confirm that Jared Leto will play the Joker.
Here’s my review for this months Genre Grandeur season, Big Trouble in Little China.
For this month’s Genre Grandeur – 80’s action finale, here’s a review by Kieron of What About the Twinkie? of Big Trouble in Little China (1986).
This month, we had 7 reviews for Genre Grandeur and I also reviewed 6 movies for my companion series Genre Guesstimation. Unfortunately, this month I didn’t manage to uncover any new favorites in the Genre, but I will keep at it in the months to come.
A huge thanks to everyone who participated this month!
If you missed any of the reviews this month, here’s a recap:
1. Commando (1985) – Tim
2. Project A (1983) – Kim
3. Die Hard (1988) – Justine
4. The Running Man (1987) -MovieRob
5. Red Dawn (1984) – MovieRob
6. Die Hard (1988) – MovieRob
7. Big Trouble in Little China (1986) – Kieron
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After what seemed like an eternity in coming, the official Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has finally made its way online and it doesn’t disappoint.
With Horrible Bosses 2 now in cinemas, it seemed as good a time as any to take a look at the real horrible bosses in film. Not just the ones played for laughs, but those real hard-ass bosses who make you wish you had never been born, let alone apply for the worthless job you’re in.
Take a look inside as I show you the worst horrible bosses in film.
The long in development hell sequel, 18 years to be precise, to Independence Day is finally in the works, with 20th Century Fox set to begin filming next May for a June 2016 release date.
As we all know, yesterday saw the release of the teaser trailer for Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. There were a lot of things to get excited about in the trailer, and with that in mind I thought I would post a detailed reaction to the teaser, letting you know just how I feel about one of 2015’s biggest releases.
Keep reading to view my analysis and first time reaction.
The first official trailer for Jurassic World has gone online and features Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, some velociraptor action and a dinosaur eating a shark. Sounds good right?
Director: Sean Anders Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day Synopsis: Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme Rating: 15 Runtime: 108 minutes
When Horrible Bosses made its way into cinemas back in 2011, no one expected the kind of success that would follow. The film made over $200 million internationally, and those are the type of numbers that simply do not get ignored in Hollywood. Simply put, a sequel was always likely. Fast forward to 2014 and we are now presented with Horrible Bosses 2. A film that exists solely because the first film made a lot of money, and the studio are hoping that this one will too, and they’d probably be right.
With X-Men: Apocalypse due for release in 2016, some casting rumours have recently made their way online. Specifically these rumours are centering around the characters of Jean Grey and Scott Summers and which young actors could be taking up the roles previously held by Famke Janssen and James Marsden.
Whilst this cannot strictly be deemed as news, the official phase three poster from Marvel Studios does throw up an interesting note for fanboys and bloggers who have nothing better to write about.
With Captain America: Civil War due for release in May 2016, speculation and hype have already started gathering around the much-anticipated release. With a cast list already consisting of Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Chadwick Boseman we can now add Daniel Bruhl to the list.
Featured E-Magazine ran a nice little feature where he highlights his new favourite film blogs, and I just happen to be one of them. Happy reading.
Another Blog Pick Sunday is upon us and this week I’m featuring blogs that feature films, reviews or just general film interest. I have found quite a big, but will only be featuring 6 this week. If you have a film blog that you would like to nominate as a featured blog, just comment below. Enjoy this week’s picks!
If you are into obscure movie reviews, this is the site for you. I bet you have never seen Dead Snow? Well, I have and they even feature the new Dead Snow 2 – Red vs Dead! Now that’s obscure. There is also some hilariously funny Sunday Comic Strip series called the IPC Sunday Funnies entitled “Threes Cumpany”. There is much more . . .
Another great film blog that has more than film, but also some photo and writing mixed in. “To the new…
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BiRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance has released a batch of city orientated posters to coincide with the films upcoming release.
Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) is apparently in talks to join the upcoming Suicide Squad film for DC and Warner Bros. With Courtney apparently connected to the role of supervillain, Deadshot.