Director: Jonathan Liebesman Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett & William Fichtner Synopsis: The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Rating: 12A Runtime: 101 minutes
“Mysterious. Dangerous. Reptilious. You’ve never seen heroes like this.”
There is a scene late on in this reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles where our heroes discover they are effectively bulletproof. As the villainous foot clan attempt to take them down with machine guns, the Turtles simply deflect their bullets using their shells, even to the extent where one of them turns around and literally fires the bullets back in a scene of pure Hulk like rage. And it was here that I learnt that the film itself is bulletproof, in a critical sense anyway. It’s here that you discover that producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman don’t care what anybody thinks. All the “haters” and all the people who appreciate storytelling and characterisation don’t matter here, as the director and producer set about making a film targeted mostly at young people, with some fan service, for those of us old enough to remember the original films and cartoons, thrown in for good measure. Read the rest of this entry »
Not so long ago the Spider-Man films were considered some of the best the superhero genre had to offer. Now, not so much. With Marvel continually changing audiences perceptions on their own heroes and franchises, some superheroes are getting left behind. The Fantastic Four is about to rebooted, while the X-Men were also essentially rebooted this year, even DC have had to re-think their strategy after finding success with The Dark Knight trilogy and are now doing things the “Marvel way.” Perhaps it is no surprise then, that Spider-Man feels a little bit lacking in some regards these days. Due to different studios owning the rights to various characters, Spider-Man essentially exists on his own, but does he need a shared universe to succeed? Not necessarily. Spider-Man was once at the forefront of superhero films, and today I take a look back at the entire franchise, and rank each film in the series from worst to best. Read the rest of this entry »
Film Club is now officially four months old, and I thought it was a good time to start a leaderboard ranking the films we have reviewed from best to worst. By now, the majority of you should be familiar with the set up behind Film Club, but for anyone that isn’t aware, here is the gist of it.
Each month, one of us picks a film, which we all then watch and review and give it a score out of ten. It’s a simple premise and has a similar feel to that of a book club. There are various rules we have to follow, but as long as there are no major spoilers in anyone’s review it’s a pretty laid back affair. We cover all sorts of films, but I do ask that whoever has chosen a film to give their reasons for doing so, as this makes things a little more personal. Read the rest of this entry »
Film Club is an idea that I have been toying with for a while now. Originally it was a feature I was going to do on my own where once a month I would try to dissect a film, whether it be a renowned classic or something more modern. After a while though, I thought this was a feature best suited to multiple reviews, from various perspectives. With that I emailed a few fellow bloggers who were more than willing to get on board with the idea and help me out, and Film Club was born.
This month, Zoe, from The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger, chose our film of the month. And chose, quite possibly, the most well received entry Film Club has laid its collective eyes on so far, in Casino Royale. Read the rest of this entry »
A Dozen Summers is written and directed by Kenton Hall, and tells the story of two 12-year-old girls as they hijack a film in order to tell their own story. The film is being produced by Monkey Basket Films, and is a crowd sourced indie film that the creators hope will appeal to young, and not so young people alike. Read the rest of this entry »
Director: James DeMonaco Starring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo & Zach Gilford Synopsis: “A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.” Rating: 15 Runtime: 103 minutes
“United we purge.”
When The Purge was released last year, I found myself massively disappointed with what I saw. The concept seemed great, but the execution was severely lacking and it felt like a wasted opportunity. What should have been an exciting attempt at how a country, state, city or town copes with the most ridiculous of concepts, was instead a run of the mill home invasion thriller. Luckily, director James DeMonaco has learnt from his mistakes, and has crafted a much tighter affair that makes good on the on the promise from the first film. Read the rest of this entry »