“Star Trek Into Darkness” Movie Review

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“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

In this fantastic movie, Gene Roddenberry’s classic televisoon series has been stayed true to. CGI has replaced models and so on, refurbishing the old into the new, but keeping the same furniture, just changing the dusty covers. Even though there are these changes, the movie still gives you that Trek buzz. I, myself, have not been an avid Trekkie, but have indulged in watching an episode or two here and there. There’ something about watching the new movie on the big screen though that really strikes you. Maybe it’s because you know that years ago, back when it all started, a small television set was all that it could be viewed on.

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The usual crew of Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Dr McCoy (Karl Urban), along with Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and Scotty (Simon Pegg) embark on a journey to the stars again, this time tracking down Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch), a man that Kirk has a personal vendetta against. Hoping that they don’t get blown up or shot at, they have to head to a planet who’s people are hell bent on wreaking havoc across the universe. Upon arrival, the Enterprise’s warp core malfunctions, leaving them stranded within sights of the war ridden world.
Having been armed with torpedoes, which the crew all think are dangerous, they set to deploy them towards the planet, where Khan was located, only to realise last second that they are completely harmless and not what they think.
After capturing Khan, delivering him and then him taking over, causing all sorts of trouble, the crew then have the responsibility of finding Khan for the sake of Planet Earth’s safety.
Through all of this, it’s superb acting from all the cast, including Spock having an uncanny resemblance and mannnerisms to the original actor. So much so that, if they ever needed to remake any classic scenes, this guy would be the man for the job.
Kirk is acted out astoundingly too, along with him having Shatners mannerisms too.

Overall, it is a great movie of epic proportions, dealing with everything that Trekkie’s want and throwing in humour and Hollywood style filmmaking from J.J. Abrams. The passion that he has as a director is out of this world, as he really brings the Sci-Fi action to life through the power of cinema.

This is the Sci-Fi movie to watch!
Grab your Trek gear and head for the stars.

“Fifty Shades Of Grey” set to release 1st Aug, 2014

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Christian Grey and Ana Steele. The two names that are all over the news with who is going to play them.
On the choice of the Director though, Universal and Focus have chosen Sam Taylor-Johnson. Apparently, her husband, who is the well known Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick Ass 2), was talked about as playing Mr Grey.
Although he is a great actor, many die hard fans of the book trilogy may disagree with the choice. Luckily though, it doesn’t look like the studios are choosing him, as they have quite a few people in mind for the role, including Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill. For Ana, the best person for the role, out of the people they have hinted at, would be Alexis Bledel.

Who do you think would be right for the roles?

Fifty Shades Of Grey is set to release 1st August 2014

Laters, baby.

“The Hangover Part 3” Movie Review

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First there was Vegas. Then there was Bangkok. Now…back to Vegas!
Yes, their back. Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug. Oh yeah, and Mr Chow too.
Their drunken capers seem to have gotten them into a whole hell of trouble over the past two movies, but this film not only brings more mayhem, but also shows what disaster they left behind after their previous mishaps.

At the start of the film, Mr Chow breaks out of prison, stirring up a whirlwind with a mad man named Marshall. He’ s the man that you steer well away from in a room full of people.

Little do they know, but the four have encountered doings of Marshall’s before. They also brought Mr Chow into his life, wrecking it.

He now wants to find Chow and get his revenge. The four are told that they have 48 hours to find him, or else.
Tracking down their old friend, proves to be a gruelling task, as he persistently evades them one way or another.
Chow ends up living the high life in one of the swankiest hotels on the strip, partying all night long with hot girls.

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This movie is a great third and final installment of the Hangover films. It lives up to it being mayhem, and in my eyes, is as amazing as the first film when it comes down to it. Now, I’m a filmmaker myself, so I know the struggles of trying to find good storylines once you have done the best already, and for me they did very well in that aspect. It kept going and kept interjecting humour along the way.

In my opinion, if you liked the other movies, you will love this. I’d say watch the film and see what you think once the last drink has been downed and the last second of the on screen antics is over.

In cinemas now

Here’s a trailer:

Independence Day 2 Set For 2015

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Roland Emmerich is not keeping anything about these films secret. Yes, films, as in more than one.
Emmerich has decided to make ID-4ever: Part 1 and 2. Scripts for the movies are still getting worked over by “White House Down” screenwriter, James Vanderbilt.

In a recent interview, Emmerich said,
“The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 year.” He then continued to Entertainment Weekly by saying,
“It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. (Humans) have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane.”

Will Smith’s character’s stepson, although it’s not clear as to whether Ross Bagley will reprise the role, will be coming back for these films.

“It’s still some of the same characters, but also new younger characters; it’s a little bit like the sons take over,” Emmerich said. “The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again (from the aliens).”
“We went off, we wrote a script, and the people who’ve read it, they’ve all said, ‘This feels like you always planned it this way.’ And that’s what we wanted, because we owe a lot to that movie,” Devlin said. “It gave us careers, fans really liked it, and we never wanted to just go whip out some crap-o sequel just because it would make us money. We believe in this one. We think we’ve got the right one to tell.”

Unfortunately, the movie will probably not be starring Will Smith due to how much it would cost to pay him and instead will probably be giving him a cameo role, if he accepts it. The film will be set 17 years after, so the actors will have aged and their characters job titles slightly, too, along with that. It is confirmed that Jeff Goldblum will be returning though! He will be accompanied by Bill Pullman, who also starred in the original. Pullman’s character is one of those with the job title that would presumably have changed, considering the years gap between and the fact that Presidents are elected every four years.

With Roland Emmerich at the helm, this film will most probably do well.

The film is set to strike US cinemas on 3 July 2015. The UK date has yet to be confirmed.

Marvel Plans Iron Man 4, Thor 3 and Captain America 3?

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Marvel has been creating three different phases of it’s films, which started with
Phase One, consisting of Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and ended with The Avengers.
Phase Two then saw Iron Man 3 and will be followed by Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and finish with The Avengers 2.
Marvel is also in talks as to what will follow Phase Two and into Phase Three due to all of the movies in Phase Two being in production still. The Avengers is the only exception.

Well, that’s a question Marvel is trying to answer for itself right now, as all of the films in Phase Two, with the exception of Avengers 2, are currently in production.
Phase Three? Maybe Iron Man 4 and definitely Avengers 3. Captain America 3 and Thor 3 will also be coming to us in Phase Three.

“A Haunted House” Movie Review

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You may be thinking, “Oh great. Another parody of another scary movie”. Well…essentiallt, yes. That is what it is, but it’s a whole lot more than that. See, the way that they made this movie was different, as they kept with the Paranormal Activity feel with a lot of POV and handheld shots. This was to be expected though, as it was a parody. What made it different though was bringing in the comedy aspect of the genre, and nitpicking at things that we have seen previously in the original films and parodying them. For instance, the night scenes where the woman is seen getting out of bed and standing in the same spot, staring, for hours on end? They made it funny. When I saw the PA films, I kept thinking how funny it would be to see the woman dancing, and then lo and behold, this woman does!
From the very first shot of Marlon Wayans talking to camera, we see the usual comedy that comes with him and his brother in films.
I have to admit that although this film was a parody, it did have it’s scary moments. To comedy it up again though, so it wasn’t too much of a comedy horror, they interjected ‘jump’ moments that although normally would have been scary, Wayans magic happened again and made it funny. From passing wind, to gangsters with guns, from homosexual psychics to sexually active demons, this film is a hilarious mix of both comedy and horror.

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Would I tell people to see this? Yes. If you want horror, but not bite your fingernails off kind of scary, then this is the movie for that.
You have to bear in mind that this is a parody though and isn’t a full scare filled movie, but in some ways, It’s better than the originals as it doesn’t linger on, making you wait for something to happen. At least this film has comedy to fill that void.

Watch the trailer for “A Haunted House” here:

“Adore” Trailer

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Complex isn’t the word. This film is a twisting love story from the start. Originally titled “Two Mothers”,  the film is about two friends who have known each other since childhood. They eventually get away together to a sunny place far away, where they reside in a villa. Robin Wright and Naomi Watts play the two mothers. The love story starts when they each realise that they like the other one’s son. As expected, fights break out and there is tension between the four. All in all, if you want something different to watch this September, or like romantic twists in films, then this is a must see.

In theaters September 16 2013