R.I.P.D. – Movie Review

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I remember reading reviews of this movie before even watching the film. Not to find out whether it was going to be a good or bad movie, but because I wondered what critics were saying about the movie. The objective was to see whether the movie was being thrown over in the critiques, even if the movie was in fact a good watch. What I found out was pretty much that. About 90% of the movie reviews I had read or seen, had slaughtered the movie, saying it was a rip-off or saying that it was badly made, or just not very well written.
I’m not going to judge the ‘rip-off’ sections of the movie because although there were rather substantial elements, including the soundtrack and the sets of the headquarters, that were quite similar to the Men In Black movies, I was taken aback by how well the story was plotted out and portrayed. If they were to have made the movie without the dead elements, it would tell pretty much the same story, with bad guys wanting to take over the world, rogue police officers and a comedic cop duo.
What I will say though, is that the script could have had more work put into it, following maybe only one or two genre’s and not a dozen. I loved how the characters were portrayed to the audience as one set of people, but to everyone else, they looked like a supermodel and old chinese guy. Apart from the script, the movie didn’t really leave anything to the imagination, as we were thrown into the characters backstory and every other aspect of the Reynolds characters bio before the film had really begun. It would have been nice for a little more regular storyline with a few hints here and there, followed by the big reveal, with some more easing into the story, instead of throwing it in our faces.
I didn’t like how the scene was done where Reynolds character watches his funeral. It could have been done better, but having the interaction of the living characters and Reynolds character was very amusing, as I expected them to make it so that no-one could see or hear him.
Despite what critics may say though, this movie is actually quite a good watch. I’m not saying it’s the most amazing movie ever, but it has a great concept with some epic special effects. If you haven’t checked it out yet and want a movie to watch that isn’t too much of a head rush, but keeps you excited and entertained, then choose R.I.P.D.
I wouldn’t be suprised if there was to be a sequel in cinemas within the next few years.

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NEW Images Released For Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

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In the first image, Eva Green is looking the part, her body hidden by whisps of white smoke.

In the other two images that were released, Josh Brolin and Jessica Alba are shown as their characters in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

The film is taking up it’s original design concept again of black and white. Hopefully there are a lot of red splashes within the film too, like in the first.

The sequel will be shot in 3D, which Robert Rodriguez is excited about, because he wants to push the visuals further than ever before.

“The first Sin City was such an experiment,” says Rodriguez. “We weren’t sure what audiences would accept, because it was just completely different. They liked it, so I could push it forward and do more of what I wanted the first time.”

Let’s just hope that the sequel is as good as the first, if not, even better.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Co-starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will be released in the UK on 29th August 2014

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17 Facts About Zombie Movies

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (ORIGINAL)
The main house did not have a true basement but a dirt “potter’s” cellar, and thus had no long staircase leading down to it. The basement scenes were filmed in the editing studio’s cellar.

CEMETARY MAN
Many sources incorrectly state that this film is derived from Tiziano Sclavi’s comics featuring the hero Dylan Dog; it is in fact an adaptation of a Schlavi Novel (also called Dellamorte Dellamore) that does not contain the Dylan Dog character. Years earlier, however, Schlavi did base his Dylan Dog drawings on the facial features of Rupert Everett which is probably how the confusion began.

ZOMBIELAND
The twinkies that Woody Harrelson eats in Zombieland are not real!
Woody is a vegan and also does not consume any sugar, so the elusive yellow snack cakes that his character is OBSESSED with were actually a big no-no for him. Fortunately, the filmmakers were able to provide the star with a convincing substitute made out of corn meal, which the actor found to be delicious. He even thinks the faux spongecakes could bring about a ‘healthy Twinkie revolution’!

DEAD SNOW
This film’s main trailer shows black-and-white World War II archive footage including battleships, parachuting and a command room featuring Adolf Hitler but this material is not seen in the actual movie

PLANET TERROR
In the scene in the hospital when Dakota is called on by her husband Dr. Bill Block to bring the needles there is a brief shot of her notepad which reads: “To do / Cereal for Tony / Crickets for Tony’s pets / Kill Bill” – the latter of course a reference to Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” films.

WHITE ZOMBIE
This film was shot in only eleven days, completed March 1932.

LAND OF THE DEAD
George A. Romero was so impressed with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead (2004) that he asked them to appear in this, the fourth part of his “Dead” series, and they appear as the photo-booth zombies in the carnival/bar-room sequence. They also feature prominently in the artwork for the unrated directors’ cut.

PONTYPOOL
Actress Georgina Reilly had a problem with her character’s having to “babble” and was concerned about what the words would mean to her character.

WARM BODIES
When R is talking to Julie outside her house the scene is referencing to the balcony scene of “Romeo and Juliet”. R (Romeo) is talking to Julie (Juliet) on the balcony.

28 DAYS LATER
For the London scenes, police would close the roads at 4am, and filming would begin immediately. After 1 hour, the police would reopen the roads. The producers correctly predicted that asking drivers (including clubbers headed home) to either wait for up to an hour or find another route might make some of them angry. They got several extremely attractive young women (including Danny Boyle’s daughter) to make the necessary requests, and the drivers responded quite amicably to them.

RESIDENT EVIL
When the Red Queen is watching Dr. Green yelling at the camera when the room is filling with water (“There’s no fire!”), her face gets magnified in a yellow box with data under it, one of which lists her name not as Dr. Green but as Dr. Anna Bolt, which is the name of the actor who plays Dr. Green.

REDNECK ZOMBIES
Pericles Lewnes gave himself a concussion when he dropped the barrel of toxic waste on the first take.

BLACK SHEEP
The sequence with the sheep driving the land rover took several days to film. Moreover, the scene with the land rover going over the cliff was done in a single take.

COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES
15 litres of fake blood was used

DANCE OF THE DEAD
Unlike most zombie films, aside from the sound of sirens in a very early scene, there are no police officers or military soldiers present or seen at anytime in the film.

THE EVIL DEAD
The original script called for all the characters to be smoking marijuana when they are first listening to the tape. The actors decided to try this for real, and the entire scene had to be later re-shot due to their uncontrollable behavior.

WORLD WAR Z
Peter Capaldi plays a doctor with the World Health Organization and is credited as “W.H.O. Doctor.” The film makers had inside knowledge that Capaldi would soon be portraying the title role in Doctor Who (2005). The BBC publicly announced the casting two months after the film was released.

West Side Story Remake?

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Here we go again, another remake. It seems that Hollywood has no original ideas anymore, what with remaking half of the 80’s films such as Evil Dead, Halloween, Dawn Of The Dead, Footloose, Fame, Robocop, and many, many others that we all know and love and also some of the earlier films such as the Bond film Casino Royale, among others, along with now, West Side Story.
I would ask the question, “What is the point?”, but a lot of people would have answers for that. The only possible reasons for remaking West Side Story would be to ‘update’ the story to make sense in modern times, which doesn’t need doing at all as there really isn’t much difference!
The director looking to take on this unnecessary remake is Steven Spielberg. He has never taken on a fully-fledged musical in his massive career, so that is probably the reason for him wanting to tackle the enormous task of recreating one of the most loved musicals ever, considering the original in 1961 collected ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Many people will be hoping Spielberg pulls this one off, but at the same time, fans of the original will be wanting him to fail miserably so that the original still stands tall in the spotlight, without being overshadowed by a soul-less remake.