Dave (1993)

logoDirector: Ivan Reitman

Writer: Gary Ross (Screenplay)

Starring: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley, Charlie Grodin, Laura Linney, Bonnie Hunt

 

Plot: Bill Mitchell is the philandering and distant President of the United States. Dave Kovic is a sweet-natured and caring Temp Agency operator, who by a staggering coincidence looks exactly like the President. As such, when Mitchell wants to escape an official luncheon, the Secret Service hires Dave to stand in for him. Unfortunately, Mitchell suffers a severe stroke whilst having sex with one of his aides, and Dave finds himself stuck in the role indefinitely. The corrupt and manipulative Chief of Staff, Bob Alexander, plans to use Dave to elevate himself to the White House – but unfortunately, he doesn’t count on Dave enjoying himself in office, using his luck to make the country a better place, and falling in love with the beautiful First Lady

 

Verdict: Charming Comedy

 

Story: The question to ask yourself would be, what would you do if you became President? Dave gets to see what happens when he learns the real inside stories of the White House. He chooses to try and make things better, making important changes to the country instead of just being a puppet. It all works into a very good comedy that granted won’t make you laugh out loud but will give you enjoyment. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Kevin Kline: Dave Kovic/Bill Mitchell most part of the film is Dave playing President Bill Mitchell. Dave is just a regular guy who spends his time trying to make sure people have jobs. When he gets a chance to pretend to be the President he ends up getting talked into becoming a temporary replacement but when he starts doing things his way he could end up getting exposed all while changing the country for the better. Good performance from Kline who gets to use all his comedy while keeping everything serious. (9/10)

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Sigourney Weaver: Ellen Mitchell the wife of the President who has grown distant from him over the years, but with Dave in charge she starts to see some change in the man see once loved. She is also smart enough to know he is not the man she married and starts to fall in love with Dave himself. Good supporting performance. (7/10)

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Frank Langella: Bob Alexander the chief of staff who puts Dave in the position hoping that he can improve his position in the cabinet only he didn’t count on Dave doing such a good job. Good performance in the villainous role. (8/10)

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Director Review: Ivan Reitman – Good direction to make a charming comedy that takes a serious matter lightly instead of just making it an over the top comedy. (8/10)

 

Comedy: Solid use of comedy that makes you laugh when it needs to but shows you the serious when it needs to. (7/10)

Settings: Most is set in the White House but each other setting it designed to work for President Position. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is a comedy that I think everyone will enjoy it offers plenty of laughs and an opportunity to see what a normal person would change in power. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Budget scene

Worst Part: Others a few conspiracy theories.

Funniest Scene: First walk into the Oval office.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for One Oscar

Box Office: $63 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: Dave Kovic was an ordinary guy who was asked to impersonate the President. When they gave him a chance to make the country better…he did.

 

Overall: Solid Comedy

Rating 85

New Releases – October 24th

Fury – April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

furyMy Guess for Rating – 85%
My Anticipation Rating – 50%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Book of Life – Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

book of lifeMy Guess for Rating – 77%
My Anticipation Rating – 60%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

Serena – In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton’s timber empire becomes complicated when it is learned that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.

serenaMy Guess for Rating – 70%
My Anticipation Rating – 50%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Babadook – A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

babadookMy Guess for Rating – 50%
My Anticipation Rating – 40%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Newguy’s Pick of the Week – Book of Life

Star Focus – Norman Reedus

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Trademarks: Sunglasses

Age: 45

Number of Roles: 60

Biggest Role: The Walking Dead

Awards: He won New England Film & Video Festival award for best acting performance for ‘Floating’.

Debut Role: Floating (1997)floating

The Boondock Saints

The Boondock Saints

Early Career: In 1997 Norman got his first acting roles, with drama ‘Floating’, horror film ‘Mimic and comedy ‘Six Ways to Sunday’. With these three films Norman showed he had range and it opened the door to plenty of roles. While he continued to get leading roles in many different roles it wasn’t until 1999 and ‘The Boondock Saints’ where he plays on of the MacManus brothers people started taking notice of him as that film went on to become a cult classic.

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Masters of Horror

Television Roles:

  • Charmed (2003) 2 Episodes
  • Masters of Horror (2005)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2006)
  • Hawaii Five-0 (2010)
  • The Walking Dead (2010-2015) 65 Episodes

Break Out Role: The Boondock Saints (1999)

Blade 2

Blade 2

Pandorum

Pandorum

2000-2009: Norman continued to have a steady run a films in the start of the noughties with one of the biggest ones being ‘Blade II’. Unlikley many actors Norman only had a couple of television appearances and the chance to work with John Carpenter on his episode of ‘Masters of Horror’ we get to see him enter horror yet again. Norman finished the decade with a continuation of his constant film roles which did include a sequel to ‘Boondock Saints’ and one of my personal avourite films ‘Pandorum’ which has one of the scenes that scares every single Walking Dead fan.

2010 Onwards: in 2010 Norman started to become one of the most liked actors in television when he appeared in ‘The Walking Dead’ as Daryl Dixon who is easily the most popular character in the show. Even with this role he continued to make films and while his popularity continues to grow he has got a couple of bigger films on the way and has become the new face for the ‘Silent Hill’ video games.

Silent Hill Game

Silent Hill Game

Next Big Role: Air

My Favourite Role: Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead, he starts off as his brothers quiet learner, but after his brother is left and disappeared he starts the quest to find him but also to stay loyal to the people who have helped him. He ends up becoming part of the group and a crucial member at that. He helps them track and along with his crossbow he can take out walkers in silence. As the show has continued he has gained popularity that if his character was killed off people would actually quit the show, something that not many supporting characters have ever achieved.

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Daryl Dixon

My Least Favourite Role: Pandorum because it is too short.

Films I Want to See That I Haven’t Seen: Air

Stars They Work With Often: Guillermo Del Torro

April Fool’s Day (1986)

logoDirector: Fred Walton

Writer: Danilo Bach (Screenplay)

Starring: Jay Baker, Deborah Foreman, Deborah Goodrich, Ken Olandt, Griffin O’Neal, Leah Pinsent, Clayton Rohner, Amy Steel, Thomas F Wilson

 

Plot: A group of nine college students staying at a friend’s remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool’s day weekend.

 

Verdict: The Anti Slasher

 

Story: We follow the group of friends and pranksters as they make their way to the remote island for a weekend with a friend. We know the weekend will be filled with the usual teenage material, but someone on the island starts to pick the teenagers off one by one or is this just a giant prank?

This film does a good job building up the kills like many of the slasher films of the 80s, we don’t actually see any of the kills though, which is a big clue to the final reveal. Everything plays into the hands well and you start to wonder what is going on and who will make it, but if truth be told it tells you early on what is going to happen. One of the draw backs is that the first kill seems to happen as an accident and the twist would involve it being planned. The pranks do get very annoying after a while because I don’t think anyone would put that many pranks together for April fool’s day. In conclusion when you get the 80s slasher film this works well, but it has dated and will leave the now generation feeling let down. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Deborah Foreman: Muffy the mysterious lady who invites her friends to the island, but after a while she seems distant, could she be hiding something? Solid performance in what is an interesting role that is full of surprise. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: It is hard to pick just a couple of the support cast, they all comprise of the people who make it to the island and get picked off one by one. They all have something that makes them different but they all make slasher movie mistakes. Each plays their part well and become important to the final outcome.

 

Director Review: Fred Walton – In the era of slasher films this would be good direction and would give the audience something different, whether they would like it is a different discussion. It was a smart idea but did it all make sense? (5/10)

 

Horror: Typical Slasher level horror that will do all but create a new monster. (6/10)

Mystery: You are left wondering what is going on, what the motivation is and who will make it. (7/10)

Settings: Isolation achieved with the friends getting stuck on an island. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one for late night television fans out there, it will be enjoyed by all that stay up and watch but don’t go out your way to see it. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: Final Twist

Worst Part: Even though I like the final twist, it make most of the film pointless.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No sequel, but has been remade.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $ 13 Million

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: Last one out’s a goner

Trivia: Due to the film being light on violence it received frequent airings on late night television, where it gained a large cult following.

 

Overall: Slasher With a Different Type of Twist

Rating60

Trailer Alert – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Plot – When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to The Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

Release Date:  24th April 2015

Questions:

A full blown teaser trailer here not giving too much away, how excited are you?

The rumour is that we will see one of the Avengers killed off, which one do you think it will be?

How will the support villains (Quick Silver and Scarlett Witch) work?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 90%

My Guess Rating – 85%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

Top 5 Ryan Reynolds Roles

Ryan Reynolds has 62 credits to his name, he has played plenty of different types of roles, with some big budget films that haven’t done so well, but some very good indie films too. Today I am looking for my favourite five roles against Emma

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5. Matt Weston – Safe House (2012)safe house

Matt Weston is a young CIA agent, currently the caretaker at a safe house in South Africa. He has been on post for 12 months, and has asked to be relocated. Weston has not had any ‘guests’ in the 12 months he has been there, until Tobin Frost, rogue agent, is dropped in his lap. They are soon on the run together, waiting on the CIA to save them. He is confused about who to trust since Frost keeps trying to get in his head, as West is trying to deliver Frost, and get the respect of the heads of the agency.

4. Will Hayes – Definitely Maybe (2008)

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Will get asked by his young daughter about how he met her mother and Will ends up explain the first three loves of his life, leaving the young girl to figure out which one is in fact her mother.

3. Paul Conroy – Buried (2010)

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Paul has been buried alive with a phone he must make contacts with people to try and get out before his air runs out. Ryan has to keep the audience entertain as he is the only one on camera in this intense thriller.

2. George Lutz – The Amityville Horror (2005)lutz

After moving into a new house the Lutz family get haunted by a strong of unexplained events, based on a true accounts of the family.

1. Richard Messner – Smokin Aces (2005)aces

FBI agent trying to catch a mod boss but ends up getting caught up in the battle for the bounty on his prize witness

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5. Mr D – School of Life (2005)5

Mr D is a new teacher who style is different to the rest of the teachers in his school, but he also gets the best results in the school. There is a reason behind it style because he is teaching the students about life rather than just a subject.

4. Hannibal King – Blade Trinity (2004)4

Hannibal King is a fighter against the vampires, he used to be one but thanks to a process he is cured now. He is full of one liners that usually put him in more trouble but it is clear to anyone who watches this Blade he steals the film.

3. Michael ‘Berg’ Bergen – Two Guys & Girl (1998-2001)3

Berg is the serial overachiever he always gets good grades while not studying, he is also a ladies man and next to Pete they have great chemistry.

2. Paul Conroy – Buried (2010)2

Paul has been buried alive with a phone he must make contacts with people to try and get out before his air runs out. Ryan has to keep the audience entertain as he is the only one on camera in this intense thriller.

1. Gary/Gavin/Gabriel – The Nines (2007)1

This is a series of three stories that are all connected, this is a great film with good performance from Reynolds in a film people may not have seen.

Trailer Alert – The Gambler

Plot – A literature professor with a gambling problem runs afoul of gangsters.

Release Date:  1st May 2015

Questions:

Can Mark Pull off this role?

How deep of trouble will he end up in?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 70%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Thaw (2009)

logoDirector: Mark A Lewis

Writer: Mark A Lewis, Michael Lewis (Screenplay)

Starring: Val Kilmer, William B Davis, Garry Chalk, Peter Kelamis, Brenda Crichlow, Anne Marie DeLuise, Kyle Schmid, Steph Song, Aaron Ashmore, Martha MacIsaac, Viv Leacock,

 

Plot: A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite.

 

Verdict: Poor Man’s The Thing

 

Story: We follow a renowned scientist and his team make a shock discovery on the edges of the Arctic Circle, one that could change the world, a virus. We also see a group of students who get to work with the scientist along with his daughter get bought up to the camp only to find it abandoned. What the team discover is a dead polar bear, but what is more disturbing is the fact the group find out there is some kind of bug with them that infects anyone they get in contact with.

With this story we do get to enter into the idea of cabin fever taking over with the infection spreading. It does turn into an eco-campaign/warning about how the world could be in danger with global warming. It looks at how an infection from a time past could be devastating on the world now and how we have to use knowledge to stop it spreading. It offers our student plenty of mystery to try and work through. After seeing this a couple of times it does show re-watch value but it does end up having a few main plots taken from larger know films. It is interesting, but never goes into enough details for the facts it tries to go for. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Val Kilmer: David scientist who has a difficult relationship with his daughter and his scientific celebrity status makes it hard to give up his research. He has discovered something terrible but in the end he is too late to stop his daughter joining them on the research site. Not sure why Val is in this film, he looks a little bit out of place. (4/10)

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Martha MacIsaac: Evelyn daughter of David who has been asked to join for the complete amount of money left by her mother. Even after being told not to go she goes and ends up having to be the brains of the act outsmarting all the students when it comes to the science. Good leadership performance but is that right for the story with student scientist. (6/10)

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Aaron Ashmore: Atom the first of the three students who is on the research team. He is the one who actually ends up taking control and realizes that they will need to make sacrifice to save humanity. Solid performance from Aaron. (6/10)

 

Steph Song: Ling Chen one of the students on the research team, she is the first to become infected after getting bitten by the bugs. Solid performance as the victim who has to go through the most. (5/10)

 

Kyle Schmid: Federico the last member of the team who ends up becoming the violent side of the cabin fever experience. He becomes threatened by the chance he might die after his girlfriend gets sick he panics and shoots first. Solid performance as the panicked member of the team. (6/10)

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Support Cast: With the supporting cast being other members of the team who have to deal with the problems, most are disposable characters.

 

Director Review: Mark A Lewis – Does a ok job creating a group isolation survival film but ends up getting caught up in an attempt to mix too many previous films. (6/10)

 

Horror: With the reality of what could happen makes for a good horror and with the cabin fever feeling all works out well. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: It is a look at what could happen in the future. (6/10)

Thriller: It keeps you guessing but never managers to pull you complete in. (6/10)

Settings: The isolation factor works really well for this film, it shows that if you were to get trapped you would need to do something to survive. (10/10)
Special Effects
: A lot of CGI effects to create the bug, but some good practical ones to make the effects on the people. (7/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try, it will feel like a cheaper version of other films but still has a few moments that shine. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The way the warning is made to be real.

Worst Part: Been here, seen that.

Believability: It could be a real chance of happening. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could have one, but unlikely

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: This spring, the sacrifice begins

 

Overall: Frost Bitten Thriller We Have Seen Before

Rating 60

Speed (1994)

logoDirector: Jan de Bont

Writer: Graham Yost (Screenplay)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, Jeff Daniels, Alan Ruck, Richard Lineback, Beth Grant

 

Plot: In a downtown high-rise building in L.A., a psychopathic bomber & extortionist rigs an elevator full of people to plummet into the basement if his $3-million demand is not met. When SWAT Officers Jack Traven & Harry Temple foils the bomber’s plan and rescue the hostages, the bomber retaliates. First he blows up a city bus, and then contacts Traven to warn him that a second bus has a bomb attached to it. Once that bus hits 50mph, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it will explode. The bomber also warns Jack that if any attempt at rescue is made, the bomb will also explode. Jack races down the freeway and manages to board the bus. When an accident injures the driver, young bus passenger Annie is forced to take over behind the wheel and keep the bus running at 50 in order to stay alive. Will Jack and his fellow SWAT members be able to stop the psychopathic bomber – or will the passengers be killed when the bus runs out of gas?

 

Verdict: 90s Action at its Best

 

Story: When it comes to action you really don’t need the strongest most open storyline. This is the prime example it simply put bomb on bus, can’t slow down or it goes boom and no one gets off the bus. Everything that happens will have you at the edge of your seat because with the thrilling opening we only get about five minutes before the main action starts and never lets up. In a time period when action films were at their best this one sometimes get forgotten which works to its advantage because people will go ‘oh Speed I’m going to watch that now’. This really is the perfect relaxaction film to sit back and enjoy. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Keanu Reeves: Jack hot shot young cop who after taking a big risk saving everyone in the elevator opening sequence get called a hero. Howard has other ideas pitting Jack into another game, Jack has to take control of the bus and figure out a way to stop the mad man before it is too late. Good performance from Keanu showing he can make a leading action star. (9/10)

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Dennis Hopper: Howard the man who wants his money, he builds bombs and thinks he has everything under control but after his first plan is foiled he has a backup which is a lot more deadly. Great performance from Hopper, who creates one of the most memorable villains in the 90s action genre. (9/10)

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Sandra Bullock: Annie the wildcat who ends up becoming the bus driver after the real one is shot. She is full of fight and handles herself in the difficult situation she finds herself in. good performance from Sandra showing the star she was to become. (9/10)

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Joe Morton: Captain McMahon Jack’s boss who will do anything to make sure the causality level stays at a minimum. Typical leader performance but for once he doesn’t have it out for the hero. (7/10)

 

Jeff Daniels: Harry Jack’s partner who gets wounded in the first encounter with the mad man, he fulfils the desk duties trying to catch the man once the second encounter starts. Good supporting performance who also has great chemistry with Keanu. (8/10)

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Director Review: Jan de Bont – Great direction to create one of the best action films of all time. (9/10)

 

Action: From the opening sequences to the final sequences the action barely lets you breath. (10/10)

Thriller: Edge of your seat stuff from minute one to the final one. (10/10)

Settings: The setting is perfect for adding thrilling side to the story. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is a must watch for all, it is one of the best action films of all time. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The jump.

Worst Part: Hard to find one.

Action Scene Of The Film: Train scene.

Funniest Scene: The description of the bomb.

Favourite Quote: Howard ‘Pop Quiz Hotshot’

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has a bad one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 2 Oscars for Best Sound and Best effects, sound effects.

Box Office: $350 Million

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

Tagline: Get ready for rush hour.

 

Overall: Brilliant Adrenaline Ride

Rating 92

Star Focus – Chandler Riggs

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Age: 15

Number of Roles: 9

Biggest Role: The Walking Dead

Debut Role: Get Low (2009)get low

Early Career: Being such a young star Chandler hasn’t got many chances yet. With his first film role he got small part in ‘Get Low’ opposite with Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray. This was his only role before getting the role in The Walking Dead. Other than that he has only one other complete work called ‘Mercy’.

Television Roles:

  • The Walking Dead (2010 – 2015) 67 Episodes

Break Out Role: The Walking Dead as Carl Grimes. Carl is our heroes Rick Grimes’ son, he starts off being very annoying getting in the way and causing to him to actually getting shot in the beginning of season 2. Once season 3 starts Carl character evolves into becoming one of the most interesting ones as he learns to grow up this includes having to put his own mother out her misery of becoming a Walker. He has done a couple of questionable but his bounding with Michonne has made both characters much more interesting.

Carl - The Walking Dead

Carl – The Walking Dead

Next Big Role: Home Invasion

My Favourite Role: The Walking Dead

My Least Favourite Role: Have only seen one but I am not sure what to make of MercyMercy

Films I Want to See That I Haven’t Seen: Home Invasion