Spring Breakers (2012)

logoDirector: Harmony Korine

Writer: Harmony Korine (Screenplay)

Starring: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, Gucci Mane, Heather Morris

 

Plot: Brit (Benson), Candy (Hudgens), Cotty (Korine) and Faith (Gomez) have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All they have to do is save enough money for Spring Break to get their shot at having some real fun. A serendipitous encounter with rapper Alien (Franco) promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. With the encouragement of their new friend, it soon becomes unclear how far the girls are willing to go to experience a spring break they will never forget.

 

Verdict: 90 minute music video

Story: The story to use simple words is terrible, the script as worse and this could have just been a music video. All bar one unlikeable characters all just being drunk, stoned and stupid how did this get made? (0/10)

 

Actor Review: James Franco – Alien wannabe gangster who likes to brag about what he has. Franco is a great actor he does create a twisted character but really why is he wasting his time with this? (4/10)

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Actor Review: Selena Gomez – Faith the ‘good’ girl of the group who realizes that things have started to go wrong, leaves a smart character in a film about drinking what is this? The only likeable character and still manages to keep her innocent persona for pop career. (5/10)

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Actor Review: Vanessa Hudgens – Candy one who lasts till the end gets drawn into the world to escape her boring life. Vanessa can do a lot better than this rubbish, but her performance may give her more adult roles now. (3/10)

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Actor Review: Ashely Benson – Brit enjoys the escaping of boring life. Like the rest why waste time with this performance. (2/10)

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Actor Review: Rachel Korine – Cotty enjoys the escape until it gets too real. Another wasted chance to show talent. (2/10)

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Director Review: Harmony Korine – Just terrible direction most of it pointless montages of drugs, drinks, guns and partying. (0/10)

 

Crime: Flimsy use of crime story. (2/10)

Drama: Poor drama (0/10)

Believability: The people on spring break do all sorts this might be too far to look though. (2/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Most settings are just drunk parties or dark scenes at the college. (2/10)

 

Suggestion: it is just rubbish, I am sure someone has made this same ‘story’ in a dance music video some when. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: Faith being smart enough to leave.

Worst Part: The script.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Tagline: Wish You Were Here

 

Overall: Just watch paint dry for an hour and a half you will enjoy it more

Rating 5

Homefront (2013)

logoDirector: Gary Fleder

Writer: Sylvester Stallone (Screenplay) Chuck Logan (Novel)

Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco, Izabela Vidovic, Kate Bosworth, Marcus Hester, Clancy Brown, Winona Ryder, Omar Benson Miller, Rachelle Lefevre, Frank Grillo

 

Plot: When a bust goes wrong for DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham), he decides to move to a quieter lifestyle. Along with is daughter Maddy (Vidovic), But when a school bully pushes her too far, she fights back Phil gets called in to answer questions. Furious parents Cassie Bodine (Bosworth) and Jimmy Klum (Hester) approach him about the action and get the same treatment.

 

Looking for more of their own justice Cassie gets in contact with her brother Morgan ‘Gator’ Bodine (Franco) the local meth drug lord. When Morgan learns about Broker’s past, what starts as a simple set of mind games turns into a deadly battle to survive after Morgan sees a chance to make his business grow he reaches out to people from Broker’s past. Deadly Cyrus Hanks (Grillo) kidnaps Maddy, Phil uses all his skills to get her back and make the people pay for what they have done.

 

Verdict: No nonsenses action

 

Story: When you hear the outline of this story you will feel like you know what to expect in the end. One of the strong points for the story is that it lets it all brew up before finally unleashing it all at once. This could be a negative for some stories but for this one it works because of Broker character that is only about self-defence. The whole thing starts from something so very petty but the escalation takes it from a small feud and turns in to a war. In the end this is a simple story that gives action fans enough to enjoy. (8/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Jason Statham: Phil the DEA agent who wants a quiet simple life with his daughter. When his old life gets caught up on him he has to bring back his old ways to save his family. Good performance from Jason doing what he does best. (8/10)

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James Franco: Morgan the small time meth drug lord wanting to make it big and once he finds a way he loses control of the situation. Good performance from Franco who steps into the crazy role ambitious role with ease. (8/10)

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Izabela Vidovic: Maddy the daughter of Phil who has self-defence skills that lead her into trouble. Good performance from the young actress. (7/10)

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Director Review: Gary Fleder – Good direction showing how to make a very good action thriller with a happy ending. (8/10)

 

Action: Plenty of action be it fights, gun battles or chases. (9/10)

Crime: Good elements of crime using a former DEA agent as lead. (8/10)

Thriller: Good thriller as it builds up nicely before unleashing it all. (9/10)

Settings: Good settings that offer a remote idea but don’t truly change the films overall feel. (8/10)
Special Effects
: (/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the action junkies it will fill all the marks for them, but the casual non action fan will not enjoy this too much. (Action Junkies Watch)

 

Best Part: Most of Statham’s fights.

Worst Part: It all ends up being over reaction that starts it all.

Action Scene Of The Film: The attack on the Broker’s house.

Believability: People will go to measure to protect their family. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Yes it could.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: None

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $43,058,898

Budget: $22million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: How far would you go to protect your home?

Trivia: originally developed screenplay for Rambo film series.

 

Overall: Good Old School Action

Rating 76

Trailer Alert – The Rover

A loner (Guy Pearce) tracks the gang who stole his car from a desolate town in the Australian outback with the forced assistance of a wound guy (Robert Pattinson) left behind in the wake of the theft.

Release Date:  22nd August

Questions:

Could this be Robert Pattinson’s breakout after Twilight?

Looks very intense much like Animal Kingdom can the director deliver again?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 65%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Trailer Alert – The Green Inferno

A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a dying tribe. Unfortunately, they crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they protected.

Release Date:  UK N/A, USA -5th September

Questions:

Eli Roth has huge reputation for great shock horror, will this continue his directing legacy?

Cannibal films are very much hit or miss, will this be a hit or miss? I think this will be a hit.

How graphic will the violence be? With Eli Roth behind the camera I think the violence will be very graphic.

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating –75%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

New Releases – 18th April

The Amazing Spiderman 2 – Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of super villains against him, impacting on his life. Look out for Electro, Green Goblin and The Rhino.

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My Guess for Rating – 89%
My Anticipation Rating – 90%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

Locke – A single phone call causes the life of a successful construction manager to unravel during his drive home. Tom Hardy starts in what looks like the thriller of the year.

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My Guess for Rating – 94%
My Anticipation Rating – 99%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Magic, Magic – A naïve young tourist’s road trip across Chile with friends turns into a waking nightmare. Michael Cera in a none comedy, let’s see how he does.

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My Guess for Rating – 68%
My Anticipation Rating – 50%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Love Punch – A divorced couple scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them.

My Guess for Rating – 70%
My Anticipation Rating – 30%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

We Are The Best – Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band, despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.

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My Guess for Rating – 87%
My Anticipation Rating – 60%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Sea – The story of a man who returns to the sea where he spent his childhood summers in search of peace following the death of his wife.

My Guess for Rating – 77%
My Anticipation Rating – 20%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Trailer Alert – A Most Wanted Man

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. Based on a John le Carre novel, and starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman this looks like it could be a contender to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Release Date:  2014.

Questions:

One of the last Philip Seymour Hoffman performances, we it be one that will be remember as a great one? It looks like it could be.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was brilliant; will this be able to stand on the same level?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 87%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Top 5 Sean Bean Roles

Sean Bean with 105 credits to his name Sean is usually the go to guy for a villain as it is well known he has one of the highest totals of screen death in film history. His tough guy persona only builds up when you hear the story of when he was stab and just went back to the bar for another pint. Today I will look at my favourite roles of his.

5. Doctor Bernard Merrick – The Island

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The Michael Bay action film sees Sean play the villain behind creating human clones so that when the human version of themselves need body parts they take them out of the clone. Merrick has to recruit a team to track down two such clones that have escaped.

4. Ned Stark – Game Of Thrones

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Ned Stark is one of the potential kings in waiting in the mystical world, Sean was one of the draws for the start of the show and after his shocking death in season one his performance will always be remember.

3. Boromir – Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring

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Boromir is one of the warriors went to protect Frodo on his adventure to destroy the ring, but when he sees the power he wants it for himself.

2. Partridge – Equilibrium

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It might only be a small role as Christian Bale’s partner who has started to feel emotions in an emotionless state but his character delivers the catalyst for the future events.

1.       Alec Trevelyan – Goldeneye

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Bond villain who turns on the service, who ends up with one of the most iconic bond villain deaths.

Trailer Alert – I, Origins

A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it. When he meets a girl with perfect eyes but when tragedy strikes and her belief in reincarnation changes his views on the world of science when a new born child with identical eyes in born the moment after the tragedy strikes.

Release Date:  UK N/A America 18th July

Questions:

A thinking person film is what Mike Cahill and Brit Marling do best, will this continue that trend?

Will it change your beliefs?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 90%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

True Romance (1993)

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Director: Tony Scott

Writer: Quentin Tarantino (Screenplay)

Starring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hooper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Bronson Pinchot, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Rapaport

Plot: When Clarence (Slater) marries a hooker Alabama (Arquette) he steals cocaine from her pimp Drexl (Oldman) and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners henchmen Vincenzo (Walken) start looking for the coke trying to reclaim it.

 

Verdict: Crime Thriller Romance

Story: With the name Tarantino on a film you know the dialogue will be unique as well as having plenty of twist, small characters that are influential for the story. We get what looks like a whirlwind romance that takes a dramatic twist into a crime story and a crime story with plenty of twists and turns. This is some of Tarantino’s early written work and you can see how he has now evolved into the man he is now. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: Christian Slater – Clarence a comic book sales man who is obsessed with Elvis before meeting Alabama who will change his life forever. Christian career has gone the wrong way in recent years well the decade and this shows how good he can be. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Patricia Arquette – Alabama the fresh to the business hooker who falls in love with her third client. Good performance and you can see the love between the two. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Dennis Hooper – Clifford Clarence’s father and former cop who has had problems but Clarence has always stayed by. Dennis as a good guy, wow something we don’t see much, he does well and ends up in one of the most memorable scenes in the film. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Gary Oldman – Drexl, Alabama’s pimp who happens to think he is black and has a very short temper. Good performance that you will remember but only a small role. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Christopher Walken – Vincenzo ruthless henchmen looking for the stolen drugs. Is only in one scene but it is the one scene everyone remembers. (8/10)

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Director Review: Tony Scott – Good direction to turn the Tarantino story into a instant classic. (9/10)

 

Crime: With rookie drug dealer trying to keep one step ahead of the cops, gangsters and hit men. (9/10)

Thriller: Keeps you guessing and wondering who will turn up in the next scene. (9/10)

Believability: (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Settings: Each setting is chosen well to add from the bleak looking Detroit to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. (8/10)

 

Suggestion: I will suggest watching this, but it is really just one for the adults. It’s story could appeal to both sexes as the romance works well the crime side of the film. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Walken, Hooper show why they are legends

Action Scene Of The Film: Final drug deal

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Overall: Tarantino’s early writing skills on display

Rating 89

Trailer Alert – Gone Girl

A woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary, while he her husband tries to find her, he might be hiding something about what happened to her. Based on the novel ‘Gone Girl’ and starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

Release Date:  3rd October 2014

Questions:

What will be the truth?

Will Affleck shine, like he has in his own directed films?

David Fincher directing we should be getting something special, will we?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 80%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No