Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

logoDirector: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki (Screenplay) Hayao Miyazaki (Comic)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyoda, Goro Naya, Ichiro Nagai, Kohei Miyauchi, Joji Yanami

 

Plot: In the far future, man has destroyed the Earth in the “Seven Days of Fire”. Now, there are small pockets of humanity that survive. One pocket is the Valley of Wind where a princess named Nausicaä tries to understand, rather than destroy the Toxic Jungle.

 

Verdict: Impressively Intelligent Story Telling

 

Story: Looking once again at how the Japanese believe we should be at one with the world, this shows the importance of not destroying the nature around us. We have the two warring nation who believe violence in the answer living next to a community that believes peace will solve the problems. We see how one Princess stands up for what she believes in putting everything at risk but knowing that she knows what will save the world. Really this is an important message to the world and this came from the mid-80s before bigger named films such as Avatar. (9/10)

 

Character Review

 

Nauicaa: The princess, who is at one with the forest, understands what is going on and has a plan to stop the full destruction of Earth. She is a fighter and a great idol for the generation of people who don’t fight for things. (10/10)

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Oh-Baba: The wise blind old lady who believes in the prophecy that one day a saviour will come to save the day. Good if not typical support character we like to see in these stories as they offer a chance to learn more history of the situation. (9/10)

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Yupa: A traveller who comes from the valley, he is also a master swords man feared across the world. Good supporting character that adds plenty to the heroines fight. (9/10)

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Kushana: Leader of one of the warring nation who takes over the valley with her plan for final battle against the insects. Good leader character that reflects the heroine’s ideas perfectly. (9/10)

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Asbel: A prince from the other warring nation that learns what they are doing is wrong and tries to help our heroine before it is too late. (9/10)

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Director Review: Hayao Miyazaki – The master delivers a great addition to all his work. (9/10)

 

Adventure: Great sense of adventure throughout. (9/10)

Animation: Early animated film that tells a more important story that many others of the time. (10/10)

Settings: Each setting looks beautiful giving each part of the story something extra because every corner will create something special. (10/10)

Suggestion: I think this is one to be watching, it will be rewarding for all that see it. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Animation is brilliant

Worst Part: Not many people will see it.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final showdown.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

Trivia:Hayao Miyazaki was so upset by the original international cut version that he sent a samurai sword to the Executive as Disney with a simple note which read ‘No cuts’.

 

Overall: Stunning Animated Film

Rating 92

Trailer Alert – The Taking of Deborah Logan

Plot – What starts as a poignant medical documentary about Deborah Leiden’s descent into Alzheimer’s disease and her daughter’s struggles as caregiver degenerates into a maddening portrayal of dementia at its most frightening, as hair-raising events begin to plague the family and crew and an unspeakable malevolence threatens to tear the very fabric of sanity from them all.

Release Date: Non set for the UK

Questions:

Looks slightly different to your normal possession films, how close will it be to them though?

How many jump scares?

Will we be talking about this a couple of years after release?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 50%

My Guess Rating – 60%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Trailer Alert – The Boy Next Door

Shortly after her divorce, a woman falls for handsome younger man who just moved in across the street, though their torrid affair that takes an obsessive, dangerous turn.

Release Date:  13th March 2015

Questions:

Does the trailer give too much away?

Will it be any good?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 40%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Hollow Man 2 (2006)

logoDirector: Claudio Fah

Writer: Joel Soisson (Screenplay) Gary Scott Thompson (Story)

Starring: Christian Slater, Peter Facinelli, Laura Regan, David McIlwraith, William MacDonald, Sarah Deakins  

Plot: Following the re-launch of the project from the first film, Michael Griffin (Slater) takes over as the murderous Hollow-man. Believed that he will not get a chance to become normal again, Michael goes after the people who could save him. Maggie Dalton (Regan) was part of the team that worked on the project, but after Police officer Lisa Martinez (Deakins) is murdered her partner Frank (Facinelli) teams up with Dalton to uncover the truth.   While they are looking for answers, Michael chases them down, but her bosses are using them as bait Colonel Bishop (MacDonald) leads the man hunt for Doctor Reisner (McIlwraith) but can anybody stop Michael?  

Verdict: Poor Sequel

Story: When the first one came out, it was brave and interesting, this tries to live off the success of the original with one of the worst storylines I have seen in recent years. You have idiot cops who spend time looking for an invisible man, injecting them with the drug that makes them invisible without worrying about the side effects even after seeing those side effects. There is zero character development on the villains and very weak on the heroes. In the end it is like an extended rampage of the invisible man with his origin. (2/10)  

Actor Review: Christian Slater – Michael the hollow man himself, determined to find the formula to make him live long he will kill to get it. Considering he is only actually seen near the end, it is more of a voice over performance and Christian really has slipped off the radar after his early roles. (5/10)  

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Actor Review: Peter Facinelli – Frank the cop out for revenge after his partner is murdered by the hollow man. He breaks plenty of laws to get his vengeances to chase down the hollow man. Not the best performance or the best written character. (3/10)

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Actor Review: Laura Regan – Maggie the scientist who knows the hollow man is after because she worked on the project to making him invisible. Another poor performance, showing that this should have been played by a more capable actoress. (3/10)  

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Actor Review: David McIlwraith – William Reisner the lead scientist who made the hollow man the way he was and left him for dead. Simple doctor performance who never really excels. (4/10)  

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Actor Review: William MacDonald – Colonel Bishop the man behind the project that has lied to the people involved and now has to cover up the truth before it is too late. Typical Colonel Performance trying to be strict without really being in charge. (5/10)  

 

Director Review: Claudio Fah – Looks like he struggled to handle the material given to him, doesn’t live up to the original or anywhere near it. (3/10)  

Action: Fights with an invisible man, doesn’t work. (4/10)

Horror: Loses the horror aspects created in original. (3/10)

Sci-Fi: Fast forwards over the sci-fi side of the story. (3/10)

Special Effects: Poor special effects used unlike the original. (4/10)

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The settings are not used well, as everyone seems to go the most obvious places to hide instead of the smart choices. (2/10)

Suggestion: After the Kevin Bacon one was very popular and very well made this is like a spoof film that shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same breathe as the first one. (Avoid)  

Best Part: Nothing

Worst Part: Turner takes the drug with no effects but others go through incredible pain.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No franchise killer

Tagline: There’s more to terror than meets the eye  

Overall: Awful Sequel That Insults Original Rating 14  

Sabotage (2014)

logoDirector: David Ayer

Writer: Skip Woods, David Ayer (Screenplay)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrance Howard, Max Martini, Kevin Vance, Mark Schlegel, Mireille Enos, Maurice Compte, Martin Donovan

 

Plot: Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.

 

Verdict: Disappointing Action Thriller

 

Story: We see how an elite DEA team find themselves disgraced by the government after $10 million dollars goes missing during a bust. The team gets put back together but the members start getting picked off. With the money still missing we have a FBI agent trying to figure out who is the person targeting them. We see the team not supporting her help and Breacher trying to keep them in line. We see how the team tries to uncover the truth and battles to stay alive, the truth could end up being closer than anyone imagined. This tries to be too smart in the end throwing in twist after twist that makes the last one come over as pointless. It really changes film type with the last twenty minutes and it’s the only twist you didn’t really see coming. It is not the best and the over the top macho performances from the supporting team don’t help in the end the film disappoints. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Breacher leader of the unit and the one who gets focused on the most. He keeps the team in order when they just want to cause chaos. He works with Caroline to uncover the truth but he is also keeping a few secrets about himself. This is not his best performance by any stretch but it is darker than normal, no funny one liner to ease the action. (6/10)

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Sam Worthington: Monster seemingly the loose cannon of the unit who will go over the line when dealing with the bad guys. Sam became unrecognizable for this role but I am not sure why, he didn’t need too. (5/10)

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Joe Manganiello: Grinder the hyper macho member of the unit who uses his imposing presences to try and make himself the most important person in the room. I think he is meant to be the actually big softy of the group but due to lack of development in the supporting characters we don’t see this. Does ok with what he is meant to be doing. (6/10)

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Terrance Howard: Sugar member of the unit but I am not sure what he was meant to be doing most of the time. Not his fault they wasted his talent. (3/10)

 

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Mireille Enos: Lizzy undercover member of the unit who now has a drug problem make her a very loose cannon. Yet again it was a talented actress in a role that needed more development. (4/10)

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Olivia Williams: Caroline teaming up with Breacher to uncover what is going on, trusts him but not a single member of the unit. Somehow she becomes a better cop in combat than the rest of the unit. Does a good job with what she has to work with. (6/10)

 

Director Review: David Ayer – I read that the production company wanted more action so I will not criticise the director as much because his bigger picture might have been better. (6/10)

 

Action: Plenty of graphic action violence throughout. (9/10)

Thriller: You do want to know who is behind it all but they never give you enough reason to suspect anyone. (7/10)

Settings: The settings are barely used to create anything extra. (2/10)
Special Effects
: To make the gun shots look so real I will give this the credit it is due. (8/10)

Suggestion: I think only action fans will like this at all but I don’t think all of them will enjoy as much as they could have. (Action Fans Try)

 

Best Part: I only liked the final twist.

Worst Part: The early attempts at twists.

Action Scene Of The Film: Street chase.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $18 Million

Budget: $35 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

Tagline: Leave no loose ends.

 

Overall: Lack of character development ruins what could have been a good thriller.

Rating55

 

Trailer Alert – Effie Gray

A look at the mysterious relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride Effie Gray.

Release Date:  10th October 2014

Questions:

Interesting looking period drama, do it look interesting enough for you to try?

A lot of talk about Emma Thompson getting a Oscar nod, do you think this could be her third?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

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

Star Focus – Tom Hardy

hardyTom Hardy

Age: 37

Number of Roles: 45

Biggest Films: The Dark Knight Rises

Awards:

  • BAFTA Rising Star Award (2011)
  • British Independent Film Awards – Best Actor – Bronson (2009)
  • Scream Awards Breakout Award – Inception (2010)
Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers

Debut Role: (TV) Band of Brothers (2001)

Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

(Film) Black Hawk Down (2001)

Early Career: Following on from two big debut roles came another war based film ‘Simon An English Legionnaire’. Soon after came what could have been his big break in ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’. Unfortunately the film was received very badly. After this Tom returned to take part in more British films ‘The Reckoning’ ‘Dot the I’ LD 50 Lethal Dose’ and ‘EMR’.

Star Trek: Nemesis

Star Trek: Nemesis

Television Roles:

  • Band of Brothers (2001) 2 Episodes
  • The Virgin Queen (2006) 4 Episodes
  • Cape Wrath (2007) 6 Episodes
  • Oliver Twist (2007) 5 Episodes
  • The Take (2009) 4 Episodes
Bronson

Bronson

Career: In 2004 Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Layer Cake’ offer Hardy a chance to get noticed again. His career didn’t start going to the levels it could have and taking part in Sci-fi Channel film ‘Minotaur’ didn’t help things along. Tom considered to make unsuccessful films until 2008 where he got a supporting role in Guy Ritchie’s ‘RocknRolla’ before getting the role that most people consider his best to date ‘Bronson’. This performance opened doors that have put Tom where he is today.

 

 

Break Out Role: Eames – Inception (2010)

'You need to learn to dream a little bigger darling' Inception

‘You need to learn to dream a little bigger darling’ Inception

2010 Onwards: After Inception Tom has gone from hit to hit with ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ ‘Warrior’, ‘This Means War’, ‘Lawless’ and mega completion of the Dark Knight saga playing Bane in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Keeping his routes he did take part in small budget film ‘Locke’.bane

Next Big Roles: ‘The Drop’, ‘Child 44’, ‘London Road’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Legend’, and ‘The Revenant’.

Mad Max

Mad Max

My Favourite Role: Warriorwarrior

My Least Favourite Role: Flood

inheritanceFilms I Want to See That I Haven’t Seen:deserter

  • LD 50 Lethal Dose
  • Simon: An English Legionnaire
  • Minotaur
  • The Inheritance

The Last Showing (2014)

logoDirector: Phil Hawkins

Writer: Phil Hawkins (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Englund, Finn Jones, Emily Berrington

 

Plot: A couple trapped in a cinema are manipulated into becoming unwilling actors in a film being captured by CCTV cameras.

 

Verdict: Great Thriller

 

Story: Ever get tired of the daily jobs? Well this shows what happens when one man gets pushed too far. When Stuart ends up in a heated argument with his boss he decides he wants to make his own film and who better to star in it than a young couple on a date. We see how Stuart puts Martin through hell to save Allie. There are twists in the story that really make a difference to anything we might have seen before. The one thing I really liked about this was the fact the couple were only just starting to date and we get to see how people can react to what could have been done while learning to trust instead of a long term couple who would never doubt each other. I was surprised with what I got here and I think this really needs to get a full cinema release, it is easily one of the best thrillers I have seen this year. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Robert Englund: Stuart a cinema employee who can get all the odd jobs done, but when his boss pushes him too much, he finally snaps attacking him and setting up to make his own film with a young couple on a date. Robert is haunting in this performance, this could easily be put on a par with Robin Williams in One Hour Photo. (9/10)

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Finn Jones: Martin who is on his date with Allie who doesn’t really want to watch the film they are seeing. He gets put through tests by Stuart so he can save Allie, but things for him take a twist. Good performance showing how easily you can look wrong in the eyes of someone you are trying to get to trust you. (8/10)

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Emily Berrington: Allie who brings her date to watch a midnight screening of a horror film (Good choice, sounds like a great date) but when she gets drugged, she spends half of the film being used as bait by Stuart before not knowing who to trust anymore. Good performance from Emily, could she become the English scream queen? (8/10)

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Director Review: Phil Hawkins – I am always one to praise a director who can come up with an original idea and make it entertaining, watch out for this guy, brilliant work here. (9/10)

 

Thriller: Really keeps you guessing from start to finish just wondering what will happen next. (9/10)

Settings: Isolation works perfectly here, being trapped in any building has been done but a new modern cinema really comes off original. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is a must watch for all the thriller fans out there, it will tick all the boxes to make it an enjoyable experiences. (Thriller Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Robert Englund is brilliant.

Worst Part: Not enough people will see it.

Favourite Quote: Stuart ‘But I’m not the killer’

Believability: I guess someone could snap but I don’t think they would end up going this far. (4/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Yes

Similar Too: One Hour Photo

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $2 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

Overall: Brilliant Thriller

Rating 85

Running Scared (2006)

writtenDirector: Wayne Kramer

Writer: Wayne Kramer (Screenplay)

Starring: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Vera Farmiga, Hazz Palminteri, Karel Roden, Johnny Messner, Ivana Milicevic, Alex Neuberger

 

Plot: After a drug-op gone bad, Joey Gazelle is put in charge of disposing the gun that shot a dirty cop. But things goes wrong for Joey after the neighbour kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his abusive father. Now Joey has to find the kid and the gun before the police and the mob find them first.

 

Verdict: Fowl Mouthed Thriller

 

Story: With a good thriller with plenty of twists and turns the really keeps the tory flowing. The big problem with the story is yes the story is good but the dialogue is terrible with swearing just for the sake of it. The whole story is set over 18hours and this keeps everything tightly connected and the unexpected twists really do surprise. As you know the ending from the opening scene we are left kind of empty feeling as there is no risk at all to our hero as we know they make it through the night. It is the support characters that you have to wait and see what happens too.  The reality of this film is that it could have been brilliant but the lack of likeable characters and nonstop swearing instead of clever lines costs it big time. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Paul Walker: Joey the low ranking thug, who has been keeping evidence in case he needs it, but when one of the guns is used in a shooting he spends the night tracking it down and meeting a full range of colour mobsters and criminals. Good performance from Paul but the level of performance is effect by the poor script. (7/10)

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Cameron Bright: Oleg the young boy who has used the gun and goes on the run meeting all sorts of criminals while he tries to hide. Good performance in the role which needed to play emotionless throughout. (7/10)

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Vera Farmiga: Teresa Joey’s wife who is trying to raise their son not be in the life of crime that his father is in. she has plenty of fight in her and will defend everyone. Good performance showing that she can play a range of characters. (7/10)

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Chazz Palminteri: Detective Rydell the corrupt cop who was part of the first shooting who wants to take revenge on the criminals that took out his team. He wants money or he will bust the whole gang. Simple performance. (5/10)

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Director Review: Wayne Kramer – Creates a good thriller shame he can’t put together any decent dialogue. (5/10)

 

Action: Plenty of action when it takes off, but slow builds up between in all. (8/10)

Thriller: Good thriller that keeps you at the edge of your seat. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting is dark and works for the story with the ice rink being very good addition. (7/10)

Suggestion: This is one that should be tried by the fans of the thriller but will not be liked by the people who dislike over use of swearing. (Try)

 

Best Part: The odd couple.

Worst Part: Language

Action Scene Of The Film: Ice Rink Shoot Out

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $9 Million

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: If anything can go wrong, it will and at the worst possible time.

 

Overall: Solid Thriller

Rating71