Judgment Night (1993)

logoDirector: Stephen Hopkins

Writer: Lewis Colick (Screenplay) Lewis Colick, Jere Cunningham (Story)

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr, Denis Leary, Stephen Dorff, Jeremiy Piven, Peter Greene, Erik Schrody, Michael Wiseman

 

Plot: Four pals are on their way to a boxing match, but gets stuck in heavy traffic. To get to the boxing match in time they take the first exit they find to find another way to the venue. As they are driving around lost in gang-land they get stuck and witness a brutal murder. The killer wants no witnesses and tries to kill them too. The four pals get away the first time, but the killer is soon back on their tail again while they are trying to find help in the middle of nowhere.

 

Verdict: Wrong Turn Boys

 

Story: The old cat and mouse action gets another go here. This time we get the well-off group of friends who end up on the wrong side of the tracks being chased down by a ruthless criminal and his gang. The basic rules are followed and the relationship between both parties is very traditional. Don’t expect too much different to what you would have seen, but it does keep you wanting more. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Emilio Estevez: Frank the married with a kid mature one of the group, who just wants a night out with his friends. He tries to keep everything together through the situation they get stuck in. good performance in the unlikely leader role. (7/10)

 

Cuba Gooding Jr: Mike the muscle of the group who will always have the guys back whenever they get into trouble. Good cocky performance from Cuba. (7/10)

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Denis Leary: Fallon the criminal who is trying to clean up any loose ends by tracking down the four friends with his gang, he is smart, ruthless and will not be pushed around. Good performance from Denis in a villainous role that takes no excuses. (8/10)

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Stephen Dorff: John the younger brother of Frank who was a last minute replacement on the night out who has a temper that can lead to unnecessary confrontation. Good supporting role that doesn’t get too involved. (6/10)

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Jeremy Piven: Ray the smart talker of the group who could literally sale ice to an Eskimo. He arranges the transport for the night as well as suggests taking the back road leading to the trouble. Good supporting performance getting the annoying friend tag. (7/10)

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Director Review: Stephen Hopkins – Good direction to create a basic action cat and mouse chase film. (7/10)

 

Action: Good action mostly chasing and random gun firing though. (7/10)

Thriller: Good at keeping your attention. (7/10)

Settings: The setting makes everything more interesting as the guys from the right side of track end up on the wrong. (9/10)

Suggestion: This could be tried by the thriller fans, it isn’t anything special but could keep you entertained. (Try)

 

Best Part: The roof negotiations scene.

Worst Part: The good guys are plain characters.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $12.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: They had a choice, kill or be killed.

 

Overall: Wrong Turn Without the Creatures

Rating 66

Trailer Alert – Free Fall

Plot – When the sudden and shocking death of a coworker sends everyone reeling at Gault Capital, JANE, uncovers a very dangerous secret. Her boss, charismatic billionaire Thaddeus Gault, is suspected of massive financial fraud. An assassin, FRANK, is dispatched to silence her forever. Jane’s flight from the office is forestalled when her pursuer shuts down her elevator. Now, trapped and alone, Jane must find a way to escape her steel cage before the killer reaches her. This brooding and relentless thriller plunges our heroine, Jane, into a free fall of betrayal and terror. To survive Jane must find the inner strength and courage to defeat the powers that hold her and her dreams captive by fear.

Release Date:  None Set for UK

Questions:

Looks like it might be straight to DVD, but could it make it at the cinema?

Could this put Sarah Butler on the path to bigger roles?

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 – Days and Nights

Plot – Reckless desire wreaks havoc over Memorial Day weekend as a family confronts the volatile and fragile nature of love. Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” set in rural New England during the 1980s.

Release Date:  No Set Date for UK

Questions:

Nice looking drama, what do you think it will be like?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

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

Trailer Alert – Taken 3

Plot – Ex-government operative Bryan Mills finds his life is shattered when he’s falsely accused of a murder that hits close to home. As he’s pursued by a savvy police inspector, Mills employs his particular set of skills to track the real killer and exact his unique brand of justice.

Liam Neeson is back and ready to kick serious arse but this time it is in America with plenty of different law enforcements after him.

Release Date: 8th January 2015

Questions:

Easy one here, will it be better than Taken 2?

Will this actually be a solid conclusion to a trilogy?

Who will be the people who are really after him?

Could this actually be the best of the lot?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 90%

My Guess Rating – 80%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

The Croods (2013)

logoDirector: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders

Writer: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders (Screenplay) Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders, John Cleese (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Chris Sanders, Randy Thom

 

Plot: The Croods are a prehistoric family who battle to survive everyday against creatures while at night they hide out in a cave because the creatures of the night are more terrifying. After their cave is destroyed they have to enter the unknown along with new age cave man Guy. The group enter into an adventure with new danger that will change their history forever.

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Verdict: Fun Family Adventure

 

Story: So what hasn’t been done in the world of animation? The answer is this, yes we have had the changing of the world during caveman time from an animal perspective but not the human perspective. You add in the difficulties the leader of a family would have when a smarter young male comes along to take away his daughter and all the fun of the prehistoric period. Everything fits together very nicely to create an easy to watch family film that will be enjoyed by all. (8/10)

 

Characters Reviews

 

Grug: The leader of the family, protector if you like, he makes sure the family is always safe because to him that is his only job. Grug struggles with change after Guy comes along as well as feeling left out due to Guy’s inventions to help make things easier. Add in that Nicolas Cage is the voice you know this character will be one too remember. (8/10)

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Eep: The young adult of the group who is the best hunter of the next generation, but also the most adventurous. She always wants to see more of the world and is always being held back by her father and family. (8/10)

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Guy: The lone wanderer who after an encounter with Eep helps open her family’s eyes to what is going on in the world and that they should be changing to survive rather than hiding. (8/10)

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Director Review: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders – Good direction to create a fun family film that everyone will enjoy. (8/10)

 

Adventure: The adventure side of the film shows how one family has to do everything they thought was wrong just to survive. (9/10)

Animation: Top animation throughout to create a wonderful story. (10/10)

Comedy: Good simple animated comedy throughout which never takes away from the serious side of the story. (7/10)

Family: One for the whole family here, filled with everything. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting is used to create the world perfectly adding to the story as each scene unfolds. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is a great pick for all those with families; you can all sit down together and watch this film occupying nearly everyone. (Family Time)

 

Best Part: Belt scene stealing.

Action Scene Of The Film: The final chase.

Funniest Scene: Every scene with Belt in.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Ice Age

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for Best Animated Feature.

Box Office: $587,204,668

Budget: $135 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: Are you better off now than you were 4 million years ago?

 

Overall: Great Family Film

Rating 88

Trailer Alert – A Most Violent Year

Plot – A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.

Release Date: 31st December 2014

Questions:

Looks very intense, do you think it will be?

Is he a good guy or a bad guy?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 60%

My Guess Rating – 80%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Wind Rises (2013)

logoDirector: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki (Screenplay) Mike Jones (Screenplay Adaptation English)

 

Plot: A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

 

Verdict: Another Great Addition to the Ghibili Selection

 

Story: We follow young Jiro as he learns what he wants to become as a child and follow him as he starts to make an impact in the world of aeronautical design. We see how he travels the world to perfect his skill before returning home to complete his masterpiece. We get to see how he makes it through very real moments including an Earthquake, War and Disease. We also get to see a romance that is full of its own challenges and has dreams where he learns from his idol.

When it comes to Ghibili we are usually given fantasy elements but every now and then we get a very touching story with only real people involved. I don’t think this does reach the levels of other work but it still reaches levels above any animation made by alternative companies. (9/10)

 

Character Review

 

Jiro Horikoshi: A young dreamer who wants to become a top aeronautic designer and bring Japan into the modern world and compete against the other nations of the world during the next world war. He also has a beautiful romantic story of lost love that gets found again. (9/10)

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Honjo: Jiro’s best friend and colleague who becomes Jiro’s most trusted friend as they both share ideas about improving their aircrafts. Jiro gives him a chance to shine when the bosses are more interested in his own work. (8/10)

 

Nahako Satomi: The lost love of Jiro who meets him when they are young during a disaster but loses contact because of the mayhem only to get reunited in a chance encounter on the verge of his greatest work. (8/10)

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Supporting Characters: The supporting characters including bosses, family members and an idol, all add to the Jiro’s journey through time. (9/10)

 

Director Review: Hayao Miyazaki – As always Hayao delivers a great directed film that will be a perfect send off for him. (9/10)

 

Animation: Brilliant animation from start to finish. (10/10)

Biographical: Even though it is based on a couple of different people it is told like any other biography. (9/10)

Drama: Brilliant drama showing how one man’s life changes through time. (10/10)

Romance: Even though the love story is a side story it does come off really well. (7/10)

War: This is more the preparation to go to war and being able to be at the same level as the other nations. (6/10)

Settings: Each setting is beautifully put together for the story to unfold. (8/10)

Suggestion: The name Studio Ghibili means watch to all its films. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The earthquake is brilliantly created.

Worst Part: The true fans may not like the lack of fantasy elements.

Believability: It shows how one man became a legend. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for Best Animated Picture

Box Office: $118 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 6 Minutes

Tagline: Ikineba (We must live)

Trivia: In early 2013, the 72 year old Hayao Miyazaki announced that he would retire after the release of “The Wind Rises”, marking his sixth such announcement. Since then, many rumours have circulated stating that he has announced his return to feature films once again– however, these are unfounded and based on pure speculation from Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki. Suzuki himself has since stepped down as producer.

 

Overall: Brilliant but not Stunning Animation.

Rating 90

Trailer Alert – Spring

Plot – A young man in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harbouring a dark, primordial secret.

Release Date:  10th October 2014

Questions:

What is her secret?

How much will be the romance and how much will be horror?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 60%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Trailer Alert – Blackhat

Plot – A man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cybercriminal. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong.

Directed by Michael Mann and starring Chris Hemsworth

Release Date:  20th February 2015

Questions:

Could this role show Chris Hemsworth has action star potential after Thor?

It looks very similar to most of the recent Jack Ryan films, would you agree?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 70%

My Guess Rating – 75%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Blogathon – The Interview

Over all my time writing I have seen many different blogathons and I thought it was about time I came up with my own idea. My idea is the ‘interview’ as many of use writers won’t get a chance to meet everyone we talk about to ask these sort of questions.

The Rules

  • You can only pick 5 people
  • Only 1 of each category
  • You can only ask 3 questions
  • Only real people, no characters.

Here are the categories:

  • Actor
  • Actress
  • Director
  • Oscar Winner
  • Rising Star (Age is not important, just someone who when you say the name and people don’t know who you are talking about)
  • Writer
  • Expect Better
  • Television Star
  • Deceased Star

ActorJoseph Gordon-Levitt - jglIt is quite well known from my friends that Joseph is my favourite actor around, I like how he seems to always pick the right films and doesn’t care about the money involved. I am also a follower of HitRECord his way to try and encourage more talent to show itself.

Questions

  • What director of all history would you liked to have worked with?
  • What stars would you like to work with if you could work with any past or present?
  • If you could play anyone from history who would you most like to play?

DirectorQuentin Tarantino -quentinIn a world with so many directors it is hard to question that this man is one of the best. He makes even the dullest sounding scene into the most edge of your seat scene of a film.

Questions

  • How do you make a scene that seems so dull so edge of the seat?
  • You have worked with so many big names, but of the people you haven’t worked with who would you most like to direct?
  • Excluding your own movies, What film that lost out on an Oscar do you think most deserved one?

WriterStephen King - kingHaving had so many of his books turned into films and TV shows it would be fair to say the quantity of uses of his work will be hard to beat. He has many that are highly rated but is yet to create a franchise villain like a Dracula.

Questions

  • In 50/100 years how many of your films do you think will be getting treated like just another remake much like the Bram Stoker Dracula?
  • Would you like to have a show/film on the level of a Game of Thrones, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?
  • Do you think horror should get more recognition from the Academy?

Television StarJim Parsons -parsons Sheldon from the big bang theory, one of the biggest icons on sitcom

Questions

  • Is scared about being typecast?
  • What type of work would you like to look into doing in the future?
  • Is there anyone you would like to guest star on Big Bang Theory?

Rising StarsSoska Sisters - twinsThe twins that have made two very good horror films and now been handed bigger budget. I hear people say why these two directors and the truth is that Dead Hooker in a Trunk and American Mary an original horrors that came off with both good story telling and horror moments

Questions

  • Would you ever create a horror icon like Carpenter and Craven have done?
  • With certain directors being named the kings of horror would you like to be known as the Queens one day?
  • What is your favourite Horror Franchise?