New Releases – 28th March

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history, the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Captain America is joined by returning Avengers cast members Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) along with new cast members Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp), The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Crossbones (Frank Grillo).

captain america

My Guess for Rating – 80%
My Anticipation Rating – 85%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

Muppets Most Wanted – While on a grand tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into a European jewel-heist caper header by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. The Muppets are joined by many comic actors including Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey. Expect to see many more cameos throughout the film.

the muppets

My Guess for Rating – 75%
My Anticipation Rating – 85%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Twenty Feet From Stardom – Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead until now. This is the Oscar winning film for best documentary.

20 feet from stardom

My Guess for Rating – 90%
My Anticipation Rating – 50%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Legend of Hercules – The origin story of the mythical Greek hero Hercules (Kellan Lutz). Betrayed by his stepfather, the king and exiled, sold into slavery because of a forbidden love. Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.

the legends of hercules

My Guess for Rating – 60%
My Anticipation Rating – 35%
Will It Be Number One In UK? –No

The Past – An Iranian man deserts his French wide and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife’s request for a divorce.

the past

My Guess for Rating – 87%
My Anticipation Rating – 20%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Borderlands – Following a group of Vatican investigators as they look into strange goings on at a small church in the West Country of England. Found footage film that looks set for many frights.

My Guess for Rating – 78%
My Anticipation Rating – 90%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

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Trailer Alert – Night Moves

Three environmentalists railing against the resource-harvesting approach to the natural world that has become the norm in contemporary society. We follow the three as they plan to blow up a dam but as the time gets closer the tension between them slowly starts to rise.

Questions:

How far will they go?

Do they blow up the dam?

Will the tension be built up to high levels?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

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

Trailer Alert – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back, again. This time Michael Bay produces and Megan Fox stars as April O’Neil and computer generated Turtles. The Turtles need to stop the evil Shredder you know the rest.

Questions:

Megan Fox a good call?

Did we need another one?

Box Office Hit?

Will I Be Watching? Maybe

Will You Be Watching?

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

Top 5 Quentin Tarantino Directed Work

Quentin Tarantino has been behind the camera for some of the best films of all time. Even with that he is always considered to be controversial with his work. He has Two Oscars to his name both for screen writing. I am going to look at my favourite directed films of his.

5. CSI Grave Danger

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When one of their own is kidnapped and buried alive the CSI team must race to solve the case before their fellow team member dies.

4. Death Proof

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When Stunt Man Mike (Kurt Russell) gets his kicks out of causing car crashes he finally meets his match when he meets stunt woman Zoe Bell.

3. Django Unchained

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The story follows Django (Jamie Foxx) a slave and a bounty hunter King Schultz (Chrisoph Waltz) take down Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his slavery empire.

2. Kill Bil Vol 1 & Vol 2

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The two films follow the Bride (Uma Thurman) get revenge on her former hit man squad for leaving her for dead on her wedding day.

1.       Inglorious Bastards

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I personally find this to be his best, it follows a group of soldiers who plan to take down Adolf Hitler during world war two, but they are not the only ones who want to see him die.

Honourable Mentions

  • Pulp Fiction (I’m not the biggest fan of it)

 

The Net (1995)

logoDirector: Irwin Winkler

Writer: John D Brancato, Michael Ferris (Screenplay)

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller, Diane Baker, Wendy Gazelle, Ken Howard, Ray McKinnon

 

Plot: Angela Bennett (Bullock) is a computer program but when she stumbles upon a conspiracy her life ends up in grave danger. With few friends outside the computer world and her life slowly getting erased how can she make it through? What follows in a cat and mouse between Angela and Jack Devlin (Northam).

 

Verdict: The first real cyber thriller?

Story: With the film made back in the nighties and the internet first becoming something not many had we get to see the more serious side of computerising all our information. The idea that your identity is taken without any proof left of who you are would come off very frightening but our heroine has to get through this to uncover the truth behind why it was erased. The cat and mouse side of the story comes off very strong and makes this a real thriller. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: Sandra Bullock – Angela a computer program who gets a mysterious program from a friend, but while on holiday her life changes she is erased and has to use what little contacts she has left to prove who is really is and using her knowledge of computer systems stays on foot ahead of her nemesis. Good performance from Sandra showing that you can have an action thriller leads without need endless fights, just smarts. (8/10)

 sandra

Actor Review: Jeremy Northam – Jack Devlin a hired hit man sent to clean up all the evidence that is on a disk that Angela receives. Jeremy does a great job in his first American film role. (8/10)

jeremy

Director Review: Irwin Winkler – Good direction to show how to make a thinking person’s thriller. (8/10)

 

Action: The action isn’t as important as other films where a muscle bound bodyguard figure would protect the girl. (6/10)

Crime: The crime committed and the covers up all fill the crime out very well. (9/10)

Thriller: Once it gets going the thrills are non-stop and you will just be left to guess whether she will uncover the truth. (8/10)

Believability: I feel this was part a warning about putting too much information on computers. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Mixture of settings but none that really add much to the story but work for foot chase scenes. (6/10)

Suggestion: I think this is only one to try I think thriller fans will enjoy but the more casual relaction fans will not enjoy. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The pier chase

Worst Part: Starts a bit slow.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Overall: Cyber Thriller Before We Really Understood The Power Of The Internet

Rating 78