Weekly Update Video 26th – 31st August

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The Green Hornet (2011)

loggoDirector: Michel Gondry

Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (Screenplay) George W. Trendle (Radio Series)

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, Christoph Waltz, David Harbour, Edward James Olmos

 

Plot: Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles’ “The Daily Sentinel” after the sudden death of his father. Britt’s party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero “The Green Hornet”.

 

Verdict: TV Show Returns

 

Story: With all the action superhero films out there, this actually comes of refreshing in the world where one man tries to fight back against crime. Mixing elements of a Batman type action film into not taking itself too serious and adding a hint of comedy. Granted the overall story is not original, it is just fun, it plays to every stars strength and is often over criticised unfairly. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Seth Rogen: Britt Reid/ The Green Hornet the playboy son who decides to go and start fighting crime with his new friend Kato, while using his family’s newspaper to make his Hornet’s reputation rise. This is bread and butter for Rogen you know what you will get and he enters the action world with his comedy well. (7/10)

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Jay Chou:  Kato the family mechanic who also makes a great cup of coffee, he uses his combat skills to help fight crime but is only ever considered the sidekick to the loud mouth Britt. Good performance who usually steals all the scenes he is in. (8/10)

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Cameron Diaz: Lenore the new secretary for Britt at the paper who has the skills that knows how to do the reporting and research Britt is too lazy to do. Good supporting performance and works well in the anti-romantic interest role. (7/10)

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Christoph Waltz: Chudnofsky the ruthless criminal boss who has control on the city but no one considers him scary, which gets on his nerves leading to his trigger finger to start killing. Good villain performance making the criminal question his motives and change to adapt to a new opponent.(8/10)

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Director Review: Michel Gondry – Creates a fun non–serious comic book film that entertains. (7/10)

 

Action: The action scenes are all well put together given Kato some great fight sequences. (8/10)

Comedy: Light comedy throughout making fun at how other comic partnerships always seem to work so smoothly. (6/10)

Settings: Simple settings for the genre with nothing really adding too much to the story. (4/10)
Special Effects
: Good special effects for the slow motion fighting scenes, but otherwise not need. (6/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try, if you are a fan of Rogen you will enjoy it but otherwise this may be too silly for you. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Kato first fight.

Worst Part: Too much Rogen comedy.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final Showdown.

Funniest Scene: Kato and Britt fight.

Kill Of The Film: Chudnofsky

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Not with the box office and it got bad reviews.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Super

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $227,817,248

Budget: $120 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Tagline: Protect the law by breaking it.

 

Overall: Fun Comic book film

Rating 70

Trailer Alert – The Devil’s Incarnate

Newlyweds Holly and Trevor Davidson are on a road trip to celebrate their honeymoon in Miami when their new life together takes a surreal turn. A whimsical pit stop in a tourist trap goes horribly wrong and they find themselves forced to face an ominous new presence in their lives and an ambiguous threat. But is that threat coming from Trevor’s family, Holly’s dark past, or something far more sinister and otherworldly, such as the ancient curse of the Copiii Pierdere?


Release Date: No Date Set for UK

Questions:

Possession based film, will it offer some good new scares?

How much will be shaky cameras?

Will I Be Watching? Maybe

Will You Be Watching?

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

The Box (2009)

logoDirector: Richard Kelly

Writer: Richard Kelly (Screenplay) Richard Matheson (Short Story ‘Button, Button’)

Starring: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, James Rebhorn, Holmes Osborne, Celia Weston

 

Plot: Norma (Diaz) and Arthur Lewis (Marsden), a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world, someone they don’t know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.

 

Verdict: Thought Provoking Thriller

 

Story: What looks like it will just test you on whether you would press the button, turns into a conspiracy thriller mixed with alien invasion or testing. This all comes off very clever but also outsmarts itself at times. You really have to see this a couple of times to really understand everything that is going on, but if you go in knowing this is from the Donnie Darko and Southland Tales director you will know it will try to confuse you but also give you the answers. If you are trying to find a smart thriller this is a story that really puts some of the over the top films to shame. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Cameron Diaz: Norma the wife in the situation to change her life forever with the money and that would help her have the surgery on her disfigured foot. Good performance from the actress who is most well known for her glamourize roles, turns in to a regular house wife well. (8/10)

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James Marsden: Arthur astronaut hopeful who dreams are dashed but with the chance to get some money things start to change. Good performance but at times he looks a bit lost in what the character should be doing. (7/10)

 

Frank Langella: Arlington the mysterious disfigured man who offers the family a chance to make a million dollars at the push of a button, but is there something out of this world about him. Good performance showing how the power of mystery. (8/10)

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Director Review: Richard Kelly – As a big fan of both his other films I found this a perfect fit for his abilities to make you really think about what is happening. (9/10)

 

Mystery: You will be questioning every action the characters take during the film. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Looking into the idea that something is trying to check up on us rather than taking over. (9/10)

Thriller: Really keeps you thinking from start to finish. (9/10)

Settings: All very planned settings to add something to each scene and each moment of the story. (9/10)
Special Effects
: With few uses of effects rather focusing on mind set the few moments that are used all look very good. (8/10)

Suggestion: I think this really needs to be given a chance, but you will have to give the film your full concentration to enjoy it. (Try It)

 

Best Part: A simple idea turned into something very smart.

Worst Part: Blink you might miss something.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $33,333,531

Budget: $30 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

Tagline: You are the experiment.

Trivia:Norma and Arthur are based on Richard Kelly’s real parents

 

Overall: Smart Thriller

Rating 85

Leprechaun: Origins (2014)

logoDirector: Zach Lipovsky

Writer: Harris Wilkinson (Screenplay)

Starring: Stephanie Bennett, Andrew Dunbar, Melissa Roxburgh, Brendan Fletcher, Garry Chalk, Teach Grant, Dylan Postl

 

Plot: Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennett), David (Fletcher) and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town’s residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon, the friends will find that one of Ireland’s most famous legends is a terrifying reality.

 

Verdict: What Was That?

 

Story: Leprechaun was one of the funniest horror films in the 90s filled with plenty of comical horror. Warwick Davis created a horror icon that you loved and one that could make you laugh even when he was chopping up bodies. This will shock you because all of the comedy is gone. The four friends are all generic gap year students who pretend they know stuff and are very disrespectful to the locals. The only good thing I found in this was that I liked the idea of having village lure people in to sacrifice them to the leprechaun. It turns into a bog standard race to survive against a leprechaun that looks more like a goblin. (3/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Stephanie Bennett: Sophie the lead who because she is a history buff she agrees to go to the location thinking she could find a real historical find. She is the one who reads into what is going on but he plans work as well as a chocolate teapot. She does well with what little she has to work with. (5/10)

 

Andrew Dunbar: Ben the only reluctant member of the group but goes because Sophie wants to and agrees to go. He shows some signs of his real nature while in the chase. Plays the cowardly leading male well but doesn’t have much to work with. (4/10)

 

Melissa Roxburgh: Jeni the standard support character that goes through the most while trying to escape the creature. Does what she needed to do and screams and cries a lot. (4/10)

 

Brendan Fletcher: David the remaining member of the friends who goes through the most but shows signs of loyalty to the people in his group. Does what he can with the script that doesn’t really offer anyone anything. (4/10)

 

Dylan Postl: Leprechaun the creature after them. I was expecting him to be the reborn Warwick Davis style leprechaun, I was very wrong. (3/10)

 

Director Review: Zach Lipovsky – You had one job, and this is what you give us. (2/10)

 

Horror: Has few scares but the creature would be frightening to meet. (3/10)

Settings: Setting works a little bit but doesn’t get the full effect it should. (5/10)
Special Effects
: Solid creature creation and kills. (5/10)

Suggestion: Don’t bother with this waste of time for a horror film. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: There isn’t one.

Worst Part: Leprechaun is now a goblin.

Kill Of The Film: Ben

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It could, I hope not though.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

Overall: Terrible Horror Reboot

Rating 5