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


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.


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)


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)


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)


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


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)


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)


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


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