New Release – Serial Kaller

Wild Eye Dials Up Death With Serial Kaller 

Scream Queen Slasher Comes to DVD and VOD January 26th

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New York, NY – Wild Eye Releasing’s latest slasher flick, Serial Kaller, cuts to the bone of modern technology, where everyone broadcasts themselves through hashtags and filters.  The lovely ladies of Babealicious TV flaunt what they have for all the world to see, but one deranged fan wants more than pixels.  When he calls, the game changes forever.  Serial Kaller comes to DVD and VOD January 26th, featuring legendary Scream Queen Debbie Rochon (Return to Nuke ‘Em High, Phobia, The Theater Bizarre) and horror favorite Suzi Lorraine (Wrath of the Crows, Won Ton Baby).

 

A group of beautiful Internet models are trapped inside their recording studio and hunted down by a mentally unstable fan they insulted live on the air. Now the girls must join together to escape and face their murderous stalker, or be picked off one by one. Beauty may only be skin deep, but revenge cuts to the bone.

 

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Bridge of Spies (2015)

bridge of spiesDirector: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, Austin Stowell, Billy Magnussen, Michael Gaston

 

Plot: During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Espionage Thriller

 

Story: Bridge of Spies starts by giving us the tension between US and Soviet States in 1957 over nuclear weapons and how both side deployed spies to investigate the other. We start by meeting Rudolf Abel (Rylance) living in Brooklyn an artist by nature before being arrested by the US government. James B Donovan (Hanks) is an insurance lawyer who gets requested to defend Abel to show America is willing to give anyone a fair trial.

America is running their own spy mission on the other side of the world with pilot Francis Gary Powers (Stowell) being the main pilot involved after a string of tests. When Donovan loses his case he takes a drastic idea to keep Abel alive in case they ever needed to trade if one of the American spies is captured which becomes the case when Francis Gary Powers ends captured by the Soviets. Donovan has to play the part of negotiator in the acceptance of the spy trade.

Bridge of Spies is a real life true story about one man trying to go against all the odds trying to get the spies back to the home sides. We get to see all the tension between the three side not wanting to work together as they look to find a way to make the trade happen. Yet again I found myself enjoying a film that I knew very little about the history behind it which doesn’t help and I found that this film could find people wondering more about why the tension is truly so high but is a brilliant watch.

 

Actor Review

 

Tom Hanks: James B Donovan is the insurance lawyer who ends up having to defend a potential spy against America only to find the nation turning on him as he tries to give this man an honest trial, once he loses the CIA continues to use Donovan on a mission to trade an American spy for Abel. Tom gives a brilliant performance in this role that he gives us his best without even trying.donovan

Mark Rylance: Rudolf Abel is the man living in America who is accused of being a Soviet spy, Donovan defends him against the American states. He remains calm throughout his trial and conviction. Mark gives us a stunning performance that really shows he will be a great star for future performances.

Alan Alda: Thomas Watters Jr is the boss of Donovan who puts him on the case before turning on him once he wants to defend Abel. Alan gives us a small supporting performance without really doing too much.

Austin Stowell: Francis Gary Powers is the American pilot who gets captured by the Soviet states, he is trained to be a spy but fails to destruct his plane, he becomes a pawn in the game between the two countries. Austin is good in the supporting role without getting too much screen time.

Support Cast: Bridge of Spies has a big and good supporting cast that all play their part in the story.

Director Review: Steven SpielbergSteven shows he still has the brilliant ability to show how to make the thriller that keeps you guessing from start to finish.

 

Biographical: Bridge of Spies gives us a magnificent look at the people involved and how much they had to risk to make a difference.

Thriller: Bridge of Spies keeps us on the edge of the seat from start to finish.

Settings: Bridge of Spies creates the realistic settings for the story to take part in.
Special Effects
: Bridge of Spies has good effects when needed mostly with the plane crash.

Suggestion: Bridge of Spies is one for all the film fans to watch mainly for part history lesson and part thriller. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Hanks performance.

Worst Part: If you don’t know the history it is just a thriller.

 

Believability: Based on the real events.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Nominated for one Golden Globe

Oscar Chances: Unlikely but outside shot.

Box Office: $70 Million

Budget: $40 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 21 Minutes

Tagline:  In a world on the brink the difference between war and peace was one honest man.

 

Overall: Thriller that has to be watched even if only for the history lesson.

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2015 Awards – Worst Supporting Female

Through the month of January I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Worst Supporting Female, in a year where we have had brilliant female performance that have out shone most of the male performances it is mostly bad writing rather than bad acting.

My pick for worst

·         Kaya Scodelario – Maze Runner: Scorch Trials kaya I am only really picking one person for this award because I actually enjoyed this Maze Runner film but Kaya struggles to be remembered in this film.

Opinion Battles Year 2 Round One Favourite Quentin Tarantino Character

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Year 2 Round One – Favourite Quentin Tarantino Character

Quentin Tarantino is one of the biggest name in directing in the modern era of cinema and with his latest work The Hateful Eight coming to the cinemas it seems only fitting to look at some of our favourite characters he has bought to the screen, be it from his directing, writing or even his own acting. Having eight major releases not including Hateful Eight, five of these films have been voted into the top 250 on the IMDB with one making the top 10. Quentin has a reputation of being able to revive careers and his style of directing will always be one people can see from a single scene, the two Oscar wins for writing show he knows how to give us a film too. We ask did we pick your favourite Tarantino character?

If you would like to join in Opinion Battles click here for details with our next round being Favourite Oscar winning picture deadlines with be 24th January 2016, email moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk if you want to enter.

Without further ado here are the options,

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Col Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) – Inglorious Basterds (2009)hans (darren)

Colonel Hans Landa is a high ranking member of the Nazi’s during World War II, he has the nickname of the ‘The Jew Hunter’ as he has the ability to find them in any hiding place, as we witness in the opening tension filled scene where he interrogates a man hiding Jews using his bilingual skills to make everything look normal before unleashing his men on the innocent victims. He is the villain of the film but he goes about everything with a dignified smile and charm, let’s not forget the strudel scene. Every single scene Landa is in is filled with tension because you simple just don’t know what he will do next or whether the whole thing will just come to blows. In my opinion this is Tarantino’s best film that is filled with very interesting characters but it is Landa that steals the whole film for me and his Oscar win shows just how good the performance really was.

Damien Riley – Riley Central

Dr King Schultz – Django Unchained (2012)DrKingShultz

My favourite Tarantino character is one who embodies everything the director seems to want in a hero. In all his movies there is a calm, collected, together figure that brings sanity to the chaos. I’m reminded of Harvey Keitel’s character in “Pulp Fiction.” Another one is George Clooney’s character, Seth Gecko, in “From Dusk till Dawn.” A few of them come to mind from “Reservoir Dogs,” in some scenes Christopher Penn plays the “dark hero” well. In Tarantino movies, campy, spaghetti Western violence, and sarcastic “dark humour” are the basic landscape. He really needs this sort of heroic character to keep the movie palatable. The hero in most all movies solves problems and brings a solution to the pressing problem of the movie. Christoph Waltz’ character, Dr. King Schultz, in “Django Unchained” is my favourite Tarantino character. He starts solving problems from the minute he steps on screen and he is more than able. Not even Django understands the extent of the Dr.’s heroism until the final scenes. For this reason, he is my favourite character. Besides that, when he’s not shooting people, he’s a stone cold actor using deadpan humour and a really cool German accent like no other character. He is quite the cool dude I must say.

Summer – Serendipitous Anachronisms

“Mr. Pink” Reservoir Dogsmr pink summer

I am going to keep this short and sweet because I hardly think convincing is necessary. 

Reservoir Dogs is the very first Tarantino film I ever saw, and I instantly became a fan. I love Tarantino’s characters, and my absolute favorite character? Four words: Mr. Pink, Reservoir Dogs. I love Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) because he is a total @$$, he has no social filter, a person you would hate in real life, but somehow Buscemi makes Mr. Pink incredibly likeable.

 

1. He doesn’t tip, and even Harvey Keitel can’t make him feel like a jerk for not tipping: I don’t tip, I don’t believe in it. She don’t make enough money she can quit. I don’t tip because society says I have to, I’ll tip if someone really puts forth the effort. Tipping automatically is for the birds….She only filled my coffee cup 3 times, I want it filled 6 times.

 

2. He goes on and on and on and on about trivial things, like his code name “Mr. Pink”: And why am I Mr. Pink? … Why can’t we pick our own colors? … And Mr. Pink sounds like Mr. Pussy! How about Mr. Purple? That sounds good to me, I’ll be Mr. Purple. … Yeah, that’s easy for you to say: you’re Mr. White. You have a cool sounding name. Look if it’s no big deal for you to be Mr. Pink you wanna trade?

 

3. When confronted by someone he respects, he quickly backs down, like the weasel he is: Jesus Christ Joe, forget about it. It’s beneath me, you know. I’m Mr. Pink. Let’s move on.

 

4. He’s smart, he’s tough, and he’s a survivor: I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.

 

5. But above all, he’s always a professional: I didn’t create the situation, I’m just dealin’ with it! You’re acting like a first year fucking thief – I’m acting like a professional!

 

Cinema Parrot Disco

 

The Bride – Kill Billthe bride

 

Quentin Tarantino has created so many memorable & iconic characters that it was hard choosing just one favorite. But being a girl who LOVES IT when a movie has a strong, kick-ass, female lead, I’ve decided that The Bride is my favorite Tarantino character. 

I also chose The Bride for a “Top Ten Iconic Female Characters” blogging relay last year (and am partly borrowing what I wrote about her for that). I feel that The Bride is easily worthy of being in a list of the all-time most iconic female movie characters as I think she’ll still be thought of in 20 years time. I know Tarantino is always heavily influenced by older films and that The Bride will be an amalgamation of various characters but, hell, it works! The movie may be a little shallow but it’s good fun and, dammit, I LOVE seeing a female being the lead role in a violent action movie and seriously kicking some ass. She’s at first a victim but then she gets her head together and does exactly what she sets out to do. Her look may also be borrowed from Bruce Lee but, again – it IS a great look. Who doesn’t instantly think of Uma in the yellow outfit when they hear the words “Kill Bill”? So… There you go. The Bride is my favorite Tarantino character.

 

Daniel – A Tale of Two Dans

Mr White – Reservoir Dogswhite

Tarantino is the father of so many fantastic characters. But Mr. White is elevated above all of those. Portrayed by Harvey Keitel, Mr. White was the pinnacle of cool and he also had some of the best dialogue throughout the film. He’s the exact opposite of Mr. Orange in Reservoir Dogs and White shows himself to be loyal to a fault. Stoic and composed, Keitel’s criminal displays chinks of humanity that the rest of the Reservoir Dogs fill with greed. He’s the best character in Tarantino’s best movie.

Richard – The Humpo Show

The Bride: Uma Thurman (Kill Bill Vol I and II)the bride


Hard choice. My favourite Tarantino character goes to ‘The Bride’ from the 
Kill Bill films. Part of my reason is purely down to screen time, as she has two films to showcase herself while many of Tarantino’s characters get just the one. But she also has many other factors contributing to her status as not only one of the best Tarantino characters but also female characters in general. Her legacy is enshrined in her iconic outfit, sword, quotes and personality.

 

Favourite scene: The Bride vs Gogo and The Crazy 88’s is a bloody brilliant scene *’scuse the pun* and the way that whole scene is acted, directed and choreographed is reason enough to pick The Bride. 

 

A former assassin, known simply as The Bride, wakes from a coma four years after her jealous ex-lover Bill attempts to murder her on her wedding day. Fueled by an insatiable desire for revenge, she vows to get even with every person who contributed to the loss of her unborn child, her entire wedding party, and four years of her life. After devising a hit list, The Bride sets off on her quest, enduring unspeakable injury and unscrupulous enemies.

 

Benny – What About Movies

Jules Winnfield – Pulp Fictionjules

The first thing that popped into my head when I read the phrase 
“Favorite Quentin Tarantino Character” was the whole sequence that ends 
in the now-famous and oft-quoted Ezekiel 25:17 speech that Samuel L. 
Jackson did as Jules Winnfield for what I consider to be Tarantino’s 
masterpiece, Pulp Fiction. I always had the opinion that Samuel L. 
Jackson is Tarantino’s best actor-collaborator and Pulp Fiction is their 
masterpiece, creating what would become the template for the 
quintessential Tarantino character: cool in demeanor, calm in a crisis, 
and collected in the act of delivering those outstanding monologues that 
Tarantino is known for.

 

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

 

The Bride (in Kill Bill 1 & 2)the bride

 

While it took me a second viewing to fully appreciate the amazing Kill Bill series, I personally love The Bride a lot. She’s had her emotional trauma and she is bad-ass and full of vengeance.  And yet, you can’t even blame her for it because everyone in her way that she has to go through to get to Bill fully proves to us that they deserve to die in the most brutal way. 

 

Tim – Filmfunkel

 

Santanico Pandemonium (From Dusk Till Dawn)

 

Picking a favorite Tarantino character is like picking a favorite 20 dollar bill from several mint ones.

Normally I’d go with Gogo Yubari (Kill Bill Vol. 1) but, in fairness, I’m picking Santanico Pandemonium (From Dusk Till Dawn) for sheer impact. 

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She actually made me stop breathing. A sudden, shocking, & overwhelming blast of sultry. Caught off guard, I sat stupefied like a common curb-squirrel. 

We all know there’s no shortage of tawdry cute girls with perfect bodies in skimpy bikinis in film. Yet everyone remembers Salma: a magical moment in movie history.

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Respect.

 

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Hans Landa – Inglorious Basterdshans (darren)

 

I’ve never seen a Tarantino;

I don’t plan to begin one.

But I can tell you anyhow

I’d rather see than be in one.

 

It’s true; while critics and bloggers have lauded Quentin Tarantino’s films, I’ve always steered clear of them. All I’ve ever heard about them is how great his dialogue is and how often he indulges in extremes of violence, sex, and language. The promise of the former has never quite overcome my distaste for the latter. The one bit of Tarantino I have seen is the beginning scene of Inglourious Basterds, in which SS Colonel Hans Landa intimidates a Frenchman who’s hiding Jews under his floorboards. Just from this one scene, it’s easy to see why Christoph Waltz won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. As someone once said, Nazis make the best villains, and Landa is ruthlessly persuasive in both describing his own talents and convincing the audience of them. Sure, he’s the only Tarantino character I’ve seen, but he’s downright evil and memorably so.

 

Dan – Slip/Through

 

Mr Pink – Reservoir Dogspink

 

Mr. Pink from RESERVOIR DOGS, as played by Steve Buscemi, might be instantly dismissed as the runt of the litter; however, his acidic tongue quickly changes perception. Quentin Tarantino introduces us to the ensemble cast with a diner roundtable, clearly establishing individual personalities. Mr. Pink is instantly despicable, spewing ignorance about the morality of tipping their waitress. This scrawny mongoose has no problem taking on a cobra either. Despite his small stature, Pink is hard to the core and tough as nails. 

 

It’s difficult to like this thief, yet Buscemi almost dares you not to. As disgusting as some of this dialogue may be, you can’t help but laugh. The comedy helps deflate any fear that accompanies a group of thieves and killers. Like most Tarantino characters, Pink doesn’t traverse a crazy arc or evolve, yet he still feels three-dimensional. We meet criminals who aren’t vilified. Instead, Tarantino makes them real, subverting the cliche, and writing gangsters like everyday people, with each one having their own unique brand of charm. 

 

Mr. Pink is one of Tarantino’s best characters because of how unassuming and uncompromising he is. You don’t expect someone named Pink to be the toughest criminal of the bunch. He stands up to Mr. White at the end of a pistol, with a John Woo stand-off, and doesn’t waver once. He’s also the one trying solve the mystery of which Dog is actually a Rat. By the end, Pink sticks to his guns (literally). He doesn’t delight in the violence like Mr. Blonde, Pink is in it for the money. This is a job that he treats seriously. He takes the diamonds and shoots his way through cops (again). Whether he lives or dies is up to each individual viewer. Either way, he stayed true. 

 

The role of Mr. Pink launched Buscemi’s career. It’s a shame Tarantino hasn’t cast him again, since Buscemi’s style fits the complex and flavourful dialogue perfectly. Since it’s his only role in the QT universe, it almost makes Mr. Pink even more special, leaving the audience wanting more. To be certain, RESERVOIR DOGS has several compelling and memorable characters (like every QT joint). This outside-the-box selection is an easy role to forget, but once you think of Pink, unforgettable moments instantly flood your mind. Who doesn’t remember how ‘happy’ he was when the colours were getting handed out and he got stuck with “Pink?” 

 

Most importantly, before DOGS you didn’t see characters like this, or that talked like this. Buscemi had the deck stacked against him by portraying a slimy thief who doesn’t tip, yet we couldn’t take our eyes off him. This sort of character archetype would get further explored in subsequent Tarantino films; however, the first is always the best. DOGS was a game-changer, and Mr. Pink was the posterboy.

 

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

 

The Bride (Kill Bill)the bride

 

Across Quentin Tarantino’s eight movies, there have been many memorable characters.  The first one that pops into my head is always The Bride from the Kill Bill movies, played by the lovely Uma Thurman.  Most revenge stories are the husband seeking retribution for the death of his wife and / or family.  However, this story flips it and makes the wife the one seeking vengeance.  But what good is looking for revenge if you can’t fight.  The Bride is the queen of Whoop-Ass.  Unlike many action heroes, she isn’t all powerful either. She gets beat, she gets hurt, but she still manages to come out on top. The Bride is one of the most badass warriors in cinema there is, man or woman, making her my favorite Tarantino character.

 

Emma – Emma Explains It All

 

Seth Gecko – From Dusk till Dawnseth geeko

 

This was officially the hardest opinion battle yet. I love many QT characters, for completely different reasons. But From Dusk till Dawn is ultimately my favourite film and has been for the last fifteen years – I love it. And I had to go with my heart and choose Seth, who I’ve admired and loved for a long time. He’s great! 

Rob – Movie Rob

Winston Wolf – Pulp Fictionwinston

Who is the most articulate, succinct, calculating and intelligent qt character but still always calm as possible? Why winston wolf who was called upon to help Jules and Vincent dispose of a very bloody mishap In pulp fiction