Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Director: Don Chaffey

Writer: Jan Read, Beverley Cross (Screenplay)

Starring: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith, Niall MacGinnis, Michael Gwynn

 

Plot: The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Practical Effects Masterpiece

 

Story: Jason and the Argonauts starts as Pelias (Wilmer) conquers the Greek kingdom looking to slaughter the children of the former ruler, the Gods rescue one and Zeus (MacGinnis) offers Hera (Blackman) five chances to save Jason (Armstrong) who will avenge his family’s murder.

Jason heading into a mission which could help him defeat Pelias which involves travelling to the edge of the Earth in search for the Golden Fleece with the strongest men for his ship and the adventure is on, with titans, gods and myths for Jason to overcome.

 

Thoughts on Jason and the Argonauts

 

Characters/PerformanceJason is the son of a slaughtered king, part of a prophecy that must go on a quest to find a Golden Fleece which will help him defeat his enemies. He must use his faith and communication with the Gods to complete his mission. We have the Gods watching the events are interesting as we do know the names and this explains part of their actions. We get Hercules thrown in for a character everyone knows from the Greek Gods and the villain is just what you are expecting with a man wanting power.

Performance wise, all of the performances are good throughout the film, we get good use of different types of soldiers by the performances throughout the film.

StoryThe story of one man leading a group of soldiers across the world to find a fleece which will defeat any enemy is something all the fans of Greek mythology will enjoy, we get the big names from the history stories which we end up sending us on the adventure the characters enjoy.

Action/Adventure/FantasyThe action is sword and sandals which works for the film, we have different enemies which changes the style of the battles required. The adventure takes our characters across the world on their quest with the fantasy being centred around whether this is fact of myth.

SettingsThe settings all fit the time the tale is told in, Ancient Greece as our character see stunning backdrops in search of their battle.

EffectsThis is by far one of the great achievements in practical effects of all time, it still looks fantastic.

Final ThoughtsOne of the greatest adventure stories ever told, it puts you in the story and never holds back as you want to see if Jason can make it to the end.

 

Overall: Must watch for films fans.

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ABC Film Challenge – Favourite Films – D – Deadpool

Favourite Films

D

This month we are going to be taking on the films I enjoy, my favourites of all time. I have a strange taste in movies, so be ready to expect some true greats and some you could never see on anyone’s favourites list. I will only be picking movies on this list and it will just be my discussing my picks rather than giving full reviews.

Deadpool

Why I’ve Picked this choiceThe year was 2016 and this little comic book comedy that couldn’t possibly be a success came out in February, the month when no blockbuster success movies get released. X-Men Origin Wolverine almost ruined this character, Ryan Reynolds first attempt in the superhero role of the Green Lantern bombed, this had ever signal of failure about it.

When I saw this movie, I feel in love with it, it gave a far assessment of how I feel about the comic book genre with joke after joke referring to previous movies in the genre. Ryan Reynolds was clearly born to play this role as it plays into his comic abilities perfectly. The story is simple and doesn’t rely on previous franchise films to give us certain understandings too.

This is by far my favourite Comic book movie, I saw it at least 5 times, twice on a plane in the year 2016, I can’t recommend this more to anyone who just wants a good time and a little bit of violence.

Available on DVD – Dead on Arrival

1950’s INSPIRED NOIR THRILLER DEAD ON ARRIVAL NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD, BLU-RAY & VOD

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Dead on Arrival stars Billy Flynn (Days of Our Lives), Chris Mulkey (Whiplash), 
 D. B. Sweeney (The Cutting Edge), Christa B. Allen (Youth in Revolt), Lillo Brancato (The Sopranos), Tyson Sullivan (Heist), Scottie Thompson (NCIS), Billy Slaughter (The Big Short) and Christopher Rob Bowen (Marauders), and features a special guest appearance from Maria O’Brien, daughter of Edmond O’Brien who appeared in the original 1950’s classic noir thriller D.O.A.
Dead on Arrival follows pharmaceutical sales rep Sam (Billy Lynn) as he visits a small town in Louisiana to close the business deal of a lifetime. Sam finds himself in a dark world of corruption and murder when he is poisoned with no antidote to save his life. Desperate for answers, with only 24 hours to live, Sam turns to local girl Jesse (Christa B. Allen). On the run, caught in a deadly vertigo with no one to trust, Sam and Jesse find themselves running from police detectives, the mob and a dirty sheriff who wants them dead.
Dead on Arrival is a Kingfisher Media, Boatyard Productions feature written and directed by Stephen C. Sepher and produced by Nazo Bravo and Rory Fradella, Kim Barnard and Stephen C. Sepher. It was edited by Michael Kuge, with original music by James Edward Barker and Tim Despic, and cinematography by John Garrett.
Stephen C. Sepher is the writer/producer of the Lionsgate hit Heist, which he also starred in alongside Robert De Niro, Kate Bosworth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Dave Bautista.
Stephen C Sepher says: “I am truly honored by the great reception Dead on Arrival has received from festival critics. It means a lot to me and all the cast and crew.”
 
Dead on Arrival will open in theaters New York City and Los Angeles on Friday March 23rd, followed by a nationwide DVD and VOD release on April 2nd, courtesy of Vision Films and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.