Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

tennageDirector: Dave Green

Writer: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec (Screenplay) Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman (Characters)

Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee


Plot: After facing Shredder, who has joined forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady to take over the world, the Turtles must confront an even greater nemesis: the notorious Krang.


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Verdict: Bigger Story, More Turtles


Story: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadow starts one year after the events of the first film, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo the turtles are still living in the shadows but now in the city. They are filled jealousy that Vernon (Arnett) has taken the praise for their work but understand they must stay in the shadows however hard Michelangelo is finding it all.

Meanwhile April (Fox) is back at her journalist nature where she is investigating brilliant scientist Baxter Stockman (Perry) who she believes in working with Shredder (Tee) to get him released from prison. After the turtles fail to make this happen Shredder is free in New York City once again, but now he is working with new threat to the city Krang.

Krang makes a deal with Shredder the two work together to help eliminate the turtles with new lackies Rocksteady (WWE’s Sheamus) and Bebop (Williams). Meanwhile the turtles have a new ally in Casey Jones (Amell) a local police officers who lost the prisoners.

The turtles must learn to work together after they learn the purple ooze could make them normal divides them but they must stop Shredder and Krang’s plan that could be destruction to the world this time.


Thoughts on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadow


Characters/PerformanceThe turtles are back and still trying to figure out their place in the world, they want to see more but understand they can’t, but this time they get a chance to come out of the shadows to become the heroes New York city needs but the battle they face between themselves with a chance to become human and fit in. April has a smaller role this time still being the journalist but mostly for the turtles during the daytime with Vernon taking a smaller role to as the hero the city thinks they have. Casey Jones is a good addition as a man who wants to be a hero and is doing all he can to make it happen. On the villain side of things Shredder is a human villain this time looking to finish off the turtles once and for all with Krang being the big bad this time and only really being the generic alien invader. Rocksteady and Bebop take the comical roles in the most part of this film.

Performance wise we have great motion capture for the turtles throughout, with Megan Fox doing well in this smaller role with the star human performance being Stephen Amell who joins the cast. It would be fair to say the villains are generical performed without standing out in any way through the film.stars

StoryThe story here does seem to be deeper than the previous because the turtles are dealing with wanting to be accepted even though they are different, which is something a lot of people can relate too. The battle between good and evil is just something we have seen plenty of times that throws out twists and turns we can see coming easily, but is fun and easy to watch.

Action/Adventure/ComedyThe action is bigger and crazier throughout which is all good for what you want to see. The comedy nearly only comes from Michelangelo, Rocksteady and Bebop which is fine as it just works for what it needs to be.

SettingsMost of the film is set in New York City but when they leave for the brief moments we get to see the bigger action scenes unfold.

Special EffectsAll of these special effects work to add to the action going on throughout even if most of wild set pieces.genre

Final ThoughtsIf you are a fan of the turtles, then you will enjoy this movie because it is pure mindless entertainment.


Overall: This is entertaining throughout the whole film.




Franchise Weekend – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

teenageDirector: Jonathan Liebesman

Writer: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Evan Daughterty (Screenplay) Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman (Characters)

Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Noe Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Johnny Knoxville, Jeremey Howard, Danny Woodburn


Plot: When a kingpin threatens New York City, a group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect their home.


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Verdict: Bonkers Fun


Story: Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles starts as we learn of Shredder and his foot clan have the city of New York in terror when they keep up their attacks, with a mentor keeping his children underground until they are ready to fight back. We move on to meet ambitious reporter April O’Neil (Fox) who is trying to break a big story on the foot clan but must continue pointless stories with her cameraman Vernon (Arnett).

When April witnesses a failed Foot Clan robbery she believes there is a vigilante protecting the city and with Eric Sacks (Fichtner) leading the NYPD’s defence against the Foot Clan we are ready to meet the turtles Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Donatello who are fighting back against the Foot Clan.

When the turtles become the new targets the true villain behind Shredder is revealed and the turtles are finally allowed to go out and fight against the criminals of New York City.


Thoughts on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Characters/PerformanceWe all know the teenage mutant ninja turtles and all their different characteristics, with some we love more than others and here we have what we all remember from the turtles. April O’Neil is a strong reporter character that also has a connection to the turtle’s origins which is all good with her cameraman Vernon offering most of the comic relief through the whole film. Eric Sacks makes the typical villainous businessman role which is fine for this film.

Performance wise Megan Fox is good in this role, she brings the added beauty needed for this film to stop it become just another turtle film with Will Arnett getting all the comedy he needs to make us smile. William Fichtner is always reliable for this type of role too.stars

StoryThe origin for the turtle’s story is never going to be perfectly but do we care? No we just want a film to be fun and this is just nonsense fun when you look at the story. we get the ambitious journalist, check, the easy to defeat villain, check, comic sidekick check, and the turtles check all mixing together to make a watchable film you don’t need to think about.

Action/Adventure/ComedyThe action is big, over the top and fun for the casual film can to enjoy, the adventure shows the team working together for the first time. The comedy comes when needed without burying the whole film.

SettingsNew York City the main attraction for newly every single comic book origin story, we get everything we need from the city apart from the random mountain which feels out of place.

Special EffectsThe special effects are all good in the film with the mix of the CGI turtles with the human world.genre

Final ThoughtsSometimes you just need a film to be entertaining and this film does that, it will have a target audience that will enjoy and get the most out of it.


Overall: Switch off your brain and enjoy the movie.




Tsunambee (2017)

Director: Milko Davis

Writer: Milko Davis (Screenplay)

Starring: Stacey Pederson, Ruselis Aumeen Perry, Shale Le Page, Maria DeCoste, Thea Saccoliti, Charlie Aligaen


Plot: After atmospheric catastrophes send Los Angeles into chaos, three groups of survivors who escaped the city must put aside their differences to face a series of apocalyptic events. As they learn to work together they are faced with an even greater nightmare, giant gravity swells that contain thousands of giant killer bees, intent on ushering in the end of the world.


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Verdict: Cult Classic in the Making


Story: Tsunambee starts as LA is being struck with disasters causing chaos on the streets, JB (Perry), Chica (DeCoste) and Tubs (Aligaen) pack up looking for safety where they clash with Jesse (Page) a redneck and Sheriff Lindsey Feargo (Pederson). With a standoff set up another Earthquake hits but this unleashes a swarm of giant killer bees.

With this unforeseen threat, the survivors must work together putting aside their difference to survive against these monstrous killer bees and what becomes of their victims, as we look to balance the potential end of the world with just survive against monsters.


Thoughts on Tsunambee


Characters/PerformanceSheriff Lindsey Feargo must keep calm between the clash of cultures, she is a small time Sheriff always looking to resolve issues without killing anybody. JB is from the city, he is part of a gang whose brother was killed by a cop which haunts him, he wants to keep his best friend’s safe but his macho attitude leaves him in trouble. Jesse is the redneck that clashes with JB to start with but he is cowardly when his life is in danger. Chica is part of JB’s crew but she is heavily dependent on her faith.

Performance Wise, Stacy Pederson is good in the leading role of this film, Ruselis is good as your stereotypical friendly gangster that has the aggressive streak. Shale puts in a good performance as the weak-minded redneck. Maria DeCoste is good too being calm for the religion versus survive side of the story.

StoryGroup of survivors struggling to survive against disasters, giant killer bees and zombies, let’s face it we don’t need the greatest script the story delivers on guilty pleasure after guilty pleasure. This is all we want in a film that is designed for fun, over the top wild action horror in a creature feature.

Horror The horror isn’t scary but is full creature feature style as we see the giant killer bees being the highlight of the film.

SettingsThe film is set in the countryside which shows us our character struggle to find shelter from the bees, as we support their battle to survive.

Special EffectsThe special effects are all low budget and you can see the problems here but this does make the film a lot of fun seeing the CGI bees.

Final ThoughtsLow budget fun that could easily be a cult favourite in the future.


Overall: Fun, nonsense and enjoyable




Table 19 (2017)

Director: Jeffrey Blitz

Writer: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass (Screenplay)

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rya Meyers, Charles Green, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Tony Revolori, Margo Martindale, Stephen Merchant, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell


Plot: Eloise, having been relieved of maid of honor duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated with five fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19.


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Verdict: Delightful Comedy


Story: Table 19 starts as we meet our six random as the table layout describes them guests to a wedding, we have former friend and partner of the bride’s brother Teddy (Russell) and now pushed out of the circle Eloise (Kendrick), couple who barley knows anyone Bina (Kudrow) and Jerry (Robinson), anti-social loner Rezno (Revolori), recently released cousin Walter (Merchant) and former Nanny Jo (Squibb).

The six find themselves on Table 19 in the corner and decide to make the most of the evening together after they learn they are the guests that were expected to decline their invitation, but the truth about their own lives will become clear to improve their futures.


Thoughts on Table 19


Characters/PerformanceEloise is the perfect example of what will happen if you become disliked by a bride just before the wedding you helped prepare, she has a bigger reason to be there and will learn more about why her life in this evening. Bina and Jerry are a long-married couple going through the slow times bickering through the wedding. Rezno is a teenager with a few friends, whose mum has controlled most of his life, he gets pushed into going to the wedding in hope of meeting someone. Walter is a former criminal that is invited to the keep the family open but not enough to be accepted.  Jo is the former nanny that is delighted to be invited but disappointed to be left out of the main family circle. The 6 all have their reasons to be at the wedding and help themselves improve the bad situation.

Performance wise, we all know I will watch anything with Anna Kendrick is and once again she doesn’t let us down, it is also great to see Lisa Kudrow in comedy once again, Craig Robinson is one of the comic actors you can see pull anything off. Tony Revolori continues to show he is someone we should be noticing in film having a comic ability unlike others and June Squibb is fast becoming an actress I want to see all of her films. Stephen Merchant steals the show here but to be fair I think everyone did a great job in this film with Wyatt Russell offering another genre piece for us to see if he can follow in his father’s footsteps.

StoryWe will all get invited to weddings, we will all have different seats and different connections to the couple. This film shows how different people can come together and learn the truth about situations to improve themselves in the most unlikely place, learning from unlikely people. The story is charming throughout which can be enjoyed by all.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy through the film works without becoming anything all laughs, we do get a romantic angle which comes off nicely too.

SettingsThe whole film is set in the wedding party which is great because it all happens in one night which shows us what can happen in one night.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that truly can be enjoyed, it has the laughs, the heart and the real effects of what you would expect from a wedding if you are an outsider.


Overall: One of the comedies of the year.




Their Finest (2017)

Director: Lone Scherfig

Writer: Gaby Chiappe (Screenplay) Lissa Evans (Novel)

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Paul Ritter, Rachael Stirling, Richard E Grant, Jeremy Irons


Plot: A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.


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Verdict: Charming War Time Story


Story: Their Finest starts in the middle of World War II England, Catrin Cole (Arterton) takes a job on what she thought was a secretary role but it turns out to be a scriptwriter role for propaganda films to show how important the women were during the war.

Getting hired with a story about twin women that help in the Dunkirk rescue, the film must go on with Tom Buckley (Claflin) leading the writing, it turns into a battle between the two to show the strength of the women instead of the male hero in film. Full of himself actor Ambrose Hilliard (Nighy) is hired to the film and continues the clash between the genders but can this film inspire the way it is meant to?

When the Secretary of War (Irons) hears about the film, he commissions the inclusion of an American to help sell the war effort to America and how the everyday person is willing to fight and now the film is ready to be shot.


Thoughts on Their Finest


Characters/PerformanceCatrin is a secretary who finds herself working on propaganda scripts during World War II. She makes an impact on the film making process by bring forward a story of two brave women who tried to help in Dunkirk. This is a strong minded leading lady who doesn’t want to let the men in her life control her. Tom Buckley is the lead scriptwriter that clashes with Catrin before seeing the potential in the story and offers the chance to be a love interest for Catrin through the movie making process. Ambrose Hilliard is the big-name actor the studio always goes for, he is reluctant to take the film offer but soon learns what he can offer the production.

Performance wise, Gemma Arterton is great in the leading role showing she can take the roles that are around the strong women characters. Sam Claflin is also great in his role getting away from the early career where I often wondered if he could be a leading star. Bill Nighy gets to have a lot of fun in his role where he also gets the serious moments down too.

StoryThe story of how the film world wanted to inspire people to continue the fight against the Germans during World War II, this side of the story I found very interesting, I did also like the idea of trying to show the importance of women during the war and just how this film being made was to show this. What I found slightly frustrating was what felt like the tagged in romance side of the film which at times felt very forced.

Comedy/Romance/WarThe comedy works to the levels they need to without being a laugh a moment, the romance side of the film as I previously said felt forced with the war side of the film being very important to see how the nation was being effected by the conflict.

SettingsThe settings show the Britain during World War II, we see the destruction aftermath from the bombings and the struggles the people went through during the war.

Final ThoughtsThis is one for all the history fans out there, we get to see how an idea of a movie could give people hope during a time where people could feel hopeless. The film making process has been done before and sure we can enjoy this side of everything but the strong minded leading woman is always going to be a draw as we keep looking back to see just how important they were during the war effort.


Overall: One for all the people that enjoy a good charming film.