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Preview: Fast & Furious six

fast and furiious 6Released this week is the extended first look trailer for the new Fast & Furious movie. We are now up to number six in the seemingly never-ending franchise. This time the ‘gang’ are working for Agent Hobbs in order to bring down a rival gang. Their prize is the clearing of their own criminal records. Apparently the job involves shooting, driving and shooting while driving. After the dip in quality of the second and arguably the third film Justin Lin has breathed new life into numbers four and five. With the reintroduction of some of the original stars  the franchise has improved in quality and proven to be hugely popular.

As with all sequels Fast 6 has bigger stunts, more explosive action and possibly dumber dialogue. Some constants remain. It’s no surprise to see a buff Vin Diesel clad in white vest staring off into the distance. Fast & Furious six will be everywhere on 24th May.

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January Round Up

January has been a really busy month. Although I have managed to squeeze a lot of new releases into my schedule, unfortunately I’ve not had the time to review them (woe is me). Nevertheless I’ve decided to round up what I saw in the cinema in January.

Texas Chainsaw 3D

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series is one of the most iconic horror franchises in cinema. Kicking off with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1974, three sequels followed before it was inevitably remade in 2003, the remake then spawning a prequel in 2006. 2013 sees its first foray into 3D and you know it isn’t that bad…for the first 5 minutes at least. Continuing right after where the original left off, a lynch mob burn down the Sawyer family’s farmhouse with all of them inside. Finding a baby has survived, one of the mob adopt it only for her to grow up into Alexandra Daddario suggesting that she may not be a blood relative of her cousin Leatherface. Continue reading

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Hitchcock (2013)

Hitchcock 1The master of suspense. Alfred Hitchcock was one of the giants of movie making in the twentieth century.  One look at his canon of work is impressive enough. What marked him out from others at the time was his ability to generate buzz around his films that captured the public imagination and attention. From this gift he was able to develop a public persona of an enigmatic and slightly menacing figure. Hitch reveled in this and was always happy to play his part in building the myth. It got to such a level that the distinction between truth and fiction got blurred. I suspect that the film Hitchcock starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren has a similar relationship with reality. Continue reading

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Lincoln (2013)

Lincoln PosterAbraham Lincoln’s recent cinematic outings have seen him as a vampire hunter or zombie smasher. Lincoln instead goes for the much more authentic story of his fight against his real enemy; Slavery. It’s not your usual biopic though as it doesn’t tell the full tale of the man’s life, but instead concentrates on the last few months and one of the greatest achievements of his personal and political life; the 13th Amendment to the Constitution resulting in the abolition of slavery.

Lincoln opens well into his career meeting soldiers at the Confederate Union base at Petersburg battlefield two years after the famous Gettysburg Address. He is already a hugely respected man by both white and black soldiers and the opening exchange between himself and some grass roots troops sets the tone for the entire movie. The soldiers are in awe of the President as he speaks and tells a tale in his soft, grandfatherly way. This sets the tone for the rest of the movie, which is largely a succession of Abe’s speeches and amusing anecdotes. Continue reading

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End of Watch (2012)

end of watch 3Just when you thought that you had seen it all, the movies are able to add another twist to an already familiar format. For several years now we have been subjected to the found footage film in one guise or another. The best of the genre such as horror films The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity have led to a slew of lesser and less interesting films including sequels to the aforementioned movies. Rather than dropping the style film makers have tried to expand the range of subjects covered. It comes as something of a surprise that a buddy cop movie is the latest to use the technique. From David Ayer, the director of Training Day comes the 2012 police drama End of Watch. Continue reading

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What to look forward to in 2013: Part 2

Django Unchained 

djangoBe honest with yourself, Tarantino hasn’t made a great film in 10 years. Inglourious Basterds was average, Death Proof took itself too seriously and Kill Bill Volume 2 would have worked better if not compared to its thrill packed predecessor. Django Unchained at least shows that the auteur has no plans of mellowing with age. Set during the American civil war about a freed slave, the film has already received much criticism for its racial epithets (which Tarantino has often been criticised for in his work). Boasting a stellar cast including Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and of course Samuel L Jackson, personally I’m hoping for a return to form for Tarantino. Though there are those that’d argue there was never a dip.

 

Pacific Rim 

images-3When mankind finds itself under threat from giant monsters that have appeared through a dimensional portal in the ocean, there’s only thing for it. Build giant robots to kick the living shit out of the threat. I don’t think much more needs to be said for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming sci-fi effort.

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What to Look Forward to in 2013: Part 1

GI Joe:  Retaliation

gi joeIt’s very unlikely that this will feature in my top ten come the end of the year, however I can’t deny having some love for it’s predecessor. It was cheesy, over the top and had the worst Scottish accent since Robert Duvall in A Shot at Glory, but it was fun and a had a strong cast. The sequel was supposed to see the light of day last year, however a decision to post-convert into 3D (yay he screamed sarcastically) and re-shoot a lot of the film to include more Channing Tatum, pushed the release date back almost a year. This won’t be The Godfather Part II, however at best it might just match The Expendables Part II.

The Lone Ranger

lone rangerJohnny Depp stars in a film with Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton isn’t directing? If this film was released last year I’d wager it was a tell tale sign of the Mayan apocalypse. Instead it’s Gore Verbinski that has taken the taking of converting the classic TV series for a modern audience. Armie Hammer takes the lead as the Lone Ranger himself; however it’s Depp’s Tonto that caught most people’s attention. Stylistically it’s looking great, with a supernatural theme running through it, the film proves to be interesting at least.

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Thomas’s top 10 of 2012

This list proved harder to cut down than I initially thought. Nonetheless, here’s my top films of 2012. Likely subject to change once discussed with exception of the top three.

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The Muppets

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Within five minutes of this film starting I instantly regretted my decision to come see it. My nostalgic memories were being kicked from me as I realised that not only the Muppets themselves had aged badly,

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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (2012)

Hobbit1The Hobbit is a book by J R R Tolkien, that was written as a bedtime story for his son and is a more light hearted prequel to his opus magnum The Lord of the Rings.  It tells the story of how a Hobbit called Bilbo Baggins gets coerced by the Wizard Gandalf into joining with a company of Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, as their Burglar.  The company sets upon a journey across Middle Earth to the Lonely Mountain, home of the old Dwarven city of Erebor which was taken over by the Dragon Smaug, in the hopes of retaking the city and restoring it to glory. Continue reading

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John’s top ten films of 2012

2012 has been a very good year for films, especially ones that appeal to me. When I compiled my top ten of last year I had maybe thirteen contenders for the list. This year in comparison had about twenty three films that could have easily been in the top ten. The criteria for the list is simple. The film has to be released in the UK in 2012 according to IMDB. It can be either a cinema or ‘video premiere’ release. Unfortunately these rules exclude my favourite film which was the fiftieth anniversary release of Lawrence of Arabia. A classic movie that will be the subject of a piece in the very near future. So, onwards to the list! Continue reading

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