Interstellar teaser trailer review.

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This truly is a teaser. And while I can see why people are frustrated by the lack of footage, I also love the fact that nothing has been given away while still growing interest for this ambitious movie worldwide.

A spine tingling and ponderous track from the legendary Hans ZImmer in the background provides an excellent base for a trailer which shows previous space and aviation missions with a monologue by McConaughey on how it is our destiny to explore space and how in order to achieve great things, we need to continue to push the boundaries of human travel.

A very poignant trailer which sets up the tone and emphasises the gravity (no pun intended) of this movie’s story.

A great teaser. Shows enough to get is excited but nothing major to do with the characters. A typical Nolan troll.

Can’t wait for November 2014.

– Logan.

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American Hustle: review.

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This movie was one of my most anticipated come this awards season so naturally I went to see it on opening day. My theatre was packed and most cinema goers were excited to see what director David O’Russell and his stellar cast had created.

My reaction: slightly disappointed though extremely entertained.

The movie begins at a weird point and then jumps back a bit in the timeline without the viewer realising. The pacing is great throughout but the beginning seemed a little rushed. For the visuals, lots of yellow colours and 70s sets make this a great film to look at, David O’Russell doesn’t waste any shot and makes each one interesting and well thought out.

For the acting, Bale was phenomenal. He displays range in an actor rarely seen on screen these days and really draws you into his performance. Cooper played a character who was a angry, aggressive an a little crazy at some stages and shows that he can do a lot more than comedy as proved by this film and Silver Linings Playbook. Amy Adams is phenomenal playing a character with multiple egos and she simply lights up the screen. Her English accent is impeccable and she blends the personas of Sidney and Edith into one complex individual who is a little lost in regards to where she wants to be. Jeremy Renner plays the most likeable character and you generally feel sorry for him when conned by Bale and co. He portrays a mayor at the centre of a financial scam and he believes he is just doing business. Renner’s best performance since The Town.

But the real woman who everybody in my theatre couldn’t get enough of was Jennifer Lawrence. What an actress. She brings humour, warmth and charm to a movie that needs all three. She is glowing on screen and provides an excellent moral compass for Bale’s character Irving. One point she does a mad karaoke dance to Paul McCartney’s classic, Live And Let Die and it is one of the funniest scenes in cinema this year.

But as far as the story went, I wasn’t completely engaged in where it was going and what the stakes were. The movie didn’t seem too concerned with the story telling aspect. I loved the characters and their intricacies but generally I found the plot a little lacking and I just wanted to see some more mad antics from Bale, Adams, Cooper, Renner and especially Lawrence.

Some of the personas in this film are shocking and Bradley Cooper’s FBI agent is especially unpredictable and grows more so as the film progresses. He wasn’t an extremely likeable character which I thought was a great choice to make the film more balanced by O’Russell because the rest of the cast are so amiable in their roles that it could make it a little one sided if Cooper’s character was this way as well.

The soundtrack is appropriate for the time it is set ala the 70s and it provides a good beat and rhythm to the events unfolding on screen. Where the plot is lacking, O’Russell makes up for it in genuine laughs and pure entertainment from the 5 main actors. A brilliantly acted and directed film with each line delivered perfectly and not going to waste but as a whole, the general story was lacking. Still I recommend this movie whole heatedly and I believe it should get nominated and quite possibly win a few acting related Oscars come awards season.

8/10

– Logan.

Godzilla: trailer review. (WOW)

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Wow! This trailer is incredible. Excellently crafted, riveting and still yet not giving much away, this is a preview the way they were meant to be made.

The amazing first half shows a team of untrained soldiers jumping out of an aircraft to the unknown. The eerie music and rousing dialogue from the army man make for an epic opening to a trailer that shows a Godzilla movie for the 21st century. After the men land on what looks to be Godzilla’s back, the trailer goes to flashing images of the movie including ones of Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, soldiers closing in on a target and one of Bryan Cranston in his first role since the mighty Breaking Bad.

Gareth Edwards looks to have matured as a filmmaker since the solid yet forgettable ‘Monsters’, The shots in this trailer are breathtaking and spine chilling. The one reservation I have of this movie is Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s husband and wife characters being the typical cliche family in trouble. Time will tell whether the movie can break this familiar bond.

All in all, probably the most exciting and memorable trailer I’ve seen this year and I will definitely be there on opening day to see ‘Godzilla’.

What did you think of this trailer?

– Logan.

Disney gains licence for Indiana Jones, more movies on the way?

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Quick update:

Disney has gained the Indiana Jones licence from Paramount in a deal which enables them to produce more sequels of the Indiana Jones franchise.

No announcement has been made, but it is a likely thing that Disney will try and re-vamp the franchise or create another sequel with Harrison Ford.

Do you want to see Indiana Jones continued?

– Logan.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer review.

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Today, Sony released the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Here is my review and thoughts on the preview.

I must confess I wasn’t too excited about this movie until I saw the trailer because i wasn’t the biggest fan of the first movie and the leaked trailer circling YouTube looked corny and too much like a cartoon. This trailer turned me around. I love the way the movie had three villains and yet it looks to be incredibly balanced and not rushed. Garfield looks to be settling in as Peter Parker and Emma Stone looks at home as Gwen Stacy. One positive and one negative stood out to me in trailer.

The big presence of Harry Osborn played by the brilliant Dane DeHaan looked excellently executed by the screenwriters and DeHaan and he seems to be a great match for Garfield’s web slinger. One thing I didn’t like about this trailer though, was Jamie Fox’s Electro. His voice is way too comical and his motives for villainous behaviour are silly. Even though the balance of villains looks to be done well, Electro looks to be there for visuals and not have a main driving force for the story. I think Harry Osborn will move the narrative along more so. I hope I am proven wrong come next year.

Some of the action scenes in the daylight shots look a little unfinished but I’m sure that they will fix them up before the film is released. Apart from that, the visuals look astounding and the money shot at the end looks ground breaking.

Acting looks great apart from Fox, visuals look fantastic and this trailer I believe sets the tone of what Spider-Man movies should be like, the correct balance between comic relief and seriousness.

Looking forward to this movie?

– Logan.

Bryan Singer announces X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016!

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Bryan Singer announced from his twitter account that there is another X-Men movie planned for 2016. No official announcement has come from Fox but expect one in the coming months.

I think that this shows that Days Of Future Past is going well since Fox is giving Singer the reins to another X-Men.

What so you think of this exciting news?

– Logan.

Thoughts and reflections on Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

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After today’s surprising and puzzling casting news, I have decided to let you know my thoughts on the casting on the most important and influential superheroine of all time.

I have been wanting Wonder Woman to be on the big screen for years. I knew there was no chance of her joining Batman in The Dark Knight trilogy but when Man Of Steel was announced, I though that maybe Diana was coming to the silver screen. My heart has always been set on Thor’s Jaimie Alexander for the part and recent rumours got me excited that she may just be cast.

But it was not to be. Gadot was cast today. I liked her in the Fast & Furious movies, but didn’t take much notice of her to be quite honest. I thought she was great eye candy and a kick ass character but that was it. She didn’t have the screen time to really show us if she could act.

For me, I don’t care if this incarnation of Wonder Woman has big boobs, because that is not the essence of the character. She needs some muscle though, so I believe Snyder will have her put on a training program almost immediately.

So, I’m relatively pleased with the decision as she had the looks and can do action, but what we need to see is whether she can carry a film and act as powerful and commanding as Lady Diana.

What are your thoughts?

– Logan.