Posts Tagged ‘oscars’

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This is the big one. It’s been a while coming but here we are. The Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-Up arrives at arguably the most iconic Batman movie of them all, Chris Nolan’s epic The Dark Knight. Batfan Jon Seymour once again joins ever present hosts Niall ‘before Zod’ Heseltine and myself, RJ Bayley, for a very long, very nerdy, very passionate chat about the second installment of the Dark Knight Trilogy. We cover the what was, what is, what may be and what might have been of this truly seminal superhero saga. This is fully indulgent Bat fandom, so tuck in.

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Deadly Ground* is a short film noir thriller, set in modern day Scotland.

Rick (Jamie Forrest) and Eve (Jamie Melrose) are a young couple of thieves, skilled at stealing money from white collar criminals and living on the run. They’re hired by Mack (David West); an underground journalist to steal incriminating documents from a slimy businessman; Sinclair (Mark Wood). In doing so, they attract the attention of the mysterious Murnau (Nick Cheales).

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A chronicle of the late, great Brazilian F1 racing driver Ayrton Senna, the film follows his life and career from childhood days to his infamous fatal crash at San Marino in 1994. The first element is that you needn’t be a fan of the man’s work or the sport in general to thoroughly enjoy this film. It is about the man, the racing driver and not the sport of Formula 1. (more…)

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Gobble, Gobble melon farmers! Here we are (again) to rock you like a hurricane (again).

This month Twelve Months of Terror/#HASHTAGTMOT sets the table for something bright and breezy, cheap and cheerful.

Since we’re British and we don’t get the chance to have two cracks at the turkey in a year, we’ve taken this opportunity to experience a little bit of the great American Thanksgiving, following up our Pumpkinhead pie by letting the Turkie have a crack at us. (more…)

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If you come out of Pacific Rim thinking its stupid, what were you expecting? An insight into the human condition? If you went into Pacific Rim thinking anything of the kind, then there’s only one stupid element in that situation, and it isn’t Pacific Rim.

However, if you go into Pacific Rim under the assumption that you are going to get a movie about enormous robots having enormous fights with enormous aliens, then that is what you will get. And get it you will, in spades.

You want deep characters? Okay, how about that moment when the giant mech ‘Gipsy Danger’ grabs a massive, slobbering alien by the head, winds up for a punch, but then rockets come out of its elbow and the giant robot rocket punches the massive, slobbering alien in the face?

There you go. Have that. There’s your “deep characters”. Puss.
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Flight-poster-1Let’s get this straight, Flight is a film in which the most nerve-shredding, dramatic part is at the start of the movie? No.

What is true is there is there is a spectacular sequence in which the excellently named Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) manages to roll a nose diving passenger jet before flying it upside down and righting it just before a crash-landing. But it isn’t the most dramatic or powerful section of the film. 
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les_miserables_ver11_xlgJust to get this out of the way, I dislike musicals. This is a review written by someone who dislikes musicals because I think it is an inherently flawed method of storytelling. That is aside from musicals that address the fact that everyone suddenly starts singing, like The Producers, where they are making a musical, or Sweeney Todd where everyone is insane and it’s all in their heads.

So, with that said…

Les Misérables opens with a bravado and camera stunt so epic it calls to mind old school historical epics made before directors viewed everything through tiny monitors. Swooping dramatically downwards through the masts and rigging of a large Man-of-war, into its dock, before descending to the prisoners hauling it in and trying to right it. All the time the powerful throb of Work Song makes a fine, bombastic introduction to the film. Make the most of it, this is best it has to offer.

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Life of PiIf you’re looking for a visual treat with nary a machine gun, super-powered billionaire or hobbit in sight, this may just be the film you’re looking for.

Ang Lee has always been a visually diverse director. Since his western arrival he’s created a body of work that contains almost no reference to his previous films. Just look at his most notable works: In Sense and Sensibility (1995) he adopted a very nostalgic, British style. With Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) he adopted energetic yet mythic-realist visuals before amping up the primary colours and trying out some crazy camerawork and visuals in the underrated Hulk (2003) Then it was the washed-out restraint of Brokeback Mountain.

Here Lee has adopted a real fairy-tale aesthetic, turning the bright colours up even more than Hulk while playing with some commanding yet complicated camera movement.

The visual power of Life of Pi is the real star of the fim, with some truly bombastic set-pieces for Pi (Suraj Sharma) and Bengal tiger Richard Parker to endure. The shipwreck that entwines Pi and Richard Parker together is particularly well done. Spectacularly violent and destructive, the wreck is brilliantly executed with skillful editing meaning the chaos of the disaster is fully realised while we’re still able to keep a handle on what’s actually happening. Similar scenes of destruction are also powerfully realised, with the massive storming being a standout.

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Played a superhero blind guy.

Played a superhero blind guy.

It’s widely acknowledged Denzel Washington is the best actor ever. Nobody but Denzel Washington has the power to instantly transform what would be a poor B-movie into a piece of art by simply being in it.

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