28 January, 2015

Prisoners review

Genre: Drama, Thriller.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davies, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano.
Year Of Release: 2013
Certificate: 15 (UK)
Runtime: 153 Minutes
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Synopsis: "When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?" IMDB

I will start off saying I was very apprehensive going into "The Prisoners", I have personally never been a fan of Gyllenhaal's acting I always found his style to be boring. Hugh Jackman on the other hand I am a huge fan of being a lover of X-Men for roughly half of my life.

Hugh Jackman in this film was truly a spectacle to behold, he commands the screen with every second he is on it, his performance as a broken father really resonates with the audience, he really makes you pull at your own moral compass. How far would we truly go to save our blood, Jake Gyllenhaal gives an equally as good performance as Detective Loki (yes his name really is that cool). Gyllenhaal is equally as powerful. He incredibly embodies the troubled detective void of his emotions, culminating in real feeling ticks and twitches you begin to feel really embody the characters progression.

I would personally say it is career best performances from Jackman and Gyllenhall, but that is to not take away from the rest of the cast, Terrance Howard is truly back to the quality of acting that won him his Academy Award nomination for "Hustle & Flow" and the performance he gave in "Crash". While Paul Dano might not have had as much screen time as some of the other actors, he was truly superb playing the emotionally and intellectually stunted Alex Jones who is said to have the IQ of  ten year old.

While the film is not entirely perfect, Denis Villeneuve makes and incredible film for his Hollywood
debut and first English language film. His use of tension building is second to none in recent years, "edge of the seat" stuff in a understatement, you start at the edge of your seat, by the end of the film you are on the floor. It has a wonderful noir feel to the film, and the use of Roger Deakins' cinematography was a true spectacle to behold, his work has been nominated for twelve Academy Awards so he is doing something right.

Aaron Guzikowski writes some of the most enjoyable scenes I have seen in a thriller film for a long time, it is hard to believe that he is so early in his writing career considering his amazing grasp of twists and turns and brings a true mystery to the audience. There is a few moments of the film that are predictable but that happens with ANY film written, however for a relative newcomer Guzikowski is superb in his work.

Overall, the film a truly a roller coaster ride of emotions that will keep you enticed from start to the end filled with powerful performances from the entire cast. The film does have a pretty long running time which may scare a few people off, but I assure you it is worth the long watch, that is if you are open to some violence and a few torture based scenes. If you get passed these aspects you will be in for a treat of a wonderfully shot, brilliantly directed and beautifully acted film by the leads.


17 January, 2015

Zachary Levi to lead "Heroes Reborn"

NBC have announced that they have found their lead role for their upcoming "Heroes Reborn", and that guy is Zachary Levi widely known for his role as Chuck Bartowski in NBC's "Chuck" which ran for five seasons. Levi is the second cast member of the show to be announced after it was revealed that Jack Coleman would be reprising his role as Noah Bennet, however as it stands details on Levi's character are completely unknown. Here is what Levi had to say about the opportunity;

“One of my first, and fondest, memories of joining the NBC family in 2007 was having the pleasure of getting to know Tim Kring, and the cast of ‘Heroes.’ I was a fan of their collective work and always thought it was such a fantastic and fun world they got to play in,” said Levi. “With ‘Heroes: Reborn,’ I’m honored to have the opportunity to bring more of that world to life, and excited to help in offering the fans of the franchise an epic new installation of a series that made such a huge impact on entertainment.”

13 January, 2015

Red bad trailer for "Spy" starring Melissa McCarthy

Yahoo have debut the red band trailer for the upcoming Action/Comedy "Spy" featuring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Miranda Hart which was directed by Paul Feig.
"Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster."
Check out the red band trailer and poster below.

12 January, 2015

Golden Globe 2015 winners!

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Winner: Boyhood
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Winner: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma

Lead Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Winner: Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent

Lead Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical

Winner: Michael Keaton – Birdman
Ralph Fiennes – Grand Budapest Hotel
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

Lead Actress – TV Drama

Winner: Ruth Wilson – The Affair
Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Robin Wright – House of Cards


Winner: Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Wes Anderson – Grand Budapest Hotel
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Ava DuVernay – Selma
Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman

Lead Actor – TV Drama

Winner: Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
Clive Owen – The Knick
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
James Spader – The Blacklist
Dominic West – The Affair

Best TV Drama

Winner: The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Actress – TV Miniseries or Movie

Winner: Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor – The Missing
Alison Tolman – Fargo

Foreign Film

Winner: Leviathan, Russia
Force Majeure (Turist), Sweden
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett, Israel
Ida, Poland/Denmark
Tangerines (Mandariinid), Estonia

Lead Actor – TV Comedy

Winner: Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Ricky Gervais – Derek
Louis C.K. – Louie
William H. Macy – Shameless


Winner: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Winner: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Animated Feature

Winner: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Lego Movie

Lead Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Winner: Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis РAnnie

Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
Winner: Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
Colin Hanks – Fargo
Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan

Original Song – Motion Picture
Winner: Glory – Selma (John Legend, Common)
Big Eyes – Big Eyes (Lana Del Rey)
Mercy Is – Noah (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye)
Opportunity – Annie (Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck)
Yellow Flicker Beat – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 (Lorde)

Original Score – Motion Picture

Winner: Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

Best TV Comedy or Musical

Winner: Transparent
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Lead Actress – TV Comedy or Musical

Winner: Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Lena Dunham – Girls
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Taylor Schilling – Orange Is the New Black

Actor – TV Miniseries or Movie

Winner: Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo
Martin Freeman – Fargo
Woody Harrelson – True Detective
Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart

TV Miniseries or Movie
Winner: Fargo
The Missing
True Detective
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge

Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie

Winner: Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Allison Janney – Mom
Michelle Monaghan – True Detective

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Winner: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

15 December, 2014

ITV commisions Beowulf series

A few weeks back it was announced that ITV were moving forward with an adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde, today we are hearing news that they have also commissioned another classic Horror story. They are adapting Beowulf, which is being described as "an epic re-imagining of one of literature's greatest and most enduring heroes" this series is being created by James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman. Filming will start in April 2015, no casting has been made as of yet.

ITV have said about the series "a western set in the Dark Ages of Britain’s mythic past, the story unfolds on a huge canvas, filmed amongst the breathtaking beauty of England’s North East."

"Hundreds of years ago our ancestors listened to the story of Beowulf because it was a great adventure story – it scared them, thrilled them, made them laugh and cry," Dormer who will write and executive produce the series went on to say, "But they also listened because they recognized themselves and their fears in it. By holding a mirror up to them this story helped define them and thus – us. So it’s incredibly exciting to have the opportunity to make it relevant again for a wide audience – to let them own it again. To let them see themselves in it."

"Beowulf is a series with a charismatic protagonist at its heart," Director of Drama Steve November said. "Equally it’s a spirited and fascinating ensemble drama with each character taking their own emotional and sometimes perilous journey. We’re delighted to be commissioning Beowulf and to be working with Tim Haines and his production team,".