25 October, 2014

Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor wanted for Suicide Squad

David Ayer recently signed on to DC Comics to direct the upcoming "Suicide Squad" and according to newest reports they are looking at BIG names to join the film names like Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Will Smith, looks like another big name is being touted. Academy Award nominated Jesse Eisenberg is looking likely to continue his DC arc with Lex Luthor making the switch from "Batman vs Superman" to "Suicide Squad".

There has been MANY collectives of the Suicide Squad since their creation in the 1950s including probably more DC villains than the everyday fan or even fanboy could name. They have been used most recently in CW's "Arrow" and the animated "Batman: Assault On Arkham".

"Insidious: Chapter 3" trailer

Check out the trailer for the upcoming Supernatural/Horror "Insidious: Chapter 3" brought to us by James Wan.

"The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity."

Lyndsy Fonesca joins Agent Carter

The beautiful and talented Lyndsy Fonesca has joined the upcoming Marvel Television Show "Agent Carter", Fonesca will be playing Angie Martinelli an aspiring actress who befriends Peggy Carter during the turmoil of post war America.

"'Marvel's Agent Carter' opens up an exciting world of new characters for us," said Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television. "Lyndsy brings a warmth and humanity to Angie, who'll be the friend Peggy needs if she's to survive the dangers that lie ahead."

24 October, 2014

Let's Be Cops review

Genre: Crime, Comedy, Buddy Cop, Buddy Comedy.
Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans JR, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, Keegan-Michael Kay, James D'Arcy, Andy Garcia, Jon Lajoe, Tom Mardirosian, Natasha Leggero.
Year Of Release: 2014
Certificate: 15 (UK)
Runtime: 104 Minutes
Director: Luke Greenfield
Synopsis: "Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighbourhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line." IMDB

I'll be 100% honest while I was looking forward to this film a whole lot, I was also very apprehensive about it too due Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans JR's characters in "New Girl" losing their enjoyable factor after the show hit an all time low for me. So I kind of went into the film with pretty low expectations, here is my review.

Justin (Wayans) and Ryan (Johnson) have both his their 30s with nothing to their names and that feeling is really playing on both of their minds. Justin is a games designer who can not seem to catch a break in the field and the other is a full blown loser living off the money he made in a herpes advertisement and they are both stuck in their ways and know it. That is, until Ryan has the genius idea to attend a costume party in official LAPD uniforms Justin has (for making his game is safe to assume), while out and about in their newly acquired uniforms they find out what it would be like to live the life of real life cops (like we ALL haven't wondered it) the respect and admiration they have been looking for all their lives.

While Justin loves the idea of a one off event rocking the uniforms, Ryan has other plans, he can't seem to let go the newly acquired lifestyle they lead, resulting in him buying an old cop car off eBay. The trouble really kicks off when Ryan and Justin end up on the wrong side of Albanian crime cartel and their leader Mossi Kasic (D'Arcy who you will struggle to recognise, I know I did) resulting in some hilarious mishaps and brilliant action sequences. With toy guns, YouTube instructions and boredom, can these two everyday guys cut it as cops?

Overall, the film is incredibly funny made me regret having my apprehensions going in, I think the show runners are "New Girl" could learn a think or two about the dynamic and incorporate it in the show. The film isn't a laugh a minute Comedy, I personally would put it under the Buddy Cop genre along with "Lethal Weapon" heck it is like a 2014 version of that film, Wayan's character even references it very early on. To be honest the best part of the entire film was Wayans and Johnsons chemistry, they oozed the comedic chemistry missing from a lot of buddy comedies in recent years.

I HIGHLY recommend this film, if you are like me and apprehensive about their chemistry due to "New Girl" let them fears fall by the way side, this film 100% makes up for it. Full of Action, laughs, character progression and relate-able to an extent characters, thoroughly enjoyable watch.


30 Days Of Night review

Genre: Thriller, Vampire, Horror.
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster, Mark Rendall, Mark Boone Junior, Megan Franich, Amber Sainsbury, Nathaniel Lees, Joel Tobeck, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Manu Bennett.
Year Of Release: 2007
Certificate: 18 (UK)
Runtime: 109 Minutes
Director: David Slade
Synopsis: "After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires." IMDB

I remember the first time I seen this film, was during its original run in the cinema in 2007 I was 17 at the time so getting in for an 18 certificate film was ALWAYS fun back then. I miss the old days of sneaking in or tricking cashiers into believing the age. Anyway, on to the review.

As night falls on an Alaskan outpost village where it will stay dark for the next month, a murderous crew of vampires come creeping into the village for a feast where they plan to feast on the mortal souls of the skeleton crew that keeps the village going. Main trouble is Marlow's (Huston) crew are almost feral like monsters like vampires should be. When the vampires arrive so does the loss of power including phones and internet, with the nearest town over 80 miles away the inhabitants know they are in trouble.

It takes them more than a few hours to realise how dire the situation they have found themselves in has become, meanwhile the crew of vampires are attacking with brutal violence and humans being ripped apart after they are running the streets expecting to actually fight these monsters. Each time resulting in their earlier demise, it is around this point that Sheriff Olseon (Hartnett) and his band of merry men are starting to realise they have no hope or chance of survival so they go to ground to play the waiting game. Which does not result in the outcome that they want, the vampires just keep coming picking people off like it is all for fun.

Overall, the film isn't your typical Horror film it is a far cry from some of this boring ass vampire crap we have had in recent years, I would go as far to say it is the best vampire film in the past decade potentially the past two excluding Blade while a vampire film I still consider it prominently a comic book film. The film is also beautifully gorey and refreshing in its approach to the deadly action and the fact they do not use silly one-lines or use the typical jokes when something gorey happens. They try to humanise the world in which these vampires exist, making the actors fear what they see or are experiencing like a lot of other films.

The film is a thoroughly enjoyable watch, full of gore, action, Horror and brilliantly written scenes. There is some missed opportunities in the film like in all others, their main could be said that they under use the talents of Danny Huston he doesn't nearly get enough usage as he deserves. In conclusion the film is a triumph by relatively new director (at the time) David Slade the best vampire film since Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula" over two decades ago.


The Prince review

Genre: Action, Gangster, Drama, Thriller.
Starring: Jason Patric, Bruce Willis, Jessica Lowndes, John Cusack, Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, Don Harvey, Rain, Gia Mantegna, Jesse Pruett, Didi Costine, Bonnie Sommerville, Tim Fields, Johnathon Schaech, Andrea Burns, Jim Bennett.
Year Of Release: 2014
Certificate: 15 (UK)
Runtime: 91 Minutes
Director: Brian A Miller
Synopsis: "When his daughter is kidnapped, a retired assassin is drawn back into the life he gave up. To rescue her, he must confront his former rival." IMDB

The film revolves around Paul (Patric) a single father who finds out his college daughter Beth (Mategna) has unexpectedly disappeared, he takes help from her school "friend" Angela (Lowndes) to track her down. Finding himself fighting off countless bad guys with the finesse of ALL action movie heroes before him. After all his ass kicking and gun slinging he works his way up to a man called The Pharmacy (50 Cent) who has been supplying drugs to young women stuck in that world. He is merely a stepping stone to the real "big baddie" because you know Action flicks have to have one. The real villain is Omar (Willis) who is in turn the crime boss who wife and daughter were killed twenty years previously by Patric himself, they were blown up in a car intended for Omar. 

Decades later Omar is still hell bent on getting Paul for what he done, Paul enlists the help of his former colleague Sam (Cusack) who shows that he has also not lost ability to tear things up when needed. After meeting up with his old colleague that is when the proverbial poop hits the fan, resulting in two vastly over the top shoot outs, which I personally enjoyed I love some good over the top action.

However, all the action scenes in the world couldn't make up for such a shoddy script and below par acting displays. The script relied A LOT on the charisma of Jason Patric, turns out he didn't have any at all he was a bland, boring monotone "hero" who you never actually sided with. Unfortunately John Cusack doesn't get the screen time he needs and deserves, it says a lot when the only acting performance that wasn't below par came from 50 Cent the man who isn't even an actor by trade. Everybody else was sub par especially Gia Mantegna, Jessica Lowndes and Jason Partic.

Overall, the film could be considered a "popcorn flick" in the sense that it has no character development, indulging story, over the top action and "blockbuster" names who do not try. The film is complete with a list of overly used cliches and stereotypes;
  • Bad guy gone good,
  • Lost loved one,
  • Invincible "hero",
  • Unlikely sidekick,
  • Bid baddie who talks instead of doing his deed,
  • An Asian who happens to know martial arts,
  • The "hero" is wounded in the final "battle".
Talk about yawn, the film goes from bad to worse as the half assed script scrolls on by without anybody caring for sensibility or even the real world. I would personally avoid it at all costs, unless you are a Partic fan (which I only have to assume some people are considering he gets lead roles) while the film will fill the void if you're looking for a senseless action flick then maybe go here if ALL choices are out the window.


DC want female director for Wonder Woman

According to a report by TheHollywoodReporter, Warner Bros are looking for a female to helm the upcoming "Wonder Woman" film, and to say there is a short supply of female directors in Hollywood would be an understatement. There is a few females taking on big projects like Katheryn Bigelow "The Hurt Locker", Lexi Alexander "Punisher: War Zone", Patty Jenkins and "Thor: The Dark World".

I personally would love to see Kathryn Bigelow take over the role of directing, she has some fantastic films in her filmography and has the experience to take the project to the next level. Any suggestions of who you would like to helm the project?