Godzilla Trailer Review


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So, I’ve just seen the new trailer for Godzilla which is released in May some time I believe and if I wasn’t excited after the first trailer (which I was!) I am now. I’m getting the feeling that the story for this is going to be good, it’s clear that there is going to be at least two sub-plots but overall by the looks of the two trailers so far they’re not giving much away although giving more away in this second trailer.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the film is a bit like the recent King Kong, there is a bit of story before you actually see Godzilla, which I think would be great, I don’t like it when the audience gets too familiar with the villain sometimes. Godzilla is meant to be shocking, if you see it all the way through the film the fear will be lost a bit.

We now know that in this interpretation Godzilla is awoken by ‘bomb testing’ that was actually humans trying to kill Godzilla in the sea in 1954, and that there is a big question around whether anything the humans have can kill Godzilla. There are some phenomenal scenes in this trailer, scenes that I cannot wait to see on the big screen.

This is one of the films I cannot wait to see this year and I’m more excited after seeing the trailer. The film is coming out in IMAX 3D as well as 2D on the 16th of May I think.

So after doing some research and watching the trailer a few more times, towards the end there is a weird giant leg thing that we see and It seems there will be another monster or monsters in this movie? I’m not sure if it’s confirmed and I’ve no idea what monsters they will be but it would be pretty insane, I was looking forward to this movie before but now I think it’s going to be epic. I just hope the film lives up to the trailers.

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What’s going on at the Lakers?


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So I’ve just seen some news that Kobe Bryant is going to be out for at least another three weeks and will then need another week or two to get back to game fitness, obviously this brings us to the end of March. Kobe is probably my favourite player of all time, he’s one of the reasons I love basketball and if anyone can do something special, it’s Kobe Bryant, but I am worried that the end to his career is going to be ruined by his determination to get back on the court. It was awfully unlucky to pick up this knee injury after just coming back from the torn Achilles tendon but is it really worth working hard to get back before the end of the season now? Sadly this season is more than likely over for us, unless we go on a huge winning streak which isn’t going to happen as we haven’t got the personnel. The season ends in mid April and I really think it would benefit Kobe and the Lakers much more if he decides to sit out the rest of the season and come back next season 100%.

The Lakers have opened up a bit of cap space so they can pick up some much needed talent and help for Kobe, the cap space left is enough for a max contract player. Although the Lakers roster isn’t the greatest there are players that have pleasantly surprised us this season, one of those being Kendall Marshall who has really played well offensively, not so great on defense but I feel that’s a team issue under Mike D’Antoni. I was disappointed to see Steve Blake get traded, he was an important player in this weak Lakers team, and could be trusted in big moments, I remember him getting the game winning 3 against the Rockets earlier in the season (Over Dwight Howard BTW).

One thing that will be key to making sure that the Lakers can pick up someone good in the free agency at the end of the season will be the fitness of Kobe Bryant, everyone talks about how people don’t want to come and play with him but no one is going to want to come if his fitness is in question and may have to lead the Lakers on their own. There are a number of players that I want to see stay at the Lakers next year, Marshal, Young and maybe even Henry and Kelly just for their development.  I feel that we have players that would be good rotation players we just need that starting quality and that’s the difference between winning games.

This season being a struggle was something that we knew before the start of this season but there have been times where we have played decent basketball, we just need to tighten up the defense as that’s been a common problem from us this season. Lets hope Mike D’Antoni can go into next year with a better roster, with the help of Mitch Kupchak, and have the team play a better all-round game.

The Lego Movie (2014) Movie Review


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Everything is awesome (a joke you’ll understand when you watch it), but in all seriousness everything is awesome. The cast for this film is nothing short of great with Morgan Freeman, Will Farrell, Channing Tatum, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks, Jonah Hill, Will Arnett and Chris Pratt, just to name few, all voicing in this film. The stories main character, Emmet Brickowski (BRICKowski, Chris Pratt), is just an ‘ordinary guy’ and there really is nothing special about him which is what’s so good about him. I think the film had been on for maybe one minute before I started laughing and I don’t remember going more than 5 minutes without laughing, this was a truly funny film, but to say it’s just funny doesn’t do the whole film justice. The story is basic but it’s not boringly basic, this is obviously due to the fact that the film is aimed at a younger audience however there are parts to this movie that accommodate adults, almost to the extent that an adult may enjoy the film more than a child.

As I said before Emett is a plain boring man, that somehow still has you laughing, the characters positive attitude is brilliant and hilarious. I was shocked at how funny and interested I was from the start. Morgan Freeman’s character Vitruvius, an old wizard, opens the film battling the films main villain, Lord Business/President Business (Will Farrell), who is striving for the world to be perfect and extremely structured. This worked well with the idea that people should promote creativity which I believe was one of the films main morals, which is nice for young children, we must not forget this is a child’s movie even though I loved it, there are no big plot twists or deep thinking needed, it’s all laid out in front of you and it’s superb.

It was fun to see the inclusion of some huge characters from other films, famous people from history and sports star’s. Superman, Green Lantern, Gandalf, Dumbledore and Shaquille O’Neil all appear and all provide at least one funny bit to the hundreds that are throughout this movie. Batman (Will Arnett) is one of the main characters along with Emett, Lucy/Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Vitruvious, who are the main four, but this main group does grow as the film develops and you’re introduced to some new and interesting characters. These Characters added with Good Cop/Bad Cop (Liam Neeson), really helps the contrast of characters to work well. I do think that Will Arnett deserves a lot of credit for Batman, his voice was brilliant for the role and really had great comical timing, which comes down to the script and stuff as well which is great by the way, lots of harmless fun.

There are characters in this film like Lucy, Vitruvious, Batman and so on that are known as Master Builder’s, they have the ability to create and build things with whatever is around them by seeing the calculations in their mind. The story works off of a prophecy that there is an individual that is known as the ‘Special,’ that will find a special block that is extremely important. This film sends a great message that you don’t need to be special to be special, everyone can be special in their own way, I would recommend going to see this film, however I didn’t see it in 3D and i’m not sure how it would have made the film any better, probably one of the best films so far this year and probably will still be one of the best by the end of the year. I would recommend watching this, let me know what you thought of it?

8.5/10

A little rant about the negative attitudes towards Horror films…


I’m the first one to say if a film isn’t good, but looking at reviews at horror film, specifically Insidious: Chapter 2 I feel that a majority of these reviews are hash and not giving a true reflection. One huge issue in my opinion is that people naturally don’t want to admit that they have been scared, or made to jump and look at things that may not seem clear to them and make those things bigger than what they are. Obviously reviews are people’s views and feelings towards that film but if you’re not keen on a genre is there any point in writing a view on it? Generally it’s going to be negative unless you can put that dislike towards horror to one side and ‘get into’ the film. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of bad horror films, but sometimes I get the impression that maybe people go in to it having already made their mind up. You could argue that if the film was that good then that would change their mind but is that why people go to see a film, to see if it can prove them wrong? No, you go to see a film because you think you’re going to enjoy it.

My Top 20 Films of 2013


Here is a list of MY top 20 films from last year, 2013. There are a few films that I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t seen yet (Gravity, Thor 2, Monsters Uni…) so they won’t be featuring unfortunately. The list won’t purely be based on just the film, there are a couple that I have in there based on more than just the film, so…..

20. Riddick

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Right, I can imagine that many of you (of the few people who may read this) are thinking ‘what the hell, this movie wasn’t very good.’ However, I did enjoy this movie and admittedly if it was just based on the film itself, it probably would have just missed out but credit has to go to Vin Diesel who worked his arse off for this film to be made. You may or may not know what Vin Diesel had to do to get this movie to be made and then also not dropped while it was being developed and made, but if you don’t I would look it up as your view on this movie might change. As an original Pitch Black fan and i’m sure others fans would agree with me it’s nice that the film went back to it’s roots you could say. It was good that it went back to basics and was more like Pitch Black rather than the Chronicles of Riddick (which I did enjoyed), also i’m delighted that Universal (I think) are making plans for the next installment.

19. Iron-Man 3

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Good film. I enjoyed Iron-Man 3, I know that it had a lot of hype and it had really good ratings and reviews but I did feel that it wasn’t as great as everyone had made out. I remember reading that this film was better than The Dark Knight Rises (which is one of my favourite films ever) and I went into the cinema expecting to be blown away and I came out shocked at the amazing reviews, but having had time for that to settle and having watched it more than once it is a good film, i thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s got many reasons to be higher in this ranking but it’s just my personal opinion and the higher ranked films are ones I appreciate more than this.

18. Carrie

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My initial feelings towards this remake was disappointment, but that was my own fault for having such high expectations. I’m a huge fan of the book and the original movie, which in all honesty didn’t really need a remake, but with the technology I felt they could do something really special with this film, they didn’t, but it wasn’t far off. I loved Chloe Moretz as Carrie I thought she did a fantastic job, I had to watch this a few times to get over my disappointment and realised that this was actually a good film, the effects were good, the parts taken from the book were good and the bits that were different I didn’t feel had a negative affect on the film.

17. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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This really was a difficult one for me personally because It’s similar to the Iron-Man 3 situation, it had been hyped up so much and then i watched it and it didn’t quite live up to those expectations at the time but after thinking about in my mind over time it’s a great film, i’m not familiar with the books so I don’t know how true to them they are. I do have a big issue and it’s not really with the film itself because i like it, It does kinda feel like there’s been a 6 hour build up to the third movie. Overall the film is good!

16. The Hangover 3

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First of all, this film shouldn’t really be called the hangover 3, because it’s not really a hangover! Once I got past that the film is pretty great. It’s funny, serious, happy, sad, it’s a bit of everything and I would watch it many times. I think this film may have not done as well as it could due to the fact the second was like a copy of the first and people were getting bored of The Hangover as a whole and those people were right to be bored to be fair, but the third installment was good and if you’ve not seen it, see it!

15. Evil Dead

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Now this was a tough one because in my mind I kept swapping how i felt about it, one minute I thought this is pretty good, the next I thought well it’s OK…..But now my mind is made up and it is a good film, I like how it wasn’t the same as the original but was the same as the original in a weird way. Again it was another film that didn’t really need to be remade however again with the technology we have today I was excited and pretty creeped out at times to be honest with how well it executed some things. I’m hearing rumours that another is going to be made and I am totally for it, I hope it happens!

14. Fast & Furious 6

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The Fast and Furious franchise seems to get a lot of hate even though it does well at the box office and I am one of the people who doesn’t understand the hate, I really do love all the films and I enjoyed this one. When I first heard that they were going to take F&F in another direction in terms of the films not being about street racing anymore and more about heisting and stuff I was worried because I liked them how they were but now we are a deeper into the story and it’s all starting to come together and fit, i’m happy and the films are great. R.I.P Paul Walker.

13. Epic

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This film really was epic, I really enjoyed it and it was my favourite animated film of the year and the only one in my top 20, this was a pleasant surprise for me as I was actually forced to watch this by my girlfriend and it turned out to be a great funny film, there are bits in this film that had me in stitches laughing. I think it was a slug and snail that were two of the funny characters and they really were great, Chris O’Dowd voiced one of them and they really were amazing, took this film to the next level. Go and watch this if you like animation because it really is great!

12. Man of Steel

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This was one of my highly anticipated films of 2013 and I had been waiting for so long for this to come out and the first time I watched it I loved it and I still love it now. The beginning was just superb, the interpretation of Krypton was hectically beautiful, the action scene was insane and I loved Russell Crowe however he can’t do much wrong in my eyes. If had done this top 20 after i watched it this film would be top 5 easy however over time I have noticed things that I don’t like with this film and after watching it at least 20 times, I’ve realised that Henry Cavill really doesn’t say a lot….it’s still a great movie and I could watch it any time.

11. Oz: The Great & Powerful

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I don’t think that I have ever been so pleasantly surprised by a film, I honestly don’t, I am a really big fan of things linking together and a film having a really good story or a prequel to be told. This film really shocked me as I really enjoyed it and thought it was fantastic to watch and I would watch it again. The story behind how the witch became the witch was really cool, James Franco is pretty cool in it too, there isn’t much more to say other than it’s really bloody good and you should see it if you haven’t!

10. Star Trek: Into Darkness

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Well this is higher than I thought it would be, however I think that’s due to the awesomeness of the first one. This was still a great movie. I thought the story was really good and had some good emotional parts to it, I also liked the all round character development that was in this film. Good characters from the first have now developed into great characters and when you go through the characters, if any of them died you’d be disappointed which I think is good, when you have characters that are a bit irrelevant to the audience it doesn’t have the same impact when something happens to them.

9. The Internship

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This (I may be wrong) was only their second film where they were the lead characters together, the other obviously being Wedding Crashers. I love these two-together-on there own, I don’t care much. They make me laugh, when you watch a film with them in, you know what you’re going to get because you automatically think ‘ah Vince Vaughn is just going to be Vince Vaughn in this, and Vince Vaughn is funny,’ this is the same with Owen Wilson. The Internship is no different, I really enjoyed it, it wasn’t overly popular from what I gathered but I think that was due to the time it came out, it came out at a similar time to some big films last year, which was a shame.

8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Great film, probably a slight improvement on the first, unfortunately it’s still nowhere near as good as the book. This second installment did live up to many people’s expectations, no one thought it would be as good as the book after the first film but it’s still pretty awesome at times. I thought it was hard for the film to make sure that the audience is interested for the whole film as there is a long stretch where they’re not in the actual hunger games, however they did well to make sure it was exciting as well as interesting. I’m looking forward to the final two films which I think is the last book split into two, it will be interesting to see how they deal with the violent nature of the book…

7. American Hustle

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Clever & sexy, American Hustle was what I class as a quality film, it has a great cast that did a great job. Christian Bale seems to impress me the more I see him, the job he did in this film was great, you really believed him, along with everyone else. I loved this film because it almost made you feel like you were there in the film, doing the hustle with them. When it came down the big deals I was tense, I was nervous, I wanted them to pull it off. There aren’t many films that can make you do that which is why I thought it was so good, this is a must see from 2013.

6. Now You See Me

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Now this was a cool film, and a clever one too. Everything about this film was good, when i try and break it down and find something wrong with it I struggle, it was so clever. Ignoring the fact it had two legends in this film, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, it still had a decent cast including Woody Harrelson and Mark Ruffalo. This film really did have do well and took me by surprise because I love a good twist and admittedly I did work it out before the end it took me longer than usual to work out but was still really good! It was refreshing to see something so new and different.

5. Insidious: Chapter 2

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Yes the end to the first sucked. Yes the second film was amazing. James Wan needs to take a bow because the work he has done this year has been nothing short of first class. I felt that this film was less about the scares and more about the story, it payed off and it was brilliant. There were some really clever moments in the film and it all fitted together perfectly, I’m not sure if the ending was implying another, I would imagine so however I don’t think it will be based around the family. Great film, the only reason it’s not ranked higher is because it’s not as scary as other film, but the story was top notch.

4. We’re the Millers

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I don’t think I stopped laughing for the whole film, this was really funny and normally it’s just the one character that is always funny but for the majority of this film everyone was really funny, especially the ‘son’ of the family! Some of the things that the characters go thorough in this film are hilarious and it’s probably the Comedy of the year for me.

3. Doctor Who: Day of The Doctor

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Well, it was kind of a film, it was in the cinema so that’s a good enough reason for me to throw it in here. I love Doctor Who, I’m not the biggest fan but I have watched it since Christopher Eccleston started and it was so so so so so good. This episode was so great and it answered so many questions and the way it all linked together was just phenomenal, there wasn’t much that could go wrong when you have Matt Smith, John Hurt and David Tennant all playing The Doctor. If you’re not a fan it’s hard to get excited for this but if you are you’ve probably already seen it and would agree that it was brilliant!

2. About Time

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This film blew me away, it had me in laughing fits one second and tears the next, this film really did have it all. The cast were amazing and Bill Nighy was moving at times and hilarious the next, this film was like a huge amazing roller coaster and if you’ve not seen it, please watch it because you won’t regret it! If you get emotional easy I would take tissues because you’ll be balling your eyes out. I really don’t want to say too much about it because it really was an amazing film and if I wasn’t such a big fan of Horror it would probably be No.1.

1. The Conjuring

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As a huge fan of the Horror genre, I thought this was amazing, and not just amazing, seriously amazing. It, in my my opinion, is probably one of the scariest films of the last 10-15 years, I think what makes this film so great is the story, there are many Horror films that have potential but just don’t have the story to go with it. James Wan must continue doing Horror movies because he put Horror on the map in 2013 along with Insidious: Chapter 2, the man is superb at what he does. This for me would be up there with my personal top Horror films of all time, seriously scary and seriously good, watch it, if you can bring yourself to do so.

Cuban Fury (2014) Movie Review


If i’m honest I’ve no idea where to Cuban Furystart, Cuban Fury is an ‘alright’ film, nothing amazing about it apart from when Simon Pegg is seen for maybe one second and that could be one of the funniest parts of the film which I think kinda sums it up. The Story is about Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) and it starts with him when he’s about 13 years old, he’s a highly rated salsa dancer that is said to have ‘fire in his heels and a snake in his hip’ (or something like that). He dances with his sister Sam (Olivia Colman) and they won every championship they could in the UK apart from the UK Nationals. Bruce is walking in his dance outfit to the competition but ends up getting picked on and chased and eventually beat up because of what he’s wearing, this leads to Bruce not going to the Competition, standing up his sister Sam and dance teacher Ron (Ian McShane).  

The movie then jumps to the future and you’re greeted with an older and bigger Bruce who clearly never danced again after he was bullied, now working in an office. The arrival of Julia (Rashida Jones), Bruce’s new boss at work is unexpectedly attractive and fuels the sexual drive of Drew (Chris O’Dowd), Bruce’s work colleague, who throughout the film makes many comments on what he ‘want’s to do to Julia.’ Bruce is attracted to his boss but feels that she is way out of his league and hasn’t got a chance but is forced to go talk her by some friends, in his pursuit to find her he is lead to a room where he see’s her Salsa dancing. This motivates Bruce to then get back into Salsa, and the story develops from there, he meets a camp male man called Bejan, who is also at the dance class he joins (owned by his old trainer). Bejan provides the majority of the laughs in this film although there are many moments in this film where something is meant to be funny and it doesn’t really have the response that was expected, I felt that 9 times out of 10 when Bejan said something it was meant to be funny, but a lot of the time it wasn’t.

The Story does get better as it goes along and towards the end it does improve but it never really gets going, Nick Frost’s dance moves are pretty amazing to be fair to him, obviously put a lot of work in for this. The story between Bruce and Drew is probably the most realistic part of the film as i’m sure there are cocky people like that in an office talking about girls the way that he does. I wouldn’t recommend going to seeing this at the Cinema, maybe rent it when it comes out on DVD if you buy it it’s likely to be a film that you watch once. It has it’s moments and maybe had potential to be better but it wasn’t a bad film, it’s just average – alright at best. Nick Frost is Nick Frost and is always funny but the best characters in this is either Sam or maybe Bejan but there is just a lot of nothing that goes on in this film unfortunately.

Rating: 5/10

That Awkward Moment (2014) Movie Review


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Miles Teller, Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan (from left to right).

This is a well structured feel good movie that’s not too serious but has some really important underpinning messages for the audience. In some ways it is very similar to previous romantic comedies but in other ways it’s different, at times the movie is very realistic and others it’s very unrealistic but it is a movie and it’s meant to make people feel happy. It starts with Jason (Zac Efron) sitting on a bench, a voice over which is Jason says he’s been on a bench for a long time, waiting and says he needs to go back to the start to explain why. The film skips to the beginning of his story and again has Jason voicing over the events and has a ‘code’  or saying that nothing ends well when a girl starts the sentence with ‘So….’ and believes that that’s the time a man should get out.

Jason, Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) and Daniel (Miles Teller) are all best friends, Jason and Daniel work together for a book publishing company where they design the covers for books. Mikey is a doctor and seems to be the ‘settled’ one in the group with a good job and seemingly married, however his life gets flipped upside down when his wife asks for a divorce in an extremely awkward moment (hence the title, there are lots of awkward moments, if there wasn’t it would be disappointing) but it’s in a funny way. The story is predictable and there aren’t any surprises but it still somehow makes you ‘feel good’ which is what this film is, nothing more and nothing less. The acting is good and the funny parts worked, really well! It also goes at a really good pace, the film doesn’t jump forward a lot or have lots of things going on at once, it’s easy to follow which is what everyone wants, no body wants to be sat watching a film feeling lost and confused.

The film gets going from the start and just seems to get better and better, not that it’s an amazing film, but it is very good at what it does. They all agree to a deal not get into a relationship, something that Jason and Daniel find easy as they sleep around a lot, and drag Mikey out to ‘get him laid’ but he struggles to have a good time, although is impressed with the system that Jason, Daniel and Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis), who is their ‘wingwoman,’ have and she’s damn good, you question in your mind if they would still get women without her. Jason meets a young woman, Ellie (Imogen Poots), and she becomes one of the main characters as her ‘relationship’ with Jason grows. Mikey finds it hard to come to terms with life without his ex-wife and Daniel finds that the party lifestyle and sleeping with lots of girls may not be for him. As you can guess like all Rom-Com’s all seems to be going to plan but things do go wrong and this is where there are important messages that are sent across to the audience and this film does do that well in a cheesy, funny and romantic way.

Overall I think this film is good, it has some good realistic aspects to it that most people can relate to along with the unrealistic ‘only in a movie’ moments. It’s an easy watch and doesn’t drag, the relationship between all the characters is brilliant and is really convincing, it does make you believe that the lads have been friends for years. I would recommend this film for anyone, especially if you’re undecided on what to see and want to watch a fun and happy movie, it’s release is also good timing as it’s a typical Valentine’s Day film. Thanks for reading! Let me know what you thought of the film if you’ve seen it?

Rating: 8/10