After the mind-blowing superhero mash-up, destroying half of New York, brought about by Avengers Assemble, it seemed inevitable for Marvel’s subsequent efforts for furthering their characters’ individual arcs to be dwarfed by the now-prevailing questions “Where are The Avengers? Why is one superhero facing threats alone instead of calling on his new pals?” Iron Man 3 attempted to make sense in this regard by playing on the “It’s not a superhero thing, it’s an American anti-terrorist patriotic thing” card. Plus, The Hulk was there (if you stayed for the post-credits cameo), Thor’s absence was excused due to his living arrangements in another realm, S.H.I.E.L.D. was getting busy with Joss Whedon’s new series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Captain America – well, not one of Tony Stark’s favourites. All in all, Iron Man’s third solo outing handled the Marvel’s post-Avengers universe beautifully, and now the time has come for Thor to return to the big screen with a bang (and some thunder, of course). Continue Reading
From afar, Now You See Me appears a polished, glittery, mind-bending version of your average heist film – a great cast, eye-popping visuals, a peculiar premise. Yet, “the closer you look”…well, it’s not easier to fool you! On the contrary, once you peek under the veil of this “illusion” that adds up to less than its parts, the magic is gone! Still, while the stage for this “grand trick” is being set, there’s plenty of Hocus Pocus to entertain you. Continue Reading
I have recently found myself being more interested in TV series rather than full-length films. This is not to say that I still don’t go to the cinema whenever possible, but when at home, I have started watching more and more series. It has also been my observation that most of my friends and acquaintances have adopted the same habit.
It used to be the case that TV actors and actresses were considered second class to Hollywood’s A-listers, but nowadays it seems that small screen actors are the ones with growing fan bases and constant contracts going their way. Even some of the film industry’s biggest names (Ashton Kutcher, Jeremy Irons, Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Quaid, Kevin Bacon to name a few) seem to have switched their acting preferences in favour of series.
So why is this the case? What do series have on features? Continue Reading
‘Fail at your own peril’ adopts a whole new meaning in the opening set-piece of Star Trek Into Darkness, which brings a mix-and-match eye-candy bag of jeopardy to the Enterprise crew latest party. J.J Abrams’ newest adventure starts with a blood-pumping climax that finds Kirk (Chris Pine) and Bones (Karl Urban) running for their lives through a magnificent alien planet landscape. The threat? An angry native tribe on their heels, a volcano bubbling up to cook the planet, a survival-proof abyss lying ahead. Take your pick! Not perilous enough for your taste? How about parachuting Spock (Zachary Quinto) to land on a tiny cliff amidst the roaring lava of the aforementioned volcano? It’s a ridiculously entertaining and breathless cinematic treats galore to kick-start a summer of promising spectacular blockbusters. Continue Reading
With my hectic assignment deadline and exam schedule I forgot to thank you all, amazing people, who took part in my survey for the dissertation I had to submit in March. So there it goes: Thank you soooooo much!
I am glad to announce that the dissertation has been signed, sealed and delivered for nearly 2 months now.
After all the sleepless nights I spent writing it, I rewarded myself with going to Oz The Great and Powerful, which incidentally was released the same day I submitted the dissertation!
I recently had my first exam for this year and celebrated finishing it by going to Iron Man 3 - also released the same day (check out my review)!
I am having another exam next week and the second it is finished I am heading to the movie theater to watch Star Trek: Into Darkness (again released the same day as my exam!)
What I am trying to say is that I don’t know if it is a higher power at work here, but our world definitely works in mysterious ways if the films I am really looking forward to are released on the days of my exams!
All I have to do then is thank god (or you know, something/someone…the production companies/the distribution companies/the cinema chain…my university’s registry who set the exam dates???) for ensuring the presence of film-related rays of light on my darkest days!!!
There is rarely something more exciting in the film industry than seeing an actor and a director click. On the occasions this happens, you know that greatness will follow. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are but a few examples of what the right combination of acting and directing can repeatedly achieve! This is why when Kiss Kiss Bang Bang duo Robert Downey Jr. and director Shane Black reunited for Iron Man 3, there was a huge relief that the epic franchise would be in safe hands. Indeed, the third instalment about the armoured super hero proves to be a complex, but well-oiled machine which soars between stunning visual effects, strong emotions and hilarious wisecracks to deliver a worthy leader of Marvel’s much-anticipated Phase Two. Continue Reading
As I have mentioned I have been buried in university work lately, so I haven’t really been able to post so much.
The main reason is that my dissertation is due soon
Anyway, I need a questionnaire to be filled in by people so I can analyze the data, and since it is somewhat connected to film and it wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to fill in, I thought some of you might be willing to help out
Plus, then you can always benefit from the good karma when it comes time for you to need someone else’s help (or suffer from the bad one, if you don’t help now…no, I’m kidding :D…or am I?
You can access the questionnaire here.
Pretty please!!! (puppy eyes)
Thank you sooooooooooooooooooo much in advance!!!
Apologies for not having written a post in ages! I have been overwhelmed with university work and since I only had time for one, I had to choose between watching movies and writing about them. So I chose watching them. Go figure! However, I felt compelled to write something about two films – Django Unchained and Lincoln. First, because they had such a huge impact on me when I watched them and second, because with all the Oscar buzz surrounding them, it would just be wrong not to. And since various publications, websites etc have already provided (too) lengthy (going-to-fall-asleep-before-I-finish-them) reviews and commentaries, I decided to tame my huge mouth (translated into what my itchy-to-write opinionated fingers want to type) and present you with two very succinct 5-sentence reviews (mind you I can write incredibly long sentences!). Continue Reading
Christmas is never complete without a heart-warming festive film to put you in the spirit of the holiday and to excuse any extra mug of hot chocolate. This year, the ranks of vibrant Christmas animations, including The Polar Express (2004) and Arthur Christmas (2011), are joined by the latest from DreamWorks: Rise of the Guardians. Interestingly enough, this dazzling Christmas-flavoured animation doesn’t feature only the red-suited jolly fellow iconic for this time of year, but brings the Big Four all together – Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and the Easter Kangaroo…excuse me, the Easter Bunny, to battle every child’s biggest and darkest fear: the Bogeyman. Another curious detail? The movie is actually set during Easter time! Continue Reading
Sci-fi had a pretty good run in 2012 with marvelous additions to the genre’s lines, including Prometheus, Looper and Dredd. Now, 2013 promises to be even bigger, better and bolder with four head-spinners about to hit the screens next year. Not surprisingly, considering the alleged Mayan prediction about the end of the world, all of the upcoming features are set either in the dawn or in the aftermath of an apocalypse. So, in the event of an apocalypse, here are some practical lessons. Continue Reading