Monthly Archives: June 2011

Review: The Hangover Part II (2011)

DIRECTOR: Todd Phillips.

CAST: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Mason Lee, Justin Bartha, Jamie Chung, Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor, Sasha Barrese, Yasmin Lee.

SYNOPSIS: With Stu (Helms) choosing to marry Lauren (Chung) in Thailand, he invites Phil (Cooper), Doug (Bartha) and future brother-in-law Teddy (Lee) along for the ride. After being roped into inviting Alan (Galifianakis) against his wishes, Stu’s preferred ‘Stag Brunch’ turns into another night of mayhem resulting in them waking up in a seedy apartment in downtown Bangkok – without Teddy. Their quest to find him involves severed fingers, cocaine-dealing monkeys and one rather unfortunate tattoo… Will they find Teddy before the wedding?

I have to admit I was fully prepared to have a lot of bad things to say about Todd Phillips’ The Hangover Part II. Like usual, I stupidly allowed myself to read a number of reviews and decided the film was a carbon copy of the original before I’d even seen it. I did this with X-Men: First Class, followed the hype and was disappointed. I did it with The Hangover Part II and was pleasantly surprised. Is it too much to hope this theory will work with Green Lantern…? Thought so. Continue reading

Review: X-Men: First Class (2011)

DIRECTOR: Matthew Vaughn.

CAST: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, January Jones, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Jason Flemyng, Edi Gathegi, Zoe Kravitz, Alex Gonzalez, Oliver Platt.

SYNOPSIS: Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Charles Xavier (McAvoy) brings together a new group of mutants including the troubled Erik Lehnsherr (Fassbender) to protect the world from its greatest threat. Initially the closest of friends, their differences soon become all too evident, opening up a rift that threatens the peace of Xavier’s X-Men and the human race.

Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass is in my Top Five films of 2010. I loved every crazy second of it and fully bought into the idea of Vaughn as a top-class action director. So after hearing the incredible reviews that were coming in for Vaughn’s First Class, my excitement was at its absolute peak – especially seeing how it managed to keep its claws firmly on an 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for quite so long. Yet X-Men: First Class left me a little cold. And I hate myself for it. I’m not saying it’s a bad film. Far from it. My expectations were maybe just a little too high. What is alarmingly clear, however, is that Matthew Vaughn has finally got the X-Men back on cinematic track. Continue reading

Norton, Ruffalo Or Bana. Who’s The Right Hulk For The Avengers?

For many, The Hulk is a character who brings back memories of the American television series that ran from 1977-1982. This CBS show starred Bill Bixby as Dr. David Bruce Banner and Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk. Yet to this day, it is Ferrigno’s name that is synonymous with the character. So much so, that when casting Hulk, Ang Lee got Ferrigno to voice the character, with Louis Leterrier following suit for The Incredible Hulk and Joss Whedon has him returning for The Avengers. So it would be safe to assume that Ferrigno is somewhat part of the Marvel furniture.

But what about his alter ego? If Lou Ferrigno IS The Hulk, who deserves the title of Bruce Banner? With Joss Whedon’s long-awaited Marvel-madness being unleashed on the public in the form of The Avengers in Summer 2012, there has been much dispute over the circumstances surrounding Edward Norton’s departure when fans clearly feel he was the superior Banner. Continue reading

Movie News Episode Six (6th – 12th June 2011)

Here’s Episode Six of my weekly movie updates.

This week includes Star Trek 2, Django Unchained, Tron 3, Simon Pegg and Sam Mendes’ Bond 23.

You can find my channel here.

Enough Said

Unsung Hero: Billy Crudup

BIRTH NAME: William Gaither Crudup
D.O.B.: 8th July, 1968, Manhasset, New York, USA
QUOTES: “I wish I could say that when I didn’t agree with a director I defer to him, but I think sometimes I’m a little self-righteous.”
“If I had done TITANIC, it would have made, probably, $200,000 worldwide. So I think my life would have been very, very similar.”
Billy Crudup is one of those actors I can promise you’ve seen in at least one film. You just probably don’t realise it. Continue reading

Review: Win Win (2011)

DIRECTOR: Thomas McCarthy.

CAST: Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey, Nina Arianda, David Thompson, Clare Foley.

SYNOPSIS: Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) supports his young, New Jersey family and wife Jackie (Ryan) by working as a lawyer and school wrestling coach. With his law firm seeing little commission and a tempting financial offer on the horizon, Mike finds himself at the heart of dementia-stricken client Leo Poplar’s (Young) domestic affairs, with troubled teenage grandson Kyle (Shaffer) having just arrived on Leo’s doorstep. Mike takes Kyle under his wing, strengthening his self-image once again through wrestling, until his drug-addicted mother (Lynskey) arrives on the scene, disturbing the peace.

Giamatti’s Mike may be described as a “pillar of the community”, but don’t let this dupe you into thinking he plays the simple, downtrodden everyman here. Continue reading