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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sonnet Review

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Oh Spider that doth fall from out the sky,
Your death-defying leaps make Gwen go faint.
I really loved this film, I’ll tell you why,
It’s mainly because Cap 2 this film ain’t.
Forgive me while I change to sonnet form,
But Marc Webb’s sequel takes things to new heights.
He guarantees to Parker you will warm,
And fear for him when Foxx turns out the lights.
There may be lots of villains but relax,
Harry is the man, DeHaan’s a wonder.
The gang don’t overcrowd to dubstep tracks,
Webb did well to steer from that big blunder.
With Matrix action and the humour nailed,
Part 2 defies the fact it could have failed.

Verdict: 5/5

My 75% Success Rate And The 2012 Oscar Winners

After a very long and very predictable run-up, the 2012 Academy Awards are finally over, The Artist and Hugo winning five statues apiece. With Billy Crystal charming enough as host, I have to admit that I found myself wanting more of Chris Rock and that inspired Stiller/Stone pairing.

The night went without too many surprises, The Artist getting five out of the six I predicted after Editing went to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo which was a truly fantastic moment. As expected, Michel Hazanavicius’ name was pronounced a hundred different ways during the evening and Hugo pretty much cleared up in the technical fields. But trust Lady Meryl Streep to throw a spanner in the works and deprive Davis of what most people thought was a mortal lock by this point. She looked as surprised as we all felt, but you just can’t hate her, can you.

As I laid out in my predictions yesterday, I’d gone with my heart for Visual Effects and Cinematography, with Hugo taking both when I was hoping Lubezki would finally get what is so ridiculously overdue. Luckily, I was spot on with my two Short Film predictions as well as Documentary Short Subject, so that made up for my wrong choices there.

The Weinstein Effect paid off for Undefeated, the group dropping the only F-bomb of the night and consequently getting played off, but that was one of the only real interesting parts of the night. Don’t get me wrong, it was great seeing The Muppets take something home and I rather enjoyed Ferrell and Galifianakis being, well, Ferrell and Galifianakis, but the Oscars as a ceremony could be so much more. And I kind of longed to see what sort of carnage Brett Ratner could have brought.

Also, kudos to Christopher Plummer for getting up the stairs faster than Octavia Spencer and to McCarthy and Byrne for playing Shot Scorsese.

Next year, get Michael Bay on board. He’ll have the nominees shot out of a cannon.

See my predictions here (I need to beat 75% next year) and Becca’s predictions (if you want a bit of a laugh – let’s just say she’ll need to beat 16% of pure guess-work next year) here, both of which were posted before the ceremony yesterday and check out the full list of 2012 Academy Award winners below: Continue reading

Trailer Talk: Spidey Rebooted, Wheelchair Dancing, Doctor Who And The Apocalypse

Yes, yes, yes, I apologise again for my laptop not loving me. As I posted a while back, it gave up on me, so I haven’t been able to post anything! So I’m sorry they’re so late, but I wanted to put them up anyway! So, soldiers, spiders, Jeremy Renner, Doctor Who, crazy Nazis, wheelchairs, Osama Bin Laden and the apocalypse – let’s talk trailers. Continue reading

Closer Look: The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer

Scott’s back (take a look at his blog here) to take a more in-depth look at the new trailer for Marc Webb’s hotly anticipated film and Marvel reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man: Continue reading

Review: The Help (2011)

DIRECTOR: Tate Taylor.

CAST: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Ahna O’Reilly, Allison Janney, Anna Camp, Eleanor and Emma Henry, Chris Lowell, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel, Aunjanue Ellis, Sissy Spacek, Ted Welch, Leslie Jordan, Mary Steenburgen.

SYNOPSIS: Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan (Stone) is less concerned about finding a husband than her friends, desperate to become a respected writer. Troubled by the way the black women who work in her friends’ homes are treated, Skeeter turns to Aibileen Clark (Davis), asking her to disclose the truth about what really goes on behind closed doors. With others reluctant to help at first, Skeeter finds herself on the road to discovering some of the community’s best-guarded secrets and exposing the town during the civil rights movement.

Set amidst the events of the civil rights movement, for all its laughs and light heartedness, The Help deals with some incredibly traumatising events – albeit in a 12A fashion. This is bled into the second half with great ease and is a very impressive transition from the fun, caricatured portrayal of American society from the first half. Although we don’t see any mass violence, we see people escaping it, running for their lives and sporadic mentions of Jim Crow and similar figures ensure the harsh reality remains an ominous shadow over the film. Continue reading

Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

DIRECTOR: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.

CAST: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Jonah Bobo, Analeigh Tipton, John Carroll Lynch, Marisa Tomei, Liza Lapira, Josh Groban, Beth Littleford, Kevin Bacon, Joey King.

SYNOPSIS: Cal Weaver (Carell) thinks he is living the perfect suburban life until wife Emily (Moore) tells him she’s been having an affair with a guy from work (Bacon) and wants a divorce. After watching Cal drown his sorrows night after night in a local bar, ladies man Jacob Palmer (Gosling) decides to take Cal under his wing, turning him into a project and helping him navigate the dating scene.

It’s not often a film about soul mates, heartbreak and first love can be turned into a deliciously smart comedy. But after 2009’s quirky I Love You Phillip Morris, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa seemed like the perfect duo to give it a try. Continue reading

Review: Friends With Benefits (2011)

DIRECTOR: Will Gluck.

CAST: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Richard Jenkins, Woody Harrelson, Bryan Greenberg, Nolan Gould, Shaun White, Andy Samberg, Emma Stone.

SYNOPSIS: After Jamie (Kunis) headhunts Dylan (Timberlake) for a job at GQ Magazine, the two become best friends after she spends a lot of time showing LA boy Dylan around the Big Apple. The relationship soon becomes physical and they are left answering that eternal question – can bed buddies be best buddies?

After loving every second of 2010’s Easy A, Will Gluck’s Friends With Benefits had a lot to live up to. It may not be superior to the Emma Stone-starrer, but it sure as hell tries its hardest and for the most part this pays off. With some brilliant back-and-forth from the minute Dylan and Jamie are introduced, it’s clear that Gluck hasn’t lost his touch with recurring jokes on scientology, John Mayer, Harry Potter and the Hudson River plane landing hitting all the right notes. Continue reading