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.
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DIRECTOR: Quentin Tarantino.
CAST: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Laura Cayouette, Don Johnson.
SYNOPSIS: When German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Waltz) promises Django (Foxx) his freedom on the capture of the villainous Brittle brothers, the slave finds the perfect opportunity to search for his lost wife, Broomhilda (Washington). When their paths cross plantation owner Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), the pair must make a choice between sacrifice and survival.
More sprawling, cross-country epic than nonstop, gun blazing shootout, Django Unchained is a perfect marriage of slave story and spaghetti western that allows Tarantino to make the most of his signature anachronistic embellishments. Reeking of 70s panache from the opening old-school Columbia insignia, the combination of mashed-up soundtrack, obvious homages and riotous one-liners easily coalesce in a film that necessitates multiple viewings. Continue reading
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Tagged 2013, brown 26 productions, calvin candie, christoph waltz, columbia pictures, django unchained, don johnson, double feature films, ennio morricone, film, james remar, jamie foxx, january, kerry washington, king schultz, laura cayouette, leonardo dicaprio, movies, quentin tarantino, review, samuel l. jackson, the weinstein company, walton goggins
On Monday night I took part in the rather fabulous podcast, Raging Bullshit. The results are now up and it’s fair to say their first show of 2013 covered rather a lot of cinematic (and anatomic!) ground.
Discussion topics include Rosamund Pike’s insanely distracting cleavage in Jack Reacher, what we’re most looking forward to in 2013 and who’s been grossly overlooked in Awards Season.
Please listen to the results here and give them a cheeky little subscribe on iTunes – just search ‘Raging’. You won’t regret it.
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St. Louis loves a bit of Tarantino!
There’s a little bit more breathing space away from the usual suspects in this batch of nominations, with Moonrise Kingdom getting a lot of very deserved nods and a few more interesting people popping up in the Acting categories, including Aubrey Plaza, Jamie Foxx, John Goodman, William H. Macy and Emma Watson.
There’s also the inclusion of Best Arthouse or Festival Film and Best Scene, but as for Best Comedy, Ted can definitely bore off.
Check out the full list of nominees below: Continue reading
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DIRECTOR: Seth Gordon.
CAST: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Donald Sutherland, Lindsay Sloane, Julie Bowen, P.J. Byrne, Celia Finkelstein, Ioan Gruffudd.
SYNOPSIS: Nick (Bateman) hates his boss for making him work sunrise to sunset with no reward. Kurt (Sudeikis) hates his boss for being a coked-out idiot who has no interest in the company aside from the financial reward. Dale (Day) hates his boss for being a borderline rapist when he’s about to get married. A drunken conversation between the three of them leads to the hiring of a hit man (Foxx) to ensure an easy working environment. But things are never that straightforward.
Horrible Bosses is undoubtedly a massive step forward for director Seth Gordon, with his previous work on American TV shows The Office, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation showcasing his effortless capability of working with the current Hollywood darlings usually favoured by a certain Judd Apatow. Although the first half of the film may feel like a rehearsal to the better-paced and more enjoyable second half, this film is far from predictable with a wonderfully natural chemistry between the three male leads. Continue reading
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