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Review: American Hustle (2013)

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Director: David O. Russell.

Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Jack Huston, Michael Pena.

Certificate: 15.

Running Time: 138 minutes.

Synopsis: Successful conman Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) find themselves forced to work amongst the Jersey mafia by FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).

Corrupt politicians, sleazy American nightclubs and the threat of the mob may be far from novel, but David O. Russell’s AMERICAN HUSTLE feels extremely apt and relatable in a time of growing political distrust. Handled ever so coolly by the director and his stellar cast, every line and action is meticulously placed, right down to the very precise positioning of Irving’s glued-on hairpiece.

In a time where the hair was high and the necklines significantly lower, the audience are immediately intoxicated by the 1970s hairspray and rich mahogany. Elton John, David Bowie and The Bee Gees may punctuate the severity of the situations our main trio find themselves in, but amidst its slick, neon skylines, AMERICAN HUSTLE means business. Continue reading

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Review: The Avengers (2012)

DIRECTOR: Joss Whedon.

CAST: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany (voice).

SYNOPSIS: When the fate of the Earth is threatened by Loki (Hiddleston) and his alien army, Nick Fury (Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Gregg) have no choice but to form a team of superheroes whose combined powers are the only hope of saving the world from disaster.

With the anticipation and excitement circling The Avengers enough to send anyone into an Asgardian-induced coma, hopes were pinned on the master of the supernatural supersquads to rule supreme over previous Marvel outings. Writing alongside long serving comic adaptation alumni Zak Penn, Whedon weaves an impressive patchwork where every player gets their moment in the sun and feels important to those who favour them. As soon as Whedon sounds the introductory ringside bell, he doesn’t give you a chance to breathe. 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

The Super Bowl Spots According To Scott – Part 2

So, after posting Scott’s reaction to the Super Bowl Spots for Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance and G.I. Joe: Retaliation here, we return with Part 2 of the Comic Book related Spots – The Avengers and John Carter (or John Catheter as he so lovingly referred to it earlier). And, yes, I am well aware John Carter isn’t technically from Comic Book or Graphic Novel origins. Part 3 will be Nadine rounding up The Hunger Games. See what Scott had to say below: Continue reading

Trailer Talk: A Double Dose Of Taylor Kitsch, Marvel And The Devil

This week we have a double dose of Taylor Kitsch, a Marvel mash-up, exorcism, natural disasters, the problems with war, cancer, women you wouldn’t want to bump into down a dark alley, murderous hilarity, and a double dose of horror to finish. Let’s talk trailers: Continue reading

Closer Look: The Avengers – Russian Trailer

Ok ladies and gents, it’s time to introduce you to a new contributor to the site. Everybody say hello to Scott (check out his blog here). I felt it was time for a bit of testosterone around these parts, plus I don’t know much when it comes to comics and graphic novels. As they’re normally pretty massive and big budget affairs, I thought they deserved a little more indepth analysis. And this is where Scott comes in. So, it’s time to hand you over to Scott and his thoughts on the new, Russian trailer for The Avengers: Continue reading

The Great Trailer Debate – Week 1

Trailers come and trailers go and, to be fair, a lot of people don’t watch them unless they happen to be spliced onto the front of whatever film you’ve gone to see at the cinema. But that couldn’t be further from the truth in regards to Nadine (find her blog here) and I. So, we’ve decided to bring you The Great Trailer Debate, a bitesize and easy to digest way of glancing over what the week’s had to offer. This week we cover Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, ParaNorman, The Lorax, Shame, American Reunion, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Wanderlust, Underworld Awakening, Safe House and 21 Jump Street. And remember – a good trailer doesn’t necessarily bring us a good film. Continue reading