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What I’m Watching – May 2014

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry.

The Armstrong Lie (Dir: Alex Gibney, 2013) ****

The Green Hornet (Dir: Michel Gondry, 2011) **

Tower Heist (Dir: Brett Ratner, 2011) ***

Maleficent (Dir: Robert Stromberg, 2014) ***

Godzilla (Dir: Gareth Edwards, 2014) **

Lone Survivor (Dir: Peter Berg, 2013) ****

X-Men: Days Of Future Past (Dir: Bryan Singer, 2014) ****

Pitch Perfect (Dir: Jason Moore, 2012) ****

Much Ado About Nothing (Dir: Joss Whedon, 2012) ***

RoboCop (Dir: José Padilha, 2014) **

Chef (Dir: Jon Favreau, 2014) ****

Don Jon (Dir: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 2013) ****

Grudge Match (Dir: Peter Segal, 2013) *

Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED HERE FOR THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON APRIL 24TH, 2013***

Director: Shane Black.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ty Simpkins, Jon Favreau, William Sadler, Stephanie Szostak, Paul Bettany (voice).

Running Time: 130 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

SynopsisWhen Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds his world challenged by a terrorist simply known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), he embarks on a mission to protect those he loves, no matter the cost.

After Joss Whedon set the Marvel bar to dizzy, Asgardian heights, Shane Black’s first venture into the superhero realm was always primed for comparison. With the director’s second feature with Robert Downey Jr. to be viewed as the fourth part of Tony Stark’s metallic journey and a direct response to how, “Nothing’s been the same since New York,” many will feel it suffers for not necessarily belonging to the IRON MAN canon. But the decision to honour its central story instead of competing with its bigger, brassier AVENGERS predecessor makes it a surprisingly personal tale about the testing of our favourite mechanic’s mettle. Continue reading

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

Let’s Get The Top Ten Of 2012 Underway, Shall We?

You know the drill by now. I update this list (in accordance with UK release dates) throughout the year and then publish my final Top Ten after the Oscar winners receive their statues. It’s only April and there’s plenty more to be seen and plenty I haven’t yet watched, but it’s time to get the ball rolling and keep this list in order:

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What I’m Watching – April 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

The Avengers (Dir: Joss Whedon, 2012) *****

Iron Man 2 (Dir: Jon Favreau, 2010) ***

Despicable Me (Dir: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, 2010) ***

Battleship (Dir: Peter Berg, 2012) **

The Cabin In The Woods (Dir: Drew Goddard, 2011) ***

Pret-A-Porter (Dir: Robert Altman, 1994) **

Born On The Fourth Of July (Dir: Oliver Stone, 1989) ****

Jumper (Dir: Doug Liman, 2008) **

Trailer Talk: My Big Fat Marvelgasm, Claymation Ghosts, The Hoff And Disney’s Attempt At Dubstep

I love this week’s selection of trailers, which you may find surprising seeing how I’ve actually been a little harsh towards some – very unlike me, I know. But there’s such a brilliant mix to choose from, including some great animation, thrillers, comedy and some not so great ones. But hey, that’s all part of the fun. This week Nadine and I look at (deep breath please) The Stath, the supernatural, that pesky John Carter again, more Marvel characters than you can shake a stick at, David Hasselhoff, Snoop Stiller, Adam Sandler’s weird career, a resurrected canine, little yellow minions, morticians, American Football, claymation ghosts, John McClane and Superman, coming of age indie quirkiness and Norwegian murders. Let’s talk trailers: Continue reading

Well That’s Just Silly

Name change?

REALLY?