Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from April, 2016

The Magnificent Seven: Moustache Trailer Reaction

The classic movie that was a remake is getting a re-imagining. Antoine Fuqua is bringing The Magnificent Seven back to the silver screen with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in the starring roles.

Could this be a sign that the western is making a return or are they flogging a dead horse? The trailer is mostly action shots, you get the basic premise; a town is being victimised by industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the townspeople raise what little funds they can to hire gunfighters to protect them. As a widow puts it "I want righteousness...but I'll settle for revenge". What follows are gunfights, explosions and a bad guy being bad. Denzel being...Denzel and Chris Pratt's funny tough guy are good choices for the lead roles, add to that Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee and Peter Sarsgaard and you've got a strong cast. It looks like The Magnificent Seven will be a fun movie with a mix of action and humour, like classic westerns (and…

Jason Bourne: Moustache Trailer Reaction

July is looking good now that the first Jason Bourne trailer has been released (minus the superbowl spot). In the wake of the financial crisis, Matt Damon returns as the super assassin for the first time in nine years. When the CIA falls victim to a cyber attack Bourne and his ally Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) are somehow linked, what follows is Bourne doing what he does best. First he takes out the people chasing him and then he goes after the ones in charge, including CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones). 


Paul Greengrass has returned as Director and he looks to be on true form with both an interesting story and intense action unfolding on screen, including a chase through a riot and a literally smashing car chase down the Las Vegas strip. Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross will not be appearing however he will get a sequel between 2018 and 2020, a Bourne/Cross team up has not been ruled out at this point. Right now I'm just excited to see Jason Bourne back on the silver scre…

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Average Guy Movie Review

With the release of Shane Black's The Nice Guys just over a month away, I thought it would be a good idea to re-visit his directorial debut and one of my favourite movies of all time; Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. 

In New York, petty thief Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) runs from Police straight into a movie audition, he quickly finds himself in Hollywood mingling with A listers, where he's reunited with his high school friend and failed actress Harmony Faith Lane (Michelle Monaghan). To prepare for his role he's given "Detective lessons" by Perry van Shrike A.K.A Gay Perry (Val Kilmer), a Private Detective working for the movie company. When a surveillance gig goes slightly wrong Harry finds himself in the middle of a criminal conspiracy, in order to stay alive Harry, Perry and Harmony must solve "the case of the dead people in L.A."

Harry Lockhart narrates the movie just like the main character in many classic mysteries. But Harry brings his own spin to the …

The Nice Guys

In 2005 Shane Black released his directorial debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; the story of a thief (Robert Downey Jnr), a Private Detective (Val Kilmer) and a failed actress (Michelle Monaghan) caught up in a murder conspiracy in modern day Hollywood. Despite doing well at Cannes it got a limited release and just made back its budget at the box office.

Today, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a cult classic but it's unlikely we'll ever see Harry, Gay Perry and Harmony get a sequel. But we may get something close to it. This June sees the release of Shane Black's The Nice Guys starring Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger. Set in 1970's Los Angeles; Private Investigator Holland March (Gosling) and Enforcer Jackson Healey (Crowe) are hired to find Basinger's missing daughter Amelia (Margaret Qualley) while at the same time investigating the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During the course of their investigation they stumble into a criminal conspiracy which somehow l…

Moustache Trailer Reactions

Doctor Strange



The teaser trailer for Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange has arrived, and what does it tell us? Not a lot really, it's more about intrigue and the scale and spectacle. I know a teaser trailer is only supposed to provide small pieces of information, I've said this myself enough times, but I think they took the word snippet and ran with it! Maybe the creators wanted the trailer to feel broken, just like Strange's hands, and Strange himself. Stephen Strange was a man who'd found purpose, something he was good at. As a surgeon he saved lives, but when a car accident badly damages his hands and robs him of his ability to perform surgery, he's lost. No doubt future trailers will help us put some of the pieces together, fans of the comics will have a pretty good idea of what's going on, although Marvel aren't afraid to change things when it comes to the MCU. Some might say the trailer is underwhelming, but I like the mysterious, broken feel t…

Super Secret Suicide Squad

DC has released its first movie in 3 years, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is supposed to jump start the DCEU which began with Man of Steel. In August the villains will get their story with Suicide Squad; the world's worst criminals are offered reduced sentences in exchange for undertaking the most dangerous black ops missions imaginable. Considering how much we learned about Batman v Superman in the run up to its release, the makers of Suicide Squad are playing it super secret squirrel!



This is mostly speculation but there are some possible spoilers. Firstly, is this movie set before Batman v Superman? Ben Affleck's Batman is older and bitter, will we see this in Suicide Squad? Assuming Batman knows about the squad or Task Force X as it's also known, does its existence contribute to his bitterness? Especially considering the only reason these criminals - all of whom hold a grudge against Batman - were available for the task force is because Batman caught them. We know …