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Logan: Average Guy Movie Review

Over the last 17 years, Hugh Jackman has portrayed Logan in nine different movies. It's fair to say that some of the movies didn't impress, however Jackman has always done a brilliant job of bringing the character to life. It seems both poetic and punishing that Wolverine's last ride should also be his best. But it's better to see him go out with a bang rather than watch him try to cling to past glory.



Logan is less of a comicbook movie and more a character driven action/adventure/drama. Set in the year 2029, almost all mutants are gone and Logan's healing abilities are diminishing, leaving him in constant pain. With the help of Caliban (Stephen Merchant) - a mutant who can sense other mutants - Logan is caring for an ailing Professor Xavier. The Professor is suffering from a degenerative brain disorder which causes him to have powerful seizures that can be devastating to those around him. The appearance of a woman and her mysterious daughter will force Logan and hi…

Allied: Average Guy Movie Review

Robert Zemeckis takes us back to one of the golden ages of espionage in this World War 2 drama. Allied tells the story of Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard), a Canadian spy - working for British Intelligence - and a French Resistance member who fall in love during a mission in Casablanca. After the mission they head to London, where they marry and have a child. Their happiness is soon threatened when Max's superiors inform him that Marianne may be a German spy and is the subject of a "Blue Dye" operation. Now, defying orders, Max must fight to prove his wife's innocence or face executing her himself.

This is a movie built on great performances. Pitt and Cotillard are excellent in the starring roles and they work well together. According to IMDb, for his French lines Cotillard acted as Pitt's tutor. I'm not interested in the rumours, that's not my business. What I am interested in is the movie, and I really enjoyed watching the…

Atomic Blonde Red Band Trailer

Check out the Red Band Trailer below...
From Director David Leitch, half of the directing team behind John Wick comes cold war, action-thriller...Atomic Blonde. Charlize Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton, a spy for MI6 tasked with investigating the death of an agent and retrieving a list of double agents. Starring alongside Theron are James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, John Goodman, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan.

Broughton looks to be a combination of James Bond, Jason Bourne and Evelyn Salt. But given the director's previous work I'd say she's more like John Wick's sister. From the looks of the trailer, it appears Theron has had similar training as Keanu Reeves had, and she looks very capable. I really hope this is the movie that 'Salt' should have been! 

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Oscars 2017: Makeup and Hairstyling

I'm back writing for The Lamb Devours The Oscars, this time I'm looking at the category for Makeup and Hairstyling. In 1981 the Academy received complaints that the work of makeup artists on The Elephant Man wouldn't be recognised. In response, they created The Academy Award for Best Makeup. Before this, their work was only recognised through special achievement awards. In 1993 the award was adjusted to include hairstylists whose work contributed "greatly to the appearance and effect of the characters". There are usually only three nominations for this award.
Previous winners include: Dallas Buyers Club (2013) - Adruitha Lee and Robin MatthewsThe Iron Lady (2011) - Mark Coulier and J. Roy HellandStar Trek (2009) - Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel HarlowLa Vie en Rose (2007) - Didier Lavergne and Jan ArchibaldHow The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) - Rick Baker and Gail RyanMen In Black (1997) - Rick Baker and David Leroy AndersonMrs Doubtfire (1993) - Greg Cannom, …

The Matrix Expanded

Zak Penn has responded to the speculation on his possible involvement in a fourth 'Matrix' movie. You can view our original post on the Matrix reboot here. In a series of tweets, the writer made his position on the matter clear:
All I can say at this point is no one could or should REBOOT the Matrix. People who know Animatrix and the comics understand. — Zak Penn (@zakpenn) 15 March 2017
Can't comment yet except to say that the words "reboot" and "remake" were from an article. Let's stop responding to inaccurate news. — Zak Penn (@zakpenn) 17 March 2017
If I were going to recast Keanu Reeves, I would cast Keanu Reeves. — Zak Penn (@zakpenn) 17 March 2017
How about just re-release the matrix? Don't reboot it, you can't do better. — Zak Penn (@zakpenn) 17 March 2017
Do I want to see more stories set in the universe of the matrix? Yes. Because it's a brilliant idea that generates great stories. — Zak Penn (@zakpenn) 17 March 2017
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The Matrix Rebooted?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. are looking to inject new life into The Matrix. The firm is said to be in talks with Zak Penn (X-Men 2, Behind Enemy Lines, The Avengers) to write a treatment. There is also chatter that Michael B. Jordan is being eyed for the starring role. What are your thoughts? Do you want to tumble down this rabbit hole or wake up from the nightmare?


In 1999, the Wachowskis took the world by storm with The Matrix. It's incredible story and visuals combining action, sci-fi and martial arts in ways not seen before. Certainly in Hollywood anyway. This, it seemed was the movie for the 21st Century. It would create new interest in Keanu Reeves, as well as making stars out of Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving and the Wachowskis. Then in 2003, the long awaited sequels hit cinemas and at first fans were incredibly excited. But after the initial hype we realised that despite some great action set pieces, Reloaded and Revolutions did not…

Anthropoid: Average Guy Movie Review

On the 27th May 1942, Jozef Gabcik (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubis (Jamie Dornan) put into effect their plan to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich was the architect of the Final Solution, third highest ranking Nazi and head of German forces in occupied Czechoslovakia. Gabcik and Kubis were Czechoslovak agents working for the government in exile. 'Anthropoid', which means "resembling a human being in form" was the operation's codename. It's interesting to note that the agents were trained by British Intelligence. One of the men responsible for training them was Sir Christopher Lee.



The movie begins with the two agents parachuting into Czechoslovakia and covers the entire operation, including the bloody aftermath in which 15,000 Czecholslovaks were killed. Anthropoid has been praised for it's historical accuracy. Shot entirely in Prague, many of the real locations were used.The assassination scene plays out in real time, accurately depicting the movement…

John Wick: Chapter 2: Average Guy Movie Review

The man that is sheer will is back, and he doesn't disappoint! In John Wick, the titular assassin opened a doorway into the underworld he left behind, in order to seek revenge on the people who killed his dog and stole his car. Now a demon from his past - someone to whom he's bound by a blood oath - has come through the doorway and dragged John back into his old life. The demon is Santino D'Antonio, an Italian crime lord who helped John with the impossible task that allowed him to escape the life. In order to fulfil the oath, John must complete a task for Santino, something Santino can't or won't do himself.

The problem with sequels is more often than not, it follows exactly the same pattern as the first movie, only with different characters. The Hangover Part 2, Ghostbusters 2, Jaws 2 are all guilty of this. John Wick: Chapter 2 doesn't make this mistake. It doesn't necessarily bring anything new to the table, but it does delve deeper into the criminal unde…

A Street Cat Named Bob: Average Guy Movie Review

A Street Cat Named Bob is the story of James Bowen, a man trying to get over an addiction to heroin, who rescued an injured cat. When Bowen's attempts to reunite the cat with his owners failed, said cat adopted him. The newly named Bob would follow Bowen to Covent Garden where he played music to the crowds. The self appointed feline companion helped Bowen to turn his life around, becoming a best selling author writing about their experiences.



The movie is directed by Roger Spottiswoode, a man used to working with animals having directed the Tom Hanks classic, Turner and Hooch. This is a touching story about the bond between animals and humans, and the incredible effect an animal can have on our lives. The performances are great all round, Luke Treadaway does a brilliant job playing a struggling addict who wants desperately to get clean. Despite being a very human story, it is Bob who steals the show. It's fun to watch him follow Bowen around, usually riding on Bowen's shoul…

Hello, My Name is Doris: Average Guy Movie Review

Sally Field stars in this romantic comedy-drama about a woman who develops an infatuation with a younger colleague. Doris Miller is a woman who many years ago, put her life on hold in order to care for her mother. Now that her mother has passed away, Doris' life is her own again, but she doesn't really know what to do with it.



Director Michael Showalter has developed a tribute to all the people in this world, who feel like they go unnoticed. Sally Field delivers an incredible yet quirky performance as Doris. It's great to see Field get a starring role over the type of supporting roles she's known for, in movies like Smokey and The Bandit, Mrs Doubtfire and The Amazing Spider-Man. Field brings real heart to this role, life hasn't really worked out the way Doris planned, but she never gives in. Doris is quite inspirational that way, no matter what happens she just keeps going, one foot in front of the other.



Backing up Field is a great supporting cast. Max Greenfield p…