Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – Brand New Clips!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Clips – 3
Yes. It’s still coming. Yes. It is still here. Yes. We have a few more days to put up with an incessant amount of clips.

Yep. We’re angry about it too.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows revolves around the shelled team literally coming out of the shadows when a nefarious plot threatens New York and the world. Helped by April O’Neil, and the aforementioned Jones, the Turtles band together to stop the evil from taking over the world.

Sure, we’re all highly irritated that this is still a thing. But luckily, we only have a week to put up with the insanity before we can get rid of them again. Huzzah!

For now. Here are some clips!



Alice Through the Looking Glass – Brand New Clip!

The world of Alice in Wonderland is one constantly explored. Lewis Carol’s titular character exploring this delusional world populated by colourful characters has been staple of fiction since it was first published. Disney have been mining it ever since.

Now the sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland sees us sent of crazy adventures with Alice.

Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back to save the Mad Hatter (Depp) where her fantastical world is threatened by Time. In the real world, she is also sectioned to an insane asylum where her adventures are deemed delusions.

You know, for a long time I hadn’t completely figured out whether I wanted to see this film but there is something so endearing about the work, including director James Bobbin’s previous work. Could this succeed?


The 5th Wave (2016) – DVD and Blu-ray Review

Young adult novels-turned-movies are the thing of today, and they aren’t going anywhere. Some are getting tired of them, and it’s very easy to see why; they’re almost always exactly the same. You can complain about superhero movies and their similarities all you want, but we’ve had so many movies in the last six years about a young protagonist in a dystopian/post-apocalyptic future, thrust into a situation they’re not prepared for and having to survive and fight against powerful/unknown forces, with the help of friends they make along the way and a love triangle thrown in too. That gets far more grating than comic book characters going toe to toe with each other.

Needless to say, The 5th Wave Blu-Ray disc was not the most exciting thing I’ve received in the post…But it certainly wasn’t the worst, either.

Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Moretz) is an ordinary teenage girl living in Ohio with her parents (Ron Livingston and Maggie Siff) and little brother Sam (Zackary Arthur) when a strange UFO, controlled by a race referred to as the Others, towers above the city, and before long, four waves of alien forces are sent to wipe out the human race. When the army intervenes, Cassie finds herself alone, and sets out to find Sam before The 5th Wave strikes.

I’m one of the only positive voices in a sea of negativity when it comes to this film, and to be fair, it is flawed; the dialogue is awful. Like, pretty much all of it. For the most part, it’s mostly exposition, and the characters basically just explaining everything to you, and if it’s not exposition, it’s just downright cringe worthy. On top of that, there are certain scenes that are just a bit “ugh” like Cassie spotting Evan Walker (Alex Roe) bathing in a river and apparently having her sexual awakening right there and then.

Not to mention, some of the performances are weak, mainly that of Livingston and Siff. To be fair ,they aren’t given much to do, but the short time they have on screen is very un-impactful (Just like literally every performance Ron Livingston has ever given ever). Beyond that stuff, this is a very solid film. As far as first films go in YA franchises, this is most certainly one of the best. It’s better than the first Twilight, the first Hunger Games and the first Divergent film. (Although let’s be honest, that’s not hard to do).

The best part of the film is arguably the first half an hour, in which Cassie’s narration explains the waves; it’s a very engaging start, and looks magnificent on Blu-Ray. I’m starting to wonder if I was actually sent the 4K disc, because I can’t remember the last time I looked at a film and went “Wow”, and Lord knows I didn’t think it would be for a film like this. The effects are great, and whilst it is almost entirely exposition, it sets the tone of the film really well and explains it all perfectly. Admittedly, the film slows down once Liev Schreiber turns up, and there are some questionable decisions by characters in this first act, but it remains totally solid all throughout.

The performances, bar the aforementioned ones, are pretty decent, with Chloe Grace Moretz turning in her best performance in a while, and Nick Robinson redeeming himself for his terrible output in Jurassic World.

The way the story plays out is also quite interesting; like, Robinson’s character Ben Parish is set up as the love interest very early on, yet he actually goes on to become his own, well rounded character with his own story (Arguably more interesting than Cassie’s too) and a love interest of his own. It’s nice to have two lead characters in a YA film that have balanced roles but aren’t destined to be in love with each other.  The Others make for very interesting villains, and no spoilers, but there is a really great plot development towards the end that sold me on this film being actually good.

Technically, the score is great, adding a nice intensity when need be, the direction and cinematography adds a certain poignancy to some scenes which is quite unexpected, and the ending is satisfying but definitely not complete, leading to some actual excitement for another film.

It’s part of an over-saturated genre, but The 5th Wave is a very decent film that will hopefully lead on to more interesting things.


The Nice Guys Press Conference: Russell Crowe, Matt Bomer, Shane Black, and Joel Silver!

The glitz and glam of seventies LA had come to blistering rain of London last week as The Nice Guys came visiting on their worldwide press tour. Nestled in Mayfair and not a short walk away from Green Park, The Playboy Club played host – with an actual Bunny – to hordes of soaked press and the drier stars of the film as they ached to delve deeper into the underbelly of Shane Black’s latest romp.

In a room adorned with seventies aesthetic, including a cocktail bar where Russell Crowe, Matt Bomer, producer Joel Silver, and, of course, Shane Black were all propped up, the buzz over yet another successful crime film.

“For me, there is a sort of bone deep DNA to this kind of thing that steamed from raiding my father’s book shelf and finding all of this old-school tough guy material,” says Black who directs and writes The Nice Guys, a movie about a heavy and a PI teaming up to solve a seedy crime. “My writing partner Anthony Bagarozzi and I decided that there weren’t enough Private Eye movies and the idea sort of fell upwards over thirteen years until we had the right actors and it sort of magically came together.”

Though The Nice Guys only came together recently, Silver and Black (yet another great detective name) have been friends for a long time and worked together in the industry for the same amount. When Black turned around and said he wanted to do the project, Silver jumped on board. “It’s no easy thing,” ruminates Silver on the history they’ve shared. “We go back thirty years when he was a 20 years old writer from UCLA and wrote Lethal Weapon in ’86. We then made it in ’87, followed by Lethal Weapon, Predator, and The Last Boy Scout.  Then he went into a creative introspection which I wasn’t a part of. He came back and wrote The Nice Guys in 2001 and we tried to make it as a television series then as a mini-series. Black moved on to Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang then Iron Man 3 and that was one of those “get out of jail free” cards. He next said I want to make The Nice Guys.

We started talking about it and Russell came on board which helped Ryan [Gosling] come on to the project because he wanted to work with Russell. Then we had a movie.”

It’s interesting that Gosling leapt into working with Crowe because their chemistry was key to helping develop the charm and hilarity of the film. “You can’t manufacture that, you really can’t,” says the jovial Crowe who is in high spirits for today’s press conference. The Australian Academy Award Winner triumphs as Healy, the punch first, ask later heavy who becomes partner’s with Gosling’s hysterical PI, “You have to be tuned into one another and no matter what improv or steps he takes, I’m actually with him because I’m listening to what he’s doing and anticipating what he’ll do next without making any assumptions. You have to be able to see what the other guy is doing and follow him.”

Notable in The Nice Guys is Ryan Gosling’s high-pitched scream that Crowe admires: “It freaks me out. That’s the best scream in a feature since Gene Wilder.”

Nestled next to Crowe is the man making them all scream in the movie – not like that ladies (though we all remember Magic Mike) is Matt Bomer as the villainous assassin John Boy. “It’s always fun to get to paint with different colours,” says Bomer who has starred in Glee, American Horror Story, and The Normal Heart for which he won an Emmy “I’m essentially a fanboy whose working with these people I admire. Joel and Shane are basically my childhood. I got to see two of my favourite actors create these symbiotic comedic performance where one doesn’t work without the other-”

“- Oh, I could’ve made it work without Ryan, mate” interrupts Crowe in his usual Australian twang and causes a ripple of laughter within the room as Bomer states that “every moment was a pleasure.”

The Nice Guys really flows due to this bromance and the improvisation between Crowe and Gosling as they bounced lines and humour off one another. Crowe says, We’re both very respectful of the script and will do it the way it reads. But also bring in ideas every day like ‘what if we move it like this or like that?’ As long as it works within the spirit we intended.”

After talking about with Crowe reuniting with Kim Basinger after L.A Confidential, the conversation turns back onto Crowe and Gosling’s more important and vital romance. Especially the moments that led to corpsing (ruining a scene with laughter.) “If you take the 26 years’ experience I’ve had making lead roles – 49 feature roles or whatever – I’d have corpsed less than I have done on a single day shooting The Nice Guys”

Pointing to the poster behind him of Ryan Gosling, who sadly couldn’t attend the press conference, Crowe laughs and says, “This little bastard makes me laugh and I suspect he was up every night coming up with ways to do so. He just has this natural comedic gift and he’s a funny bastard. I laughed all the time.”

“We blocked a bit of LA and it’s a simple shot,” continues Crowe about one such example of the Gosling natural humour and possibly the first of many. “We have to pull in, look at a billboard, and say a couple of lines of dialogue and then drive off. So we pull in and Ryan is not on script and jamming on this idea he has had in his head about German Spank Films. I can’t even get the idea out of my head because he’s going off on one in that pseudo German he does in the film, saying 25 words that sound like they should be shit and arsehole but aren’t real. Joel Silver –“ Crowe gestures to the orange clad man beside him – “is standing in the middle of the street screaming ‘I’ve got the whole goddamn strip blocked off. Not tonight guys! Not tonight!’

And he scurries behind monitors and I turn to Ryan and go ‘Are we going to follow the script?’

And he goes…’Nope’”

There’s a sea of laughter at the thought of a producer losing his hair over grown men causing mischief in car on set. Clearly, shooting The Nice Guys was a cascade of fun with two supposedly professional actors at the centre of it. However, the cast profess that Angourie Rice, who played Holly – the 13 year old daughter of Ryan Gosling’s Holland March -, was the professional. “She always came on set prepared and she has a very limited experience. Yet she has a fine intellect and a real enthusiasm for the craft. Ryan and Shane worked with her to get her to a place of ease and she really began to flower because of that,” enthuses Crowe about the star in the making.

Black is equally as fervent about his young lead, “She is so guileless and so open. I’ve read a few reviews and they all mention her and I turned, saying ‘are you aware of the press you are getting?’ They all read ‘steals the movie’ and ‘only thing that’s good without question.’ She doesn’t even know how good she is. Such a wonderful innocent little girl.”

Working alongside big industry names must’ve been nerve-wracking but Silver states it was the guidance of Gosling in the audition process that helped Rice blossom. “He researched every performer himself and took time to find out about them. We had a whole day of auditions and she was the last one in!”

“Joel just touched upon Ryan’s work ethic there.” continues Russell, adoring more praise upon his co-star. “He made them comfortable in that situation.”

The experience with the young actors was different for Bomer. After all, he has to throw one supposedly through the window and threaten them with a gun. “They were consummate professionals,” stresses Bomer, locking eyes with me after I asked the question and I momentarily got lost in his blue-eyes. “It was the first thing I filmed and I wanted to aggregate with them, stressing that I was a parent and we were just playing pretend. They both starred at me very blankly like ‘so what?’ and were going ‘what is that all you got? Have you got another take in your?’ They really took me to school.”

“Although, it wasn’t so much a young girl but a tiny stunt person,” stresses Black.

“I didn’t want to give anything away!”

The Nice Guys is peppered with a whole lot of absurdity. Not to give anything away but there are surreal moments that are met with as much glee as the rapid quick fire jokes. Black stresses that no matter how weird the scenes were, if he could get Silver on board, then it would go in the film. “We have a similar sensibility and know how to make a successful film. My best financial…no, that’s not true… my best creative successes are when he comes along with me”

The Nice Guys is such a great film that could warrant sequels and even a series such as Silver mention. Black admits that he has toyed with the idea. “I liked them in this time-locked franchise and the sequel would be something in the eighties and an issues to do with that era.”

Whilst Crowe says “For some reason Ryan and I thought The Nice Guys: Mexican Detectives is hilarious. I can’t even say it without laughing…” which is true as he goes off giggling about the concept.

The franchise idea certainly would leave more room for improv and that electric chemistry we received off the pair in this raucous. “My biggest problem is trying not to crack up and ruin a take,” says Black though they all stress it leapt off from his script.

“When I talk about it,” Russell continues after alluding that Ryan Gosling thought his name was schmuck thanks to Joel’s bemusement at his antic. “It’s not manufactured from thin air. But Shane was very trusting with us and the ideas were always open.”

The spirits were high (though not flowing from the conferences fake bar) with the collective leaving us in laughter. Pouring out into the modern streets after being transported to the seventies for an hour, the buzz about The Nice Guys is high.
Did I mention we’re totally on Russell Crowe’s twitter?

Because we are…


What a nice guy!
Watch the full press conference now!