Star Trek Beyond – “Krall” Featurette

We all love Idris Elba. We all do. You cannot deny this. The suave, sexy, and utterly talented actor (soon to be director) tickles many different parts we didn’t know we had.

Star Trek Beyond sees director Justin Lin take the director’s chair as Kirk and his crew face their biggest challenge yet. As they explore unchartered space, they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts everything they stand for to test.

The movie villains have been good and whilst it may seem hard to follow Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan, Idris Elba is the only one who could do this!


Other People – Brand New Trailer!

There is a strong likelihood that you’ve seen Molly Shannon. The Saturday Night Live veteran has populated our screens in many comedies and sitcoms. She often plays the quirky mother or sometimes plays the qu

Here she is back with Fargo’s Jesse Plemons playing a quirky mother. But there is something compelling this time about the role.

Other People revolves around a comedy writer who has to go home to take care of his dying mother when she is diagnosed with cancer.

The debut feature of writer and director Chris Kelly, Other People looks to be a droll independent flick that’ll warm your spirits and possibly break you.

What do you think?


Suicide Squad – Brand New Trailer!

Who is your favourite portrayal of The Joker? Are you like the masses? Do you prefer Heath Ledger’s twisted darkness? Or are you more classical, the riotous Ceser Romano? Maybe you fall in the middle as Jack Nicholson’s menacing smile spooks you all.

With that in mind, how do you feel about the upcoming Jared leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad?

Suicide Squad revolves around a collection of oddball villains trying to save the day seems like a humours and action-packed piece that should delight anyone who wants to wash the sins of Dawn of Justice away…

The latest trailer shows more of Jared Leto and, judging by the rumours of his onscreen antics, the new conception of the villain is going to straight up polarise people. He’s either going to be amazingly brilliant or horrendous and cringe-worthy.


Anomalisa – DVD & Blu-Ray Review

This sterling work of stop-motion animation (a la Fantastic Mr. Fox) comes from the creative genius of Charlie Kaufman, who wrote the script and co-directs with Duke Johnson.

From the mind that brought surreal offerings as Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Anomalisa is a film about a male trying to find an understanding of his place in the world. Kaufman is a romantic writer, who wants the characters he starts with to end the film happy; this does not necessarily mean staying with the same partner they started the film with.

Michael (voiced by David Thewlis) is attending a conference in Cincinnati, Ohio where he is giving a speech on customer service. From the flight to the taxi ride to the hotel ride to the ex he calls, every person be it male or female is voiced by the same person, in this case Tom Noonan, a voice of soft banality and lacking emotion. This tells us Michael is suffering with disillusionment in his life, he wants to be alive and after he has a shower, he hears a new different voice.

The voice he hears is Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a young telesales operator attending the conference who has read Paul’s book and is a fan. The sweetness of her voice is music to Michael’s ears and he wants to hear everything about Lisa, which she finds surprising as she considers herself fat and ugly in comparison to her flirtatious friend Emily, who men Lisa says prefer generally.
This anamoly of their courting happening out of the blue coupled with her name gives the film its name. Perhaps Kaufman is critiquing a fear in society about how settling for your life can lead to mundanity and everything sounding the same, Lisa is a new sensation bringing a sense of solace to his ears and eyes. Michael and Lisa share a night cap in his room and this leads to a sexual coupling between the two, which is done with a bit more sincerity than the marionette puppets in Team America. However, Michael wakes up from a mad dream where everyone has the same voice and they all love him. He wants to convince Lisa to runaway with him and he will leave his wife back in Los Angeles.

Following a breakdown at his convention speech, Michael travels home to his mundane household. Again everyone has the same face and voice, even his young child Henry has the voice and his demands for a present shows how ungrateful a child he is and in effect symptomatic of the life Michael endures.

The animation couples well with Kaufman’s witty script with good observational dialogue such as the taxi driver describing the Cincinnati Zoo, ‘You should visit it. It’s zoo sized’. The voice cast do excellent work across the board, and this is another worthy film into Kauffman’s pantheon full of intellect undoubtedly and now with this film, one of unique charm.

This is a beautiful little anomaly of a film, insightful of the human condition stating how we deal with loneliness and project our insecurities towards the world. Both haunting and beguiling, Anomalisa is a cinematic treat that will stay with you long after you leave its dream like quality


The Hard Stop – Review

The world is a precarious one at the moment, especially if you are black. The minority masses are, quite rightly, sick of the corrupt institutions that lay waste their lives because of fear. An unfounded fear, by the way, that is cultivated by organisational racism and hate. The rise of slayings by police have hit a critical point, with the deaths of victims sparking anger and riots in America and the United Kingdom under the name of Black Lives Matter. There has to be a change, especially with the police who handle a gun and chose to kill without a thought, spreading their hate through their brutal policing tactics.

In the UK, we turn to America with a frown like an adult who has an unruly child but, even though we have limited gun violence, we have still killed detendees in prison or during arrest. Of recent years, Mark Duggan’s death at the hands of officers still sends shockwaves in our society. The Hard Stop is an intimate and powerful look at the incident in 2011, the riots that occurred afterwards, and two men battling for justice for Mark.

Directed by George Amponsah, The Hard Stop follows Kurtis Henville and Marcus Knox-Hooke after the death of Duggan, a great friend of theirs. Following their lives after the murder and the spark that lit the whole of London, and parts of the UK, on fire, this intricate documentary looks at Duggan, Henville, and Knox away from the thuggish portrayal the media illustrates them as. The emotional depiction of life on the streets of London always shows a world of racism and brutality also follows the riots in 1985 that saw DC Blakelock murdered on Broadwater Farm and the tension that has mounted between the black community and the police force since. Leading up to present day, The Hard Stop sees Knox and Henville trying to look forward to a brighter future.

Amponsah directs an ardent documentary that showcases the lives beneath the headlines and how people can discriminate without a thought. Following two close friends of Duggan as the try desperately to make sense of events that lead to the death of their friend, as well as navigating the storm afterwards that sees Marcus face trial, attend prison, and be released for supposedly instigating the riots – despite him trying to stop escalation, The Hard Stop becomes a portrayal of the unrest and the experiences of the men involved. Fleshing out the men beyond a face on screen, the almost poetic film tackles racism as well as the paving of the future for all involved.

The social political history and present is rife in Amponsah’s work here but the director is not making brash and damning statements that he could easily have made. He is telling the stories of the pair as they navigate a world so seemingly against them. From their childhood to present day, the influence of gangs and the oppression of the government forces have heavily influenced their lives. Yet Amponsah is determined to showcase the humanity here, an often unseen element to “thuggery” and he succeeds in viscerally and urgently allowing Henville and Knox-Hooke to be themselves, so the audience can see their lives, and learn of their world – the good, the bad, and the grief-stricken

It’s so terribly easy to believe what the media tells you and we all look at others with our unsupported judgement. The Hard Stop looks to tell another side beyond the tabloids and the case rulings. Though the riots contained opportunist and people who didn’t relate to the anger of Duggan’s death – a fact that both involved lament as disastrous and unfair of the peaceful protest – The Hard Stop shows the truth and the souls that are affected by day to day discrimination as they attempt to regain their lives back as well as teach future generations.

In this state of unease, The Hard Stop storms with passion, determination, and significance. There is an importance that lingers from the Martin Luther King quote at the beginning to the Tolstoy one at the end. No second is wasted to allow this very real and devastating world to come to light. With redolent imagery of the pair driving or simply walking down the streets mixed with present interviews and news footage, The Hard Stop makes an impacting statement that lives should not be as wasted as Duggan’s and our own prejudices could hamper the truth.

In this climate, no documentary is as important as The Hard Stop is now.


Ghostbusters (2016) – Review

Reboots and remakes are traditionally quite hated on; their announcements and releases are met with sighs, groans, rants, and shouting. But never in the history of film has a reboot been so widely reviled than the new Ghostbusters movie. Ever since it’s announcement, this female led comedy has suffered so much abuse from fans and moviegoers alike, with it’s first trailer becoming the most disliked in Youtube history. I call it “antici-hated”; so much build up for the film, but almost all of it negative, and it simply can’t be denied that a large portion of it had to do with the fact that this film had a lot of extra vagina than it’s 1984 counterpart. Yes, not everyone who wasn’t excited for this film was sexist, but there were and still are people who are complaining about this film’s cast, while others simply detest the idea of a reboot and have hated what they’ve seen in the admittedly poor trailers. Now it’s finally, is it as bad as people thought it would be?

Not even close.

The film is absolutely great, and that’s largely in part to it’s leading ladies; Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones work wonderfully on screen together. Their chemistry is electric, constantly keeping the film engaging and entertaining. McKinnon however is by far the stand out of the group. She plays Holtsmann, the weird, quirky, and often crazy member of the team, totally dominating the film. McKinnon is weird, wonderful, beautiful, and hilarious and I completely in love with her. The other stand out performance came from Chris Hemsworth, who puts on one of his three recurring roles, the comedic buffoon (The other two roles are Thor and Leading Character in Ron Howard Movies That No One Cares About). Their receptionist Kevin is dumb as hell and often riotous, providing the biggest laughs in the film.

Much like the original film, it has a great sense of wonder and adventure to it; some of it’s larger set pieces are an absolute thrill to watch, and the visuals are fantastic. The ghosts aren’t particularly scary but they are creepy as hell, and it all makes for an exciting film. The cameos and the references to the original are all really well handled, funny with a lot of respect paid and completely enjoyable.

Still, this film isn’t perfect; it definitely could be funnier. There’s definitely a lot of laughs to be had, but there are also a lot of jokes that don’t quite hit the mark and there are even large portions of the film where the humour doesn’t work. Even Kevin, one of the funniest characters in the film, has a few moments that feel like overkill. What doesn’t help is that at times, the film is awkwardly edited, and certain jokes feel like they get cut off to early, or a scene moves to another in a very rough fashion. And finally, the film’s primary villain isn’t overly engaging or scary, but hey, at least he’s not Vigo from Ghostbusters 2.

There are people who have given this film one star reviews before even seeing it, because they’re so desperate to hate it and so desperate not to let the “feminazis” and “SJWs” win, and refuse to accept that this film could possibly be good. It’s all a matter of opinion, but frankly, you don’t get one if you don’t give the film the time of day. This film could’ve been completely terrible; it could’ve shit all over the original like other reboots have, and been entirely unbearable. Instead, it was a funny, exciting, visually pleasing adventure that was an absolute blast from start to finish. And before you ask, no, I haven’t been paid for this review, and neither has anybody else. You don’t get to undermine the opinions of people who actually went to the effort of seeing it cause you’re so desperate to hate it. Sorry, but I ain’t afraid of no trolls. This film is great, and it definitely deserves your attention.