Criminals Robert Trench (Denzel Washington) and Michael Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) are caught crossing the border after they met with Mexican drug lord Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos). It turns out that Trench is an undercover DEA agent and he reports back to his superior that he does not have substantial evidence in order to convict Papi Greco. In an attempt to convict the drug lord, Robert Trench and Stigman rob a bank and steal $3,000,000 allowing an opportunity to convict the drug lord for money laundering (bit like how they got Al Capone for tax evasion).
Monday, 9 December 2013
Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor- Johnson) inspired a vast number of people to don their own costumes and fight the injustices of this world, being regarded as the world’s first superhero Kick Ass is attributed to being the main influence in the wave of costume wearing vigilantes roaming the streets of New York. Kick Ass wants to continue to fight crime, but he can’t do it alone. When Hit Girl, Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz), hangs up the cape, Kickass joins a group of costume wearing crime fighters. They are soon put to the test upon the arrival of the Motherfucker, formally Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who creates the first league of supervillians intent on mass destruction.
Monday, 2 December 2013
Moving on from the Oscar baiting The Descendants (by no means a bad film) Alexander Payne returns to his roots in his latest film Nebraska. Born and raised in Nebraska Payne’s film about the state he grew up in and small town, mid west America is a melancholic and poignant one.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
The Lone Ranger became Disney’s second high scale failure in two years after failing to make more than its $375,000,000 budget ($225,000,000 production budget) making it greater failure than John Carter the previous year. The warning signs for a potential failure were there from the get go with budgetary and production issues leading to the film’s cancelation, but after cuts in wages, production soon was back on track.
Recently actor Willem Defoe slammed Hollywood for its “cynical approach to making money” chastising them for rebooting the Spiderman franchise for second time in less than a decade. Defoe, more critical than others as he starred as the Green Goblin in the twenty-first centuries’ first reboot of the superhero, probably won’t be joining any queue to see the latest Superman reboot.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Alfonso Cuaron is a highly talented filmmaker and one of the most visionary filmmakers working today, Gravity is further proof that Cuaron is a filmmaker of the highest quality. Having looked at the wizarding world (Prisoner of Azkaban) and a dystopian world (Children of Men), Cuaron takes on the final frontier – space. Gravity basis its story on two astronauts whose mission goes horribly wrong after the Russians destroy their own defunct satellite. The debris from the resulting explosion hurtles round the planet eventually hitting the Space Shuttle The Explorer. Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) are the only two survivors, with dwindling oxygen levels they must reach safety without any communication with Earth.
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Sofia Coppola grew up in a highly privileged background; this is clearly evident in films such as Somewhere in which her family’s Hollywood background is a main theme of the film. The Bling Ring is again set in a highly privileged background, Southern California, and it concerns a group of teenagers (dubbed The Bling Ring) who tour around Hollywood hills looking for celebrities’ home to rob whilst their occupants are away on a film shoot or partying.