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Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Boy Next Door



The boy next door

Plot

When a handsome, charming teenager named Noah (Ryan Guzman) moves in next door, newly separated high-school teacher Claire Peterson (Jennifer Lopez) encourages his friendship and engages in a little bit of harmless -- or so she thinks -- flirtation. Although Noah spends much of the time hanging out with Claire's son, the teen's attraction to her is palpable. One night, Claire gives in to temptation and lets Noah seduce her -- but when she tries to end the relationship, he turns violent.



I'm glad that unlike yesterday's It Follows, The Boy Next Door was worth my two hours and £5 popcorn. It was a brilliantly designed movie, that kept me at the edge of my seat right until the very end! This was one of the few thrillers that was, I believe, even better than the trailer! 

Jennifer Lo definitely has a great sense of script picking. Despite originally being a singer by profession, she has done quite well on the Silver Screen too! Unfortunately the same can't be said of most other cross profession celebrities (An interesting flop being Taylor Swift in The Giver). This movie has definitely defined some of her great acting skills.

J Lo
J Lo in this movie


Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift with a hat as floppy as her acting
This 45 year old beauty, is one of those hotties, who doesn't seem to age!!! (Another ageless hunk is my favourite Will Smith) Sexy and bootilicious as ever. And stunningly gorgeous! Check out these before after pictures of her for 12 years ago! I would do absolutely anything for J Lo to share her secret to staying sassy with me!

J Lo


And I don't even know where to begin with the steamy dreamy Ryan Guzman This young version of Channing Tatum definitely makes you weak in the knees! (Girls, watch out for some of his more raunchy scenes in The Boy Next Door, definitely worth a smirk) Despite a very dark, psycho stalkersish role in The Boy Next Door, Ryan still seems to be very desirable! (He can stalk me all he wants!!! ) Watch out for this boy - I have an intuition he will do very well indeed!!

Ryan Guzman
Ryan Guzman

For those who trust my choice in movies, I would suggest, make an effort to watch this gig while it runs on the big screen! 

Enjoy the show! And do share your comments, views, thoughts on the comments section below! 

Friday, 27 February 2015

It Follows

'it' Being A Supernatural STD




Plot

After a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, Jay finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.

Director:
David Robert Mitchell

Writer: 
David Robert Mitchell

Stars
Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi

It Follows
The cast

Chatty Thinks:

So.... the cinema lights go down, and a leggie lass is seen running from someone or something out of her house, in nothing but t shirt and red high heels, and your gripped to the screen wondering, pondering, hooked, thinking what next?!?! The first ten minutes, grip you with suspense and then...


... and then the movie starts.... and you may as well spend the next two hours catching a shut eye!

The concept was brilliant - a twisted adult version of something along the lines of The Ring (Minus the VHS tape) If this concept was picked up by the kinds of Stephen King (A brilliant horror/suspense author) this movie would've been mind blowingly scary.

Stephen King
Stephen King

Instead 'It Follows' consisted of actors who couldn't distinguish an 
'Oh I'm so frightened I'm going to pee myself!!!' face 
from a
 'I need to pee!!!' face.

Maika Monroe
Maika Monroe

Throw in some bad direction, a camera which seemed like it was held by a 5 year old on a round about, a couple of random scenes that in now shape and form were connected to the movie, and a plot which ends on a critically low note, and voila - you've turned a horror into a sleeping tablet.

It Follows
I wouldn't be scared if this Gran follows

As a child we played this game at school called 'You've got the Lurgis' If some kid, with this imaginary Lurgi touched you, you would get it until you passed it on to some other poor kid. Some kids used this to exclude others from the group- "You can't play with us, you've got the lurgi!" It Follows, felt like an adult, A Rated version of The Lurgis.
Lurgies



Ok alright alright, I agree there were a few jumps here and there, but not enough for a Horror Genre addict, like me, to crave more. I am surprised IMDb actually gave this movie a 7.4 rating - I think it's worth a 3.7.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter May Be Ascending - but Quality of Acting is Descending!






Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in "Jupiter Ascending," an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix). 

Plot

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Directors: Andy Wachowski (as The Wachowskis) , Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowskis)

Writers:
Andy Wachowski (as The Wachowskis) , Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowskis)

Stars: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie RedmayneSean Bean, Douglas Booth

For all those who think that the gorgeous, jaw dropping, sensational Mila Kunis could never look like doom and gloom, cast your eyes on this!!!!!! (She looks like a crab apple tree! - The makeup artist needs to be fired IMMEDIATELY)

Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis
The crab apple tree

Likewise, wonderful women of this world who tremble at the thought of the sexy Channing Tatum, I atleast would never look at this scruffy, Mr Tumnus (ref: Chronicles of Narnia) twice!!

Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum

Mr Tumnus
Mr Tumnus
By the way all you Tatumites, I found his twin - and he happens to be a British Stripper at Forbidden Nights! (Below) (And no! I haven't been there ----- yet! wink wink)

Forbidden Nights

The highlight for me was drooling over the scrumptious bad boy, Douglas Booth.

Douglas Booth
Douglas Booth

So, coming back to the topic, the plot was so-so, and the acting - worse! Kunis kept getting dragged around from planet to planet, with no defined purpose, and Tatum had no understandable role in the movie apart from catching Kunis everytime she clumsily fell off from tall buildings (I would rather watch King Kong in action here) and attracting his fans to watch his topless body!High class actors (Kunis, Tatum) in a mediocre plot, just doesn't work!

The only actor, who played a semi decent role was the talented British actor - Eddie Redmayne, who played the part of the sickly Balem Abrasax. Eddie always seems to play disabled, poorly roles in movies - another example being The Theory of Everything. I'm not complaining - he's brilliant anyways)


All in all, not my kind of movie. I didn't enjoy it, but the graphics may be appealing to a few people out there!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Project Almanac

If You Could Redo Your Past, What Would You Change?




Plot: As a group of friends discover plans for a time machine, they build it and use it to fix their problems and personal gain. But as the future falls apart with disasters, and each of them disappear little by little, they must travel back to the past to make sure they never invent the machine or face the destruction of humanity.

Director: Dean Israelite

Writers: Andrew Deutschman (as Andrew Stark) , Andrew Deutschman

Stars: Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Virginia Gardner

I woke up with a Migrane the day after I saw Project Almanac. I find it difficult to concentrate on documentary style movies, despite the earlier crazes (such as The Paranormal Activity series') The shakey, poorly held camera's probably give me more nightmares than even the night I spent Halloween in a graveyard (It's TRUE)

But the storyline was engaging, however not unique.  Many of the time travel concepts in Project Almanac have been previously used in movies such as The Time Machine, Back To the Future, or Jumper. The movie left you in a confused state of mind - not because the story was so mind blogglingly amazing - but because pieces of the story were not properly explained (e.g. the ripple effects causing a plane crash???? REALLY??) , or didn't simply didn't pass the 'make sense' test.

Talking about time travel - did you know that according to several theories, it may in fact be possible to time travel into the future. (Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the past - sorry to break your hearts if you dreamt of walking with the dinosaurs) Time Dilation - one of these theories by Mr Einstein - has recently been proved true. Time dilation basically refers to the idea that time passes more slowly for a moving clock than it does for a stationary clock. The force of gravity also affects the difference in elapsed time. This is one of the theory's used in the movie Interstellar.

The cast was likeable and nerdy- young actors that capture both the wonder and horror of unchecked scientific discovery.It helps that Jonny Weston is a sight for sore eyes. ;)

Jonny Weston

Virginia Gardner looked like a cute static stricken puppy when the time travel device was switched on.


Virginia Gardner


And if I had the choice, to back into the past, and play the lottery over again, to win the Jackpot Millions, I would TOTALLY do it. (Call me selifish if you must, I don't really care about how my actions may cause a 'ripple' effect on others :P )


All in all, Project Almanac, may be worth a one time watch at the movies. It wasn't dull or boring, but be prepared to have many many many questions unanswered - (one of the flaws of this film).

The Wedding Ringer






Plot: Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting - the girl of most men's dreams ;) ), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.

Director: Jeremy Garelick



First Day First Show - and my Friday evening well spent! I'm surprised with all the bad reviews floating around the internet. I didn't think it was too bad. (I'd give it a 6.8 out of 10).

I thought the humour was above average (brainless, but that's not necessarily a bad thing after a hard days work).  The bromance between Doug and Jimmy was fun and sweet, and the group of awkward groomsmen all had their own quirky charms and party (so called) tricks. (Can anyone guess what my party trick is? - Leave your comments below :) )

What cracked me up the most was Jorge Garcia reciting Rose's part from Titanic! (Hmmm - I see the resemblance - he's definitely got the same hair as Kate Winslet!)



The only criticism I had was Kaley's acting - nothing exceptional, and she barely had much of a role to play. It's a shame after how I admired her in The Big Bang Theory. I guess most daytime TV stars, don't really shine through on the big screen anyways.

Kaley Cuoco


Soooooo, if you want a relaxing, unintelligent, laugh this weekend, The Wedding Ringer, might be able to ring those bells! (But beware, you will never look at peanut butter the same way again - I won't reveal the spoiler)

Monday, 16 February 2015

Big Hero 6

JUST LIKE A MASSIVE FLUFFY CUDDLY WARM MARSHMALLOW! 







Plot -The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.


Writers: Jordan Roberts (screenplay), Daniel Gerson(screenplay), 5 more credits »


Those who know me, will agree that I am a massive kid at heart. I'm a 5 year old stuck in a 28 year old body. Disney films always pull my heart strings. Even more so the ones that have cute side kicks, such as Olaf in Frozen, Donkey in Shrek, and now Baymax the adorably bouncy robot - who's superpowers are!!!------ Wait for it ---- to heal the sick and injured !! (He's a NURSE!)

Some say that this movie is better than Frozen - If you ask me - welllllll, I wouldn't say better, but definitely just as entertaining! It's a shame that there aren't any catchy numbers (such as Let it go) to go with the theme (unless we teach Baymax how to sing frozen)



Ok maybe not. However, I definitely think Baymax's fist bump will be a new trend!







By the way, did you know:

Baymax is actually a superhero from the Marvel Comics Universe, and first appeared in Sunfire & Big Hero 6 #1. In the comic, Baymax began his existence as Hiro Takachiho's science project and was designed to be his personal bodyguard, butler and servant. He becomes Hiro's father figure when Hiro programmes his reently deceased father's brain engrams into Baymax's artificial intelligence!
Here's an interesting picture of what Baymax actually looked like in the comic!



I would highly recommend Big Hero 6 - it's full of laughs, sniggers, love and even tears - a perfect blend in my opinion.

Enjoy the show :)

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey

MORE LIKE FIFTY SHADES OF LAME!



Directed by

Screenplay by 

Based on 
Fifty Shades of Grey
by E. L. James


Plot

Virginal student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) goes to interview wealthy, handsome, charismatic entrepreneur Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). The attraction between them is immediate and electric. But Ana learns that Christian is only interested in a relationship on his own controlling terms. As they embark on an intense and passionate affair, he introduces her to his dark and very particular tastes. Now she finds herself exploring her own desires for the first time.

I am not entirely sure how to describe my feelings towards a very placid portrayal of abuse and what seems to be a more candid approach to domestic violence that oozes through 50 Shades of Grey - The movie. I have read all three of E L James - 50 Shades, and don't get me wrong, when the books were released in 2011, I ran to the stores to be one of the first to buy these. At the time, I really enjoyed reading about territories that were unknown to me - like a naive child hitting puberty. The thoughts of BDSM were fascinating and dreamy.


So why the vengeful negative review you ask?

Change of circumstance and personal opinion. I was a victim of relationship abuse - both verbal and physical. My ex is a high profiler and very well known worldwide - (just the way Christian has been portrayed) (Note: This is the first time I have been publicly open about this and if anyone plans on throwing names at me I will neither confirm nor deny any rumours) In the real world, he pretended to be humble, kind, dreamy and ironically an ambassador of major campaigns to spread awareness against abuse towards women. Behind closed doors it was a different story.

Not going into details, my point here is, many like me would feel that 50 Shades just glorifies abusive relationships. Men forcing their power and strength on women, who may or may not even enjoy it. Christian having Anastasia 'sign a consent' is just icing on the abusive cake - implying it's 'ok' to keep a womens mouth shut about this! Making a movie based on BDSM - I feel - is dislodging gender equality. Anastasia is portrayed as a girl, who enjoyed Christian overpowering her, but her expressions seem to state otherwise.

Is this why the likes of Ian Somerhalder, Robert Pattison, Ryan Gosling and Chance Crawford turned down the most awaited movie of 2015?





The name itself gives me the creeps:
1) 50 Shades - Unstable personality
2) Shades of Grey - definition - a noun : an ill-defined situation or area of activity not readily conforming to a category or set of rules.
This suggests that this movie/book has captured a grey area of domestic violence which readers and viewers may find 'normal'.

In short - not my kind of flick! NEXT PLEASE!












Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Spider-Man possibly the next Avenger?



Sony Pictures and the Walt Disney company have agreed to share custody of Spider-Man, in a deal that means the web-slinging superhero could appear in a future Avengers movie.

The deal comes after Sony's Amazing Spider-Man 2 under-performed at the box office last year.

Despite a respectable $709m (£465m) box office haul, it was the lowest-grossing of Sony's five Spider-Man films so far.

The character could now appear in Marvel films such as Iron Man and Thor.

However, the timing of the deal makes it likely his first outing will be in 2016's Captain America: Civil War. The character already appears in the comic book version of the story.

Marvel will then co-produce the next solo Spider-Man outing, financed by Sony Pictures, which will be released in 2017.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Shamitabh

                                    Shhhhh Amitabh!!!!








Directed by: 

R. Balki

Produced by: 

Sunil Lulla
R. Balki
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
R. K. Damani
Amitabh Bachchan
Abhishek Bachchan
Sunil Manchanda
Shobha Kapoor
Ekta Kapoor
Dhanush

Written by R. Balki 

Cast

Amitabh Bachchan as Amitabh Sinha/Shamitabh
Dhanush as Daanish/Shamitabh
Akshara Haasan as Akshara Pandey
Rekha as Herself
Abhinaya as Herself
Rajeev Ravindranathan as Anay
Vandita Shrivastava


Shamitabh is a well scripted comedy-drama about an everyday mute village boy, Daanish (Shamitabh), who dreams big, and longs desperately to become that one superstar hero on everybody’s lips and minds. (hmmm, sounds a bit like my crazy ex :P ) But will his disability hold him back? Or does the key lie in Amitabh’s fierce, powerful and distinctive voice?

Hats off, bow down and Bravo! For the first time in my 28 long life years, I can finally say that a Bollywood flick is mightier than any recent Hollywood ones I’ve come across.  (Are you listening Johnny Depp? This is what you call a Oscar-worthy script, unlike MortDecai)

There was humor, passion, drama, tears, and you couldn’t help but fall in love with the dramatic duo Dhanush and Amitabh (who could’ve very well been joined at the hip as partners). The terrible twosome was charismatic and believable. And even more interesting were all the Cameo appearances by top Bollywood directors!!!

Cameo appearances
·       Rohit Shetty
·       Karan Johar
·       Mahesh Bhatt
·       Anurag Basu
·       Rakesh Omprakash Mehra
·       Rajkumar Hirani
·       Gauri Shinde
·       Javed Akhtar
·       Boney Kapoor
·       Ekta Kapoor


Amitabh – the name says it all! A man who can prove that even in your 70’s you can be a superstar legend! His acting was nothing short of a massive jaw dropper! And his punch insults! I mean, I’m an ace at English and even I hadn’t heard of words such as zoaf! (Google the meaning at your own risk!) The drunk Amitabh reminded me a little of Jack Sparrow!

Akshara – Now this doe eye’d beauty is a different story. Expressionless and monotonous throughout! I think it’s time for Akshara to quit acting and get back into production again! Looking pretty is not the same as good acting!

Now, a Bollywood movie is incomplete without a sprinkle of song and dance numbers. Shamitabh’s musical pieces were spectacularly unique and witty in themselves. Amitabh gave us a glimpse of his singing skills and versatility (albeit whilst he sat on a toilet using the bum washer as a mic) in his track - Piddly. Rather than dancing around trees (like in the good old days) Dhanush was seen dancing around toilets! (And if anyone knows where I could get one of those cute toilet shaped coffee mugs, give me a shout out) What really got me singing in the shower was Amitabh and Dhanush synchronizing to Bhabhi Bhabhi Bhaaaabhiii towards the end.









I shall stop here before I give out too many more spoilers. My suggestion – run to the movies – it’ll be the best spent money on a movie ticket!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Fast and Furious 7 Trailer

Coming Soon




Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother.

Director:
Writers:
Stars:

RIP Paul Walker, you were legendary :( Can't wait to see your performance in Furious 7
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