Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Steve Rogers is a tortured soul. A man whose choices have propelled him into a life time of immortality and with it he has had to come to terms with everything he knows and loves become non-existent. This is the portrayal given by Anthony and Joe Russo and a far cry from the hero in the first installment Even Joss Whedon’s interpretation gave a glimmer of a man with self-worth but as in The Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers has no purpose and ultimately hates who he is.

Chris Evans reprises his role as the Cap and struggles with conforming to society in the new World but his attentions are distracted when an old threat in the form of Hydra and a Soviet Agent by the name of The Winter Soldier make him question his existence and the organisation that put him there.

This is a completely different angle from Joe Johnston’s The First Avenger and we see our hero still heartbroken over the loss of the World he knew. Which is why, I feel, the significance of The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) was disappointingly played down. Aside from a withering Agent Carter, all Rogers knows is gone and the death of Bucky Barnes, his best friend, haunts him still. The relationship between the two characters should have been electrifying like in Warrior but instead we get a Clash of the Titans.

In saying that, the Russo brothers had a lot to get into 136 minutes of film. They have basically rewritten history of the Marvel Universe so whatever happens from here on in will be a reflection of The Winter Soldier, especially with Avengers 2 ready to hit cinemas in May 2015. Although I have a feeling that a lot of that movie will be explained in July’s Ant-Man as in the comics, Hank Pym was the original creator of Ultron.

Beyond all critique, if you love Marvel, you’re going to love this. There has been a lot of controversy over Marvel making Falcon (played by a scene stealing Anthony Mackie in the movie), Captain America however unconfirmed reports are that Chris Evans’ contract ends after Captain America 3 and that Sebastian Stan will take don the famous red, white and blue suit. Bucky Barnes, as well as a number of other characters, has become Captain America in the comics, so anything is possible.

Verdict: 4/5

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Could this be an Oscar on the horizon for Eddie Redmayne? I’m not one for biographies, really, but this looks promising.

The Theory of Everything - Official Trailer (Universal Pictures) HD

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What’s Your Favorite Scary Series?

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Ghost Face is BACK!..  Again.  The horror favourite of the 90’s that spawned a carnival of prank calls and Halloween costume purchases for years to come has been given the green light for a pilot for a series.  

Any talks to reprise the franchise ceased after Scream 4 in 2011 and for the best it would seem as there are only so many times you can tell the same story.  Could this be a very clever way of continuing the legacy or will it be apparent as a get rich quick scheme?

Jamie Travis (For a Good Time Call..) has been attached to direct as well as a bunch of Scooby Doo looking cast offs to star like Willa Fitzgerald, John Karna and Carlson Young.  ’Who are these actors?’  I hear you say?  I don’t know.

If they do this right then it could be really good.  We all know it won’t be as good as Hannibal but let’s hope it’s a far cry from Bates Motel.

No news of a release date yet but I’m sure we’ll hear a lot more about it as time goes on.

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True Detective is into Swinging

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RUMOUR HAS IT that Vince Vaughan is in early talks to follow the footsteps of Woody Harrelson and Mathew McConaughey and appear in the next series of True Detective.

Should this be true then he will potentially join Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch in the line up which seems like an eclectic mix of actors but I have faith in Nic Pizzolatto to make it work.

Vaughan is no stranger to dark thrillers when he starred along side J Lo in The Cell (2000) but more famously reprising Norman Bates in Gus Van Sant’s floppy remake of classic, horror fable Psycho (1998).

Personally, I prefer Vaughan in a good comedy along side partner in crime Owen Wilson but I’m keeping an open mind.

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Snow White & The Huntsman 2 Set to Hit Theaters in April 2016 and Without a Snow White

Universal were desperately looking for ways to bring back Snow White & The Huntsman after smashing it at the box office but without the awkwardness of having to invite both marriage wrecking, Kristen Stewart to play Snow White and sleeze-bag Rupert Sanders back to direct.  So the studio ruthlessly cut them all together and are making a prequel that will focus on Chris Hemsworth’s character, The Huntsman.

As it now has a new director in the form of legend Frank Darabont, it has resulted in The Mummy reboot being pushed back a few months so to give both movies a better chance at the box office.

The Mummy reboot also now has a director, Alex Kurtzman who is more than capable to take on and rejuvenate a great franchise.  The concept this time around will be to bring it back to its hammer horror roots which sounds exciting, if anything.

Sad news though Mummy fans, they’re not bringing back Brendan Fraser.  Devastated.  As is he.

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Anyone else think Interstellar will be the film of the year?

Check out the new trailer for it here. Release date is November this year.

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Noah (2014)

What on Earth have I just watched?  Darren Aronofsky is no stranger to the weird and wonderful, you just have to look at Black Swan (2010) to know that the director has vision, if not questionable mental health issues, but after watching this catastrophic disaster then I fear he may have finally lost it.

Paramount were worried how this film would test with Christian audiences but I’m not sure that is the problem here.  Even as an Atheist I am more offended at the fact that Aronofsky had taken a beloved story from the Bible and turned it into an appalling, fictitious account to exercise his own colossal ego.  I mean, what were those rock people actually supposed to be?  I don’t remember those from the story.  The thing Aronofsky should have realised is that there was no room for “artistic” license especially when the outcome was as poor as that.  You are not Peter Jackson, so don’t try to be.

I almost feel bad for the actors who by all standards are of a high quality and their performances, as confined to the terrible script as they were, appeared to make what they could of it. In saying that, I dare say this could be a career killer for them.  Let’s hope I am wrong.

The person I feel the most sorry for is myself.  Not because I had to sit through that trot but because I paid £5.49 for it on Sky.  

Terrible, terrible movie. Bad Aronofsky, bad!  Naughty boy!  Back in your box!!

Verdict: 1/5

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Starred Up (2013)

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I’ve never really been a fan of Jack O’Connell but seemingly and annoyingly enough he has been cropping up on my radar once too often and I’m beginning to warm to him.  I dare say this, as gritty and captivating Starred Up is I could see it going the other way should O’Connell have not been the lead.  He reminds me, in some shade, of a young Tom Hardy and that is no way an association of Bronson (2008).  O’Connell is progressing his career quite nicely with, not only getting a part in 300: Rise of an Empire but also starring in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken (2014), written by Joel and Ethan Coen, released later this year and promises to be an epic movie.

O’Connell plays Eric, a violent, high risk offender who has spent his life in juvenile prison but when he is transferred to an adult facility he finally meets his match in the form of a fellow prisoner who just so happens to also be his father.

It appears Jack O’Connell had indeed met his match in the form of Ben Mendelsohn who gives an amazing performance as his father.  In fact all performances have an element of authenticity and that is thanks to debut writer Jonathan Asser who based this movie on his work as a voluntary therapist in a juvenile prison.

There hasn’t been many prison films in the recent history that can truly portray the harsh and brutal reality but David McKenzie creates a film that is both atmospheric and captivating.  This has been dubbed the breakthrough film for O’Connell but it seems the fairly unknown director and debut writer will also benefit from this movie.

However, O’Connell steals the show as he demands his presence as the young, troubled thug but even though his behaviour is outlandish you still root for him which by any standards is no mean feat.

Starred Up is available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD 4th August

Verdict: 4/5

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Hannibal - Season 2 Finalé

Well that was a turn out for the books..  Or was it?  Avid fans know how the story goes but it’s not without saying that Bryan Fuller’s series is entitled to a bit of artistic license.  However, Season 2 came to an end in the UK tonight and it has raised a few questions.

The next part of this article may contain spoilers for the final episode so if you haven’t seen it yet then DO NOT READ ON!

Any fans will know from the Red Dragon movie that it is indeed Will Graham who captures Hannibal Lecter and sends him to his infamous prison.  Not to say that won’t happen, in the World of drama series they have tricks up their sleeve to keep you guessing.  There’s no physical evidence that Will Graham, Jack Crawford and Alana Bloom met their demise so they may resurface for Season 3.

It is clear after the events of the final episode that Hannibal must go into hiding much like Ridley Scott’s Hannibal (2001) and there has also been mention of introducing Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi to the cast.  All speculation for now but they have been teasing the arrival of Francis Dolarhyde for some time and also some hints that Clarice Starling will be eventually be making an appearance.  

Whatever we can expect in Season 3, it is apparent that this is only just the beginning and I, for one, can not wait.

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