I’m Leavin’ On A Jet Plane

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Hi all. I just wanted to let you know that there won’t be any posts from me for a few weeks as I’m off on my holidays tomorrow, or vacation to our American cousins.

I had wanted to get The Monday Roundup out for you today and schedule a review of The Amazing Spider-Man for tomorrow, but time and getting packed etc have dictated the past few days, so I’m sorry about that.

I’ll be away from Tuesday to Tuesday and the picture at the top of this post should let you in on where I’m headed, but I’m not a particularly smart gambler so don’t worry about me winning big and not returning to my blogging duties.

See you all in a few.

 

Four Questions Raised By Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

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Now that Captain America: The Winter Soldier has finally been released to our American cousins, I feel it is a good time to talk about what happened in the film and how it affects the Marvel cinematic universe going forward.

The film has been described by many as a “game changer” both in the films shift from a general superhero film to a full on political thriller, and in the way the events of the film seem to have a greater effect on where Marvel will go now, and how films like Avengers: Age Of Ultron seemingly take on a new light.

Now, while I would never encourage anyone to avoid one of my articles, I will warn anyone who hasn’t yet seen Marvel’s latest outing that spoilers lie within. So if you have yet to see the film and don’t want anything ruined, then you should go no further. Continue reading

The Monday Roundup

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The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekend’s news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week. Continue reading

Four Films For April

Now that the excellent Captain America: The Winter Soldier has kicked off this years blockbuster season, and completed a pretty good month for films in March, we can turn our attention to the month of April. While we are still a few months away from things getting really crowded, there is already a glut of films being released and even the most die-hard cinephile will struggle to fit them all in. Luckily, I’ve done the hard work for you and picked the four films I think will be worth going to see at the cinema this month.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier, My Review

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Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson & Scarlett Johansson Synopsis: “Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.” Runtime: 136 minutes Rating: 12A

Are you ready for the world to see you as you really are? Look out the window, you know how the game works: disorder, war, all it takes is one step.”

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is unlike any other movie Marvel have made so far. Of course, it’s a comic book movie full of pulpy moments, great action & features a heroic lead, but it’s also a hugely political thriller and one that could end up being seen as a turning point for the Marvel cinematic universe. Gone are the days when superheroes saved children from burning buildings or stopped them from falling into the Niagara Falls, no, now they take on international terrorism, combat arms dealers and try to stop aliens from taking over the world. Are we better off as an audience for this? Time will tell, but at the moment the current crop of superhero films, especially those Marvel based, are letting us enjoy a golden age of comic book cinema, where seemingly anything can happen and where things can change in an instant. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a part of that movement, and has proved once again that Marvel know exactly what they are doing. Continue reading

The Monday Roundup

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The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekend’s news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week. Continue reading

The Hole, My Review

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Director: Joe Dante Starring: Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett & Nathan Gamble Synopsis: “A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares.” Runtime: 92 minutes Rating: 12A

“I know what you’ve got. You’ve got a gateway to hell under your house. And that is really cool. “

The Hole, or The Hole 3D if you will, was a film I feel many missed on its initial release way back in 2010. Directed by Joe Dante, it’s the kind of fun, family friendly but still somehow scary movie he made his name on in the 1980′s. Featuring a cast of three very likeable kids, brothers Dane (Massoglia) & Lucas (Gamble) and girl next door Julie (Bennett) who find a hole under the siblings new home, which may or may not be a gateway to hell, The Hole is a solid old-school family horror movie which plays to its strengths and toys with our personal fears.

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