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31 May 2011

Kung Fu Panda (2008) Review

My Rating: 8/10

Directed by: John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
Written By: Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger
Story By: Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation
Runtime: 89 Minutes

A film that certainly packs a punch
Kung Fu Panda is a great film no doubt. The story of an overweight Panda whose dream to do Kung Fu comes true only this time, it’s on a large scale. The film is delightfully animated with great voice acting, a gripping story and great characters. I loved the whole idea of the film. Despite it’s whole cliché universe of the classic Kung Fu style, it feels like a homage to the genre of Martial arts and the whole early-Chinese style and be fresh at the same time. Kung Fu Panda packs a punch and is a terrific journey for the whole family. DreamWorks have their fair share of hits, as does Pixar. So this among Shrek and How to Train your Dragon, this film remains one of their best. Lest we forget excellent voice cast spanning from Jack Black to Angelina Jolie.

30 May 2011

Website now launched!

My new website is now up!!!!!
Here Is the link to the video showing the site a little:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb8jynt5Fw4
And here is the website link:
http://www.wix.com/gxmedia/gxmedia

Film Master Weekly Newsletter 30/05/11

Important News!
So Long, farewell, I hate to say goodbye
Do not fear! I am not leaving for months or anything. For the next two 1/2 weeks I will be busy with exams, so there won't be many reviews or posts going around. I will try my best to post a few things, but just to let you all know, I will be away for a short absence. When the summer fully hits, expect some kick ass reviews and other blog posts! :)


This Week:
Kung Fu Panda 2 Critical Reception:
So far the sequel to the wonderful animated Movie Kung Fu Panda is getting positive reviews all around. In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow Kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy Kung fu. It looks like are overweight panda friend has not failed to please, and it looks like a film worth seeing this year. The film opens worldwide on June 10.

28 May 2011

Howard the Duck (1986) Review


Directed by: Williard Huyck
Screenplay by: Gloria Katz & Williard Huyck
Produced by: George Lucas & Gloria Katz
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Runtime: 110 Minutes


I've been waiting some time for this review, and now it is here. George Lucas let Hollywood down the day he decided to produce this film. But let’s not blame this film being bad on him, because it was much more than the production that let this one down. Howard the Duck is filled with corny action, duck tits (I’ll explain later) and an adventure of sheer stupidity. It has an idiotic screenplay but the direction is bearable. However, it doesn't make anything better because this film stinks.  So let’s begin!

26 May 2011

Young Frankenstein (1974) Review

My Rating: 9/10
Directed by Mel Brooks
Written by: Mel Brooks & Gene Wilder
Starring: Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn and Cloris Leachman
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 105 Minutes

Comedy genius at it’s finest! Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein is a genius written story full of hilarious acting, great cast and enough gags to keep your sides sore. Even looking at the poster it makes you giggle a little. Shot in Black & White gives it the authentic feel of a 1930’s horror film and this is sort of a comedic homage to them. The film is written and directed by Brooks and shows why he is one of the funniest directors around. Gene Wilder also wrote the script. Young Frankenstein is comedy that has been found and enjoyed for years, and should be for years to come. Watching this will not disappoint you with the grand performances from Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman and several others, and the hilarious comedy throughout.

25 May 2011

Stage Fright (1950) Review

Marlene Dietrich is quite creepy looking in this poster.

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay by: Whitfield Cook and Ranald MacDougall
Produced by: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: (Read on poster)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama, Crime
Runtime: 110 Minutes


Hitchcock does it again! Stage Fright was wonderfully suspenseful, full of mystery and great tension. Hence we forget the great acting from actors such as Marlene Dietrich, Jane Wyman and Michael Wilding. Other than Dietrich these actors are new to me, and are now actors whose films I shall follow. They may not be around now, but I mean I will look around for their films. You may know Dietrich from films such as Orson Welles ‘A Touch of Evil’. Stage Fright has quite a complex plot eventually in the film, but has been well written. The script is just genius. It is a very well coordinated, and entertaining plot, that is plenty to keep you interested.

24 May 2011

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny (2006) Review

 
Directed by: Liam Lynch
Produced by: Jack Black, Kyle Gass and Stuart Cornfeld
Starring: Jack Black, Kyle Gass and more.
Genre: Comedy, Rock Musical
Runtime: 94 minutes

This film isn’t particularly liked because of its low-brow humour, but I have a soft spot for this one. It’s hilarious and the music is great. Naturally Jack Black is who boots the points of this film with his energetic performance. Tenacious D is a film that follows KG and JB, two born to be musicians who encounter things from an obsessed fan, to Satan himself. In terms of comedy and music, this film is great, but the story isn’t one of your high original and zestful ideas. The characters are fun, the story is kind of fun too, and as I said the music is great. Tenacious D isn’t a film for everyone, but I say it’s a pretty good film.

23 May 2011

Cabin Boy (1994) Review

Directed by: Adam Resnick
Produced by: Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
Runtime: 80 Minutes

So I was just thinking about very odd films to watch, and I came across this. IT came to a surprise to me to see who produced this film, and it was Tim Burton and Denise DI Novi, the very two who also produced Nightmare before Christmas together and other projects. Cabin Boy is a weird journey of a fancy boy who eventually just becomes a fishy sailor. There are some recognisable faces in this film from films like Dumb and Dumber and the story for this one is just very silly. The film is full of laughs and goofy humour least we forget the strong language. It isn’t an overly bad film because it isn’t trying to be anything but a goofy comedy. The humour is pretty funny and it is overall just a weird comedy film. But even saying that, it doesn’t save it from being very good.

Film Master Weekly Newsletter 23/05/11

Hottest News


James Cameron's Titanic in 3D!?
Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the year the infamous Titanic Sunk. Almost everyone knows about the boat, and it looks now James Cameron is setting his idea on a 3D Re-release. Cameron says  "There's a whole generation that's never seen Titanic as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen... and this will be Titanic as you've never seen it before, digitally remastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D. With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike." So it looks like for the next generation this blockbuster, that used to stand firm as highest Grossing of all time with $1 Billion, which was soon overtaken by Avatar; another film Cameron directed, will be a reality. The winner of 11 academy Awards is coming back, for us to see in theatres and being honest, It will be great to see it in the cinema, being 16 I never had the chance.

21 May 2011

Best Director of all time Poll Results!

The Votes are in from all you great voters! Here are the top 5:


1. Stanley Kubrick: 12 votes


2. Tim Burton and Martin Scorsese: 9 Votes


3. Alfred Hitchcock: 8 Votes


4. Steven Spielberg: 6 Votes


5. Christopher Nolan: 2 Votes


A new poll will begin soon! So Stay Tuned!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Review


Directed by: Rob Marshall:
Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer
Written by: Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian Mcshane and Geoffrey Rush
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Runtime: 138 Minutes-shorter than the last two.

It is definitely the worst of the lot, but a fresh start. Unlike the previous two the budget is lower, so the visuals are okay in this one so not much fancy stuff going on here. If you have seen my reviews of all the Pirates films, you will notice how the order of rating goes down each time, but that’s how I feel about them. The budget is half of At World’s end at $150 million, so it’s nice to know it isn’t going to be a big CGI adventure. The story is more simple, and is a race to the fountain of youth which is what was great about this film, but what’s this? Where’s Gore Verbinski in the director’s chair? Director Rob Marshall takes Verbinski’s place, which was a bit of a mistake because the direction was pretty bad. Once again Jack is on another adventure, this time for the fountain of youth and once again Captain Barbossa appears in the film. Stars Ian Mcshane and Penelope Cruz are also featured in this as Blackbeard and his daughter, Angelica.

20 May 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Review

Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Written by: Ted Elliot an Todd Rossio
Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer
Starring: [you know who]
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Drama, Comedy in some parts
Runtime: 165 Minutes 

The third instalment to the series, and the end of the huge plot that followed it from the second film, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End has one of the most convoluted plots around, but I loved it. Number three takes us on yet another voyage, and ends with a climactic scene which is unforgettable. Full of mind blowing CGI, more characters than ever, and also full of action packed sword duelling, the film leaves the first three films nicely with how it ends. It may not the best of the series, but it certainly doesn’t fail to please. Another interesting thing was how the film left a trademark of putting in sounds from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride as a transition to seeing Jack in Davy Jones locker. A nice homage to the wonderful ride. 

19 May 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) Review


My Rating: 81%
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Screenplay by: Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot
Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Stellan Skarksgard, Keira Knightly
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Drama,
Runtime: 145 Minutes 

Not as good as the original, but Dead Man’s Chest offers plenty of great action and a mind boggling plot line. That was the downside really this time. Jack Sparrow used to be our main character, but going towards the end he kind of fades out of the spotlight. There are too many characters going on and the plot is very convoluted. The film is rated 12A but I don’t know any 12 year-olds who could follow the story. Regardless, I could keep up and the story was very enjoyable, had amazing action and a very unique and fresh villain. Depp, Knightly and Bloom are back once more to give great performances in this excellent voyage.

Jack Sparrow as the leader of the tribe.

17 May 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Review


My Rating: 90%
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer
Screenplay by: Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio
Starring: (Shows in poster)
Genre: Action, comedy, Adventure, Fantasy, Drama
Runtime: 143 Minutes

Hop on board for a voyage that was relatively new at the time, and still remains fresh. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and the rest of the great cast did an excellent job, giving refreshing and believable performances. The film is full of great action sequences, amazing soundtrack and a complex, but enjoyable story. For those that didn’t know, Pirates of the Caribbean was first a ride at Disney Land. I have been on it twice and believe me, there isn't much similarity. But the inspiration is clearly from it.  It’s the start of the multibillion film franchise and an exciting one of the lot.

16 May 2011

Film Master Weekly Newsletter 16/05/11

Welcome to the start of my weekly film news letters. Here I will be discussing films I've watched this week, what films are coming soon and what's hot in the film world. I hope you enjoy my weekly updates. Thanks.


The Certified Stamp of Freshness
I will award this stamp to all films that score over 90%, and are officially 'fresh' films that will definitely be enjoyed by most people. 


This Week:



Pirates of the Caribbean 4 launches
This Wednesday, (May 20 for USA) The fourth instalment to the Pirates of the Caribbean series arrives. the series may seem to becoming  money cow for the box office, but I'm looking forward to this one. This time Johnny Depp works along side Penelope Cruz, as a  woman from his past (In the film I mean). Geoffrey Rush also returns as Barbossa, who seems to lurk through all of the films. Black-beard also appears in this instalment. the third pirates film was an extreme budget, visually spectacular film, but not in the strengths of story to film critics. this time our Jack Sparrow is on a quest to find the fountain of youth and ends up on a ruthless journey. I've enjoyed the Pirates series and can't wait to see this one and it's looking very exciting.



14 May 2011

Thor (2011)

Directed by: Kennith Branagh
Produced by: Kevin Feige
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and more.
Genre: Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Runtime: 114 Minutes

Well as one of those ‘boffo-budget’ action films, this one is surprisingly good. Full of imaginative action, an interesting approach to mythology and enough character to keep you interested. It’s nice to see something like this to be turned into an action film, as it has not been done before. And with the creative mind of Marvel in the spotlight of production, the film came out as a pretty good production. It has great visuals, interesting characters and just about enough story to keep you engaged. Thor is definitely a film to check out this year. However, it felt very predicable towards the end and the story didn’t really engage me. Regardless, it was an okay film.

11 May 2011

Paranormal Activity (2009) Review

Paranormal Activity was impressive because of its experimentation with the camera and editing, and simplicity. This isn’t one of your ‘high-budget, high-grossing’ movies. This is a film that was built with a budget of $15 000! The film was very clever, simplistic in editing and had quite a lot of thrills and scares up near the end. It isn’t the scariest film around, but it was still pretty enjoyable. The film has an eerie feeling and doesn’t go around many locations other than the house.

09 May 2011

2011: Bad Movie Predictions!

I have just been looking about at some films that are to be this year, and believe me some of them are looking like failures. Not only uncalled films, but a 5th Final Destination Movie? I think its important for you all to know what to expect for this year, and here is some of the films I don't think are going to be very good. Well lets have a look of what rotten stuff is to arrive for us this year.


Puss in Boots:


Now this one really pisses me off. After four Shrek Films, two of which that were not so good   -being 3 & 4- you would think they would give up trying to pump stuff out of the story. Now I don't mind puss in boots as a character, Infact he was okay up until the fourth film. But after the fourth film I think the whole thing kind of went down. 


The quote he says "Feed me, if you dare" is just not funny, and you can see they are trying to make it memorably and funny. It just didn't work for me. The film is taking place place before Shrek 2, when we first meet him. So it's a prequel. The film is set to be released in November 14, 2011. someone should have said about this film "Release me, if you dare".


Expectation of Badness Rating: 8/10







07 May 2011

Director Overviews: Mel Brooks

Director Overviews: Mel Brooks


Director Score: 84/100
Influence Score:  80/100
Mel Brooks has the most successful line of comedy films ever! Each one is a classic. I have seen most of his films and they are all hilarious and clever! From Young Frankenstein to Robin Hood: Men in Tights, all his films are filled with hilarious jokes and antics.  Brooks has made some of the funniest and most memorable comedies around. This Director Overview will cover why Mel Brooks is a legendary comedy director and what the great films he has wrote, directed and produced.

Early Career:
Brooks’ career started as a stand-up comic performing in summers at the Catskill Mountains, telling jokes and doing movie-star impressions. He found more rewarding work behind the scenes, becoming a comedy writer for television. He joined the hit comedy series Your Show of Showswith Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner. Reiner, as creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show, based Morey Amsterdam's character Buddy Sorell on Brooks. In 1960, Brooks teamed up with Reiner as a comedy duo on The Steve Allen Show. Now let’s forward a few years to where his huge success began. Brooks created the successful TV series Get Smart, starring Don Adams as a bumbling secret agent. This series added to Brooks’ reputation as a clever satirist.

06 May 2011

Red Riding Hood (2011) Review

So I thought I’d ignore the critics rating and check out this film. About five minutes into the film I can see why they were negative. Already we have action taking place with characters, which we have had no introduction to! Red Riding Hood is just another new generation vampire and werewolf flick (even though it’s on just werewolves, but you get me). This film pats The Brothers Grimm on the back and says “We’re gonna’ make a bad movie on this!” It seems the director from Twilight thought she'd be bright to revamp this story. Think again Catherine Hardwicke! What I am sad to see is that one of the producers names came up at the beginning. And that name was Leonardo DiCaprio. This was very surprising to me indeed. I thought someone like him would have shone light on the project. But it wouldn't be enough to save this disaster.

04 May 2011

21 Jump Street: The Pilot episodes

I know this blog isn't film related, but after finding about Johnny Depp's 80's TV show (as I am reading an unauthorised biography about him), I thought I would check the show out. The pilot episode is in two parts, and the episodes are about 45 minutes long! I enjoyed both parts and it is easy to see how it went on to making more. I really enjoyed he plot and I love the characters and concept. This was around Depp's early days at Hollywood and this was during his 'Teen Idol' stage (which he did not enjoy himself).





 

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