Hobo with a Shotgun (2011) Review

Directed by: Jason Eisener

Genre: Action & Adventure

Country: Canada

Violent, comedic and quite idiotic, Hobo with AShotgun has an odd plot that definitely defies itself as it progresses, but it’s violence and comedy blend together wonderfully, making it a thrilling experience. Combing gore, drama, poverty and even a little bit of sentimentality, our Hobo anti-hero wins over the audiences affection despite his need for a shower. The film has n

o big names or stars involved, and it makes it all the more special. This may be 2011’s most violent film, and it has a perfect blend of violence and drama that has the energy of an 80’s b-movie thriller and a touch of modern cinema.

The begins with a weary-eyed hobo who rides in to a new town via freight train for a fresh start in a new town. Instead, he lands smack-dab in the middle of an urban hell-hole, a place where the cops are crooked and the underprivileged masses are treated like insignificant animals. From here, he is in search for his dream, but things get sidetracked when he encounters the towns most powerful ‘gangsters’.

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The Tree of Life (2011) Review

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Directed by: Terrence Malick

Genre: Drama, Art House

Country: USA

For some viewers, this is a complete narrative mess, but for the patient viewer, you will find the inner mechanisms of the film are wholesomely entertaining. The film often has us seeing dinosaurs, planets, lava, volcanoes and other weird earth structures as it tells us the story of a 1950’s family. The cinematography was definitely brilliant, and Brad Pitt definitely gave a good performance, but despite the films philosophical sincerity, the narrative is quite messy. Terrence Malick returns to cinema making a film that definitely stands out in 2011.

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My new years resolution as a film buff.

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I wish a Happy New Year to my readers and friends out there!  Here we are, another year in the 21st century, a time of technology, media and cinema. Well as a filmgoer, I have a few ‘resolutions’ that I would like to make and at the end of the year I will make a check list of that.  So, here it is, things I plan to do next year is a film buff, nerd, or whatever you want to call it. Continue reading

What 2012 has in store for Cinema

Well, it looks like another year for film and what a specialyear this will be! We have, “The Dark Knight Rises”, “The Hobbit Part 1”,“Frankenweenie”, “The Iron Lady” and tons of other exciting films! This islooking like an exciting year for cinema and hopefully these films don’t cometo disappoint. Let us look over some of the films we have coming our way in thecoming months.


J. Edgar (For U.K cinemas)

Clint Eastwood isin the director’s chair, and LeonardoDiCaprio is playing a slightly old man in this political drama depictingpresident Hoovers personal life. It looks like this one is going to be popularwith critics and although I do not know much about politics, I sure know aboutHoover, and his philosophy of ‘rugged individualism’. I look forward to seeingthis one and I better get the history book out to get my head around this oncepowerful man.

U.K Release Date: January 20

Out now in the U.S
Anticipation Rating: 8/10

The Amazing Spider-Man

At first, this seems like a foolish reboot of a film, now 11years old, but it looks like it actually has some hope. The new spider-manlook, which is still the same costume but looks even slicker is great too!Looks like 2012 has a few comic book films ahead. 

U.K Release Date: July 3
Anticipation Rating: 5/10

Frankenweenie

Oh joy, stop-motion!  Andwho better to do it than Tim burton,with “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare before Christmas” behind him? Not manyare going to look forward to this as I am because this is actually based on ashort he made in the early 80’s. The film is about a boy and his dog, which hebrings back to life after a terrible car accident. Think of “Frankenstein” andproject it to a little boy and his dog, and you have your story. However, willthis feature be different? We will have to wait to find out.
U.K Release Date: October 25
Anticipation Rating: 8/10

The Dark Knight Rises

It is easy to see this is probably going to be a $1 billiongrosser for the summer and with good reason. Not many blockbuster action filmshold the strength that “The Dark Knight” has with it’s powerful script, greatacting and intensely engaging action. “The Dark Knight Rises” will definitelybe an anticipated film for this year.   

U.K Release Date: July 20

 Anticipation Rating: 10/10

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Who is not excited about this? I have read the book, and Iloved it and knowing that it will be split into two films is fantastic! Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earthwith the prelude of Lord of the Rings. It will have CGI, action, adventure, andthe actual ring being discovered! This is one of this year’s most anticipatedfor me. Looks like it will be a long wait.
Anticipation Rating: 10/10 

U.K release Date: December 14

The Iron Lady

A biopic on Margaret Thatcher…intriguing. It looks likepowerful first female priminister Maggie is getting a film, and who better playher than Meryll Streep? This shouldbe another good political drama like “J. edgar” and I will definitely go seethis. 

U.K Release Date: 6 January
Anticipation Rating: 7/10

The Muppets(For U.K Cinemas)

I looked forward to watching thisaround Christmas a few months back, but turns out it is a 2012 release for usin the U.K.  I have heard plenty ofcriticism about the film good and bad and my real impression is, while it maybe filled with celebrity placement, I can’t wait to see the Muppets in action! Besides,the Muppets are known for being associated with celebrities. Just look at the Muppetshow in the 70’s and 80’s. 

U.K Release Date: 10 February
Out now in the U.S

Anticipation Rating: 7/10

The Avengers

Though, really not a comic book movie fan outside Batman, Ithink “the Avengers” will be successful among the fans. I will likely see this,but I am not extremely excited as many are. Combing Thor, Captain America, TheIncredible Hulk and others, it just might be good.

U.K ReleaseDate: 27 April
Anticipation Rating: 6/10

Ice Age 4:Continental Drift

Really, did we ask for this? It appears the BlueSky studiowants to squeeze some more story out of the Ice Age franchise and to be honest,I do not look forward to it. Obviously, parents are going to rush to thecinemas with their kids, likely causing it to be a box office contender. Themost confusing part about it all, is how the third film should not have evenexisted. We are long past the Ice Age now, and I am likely going to stay far awayfrom it.

U.K ReleaseDate: 6 July
Anticipation Rating: 1/10

The Woman inBlack

It looks like DanielRadcliffe is going to get recognition in the future. Let uss hope in 10years-time he is not known as the Potter boy. Let us remove the label before itends up like Rowan Atkinson’s ‘Mr.Bean’ label. Anyway, this film will be a character-driven horror film, which Istill don’t know much about according to plot. I am enthusiastic about this oneas Radcliffe seems like a promising actor.

U.K releaseDate: 10 February
Anticipation Rating: 7/10

21 JumpStreet

At first, I thought JohnnyDepp was going to return as playing tom Hanson, but tht at would be sillyas he doesn’t look like a udder 21 year old anymore. The only thing reallykeeping me see this is Depp’s cameo and to see what they do with the JumpStreet gang. I have seen three seasons and the first two were excellent.

U.K Release Date: March 16
Anticipation Rating: 6/10

Mirror Mirror

I really don’t know what to say. It looks like a  family adventure film that is going to befilled with idiotic comedy, puns and jokes and predictable action all over.Only time will tell if it will be successful or not. 

U.K Release Date:March ETA
Anticipation Rating: 2/10
 

Men in BlackIII

Please no, no more bringing back franchises! I can honestlysay the first “Men In black” film was interesting and the sequel was quitelacking. A third instalment just cries out for a CGI packed film, which Isimply want to stay away from.

U.K Release Date: 25 May (ETA)
Anticipation Rating: 2/10

Brave

Pixar’s next animated feature takes us to the old days of Scotlandon an adventure that follows a young woman who goes on some sort of journey.The concept of a woman not being ‘lady-like’ is now becoming cliché itself, butthe film  still looks reasonablyexciting. Billy Connelly makes avoice appearance too.

U.K Release Date: August 17
Anticipation Rating: 8/10

There are many others that I didn’t mention, but this is allthe energy I have. It is simple for me to say this year looks like it was willbe exciting for cinema and I anticipate it’s movie more than I have 2011. Letus hope we get to see some smashing films!




Melancholia (2011) Review

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Directed by: Lars Von Trier

Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense

Age Certificate: R, 15  

In Lars Von Trier’s gorgeously shot drama, we are put in the position of thinking about what we would do if we were in the situation that we know the world will come to an end; And that is the powerful thing the film does, it evokes question. The film has a soft, but beautiful progression as the film captures destruction and distress. Kirsten Dunst gives an emotionally filled performance that provides the film with drama. Trier, whom wrote and directed the film, definitely has a distinctive style and it is definitely projected here.

Happy New Year! What I plan to do as a filmgoer in 2012


I wish a Happy New Year to my readers and friends outthere!  Here we are, another year in the21st century, a time of technology, media and cinema. Well as a filmgoer,I have a few ‘resolutions’ that I would like to make and at the end of the yearI will make a check list of that and post to see how I did on my targets.  So,here it is, things I plan to do next year is a film buff, nerd, or whatever youwant to call it

  • Watch at least 280 Films
  • Watch at least 160 New Films
  • See at least 70 of the films that come out in 2012.
  • Try and get a review published in a newspaper, article oran official film site.
  • Discover and explore at least 10 new directors work.
  • Make at least 5 short films in different genres being:Drama, Action, Comedy, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
  • Enter a film competition
  • Have over 200 followers on my blog.
  • Gain 200 subscribers on Youtube
  • Start writing a film related book
  • Expand my dvd/blu-ray c0ollection to 200
I think that is about it. Looks like I better start gettingto work on film watching and making! I wish you all a happy New Year readersand thank you for reading this and previous posts made in the year! Comment andlet me know about your resolutions for 2012.