Before the events of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), we learn of Ravenna (Charlize Theron), the misunderstood evil sorceress who will become queen and her sister Freya (Emily Blunt). Freya had an affair with the Duke of Blackwood and is now with child. Unfortunately, the Duke committed filicide, sending Freya into a rage, unleashing her cryokinesis. The two sisters separated as Freya turned toward the Northern Lands and began her icy rule. Determined to rid the world of love; convinced that it is a weakness, kidnaps children to raise them as soldiers called The Huntsmen. Two particularly talented warriors are Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain). The secret couple, secretly wed and live relatively harmoniously, that is, until their discovered by Freya. There are only two laws in Freya’s Queendom: Love is forbidden, and Freya demands absolute loyalty. The penalty for breaking either law is death (of course). Both Eric and Sara resist, but Sara is apparently killed in the fight forcing Eric to flee, starting his story in Snow White and the Huntsman. As that story ended happily ever after, the peace didn’t last long. The infamous Magic Mirror has been stolen and in the wrong hands, its power could be used to rule the world. The only one trustworthy enough to retrieve the Mirror and place in a safe place, hiding it from all is (conveniently) our Huntsman and some friends made along the way.
America has a long-standing need for foreign oil. Long before it was extracted from the Earth, Whalers from around the country took to the seas to catch and render the world’s largest mammals. The pursuit of this living treasure usually meant year-long trips at sea, combing the ‘fishing’ grounds, no matter the weather. Early on in the film, the whaling ship Essex, from Nantucket, Massachusetts gets rocked by three-story tall waves, while chasing a pod of whales. This particular run is successful, as their bounty yields a dozen barrels of oil, but the rest is too shallow to send a bucket. A person small enough must climb inside the whale and scoop out the rest by hand. Luckily smell-o-vision isn’t a thing anymore, as 14-year-old Cabin Boy Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland) is shoved headfirst into the whale. It’s 30 years later, where our story starts as the older Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson) is paid by an unknown author Herman Melville (Ben Wishaw). Nickerson’s account of the Essex inspired Melville to write Moby Dick in 1851. Continue reading “Review – In The Heart Of The Sea”
The bar was set extremely high in 2012 with The Avengers. My second thought, after that was awesome was whether or not the series had peaked. The third highest grossing movie of all time (unadjusted for inflation); The Avengers was the culmination of five years of movies and the end of Phase one. The penultimate film of phase two is Avengers: Age of Ultron with Ant-Man to début in July. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has ridden an unprecedented wave of successes. So far the eleven films has a joint worldwide gross of over $7 billion. The MCU is long overdue for a dud, it could be devastating to the franchise if that dud was the Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
As improbable as it is that Age Of Ultron won’t be anything less than epic, it’s equally unlikely that the film will surpass its predecessors. The Avengers (2012) is the highest grossing superhero film of all time and three years later has a sequel that reaches a new, undiscovered level of awesome. Continue reading “Review – Avengers: Age Of Ultron”
The war on terror isn’t only fought on in the craggy terrains of “Wherever-the-hell-istan”. If you have a Sony Playstation or have shopped at Target, The Home Depot or Marshalls within the last year, you were made very aware of the cyber threats to your accounts. Daily, hackers around the world are trying to infiltrate the security settings of anything they choose. Recently, the United States Central Command’s social media accounts were infiltrated. As interesting as a multi-national cyber task force would be to see in action; Michael Mann’s ‘Blackhat’ is the opposite of fun or plausible. What would’ve been a frenetic thriller along the lines of ‘Collateral’ or ‘Heat’, ‘Blackhat’ is sluggish and considerably dated, though the story was “ripped from the headlines”.
A noticeable result of putting a career stuntman in the director’s chair is the minimal presence of CGI, as exemplified by Act of Valor earlier this year. This might be the only redeeming aspect of Red Dawn, which suffers from terrible dialogue, nondescript performances and the typical ‘smoke and mirrors’ editing that ensures a PG-13 rating. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Red Dawn”
Once upon a time in a theater far away plays a fairytale movie that’s so divinely dark, you shouldn’t stay away. Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders, hits theaters with their grim, action fantasy rendition of the Disney classic Snow White. How will this movie portray the beloved tale of the fairest princess, Snow White overcoming the wrath of the wicked queen? Will good prevail with a fantastic and award-winning performance or will evil “reign” on this movies parade?
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Between Mirror, Mirror, the other “Snow White” film to hit the theaters this year and Snow White and the Huntsman, this is the fairer one overall.
For well over a year now, fanboys of the Marvel comic book characters have been eagerly awaiting Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s The Avengers film to hit theaters. The film brings together some of the most popular characters in the Marvel universe but the biggest question that has been on everyone’s mind is can expectations be lived up to with this huge tentpole release? The answer is a resounding yes!
Jon Favreau’s Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk.
Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.
Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
To cull a quote from another Jon Favreau-scripted movie, “Everything that is past is prologue to this.”*
Well, “this” just happens to be the Joss Whedon-directed, gargantuan mother of all crossover movies involving all of the aforementioned Marvel superheroes – Marvel’sThe Avengers. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Marvel’s The Avengers”
Like a man going into a dentist for the first time in 20 years, the modern-day horror film needs to have a serious examination, cleansing, and a burnishing; we have fallen into a rut of bloated copycat movies about serial torturers, video camera footage about possession, and remakes of ‘70s and ‘80s horror movies that were good the first time around. So, what do you do when you want to revitalize a genre? You send in master writer Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard, a man who cut his teeth under Whedon on the television shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”. Together, they have created some of the most memorable moments in television and cinema history; now, they have joined forces once again to bring us The Cabin in the Woods. Similar to this year’s Man on a Ledge, the title gives away its premise. But even more similar is that the title only gives you a glimpse of what’s to come – the rest is best left to unfold as you watch it. That, my friends, is where the similarities end. The difference? Man on a Ledge will more than likely be forgotten in the next year, while The Cabin in the Woods is an absolutely exceptional piece of art that will be remembered for a long time to come. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: The Cabin in the Woods”
If TheCabin in the Woods sounds like a generic title, it’s only because co-writers Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon wish to stress the gleeful irony of their material. The film, which might be considered both a sympathetic wink to starving horror fans and a giant middle finger to the current horror establishment, acknowledges – with equal parts love and disdain – the very stereotypes that make most of these scenarios so ridiculous.
The example in Cabin, which follows five ostensibly cookie-cutter college students off to the woods for a weekend of sex, drinking and other behaviors that typically result in their grisly demise, gives the Ten Little Indians formula (on which essentially every slasher movie is based) a conceptual overhaul, with some monumental consequences to boot. And though you don’t need to be a Comic-Con veteran or have a subscription to Fangoria magazine, your enjoyment – nay, comprehension – of Cabin isdependent largely on your knowledge (and appreciation) of the genre, particularly in its final 30 minutes. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: The Cabin in the Woods”
Now that Thor & Captain America’s solo ventures are in the rearview mirror, the countdown becomes more intense as May approaches and audience finally witness The Avengers assemble. Check out a first glimpse of the team. Continue reading “First Glimpse of The Avengers!!”
Parents try to teach their children the right morals and how to behave in life. It must be tough. Especially when they’re young there’s so much push and pull, it’s got to drive them crazy. They want the best for their children and want to make sure that they’re well mannered, well deserving individuals. Now imagine being put into a position of privilege. That’s got to be even more difficult. When you’re given virtually anything that you want and don’t have to work for it, how can you still maintain an individual who is humble in nature? I guess that’s where a wise parent comes into play.
As Marvel Studio’s Thor prepares to storm into theaters this Mother’s Day Weekend, the folks at Comingsoon.net had a chance to speak with some of the film’s cast to discuss their preparation for the next upcoming Marvel Studios outing, The Avengers. Continue reading “The Cast of Thor Gears Up For Avengers”
Ever since Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) appeared at the end of the first Iron Man film, Marvel has been preparing us for their all-star superhero ensemble film, The Avengers. Following Iron Man, many of the Marvel films have teased us with a cameo of some sort: The Incredible Hulk (Tony Stark in the last scene), Iron Man 2 (Captain America’s shield midway into the film & Thor’s hammer in the end credits), etc. Now it has been confirmed that this trend will continue in Marvel’s upcoming film, Thor. Click after the break to find out what Marvel character will make their debut…… Continue reading “Fellow Avenger to Feature in Thor”
In what can only be summarized up in Hollywood greed, MGM has decided to change the villains in its upcoming Red Dawn from the Chinese to the North Koreans in order to maintain access to the country’s lucrative box office.
About a week and a half ago, Samuel J. Jackson revealed on NBC‘s Jimmy Fallon’s show that his character, Nick Fury (last seen in Iron Man 2), would indeed be appearing in both Thor and CaptainAmerica. While this news was to be expected (considering Marvel’s attempt to link all the Marvel characters together in preparation for their upcoming Avengers film releasing next summer), one additional detail he revealed has since sparked interest among fans. This detail being that Fury would have his own sidekick for The Avengers film. Since that interview, there has been much speculation as to who that character would be. Read on to find out who our mystery character is…. Continue reading “Nick Fury has a Sidekick”