Deep in the jungle lives an orphaned boy. Mowgli (Neel Sethi), found by a no-nonsense panther named Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), Mowgli is brought to the wolves and is trained in the ways of the wolf. However, as a growing human, what Mowgli lacks in wolf like abilities he uses his human ‘tricks’ such as tool crafting. During the summer, while everyone is gathering at the watering hole that is Peace Rock, the fearsome Shere Khan (Idris Elba) makes it known that humans aren’t allowed to live in the jungle. A violation of that law is death, according to Khan. The interspecies truce is only valid until Peace Rock is submerged by the fall rains. Khan bides his time as he knows what everyone else is thinking: Winter is coming.Continue reading “Movie Review – The Jungle Book (2016)”
There’s a world where animals have evolved to a higher level of think, far past their basic instincts. However, animals all over uses their natural abilities to their advantage. Rabbits farm and the King of the Jungle is Mayor. It’s perfectly sufficient to use your natural talents to cement your place in life, but what if you could achieve more? What if you could change your predestined station in life and follow your dreams? Since she was a kit, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) of Bunnyborrow has always stood up for the little guy, even though she’s pretty tiny herself. While her overprotective parents Bonnie (Bonnie Hunt) and Stu (Don Lake) would rather see Judy join her 237 siblings and maintain the family farm; Judy wants to protect and serve in the Zootopia Police Department. Continue reading “Movie Review – Zootopia”
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”
Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) is on the search for answers, after an assassination attempt in the Congo. While working for UNICEF and drilling wells in a village, Jim’s bloody past as a mercenary has come back to haunt him.
Eight years ago, Jim was working with a private security company while a Congolese airport was under construction. Jim and his team; led by Cox (Mark Rylance) and Felix (Javier Bardem) were also employed by a multinational mining company looking to protect its assets. The company hires Jim’s team for a political assassination, with the caveat that the shooter leaves the continent without a trace. Jim is that shooter and he is required to leave the continent and his girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca), a Doctor’s Without Borders volunteer.
The action packed Sci-Fi flick, Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott, takes over the movie goers mind this summer. It fuels the Sci-Fi lovers thoughts with the “What if’s?” and the “What will happen next?” throughout this heart racing film. Sci-Fi movies have appeared to be a slowly decaying genre of film and become more and more repetitive over the years. Will Prometheus be able to stand up the hairs on our neck and bring back the classic Sci-Fi experience we once enjoyed? Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW – Prometheus”
If you’ve been out of the world for the last 33 years, a film called Alien was released in 1979 and is hailed as one of cinema’s greatest science fiction/horror movies ever made. Claustrophobic and terrifying, Alien scorched the box office, captured the attention of audiences worldwide, and made an action hero out of Sigourney Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley. It has permeated popular culture, with all manner of art paying homage to or spoofing Alien or its characters; it has since spawned three direct sequels and a spinoff involving Predator, another 20th Century Fox property. When I went to the San Diego Comic-Con International last year, I was lucky to catch the Prometheus panel hosted by co-writer Damon Lindelof and co-star Charlize Theron. As a surprise for the audience, director Ridley Scott and star Noomi Rapace joined them via satellite uplink to talk about what they were doing during the final days of shooting in Iceland. During this discussion, Scott said one thing: “This film will definitely have Alien DNA.” A curious choice of words, thinking back on it while looking ahead to Prometheus. And with Prometheus’ release today, we finally get to see just how much DNA is in the finished product, which will probably be considered a hallmark of the post-2000-era of modern science fiction. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Prometheus”
Arguably the most-anticipated panel at this year’s Comic Con, Sony Pictures had a lot on hand for the Hall H audience at Comic Con this year. Aside from a new comedy from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and a sequel to Marvel character, Ghost Rider, Sony Pictures had the latest info on their remake of Total Recall (a film made popular by former Governor Schwartzenneger), as well as their reboot of the Marvel’s webslinger, Spider-Man. Up first was…..