Category Archives: Action

FORD v FERRARI (2019): New Trailer From Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe…

Ford v Ferrari (2019), Christian Bale
Ford v Ferrari (2019), Christian Bale

Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal and Caitriona Balfe, Ford v Ferrari is a new action / drama from Logan (2017) director James Mangold.

It’s the true story of the battle between car manufacturers Ford and Ferrari to win Le Mans in 1966…

I like the pairing of Bale and Damon, and since this is an American movie, I guess we likely already know who ‘wins.’

I’m ready for the dialogue and humour. I also can’t help but wonder how differently the Italians might tell this story.

Ray McKinnon, Josh Lucas, JJ Feild, Noah Jupe, Stefania Spampinato, Tracy Letts, Wyatt Nash and Hélène Cardona also star.

Ford v Ferrari Release Dates: November 15th, 2019 (US &UK)…

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THE KITCHEN (2019): New Trailer From Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson…

The Kitchen (2019), Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, Warner Bros. Pictures

Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Melissa MacCarthy and Domhnall Gleeson are the stars of new crime / drama The Kitchen.

Directed by Andrea Berloff, it’s the story of the wives of New York gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s, as they continue to operate their imprisoned husbands’ rackets…

I’m in for the Widows (2018) vibes. I’ll of course be comparing the two movies. Which will I like more? I wonder…

Common, Margo Martindale, James Badge Dale, Jeremy Bobb, Bill Camp and Brian d’Arcy James also star.

The Kitchen Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US); September 20th, 2019 (UK)…

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017): Good Movie…

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Chris Pratt
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Chris Pratt

To those who’ve already read my thoughts on Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014), you’ll know that I didn’t completely love the movie. Regardless of that truth though, I’m still determined to see as many of the stand alone films of each Avengers Endgame (2019) character as possible. And with that goal in mind, a few days ago I sat myself down to two hours and sixteen minutes of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.

My expectations weren’t exactly the highest, as one might imagine. So picture my surprise when I found myself having a good time almost immediately.

In trying to understand what had changed, it became clear that , the story is simply much better this time round. I found it more interesting. I definitely enjoyed the surprises within the script as well as the elaboration on the backstory of several of the main characters. I’m also quite sure that there weren’t any sentimental moments or attempts at humour that felt hugely forced. I imagine that everything was that little bit better because the actors were more comfortable in their roles.

I still stand by the truth that I didn’t enjoy Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014), but I’m also sure that my appreciation of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. isn’t a result of me learning to ignore any of the humour that doesn’t quite land or ignore any general corniness within the script. I really did like the new characters, find the story more fun, and appreciated the special effects that little bit extra.

With all that said I now say, watch it because it’s good and especially if you’re sure I’m not completely mad.

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TERMINATOR – DARK FATE (2019): NEw Trailer From Mackenzie Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton…

Terminator - Dark Fate (2019), Linda Hamilton, Paramaount Pictures
Terminator – Dark Fate (2019), Linda Hamilton, Paramaount Pictures

Directed by Tim Miller of Deadpool (2016) and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton plus Mackenzie Davis, Terminator – Dark Fate is the next instalment in the celebrated science fiction story that started with James Cameron’s The Terminator back in 1984.

The official plot hasn’t yet been released but additional key cast does include Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta, Natalia Reyes, Brett Azar…

‘Wow’ is the word because this trailer looks really good. Fans of Cameron’s first and second Terminator Movies movie are no doubt excited to see Hamilton back as the rather badass Sarah Conner.

Right aways I know I like Davis as Grace, whoever Grace is. I’m also excited to hopefully find Luna’s Terminator character to be as perfectly loathsome as Robert Patrick’s great portrayal of T-1000 from Terminator 2 – Judgement Day (1991).

Terminator – Dark Fate Release Dates: October 23rd, 2019 (UK); November 1st, 2019 (US & CAN)…

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ANGEL HAS FALLEN (2019): New Trailer From Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett-Smith…

(Angel Has Fallen 2019), Gerard Butler, Lionsgate Movies
(Angel Has Fallen 2019), Gerard Butler, Lionsgate Movies

In Angel Has Fallen, Gerard Butler is back as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning. Benning is framed for the attempted assassination of the President (Morgan Freeman) and as he tries to uncover the real threat, he must evade his own agency and the FBI…

Directed by  Ric Roman Waugh; additional key cast includes Piper Perabo, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tim Blake Nelson…

I really do love a good chase movie and this appears to be precisely that.

Lance Reddick, Chris Browning, Danny Huston, Michael Landes, Sarah-Stephanie and Sophia Del Pizzo also star.

Angel Has Fallen Release Dates: August 23rd, 2019 (US & UK)…

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014): The Things I Liked…

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014), Chris Pratt
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014), Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel are among the stars of Guardians Of The Galaxy. A James Gunn directed action / adventure / comedy about a group of intergalactic criminals and their attempt to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe.

The main reason I wanted to see this film is because I’d really like to watch the last two Avengers movies but I’m behind. And I’ve never been one to jump to watch a sequel before seeing the films that came before.

I’m quite sure that the following opinion isn’t popular but as Gunn’s movie played, it wasn’t too long before the thought ‘I don’t think I like this.’ came to mind. As I wondered why, several reasons began to surface. Reason one, it feels quite a lot like Star Trek. I’m not saying that I hate Star Trek, but I’m also not overly enthused by it either. Reason two, some of the humorous moments work but there’s a bunch of others that feel as though the script is trying too hard to be amusing. So much so that several attempts to make the audience laugh came across to me as forced. Thirdly, I found that out of the four or five main sentimental moments, I only really appreciated two of them; the one on earth and the one involving Groot. The rest just felt rather corny, for want of a better phrase.

As for the things that stood out most in a positive way, those include Zoe Saldana’s physical performance, Karen Gillian as the less favoured sibling, and of course, the visual effects that show what space actually looks like.

Knowing Guardians Of The Galaxy as a movie that many people love, I mostly see it as a reminder that fantasy is definitely not my favourite genre. Especially when most of the actors are sporting plenty of make up / prosthetics. Nevertheless, to everyone who had a great time, I’m seriously very pleased for you.

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JOHN WICK (2014): The Things I Liked…

John Wick (2014), Keanu Reeves, Lionsgate
John Wick (2014), Keanu Reeves, Lionsgate

Everything that happens at the start of John Wick may not feel as perfectly put together story-wise as one might prefer. However, it isn’t long after the beginning and / or end that one realises the story and sometimes the dialogue didn’t feel especially polished for a reason. The reason being, the main focus of John Wick is really the fight choreography, stylish shots and shoot-out fun. That isn’t to say that you can’t have both a very well put together story and fun shoot-out action in the same movie. You just won’t necessarily get that here.

Directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, I liked seeing Keanu Reeves as a highly skilled and certainly well-dressed hitman. I had fun as the camera followed him as he moved around the city of New Yorkenacting revenge against the people who killed his precious dog.

It’s clear now why post John Wick viewing, ‘All that for a dog?‘ was a common question asked by a number of people. The story could have been executed in a way that meant such a question never even arose but the filmmakers had other plans. And anyway, for me, the killing spree wasn’t so much about the dog but rather, everything that the very precious dog represented.

All things considered, John Wick isn’t my favourite revenge movie. It also isn’t the worst. The moments that featured a noticeable light blue wash over the film’s imagery, denoting the coldness of the characters, their actions and mindset were one of the key highlights.

I’m quite certain that it’s not just me who kept picturing how a good a John Wick video game might look as the movie played. I definitely imagine that those who like shoot out games, don’t mind relatively graphic violence and enjoy stylishly executed cinema will have the best time.

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DOCTOR STRANGE (2016): Good Movie…

Doctor Strange (2016), Benedict Cumberbatch, Marvel Studios
Doctor Strange (2016), Benedict Cumberbatch, Marvel Studios

‘Fun’ and ‘good’ are the words for Doctor Strange; Marvel’s story of a brilliant neurosurgeon who’s drawn into the mystic arts while seeking physical and spiritual healing.

Starring the well-voiced Benedict Cumberbatch, director Scott Derrickson’s film is definitely a superhero movie. And as someone who was in the midst of superhero movie fatigue at time of release, I’m happy to say that the film’s different class of weaponry / enemy really worked to make the experience that little bit different and certainly more interesting.

I don’t know how great a thing this is but the impressive visual effects in Doctor Strange kind of kept my beloved Inception (2010) at front-of-mind, at least half the time. In fact, I couldn’t help but wonder about how much more amazing I’d find Marvel’s move if I hadn’t seen much of the style of effects first in Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Arresting visuals aside though, the execution of the growth of Strange’s character from beginning to end; that – particularly how satisfying it was to watch the growth because he needed it is my favourite thing about Derrickson’s movie.

I absolutely took some time aside to fantasise about personally having Strange’s abilities… without the suffering that came before, of course.

Watch it if you haven’y already. It’s worthy.

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