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CHiPs (2017): The Thing I Liked…

CHiPs (2017), Michael Peña, Dax Shepherd
CHiPs (2017), Michael Peña, Dax Shepherd

I tuned in to ChiPs because of the trailer. I also happened to be in the mood for laughs in a movie with actors I already like. Michael Peña I appreciate because of End of Watch (2012) and Dax Shepherd for his recent appearance in an Interview on Hot Ones, a very popular YouTube series I enjoy.

With additional cast that includes, Kristen Bell, Maya Rudolph and Vincent D’Onofrio, CHiPs also has Shepherd occupying the director’s seat. The good news is that the thought, ‘that wasn’t a bad opener’ did cross my mind by the end of the first seven minutes of ChiPs. I enjoyed the shenanigans of the two Los Angeles Highway Patrol motorcycle officers played by Shepherd and Peña. I can therefore say that I found ChiPs adequately entertaining, story-wise. Another highlight with this movie is the beautiful imagery of Los Angeles plus Peña and Shepherd’s chemistry, however awkward at times. 

I see ChiPs as an answer to the question ‘what’s the name of Dax Shepherd and Michael Peña’s movie?’ It’s certainly that for me more than it’s an answer to the question ‘which buddy / cop movie do you highly recommend?’

With that said, watch ChiPs if you’re really curious. I was, so I did. Luckily for me, I regret nothing.

Happy Film Loving

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THE MUMMY (2017): The Things I Liked…

The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella
The Mummy (2017), Sofia Boutella

Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe and Annabelle Wallis, there are parts of director Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, a story about an ancient Egyptian princess, awakened from her crypt and determined to wreak havoc, that I enjoyed. An example would be Russell Crowe’s ‘second character’ who proved a lot of fun to watch even though he appears but very briefly.

Another highlight is courtesy of Sofia Boutella, an actress who was introduced to many audiences as Gazelle in Matthew Vaughn’s rather good Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014). I adored Gazelle even though she was a ‘baddie’ and I therefore knew that Boutella would bring something special, especially physicality-wise to the character of The Mummy (Princess Ahmanet).

Princess Ahmanet stood out so much for me that all other performances and characters’s mostly paled in comparison. Perhaps her character was just the most interesting overall. What I know for sure is that I found myself genuinely scared of the idea that I might personally encounter the princess as I went about my day. Something to do with the costume design and special effects, as well as Boutella’s performance. There’s also the fact that a lot of the film is set in London, England my beloved city.

There are points during The Mummy when I thought, ‘this is interesting, I think I’m quite excited about the other movies coming from Universals ‘Dark Universe’. Unfortunately though, by the end of the film, I wasn’t so sure because I ended up feeling as though the movie was far more basic in terms of the story, writing and execution-wise, overall than what I’d been hoping for – especially for a Tom Cruise movie. 

On a positive note, I’m now even more curious about Egypt’s real history and I may just delve into that as a result. I may even…

Who am I kidding? I’m busy and far too in love with film to make time for more history books.

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GUN SHY (2017): New Trailer Fron Antonio Banderas, Olga Kurylenko, Ben Cura…

Gun Shy (2017), Antonio Banderas
Gun Shy (2017), Antonio Banderas

Directed by Simon West; starring Antonio Banderas, Olga Kurilenko and Ben Cura, Gun Shy is an action movie with Banderas as an ageing rock star who’s kidnapped while vacationing in Thailand….

 

There’s really no watching this trailer without at least one of Johnny Depp’s various eccentric characters coming coming to mind. I want to see it because it could be funny in a good way, maybe.

Gun Shy Release Dates: September 8th, 2017 (US)…

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21 JUMP STREET (2012): For the Fun Action & Bromance…

21 Jump Street (2012), Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum
21 Jump Street (2012), Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum

My favourite thing about directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s action / comedy 21 Jump Street is… I want to say ‘everything’ because I really had a great time watching this movie. Nevertheless, if I had to choose one thing, its of course the beautiful bromance between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s characters. They play two under achieving cops who are sent back to high school to bring down a synthetic drug ring. It’s a good balance of comedy and action with a soft-ish centre of good old fashioned brotherly bonding.

In addition to co-stars Ice Cube and Johnny Depp, another highlight for me was recognising a younger Brie Larson among the cast. Watch 21 Jump Street for the fun bromance. Though it’s definitely not number one on my top ten bromance movies list (because Pineapple Express (2008) rules); it is a fun and funny ‘adults back in high school’ movie experience with a side of undercover cop action.

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KONG – SKULL ISLAND (2017): The Things I Liked…

Kong - Skull Island (2017), Tom Hiddleston.
Kong – Skull Island (2017), Tom Hiddleston

Telling the origin story of King Kong – the giant movie monster that looks like an ape, Kong -Skull Island follows a group of scientists who enter an uncharted island in the Pacific looking for monsters. They do not arrive with peaceful intentions and therefore end up having to fight to escape with their lives.

If you’ve seen at least one previous King Kong movie, then you know that at some point, Kong ends up in New York city against his will. None of that happens in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s fun adventure, at least not in this first instalment. What we do get to see resembles something an aggressor might expect to face when they force their way into a person’s home uninvited; a bloody good fight for survival.

I admit that a tear or two escaped my eyes a I watched the movie. Reason being, I’m a sensitive soul and Kong was peacefully minding his business before ‘the bad men came’. In the name of full disclosure, I may have also shed a few tears because of the knowledge that a certain handsome and well-voiced Mr. Tom Hiddleston may probably never, ever, personally escort me to safety through a treacherous jungle… let alone across a busy street.

Besides the good performances by Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly – to name just a few, the well choreographed human vs monster and monster vs monster showdowns, the story, special effects, musical score and cinematography all did a great job of keeping me engaged throughout.

Watch Kong – Skull Island because it’s good.

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READY PLAYER ONE (2018): New Trailer From Steven Spielberg Starring Tye Sheridan,  T.J. Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, Hannah John-Kamen… 

Ready Player One (2018)
Ready Player One (2018)

In Steven Spielberg’s latest movie Ready Player One, gamers compete inside a massive video game universe to find an ‘Easter egg’ (item, trivia or surprise buried within the game) hidden by the network’s recently deceased creator.

The finder of the Easter egg is promised the creator’s fortune. Soon enough Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) becomes the first player to successfully navigate the first level of the test, leading to a high-stakes international race to crack the game’s code. Based on the novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One also stars  Hannah John-KamenT.J. MillerBen Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance…

I haven’t read the book so my mind is threatening to race with all the twists, turns and obstacles the story is likely to have, in order to keep things interesting. The promising special effects is another key reason to watch. I refuse to let Spielberg’s last disappointing movie (The BFG, 2016) prevent me from getting excited. I am officially looking forward to this story.

Ready Player One Release Dates: March 30th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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ALPHA (2018): New Trailer From Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natassia Malthe, Leonor Varela…

Alpha (2018), Kodi Smit-McPhee
Alpha (2018), Kodi Smit-McPhee

From writer / director Albert Hughes, Alpha which stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natassia Malthe and Leonor Varela tells a story of survival set 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age…

 

I really want to know what this movie has to say about how the relationship between canines and man began. I’ll therefore be watching mainly for this reason but also for the promising visuals and hopefully a happy father/ son reunion.

Alpha Release Dates: March 2nd, 2018 (US)…

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THE FOREIGNER (2017): New Trailer From Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan…

The Foreigner (2017), Jackie Chan
The Foreigner (2017), Jackie Chan

Martin Campbell –  the director of Casino Royale (2006), a.k.a. my favourite James Bond movie of all time is the director of The Foreigner, the new Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan action / thriller set in London, England. Chan’s character is a man whose daughter is killed by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb. The police are not doing much to help him so he takes matters into his own hands…

This trailer could definitely have been shorter but I’m still excited because the film looks  good. I confess to having screamed ‘Jackie!’ a couple of times in delighted surprise as the trailer played. I kind of feel as though I have even more reason than usual to be proud of Jackie Chan.

First of all, the man is 63 years old and seems to be incredibly convincing physically as an action star. Second, on my trip to L.A., I took one of those open top bus tours to Beverly Hills and I saw him outside his home. To me, that means that my… what some might describe as ‘extreme joy’ at seeing him in a very promising trailer is super justified because we ‘kind of met’ once.

I definitely haven’t watched most of Chan’s movies but I’ll always be a fan because of Rush Hour 2 (2001) in particular. Without that movie, I may have never found out that contrary to what I used to believe, there is actually a way for me to enjoy karaoke after all.

Fingers crossed that the finished product proves worthy of all my enthusiasm.

The Foreigner Release Dates: October 13th, 2017 (US)…

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