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EXTINCTION (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Extinction (2018), Michael Peña
Extinction (2018), Michael Peña

Directed by Ben Young and starring Michael Peña, Mike Colter and Lizzy Caplan, Extinction is a Netflix sci-fi thriller where a father’s recurring nightmare showing his family in grave danger becomes a reality.

What I’d really have loved to write at this point is that the tide has finally turned and at last we have a really good Netflix movie. Instead, the very best I can really say about Extinction is that the film’s full premise which quite rightly isn’t really completely revealed to the audience until towards the last third of the movie is exciting. When the revelation did finally come, I certainly hoped that I would have been more delighted.

The acting isn’t bad but the reason I found the all important revelation very underwhelming has a lot to do with the story / structure and the budget. I feel as though the story needed more development, particularly in regards to how a thriller could still be thrilling considering the unavoidable constraints linked to the specific nature of the story and the nature of the main characters involved. In that way perhaps Extinction wouldn’t have felt quite as hollow as it did to me.

I’m disappointed because instead of celebrating the film’s great execution, I’m left wondering how good such an exciting and relevant idea could have been in the hands of different people.

Watch it if you must. Otherwise there’s Minority Report (2002), which isn’t particularly similar to Extinction, but it is undoubtedly good.

Happy Film Loving

G

NEIGHBORS 2 – SORORITY RISING: The Thing I Liked…

Neighbors 2 - Sorority Rising (2016), Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne
Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising (2016), Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne

I remember watching Neighbors (2014) and not liking it enough to write anything meaningful. I wasn’t in love with the Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising trailer either at first, but it grew on me after a week.

Fast forward to now having seen the sequel, the film suffers from the dreaded sequel disease of repetition. Though certainly not to the levels that My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 did this year, suffer it certainly does. As per the original movie, this one too was directed by Nicholas Stoller.

None of the performances by the stars including Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco or Chloë Grace Moretz were bad. I just wasn’t much amused. In fact I’m quite certain that most of my laughing happened during the Neighbors 2 trailer.

Neighbors 2 - Sorority Rising (2016), Chloë Grace Moretz
Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising (2016), Chloë Grace Moretz

Try as I must, I managed to find something I enjoyed about the movie and that is the message(s) at the end – however forced they may have felt.

From here on, the Neighbors 2 experience is going to be placed firmly behind me. especially  as I get busy re-watching my favourite of Rogen’s work;  Pineapple Express (2008), This Is The End (2013) and The Interview (2014). There’s also the wonderfully inappropriate Sausage Party (2016) to get excited and hopeful about.

I’m starting to wonder why it is that I seem to find myself enjoying Rogen’s Newer work less and less. I wasn’t even able to make it through the first third of The Night Before (2015) before needing to bail because I didn’t buy into any of the character’s actions. Am I simply getting too old and therefore no longer the target market? Have I watched so many of his movies / movies in general that very little is new to me any more? Has my taste simply changed…?

All I know at this point is that whatever the answer, thank goodness for the early work.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

ALLIED (2016): New Trailer Starring Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard

Allied (2016), Brad Pitt
Allied (2016), Brad Pitt

Wonderful French actress Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt have a new movie. Set in 1942 during the second world war and directed by Robert Zemeckis, at the centre of Allied is the relationship between Marianne Beausejour, a French Resistance Fighter (Cotillard) and Intelligence Officer Max Vatan (Pitt)…

Looks like Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2007) on a higher level and maybe even more badass.

Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Raffey Cassidy and Charlotte Hope also star.

Allied Release Dates: November 20th, 2016 (US); November 25th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (2016): New Trailer Featuring More Magic, Thrills & Daniel Radcliffe

Now You See Me 2 (2016), Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan,Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg
Now You See Me 2 (2016), Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg

Now You See Me 2, the sequel to 2012’s slick and clever Now You See Me is coming and the trailer promises more seemingly impossible illusions and tricks from the The Four Horsemen…

Directed by Jon M. Chu; Daniel Radcliffe, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco and Michael Caine return along with Mark Ruffalo for more action magic and thrills.

I’m looking forward to plenty, including the character played by Daniel Radcliffe.

Release Date (s): June 9th, 2016 (UK), June 10th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE NIGHT BEFORE (2015): New Comedy Starring Seth Rogen & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Night Before (2015), Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie
The Night Before (2015), Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie

The latest trailer for Seth Rogen’s new film, The Night Before is here…

Directed by Jonathan Levine, starring Seth Rogen, Antony mackie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lizzy Kaplan and Jillian Bell, of course it’s a comedy and I already can’t wait. 

I’m just glad that as far as I can tell from the trailer, I can’t see any reason why Sony would have to pull out of releasing this one (fingers crossed).

Release Date (s): November 2oth, 2015 (UK), December 4th, 2015 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving  🙂

G

THE INTERVIEW (2014): Why Does It feel like Hackers Just Stole my Christmas Present?

The Interview (2014) Seth Rogen, James Franco
The Interview (2014) Seth Rogen, James Franco

First the New York city premier of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s film, The Interview (2014) was cancelled. Now Sony confirms that the film has been pulled from overall release, thanks to a threat of terror upon cinema goers from the hackers responsible for a cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

People are talking about how outrageous it is that Sony would bow down to threats of terror and what all this means for freedom of expression. It isn’t great. But the overall answer seems simple to me. I doubt that Sony had any plans to cancel release… until the top three cinema chains in the U.S. pulled out of showing the films at all.

Without the necessary distribution network in place, there isn’t much choice. Maybe things would have been different if Sony had their own chain of cinemas.

As a massive movie fan and an advocate of the comedic work of Rogen and Franco, I’m hugely disappointed. Somehow though, I get the feeling that this is not the end of The Interview. As Judd Apatow put it…

“This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on earth than it would have before. Legally or illegally all will see it.”

With that note…

Happy The Interview, someway, somehow 🙂

G

Updates:

Sony will release The Interview online

More detail on the decision for non-release BBC Entertainment & Arts News.

THE INTERVIEW (2014): The Rogen Franco Bromance Continues

The Interview (2014) Seth Rogen, James Franco
The Interview (2014) Seth Rogen, James Franco

Seth Rogen and James Franco are two filmmakers I really appreciate.

The Interview (2014) is their latest work – and the trailer…?

May their partnership thrive always.

Happy The Interview 🙂

G