Written by Dave Bosworth
Set Phasers to Fun…I mean Stun
Welcome back film fans to this weeks HHKMovies Review. This week we look at Star Trek Into Darkness. The second installment in the Sci Fi franchise from J.J. Abrams(Super 8, Star Trek) beaming back the crew of the Enterprise under the questionable leadership of wild and reckless Cpt. Jim Kirk played by Chris Pine(This Means War) and his half-human half-vulcan 2nd in command Mr Spock. This voyage of Star Fleet’s finest ship takes them beyond anything they’ve experienced before. Beyond what they thought they were capable of and beyond the directives of Star Fleet Exploration! With Alice Eve(She’s Out of My League) having made her way onto the crew of the Starship we’re treated to something that the die hard Trekkies will make sure they get use of….but she wasn’t invited on the ship!
Abrams brings us this installment after listening to alot of feedback and critique from fans of the original series and he doesn’t disappoint. Into Darkness is a feast for the eyes and with a strong cast leading from the original, you really engage with key characters and want to be part of their journey. Queue Benedict Cumberbatch(Sherlock) as mystery man “John Harrison” who is more of an anomoly than why Cpt. Kirk hasn’t caught an STD yet. I’ve got to say though that Cumberbatch has to get special mention in this review for his role in portraying the bad guy here. I’m not going to give away any spoilers for those of you who haven’t yet seen the movie. But, yes. If you’re a Trek fan. Yes, it’s him. That’s all I’m saying though!
Into Darkness is the BEST movie of the year so far. With fantastic and rich visuals, layered characters and relationsips that pull you in and make you feel everything they do, Academy Award strong acting, spaceships, boobs, stuff blowing up and Klingons. You can’t get much more closer to perfect than that little checklist of what makes great Sci Fi.
Definitely 5 out of 5.
Written By David Bosworth (@boz_worth)
“When Our Flag Falls, Our Nation will rise”…..
With a tagline like this you get a pretty good idea about how this movie will play out and you’re not far out! Antoine Fuqua(Training Day) brings us the flag flying, salute giving, bald eagle on bicep tattooing “Olympus Has Fallen”. The story of what happens when the White House is taken and who in Gods Free Land can take it back? Mike Banning of course! Mike Banning is THE ex secret service agent and bad ass mother fudger who works at the Treasury, of all places. Why? Because of a horrific accident involving President Ben Asher, who demoted Mike and left him to wallow at a desk. Gerard Butler(300) leads an impressive cast including Aaron Eckhart(The Dark Knight) and Morgan Freeman(Shawshank Redemption) in this action fueled and politically dangerous movie.
America sees its monuments fall and its White House alight when all hell steps foot on Washington’s streets. With little time to react the nation can’t fathom the idea that the safest building in the country is under siege! Who is responsible? How will they get it back? Who is in charge when both the President and the Vice President are taken hostage? These are legitimate questions for anything other than the ‘One-Man Army’ action genre. You can’t expect suspense and thrills when King Leonidas is the leading man. When you go in with the knowledge that this is Die Hard at The White House you will enjoy this movie much more.
To expect twists and turns and who-done-its will only leave you with a bad taste in your mouth after this movie. You like explosions, cliche one liners and some foreign dudes getting blown away then this is for you! Just sounds like a synopsis for “Die Hard” right? Yep that’s this, just with better CGI. Oh yeah, by the way, its the North Koreans…
3.5 out of 5
Written by Adam Darbyshire
Yet another highly anticipated movie from the Marvel series hit our screens this week, and as always it did not disappoint. Robert Downey Junior returned to the big screen as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist Tony Stark we have all grown to love.
With this instalment there is a lot more comedy value brought to the audience than in the previous films, but not to the point where this takes over or becomes corny. Marvel have also compensated the more serious members of the audience with a lot more action, more in the style of avengers than the Iron Man series, constant battles throughout the film rather than just a big boss at the end.
Written by Joe Langham.
In 2006, Nas proclaimed that hip-hop was dead. In 2013, scores of artists have been coming together for a series of live shows to prove that hip-hop music is still very much alive. These shows are proudly called Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead. On its third night, Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead has already been upgraded to a larger venue, The Garage in Islington. The line-up combined some of the biggest acts from the first two nights such as Genesis Elijah and Black the Ripper and welcomed some new faces from around the UK including Northern duo Leddie and Smoggy.
Written by David Bosworth
Anyone remember Scary Movie 4? Nope. Me neither. What about Scary Movie 3? The one with Leslie Nielsen as the President and there’s the aliens in the field from ‘Signs’? Struggling to place that one as well Okay. You MUST remember Scary Movie 2 then? Come on, the one with the turkey dinner stuffed with ‘penis’ and vagini’s’, served with the small hand! You remember now? You’ll remember the original then. The one that spawned all the aforementioned sequels both good and bad.
Scary Movie 5 falls into the latter category of ‘Bad’! In fact it probably falls into its own category of ‘The Good(1 & 2), The Bad(3 & 4) and the Ugly(5)’ which is why this review was needed to warn the masses that the horror spoof genre has died a gruesome death!
Friday 19th April | Mint Club | Leeds
“A combination of Trap Music and Bass music which is set to be the country’s next trend”. Remember the name Strapt, the brainchild of Mike “Sonar Cousin” Davis who is widely regarded as one of the UK’s best music producers. Alongside the Strapt team, we’re ready to launch the first official Strapt night at Mint Club in Leeds on 19th April 2013, which will be the first of many memorable milestones in years to come.
By definition, Trap music is a hybrid of Southern American Hip-Hop, Electro and Dubstep. The popular Bauuer track “Haarlem Shake” is perhaps the most known commercial example, but with strong underground roots, fans of the single can expect to hear a whole lot more come 19th April at Strapt. The pure energy and excitement that Strapt will be offering fans is unrivalled, so don’t miss out on what promises to be an unforgettable night.
Visit the link above for more information on Strapt, Trap Music, and of course the all-important ticket link to avoid disappointment on missing this incredible event.
Written by David Bosworth
Over the past few years companies like Universal and Warner Bros have tried and failed in their attempts at “re-imagining” the classic children s tale. Now, in my eyes you either get Quentin Tarantino in to rip the face off it or you go home. You don’t mess with Disney! They ran that shit! Let’s have a look over them shall we?
Written by Dave Bosworth
I come from a generation that had Mega Drives and Master Systems. That played Alex The Kidd, Sonic and Super Mario Bros. I come from a generation that played the 1st Resident Evil game on my friend Terry’s Playstation and had nightmares about the Doberman’s that killed you if you thought you were slick to leave out the front door. Basically, I’ve grown up with classic games and feel nostalgic about them. “Wreck-it Ralph” pays homage to this era of gaming and gives a tip of its cap to the new gamers that need Hi Def graphics and “1st person shooter”(if you’ve seen the movie you’ll get the reference).
Written by Joe Langham
Fortnightly Norman Bar club night, Subliminal, welcomed its first international act in the form of J57 and Koncept of the Brown Bag All Stars. The pair, promoting Koncept’s upcoming mixtape ‘Malt Disney’ dropped by for a ‘free entry’ show on a leg of their Full Bottle Tour.
Written by Joe Langham
Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most influential and well-known directors in cinematic history. Anthony Hopkins can be regarded as Hitchcock’s acting equivalent. These two combine in Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock, with Anthony Hopkins starring as the great director. Psycho, the film at the centre of this one, which revolutionised and influenced both horror and cinema, in general, holds almost as much esteem as both these men.