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 Leivers (@SniperintheMist)
Every time a Quentin Tarantino film comes around it is met with derision, adulation and controversy, not to mention huge swathes of critical judgement the likes of which no other film is subjected to. The man himself is also loved and hated in equal measure, and constantly tows the line between the two with his odd public appearances, defensive interviews and aggressive attitude towards his craft and its representation.
He has a right to be defensive.
RZA’s The Man With The Iron Fists. (2012)
Written by Adam Leivers
After years of flirting with film through bit-part acting roles and producing film scores for Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Ghost Dog: Way Of the Samurai’ and in part Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill’, the Abbott and founding member of what some would consider the greatest Hip-Hop collective to ever exist has finally struck out on his own.
His directorial debut ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ sees RZA in his element, creating a truly modern martial arts film that acts as a collage of the Wu-Tang Clan’s noticeable influences and an homage to the classic kung-fu movies he loves.
Hip-Hop Kings recently sat down with U.K lyricist Kinetik for a brand new interview following the release of “The Kinesis Thesis Vol.3”. Ryan Maxwell of Hip-Hop Kings talks about the project, and asks Kinetik to speak about his major influences in the 90’s Golden Era. Make sure you check out Kinetik’s “The Kinesis Thesis” mixtape, and subscribe to KinetikTV for all the latest videos. Lastly, Kinetik confirms who he’s working with on his next project, and extra points for anybody who can spot the suspicious man in the background! You can watch the Kinetik interview with Hip-Hop Kings on the youtube player below.