By Dave Bosworth (@boz_worth)
It’s been a long while since I’ve been on the edge of my seat in anticipation at the release of a new movie. This hasn’t actually happened since the final instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy; The Dark Knight Rises. X-Men Days of Future Past had me on edge, primarily because of X-Men First Class(2011). First Class jumped straight to the front of the X-Men Universe queue ahead of the original X-Men(2000). It did this by creating a story arc beyond what we had spent the last 10 years watching(and by the end, hating) through the introduction of a new cast(McAvoy, Fassbender, Hoult and Lawrence) and director(Matthew Vaughn). With the solid performances provided by this new band of X-Men, some people myself included, forgot about the car crash that was X-Men The Last Stand(2006). Believing that maybe there was a way they could revive the tired, worn out “Beast” and breathe new life into this portion of the, bigger, Marvel Universe. I really do applaud Matthew Vaughn for this, he really did restore faith among the visor-wearing, cutlery-between-knuckles donning public. But how was Vaughn’s 2011 Brit-busting prequel going to be built on? What could Fox build atop the foundations?
A Time Travelling Extravaganza, that’s how!
Using The Last Stand as a basic springboard we jump into a fresh(ish) conflict of mutant/humans relations and how it is a PR nightmare. Essentially, they should come with a Warning label like Gizmo(Gremlins) did: “DO NOT HOUSE OR FEED THE MUTANTS” as we see prisons of mutants. and humans alike, being ushered down galleys and walkways. Some scarred, all helpless.
With the reprisal of fan favourites like Ice-Man, Colossus and the more recent Kitty Pryde getting pushed straight into action, it grips you from the beginning. A brief introduction to the Sentinels making them your new worst nightmare and a depleted X-Men faction sets the dark, ominous tone this movie looks to keep you holding on to.
X-Men Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has learnt from previous lessons in audience understanding and creates a spectacle that traverses 2 timelines centralised around the same subset of characters and manages to make it great to watch! The time travelling timey-wimey mess could easily have died worse than Oberyn in Game Thrones, but he bridged the gap nicely(although don’t expect an explanation to why).
Hats off to Singer also for taking the decision to set the story arc of the movie around the stronger, younger cast. James McAvoy(Filth) particularly delivers a stellar performance of a broken, dejected Charles Xavier. It is a shame that Peter Dinklage(Game of Thrones) isn’t in the forefront more as bitter inventor Bolivar Trask. As he is capable of remarkable storytelling, as seen in hit series Game of Thrones. The lack of strong acting presence and a reluctance to provide a back story to the future war take a little away from the caliber of the movie but not much.
The ending, however, well that is going to be another discussion entirely…..
X-Men Days of Future Past gets a solid 4 out of 5 from me.
Written by Joe Langham
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You’re Next has been one of the most anticipated films for fans of the genre since its premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Having spent two years being taken off and put back on distributor’s shelves, it has finally been released. The wait was well worth it and the film was not ruined either by an abundance of advertising and hype that often plagues films that bide their time waiting for release.
The home invasion horror, like many films these days, is a largely overdone and monotonous genre full of remakes and clichés. With terrible remakes of Funny Games, Black Christmas and The Last House on the Left amongst the many home invasion flicks made in recent years, it would be natural to just write You’re Next off into the same list. However, once in a while a gem comes along, much like 2008’s chilling film ‘The Strangers’ and the French predecessor and Strangers influence ‘Them’. You’re Next is one of these gems.
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Welcome back film fans to this week’s #HHKMovies Exclusive review for “This is the End” (@thisistheend) and a big thanks to the guys over at Total Film (@totalfilm) and ShowFilmFirst (@showfilmfirst) for the hook up.
Ever wondered what these Hollywood actors get up to when the cameras stop rolling? When the red carpets rolled up and the fans finally leave the street, go home and masturbate over the pictures they’ve took and Photoshopped? Yeah, me too (not the masturbating of course….that’s just weird)!
Well, Seth Rogen’s apocalyptic spoof confirms that they all get hammered, smoke J’s, do coke and smack Rihanna’s ass! Sounds like a party eh? Perfect timing, seeing as Seth Rogen (Knocked Up)’s best friend Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder) is in town and he wants his Hollywood buds to bond with his Canadian brother. Queue James Franco (127 Hours) and his huge monstrosity of a house, a slightly feminine Jonah Hill (Superbad), panty-removing obsessed Craig Robinson (Zack & Miri) and party crashing “I’ll eat all your motherf*cking food” douche Danny McBride (Your Highness) being the crowd Jay doesn’t want to be a part of. He might not have a choice though as all hell breaks loose on LA’s streets and people get sucked up (I said up) and the ridiculously impressive cast of party going extras die off! What can they do other than to barricade themselves in with drugs, liquor and porn?!
Plenty of laughs fill up most of this film with Hollywood finally being able to hit the G Spot of the spoof and comedy fans harder than Emma Watson’s axe swinging arms! The best spoof from Hollywood since “Scary Movie”…..and that was 2000.
4 out of 5
Comedy hard hitter
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“This is the End” hits cinemas in the UK 28th June
Lincoln is the latest offering from Steven Spielberg, rated by Empire Magazine as the greatest director of all time. His film repertoire precedes him with Jaws (1975), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and War Horse (2011) to name a few. The film was recently nominated for 10 BAFTA’s and 12 Academy Award’s including Best Film and Best Director and a pair of nominations in Best Actor for the brilliant Daniel Day-Lewis. Whilst not one of Spielberg’s greatest films, it comes close and can definitely be considered a masterpiece in its own right.
Lincoln follows the revolutionary 16th President of the United States in the final four months of his life and the battle to abolish slavery from America. The film is led by Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, who is supported by a superb cast including Tommy Lee-Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
August 8th 2012 marks the release of the British movie “Offender” and Ryan Maxwell of Hip-Hop Kings spoke with English Frank who plays the character Jake in the movie. English Frank speaks about the similarities between him and his character, and what it was like working alongside upcoming actor Joe Cole, GFrsh and Scorcher who also have roles in the movie. You can watch the English Frank interview with Hip-Hop Kings on the youtube player below.
A brand new British film titled “Offender” will be in cinemas on August 8th 2012, and features appearances from the likes of English Frank and Mic Righteous amongst others. I recently visited Revolver Studios to speak to English Frank about the upcoming movie, and his role as character Jake. Mic Righteous, G Fresh and Scorcher also play parts alongside the main lead Joe Cole. Look out for the Hip-Hop Kings interview with English Frank coming soon by subscribing to the Hip-Hop Kings Youtube Channel, however you can watch the Offender movie trailer on the link above.
Not one to conform to the masses, SoulStice announced that he has a track which has been confirmed to be included in the upcoming film “The Blind Side” which features actress Sandra Bullock. SoulStice was approached to create a track for the movie, and the scene is the hood from where the main character is from. SoulStice admitts it’s slightly “thuggish” but to have the track featured in the movie is a massive boost for SoulStice’s career. The movie hits the screen on November 20th, however you can look at the information on the link below.