Written by Joe Langham (@JoeLang92)
When it comes to live band backed hip-hop groups America has The Roots and France has Hocus Pocus and pretty soon England could have their very own. The Mouse Outfit are a 9 piece live band hailing from Manchester and have now released their debut album: Escape Music. Their debut album seems somewhat overdue however since The Mouse Outfit have been touring for several years. It was well worth the wait though. Escape Music features Dr Syntax and Sparkz as well as a selection of other highly talented rappers including Lyricalligraphy, Truthos Mufasa and Kosyne to name but a few.
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 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!
Written by Joe Langham
Before the Spiderman trilogy, Drag Me to Hell and more recently Oz: The Great and Powerful, Sam Raimi stuck to low budget horror films. He made somewhat of a name for himself in 1981 with the influential, brutal and darkly comical Evil Dead, which has garnered a cult following over the years. Step up Fede Alvarez, the young, currently unknown, director of the 2013 Evil Dead remake.
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
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.
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.
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.