Listen to the Sounds of Man Of Steel

Amazon has released 30-second samples from Hans Zimmer’s upcoming score for Man of Steel. You can listen to them by clicking here, but be warned there are potential spoilers in the track listing.

man_of_steel_deluxe_editionThe album will be available in two editions: a regular version with 18 tracks and a deluxe editionthat includes six additional tracks.

Gangster Squad Review

1987 had The Untouchables, and 2013 has Gangster Squad.

113mins,

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Writers:

Will BeallPaul Lieberman (book)


I said the above statement because it’s true. There hasn’t been a great movie that’s a cop/gangster style genre, set in the glory days of the gangster period, since The Untouchables. This movie isn’t better than The Untouchables, but it’s worth making the argument. I found a lot of similarities between the two.

Unlike The Untouchables, I wasn’t learning about these criminals when I was in school, I just wanted to see the movie because the trailer was bad ass (as you can see here or by clicking above). The cast also gave me the reason to go. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, etc. It was really a bunch of actors who you would never suspect doing a movie together, and the only one I don’t care for is Nick Nolte. Penn, Brolin, Gosling made the movie for me, and the surprising role of Wrevock, by Troy Garity. Emma Stone was ok. I don’t think she’s an incredible actress but she has talent and potential. The best female in the movie is best said like this; I have this theory that all the best relationships are written (you Notebook lovers know what I mean). The role of Connie O’Mara by Mireille Enos was the best wife role I have ever seen in a movie…EVER. The movie was written a bit spotty up to her point in the movie and she acted the hell out of those lines. She easily was the best acted female, but because of her role she will be over looked.

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I don’t often comment on the directors, but I literally just peeped his work on imdb, and this is basically his first “serious” movie. He did 30 Minutess or Less and Zombieland. Shocking, I know.

Last thing. There’s a point in the movie that you’re supposed to feel sad for, but it fails. The camera work afterwards however, is an extreme highlight to the movie. Every action scene is amazingly filmed (though I feel some was shot in cgi which takes away from the effects of these movies in my opinion), and the one single best part to this movie over The Untouchables, is how the movie ends. It’s such a man moment which seems to have been forgotten since the days of 90’s action movies.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.6 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 4.8 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3.5 out of 5,
  • Acting: 4 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? SEE IT NOW ANY WAY YOU CAN.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Hitchcock Movie Review

He never won an Oscar, but he’s regarded as one of the best directors in the medium to have ever worked in it.

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins
Helen Mirren
Scarlett Johansson
Danny Huston
Whitfield Cook
Toni Collette
Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Wincott
Jessica Biel

98 Mins, Director: Sacha Gervasi Writers

John J. McLaughlin (screenplay), Stephen Rebello(book)

It’s hard to say what this movie is. It’s not a love story, but it is. It’s not a biopic, but it is. It’s not even a an Oscar winning movie, but it’s worth a nomination or two. The movie itself is more of a moment in time than it is an actual biopic. It deals with the filming of one of his more famous motion pictures, Psycho. My two biggest problems with this film are, there’s a couple seen in the movie where they really just don’t fit anywhere, nor really help to add to the movie. The other is the consistency of the weight of Hitchcock. It seems to flutter as often as the frames per second does in a film reel.

hitchcock-poster4Anthony Hopkins does a tremendous job playing Alfred Hitchcock. I think this with a slight bias and ignorance. My only a experience with him really, is the few tv specials that came on global back in the 90’s (Global is a tv station here in Canada) and I was like 6,  so what did I really know? Anthony, was last seen as the All Father Odin, in THOR, and did a fantastic job there as well, given his role. Helen Mirren (who I have a tiny crush on, since seeing her in the movie R.E.D.) and Anthony Hopkins, make this a love story, which really helps move the story along nicely. But as I said, I don’t think this was intended to be a love story. The other actors (Scarlett, Jessica Biel and…) seemed to really just have extended cameo roles. I believe that was done on purpose, either by script or editing, because the movie really is about Hitchcock and Alma.

The coolest thing you get to see, is how a production was made back in the 50’s with it all being a set, and the editing process. In addition to that, you see why he’s a good/brilliant director. To be a good director, you need to be able to make your actors feel certain emotions, and given the stress he was under, he really got his actors to feel what he wanted.
I’m not entirely sure how accurate this movie is, but it’s nice for film students and fans of the overall medium to watch the movie and learn a thing or two about the industry, much less the famed director.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 3.5 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Wait until the blu ray and rent it. Unless you’re a movie buff this isn’t a movie for everyone.

Here, make your comparison from the trailer to this interview. SKIP TO 1:21

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Looper Review


Every so often there’s a movie made that changes the idea of what cinema is. That’s where you can use the term ‘groundbreaking’ for a film (fyi, The Dark Knight Rises ISN’T ONE OF THOSE FILMS!). But, as I was saying, the 118 min movie was outstanding.

Writer / director: Rian Johnson

The story you see in the trailers is there, and it’s clear, but after a while, the story gets SO MUCH DEEPER. The tale deals with time stream continuum which is a fairly simple concept (It’s when you start to think of crazy ideas that makes it complicated) from the start to the last frame (which gives me reason to watch it again), that part of the story is always evident. The story gets to this point where it kinda becomes guess work, and then not to mention trying to figure out what “Joe” is going to do next. Honestly, it’s just so well written, everything is clear (though, I do have an advantage thanks to comic book reading), it’s emotion felt, and the ENITRE MOVIE is a play on its title. There I said it, that should help you figure out the entire movie.

The visual fx and cinematography.. man, the way it all plays out just seems so right. In the trailer you see the part where he falls? That scene was one of my many favorite moments(though I may just say the entire thing was my favourite), though there isn’t much change in what the trailer shows & what the movie itself shows. Like, there weren’t any new cuts, or added sounds etc. The make up of JGL was shockingly well done. He really looked what one would guess is a “young” Bruce Willis. The make up artist deserves an award. When the movie gets to the end, it’s where a lot of AMAZING things happen.

JGL. He…the dude has been one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. I don’t know his entire career, but when he was just a kid on “3rd Rock From the Sun” I knew (a kid myself) that he was a wicked actor. Inception, being as good as it was, just pushed 90% of his current fan base into overdrive. The work he did was amazing. There’s only one time where his voice breaks character, it’s when he’s yelling, but you can’t entirely change your yelling voice and still be able to give a heartfelt performance. Go ahead.. Take a pause and try it (You may just end up doing a Darth Vader, as seen in S.W. Epi. 3). But he had a younger Bruce down pat, added with his charm which is so good of an actor to do. Cause it’s not a bio pic, it’s a created character, but a moment in time of a character. Great casting on the two of them, and I love how ruthless “Joe” gets later. Then there’s a surprise hit in the film. Everyone In the theatre & I was with (basically the TSM team) I’m sure was shocked by one actor in particular. It’s why I didn’t put the cast of the film.

For me, this may be my new all time fav movie. One reason “The Dark Knight” is so great, is because it isn’t just a super hero movie. It branches and touches all these different genres, and its performances. This film LOOKS like a film fest kind of movie (it was screened opening night at Tiff), BUT.. You can clearly see it’s one that got the right budget to be a hit. I love sci-fi stories but this had so much realism it’s crazy. The way the city blends with it all, it’s crazy, then it gets to the rural areas, it’s all just something to cherish. Honestly, it’s the best movie of the year. Can you guess what my rating for this film is? I’m gonna go out on a limb & say its Oscar worthy for best picture.

Rating:

For a second opinion see @Mr_STiXX‘s review on the film.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 6 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 4.7 out of 5,
  • Editing: 5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4.9 out of 5,
  • Acting: 8 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worth the full price of admission. then grab it on blu-ray for sure.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Lawless Movie Review

There have been COUNTLESS movies about the prohibition era of mankind. This may be the best one.

Cast

Shia LaBeouf
Tom Hardy
Jason Clarke
Guy Pearce
Charlie Rakes
Jessica Chastain
Mia Wasikowska
Dane DeHaan
Chris McGarry
Danny
Tim Tolin
Mason Wardell
Gary Oldman

Director: John Hillcoat

Plot:
“The three Bondurant brothers run a bootlegging operation during the depression, up in the mountains of Franklin County, Virginia. Crooked Special Deputy Charles Rakes is after a share of the brothers’ profits. Compounding their troubles, the local competition is elbowing in on their activities. Forrest’s boisterous defiance and Cricket’s knack for moonshine production help the brothers gain a local monopoly. When Forrest is wounded as tension with Rakes escalates, Jack, initially the timid one, must prove his worth against gangster Floyd Banner’s mob, and we see him metamorphose into a cocky exhibitionist in his attempts to woo the off-limits preacher’s daughter, Bertha.”- imdb.com

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Shia Friggen Labeouf. This dude has MASSIVE talents. Transformers aside (for those of you who hate those movies, I don’t), he’s been great in every other thing he’s acted in & I mean from Even Stevens right up to this movie. I don’t know what inspiration he took to portray his character, but he does a good job, the director too. Mr. Oldman wasn’t in it for much of the movie, he had more of a cameo role. Lastly, if you read my tdkr review, you’ll know that I hated Bane for more than one reason. Tom Hardy I believe to be a decent actor, but now, He may be a great actor. The size he had for Bane, he may have kept on for this role and it’s good that he did. He barely speaks but when he does, it’s so damn effective. You end up loving his character by the end of the film. For the sake of not spoiling anything, I’ll end there.

The movie is about bootlegging (alcohol, for those who didn’t know, was banned in the late 20’s- early 30’s, so many started making their own anyway possible), but not only that, it’s about family/brotherhood. There are not physical parents to note, but Tom Hardy is easily the father head, but still very much the older brother (Though, he could have also been the middle child). It had a great blend of subtle humor, action, family dynamic, and character development. I honestly just love this movie.

There’s both soundtrack and original score for this film, and when the vocal songs are used, it’s like using the music to really say what the character on screen is feeling and saying. As much as that seems the norm, it’s really not.

There’s a lot of blood in this movie, but not to an excessive amount. That’s really the only effect used. There’s one scene though, that may make you feel a way.

Honestly, this is just a flawless movie. It’s not perfect in any means, but for what the story is, it’s incredible. I didn’t think these actors would 1) ever do a film together, or 2) be so well fit to act together. You believe every scene that the 3 brothers have together. Oscar season is now, and this movie deserves a consideration in one of the top awards, none of that best editing garbage.

For a second opinion see @Mr_STiXX‘s review on the film.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 5 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 4 out of 5,
  • Editing: 5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4.9 out of 5,
  • Acting: 5 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worth the full price of admission. Depending on the features, blu-ray for sure.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW