Author: mazda909

La La Land

Director: Damien Chazelle Cast: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Rosemarie De Witt, John Legend, J.k Simmons Genre: Musical, Comedy, drama, Romance Released date: 7th December 2016   Los Angles, the city of angels, tinsel town, the home of Hollywood, this La La Land where so many people flock to to make their dreams come true. No other city is as synonymous with the silver screen as L.A., director/writer Damien Chazelle blends the old and the new Hollywood together. Following the tempo of the Whiplash director Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone once again come together to show us life and Love in L.A. Chazelle takes a left turn from the tension filled Whiplash (though it still does involve a nice drive by through the Jazz district) delving into a magical homage into the golden age of Hollywood romance. Mia (EMMA STONE) and Sebastian (RYAN GOSLING) are just one of them many chasing their dreams in Los Angeles: Mia as an actress, sebastian as a jazz musician. Their journey together (getting off the ground after a rough couple yet comical interactions) as a couple and in their careers, changes like the seasons leaving each of them forever changed. It is a bringing together the modern realities of life with the nostalgia of an old cinematic romance. Ripped straight out of the old Hollywood playbook, the musical numbers spread throughout the film are...

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Assassin’s Creed

Director: Justin Kurzel Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Ariane Labed, Denis Menochet Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Released: 1st Jan 2017   Video game adaptations like books are a tricky business to convert into film. whereas books have had more successes with the big screen e.g. Lord of the rings, Harry Potter, Gone with the wind  the kind of billion-dollar success has always eluded video games. Taking a leap of faith to break the video game curse, Macbeth’s Justin Kurzel teams up again with his Lord and Lady Macbeth (Fassbender and Cotillard) taking on the popular stealthy history leaping video game franchise. A mysterious company called Abstergo abducts Callum Lynch (Fassbender), a man sentenced to death in prison. Telling Callum they need him to help obtain an artefact lost in history, he relives the memories of his ancestor Aguilar (also Fassbender) an assassin in 15th Spain. These memories bring to light an ancient war between the group of assassins known as the Assassin’s creed and their foes the controlling Templars. Callum must decide for himself his role in this everlasting conflict and how much will he let the past dictate his future. The main problem with trying to converting a medium you can spend countless hours on into film is how do you balance a story that will keep the audience engaged...

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Rogue One: A Star Wars story

Director: Gareth Edwards Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Wen Jiang Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Adventure Released: 15th December 3016   Rogue by name; rogue by nature the first standalone Star Wars film to venture away the Skywalker Saga. Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards brings to life a story based on one sentence from the opening crawl of Epsiode IV: A New Hope ‘Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet’. What a better tale for the studio Lucasfilm to explore than one that does not need all the knowledge of the previous movies to get but can introduce new fans to the Star Wars Universe. In the midst of a war between The Empire and The Rebellion, The Rebellion recruits criminal Jyn Erso (FELICITY JONES) and together with Intelligence officer Cassian Andor (DIEGO LUNA) they must retrieve a mysterious message sent by Jyn’s father Galen Erso (MADS MIKKELSEN) that will aid them in this fight. Hot on the heels of Jyn, Cassian and their rag tag team is the Empire director Krennic (BEN MENDELSOHN), a man desperate to hold onto his power on the Death Star and will do anything to do so. Rogue one’s story whilst is one that is...

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Doctor Strange

Director: Scott Dickenson Cast: Benedict Comberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachael McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Sci-fi Released: 27 October 2016   Discovering new paths, breaking the rules and learning to open your eyes are both what Doctor Strange is all about and what Marvel has continued do so effortlessly well; however, this is not the first time Doctor Strange has been made into a movie. In 1978, unsuccessfully a TV movie was released in hopes of launching Doctor Strange into a TV series. The combination of the limited technology and landscape of television at that moment did not mesh well with the kind of mystic world Doctor Strange deals with. Decades later, both technology and Marvel has come a long way and with the success of unfamiliar characters such as those in guardians of the galaxy. It seems as good as a time to step over the threshold into strange mind-bending world of the mystic arts with aptly named Stephen Strange. Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a gifted neurosurgeon whose level of talent is only matched by his arrogance. On the way to an event Strange is involved a car accident which shatters his world. Exploring all avenues to restore what he has lost, it leads him to the temple of Kamar-Taj in Kathmandu and to its leader the...

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Captain America:Civil War

Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Paul Bettany, Daniel Bruhl, Martin Freeman, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Emily Van Campm, Paul Rudd, William Hurt Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller Released: 28th April 2016 Captain America 3, Avengers 2.5, Steve and Bucky’s grand road trip adventure…whatever you’d like to call it, Civil War, one of the biggest story lines in comic book history, is brought into fold of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Anthony and Joe Russo along with Chris Evans once again return to Captain America and this time it seems that they have brought everyone else along with them. Whilst out on a mission in Lagos, Cap (Chris Evans), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) run into some trouble with mercenaries and things go astray in a big way. The resulting casualties are the straw that breaks the UN’s back and they want to reign the Avengers in under some sort of control. This comes in the form of the registration act called the Sokovia Accord (the name of the country involved in final Age of Ultron battle). The situation and the right and wrong of it all draws lines in the sand with Cap on one side and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) on the...

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