Author: red4life

Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) by Red4Life

Fantastic Mr. Fox film review  When it comes to films based on Roald Dahl’s classic books, there hasn’t been many. Remember Matilda and James and the Giant Peach in 1996? Well it was 9 years until another Dahl film was made when Tim Burton directed the remake to the loveable, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Well 4 years after that, in 2009, Wes Anderson (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Rushmore) delivered an incredible stop motion animation for the family, of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. This is the tale about a Fox, not an ordinary fox, but a fantastic fox. Mr Fox, played by George Clooney, is a family man, but he wasn’t always one. Once a farm raider, stealing chickens for dinner, now retired after Mrs Fox, Meryl Streep was pregnant with cub Ash, Jason Schwartzman (Bored To Death). He gets bored of his new life as a family man and a column writer for the paper, and decides to move out of his burrow into a top of the range tree, which overlooks three of the meanest, nastiest and greediest farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean Michael Gambon. Its then that he decides that he has to go back to his old ways crossing the line of family responsibility  and ruin the farmers businesses during his midnight adventures.  It isn’t long before the famers join forces...

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Chronicle (2012) A film review by Mike Ham

If you had super powers, super powers power that let you move things with your mind, fly as high as the sky and pick things up twice your weight, what would you do with it? New comer to the film industry, director Josh Trank raises this question in his first film, Chronicle, an action, sci-fi, packed drama. Three teenagers at high school gain these powers after making a mysterious discovery that changes the path of their lives momentarily. School favourite Steve, played by Michael B. Jordan (Hit US TV show, Friday Night Lights) friends with looser Andrew, Dane DeHaan and his more popular cousin Matt, Alex Russell and causes havoc amongst the city with practical jokes, but it isn’t long until their friendship is tested when power gets to their head and a darker side from one of the friends is embraced. The jaw dropping film is filmed entirely from Andrew’s camera point of view. He films his life and the antics he and his friends get up to, for example playing practical jokes in the grocery store and so the camera shots we see revolve around what he and his friends are filming when they use their powers, So some of the shots we see are first person, much like the ones shown in Cloverfield.  But this is not like Cloverfield in the sense that mot all of...

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A Monster In Paris – Film Review

There are not many animated films out this New Year so far. In fact the only one out at the moment is a French film, redubbed for the UK, ‘A Monster in Paris’. So how does the only animated film so far look and set the target in the cinemas? Director Bibo Beregon (Shark Tale, Flushed Away, The Bee Movie) sets his latest film in Paris, 1910, during the ‘Great Flood, where Emile, voiced by Jay Harington plays a shy movie projectionist alongside Raoul, Adam Goldberg, a vivid inventor who finds themselves on the hunt for a mysterious creature terrorizing the city. But with the city’s ruthless striving police chief Préfet Maynott Danny Huston on the hunt for glory,  their opinions are changed when they join forces with Lucile, the big star of the City Vanessa Paradis, and a well mannered monkey in an attempt to save the monster, their latest friend. There are certain aspects of this film that make it a stand out to Beregon’s past films. In The Bee Movie, a theme shown is on the present and how it is essential that we look after our environment, but his latest film focuses on the past during a historical event and to keep hopes high and not judging the character of someone. Throughout the film, the city is seen as desolate, using bleak shades of colour...

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Transformers Dark of the Moon: Was it a good finale for the trilogy?

“Lets roll” That’s the empowering commanding order of the wise and almighty leader of the Autobots Optimus Prime. After months of waiting since the plot was revealed in October 2010, fans can finally follow his command and watch Michael Bays’ final sequel in the Transformers trilogy with his sci-fi action adventure blockbuster of Transformers Dark of the Moon. New girlfriend of hero Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) must once again save the Earth with the help of its new allies, the ‘Autobots’ to stop the evil ‘Decepticons’ bringing back their home planet of ‘Cybertron’. Being the final chapter of the trilogy, Transformers Dark of the Moon had to really raise its game in order to keep up with the success of its previous films. Has it done that? No. The plot quite frankly was too predictable. Witwicky, unemployed, with a new girlfriend but without his all in one, car, companion, and friend Bumblebee, is now considered a messenger rather than a hero whilst looking for a job opportunity. Witwicky comes across a job as a ‘temp’ working for technology firm under the peculiar Bruce Brazos (John Malkovich). Obviously it doesn’t last for long as trouble once again follows him as he discovers vital information on the truth about one of the world’s greatest moments in history. The 1969 moon Apollo 11 landing! Years ago a spacecraft, ‘The...

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Movie Review of District 9

 ‘Prawns’ that’s what they’ve been stereotyped as since 1982.  Lord of The Rings Director, Peter Jackson works with Director Neill Blomkamp to produce this exhilarating sci- fi thriller.  When a mother ship, bearing most of its extra terrestrial population appears immobile over Johannesburg, South Africa, the human race is forced to take drastic measures. ‘District 9’ is built. Holding the aliens as refugees they are welcomed to Earth and forced to live among us. 28 years later, newly promoted Wikus Van De Merwe (Shartlo Copley) appointed by father in law Piet Smit (Louis Minnar) Head of Multi National United (MNU) is given the task to evict the residents of District 9 and relocate them to the newly established District 10, where he meets the local resident from another planet, Christopher Johnson (Jason Cope). The success in this film comes from the well written script that captures the friendship and emotion brought together by the contrasting characters of the two different races.  Just married, things are looking good for Wikus, but a turn of events occurs when he is exposed to the alien’s biotechnology, transforming his physical appearance.  Now on the most wanted list, having been accused of having a sexual relationship with one of them, and wanted by the Nigerians,  who need him to operate the alien weaponry, he seeks the help of his two new ‘Prawn’ friends Christopher...

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