Month: June 2016

Schindler’s List (1993)

SCHINDLERS LIST is Jewel. Evil and indifference we see all around us every day. And there are times when goodness is as rare as lamplight in a howling storm – Michael Wilmington 93’ The brutal realism of WWII, countless crimes against humanity and the darkest journey imaginable is breathed into life in this epic adaptation based on the true story of Oskar Schindler. Directed by renowned veteran director Steven Spielberg this story of morbid ethnic cleansing, is of timeless learning for generations to come. Starring Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, Ben Kinglsey as Itzhak Stern & Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth there isn’t a moment of distraction from the matters at hand. Oskar Schindler an industrialist and an obvious opportunist acquires an enamelware factory in Krakow employing Jews from concentration camps in the region. Hounding prisoners to invest in his industrial venture as he reaps the financial benefits, whilst the Jewish investors are paid their returns in metal ware. As the war comes with the Germany losing, the SS begins moving its prisoners Westward to remaining camps. Oskar Schindler invests heavily on Jewish workforce by bribing the SS for his own interest. As time passes his interests were in-tuned with the well being of his workforce than himself strident towards bankruptcy. Performances that are brutally surreal and engrossing will break you down, whilst certain artistry of hand held cinematography...

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Central Intelligence (2016)

Does comedy need to essentially have an engaging plot or just the level energy to keep the audience engaged? I have done this long enough to say that keeping the interest irrespective of the genre is a focal factor to the championing of a motion picture. With a juvenile burlesque plot, the prattling Kevin Hart and infamous Dwayne “The Rock” Johnsons’, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE is now here. Months of snapchat teasers, previews and interviews the greedily awaited summer hit CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE does not disappoint. Kevin Harts – Calvin is the homecoming king, valedictorian and all round good guy who is seemingly the ultimate student to walk through the halls of Central High School and he is expected to go to finer places –possibly governor or maybe even president. Dwayne Johnsons – Bob Stone (He hates bullies! Wonder how that happened!) on the other side of the coin is a largely built student that is bullied all through high school life. While Calvin is praised at his final assembly by the school principal Bob fins himself facedown butt naked (literally) and is never seen in school again. Twenty years later things seem to have panned out differently as Calvin has been sucked into the rat race of life with a desk job as an accountant. A random Facebook friend request changes everything. The essence of the comedy – Kevin Hart is...

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Now You See Me 02

Expectation are as high as it will ever be. The Louis Leterrier redemption movie was exhilarating three years ago. The pressure is on. Can the directory of the Justin Bieber documentaries follow up to the expectations the Four Horsemen set in the first picture? As I sat there watching the late comers take their seats, I thought to myself, I will never understand folks coming in to a movie of this nature late! Undeniably the strongest narrative voices of our time, the opening Freeman monologue locks you in, everything else is now background noise. The returning cast with the exception of Isla Fisher and the inclusion of Lizzy Caplan makes the new four horsemen. NOW YOU SEE ME 2 picks up a year following the exit of the horsemen. They resurface in a performance to clear their names by exposing the tech goliath Octa. Octa seems to be the least of the problems as the FBI closes in. Jessie Eisenbergs’ eccentricity, Dave Francos’ prattle, Woody Harrelsons’ comic-relief, Mark Ruffalos poise and Lizzy Caplans charm are all on point. Director Jon M. Chu recognizes that the screenplay is weak (just as in “1”), the characters have no depth and the audience yearning for gimmicks. He delivers. Just like any Bond movie, MI movie, or Fast & Furious movie, its about being flashier than its predecessors. In that category I think...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

 The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has gone through some major changes over the course of nearly 30 years. And two years ago, audiences got a taste of a reboot of the franchise, courtesy of Michael Bay serving as producer. However, that film was met with negative reception, and yet, it was a box office success. Now, we have a sequel: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”. And it is slightly better than the original, but not by much. There are problems with this sequel, but the film is just stupid enough, that one doesn’t have to take it very seriously. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” is better then its predecessor, but the damage was already done. The story has our four ninja turtles, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael, protecting the city of New York from bad guys at night. This all changes when their arch nemesis Shredder teams with scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) creates two new mutated animals for the turtles named Bebop and Rocksteady, but also a portal that could bring forth alien lifeforms to destroy the world. Can the turtles stay out of the shadows, or will evil prevail? “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” is a bad film, but it’s not the worst entry in this franchise. In fact, there are some redeeming factors. For one thing, all...

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