The explosive final trailer for "Spectre" has arrived which you can view later at this post. The 70 second long trailer, careful not to reveal anything more than what was teased before, instead reveals some breathtaking action sequences, plus a memorable face off between Daniel Craig and villain Christoph Waltz. "Spectre" follows the release of "Skyfall", the biggest Bond film of all time, which took in $1.1 billion worldwide.
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures have just unwrapped the teaser one-sheet art for the upcoming action-drama “Creed". Sporting a dominant father-and-son vibe, the new poster shows Sylvester Stallone (as Rocky) talking to Michael B. Jordan (as Adonish Johnson), as if saying the one-sheet’s slogan, “Your legacy is more than a name”. “Creed” explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone once again in his iconic role. The film also reunites director Ryan Coogler with Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.
When a movie claims that they are "gonna science the shit out of this", we won't fault you for assuming that it is going to be a boring slog through calculations, formulas and material that will hurt your cranium. Basically, Neil deGrasse Tyson would love it, most would probably hate it. But lo and behold, "The Martian" did science the shit out of things and boy did the film do it so well. With superb acting, a gripping story and MacGyver-esque mad skills, "The Martian" is Ridley Scott's best film in years.
Mark Watney (Matt Damon), is on part of the Ares III crew - a manned mission on Mars. When a huge storm suddenly hits their base, the team decides to leave the planet immediately. But Watney is hit by debris and presumed dead and left behind on Mars. Now, Watney must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to survive on the hostile planet while waiting for a rescue mission which he estimates should arrive in the next four years.
If you're old enough to remember "Apollo 13", one of our favorite moments in the film is when they had to figure out how to force a square peg into a round hole. It had that unique tension that only the helplessness of the vastness space can convey. "The Martian" plays on that tension all throughout its whole run time as its lead character, isolated in Mars, figures out how to survive with limited supplies and little or no communication to Earth. It is the perfect experience that tickles the human spirit of determination, hope and ingenuity. Now what Ridley Scott and the cast of "The Martian" achieved is obviously not easy. Without a great and gripping actor at the helm, how would we be able to stand seeing one actor on screen for most of its running time on a desolate planet? Without a well-balanced script mixed with technical jargon, hardcore science, wit and humor, how could we have been as interested as what was being explained on screen? Without astounding visuals of space and Mars, how could we consume what Mark Watney (and the people involved with him) was feeling and thinking? It is magical how a work of fiction could play with your core human emotions, making it feel all so real and tangible. This is how "The Martian" was for us and this is why it was a damn great film to dive in.
Rating: 5 reels
Why you should watch it:
- well balanced film that puts science, wit and humor so well in one neat package
- touches the human spirit within
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- there's really no reason not to watch "The Martian"
It's never easy to make an autobiographical film. There's always the case of mixing history and what's going to look good on film. "Straight Outta Compton" had to deal with a myriad cast of characters and a whole lot of music and history. While the end result felt a little bit long, the whole experience completely left us blown away. If you've never heard of N.W.A., a casual fan or a hardcore one, "Straight Outta Compton" will definitely please.
In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, this is the true story of how these cultural rebels — armed only with their lyrics, swagger and raw talent — stood up to the authorities who meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the ’hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.
"Straight Outta Compton" feels and looks legit. It really felt like an accurate portrayal of how a genre of music was created and revolutionized America by a group of young and heavily discriminated men. It is a film that is not only about the music but has a deeper message about race and society's inclinations. All of these would not have been possible without great acting and in this case, this is what propels "Straight Outta Compton" to unreachable heights. Even with a mostly novice cast, everything felt eerily real. These actors captured every nuanced movement and voice of each of his character. More so, every relationship, good or bad, also seemed deep and genuine. Honestly though, the only thing that we can gripe about the film is its rather long running time. Given its huge list of supporting cast, this couldn't have been avoided but we wished that some could have been cut given how fast their actual on screen time was. Overall, "Straight Outta Compton" is an astounding biographical film that was successful in capturing the ups and downs of the rise and fall of the N.W.A.
Rating: 4 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- an astounding biographical film
- great and eerily lifelike acting
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- feels a little bit too long
Photos care of United International Pictures.
"The Intern" turns out what we expected it to be and a whole lot more. The film is a heartwarming, unconventional tour through an age divided mentality that could have been horrendously predictable and boring. But it is not. Humorous, touching and with undeniable great leads, "The Intern" is one that should and will inspire in a very light-hearted manner.
Ben Whittaker (Robert de Niro) is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a "senior intern" at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). As luck would have it (or not), Ben is assigned to Jules herself. What turns out to be a volatile and closed first encounter eventually blossoms to a relationship that goes beyond the obvious age difference.
With its awesome leads, "The Intern" works wonderfully bringing in an expected light experience but an unexpected wit and depth. De Niro and Hathaway would have made and broken the film literally. Story-wise in fact, the film heavily revolves around the relationship of its characters - Oldie Ben versus career-driven Jules - and the idiosyncrasies that come with the age divide. But with the undeniable charm of both actors towards each other and the incredibly natural acting from both ends, everything just falls into place. Humor is punched in like clockwork as much as the more sentimental moments were. We definitely found ourselves having a frolicking good time with "The Intern" so much so that we even felt it was slightly short from being perfect. The ending was just too abrupt - to the point we were really surprised that the credits rolled already. Plus, it slightly stumbles with side plots that felt out of place and never fully developed. This is rare but we think an extra 15 minutes or so could have done wonders.
Rating: 4 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- great chemistry and acting from Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway
- the film works well with the age and cultural divide setting
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the film has subplots and complications that seemed "off"
*Photos care of Warner Bros. Pictures.
“We were not able to shoot between the two towers of the World Trade Center, of course, because, sadly, they don’t exist anymore, but we were able to replicate them in a way that I think is an enormously loving homage to those buildings,” says Joseph Gordon-Levitt, star of the upcoming “The Walk.”
Directed Robert Zemeckis, “The Walk” tells the true story of Philippe Petit, the young dreamer who dared the impossible: an illegal wire walk between the World Trade Center towers. Last August 7, 2015 is the 41st anniversary of the astounding event, now being brought back to vivid life in the third act climax of the film. The film is a live-action, PG-rated entertainment for all audiences, ages 8 to 80. A love letter to the World Trade Center, the film is a 3D and IMAX® visual experience, unlike anything audiences have seen.
“Bob [Zemeckis] became obsessed with those buildings, with all the details, and in that way he mirrored Philippe – because Philippe became obsessed with those buildings in 1974 when they were first being built. He could tell you all the different elevators. He could tell you the dimensions of the height and width, and how much distance was between the towers, from corner to corner. Seeing Bob carefully and lovingly bring these buildings back to life was really moving.”
Recreating the towers offered production designer Naomi Shohan and visual effects supervisor Kevin Baillie their greatest production challenge on “The Walk.” Ultimately, their work is a combination of an extremely large stage set and months of digital recreation. The first challenge came in deciding what to build practically and what to create digitally. “We had to figure out what square footage of the roof set would produce the maximum number of shots, knowing that there would be quite a lot of shots,” says Shohan. “We wanted to be faithful – more than faithful. We wanted to celebrate the towers, the scale of them. If you’re not aware of the place, you can’t possibly appreciate the enormity of the deed.
Relying on the original blueprints for the Trade Center, Shohan designed and built an enormous, 40-foot-by-60-foot corner of the South Tower, where most of the action takes place as the story stays with Philippe during the caper. Though the filmmakers would need to film action from the North Tower as well, they could make due with only one corner, because the two towers were largely mirror images of each other; Shohan could simply strike the stage dressing on top of the roof and re-dress it for its opposite corner.
To recreate the rest of the roof, the towers, and 1974 New York as seen from nearly 1400 feet in the air, Kevin Baillie and his visual effects team built a model that is meant only to be viewed from above – Petit’s point of view during his walk. However, because Zemeckis planned a few shots from below – for example, from the World Trade Center Plaza – these areas of the model are complete and ready to be explored, as if you were walking around the city.
In the end, recreating the structures of the city and the Towers took Baillie’s “construction team” of 15 people three months to complete – four man-years’ time – after which a team of more than 100 artists spent five months integrating that digital world into the green screen footage from set. “There were definitely times when it was emotional, for both myself and the crew,” he says. “As we went through the reference photography, we saw a lot of imagery from 9/11, because those are obviously the latest images that you can find of the towers. So I think we felt a great sense of responsibility for portraying the towers in a way that was honest and also honored them.
“The other emotion we felt was pure excitement,” Baillie continues. “It really hit me, after we finished shooting, I spent two days in a helicopter flying right over Ground Zero at 1400 feet – we were hovering exactly where it was that Philippe was walking on the wire. It makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up, just talking about it – I’m literally in the place where this guy did this walk, with no safety gear, I’m looking down, and I’m just awestruck. It was really great to get that experience from the reference imagery that we were able to capture, but also that emotional sensation, that thrill of heights, and danger from that high up, and we made sure that every shot we have in the film gives that same sensation. I honestly don’t think the visuals that we have in the film would have been as good if I hadn’t been there to feel what that felt like.”
Opening across the Philippines in October 14, “The Walk” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.