"Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" turns out to be one of the best films in the series. It proves to have the most intimidating villain in recent years and the best action set pieces seen yet. "Rogue Nation" is an action tour-de-force with a lot of smarts, humor and wit that clearly exemplify what action movies should aspire to be.
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) finds himself in a heap of trouble when he discovers that an international rogue organization called the Syndicate is out to get him. Hunt believes that the Syndicate is composed of presumed dead or missing agents from around the world and are causing catastrophic events to gain control little by little. Worse for Hunt, the IMF has just been disbanded no thanks to the CIA Director's thinking that their group has caused more trouble than maintaining peace. As Hunt goes rogue, he is to take his most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate and restoring the IMF to its former glory.
Awesome. Crazy. Fun. "Rogue Nation" is one heck of an action film to experience. It has all the epic set pieces you expect from a high-budget film. It has the glitz and the glamour of its all-star cast. But what's even better is that it has a lot of heft and depth that proves its weight standing out. The movie is a well-balanced mix of serious action, humorous quips and dare we say an intellectual plot. But what we loved most are two things, cinematography and Sean Harris. "Rogue Nation" bombards you not only with action but with different kinds of perspectives. There's the dizzying motorcycle chase or the deep dive sequence where you take a first person look into being Hunt himself. It's this creative and different feel that makes it all more immersive. As for Sean Harris, his character is on our top villains list of all-time. Let's just say this is one tough fight for our protagonist. Overall, "Rogue Nation" proves to be an astounding and well thought out movie. One that catapults this series to even further heights.
Rating: 4 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- action sequences are immersive and epic
- this film has one of the best villains we have seen in years
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- stumbles slightly with its "impossible" scenario
The latest trailer for the “The Peanuts Movie” from Blue Sky and 20th Century Fox is now available for viewing. You can catch it at this same post. But first, let's read about the interesting life of "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz.
Charles Schulz once described himself as "born to draw comic strips." A Minneapolis native, he was just two days old when an uncle nicknamed him "Sparky," after the horse Spark Plug from the "Barney Google" comic strip. Throughout his youth, he and his father shared a Sunday-morning ritual of reading the funnies. After serving in the army during World War II, Schulz got his first big break in 1947 when he sold a cartoon feature called "Li'l Folks" to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 1950, Schulz met with United Feature Syndicate, and on Oct. 2 of that year, "Peanuts," so named by the syndicate, debuted in seven newspapers. Schulz died in Santa Rosa, Calif., Feb. 12, 2000 – just hours before his last original strip was to appear in Sunday papers. Charles Schulz drew the most popular and influential comic strip of all time, which was read everyday by 355 million people in 75 countries. In addition to the famous strip, Peanuts holiday television specials such as “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” have won Emmy’s and continue to be among the highest rated prime time TV specials.
A Blue Sky animation and 20th Century Fox presentation, “Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie” will open January 8, 2016 in theatres nationwide in the Philippines.
Paramount Pictures has just released the first trailer for director Michael Bay’s new action-thriller “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” which may be view later at this post. The film is based on the non-fiction book by Michtell Zuckoff which tells the story of the six members of the security team that fought to defend the Americans stationed at the embassy in Benghazi when it came under attack. John Krasinski leads a cast that includes James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber, and David Denman.
“13 Hours” opens across the Philippines in January 2016 and will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant get their own color-coded character posters for director Guy Ritchie’s new spy thriller “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” A fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series, the film stars Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” also stars Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, with Jared Harris and Hugh Grant as Waverly.
Set for release across the Philippines on Aug. 13, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
The delightful second trailer for Disney-Pixar's new comedy adventure “The Good Dinosaur” is now online and may be viewed here. Directed by Peter Sohn, the buddy comedy takes place in a world in which the asteroid didn’t smash into Earth millions of years ago, leaving the dinosaurs alive and thriving. "The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
Opening across the Philippines on November 25, “The Good Dinosaur” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.
It’s rare that a week goes by where we don’t watch at least 1-2 new movies, so as you can imagine, we have seen more than our fair share of movies over the years. Like most people these days, we tend to watch movies from the comfort of our own home the majority of the time, but lucky for those in the UK, they have the Cineworld Unlimited card (which essentially gives them an unlimited number of trips to local cinemas for around £14/month). Definitely, this would increase trips to the big screen if we had it here as well.
Now for us who don't have that amazing Cineworld Unlimited card, we're stuck in our homes still. But it doesn't mean that you couldn't pimp out your room to look like a true blue cinema. So, here's our share of 10 iconic movie posters that would look great in any room:
Remember, if you do want to order one (or many) of these posters for your own place, we recommend going with either these guys, or these guys.
#1 – The Thing
Designed by Drew Struzan back in 1982, the movie poster for The Thing is almost certainly one of the most iconic movie posters of all-time, and it’s got one hell of a story behind it.
According to Struzan, Universal Studios called him one morning and asked if he’d be interested in creating the poster art for the remake of The Thing. But, there was a catch: the poster needed to be completed by the next morning, and Universal Studios didn’t even have any photos or concept art for him to use.
Struzan accepted the job, regardless, as he had an immediate idea for a concept. He then dressed up in a winter coat and told his wife to take a Polaroid photo of him; the photo was then used as the base for the sketch you see on the final poster concept.
#2 – Batman
Designed by creative agency, B.D. Fox Independent; this Batman movie poster has undoubtedly become one of the most widely recognised movie posters in history.
It’s quite a simplistic design, featuring little aside from a stark black and yellow Bat-emblem, but this is precisely the reason it works so well; it’s eye-catching and draws you in.
Fun fact: it was designed by the same creative agency behind the movie poster for the 80’s hit: Beetlejuice. However, the two posters couldn’t be more different, which was intentional.
#3 – Star Wars
When 20th Century Fox was seeking a designer for Star Wars’ poster art, they initially called upon Frank Frazetta, the American artist who was perhaps most well-known at the time for designing the Conan the Barbarian book covers.
For whatever reason, though, Frazetta never did take the job, so instead, 20th Century Fox called upon Tom Jung (who had previously designed the posters for Lord of the Rings and Dr. Zhivago).
Jung was given the task of creating something “Frazetta-esque”; the result was what you see above.
#4 – A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick called upon Bill Gold – a veteran designer with decades of experience under his belt – to design the movie poster for Clockwork Orange.
After six months of countless concepts and sketches, however, Gold didn’t have anything concrete. So, he teamed up with Ivan Punchatz and the pair designed an eye-catching poster, in which the lead character was crucified on a computer-generated cross.
Needless to say, Stanley Kubrick didn’t like it, so the pair went back to the drawing board and came up with what you see above.
#5 – Attack of the 50-Foot Woman
Released in the 1950’s, Attack of the 50-Foot Woman has gone-on to become an absolute classic, despite being released at a time when Hollywood was facing more than it’s fair share of difficulties.
Reynold Brown was responsible for the design of the movie poster (seen above): a man well known for incorporating monsters into his poster designs.
However, unlike most of his other posters, this poster for Attack of the 50-Foot Woman didn’t feature any scary-looking monsters at all; instead, the woman was the monster.
#6 – Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters was a movie poster that thought outside the box; it didn’t even feature the title of the movie.
It also didn’t feature a number of other seemingly important pieces of information, such as the list of stars (which included Bill Murray, by the way), the director, or even the release date.
It was an absolute tease of a poster, and thanks to the now iconic and eye-catching illustration of the ghost inside a red circle, it actually worked and managed to generate a tonne of traction for the movie.
#7 – Jaws
Tony Seiniger designed this movie poster for Jaws back in the mid-1970s, and to this day, it’s one of the most iconic and memorable movie posters in the history of cinema.
Seiniger follows two rules when designing movie posters: firstly, the poster has to be different, meaning that it features something that nobody has ever done before; and secondly, it must tell a story in just a few seconds.
This poster fits the bill when it comes to both of those rules, as the story is pretty clear from the stark imagery alone.
#8 – Blade Runner
Blade Runner is a movie that is particularly memorable thanks to its beautifully crafted futuristic landscapes, as well as Harrison Fords’ performance, of course.
But, it’s also memorable thanks to this poster, designed by John Alvin (the guy behind the posters for E.T., The Lion King, and many others).
It’s a poster that does a great job of reflecting the overall look and feel of the film, and the beautifully illustrated colourful design almost appears to leap off the page.
It would definitely liven up just about any room.
#9 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” is one of my all-time personal favourite movies; it’s action-packed (an understatement, perhaps) and Harrison Ford is almost certainly at his prime: it’s perfect, and so is the movie poster.
Designed by Richard Amsel, it reflects everything that’s great about the movie: it lets you know that you’re in for a wild ride, but also gives you a hint regarding the romance that blossoms in the movie (I won’t spoilt it for you).
#10 – Vertigo
There’s no doubt about it, James Stewart is one of the finest actors ever to have lived, and his performance in Vertigo (perhaps my favourite Hitchcock movie of all-time) is utter perfection.
In my opinion, this poster is also utter perfection: it’s stark, bold, colourful, and if you stare at it for long enough, you’re bound to start seeing an optical illusion.
Legendary movie poster designer, Saul Bass, designed it.
Bio: Josh lives and works in the UK; he’s currently employed as a graphic designer on a freelance basis. He loves working with clients, almost as much as he loves movies. He has a collection of almost 100 Blu-rays.