Your Choice 5: Current Results

12 11 2013

Your Choice 5

With less than 2 months to go until the end of the final film poll for a long time. I though I would put up a quick look at the current progress. . In the classics poll, 3 films currently hold first place with 20% each. They are Jaws, Jurassic Park and The Hidden Fortress with Zulu and Easy Rider not far behind. PoRe1

Meanwhile in the Future Classics Poll, 13 Assassins and Sherlock Holmes are in front sharing half the entire vote with District 9 and Welcome To The Punch holding second.

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You may be wondering why only 5 films show in the above poll, well that is because 2 films have not got any votes yet. If you want to see those films reviewed, get voting for them now.

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With only a few weeks left in the vote I thought I would add some Jeopardy to it. Firstly the vote for 3 films rule has been reduced down to 2. So you can only choose 2 films when you vote. Secondly, I am thinking that come December 1st, I will delete from the polls, the bottom 2 films on each poll reducing the vote down to 5 films each. Which ones will it be, who knows. So, please keep voting for the films you want to win, thank you.

GENEPOOL





Your Choice 5 (Part 2): Future Classics

20 09 2013

Your Choice 5

Earlier in the week I announced the start of the next and possibly the last (for now) Film Vote, the annual event where my lovely readers get to choose what film I review. As previously announced the theme for this year is Classics and Future Classics. We have seen the classics, it is now time for the Future Classics, film that have been released 2000 onwards to which have great possibility of becoming Classics in their own right in the future. So here is the choice you have:

13 Assassins (Toho Co., Ltd. - 2010)

13 Assassins: Directed by Japanese Horror Master Takashi Miike (One of the Greatest living Directors), 13 Assassins follows a group of warriors led by Kōji Yakusho (My 2nd Favourite Actor) who are attempting to Assassinate an up and coming leader of the nation who plans to end 200 years of peace and bring back the age of war. While technically being a remake of Eiichi Kudo‘s 1963 film, 13 Assassins is one of the best films released this Century. In my opinion, it is the best Period Piece since Seven Samurai. With an epic sense of Drama, Action and possibly the longest battle in movie history at 50 minutes long, 13 Assassins is one film you cannot and will not afford to miss.

District 9 (TriStar Pictures - 2009)

District 9: The first feature film from Neill Blomkamp which went on to be nominated for 4 awards at the 2010 Academy Awards including Best Picture, District 9 is a one of a kind Science Fiction film. Starring Sharlto Copley as the man instructed with removing Aliens from an Area of Johannesburg, he later becomes the number 1 target after gaining knowledge of Alien Technology. The film’s story draws upon and acts as a reminder to events that had occurred in District Six of Cape Town during the Apartheid Regime. With some amazing special effects, action and tension that does not stop growing until the film’s conclusion, this is not just some Science Fiction film, it is more than that.

Ice Age (Blue Sky Studios - 2002)

Ice Age: Produced at a time when the CGI Animation industry was already dominated by Pixar and DreamWorks Animation, Ice Age arrived out of know where by new Studio Blue Sky Studios and blasted away its competitors. The film follows a group of Mammals as they attempt to get a human baby back to its parents while trying to avoid the perils of the Ice Age. Ice Age would go on to be the first film in a series that would go on to gross almost 3 Billion Dollars worldwide. While studios like Pixar and DreamWorks continue to make films, they have yet to produce something as good if not better in my opinion than Ice Age.

King Arthur (Touchstone Pictures - 2004)

King Arthur: Released at a time when Medieval Fantasy films were taking control of Cinema, King Arthur arrived and focussed on much more than just Giant Battles. Based on the ancient legend, King Arthur and his men are on a mission to protect their nation from the arrival of the Saxons. Starring Clive Owen, Keira Knightley and Stellan Skarsgård, King Arthur is one incredible film.

Sherlock Holmes (Silver Pictures - 2009)

Sherlock Holmes: Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Watson, Sherlock Holmes follows the master detective as he fights supernatural and dark powers to save England from the tyrannical mastermind Lord Blackwood played by Mark Strong. While not being heavy in the special effects front as another film released in 2009, Sherlock Holmes was definitely the best at Drama and Story with a twist of Comedy thrown in that will keep a smile on your face throughout, but does not stop the Action getting as tense as it does. With greatly designed scenes, a soundtrack that you want to tap your feet to, Sherlock Holmes is a film for everyone to enjoy.

Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal Pictures - 2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman: One of two films released in 2012 to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the original tale, Kristen Stewart stars as the Fugitive Princess led through a magical world by Chris Hemsworth trying to run away from the tyrannical queen Charlize Theron. With an all-star cast and a level of detail that other films of its genre can only hope to achieve alongside a soundtrack that fits it well and a sense of scale and beauty over long distances, Snow White and the Huntsman is a magical journey like no other. It’s like the majestic beauty of Pan’s Labyrinth meets the size and scale of RAN.

Welcome to the Punch (Momentum Pictures - 2013)

Welcome to the Punch: A script rated as the third greatest un-produced script, finally released just this year with executive producer by Ridley Scott. Starring James McAvoy as a British police detective with his mind on capturing wanted convict Mark Strong who injured him a few years earlier with help from the Amazing Andrea Riseborough. With a cast of some of Britain’s finest actors, Welcome to the Punch is one gritty action packed thriller with essences of Mystery, Thriller and Intrigue. One of very few British crime films around these days, this is definitely one that no one should overlook.

So there are the choices, for you to choose from, so onto voting. The voting process for this vote is the same as the previous post. Here are the details again: Choose which film you would like to see reviewed (or if unsure, you can choose 3) by clicking in the required fields on the poll and then click vote. While the poll does block previous voters, you can always get over that by using another computer, so if you really want to see your choice win, just keep doing that. The poll will be open from now until the stroke of midnight into the new year this coming December 31st. So, take a look at the choices above choose one (or two or three if unsure), and place your vote. Don’t forget to vote in the Classics Vote if you have not done so already, check back soon for updates on the vote as well as in the New Year to see which has won. Thank You.

GENEPOOL





Iron Man Rises – Iron Man 3

20 05 2013

Iron Man 3 (Walt Disney Studios - 2013)

In 2008 Marvel would begin their successful Marvel Cinematic Universe series with the release of Iron Man. When I first heard of the Iron Man film while on holiday in the Netherlands in 2007, my immediate thought was “Oh No”. My only knowledge of Iron Man at the time was a combination of two 1990’s cartoon series, one of which was an Avengers Cartoon and the other was the rather superb Spiderman 1994 cartoon series. When the film was finally released in 2008 I went to see it and phrased the film as the first proper rival to The X-Men Films (but still did not beat them, the only comic character film series to beat the X-Men films in my opinion is the Fantastic Dark Knight Trilogy by Christopher Nolan). Well following this film in 2010 came Iron Man 2 which I also enjoyed but was a bit disappointed that Terence Howard was replaced for Don Cheadle. I do feel that Howard was more like a friend to stark than Don Cheadle was. Now three years has passed and now we finally have Iron Man 3. Between 2010 and Now we have had more Marvel Films in the Cinematic Universe range which include Thor, the unwatched Captain America (Unwatched as in I refused to watch it), The Incredible Hulk and The Obvious Avengers.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Since the first trailer was shown for Iron Man 3 (or Iron Man Three as the film continuously demands) I have been worried about the film, worried as I was with Transformers Three, sorry Transformers 3 for replacing Megan Fox’s character. The trailer to me looked a lot like, as you can guess from the title of this review, The Dark Knight Rises. The trailer also seemed to be misleading to the viewer with the Mandarin talking over some scenes which caused a lot of confusion to me. The other worry I had about this film is the pre-stated Obvious Avengers film; Yes, we all know it happened. Yes there would be some references to it, but the Iron Man trilogy (?) has its own story and can’t and shouldn’t rely on that film for its plot. My worry was that Iron Man 3, sorry, Iron Man Three would be nothing more than a constant verbal repeat of The Avengers and as such, RUINED. Well, I have seen the film now (Iron Man 3, sorry, Iron Man Three) and so let’s take a look at this film.

TDKR and TA

The Film opens up In Sweden with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) at a Swedish conference with a woman named Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall). While in Sweden he meets a man hoping to have Stark in his Think Tank. The man is called Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). However Stark turns him down. In the present day Stark is having emotional issues with what happened in The Avengers (See). He is having Friction with his Girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and has built several Iron Man suits as some form of Therapy. He is also having trouble sleeping. War Machine has been re-painted and re-branded as The Iron Patriot. Meanwhile a Terrorist named the Mandarin is causing issues to The United States of America. Potts has a meeting with an assumed former flame, Aldrich Killian who invites her to help out with his Extremis Project; she turns him down. Happy Hogan (John Favreau) gets caught in a bomb blast at the Hollywood Chinese Theatre after a brief fight with a supposed henchman (James Badge Dale) of Killian. The Blast is reported to have been the work of the Mandarin.

IMT3

Stark issues a threat to the Mandarin. Stark has a meeting with Maya and while having this meeting The Mandarin Attacks. Stark manages to get Potts and Maya out while he takes his latest Iron Man suit and goes into hiding. He arrives in a town in Tennessee and receives help from a Kid named Harley (Ty Simpkins). While in town, Stark finds out information about what he believes to be an attack by the Mandarin, he is later attacked by a woman who can supposedly be invincible and heal parts of her body thanks to some strange powers. He eventually defeats her and leaves town.

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Colonel Rhodes (Don Cheadle) dressed in the Iron Patriot armor goes looking for the Mandarin after another wave of attacks from the terrorist. He finds his henchmen who thanks to the same powers as the woman who went after Stark. The Iron Patriot is overpowered and sent back to The Mandarin. Stark discovers where the Mandarin is hiding and goes looking for him, who turns out not to be what he thinks he is. Tony is captured by Killian and is shown that Killian has Pepper and is told about what The Extremis Virus is. Killian reveals that he is The Mandarin and kills Maya Hansen and leaves to deal with the Iron Patriot costume. Tony Stark manages to break free and meets back with Rhodes. The Iron Patriot costume heads for Air Force one to capture The President and while warning the Vice President of the intentions, it turns out that the Vice President does not inform the President for specific reasons.

Iron Patriot

With the President now captured, Stark and Rhodes head for a freight ship that Killian is on. Stark calls for his other Iron Man Suits which make up an Air Force of robotic suits to attack Killian’s men who all have The Extremis virus in them. The suits are successful in dealing with the soldiers and Rhodes saves the President and takes back the Iron Patriot armor. Stark goes after Killian and tries to save Pepper when she accidently falls and supposedly dies. Stark fights Killian with a range of Iron Man suits and puts Killian in one of them hoping to destroy him. It fails but then Pepper arrives and kills Killian thanks to a combination of Iron Man suits and The Extremis Virus that had been pumped into her. With Killian now dead Stark destroys all his suits in an attempt to spend more time with Pepper.

Iron Man Suits

In the aftermath of the film, Stark gives Harley lots of technologically equipment, Hogan wakes from a coma, Pepper has the Virus removed from her system and Stark has surgery to remove the shrapnel from his heart. He throws away the mini ark reactor in his chest as he no longer needs it and sets off to begin a new life while also acknowledging that he will always be Iron Man.

Iron Man Armor

Iron Man 3 is nicely brought together with Good direction, nice music and brilliant acting. The films main stars continue the paths that they have set in the previous films and build on those. Happy Hogan is not just a comic sidekick like he has been; he is getting more involved and becomes a pivotal part of the plot. Killian (not the character of the same name that appears in The Running Man) is a nicely round-up bad guy and to begin with you are unsure of his intentions until they are revealed. I do think however that Maya Hansen could have had more of a part in the film as in total she appears in no more than about 4 scenes. With her part being that of mystery and in some case a possible major player of the film, she does not get the air time that the character needs in order to explain anything at all. The Mandarin was nicely used but even after the odd reveal halfway through it is a shame that he is no longer referenced. While he is no longer needed in the end, it is sort of anti-climactic and a bit of a shame.

John Favreau, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall

The Main characters though (as suggested) are the main show to me. While I still prefer Howard to Cheadle, Cheadle has improved his character from Iron Man 2. In the first Iron Man it is seen how good and important Rhodes is as a friend to Stark and in the second film it is not really shown, however in this film that improves with scenes including where they are having dinner together. I am disappointed however at The Iron Patriot as while it is very and rather obviously patriotic, it does not give a proper sense to Iron Man’s sidekick. Iron Man is the hero and does the fighting while War Machine (which is by far a better name) brings the Firepower as the name suggests. The Iron Patriot on the other hand does not suggest anything about the character that he supposedly is with a name like that. The only time when something like this occurs is towards the end of the film in the docks scene.

War Machine

Is it me or does anyone else think that Jarvis deserves more credit than he gets (if he gets any at all)? Voiced nicely by Paul Bettany he is one of Stark most important sidekicks and assistants if not his most important. Jarvis does get some more air time in this film than in the past, which I am very pleased about. I wonder if there is cross over potential in the future and see if it is possible for a romance theme between Jarvis and GLaDOS.

Jarvis

Gwyneth Paltrow’s character is one of the things about the Iron Man films that I look forward too. Her character may have been a support character at the very beginning but has matured into one of the series’ most powerful characters. She started as an assistant and in this film became a hero. She is also a symbol of how important it is to have a Very Good Friend, especially one to talk to every now and again. Alongside her we of course have Robert Downey Jr. playing the part of Iron Man. Like Gwyneth Paltrow, his character has also evolved from the obnoxious billionaire into a truly good person. He does spend a lot of time in this film coming to terms with what has happened in his life and he plays those parts well (even though they are sort of down played and quick). He has developed a caring side to him and has realized who and what are important to him and is a great example in films of someone successfully turning their life around. Add Potts into the mix and you do have a Great on-screen relationship, even though there appears to be less tennis matches and arguments. It would be interesting to see where the relationship goes from here.

RDJ and GP

One of my main issues and worries about the film was the change of Director. I think that Jon Favreau had done an excellent job with the previous 2, sorry, two, and so was a bit down heartened when it was announced that he decided not to direct the third. I was even more worried when I found out about the new director, Shane Black. I had not heard about him before (much like Favreau) and did some research and was worried when I discovered that he had only directed one film previously and it was all the way back in 2005 with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (which also starred Robert Downey Jr.). This did not look promising and did not show confidence. After watching Iron Man Three though I can see that I did not have to worry as the film was very enjoyable and in some respects helped the film by not being a run of the mill sequel and in some case may have improved what it could have been. It would have been interesting though to see what Favreau would have done if he was directing it.

Shane Black

I am not really going to mention the music as it did not really take much of a point in the film in my opinion. I will say this though, the End Credits are the third best end credits for a Marvel Film after X-Men: First Class (First) and Thor (Second). The Special effects in this film are Awesome, with most of the special effects and by far the best coming from the special effects used for the suits. The scene with the fall from the Airplane was nicely shot and a really enjoyable clip. When it came to the dog fight with the suits, I like how they all appeared to be synced in combat. I also enjoyed the different styles of Iron Man suits; in particular the big blue (Mark 38) one that becomes a sort of building jack, so it is a shame that Stark had to destroy it as I would be have been more than happy to have given it a home (Even though I have already designed in my head what my Iron Man suit would look like). I also liked how the films Movie poster showed the evolution of the Iron Man suit over the course of the series.

Iron Man Suit Mark 38

Iron Man 3 Is actually a Very Good film. It does have a nice combination of being a heavy Action film while also being very Clever at the same time while also dealing with Personal Emotions, something that Action films rarely do as they can only do one of those previous things and have reference to the other, not all three. Iron Man accomplishes all three with equal footing on each one. It also, like all other Marvel Films to date reveals more of the universe of the comics but instead of only a bit here and there it has a double if not triple dose of references and pointers.

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While Iron Man Three is all of the above, it still feels like it is a Marvel response to The Dark Knight Rises. There are several parts that I can easily touch on; The Mandarin is a lot like Bane as in he is a recognizable face and holds the Country (Gotham City) prisoner through several bad deeds. Harley getting lots of technology at the end is a lot like Joseph Gordon-Levitt inheriting the Bat Cave. Stark getting attacked at home in some sense is like Batman fighting Bane underneath Wayne Tower. Stark being held prisoner in the enemies’ lair is like Bruce Wayne being held in the underground prison complex. The Enemy having a bit of a switch at the end meaning that the main villain for most of the film is no longer the main villain. And The Hero has to rise up from a bad incident to become the hero again. So in a way I was right, this is not really a third Iron Man film, it is Iron Man Rises.

The Dark Knight Rises (Legendary Pictures - 2012)

Despite the stated above flaw, Iron Man 3 is a really enjoyable film. While I was really unsure and worried about the film, I can see that I did not need to be as the film proves that a Superhero film is not just about the Action. I mean when the film ended I did feel a bit like Bruce Banner did (WOOPS). The film brings the series to a nice ending (not as Good as the ending for The Dark Knight Trilogy though) at least for now. While the series may continue in the future, for now we have reached a Good ending for it and it and now we can enjoy what other treats Marvel has for us until they bring back the Flagship Character of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man Three is a Fantastic Film.

GENEPOOL





Movie Preview: Iron Man 3

15 04 2013

Iron Man 3 (Marvel Studios - 2013)

With only about 10 days to go until the release of Iron Man 3 (according to the adverts) and so I thought I would do a quick preview of one of the years upcoming biggest films. A film that I rated as the seventh biggest film that I am currently looking forward to this year and to date I have only been to the cinema once this year, that was to go and see the Fantastic British film; Welcome To The Punch. To be honest when I first heard about Iron Man being turned into a film (2007, I was on Holiday in Holland in the seaside resort of Scheveningen) my initial reaction was, oh no. Yes it’s true I was unsure at the prospect of it. However I eventually went to see the film and enjoyed it quite a lot even stating the film as the first proper rival to the X-Men Film Series. Then there was a sequel which was also pretty awesome and so now we have a third film about to be released.

Iron Man 1 and 2

The film will be once again be starring Robert Downey Jr. as the Iron, sort of caped, not really a crusader, basically he is playing the lead role of Tony Stark wo is of course Iron Man. The film will also see the return of Gwyneth Paltrow as Stark’s assistant Pepper Potts. The dynamic between the two is one of the best relationships in Cinema for years and it is good to see that they are both back. Don Cheadle returns too playing the role of War Machine. The film also sees a return of Jon Favreau but sadly not as the director this time around. Shane Black is helming the new film, his only film to date being the 2005 film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Also in the mix for the new film is Guy Pearce playing the part of Aldrich Killian, creator of the Extremis Virus. Along side him there is Oscar and Bafta award-winning actor Ben Kingsley playing the films lead villain (as suggested by the trailer), the Mandarin. My knowledge of the comics is not all that great, the only time I have really read a comic with Iron Man in was in Essential X-Men. So I don’t know how this Mandarin character is going to work or is like but when compared to the pictures in the comics, he looks awesome.

Mandarin (Marvel Comics)

The trailer for the new film has already been out for the last few months and it looks interesting, just remember that you make sure that you don’t confuse the trailer for Iron Man 3 with the trailer for the upcoming Monster Film from Guillermo del Toro; Pacific Rim. Lets take a look (Iron Man 3 I mean, not Pacific Rim, yet).

The trailer does show and mention quite a bit. It kind of shows how the Mandarin is going to be the major villain and is going to be involved in a lot of terrorism. Basically the film from the looks of the trailer looks like a Giant disaster movie but will also involve some heart bits between Paltrow and Downey. However the film looks very similar to a certain Christopher Nolan film that came out about 10 months ago. Such as the parts where it asks where Tony Stark is, and where he is in the snow. The terrorism looks a lot like the work of the main villain from the suggested comparison. While the film is obviously going to go down its own route, it is plain to see that there is something of the afore-mentioned Christopher Nolan film that can be seen in the new Iron Man film. One thing that I am really interested in from the trailer is also all those other Iron Man suits, probably have to wait a few more days until the films release before this part is explained.
The Dark Knight Rises

With the film shaping up very well and now with only a few days left it won’t be long until we can finally sit down in the cinema (VUE in my case) and watch the latest installment in the series. Personally I am really looking forward to this despite my above comment of this film already being out in a different and probably far superior film. However it turns out though, I am still very excited about this new film (and hope that a recent crossover film does not affect the quality of the Iron Man series through this film), are you?

Iron Man Armour

GENEPOOL (100 posts for my Film Blog)








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