A prequel feature following a young Cruella de Vil : Craig Gillespie directs CRUELLA like Joel Schumacher directed his Batman movies with passion & enthusiasim, using the screen as his canvas by splashing color throughout his sets and giving us some of the most exciting and vibrant costumes I’ve seen put to film : I love Dodie Smith’s novel and of course the 60s animated gem The Hundred and One Dalmatians and yes I even have a soft spot for the Glenn Close‘s 1996 movie but if I’m honest neither compare to watching Emma Stone transform herself into this excitingly fresh, refreshing edgy Cruella de Vil, there’s a bubbly confidence that oozes from Stone, an actress who just keeps getting better and better with each role so watching her take on this iconic Jekyll and Hyde persona, dressing in the coolest of clothes, pulling her trademark faces and filling the screen with so much energy was an absolute delight : there’s so many crazy good scenes in Cruella like the Baroness party where the team try and steal the necklace, the prison break, those early childhood moments captured giddly by the maestro that is Nicolas Karakatsanis and each and every time Cruella sabotages one of the Baroness’s fashion shows : it’s over two hours of joyous cinema that lifts you up and puts a smile on your face, with characters such as Jasper & Horace played by Joel Fry and the brilliant Paul Walter Hauser respectively, Estella’s side-kick the adorable Buddy (and of course the master of disguise Wink), a bouncy soundtrack that matches it’s 70s setting and a Disney Villain in Baroness von Hellman done justice by the wonderfully delicious Emma Thompson : so if you fancy a giggle then take yourself to the cinema and watch CRUELLA you’ll have a wickidly good time ★★★★½
I’m always a bit dubious of this constant obsession of film remakes but David Lowery’sPete’s Dragon is an absolute beauty of a movie- one of them rarities a picture that’s actually better than it’s 1977 original – the cast is sublime especially Bryce Dallas Howard and the wonderful Oakes Fegley who plays Pete and in both cases I could not have imagined better, the CGI of Elliot is magical, it really is the stuff of fairy tales, combine that with the breathtaking scenery & it’s fantastic well written script and you have a real cinematic treat, a picture that evokes memories of the classic Disney movies of yesteryear – Pete’s Dragon is a heartwarming, magical movie that will make you smile and bring out the child in you…..
“Resistance fighters embark on a daring mission to steal the Empire’s plans for the Death Star”
Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla and Monsters) StarsFelicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelsen
I have watched this trailer 4 times already and I am so pumped for December already Rogue One looks mysterious, exciting and appears to have a darker pallet.
Huge fan of Edwards style of film making and this stellar cast only adds to the fist pump!
Here’s 3 new international posters for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 courtesy of Marvel and Columbia Pictures– Marc Webb’s sequel that stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and Paul Giamatti lands this summer….
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – US (2nd May) – UK (18th April) – Australia (17th April)
SAVING MR. BANKS stars Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman & Bradley Whitford – Director John Lee Hancock brings us the story of Author P. L. Travers that not only reflects on her childhood spent with a loving, caring but alcoholic father but also looks at the many trials and tribulations filmmaker Walt Disney had in securing the rights to Ms Travers beloved character MARY POPPINS and the process in bringing it all to the screen VERDICT I’ve yet to meet anybody who dislikes Robert Stevenson’sMary Poppins and watching SAVING MR. BANKS sorted of acted as a behind the scenes glimpse at want went on back in the 60’s of this much loved Disney Classic – Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are both outstanding as Disney & Travers respectively but it’s easy to overlook two other towering performances from Colin Farrell playing the drunk but loving father Travers Goff who you get to meet in various flashback in Australia in the early 1900’s, it’s a deliverance of such a role that makes me believe Farrell is right up their amongst the elite in his field and then there’s Paul Giamatti who plays the delightful Ralph a limousine driver who strikes an unlikely friendship with Travers whilst driving her around LA – Hancock and his team manage to capture the era of the time perfectly, it’s cinematography is delivered with stunning beauty and them familiar, chirpy tunes from 64’s Mary Poppins are introduced throughout the movie and delivered wonderfully well by the Sherman Brothers who are played so so well by Jason Schwartzman & B.J Novak – my favorite scene in the movie has to be Travers singing and dancing along to “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”, it’s pretty emotional and nailed by the cast – overall SAVING MR. BANKS is a delicious feast of family entertainment that will make you look at Mary Poppins in a different way but love it even more….
THE LEGO MOVIE gets a Morgan Freeman character poster whilst Angelina Jolie looks deliciously evil in the first MALEFICENT movie poster – the film is a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the villainous “Mistress of All Evil” Maleficent
Vocals by Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Joel Murray, Charlie Day, Helen Mirren & Alfred Molina – after a school trip to Monsters Inc. a young monster by the name of Michael “Mike” Wazowski dreams of becoming a Scarer – 11 years later at Monsters University Mike comes across James P. “Sulley” Sullivan – at first the two loathe each other, trying to outdo the other by any means necessary BUT if they are to make their monster dreams a reality and become Scarer’s then they must put aside their dislikes and team up to win the annual “University Scare Games” VERDICT I love the Disney Pixar Universe and Monsters University is one of their best in recent years – it also happens to be their first movie prequel and contains another delicious soundbite by Randy Newman – you will have so much fun watching Mike and Sulley first meet, joining the Oozma Kappa team at the Scare Games and their hilarious encounter with new characters such as Dean Hardscrabble’s evil looking dragon centipede that runs the University – she truly is scary – some of the movies best moments include the scene when Mike & Sulley are chasing down Archie the Pig and of course the Scare Trials towards the end of the movie are so much fun – overall Monsters University is a rare breed, a movie prequel that’s better than it’s original – if you like your animation to be cute, full of smart dialogue and so funny your sides will split then Monsters University is for you!
Stars Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Annet Mahendru, Danielle Safady & Alison Lees-Taylor – Escape from Tomorrow is the debut movie from writer/director Randy Moore and was filmed on location at Disney World and Disneyland without Disney’s permission – the film is set around a family’s last day on vacation at the parks, from the moment Jim White (Roy Abramsohn) gets that call on his balcony about loosing his job everything starts to slowly spiral downwards into a creepy Lynch-esqe film of weirdness that just keeps getting weirder VERDICT we’ve all done it, sat through a movie and then commented “what the HELL was that all about?” well Escape from Tomorrow is that movie – Randy Moore’s film is a quite unsettling, quite unpleasent Disneyland ride that may get some cult-status for it’s dark material and black & white neo-noir style, but overall it’s a film I failed to enjoy and one I certainly would not recommend….
“I'm a mog - half man, half dog. I'm my own best friend” - Spaceballs (1987)
“I once stole a pornographic book that was printed in Braille. I used to rub the dirty parts” - Bananas (1971)
“Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm a schizophrenic and so am I” - What About Bob? (1991)
“Yeah I called her up, she gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her, or something, I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention” - Dumb and Dumber (1994)
“Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son” - Animal House (1978)
“Like a midget at a urinal, I was going to have to stay on my toes” - Naked Gun 33 ½ : The Final Insult (1994)
"Yes, it's true. This man has no dick" - Ghost Busters (1984)
"I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?" - Meet the Parents (2000)
"They called him 'Fast Eddie'... He was a winner... He was a loser... He was a hustler" - THE HUSTLER (1961)
"For Three Men The Civil War Wasn't Hell. It Was Practice!" - THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY (1966)
"The night HE came home" - HALLOWEEN (1978)
"All the power on earth can't change destiny" - THE GODFATHER PART III
"In space, no one can hear you scream" - ALIEN (1979)
"Be afraid. Be very afraid" - THE FLY (1986)
"Cruise like Thunder" - DAYS OF THUNDER (1990)
"Same Make. Same Model. New Mission." - TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)
"Houston, we have a problem" - APOLLO 13 (1995)
"The greatest fairy tale never told" - SHREK (2001)
"We've Sensed It. We've Seen The Signs. Now... It's Happening." - THE HAPPENING (2008)
DJANGO UNCHAINED is the first time in 16 years that Leonardo DiCaprio didn't get the top billing
In John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN Michael Myers' mask is actually a Captain Kirk mask which was altered for the film
On the set of 1982's THE THING the whole cast and crew was male
BLAZING SADDLES was shot on the same MOVIE set as Yul Bryner's WESTWORLD
The first TWILIGHT movie is the only film in the saga to not receive any Razzie Award nominations
In a deleted scene from James Cameron's ALIENS Ripley's (Sigourney Weaver) daughter was played by Elizabeth Inglis, Sigourney Weaver's real-life mother
Prints of the movie INCEPTION were shipped to theaters under the name "Hour Glass"
The Dude from the superb THE BIG LEBOWSKI says "man" 147 times in the movie