As you can tell from this movie blog or my social media feed I was born a Cinephile, I have this passion for all things film : I watch, collect and talk about the movies, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly things that I’m passionate about : My love stretches to every genre, from the western to scifi, from the 30s to modern day, Cagney to DiCaprio, Foster to Hepburn, Movies are my crush, my excitement and I’m at my happiest surrounded by them : Last year someone posted a question “What is your Mount Rushmore of Film Directors?” I know we all have different views on this and that’s more than fine, but for me the four filmmakers and their respective filmographies that have consistently made me tick, given me the goosebumps & excelled in their work are Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino & Martin Scorsese what’s yours?
It was the year that Pixar Studios opened, Amber Heard was born and Sydney Pollack’s Out of Africa won a Best Picture at the 58th Academy Awards – it was also the year screen legend James Cagney died and Mike Tyson became the youngest Heavyweight World Champion in the history of Boxing – it was also the year two of my movie heroes starred opposite each other for the last time – Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster first appeared together in 1957’s Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and in 1986 they would star in their seventh & final movie together Tough Guys….
My Definitive Action Movies of 1986 : at Number 1 is James Cameron’s epic scifi movie ALIENS that sees Ripley alongside a group of kick-ass Colonial Marines trying to stay alive down on LV-426 – at Number 2 Maverick & Goose fly into Top Gun coming up against the best Fighter Pilots the navy has to offer – and at Number 3 Sylvester Stallone plays Marion Cobretti a cop and part of the “Zombie Squad” who loves nothing better than Telling it to the Judge and putting the bad guys down in Cobra – at Number 4 is John Carpenter’s superb Big Trouble in Little China that sees Burton played by Kurt Russell battling a sorcerer named Lo Pan down in Chinatown – and finally there can be only one at Number 5 and that’s Russell Mulcahy’s Highlander don’t you just love that Queen soundtrack, that amazing Scottish backdrop and Clancy Brown’s villainous Kruger? – as you can see 1986 was an incredible feast of action movies, I was only 15 years of age at the time and my love affair with the movies was only just beginning….
Some new Thor : The Dark World movie posters
So looking forward to November when this movie lands on the big screen – it’s director Alan Taylor looks set to helm the new Terminator movie so the studio’s must be pretty pleased with what they’ve seen of The Dark World – was disappointed with Iron Man 3 so I’m hoping Marvel up their game for this Thor Sequel.
ELYSIUM stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley & William Fichtner – set in the future where two worlds exist, one called Elysium a man-made space station, thats self contained with it’s population living in luxury and the added bonus of a healthy lifestyle guaranteed – the other a broken Earth, over populated, disease ridden and full of mayhem and destruction – Max (Matt Damon) is an ex-parolee who lives in the latter, and is about to have a pretty bad few days, after a series of unfortunate events Max is left with no option but seek out his past & take on a mission, one that will have serious consequences for those living on both worlds…VERDICT a couple of reasons why I loved Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium – firstly Sharlto Copley’s villainous turn as Kruger a sleeper agent working for Elysium who is based on Earth does one hell of a job in frightening the holy crap out of anyone who gets in his way, sporting a full on beard, battle scarred and looking totally “don’t fuck with me” bad-ass, Kruger makes Anton from No Country For Old Men look like a pussy and don’t get me started on that wonderful, menacing South African accent – and secondly this is pure cinematic entertainment, a popcorn munching, thrill ride from one hell of a director and a cast that includes Damon, Foster and Fichtner all having fun with their respective roles – yes Elysium does have it’s flaws – the storyline is predictable and some of the characters seem thinly written but hell this is a summer blockbuster (this is not Schindler’s List) just sit back and enjoy the ride… it’s a good one! ★★★★