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Posts Tagged ‘ Scarlett Johansson ’

Five Films That May Have Slipped Through Your Radar

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The most anticipated film of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy, makes its debut this week. While Guardians will undoubtedly enjoy the same success as this year’s previous blockbuster hits such as The Lego Movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the more recent Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, it is worth taking a look at some of this year’s lesser know cinematic entries.

The film industry currently churns out more big screen outings a year than ever before, which sadly means we have to trawl through mountains of sparkly vampire love stories and Michael Bay presents too-many-explosions-for-its-own-good movie fluff, to uncover the real diamonds in the rough. Fortunately, you don’t have to, because since the invention of the internet, others can do the trawling for you and tell you what’s hot and what’s not. Continue reading

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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The summer super-hero season seems to be starting earlier and earlier each year and this trend continued today as Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in Irish cinemas. This marks the third of the five films from Marvel’s phase 2 of their cinematic universe and was always going to be a pivotal film for my feelings of phase two in general after a mediocre Thor 2 and a incredibly disappointing Iron Man 3. I am very happy to report that Captain America 2 is a return to the quality of film making that has made me so passionate about this studios films.

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Film Review – Under the Skin

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Under the Skin begins with total blackness and ends with a pure white sky. In between there is much greyness: the visual greys of its wintry Glasgow setting, the grey fog of confusion as the film withholds anything resembling plot exposition, and of course that most persistent of grey areas – the good old human condition.

Yes, on its surface this is a film about an alien who takes the form of Scarlett Johansson, trundles around in a white van searching for lonely men before luring them back to a house where they suffer a disturbing end in a black void of nothingness. But beneath its skin this is a film about us – our strangeness, our confusions, our potential for kindness. Continue reading

Film Review: Her

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The lonely, recently heart-broken Theodore Twombly falls in love with an intelligent operating system with a female voice and a frighteningly developed personality. Reading that premise, two possibilities come to mind: a dark, brooding experimental art-house also ran, directed by a David Lynch wannabe, or an annoyingly soft, Pitchfork soundtracked Indie, with it’s quirkiness painted by numbers. However, director Spike Jonze manages to find a sweet spot between the two, and here his film thrives and becomes one of the best of the year.

The nebbish Theodore is played by Joaquin Phoenix in one of his best performances thus far. His story takes place in the not too distant future, where OS software is so developed it has an eerily human voice and personality of it’s own, designed as a sort of “in-ear, invisible personal assistant”. Theodore’s OS “Samantha” (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) immediately charms Theodore and comforts him as he finishes divorce proceedings with his wife (Rooney Mara). The two soon fall in love in a way that is not only convincing, but compelling. The lively Samantha is the perfect foil for the shy and lonely Theodore, and the film chooses to draw humour from the inherent difficultly of relationships, rather than aiming for cheap laughs at the expense of Theodore’s questionable romance. Continue reading

Worst Superhero Movies Ever

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Fresh from completing his latest comic book venture “Velvet”, author Stephen Coffey reveals his worst superhero movies ever having already paid tribute to the greatest  ever made.

As Superheroes are expected to dominate this years box office, with Superman returning to our silver screens under the name Man of Steel (I’m sure that at some point someone in Hollywood will place Superman before that title, in case people don’t realise that it’s a Superman movie, sigh). With Thor 2, Iron Man 3, and GI Joe 2 coming along it’s time we look back at some of the low points of the Superhero/Comic movies that have assaulted our eyes.

As with my top ten this list is based on the movies that I have seen and are in no particular order.  I won’t respond to any comments or arguments, this is my list and my opinion, you are as always entitled to your own.  Continue reading

The Avengers Assembled

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Marvel’s superhero mash-up The Avengers is not the best super hero film of all time, but definitely the funniest.  The story-line is simple Norse god Loki (Tom Hiddleston) comes to earth, steals a cosmic power-cube and wants to enslave human kind with the help of some very nasty aliens.  Not only is his brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth) not very happy with this idea but S.H.I.E.L.D Director Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) decides it’s time to bring out the big guns and create Avengers Assemble, a group of testosterone throbbing supermen.

Of course if you put a Norse god (Thor), a doctor with severe anger-management issues (The Hulk /Mark Ruffalo), a multibillionaire with an ego bigger than his own phallic sky-scraper (Iron Man/ Robert Downey Jr) and an unfrozen WW2  hero who likes wearing silly outfits  (Captain America/ Chris Evans ) into one room fights and a lot of chest banging are bound to occur. But of course after a lot of quips, fist fights and heated arguments they pull themselves together in an attempt to save the world.

Director Joss Whedon does try to balance out this male macho party with Peppa Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow) hot pants, the Black Widows  (Scarlett Johansson) breathtakingly tight black jumpsuit and Fury’s right-hand woman and stunner Maria Hill (not looking for anyone’s mother Cobie Smulders). But between fighting off the alien invasion, great one-liners and even Shakespearean lingo the superheros don’t have time for love.

The Avengers is pop-corn cinema at it’s best, there is something for everyone. The dialogues are witty and entertaining and sure to make you laugh. The special affects are brilliant, between spaceships, aliens planets, massive New York destruction, car crashes galore and the Hulk, the illusion is close to perfect, and of course it’s all in 3D. Both guys and girls have eye candy to swoon over, blonds, brunettes, red heads and even the lovers of green will find something beautiful and hunky (or hulky) to fall in love with. So put on your 3D goggles and enjoy Joss Whedon’s wonderful comic adaptation.

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