Avengers MTV Awards
The MTV awards were dominated this year by Avengers, taking home three awards. Box office hit The Avengers beat the competition at this year's MTV movie awards, winning three out of a possible four prizes.
The comic book action film won movie of the year and best villain for British actor Tom Hiddleston.
Oscar-winner Silver Linings Playbook took three awards including best male and female for lead actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
Daniel Day-Lewis for "Lincoln"
Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway for "Les Miserables"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz for "Django Unchained"
Ang Lee for "Life of Pi"
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BEST ANIMATED FILM
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
"Skyfall" from "Skyfall" (Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth)
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Mychael Danna for "Life of Pi"
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
"Life of Pi"
BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
"Searching for Sugar Man"
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"Life of Pi"
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
BEST FILM EDITING
BEST SOUND EDITING
"Zero Dark Thirty"
BEST SOUND MIXING
BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)
Monsters University (Monsters Inc. 2)
Okay, so many of us have seen Monsters Inc. which was amazing. If u haven't then you've never lived. This movie is basically about what Sulley and Mike's lives were like in college when they weren't exactly the best of friends. Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Looks good but don't blame me if it isn't... i haven't actually seen it yet.
In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But the accused man claims he's innocent and says "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for.
I don't want to ruin the film for those who have not been yet, so i will keep this short. I was a bit disappointed by Quantam of Solace, I felt it was just a lot of fighting and not to much in the way of a plot. Skyfall couldn't be more different, we get a lot of in detail about the lives of the main characters, particularly Bond and M. A great UK based film.
“You know the rules of the game,” M tells Bond near the start of Skyfall, “You’ve been playing it long enough!” Fifty years to be exact, an anniversary that makes the 23rd entry in the world’s most durable franchise both a cue for nostalgia and a chance to reassess.
It would have been easy for director Sam Mendes to wallow in the former, tick all the right boxes and play to the gallery. Instead he poses questions. Who is Bond? What is his role? Is he a man with a future, or an irrelevant relic trapped in the past?
It’s a daring move to reintroduce Bond after a four-year hiatus as a man whose best days may be all behind him. But then Skyfall is nothing if not audacious, deconstructing 007 and the iconography he comes with in a way that is constantly, consistently surprising.
A blistering pre-credits sequence, in which Daniel Craig destroys half of Istanbul in a quest to recover sensitive information from an enemy operative, initially suggests Bond is back on track after the stuttering blip that was Quantum Of Solace.
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As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett's teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John's side ever since - a friendship that's tested when Lori, John's girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.
John makes a Christmas miracle happen by bringing his one and only friend to life, his teddy bear. The two grow up together and John must then choose to stay with his girlfriend or keep his friendship with his crude and extremely inappropriate teddy bear, Ted.
Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster.
The Republic of Wadiya is ruled by an eccentric and oppressive leader named Hafez Aladeen. Aladeen is summoned to New York to a UN assembly to address concerns about his country's nuclear weapons program, but the trip goes awry
Man on a Ledge
Well no, Man on a Ledge is a thrilling story of a man after his innocence. He has the plan worked to perfection until a couple of things go wrong. Honestly at the 1 hour mark the tips of my fingers were starting to sweat to see what happens to Nick. Definetly worth the watch!
American Pie - The Reunion
The most recent in the American Pie collection, the friends unite for their high school reunion party. A must watch don't miss out!
Men In Black 3
Will Smith posted the simple status update on his facebook today: 'Y'all know how we do.'
Embedded with this of course, the trailer for the third of the Men In Black Trilogy.
If likes are currency (and lets face it, they are) then the film is set to absolute smash the box office, with 123,254 on that status alone.
The movie will feature Agents J and K, with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reprising their roles.
It is also going to be in 3D, which would be pretty cool with Aliens and the like.
Other than that the plot is so far undisclosed, and I can't really enjoy the trailer because my housemate has managed to permanently ruin the sound on my laptop.
...but enough about my problems, here it is!
Visual Effects Oscar
What do superheroes, wizards, pirates and apes all have in common?
They're all in with a chance of winning the Oscar for Visual Effects in 2012 of course.
The list currently consists of 15 movies and features, unsurprisingly, some of the biggest action blockbusters of the summer.
The final shortlist of 10 will be announced the 24th January, and so five of the below list will lose out. Each film has stunning special effects and so I don't envy the judges in the slightest.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Cowboys & Aliens
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life
X-Men: First Class
Danny Dyer is still trying to be 'gangsta', bless him.
The cockney actor's latest venture is a documentary style film based around the life of football agents and you guessed it - gangsters. Irish gangsters.
The film is set to feature Ashely Cole (who is rumoured to be providing some funding), Big Sam Allardyce and Joe Cole. So there is a good chance that Dyer's acting won't be the worst in the film. Well a chance at least.
Not much more is known about the film at the moment, but you may as well just watch 'Football Factory' or generally any other Danny Dyer film, as it will probably have the same storyline.
Sure to be an instant classic.
Paranormal Activity 3
It's Halloween in two days, so what better way to build up to it than with a small preview/review thing on the third part of the Paranormal Activity trilogy.
When it comes to the last two films it seemed that some people were terrified of them, whilst others simply just were not bothered at all. For instance last year I awoke to the sounds of a girl screaming for her life, then I went into my macho housemates room and found out it was just him watching Paranormal Activity 2.
You can expect more of the same in 3, but perhaps more intense. There is no need for the prolonged accumulation of small events anymore, we saw those in the first film. Still if you didn't enjoy the first two, or more importantly if they didn't scare you (I guess they're not made to be enjoyed so to speak) then going to see 3 would be pretty pointless.
The storyline revolves around the lives of two sisters who 'befriended' an invisible entity in 1988, and well, I'm pretty sure if you have seen the previous films then you'll know what happens next. Watch the trailer here.
The Lion King 3D
The Lion King has always been one of the most universally loved Disney films.
Why this is the case I'm not entirely sure. But, whether it's the bright and bold animation, Elton Johns musical prowess or even just the simplistic storyline, fans of both sexes still seem to enjoy it.
So why bring it out in 3D? Is it entirely necessary to add an extra dimension to what is regarded to be a Disney classic? The storyline will be exactly the same. The attraction of seeing it in 3D just makes no sense to me, and certainly isn't an extra incentive for to spend an outrageous amount on a ticket.
I would rather dig out a copy on VHS. Wait, no, I would rather not watch it at all.
I've seen the film more than enough times in my childhood. I've seen the sequel. I've played the video game. I've even seen the stage production of it at some theatre in London (I had no choice in the matter) To top it all off I have watched the trailer for the 'new' 3D version.
So it's safe to say that I've had my fill of Lion King to last me a life time, and I will not be going to see it anytime soon.
Having said that it made $10.6m in it's opening weekend at the US box office. So hats off to Disney for squeezing even more money out of the franchise, which has become more the proverbial cash cow than Lion King.
Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy
When one of five men at the pinnacle of M16 is leaking out intelligence threatening to destroy the very fabric of the organisation from within, who do you trust?
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy is a tale of suspense and deceit set in the Cold War, a time where espionage was pivotal and treachery was foreboding.
Veteran of the game, George Smiley, played by Gary Oldman (Dark Knight) must come back from retirement to expose the soviet spy, before it is too late.
The film is a real exhibition of British acting talent, the cast has been described as one of the greatest ever put together in British cinema. Along with Oldman, who is already being linked to an Oscar nomination for his role, Tom Hardy (Inception), Colin Firth (Kings Speech) and Benedict Cumberbatch (brilliant in BBC’s Sherlock) all star, with even more notable actors and actresses completing a phenomenal line up.
As an audience member, the environments look immersive and the opportunity to find out who the spy is yourself is just too irresistible. The film is officially released 16th September. It already has an impressive 8/10 on IMBD and is expected to do very well.
Check out the trailer here...pretty epic!
The Dark Knight Rises
The final installment of Christopher Nolan’s (director) Batman series of films is set to reach it’s ‘epic conclusion’ next summer.
A teaser trailer for the Dark Knight Rises has been released - around a year before it is set to hit cinemas in 2012.
The trailer doesn’t give much away, but it’s safe to say that Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Morgan Freeman (Luscious Fox), Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon) and Michael Caine (Alfred) will be reprising their roles.
Having killed off Two-face in the Dark Knight and with Heath Ledger simply irreplaceable as the Joker, Batman is in need of a new nemesis to keep him occupied for two and a half hours or so.
Step up Bane (Tom Hardy). This guy is more of a physical threat than Batman has had to face so far. Pretty much he is a prisoner who is pumped full of a drug called ‘venom’, which makes him insanely strong and scary.
Catwoman is also set to make an appearance, with Anne Hathaway taking up the role, which surely can only be a good thing?
Nolan has a lot to live up for having rejuvenated the Batman series, with arguably the best two films to feature the caped crusader to date.
Watch the trailer here.
The Inbetweeners Movie
Not so long ago I wrote (briefly) on my excitement for The Inbetweeners Movie, and how it was the most anticipated comedy of the summer, for the British teen audience at least.
Naturally, I wanted to see it as soon as possible, unfortunately my journalistic prowess is not quite at the level to have been invited to the premiere, so I had to settle for an 11:50 showing on the official release date this week (thank-you Orange Wednesdays)
Usually when I eagerly anticipate anything I end up bitterly disappointed (see Watch The Throne article) but I am pleased to say that in this instance this was not the case.
The Inbetweeners Movie is an instant classic.
It had all the laughs and cringeworthy moments from the series but more and taken to the highest level the 15 certificate would let them. The brilliant adolescent humour was densely packed into the 97 minute running time, resulting in one of the funniest teen comedies since Superbad.
The film, which takes place in Malia, just as the lads time at school has ended, has everything that a stereotypical lads holiday should have. Crude t-shirts for the ‘pussay patrol’, girls, booze, skinny dipping and the inevitable huge drunken argument, in this case between Jay (James Buckley) and Simon (Joe Thomas).
Most importantly though it has the best dance scene in the history of cinema in a scene so painful to watch, but one you just can't your eyes off - Dirty Dancing and Step Up eat your heart out. Neil (Blake Harrison) and Will (Simon Bird) in particular bust out some incredible moves.
If you liked the series, then this film is definitely for you.
Oh, and unless you want the most awkward cinematic experience of your life... I’d recommend leaving your parents at home!
I've already posted the trailer, so follow this link for an interview with the cast.
Movies This August
August is always a strong month on the calendar in terms of big summer movie releases. Below I've picked two that I'm certainly looking forward to.
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes: In this movie experiments in genetic engineering on apes work - a bit too well. The experiments make the apes as intelligent, if not more intelligent than their human counterparts, leading to conflict and all out war between humans and apes. James Franco (127 hours) and Tom Felton (Harry Potter) star in this intense battle to save the planet, in what could prove to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer. Released 11th August. Watch the trailer here.
The Inbetweeners Movie: The Inbetweeners hit the big screen after three hilarious seasons of failing with girls, underage drinking and...well, failing with girls really. The school term is coming to an end and the boys Will, Simon, Jay and Neil plan to end their compulsory education with the holiday of their lives, by hitting up one of Europes most notorious party islands. Malia in Greece. Will the holiday live up to all over-hyped expectation? Released 19th August. Click here to watch the trailer. (warning, this trailer includes typical crude language etc associated with the Inbetweeners)
What better way to kick off Capital VIP’s new Movies section than with everyone’s favourite wand waving wizard.
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 smashed the record for highest earnings in it’s opening weekend, raking in a staggering $483.2 million worldwide.
It’s no wonder that creator of the series, JK Rowling, is richer than the Queen. I wrote a story about a wizard once when I was seven. It could have been me!
The explosive final installment of the Potter saga resumes from where Part 1 ended (RIP Dobby the house elf) and sees the wizarding world plummet further and further into a spiral of darkness.
Several main characters perish as the battle between good and evil intensifies. A fire breathing dragon takes to the skies (because it wouldn’t be Harry Potter without one) and Ron finally pulls Hermione.
Death and destruction engulf every scene, which are brought to life like never before in stunning and immersive 3D. The tension accumulates as the film reaches a captivating climax and the final encounter between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) erupts.
I shall save the few who have not read the book or are yet to see the film by stopping there, but it's certainly not one to be missed.
Finally, for any lads who are still ‘too cool’ for Harry Potter, then my advice would be to watch it anyway - Emma Watson in 3D isn’t too bad either...
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Rubber - DVD
This entire movie is summed up in the opening sequence, by a series of completely random events and that is simply that there was no reason to make it.
But make it they did.
Rubber, directed by Quentin Dupieux, is about a blood thirsty tyre, inconspicuously named Robert. The tyre learns that it has telepathic powers and then goes on a brutal killing rampage, destroying everyone in its path.
Yes, a single tyre, usually an inanimate object, is a cereal killer.
It is billed as a comedy/horror film, but really is more of a parody or spoof.
The critics reaction has been varied, with some audience members booing the film, some laughing throughout and others being left utterly confused.
Despite being such an absurd concept, at times I generally found it funny, which would have been the whole reason for the film, but there was no reason.
The film came out in 2010 and is available on DVD now, if you dare to risk wasting 82 minutes of your life, then again you might like it...
It does exist, honestly - Trailer here.