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Movies, Craft Beer and Geek Stuff

Directors: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen
Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco

Sound the controversy klaxon! Wait, should that be the ballsy marketing campaign klaxon? The cynic in me thinks the latter. At the very least Sony have employed an extremely opportunistic marketing team to take advantage of the publicity surrounding their security hack and recent cyber-attack. (Who says cyber anything these days? It reminds me of chat rooms off of the 90’s and MSN messenger. ASL?) Anyway, after a pulled mainstream cinema release, Sony decided to do a limited Indy theatre release in conjunction with a more widespread on demand release through YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime. Personally I think this is the way it should always be because, well frankly I hate big multiplex cinemas. Again, I digress. Last night I checked out the long awaited follow up to This Is The End, The Interview.

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Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel
Directed By: James Gunn

Marvel takes us outside the mainstream with the first proper “space” comic adaptation, Guardians of the Galaxy. Chris Pratt plays Starlord, an outlaw seeking a mysterious orb for a buyer on the Nova planet Xandar but things go sideways when it turns out powerful baddies (Ronan and Thanos) are also seeking the orb, for a much more sinister purpose.

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Still from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Directed by: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis (MoCap), Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman
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Ten Years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes mankind, plagued by the man made simian flu virus, is on the brink of extinction. Meanwhile, having escaped to the woods surrounding San Francisco, Caesar and the group of genetically enhanced apes have built a home and a community and number in the thousands. When a small community of humans, unaware of the apes’ existence, venture into the woods to re-activate an abandoned dam to restore power to the city, the two groups meet and seeds of fear and distrust are sown, setting them on a path to war.

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Directed/Written by: Rian Johnson
Starring: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

In a semi-dystopian future, time travel is controlled by mob syndicates. They use it to carry out untraceable murders by sending the victim back 30 years to be killed by specialised assassins called Loopers. When a Looper is to be retired the mob “close the loop” by sending his older self back as the target. When a shadowy figure in the future, known only as The Rainmaker, begins closing all the mob’s loops at once Joe (Levitt), faced with his future self, must not only ensure the loop is cosed but also determine the identity of The Rainmaker in the present and stop a destructive 30 year circle of violence.

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Movies, Reviews

Review: Super 8

Directed by: JJ Abrams
Starring: Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths

Soon after witnessing a catastrophic train crash, a group of friends begin to notice strange phenomenon in their small home town. Eager to somehow incorporate the events into their own movie, the group dig deeper into the events surrounding the crash only to discover something a lot more sinister is at hand. J. J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg invite us to remember how movies used to be.

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Directed by: André Øvredal
Starring: Hans Morten Hansen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Johanna Mørck

I first heard of this by way of a trailer on iTunes a few weeks ago and it sort of caught my eye. As rubbish as they usually are, I really love it when movies come out that deal with an established myth or folklore story in a new way (that said, I have no interest whatsoever in seeing Red Riding Hood). Trollhunter is a Blair Witch style mockumentary set in rural Norway. A group of filmmakers on the trail of a bear poacher, instead end up tagging along with a bizarre government employee, the only one in Norway, who’s job it is to track down and kill trolls to protect the public while also working to keep them a secret. Sounds pretty bonkers, but check out the trailer to see why it caught my eye:

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Directed by: Quentin Dupieux
Starring: Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida

You may have heard of this one, maybe not. Rubber follows the story of an abandoned car tyre that comes to life and begins killing off the population of a remote desert community by psychokinetically blowing up their heads. Yeah, you read that right. So anyway, after a stupidly long break from this little old site, allow me to review what is probably the most ridiculous movie I’ve ever heard of.

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Movies, Reviews

Review: Salt (12a)

Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber

Synopsis: When seasoned CIA spook Evelyn Salt (Jolie) is named as a Russian double agent she goes on the run to find her husband and clear her name. The only problem is Salt may well be everything that she’s accused of being. As the foretold “Day X”, the proposed start of World War 3, draws nearer the truth about Salt must be uncovered to save the world.

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This weekend I watched some movies. Get a cup of tea and have a read of my mini reviews. Also, let me know if you like this format because I think it could be a pretty decent way to post in the future.

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Directed by: Samuel Bayer
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara

Twenty-six years and seven sequels later, Wes Craven‘s most recognisable horror creation is re-booted. This re-imagining of the classic horror tale has been on my radar for some time now as I was a huge fan of the 1984 original starring Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon and Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. When I heard that Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach from Watchmen) was set to play Krueger in the reboot I was even more excited to see what could be done with Craven’s over-worked baby.

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