TOP TEN – Superhero Movies

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In light of all the Marvel hype recently, I started thinking about all the superhero films that I have enjoyed over the years. That resulted in a Top Ten of my favourite superhero films! Soooo, in no particular order we have……

1. Batman Forever

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Jim Carrey as The Riddler has me in absolute stitches every time I watch this film. It is by far nowhere near as serious as some other Batman films but it is funny and a guilty pleasure!

2. X Men Origins: Wolverine

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The first of many films that would feature our beloved Logan as the centre of attention, Origins was an awesome film that let us know about Wolverine’s beginnings and that he is in fact a nice guy. Victim of circumstances that one! Much better than the metal Samurai robot fiasco!

3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Once I saw Andrew Garfield take the helm as Spidey, I wondered who Tobey Maguire even was! He did such a great job in the first outing but is was this sequel with Jamie Foxx as the villain that solidified him in my book! Awesome awesome film!

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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We’ve discussed this before: the first film was kinda boring but the sequel more than made up for it. Steve Rogers got real bad ass in this film but still remained a sweetie. Awww!

5. Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer

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Other than the change of Jessica Alba’s wig, this second instalment for the Fantastic Four was pretty good. The graphics and danger of the Silver Surfer were awesome and had me glued to the screen.

6. The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises 13Bane. That’s it.

7. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

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I don’t care what you say, when they turned into the Ninjeti with those rainbow ninja kits on, I WAS  a Power Ranger and you couldn’t tell me any different!

8. X Men: The Last Stand

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Jean Grey was the star of this show. She was so bad she was good and I couldn’t get enough! The fact that Beast came into it was even better!

9.  Batman Returns

Batman_Returns_PosterWith the original Batman that is Michael Keaton, Batman Returns was absolutely amazing with Michell Pfeifer as Catwoman with that sexy voice and Danny De Vito as Penguin. It was dark, it was sexy, it was awesome!

10.  Judge Dredd

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You might not consider this a superhero film but I LOVE Judge Dredd! “I never broke the law, I AM THE LAW!” Mate! I was finished from then. Awesome stuff.

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Now, there are of course many films that are not on this list including all the modern day Superman failures including Man of Steel and none of the Iron Man films. There’s a reason for this….they’re not good.

 

WHAT TO WATCH!! – MOVIES

What To Watch

 

– Today is Friday so that means its movie release day! A few new films have popped up today so here is a quick list of them and what its about if you were unsure! – 

 

STARRED UP
Cast: Jack O’Connell, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn
Director: David Mackenzie
Cert: 18

Jack O’Connell is set to give a career shaping performance in this prison drama about violent teen Eric Love who finds himself in the difficult transition from a young offender’s institute to adult prison. Despite help from prison therapist (Rupert Friend), he also helped by an inmate who just happens to be his dad (Ben Mendelsohn).

ABOUT LAST NIGHT
Cast: Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant
Director: Steve Pink
Cert: 15

The second of Kevin Hart’s films to hit UK screens this year and this time he is accompanied by his Think Like A Man co stars Regina Hall and Michael Ealy. A modern version of the classic romantic comedy starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore in 1986, about two people getting into their first committed relationship. Paired up with the more comical relationship of Hart and Hall hopefully brings more laughs in then Ride Along.

A LONG WAY DOWN
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Rosamund Pike, Aaron Paul
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
Cert: 15

A once beloved TV personality who is now, shall we say a little bit passed it, is on top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Ever and ready to jump. However, he’s soon joined by single mother Maureen (Collette), sassy teen Jess (Poots), and musician turned pizza-delivery boy JJ (Paul). They decide, instead of jumping tomake a pact and stay alive and stay together until Valentine’s Day at least…

LABOR DAY
Cast: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith
Dir. Jason Reitman, US, 2013, 111 mins
Certificate: 12A     Distributor: Paramount

Labor Day” centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler is 13 years old and struggling to be the man of the house while caring for his reclusive mother Adele and live a normal teenage life. While on a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother meet Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and  in need of some help, who they agree to take home but later find out is an escaped convict resulting in the longest Labor Day weekend of their lives…

 

 

KLOWN – REVIEW

Not having heard of this movie or its stars before (it is Danish after all) and watching the trailer, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Klown. Armed robbery and adulterous weekends ​were mentioned which was always going to spark some interest, especially if the film in question is supposed to be a comedy!​

Klown however envelopes comedy and self satire as it follows the adventure of Frank (Frank Hvam), who on discovering his girlfriend is pregnant, decides to prove that he is capable of being a good father. To do this,​ Frank decides to “kidnap” his girlfriend’s nephew, naturally,​ with the help of his sex mad friend Casper (Casper Christensen). With the nephew in tow, the highly inappropriate friends embark on a debauched weekend trip full of nudity, drugs, prostitution and a lot of pancakes.

With the merriment aside, a hitch to the film is how long it takes to get started. A lot of time was spent on build up when it could have been explained fairly quickly in order to get to the madness that was sure to unfold. There is a wedding and a book club meeting and a robbery attempt on their home and although theses scenes all serve a purpose, they took a while to be executed leaving the viewer to wonder what was taking so long. Once we do get into the meat of the film, its deliberate aversion to good taste is undoubtedly clear. What was merely brushed on in the first half an hour, you are fully submerged into for the rest of the film and you can never be ready for it. Casper attempts sex with underage girls, comments on the size of a little boy’s manhood and proceeds to man flirt with any male who crosses his path in order to get out of some kind of trouble. Its madness that never ends.

Despite the questionable content of the film that is both shocking but uncomfortably entertaining, there is an undertone of real personal growth. Embedded deep within the obscenity of the film including masturbation and homosexual experimentation is a heartfelt message from a man who has done this outlandishness out of love and his attempt to prove himself father potential. Though the situations are extreme and highly improbable, the humour they create is undeniable.

The apprehension was warranted and although entertaining, Klown isn’t something that should be watched more than once. Having spent so much time trying to undo what you saw, there’s no sense in repeating the trip. Tell people about it, explain that they can only understand if they see it for themselves but whether it is one for the collection is highly unlikely.

Originally posted December 2nd on DIY Film

Klown is out December 6th

5 Things We Learnt From 90s Sitcoms

Growing up in the 90s was the BEST time for television! Channels like Nickleodeon, Disney Channel, Fox Kids and Trouble were all channels that gave us the best entertainment. Shows like My Wife and Kids, Kenan and Kel, Sister Sister and SMTV: Live were reasons to get up on Saturday morning. As amazing as these shows were, there was some questionable content that made me wonder what I was actually watching. Lets take a look at some of the crazy things we’ve learnt from 90s sitcoms!

Clarissa Explains It All: Climbing into a girl’s window isn’t wrong
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I have to admit; I dug pretty deep for this one. Clarissa Explains It All was a show in the early 90s starring Melissa Joan Hart who we know better as Sabrina: The Teenage Witch. In each episode of Clarissa, the teenager would confront the audience directly about her teen problems with the help of her best friend Sam. The weird thing about Sam: he was allowed to climb through Clarissa’s first story bedroom window at any time of day or night without prior warning. Not sure about you, but if my parents knew a boy was climbing into my bedroom at night, he wouldn’t live to see the next day!

Fresh Prince of Bel Air: If you mess up and get into fights, you get to be a millionaire
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One of, if not the best show of the 90s, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air is still playing reruns now! Documenting the life of street kid Will Smith after he goes to live in Bel Air with his wealthy uncle, Fresh Prince taught us a lot of things. One ridiculous lesson that stands out is that after Will got into trouble in Philadelphia, he gets sent to live the good life in Los Angeles. One has to wonder why, if life was so much better for him in LA, why not send him there before he got into trouble? Bad behaviour gets rewarded does it, cool, let me go and commit crime…

Friends: Dating your friends always works out and never destroys the group
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Who doesn’t love Friends? This show has been rerun more times than Fresh Prince and I don’t think it will ever stop! With so many ups and downs involving their friendship and their relationships, it was no wonder that Ross and Rachel and Chandler and Monica ended up together. It was more than a little creepy that Ross fancied his little sisters best friend for as long as he did but whatever! Friends also made us believe that if you slept with your best friend, it wouldn’t destroy the group dynamic and you would all live happily ever after. There’s a reason this isn’t real people.

One on One: Living with your single father is the better family dynamic
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Was I the only girl who was jealous of Breanna’s hair, clothes and general lifestyle? In One on One, Breanna had everything and all because she was an only child living with her famous father. I don’t know about you guys, but I started looking at my siblings with a new level of resentment. If they weren’t around, I could’ve had all the good stuff…minus the famous father of course.

Home Improvement: Its okay to take advice from the neighbour you’ve never really met
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Before he was Buzz Lightyear, Tim Allen was Tim Taylor, the family man in Home Improvement. The Taylor’s had a next door neighbour called Wilson who gave the best advice (disguised within humour or fables from somewhere or other) but we never saw his face. Although Wilson seemed to be a lovely guy (pervy voyeur in my opinion), there was something not quite right about not being able to see his whole face, what are you trying to hide mister? Maybe stranger danger doesn’t apply in America…