Film Season 2009 is here, part 1

Film season is here! Yesterday the log awaiting visual spectacular Star Trek prequel film was released in the UK, also in this long series of expected blockbusters are X-men Origins: Wolverine, Robert Langston in Angels & Demons and Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian. This is going to be the first in a summer of awesome films. Enjoy.

1st May – X-men Origins: Wolverine

X-men Orgins: Wolverine, Gambit, Sabertooth Film Poster

This was the first film this season, this film chronicles the life of Wolverine before the X-men film Trilogy. There are hundreds of comics detailing the life of Logan, and its not surprising considering he is over a hundred years old! You gotta love mutant powers!

8th May – Star Trek

Star Trek Ship Construction Motorbike Film Poster

The original series was set in 2266, 300 years after the first broadcast. This film is set 8 years before the original series in 2258 which would’ve made the original air date of December 2008 250 years before its setting. This is all a little confusing, the prequel is going to happen sooner than the original. Regardless the film has been aimed at wide audience, the trailer on the TV gets you thinking its a slick action film then right at the very end does it say “star trek”, its a cleaver marketing gimmick as I think a lot of people would immediately loose interest at a mere glimpse of the vessel itself. I hope its not going to suffer from what Simon Pegg said in ‘Spaced’: “That every odd numbered Star Trek Movie is crap”.

15th May – Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons Statue Film Poster

An adventure with Robert Langdon before the Da Vinci Code, this time hunting down the supposedly defunct Illuminati. Hopefully you should remember the Illuminati from the 2001 Tomb Raider film, they are a secret organisation intent on acquiring power whether it financial, spiritual or physical. They are used frequently in film in subtle and not so subtle ways Buffy the Vampire Slayer, From Hell, Eyes Wide Shut, National Treasure, Anatomie, The Ant Bully… The list goes on, keep an eye out for their symbol the pyramid with an eye on it.

Link to my film review of Angels and Demons

20th May – Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

Night At The Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Film Poster

The first film was a great dive into what I imagined actually happened in museums when nobody was looking although as a child I didn’t dream up the conflicts that show showed I just imagine all the exhibits having fun. Hopefully this film will go in some new directions and be just as entertaining as the original and not suffer from ‘sequelitous’ as most part twos do.

Link to my film review of Night at the Museum 2

See You Next Year

Years ago the fad was to highlight important moments in movies using a certain gimmick, after a decade or so the gimmick receded to its usual medium and occasionally bobbed it head out to say hello. Usually it was well received, akin to a liked relative but, until very recently, there has been very little interest in inviting that relative on purpose.

I’m talking about Musicals; the spontaneous bursting out in singing and dancing. Mamma Mia has really brought the singsong into the limelight, Hugh Jackman whom a few can remember performed Curly in the Royal National Theatre’s Oklahoma! is a well established singer and brilliantly rendered the opening tribute to the 81st Academy Awards. I wasn’t expected something so bold, perhaps a comedy dialogue but the small cabaret routine blew me away. I digress, And of course for those of us in the geeky know; Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog a web based production by the (Joss) Whedon clan.

It seems that Musicals are back in fashion, but for some of us they never really have been out, the Milton Keynes Gang Show is 19 years old this year, Milton Keynes Scouting and Guiding have been at it for nearly 20 years we don’t do it because its a fad, we do it because the Stage is a magical place where anything can happen. What you can imagine can be made manifest, everyone says the perfect thing and acts at the right time. And its a whole lot of fun too!

It has always been a pleasure performing in the Milton Keynes Gang Show, based on the feedback, the close to capacity theatre crowds and the atmosphere backstage it was a huge success. It certainly has been great being back this year, catching up with everyone and seeing how the junior cast have grown up. By co-incidence I found a 2001 Programme in the cupboards, it was one of the last shows I was in before going off to University. Inside were pictures of the entire cast, including a very young me and many of my old Vortex V.S.U..

The moments that I’m going to keep with me the longest are Adam’s 120% volume onstage cockup when his recruits made him so angry he forgot his lines! I think I’m also going to fondly remember doing the Street Dance sketch, and its multitude of rehearsals, which as I mentioned in a one of my last posts I luckily landed.

It been a great 6 months and I can’t wait to do it again in another six, I hope you all enjoyed it too and we’ll see you next year

Film Review: Taken

When your girl isn’t about and its Valentines day what do you do? Indulge in cliché behaviour of beer, crisps and films involving violence or explosions! The first 2 are very easy to procure, plenty of brands of beer out there in a variety of distils, crisps are just as easy, the synergy of the entire night for me is the film. Choose wisely and the tone of the entire night is amplified, pick wrong and you’ve at least got your friends around to laugh with you, or if it was really bad and your fault, at you.

This film is fast paced and intense. I’m not talking about the intensity that was promised to us in Quantum of Solace, I mean sitting in your lounger, heart pounding the inside of your chest, not being able to stick a ‘goodie’ in your gob cus your hands are shaking.

That being said I think its because the plausibility of the scenario that teenagers get kidnapped and are sold into prostitution in the world heightens the fear factor because of the shocking reality that you ARE scared not only for the characters but what you think might happen. It is a very cleaver trick, a dominant theme in films such as Cloverfield and Signs, that creates fear not from what you do see but what you don’t.

Without a demanding presence onscreen I don’t think that this film would draw you into it so much. Neeson is truly spectacular in his role as the protective father, and keeps pace in the numerous action sequences.

At first I was dubious about watching this film due to emotional onslaught that a parent would go through but to view this film through the eyes of a teenager they would surely find a greater appreciation for the things that a parent does, or prevents us from doing, in our best interest.

Not for the week hearted, literally.

  • Picture: 7/10
  • Sound: 8/10
  • Effects: 8/10
  • Story: 8/10

The 2009 Film Season and planned Productions

This list is by no means exhaustive, merely a collection of films I’ve heard about or have a particular interest in for either content, continually or composition. I probably won’t go to see all of them at the cinema but quite certainly I will the starred ones, as such I wouldn’t mind accompaniment so let me know about a week or so before.

Dated