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The Hangover Part 3 – 2013

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Runtime: 100 min

Genre: Comedy

Release Date: 24 May 2013 (UK)

Director: Todd Phillips

Writers: Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin, 2 more credits »

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis

Overview: In the aftermath of the death of Alan’s father, the wolfpack decide to take Alan to get treated for his mental issues. But things start to go wrong on the way to the hospital as the wolfpack is assaulted and Doug is kidnapped. Now they must find Mr. Chow again in order to surrender him to the gangster who kidnapped Doug in order to save him.Written by HeWhoShallNotBeNamed
The DVD Archive: As we have already seen an increase in the amount of fans thta this franchise has coming out of its behind, I would be very surprised if that was the case, and as I’m pressing my foot down to the  Status Quo, if there are no disregarded elements within this instalment, then we don’t see any reason not to include it in the “Hives Top 10”. Here’s the Trailer…
The Hangover Part 3 (2013 Official Trailer)

The Midnight Game – 2013

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Genre: Horror/Thriller

Release Date: 2 March 2013 (USA)

Director: A.D. Calvo

Writers: A.D. Calvo (story), Brett A. Calvo (idea)

Overview: After playing a pagan ritual on a dare, a group of high school students find themselves trapped in an endless cycle of their worst fears Anonymous

The DVD Archive: We believe that this film will d remarkably well over the next few months, especially as the previous type of film like this one have been far and few between. The whole film is well put together and strengthened on the premise that something really evil is about to call on the female casting, to dish out some very hardcore body damage…Enjoy.

The Midnight Game (2013 Official Trailer)

 

The Sorcerer & The White Snake – 2013

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The Emperor and the White Snake (2011)  “Bai she chuan shuo” (original title)

Runtime: 100 min
Genre: Action/Fantasy
Release Date: 30 March 2012 (UK)

Director: Siu-Tung Ching

Stars: Jet Li, Shengyi Huang, Raymond Lam

Overview: Action director Ching Siu-Tung helms this fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman. Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man’s soul.Written by Anonymous

DVD Archive: Yeah, okay, so Jet Li is back in the action seat in this great Martial Arts Action Thriller that will have your heart skipping to the slightest death defying stunts that you are shown through this presentation. The action scenes are something else, other than the true ingredients that make the difference between life and death…

The Sorcerer & THe White Snake (2012 Official Trailer)

 

6 Souls – 2013

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6 Souls is a devishly new concept in its wake before being presented to the viewer. Its not the kind of film that you would watch for the fun of it, but you would, however, watch it because of its “Scare Factor”, and as it stands, we reckon a huge “Factor 8” at least will materialise from this gripping Horror when it is released at cinemas…

6 Souls (2013 Official Trailer)

 

The Rift (2012)

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Runtime: 26 min

Genre: Short/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Release Date: 14 September 2012 (USA

Director: Robert Kouba

Writers: Robert Kouba, Tasha Lowe-Newsome

Cast: Eileen Grubba, James DiStefano, Ralph Guzzo

In 1982 a Russian physicist discovered something extraordinary was behind the strange radar anomalies he was recording. Something dark, which will eventually alter the path of mankind. Before he could tell anyone, he mysteriously vanished. Many years later budding physics student Dean Hollister and his discredited physics teacher have become obsessed with the same mystery. What had been a rare phenomenon is suddenly happening all over the world. The day it happens is a regular night shift for Dean at his mother’s diner. Black rifts appear in the sky. Behind those rifts, something is moving. It’s watching us. Written by Vantis Pictures

DVD Archive: Initially, by the viewing of the Trailer, we have every confidence in the film being something to write home about. While some may not share the same view as us, we found that the characters building up in this movie are set and tidy of giving the viewer every bit as an entertaining evening as any other in its same category.

The Rift (2012 – Official Trailer)

Hannibal (TV Series Review) 2013

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Format: TV Series

Runtime (Per Episode) 43 min

Genre: Crime/Drama/Thriller

 

Creator: Bryan Fuller

 

Cast Of Characters:

Hugh Dancy…Special Agent Will Graham (13 episodes, 2013)

Mads Mikkelsen…Dr. Hannibal Lecter (13 episodes, 2013)

Caroline Dhavernas…Dr. Alana Bloom (13 episodes, 2013)

Hettienne Park…Beverly Katz (13 episodes, 2013)

Laurence Fishburne…Agent Jack Crawford (13 episodes, 2013)

Scott Thompson…Jimmy Price (13 episodes, 2013)

Aaron Abrams…Brian Zeller (13 episodes, 2013)

Lara Jean Chorostecki…Freddie Lounds (12 episodes, 2013)

 

Storyline:

Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

 

DVD Archive Review – (First Episode): Psychological Intrusion has always remained one of the fundamental traits of a Serial Killer, whether this has been the making of Directors through an entire century of film making or not. That which we see before our eyes, is not necessarily what is going on before our eyes, until such a time as when we conclude that it has indeed happened – or that another independent person of integrity has witnessed that same thing happen. With the new “Hannibal: The Beginning”, we see everything happen through the eyes of Special Agent Will Graham, who has anything but an amazing gift of ‘Seeing’ his assignments being murdered…in the goriest of detail, too.

His superior officer, however, knowing that Will has a condition, but still assigns him to the cases of twelve missing girls – presumed dead, of course – brings Will on board to help crack the case and bring the serial “Abductor” to justice. It is the personal side of Special Agent Graham, however, that becomes delicately complicated when he is paired up with Dr Hannibal Lecter, a man who shows very little sympathy, and yet, assists Will in the cases anyway. Will Special Agent Graham realise his weakest link?

Having watched the forty-five minute first episode through the “Sparkle Network”, we were literally riveted to our seats in the aftermath of the serial killers lame trail of carnage. It was actually realising that the Writer’s and the Director placed the killer in the forefront of the show, as well as introducing a Psychological Detective alongside the killer, that we saw exactly where the storyline was going.

Agent Jack Crawford (Lawrence Fishburne) gives a very well strengthened cast as Special Agent Will Graham’s superior, while side by side, he has this attachment that keeps its distance when both Agent Graham and Doctor Hannibal Lecter do exactly the same thing – which is investigate the intricate parts of the case. Though not a spare tool in the series, the functions of being a Superior Officer well suits Fishburne, only not as a permanent sidekick to the Agent who can rewind and play through the entire crime that took place.

If you haven’t seen “Hannibal: The Beginning”, then it would be highly recommended by us that you do…as soon as possible. Although, we must stress that the series includes some really gory and bloody scenes of violence, but certainly not unlike that of “Dexter” – only better. Sorry Dexter fans, but that is the truth, and maybe one that we should address as thus:

The Dexter Producers attempted desperately to increase the blood loss into the show by making the episodes more ‘Gorified’ in content, while waiting in the wings was this new show of “Hannibal: The Beginning”, that has managed quite easily to pull the rug from under their feet. The bottom line is simple, that “Hannibal: The Beginning” is going to be one of those very successful shows that have people’s mind’s highly wired, charged and begging for more suspense, more gore, more of that Pzazz that can only come from a cop show with the intelligence and integrity that producers and writer’s on this level can create…This is a high rated television show that will blow the viewer’s mind, and this is only the very first episode into the 13 episode series.

 

Additional Details

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 2012 (USA)

Filming Locations: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Company Credits:

Production Co: Dino De Laurentiis Company, Doheny Productions Inc., Gaumont International Television

 

Technical Specs:

Runtime: 43 min

Sound Mix: Stereo

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1

Hannibal: The Beginning (TV Series Trailer) 2013.

 

Oz The Great & Powerful (2013 – Review)

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Runtime: 130 min

Genre: Adventure/Family/Fantasy

Cert: PG

Release Date: 8 March 2013 (UK)

Director: Sam Raimi

Writers: Mitchell Kapner (screenplay), David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay)

 

Cast Of Characters:

James Franco…Oz

Mila Kunis…Theodora

Rachel Weisz…Evanora

Michelle Williams…Annie / Glinda

Zach Braff…Frank / Finley

Bill Cobbs…Master Tinker

Joey King…Girl in Wheelchair / China Girl

Tony Cox…Knuck

Stephen R. Hart…Winkie General

Abigail Spencer…May

Bruce Campbell…Winkie Gate Keeper

Ted Raimi…Skeptic in Audience

Tim Holmes…Strongman

Toni Wynne…Strong Man’s Wife

Rob Crites…Firebreather

 

Storyline: Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune is his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. Written by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The DVD Archive Review: Shown in black and white for the better part of fifteen to twenty minutes, was in fact to show respect to the original “Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland (which still baffles me, as to where the colour came from at such an early age of cinema), and executes a great opt out into colour when Oscar Diggs – The Great Oz – enters the land where lies the Emerald City. Before this, of course, he is found by Theodora (Mila Kunis) the sister of Evanora (Rachel Weisz), who together make up the Witches of the East and West (though this is not revealed).

Telling Oscar about a prophecy of old where a great wizard would come and save the people of Oz from the terror and tyranny of an evil witch who, by the understanding of Theodora, the one they talk of destroying is that of Glinda (Michelle Williams), who has entrapped the power of Oz. Upon hearing of a wealth of treasure and the seating of the throne over the land as a King for the victorious wizard – but only by destroying the witch…by destroying her wand – Oscar does only that which Oscar would do in a time like this – accept the quest and assure the good witches that he will destroy the evil witch.

It is the perfect pitch to the perfect children’s fairy-tale adventure that would catch the imagination of children all over the world, although the start of the film would not favour any child’s imagination in the way of climbing over the Innuendos that follow until such a time as when Oscar (James Franco) actually arrives in Oz itself. Even then, as soon as he disembarks unwillingly with his tail between his legs, we find that we are treated to the very same treatment of innuendos thrown at the witch. Okay, so, I am a great James Franco fan and a firm believer that the man can work miracles. However, in “Oz the Great and Powerful”, we would better say that his connection with the film here be that of being the “Wonderful Wizard” and not some philanthropist out to gain, conquer and control the minds of every woman he meets. Other than this the film seems as a fine as the original.

The storyline is believable, the characters hold together well, and the outcome of the story is that which everyone is surely expecting – that he will be the man they were expecting – The all Powerful Wizard – and that he will then remain there in Oz until finally Dorothy from Kansas arrives to set him free. Having made his way through the challenges of many missions and quests that would be otherwise doubtful of any other man of his calibre going through, the good Wizard of Oz, once considering himself as a bad person with a bad past, now awaits the knock on the door and the sound of Dorothy Gale’s voice asking for the “Good Wizard” to help her home. Don’t you just love “Happily ever after’s” that have everything so well planned out before you sit down in front of the screen? Unfortunately, for “Oz the Great and Powerful”, there was no real mystery left to infuse the minds of people who had seen the trailers, watched the Special Features and, or read about the actors choice words on taking up the role in the film. Special Effects and the scenes of enemy flying soldiers falling asleep on the “Deadly Poppy Field” were something to savour from the whole film, while everything else seemed to be a desperate run for glory at having been able to complete the filming of a grand movie never before attempted.

Of course, the question now is, will this unique film motion picture bring forth a remake of “The Wizard of Oz?” and, if there was ever to be a person of such high regard for to take the helm, would Sam Raimi take the wheel and steer us into an almost “Tim Burton” style epic, or would all those Director’s in favour of the film being left in its original pillar of strength format stand up and say to us all: “You cannot equal, nor outdo a classic”.

Oz the Great and the Powerful is available to watch at cinemas worldwide now.

The DVD Archive Rating: 7.3/10

 

Additional Details:

Official Sites: Official Facebook/Official site

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 8 March 2013 (UK)

Also Known As: Oz, el poderoso

Filming Locations: Sony Pictures Studios – 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

 

Box Office:

Budget: $215,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $79,110,453 (USA) (8 March 2013)

Gross: $198,278,000 (USA) (29 March 2013)

 

Company Credits:

Production Co: Walt Disney Pictures, Roth Films

 

Technical Specs

Runtime: 130 min

Sound Mix: SDDS/Datasat/Dolby Digital

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Oz, The Great and Powerful (2013 Official Trailer)