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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)

 

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)

WHO Will Be The New Doctor Who?

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Okay, call me a 1st Class “Doctor Who Fan”, because that is exactly what I am when comes to the Inter-Dimensional Time Traveller from Gallafrey – Doctor Who – or should I say Va…Oops! Well, let’s not go there just yet, eh!

When David Tenant stepped aside for Matt Smith in 2010, the whole world watched with anticipated breath as to who it was to take the helm of the TARDIS, and guide the 11th Doctor through time and space…Not forgetting, of course, that Time Lords (Any and All) can only ‘Regenerate’ 12 times, and so, with this in mind, we look next for the 12th and very final Doctor – the last Time Lord, if you like – who will bring vast entertainment to the millions of British-American viewers far and wide.

In a ‘Shock’ statement by Matt Smith to the “Doctor Who” Bosses, he revealed he wanted to “bow out” of the show. Bosses have already acknowledged that Matt, 30, will leave the phenomenally successful Saturday evening show this Christmas Day…Regenerating for the 12th and final time as a Time Lord.

Matt has spent four years as the enemy-illusive warrior to the many enemies wanting to rid the Universe of the rogue Time Traveller, including the Daleks, Cybermen, The Slaveen, and even The Master. The story as to how and why he came to be the protector of “Earth Children” has remained a mystery, while the one last and final question that hangs over the entirety of the Doctor Who franchise is…Doctor Who? What is the Doctors’ name? And, who is the last child of Gallafrey, really?

Production Crew within the world-wide popular show have confirmed that the Christmas Special “Will be” the last time we will see Matt as the euphoric and humorously witty Doctor, and added that his four year run as one of the most sought after character’s in Britain, has been “Triumphant”.

With a clear focus now on Hollywood, Matt is reported to have finished filming a new film with “50 Shades Of Grey” contender, Ryan Gosling, in “To Catch A Monster”, that is due for release in 2014. It will be Matt’s second film which began with his starring in the controversial “Womb” (2010), playing a clone of a woman’s lover killed in an accident and raised to replace him.

Inside the BBC, Bosses of the show have said that they are almost sure that they know who they want to replace Matt, but as yet the lips of everyone to do with the series are remaining ‘Tight lipped’, and they are not saying anything until the time is right. That time being right will be later in the year when filming starts on the ‘Christmas Special’, when a press conference will be held. Matt’s contract runs out in November 2013, and it has been revealed the star will not be renewing it.

As for the moment, however, the filming of the show’s 50th anniversary episode will start in April, while the episode itself will be shown on schedule in November of this year. It was on the Jonathan Ross Show, that Matt Smith revealed that he had “Refused to commit to Doctor Who beyond Christmas this year”, which set off the pandemonium throughout the Entertainment world. With extra Tweet’s and Status’ going out to millions of fans on a global scale, the question that eventually returned was: “WHO will replace the Iconic Doctor?”

He said: “I am very happy doing it. I do the anniversary special, then the Christmas special. At the moment it’s 2013 and we will see what 2014 holds.” An insider said: “Matt has told bosses he wants to bow out at Christmas.”

Matt was little known when he signed up for the role in 2009, bagging a £200,000-a-year deal. It’s thought he now earns £1million a year — the same as previous Time Lord David Tennant when he left.

All bets are on for the new Doctor, as the third series of “Sherlock” comes to a close and ready for airing…But, waiting in the wings is a little bit of an expected twist – if Russell T. Davies should take up the opportunity – and that could well be the introduction of a ‘Female Doctor’. At present there has never been a woman at the helm of the TARDIS – bar River Song, the Doctor’s Wife – so what who would best fit the part? Could it in fact be River Song? After all, she did kill the Doctor and go to prison for his murder, but the story line has never been elaborated on as to when the murder took place, and when they caught River Song. Hmm…

 

Episode’s to conclude Doctor Who starring Matt Smith:

 

The Bells of Saint John (30 March 2013)

 

The Rings of Akhaten (6 April 2013)

 

Cold War (13 April 2013)

 

Hide (20 April 2013)

 

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Iron Man 3 (2013)

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Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi

Release Date: 26 April 2013 (UK)

Not yet released

Tony Stark uses his ingenuity to fight those who destroyed his private world and soon goes up against his most powerful enemy yet: the Mandarin.

 

Director: Shane Black

Writers: Drew Pearce (screenplay), Shane Black

 

Cast Of Characters:

Robert Downey Jr….Tony Stark / Iron Man

Guy Pearce…Aldrich Killian

Rebecca Hall…Maya Hansen

Gwyneth Paltrow…Pepper Potts

Jon Favreau…Happy Hogan

Paul Bettany…Jarvis (voice)

Ben Kingsley…The Mandarin

Don Cheadle…James Rhodes / War Machine

William Sadler…Sal Kennedy

James Badge Dale…Eric Savin

Stephanie Szostak…Janet Van Dyne (rumoured)

Yvonne Zima…Miss Elkridge

Stan Lee…Stan the Man (rumoured)

Dale Dickey…Mrs. Davis

Ashley Hamilton…Jack Taggert

 

Storyline

Tony Stark uses his ingenuity to fight those who destroyed his private world and soon goes up against his most powerful enemy yet: the Mandarin.

 

 

Additional Details

Official Sites: Official Facebook/Official Site

Country: USA/China

Language: English

Release Date: 26 April 2013 (UK)

Also Known As: Marvel Iron Man 3

Filming Locations: Oak Island, North Carolina, USA

 

Company Credits

Production Co: DMG Entertainment, Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures

 

Technical Specs

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital/Datasat/SDDS

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

 

Trivia

Disney bought the distribution rights from Paramount for $115 million. This deal also included Avengers Assemble.

 

Iron Man 3 (Official International Trailer)

 

After Earth (2013)

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After Earth (2013)

 

Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi

 

Release Date: 7 June 2013 (UK)

 

Not yet released

 

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

 

Writers: Stephen Gaghan (screenplay), M. Night Shyamalan

 

Cast Of Characters:

Will Smith…Cypher Raige

Jaden Smith…Kitai Raige

Zoë Kravitz                

Isabelle Fuhrman…Rayna

Sophie Okonedo…(rumored)

Sacha Dhawan            …Pilot

David Denman…McQuarrie

Kristofer Hivju…Security Chief

Lincoln Lewis…Bo

Jaden Martin…Young Kitai

Chris Geere…Navigator

Darrell Foster…Ranger Instructor

Nick Grock…Earth Evacuee (as Nick Groch)

Faron Salisbury…Ranger

Monika Jolly…Lt. Alvarez

 

Storyline

One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai. When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance. Written by Columbia Pictures

 

DVD Archive Review: To Be Confirmed…

 

Additional Details:

Official Sites: Official Facebook/Official Site

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 7 June 2013 (UK)

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Filming Locations: Northern California, California, USA

 

Company Credits

Production Co: Blinding Edge Pictures, Overbrook Entertainment

 

Trivia

Second time that real-life father and son Will Smith and Jaden Smith play father and son on screen. The first time was in The Pursuit of Happyness.

 

After Earth (Official International Trailer)