Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Titan A.E. vs Treasure Planet (Updated)



If you are wondering what happened to the article I posted 3 years ago, you want to know. I revamped and upgraded if you get the comparisons of the aspects when you find it's better, good or a tie. If you watched both TITAN A.E. (click here) and TREASURE PLANET (click here), you might notice the fact that they are very similar to each other. Both movies are animated features whose main character is a teenage boy who disrespects authority, lost his dad when he was young and would find something that will change his life forever. Both Cale and James found father figures in Korso & Silver who both inspire the boys and gave them self-confidence. Both Korso and Silver had ulterior motives and were actually using the boys for selfish reasons, but they do have a change of heart near the end of the movie when they feel responsible for the boys and by doing so save their lives. Unfortunately, both movies bombed at the box office and nearly ruined the 2D animation business financially meaning that neither one of them grossed. First was TITAN A.E. which is because people were unsure whether it's intended for teenagers or older science fiction fans while TREASURE PLANET for unknown reasons presumably similar, competition or that everyone was more interested in fantasy films than sci-fi. 

Now let the match begin!

  • Round 1: Characterisations
The first difference about TITAN A.E. and TREASURE PLANET, the characterisations are easy to find in both pictures. Let's start off with the two male leads who have daddy issues, Cale Tucker for an example, has been left by his father at 5 years of age just to quickly save the Titan ship into outer space from the Drej and before Earth meets its explosive demise. Raised by a friend then suffers from discrimination and gets picked on by other alien species for the result of his race being homeless drifters. Jim Hawkins on the other hand also has his background too, his dad left him when he was 12 for no good reason and singularly raised by his mother who yet tries so hard to put her son in comfort and keep him out of his troubled behaviour. For the paternal figures, Joseph Korso is of-course turns Cale from being so stubborn and never turn his back on him until the film's second half for it had showed us that he is actually working for the alien menace. Then he redeems himself near the end and thank god he regained his hope to save humanity's last relic. 

John Silver unlike Korso is a pirate who isn't hired by an alien race and is only motivated by greed when he seeks Treasure Planet, only cares for Jim to keep him off from discovering the mutiny and so he did after their short-lived bond. In the end, Silver firmly gives up the treasure and makes the decision to save Jim of his life without sacrificing himself at the cost of his own. Both films have supporting villains in Preed and Scroop who meet their demise for their treachery, one in the first movie who not only betrays Cale and his love interest for the Drej but also Korso, his superior and other traitor. The second, Scroop although not quite as backstabbing as the one we saw in TITAN, he still has his motives and never betrays Silver at the last step of his plan. He only does the threatening parts on him or question about his mutiny. That proves Preed from TITAN A.E. as the winner, only that he is slightly more treacherous and devious than the latter.

Thoroughly in two at each feature, they all had other characters to help or antagonize the hero. First at TREASURE PLANET, it had some of the likeable supporting leads save for the robot B.E.N who is an okay character but would have gotten a different personality instead of a loudmouth shown in the movie's halfway. At least he's not really aggravating as Jar Jar of Star Wars. The verdict, it's TITAN A.E. and it has a hunch of characters of having mature personalities and better developed.

Winner - TITAN A.E.

  • Round 2: Writing
At first, I couldn't figure out to for which is a better movie of its quality of writing and structure, now for TITAN A.E. it has a sharp-eye of humour and wit thanks to one of its writers, the legendary Joss Whedon, it's also traced of twists of which few scenes reveal like the one Korso is actually turning humanity's back in the first place. Unfortunately, there are some glaring holes that are featured in the plot. Perhaps the most noticeable is why did the Drej want to destroy Earth when they are afraid of what humanity might become. I will have to nominate TREASURE PLANET in terms of its story and all because there is not much more noticeable of these plot deficits and it's Disney's finest to craft a less-holed intriguing plot.


  • Round 3: Setting
Both TITAN A.E. and TREASURE PLANET involved space travel but set in two different settings, one is the dark and post-apocalyptic future of where Earth is destroyed. The other is an alternate universe where in the reality of space is now breathable and spaceships are modelled like 16th century galleons made with a blend of technology and wood. The feel of TREASURE PLANET is more like a science fantasy genre and nothing is very profound to Disney to craft imagination than Miyasaki did for anime.


  • Round 4: Voice Acting
If there is one thing that a cartoon should not be silent is the voice synchronisation. Together in TITAN A.E. and TREASURE PLANET, both of those features had a range of assembled celebrity talents like Bill Pullman, Martin Short, Drew Barrymore, John Leguizamo, David Hyde Pierce, Ron Perlman and the list goes on. First, we have the standouts here on TITAN are Matt Damon and Nathan Lane, while in TREASURE we have Joseph Gordon Levitt, Brian Murray and Emma Thompson. I have no question that there could be no way that two of each cast members are tied together instead of just one. Well splendid choice I given!

Winner - Tied

  • Round 5: Animation/Visuals
Both TITAN A.E. and TREASURE PLANET are present when it both combined 2D and 3D animation together and it is animated by the best crew from the two studios. In the hand drawn format, the latter is preoccupied by Disney and seems very good but sometimes the minor characters are merely based on the studio's style to appeal only young children. Only TITAN A.E. succeeds to be well-drawn complex that's because the character facial structure are of a signature style created by the team of Don Bluth. For at the least they succeeded animating the aliens and human to make it truly expressive. 

If we're done with the traditional hand-drawn seen in these two movies, what about the CGI enhanced visuals and some of the backgrounds on the backlot. TITAN A.E. maybe was perfect in most of the quality of the visuals except the ending for some parts which are quite unfinished and the directors seemed to be unhappy of that. It won't help that one of the effects companies worked on TITAN A.E. was the studio that later became 20th Century Fox's animated unit. The effects of TREASURE however were provided from Disney's in-house animation department through the magic of the Deep Canvas software. Succeeded without succumbing to age in time to beat TITAN once and for all that sometimes each of its animation beat out the rest.

Winner - TITAN A.E. - 2D Animation
Winner - TREASURE PLANET - 3D Animation

  • Round 6: Action
All of these two movies are maybe known for their sci-fi and futuristic settings, they have all of their action sequences that really got some of the older audiences hyped and excited for the jumpy impact. In TREASURE, there's hardly any violence in the picture at all despite consisting of some action and since this is a kid's movie. When in comparison to TITAN A.E., the movie came out before TREASURE had more exhilarating action and a lot of violence, explicitly shown when the character kills another by breaking its neck and some scenes show a lot of bleeding. Consider of what two movies share the principle of a PG rating classification, it doesn't matter. One animated movie is more action-oriented has got to be TITAN by far.

Winner - TITAN A.E.

  • Round 7: Music
The music from the two films are known for having original post-grunge and hard rock type songs by various artists aiming only at teens and adults. While the two film scores are mixed together with the tunes are composed by professional and underrated music artists. Eventually, TITAN A.E. would have needed less alternative rock songs as to so not undermine Graeme Revell's unsung score. TREASURE PLANET had only two songs and lessened by James Newton Howard's massive arrangements. I have decided to pick TREASURE PLANET that only supersede TITAN A.E.'s complicated array of both kinds of music. You are much easier to track down an out-of-print soundtrack out of a car boot sale or eBay.


Despite being the movies I loved and became rational cult favorites. Which movie is way better, the verdict by an unanimous decision goes to the heavy weight champion of the world! TREASURE PLANET all-because it had great story-writing and is more imaginative than the first one. The true cult status would lead Disney to leave their regrets behind and package the movie under their engrossing Diamond Editions and release it on Blu-Ray and DVD or more probably a theatrical re-release. So which one you will decide the more that you vote or can it be both?

Monday, 29 September 2014

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Review

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Release Date: 13th August 1982 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 108 minutes

Budget: $11,200,000

Box Office Gross: $97,000,000

Plot Summary
Feeling that the future 
holds nothing close to 
what the past once did, 
Admiral James T. Kirk 
begins to believe that 
galloping around the 
cosmos is the game 
for the young. Yet on 
a routine inspection 
of the U.S.S. Enterprise, 
Kirk's Starfleet career 
enters a new chapter 
as a result of his most 
vengeful nemesis: 
Khan Noonian Singh, 
the genetically enhanced 
conqueror from late 
20th-century Earth. 
Escaping his forgotten 
prison, Khan sets 
his sights on both 
capturing Project 
Genesis - a device of 
god-like power and 
the utter destruction of 

William Shatner - Admiral 
James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy - Commander 
DeForest Kelley - Dr, Leonard
"Bones" McCoy
James Doohan - Scotty
Walter Koenig - Chekov
George Takei - Sulu
Nichelle Nichols - Uhura 
Ricardo Montalban - Khan 
Noonien Singh
Kirstie Alley - Lt. Saavik
Bib Besch - Dr. Carol Marcus
Merritt Butrick - David Marcus

Screenplay (Uncredited)/
Director - Nicholas Meyer
Based on Series "Star Trek"/
Executive Consultant - 
Gene Roddenberry 
Story/Executive Producer -
Harve Bennett
Story/Screenplay - Jack B. Sowards
Story - Samuel A. Peeples 
Producer - Robert Sallin
Production Designer - Joseph R. Jennings
Costume Designer - Robert Fletcher
Cinematography - Gayne Rescher
Special Visual Effects Supervisors: ILM -
Ken Ralston and Jim Veilieux
Film Editor - William Paul Dornisch
Composer: Theme "Star Trek" - Alexander Courage
Music - James Horner

After watching and reviewing STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (click here), I've got myself an idea that I would review one of the old and best Trek films THE WRATH OF KHAN. In its prominent history of 1982, the sequel only restored the franchise's nobility to its fans after its predecessor failed to live to their high expectations. The Trekkies are relished back with the turbulent action and a change of pace, something that the first movie did not have. The film is polished with the story arc that ends with the fourth instalment and the writing team are still creating new stuff in the eye to originate. These elements were not shown in the original program and not belonging in the creator's vision. One of these ideas would soon be later used in a similar way on the animated non-Trek movie TITAN A.E. (click here). 

Several moments of the original second instalment contained a lot of memorability and one that pivotal is arguably cheesy and emotional. These few iconic scenes include Kirk shouting Khan's name for the unexpected and Spock's notorious death scene. Most of the old Enterprise crew of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and others are present on the main cast of this astounding sequel. I find Richard Montablan to be performing great as the original Khan, even though he wasn't as compelling and neither fluent in a Brit accent. I still prefer the new one as being more brutal and vengeful and played terrifically by Benedict Cumberbatch.  

I guess I thought about INTO DARKNESS that it was just a near repeat of KHAN, let alone director J.J. Abrams to rehash few of these ideas into the plot-line. But in the old movie, it's very enjoyable to non-Trekkies alike who are quick of not having seen it. So I advise you to watch it in your time.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Chronicles of Riddick Review (Updated)

The Chronicles of Riddick

Release Date: 29th July 2004 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Radar Pictures
One Race Films

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 114 minutes
               135 minutes
               (director's cut)

Budget: $120,000,000

Box Office Gross: $107,212,751

Plot Summary
Riddick is on the run. 
Escaping from mercenaries 
determined to collect the 
price on his head, he finds 
himself at the heart of the 
battle that is not his. With 
Necromanger conquerors 
threatening the future of 
the entire universe, Riddick 
could be the only unlikely 
hero to save the human 

But will he be interested in 
saving anything other than 
his own life?

Vin Diesel - Riddick
Colm Feore - Lord Marshal 
Thandie Newton - Dame Vaako
Judi Dench - Aereon
Karl Urban - Lord Vaako
Alexa Davalos - Jack/Kyra
Linus Roache - The Purifier 
Nick Chinlund - Toombs
Yorick van Wageninen -
The Guv
Keith David - Imam
Peter Williams - Sybar
Christina Cox - Eve Logan

Writer/Director - David Twohy
Based on Characters - Jim & 
Ken Wheat
Producers - Scott Kroopf and 
Vin Diesel 
Production Designer - Holger 
Costume Designers - Ellen 
Mirojnick and Michael Dennison 
Director of Photography - 
Hugh Johnson 
Visual Effects Supervisor - Peter 
Film Editors - Martin Hunter and Dennis Virkler
Music - Graeme Revell

Presenting the audience of a very surreal, dark and mystical world in 2004's mad imperfection of a film called THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK. This movie was filmed four years after PITCH BLACK and nine years before RIDDICK. I'm not willing to say it was a great sci-fi film, I find it more as an okay and below satisfying film in my expectations. Regardless that I never saw the movie on its director's cut and either the first one PITCH BLACK, it was a disappointing flop of the box office. There was also a director's cut version released a year later, but unfortunately this did not change the general unsatisfied consensus of Riddick fans.

It's hard to tell why Vin Diesel wanted Dame Judi Dench in one of the supporting lead roles. We know her for sure as the authoritative figure of MI6 known as M in the series of 007. It is said the action star had sent her a bouquet of flowers to get her to star in the secondary role. Karl Urban like I say was an actor that I never was a fan of his films, he managed to well play one of the villainous characters in an untimely decent role.

Good as it almost gets in THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK fair at best, in comparison it's no better movie than the first instalment itself.

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

Monday, 22 September 2014

Hot Fuzz Review (Updated)

Hot Fuzz

Release Date: 15th March 2007 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Working Title Films
StudioCanal (in association with)
Big Talk Productions (in
association with)

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Action/Comedy

Rating: MA15+ (Not Suitable 
for Young Children)

Runtime: 116 minutes

Budget: $12,000,000

Box Office Gross: $80,573,774

Plot Summary
When top London cop, PC 
Nicholas Angel is reassigned 
to the quiet town of Sandford, 
he struggles with his crime-
free world... and oafish partner 

When several grisly accidents 
rock the village, it's not long 
before Danny's dreams of 
explosive, high-octane, car-
chasing, gun-fighting, all-out 
action become reality!

Simon Pegg - Nicholas Angel
Nick Frost - PC Danny Butterman
Jim Broadbent - Inspector
Frank Butterman
Timothy Dalton - Simon Skinner
Edward Woodward - Prof. Tom 
Paddy Considine - Andy 
Rafe Spall - Andy Cartwright 
Kevin Eldon - Tony Fisher
Olivia Colman - Doris Thatcher 
Karl Johnson - Bob Walker
Peter Wight - Roy Porter
Julia Deakin - Mary Porter
Billie Whitelaw - Joyce Cooper
Stuart Wilson - Dr. Robin Hatcher
Paul Freeman - Rev. Phillip 
Rory McCann - Michael Armstrong
Kenneth Cranham - James Reaper
Maria Charles - Mrs. Reaper
Patricia Franklin - Annette Roper
Lorraine Hilton - Amanda Paver
Tim Barlow - Mr. Treacher 
Anne Reid - Leslie Tiller
Ben McKay - Peter Cocker
Adam Buxton - Tim Messenger 
David Threfall - Martin Blower
Lucy Punch - Eve Draper
David Bradley - Arthur Webley
Ron Cook - George Merchant
Stephen Merchant - Peter Ian Staker
Alice Lowe - Tina
Martin Freeman - Meg Sgt. 
Bill Nighy - Met Chief. Insp.
Steve Coogan - Met Insp. 
Peter Jackson - Thief Dressed 
as Santa (Cameo) (Uncredited)
Cate Blanchett - Janine (Cameo) (Uncredited)

Writer/Director - Edgar Wright
Writer - Simon Pegg
Producers - Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
and Nira Park
Production Designer - Marcus Rowland
Costume Designer - Annie Hardinge 
Director of Photography - Jess Hall
Visual Effects Supervisor - Richard Briscoe
Film Editor - Chris Pickens
Music - David Arnold

HOT FUZZ mixes themes of buddy cop films and action elements with comedy, the movie pushes the envelope to parody every action cliché known to action film lovers and fill it up with its witty and gag-steamed humour. Perhaps it is known as one of the three movies of the Cornetto trilogy which refers to a box set of the three British comedy hits each featuring the same duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. It delivers a well-bloated combination of scriptwriting and action; some of the themes of the storyline are rather grim and dark. In addition to this, there was a frequent content of violence, gore and swearing, this movie is packed with many thrills and twists that compliment the plot.

Pegg and Frost have proven their worth as the two top professional players in their field of British satirical comedy, seeing how that this is their second time they've replenished the winning formula which worked well in their previous film. I greatly admired the two of them together since PAUL and they've already established themselves in fame since SHAUN OF THE DEAD. Alas, let us not forget the containment of British actors that were in the major supporting leads and cameos such as James Bond's Timothy Dalton, Jim Broadbent, Martin Freeman and Bill Nighy. 

I still have not watched SHAUN........ or THE WORLD'S END, but I am enthusiastic to watch these movies, I will be able to give my opinion of them. The movie has always been rich with elements of laughter and gun-blazing violence. To all you mature viewers over the age of 15, must be extremely cautioned that if you watch HOT FUZZ, it does contain violent themes and extreme coarse language.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

Monday, 15 September 2014

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Review

The Lord of the Rings: The Return 
of the King

Release Date: 26th December 2003 - Australia

Production Companies
New Line Cinema (presents)
WingNut Films
The Saul Zaentz Company (licensor)

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 201 minutes

Budget: $94,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,120,237,002

Plot Summary
The final battle for Middle-
earth begins. Frodo and
Sam, led by Gollum,
continue their dangerous
mission toward the fires of
Mount Doom in order to
destroy the One Ring.
Aragorn struggles to fulfil
his legacy as he leads his
outnumbered followers
against the Dark Lord
Sauron, so that the Ring-
bearer may complete his

Elijah Wood - Frodo Baggins
Ian McKellen - Gandalf the
Viggo Mortensen - Aragorn
Sean Astin - Samwise "Sam"
Orlando Bloom - Legolas
John Rhys-Davies - Gimli/
Treebeard (Voice)
Billy Boyd - Peregrin "Pippin"
Dominic Monaghan - Meriadoc
"Merry" Brandybuck
Christopher Lee - Saruman the
White (Extended Edition Only)
Andy Serkis - Gollum
Liv Tyler - Arwen
Hugo Weaving - Elrond
Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Ian Holm - Bilbo Baggins
Bernard Hill - Theoden: King of
Karl Urban - Eomer
Miranda Otto - Eowyn
Brad Dourif - Grima
Wormtongue (Extended
Edition Only)
David Wenham - Faramir
Sean Bean - Boromir
Martin Csokas - Lord Celeborn
John Noble - Denethor
Paul Norell - The King of the
Lawrence Makoare - Witch-king
of Angmar

Screenplay/Producer/Director -
Peter Jackson
Based on Novel "The Return of
the King" - J. R. R. Tolkien
Screenplay/Producer - Fran Walsh
Screenplay - Philippa Boyens
Producer - Barrie M. Osborne
Production Designer - Grant Major
Conceptual Designers - John Howe & Alan Lee 
Special Make-Up, Creatures,
Armour & Miniatures
Designer - Richard Taylor
Costume Designer - Ngila Dickson
Director of Photography -
Andrew Lesnie
Sword Master - Ben Anderson
Stunt Coordinator - George
Marshall Ruge
Visual Effects Supervisor - Jim
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta
Digital - Joe Letteri
Animation Supervisor: Weta
Digital - Richard Baneham
Animation Supervisor and Designer: Weta Digital - 
Randall William Cook
Visual Effects Consultant - Mark Stetson
Film Editor - Jamie Selkirk
Music - Howard Shore


2004 Academy Awards
Best Picture - Peter Jackson, Barrie Orsbone
and Fran Walsh (Won)
Best Director - Peter Jackson (Won)
Best Adapted Screenplay - Philippa Boyens,
Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson (Won)
Best Art Direction - Dan Hennah, Alan Lee
and Grant Major (Won)
Best Costume Design - Ngila Dickson and
Richard Taylor (Won)
Best Makeup - Peter King and Richard
Taylor (Won)
Best Visual Effects - Jim Rygiel, Joe
Letteri, Randall William Cook and Alex
Funke (Won)
Best Film Editing - Jamie Selkirk (Won)
Best Sound Mixing - Christopher Boyes,
Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and
Hammond Peek (Won)
Best Original Score - Howard Shore (Won)
Best Original Song "Into the West" -
Howard Shore, Fran Walsh and Annie
Lennox (Won)

In his moment of triumph, Peter Jackson has finally finished the original chronicles of LOTR by making everyone's favourite THE RETURN OF THE KING. Quite accurately, it remains as the second film sequel to win the Best Picture Oscar and in history it broke the world records for that. It almost ran longer than the classic movies directed by David Lean. The film pushed the limits in every aspect of the word achieving cinematic magic on the screen, so perfectly orchestrated and managing to craft a grand epic mega blockbuster hit. Might Jackson have spent too much of his time and resources to extend the film budget. The answer is no, as all of his hard work was paid off in the end, as he earned the Best Picture Oscar. He also spent mass amounts of the money to do the visualising and location scouting in both the islands of NZ to film the big finale of J. R. R. Tolkien's vision. That Peter Jackson we knew is an actually a visionary like George Lucas when he was creating Star Wars for the public display. 

Almost everyone thought THE RETURN OF THE KING was one of the huge tapestries to the motion picture industry. In fact, the entire movie is great but with the exception of the ending as I feel they should have concluded with a fade to black shot at the point where Frodo gets on the boat with Gandalf and the elves at the end. Instead that they had to include a unnecessary scene of Sam going back to shire. This should have been left in the cutting room archive. When years ago, I watched the last HARRY POTTER movie (click here) for the second time, a few people I knew thought its ending showed no gradual sense. My truer words describe that it's exactly the opposite to my opinion of TROTK's overstretched ending. There's nothing about RETURN OF THE KING than having the precious original cast featured together for a magical mystery tour. Main leading actors featured are Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen. I still think Orlando Bloom was the best actor of the movie. 

I'm going to re-watch THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS and THE TWO TOWERS, maybe sometime soon I will post a re-review on either one or both of these movies. THE RETURN OF THE KING is as good as a fantasy movie can possibly get, but would have been patterned stronger to edit the part out of the closing scene. I highly recommend watching this movie if you have not seen it. 

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

Saturday, 13 September 2014

In Memory of Richard Kiel (1939-2014)

Richard Kiel (1939-2014)

Most of you who know of this 
actor are familiar of his famed 
portrayal as the steel-teethed 
brutish but silent minion Jaws 
in the two classic movies 
from the James Bond series, 
are to be heard of that actor 
Richard Kiel who sadly passed 
away on September 10th 2014 
nearing three days short of his 75th 
birthday in Fresno, California, 
USA and succumbed to unknown causes besides a leg injury. 

Kiel suffers from a condition of acromegaly which shows his facial displays and an intimidating stature heighten about 7 feet, 1.5 inches tall in centimetres 127. His common gigantic appearance is what got others to cast him in multiple performances involving giants, monsters, etc. Kiel was once a nightclub bouncer and a cemetery plot salesman when he moved to television about 1960 such as an episode of 'The Twilight Zone' and in 1962, went to the movies whilst continuing to make several early TV appearances before becoming a night school math teacher. In 1965, after two years he returned to acting roles in shows like The Wild, Wild West when playing as a lethal minion to an evil mad scientist. Kiel continued to do more extensive appearances in notable shows as 'I Dream of Jeannie', 'Gilligan's Island', 'The Monkees', 'Starsky & Hutch', etc. Richard was phoned by Albert R. Broccoli the producer of the James Bond movies when he assigned him to be in the series tenth instalment 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and thus the character of Jaws is created. This infamous Bond henchman of lethal jaws was a result of Richard's portrayal and appearance, the popularity within the character helped the actor to return in 'Moonraker'. He also guest-starred the character whilst in cameo appearances in few of the non-Bond features.

In 1992, Kiel ended up in a car accident that wounded his head and triggered the loss of control to his balance. Because of this, Richard had to use a cane to help him walk as it was seen in one of the supporting parts in Happy Gilmore for which he was known as the main hero's former boss and big fan, Mr. Larson. We all going to miss you, big guy ;-(

Monday, 8 September 2014

Skyline Review (Updated)


Release Date: 11th November 2010 - Australia

Production Companies
Transmission Pictures
Rat Entertainment (in association with)
Relativity Media
Rogue Pictures

Hopstotch Films

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 93 minutes

Budget: $20,000,000

Box Office Gross: $78,693,371

Plot Summary
Jarrod and Elaine's trip to
L.A. was supposed to be
a fun weekend away to
visit Jarrod's best friend,
Terry. But when they are
awakened by mysterious
blue lights raining down
over the city skyline, their
weekend away quickly
turns into a nightmare.

As day breaks, the full
extent of the catastrophe
becomes clear. Tankers,
drones and hydra-like
machines are invading the
city. The human race faces
annihilation as thousands
of terrified people are
sucked up into the alien
ships. Inescapable and
seemingly indestructible,
it will take every survival
instinct they have to elude

Eric Balfour - Jarrod
Scottie Thompson - Elaine
Brittany Daniel - Candice
Donald Faison - Terry

Effects Supervisors - Colin
& Greg Strause
Writer - Joshua Cordes
Writer/Producer - Liam O'
Producer - Kristian James
Co-Producer - Paul Barry
Production Designer - Drew
Creature Designers - Alec Gillis and
Tom Woodruff, Jr.
Director of Photography - Michael Watson
Music - Matthew Margeson

An unnecessary movie that nobody in their right mind would purchase or bother watching it for the weekend. The action-packed terrorising sci-fi thriller SKYLINE disappoints all the sci-fi viewers. The film attempts to create a stimulating and exiting alien invasion theme, but the finishing results turns out to be a cheesy and mediocre flop. I find it to be a very boring and shallow flick, I regard myself as a true sci-fi film lover so when it comes to me watching a new sci-fi film, I usually have high expectations and I am sorry to say, this film did not even come close to my expectations. Especially seeing the ending that I felt unresolved and left you wondering who had won the battle anyway? The characters were completely non-organic and so of cheaply designed that it was impossible to try to immerse the viewer in the fictitious alien world. They usually don't know how to be human and if performing is not the only big obstacle, I don't know what that is. There are no more various problems to discuss this cold film in a certain way, next there is the good parts of the film. 

The aliens are similar to those in WAR OF THE WORLDS except that they have an organic brain but the rest I think is inside of their machinery. I love the visual effects, the aliens and starship truly designed of that render comes across as monstrous or wildly exotic. 

SKYLINE is conspicuously lacking a soul of its visualised distinct and to think, two brothers of effects maestros who know nothing about directing this film. It's otherwise known as SKYFALL and I'm not referring about the one film in the Bond series (click here) PERIOD! 

Star rating: (3/10) Disappointing 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

My Fifth Important Message (Updated)

Hey, it's Film Guru Lad, I was so thrilled when everyone had gotten to notice that on to the right, you'll see the new category I've added on the label menu of which some of the action movies are part of the James Bond collection aptly titled the same name as the character. This was because of the recent Bond film 'You Only Live Twice', I had now summarised. All the Bond film reviews are now newly labelled in this classification. I've also popped in to make more updates on two of my less-viewable review posts of three well-known movies from director Chris Nolan that are still my favourites 'The Dark Knight', its sequel 'The Dark Knight Rises' and the mind-boggling 'Inception'. Now, why so serious that I didn't do more reviewing on some of the films Chris had done, prior to the upcoming release of his latest feature 'Interstellar'. I didn't watch much three of those films when I'm too busy doing on other features. I've also made changes to re-update my review of 'The Lego Movie', unless you already looked here at first. Also in a mere mentioning, I now relabelled and fixed 'Hugo' from the category of drama to the family section.

I will return to publish 'Skyline' this Monday at September 8th, don't forget to feed me some feedback when I least expect it or if you don't know how. As one character of a villain said it once on two films of 'TRON' when ending this message, END OF LINE...

Monday, 1 September 2014

You Only Live Twice Review

You Only Live Twice

Release Date: 14th December 1967 - Australia

Production Companies
EON Productions
Danjaq (Uncredited)

Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 106 minutes

Budget: $10,300.000 

Box Office Gross: $111,600,000 

Plot Summary
Agent 007 and the Japanese 
secret service ninja force 
must find and stop the true 
culprit of a series of space-
jackings before nuclear war 
is provoked.

Sean Connery - James Bond
Donald Pleasence - Ernst Stavro 
Karin Dor - Helga Brandt
Akiko Wakabayashi - Aki
Mie Hama - Kissy Susuki
Tetsuro Tamba - Tiger Tanaka
Bernard Lee - M
Lois Maxwell - Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewelyn - Q
Teru Shimada - Mr. Osato

Director - Lewis Gilbert
Based on Novel "You Only Live 
Twice" and Characters "James 
Bond" - Ian Fleming
Screenplay - Roald Dahl
Additional Screenplay 
Material - Harold Jack Bloom
Producers - Albert R. Broccoli 
and Harry Saltzman
Production Designer - Ken Adam
Second Unit Director/
Supervising Film Editor - Peter Hunt
Cinematography - Freddie Young
Action Sequences - Bob Simmons
Special Effects - John Stears
Titles Designer - Maurice Binder 
Composer: James Bond 
Theme - Monty Norman
Music - John Barry
Lyrics: You Only Live Twice - 
Leslie Bricusse
Singer: You Only Live Twice - 
Nancy Sinatra

Here we are, after the Bond set taking a two year break, finally, I decided to treat fans to the long-awaited sequel. This one is supposedly the end to Sean Connery's tenure as the famed sophisticated spy 007 until 71. Nothing is more simpler in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, with a three course serving of action for entre' dinner and desert. This movie sets a good pace that keeps the viewers entertained from start to finish with a good balance of action unlike THUNDERBALL (click here) which is overdone. The tight story was done by Roald Dahl when he was not working on his books for younger children. I'm quite surprised the film's plot never got cheesy or trashy, perhaps Dahl didn't use any of his known usual themes to make the storyline utterly incomprehensible. I loathe Ernst Stravo Blofeld as he's always the villain that survives from Bond, the other known actor of the film Donald Pleasence plays fittingly well as the duplicitous head of SPECTRE. 

Twice as it goes with all that sense and twice how it supplies the danger and presented audiences with sheer excitement. The fifth Bond film nonetheless proves evidently as a great essential addition to the film catalogue, I wasn't expecting it would be on the same ranking level as the other Connery features. 

I'll continue to review the series as I do it in fruition for ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE which I plan to review next.  

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie