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Who Ya Gonna Call?

4 Nov

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Apparently the answer is no longer Ghostbusters. For this will be the second franchise that is hoping to be saved by the one, the only………If you smeeeeelllll what the Rock is cooking………Mr Dwayne Johnson. For the Fast and Furious this combination worked perfectly, Johnson sizzled on screen, providing adrenaline and traction to a sequel whos predecessors had gradually run out of steam (and/or petrol). My fear however is that not even The Rock can save John. M. Chu’s latest film, G.I. Joe: Retalliation.

The latest installment that is based upon the 1964 issued action-figure G.I. Joe, sees the very average Joe’s not only fighting against Cobra (remember that bad guy from the first film) but fighting for their safety and that of the general population, which is supposedly being threatened by their own U.S government. Now you may be able to tell from the slightly sarcastic tone of this blog entry that I am not a fan of the first dolly inspired movie. In fact, for me, it was one of the worst films I have seen. Sloppy storytelling, bad characterisation and indecent special effects all made for an uncomfortable and frustrating watch. It is therefore a fear of mine that the second will be of a similar calibre.

Now you may disagree with me, you may be thinking that surely Chu, the man who brought us the 2011 classic ‘Justin Bieber: Never Say Never’, will get this one right, but lets be completely honest, it is highly unlikely. The just released trailer does instill a few ounces of faith however as it does look like a good action film, with much improved SFX and plotline. My only hope is that it doesn’t break these trailer-promises so that then G.I Joe: Retalliation can be added to the short list of ‘sequels better than the film before them’.

And if all else fails, Bruce Willis is also in the film. Yippie-ki-yay.

G.I Joe: Retalliation is set for deployment 27.03.2013.

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‘Killer Joe’ – McConaughey has never been a lost cause.

2 Nov

‘Killer Joe’ – McConaughey has never been a lost cause.

I have forever been an ardent fan of McConaughey since the first time I curled up on my sofa with a blanket and nibbles to watch the superbly adapted John Grisham thriller ‘A Time To Kill’. His acting ability is beyond most of his generation and for some unbeknown reason he has opted to do what seems like a 24 episode television series of rom-coms. Don’t get me wrong these rom-coms can be enjoyable, I love nothing more than to watch love grow on screen, but it is the darker, edgier roles that McConaughey does best.

I am yet to watch this film but the trailer and its reviews are incredible, and amongst this summers daily dosage of ‘Blockbuster’, it is the off-the-wall Indie films I look forward to the most, never disappointing and bringing the viewers back down to earth from the CGI heavens. McConaughey looks set to shine in this piece, as he does in ‘Lincoln Lawyer’, ‘U571’ and ‘Frailty’ and I just hope that he sticks to this path as it is undoubtedly what suits him.