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Scream 4 (Scre4m) Review No Spoilers

After ten years of safety, Sidney, Dewey and Gale must once again race against time to figure out who the killer is before it’s too late.

Today I went to see Scream 4 (Scre4m).  I was so nervous it would be sold out that I rushed to the cinema over an hour in advanced and had to wait around after buying my ticket.  There ended up only being around twenty people in the cinema.  Am I mad about it?  No, because the movie was amazing.

It’s tradition for a Scream movie to start by killing off someone famous in a really cool opening death sequence.  This time they took it a step further; reminding fans that there’s still some comedy left in the franchise.  From the get go, you can really feel just how much thought and effort has gone into this film.

A lot has happened between the third and fourth movies.  Sidney has written a book about how to stop being a victim, Dewey has become sheriff and Gale’s given up being a reporter and is suffering from writer’s block which is preventing her starting her new book.  As the film opens, Sidney is returning to Woodsboro, were Dewey and Gale are living, as part of her book tour.  Arriving back in her home town brings on more nostalgia than she’d have liked as killings begin yet again.

The movie was extremely well done and I honestly didn’t see the end coming.  I suspected nearly everyone at one stage or another.  The theme of the film is remakes/reboots.  If sales go well this is planned to be the start of a new trilogy.  Though the movie isn’t actually a reboot, if you look out, you won’t need to look very hard, you’ll notice that some elements are reminiscent of the original films.  As a fan of the first three, this sense of déjà vu was very much appreciated. 

They did a great job missing the new with the old, as both generations of the story pieced together very well.  It’s been a long time since the first movies and the rules have changed.  Forget virgins surviving and black people dying first, the new rules are simple basically the only way to survive is by being gay.

Revisiting the original trio is great and it’s clear that Sidney really has stopped being a victim.  She’s a fighter now, but will it be enough to ensure her survival yet again?  What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. 

If you want to watch the film without any spoilers I recommending seeing it as soon as possible as the identity of the killer has already leaked onto the web.  I managed to avoid finding out and it made the film much more enjoyable.

Just wanted to put this on the end, I’ve seen the third Scream movie many times and didn’t realise this until my friend said it when we re-watched it last night.  The film ends in a cliff-hanger; what movie are they going to watch?  It never says and they didn’t even answer it in the fourth one.

Hop Movie Review

Every year more Christmas movies come out, there must be hundreds, but how many Easter movies can you name?  There’s not many, but this year one has hopped its way to cinemas.

Hop follows E.B. a talking rabbit who is next in line to be the Easter Bunny.  However, E.B. is reluctant to follow in his father’s footsteps and would rather become a drummer.  One day E.B.’s father makes fun of E.B.’s dream of becoming a rock star, so E.B. runs away.  Desperate to find somewhere to stay, E.B. travels to a place that’s been good to bunnies since 1927, The Playboy Mansion.  After getting rejected, E.B. walks around and is hit by a car.

The driver of the car is, out of work slacker, Fred O’Hare, note the not so subtle hare reference.  Reluctantly, Fred allows E.B. to move in with him.  However, Fred does not own the house he is merely house sitting for his sisters boss. 

Unbeknownst to E.B., his father has sent a trio of trained ninja bunnies, The Pink Berets, to find E.B. and bring him home to Easter Island.  While all this is happening, an evil chick, named Carlos, is conspiring to take over the role of Easter Bunny, thus putting chicks in charge of Easter.

The movie was good, but the end really let it down.  There were some funny parts that worked well, but the ending just seemed so forced and felt extremely rushed.  It’s unfortunate, as the rest of the film was fairly well paced.  There honestly was no point where I was actually bored, but, as I said,  the predictable fake ending really goes against the movie.

There are some pretty well known people in the film.  E.B. is voiced by Russell Brand, who also makes a cameo appearance in the film, James Marsden plays Fred O’Hare, Kaley Cuoco plays his sister Sam, Hugh Laurie plays E.B.’s father and Hank Azaria, aka Apu from The Simpsons, plays Carlos.  Hugh Hefner, David Hasselhoff and Chelsea Handler all make cameos, the first two as themselves.

The movie is watchable and will provide some laughs, but the end just lets the whole thing down.  It will put you in the Easter spirit though, so it may be worth it.  The film is in cinemas now and was directed by Tim Hill, check out the trailer below.

What do you think?  Do you think chicks should take over Easter?  Can you think of any other Easter movies?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, don’t forget to subscribe.

Superman: Man of Steel 2012

Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  No, it’s a British guy in a cape.

Next year Superman will be landing in cinemas once again.  The movie is going to be a complete reboot and will be unrelated to previous Superman films.  The plot is somewhat of a mystery, but, as usual, rumours have been circling the web, some ridiculous.  At this stage all we really know is that a portion takes place in Smallville, probably a big portion as they cast Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent.  A name has not been confirmed, but it is rumoured to be Superman: Man of Steel.

The villain hasn’t even been confirmed yet, though most believe its Zod.  We probably won’t have to wait very long before all the missing pieces are revealed, as the whole film is being rushed to avoid a payout.  The family of the original creator of Superman have won a case to regain some rights to Superman and his origin.  The judge ruled that Warner Bros did not have to pay the family for Superman movies that had already been made, but would have to start production of a new Superman movie by 2011 or the family could sue for loss of earnings.

So far four cast members have been announced.  Henry Cavill will play Superman, making him the first non American to portray the man of steel, Amy Adams was cast as Lois Lane, Diane Lane is Martha Kent and, as mentioned above, Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent.  The interesting thing about the casting is that there is almost ten years between each of the actors.  Henry Cavill is 27, Amy Adams is 36, Diane Lane is 46 and Kevin Costner is 56.  Maybe it’s a conspiracy.

Personally, I really like Superman and I’m looking forward to this movie, at least until I have reason not to.  Christopher Nolan is producing the movie and David S. Goyer is writing it.  Nolan became interested when he heard Goyer’s idea, so you know it’s got to be good.  Zack Snyder, director of Watchmen, is directing the film.  It’s beginning to sound like this movies going to be darker than other Superman films.  I just hope they make it serious, because comic book movies usual don’t work well unless they take themselves serious.  The movie will be released some time in December 2012.

What do you think?  What would you like to see happen?  Is the age gap a conspiracy theory?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

The Fighter

The fighter is a biographical movie based on the career and life of boxer Micky ward.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams.  Wahlberg has been trying to get this movie made since 2005, partially because he really wants an Oscar.  Better luck next time Wahlberg, as he failed to get nominated for best actor, but the movie may still win best picture and director David O. Russell is also up for an Oscar.

The movie gives a detailed look at Ward’s early career.  It also focuses on his brother, who trained him, getting addicted to cocaine.  Bale’s performance as Ward’s sibling, Dicky Eklund, is rumoured to have stole the show as his character faces the more difficult storylines.  These rumours appear to be true as Bale did get nominated for an Oscar, best supporting actor, also Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, from The Fighter, have both been nominated for best supporting actress, so it’s pretty much just Wahlberg that didn’t get a nomination.  Anyone else starting to feel sorry for Mark Wahlberg?

The movie hits Irish and UK cinemas this Wednesday, the 2nd of February, so be sure to check it out.

Do you think Mark Wahlberg should get a pity Oscar?  Have you seen this film?  If so, did you like it?

Scream 4 New Trailer

Today I thought I’d take a break from, what seems like, the endless list of remakes and instead revisit an upcoming sequel, Scream 4.  I know I already wrote about this movie, but a new trailer has been release and I think, since it’s one of the franchises that gave birth to my love of horror, it should deserves a second post.

The movie has a release date of the 15th of April, which isn’t too far away.  Personally I can’t wait.  I love all three of its predecessors and they are changing just enough, and keeping just enough, to keep the series from getting stale.  I think I’d be completely against it if they hadn’t reassembled the original trio Sidney, Dewey and Gale, Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney (not a typo) Cox respectively.  Plus Wes Craven is at the wheel, so I’m confident that nothing can go wrong. 

I am a bit worried about one line though, ‘Sidney’s expendable’.  If they are serious about making another trilogy, then killing off the original trio might be a necessity.  After all, no one can survive forever.  They may not kill them all off, at least not in this film, but I’d be willing to bet at least one of them doesn’t make it.  If I had to put my money on it I’d say it’ll be Sidney that meets her maker.  The franchise can only truly be handed over to the next generation when the old lead is ‘taken care of’, right?

I’m asking two questions today, but only in one poll.  For this great task I am granting you all the ability to click more than one answer.  Even if you don’t normally vote you shouldn’t miss this rare opportunity.  You may select two answers one that you think will be killed off and one that you want to be killed off.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1

On the 19th of November the end begins.  No it’s not another conspiracy theory, it’s the date part one of the final Harry Potter film comes out.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was one of the best books in the series and it looks like it’s going to be one of the best movies too.

The trailer looks amazing.  The franchise has gotten darker and darker as the movies went on.  Now in its darkest days the wizard world has to fight against the Dark Lord Voldemort and by the looks of it they don’t stand a chance. 

If you’ve read the books then you already know who makes it to the end and who doesn’t, but for those that haven’t read the books be warned J.K. Rowling isn’t shy about brutally killing her characters.

The special effects in the film look great.  Unfortunately while filming, stunt man David Holmes injured his spine.  Initially Holmes hoped to return to work but it was later reported that he is paralyzed and is now confined to a wheelchair.

The first part will be released in 2D and IMAX, the second part is coming out in 2D, 3D and IMAX.  The films will end the series with a bang, but don’t forget you may need tissues as not all your favourite characters will make it to the end, which is why I was disappointed to see the return of a certain character, that I thought had been long forgotten by the makers of the films, in the trailer.