Monthly Archives: September 2012
News on #NewRelease, awesome #CoverArt, and a #signed copy #trilogy #giveaway! From FBC and M.R.Mathias
I wasn’t even going to bother with this, but some fans pointed out that I tweeted I would review…. Here it is:
It was The Raiders of the Lost Ark, an awesome mind stretching tale, but just on a bigger sharper screen. Not that much sharper mind you. The effects stayed the same. There was no new CGI help, which I’d hoped for in the lightning Angel/Ghoul scenes at the end when they open the Ark. The bad guy’s face melted just as it had…. Same footage. So that was my review. The movie is a must see. #IMAX wasn’t worth the extra $10 a ticket.
We #Review “The Hunter” Amazon Streaming “Intense and kept an uneasy edge of anticipation throughout” – MR
The Hunter (2011 Australian film)
|Directed by||Daniel Nettheim|
|Produced by||Vincent Sheehan|
|Written by||Daniel Nettheim|
|Based on||The Hunter by Julia Leigh|
|Starring||Willem Dafoe Sam Neill Frances O’Connor|
|Music by||Andrew Lancaster Michael Lira Matteo Zingales|
|Editing by||Roland Gallois|
|Running time||102 minutes|
|Box office||$1,051,613 (AUS) $176,432 (USA)|
The Hunter is a 2011 Australian film, directed by Daniel Nettheim and produced by Vincent Sheehan, based on the 1999 novel by Julia Leigh. It stars Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor. To prepare for the role, Dafoe worked with a bush survival expert who taught him practical tips like how to de-scent himself so animals couldn’t smell him in the bush. Dafoe flew to Hobart, Tasmania for the premiere of the film at the State Cinema.
The film opened to the Australian public in cinemas on 29 September 2011.
The Hunter was intense and kept an uneasy edge of anticipation throughout. It also touched on Austrailian culture and enviromental issues that seem to be effecting people all across the globe. The end was unsettling to me. You will see why. It is an end that I may not forget for a while, which I am sure is why it was protrayed as it was. The acting is sharp and there are no real special effects to speak of, save for the end, where they nailed it! Highly recomended. 4.5 stars – M. R.
*NOTE: The Hunter is FREE to watch if you have Amazon Prime.
|The Expendables 2|
|Directed by||Simon West|
|Screenplay by||Richard Wenk Sylvester Stallone|
|Story by||Ken Kaufman David Agosto Richard Wenk|
|Based on||Characters by David Callaham|
|Music by||Brian Tyler|
|Editing by||Todd E. Miller|
|Running time||103 minutes|
|Box office||$171.2 million|
The Expendables 2 is a 2012 American ensemble action film directed by Simon West and written by Richard Wenk and Sylvester Stallone, based on a story by Ken Kaufman, David Agosto and Wenk. It is a sequel to the 2010 action film The Expendables, and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film follows the mercenary group The Expendables as they undertake a seemingly simple mission that evolves into a quest for revenge against Jean Vilain, a rival mercenary who has murdered one of their own, and who threatens the world with a deadly weapon.
Principal photography took place over 14 weeks beginning in September 2011 on an estimated $100 million budget, with filming occurring in Bulgaria, Hong Kong and New Orleans. Controversy arose over environmental damage caused during filming in Bulgaria, and the accidental death of a stuntman. Brian Tyler returned to score the film.
The film was released across Europe on August 16, 2012, followed by a North American release on August 17. As of August 27, 2012 it has grossed over $70 million worldwide. Critics generally considered the film an improvement over the original film, citing more use of humor and action scenes as positives. The plot and character dialogue, however, were negatively received. A tie-in downloadable video game was released on July 31, 2012, that served as a prequel to the events of the film.
The plot, like the acting, was over the top and silly. The bad guy was Jean-Claude Van Damme, who could have (in real life) probably destroyed most of the ancient actors in ths flick. I never liked Jean Claude, but as a bad guy he was just as lame as ever. The only thing missing from this movie is Steven Segall, who I would love to see blown up or beaten half to death. That said, it was GREAT FUN. I lost count of killed soldiers at around three hundred and that was just in the opening scene. Despite the lack of plot and acting, it was still a fantastic movie. The battle scenes had enough gore that I wouldn’t recomend it to people under 13 years old.
If you are a fan of any of the actors in this movie (besides Jean Claude) you will love this. The one-liner battle between the old ‘big dogs” Arnold, Bruce, and Stallone is just as fun as the battles and flying scenes.
This movie is so much fun you’ll need bullet proof jacket just to watch it.
Not Highly recommended, but recommended just the same. – M.R.