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We Review Anchorman 2 – I laughed as hard as I did at “Hangover,” maybe harder – MR

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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Anchorman 2:
The Legend Continues
Anchorman 2 Teaser Poster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Adam McKay
Produced by Judd Apatow
Will Ferrell
Adam McKay
Written by Will Ferrell
Adam McKay
Narrated by Bill Kurtis
Starring
Music by Andrew Feltenstein
John Nau
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Editing by Brent White
Melissa Bretherton
Studio Apatow Productions
Gary Sanchez Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • November 24, 2013(Sydney premiere)
  • December 18, 2013(United States)
Running time 119 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million[2]

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a 2013 American comedy film, and the sequel to the 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. As with the original film, it is directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow, written by McKay and Will Ferrell, and stars Ferrell, Steve CarellPaul RuddDavid Koechner, and Christina Applegate all reprising their roles from the first film. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was released on December 18, 2013 to positive reviews.

Plot

After the 1970s brought prosperity to the Channel 4 news team, the group disbands and hits rock bottom until a 24-hour news channel is being put together and the group is recruited to join the channel.[3]

Cast

Cameos:

Our Thoughts:

This was a real gut-buster. Will Ferrell is at his best and the rest of the crew is even better. There are scenes so stupidly funny that only these guys could pull them off. And then there are the cameos, which are listed above. While I didn’t really like the chaotic battle scene they were in, once again, the power of the acting made it work.

I will give this 4.5 stars and recommend it to anyone who wants to laugh, because I laughed as hard as I did at the original “Hangover,” maybe even harder – MR

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We Review The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Smaug is AWESOME! – MR

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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The Hobbit:
The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug theatrical poster.jpg

Final theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Jackson
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Starring
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Andrew Lesnie
Editing by Jabez Olssen
Studio
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • 2 December 2013(Los Angeles premiere)
  • 12 December 2013(New Zealand)
  • 13 December 2013(United Kingdom)
  • 13 December 2013(United States)
Running time 161 minutes[1][2]
Country
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Language English
Budget $200 million
Box office $8,500,000[3]

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 epic fantasy adventure film co-written, produced and directed by Peter Jackson. It is the second installment of a three-part film series based on J. R. R. Tolkien‘s 1937 novel The Hobbit, beginning with An Unexpected Journey (2012) and set to conclude with There and Back Again (2014). The three films together act as a prequel to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film series.

The storyline continues the events of An Unexpected Journey, in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through MirkwoodEsgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Jackson wrote the screenplay with his longtime collaborators and Lord of the Rings co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro, originally chosen to direct the Hobbit films. The film also stars Evangeline LillyLee Pace,Luke EvansKen StottJames Nesbitt and Orlando Bloom.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiered on 2 December 2013 in Los Angeles, and was released internationally on 11 December 2013.[4] Like its predecessor, the film used a shooting and projection frame rate of 48 frames per second. The new projection rate was advertised as “High Frame Rate” to the public.

Plot

A flashback set in the human town of Bree reveals Gandalf the Grey persuading Thorin Oakenshield to obtain the Arkenstone so that the latter can become the King of Erebor. Gandalf mentions that a stealthy burgler – Bilbo Baggins – needs to be recruited to steal the item from the dragon-guarded mountain. Twelve months later, not long after the end of the previous film, Bilbo along with Gandalf, Thorin and the Dwarven company are chased by the Orcs down from the Carrock, where they encounter the bear form of a charging skin-changer, Beorn. Gandalf urges the company to seek refuge in a nearby house which happens to be the abode of the calm human-form of Beorn. After expressing his hatred of Orcs over that of Dwarves, Beorn loans his horses to the company so that they can outrun the pursuing Orcs.

Gandalf departs before the others enter Mirkwood, urging Bilbo and the dwarves to follow the forest path and to wait for him before entering the mountain. After losing their way in the forest, the dwarves are captured by giant spiders. Bilbo, with the help of his invisibility ring, manages to free them from the webs of the spiders. However, while figthing the attacking spiders, the dwarves are captured by the Wood-elves.

Tauriel, a female elf, becomes enamoured with Kili, one of the imprisoned dwarves. As a result, feelings of jealousy are evoked within Legolas, the son of the Elf King Thranduil, when he discovers it.

Under the cloak of his ring, Bilbo steals the keys and helps the dwarves to escape from the Elf Kingdom using empty wine barrels that float down the river. Along the way, they are attacked by the Orcs who had been lying in wait. While trying to open the river gate, Kili is injured by a poisoned orc arrow. Subsequently, Bilbo and the gang meet Bard, a bowman and descendant of the orginal Lord of Dale, who was waiting to collect the empty barrels in his river barge. Pooling their coins to bribe Bard to smuggle them inside Lake-town, the gang are eventually captured by the Master of the Town when they try to steal battle-worthy weaponry. After Thorin convinces the townfolk and Master that they will share the riches of the recaptured mountain, the adventurers receive a grand send-off.

Meanwhile, the Elf King learns from a captured orc that “The One” has returned, and so decides to seal off the Elf Kingdom to protect it from the impending evil. However, Tauriel leaves to help the injured Kili and a concerned Legolas gives chase.

At the mountain, Bilbo deciphers the Last Light of Durin’s Day clue and uses the moonlight to locate the hidden keyhole that opens the secret door into the mountain. After entering, Bilbo attempts to steal the Arkenstone by himself, but is discovered by the awakened dragon, Smaug. At the same time, Gandalf knowingly steps into the orc-ambushed Dol Guldur and engages the Necromancer in a fierce battle.

The elf pair arrives in the nick of time to fight off the attacking orcs in Lake-town before splitting up. Tauriel attends to the wounded Kili using her healing magic while Legolas chases after the retreating orcs. Sensing that something foreboding would happen, Bard, tries to affix a Black Arrow to the town’s launcher so that it can pierce the weakened spot of the dragon that was spotted by Bilbo earlier. However, he is captured by the Master’s men before he can do so.

Eventually, the dwarves enter the mountain to rescue Bilbo. Tricking the fire-breathing Smaug to rekindle the forge using his fiery flames, they attempt to kill the dragon by drowning him in molten gold. However, Smaug stumbles out of the mountain and takes to air, shaking off the gold-coating and heads toward Lake-Town to wreck havoc and to seek revenge.

Our Thoughts:

This was a great movie, with the excellent special effects we have come to expect from Peter Jackson and crew. The dragon, Smaug is just plain awesome. Even though our magnificent dragon does not appear until the last third of the film, it is he you will go home remembering. The romance between Tauriel and Kili is not necessary, but I suppose it is better with it there. All in all they are doing the book justice, even if you can read the whole book, “The Hobbit” faster than you can watch part one of the movies. I highly recommend this film, especially if you liked part one. Smaug is AWESOME! 5 Stars – MR


We Review: Elysium Amazon Streaming Version “A great and original movie idea done well.” – MR

Elysium

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Elysium
Elysium Poster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Produced by Neill Blomkamp
Bill Block
Simon Kinberg
Written by Neill Blomkamp
Starring Matt Damon
Jodie Foster
Sharlto Copley
Alice Braga
Diego Luna
Wagner Moura
William Fichtner
Music by Ryan Amon
Cinematography Trent Opaloch
Editing by Julian Clarke
Lee Smith
Studio Alphacore
Media Rights Capital
QED International
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release dates
  • August 9, 2013 (US)
  • August 21, 2013 (UK)
Running time 109 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Spanish
Afrikaans
Budget $115 million[2]
Box office $286,007,248[2]

Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed and co-produced by Neill Blomkamp starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.[3] It was released on August 9, 2013 in both conventional and IMAX DigitaltheatersElysium is a co-production of Media Rights Capital and TriStar Pictures.[4]

The film takes place on both a ravaged Earth and a luxurious space habitat called Elysium.[5] It explores political and sociological themes such as immigration, overpopulationtranshumanismhealth careexploitation and class issues.[6]

Plot

In 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a luxurious Stanford torus-style space station called Elysium, and the poor who live on an overpopulated, devastated Earth. While residents on Earth are policed by ruthless robots, Elysium’s citizens live in comfort and regularly use bed-sized medical devices called Med-Bays to keep them free of disease and injury.

Max Da Costa (Matt Damon), a former car thief and parolee, lives in the ruins of Los Angeles and works at an assembly line for Armadyne Corp, the military company that supplies arms and weapons to Elysium. An accident at the plant exposes Max to a lethal dose of radiation, giving him only five days to live. Meanwhile, when a caravan of illegal immigrants from Earth attempts to reach Elysium and its Med-Bays, Elysian Secretary of Defense Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster) orders vicious mercenary Kruger (Sharlto Copley) to shoot down the shuttles. Disapproving of her methods, Elysian President Patel (Faran Tahir) reprimands her and dismisses Kruger from service. Delacourt, vowing to protect Elysium and her own power, bargains with Armadyne’s CEO John Carlyle (William Fichtner) to write a program that can override Elysium’s central computer and make her President. Carlyle creates the program in his office on Earth and uploads it to his brain for safekeeping, encrypting it with a lethal denial system.

Max, knowing his only chance for survival is a Med-Bay, seeks help from notorious smuggler Spider (Wagner Moura), with the assistance of his friend Julio (Diego Luna). Spider agrees to get Max to Elysium only if he helps him steal valuable financial information from Carlyle, who is preparing to leave Earth. Recognizing Max’s weakened condition, Spider has his doctors implant Max with a powered exoskeleton, giving him superhuman strength, as well as an implant in his brain that can store data. Max, Julio and a team of Spider’s men intercept Carlyle’s ship, and Max downloads the data (including the program) to his own brain. However, due to the encryption of Carlyle’s brain data the information appears unusable. Delacourt secretly deploys Kruger to rescue Carlyle and recover the program. In the ensuing firefight, all of Max’s allies are killed, Carlyle is mortally wounded, and an injured Max retreats to the house of Frey (Alice Braga), a childhood friend whose daughter, Matilda, has leukemia. After learning that Max intends to smuggle himself to Elysium, Frey begs him to take Matilda with him so that she can be cured, but Max refuses. With Max on the run, Delacourt orders an airspace lockdown over Los Angeles to buy her enough time to recover Carlyle’s program.

Our Thoughts:

This movie has an original plot, (I mean an un-worn out plot.) and the effects were great. The overwhelming parallel between modern wealthy society and poverty was spot on. The technology was a little on the miraculous side. Outside of a few cheesy characters that could have been played better it was a refreshing SciFi movie. I recommend it to all fans of Sci Fi Action Thrillers. “A great and original movie idea done well.”  MR