Mad Max: Fury Road Review

The trailers for Mad Max: Fury Road didn’t excite this critic. Thankfully, the movies are not determined by their trailers. Mad Max: Fury Road is one thrilling, action packed, and entertaining movie.  Fury Road can be compared to Edge of Tomorrow and Godzilla, two summer blockbusters that came out last year.

Fury Road begins with Mad Max, Tom Hardy, roaming the apocalyptical Australian Wasteland while being chased a group called War Boys. He’s captured and used as blood blank. The War Boys are led by a fascist leader, Immortal Joe, who controls every valuable resource. One of his top lieutenants, Furiosa, and a group called five wives, which Immortal Joe uses for reproduction purposes, wants to escape from his control and heads for a potential paradise.  Max is taken by his blood recipient, Nux, to pursue the wives with Immortal Joe and the rest of the War Boys. Max must decide to aide Furiosa and the five wives or not helping them and becoming that lone wolf who wanders the desert.

The trailers for Mad Max and Edge of Tomorrow were so awful that critics thought the movies could flop at the box office. Edge of Tomorrow didn’t flop and Mad Max is poised to be a mega hit with audiences. Mad Max like Edge of Tomorrow is filled with heart pounding thrilling action that will keep the audience’s attention. The film stars with a car chase and the stunts and action sequences keep getting more insane as the movie goes on. The action sequences in Mad Max help tell the story and a few times I caught myself leaning forward in my seat with my heart thumping while watching every major action scene in the movie.  Fury Road is for all of the major action movie addicts who want to stuffed popcorn in their face while watching this flick. The sequences have little CGI and are practical action stunts like 80’s action movies. One negative aspect of the film is the lack of Mad Max being the main character.

Mad Max and Godzilla suffer from main character shortage. Godzilla had like 10 minutes of screen time in his movie. Mad Max has more screen time but really isn’t the main character. Furiosa is main character of the film. Max is heavily involved with the plot and action sequences but it felt like we were watching a movie about Furiosa and not Mad Max. Furiosa is a strong heroic character but the movie is titled Mad Max and not Furiosa after all. Tom Hardy really never got a chance to shine as Mad Max emotionally but he does kick a lot War Boyz butt.

Mad Max: Fury Road gets a 4/5 because the movie isn’t about Mad Max but he’s heavily involved with the action and plot.

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My Top Ten Favorite Movies of the Year

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Top 10 Favorite Movies of the Year 2014

What is your favorite movie? Most people ask you that question on a date or in general as a way to get to know someone.  The responses always vary because it is a matter of opinion.  I have a list of my favorite movies of all time which include many classic and newer films. Although, I have never sat down and made a list of my 100 favorite movies because it is strains my mind too much. I can decide on my top ten favorite movies of the 2014.  Favorite doesn’t mean that my movies are some of the best movies of the year but they could be.

Honorable mentions:

  • Birdman
  • Lego Movie
  • Snow Piercer
  • John Wick
  • Noah
  • 22 Jump Street
  • Neighbors
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • The Drop
  • Peabody and Sherman (surprising I know but darn good movie).
Grand Budapest Hotel characters

Grand Budapest Hotel characters

10. Grand Budapest Hotel

I love this cast. Grand Budapest Hotel’s cast and their interaction with each other made me see this film twice in the theater.  I’m not a Wes Anderson fan but this film was super amazing. My mom and I have watched the blueray a few times since we got it. The movie itself made me laugh all of the way through it.  I still quote lines from this film and replay scenes in my head. Grand Budapest Hotel is a delightful comedy and Ralph Fiennes is one of the reasons why.

I talk to myself while driving a car too

I talk to myself while driving a car too

9. Locke

Tom Hardy is brilliant and one of my favorite actors in Hollywood.  Tom Hardy also starred in The Drop which is probably why it made my honorable mentions list.  Locke is only 90 minutes long but the runtime tells a creative emotionally story which is might be why I adore this film so much. It is also a British film, and I have a soft spot for British entertainment. Tom Hardy really gave a performance of a lifetime because he is a one man trick and pony show in the film. Steven Knight wrote and directed a great indie flick that few people have seen but when they watch it. They will fall for Tom Hardy as an actor as much as I have.  I will see Mad Max: Fury Road in May because Tom Hardy does star in it. I don’t think it will get my money opening weekend though.

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Riz Ahmed as Rick  Nightcrawler directed and written by Dan Gilroy

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou
Riz Ahmed as Rick
Nightcrawler directed and written by Dan Gilroy

8. Nightcrawler

I loved Nightcrawler because of the underlying theme.  I also have a preference for sociopathic film characters and Jake Gyllenhaal portrays one.  Nightcrawler’s theme is about greed and selfishness. Lou, Gyllenhaal, is a selfish greedy free lance reporter.  He will sabotage a rival reporter, and put his employee, Rick, in jeopardy to become number 1 in the game. He also blackmails his boss to sleep with him.  Gyllenhaal gave the best acting performance in an American film of this year.  The movie also stars Bill Paxton and Rene Russo. They really make this film great and the film is two hours of pure entertainment and suspense with a lot of jaw dropping moments.

Chef starting Jon Favreau

Chef starting Jon Favreau

7. Chef

Chef is one of those films that really hit a note with me. I love to cook but watching Jon Favreau prepare food was awesome. I left the theater hungry and wanting to try one Favreau’s Cabanos from Chef.  Chef is about Chef Carl Casper fall from a prestigious LA chef to a unemployable chef after his tirade with nation wide prestigious food critic at the place of his employment. The film is more importantly about family and having to struggle between your career and your kids. The cast of Chef is spectacular.  The actors all have great chemistry together on screen and make this film a wonderful comedy. I would highly recommend this movie to anybody.  The latina music is super amazing and could see people grooving to it in the their seats. I enjoyed this film so much that I made my grandmother to go the theater with me to see it.

Caesar, Koba, and Maurice on horses

Caesar, Koba, and Maurice on horses

6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Apes on Horses!!! Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might be better than the first Planet of the Apes.  The plot has so many different directions that makes you think that you know what will happen next but then a character changes that outlook. Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell, and Karin Konoval play the three most important apes. Serkis is the Caesar, the leader while Kebbell plays Koba and Konoval plays Maurice Caeser’s Lieutenants. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is very realistic film which has beautiful visuals of a post apocalyptic world. Serkis and the other actors playing Apes had motion capture suits on, and the special effects crew made them look like real humanoid apes. I think this is one of the years best films and possibly one of the best blockbuster in a long time. The third one comes out in July 2016 so they will be filming the movie this year.

Captain America 2: the Winter Solider by Marvel  Director by Joe and Anthony Russo Starting Chris Evans

Captain America 2: the Winter Soldier by Marvel
Director by Joe and Anthony Russo
Starting Chris Evans

5. Captain America 2: the Winter Soldier

Captain America 2 is pure entertainment that has comedy fused in the story from the moment from the first scene. Sam Wilson, Anthony Mackie,  is running around the National Memorial, and Steve Rodgers keeps passing him saying “On your left.”  The moment immediately forms a friendship between Rodgers and Wilson that is why they team up later in the film. Chris Evans is so great as Captain America. He can inspire you to feel patriotic and just a lot like Christopher Reeves as Superman.  I love Captain America more because of Chris Evans.  Captain America 2 is one of the best action movies of the year, and one of the best movies of the year overall. This movie makes you feel like you are watching a Jason Bourne movie with Captain America in it.  Captain America will appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron in May then Captain America: Civil War.  He will fight Iron Man’s ideas and probably Iron Man himself in Civil War in May 2016.

The poster for X-Men Days of Future Past

The poster for X-Men Days of Future Past

4.  X-Men Days of Future Past

X-men Days of Future Past corrected the mistakes of Brett Ratner and the First Wolverine movie.  The plot is simple.  Wolverine, Hugh Jackman, travels back in time to prevent Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence, from assassinating Bolivar Trask, Peter Dinkage.  The government creates the Sentinel program because she killed Trask and use her DNA to make the ultimate Sentinel. The Sentinel are super intelligent robots that hunt mutants. The X-Men franchise hit a homer with this movie. It has comedy, amazing action sequences, and it is pure entertainment. The variety of mutants are great and it is nice to see each of them use their own powers.  Simon Kinberg wrote the script which has made the internet fan boys semi-excited for the new Fantastic Four movie coming out in August (he wrote the script).  Bryan Singer returned to the X-Men franchise and got the direction of the franchise back on track.  The film will have a sequel X-Men: Apocalypse which will start filming in April. Fox Studios are releasing a Gambit movie and Deadpool movie which will be part of the X-Men universe.  Ugh, I can’t wait for 2016. I don’t have this movie yet.  Singer cut Rogue from the film and I want Rogue in this movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn  Written by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn  Featuring Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon

Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn
Written by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn
Featuring Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

This movie is pure fun.  It is a great science fiction movie with great witty dialogue and pop culture references.  This little known comic book property has shocked the world by its success with a worldwide audience and financially was a home run.  The cast is great.  The interaction between characters is spectacular.  This is Marvel’s most entertaining film.  I reply it in my head all of the time.  Guardians will come back to the big screen in May 2017. Again, I can’t wait to see what James Gunn comes up with for the sequel. I have seen it multiple times and still want to dance like Star Lord or along with him.

Edge of Tomorrow directed by Doug Liman Starts Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

Edge of Tomorrow directed by Doug Liman
Stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

2. Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow looked so horrible from the trailers, and thanks to bad marketing by Warner Bros, this movie wasn’t a success at the box office domestically. However, the film was a success with its viewing audience. Many people like me just completely were stunned by the movie. Tom Cruise is at his best in Edge of Tomorrow.  He was played the likeable action hero in this movie and nailed the role. Personally, Tom Cruise like Tom Hardy is a guy that I will go see any movie that he is in.  Emily Blunt played the female protagonist,  and she was magnificent.  She and Cruise had such great chemistry on the screen. Edge of Tomorrow is edited in a way where every repeat scene is different.  Cruise plays Major William Cage that is has the ability to reset the day after killing an alien.  Bill Paxton’s character is really outstanding and probably the funniest character in the film. Edge of Tomorrow is a science fiction groundhog day but it is one of the best action movies of the year.

Gone Girl based on the novel by Gillan Flynn  Directed by David Fincher  Starring Ben Affleck Rosamund Pike  Neil Patrick Harris Tyler Perry Carrie Coon

Gone Girl based on the novel by Gillan Flynn
Directed by David Fincher
Starring Ben Affleck
Rosemund Pike
Neil Patrick Harris
Tyler Perry
Carrie Coon

1. Gone Girl

Gone Girl is my favorite film of the year. I love this movie and sold on the plot from the first trailer. Gone Girl is really three hours of pure suspenseful entertainment.  I have seen this film about three times in the theater.  I was still wowed by the suspense and mystery every moment of the film.  Ben Affleck kills it in the movie but it is Rosemund Pike who steals the show. Tyler Perry also a giant scene stealer. Neil Patrick Harris’s final moment in the film will leave you speechless.  Gone Girl had the same tone and setting throughout the whole entire movie.  I will get this DVD and watch several times after I get it.  This might be the best mystery drama produced by Fox in a long time.  David Fincher will probably get an Oscar nomination, and Gillian Flynn will get the best adapted screenplay award.  I will end this list on this final tidbit about Gone Girl.  The movie will make you look twice or think twice about getting married or even dating. I think this why I like it so much.  It makes you question what it means to be in a relationship.

 

 

My Top Ten BEST Movies of the Year

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Best Movies of the Year

I have not seen every movie that has come out this year or even seen the potential Oscar movies like FoxCatcher, Whiplash, or a few others. This list will the best films of the year in opinion that I have seen; however, doesn’t mean they’re my favorite films of this year.  My judgment of these will be based on my experience watching them in a theater and judging all aspects of the film.

Honorable mentions:

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Snow Piercer
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Noah
  • X-Men Days of the Future Past
Directed and written by Jennifer Kent Essie Davis as Amelia Noah Wieseman as Samuel

Directed and written by Jennifer Kent
Essie Davis as Amelia
Noah Wieseman as Samuel

10. The Babadook

The Babadook is one of the best horror movies to terrify audiences since Poltergeist.  I don’t like horror movies because I ignore questions about going to see in the theater. The story follows a recently widowed single mother and her son’s aggressively disruptive behavior.  He has dreams a of a creature called the Babadook, and their home life suddenly becomes strange with a paranormal activity constantly. For example, The Babadook, the creature, has a creepy voice that saids “The Babadoook” and it is freaky as hell to be riding in a backseat of the car while that voice is constantly talking to you. The film has a underlying theme of the difficulties of being a single mother. The Babadook is shot beautifully, and the setting is very dark and grim.   The film was directed by Jennifer Kent who also wrote the screenplay. The Babadook is certainly the marquee horror film of a new generation.

Grand Budapest Hotel characters

Grand Budapest Hotel characters

9. The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel stars Ralph Fiennes and an ensemble cast that includes: Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, William Defoe, and several other famous actors. The movie follows Gustave H who is the concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel. He gets framed for a murder and his loyal lobby boy, Zero Moustafa, helps him prove his innocence. The film is a dark comedy and the cinematography makes the prison outbreak scenes hilarious. The dialogue is witty and clever. The tone and pacing of the film builds tension but Ralph Fiennes gives a hell of a comedic performance. The film has earned several nominations from the Critics Broadcast Society, Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors guild.

Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn  Written by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn  Featuring Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon

Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn
Written by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn
Featuring Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon

8. Guardians of the Galaxy

Originally Snow Piercer was going to make the list; however, I couldn’t let Guardians be left of my list.  Guardians is the second best marvel movie ever made, and one of the most entertaining movies of the year. Guardians is probably one of the best box office successes of the decade. This little known comic book property has made over 770 million worldwide, spawn the creation of a new animated TV show on Disney XD’s channel which will premiere this spring, and number 1 soundtrack.  Guardians is about the a rag team of outlaws who come together to sell a orb after they stole from a tyrant named Ronan the Accuser. The movie is completely entertaining, and is filled with pop culture references like Kevin Bacon, Footloose, John Stamos, and other references. James Gunn directed the film and is currently writing the sequel.  Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper star or provide the voices of the Guardians. Groot and Rocket, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, do steal most of the scenes of the movie.  This is probably Marvel’s biggest hit so far. (although not financially)

Birdman is the inner voice of Reagan Thomson

Birdman is the inner voice of Reagan Thomson

7. Birdman

First time I saw Birdman and thought it was ok. However, I keep thinking about scenes about this movie; therefore, it means that I do really think it is one of the best movies of the year and one of my favorites. Birdman arguably has the best acting, cinematography, and the best dark comedy of the year. The film is super funny but it drives the point that some actors get pegged for one role for their entire life. Michael Keaton will always be recognized as Batman and some people say he is their Batman.  Keaton plays an actor Reagan Thomson is starring in his own play that he wrote and directs. No major critic takes him seriously and neither do the other actors that work with on the play. Birdman is shot to make it look like the film is one continuous take. Alejandro González Iñárritu wrote and directed the film. Emma Stone and Edward Norton are part of the supporting cast.

Locke

6. Locke

Locke is Tom Hardy at his best. He plays Ivan Locke an architect that made a mistake several months ago. He had an one night affair with a woman who is giving birth to their child. Ivan has the biggest job tomorrow but decides to travel to London from Birmingham to present at the birth of his child. The film is set in a car, and Hardy gives a hell of an acting performance.  Locke was written and directed by Steven Knight. Steven Knight is currently writing World War Z II. Tom Hardy is Tom Hardy that nails any role which stars in. He is going to star in Mad Max: Fury Road and playing Elton John in Rocket Man. Hardy is one of the best actors in Hollywood. His performance of Locke is very compelling. He won the LA Critics best acting award for his performance as Locke. Hardy nails every emotion that Ivan goes with midlife crisis and it makes the film super suspenseful and compelling. Hardy should be nominated for a best actor but that category is filled with good actors this year.

Chef starting Jon Favreau

Chef starting Jon Favreau

5. Chef

Chef stars Jon Favreau who plays Chef Carl Casper. Chef Casper is a prominent chef at LA restaurant who is terminated because of a outburst with a nationwide film food critic. Casper struggles to find himself but with the help of his ex wife, son, and best friend. Casper reinvents himself by starting a food truck that makes Cubanos. Chef is a R comedy but very hilarious. It was my favorite film of the year until Edge of Tomorrow came out.  This movie is a heartfelt indie flick that will make you go hungry while watching it.  Jon Favreau wrote one of the best screenplays of the year and directed a wonderful entertaining film.

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou being unethical.

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou being unethical.

4. Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal gave the best acting performance of the year.  He played an unethical bastard named Lou in Nightcrawler. He will do anything for a story and that means anything.  The beauty of Nightcrawler is that show how much the local and national press has changed over time. The Slogan “if it bleeds then it leads” is pretty much the major theme in this movie.  Nightcrawler examines the press and shows how despicable they have become. Dan Gilroy wrote and directed the film.  Gyllenhaal himself lost weight to play the role of Lou and is probably a lock to get an Oscar for the role. (Michael Keaton for Birdman is the favorite right now).

Captain America 2: the Winter Solider by Marvel  Director by Joe and Anthony Russo Starting Chris Evans

Captain America 2: the Winter Soldier by Marvel
Director by Joe and Anthony Russo
Starting Chris Evans

3. Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

Captain America 2 is the best Marvel movie ever and arguably the second best comic book movie since the Dark Knight is number 1.  Steve Rodgers, Captain America, (Chris Evans) is working for SHIELD and doing their dirty work.  Rodgers has Nick Fury, Samuel L. Jackson, show up at his apartment and sees the Director of Shield get assassinated.  Rodgers becomes an outlaw and uncovers that his longtime foe has taken over SHIELD. The movie has is filled with great action, humor, and is a great spy story. It is a superhero movie that a has Jason Bourne plot. The movie also leaves you to question the authority and power of national spy organizations like the CIA and the NSA.  Honestly, the realistic plot is one of the reasons why this movie hit a homer with a worldwide audience.

Gone Girl based on the novel by Gillan Flynn  Directed by David Fincher  Starring Ben Affleck Rosamund Pike  Neil Patrick Harris Tyler Perry Carrie Coon

Gone Girl based on the novel by Gillan Flynn
Directed by David Fincher
Starring Ben Affleck
Rosamund Pike
Neil Patrick Harris
Tyler Perry
Carrie Coon

2. Gone Girl

Oh Gone Girl! This film has everything and arguably the best movie of the year when it came out.  It is an Oscar favorite. Gone Girl is about Nick Dunne who is having an affair with one of his students but comes home to find his wife missing. He contacts the authorities and their investigation points to Nick Dunne killing his wife, Amy. Nick, Ben Affleck, is follows his wife’s treasure hunt for their 5th year anniversary and discovers that Amy, Rosamund Pike, has framed him for her murder.  The movie is two and half hours of pure suspension with plot twists galore. Gillan Flynn wrote the screenplay and will win an Oscar for adapted screenplay for it. She is the author of the best selling book Gone Girl. David Fincher could be a lock for Best Director and Rosamund Pike for best actress.  Trent Renzor might win an Oscar again for best score. Gone Girl will make you question marriage or even being in a relationship. Ben Affleck also delivers a performance that is his best ever, and also proving that he can be Batman.

Calvary  Directed by John Michael McDonagh  Starring:  Brendan Gleeson as Father James

Calvary
Directed and written by John Michael McDonagh
Starring:
Brendan Gleeson as Father James

1. Calvary

Calvary is an independent British film that no one has seen in America except the big movie markets or the crew from AMC Movie Talk.  I decided to go see Calvary on the Redskin’s bye week because of Breedan Gleeson.  Breedan Gleeson is known for as Mad Eye Moody from Harry Potter to most of the American viewing public.  Calvary deals with the catholic child molestation issue. Gleeson is one of my favorite actors and his son, Domhnall Gleeson, is one of the best young actors in Hollywood.  Calvary is Gleeson’s film and his performance was the best dramatic performance that I have seen all year in a foreign film.

Father James, Gleeson, is sitting in his confessional when one of his weekly members of his congregation tells him that he is planning to kill him in seven days.  The member was a victim of child abuse from a catholic priest who is dead. The member tells him that his reasoning to kill Father James is shock the world and cause the Catholic Church finally do something about the on going child molestation within the Catholic Church.  Father James also has to deal with his daughter who tried to commit suicide. He also is the leader of the town that he lives in. James deals with many problems that the town’s people have.

Calvary emphasizes the importance of Catholic or other religious priests in the small town life. The film is pretty blunt that not all Catholic Priests are child molesters but are really down to earth good hearted people.  The sexual abuse victim and their struggles helps the viewer what these people go through for their entire life. James is seen as the leader and many townspeople turn to him for guidance.  John Michael McDonagh directed a suspenseful and moving story that would be a Oscar buzz film if more people got to see it. Calvary is the best film of the year to me.

Hello Suicide Squad plus the Joker!

Harley Quinn and Deadshot are the usually the two leaders of the Suicide Squad team.  Amanda Waller in the background is the overall commander of the team of villians

Harley Quinn and Deadshot are the usually the two leaders of the Suicide Squad team. Amanda Waller in the background is the overall commander of the team of villains

Warner Bros. is putting Marvel, Sony, and Fox on alert that they are ready to play ball!

So far, Warner Bros has been heavily criticized on how they handle their DC superhero properties compared to Marvel.  The criticism has been fair because Marvel is almost on its phase 3 with introducing Dr. Strange, Black Panther, the Inhumans, and Captain Marvel. However. Warner Bros announced their DC slate not to long ago and they are continuously stock piling acting talent for their key roles.  Warner will introduce the first Black Superhero first with Cyborg in Batman V. Superman, have a Wonder Woman movie before Marvel’s Captain Marvel movie, and have a villain team up movie before Sony’s Sinister Six movie.  Warner Bros might be fashionable late to the party but they are introducing their characters first. Yesterday, Warner Bros and DC announced the cast for Suicide Squad.

Suicide Squad is a team of villains under the command of Amanda Waller who take out bad guys or take on dangerous missions for the government in order to get a reduced sentences or full pardons. Warner Bros. has said this movie will be like the Dirty Dozen. They have kind of officially announced that Deadshot will be the leader of the team. David Ayers, director of Fury, wrote the screenplay and will direct the film.   Who are the characters that we will see in this movie?

Smith will play Dead Shot

Smith will play Deadshot

Deadshot is known as Deadshot because he is a master marksmen that never misses. He is an assassin for hire who has a sense of honor. He will not kill anybody but his target usually. However, if a cop or some other hero were to stand in between his target and his line of sight. Deadshot can manipulate a trajectory of a bullet to hit his target. He kills to pay for his daughter’s medical bills. Will Smith needs this role because he has been mostly crap since he did Hancock. Smith will bring a cold likeable charm to his master marksmen.

Tom Hardy will play Rick Flagg

Tom Hardy will play Rick Flagg

Rick Flagg is not a supervillain.  He is a master tactician and strategist, expert on explosives, and very good marksmen. I believe this version of the Rick Flagg will be a leader of the team but will the go to guy to get new weapons or surveillance equipment. He will help the team navigate on their mission. He is the most vulnerable member of the team.  Flagg still can kick ass in hand to hand combat when he needs to.  Hardy is one of the best actors in Hollywood right now. He will make Rick Flagg be important because of his charismatic.

Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang

Jai Courtney will play Captain Boomerang

Digger Harkness is the man who is known as Captain Boomerang. He is Australian but his specialty are his boomerangs which are his weapons.  His Boomerang are a lot like the Batarangs which have special capabilities. They are can penetrate the Batsuit and or follow the Flash at high speeds. Courtney is a upcoming action star who is from Australia. He will be Kyle Reese in Terminator Genesis and that movie will be coming out next summer.

Cara Delevinge as the Enchantress

Cara Delevinge will play the Enchantress

Enchantress is a powerful sorceress. She appears to possess the ability to manipulate magical energy for any number of effects, from healing to teleportation, and can directly affect any non-living objects with her magic. She can also walk through walls. She is a member of the Suicide Squad for keeping her evil side in check.  Personality, I applaud DC and Warner Bros. for bringing in their magic universe into their film universe already. Wonder Woman fights magical enemies as does Dr. Fate, Zatanna, or even Constantine. Delevinge doesn’t have  a big acting resume so she is an unknown.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.  As the Joker likes to say Harley Harley Harley multiple times

Margot Robbie will play Harley Quinn. As the Joker likes to say Harley Harley Harley multiple times

Margot Robbie is the second big fish in this movie. Will Smith is a big movie star and playing most likely the leader of the team but Robbie is playing almost the fan favorite. Harley Quinn is a character transcends any other character in this movie besides one other character. She is the Joker’s girlfriend or wife depending on what version of the comic you are reading. She has a likeable charm, is a psychopath, and has no problems in being seductive to stab a person in a back.   Robbie has gained frame from her role in Wolf of Wall Street. I didn’t like the movie so I can tell if she is going to be a good Harley Quinn. I do believe the fact she looks like Harley Quinn is one of the reasons why Robbie was cast. The Hollywood casting brass will tell you that Robbie has talent so I am not going on a fanboy about how she is awful. I mean she is no Gal Gadot after all.

Jared Leto will be the Joker or Mister J. as Harley calls him.  She even calls him Pudding.

Jared Leto will be the Joker or Mister J. as Harley calls him. She even calls him Pudding.

The Joker is the big fish of his movie. I don’t care if Lex Luthor might be in it or rumor Oprah is being considered for Amanda Waller. Waller is the commander of the Suicide Squad. The Joker is the household name. He is so beloved by many that they can’t screw him up. I do believe the Joker will be the bad guy. They will go get him because Lex Luthor wants to use him to kill Batman. The announcement gives a sense how Batman V. Superman will end. The two heroes will become friends and will decide to work together but Lex Luthor’s hatred of Superman will cause to find another villain who can take down Batman. There’s the key, The Joker is really super villain who ultimately break the will of Batman. It will be curious to see how the other villains will fit in or like this plan.  I’m Leto’s Joker will be more like Mark Hamil’s take from the Batman Arkham Games.

Overall, I like the cast annoucement of the Suicide Squad. I think the esemble cast will deliver and the movie comes out August 5th, 2016.

The Drop (review)

Tom Hardy  With Rocco the Dog Directed by Michael R. Roskam  Screenplay by Dennis Lehane  Released by Fox Searchlight

Tom Hardy
With Rocco the Dog
Directed by Michael R. Roskam
Screenplay by Dennis Lehane
Released by Fox Searchlight

It’s All About the Dog!

The Drop is a crime suspense thriller starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini’s (his last film appearance.)  The film is based on Animal Rescue, a short short, written by Dennis Lehane.  It’s Michael R. Roskam’s second directorial film.  Right now, it is in limited release but it has a possibility of expanding on ticket sales and audience reception.  The small crowd of people in the theater really loved this movie.

Tom Hardy plays Bob Saginowski, a bartender, for his Cousin Marv’s bar, James Gandolfini.  Marv doesn’t own the bar but instead makes payments to the mob.  Bob is walking home when he finds a stray beaten bloody dog in a trash can.  Nadia, Noomi Rapace, lives in the house  where Bob found the little dog and helps him stitch up the dog’s wounds. They form a friendship and start to bond over Rocco, the dog.  One night the bar goes robbed and the mobsters threaten Bob’s and Marv ‘s life if they don’t find the people.  Nadia’s ex boyfriend, Matthias Schoenaerts, shows up and threatens to take Rocco away if Bob doesn’t give him money. The pressures of Bob’s life become intense and it will awaken something in him that he has kept buried for a long time.

The movie has an excellent narrative  that is suspenseful. The plot revolves around Bob struggling to deal with a stalker who is a known pyschopath. He demands compensation for Rocco, the dog.  The mob bears down on Cousin Marv and Bob to find the money. Lenane wrote scenes filled with intense moments in the script. Roskam directed these scenes with excellent.  The best part of the movie was the acting.

Tom Hardy is masterful as a silent nice guy in this Drop.  James Gandolfini is a complete dick and reminds me of his portrayal of Tony Soprano.  Noomi Rapace delivers a good emotional character. Hardy steals the show like he always does. We never know much about his character but he is seriously crazy.  His character is very protective and the wrong person to double cross.  Hardy has delivered two masterful performances this year.

Overall, this film is very spectacular and suspenseful.  It is well directed film and the acting is Oscar worthy.  The Drop is worth going out to see in theaters because it is a great movie. Hardy and Rocco, the dog, will melt your heart, and Gandolfini’s last performance on screen is worth watching.  I give the Drop 4.5 out 5.  It’s an Oscar worthy film.

Locke movie review

Locke Movie review

The pictures below are the many faces of Tom Hardy throughout the 82 minute film.

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Locke was written and directed by Steven Knight, a British Director. Ivan Locke, played by Tom Hardy, decides that he needs to leave on his most important as construction manager to go correct a mistake. He makes a drive from Brimingham to London to be there for the birth of his child.  We learn that Ivan has been married for 13 to 15 years and has two kids as we take this journey with him. He periodically talks to his father, who is deceased, through imaginary conversations.  Locke is only 82 minutes and the plot resolves itself.

The film’s beauty is the setting takes in one location which is a Ivan Locke’s BMW. Tom Hardy drives a BMW uses his hands free mobile phone to communicate with the other characters. Tom Hardy showed his full range as an actor in this film.  He displays anger to confidence in 82 minutes. His character made me feel connected to his performance. I kept guessing how the movie would end in my mind. His character is a blue collar family man whose life goes to hell after he made one mistake, and I felt like I was there living through it too. The other actors did also a great job with their emotions and tone. They would yell at Ivn, and he would be cool as a cucumber.  Tom Hardy could be nominated for an Oscar if this film gets a wider release. Tom Hardy will win an Oscar one day but a nomination will get him more of a popular which he deserves.

I loved the film; it was remarkable beautifully written. I enjoyed Tom Hardy’s performance. The film connected with me on a personal level because I also drive and talk to myself. Driving a car is the idea place to collect your thoughts. It allows you have time to think to yourself and plan out your day. One of the reasons why this movie is great because it made driving a car a personal emotional experience that you take together with one man. I will give Locke a 5/5 because it’s damn near perfect.