“Not a complete disaster” Terminator Genisys review

TERMINATOR GENISYS   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Alan Taylor  

Music: Lorne Balfe

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke


REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon

Genisys ends a six year hiatus for the series

Genisys ends a six year hiatus for the series

Sequels and reboots are making up the bulk of 2015’s cinematic offerings. With films added to franchises like Jurassic Park, Star Wars and James Bond, it was always going to be tough for others to make much of a dent.

It’s been six years since Christian Bale took over lead billing from Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator series in the critically panned Terminator Salvation. But director Alan Taylor (Thor: the Dark World), a newcomer to the sci-fi adventure series, resurrects the franchise with Terminator Genisys. But is it worth a watch? Continue reading

Best Movie Cars: Top 5

We are now in our 7th edition of the MM Top 5 series and I am pleased at how popular the articles have become. Over the past few months we’ve looked at Harry Potter films, Marvel films, Family Films and many more.

This fortnight, we’re going to move away very slightly from ‘films’ but still with that movie theme running in the background. This edition of MM Top 5 is going to be looking at the best movie cars of all time. Continue reading

MM Top 5: Movie Franchises

Counting down the biggest movie franchises of all time was never going to be an easy task. It is one of those things that you should never enter into lightly; after all, there are so many different ones to choose from; picking just 5 and putting them in order of greatness is not an easy thing to undertake. However, after all the waiting, it’s finally done. Here, are the 5 greatest film franchises of all time. Shall we begin?

5. Halloween 1978-2009

Halloween

The only horror franchise on this list enters in at number 5 but only just made the final cut. A toss-up between Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street is the reason why, but the Michael Myers franchise lucked out – partly because of its superior sequels and better direction. Another, perhaps more poignant reason is because of that chilling  score and that iconic mask. Halloween has had some truly awful entries in its history, Halloween: Resurrection anyone? But there have been some highlights and the 2007 reboot was a fantastic way to recapture the magic of the 1978 original. The series started all those years ago but remains popular to this very day.

4. James Bond 1962-present

Skyfall

There is no denying that the digits 007 will go down in history, but do the films associated with Ian Fleming’s numbers stack up? Well they definitely make it into the top 5, but only as far as number 4. Numerous celebrities have played the iconic spy over the years with Daniel Craig continuing his incarnation with a third film, Skyfall, which became one of the most successful films of 2012 across the globe. Sean Connery started the proceedings in 1962 and the franchise has gone from strength to strength ever since. The series as a whole has grossed over $5billion at the worldwide box office and remains perhaps THE most iconic film series of all time. However, it most definitely isn’t the greatest.

3. The Lord of the Rings 2001-2003

Lord of the Rings

Peter Jackson became a household name in 2001 with his take on J.R.R. Tolkien’s three outstanding novels. When the first film was released it received near universal acclaim from movie-goers and critics alike, cementing its place at the very top of the movie chain. The second film was received with perhaps a more  mixed response but still did nothing to detract from the phenomenon. By the time the third film was released the series had become one of the highest grossing of all time and earned a spot in the hearts of movie-goers across the world. Therefore, it takes the bronze medal on this list.

2. Jurassic Park 1993-?

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg is widely regarded as the king of blockbuster cinema and his effort in 1993 made sure that everyone knew that; it grossed over $900 million at the worldwide box office and remained the highest grossing film of all time until 1997, when funnily enough its successor was released. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Jurassic Park II which stole the crown; it was the highly inferior snooze fest that is James Cameron’s Titanic (awaits the impending boos).  Whilst the two sequels that followed (1997: The Lost World; 2001: Jurassic Park III) failed to capture the magic and delight of the original, they still

provided the same blockbuster entertainment that pleases the masses. Jurassic Park is the epitome of everything that can be done right with a paper thin script and cardboard characters. Yes the story is lacking and yes the characters are thinner than Tesco value paper; but it didn’t matter, it was all about those terrifying Velociraptors and that staggering T-Rex rampaging across the screen. The effects in all three films still stand the test of time and each film will have a place in the heart of fans the world over. Now, with film number 4 due for release in 2014, the franchise is hopefully being given a new lease of life. Jurassic Park and its sequels changed the way films were made and that is why it deserves a silver medal in my Top 5.

1. Harry Potter 2001-2011

Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone

Here we are, the franchise which I believe has had the biggest impact across the world. It has to be, without a doubt, the Harry Potter saga. It all began 11 years ago with director Chris Columbus taking the reins of what seemed to be another children’s film. Did anyone really know that the biggest movie franchise of all time was brewing? I think

for the most part, no was the answer. Harry Potter, like Jurassic Park changed the way we look at films forever and all 8 of the films have remained at least of a good standard. Of course, with any saga spanning so many movies there were bound to be a couple of lapses and thankfully here there were only a couple. Film number 2 and 6 were perhaps the worst of the bunch but they all created memories in the minds of those going to watch. In 2011, it all came to an end and a void was left without a new franchise to fill it. Will a phenomenon like Harry Potter ever come about again? In my opinion, the answer is no. This is why the biggest movie franchise of all time takes the gold medal in this list.

An honourable mention must also go to the following film series’ that nearly made it into the Top 5, but, for one reason or another just missed out on a coveted place. They are as follows:

  • The Alien franchise
  • The Toy Story franchise
  • The X-Men franchise
  • The Spiderman franchise
  • The Indiana Jones Franchise

 

How do you feel about my Top 5? Did Harry Potter deserve to take the top spot or was another franchise more deserving of the gold medal? Leave a comment below!

Oscars 2013: Nominations in full

The nominations for the 2013 85th Annual Academy Awards took place today at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in LA. They were announced by this year’s host Seth McFarlane and Emma Stone.

The full nominations are as follows:

Best Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Lincoln
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Amour
Django Unchained
Argo

Director
David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
Michael Haneke (Amour)
Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Denzel Washington (Flight)
Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)

Best Actress
Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
Alan Arkin (Argo)
Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field (Lincoln)
Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)
Amy Adams (The Master)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

Adapted Screenplay
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Argo
Lincoln

Original Screenplay
Flight
Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained
Amour
Moonrise Kingdom

Animated Feature
Wreck-It Ralph
The Pirates
Paranorman
Brave
Frankenweenie

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour
War Witch
A Royal Affair
Kon Tiki
No

Production Design
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln

Cinematography
Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Costume Design
Anna Karenina
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

Documentary Feature
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary Short
Inocente
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption

Editing
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Makeup and Hairstyling
Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables

Original Score
Anna Karenina
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Original Song
‘Before My Time’ – Chasing Ice
‘Pi’s Lullaby’ – Life of Pi
‘Suddenly’ – Les Misérables
‘Everybody Needs A Friend’ – Ted
‘Skyfall’ – Skyfall

Sound Editing
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Sound Mixing
Argo
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Visual Effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Marvel’s The Avengers”
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman

Animated Short
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
Paperman

Live Action Short
Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
Henry

A notable lack of mention for Skyfall, though it has received a nod for the prestigious ‘Best Song’ category. There will also be a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise.

What are your thoughts of this years nominations? Should Skyfall have been nominated for more? Leave a comment below!