Movie Reviews

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

Apr 26, 2015

Who says penguins can’t fly? Well, the quartet penguins from the movie Madagascar has just ‘flew’ into cinemas, becoming a hit among cinemas goers after their debut in the spin-off of Madagascar film. Die-hard fans of DreamWorks Animation will be able to instantly recognized these penguins, the bold and self-proclaimed leader, Skipper, the brains of the team, Kowalski, the one who has the ability to swallow anything, Rico and of course, the young sweet little brother Private. These flightless birds were once primary characters in the Madagascar film that their parts were merely as show stealers. Besides, they were very shallow characters with the least development in Madagascar. There was not much information about these penguins other than that they are a group of penguins with outrageous break out attempts and ambitious plans. Although appearing just as minor characters, these penguins have amazed viewers for many years with their cool personalities. With a growing liking among viewers on the penguins, DreamWorks have finally decided to have a spin-off of Madagascar featuring only the penguins. Some might have criticized DreamWorks decision to produce a film of these penguins but well, they were wrong. Penguins of Madagascar is no usual animation featuring cute cuddly animals. From the beginning to the end of the film, you can’t stop laughing at these adorable penguins. They are just too hilarious even at serious sad scenes. Once the film started, we are instantly served with heart stopping action and witty dialogues exchanged among the penguins. For example, when young Skipper, Kowalski and Rico decided to go against nature and save the rolling penguin egg. At the same time, they were actually filmed by a group of documentary crews. Then, thegags began rolling in. Werner Herzog made his cameo appearance as the narrator of the documentary. We are introduced to the dark nature of documentaries when Werner Herzog ordered one of the crew to push the penguins down for a more exciting scene. Werner’s description of the penguins’ conflict was so dramatic and silly for the older audience. There were so many clever word plays in this film especially when the villain started to order his minions using celebrity names like...

Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl (2014)

Apr 21, 2015

  You know those dreams. We all have them. Nothing scary has happened. If anything it’s mundane, you’re walking through the streets, your house, but still the nightmare feeling is ever present. The air is heavy, your body uneasy, almost sick. You so badly want to wake up, if only to feel something normal again.   This is the world of Gone Girl. David Fincher’s thriller tracks the waking nightmare of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) as he attempts to unravel the ever-growing mystery of his missing wife Amy (Rosamund Pike). The world watches via news broadcasts and talk shows and scrutinize his every move, his identity instantaneously shifting from grieving husband to murder suspect. But this disappearance is anything but cut and dry and Nick’s journey will be anything but easy.   Fincher teamed up with long time collaborator Director of Photography Jeff Cronenweth once again to great visual success. The two have created the eerie worlds of Fight Club, the American take on Girl With a Dragon Tattoo series, and Social Network. This time they’ve outdone themselves, creating a sinister air that bites at Dunne. He appears alone, miniscule in a hazy world of gray.  It is Amy who has disappeared but Nick that is shrinking away within the pressure of it all.   This film used each filmic device so brilliantly to promote the uneasiness of this horrible dreamlike reality. There is an incredible disembodied quality about the sound of voices, especially that of Amy. Voices echo out of the mouths of the characters, never quite feeling entirely grounded.   This punctuates an already ethereal performance of Rosamund Pike. She has a sinister charm, a coldness that intrigues, as though everything could shift in a moment. Without these nuanced qualities Affleck’s hazy performance would seem out of place. He is repressed. Like a man who is perpetually still halfway in a dream, not fully recovered from the shock of waking. Within the first minutes of the film a confused Nick is being interviewed by detectives. “Should I be worried?” he asks. He never seems to get very far past this stage, he is confused. This is all happening so fast. He never...

MTV Movie Awards: a night of titillation, tears and tons of trailers

MTV Movie Awards: a night of titillation, tears and tons of trailers

Apr 19, 2015

Host Amy Schumer fell back on raunchy, self-deprecating humour, Shailene Woodley made a grown man cry and Vin Diesel paid respect to Paul Walker This year’s MTV Movie Awards were a real mixed bag of popcorn. Amy Schumer’s jokes were great, but her sketches lacked laughs. It was a night of “premiere clips” and “sneak peeks”, but the guest list seemed more elusive than exclusive – unlike MTV’s Video Music Awards, nominees who didn’t win weren’t in attendance. Sure, Zac Efron got his abs out, but what was going on with Channing Tatum’s hat? These are the highlights (and lowlights) of this year’s MTV Movie Awards. Amy Schumer had an uneven night From an archery malfunction during the intro to a more successful bit involving “flying for no reason”, Schumer was a peppy but imperfect host. While her opening monologue – which featured bits of her standup as well as new jokes tailored to the occasion – was funny and fearless, the sketches in between presenters failed to keep up the energy of the show.   more...

Captain Philips (2013)

Captain Philips (2013)

Apr 16, 2015

Captain Philips Movie Review Captain Philips is an American thriller movie which was directed by Paul Greengrass and released in 2013. Tom Hanks and Birched Abdi are the main two characters of this movie. The film was framed based on the real story of Maersk Alabama hijacking by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean in 2009. When the pirates take of the Captain Richard Phillips from MV Maersk Alabama ship then the event was triggered. Tom Hanks was the right choice of Paul Greengrass to excavate such an incredible true story. Hanks played role as a Philips with simplicity. On way to the port of Oman he discuss with his wife about their children and today jobs market. The container ship starts voyage to Mombasa, Kenya from Port of Salalah, Oman through the Gulf of Aden. When the first officer, Shane Murphy checks out the security condition of ship and finds two skiffs of Somali pirates. Philips calls knowing pirates are listening radio traffic and pretend to reply the call as well as ensure immediate air support. To listen the Philips answer one skiff go back and another skiff attack the ship with four armed pirates led by Abduwali Muse. The pirates ride on the ship with ladder while Philips advices the crew to hide in the engine room. Philips offers $30,000 to the Muse to be free from captive but Muse’s demand was millions of dollars ransom from shipping company. The pirates search the ship during searching the engine room the pirates, Bilal cut of his feet with the broken glass. When Muse continues to search alone the crews ambushes Muse and demand to release Phillips. However, the pirates did not consent to release the captain and they left the ship with a lifeboat along with captain. The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Bainbridge launches their voyages to rescue the captain Philips from the captive of pirates. Frank Castellano, the captain of Bainbridge orders to stop the pirates reaching mainland by any means. Muse did not want to surrender and the negotiators are unable to change his mental condition even after long discussion. However, at the last time Muse agree to broad the Bainbridge to...

The Most Successful Movie Franchises In History [Infographic]

The Most Successful Movie Franchises In History [Infographic]

Apr 15, 2015

Furious 7, the latest installment in the Fast & Furious film series, made headlines over the past few days after scoring the ninth-largest opening weekend in U.S. box office history. So far, Furious 7 has proven the highest-grossing film of 2015 and propelled the franchise into billion dollar territory. According to Box Office Mojo, the Fast and Furious franchise has now grossed just under $1.2 billion domestically. How does that  compare with Hollywood’s other leading franchises?  Overall, the Marvel Cinematic Universe series of superhero films including Iron Man, The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World, is the most successful movie franchise, grossing a grand total of $2.95 billion at the North American box office. Harry Potter comes close behind with $2.4 billion, while Star Wars rounds off the top three with $1.92 billion.   more of this...