Forecast – Week 2, 2012

ARRIETTY

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family’s residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. This film came out in Japan about two years ago… It’s Studio Ghibli and written by Miyazaki. It’s a niche market but the fans are there and they’ll know the words Ghibli and Miyazaki.

THE DESCENDANTS

A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident. A Fox Searchlight pic starring George Clooney. Won a few awards, nominated for more. It has also hit the top of many critics’ ‘best of 2011 lists.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. David Fincher directs this ‘international’ adaptation of the best-selling swedish novel. Fincher has done well in the past… most notable for Fight Club and The Social Network. So hopefully this film will do the book series and the original films justice.
HUGO

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. Hugo is based on the novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and is directed by Martin Scorsese. This is Scorsese’s first film in 3D. “I found 3D to be really interesting, because the actors were more upfront emotionally. Their slightest move, their slightest intention is picked up much more precisely” Scorsese said, it’s possible that this may not be his last film to be shot in three dimensions.

THE MUPPETS

With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon. It’s the Muppets with Jason Segel and Amy Adams. WHY WOULDN’T YOU SEE IT!

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The Adventures of Tin Tin – Review

Tin Tin was a journalist who first appeared in a comic book in 1929. Since then he, his dog Snowy, bumbling policemen Thomson and Thompson and the seafaring Captain Haddock have appeared in cartoons stop-motion features, live-action, and now, performance capture animation, and boy, does it look good! The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn is directed by Steven Spielberg, Produced by Peter Jackson and written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish… Truly an ultimate team, and it works. the film looks incredible and the story is funny and exciting. I haven’t seen a film like this in years!

The Secret of the Unicorn stems from three of the Adventures of Tin Tin comics, The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure. The story centres on hidden clues found inside three models of an old Man ‘o’ War ship, the Unicorn. The clues lead to a secret cargo that the unicorn was believed to have been carrying. Tin Tin stumbles in to the race to find the treasure when he buys one of the models. He begins to investigate which lands him in all sorts of trouble. After a series of captivating scenes, he meets Captain Haddock, a decedent of the Unicorn’s captain, and the last person alive to know the secret of the Unicorn… If only he could remember.

Jamie Bell (a grown up Billy Elliot) voices Tin Tin, Andy Serkis (Gollum in LOTR and this year’s Hobbit) brilliantly voices Captain Haddock, Daniel Craig is the Villainous Ivan Ivanovich, while Simon Pegg and Nick Frost voice Thomson and Thompson. The cast did brilliantly and in my opinion, the voices were spot on! The Animation (brought to you by WETA) should also get a nod for being amazing!

I thoroughly recommend this film. It’s a perfect one for the whole family. It seems the team will continue this film in a trilogy, with Jackson directing the second and a Spielberg/Jackson team up for the finale. With any luck these films will be in the same class as this one.

4 Stars

The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn is in cinemas now.

Forecast – Week 1, 2012

Well, here we are… According to Roland Emmerich, 2012 is The Day After, The Day After Tomorrow. So we have until Samuel L. Jackson’s birthday to enjoy the world of films. Good News is most of the anticipated movies will have come out by now… The bad news… Two Words… The Hobbit. But with any luck it’ll all be as much of a wind up as 2011’s Sucker Punch.

So without any further ado… Lets look at this week’s Forecast… the first for 2012!

ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED

Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems. I honestly can not believe that these high-pitched rats are still making money. I mean surely, kids have realised that the real versions of the songs they cover are ten times better. Personally I would avoid this like the plague, and if your kids are begging you… take ear plugs.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. That’s right, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are back in action as the Dynamic Duo of the Edwardian Era. This should be a good film marking the beginning of a brilliant year. Look forward to seeing Robert Downey Jr. later in the year in The Avengers and next year is expecting big ones for him too with Iron Man 3 and a third Sherlock Holmes.

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THE SMURFS

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours – in fact, smack bang in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

THE CHANGE-UP

Growing up together, Mitch and Dave were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed they’ve slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three. Following a drunken night out together, Mitch and Dave’s worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in each other’s bodies and proceed to freak out. Despite the freedom from their normal routines and habits, the guys soon discover that each other’s lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed.

SUPER

Super is a comedy that takes aim at the superhero genre. An average guy takes on the pseudo-superhero alter ego of the Crimson Bolt, after watching his wife fall under the spell of a charming drug dealer. Lacking super powers, he compensates by swinging a trusty wrench.

Happy New Years to Everyone!