Sunday, 6 May 2018

Top 5 Strongest Avengers In Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War has been out for more than a week now but like most people we are still talking about it and analysing and dissecting every detail of the movie no matter how big or small it may seem. One of the most interesting and most fun things to discuss is who was the strongest Avenger in the movie so we've decided to list a top 5 based on the events in the movie.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Star Wars Episode VII Cast Profiles

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last several months, you should be aware by now that there's a new Star Wars movie coming out late next year. Up until now details about the new film's plot and characters have been pretty much non-existent but with principal photography scheduled to start soon news about the casting was bound to start trickling out. And so, after many months of countless internet rumours about who would be in the movie and who wouldn't, the good folks at Disney and Lucasfilm have finally made the official casting announcement. Check out who's made the cut after the jump.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Eddie Murphy Oscar host

So Eddie Murphy has been confirmed to host next year's Oscars. Well, his recent films such as Pluto Nash and the Dr Doolittle series were disgustingly bad so maybe we are giving him a second chance. I rate he wants to be in a superhero movie and needs to get into Hollywood's heads again. He'll be better than Gervais was at this year's Oscars. Gervais just doesn't do stand-up well - he should stick to sitcoms.

Alistair Anderson

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Adam Sandler needs to be funny again

Courtesy of, viz:

Twenty minutes into Adam Sandler's Grown Ups and I realise this really is just a bunch of has-been comedians with tired jokes and some daft ones.

Adam Sandler needs to cease from his glut of bad children's or family films. Or is Grown Ups for adults?

Bring back the Adam Sandler of the 1990s or get him to play a villain or a serious role as in Punch-Drunk Love. Fine, Punch-Drunk Love was the kind of rare great film that few actors can be expected to star in twice.

Nevertheless, I'd like some more Waterboy and some less Just Go With It. I did say he would be in that animated film about monsters, so maybe that is a start.

Alistair Anderson

Saturday, 16 July 2011

The Bang Bang Club - dull premiere

I went to the permiere of the co-South African - co-Canadian produced "The Bang Bang Club" this week.

The movie is based on the stories of four South African photographers who took photos of much of the violence in 180s South Africa.

It is based on a book about them but I ofund the film played to emotions and lacked believability.

A more in depth review of the film may be published on this blog in the near future.

I will say that I found the actual premiere boring. There were none of the international stars and the public, which was invited to attend, by paying R70 each, seemed confused. As far as celebrities go, I think I saw Elana Afrika there. Apparently, the Clegg family also counts. But where were all of the movie celebs?

Next time a movie is filmed in SA or with SA people, let's hope the industry is better represented.

Alistair Anderson

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Whatever happened to... Leo's The Beach co-stars

Danny Boyle's 2000-directed film, The Beach was on eTV on Thursday night. It is a good film in my opinion. I could even stomach the "gameboy jungle run".

However, this post is not a review. What struck me about the movie was it made me ask the question again; what happened to the French costars of the man who is now one of the world's biggest actors, Leonardo Di Caprio?

Well, both the guy, Guillaume Canet and the girl, Virginie Ledoyen respectively, went on to star in French movies. I think they did this because they enjoy French cinema or people in the US do not rate them as actors or they have just been unlucky in getting roles in US films.

What do you think?

Alistair Anderson

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Terminator 3 let me down

It has been about eight years but I still have not got over how awful Terminator 3 was. It was on eTV on Sunday, which reminded me of its evil. It may have seemed less disgusting if Terminator 2 was not as good as it was but number three was an embarrassing piece of excrement. I know some people thought T3 was decent but it had so little imagination. I was not bowled over by Terminator Salvation (T4) either. The only redeeming factor of T3 was the Gavin Rossdale - Blue Man Group song called The Current, which was played at the end.

Here is the awesome song:

Alistair Anderson

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Film Review: Scream 4

Rating: 8/10 - Very Good

This is better than most people could expect from a sequel 11 years on. In fact, the team behind Scream 4, has not only made a more than decent sequel, but also managed to reach the heights of Scream 1, with this mostly fresh, entertaining movie. If you do not enjoy this, you have no concept of what makes a good horror movie. You are probably some clown who gets excited every time that there is another Saw film. Those movies lose more sense with every torrid incarnation. Director, Wes Craven, creator Kevin Williamson and the rest of his crew have made a very clever film that makes Scream a stylish parody that deserves praise.

Director: Wes Craven. Screenplay: Kevin Williamson. Producers: Kevin Williamson, Wes Craven and Iya Labunka. Cinematographer: Peter Deming. Editor: Peter McNulty. Music: Marco Beltrami. Distributor: Dimension Films. Starring: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Adam Brody and Rory Culkin. Age Restriction: 16VL. Running Time: 111 Minutes.

The movie is set 15 years after the first film and ten years after the third. Sidney Prescott returns to the small town of Woodsboro, to release her autobiography, which is part of her healing process. But when she arrives, a killer, who looks like Ghostface, starts killing students from Woodsboro High, including her younger cousin's friends. Sidney wanted to move on from all the pain but someone won't let her. She, Dewey Riley, who is now a sheriff after being a deputy in the original trilogy and Gail Weathers Riley, Dewey's new husband and the reporter-turned novelist, set out to investigate the murders.

They have to learn from the teenagers of the school what the new rules of horror movies are as they try to survive. The movie's tag line is new decade new rules and the film makers poke fun at recent horror movies and their reliance on gore and voyeurism.

Neve Campbell plays Sidney. She has not appeared in many big box office movies since Scream 3. She plays Sidney well in this movie and fans should enjoy the role which "broke her" as an actress in the 1990s. One of the clever things that Scream 1 did was to kill off its biggest star at the time, Drew Barrymore, in the opening scene. Campbell had been seen in the TV series, Party of Five and in the cult horror movie, The Craft, but Scream elevated her career, at least for a while. I thought she was great in Three To Tango and The Company. She probably made audiences a bit light-headed while sitting in the bath in the former and dancing in the latter. Let's not forget Wild Things, which was a sleazy film, which definitely excited many teenagers.

Cox and Arquette are both good and the joining cast is entertaining. The movie must be commended for all of the interesting nuances in the dialogue. It even has a cheesy take on society, which makes it more entertaining.

The new generation's cast of Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Emma Roberts, Anthony Anderson and even Adam Brody, all deliver solid performances. They may be playing bratty teenagers, which is not particularly new, but the viewer actually cares a bit about them. The film makers make us want to see people survive the movie. There may be some characters that one would not mind seeing get ripped to shreds by a knife-wielding maniac, but on the whole you support the characters and become fairly freaked out by the killings, even if they seem de-sensitised to the violence. The film makers are telling us that the youth has become de-sensitised to violence and maybe lost some of its innocence.

This is a gory, funny, sometimes silly film that respects its series and has enough smart extras to be worth a couple of viewings.

Verdict: This is a clever movie that should be beyond pretentious gits who expect it to be an entirely new take on horror films. The movie instead returns to the parody-serious formula of the original, which works well. It may make horror movies popular again but essentially, Scream 4, has made the series it was born from cool again.

Alistair Anderson

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Thursday's Cheese: Can't Stop The Music

I'd almost forgotten this movie. Actually I had forgotten it. But when I was a lot younger I used to watch this movie to dance along to it. And it's easy to see why. Starring The Village People, yes the Indian, the Cop, the Cowboy, the Dodge-a-rama dude and the Construction Worker in this their first and only silver screen outing. Don't believe me, watch the trailer.

I couldn't believe it when I saw it tucked away in the DVD store. But there it was, with it's neon light flashing.

Proof that even directors like Alan Carr (Grease) can get it wrong, this is a non-stop cheese fest. Let me take that back. Alan Carr did get it wrong again, have you ever sat through Grease 2? Don't. It's also an opportunity to see Bruce Jenner way before he ended up as a bit part in the daily drama of the Kardashians. Sad to say this was his only film role, and was hot on the heels of his Olympic glory and before he succumbed to the plastic surgeon.

The film's plot is loosely based on the Village People's rise to fame. All in all it's rather silly, and the roller skating (note skating not blading), disco tunes and tiny short wearing dancers all add up to a glimpse into the decade that taste forgot.

It's all very camp as well, and not surprisingly has featured recently at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Can you believe it?

Freedom Fighter Could Scare Away Viewers

The new Marvel movie, Captain America: The First Avenger will just be called The First Avenger in certain countries, Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios were worried that anti-American sentiment would turn many viewers in foreign territories, away from the film, giving distributors around the world the option of shortening the title to "The First Avenger".

Yet the only countries that did this were Russia, Ukraine and South Korea. The villain in the film and comic book upon which it is based is called The Red Skull. He is supposed to be a Nazi but he looks red so maybe he could be seen as a Russian by some folks too? Some Ukrainians may feel similar but I do not know how South Korea fits in.

Alistair Anderson

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

My Worst Ever Films

Poison Ivy and Mr Freeze ham it up. Photo courtesy of; taken by schumachergirl1956

I may write a few posts like this, in which criticise the garbage that sometimes smears its excrement on our movie screens. Bad movies can be enjoyable guilty pleasures to watch, however, so here are a few that you may enjoy:

Avatar: The Last Airbender

This movie makes no sense despite looking fairly cool. It also had awful child actors in it.

Batman and Robin

A classic stinker. I love watching this film for laughs. It was the fourth film in the series and second directed by Joel Schumacher and it was awful, a rare blight on 1997; a great year for entertainment.

Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy: Mammals, a day of reckoning is coming. That's right, the same plants and flowers that saw you crawl from the primordial soup will reclaim the planet. And there will be no-one to protect you.

Gossip Gerty: You must be new in town. In Gotham City, Batman and Robin protect us... even from plants and flowers.

Robin: Where's the snowman?

Batgirl: Maybe he melted.

Batman: No, he's just hibernating.

Mr. Freeze: I will blanket the city in endless winter. First Gotham, and then the world.

Poison Ivy: Just what I had in mind. Everything dead on earth, except us. A chance for Mother Nature to start again. Behold, the dawn of a new age. My mutant plants have the strength of the deadliest animals. Once you have frozen mankind, these babies will overrun the globe, and we shall rule them, for we will be the only two people left in the world.

Mr. Freeze: Adam and Evil!

Ms. B. Haven: Freezy, I'm feeling hot.

Mr. Freeze: I find that unlikely.

Ms. B. Haven: Okay, so my hair is brittle and my skin is dry. I'd wear the blizzards just to have you. You're the most perfect man I've ever known. What do you say we heat things up?

Mr. Freeze: My passion thaws for my pride alone.

Ms. B. Haven: Ooh. Talk about your cold shoulder.

Batman to Mr Freeze: Mr Freeze, the heat is on.

Mr. Freeze: In this universe, there's only one absolute ... everything freezes!
What killed the dinosaurs? The Ice Age.
Mercy? I'm afraid my condition has left me cold to your pleas of mercy.
If revenge is a dish best served cold, then put on your Sunday finest.
We aim to ... freeze.
You won't be sending me to the cooler!

Town and Country

Bad acting, complete trite.

Apparently Beatty was ocnfused with what the film was about.

Alistair Anderson

Angelina Jolie And Sarah Jessica Parker Top Forbes Magazine's Highest Paid Actresses List

Apart from being a business magazine, Forbes Magazine is perhaps most most well known for its annual lists of the wealthiest people in various fields such as sports and film as well as their Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans. They have recently released their list of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood and to be honest there are no real shocks here. It's pretty much the usual suspects with newbie Kristen Stewart (Twilight Saga) thrown in for good measure but that's hardly a surprise. Check out the full list below:

1. Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker - $30 000 000

3. Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon - $28 000 000

5. Julia Roberts and Kristen Stewart - $20 000 000

7. Katherine Heigl - $19 000 000

8. Cameron Diaz - $18 000 000

9. Sandra Bullock - $15 000 000

10. Meryl Streep - $10 000 000

Source: Forbes Magazine

Do think any of these actresses deserved what they were paid? Who would you rather see in this top 10 list?

Say It Isn't So

According to the Huffington Post, Johnny Depp is said to be in talks for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. The reason? The fourth film, On Stranger Tides, was thought to be a 'fresh start' for the series. This was no doubt as there was no sign of Orlando Bloom or Keira Knightley. Somehow I think the 'fresh start' has more to do with the ringing of the cash register rather than any attempts at inconsequential things like story, plot, pacing.

Is there really a need to drag out a story based on a Disney park ride to five, five, 3 hour long movies? Yes the first was fun, the second was okay, by the third it felt like been-there-done-that, and the fourth was kind of fun, but not entirely redeemed by Penelope Cruz and a new storyline. Does sucking every last ounce of life out of an idea always work?

One quick trip down memory lane will attest. Jaws 4: The Revenge. Policy Academy 4, 5, 6......Lethal Weapon 4, 5. Die Hard, even. And that one started fabulously. When the heck does someone call it a day? When it goes straight from studio to DVD?

I won't be watching another Pirates film. How about you?

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Adam Sandler and Dexter's Daddy join forces

Adam Sandler receiving his spot on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Comedic stalwart Adam Sandler and a few other funny people have been confirmed to voice characters in Sony Pictures Animation's new 3D family comedy, Hotel Transylvania, Hitfix said on Tuesday.

Adam Sandler is gathering some scary pals for the 3D family comedy "Hotel Transylvania" for Sony Pictures Animation. Sandler will voice the lead role of Dracula in a comedy homage to classic monsters movies. The movie will be directed by the genius who created the cartoons: Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack; Genndy Tartakovsky.

The movie also features The King of Queens' Kevin James, as Frankenstein, the Nanny's Fran Drescher as the Bride, Just Shoot Me's David Spade as Quasimodo, singer Cee Lo Green as the Mummy, and the best thing about Saturday Night Live, Andy Samberg, as Jonathan, a 21-year-old man who checks into the hotel. Brilliant actor Steve Buscemi, and Molly Shannon will also feature.

Many people may be tired of Sandler's bad romantic comedies and corny children's movies but the ensemble cast and talented director should result in a good film. It will be better received than Sandler's 2D animated movie, 8 Crazy Nights (2002), which was decent, I thought.

Alistair Anderson

5 Things I Want To See In Transformers 4

With the latest film in the giant fighting robots franchise on course for $416 million worldwide in it's first seven days of release, it's likely that it will top at out at over $1 billion worldwide and thereby making it a no-brainer that there will indeed be a Transformers 4 in the near future. Director Michael Bay and lead actor Shia LaBeouf have confirmed that they won't be back for the next instalment so it is pretty much guaranteed that Transformers 4 will be reboot. As much as I've mostly enjoyed all three films (even the supposedly abysmal Revenge Of The Fallen) there are some changes that I would like to see in the next film. Here are my suggestions for Transformers 4:

1. More Cybertron Please!

If Avatar made one contribution to humankind, it was to show that the general movie-going public isn't as averse to strange new CGI worlds as most Hollywood execs would have you believe. Therefore I believe that there's no good reason why the next Transformers shouldn't be set mostly, perhaps entirely, on Cybertron. Hopefully it'll be a prequel where we get to see how the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons first broke out. That would pretty awesome.

2. A Half-decent Screenplay Would Be Nice

A reboot requires fresh new ideas and therefore Paramount needs to hire a new screenwriter for the next batch of sequels. Ehren Kruger's screenplays have been the weakest link of the last two films so he definitely needs to go and hopefully they bring in some new writing talent.

3. Bring On The Dinobots

If you think that Transformers that change into cars look cool, wait till you see the Dinobots who, you guessed it, transform into dinosaurs. They're pretty cool and badass plus they would be an awesome way of introducing the wider world to an expanded Transformers universe so I'm definitely keen on seeing them on the big screen.

4. Less Humans, More Robots

This ties in to points 1 and 3 but I want to emphasise it because this really is what Transformers is all about. The events that take place on Earth form a relatively small part of the canon and I believe that the best way for the series to reboot is to move away from Earth to other more exotic and frankly interesting parts of the Transformers universe.


Please for the love of God make it stop! A straightforward action-thriller, no-nonsense Transformers would be the best thing ever. The humour in the current series is at best unfunny but mostly excruciating to sit through.

What changes would you like to see in the next Transformer film?