Sorry, another best movie scene ever post. But this is just iconic. This scene established Christian Bale as AWESOME on my list. His acting was perfect af…and forever haunting…
This is by far one of my favourite opening scenes in a movie. Awesome score? Check. 80’s Sony Walkman in use? Check. Aliens getting kicked? Check. And Chris Pratt?! CHECK.
I am super embarrassed to admit that until recently I hadn’t watched a single episode of the legendary Entourage. I had heard good things in the past, but it was only until finding the trailer for the movie a few months ago that I thought to myself that I really should get a move on with tackling it.
As the pilot played out onto the screen, I had felt that I had found my four long lost best friends. Oh my god. I don’t think I’ve ever, EVER found myself loving every character in the first episode of ANY TV show. But somehow Entourage had this strange power over me and I knew that it was going to be AHMAYZIN.
What I fell in love with straight away was not so much the writing or the story of the first season, but rather the establishment of such great characters. There’s firstly Vince and Eric, the more serious two of the four, who I found to be although likable, a little harder to love completely at the beginning of the season. Eric, although perhaps a genuine guy, looking out for his best friend, doing what’s best for him, still, in some parts, comes off as the annoying party pooper. He is obviously the most adult of the four, the most mature that is, but I found this sense of annoyance about him. Though I say that, I’m currently in the second season and he has gone on to develop into one of my favourite characters. I’m hoping the annoying streak will wear off. Then funnily enough there’s Vince Chase, the star of Hollywood, who surprisingly is probably the worst of them all. I find him lacking in any striking personality- he’s almost just a character needed to drive the plot of HAVING an Entourage in the first place. He doesn’t do much, just lives out the cliche role of a movie star which perhaps is the irony of it all. The movie star acting in real life as he should, no deep individuality about him.
But the guys who seriously steal the show, although they’re often shunned off by the other characters, is Johnny Drama and Turtle who just burst with the humour and colorful spirit of guys living the high life in Beverly Hills. I cannot stress just how amazing these two are. Their characters can perhaps be argued as the most ridiculous but to me they’re by far the most believable. Johnny, a faded star trying to climb back the ladder to fame, is the character I find the audience are by far more sympathetic and loving towards. Turtle is all round bubbling with California wannabe cool and feels like the idiotic, fun loving friend you never had.
Ari Gold is another name to mention. He is excellent- making his role equally believable as the ‘won’t stop at anything’ agent, and his witty sense of humour (his conversations on the phone with Eric are just the best) and busy spirit, often make him look like an asshole, but you see just how much he wants the best in the end.
Genuinely I think this series is excellent as a TV show that is most definetley strongly character driven and I’m excited to see the rest.
Michael Fassbender, I am positive you can do no wrong.
Litigation. Corporate buyouts. Company bylaws. If these three words do not turn you on just a little bit, there’s a chance you aren’t watching Suits on USA. If that’s the case, you have my sincere condolences. Not only have you been missing out on the greatest legal drama to grace the airwaves since JAG, but for the last five years you have been living without this unfairly lofty expectation for how a man should look in a suit.
You also didn’t get to witness Meghan Markle demonstrating how to get it done in heels and a pencil skirt.
You completely missed Gina Torres obliterate the competition for Ultimate Corporate Mamma Jamma.
Nor seen the raw, cringe-inducing power of Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt, the stoolie we all hate to love.
And been denied this bromantic buffoonery.
You’ve gone all this time without salivating every time you hear Ima Robot’s “Greenback…
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No, this isn’t some odd sexual triumph movie. It’s Michael Hoffman’s 1999 production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After having a recent Shakespeare obsession in my reading (rather a cliche for someone wanting to study English at university, I know) I thought why not indulge myself on the movies created from his beloved plays? This being by far my favourite Shakespeare, it was with no hesitation I brought myself to Google the film. If I’m honest I wasn’t too thrilled about having the only decent remake being from the 90’s, an age (to me at least) being remembered for Pulp Fiction and classic teen movies, not a time worthy of a Shakespeare make.
Don’t get me wrong, I was right in some ways. The 90’s element was strong in the filming I found, but I also found that I was immensely enjoying it. I loved the setting of the late 18th century time period, making the venture into the forest setting much more dreamlike and ridiculous, as I think it should be. The presence of the newly invented bicycle was a nice touch too.
I’m not going to lie, the casting did pull me in even though I try not to let that aspect make me watch a movie. But c’mon. CHRISTIAN BALE AS DEMETRIUS? RUPERT EVERETT AS OBERON? MICHELLE PFIFFER AS TITIANA? STANLEY TUCCI AS PUCK? DOMINIC WEST AS LYSANDER?CHRISTIAN BALE AS DEMETRIUS?! (Yes I repeated Christian Bale because he is quite simply beautiful.) It was IMPOSSIBLE to ignore this movie! All of them were brilliant, giving each character a lovable feel, all having problems of their own.
The only issue I had was with Kevin Kline as Nick Bottom. Sorry Kline fans, but he was ugh, just so irritable! Maybe it was just the American accent amongst an all British cast (in exception with Tucci who I just adore in everything he’s in anyway) or his performance as a overreaching, self indulged, rubbish actor.
Anyways, in conclusion I have to say this is definetley one of the better adaptions I’ve seen and was successful in projecting that fun, light atmosphere Shakespeare originally created.
Ok I’m probably a little late jumping onto the bandwagon, but I finally, FINALLY, got to watch The Man From U.N.C.L.E this week after much anticipation. If you guys know me, then you should know just how obsessed I am with HENRY CAVILL. So watching this two nights in a row at the cinema was good with me.
Overall, this film hit all the notes I expected. It’s a Guy Ritchie movie so obviously the direction and the cinematography of the final film proved slick and vibrant, as well as action filled and humorous, giving the classic 60’s spy movies all the justice it deserves. The use of split screen shots made it even more so, but what I was mostly impressed with was the way in which Ritchie was able to give us all the nostalgic memories of those 60’s TV shows, as well as additionally bringing in something modern and ‘Guy Ritchiey’ to it ( I know Guy Ritchiey isn’t a word…but you know what I mean…)
The acting from both main leads, Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer I thought was equally wonderful. It’s obvious they have a rather great enemy/partner chemistry between them and the scenes of their disputes are especially entertaining. It also helps that they are ridiculously good looking and young too. Which helps…obviously. Speaking of good looking, the main female lead Gaby, played by Alicia Vikander showed to be stunning, though for me Vikander’s acting wasn’t too on par with her looks. Her accent slipped numerous times, leaving me a little confused with where she was supposed to be from. So, although amazingly stunning, I found her a little weak in comparison to her fellow actors. I won’t go on about Henry Cavill ( because I wouldn’t shut up) but I forgot to mention how Armie Hammer’s performance proved amazing! I was most surprised by his performance as I initially didn’t think the Social Network star could ever take on the role of the Russian KGB spy, but his ability to deliver quick wit against Cavill’s Napoleon Solo and his rather hilarious psychopathic episodes established him as one of the better characters in the film. Great Gatsby’s Elizabeth Debicki was also equally impressive with her rather excellent snarky portrayal of the evil Victoria, whose British accent proved most Bond-like.
Now although the film was pretty damn good, I have to say one of the main contributors to the fact was JUST HOW BLOODY AMAZING the wardrobe and costumes were! Breakfast At Tiffany’s has competition ladies and gentleman. The 1960’s wardrobe was, no other word for it, DIVINE, as well as being stylishly visually stunning. The sunglasses alone made me want to cry for time travel. And the orange number Gaby wears?! Oh my, I was wishing for Doc’s Delorean at that point.
All in all, the film proved to be another Guy Ritchie hit, highlighting all those notable Ritchie elements, as well as capturing the class and effortless cool of the 60’s. Worth the watch.