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‘The Hobbit’ Movie Names Revealed…

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The names of the upcoming ‘The Hobbit‘ movies have been revealed. The first is called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and will be expected to hit cinema screens in December of 2012. The second installment will be titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, and release will be expected sometime in December of 2013. Both movies, adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s book, The Hobbit, are to be directed by Peter Jackson (Lord of The Rings).

Fans of the Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit books may also be pleased to know that Sir Ian McKellan and Elijah Wood, will be reprising their roles as Gandalf and Frodo Baggins. Christopher Lee will also be returning for the movies, and the latest news is that Orlando Bloom will also be returning for the movies, reprising his role of Legolas. Martin Freeman will be playing the role of Bilbo Baggins, with the movie chronicling the events before the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Many other cast members are also expected to return, with the rumour that Leonard Nimoy (Spock, Star Trek) may be playing the character, Smaug.

Keep an eye out for further updates.

by Manpreet Singh

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The Dark Knight Rises Update: Matthew Modine To Play Bad Guy?

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Recent news has it that Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket) will be playing a character named Nixon, with further news suggesting that this may be an evil character; possibly a corrupt politician. The highly anticipated upcoming Batman sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, being directed by Christopher Nolan, has recently began filming, and although the news on Modine is the latest, much information is still under wraps, as is with most information on this movie.

Apparently, reports also suggest that the character Nixon will be a ‘key villain’ in the movie, and his scenes will be filmed in London. Hopefully, this may be true, considering at the moment there are only two main known villains in the upcoming sequel; Bane, and Catwoman, although of course, there is always the dilemma of whether the character of Catwoman is considered a villain or not. Either way, The Dark Knight Rises has begun filming, and I’m sure we will not be disappointed with the outcome of this masterpiece-to-be.

By Manpreet Singh

The Dark Knight Rises is set to hit cinema screens on 20th July, 2012.


1993: Schindler’s List

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This week’s Monumental Movie, for the year 1993, is the Oscar-winning classic, Schindler’s List; a compelling, emotionally driven drama set in Poland during World War 2, about a business man named Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), whom, after witnessing the atrocity of the Nazis, decides to take action to protect his Jewish workers from a cruel death. Oskar Schindler, a German business man, at first, is merely concerned about his business and making huge profits. Being a supporter of the Nazi party, he is friends with many of the Nazi officials, including Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes).

Schindler hires Jewish accountant, Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) to help him with the financial aspect of his work. Itzhak, although at first being understandably very reluctant, soon becomes closer to Schindler, and has an influence on him, as do many other factors, particularly the little girl in the red coat, which is a key aspect of this movie, and arguably the main factor causing the turning point at which Schindler decides to use his power and wealth to save as many Jews as possible.

Based on a novel, adapted from real-life events, the movie follows Schindler’s actions as he slowly begins to realise the barbarity and sadistic actions of the Nazis, all throughout showing the cruel Nazi oppression of the Jews, portraying the events accurately in comparison to the events that actually occurred within the years of 1939 to 1945; although a word of warning, there are some scenes which are quite upsetting to watch, and this is made worse by the fact that such events actually did occur.

The movie concludes with the war ending, and Schindler having saved the lives of over a thousand Jewish men, women and children; although he is still riddled with guilt due to the fact that he could have saved more. He stood up and helped the Jews, when no one else would dare, having a positive influence on everyone, including many, strong Nazi officials (not Hitler though…).

Although before watching this movie, I was somewhat repelled from it due to it being in black and white, I soon realised that this only added to the atmosphere and feel of the movie, significantly affecting the whole sense of the movie. And it also allows for the little girl in the red coat to stand out, which seemed to be a very important and symbolic gesture, perhaps of the innocence and pain in the mass slaughter of a race of people who have done nothing to deserve such a demise. It also seems to be the main turning point for Schindler, when he decides to help the Jews, sympathising for them, and feeling their pain.

The movie is just brilliant. Filled with emotion, drama, tension, and scenes which give you a heartfelt feeling of happiness, this movie is thoroughly enjoyable. Not once, did I find myself beginning to get bored or uninterested, even though the movie is a whopping 195 minutes long. The movie has all the elements of a good cinematic production: a great cast, solid acting, emotion, many other aspects, and particularly, a great and suited musical score provided by the great John Williams, and of course, the brilliant directing skills of Steven Spielberg. The movie is so well made, that you get caught up in its feel, and even though it is only an adaptation of the real events that occurred, the adaptation is done to a T, providing a convincing and brilliant movie experience, and an insight into the events of world war 2, and how one German man dared to go against the Nazi ideology. Basically, if you haven’t watched this movie, find three and a bit hours of spare time, sit down, and watch it.

By Manpreet Singh


New Deathly Hallows Part 2 Teaser Poster Unveiled

A new poster for the upcoming movie conclusion to the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has been released. The movie poster (see below) shows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe)’s face, with the caption ‘It all ends’, with the date of release, 15th July. This is a great picture for a poster, also clearly showing the scar on Harry’s head.

Although I haven’t read the books, I have seen the movies, and personally, cannot wait for this movie to hit the big screen, with what I feel will be a satisfying, and well-adapted conclusion, reflecting the books in a positive light.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 hits the cinema screens on 15th July, 2011.


1992: Batman Returns

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In 1992, director, Tim Burton, directed Batman Returns. Michael Keaton reprises his role as Batman, also playing Bruce Wayne, this time, battling the crazily eccentric Penguin (Danny DeVito). However, the Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) also decides to join in, stirring things up between Batman and the Penguin, whilst trying to achieve her own goals.

The movie sees Batman trying to clear his name of a negative image from the population of Gotham City, due to the Penguin, and business man, Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) trying to give the image of Batman being a bad person. Whilst trying to overcome this problem, and bring down Penguin and Shreck, Batman must also decide what is to become of Catwoman, who, as seductive as she may be, causes havoc for Batman. The movie ends with Penguin dying, whilst attempting to kill Batman, and Catwoman/Selina Kyle electrocuting Shreck, who tried to kill her, before making a quick escape, although the movie ends showing the audience that Catwoman still roams the city of Gotham.

Although this one, like all of the older Batman movies, was quite comically driven, in terms of its humourous aspect, costume design and so on, Tim Burton still managed to do a good job of it, and the Batmobile, as usual, was awesome, with the driving action sequences being great and thoroughly enjoyable. As mentioned, although comically driven, this movie is still quite dark in many aspects, in comparison to the rest of the Pre-Nolan Batman flicks, which is definitely a good thing for the Batman movies. It’s also one of the Batman movies which doesn’t feature the character of Robin, which can only be a positive aspect…

Batman Returns is definitely one of the better movies of the old set of Batman movies, and a thoroughly enjoyable and developed one, in terms of the characters and storyline, so watch it – it’s Bat-tastic.

By Manpreet Singh


The Dark Knight Rises Update: Bane Image Leaked

The upcoming sure-to-be-smash-hit of 2011, The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan, is currently in the process of filming. But for those of us such as myself, who cannot wait for this movie, a little present is in store, to keep the anticipation and excitement flowing.

An image of the character, Bane (Tom Hardy, Inception) has been leaked online. Bane also featured in one of the previous pre-Nolan Batman flicks, Batman & Robin, which we all know was an utter failure. Many believe that The Dark Knight Rises will fail to live up to expectations in comparison to its outstanding predecessor, The Dark Knight, but I simply beg to differ; Nolan, is an amazing director and producer, and I know he has big things in store for us – and this little image is merely a miniscule crumb of the delicious pie that is to come…

The Dark Knight Rises hits cinemas on 20th July, 2012.

By Manpreet Singh


The Hangover 2 Preview

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As the Pirates of the Caribbean has run its course here is a film that I’m hoping doesn’t. The Hangover 2 which will have alot of living up to it’s predecessor is released on the 26th May. Although I’ve become tired of the hype surrounding it (We’ve all seen film comedy trailers saying ‘Just as good as the Hangover!) it’s about time a decent feature length comedy comes out. I wasn’t full of praise for the Hangover 1 because I don’t think it was funny as any other comedy film however it does seem to please mass audiences. The preview trailer is below:

It’s safe to say I won’t be watching the new Pirates of the Caribbean.