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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

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Mission:Impossible is back, and the fourth installment sees Tom Cruise back as Ethan Hunt, finding himself having to face the seemingly impossible once again, rising up to the challenge this time,  before he is framed for the bombing of the Kremlin, a huge world landmark. Co-starring in this sequel is Simon Pegg, so it seems there will at least be an enjoyable humourous aspect to the movie. However, those of you doubting the upcoming Impossible movie – give the trailer a watch first.

Directed by Brad Bird who, although is very much associated with Pixar movies, definitely shows that he can do more than write a children’s movie. And combined with the genius of J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Lost, Fringe) this movie is definitely set to be a good one. With all the amazing action-packed sequences you could expect from a Mission:Impossible movie, check the trailer out:

It seems that the Mission:Impossible franchise will be living on a lot longer than many of us expected. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is set to hit cinema screens in the UK on 26th December.

By Manpreet Singh


Toy Story 4 Is In The Works

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Acting legend, Tom Hanks, has recently shared the news that Pixar are currently working on a fourth installment in the Toy Story franchise. Hanks, who did the voice of Sheriff Woody in the three Toy Story movies, shared this news with us when speaking to BBC Breakfast, stating, “I think there will be. Yeah I think they’re working on it now. There you go!“.

Now, I’m an absolutely huge fan of all three toy story movies, with them being up there with my favourite CGI movies, and favourite movies in general. I think the third movie, released in 2010, was a brilliant ending to what we all thought was meant to be the end of a great era. It seems weird that Pixar would decide to go and make another sequel to the already brilliant trilogy, with the possibility that it could damage the high amount of respect and appreciation associated with the current trilogy.

This being said however, I love Toy Story, as mentioned, and although they could put their effort into making a completely different movie, I welcome a Toy Story 4 with open arms. Pixar, have a knack for making awesome movies: Monsters Inc., Wall-E, Up, and so on. And although there really are no expectations or obligations for a fourth Toy Story, I think it would be great to have a fourth in the franchise – and I trust that Pixar would do a great job of it.

So, what do you think? Are you excited about the prospect of another Toy Story movie, or do you think it will be another movie sequel that will run its course?

Relating to this debate, is a post about sequels that run their course, by Daniel Hart, check it out: http://wp.me/p1aSRl-iP

By Manpreet Singh


Cowboys & Aliens: New Trailer

Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford star in the upcoming sci-fi/western mash-up, Cowboys & Aliens; 1873, Arizona, and a spaceship arrives at Earth, planning to take over the world, happening to start in the Wild West. Standing in their way, a group of cowboys. Now, this may sound corny, but with the great cast, along with talented director, Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) behind them, this movie has high hopes. It may sound corny, but the amount of effort put into it to make the movie a Western-style one really does appear impressive. Jake Lonergan (Craig) wakes up to find a mysterious shackle around his wrist, with no recollection of the events before, and sets off to try to stop the alien invaders, and find out what happened to him. Check out the latest trailer below:

With this shrouded and mysterious storyline around it, this movie looks set to be a promising one. Cowboys & Aliens hits cinema screens in the UK on 19th August, so keep an eye out, as I feel that this movie will be one to watch on the big screen.

By Manpreet Singh


1997: Titanic

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Cover of Titanic : Music from the Motion Picture

Titanic, once the highest-grossing movie of all time (until it was taken over by Avatar), is considered by many, to be the most successful movie ever to be made. At a whopping 194 minutes long, this movie epic depicts the unfortunate story of the greatest ship ever built, the RMS Titanic, which, during its voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, hit a huge iceberg and sank, ending in the death of over 1500 passengers (1517 passengers, to be precise). Directed by the discernibly distinguished director, James Cameron, this movie classic stars one of the most brilliant and respected actors to appear in the movie industry, Leonardo DiCaprio, along with also highly renowned actress, Kate Winslet.

The story focuses around two passengers in particular, who meet on board the Titanic: Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose (Winslet) – two people from entirely different social backgrounds who fall in love during the journey to New York. As the movie goes on, their relationship develops further, starting from not knowing each other at all, to eventually being completely in love, wanting to spend the rest of their lives with each other. Unfortunately for them, though, the disastrous fate of the Titanic cuts this relationship short, with Jack and Rose eventually, being in each others arms in the ocean in the middle of the wreck, with nothing left to do, but hope to be rescued.

The movie then ends, with Jack dying, and Rose living a full, yet reminiscent life, telling back her story of how she met and fell in love with Jack, all whilst the most impressive ship ever built reaches its sad demise. The movie then ends with a scene showing Rose, being reunited with Jack once again, 84 long years later, in a somewhat dream-like sequence; possibly some sort of afterlife, being happy once again back in 1912, as Jack kisses her once again, like he did all those years ago..

Although this movie is quite accurate, it isn’t completely accurate in terms of matching the actual events at which the Titanic occurred, as it has been tailored to be more Hollywood-esque. But, of course, the added dramatic storylines, especially the relationship between Jack and Rose, make this movie an even more dramatically emotional rollercoaster, and this only drastically improves the quality and enjoyment of the movie, combined of course, with the primary storyline of the sinking of the Titanic. A brilliantly crafted movie, by a brilliant director; this movie is a great piece of work. It shows the lives of two young strangers, who become one through love, whilst going through a massive and historical, yet hugely unfortunate event, which cuts their destinies short. A compelling and emotional watch, this is one movie that everyone will enjoy.

By Manpreet Singh


Insidious Review

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Insidious, was the one film I was craving to watch this year since seeing its creepy trailer and hearing its wide speculation. From director James Wan, who mastered the Saw series along with many other horror films, and writer Leigh Whannell, who again wrote and starred in the Saw films, any horror enthusiast would be dying, excuse the pun, to see this film.

The film tells the story of a couple, Patrick Wilson (Watchmen and Phantom of the Opera) and Rose Byrne (X-men: First Class and Troy), who are plagued by demons, ghosts and other strange supernatural entities, after their son falls into an unexpected coma. The story takes some mad twists and comes to a conclusion using a phenomenon I genuinely did not expect. At first, this turn in the story made me question the plot line, until after having watched the film, when I realised that this is a widely discussed phenomenon that causes massive speculation; a friend and I spoke about it for hours. The film finishes in dramatic fashion, really pushing the audience to the edge of their seats, along with the famous twists that Whannell is famous for.

When the film started I was a bit skeptic; the opening scenes drag on a while and use vintage graphics. However, in my opinion, this film did offer more than most horror films of today. I do not jump or scare easily when it comes to movies, yet this film did have me off my seat more than once. Clever camera angles and musical scores allowed comfort zones that when the surprise comes, it hits you twice as hard. This film really had me on the edge of my seat for many scenes, in the anticipation of another moment for my heart to race. However, at certain points I felt the director could have done so much more, or even less with. I found one particular scene, which put a bit of a silly twist on to the most known demon. This didn’t only mock the mysterious, and therefore scary, figure, but allowed me to be over familiar with it, leading me to be less scared of its presence.

This disappointment didn’t sway me off the film too much though. Wan and Whannell have done particularly well at making a jumpy film, which leads people to really enjoy the movie. I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed the movie as an experience so much, that I watched it twice at the cinemas. As much as I enjoyed the film, I cannot help but think that I would not have the same experience watching the film on my own television than on the big screen. Fair enough, if you have a big tv and a decent surround sound system, but I believe this would be needed to actually enjoy the film.

Maybe I am wrong, and I do truly hope I am, as I think this film deserves more credit than a lot of people give it. Insidious is, to me, one of the best horror films of the last couple of years. I would recommend anyone to go see this movie, especially people who love to be startled, or want to see a peer or partner leap out of their skin. I do think that some scenes ruined the film a bit, however not enough for me to forget the genius work towards the beginning. Lets just hope the makers do not create a ruined sequel which they are infamous for.

iHartMovies rating 4 out of 5.

By Ash Seward-Morris


1996: Trainspotting

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Trainspotting, focuses around the character, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), who, whilst living in Edinburgh, becomes taken in by the drug scene, becoming addicted to heroin. The story portrays Renton’s life, and how he tries his best to escape the life of a drug addict, despite major influences affecting him for the worse, including his friends, and of course, drugs.

The movie begins, showing the day-to-day lives of Renton and his friends: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller),  Tommy (Kevin McKidd), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). This movie is a great portrayal of drugs, and how they can ruin lives, adversely affecting  relationships with everyone around you, especially with family and friends. Together, Renton, and his friends, each with their own erratic and drug-dependent personalities, live their lives, finding money through any means necessary, so they can get another ‘hit’; except for Tommy, although he soon becomes a bit too curious about the enjoyable effects of heroin..

After realising that his friends and surroundings, along with the drugs, are destroying his life, Renton eventually, after failed attempts, gives up on heroin for good, and moves away, living in a new house, with a job. But his friends soon find their way back in to his life and eventually, begin dragging him down once again.

The movie ends with one of the gang finding a huge amount of heroin for a surprising price, and instead of using it, they sell it, to try to make a fortune. However, things don’t turn out great, with Begbie,who, being the crazy person he is, ends up beating a man in a pub for accidentally bumping into him, whilst in the process, slicing Spud’s hand. Renton, from seeing this, along with many other events through his life, comes to realise that, apart from Spud, these people really aren’t his friends at all. Renton then ends up stealing the money, which seems fair enough, seeing as though he paid for the heroin in the first place due to Begbie pressuring him to do so. He then walks away with the money, and begins a normal life, like he once imagined.

The movie is full of classic scenes; particularly when Renton decides to go ‘cold turkey’, with a very interesting insight into what a heroin addict experiences when they instantly give up heroin, showing just how dependant an individual becomes on such a drug. Also, the scene in which Renton takes an overdose and almost dies, is a very capturing and emotional scene, combined with Lou Reed‘s song, ‘Perfect Day‘. The movie is full of scenes which draw you into the whole concept of a drug addict’s life, allowing you to almost experience the emotions and viewpoints attributed with, although seemingly enjoyable at first, an incredibly unfortunate lifestyle.

Trainspotting, has a dark and dingy outlook on life, through the eyes of an habitual drug user, turning to drugs to try to escape this dingy view on life, but soon realising that their addiction is in fact, making their lives worse than they could have imagined. There are many movies which delve into the lives of drug users, many of which often seem to be disappointing and inaccurate portrayals. However, Trainspotting, has a realistic and empathetic expression of it, and this is helped with the great acting from the cast, along with the directing skills of Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours). If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s definitely one to put on the ‘Movies to Watch Before you Die’ list.

By Manpreet Singh


“Senna” (2011) Review

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Formula 1, the fastest motorsport on the planet to date! Now I understand that many people out there are not fans of this sport, and therefore would probably not be interested in such a film.  I have followed F1 loosely for a couple of years but through stories from my granddad I have encountered the name Ayrton Senna a few times, still known as arguably the best racing driver to have sat behind that multibillion pound speed machine. This film, directed by Asif Kapadia, tells the story of the spectacular life and sudden death of a, quite simply, great man.

When I went to see this film I knew the reality that it would probably only appeal to fans of the sport. However after watching the film you realise that the attention is taken off the racing side of his life and delves into the actual personality and background story of the Brazilian. Ayrton Senna da Silva started his Formula 1 career in 1984 and went on to win three world championships for McLaren-Honda. In racing, he was known for going for any gap to overtake, no matter how small whereas outside of the racing world, he was a celebrity and icon, especially to his native Brazil. The film focuses on Senna’s rebellious attitude towards the politics of the racing world, especially his battle against then FIA president Jean-Marie Balestre.

 Known for the fastest man in wet weather conditions, the director and writer, Manish Pandey, shows the highlights of Senna’s ten year career, along with tremendous battles on and off the track with fellow racer and previous team mate, Alain Prost.  The film follows the relationship between the Frenchman and Senna through the years of domination from both drivers, including Senna’s 1988 championship win, which saw the McLaren-Honda drivers win 15 of the 16 races in the year. These two men started off as good friends, displaying playfulness to the media. However as the racing between the two intensified, their relationship deteriorated to the point Prost refused to be in a team alongside Ayrton.

 As I stated before, the film is very well directed to make sure that it is not directed purely at racing fans. When watching the film, I discovered what a genuine, nice person Ayrton Senna was; he stuck to his morals and stood up to authority and on top of this, he was aware of how fortunate he was to be a professional driver. Due to his great status in his native Brazil, Ayrton established a charity to which he secretly donated his earnings throughout his driving career, reaching an estimated $80 Million. Now everyone knows that the vast amount of money athletes receive is barely ever donated to charities, just showing the kindness of this man even further. The film is all made up of real footage, unlike most crummy documentaries that re-enact proposed events. I can hold my hands up and say that this film was truly an emotional ride; parts made me laugh, others caused me to feel empathy for Ayrton, to the point of being frustrated for him and even upset. As the story of the legend goes; Ayrton Senna’s life was ended at the young age of 34 in a racing crash at the San Marino circuit in 1994. Throughout the film, interviews with Ayrton show his understanding of the dangers of F1 racing and his huge care for fellow drivers when an accident occurred to them. However this does not take away the sudden distraught I could not help but feel after experiencing the footage of his final race.

I would recommend this film to anyone, race fan or not, as it displays a life of a human that we would all strive to be, not for his racing talent, looks or money, but for his generosity, care and passion for everyone around him. I feel privileged to have lived in the same era as Ayrton Senna, and since the film, he has become a true hero of mine and I’m sure he can inspire anyone who watches this brilliant film.

iHartMovie rating 4.9 out of 5.

By Ash Seward-Morris – a new addition to the iHartMovies team.