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I’m doing a Gaming Podcast!

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Hi everyone,

Obviously I haven’t posted any film reviews of news in a very long time now. Hopefully I will do some more reviews in the near future and start to interact with you guys again. One of the things I have done recently is a Video Game podcast for Flickering Myth. I would appreciate you guys to check it out and leave any feedback so I can improve for the future. Plus I will be sharing any future podcasts I do in the near future.

Thanks guys

Thomas

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Ant-Man Gets A Director And Plot Synopsis

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Many of you will know that a few weeks ago Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim Vs The World had announced his departure from Marvel’s Ant-Man project. This was a shock to many fans due to the fact that Wright had been attached to the project since 2006 as well as the looming release date. The film is due out in July 2015 and Marvel have assured us that they will make this release date.

When Wright left Marvel said hey already had a director to take over and many thought it would be Attack The Block director Joe Cornish who also co wrote the Ant-Man Script. However his name did not even come up on the original shortlist. Maybe this is due to his loyalty to Wright and the original script that had been changed by low key writers just a few weeks before production.

Shortly after Wright’s departure he shortlist of these directors were revealed. Rawson Thurber director of Dodgeball and We’re The Millers, Adam McKay director of Anchorman and The Other guys and finally Ruben Fleischer director of Zombieland and Gangster Squad. It was reported for a little while hat Thurber was the frontrunner until many reported Mckay had been chosen for the project. Mckay hen came out and revealed he had been approached but has other projects on the go that he had to turn down.

It had been revealed that Peyton Reed director of Yes Man has signed on to direct the film and Adam Mckay is said to be rewriting the script. The rewright will be done to discredit the original writers for walking away from the project unfortunatly. Many fans are curious to see what Edgar Wright had done with the story, many claimng that it would have been a more interesting film. Obviously we will never know now but fans will always wonder.

This brings up the issue of the decline of Marvel. This project has been in development or so long and now with a rewrite and a delayed shoot may the actors start dropping out due to the fact this is not the project they signed up for? We won’t know till a later date ofcourse but this may be unlikely. Recently Michael Douglas who is playing Hank Pym in the movie came out and commented on Wright’s departure saying ‘I was very disappointed. I’m a big fan of his movies [and] it’s a very disappointing situation.’

Marvel claim that the film can still make its release date in 13 months time but with a new director on board and script rewrites this late in the game, a delay is not unexpected. Even a company like Marvel Studios with all their resources will take time to salvage the damage caused by Wirght’s departure.

Marvel always seems to pick great directors and altough the original director had left the project, the excecutives and Marvel must have fait in Reed’s ability to get this film made. We just need to wait for things to develop now and hopefully this projct can get back on track.

Marvel released this new synopsis of the film:

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

What do you think of Peyton Reed as a Director? Are you upset of Wright’s Departure? Should the film be delayed or cancelled? Please comment and thanks for reading.

Who Gary Oldman could potentially play in Star Wars Episode VII

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Movie news keep reporting that every actor in Hollywood has been approached for a role in Star Wars Episode VII. Recently Gary Oldman has been reported to have been offered a role in the film but if he will take it or not has yet to be confirmed. In an interview Oldman seemed keen on the idea but would only believe it once he is on a plane to London to shoot the film. Who will he play though? Will he play a villain? He has played some really iconic villains in his time but not recently. Maybe he will play someone who already exists in the Star Wars universe.

Obi-Wan Kenobi. Here me out. Gary Oldman without a doubt is a great actor and would be able to pull the role off. Oldman is approaching the same age as Alec Guinness was when he played the role. Not to mention the fact that both Alec Guinness and Gary Oldman have played the character George Smiley in separate versions of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. People clearly saw something in Gary Oldman for him to play the role of George Smiley. Why couldn’t he play another character Guinness has played. I would really be up for seeing this. Other than having Ewan McGregor playing the role I think Oldman would be perfect. 

This is clearly just a suggestion but it may not be a million miles off. What do you think? Could Gary Oldman play the role of Obi-Wan? Please comment below and thanks for reading. 

Batman VS Superman Casts Lex Luthor and Alfred

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Batman VS Superman has just been delayed for 10 months and will now be coming out in 2016 rather than 2015. When Ben Affleck was cast as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman people took to the internet to complain. I don’t know how people will react to this current casting news as it is very fresh.

Jesse Eisenberg star of The Social Network has been cast as the main villain Lex Luthor. Now I was very surprised by this as everyone was saying that Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong and Joaquin Phoenix would be cast in the role. I understand that they wanted someone younger for the role as they aimed to have him the same age as Superman but I don’t think that Eisenberg has the presence to stand up against Cavill. I thought an older actor would have been more suited to the role.

Bruce Wayne’s Butler has also been cast. Alfred will be played by Jeremy Irons which I think is a great choice. I think he is a great actor and in some ways the role seems to small for him but I reckon he can pull off the same sympathy and conscious of Alfred that we saw from Michael Caine.

We are likely to keep on getting more rumors as well as casting updates over the next few months so watch this space.

What do you think of the casting? Who would you rather see play these roles? Please comment and thanks for reading.

Last Vegas Review

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I went to see this film expecting The Hangover in their twilight years. I thought it would have some good laughs and I thought it would be a good way to spend an evening. I was really surprised at how good it was. This is not a typical comedy although it does have plenty of laughs. At some parts it may seem more like a coming of age story which is ironic as all of the main cast are in their 60s or 70s.

Something that may attract audiences is the cast. Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline star. Getting together a great ensemble cast like this with screen legends is amazing. It is also easy to think that the project just brought the big names together to attract audiences but they work together really well and compliment each other to the point that they give great performances in an entertaining movie. None of the performances are ground breaking but I think the nature of the story does not require them to be.

The story follows the childhood friends Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam. It opens with them as childhood friends in the 50s and they run in with a store owners son and end up stealing a bottle of alcohol. Paddy and Billy are fighting over the affections of the same girl and Paddy goes on to marry her. When we cut to the modern day Billy is getting married to a woman half his age and invites the old gang out for a party in Vegas. The gang learn to be young again and love life and what they have and what they could have.

A lot of the comedy is provided by Kline with some funny one liners. The rest of the cast have there moments of being funny but the comedy is left to Kline. Some people say the film is predictable but even if you think that I feel that anyone at any age can enjoy this film. I feel that this film will be enjoyed by older generations as well as the younger audience of teenagers.

One criticism I have but I understand why they did it was the representation of old people. The actors in question are not that old and there are lots of jokes about them having to take lots of pills and not hearing things properly but I know that people way into their 80s and 90s can still be active. My Great Grandparents are both 92 and they still go out everyday. I think this adds humor to the film and is not misrepresenting old people. If anything this shows older people overcoming the limitations that society holds over them. Billy and Paddy have a tense relationship as Billy did not attend the funeral of Paddy’s wife who was also his close friend. The film leads Sam and Archie tricking Paddy into going to Vegas for the party.

Overall this is a really sweet film and not what I expected at all. I do think it is great to see older actors lead and carry a film so well and I do think that people underestimate older leads. I would love this film to prove that actors in their 60s and beyond can be more than a supporting character and carry the film. The film contains lots of laughs and truly has heart. I really hope you give it a chance.

7.5/10

Batman VS Superman Film Delayed

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One of the the most anticipated films of 2015 was Batman VS Superman. Was. Production on the Man of Steel sequel has been delayed for 10 months. Filming was due to start in February 2014 and the film was due for release in the summer of 2015. Rumors are that Ben Affleck has suffered a leg injury and this has caused filming to be delayed. The delay has also been put down to the trouble with casting and that people may end up getting recast due to scheduling conflicts. Or maybe this is to work around the scheduling conflicts.

The current rumors floating around on casting are that the villains of the film will be Lex Luthor and Doomsday. Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong and recently Joaquin Phoenix have been rumored for the role. For Doomsday Jason Mamoa was rumored but has denied involvement and recently it was announced that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is going to appear in the film and would be playing Doomsday.

Another rumor is that Synder needs more time to complete his vision and the film will be released in 2016.There were rumors a few days ago that stated that this film and the Justice League movie would shoot back to back. This delay may allow that to happen. Maybe this is just rumors for now we just have to wait and see.

All of these could be true or they could be exaggerated. I think that Batman VS Superman will now not be released until 2016 and it will likely shoot back to back with the planned Justice League movie which is scheduled for 2017 but that has not been set in stone.

How do you feel about the delay? Who would you recast? Please comment and thanks for reading.

Michael Douglas cast as Hank Pym

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Ant-Man is an ambitious project for Marvel but president Kevin Fiege seems to think that it will work. People expected Ant-Man to appear in the Avengers 2 as in the comics Ultron who will be the villain for The Avengers 2 was created by Hank Pym. However it has been stated that Ant-Man will not appear in Avengers 2. 

A few weeks ago it was announced that Paul Rudd would be playing Ant-Man and we all assumed that he would be playing Hank Pym. Director Edgar Wright tweeted an image recently of a Scott Lang story line suggesting that both Lang and Pym would appear. I remember when Edgar Wright was announced as director he expressed interest in using both Lang and Pym. 

So the news was very exciting when veteran oscar winning actor Michael Douglas had been cast as Hank Pym. Therefore Rudd will be playing the younger Ant-Man Scott Lang. People seem outrages as Douglas’ casting saying he is too old which I think is ridiculous. If the rumors of the story are true his age is relevant and even though he is 69 years old does not mean he is useless and can’t do anything anymore. 

Not much more is known about the film but people have been speculating. Some believe that Pym played by Douglas will be the villain of the movie which is plausible but it is too early to tell. Some media websites reported he was playing the villain but that was dropped early so it may have been a mistake. 

I do think that Edgar Wright will bring something different to this film, something that the other Marvel films don’t have. I am excited to see how Douglas and Rudd are as there respective characters.

What do you think of the casting? Please comment below and thanks for reading.