Tag Archives: MGM

[Review] – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

20 Dec

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey

Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Year: 2012
Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Lee Pace
MPAA Rating: PG-13, extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images
Runtime: 169 min
IMDb Rating: 8.6
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Metacritic: 58

Considering the magnitude of this movie it’s fair to say this review will run longer than usual. After all, this is the start to a brand new trilogy that follows (but acts as a prequel series) one of the most successful (both commercially and critically) franchises in history. Back in 2000 Peter Jackson (then known mostly for Heavenly Creatures, a very good, low budget New Zealand film) embarked on what remains to this day one of the most ambitious film projects ever undertaken, the adaptation of the three The Lord of the Rings novels by J.R.R. Tolkien getting a whopping budget of $281 million to make the trilogy of films back-to-back-to-back during a period of 438 days.

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[Review] – Skyfall

7 Dec

Skyfall

Title: Skyfall
Year: 2012
Director: Sam Mendes
Writers: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, based on the characters by Ian Fleming
Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw
MPAA Rating: PG-13, intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking
Runtime: 143 min
IMDb Rating: 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Metacritic: 81

Yes, I know, I’m officially the last person on Earth to have seen Skyfall. I’ve listened to unanimous praise being bandied about in regards to this movie for over a month, people calling it the best Bond movie of all-time even, and read about it smashing box office records (it’s currently at over $870 million worldwide) but yeah, it’s taken me a while to sit down to watch the twenty-third entry in the spy franchise. It didn’t take me quite as long, however, to agree that, yes, this may just be the best one there’s ever been.

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[Review] – Red Dawn

2 Dec

Red Dawn

Title: Red Dawn
Year: 2012
Director: Dan Bradley
Writers: Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore, based on a story by Kevin Reynolds, based on the original 1984 screenplay by Mr. Reynolds and John Milius
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
MPAA Rating: PG-13, sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language
Runtime: 114 min
IMDb Rating: 5.7
Rotten Tomatoes: 12%
Metacritic: 32

The original Red Dawn is a 1984 movie that starred, among others, Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, and made a decent $40 million on a $4.2 million budget. Then, way back in early 2008, MGM decides they want to remake that movie, with Dan Bradley making his directorial debut after being a stunt coordinator and second unit director on many blockbusters. In 2009 they start production and seal the deal for a Thanksgiving 2010 release. Then the MGM financial issues started taking place and the whole thing was shelved.

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[Teaser] – Skyfall

21 May

When Daniel Craig took over the James Bond character we got Casino Royale, which definitely vies fort he title of the best film in that storied franchise. But then Quantum of Solace wasn’t all that great, and after MGM went bankrupt, the future of the spy franchise was left up in the air. Well, now we know that the twenty-third 007 movie is coming this year, and it’ll be called Skyfall, and we’ve now have the first teaser for it which you can watch after the cut.

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