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Film Review: Thor Ragnarok

Film Review: Thor Ragnarok

November 6 / 17

Hello again….Short and to the point film review of Thor: Ragnarok. This third installment of the film is a breath of fresh air. The first was pretty good, ok even. The second….well I don’t know. It was alright, but it was lacking something and I still can’t put a finger on. Chris Hemsworth returns as the Norse god of Thunder in this wild ride, along with Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki and Mark Ruffalo‘s next venture as Hulk/Bruce Banner, and Idris Elba as Heimdall. Added to the cast, Tessa Thompson as Valkeryie, and Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster. Let’s not forget Cate Blanchett, who is badass as Hela. What makes Ragnarok better than the two? Well, Taika Waititi‘s take is a hilarious thrill ride and I mean that in a very good way. Here I found a video that has five clips from the film. Enjoy!

If you want an action-packed thrill entertaining ride, then this is it. This Marvel film doesn’t disappoint. Now when do we get a trailer for Avengers: Infinity War?

Thor Ragnarok: A+ all the way!

Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed!

 

Image source: ScreenGeek

 

 

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Film Review: Kong: Skull Island

Film Review: Kong: Skull Island

March 13 / 17

I’m sure most of you spent time in theaters to see Kong: Skull Island. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Rodgers, this latest adventure is different from Peter Jackson’s version. First, it’s not three hours long and second, it gets to the point.

Set in 1973, an expedition is heading to Skull Island. The expedition includes government agent Bill Randa (John Goodman), a young biologist Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkings), former British Special Air Service Captain James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), a pacifist photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), a US Army Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) and a handful of other characters. They begin to drop seismic explosives to map out the island….not only does that shake up the wildlife, but a huge creature, a 100-foot tall ape known as Kong and he’s is not too thrilled to see them coming on his home turf.

We find out that Goodman’s character is really working for Monarch. This the same secret organization that was featured in 2014’s Godzilla, so I’m sure you know where this goes right?

This version of Kong is not short on action. It gets to the point without getting too boring. There is a bit of comic relief courtesy of John C. Reilly, who plays Lieutenant Hank Marlow, who has been on the island for 28 years since World War II. This is a young Kong, who is just hitting his prime. You see him as the last of his kind, he’s the King of his own domain, as well as being misunderstood. He’s protecting what’s his. We also get a feel of the mysterious Skull Island, which has a bit of romanticism but also hides something sinister. Of course, Kong is not the only big creature on the island. Hiddleston, Larson, Jackson, and company each held their own.

The cast….who makes it off the island?

All in all, Kong: Skull Island was a joy ride, with rollercoaster bends and turns. I wasn’t disappointed. This is what a monster movie is supposed to be.

Kong: Skull Island: A+

One more thing, if you Google Skull Island, it will show you the location, yep the exact location. Plus you can explore the island. Go to www.discoverskullisland.com not only to explore, but get info on the island’s inhabitants, Weaver’s photo journal, and other recordings. Cool right? Enjoy your Tuesday, be blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images:: Slashfilm & ScreenRelish

Film Review: I Saw the Light

Film Review: I Saw the Light

November 20 / 16

Tom Hiddleston as the late Hank Williams, one of the bright spots on this film.

“You got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly.”

Hank Williams

What word do I use to describe Hank Williams? A musical genius? A true songwriter? Lost soul? well, you could say all three. I Saw the Light is not just another biopic, but this biopic has failed in many ways than one.

First I will say this, Tom Hiddleston was a great treat to see. An Englishmen playing a country crooner was a surprise. Williams’s grandson Hank III wasn’t too pleased, but who really cares. I wish he could give Hiddleston the credit for the hard work to portray such a legend in country music and what a legend. Not only did the film did touch about William’s as a great performer, but it also touched on his demons. His spinal condition called Spina bifida, caused him lifelong pain, and the fact that this was one of the cause for his abuse of drugs and alcohol didn’t make it any easier. Hiddleston’s work has paid off greatly. It also helped that he did his own singing in the film, that was one of the highlights.

Audrey (Elizabeth Olsen) and Hank in happier times.

Elizabeth Olsen, who portrayed William’s first wife Audrey, was also a great addition. Audrey wanted to have a career in music as well. Even though she lacked vocal talent, that wasn’t going didn’t stop her. When you see Hiddleston and Olsen together, that’s pure chemistry right there. The relationship between Hank and Audrey had it’s highs and terrible lows, due to his drinking of course.

There is one problem I have with this film. Based on Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, with George Merritt and William MacEwen, there are some issues.

Marc Abraham, who not only directed, but also written and produced the film failed to bring what the film really needed and that is the heart. When you do a biopic, aren’t you supposed to let audiences know how the person become who he or she was? What truly made Hank the way he was? That’s not the case here. Abraham though that Hank’s humble beginnings didn’t really matter. To be honest, Abraham just cheated not only the audience, but the actors. Hiddleston’s and Olsen’s performances we’re spot on, it just wasn’t enough to save this film.

While I do feel that the film was great, it could’ve been a whole lot better.

I Saw the Light: C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images: the independent, moviefone, & hypable

 

Film Review: High Rise

Film Review: High Rise

June 7 / 16

Hello and Good Morning. Time for a film review of High Rise. I’m slowly getting along to seeing some new films and this one was on my must-see list of films.

Director Ben Wheatley (A Field in England) takes the helm of High Rise, based on the 1975 novel by J.G. Ballard. The film takes place in decadent 1970’s.

Tom Hiddleston is Dr. Robert Laing, a doctor who moves into the 25th floor of a 40 story luxury apartment block complex in the outskirts of London. The building has all the amenities the residents need. A gym, spa, swimming pool, a supermarket, even a primary school. Who needs to leave the building after work when you have all that, right? Problem is the residents become closed off from the world. The wealthier residents live on the upper floors, while the lower class live below. Dr. Laing is pretty much in the middle. Jeremy Irons is Anthony Royal, the architect of the high-rise apartments. He lives on the top penthouse floor, with a rooftop garden.

Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) the building’s new resident.

Things are going well for Laing and the residents, but the complex is experiencing problems. Like the water turning off, the garbage shoots clogging up, and power failure. Tensions between the upper and lower floor residents begin to rise. Soon chaos and violence start to become common place. The whole infrastructure begins to crack as the residents divide into tribe like groups, fighting for survival. Anything goes inside the building…..endless parties, sexual orgies, even murder. Royal just turns a blind eye to it all, even telling the police that everything is fine, when clearly it isn’t.

 

Laing meeting Anthony Royal (Jeremy Irons) the architect, the man behind it all.

This is a totally different turn for Hiddleston. He’s good as Loki, but he does what the role requires in this film. Here is a man trying to get away from it all, only to be in the middle of all this utopian madness, loosing some of his sanity along with it. Hiddleston is not the only person who impressed me. That goes to Luke Evans. As documentary filmmaker Richard Wilder, Evans adds a certain sort of gruffness. You really want to know what he’s up to next. Sienna Miller as single mother Charlotte Melvin, who Laing aggressively shags on a patio table, looks bored and wants nothing to do with anyone. Elisabeth Moss as Helen, Richard Wilder’s heavily pregnant wife, is just there….nothing more, nothing less. Irons, well he’s got to be there.

 

Richard Wilder (Luke Evans) enjoying the many amenities of the building….

All in all High Rise is the type of film you or I are curious to see, but was it worth it? Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the film, but it felt like a wild, dystopian, psychedelic ride into the unknown, only to come out slightly confused.

 

The resident tart, Charlotte Melville (Sienna Miller).

Maybe you guys enjoyed the film, maybe you didn’t. Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday and always be blessed!

 

P.S…..I couldn’t resist this……

Well, well weeeelll!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured & other images: screencrush.com, en.wikipedia.org, iamag.co, movies.com, slashfilm.com, bbc.co.uk, and sbs.com.au

Shadowbox Film Feature: High Rise

Shadowbox Film Feature: High Rise

January 13 / 16

Hello….again….I’m sure you have heard about this film High Rise. The second trailer was released sometime last week. High Rise is based on the 1975 novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard. Directed by Ben Wheatley, the film stars Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans, Sierra Miller, Elisabeth Moss, and Jeremy Irons. What is the film about? Well read on…..

London, 1975. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) is a young doctor seduced by the lifestyle in a high-rise, an isolated community, cut off from the rest of society in their luxury tower block, and its creator, the architect Anthony Royal (Jeremy Irons). Taking up residence on the twenty-fifth floor, Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Sienna Miller). After Laing befriends Richard Wilder (Luke Evans), a documentary filmmaker relegated to the second floor who is determined to provoke the class injustices inherent in the high-rise, a dangerous social situation develops and the high-rise eventually fragments into violent tribes.

 

The first trailer came out last month. The second came out just recently.

 

The film will be released in the UK on March 18, 2016. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015, the 63rd Sebastian Film Festival, and the London Film Festival in October. I did read that Magnet Releasing acquired US distribution rights to the film, unfortunately there has been no word on when it will reach the US.

Now seriously, enjoy the rest of your Wednesday…be blessed ok?

 

 

 

 

 

photo cred: scifinow.co.uk and wikipedia.com

Crimson Peak Fan Trivia Answers….Tom Hiddleston

Crimson Peak Fan Trivia Answers….Tom Hiddleston

September 14, 2015

Hi again! It’s that time….the answers to last week’s fan trivia for Crimson Peak’s Tom Hiddleston. Let’s see if you got the answers correct…..


 

  1. Hiddleston screen tested and had to put on 20 pounds for what film?   C. Thor
  2. Hiddleston portrayed Bill Hazledine in this satirical black comedy TV series….Suburban Shootout
  3. From which drama school did Hiddleston graduated from?       A. Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) 
  4. Who is Hiddleston’s co-star in the British drama The Deep Blue Sea? Rachel Weisz
  5. Hiddleston was in these three films: Unrelated, Archipelago, and Exhibition. Name the director behind these films.                 C. Joanna Hogg

I hope you guys got these right! For the hardcore Hiddlestoners, you should’ve breeze these questions without breaking a sweat. On to the next Crimson Peak Fan Trivia…..

 

 

featured and other images courtesy of www.dofthea.com and www.contactmusic.com

Crimson Peak Fan Trivia: Tom Hiddleston

Crimson Peak Fan Trivia: Tom Hiddleston

September 7, 2015

Good Morning and Happy Labor Day! Crimson Peak will be in theaters in the next few weeks. I’m sure some of you have waited for the trivia questions for this particular star for a while now. Tom Hiddleston is this week’s trivia question star….


 

Tom Hiddleston portrays Sir Thomas Sharpe, who sweeps Edith Cushing off her feet. Handsome, charming, the whole package, but the man is not who he appears to be……Let’s see if you know something about Hiddleston.

  1. Hiddleston screen tested and had to put on 20 pounds for what film?            A. War Horse / B. Midnight in Paris / C. Thor
  2. Hiddleston portrayed Bill Hazledine in this satirical black comedy TV series….
  3. From which drama school did Hiddleston graduated from?       A. Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) / B. Guildhall School of Music & Drama / C. London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art
  4. Who is Hiddleston’s co-star in the British drama The Deep Blue Sea?
  5. Hiddleston was in these  three films: Unrelated, Archipelago, and Exhibition. Name the director behind these films.                  A. Kenneth Branagh / B. Woody Allen / C. Joanna Hogg
This should be easy for Hiddleston’s true fans, don’t you think? The contest is still going. If you have the creative juices to pull out of your hat, just go and enter.
Enjoy your wonderful Labor Day Monday….till Wednesday! Be blessed!

 

 

 

 

featured and other images courtesy of www.cnn.com and www.digitaltrends.com

Crimson Peak Fan Contest 2015 Is Closed!

Crimson Peak Fan Contest 2015 Is Closed!

August 16, 2015

In honor of Universal’s & Legendary’s upcoming film Crimson Peak, Shadowbox is holding its first fan art and writing contest! The film will premiere Friday, October 16, 2015. This contest is purely simple just follow these rules…..

Set in Cumbria, in a crumbling mansion in a largely rural and mountainous region of northern England in the 19th century, young author Edith Cushing  falls in love and marries Sir Thomas Sharpe  but then discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be. His home harbors ghostly, mysterious entities, which he and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe, desperately and fiercely try to hide.

The Rules

1. Watch Trailer

2. Choose by creating your art or your story! 

Fan Art: You can illustrate the characters from the film. You may use pencil, color pencil, pastel, and watercolor. Size: It can be either 8″ x 11″ or 12″ x 9″. NO DIGITAL ARTWORK! I’M ASKING FOR GOOD ‘OL OLDSCHOOL ARTWORK!

Fan Fiction:  Create your fan fiction, like short stories or poetry on the characters of the film. Word count for short stories: 1,500 or less. Poetry: Doesn’t have to be no type of line or stanza.

Eligibility: Competition is open to legal residents of the United States, 18 yrs of age and older.
Competition begins August 17, 2015 @ 8:00 AM Eastern Standard Time and ends October 2, 2015 @12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. You can send the artwork and writing to my email address: illustrates2@outlook.com.
  • First Prize: 2 Gift Cards from Fandango (One for Artwork, one for Short Story or Poem) to see the film & your featured artwork or short story or poem on Shadowbox
  • Second Prize: a poster of the film & your featured artwork or short story or poem on Shadowbox
 It’s nothing too big, I just want to start small and go from there. Just simple.
Visit www.crimsonpeakmovie.com. Let the contest begin!
featured image and others courtesy of indierevolver.com and www.hitflix.com, synopsisplot: Paul Shirley, JoBlo.com. Characters are property of Legendary Pictures & Universal Studios