Sunday, November 27, 2011

News Update !

1. Youtube to Become Disney Destination:

Soon many Walt Disney classics will be available to watch on world famous website Youtube. Titles from Pixar and Dreamworks will also be added to the site and will be available and thousands of films will be available on Youtube's rental service.

Minjae Ormes, Youtube's spokeswoman commented on the upcoming releases; "Even more of the great Disney classics and new releases will be added in weeks to come, including our YouTube Movie Extras with behind-the-scenes clips, interviews and more."

Youtube will compete with fellow sites such as Lovefilm and Netflix.

2. Star Trek Sequel Release Date Announced:

Die hard Trekkies will be pleased to hear that JJ Abrams has announced that Star Trek 2 will be released May 17, 2013.

The film will be a sequel to the 2009 smash hit starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana. All cast members including Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg are expected to return once again to the mothership.

Benicio del Toro is rumoured to be the next Trek villain.

Fans will be even more excited to discover that Abrams has planned to show the film in 3d to bring the sci-fi experience to life.

Production is schedueled to begin 2012.

3. Possible Muggle Life for Potter:

Daniel Radcliffe who played world famouss wizard Harry Potter spoke of how his parents originally rejected the offer for Radcliffe to play the part as all movies had originally intended to be shot in LA.

The deal was rearranged and resulted in 2 movies shot in the stated and back to the UK for the remaining 6.

Director of Harry Potter and the first 2 installments, fought to gain Radcliffe as Harry and won the battle and made the Harry Potter series what it is today.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Scannan na hEireann

With the return of Roddy Doyle's "The Snapper" on Irish television last week I couldnt help but think back on Irish film and I realised how good it actually is.

Ireland is particularly talented with its comedy, with "The Snapper" being the perfect example. What I love about Irish films (scannans) are the realistic side to them, the portrayal of a character's life in Irish film is so simplistic and depicts exactly how the Irish people live. Irish films are not overly dramatised and there are no Hollywood factors, just simple yet effective film making, no need for stereotypes and its the realistic style of Irish film that makes it so funny. Some Irish films that I really love are; "Spin the Bottle", "The Commitments", "The Van", "Inside I'm Dancing" etc. It's these sort of films that prove to people that were not all about leprechauns and sheep.

I personally think that Irish film deserves more recognition and is underrated. It is not all about the comedy, there are dramas such as "Veronica Guerrin" and "The Magdalene Sisters" that are based on true events which impacted the country greatly.

So I thought I would show some support for the famous scannans of Ireland that we are truely proud of.

Thanks for reading, ttyl.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

My Top 10 Greatest Movie Villains

Their the characters we love to hate, the anti-hero with the hidden past and tormented mind. But with so many villains in cinema today, it is difficult to narrow it down to my 10 greatest, but I did it :). Here is my official "Top 10 Greatest Movie Villains" list and its more sinister than ever >:)

WARNING : May contain spoilers!!!!

10. Wicked Witch of the West - The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Despite the fact that this film was for a "general" audience, there is no denying that the Wicked Witch of the West was completely creepy. The green skin, the disgusting cackle and not to mention the flying monkeys... she was crazy and became the boogeyman for any child that layed eyes on "The Wizard of Oz". From the moment she uttered "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too", she became historic. But we could all breath a sigh of relief when we heard her scream "I'm melting, I'm melting". But that doesn't mean she is melted from our memory.

9. Chucky - Child's Play Series (1988 - 2004)

Let's face it, dolls are creepy enough without the movement, speaking and oh yeah, the killing! So when "Child's Play" graced our screens in 1988, people began to look at dolls in a completely different light. Chucky, a small red-haired doll dressed up in dungarees, seemed harmless at first, then before we knew it he was hacking people to pieces. Chucky has also managed to raise a family in the sequels and influence them all into his mind games and create a killing cult. So because of his truly evil nature Chucky manages to make it on to the list.

8. Dr. Evil - Austin Powers Series (1997 - 2002)

Ok so maybe not that scary, but what is great about Dr. Evil is that he is a humorous representation of what villains are about. If a villain usually messes up, they get angry or decide to kill a few people, but Dr. Evil undermines himself and says what Hollywood's villains are really saying to themselves. He is unsuccessful in almost any plan he creates and we take sincere enjoyment in watching him fail. Dr. Evil may not be truly evil but he deserves to be included in the greatest movie villains of all time.

7. Michael Myers - Halloween Series (1978 - 2009)

Silent but violent, Michael Myers is the one true slasher killer that stands among the rest. With a tormented childhood and troubled past Myers has no mercy for anyone that steps in his path. Shielding his identity from the world and causing havoc wherever he goes, Michael Myers is truly terrifying, making Halloween the night we should definitely not make plans outside the home.

6. Voldemort - Harry Potter series (2001 - 2011)

Without the Dark Lord, Harry Potter would never have become who he is. Voldemort, a snake-faced guy with a voice like ice. He will do anything it takes to kill a teenager, that has got to be scary for anyone. His desperation to kill Harry Potter is what makes him frightening and the fact that he can kill you in the blink of an eye if you irritate him in the slightest. To sum it up Voldemort is pretty much undefeatable.

5. Sauron - Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001 - 2003)

The creator of the one ring and the reason why Middle Earth is crawling with the bad guys. Even when the eye of Sauron is in command, he is still not to be messed, whether it is through the use of torture or temptation, he always manages to get what he wants, except the one thing he created. Through the manipulation he is a dominant force not to be reckoned with.

4. Freddy Kreuger - Nightmare on Elm Street series (1984 - 2010)

He lurches in your dreams making them a reality, even if you pinch yourself to wake up its painful. You can't run or hide and worst of all you need to stay awake. Reality and nightmares become the same thing. Freddy Kreuger's razor sharp blades cut deep into the mind of the viewers and begins to mess with their thoughts throughout his nightmarish acts. He has caused some to consider going to sleep.

3. The Joker - The Dark Knight (2008)

Psychotic, insane, deranged, dangerous are all words that could be used to describe the Joker. He lives life without the use of rules and hasn't a care for anyone but himself. His psychopathic actions and words are entertaining at times and at others just plain evil. His mission to unveil Batman have been unsuccessful. He takes no interest in money only the suffering of others, which is why he is number 3 on the list.

2. Darth Vader - Star Wars series (1977 -2005)

With the black helmet, cloak and deep breathing, we can all reminisce to the "Luke, I'm your father" moment. Darth Vader may have missed out on the number 1 spot but he is one of the most memorable villains of all time. He is an evil yet tragic character who manages to redeem himself in the end and win us over. He is also pretty cool considering he is half human, half robot. When we think of Star Wars, we think of Darth Vader.

1. Hannibal Lecter - Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon (1991 - 2002)

So here we are at the number 1 spot and it is none other than Hannibal (the cannibal) Lecter. Despite only having 14 minutes in "Silence of the Lambs" when the screen time was added up, Lecter never failed to creep us out. Even though he was locked up in a cage, that didnt prevent him from being absolutely terrifying beyond belief. Whether it be the description of him eating a person or visually seeing him eating a person, the cannibalistic tendencies are enough to make the hair on anyone's neck stand tall. Hannibal also has the habit of feeding people brain which is quite an uncomfortable situation to imagine being in. Anthony Hopkins portrayed this gruesome character in 3 movies that still leave us feeling quite disturbed and nauseas. He is without a doubt the most memorable villain and also most realistic out of the top 10.

So there you have it the Top 10 Greatest Movie Villains. Comment on your opinion and if you have any suggestions feel free to write them below.

Til next time :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Disney Pixar

Whether it be talking toys or forgetful sharks, Disney's Pixar have never failed to disappoint their audience through the use of state of the art animation and hilarious gags for all ages. For the past 25 years, Pixar have graced us with 12 feature-length films and over 20 delightful shorts that we can ponder at over and over again without getting bored and not being able to help but crack a smile.

Pixar's talent shines through with their movie plots and each film theu have dished out feels like a breath of fresh air with a concept of talking animals and objects but a completely different style. Some of the greatest voice actors have worked for Pixar, including actor John Ratzenberger who has voice acted a character for all 12 Pixar movies.

Pixar's 12 feature length films include:

Toy Story : Tiny talking toys take on the world!

A Bug's Life : Talking bugs juggle life in the circus while avoiding grasshoppers!

Toy Story 2: The sequel to the debut feature from Pixar rejoins the toys as they go on a mission to win their buddy Woody back!

Monsters Inc.: Mike and Sulley scare children for a living, that's until they cross paths with Boo, who is the definition of adorable!

Finding Nemo: A fish with a flappy fin runs away from his sea village to discover the ocean, while his father and a forgetful friend search for him!

The Incredibles: Follow the lives of a superpowered family as they encounter the evils of their city!

Cars: Chit-chatting motors on a forgotten road on Route 66 have their lives transformed when high speed Lightning McQueen encounters their town!

Ratatouille: Rat turned chef comes as a surprise to Parisian diners in this flick!

WALL-E: A little robot, WALL-E, who is designed to clean up the Earth's waste far into the future falls for fellow robot EVE, by following her WALL-E encounters the wonders of the universe!

Up: An old man who is bitter over the death of his wife and a hyperactive go on a whirl-wind adventure in a house that is tied with hundreds of balloons!

Toy Story 3: The toys are back, in this adventure toy-owner Andy must give up his toys as he departs for university. Which results in the toys entering a creche!

Cars 2: The motors return for an action packed sequel in which Lightning McQueen and his best bud Mater go to Europe and Japan for the World Grand Prix!

So what's in store for Pixar fanatics in the coming years? Well a planned prequel to "Monster's Inc." is set for release on June 21 2013, to avoid the high competition in the box office of late 2012, so we fans must be patient.The film is called "Monster's University" and will be a depiction of Mike and Sulley's life throughout their university years, hence the title! There is also the highly anticipated release of film "Brave", which tells the story of a young skilled archer who defies the laws of her town which leads to chaos, she confronts on old wise woman for advice and is then cursed and must undo the spell before time runs out. This picture is set for release on June 22nd 2012.

To see trailers of the films listed, click below:

Toy Story, 1995

A Bug's Life, 1998

Toy Story 2, 1999

Monster's Inc, 2001

Finding Nemo, 2003

The Incredibles, 2004

Cars, 2006

Ratatouille, 2007

WALL-E, 2008

Up, 2009

Toy Story 3, 2010

Cars 2, 2011