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Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla)
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Shin Godzilla or 'Godzilla: Resurgence', the Godzilla film I never asked for yet after the success of Gareth Edwards 60th Anniversary film from 2014, the original studio ToHo decided they were interested in making their own vision to capitalize on the brand even further. It shouldn't come to a surprise given how big the brand is in it's native Japan, whilst I was skeptical I was also curious to see how it would turn out. Even with a Japanese production the campy factor of the franchise is back only this time the film is a full-fledged reboot not connected to any previous rendition. The film for one is unique able to offer a different perspective on the monster everyone knows and loves, though it's also a little inconsistent itself, attributing the original film with classic music themes and the original roar. Even with fast paced editing, impressive creature effects and a somewhat entertaining scope, the sequences and action involving Godzilla are few an far between a lot of player (not character) human drama and exposition. My only gripe with the creature design was how it started off and the overall hideous eyes that made it look like a dead amphibian zombie. While I really like Gareth Edwards' 2014 film, I can honestly say I was more invested and entertained with that film than this. Oh and I don't know if it should be a surprise to anyone this film ended with a sequel beg, WTF! only recommended to the most hardcore Godzilla fans even if this film isn't even close to being the best or the worst.

The Magnificent Seven
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Call this a Remake of a Remake if you must, even if it's drawing from a film that drew heavy inspiration from Akira Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai". But just heed me out for a second, I'll comfortably say Antoine Fuqua's take on John Sturges' "The Magnificent Seven" from 1960, doesn't give remakes a bad name at all, in fact it may be one of the better ones. I'll also say while Sturges' original was not even half the film Kurosawa's timeless masterpiece is, Fuqua's film is a literal reminder to audiences how Westerns are done even though they're few and far between and this is a story we've seen many times on screen, it's also a hugely entertaining film that personally remind me, why I love westerns. One thing for certain is that it doesn't directly copy off the plotting and locations from either Sturges or Kurosawa, it is it's own story about greed versus the conservation of life and peace also adding righteousness and revenge to the mix of things. The cast is nothing more than fantastic, almost everyone and not just the core seven characters have a memorable role played within this film. The Costumes, Sets and Cinematography are ace pitch-perfect especially for a Western and the action and the build up is nothing more than tremendously exciting and thrilling to say the least. It also includes a great score aidied by the late James Horner just before he passed away last year, RIP. Overall, "The Magnificent Seven" of 2016 is a hugely entertaining western, delivering on the goods and succeeding as one of the year's better remakes alongside "The Jungle Book". I highly recommend seeing this film even if you're a true fan of westerns.

Kubo and the Two Strings
51 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

American Stop-Motion Animation studio Laika, whose track record for the most part has been good, bringing out uniquely made stop-motion films among the growing number of CGI produced animation is a great bit of fresh air especially when it's rarely seen in the Cinema. The big exception for their latest film may as well be some imperative fact it's their greatest effort yet, surpassing the quality of their previous efforts 'Coroline', 'ParaNorman' and 'The Boxtrolls' all at once. Inspired by Japanese folklaw bringing it into a very fantasy like setting based on Feudal Japan, the film is a fairy-tale-like story focused on a young hero's journey to overcome darkness and truly come to terms to who he really is. There's no denying all great animated feature films need outstanding visuals to truly stand out apart from each other, 'Kubo and the two strings' is no exception. it's a more elaborate epic told within a very exotic setting, with each set piece and environment feeling like they almost actually exist. Even for a film with incredibly rich subject matter able to appeal to both kids and adults, it's this combined with the complexities and well drawn out nature of the characters the audiences are immediately invested within this epic story. Very few stop-motion animated films have had a scale or impact this film has clearly hit, while other animated features will be obviously huge competitors at the Oscars, I might say Laika has finally made a film to compete with those big rivals and would be disappointed if 'Kubo' doesn't get a nomination let alone a win. I can't recommend this gleaming animated gem of 2016 any more highly enough, go see it with no matter who and you wan't regret it.

The Bourne Ultimatum
57 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Without a doubt, 'The Bourne Ultimatum' is the finest entry the Bourne Trilogy, not just for it's grand scale, non-stop thrilling action, inciting and compelling plotting or the handling of the character. Ultimatum touches upon the character's ethics, how does he embrace a life free of being a pawn or a killer? can he ever go back to being that way? The conflict doesn't just lie with him wanting the know the answers, but for the people also once connected to him as well as those reluctantly helping him or going after him at almost every turn. In a way this is the biggest character motivation for the character, even while the past still haunts him, the CIA is hot on his trails and will hardly stop at anything in their sights or tracks. Luckily enough, Bourne's skills and abilities really do pay off, as he's able to pull off daring tactics avoiding authorities at every move as well as running and facing danger when necessary. The action more than makes up for a non-stop thrill ride that keep viewers at the edge of their seats with the sharp use of Paul Greengrass's handheld camera use puts us right up close to the action. The character's performances are also incredibly well done, really paying off what this series has to offer. Last but not least, the plotting is so incredibly sharp and quick witted, it really does require viewers knowledge of previous films in order to grasp the journey the character has faced as an ultimate assassin on the run from authority.

The Bourne Supremacy
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

With Paul Greengrass stepping in to direct the followup to 'Identity', this could not be more a worthy sequel than what the film actually is. Following on from the original, 'Supremacy' reveals more of the character's abilities to outsmart his opponents no matter where they are, hiding halfway across the world, a building of operatives or simply just standing around and avoid any sense of detection. Greengrass's signatory handheld camera give each action and chase scenes much needed thrills, spills and adrenaline to keep viewers glues to their seats just willing to know where the film's plot will take them next, or who will it involve. Especially when touching upon, mistaken identity or frame-ups, while the film doesn't reveal much about the film's primary cover-up, it does however give audiences a more deeper understanding as to which actions the character takes have direct consequence on him as well as those around or relating to the people/target he's been involved with. The elevated scale and compelling plot make this film hugely better than the original, never losing any sight of motifs or traditions that made the series great.