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Recently on Twitter there has been a buzz around an international collaborated independent film called “Breathe Easy”. Independent film I hear you say isn’t that a little bohemian from the normal stuff OSGR watches. Well since the OSG’s revelation of Twitter, Independent film has peaked interest. OSGR has been known to contribute to ones that catch the eye (and will continue to look for these little gems). Sorry digressing.

 

On Friday night an unexpected message appeared from Paul Mackie a producer on ‘Breathe Easy’. An honour was bestowed upon this little website, in a request for a review of this movie. Of course this was accepted and the foray into OSGRs first independent film review was commenced. So the film was downloaded, coffee made, headphones worn and anticipation was heightened. The 2hrs was marked out on the Saturday ready for laptop immersion into the first OSGR independent film experience.

 

The ‘Breathe Easy’ film premise is from the Sci-fi genre (excellent just up this authors street). An apocalyptic event has engulfed the Earth and mayhem and disaster ensue. That’s all you get from the plot as OSGR urge you to see this film at any festival it’s playing at in 2017. Why? Well for a start it is full of burgeoning talent both on the screen and off. There were 3 stand-out performances for this OSG. Firstly, the South African team and actors Calvin Grandling & Megan Alexander, who were both natural actors and delivered a believable performance, which really endeared. Second on the list was Chantelle Readman, her natural talent really shone out in her part as a member of the coven, handling the part with an ease and simplicity that gave a genuine performance (flower (wink)). Lastly and by no means least was Satyendra Pandey whose portrayal of a man on the edge of fear was both heartfelt and terrifying – you really felt like you were there with him. That’s not to say that the rest of the cast did not shine, in fact there are many standout performances. Like Neil May’s Prime Minister, reminiscent of Dr Who’s Peter Capaldi on acid (ha ha), also watch out for Grant Murphy who has a striking resemblance to Jason Statham, both of these actors give a great comical hammed up performance that winks at the disaster movies of the 70s & 80s –loved it.

 

Before moving on lets just put this film into perspective. It’s not a Hollywood Blockbuster and many of the actors are sharpening skills and honing talent in their performances. The film does not have a Disney budget so don’t expect Disney FX, it relies on the imagination and attention of the viewer to create the experience. The film is clunky at times, has some lip sync issues (or that could be the downloaded copy) and is reliant on different camera techniques to portray mood and context. Some of it really works, some of it doesn’t, but the latter is the minority of the film. The use of different filming techniques, camera and editing gives the film a charm and sense of authenticity (watch for the stunning view of Stuttgart). Yes the dialogue fades in part, yes some shots jerk and yes there are a few continuity issues, however, this film is the better for these foibles. There was one tiny criticism that did detract from the enjoyment at times and that was the music. Whilst rock is a particular OSGR favourite, it did feel an unnecessary enhancement to certain scenes or dialogue at times, which would of probably been better replaced with background sounds (like in the LA scene). The use of the music did detract the viewer from the dialogue and made them work hard to stay immersed in the scene. Saying that ‘Like a Rattlesnake’ at the end completely fitted and was superb. Another observation is that the interplay between the different stories can appear disjointed and unconnected. However, lets contextualise and examine this.

 

Breathe EasyThe screenplay takes time to embed. The first 30 minutes had a feeling of where does this go. Is this a criticism, no, it’s an observation as a viewer. This ‘lead’ into the story is necessary for the identification and realisation that the films journey is built in a way for the watcher to ‘eureka’ the moment when they understand the film. The viewer realises three things as they go deeper into the film. Each part appears separate, like watching 20 different stories. They are not; each story gives a different view of different parts of the world as they descend into post apocalyptic madness, this gives the first realisation ‘everyone in the film is affected by madness caused by the central event, i.e. they are all mad’. The second thing you notice is, each countries story represented has its own individual values challenged. Whether it’s the removal of neighbourhood and social standing in Mexico, fragmentation of a trusting society in Germany or the rise of Neo-Nazi anarchists in the UK. All segments attempt to show the characters struggle as their countries valued cultural aspects degenerate into disorder (ping). Lastly, is that before the Eureka moment, the viewer may think what happened to … (insert character). Lets just say that once the watcher realises that they don’t appear again, this is part of the ahhh eureka moment. It’s the point of the film – “in a post Earth altering event there are no conclusions to the story, not many happy endings and each segments end is just that a conclusion to that part of the story”. Yes this sounds a little confusing but when you see the film, you get it.

 

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So this first foray into independent film is now complete. The films strength’s are its subtleties of how cultures handle infrastructure breakdown and inner dialogues of social absurdity. Whether it’s the Bocham crass world of web streaming – watching someone complete mundane chores on a web cam for pleasure, the obscure world of the UK ‘millennial’ boozy social lives or the Bulgarian value of family life, this film uses them with subtly, humour and with effect. These are hopefully the films intentions and if the screenplay has been evaluated correctly, it’s why this OSG enjoyed the film so much.

 

Was this first foray of value, hell yes! Was this 2hrs well spent – absolutely! If this is a precursor to what independent film has to offer then excitement fills the air. This is a new OSGR endeavour and one that this film has cemented. Don’t expect to get this film in its first hour, let its story wash over you and immerse you. If you get the Eureka moment, then the realisation will flood over you. OSGR recommend this film for those that allow the experience of a film to swallow them and have the ability to allow the imagination to fulfil the story. A remarkable film with flashes of subtle genius that delight when experienced. Remember ‘Breathe Easy’ and learn why birds fly upside down over Sunderland (wink). Geek Out.

 

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Other Reviews on 'Breathe Easy'

Film CarnageBreathe Easy is a fantastic example of international film-makers coming together, collaborating on an epic scale to make something fun for a wide range of audiences. It’s a huge blend of styles and atmospheres but they all successfully merge together to form one multifaceted story.

 

I Found it at the MoviesIn short, this film is an astonishing and outstanding achievement that everyone should see.

 

TV SERIES HUBIt’s a simple straight forward indie film. But the story is something else…in a very good way.

This film will have you laughing, wondering what the hell is going on. The pay off is priceless.

 

UK Film ReviewAudiences seeking something a little more down to earth, especially in the indie film market, may appreciate the form a touch more. Perhaps, however, this only works when you have a dystopian storyline spanning multiple countries, with multiple narratives, where it is not only acceptable but believable to have such vastly contrasting films, like a collage of every type of humanity coming together globally.

It has taken over 24hrs from seeing Rogue One to writing a review. Why, well it has taken that long to digest, unpick and critique what was witnessed in a cinema not so far away. Once the process was complete a dilemma was set, a lot of credible people have reviewed and expressed an opinion about Rogue One. These authors have given their thoughts and feelings on the latest instalment to carry the Star Wars flag. At OSGR the force is strong and as life long Star Wars Fans (minus the first 7 years of life before 77 and the year lost in Ayia Napa in 92 (it was brutal - man brutal)) OSGR wanted to be different in this review. Remember ‘Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen’? There is a verse in the song that goes - Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of wishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling for more than it's worth.” It is these words that have given a structure to this review, it is a kind of review of reviews.

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Why?

So many people have dispensed advice on Rogue One we should be patient and take our time to see what they have said. There was a strong feeling that by completing a single OSGR review then it could be construed that OSGR were just recycling it for more than its worth. To throw just another review into this boiling pot of opinion without looking at the opinions of others is pointless now the film has been subdued by the Sith like reviewers. So here goes – but before it starts there is a little disclaimer to all those are about to be quoted and all those receiving a nod too in this blog – OSGR salute your opinion, apologises for those left out and trust me on the sunscreen.

 

The Review ‘Be careful whose advice you buy’

Rogue One was finally released and after a week of avoiding spoilers, leaving Twitter & shutting eyes to Facebook, OSGR was ready. Arriving at the cinema early, coffee was consumed, popcorn/coke was purchased and seats were taken (best in the house of course, comfort is important at this age). The lights dimmed and the wait for the immortal words “In a Galaxy Far Far away” was commenced….. Skip to three hours later and the shocked emoji face was one left on the cinema goers faces. What was just witnessed? Was it a good shocked emoji or a bad shocked emoji? Was Rogue One a triumph?

 

As stated earlier OSGR needed time – pleasure sensors had been lit up and (like Palpatine’s hands) synapses were firing chaotically. With all this in mind Rogue One reviews were poured over and summarised in the hope that a considered critique of the film could be written. To note, with the variety and sheer numbers of reviews three common themes were identified, debated and summarised in this blog. Finally, let’s not detract; overall there are a lot of positive reviews on Rogue One and some proclaiming it to be on par with Empire!

 

Without further to do, like a Wampa picking the bones of its victims, lets digest Rogue One.

 

The Story – Lets get those plans!

Lets hit this head on - Variety sum up Rogue One as “Younger audiences will be bored, confused, or both. But for the original generation of “Star Wars” fans who weren’t sure what to make of episodes one, two, and three, “Rogue One” is the prequel they’ve always wanted.” An interesting review – is this a film purely for the old guard of Star Wars Geeks (like OSGR), can it stand alone to those who know nothing of Star Wars? It’s an interesting thought. Stopping for a moment to think who this film was written for kind of nulls the argument that this film was for the fans of the original. It’s a statement written in virtually every premier magazine/web site review on Rogue One. A thought arises – lets look at prequels, sequels and spin offs. The reason these are funded is due to the popularity of the initial film. It is this popularity that enables comparison and reflection on the new instalment. Rogue one nods at this and understands where it fits in the genre and series of Star Wars. Although it attempts to identify itself as a stand-alone movie it only accomplishes this in its characters and characterisation. The Cameos and Easter Eggs ensure that the film is able to embellish itself in the Star Wars series. Every film is represented in one way or another within the films borders. As for younger fans being confused, I’m unsure if this film is meant to be seen with no connection to its counterparts or to be seen as a sum of its parts only. Sarah Buddery at Jump Cut UK explains this more eloquently “It is sometimes easy to forget you are watching a Star Wars film when watching ‘Rogue One’, however this is in no way a criticism. It combines elements you love from Star Wars, yet creates a film which could just as easily stand on its own”. It’s hard to understand why Rogue One would confuse its younger audience? It’s a shame that Peter Debruge in the Variety review does not elaborate on this. However if you are taking children to see Rogue One OSGR highly recommend reading “A parent's guide to Rogue One: Should you take the kids?” by Anthony Breznican it’s a well-written blog that parents will appreciate.

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Characters – For the Rebellion

One other theme of the film that is considered is the characters. Firstly lets remove some of the more obvious cameos like Darth Vader for the moment. As the film attempts to builds characters quickly, it utilises the first third of the movie to create their back-stories, whilst inserting them into the Star Wars story. These characters have come into some turret flak in some reviews. They describe a lack of depth and little engagement as stand-alone characters. This may be true, however there appears to be a little confusion about the characterisation of the leads and their place in this film. Most reviews seem content in aligning their portrayal against well-established and Iconic figures in Star Wars. For instance Krennic being compared to Vader and Cassian to Han Solo is just Bantha Fodder. Michael Doran goes even further in his review at Space.com in that “If the film missteps even a little bit (and it’s probably better described as unnecessary steps), it’s the number of callbacks and touchstones to the original films it does manage to squeeze in. Some moments work better and more organically than others, while some seem a little forced and obligatory, momentarily distracting from the unfurling newness of it all”. There are some cameos that do seem a little ‘ham fisted’ in their presence but they are so fleeting that they give more of distraction than a game changer in the film.

 

The Rogue One characters are not meant to be the heroes of the rebellion or the orchestrators of the Empire’s rule. They are anti-heroes (especially Cassian Andor), pawns and their characters are to be viewed as flawed and desperate. Lucas Seigal Describes this very well in the Comicbook.com review when they describe the characters “the personal relationships and individual characters are what made this movie shine. In war, you don't need to know every detail of a person's life to know whether you're willing to fight alongside them, to die for, or with them. In that aspect, the relationships here were 100% natural and realistic”. The film is not setting up a saga, more complementing one. Much has been written about the lack of a male lead and the strength of a female lead in Jyn. This is unfair as the most loved Star Wars films fail to set a lead and their storyline is based on a flawed family concept with a mixture of main characters. It’s this distinct lack of singular leads in the Star Wars films that allowed us to establish an allegiance to our favourites. OSGR is a Han all the way, yet some of the friends of OSGR are Sith Lords, Leia fanatics and even Hamill harbingers (even Kylo and Padame nerds are littered through the Star Wars boards of Twitter and Facebook). Why then should Rogue One be the only Star Wars film to have to select a Female and Male lead. As James Dyer describes in his Empire review “Rogue One shakes off formula and goes rogue itself, that it finally fulfils its promise”. This is the strength of Rogue One all though not everyone agrees. Is it because it’s a spin off/prequel? Does the premise that it can stand alone demand an identification of lead? I’m not sure that it does, Star Wars has always utilised its main characters as the protagonists of its play – the scripts demand that they interplay with each scene and act, dancing through them like a Twi’lek at Jabba’s Palace only to be devoured by the films final act which is both spectacular and meaningful to its theatre audience. Total Films Matt Maytum (in games radar) highlights this in his article “Everyone from Riz Ahmed’s defected Imperial pilot to odd-couple warriors Chirrut and Baze (Donnie Yen and Wen Jiang) feels developed, and has a chance to shine without it feeling like arbitrary box ticking. Alan Tudyk steals all the laughs as K-2SO, a reprogrammed Imperial droid who’s something like a sassier, snarkier, tougher Threepio”. In OSGR’s opinion Rouge One accomplishes the use and development of a main set of characters. These characters have one film for the viewers to either love or hate not over 9 hours to fully establish themselves. The comparison to established figures in the Star Wars saga is both crass and uncalled for – It is a testament to the writers that we are able to establish a connection to the new characters in Rogue One. Rogue One is directed in such a way as to end up feeling for the characters as the feast of an ending plays out, even when they have had such a short time develop. To compare their development to established developed characters is like comparing Stormtrooper blaster fire with Obi Wans Lightsabre, yes it misses the point.

 

One thing is certain the director and script writers would have had howls in the halls if they established a film that had no links to a new hope and had left out iconic characters, but it doesn’t and for that its better. The littering of cameos and easter eggs when they are placed in the film really give it a place in the halls of the saga. It’s too early to proclaim its ranking (OSGR need to see it a least another 50 times). As it settles and implants into the Old Sci-fi brain it will share merit with the original trilogy. Here are some Twitter fans reactions to Rogue One explaining that point.

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twitter reactions to rogue one

 

 

Direction & Cinematography–“You came in that thing, your brave than I thought”

The Hollywood Reporter hones in on this different tack in that “What fans will get here is loads of action, great effects, good comic relief, stunning locations (Iceland, Jordan and the Maldives) and some intriguing early glimpses of the Galactic Empire as it begins to flex its intergalactic power”. This is proclaimed in many of the reviews read. Nerdist Reviewer Kyle Anderson goes further in that “The direction by Gareth Edwards is quite gorgeous and gives the Star Wars universe some much needed immediacy and consequence. This is a war movie and is shot as such, and one should know up front that this is a very violent movie, because war is violent. The planets visited provide a great change of pace, and the exterior photography is beautiful. There’s a sheen that The Force Awakens had that Rogue One doesn’t, but that’s to its credit rather than its detriment. This feels much more like a movie for older people while still being within the family-friendly universe”. This certainly plays to the movies strengths and the last half hour of the movie particularly plays to this in time honored Star Wars fashion. The main reviews have all found the quality of the cinematography encapsulates the films beauty and the effects are weaved by the wizards of Industrial Light and Magic in such away to make you breathless.

 

Final Act

Lets just take a moment to put the film in context and it is summed up eloquently in J Q Ronan’s Review on ‘There has been an awakening’ site “Rogue One also displays the Rebellion’s dark side simply by having characters reveal the organisation’s weaknesses”. This gives the film depth and character. Its darkness is the shining light of this film and there is no wonder its being spoken about in the terms of Empire. Can it be proclaimed into the halls of Star Wars top 5 from the reviews alone? Lets just remind ourselves of the reviews of what is considered to be the best film from the genre ’The Empire Strikes Back’. Back in 1980 some of the most considered film review publications had some considered opinions on Empire. The Hollywood Reporter in 1980 reported “The Empire may not top Star Wars, but it certainly makes one look forward to whatever new surprises George Lucas and his band of cinematic wizards can conjure up for us. — Arthur Knight”. Also Variety stated in their 1980 article that ‘"The Empire Strikes Back" is a worthy sequel to Star Wars, equal in both technical mastery and characterization, suffering only from the familiarity with the effects generated in the original and imitated too much by others’. Both articles highlight that the stimulated debate on any new Star Wars movie will always bring considered opinions and ‘painting over the ugly parts’. Reviewers can give us a measure of a movies success, but when read singularly do they give a full picture. OSGR has digested reviews some leaving a warm glow of satisfaction whilst others have left a taste of ‘The Klatooine paddy frog’ in the mouth. Some of the latter were due to a feeling that they were written to be controversial rather than a critique of a film, however that’s not to say that these opinions were not important and enhance the debate around the movie. Like the old Empire reviews - Rogue One should not be measured on a single review written on an opening weekend.

 

 

This review centres on the three main themes from the reviews, however there are many more out there and worth a read. In OSGRs opinion and the opinion of many reviewers Rogue One is a triumph. A twinge of jealousy is held for those using Rogue One to introduce themselves to the fandom of Star Wars (my word, OSGR going Sith??). This twinge is born from the knowledge that new fans have got 7 great movies to watch and the iconic characters glanced at in the film are going to become a whole lot better. Trust me on the Sunscreen - Geek Out.

 

Hitman 47 - Hit or Miss?

Posted on 1st December, 2016

As a fan of the Game Hitman - OSGR thought it would check out Hitman Agent 47 - even after the mixed reviews of the 2007 Hitman film based on the popular game. Old Sci-fi Geeks thought it may be pertinent to sit down and view the last offering. So with a glass of vino and a comfy sofa OSGR sat down to an evening in front of the cathode tube. Although this is not a purely Sci-fi film, the feeling of an enhanced killer agent did perk the geek interest (well Terminator is Sci-fi). The premiss of this instalment initially was simple, an enhanced assassin was targeting a mark who did not know they were being hunted. Initial thoughts were that this film had the similar feel to the original (a bit like Marathon and Snickers). The opening darkness of the film's setting, whilst attempting to be atmospheric, hindered the initial bond to the main character Katia (Hannah Ware).  

 

The introduction of Zachery Quinto is a bit of a genius stroke in this film. As the film introduces him as John Smith, his class of acting starts to bring depth and feeling to the film from characters introduction (although I couldn't help thinking of Spock, it must be his delivery). As a protector of Katia, Quinto quickly brings the film together in the first 15 minutes he is in it. Yes he's shot quickly, therefore not allowing us to form attachment to his character. 

 

The film reveals that Katia has undergone the same enhancements as our red tied super assassin Agent 47 (Rupert Friend), and like Rey in The Force Awakens, Katia has to seek her inner force and develop her skills quickly - or be sucked into an aircraft engine (nice twist). From here the film accelerates Katia's rebirth. The film's aircraft factory sequence is quite magnificent in the ways 47 finds to dispatch the troops trying to kill him one by one. This is where we are introduced to the one aspect of the film that sets it apart from the original. The game sequences, yes the film achieves the migration of the games action to the big screen better than the original. 

Agent 47 in his 2 handed game pose

 

The reintroduction of John Smith (Quinto) identifies why we are not allowed to become attached to his character - yes he's the bad guy (with armour plated skin - a bit Terminator-esk). Those of us who have played hitman will start to notice more nods to the video game. Katia avoiding the cameras in the airport is reminiscent of the hours spent playing the game whilst resisting the urge to launch the controller each time the camera caught you and your mission failed. 

 

It has to be said that the film has more coherence than the first. Once the viewer has overcome the initial attachment disorder felt with the characters, the storyline begins to shape. It's easy to reflect why there was no passion for the lead character Katia or Agent 47. Quite frankly they are devoid of humanity and the viewer not forming an attachment is part of the films intent.

 

The fight sequences in the film can be compared to the Bourne series in their Hannah Ware ready for battlecomplexity and choreography. There are quick hand switches and panning third person camera angles that give the same feeling as Bourne. The storyline seems to lose some of the initial 'clunkiness' of the initial first third as it progresses. Agent 47 remains detached and robotic, Katia seems to develop more of a humanistic value as she becomes more proficient in her abilities (she becomes a mixture of Angelina Jolie in Laura Croft and Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil, but with less Pizzaz)

 

Throughout the film, it's a mystery on how they keep finding them? There arehighlights I.e, the a lovely red Audi  R7 is introduced, with a chase scene that's creative in its inception and ending (being pinned by steel wire harpoons was an inventive twist). It's interesting where all the ninja like soldiers keep coming from, however they are despatched proficiently in Agent 47s iconic manner (the 2 gun arms outstretched really displays some of the special moves of the games character). 

Red Audi In action

In conclusion the film does have a certain charm. Unlike PC Mag OSGR feel that the feel of the game did translate well into film. Why? Well those that have played hitman know that in the beginning its a very frustrating experience, but, when you get the hang of it it's quite enjoyable. Well Hitman Agent 47 is like that, even when you are enjoying it there are niggles of frustration and the end remains open to a sequel. So like the game Hitman, Agent 47 is frustrating at times, difficult in the beginning but packed with some good action sequences. Like the game it feels disjointed at times and leaves you with questions throughout - like how did they keep finding them!! (Well that was kind of answered at the end but it's a subtlety that was only obvious on reflection). Well it ain't no classic but it deserves a 6 out of 10 Geek Points. Nice action but clunky storyline - Geek Out.

 

 

Did RIPD set up Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool?

Posted on 14th November, 2016

RIPD - DEADPOOL

Sunday night can be a little bit hit and miss on the old cathode ray tube, but, Film 4 (like the Millennium Falcon swooping into save Luke) rescued and revealed an OSGR favourite - RIPD. Yes it wasn't rated highly by those of critic persuasions, yes it had the proverbial - hydrogen - low atomic weight on the Geek periodic table. But hang on, the film does have a certain charm and wit that does give it a certain something - like Darth Maul did for Star Wars I. For those that are not familiar with the films concept. The story starts with Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) as a Boston cop, who, with his partner Bobby Hayes (Kevin Bacon) steal some gold from a drugs bust. The film develops quickly with Nicks partner double crossing and killing him (if the storyline was Game of Thrones - Winter would have come in Season 1 episode 2 and spring in episode 3 - it moves that quick at the beginning!). Nick and RoyNick gets recruited by the RIPD on the way to his astral judgement (yes judgement, where one stands in front of their maker or George Lucas in OSGR's case). The storyline evolves Nicks character as he is trained by Roy Pulsipher (Jeff Bridges), a dead Wild West law-man, to hunt those that are dead but don't want to face their judgement - Deado's. No Deado's aren't zombies - they live amongst us like the steel skulled aliens in 'They Live'. It turns out the gold is a Jericho talisman that can reverse the path that people take to their judgement (a big red swirly hole in the sky), therefore flooding the world with Deado's. Only Nick & Roy can stop Bobby who is the 'Grand Deado Master'! The film does have some great action scenes and stunning effects (especially the initial still shot when Nick ascends). Both Bridges and Reynolds deliver some killer lines in this film. A particular classic was when Roy opened up about his death and being eaten by coyotes:

Roy - Those coyotes, they made love to my skull

Nick -  Well I hope they got both eyes.

These one liners start to create a bit of deja vu. There was a certain resonance to the delivery and interaction that peaks a geeks interest. Reynolds playing a part of a deadman struggling to come to terms with his demise. The interplay between a Deadpool oopsmentor and newly created persona. The rescue of a love from a previous life (even a bit of stalking as well). Hmmm is this starting to sound familiar, like Armageddon and Deep Impact familiar? The premiss of the film is that a straight talking character metamorphoses into an unfamiliar persona whilst retaining their core integrity (like an Old Geek after cinema Cola). This strikes central similarities to the Deadpool movie (or doesn't as this is an opinion piece). Now it is noted that RIPD is not Deadpool, but, the glimpses of crude humour, storyline nuances and film finale can develop an idea that this film gave the basis for the Deadpool character. If the viewer starts to combine Bridges character Roy and Reynolds character Nick, then these could be perceived to portray a fledgling Deadpool. It could be said the no-nonsense Cop Nick is Reynolds basis for Deadpool and by also enveloping the 'Roy' character, a familiar character bed-rock can be seen. This begs the question Did Jeff Bridges school Reynolds in the deadpan delivery that will make his Deadpool character so convincing.

 

OSGR deadpool-logopropose that the genius of Ryan's Deadpool can be seen in this film, the embryonic 'Merc with a Mouth' is littered throughout the film. There is an OSGR concession here though, Ryan Reynolds has always had an ability to deliver crude observational humour in the majority of his roles (isn't that why he's loved so). So, why is RIPD different? Why not Green Lantern in which he plays a hero with a rebel streak? Why not the Green lantern character transposed to Reynolds Deadpool? Well the Green Lantern was flawed (and not in the flawed movie sense), the character wanted to prove something (if you had a cent/penny for ever time that has been a successful premiss for a film you'd  have a quarter or 25p). Ok there were some deadpan lines delivered in Lantern but not to Deadpool standard - Deadpool is known for the crudités and finality of the dialogue (to compare the scripts lines are like .... being hit in the face by a torch Forbidden Planet - Deadpool Figurelight for Lantern and a Missile Launcher for Deadpool). In Deadpool, Reynolds delivers the dialogue in such a way that you believe he actually has no remorse or embarrassment in what he says - like a Granny at Thanksgiving or any other family celebration. This is not evident in Green Lantern. It is in this delivery RIPD has similarities with Deadpool, the underlying storyline and script is delivered in such a way that you believe both Nick and Roy don't have that 'blush factor' in what they are saying - in fact they could have created Deadpool as their love child. The smatterings of DeadpoolForbidden Planet-Esk one-liners and the films concept could be construed to indicate that RIPD was the testing pad for the Reynolds Deadpool Rocket ....... so in conclusion was RIPD the bed-rock for Ryan Reynolds Deadpool. Do you know it does appear that way. Oh and I wonder if "there's fat elvis" in RIPD2. Geek Out. 

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Doctor Strange - A Piece of Marvel Magic

Posted on 27th October, 2016

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So Sunday night came and went, Monday day was spent wading through work meetings. Monday night was spent looking for new items for the website. Tuesday dragged - hang on why are talking about this?.... Because it's pertinent to get an understanding of just how mundane life had become before the evening of Tuesday 25th October 2016 came.  Yes, that was the night that the Marvel Cineverse altered its destiny.  Until this day, Marvel has concentrated on the Avengers build up, with amazing iron men, strong captains to be led by and Hulks  or demi gods to engage that geekness in us.  However we were not ready for what happened when Doctor Strange burst onto our minds eye, imprinting its stunning effects and delicious magical wares onto our Psyche.  The new Star Wars Trailer looked awesome on the large screen, stroking the Star Wars Geek with its slow build up and touch. But this was a mere appetiser, compared to what burst onto the screen after.  

The film opens quickly with a scene that becomes apparent in its importance later on, we are quickly introduced to the brilliance of Dr Steve Strange (remember him the one Hydra wanted to target in Winter Soldier). Doctor Strange builds slowly and steadily for the first half, reminiscent of Captain America The First Avenger. It skilfully moves us from Steve Strange the Dr to the embryonic Doctor Strange. It has a nice touch building his magical powers one by one and shows their interconnectivity by revealing them only after we have grasped the one on show.  Genius. The second part is a phoenix like resurrection of Steve Strange to Doctor Strange, entwined with the Marvel Universe Iron Man humour. Again adding the sections of persona gently and with care to the creation of Doctor Strange, a man becoming a myth.  Each addition reveals the magical side to the Marvel Universe littered with enough easter eggs and nods to the comic universe of Doctor Strange to make a geeks heart sob (especially an old one).  Benedict Cumberbatch embodies the character, and even has a passable US accent, which will throw UK viewers a little. Tilda Swinton is magnificent as The Ancient One she is both convincing and gives a glowing air of someone with the knowledge of the universe in their head (yet somehow radiates the same quirks of Victor Wong in The Golden Child- wierd). Mads Mikkelson is awesome, giving the menace of a zealot, believing he is right, definitely in his comfort zone - looking forward to seeing him as Galen Erso in Rogue One. There are many notable performances in this Rachel McAdams holds her scenes with Benedict and provides subtly to the back story. However besides the Lead Man there are two fantastic supporting cast members - Chiwetel Ejiofor, oozes his own brand of zealot in his portrayal of a man submerged by belief and Dr Strange's saviour. His portrayal has the same unflappability that he portrayed in Serenity when he played The Operative. Class.  Wong played by Benedict Wong gives a subtle performance as the burgeoning valet to Doctor Strange and gives us some of the best humorous side lines. 

 

The effects in this film are first rate - In fact cinemas should come with a pause and rewind button, as some of the scenes are so packed with subtleties, blink and miss them. The storyline cradles the viewer, soothing them as it translates one of the more complex marvel comic book storylines into a 1hr 55min spectacle.  Although this film has great settings and superb camera work this film, because of the complex comic book storyline, should not translate this well to screen. But it does.

Doctor Strange Effects

Finally for those purists amongst the Geekdom check out one of the final scenes, a tear of joy was displayed on many geek cheek in the cinema.  A triumphant translation to cinema from Marvel masters of comic book films, Doctor Strange is a first rate magical success. One of the best Tuesday nights any Old Sci-Fi Geek has had at the Cinema.  Geek Out