Movie Review- ‘The Drop’ Starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini

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Now that the Summer season is over we’ll begin our Fall season of movies with our review of ‘The Drop’ which was directed by Michael R. Roskam, starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini.

Released this past Friday, ‘The Drop’ is described as follows:

Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.

Hardy portrays the character of Bob Saginowski and its hard to find a better leading man than Tom Hardy these days, he’s just so good and his performance carries the whole movie.   With that being said the movie itself was really good, although it did have some issues.  Overall it was a very unique film and reminded me that you don’t have to see a huge blockbuster film to enjoy yourself at the movie theaters.

I’m surprised ‘The Drop’ isn’t labeled as a thriller or mystery film because that is exactly what it felt like to me, which is a very good thing.  I found myself on “the edge of my seat” during the whole film as the plot unraveled.  As a viewer you have no idea what the final outcome is going to be and every scene escalates the story further to get to that final moment.  I personally love this type of plot because it keeps me in the movie and the determining factor is the ending which can either make or break the entire film.  And this ending delivered a very solid wrap up to the movie as a whole.

Now most of you know this was James Galdolfini’s last role that he shot before he passed away.  He gave a very solid performance and was in the movie more than I thought he was going to be.  His character is very important to the overall plot of the movie and him and Hardy’s relationship is the basis of the film.

I believe ‘The Drop’ is a very good movie, maybe not great, but really good.  If you like crime-dramas than this movie is ideal for you and it has certain elements that everybody can enjoy such as a cute puppy (which is actually a big part of the movie)  and a very interesting love interest for Hardy’s character played by Noomi Rapace.

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The best part of the film is hands-down Tom Hardy’s performance with the worst part of the movie being some of the dialogue being a little shaky.  There are a few other negatives such as a very slow build up in the beginning but I believe it was necessary for the outcome of the movie.  Overall I give ‘The Drop’ an 8.5 out of 10.

Will you guys being seeing ‘The Drop’? If you have let us know what you thought about it.  I know I will see it at least one more time in theaters due to how much I enjoyed it. Hopefully you all will too.  ‘The Drop’ is currently in theaters so go check it out! And as always express your thoughts in the comment section.

Sources: IMDB, google images, youtube.com

King Kong origin film ‘Skull Island’ casts a Marvel fan favorite

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Tom Hiddleston who plays the anti hero Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been cast for Skull Island. The film will serve as an origin story for King Kong. There’s no official word on what Hiddleston role will be, but some presume it’ll be the adventurer/explorer type character (think Sam Neill from Jurassic Park). This is a great casting not just for fans, but for the project itself.

Legendary took fans by surprise when announcing a King Kong origins film at Comic Con, as one of their bigger upcoming projects. Movie critics really liked the ’05 Peter Jackson directed King Kong (84% Rotten Tomatoes), while audience reactions were more split. So you can imagine movie goers weren’t exactly thrilled at the announcement. However, adding a talent like Tom Hiddleston, with his onscreen charisma that audiences love changes that. The studio must have realized they needed a hit as far as casting, so why not get a guy that audiences want to see more of? You know besides the Loki character.

Skull Island already has a drafted script from Max Borenstein, who also wrote Legendary’s successful Godzilla reboot. The film is set to be directed by Vogt-Roberts, who broke out last years with his indie film Kings of Summer. It seems Legendary is following the trend of giving small film directors a blockbuster project.

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One thing that I hope studio would at least discuss is bringing in Andy Serkis for motion capture work. Serkis did an amazing job doing the capture work for Peter Jackson’s King Kong and even played a small character who had his moments in the film. For those Movie Talkers who weren’t as excited about Skull Island (me) look out, this blockbuster is starting to shape up to be something BIG.

Skull Island is set to hit theaters on November 4th, 2016

Ang Lee’s long delayed Ali/Frazer Biopic “Thrilla in Manila” may not happen

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Anyone with anything good to say regarding Ang Lee’s Life of Pi will surely praise the visual experience in 3-D. Lee pushed the 3-D technology to it’s limits and achieved something remarkable. Life of Pi earned multiple Oscar wins, including Best Director. Afterwards, anticipation was high on what Ang Lee’s next project would be. In 2013, the director came out and announced that he would do a 3-D Biopic on the epic 1975 bout “Thrilla in Manila” between boxers Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

The 3-D film was said to give audiences the feel of being inside the ring with the two heavyweights. An inside look unlike any other at the brutality that Ali and Frazier gave each other in those fights. Peter Morgan who wrote Ron Howard’s formula one film Rush was set (and still is) to write the Biopic, which may already be complete. However, the much excited Lee directed project may be delayed permanently.

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The Ali/Frazier Biopic has faced quite a bit of delays in pre-production, mainly regarding the film’s budget. If Ang Lee is promising The Life of Pi visual experience only better, for a film centered on Thrilla in Manila, it’ll probably cost a bit of money. Furthermore, some of the delays have actually been from Lee himself. The director claims that he would like to wait for technology to catch up a bit in order to fully achieve his vision for this project. His vision includes incorporating 3-D technology that’s able to enhance horizontal fast motion and close ups. Lee also intends on using real life footage of the fight, which is ambitious to say the least. It sounds very promising and worth the wait if you ask me. However, the longer the wait the more money that’s being spent in this lengthy pre-production.

There is a chance that the director will proceed with a smaller project, until the timing is right regarding the project. My hope is that the studio doesn’t can the project fully or proceed without Ang Lee. The idea sounds very cool of giving audiences an experience like this, especially when it’s a fight like the Thrilla in Manila.

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For those who aren’t familiar with this rivalry or boxing, the Ali/Frazier fights were some of the best ever, especially during a golden era for the sport. There were three fights between the two heavyweights. The first fight a.k.a The Fight of the Century was a true classic between an undefeated boxer in Ali who finally met his match in Joe Frazier. The second fight wasn’t as good, and was considered poorly refereed by many. The third fight a.k.a Thrilla in Manila was the one to settle the rivalry once and for all. The fight took place in the Philippines and was 14 rounds of pure everything you’d expect from a fight between two legends. Ali won 2 of the 3 fights, with Frazier taking the first.

I’ll be watching closely on the status of Ang Lee’s Ali/Frazier 3-D Biopic.

I Know What You Did Last Summer is getting a remake

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This era of reboots and remakes in Hollywood has reached the 90’s, with the 1997 horror flick I Know What You Did Last Summer as it’s latest victim. The report comes from Deadline which states that Sony intends to fast track the remake for a targeted 2016 release. Already attached to the remake as a writer is Mike Flanagan, who wrote and directed the 2014 horror film Oculus. So already this remake; that some of you (including myself) are asking “why”, has something good going for it.

It’s been forever since I seen the ’97 film I Know What You Did Last Summer, but I can’t imagine it’ll hold up today as it did then. Being a 90’s baby, the first film holds a special place in me where all the other 90’s films are that I grew up watching. It was about a year ago when I re-watched the sequel “I Still Know” on cable, which had me laughing whenever Jack Black was on screen.

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There’s no telling if Sony intends on making more than one of these. I didn’t even know a third film existed after the first two, which had a terrible title I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer .This remake has potential to be successful, given a low budget, being as least cliched possible, and casting up & coming young actors/actresses who can actually act. One minor concern is just how are they gonna cast a young beauty like 90’s Jennifer Love Hewitt? That’s just my own minor concern.

Movie Talkers how are we feeling about this news? What do you remember about the first film and sequel?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reunite on screen for a romantic drama

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It’s been nine years since Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were on screen together in the ’05 Action/Comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith. It was a film that brought the two stars together for the first time, and the rest is history. The recently married couple are now starring in a new romance drama titled By the Sea, which may have been inspired by the same titled poem written by Emily Dickinson. Entertainment Weekly gave the first look at the new film which is currently in the middle of production.

By the Sea is set in the 70’s where a married couple travel the world together. Vanessa (played by Jolie) is a former dancer, and her husband Roland (played by Pitt) is an American writer. As the couple travel, their marriage begins having trouble as they grow further and further apart. As they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants (locals). As a kind of found-family is assembled amid these maritime dwellers, histories are shared—some joyful, some mournful—and the couple are swept up in their stories, changing the way they look at each other.

According to Jolie, she choose  this time because she felt it could allow her to isolate the characters from everyday life. “I chose to set By the Sea in the 1970s, not only because it is a colorful and alluring era, but because it removes many of the distractions of contemporary life and allows the focus to remain squarely on the emotions that the characters experience in their journey.”

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I’ve been waiting to see Jolie and Pitt back on screen after the successful Mr. & Mrs. Smith. It’s obvious the recently married couple are tackling more creative and meaningful films, which is fine with me. I like stories that take couples away from everyday life and introduce them to small places that hold their own historic significance. Lessons can be learned that will give them a new perspective on things, and possibly a deeper appreciation.

As well as starring in the film, Jolie is also directing, writing, and co-producing. Brad Pitt is also co-producing. Filming on By the Sea is expected to wrap in mid November. 

Future looks bright for Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off

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Out of all the rumored potential Star Wars spin-off movies (Boba Fett, Han Solo, X-Wing squad) an Obi-Wan Kenobi centered movie sounds by far the most interesting. I understand that there are bigger Star Wars fans out there than me; who have this hate for the prequels, which is fine I mostly have the same problems, but Obi-Wan Kenobi wasn’t one of them. I thought Ewan McGregor was fantastic as a young(er) Obi-Wan, and I have been wanting to see his adventures between Episode III – IV. The latest rumor surrounding this dream project comes from a source claiming the Jedi Knight is on his way to getting his solo movie.

From Making Star Wars:

“I’ve heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spinoff movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters. But I’m hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan (fans recently voting for him on the official website, etc.) that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie.”

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I want to also add that actor Ewan McGregor has also expressed interest in reprising his role; recognizing that there is so much potential to tell stories of his journey. This is all just a rumor for the moment, but if the recent fan voting on the official Star Wars website of Obi-Wan Kenobi as their favorite character is any indication, it is clear that fans want this to happen. As I said before, there are no fans like Star Wars fans.

Movie Talkers, do you want to see an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo movie?

‘Serena’ Trailer- Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

About a week ago we posted an article about ‘Serena’ (see here) and we weren’t sure when exactly a trailer would be released.  Well fortunately that day has come and we finally get a look at what the movie will be like and what type of tone it will consist of.

There’s no doubt that there is heavy star power carrying this film but regardless of the two leads the trailer is really captivating and easily made it one of my most anticipated. Check out the trailer below via youtube.com:

This movie looks like it will be a lot more intense than I originally thought.  I wasn’t expecting so much action and powerful dialogue which should bring out some amazing performances from the cast.  I would even say that this movie has Oscar potential, if not for the actual movie itself, then at least for the two leads.

What do you guys think? Does this movie look interesting to you? Do you think it has a chance at any category at the Oscars? Express your thoughts! And check out ‘Serena’ in theaters on November 27, 2014.

sources: comingsoon.net , youtube.com

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