Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #102 – Ocean’s 8, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #102 – Ocean’s 8, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: This week we welcome back Josh who unfortunately had to cut his trip short after getting into a prang with a moped. Unlucky for him but lucky for us! We cover Ocean’s 8, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Not only that but we also take a look at some movie news, and our top five this week involves Science being used for Evil!

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #099 – Avengers: Infinity War (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #099 – Avengers: Infinity War (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: ITS FINALLY HERE!!! JOIN US FOR A NON-SPOILER REVIEW THEN A SUPER IN DEPTH SPOILER REVIEW OF AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR!

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Avengers Week: Guardian’s Of The Galaxy – A Quick Capsule Review

Avengers Week: Guardian’s Of The Galaxy – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

With Avengers: Infinity War opening this week, Phil’s Quick Capsule Review will be rerunning the reviews of some of our favourite Marvel Films! 

 

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay let’s get this out the way early doors: this film is awesome.  In fact it’s probably top 2 or 3 of Marvel movies to date as well as being the most fun and enjoyable film of 2014.  Quite simply director James Gunn delivers in a film that most people had written off before the first frame was ever shot.  The characters connect (Rocket Racoon is simply genius), Chris Pratt stamps his mark as a leading man and the otherworld setting makes for a nice change from the usual Earth bound superhero movies.  The action works, it’s funny as hell and, quite frankly, if you heaven seen this you are missing out.  Big time.

Best Bit: Rocket Racoon

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars, The Avengers, Captain America Winter Solider

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Jurassic World – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Jurassic World – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So the best film ever made? No.  Not even the best film made about CGI dinosaurs. In a summer of hyper, critical love and box office smashes, Jurassic World does what it needs to and returns all the same thrills in similar types of movies that you’ve seen in the last 20+ years since Spielberg delivered his Jurassic Park. But that’s kinda the problem.  Jurassic World does little new, little interesting or little standout.  The CGI is okay, the script at times poor and the actors exist only to move you to the next CGI set piece.  It feels at times like a computer game being played that you get to watch.

Hell whatever I say however, you’ll see it anyway but this could have been so much better.

Best Bit: T Rex vs Uber Dinosaur

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park 2, Jurassic Park 3

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Spy (2015) & Jurassic World (2015)

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Spy (2015) & Jurassic World (2015)

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Our very own Grosse Point Geek Will Strong casts his crucial eye over two new releases: Spy (2015) & Jurassic World (2015)

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Director: Paul Feig

Actors Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Miranda Hart

McCarthy plays an overweight desk bound CIA agent who is called up for a dangerous mission when her action man partner (Law) is apparently killed by  Rose Byrne’s bitch on wheels super villain.  I have to admit that when i read the reviews for this, i was quite intrigued to see it – however after 2 hours of limp comedy, buffoonish pratfalls, a screeching McCarthy and crap action – i really wished i hadnt bothered. To say the least i hated this  with the kind of vengeance that  i only usually reserve for a Michael bay movie.

After seeing four of her films, I simply fail to see the appeal of Melissa McCarthy – OK i’ll admit she can act, but does she really have to play the same sweary obnoxious character in EVERY film she appears in?  Also  – who in the hell does this Paul Feig person think he is?  – Oh yes that’s right he’s the comedy director of the moment, the one that mainstream audiences flock to whenever his name is on a poster, same as they did with Reitman, Landis and Apatow  – and look what happened to them! One can only hope that his Ghost-busters reboot can cut the mustard or i fear that we will have seen the last of him.

I will however say one thing for Spy – it does feature a very funny turn from Jason Statham, who really should concentrate more  on comedy or (as we saw with Furious 7) bad guy roles, and it is he alone who saves this generic rubbish from being the one star dud that it deserves to be.

At Cinemas now

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Jurassic World
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Actors: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’onofrio, B.D Wong
After a number of false starts (i.e running, screaming, death) John Hammond’s dream of a dinosaur theme park has finally become reality in the form of Jurassic World. Situated on the island of Isla Nublar  – it attracts thousands of visitors every year, but in an effort to keep the profits flowing, its owners have created a new attraction – the Indominous Rex – a hydrid dinosaur that is even bigger and badder than the T-Rex.  Unfortunately, said beastie is also highly intelligent, mean as a snake, and filled with a burning desire to escape its captive surroundings as soon as possible – which naturally it does – with somewhat destructive results.
In 1992 Steven Spielberg gave us Jurassic Park, which i still believe to be the last brilliant blockbuster he directed  before going all serious with Schindler’s List, then trying and failing  to get it all back with the last (and deeply crap) Indiana Jones film and various other misfires like Minority Report and Tin Tin.  Featuring astounding ground breaking effects and relentless action, Jurassic Park set the bar so high that most filmmakers to this day are still trying to emulate its success – it is without doubt, one of the greatest films ever made.  Sadly the same cannot be said of the two sequels that followed. The Lost World was certainly entertaining in parts but mostly average, and the less said about the Joe Johnson directed Jurassic Park 3 the better. Mercifully the same cannot be said of Jurassic World  – which manages to not only crap all over the previous two sequels but almost manages to give Spielberg’s original a run for its money as well.
To begin with, the casting of Chris Pratt is a stroke of genius. He was fantastic in last years Guardians of The Galaxy and here firmly cements his leading man status with a great turn as grizzled Raptor wrangler Owen Grady  – a total bad ass hero type that he absolutely nails to a T –  and on the evidence here the guy is surely a shoo in as the new Indiana Jones. Bryce Dallas Howard also does well as the corporate damsel in distress type – proving to be just as adept in the action stakes as she is fending off Pratt’s nefarious flirting – however the fact that she manages to do a Usain Bolt type sprint, wearing high heels does beggar belief.  Kudos must go too to director Colin Trevorrow (Safety not Guaranteed  – see it asap – superb) who keeps proceedings going at a rare old pace, is obviously a filmmaker who plainly knows what audiences want from a big summer  film  – which is rollicking good action -and  to his credit delivers this in spades – and then some.
Special mention must also be given to Industrial Light and Magic’s incredible dino effects  -particularly  the Indominous Rex and the Velociraptors , which are simply a marvel of CGI ingenuity – no more so than in the absolutely thrilling climax.
On the negative side i did have some quibbles  – at its heart the story really doesn’t break much new ground  and in places annoyingly copies a few of the of the original films character subplots. However these are somewhat minor complaints in what is a cracking piece of cinematic gold – in short i absolutely loved  this film and i thoroughly recommend you see it asap.
Wonderful stuff.
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At Cinemas now

 
Author: Will Strong 

 

Blog: All Things Film – Jurassic World (2015)

Blog: All Things Film – Jurassic World (2015)

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“You’ll believe a woman in heels can outrun a T-Rex” should have been the film’s tagline, here. For, if you did not consider to be Spielberg’s 1993 smash hit to be anything more than a whimsical and intelligent thrill-fest, then wait till you watch Jurassic World – against this, Jurassic Park is feckin’ awesome.

Chris Pratt seems to be doing rather for someone who first came to my attention in Movie 43’s segment about a woman wanting to be shat on; he‘s voiced the lead in The Lego Movie; he *was* the lead in Guardians of the Galaxy and now he’s the lead once again in Jurassic World. If I were Tom Cruise, I’d be cacking myself and double-checking I haven’t been excised altogether from Mission Improbable: Rogue Nation. Pratt’s gone from chubby D-list misfit to ripped torso everyman. In this movie he’s been stripped of his personality altogether; as if his Starburst character, or whatever the fuck his name was in Guardians, has had a charisma-dectomy and dumped in to a two hour snorefest from the makers of Satisfaction Not Guaranteed.

And speaking of that 2012 film, we move on to director Colin Trevorrow who directed that aforementioned movie. A movie that concentrated, with some success, on avoiding the mechanics and sparkle of time travel and focused mainly on the humanistic side; the characters felt real and desperate and eager to please and be wanted. The characters in Jurassic World seem written to the point of cog-turning boredom. We have Pratt as I’ve managed, and Bryce Dallas Howard as the corporate nonentity who talks in spreadsheets and figures. Vincent D’Onofrio shows up with a blinking neon sign around his bloated waist that screams “I’m the bad guy, but you’ll have to wait seventy-five minutes for us to admit it” – and, basically, anyone brown-skinned is doomed.

There’s a vicious, manacled hybrid of a T-Rex and what seems to be the utility aspects of John McTiernan’s Predator kept contained in the vast chasm of a silo within the featured park. It is our flame-haired heroine’s pride and joy – that is, till it bursts out in one of cinema’s most tried-and-tested ways and threatens to knacker all the punters in sight. Add to the mix two young brothers whose life value is worth approximately one hundred times more than anyone else’s, and there’s your peril. We’ll ensure they’re the last ones on the pod ride so they can be truly at peril just to make sure.

At the very end of the film, the macha-Godzilla thing will face off against the T-Rex in a loud dino-a-dino stand off, and the water dinosaur will pop up just in time to save the day. I hate it when that happens. It’s tempting to say that you can hear creator Dr. Hammond turning in his grave as all this goes on, but he’ll have to spin a lot faster to drown out Attenborough’s spinning if the netherworld catches on that Spielberg has allowed this lightweight retread to happen.

 

Author: Andrew Mackay

 

To hear more on this review (and others like it) make sure you download the Filmsploitation podcast, part of the All Things Film network. 

Blog: All Things Film – Guardians Of The Galaxy Reviewed

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Marvel, ugh. Here we go again. Apparently each movie is different to the last, and it has no real genre defining attributes. Does it arse. It’s superheroes and villains all pantomiming one another to the point of performance. Guardians of the Galaxy is no different, but then, I guess that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable – to a point.

Chris Pratt is having a good year, though, is he not? He’s Quill in this movie, the Indiana Jones-type of hero plagued visions of his late mother and carries around a mix tape of the eighties greatest hits. He flies around in a spaceship; a big boy’s bedroom uncleaned and without a woman’s touch – it’s enough to remind you of Bill Pullman’s character in Spaceballs. In fact, the whole vibe of Guardians has a Mel Brooks tint to it. Quill meets a green-skinned alien thing named Gamora – and when you see her and her name garbled by the mumbling dialogue, you’ll swear it’s Gomorrah. And then you’ll make the connection yourself and the whole thing will come full circle.

There’s a bevvy of light-hearted, overjoyed characters here – far too many to mention. The most famous of the bunch is a duo named Rocket and Groot, CGI’d to the hilt, and voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel respectively. The addition of these two slaps a feint childishness to the whole affair – but then again, it works well for what it is.

So, what makes Guardians different to the rest of the Marvel outings? We’ve already seen carefully constructed witticisms in Iron Man, and shoehorning familiar soundtracks that seem antithetical to these types of movies does put an unusual stamp on the proceedings, but it has been done before. It surely, then, can’t be the final act where good versus evil blasts bolts of light from its palms and causes untold destruction of cities and innocent civilians. In other words, this is superhero stuff through and through – and brings precious little in the way of new agenda to the game.

Co-writer and director (and Troma alumni) James Gunn writes and directs admirably, and with a steely confidence that suggests he’s now in the big time after ropey fair such as Slither and Super. He’s donned the big boy cap now, and it seems entirely suited to him; keeping the proceedings just boisterous and loud enough to keep him in $100m+ budgets – and certainly within this widened franchise – for at least a couple more movies. Sitting through Guardians, though, one suspects he wishes he’d have been granted an R rating. The main change of game Gunn brings is to somewhat ridicule typical conventions of the superhero / gang tooling up for what seems like certain death; in a scene we have endured time and again, one by one, the guardians stand up and throw their hat into the bucket of certain doom. Rocket, the gangly little raccoon, is the last to stand up and remarks on how stupid they look. It’s one rung up the ladder from Austin Powers International Man of Mystery’s diabolical scheming plan from Dr. Evil, and the awkward silence that befalls the team after they’ve stopped their maniacal laughter.

Is this a comedy? Yes, first and foremost. On a sci-fi level it’s perfectly adequate nonsense. As comedy, it is less successful unless you’re, say, 12 years old. We’ve seen witty remarks done far better, here – and the end credits threaten us with another movie in the not too distant future. But credit where it’s due, it’s done well here.

After around forty five minutes, it did drag on… but then, I guess, any scene featuring a grown tree javelin one of its branches through a bunch of extras playing bad guys, and bashing them from one side of a gangway over and over again till they’re dead can’t be all bad.

 

Author: Andrew Mackay

Blog: Guardian’s Of The Galaxy – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Guardian’s Of The Galaxy – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay let’s get this out the way early doors: this film is awesome.  In fact it’s probably top 2 or 3 of Marvel movies to date as well as being the most fun and enjoyable film of 2014.  Quite simply director James Gunn delivers in a film that most people had written off before the first frame was ever shot.  The characters connect (Rocket Racoon is simply genius), Chris Pratt stamps his mark as a leading man and the otherworld setting makes for a nice change from the usual Earth bound superhero movies.  The action works, it’s funny as hell and, quite frankly, if you heaven seen this you are missing out.  Big time.

Best Bit: Rocket Racoon

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Star Wars, The Avengers, Captain America Winter Solider

 

Author: Phil Hobden