Hitman Agent 47 – The DVDfever Cinema Review

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Hitman Agent 47 is the second attempt at bringing the big baldy bastard with his big Ballers to the silver screen.

The key to being a good hitman is to appear ‘invisible’. That is, to hide in plain sight. Being a nearly-middle-aged man, I find this very easy, indeed. Most people ignore me, particularly women. Anyway, you didn’t start reading this review to hear about my relationship woes.

At this point I would try to describe the plot. Okay, well, Katia (Hannah Ware) has been fruitlessly searching for a particular man for a long time, someone who was last seen in Berlin around 1989/90.

UK Top 100 Music chart summary w/e September 3rd 2015

UK Top 100 Music chart summary w/e September 3rd 2015Rachel Platten climbs from No.68 to No.1, in the UK Top 100 Music chart summary w/e September 3rd 2015, with Fight Song, and it’s the most pedestrian and autotuned piece of utter bilge ever to have surfaced from the deepest surface of the bottom of my bottom.

As such, Jess Glynne drops from No.1 to No.3 with Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself, and I love a bit of dance music when it’s got piano in it – something that has always happened quite a lot, and Ms Glynne has got a hell of a voice on her, so this is a great track.

The only other action in the Top 10 is a climber from No.54 to No.2 for Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson with Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better).

Now, I bet The Sun’s Dan Wootton claims tomorrow that the Top 2 singles are new entries, when they’re actually CHART entries (which he does a lot), but then The Sun always talk complete bollocks.

What’s your view of Rachel Platten’s new single? Take a listen below:

John Boyega and his blue lightsaber – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens John Boyega shows off his blue lightsaber in this Instagram teaser which has been released today, also showing some already-seen footage from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. And is he about to fight baddie Kylo Ren?

The film is due out in cinemas on December 18th. Ever-present Andy Serkis will be one of the newbies, as Supreme Leader Snoke, alongside John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o and the awesome Max von Sydow. They will all be alongside Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.

JJ Abrams will direct, but once again he’s been proved to be a cheap-ass, since while it’ll appear in 3D in the cinema, just like Star Trek Into Darkness, he’s filming it in 2D, and then doing a post-conversion into 3D. If you’re going to make it 3D, do so from the start!

Assassins Creed Movie – Michael Fassbender picture

assassins-creed Assassins Creed is a long-running series of videogames which have been hit and miss over the years, with Assassins Creed Unity really suffering from glitches in its launch offering. However, videogames always make great movies, right?

Oh, so wrong… still, that never stops them trying, and this offering – according to IMDB – centres around Desmond Miles, who is abducted by a company called Abstergo Industries, to explore the mind of his ancestral bloodline. As he’s forced to relive the lives of his relatives he discovers a dark family secret.

Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, Shame, Frank) stars as Callum Lynch, and the first picture has been released, showing him in the outfit (below). Yes, there’s no Callum Lynch in the games (well, not yet), but the film isn’t following any plot from any of the games and instead brings new movies into the gameworld.

Movie Charts UK and US week ending August 23rd 2015

Movie Charts UK and US week ending August 23rd 2015This week’s Movie Charts UK and US week ending August 23rd 2015 are as follows, starting with the UK Top 10, and it’s rather a con that Paper Towns is No.1 because it didn’t come out on a Friday, it came out the following MONDAY, and anything put out after a Friday, even if it’s just a Saturday won’t count until the NEXT week’s charts, so this one has had a 7-day weekend, effectively! Just madness…

Colors on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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Colors begins with the text opener that there are 250 cops and sheriffs in Los Angeles to deal with 600 street gangs totalling 70,000 individuals. The police unit is known as C.R.A.S.H. – Cops Rallying Against Slovenly Hoodlums. Nah, actually, it stands for Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums. Well, I was 40% right.

It’s one of a new slew of ’80s and ’90s titles being premiered on Blu-ray which I happened to miss first time round – and probably wouldn’t have appreciated back in the day, plus I’ve missed well as any TV screenings since, and so where better to check them out than in a remastered HD form.

Video Games Charts week ending August 22nd 2015

Video Games Charts week ending August 22nd 2015In this week’s Video Games Charts week ending August 22nd 2015, there are, for the second week running, no new entries or re-entries, just everything moving around a lot.

    1 (1) Lego Jurassic World (Warner Bros Interactive)
    2 (2) Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games) (review)
    3 (4) Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner Bros Interactive) (review-ish)
    4 (7) Battlefield Hardline (EA Games) (review)
    5 (8) Minecraft: Xbox Edition (Microsoft)
    6 (5) FIFA 15 (EA Sports)
    7 (9) Minecraft: Playstation Edition (Sony)
    8 (10) Dying Light (Warner Bros Interactive)
    9 (3) The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethseda)
    10 (13) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision) (review)

Youth Official Trailer #1 – Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel

youth Youth stars Michael Caine as retired composer and conductor Fred Ballinger, and Harvey Keitel as screenwriter Mick Boyle. They’re on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps, looking on with curiosity and tenderness upon their children’s confused lives, Mick’s enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests.

While Mick is trying to complete the screenplay for what he believes will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants to hear him conduct again, at all costs.

Written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, and also starring Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda and Paloma Faith appearing as herself, I wasn’t wholly sold on this despite the gravitas of the two leads, but there’s a lot of mileage in the grey pound, as shown recently with films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel.

Straight Outta Compton leads the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e August 28th 2015

straight-outta-comptonThis weekend there are five new films out for you to choose from: biopic/drama in Straight Outta Compton, action in Hitman: Agent 47, drama in 45 Years, musical-related drama in We Are Your Friends, and alleged action in Barely Lethal.

Straight Outta Compton tells the tale of the rap band N.W.A., aka Niggaz Wit Attitudes, and begins in the mid-1980s on the streets of Compton, California, which were some of the most dangerous in the USA.

When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

I was in school, aged just 16, when “Fuck tha Police”, got a lot of airplay amongst friends (although obviously not on Radio 1). It’s a protest song against police brutality and racial profiling, but to us, in Manchester UK, it was just loud and featured a lot of swearing, and sounded superb, and sounded like it was rallying against the establishment.

And upon seeing the trailer for this film, I’m quite fascinated that they’ve made a movie which not only looks back at the band’s beginnings, but also features actors portraying the band members, including Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre and Ice Cube.

Straight Outta Compton is directed by F Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen, The Negotiator) and stars Paul Giamatti, Alexandra Shipp, Rebecca Olejniczak and Keith Stanfield as Snoop Dogg.

Hit or Miss? Verdict:

Kill Your Friends – Teaser Trailer 1 – Nicholas Hoult

kill-your-friends Kill Your Friends centres around an A&R man who’s working at the height of the Britpop music craze, who goes to extremes in order to find his next hit.

A brief description, but a teaser trailer that looks bloody amazing, starring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days Of Future Past Rogue Cut), Ed Skrein (The Transporter Refueled), James Corden (oh dear), Rosanna Arquette, Tom Riley, Georgia King and Joseph Mawle (Ripper Street).

Directed by Owen Harris (Black Mirror: Be Right Back, Holy Flying Circus) from the novel by John Niven, Kill Your Friends is released in the UK on November 6th.

Check out the excellent trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image:

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