Review: The Incredible Hulk

June 26, 2008

Edward NortonThe Incredible Hulk does not get off to the best start with a scattergun opening segment that seems to be trying to explain the creation of the hulk in about 90 seconds.

In a series of rushed scenes the audience is shown scientist Bruce Banner subjecting himself to a military experiment that goes ever so slightly wrong, creating a green monster which appears whenever he gets angry.

The film does pick up a bit as the story proper begins in Brazil, where Bruce is living in hiding from the US military, trying to avoid another destructive episode through calming meditation and exercise.

However, from then on, it can’t seem to decide whether it wants to be a treatise on one man’s struggle with his inner monster or an all-out action film.

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Films to see before you die: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

June 22, 2008

Forget The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, people seeking some real whip-cracking fun would do better to stick with the original, and best, Indiana Jones film.

Made back in 1981, before Shia LaBeouf was even born, Raiders of the Lost Ark introduces Harrison Ford as the eponymous archaeologist Indiana.

Rather than spend hours staring at shards of pottery like his colleagues, however, it quickly becomes clear Mr Jones prefers adventuring in exotic places.

Through the course of the film, set in 1936, Indy ends up embroiled in a quest to find the Ark of the Covenant, battling a group of Nazis who also want to get their pesky hands on it.

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Hollywood hell – The death of another franchise

May 26, 2008

Indiana Jones BY GREGG NICHOLL – gregg@ragazine.co.uk

INDIANA JONES, archaeologist, teacher,  legend. Arguably one of the greatest action adventure franchises of all time from its outstanding debut Raiders of the Lost Ark, to its stellar sequels The Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade.

When Bloggers, fan boys and film go-ers heard about a sequel to the now almost 3 decades old franchise getting another instalment people went crazy, as did I. The idea of seeing Dr. Jones punching and whipping the bad guys again was all too good to be true.

Then the fear set in.

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Mamma Mia, it’s Meryl!

May 18, 2008

OSCAR winning actress Meryl Streep wrote a fan letter eight years ago, unbeknownst to her it would bag her a lead role in her favourite musical.

With countless films under her belt, timeless good looks and arguably more talent than most of today’s young Hollywood as a collective, Meryl is usually on the recieving end of fan letters.

However, after watching the musical Mamma Mia! on Broadway eight years ago, Meryl decided to pen one herself.

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Films to see before you die: The Proposition

May 14, 2008

ROBYN CLARE SCOTT – robyn@ragazine.co.uk

THIS hard-boiled film is set in hot and dusty nineteenth century Australia, long before it became a friendly holiday destination. Instead it is a dangerous place, where men of bad repute roam freely across the outback

Enter Captain Stanley, played by Ray Winstone, who is determined to ‘civilise’ the land, one way or another.

After capturing dangerous outlaw Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) and his terrified younger brother Arthur (Richard Wilson), Stanley presents him with a rather unorthodox proposition.

If Charlie finds and kills his older brother Mike (Danny Huston), he will walk free with Arthur. If he fails or refuses, Arthur will be hanged.

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Iron Man – Rusty heap? or knight in shining armour?

April 30, 2008

FRIDAY will see the world wide release of the latest comic book adaptation from Marvel and fans are holding on with bated breath at what director Jon Favreau will do with the first silver screen outing for the armoured Avenger – Iron Man.

The first comic to movie adaptation due out this summer will set the bar for Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight and The Incredible Hulk.

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Review: Son of Rambow

April 30, 2008

Official posterAt its heart, Garth Jennings’ comedy, Son of Rambo, is simply a wistful and nostalgic film about growing up in the 1980s, ignoring the darker aspects of decade entirely.

It’s central protagonist, Will Proud foot (Bill Milner), is a lonely young boy who’s strict religious upbringing at home with his mother, played by Jessica Stevenson, prevents him from even watching TV.

He spends most of his time lost in his own imagination, drawing cartoons, sometimes on the walls of a toilet cubicle, as he struggles to deal with his father’s death.

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