Friday, 18 August 2017

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD
Staring Ryan Reynolds. Samuel L. Jackson,
 Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Élodie Yung, 
Joaquim de Almeida and Richard E. Grant
Written by Tom O'Connor
Directed by Patrick Hughes


Reviewed by Paul & Patrick Gibbs















Displaying 2 stars.png Out of Four


We don't subscribe to the view that comedy is comedy and drama is drama and never the twain shall meet. A deft tonal mix can frequently be more satisfying than a movie that tries to invoke only one kind of emotional response for its entire running time. That said, there are certain things that, by their very nature, undercut the fun of an escapist action comedy, and depiction of war crimes is one of them. It's hard to see images of mass executions/graves and a man's wife and child gunned down in front of him and then quickly transition into having a goofy laugh at the silly antics of our leads. To put it another way, you're either making Beverly Hill Cop II or Schindler's List, not both at the same time.

Reynolds and Jackon are ready for generic, action you've seen
done many times before, (and better) in The Hitman's Bodyguard
(Image Courtest Summit Entertainment)
Not that this is the only problem with The Hitman's Bodyguard. If the goofy antics were leading to consistent laughs, we'd have far more incentive to get past this jarring juxtaposition. But despite two talented and funny leads and a serviceable (if hardly original) story, this Ryan Reynolds/Samuel L. Jackson vehicle only rarely even comes close to finding its groove. The moments when it does are pretty fun, but not enough justify sitting through the much longer stretches when it doesn't.

Michael Bryce (Reynolds), a formerly highly rated special protection agent, is an a major slump. The high profile client he was hired to protect is killed on his watch, and the resulting anger  and downward spiral ended his relationship with Ameila Roussel (Élodie Yung of Netflix's Daredevil), a beautiful Interpol Agent. But when Amelia is assigned to get Darius Kincaid Jjackson) an international assassin to teh Hague safely so he can testify against a ruthless European dictator (Gary Oldman), her mission becomes compromised, and the only person she can trust to protect and transport Kincaid is her old flame. Bryce and Kincaid are like Felix Unger and Oscar Madison, but with guns, and their distaste for each other is matched only by their distrust, and their journey from point is fraught not only with peril, but endless bickering. 


Deadpool is told by  Nick Fury that he will never be
be one of The Avengers.
Image Courtesy Summit Entertainment
This plot may not sound like it has the makings of a genuine classic, but with the pairing of the two leads, it does sound like a hard movie to screw up too badly. The potential for something in the vein of the Lethal Weapon series is definitely there, and let's face it, only the first one of those had a great script. the rest of them coasted on the strong chemistry between the two stars and the deft hand of a great action director, along with mediocre writing. But sadly, the script for The Hitman's Bodyguard doesn't even approach Lethal Weapon 4 in terms of quality. The dialogue is abysmally bad, relying on on using the same profanities and scatological references again and again in place of actual humor. That's not to say that a movie like this is inherently ruined by profanity - let's face it, if you like this kind of action movie, you have a pretty high tolerance - but it has to be cleverly or at least effectively used in the punchline, it can't by the punchline in and of itself, and certainly not repeatedly. We are are long past the point where Jackson using the word "motherf***er" can be particularly funny, because there is no surprise or even shock value to it. There is so much here that is extremely juvenile, and not in an "I shouldn't be laughing at this, but I am" kind of way, but just "I am not laughing." 


Samuel L. Jakson reacts to the salary figure Summit Entertainment
is willing to pay him just to say "motherf***er" a bunch of times 

(Image Courtesy Summit Entertainment
The only thing  that works here in Reynolds and Jackson, who click well enough to make you wish they were paired in something better. and once or twice manage to rise above the material. Reynolds is still new enough to being a genuine A-list star that he is really trying to make the most of this, and while Jackson is not, he seems to be having fun and that helps. But the rest of the cast ranging from extremely obnoxious (Salma Hayek, an actress who is almost always watchable but here she's stuck playing a loud, crass caricature) to too serious for the film (Oldman gives the kind of committed, serious villain performance we've come to expect as the dictator from Belarus, but the performance and the moments that are meant to make us hate him clash badly with the rest of what we're watching.).

The musical score tracks feel like they've largely been chosen at random, and cinematographer Jules O'Loughlin makes some choices with lenses and filter that are frankly just puzzling. All of this comes back, of course, to the director, Patrick Hughes, who still has to point to The Expendables 3 as his best film (he did a much better job with the action in that film. There is literally only one memorable fights sequence here, a brawl between Reynolds and a Russian thug, and that's really only because the two really throw themselves into it.  Reynolds can really sell a Bourne/Bond fight style fight, as we saw in Safe House.). 

There was plenty of potential here for something really fun and (if not exactly original) different from the rest of the summer fare we've seen this year, and it should have been an easy slam dunk. As it stands, the only thing noteworthy about The Hitman's Bodyguard is the fact that it is one of the most egregious examples of Hollywood's "goof enough" mentality in a summer that has been brimming over with them, and the only thing it will be remembered for is its gimmicky ad campaign.

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obi-wan kenobi movie

We try to stay away from rumours and unconfirmed stories on The Bearded Trio but this one comes from a reliable source such as The Hollywood Reporter and if true then it would be quite a popular result.

Director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is claiming that he is in early talks with Lucasfilm about developing a movie based around Obi-Wan Kenobi.   Sources for The Hollywood Reporter say that their is no script as yet and if a deal is made, Daldry would oversee the development and writing with Lucasfilm brass.

There is much speculation about the movie including at what part of Obi-Wan's life would the movie be centred around.  The popular Jedi was featured heavily in the Star Wars movie and especially in The Clone Wars TV series.

We must stress that this is still unconfirmed and please take the story as unofficial.  It may be completely false.  Currently we've had nothing from Lucasfilm and no press release on the subject.

Of course we will keep you posted on this subject.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

kenny baker and Muhammad Ali

Our photo of the day sees Kenny Baker landing one on the nose of boxing legend, Muhammad Ali.  More importantly check out that awesome retro Star Wars t-shirt Kenny is wearing.

kenny baker and Muhammad Ali

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

e.t. legends of tomorrow

I love the time-travelling DC's Legends of Tomorrow.  They often drop in a geek reference and many seem to be related to The Bearded Trio.  In season two we saw our heroes...sorry legends travelling to the 1970s to ensure a young George Lucas made Star Wars otherwise a string of consequences will see some of the team not having their powers.

A young George Lucas in Legends of Tomorrow
A young George Lucas in Legends of Tomorrow
Well the new season looks like the trend will continue as series creator Marc Guggenheim tweeted the front cover of one of the scripts.  The title has me intrigued.  It's entitled "Phone Home."  Of course this references Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.  Are we likely to see the team returning to the 80s where we see a young Spielberg wearing a Raiders cap filming the classic movie?

A fan tweeted Guggenheim saying "All I can think of is E.T.  Coincidence?"  The Legends creator replied simply with "Nope!"


Returning to the CW for its third season on October 10, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is a production of Berlanti Productions developed for television by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Phil Klemmer.


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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

george lucas and kathleen kennedy
"So about those Jedi"
In an interview with Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy over at Entertainment Weekly she revealed how George Lucas is not much of a factor these days when it comes to Star Wars but still offers some specific advice from time to time.

“Not really,” Kathleen Kennedy said when ask if Lucas contributes anymore. “But he’ll whisper in my ear every now and then. Usually it’s something specific or important to him about Jedi training. Things like that.”

“I think he’s starting to settle into this and just be a fan,” she continues. “It’s taken a while. It’s hard to let go, after 40 years. That’s a lot of expectation and things he thought a lot about. Suddenly that next generation, that whole thematic idea he came up with, is in process.”

It's interesting that she adds "things like that."  It's not just the Jedi or their training but she used that as an example.  I wonder what other Star Wars specifics is important to George Lucas.  What do you think?

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Monday, 14 August 2017


George Lucas is really enjoying his retirement and let's be honest, he deserves to.  The Star Wars creator or more specifically Skywalker Vineyards has recently bought a vineyard and estate in France just a stone's throw away from Bradd Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Château Miraval.  The new venture for Mr Lucas is Château Margüi in the commune of Châteauvert.

The estate reportedly cost $11.2 million and is a nice 115 hectares, with 15 being allocated to vineyards.  Could we see a French Skywalker Vineyards 2018 vintage to compliment the wines from California and Italy?  It seems we will as the Skywalker Vineyards website has already added a message welcoming Château Margüi to the family.  Lets hope the terroir produces some outstanding wine.  According to the press release below it seems it is.  Time will tell.

The local paper, Var-Martin is reporting that George Lucas also has plans to add a small hotel and planning permission has been granted.  I look forward to my invite.

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Here's the full press release:

Skywalker Vineyards welcomes Château Margüi to its portfolio of exclusive vineyards and wineries around the world.

Driven by a vision for creating unrivaled wine experiences, and a passion for world-class wines, Skywalker Vineyards has acquired Château Margüi, an estate winery in the heart of Historic Provence, France. This Estate, which dates back to Roman times, embodies the Skywalker philosophy of land stewardship and, respect for terroir, which are characteristic of other Skywalker properties around the world: Skywalker Vineyards in Nicasio, California, and Il Convento in Umbria, Italy (acquired in 2007).

“We are excited to include Château Margüi among our exclusive wine properties. It is the perfect complement to our magnificent Italian Estate and the scenic Skywalker Vineyards in California.” – Angelo Garcia, President of Skywalker Properties, and Lucas Real Estate Holdings 

Château Margüi is located in the picturesque region of the southwestern Bessillon mountain range, where the Argens river digs deep into the canyon of Vallon Sourn, an area characterized by rolling hills, meandering vines, centuries-old tree-lined avenues and natural springs. The land surrounding the elegant 18th Century château is rich in agricultural heritage, and boasts just under 40 acres of vineyards, along with a 7-acre olive grove, surrounded by more than 200 acres of forest.

The hills, swept by the local Mistral, a cold wind that blows through the Rhône valley and southern France into the Mediterranean, provide an ideal microclimate for grapes: progressive ripening, along with wide thermal amplitudes. The later harvest highlights the authentic aromatic expression of the terroir.

Imprinted with the same integrity and excellence as other Skywalker Vineyards’ endeavors, and crafted with respect for the tenets of organic cultivation, Château Margüi wines are the culmination of a commitment to old-world winemaking, along with years of meticulous land stewardship. The vineyard plots are AOP Coteaux Varois en Provence classified, and strict vine species selection, soil preparation, and plantations are made in accordance with Organic Agriculture criteria.

“In addition to wine-making evolutions, tradition remains important, as we dedicate ourselves to reproducing the biodiversity, stability and resilience of our natural ecosystem, with respect for our terroir.” —Philippe Guillanton, Château Margüi Winery Manager

Château Margüi wines enhance the Skywalker portfolio, which now includes the French classics: Vin Blanc and Rosé. Beginning in early Summer–2017, Skywalker Vineyards will import the 2016 Perle de Margüi Rosé and 2015 L'Or des Pierres oak-aged Vin Blanc.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017


Lucasarts.  Boy! Do I miss them.  I have so many gaming memories thanks to those point n' click SCUMM® wielding adventure masters who brought us gaming delights such as Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and Full Throttle.

Before the days of the Internet getting news on a game you've been waiting for would normally come from a monthly gaming magazine and now and again you would get a full page spread of that game.  Here's 15 Lucasarts ads from over the years with a few being when they were Lucasfilm Games.  Yes, I am old enough to remember Rescue on Fractalus!

rescue on fractalus ad
The graphics at the time for Rescue on Fractalus were jaw dropping.

lucasfilm games maniac mansion ad
Ad for Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken.  Back when ads were also an article

monkey island mag ad
Now were talking.  One of my all time favourites, Monkey Island. 

zombies ate my neighbors ad
Zombies Ate My Neighbors ad.  Never had this game.  Still need it for my collection.  Quite a rare game and the SNES version fetches over £50 on Ebay.

lucasarts aircombat classics ad
Easy to forget that Lucasarts also did a few flight sims.  This compilation boasting the value at $199.95.

Star Wars Masters of Teras Kasi
Star Wars Masters of Teras Kasi.  Another game I never played.  Not a big beat-em-up fan.  Much prefer to play with a rubber chicken and a pulley.

Full Throttle ad
Full Throttle.  Quite a confusing ad this one.  Love the game but I don't remember him killing anyone.  Maybe it was just a warning.
indiana jones fate of atlantis ad
A classic adventure game.  Check out that art work.  That's the way to sell video games.  Notice the crossover of their name.  Lucasarts, Lucasfilm Games.

indiana jones fate of atlantis ad
Another take on Fate of Atlantis.  This time a much simpler advert.
lucasarts archive vol 1
Lucasarts Archive Vol. 1.  Now what value that is.  This compilation included Day of the Tentacle and Fate of Atlantis to name a few.  Today if you see it, pick it up as it's becoming harder to find.
Monkey Island ad
Okay, I didn't really need an excuse to pop in another Monkey Island ad.  Seriously though, check out that beautiful artwork.
The Force Unleashed II ad
The Force Unleashed II.  It may not have been the best Lucasarts produced and in fact it was one of the last but the potential and hype were extremely high.  A large marketing campaign produced a number of ads including these two.

The Force Unleashed II ad
The Force Unleashed II.  Vader in trouble.

Knights of the Old Republic ad
Finally, lets end with a classic, a fan favourite.  Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic.  A clever ad that shows quite effectively your ability to choose your own path in the game.  

Did we miss any that you remember?  Let us know in the comments and we will track it down.

Rob Wainfur
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Saturday, 12 August 2017

art3mis ready player one

We have another photo from Steven Spielberg's upcoming and much anticipated Ready Player One which hits cinema screens in 2018.

This new still courtesy of Empire gives our first look at Art3mis. Here's what the magazine had to say:

Pictured above is Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts and Olivia Cooke as Samantha Evelyn Cook, and speaking to Empire, Cooke says the experience was something approaching a virtual dream come true. “It felt like pure adventure,” the Me And Earl And The Dying Girl star tells us. “It was Willy Wonka, it was Indiana Jones. When you’re a kid wanting to be an actor, the idea of working with [Spielberg] sounds absurd. It was surreal.”


art3mis ready player one


Ready Player One is set to hit theatres on March 30th, 2018



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