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Movie Review: "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" Is Fast Paced Fun

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
Starring Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradely Whitford, Sally Hawkins
Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Ziyi Zhang and Ken Watanabe

Screenplay by Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields
Directed by Michael Dougherty

Reviewed by Paul and Patrick Gibbs

Out of Four


The King of The Kaiju, Godzilla, came roaring back to the big screen screen 2014, and director Gareth Edwards made a big splash. While most of the human characters were lifeless and the setup took too long, the Jaws approach that Edwards took teasing the appearance of the big guy lead to some amazing images, and it went with the "Godzilla as an anti-hero that defends humanity against other monsters" approach, which we frankly find to be a lot more fun then the simple stomp stomp "Run away!" version that Roland Emmerich used so badly in his 1998 debacle.
This newest version was highly enjoyable for most Kaiju fans, and if you didn't get chills and start fist pumpi…

Harrison Ford On Indiana Jones: "When I'm Gone...He's Gone."

There Should Be No Other Indiana Jones Says Harrison Ford. "Nobody is going to be Indiana Jones, don't you get it?...I'm Indiana Jones. When I'm gone, he's gone. It's easy."  Those are the words of Harrison Ford explaining to host, Craig Melvin on American day time show, "Today."

Ford also joked that "this is a hell of a way to tell Chris Pine...I'm sorry, man!"  Obviously Ford was getting his Chris's mixed up there as it has been mentioned in the past that Chris Pratt would be suitable for the Indy role not Chris Pine.  Or was it?  Is this some kind of knowledge that Ford has heard through the Hollywood grapevine?  No, I jest...Or do I?

Well, the good news is that Indiana Jones isn't dead yet as a fifth one has been confirmed with Steven Spielberg at the director's helm and slated for a summer 2012 release.

Do you agree with Ford?  Do you think there should be no other Indiana Jones after Ford gives up the whip and ha…

Movie Review: "Rocketman" is An Ambitious Meta Musical

ROCKETMAN
Starring Taron Edgerton, Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden and Gemma Jones
Written by Lee Hall
Directed by Dexter Fletcher

Reviewed by Patrick Gibbs

Out of Four


When you look back at all of the films that were released last year, Bohemian Rhapsody was definitely one of them.

I'm sorry if I tend to go hard on this fan favorite, and I know that many of you out there absolutely loved it. But in all fairness, I am right and you are wrong. The movie was certainly not without entertainment value, and the Live Aid sequence was a towering achievement in the sense that the footage of the actual event that you can watch on YouTube is a lot more fuzzy. But if you wanted  A.) A movie about the history of Freddie Mercury and Queen that actually chronicled the history of Freddie Mercury and Queen, or B.) an inspiring film with a gay protagonist that wasn't chock full of backhandedly homophobic moments that left you shouting "I love the smell of face palm in the morni…

Disney World Braces for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Disney World Braces for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.  A Guest Post By Brad Monastiere It is probably a worthwhile argument among Star Wars fans to compare what is more highly anticipated – the bowing of The Rise of Skywalker in December, or the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in California May 31 and Florida August 29.

In the week leading up to Memorial Day here in the United States, my wife and I took our annual trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Since Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, Star Wars figured to have an ever-growing presence in the parks. My experience in Orlando last week proved that theory to have somewhat mixed results.

The last chapter in the Skywalker Star Wars saga will no doubt be a transformative event when it hits this December. I’ll definitely come prepared with a tissue or three for the emotions I’m sure to feel when that movie hits.

However, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is evolving into a monster all its own.

I tried to gauge the crowd and s…

Happy Birthday, Star Wars. I Raise My Glass Of Blue Milk To You

Happy Birthday Star Wars.  42 years ago today movie history was created.  I was lucky enough (and old enough) to remember the phenomenon that changed my life.  I was five years old and from the moment I left the cinema I've craved Star Wars.  Thank you George Lucas for giving the world Star Wars and for letting us play in your galaxy.

I was either five or six being either 1977 or 1978 when Star Wars first hit our cinemas here in South Wales.  In those days, there always seemed to be a huge gap between US releases and the rest of the world.  Anyway I had never heard of Star Wars and out of the blue my brother, who is sadly no longer with us asked if I would like to go and see this space film.  Any trip to the cinema back then was like someone taking you to a magical land.  Of course I said yes.

The cinema was a small two screen affair.  No multi screens in those days, well at least not around our way.  One screen was showing Star Wars and the other screen some other movie that no …

10 Examples Of Bad Movie Trailers

I take a look at 10 examples of bad movie trailers.The marketing of a movie is perhaps one of the most important parts of selling a movie.  If done well then the anticipation will go through the roof.  Take Star Wars The Force Awakens for example.  Each trailer released for The Force Awakens quickly hit the 50 million+ mark within days on YouTube and fans watched each one multiple times.  Reaction videos were made showing how fans felt the first time they witnessed the Millennium Falcon flying across their screen.  However if a movie trailer is done badly then it's like the front end of a car losing control, it's hard to correct once it starts sliding

A bad trailer for a movie is, most of the time a sign that the movie studio doesn't actually know what they have on their hands and no idea how to promote it.  Here are a few examples of bad trailers.

Star Trek Beyond
The first trailer for the latest Star Trek movie did not go down well with Star Trek fans.  The trailer felt li…

A Bluffer's Guide To Video Games Featured In Ready Player One

Video Games Featured In Ready Player One I love Ready Player One from Ernest Cline, it is one of the most thrilling books I've had the pleasure of reading in years. The story throws a lot of 80's and gaming references throughout and this was perfect for me. I'm a huge fan of the 80's as this was my teenage years so I look back at that decade with fondness. I'm also an avid gamer and have been since the days of Space Invaders, so many of the gaming references I connected with and brought a retro-inducing smile to my face.

As a result of reading this epic story my expectations for the Steven Spielberg movie which is set to hit cinema screens in March are higher than any movie release in years. I must admit I am intrigued how they are going to do some scenes as some of the challenges and scenarios in the book centre around a particular movie or video game.

Now, I realise not everyone are into video games, especially from the early eighties. I'm not going to …

Movie Review: "John Wick 3" Packs A Lot of Bang For Your Buck

JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3: PARABELLUM
Starring Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon,
Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston, Saïd Taghmaoui and Ian McShane
Sccrenplay by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins and Marc Abrams

Directed by Chad Stahelski

Reviewed by Patrick & Paul Gibbs
Out of Four

The 2014 Keanu Reeves action thriller John Wick was based on a premise that sounded like something pitched by one of Billy Crystal's creative writing students in Throw Momma From The Train. But if you are familiar with the screenwriting terms of "saving the cat" and "killing the dog", making a darkly comic thriller that took the concept so literally had a strange, subversive brilliance to it, and a new cinematic legend was born.

John Wick is ultimately not about brilliant plotting or even characters, but about action (though Reeves and the creative team clearly have a strong attachment to the character, and he is complex enigma). The franchi…

John Williams Has Positive Things To Say About Episode IX

John Williams on The Rise of Skywalker John Williams has been talking to Ben Hoyle of The Times where he revealed he has watched an early cut of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.  It's encouraging to know that the maestro composer said he liked what he has seen "very much" and also revealed he has "written around 25 minutes of score in about a month."

He also explained his writing process:

“I don’t write any better than I did 30 years ago. Maybe not as well. I probably know more than I did 30 years ago, but I have less physical energy.”

“To be able to work for nearly 40 years, off and on, on the same subject and to be able to add themes and musical material to the glossary of themes that went before and try, as I have tried in the new film, to keep it organically related, is not only a unique challenge but tremendous fun,”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens December 20th, 2019.

The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Williams and…

Movie Review: "The Hustle" Robs Itself of Credibility

The Hustle
Starring Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilso, Alex Sharp
Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning, Dale Launer and Jac Schaeffer
Directed by Chris Addison


Reviewed by Patrick Gibbs

Out of Four

If the United States of America ever actually has an official second Civil War (we're basically in a Civil Cold War right now), history books tracing the watershed moments that lead to the bloody divide in the nation should at the very least contain a footnote about Paul Feig's 2016 version of Ghostbusters. The fact that such a light, innocuous and instantly forgettable film became a point of such heated contention would be insanely funny were it not for the fact of the people who crusaded against it as the mere idea of female leads in a movie was part of some sort of insidious plot. Despite the film's tepid box office, the uproar it caused has not been forgotten, and it spawned it's own minor sub genre as we saw last year with Ocean's 8.

Josephine Chesterton (Anne Hathaway)…

Movie Review: Ryan Reynolds and Great Effects Make "Detective Pikachu" Mildly Enjoyable

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse,
Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy
Directed by Rob Letterman

Reviewed by Paul & Patrick Gibbs

Out of Four

So this is what seeing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie feels like to a non-fan.

We were in our mid-twenties when the Pokémon craze hit, and for quite some time all we really knew about it was that the toys were featured in a bizarre KFC commercial. It still takes us by surprise and makes us feel old that there are so many adults who grew up on this, which until about two years ago we still thought of as something relatively recent that was popular with kids aged 9 to 11. Which is to say that we are decidedly not in the target audience for  Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. We decided to approach this two different ways: Patrick would do a little research and watch a cartoon or two to get some very basic familiarity with the source material , and Paul would remain blissfully ignorant, allowing…

Indy V Set For July 2021 Release. Star Wars To Take A Break

July 9th, 2021 Will See Indiana Jones Return To The Big Screen Indiana Jones 5.  Remember that?  If we have to wait any longer then we're all gonna belong in a museum.  News has been thin since it was announced three years ago regarding the next instalment of Indiana Jones and yesterday we had a little bit more.  Disney sent the Internet into a frenzy by announcing their schedule through to 2027.  There are some juicy release dates in there including Star Wars, Marvel, Avatar and Indiana Jones.

It seems that Indiana Jones V will be cracking his whip on the big screen on July 9th, 2021.  We may have had rough release dates before but this time it seems to be a legitimate date for the reason that Disney seems to be taking a break from Star Wars after the release of Episode IX at the end of this year . We will not get another Star Wars until 2022 and then every other year after that.  This is the first time since Disney purchased Lucasfilm has there been what seems a move of focus a…

Soundtrack News: INTRADA Announces Randy Edelman's BACKDRAFT 2

BAKDRAFT 2
Music Composed and Performed by RANDY EDELMAN
INTRADA INT 7152 More soundtrack goodness from Intrada as they announce release of Backdraft 2 by Randy Edelman.  Priced at £17.99.  Here's the press release:

In 1991, director Ron Howard released his ode to firefighters everywhere – Backdraft – a film about two Chicago firefighter brothers who don't get along, but are forced to work together while an arsonist is on the loose wreaking havoc. Kurt Russell and William Baldwin played the brothers, supported by an impressive cast that included Robert DeNiro, Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Scott Glenn. The original film also sported a spirited early score from composer Hans Zimmer. Now 28 years later, Universal Pictures presents a sequel – Backdraft 2.

William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland reprise their roles from the original, adding Joe Anderson and Alastair Mackenzie to the cast with Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego directing. This time around, an investigator with the Ch…

Does 35 Year Old Star Wars Soap Still Work?

Star Wars Soap From 1985.  Does It Still Work? It's a question everyone is asking (maybe.)  Does soap from 1985, in particular Star Wars soap still work?  Does it still have that soapy fragrance?  Will it foam and clean my hands?  With all these burning questions I just had to find out so an unboxing video was in order.

If you enjoy the video, please leave a comment either below or on YouTube.  Let me know what you would like me to try next.



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LEGO Release Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander

LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander And the Star Wars news keeps coming in thanks to it being Star Wars Day.  Lego have just announced their latest addition to their Star Wars range.  LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander.  Build and be interactive with your very own Droid.  Here's the press release:

Today, the LEGO Group unveiled the latest addition to its much-loved Star Wars™ range. The new LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander set offers all the creativity and coding fun of LEGO® BOOST alongside the chance to build three of the film franchise’s most iconic droids: R2-D2; the Gonk Droid; and the Mouse Droid.
Launching globally September 1, 2019 just in time to mark the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, all three droids (R2-D2, Gonk Droid and Mouse Droid) included in the set are great fun to build, code and play with, and completely customizable for every child.


LEGO® Star Wars™ BOOST Droid Commander product facts:
The set includes a color & distance sensor, …