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  • Movies | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack - Part 3
    s surreal masterpiece and NOT the Nicolas Cage remake read more CULT CORNER Cube 1997 February 24 2016 at 5 21 pm Cult Corner Movies 0 comments Sarah ponders life itself via Vincenzo Natali s mindbending sci fi classic read more CULT CORNER The Batman Superman Movie World s Finest 1996 February 22 2016 at 2 30 pm Comics Cult Corner Movies 0 comments The Dark Knight joins forces with the Man of Steel in another Animated Series spin off read more SEQUELISED Tremors 5 Bloodlines 2015 February 21 2016 at 6 52 pm Movies Sequelised 0 comments Michael Gross is back for a fifth go around battling Graboids but was it worth the trip to South Africa read more REVIEW The Transporter Refuelled 2015 February 21 2016 at 4 26 pm Movie Reviews Movies 0 comments Cal finally catches up with a reboot no one asked for Least of all Jason Statham read more AGAINST THE GRAIN Soldier 1998 February 21 2016 at 2 30 pm Against the Grain Movies 0 comments Kurt Russell is on a mission to kill em all sir in this underrated sci fi actioner read more SEQUELISED Star Trek Nemesis 2002 February 19 2016 at 5 00 pm Movies Sequelised 0 comments Tom Hardy beams in as Picard s crew go out not with a bang but a whimper read more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 97 Next Movie Squabbles CULT CORNER The Return of the Living Dead 1985 SEQUELISED RoboCop 3 1993 REVIEW The Jungle Book 2016 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City Gaming Squabbles GAMING GREATS L A Noire 2011 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City GAMING GREATS Super Mario Sunshine 2002 GAMING GREATS The Secret of

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  • Movies | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack - Part 97
    apes rise and tackle helicopters in the first trailer April 14 2011 at 7 08 pm Movies 0 comments It s difficult to say who the target audience is for Fox s latest franchise reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes Is it a prequel to the ageing series which started in 1968 or an off shoot of Tim Burton s hilarious and misjudged remake The debut trailer fails to provide an answer although why the film exists at all is perhaps read more Previous 1 95 96 97 Movie Squabbles CULT CORNER The Return of the Living Dead 1985 SEQUELISED RoboCop 3 1993 REVIEW The Jungle Book 2016 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City Gaming Squabbles GAMING GREATS L A Noire 2011 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City GAMING GREATS Super Mario Sunshine 2002 GAMING GREATS The Secret of Monkey Island 1990 Podcast Squabbles TV Squabbles TV GEMS Cockroaches 2015 SquabbleCast 16 Batfan v Superfan TV GEMS Marvel s Daredevil 2015 TV GEMS Columbo 1971 2003 SquabbleCast 14 RETARDIS Search SquabbleBox Music Squabbles REVIEW Babymetal Metal Resistance 2016 AWESOME ALBUMS Gomez In Our Gun

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  • Review: The Transporter Refuelled (2015) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    math Or nobody gave a shit Worse Refuelled actually rips off scenes from the previous films with Frank confronting a group of thugs in a car park who want to steal his ride before proceeding to beat the snot out of them And bringing in Frank s father only serves to rip off Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade with Frank Sr calling his son Junior Dialogue is mostly awful without any degree of wit and the flick helps itself to piles of action movie clichés But an even more pertinent issue is that Refuelled is flat out boring It clocks in at a rather slender 96 minutes yet it feels twice as long with wonky pacing and humdrum action scenes that are spoiled by jarring editing Refuelled was directed by Camille Delamarre who has a history with Luc Besson s EuropaCorp production company he directed Brick Mansions and edited both Transporter 3 and Taken 2 But none of these pictures are especially good leaving us to wonder why he was the obvious choice for this outing Surely Besson could have recruited a proper action director It s almost as if he s sabotaging his own movies Even though Refuelled thankfully doesn t rely so much on shaky cam editing is a blur ruining the car chases and fisticuffs with Delamarre struggling to find a proper rhythm amid all the harsh frenetic cuts Admittedly things do improve to an extent in the third act finding a few inspired moments of over the top lunacy including Frank using filing cabinet draws during a brawl and a jump from an airport tarmac into the boarding gate The Transporter series is predicated on this type of tongue in cheek insanity but there s so little of it here and Delamarre has no clue how to properly execute coherent enjoyable set pieces Skrein may not be Jason Statham but he certainly wants to be An Englishman much like his predecessor Skrein espouses his best Statham growl impersonation but it s still pretty bad ostensibly even trying to mimic his walk at times but it s all for naught Whereas Statham exudes charisma and authority Skrein is perhaps the least intimidating action hero wannabe of recent memory The only real saving grace in the acting department is Stevenson with the former Punisher showing that he still has what it takes Honestly this should have been Stevenson s show since he s a far more agreeable movie badass Hilariously Stevenson is actually only three years older than Statham and there s a mere nineteen year age gap between Stevenson and Skrein The rest of the actors aren t really worth mentioning with forgettable foreign actors speaking broken English and with no names ever sticking At the end of the day The Transporter Refuelled is a pointless reboot that nobody wanted or asked for and it s so creatively bankrupt and unengaging that you will instantly forget it before the end credits have even expired Hell it

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  • Review: Deadpool (2016) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    could pull off The humour is very meta and self referential and it is lewd and dirty in places but it isn t tactless about it It s a bit like Robin Williams as the Genie making 90s pop culture references in Disney s Aladdin but the R rated equivalent of that There aren t many movies that are self aware enough to know what kind of movie they are and what studio they belong to but this film does They insert just about every Ryan Reynolds reference they can think of from sexiest man alive to the heavily panned iteration of Deadpool in X Men Origins Wolverine as well as a well timed jab at Green Lantern Deadpool himself provides the lion s share of the jokes and on the whole he carries the audience s investment Right from the opening credits there were laughs from the crowd the unconventional violence profanity and self deprecation goes all out and sets itself at odds with the superhero genre as a whole While there are no doubt other comedies or action films that are raunchier more violent and profane Deadpool has the distinction of feeling the most fresh in what it does due to that meta juxtaposition Like Batman Begins the chronology jumps around to show the origins of the character interspersed with incredibly well shot Deadpool action sequences The plot itself is very straightforward you could pin down a lot of the superhero origin beats and clichès but the film is so cleverly executed that you recognise when its using these tropes for comedic purposes It knows when to be funny and when to be serious Effects wise it s adequate enough with the best being the metallic look of Colossus and Deadpool s cartoonishly expressive white eyes It s done in the style of the widened and emotive eyes of Deadpool in the comics and they nailed it The action is intense and they get creative with the ways our lead is able to cut up bad guys and while the blood spurts were more often than not CGI they were still creatively executed It s well shot it s visually arresting and there s enough variety in each set piece to keep things alive Junkie XL provides an almost stereotypically gritty and urban score that blends marvellously with a healthy sampling of pop music most of which will have already been heard in the trailers and both extremes are fine tuned to suit the story beats of the movie In contrast to a lot of the romances in this genre the relationship between Wade and Vanessa is surprisingly engaging with strong chemistry and emotional resonance There is a clever line from Wade when he says to her My crazy and your crazy fit together like pieces of a jigsaw and that is by far what makes them standout as a comic book pairing It s very fitting that in addition to all the various ways that the film

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  • Review: Creed (2015) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    the coupling proving to be wholly endearing Creed is teeming with references to the Rocky movies but such aspects are meaningful and nuanced without ever coming off as cheap fan service The story returns to Mickey s old gym where it all began for instance and in one scene Adonis shadowboxes against Apollo who s projected on a wall via a YouTube video of his initial match with Balboa Commendably Creed does not play out like some victory lap which rides on the legacy of the Rocky franchise Rather it is a very heavy drama at times reminiscent of the original Rocky more than the cheesy fun of Rocky IV There are some dramatic developments which may not sit right with long time fans at first but the material is tastefully handled and makes sense in the context of the narrative But as powerful and affecting as Creed may be it s not an insufferably dour drama as Coogler incorporates the same brand of humour glimpsed in the Rocky movies without going over the top Recapturing the gritty cinematic aesthetic of its predecessors the look of Creed is spot on with Coogler always maintaining firm control of his movie The intensity of the ring is also perfectly captured with one amazing boxing match lensed in an unbroken extended take immediately setting it apart from similar endeavours And the grand finale portrayed in prototypical Rocky style is raw and visceral easily drawing you in and encouraging you to cheer for Adonis in the same way that we have cheered for Balboa in previous instalments The fight choreography is especially stunning punches look authentic and blood is shed but Coogler also recognises that our investment in the fights derives from proper characterisation with Adonis an effortlessly likeable lead Also beneficial is Ludwig Göransson s incredible score which is reminiscent of Bill Conti s memorable musical contributions to the Rocky saga whilst still establishing its own distinctive identity The movie even makes tasteful use of the iconic Rocky theme which makes for one of the most goosebump inducing moments in cinema of 2015 Many will come to Creed to see Stallone as Rocky Balboa once again yet Jordan manages to hold his own against the heavyweight atoning for Fantastic Four in style Adonis is tough yet the movie also reveals a more vulnerable side with Jordan carving out a believable fallible character But while his performance is damn good most people will no doubt walk away from Creed with a renewed love for Mr Stallone This is precisely the movie that Stallone needed to bring him back down to earth as the actor s ego has undoubtedly gotten the best of him lately Sly slips back into his iconic role as if no time has passed submitting his most beautifully nuanced work since well 2006 s Rocky Balboa Rocky has changed since his first appearance in 1976 becoming older and wiser but he still has a big heart The script gives Stallone the

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  • The Blu Review: The Gift (2015) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    limitless strengths Edgerton was nervous about directing his first production especially since he was also required to act ultimately bringing in his more experienced brother Nash who helmed The Square to assist The Gift benefits from the slick polished cinematography by Eduard Grau while the picture is tautly edited by Luke Doolan with no scene or moment outstaying its welcome Every cent of the 5 million budget was visibly put to great use while the score by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans is pulsing and atmospheric impeccably complementing the visuals Who knew Bateman was such an adept dramatic performer The actor is frequently the proverbial straight man in comedies but here he utterly disappears into the role of Simon and it really is a sight to behold He sells fear and frustration on top of being enormously charismatic and likeable and an emotionally charged scene of Robyn confronting Simon about his past behaviours features the best acting of Bateman s career Bateman nails it showing that we really have underestimated him for so many years and further roles in this vein would be an enticing prospect Equally terrific is Edgerton who puts his all into the role of Gordo delivering a tremendously assured and above all nuanced performance unlike anything the actor has ever done And best of all no trace of artifice betrays his acting his Aussie accent never shines through A director starring in his own movie may seem gimmicky but it s hard to imagine any other actor filling this pivotal role Hall meanwhile confidently keeps pace with her co stars perhaps delivering the finest performance in the movie which is not a statement to be taken lightly Astonishingly believable from start to finish Hall is able to convey what she s feeling just with her eyes as she says so much with minimal dialogue This is very much an actor s movie thus it s fortunate that the trio of leads are so pitch perfect The Gift does fall short of perfection with subplots involving Robyn s drug abuse and Simon s paranoia that are ultimately undercooked but it s nevertheless one of the strongest thrillers to be produced under the Blumhouse banner What s particularly remarkable about The Gift is that its not a thriller in which characters accept pre defined roles of good and evil with the layered complex leads elevating what would otherwise be a paint by numbers fright machine Add in a daring conclusion that examines the grey scale morality of the parties involved and you have one of the most satisfying movie going surprises of 2015 The Blu ray There is only so much that can be done with The Gift on Blu ray due to its low budget and the general look of the production It s a dark movie with a bleak colour palette The colours don t pop and nothing looks vibrant or bright It looks like a nightmarish bleak thriller which is entirely appropriate Still I saw

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  • The Blu Review: Fantastic Four (2015) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    to wait for each narrative box to be ticked The reshoot footage is mostly obvious with Mara sporting a blonde wig that looks seriously comical while Teller has facial hair that appears and disappears at its own leisure Furthermore the quality of the special effects is curiously mixed The digitally created Human Torch looks decent while the Thing is convincing to an extent but Doom looks like digital vomit Planet Zero resembles a PS2 era game environment and some scenes boast green screen effects that would look too phoney even in a Sharknado sequel Visually the film is flat drab and far too desaturated making it impossible to derive any enjoyment from this cinematic black hole No thespians on Earth could have enlivened the material but suffice it to say the acting here is genuinely ghastly Although Teller showed promise in The Spectacular Now and Whiplash he s a mostly awful actor and it s a wonder why Hollywood insists on putting this irritating ten year old in movies Mara is flat and unremarkable while Jordan is so generic that he barely registers Bell is hopelessly wasted as the Thing mainly because his rock monster portrayal is too dedicated to gritty realism denying any flashes of actual personality to come through It s hard to like any of the central characters to be honest we don t buy them as family or even as friends and it s even harder to root for them as they work to defeat the saran wrapped abomination that s supposed to be Victor Von Doom during the climax Speaking of Doom he s one of the greatest comic book villains in history yet his depiction here is outright insulting Randomly reappearing towards the tailend of the third act Doom s plan is hopelessly muddled it s unclear exactly what his endgame is beyond destroy the Earth and his motivation is even vaguer beyond being annoyed that he was left for dead on Planet Zero even though he seems pretty chuffed with his new abilities Oh and he s lovesick for Sue and resents her interest in Reed because the script is a cliché breeding ground The final battle should be an epic showdown that compensates for the fucking interminable build up but it s hampered by lack of scope with the destruction of Earth limited to a couple of brief cutaways right as Doom begins to execute his plan The battle is oddly unremarkable and plays out awkwardly lacking that spark of tension to keep us on the edge of our seats The movie should keep cutting back to Earth to show what s at stake and perhaps even check in with established characters in peril to establish a sense of threat but no dice The climax is a dud There s no joy to Fantastic Four which is devoid of blockbuster thrills and rich characters with the titular team reduced to a sullen bitter group of people lacking believable camaraderie It doesn t

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  • Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    forward to spending more time with them in future instalments And despite the strong sense of homage there is far more nuance and depth to all of the fresh faces who bely simple labels like The New Luke or The New Han What s interesting about Kylo Ren is that he s not Darth Vader he s a disgruntled Jedi student who aspires to live up to the legacy of his personal deity but lacks the skill and refinement to reach that level Ren is more fallible than expected and his character development is intriguing Also remarkable is new droid BB 8 an astonishing practical effect who actually gives a better performance that most of the actors in the prequel trilogy Through well timed bleeps and bloops and some expressive movements the droid is able to convey humour frustration exasperation excitement and other emotions In short he s an absolute scene stealer Free of the acting vacuum that is George Lucas the actors here are allowed to emote and express passion carving out characters we can instantly latch onto Choosing little known thespians for Finn and Rey may seem like a calculated attempt to recapture the magic of the original trilogy but both Ridley and Boyega convincingly knock it out of the park Ridley is a thrilling screen presence radiating welcome spirit and emotion while Boyega can actually act However it s Isaac who ultimately steals the show as the pilot Poe Cameron arguably the best new character Almost effortlessly Isaac makes one of those rarely seen instantaneous turns from good actor you ve seen in a few movies to bona fide fucking movie star Driver is just as promising essaying a wonderfully nuanced villain while British actor Domhnall Gleeson makes a great impression as General Nux A handful of recognisable names do pop up who will presumably return in the future but the film unfortunately wastes three cast members from The Raid who aren t even given the opportunity to show off their insane fighting abilities What was the point A large chunk of Disney s marketing campaign has revolved around addressing fan complaints towards the prequels most notably in regards to the visuals Indeed Lucas lathered the prequels in an unholy amount of CGI but Episode VII harkens back to the old school approach with a heavy reliance on practical effects and vast sets Computer generated imagery has undeniably reached breaking point due to overuse blockbusters look too digital with visual effects shots frequently coming across as workmanlike and phoney But with a heavy element of practicality and tangibility to the action scenes there s a level of excitement here that s seldom glimpsed in contemporary blockbusters We have never seen spaceships look so vivid and utterly real and it s often impossible to discern what s digital and what s practical Above all The Force Awakens is comparatively modest with realistic physics and at no point looks like a cartoon Admittedly there are a few motion capture

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