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Gods Of Egypt (2016)

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

They brought Egypt back to life again, in all it's gold and glory, and legend, and godlike grandeur! But what really separates a mortal from a God? Follow Bek and Horus tale as they take on a journey for vengeance, and love, and truth, and ultimately change the future for all the land.

It's an inspiring tale, full of glitter and special effects, and sand, and fire and fantasy. It features a mortal as sidekick and more relatable main character, so you won't feel left out as the Gods do battle. Human life matters, and not only that of humans, but of all of Egypt! Their life in the now, as well as their life in the afterlife... err death?

I thought this movie would be a bit like The Mummy or The Scorpion King, but it wasn't anything like those. It was fiction at it's grandest and most glorifying level: a tale full of adventure, intrigue and beauty from a time long past - and action! Of course. The title says it all. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Sunspring (2016)

Sunspring (2016)

Here's the first movie script ever written by artificial intelligence (or is it?), enacted by Thomas Middleditch, among others. Surely they took some creative freedoms in their act - relating the script to potential emotional responses and other 'human' sentiments, but either way it turned out pretty damn interesting!

There's no action (or is there?!), no suspense, plenty of confusion, and yet... the intrigue seems to follow the same recipe as any other sci-fi movie. It confuses you in a good way, and surprises, and plays on emotions in somber and futuristic settings. I should mention the acting was superb too. Well done of the actors to make a most unnatural script seem human after all - though they're professionals, of course. This is what they do.

The AI? His name was originally Jetson, but he changed his name to Benjamin, and you can read more about him here.

It's be interesting to see what scripts be comes up with next! You can watch the movie online too, for free, legally, via this link. Interesting watch.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Southpaw (2015)

Southpaw (2015)

It's one more inspiring boxing movie! One intense fight! A height, a new low, and a climb to the top once again. It doesn't get more down to basics than it does with boxing, and never more inspiring either. We never do get absolute justice, or find out who killed Maureen, but maybe that's a part of the message: that you don't always get to choose. Sometimes life deals a blow below the belt, but you just have to take it, and climb up, and keep going, and fight for what's truly important in life. One day you'll get back there again.

Eminem's title track seemed surprisingly unsuitable in context (which is the reason I found out about this movie in the first place) but I'm glad I saw it. The rest of the soundtrack's great, and 50's role as manager fits well. He's as much businessman here as he seems to be in real life.

As a movie it's up there on the Rocky level of inspirational boxing greatness. Jake Gylenhall puts on a killer act. There's plenty of passion and emotion, albeit a few loose ends, and a pretty sad plot. It's life though, and in that sense Southpaw feels more down-to-Earth than most movies of the sort. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Killer Elite (2011)

Killer Elite (2011)

I didn't think too much of this movie the first time I saw it, but this time I was more impressed. It's good action. It's Robert De Niro, Jason Statham, Dominic Purcell and Clive Owen. It's action with intrigue, professional and messy, and you never know which way it's going to go. It's based upon a true story too: The Feather Man, a cover on the cover-ups of secret SAS operations during the Oman War, and this is the story of three children killed in that war, and one assassin hired to avenge them.

It's dusty, grimy, brutal and exotic - all you'd expect it to be if the title wasn't so overkill. The killers really are elite, but the movie is not the massacre the title seems to imply - the sequences of action come and go, and require planning, though sometimes all it takes is a little spontaneity: being in the right place at the wrong time. It's assassination, and a chase, and a cover-up, and revenge, and a select few elite operators tie it all together. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Extinction (2015)

Extinction (2015)

It's yet another zombie apocalypse movie! Generic, dark, dull and depressing... was what I thought.

Turns out it wasn't as stereotypical as I thought it would be at all. It was a bit like I Am Legend, but instead of just the one guy there's two, and one of them has a daughter, and both of them loved the same woman... and one of them killed her.

It's trippy, dark, yet hopeful in the unknowing eyes of the little girl. The setting is somber, snowy and lonely, and the isolation plays with their minds. There are monsters too, though not the hordes of brainless zombies you might expect. It's a refreshingly different dystopia, and a good movie, albeit definitely not a very uplifting one.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Neighbors (2014)

Neighbors (2014)

Yupp, it's still just as crazy. Pretty much the same as Neighbors 2, but instead of a sorority there's a frat, and the neighbors aren't trying to sell their house but just to keep on living- in peace, and this is where all those guys from the second movie (apart from the two main characters) initially meet up. Things sure were different back then... but not really. It ties in nicely to elements of the new too, or vice versa, like the air bags.

Overall it feels like a slightly more tame, slightly less moral, but still brightly cray flaring movie. Entertaining and mad and full of Seth Rogen.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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