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American Sniper Review and Oscar Predictions

’tis the season to be Oscar.  Asim and Martin take aim and set their sights on Clint Eastwood’s latest target, American Sniper.  The most successful war movie of all time has taken America by storm, smashing box office records left, right and centre.  And of course yet more potential Oscar glory for its esteemed director.  Released this week in the UK, it remains to be seen if it can repeat its performance overseas.

Starring Bradley Cooper – looking super-manly with beard and huge muscles – and a barely recognisable Sienna Miller, American Sniper is based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle a US Navy SEAL who served multiple tours of duty in Iraq.  Taking to life in the armed forces like a duck to water, it’s the hum drum of everyday family life that asks the most difficult questions of our leading man.

This movie probably works best if you’re completely out of the picture as to our sniper’s life, both in and out of the SEALs, but we shall let you know if it hits the bulls eye or if it’s wide of the mark.  OK, That’s enough shooting related jokes for now.  Check out the trailer below!

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Divergent Trailer and Infographic

There seem to be so many adaptations of Young Adult novels lately that it’s become increasingly hard to keep track of them. Although studios are hoping for another Hunger Games some end up just being Ender’s Games.

Shaileen Woodley is also a name that has been popping up quite a bit lately, but I only remember her from her wonderful performance in The Descendants which we reviewed on an earlier Upodcast episode, which you can find here.

If like me you are quite lost on what Divergent is going to be about, the trailer gives a pretty good idea.

They did manage to put a pretty good cast together of young  actors like Theo James, Miles Teller but I am most excited to see Kate Winslet play what looks like a villanous role, I’m sure she’ll enjoy sinking her teeth into that.

Director Neil Burger is probably best known for Bradley Cooper’s Limitless but I liked his work on The Illusionist too (a movie that got overshadowed by The Prestige which released the same year).

DIVERGENT will see a UK release on April 4 2014.

Here is an Infographic explaining the 5 factions of Divergent as well as the New Quad Poster:

“In this most recent look at the highly anticipated dystopian action-adventure based on the series of novels by Veronica Roth, we learn more about the society within which Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) live and the dangers and choices they have to face… “

 

 

 

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Hangover 3 Review

The marketing collateral and trailers for the The Hangover III all promised that this final chapter would be “…the epic conclusion to an incomparable odyssey of mayhem and bad decisions…”  As adverts always say the truth my expectations were set high.

 

The Hangover Part III reunites Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha and Ken Jeong as Phil, Stu, Alan, Doug and Leslie Chow.  Now two years later all the members of the “Wolfpack” are settled in their uneventful lives… The only member of the pack who’s not content is Alan, who has been of his meds and seems to have lost all sense of purpose.   The events start when Alan’s father, played by Jeffry Tambor, died of a heart attack following his son being responsible for a highway pile up caused by his beheaded pet giraffe.

Following this hilarious event the three friends step in to make sure Allan seeks the help he needs.   This will take the boys on an unplanned road trip to Mexico and Vegas on the hunt for Chow and the lost gold of bad guy, Marshall, played by John Goodman.

 

This time around there are no crazy tattoos, unplanned weddings or drug fueled nights that lead to mass amnesia….

 

Unlike in the first two Hangover movies Helms and Cooper mainly have supporting roles. This allowed for Zach Galifianakis’s character to become the lead closely followed by Ken Joeng. Galifianakis hilarious unpredictability makes way to expose a sensitive and needy side that paves the way to an unexpected romance, while Chow evolves from a crazy cokehead into a full blown psychopath.

 

The character chances also mean that most of the slapstick humor, that made the first two movies a success, made place for a more robust, albeit predictable story. This makes The Hangover III, more of a comedy thriller that can be enjoyed on many different levels.

 

But let’s get back to what The Hangover’s spin-doctors want us to believe. Is this truly an “Epic Conclusion” to The Hangover Trilogy?  Well, it isn’t.   It isn’t Epic nor is it a “final conclusion” and I predict we will see a fourth installment in the years to come.

 

That being said, The Hangover III did not disappoint it was really enjoyable and at times even managed to make the entire theatre laugh in unison.  If you’re not into Leonardo di Caprio or Science Fiction then The Hangover III is probably your best bet if you’re looking for a movie that the whole family will enjoy on a rainy bank holiday weekend.

 

 

The Hangover 3 is in UK theaters now!

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The Hangover 3 Teaser Trailer

The beard versus the Chinaman

The latest instalment of booze-fulled mayhem and its after-effects is here!  Directed by Todd Phillips and starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong & John Goodman, The Hangover III is released May 24th.

This time, there’s no wedding and no bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? When the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.

Check out the trailer below!

 

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