Tag Archives: Cinema

Ready Steady Cut EP56 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Click Here To Download Or Play The Episode

This is Episode 56 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, with the re-release and 3D remastered version hitting limited cinemas, we discuss what is regarded to be the best Sci-Fi Sequel of all-time – Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Trailer Talk is The Meyerowitz Stories and as always, we answer questions raised by our listeners and play another game of You Can’t Beat Me! This week it is iconic 80s characters

Episode Summary:

00:00 – Introduction and Episode Summary
04:48 – Trailer Talk – The Meyerowitz Stories
08:45 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day Discussion
1:00:16 – Questions from Listeners
1:13:02 – You Can’t Beat Me! – Iconic 80s Characters
1:27:27 – Final Comments

Continue reading Ready Steady Cut EP56 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Review – The Hitman’s Bodyguard

What’s this? 

Somewhere in an air-conditioned office in Hollywood, a bunch of sweaty executives trawled through a big pile of scripts and raised this one in the air: The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The next task was to ensure that this explosion-filled blockbuster was going to make huge profits. How about Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds? A comedy action genre? Bingo. Insignificant history was born.

Oh dear.

Okay, I am being intentionally sarcastic. The point is, there is no point in me sitting here writing an in-depth review about a movie that was not made to be critically well received. There were two reasons why this film was made; for money to be made, and mass audiences to indulgently eat popcorn and enjoy it. Money first, of course. Did it succeed in that? Well, I cannot discuss the money as it has just come out as I write this, but there is no denying that The Hitman’s Bodyguard is fun.

Okay, interesting. What’s it about?

Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is a triple A rated bodyguard. That’s until one of his jobs goes terribly wrong. Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) is a famous imprisoned hitman that has been selected by Interpol to testify against violent dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman). Despite their bitter past, Michael is forced with the task of protecting Darius as they go en route to the international court whilst the dictator has groups of corrupt men trying to stop them. That’s all you really need to know about The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The plot is irrelevant anyway.

Continue reading Review – The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Ready Steady Cut EP55 – Reviews Round-Up – Atomic Blonde

Click Here To Download Or Play The Episode

This is Episode 55 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, we do our reviews round-up and discuss movie releases we have watched from the 1st half of August. The headline review for this round-up is Atomic Blonde. All films that we review in this episode are spoiler-free. All the movies that we review are listed below.

Episode Breakdown:

00:00 – Intro and Round-Up Summary
Movie Reviews
03:07 – Kidnap 
10:59 – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
23:16 – Icarus
34:20 – The Emoji Movie
44:20 – Naked
52:02 – Burning Sands
1:00:03 – Girls Trip
1:09:25 – Message from the King
Headline Reviews
1:15:55 – Atomic Blonde
1:25:37 – Final Comments

Continue reading Ready Steady Cut EP55 – Reviews Round-Up – Atomic Blonde

Review – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 

What’s this?

After many apparent hesitations, director Luc Besson and his wife decided to write an English-language French science fiction action-adventure film titled Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It is based on the French comic series Valérian and Laureline. I am not familiar with the comics but in the past couple of months, I have admired the trailers from a visual standpoint. Then again, the movie did have a budget of 197 million Euros, so it should look mightily impressive. The movie has nowhere near matched the budget in the box office, and it is the most expensive European and independent film ever made. Ouch. I would hate to deliver that news to the board.

What’s it about?

Close your eyes for a minute and imagine a space station. Wait, this will not work. Instead, clear your mind for a minute and imagine a space station in 2020. Then years later, leading countries of the world attach their station to this one. Then many years later, other species from different planets send their station to join in on the action. This continues to happen until the 28th century. We now have one large planet made of cities (named Alpha) with a multitude of peace agreements. Still with me? Good. Now, imagine a planet far away with pale looking, peace loving Avatars, who are living in harmony amongst powerful energy-containing pearls, in a tropical paradise. All of a sudden, huge ships crash into their planet and they are wiped out. Lead male character Valerian wakes up. He just had a dream about this decimated planet and he is about to embark on a mission with Laureline ordered by his commander to retrieve a converter. They are later told that Alpha is infected by an unknown force and they must investigate and protect the Commander, suspiciously performed by Clive Owen.

Can you see why I told you to close your eyes? This narrative has so many obstacles to jump around that, at times, it felt mentally challenging.

Continue reading Review – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 

Ready Steady Cut EP49 – Reviews Round-Up – Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes

Click Here To Download Or Play The Episode

This is Episode 49 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast, and you can listen or download it here. On this episode, we do our reviews round-up and discuss movie releases from the 1st half of July. The headline reviews for this round-up is Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes. All films that we review in this episode are spoiler-free. All the movies that we review are listed below.

Continue reading Ready Steady Cut EP49 – Reviews Round-Up – Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes

Ready Steady Cut EP40 – Reviews Round-Up – Wonder Woman

Click Here To Download Or Play The Episode

This is Episode 40 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, we do our reviews round-up and discuss movie releases from the first half of June. The headline review for this round-up is the well-celebrated DC’s Wonder Woman. All films that we review in this episode are spoiler-free. All the movies that we review are listed below.

Continue reading Ready Steady Cut EP40 – Reviews Round-Up – Wonder Woman

Opinion – Attending The Cinema Alone

When you start reviewing films on a consistent basis, you have this strange realisation that you have to go to the cinemas on your own. Well, not for the “big” films that mass audiences are interested in, but persuading your partner to join you in watching something that is not as celebrated in the media is no small feat. Ironically, the films that get less press tend to be better than the commercial opponents.   

Before I went to the cinema on my own, I used to look at others and wonder why they are not amongst company. How narrow-minded of me, to think that. Do you question someone watching a film on Netflix on a lonely Friday night? No, why should you? The instilled belief is that the cinema is a social event, and that argument is correct to an extent.

Continue reading Opinion – Attending The Cinema Alone