The passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday 2nd February came as a shock to those that knew him for the phenomenal actor he was. He is an actor that has impacted every lover of film in some way and we at Flicktalking wanted to remember him in our own way…
As someone who enjoyed the first Transformers movie but absolutely loathed the last two, I can’t say I was too enthused by a fourth entry, especially when it appeared that the series was wrapped up by Dark of the Moon.
Well money talks and the first look at Transformers: Age of Extinction aired during the 2014 Super Bowl. And it looks like every problem I had with the last two films are very much present, only this time, there are robot dragons too.
God help us all.
After eight years of torture in a POW camp, Major Charles Rane (William Devane) returns home to receive a hero’s welcome and is awarded a big cash prize. Struggling to re-adjust to his former life, Rane faces another ordeal as a sadistic gang of thugs set their sights on his prize, killing his family and destroying his hand in the process. Now living only for vengeance, he enlists the help of his war buddy Johnny (Tommy Lee Jones) to exact his own brand of justice.
Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish.
If director Peter Berg is to be believed, Lone Survivor is the reason behind the existence of last years super-bomb Battleship, with Berg agreeing to step into the directors chair if Universal agreed to bank roll Lone Survivor, his passion project. Having seen the results, Universal would have been better off shit-canning the alien invasion flick, because this visceral war movie is a return to form for Berg after the disappointing Hancock and Battleship.
Russell Baze has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so – with nothing left to lose – Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother.
On paper, you won’t find a finer film this year than Out of the Furnace. The cast is littered with reliable stars such as Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard. In addition to that, you have Scott Cooper in the directors’ chair; his sophomore effort following Oscar nominated Crazy Heart. A doozy of a trailer only heightened the expectations that this was a film to be reckoned with.