Archive for November, 2012

A trailer for Oz: The Great and Powerful


Would you like to know what made the wizard of Oz so great and powerful? Well here we have the story of a young magician who gets transported to another world and comes across witches and flying monkeys.

I love the way the trailer starts in black and white and then changing to colour and going full screen once he has been transported giving the viewer that sense of familiarity with the story when being compared to The Wizard of Oz.

A couple of things that grab me about this is we have 3 sexy witches in Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz and the film is directed by Sam Raimi.




Oz: The Great and Powerful is out 8th March 2013


Argo (2012)

Directed by Ben Affleck

Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman




Six Americans are trapped in Iran and so a joint secret operation by the CIA and the Canadians is launched to get these people back.

Ben Affleck is Director, Co-producer and main character in this film and has once again done a great job. The film is based around a real event but has been dramatically changed in certain areas to make the film more tense and exciting.

Ben Affleck comes across as a totally different actor when he is directing himself and gives a great performance. The whole idea of making a fake film to help with the release of some captives from another country is inspiring and ingenious. Even if this wasn’t based on a true story this would have made a great premise for a film, the real aspect just makes the whole thing more enjoyable.

The film was shot on regular film and was intentionally made to look grainy as if it was made in the 70’s, the time the film was set. This is also apparent by the use of the old Warner Bros logo at the start of the film.



I was quite surprised at how much i enjoyed this film. The film clocks in at 120 minutes which at first, along with the film being based on real political events, made me doubt the film and that it wouldn’t be something that I would enjoy. However the film flew by and keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through and John Goodman adds the comic factor to an otherwise serious film along with a witty catchphrase that is used throughout. I would recommend this film to all as an enjoyable drama.


TheFriedGold rating – 8/10 – ‘Affleck, you da bomb in Argo yo’



Film Fact

Ben Affleck’s first choice to play as Tony Mendez was Brad Pitt, but Pitt had some scheduling issues so he cast himself in the role.


World War Z trailer

We have finally got a trailer for a film that has been in production since 2007 with the delay due to script re-writes.

Based on the book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Brad Pitt comes up against a zombie apocalypse. With a heavy looking use of CG on the zombies and a strange sort of swarm attack the jury is still out on this one. However we will still have to wait until June 21st 2013 to find out.

In the meantime have a look at the trailer and see what you think.





Skyfall (2012)

Directed by Sam Mendes

Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris and Javier Bardem



The relationship between Bond and M is heavily tested while at the same time a threat against MI6 tests Bond to the fullest so that he can destroy the threat.

This is Bond at his best, some classic Bond one liners, cool and smooth. Yes the action might be less than in other Bond films and there might be a lot of talking – remind you of anything cough The Dark Knight Rises cough – but it brings that cool Bond-ness to the big screen and incorporates bits from previous Bond films as well as the blatant product placement throughout. The promoting of Skyfall was indeed massive and seemed to be everywhere including Adele singing the theme and Sky having their own channel dedicated to Bond, Sky Movies 007. Something that makes a Bond film so memorable are the villains, in this case it was Javier Bardem playing Silva, a gay villain who is charming while at the same time quite manic and freaky, perfect for a Bond villain.

On a side note there where some moments of predictability and a couple of things that annoyed me. Why was there no one on the tube when it crashed in rush hour (this is not a spoiler unless you haven’t seen the trailer) and it was lucky, or unlucky in Bond’s case, that there was a random chain on the top of the train near the beginning also I do not feel that the Bond girls where given much screen time or added much to the film.



This film really was about Bond and M and their relationship with the quite brilliant Silva thrown in. The film appears to be a new beginning story for James Bond and we know that there will be at least another 2 more starring Daniel Craig. If they are along the same guise as Skyfall then we could be in for some great future films. Given the amount of money that Skyfall has already made at the box office you don’t need me to tell you to go and see this because you probably already have.


The FriedGold rating – 8/10 – Licence to Thrill


Film Fact

At two seconds shy of 143 minutes, this is the second longest Bond movie of all time, the longest being Casino Royale at 144 minutes. The third longest running time for a Bond movie is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service which runs 142 minutes.