Film Review: Dark Places

The second adaptation of a Gillian Flynn novel to make it onto the big screen, the first being the hugely successful Gone Girl which was directed by David Fincher and released last year, Dark Places is a crime mystery based on Flynn’s second novel of the same name, which was originally published in 2009. Dark Places follows Libby Day (Charlize Theron) who, at the age of eight, witnessed the brutal murder of her family in their rural Kansas farmhouse, for which her brother was convicted for at the time. 30 years later, running out of money and with doubts beginning to creep up, Libby agrees to revisit the crime in an attempt to uncover the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

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Book v Film: Dark Places

“I felt hollowed out. My mom’s death was not useful. I felt a shot of rage at her, and then imagined those last bloody moments in the house, when she realised it had gone wrong, when Debby lay dying, and it was all over, her unsterling life. My anger gave way to a strange tenderness, what a mother might feel for her child, and I thought, at least she tried. She tried, on that final day, as hard as anyone could have tried. And I would try to find peace in that.”

The second adaptation of a Gillian Flynn novel to make it onto the big screen, the first being the hugely successful Gone Girl which was directed by David Fincher and released last year, Dark Places is a crime mystery based on Flynn’s second novel of the same name, which was originally published in 2009. Dark Places follows Libby Day (Charlize Theron) who, at the age of eight, witnessed the brutal murder of her family in their rural Kansas farmhouse, for which her brother was convicted for at the time. 30 years later, running out of money and with doubts beginning to creep up, Libby agrees to revisit the crime in an attempt to uncover the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

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Film Review: The 5th Wave

Based on Rick Yancey‘s 2013 young adult dystopia of the same name and directed by J. Blakeson, The 5th Wave centres on 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz), and is premised during an alien invasion after an unknown species have executed four waves of increasingly deadly attacks, leaving most of Earth decimated. The first wave saw an EMP wave take out all electronics and technology, the second saw massive tsunamis around the world take out every coastline, the third saw an infection kill off most of the remaining survivors, and the fourth saw “the people in charge” turn their guns onto those left. But there’s still another wave to come, and it’s bound to be lethal. On the run, Cassie teams up with a young man who may be her final hope – if she can trust him – in a desperate attempt to save her younger brother.

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Book v Film: The 5th Wave

“We told the stories of our lives before the Arrival. We cried openly over the ones we lost. We wept secretly for our smartphones, our cars, our microwave ovens, and the Internet.”

Based on Rick Yancey‘s 2013 young adult dystopia of the same name and directed by J. Blakeson, The 5th Wave centres on 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz), and is premised during an alien invasion after an unknown species have executed four waves of increasingly deadly attacks, leaving most of Earth decimated. The first wave saw an EMP wave take out all electronics and technology, the second saw massive tsunamis around the world take out every coastline, the third saw an infection kill off most of the remaining survivors, and the fourth saw “the people in charge” turn their guns onto those left. But there’s still another wave to come, and it’s bound to be lethal. On the run, Cassie teams up with a young man who may be her final hope – if she can trust him – in a desperate attempt to save her younger brother.

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You Should Be Reading: The 5th Wave

“We told the stories of our lives before the Arrival. We cried openly over the ones we lost. We wept secretly for our smartphones, our cars, our microwave ovens, and the Internet.”

Written by Rick Yancey and originally published in 2013, The 5th Wave is a young adult dystopia and the first in a trilogy of novels.

Centred around 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan, the story is premised during an alien invasion after an unknown species have executed four waves of increasingly deadly attacks, leaving most of Earth decimated. The first wave saw an EMP wave take out all electronics and technology, the second saw massive tsunamis around the world take out every coastline, the third saw an infection kill off most of the remaining survivors, and the fourth saw “the people in charge” turn their guns onto those left. But there’s still another wave to come, and it’s bound to be lethal. On the run, Cassie teams up with a young man who may be her final hope – if she can trust him – in a desperate attempt to save her younger brother.

With the adaptation released in cinemas today, the film is directed by J. Blakeson and stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Cassie, alongside a supporting cast of Nick Robinson, Maria Bello, Liev Schreiber, and Maika Monroe.

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Actor Ranked: Chloe Grace Moretz

(My original post was written for Filmoria, but it has been edited since then)

From a foul-mouthed, kick-ass superhero to a fresh-faced, telekinetic Carrie White, Chloe Grace Moretz has been acting since the age of seven, winning an impressive total of 15 various young talent awards over her eight years on the silver screen.

With her first two appearances in two episodes of the TV series The Guardian (2001) and her first movie role was in Heart of the Beholder (2005), she has since has had a number of recurring TV roles including Kiki George in Dirty Sexy Money and Sherri Maltby in Desperate Housewives, and was also the voice of the Darby in the popular children’s animated TV series My Friends Tigger & Pooh,

But it wasn’t her later performance in The Amityville Horror (2005) remake that she earned some greater recognition and has since gone onto films such as Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, and the film adaptation of The 5th Wave.

Here is my ranking of her performances (not of the films themselves) to date:

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DVD Review: Kick-Ass 2

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Written and directed by Jeff Wadlow and based on two of Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr‘s comic books, Kick-Ass 2 picks up with self-made high school superhero Dave a.k.a. Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) after his heroic antics from the first film have inspired a citywide wave of masked vigilantes. Now, Kick-Ass face a formidable challenge brought on by the vengeful Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who has transformed himself into the world’s first super villain, The Mother Fucker, determined to avenge the death of his late father, who previously perished at the hands of Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. But as Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz) hangs up her Hit Girl uniform and navigates the treacherous high-school social scene, Kick-Ass is forced to patrol the streets with Justice Forever, a fearless group of urban watchdogs fronted by former mob thug Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey).

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First Bloody Pics of Chloe Moretz As ‘Carrie’

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The first images from the upcoming remake of Carrie have been released by Entertainment Weekly this week, giving us a look at the iconic image of Carrie soaked in blood on prom night and of her controlling religious mother.

An adaptation of Stephen King’s 1974 novel that was originally adapted by Brian De Palma in 1976 starring Sissy Spacek, the remake is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

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Alex Russell and Ansel Elgort to Star in Carrie Remake

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Chronicle star Alex Russell and stage actor Ansel Elgort are the latest to join the upcoming remake of the Carrie, Collider have reported this week.

Carrie, an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1974 novel that was original released in 1976 by Brian De Palma, is set to be remade by director Kimberly Peirce with screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and is to be released sometime next year.

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New Picture of An Undead Johnny Depp in ‘Dark Shadows’

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Warner Bros. has shared a new photograph of Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer this week, showing the undead couple in Tim Burton‘s retelling of the 1966-1971 classic gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows.

The film follows Barnabas Collins (Depp), a wealthy playboy who is transformed into a vampire and buried by a jilted lover, Angelique (Eva Green). After being dug up in 1752, Collins attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Elizabeth (Pfeiffer) and Roger (Jonny Lee Miller), whilst he also crosses the path with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts, all of whom have secrets.

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Film Review: Hugo

(Published in Issue 5 of my publication In Retrospect)

Directed by Martin Scorsese, Hugo is a 3D family adventure based on Brian Selznick‘s award-winning best-seller, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Set in 1930s Paris, a young orphan boy, Hugo (Asa Butterfield), lives a secret life in the walls of a train station where he has to reset the clocks every day. His late father (Jude Law) has left him with the mystery of an automaton, a clockwork mannequin, still in need of repair. One day, whilst running away from the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) so that he won’t be sent to an orphanage, Hugo bumps into a young girl, Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz), and gets on the wrong side of her godfather Georges Méliès (Ben Kingsley). But the key around Isabelle’s neck may be what Hugo was looking for in order to reveal the automaton’s secret, which in return will open up a new world for everybody involved, and maybe even a place that Hugo will be able to call home.

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New Trailer for Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’

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A new trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s first 3D film Hugo has been released by Paramount Pictures this week.

Based on Brian Selznick‘s award-winning best-seller, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Hugo is a young orphan boy, living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station in the 1930s. The story follows him on a magical adventure involving his late father and an automaton to unlock a secret that will transform his life and reveal a place he can call home.

Hugo stars Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, and Jude Law, and is set to be released on 2nd December.

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Film Review: Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass, directed and written by Matthew Vaughn, has become a huge success since its release on April 16th, 2010. The superhero film, based on the comic books by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., tells the story of teen geek, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), who sets out to become a real-life superhero. He says, “I wondered why nobody did it before me… you’d think that one eccentric loner would have made himself a costume.” So that’s just what he does. Thus, with a wetsuit and a pair of rubber gloves, we are introduced to Kick-Ass.

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Film Review: 500 Days of Summer

(Please note: This was my first ever film review, so it does contain spoilers and is more of an analysis of the film rather than a review.)

I watched 500 Days of Summer expecting the usual boy-meets-girl and lives happily ever after scenario; whilst I was completely wrong in my expectations, I absolutely love this film.

Directed by Marc Webb, the film follows aspiring architect Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon Levitt), a man who falls head over heels for a woman named Summer (Zooey Deschanel), who doesn’t believe in love at all. But can Tom persuade Summer that love is real?

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