The MINIONS 3D computer-animated comedy movie begins from the dawn of time, with the relatively simple-minded MINIONS evolving from single-celled organisms, and then starting with the Jurassic Era becoming fiercely loyal beings who live just to serve history’s most despicable masters. The forever-young goggles-wearing yellow henchmen, from the two delightful ‘Despicable Me’ childrens’ movies, now have starring roles in this latest film produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures. Sandra Bullock finally gets the role of a lifetime as the nasty super-villain, ‘Scarlett Overkill’.
‘Scarlett Overkill’ does mention the bard, and to quote William Shakespeare “She vaunted ‘mongst her minions t’ other day” (Henry VI Part 2). This retro ‘Despicable Me’ prequel is set during 1968 initially in New York and Orlando, with wonderful pop culture icons/references throughout. In the Swinging 60s London finale, Scarlett Overkill alongside her inventor husband Herb, wants to steal Queen Elizabeth’s crown from the Tower of London. The trio of Minions – Stuart, Kevin and Bob pass the henchmen recruitment process at Villain-Com International. Scarlett Overkill gives the job to her new henchmen, the trio of Minions, KEVIN (the leader), STUART (the teenage rebel with his ukulele) and the diminutive and very lovable BOB carrying Tim his Teddy Bear, and is easily identifiable with his brown/green “Heterochromia Iridum”. Via the bedtime story of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, with “Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf” on the soundtrack, Scarlet threatens to kill the minions if they fail to steal the crown.
We really do live on a beautiful blue planet and one’s heart leaps up when one see us spinning silently in space in 3D. What a way to begin an IMAX documentary about the watery blue of our world and the giants that roam free in it. HUMPBACK WHALES IN 3D is playing at IMAX Darling Harbour and it is an engrossing, eye- opening insight into a world hidden from all but a select few. This is a short film, 39 minutes, but the images are rich, the audio is state of the art, and the message is gently placed.
The images are truly astonishing. Brilliantly filmed and edited so that the action is mostly in the centre and lower frame to reduce head bobbing, we see the whales both below the water and above as they are breaching. But when a 40 ton, 50 foot Humpback rises vertically to the surface and the audience moves as one to follow its path to the top of the screen, there is a communal intake of breath. This is why IMAX is the perfect place to see this film. Continue reading Humpback Whales In 3D @ IMAX→
Discreetly shot at night using a mix of native 3D and some of the most advanced 3D technology available for cameras today THE TREASURES OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS IN 3D is an amazing , dizzying tour through one of the most impressive and rare collections of art in the world today. Filmed in collaboration with the Vatican Museums Directorate , SKY 3D, a division of Britain’s Sky Broadcasting Group, leads us on a magnificent seemingly personal and intimate tour of the Vatican Museums’ famous art collection and the gigantic Sistine Chapel. Continue reading Vatican Museums 3D→
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION starring Mark Wahlberg plus OPTIMUS PRIME® and the remaining AUTOBOTS, is back with a fresh take and a new back story. It is has to be said that the film is a better experience when seeing this CG special effects movie in a cinema equipped with impressive ear-splitting DOLBY ATMOS sound and 3D. The movie is the latest entry into the Transformers giant fighting robots franchise, directed once more by Michael Bay, and the very predicable storyline and its (unintentionally laughter inducing) routine dialogue was written by Ehren Kruger.
Typical of a Michael Bay film, the predicable plot of this 165 minute movie, will test your patience because the pacing is set at a snail’s pace, building character and its new back story. It takes around thirty minutes before the action expected from every Transformers storyline finally starts, and the mindless action keeps stopping to take more lengthy opportunities to further flesh out the narrative and the new characters.
“We have always known that Spider-Man’s most important conflict has been within himself”
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2- RISE OF ELECTRO is a gripping sequel that is just so much better and tighter than the first re-boot of the franchise, THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN. At times, the tone is quite dark, with stunning detailed visuals and non-stop action fight sequences as Spider Man battles with multiple villains, starting with Electro/Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), and including Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan in a standout performance) of Oscorp as the main antagonist.