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Fifty Shades of Grey review

Fifty Shades of Grey

There are many mixed reviews about Fifty Shades of Grey, but I decided not to read them and make my own mind up. Whilst everyone commented on ‘all the sex’ in the books, I was more interested in Christian Grey himself and his relationship with not just Ana, but those around him. Why was he into S&M, what happened to him as a young child, why was he adopted, what happened to him as a teenager, why did he get involved with an older woman at 15, how did she help him, why does he seem cold to his mother Mrs Grey and why does he dominate brunettes but have blondes work for him? Beyond the bad writing, and the many, many sex scenes, these questions (plus a million other) are what had me gripped with the books. Whilst the film focused on their relationship, it did touch on some of these questions, but I know the rest will come in the next two films. His confession of what happened to him as a child in the film is different to the books, and I think it shows the vulnerable side to Mr Grey that he does everything in his power to hide. It shows that he is someone that has a heart, that cares, but is scared of his past and of getting hurt.

It might not be a love story, because let’s face it he isn’t capable of love just yet, but it is a really interesting portrayal of a man that likes power and how his way of life is challenged when he meets Anastasia. Dakota Johnson is brilliant as Ana, she plays the shy, quiet virgin so well, but also brings some great humour to the role, in particular the bar scene when she is drunk. Her lip biting wasn’t that great, I didn’t like hearing about it on every other page in the book and think that once, maybe twice in the film would have been enough – and don’t put a pencil with a rubber on the end in your mouth, no one does that and it looked fake and uncomfortable.

Jamie was hot, hot, hot. He did not have an American accent, maybe every 10th word had an American twang, but other than that is was pretty much his Belfast accent. But, who cares, it’s Jamie in a film taking his shirt off. Considering this film’s main audience is women I’m surprised that there is more naked Ana than Christian in the film, something my friends were commenting on after the film.

Those that thought they were going to see the multiple sex scenes on the big screen will be disappointed, this film builds up to it, but there’s no climax, and I think that was a wise decision. I didn’t want to get distracted by that, I wanted to enjoy the story of the film, their relationship and seeing Christian Grey melt into a caring, romantic man.

I’m not going to say go and see this film, as you’ll probably disagree with my recommendations on why you should see it. This film is clearly a Marmite kind of film, either you will love it or you will like it, but if you go in with low expectations like I did then I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Fifty Shades sequels confirmed

Fifty Shades of Grey

The week girls across the world have been waiting for has finally arrived. On Friday, Fifty Shades of Grey hits cinemas pretty much everywhere (note, not Malaysia) and the studio has already revealed that the sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed will be made. In fact, the second film could be released on Valentine’s Day next year – 369 days to be precise! It is expected to start filming in June, so I expect a influx in holidays to Seattle will take place this summer as everyone tries to get a spot of the action as it is being filmed.

In other Fifty Shades news, UK DIY store B&Q has apparently ‘leaked’ a staff memo telling employees to read the book and expect in influx of customers coming into the stores to purchase rope, cable ties and tape.

Fifty Shades of Grey lands in cinemas on this Friday.

Image source: gamesradar.com

Move over Christian Grey, Magic Mike is back!

Magic Mike XXL teaser trailer

Another day another teaser trailer and this one is for the ladies. Magic Mike is back and looking great in this teaser trailer for Magic Mike XXL. According to The Verge, comic book movies could learn a thing or two from this trailer, as the editors of the trailer understand the fan service.

Check it out below. Channing Tatum’s dance moves in his first dance look almost like the routine has been played backwards. Not sure why, we shall see.

On a ladies-only film note, another Fifty Shades of Grey fact for you today. A cinema chain in the US is preparing for the film’s release by covering its seats in plastic – gross!

The Kingsman experience

Kingsman

A good friend of mine shared something with me he has been working on for Vue Cinemas. To celebrate the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Vue offered cinema-goers a free ‘Kingsman’ upgrade upon arrival at the cinema. Customers were surprised to find themselves caught-up in a series of action scenes and stunts reminiscent of the film.

But, did they make it to become part of The Kingsman? Check out the video below to find out.

Fifty Shades of Grey – new clip

Fifty Shades of Grey DIY Store

I really hope we are going to get daily clips from next week’s Fifty Shades of Grey to keep us excited…although it may spoil the film. Who am I kidding, the more we get to see the better. To kick off today’s Fifty Shades post, I have two facts for you…

  • Jamie Dornan is one of the highest-paid male modesl in the world?
  • 80 per cent of ticket sales in the UK were for women?

Now I don’t know if that means all 80 per cent of tickets are for women, but if they are, are the 20 per cent of men going as boyfriends on Valentine’s Day, or are the single men hoping to be in arms reach of women as they leave the cinema watching the ‘raunchiest mainstream film of the decade’?

Today’s clip however, is anything but raunchy, as it focuses on the DIY store scene, where Christian and Ana meet for the second time. We finally hear Jamie Dornan say more words than any of the other clips and can finally check out his American accent. Now I’m not one to comment being a Brit, but any American readers got anything good/bad to say on his accent?

Heroes Reborn: The Aurora teaser

Hereoes Reborn: The Aurora

It is a busy few days for trailers, I guess the Super Bowl is driving a lot of it.

I loved Heroes, although a couple of the seasons were a tad disappointing. But I was still sad when it ended, especially with a cliffhanger. So when I heard it was coming back in Heroes Reborn I couldn’t wait for it. It has been a while since we heard anything about it and what do we get? Another teaser trailer that gives a little more away than the last. We see Horn Rimmed Glasses is back alongside new cast member Zachary Levi. We also see a girl who appears to be manipulating the aurora in the sky. Other than that…not much else is given away.

Still I can’t wait. Check out the trailer below.

Game of Thrones season five trailer

Game of Thrones Season 5

It might not be on screens until 12/13 April (depending on if you are watching it in the US or UK) but it is already getting fans across the world excited.  HBO has just released a new trailer for season five of Game of Thrones and boy does it look good.

This is the point that I read up to in the books, and chose to stop because season four didn’t shock me as much. I thought I couldn’t cope with the shock of the Red Wedding again, but I was so disappointed knowing what was about to happen through season four that I would rather let myself be shocked.

Fifty Shades of Grey is the raunchiest film of the decade

Fifty Shades of GreyOften with films with explicit scenes we never get to see the full directors cut because by the time it gets to the BBFC for its audience rating scenes need to be cut for it to make an 18 or 15 certificate. But that isn’t the case with next week’s eagerly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) have passed the film for an 18 certificate with no cuts. With 20 minutes of sex, it is being dubbed the raunchiest mainstream film of the decade.

So, with 11 days and counting to its release will that mean there is a bigger, or smaller queue to see it at the cinema?

Check out the Super Bowl spot below

Image source: Standard.co.uk

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the Oscar nomiations

 

Oscar nominations

As much as I love the award season, it all comes down to the Oscars. The films leading the way are not your average mainstream films. The first is Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and the other is Birdman.

The Brits are doing well with two leading actors and actresses in Eddie Redmayne, for The Theory for Everything, Benedct Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything and Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl. Keira Knightley also got a nomination for her supporting role in The Imitation Game, but she is up against the most nominated/winning actress of them all – Meryl Streep for her fantastic role as the witch in Into the Woods.

Best picture

  • American Sniper
  • The Imitation Game
  • Birdman
  • Selma
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Actor in a leading role

  • Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Actress in a leading role

  • Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
  • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Reece Witherspoon, Wild

Actor in a supporting role

  • Robert Duvall, The Judge
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Actress in a supporting role

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Emma Stone, Birdman
  • Laura Dern, Wild
  • Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Animated feature film

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

To see all the nominations, visit the Oscar site here.

Scorsese, DiCaprio and De Niro star in a $70m casino ad

Scorsese, De Niro and DiCaprio ad

Chanel might recruit Baz Lurman to produce extravagant ads, but now a casino, Studio City in Macau has taken advertising to the next level. Hiring Martin Scorsese to direct and star alongside two of his muses, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in a 60 second ad. Not only does this ad have an incredible cast, it also cost a reported $70m and the actors were reportedly paid more than $15m each. James Packer, the casino owner clearly has too much money on his hands!

In the ad both De Niro and DiCaprio are both reading a script for a role, when they realise they are going up against each other for the role and confront Scorsese. You also see a blink and you’ll miss it Brad Pitt in the ad too, but purely just his face on a billboard. Could he be next in line to be a Scorsese muse?

Check out the ad below.

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