Will Manning


AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON [INTERVIEWS]

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I have been SO slack on posting over the past week and for that I am VERY sorry, it’s been a bit crazy.

Enough excuses, here I am with two interviews from the Avengers: Age Of Ultron cast. I went to see the film and went to the press junket last week. Those junket’s are so bizarre, just a load of presenters and journalists sat in a hotel room waiting to be called to speak to a famous person for 10 minutes and then you’re shoved out again – weird right?

I had the honour of chatting to a REAL LIFE Olsen sister, Elizabeth and her co star Aaron-Taylor Johnson, also Mark Ruffalo who plays The Hulk.

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ANCHORMAN 2 [REVIEW]
January 6, 2014, 2:38 pm
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Saturday night saw me return to the cinema after what felt like a very long time away from the overpriced popcorn and fizzy syrup, sorry I mean Sprite. Anchorman 2 was the film of choice, after reading mixed reviews I was interested to see if it could impress the man who is famouslly hard to impress – that’s me btw.

I loved the first film – it was random, I love random, it was funny, I love funny, it had weird characters, I love weirdness and it had Will Ferrell in, I really do love a Will Ferrell film.

The follow up didn’t fail to impress, after many a lol the end was near, this is when things started to get a little bit weird. The much talked about cameos appeared including Tina Fey, Will Smith, Liam Neeson, even bloody Jim Carey was there! So that was amazing and bizarre to see all of those famous faces spouting abuse at each other, but wait, it gets stranger, look out for a shark named Doby who gets his own bloody song. It’s amazing.

GO AND SEE THIS.



NOVEMBER FILM REVIEWS
November 21, 2013, 3:06 pm
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At the beginning of the month I was lucky enough to go down to a screening of the new Hunger Games Catching Fire film. I headed down to the world famous Odeon cinema in Leicester Square on a chilly November evening, seriously excitied to see what the follow up film had to show for itself!

On arrival to the cinema I had to sign a form saying I’d say NADA about the film until it’s release, I also had to hand in my mobile phone! They wanted NO reviews, NO opinions and of course NO pictures/ film of the movie.

Now, as it’s finally released today in the UK I’m allowed to tell you that this film is everything a Hunger Games fan wanted it to be. Jennifer Lawrence looks beautiful and performs the same, the special effects are on form and the film overall completely sucked me in for the 2 hours.

Everything from the costumes to the special effects really made this film a solid watch, one of my favourites for a while, Catching Fire deserves a strong 8/10!

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This month I also saw the highly anticipated Gravity. The film boasts two huge names, there are infact only two characters in the majority of this film, so it’s a duo effort from George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.

The film evoles around Sandra’s character as she finds herself floating through space after becoming detached from a spaceship… OH THE DRAMA! I won’t lie to you, that is pretty much it.

The main reason I went to see this film was for the special effects, there’s no doubt about it – if you aren’t seeing this film in 3D, you’re in for a pretty average few hours. If you do however, get ready to be wowed, I honestly felt like I was in space just from watching, it’s mind blowingly good on the eye! A well deserved 10/10 for the graphics alone.



MONSTERS UNIVERSITY [FILM REVIEW]
July 31, 2013, 7:25 pm
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Today was fun, I finally watched the highly anticipated prequel to Monsters Inc. named Monsters University.

Let’s be honest which each other, the first films are usually the best, for example Toy Story will always be the best in my heart because it was the first film of its kind that I had seen. Finding Nemo cannot be beaten in my eyes, the same goes for Dispicable Me etc etc… So despite having high hopes and expectations of Monsters University, I knew deep down that my heart would always be with the first film.

I have to say though, I was impressed. I was sat with an audience, the majority of which were aged probably between 5-12 and I laughed more than them, now this has nothing to do with the fact that I’m less mature than a 12 year old, instead I understood that Monsters University is quite a complex story with layers from multiple characters. We really get to understand the characters prior to meeting them at work in Monsters Inc. It’s for that reason, that I’m glad this film was made!

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There were parts where I though “Ah this is a good ending,” and then BANG, a whole new thing would start, I think some of it did “drag” a little, I’m sure a lot of the kids were bored, the laughter seemed to get less and less as the film progressed. I however was entertained and really enjoyed it.

I’m giving Monsters University a strong 8/10. The audience get to learn a lot more about the characters of Mike and Sully, such as their backgrounds and how they met. It’s a fun and loving story which of coursew in true Pixar and Disney fashion, has a very happy ending. Even if you’re 23, you need to see this film.



DESPICABLE ME 2 [FILM REVIEW]
July 17, 2013, 5:02 pm
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I’ve been meaning to write this review for a good few weeks now, I saw this film at least 2 weeks back, anyway, here we are.

So Despicable Me 2, after the HUGE success of the first film released back in 2010, I had very high expectations for the follow up, I knew deep down however that it would really take a lot to beat it. I was right. There was never a real chance for this film to beat the first one. Film 1 had made such an impact on me as a viewer – I laughed so much and enjoyed the whole experience, that I had almost set myself up for not liking this one as much. So let’s actually talk about the film.

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The plot is, as it should be, simple: Gru is called upon to find/ capture a bad guy with the help of a new love interest. A forumula has been stolen and it’s Gru’s job to find it! Naturally things don’t go to plan and with the help of the simply brilliant Minions, Gru fights for justice.

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I have to say that this film isn’t as funny as the first one, HOWEVER I don’t think it has much to do with the content, instead I think it’s because I hadn’t seen a film like this before and so when the first one was released, I just found the whole thing hilarious, from Gru as a character to the personalities of the little yellow Minions. This film however does deliver on the story, visual animation and originality. Hey, it made $471,576,775 in the box office, it did something right.

A very strong 7/10 for Despicable Me 2.



SKYFALL [FILM REVIEW]
November 1, 2012, 8:45 am
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After 4 years of waiting since the last film Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig returns with Skyfall, just in time to celebrate 50 years of the James Bond films.

Filmed down the road from me in the world famous Pinewood Studios as well as Turkey and China, Skyfall has been highly anticipated by many a Bond and film fan.

Last Friday myself and my very good friend Natalie headed to our local cinema (one which we only ever go to for very special occasions such as Harry Potter), we sat down, took a deep, excited breath and waited to be entertained for the next few hours.

The cast for the film is, of course, very impressive. Joining Daniel Craig is Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe and the brand new ‘Q’ played by 32 year old Ben Whishaw.

The plot for this Bond film is actually fairly simple, unlike many other’s. A hard drive containing a list of all undercover NATO agents in terrorist organisation has been stolen. Bond and his new friend, Eve played by Naomie Harris aka Eve Moneypenny (yup, she’s back) go after the people behind the theft before all the agents names are released. This being a James Bond film the names do, naturally get released with threats of more to come. At the same time the audience are exposed a lot more to the character of ‘M’. We learn about her past and discover her future – I’ll say no more apart from that it’s brilliantly played and acted by the amazing Dame Judi Dench.

Critics were calling this the best Bond film yet. Well, I wouldn't say that but what I would say is that this was an in your face, action packed film which had me at the edge of my seat. The reason for this not being the best ever IMO is the small factor of it being slightly too 'Hollywood'. There's a lot of fire, explosions and of course the usual chase scenes including an insane opening sequence but for me and Natalie there wasn't enough "Britishness" like in the old films. The addition of the Aston Martin DB5 however recieved a huge appaulse from the rest of the cinema.

The budget for Skyfall was $150 million and it has so far taken $96,600,000.

Overall for me: a brilliant film, well worth the 4 year wait and one which deserves a very, very strong 9/10.



SINISTER [FILM REVIEW]
October 23, 2012, 8:58 am
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You know when people say “Seriously, it’s the scariest film I’ve EVER seen.” You usually think “Yeah, yeah you said that about Snow White.” Well that exact line was said when speaking to a friend about this new horror, Sinister.

So, what’s the story? Well, copied from good old Wiki:

It follows true-crime writer Ellison as he discovers a box of home movies that put his family in danger.

I guess that doesn’t tell you much actually, fine I’ll tell you.

As always (or so it seems) with horror films we see a family move into a new home, the family talk about how they miss their old home and the Dad reassures them by saying “You’ll make new friends here” etc.

During a visit up to the loft (or attic) the Dad, Ellison finds a box full of old reel film and a projector to watch them on, well that’s convenient. These reels show footage of numerous killings, one of which took place in the garden of the house the family have just moved into. The crime writing Dad knows this (he moved to the house for the purpose of writing his new book) the rest of the family however don’t. After watching these movies it’s clear to Ellison that all is not what it seems. Strange goings on at night, including the projector which magically turns itself on and dead children running around the house eventually bring the family to breaking point, and all hell breaks loose. But who’s behind it all?

This is a horror which genuinely scared me, everytime the suspenseful drones began playing I retreated to hiding behind my jumper. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the same director who brought us The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister has all the elements of Horror which have been lacking in recent times, basically a film which actually scares it’s viewers.

My rating, a horrifying 8/10.