Seventh Son review

MV5BMjAxNTg2MDkyN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzA3NzY1MjE@._V1_SX640_SY720_An evil witch has returned and threatens to turn the world into absolute darkness unless a drunken old knight can train the Seventh Son in about a week in the new Universal Studios theatrical release.

Jeff Bridges stars as Master Gregory, a knight that hunts down dark creatures and who imprisoned the witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) for years. Yet, now she has broken free and is not just looking for revenge, she reassembles her entire crew of henchmen.

Gregory’s only chance to stop her is to recruit the seventh son of a seventh son, who is a young farmer by the name of Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes). Ward does not offer much at first, but there is a power inside of him waiting to be released.

Spectacular special effects with cool action scenes are the best parts of the movie. Barnes is a weak lead actor in a film that has the potential to be a blockbuster success. Awesome adventure that loses the audience at the points where Barnes has to get his character across and he fails to do so in a way that you care about him. This does not ruin the flick as Bridges is what you expect and Moore is a solid villain.

If action and violence in cool 3D is what you want you will not be disappointed. Not the best in storytelling, but still worth watching.


Seventh Son

Rated PG-13

Universal Studios

102 mins

In theatres now

Blackhat review

MV5BMTg1NDUyMzk5NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTk1NzUxMzE@._V1_SX214_AL_Difficulty in staying awake through Michael Mann’s suspense drama, Blackhat, until the explosive action picks up is the main reason to pass on this disappointing film.

Chris Hemsworth stars as Nick Hathaway, a hacker serving more an decade sentence in prison until an old friend (Leehorn Wang) and his sister Lien (Wei Tang) need him in order to figure out who is behind putting an old code into a virus. A virus that caused a terrorist attack in China. A code Nick created.

The main villain is a mystery until the end of the movie. The good guys are distracted by their own issues of trust, but random attacks against them bring the team together. Problem is it takes so long to get to the action scenes you lose interest in the story. The dark gritty scenes trying to explain the story and add some emotion to the characters are not compelling. If the action was evenly spaced it would have been bearable and not so exhausting just to take in the plot.

Fans of Hemsworth will enjoy his performance as he showcased his range as an actor, taking a role not typically suited for him and making it unique and special. Somewhat wasted since he will make much more money and be remembered more as Thor than a person who actually lives in the real world.



Directed by Michael Mann

Universal Pictures

133 mins


The Hundred-Foot Journey Blu-ray review

Two restaurants, Indian and French, go to extreme lengths competing against each while their chefs-in-training create a romantic bond in a film produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, The Hundred-Foot Journey.

A political riot caused the Kadam family to flee to London. Due to the horrible housing area and poor vegetables for cooking they move again to France. There they discover the perfect place to bring Indian cuisine to the French, problem is they got a snobby holier than thou proprietress Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) with a Michelin-starred French restaurant across the street trying to crush their dream.

Somewhat of a culture clash except they keep the majority of the language in English. Except for one moment in the French restaurant where Mallory asked for an English translation when it is clear everyone there was French. Appeasing the majority audience but destroying the veil of realism.

Complaints are filed, buying out all the fish and mushrooms, and a bit of violence goes down between the two sides. Meanwhile, Hassan (Manish Dayal) the star cook of the Kadam becomes infatuated with the sous-chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). They share their love of cooking with each other until eventually giving into biological urges. A new conflict arises as Hassan wants to work for Mallory.

Blu-ray extras feature a sit-down conversation with Spielberg and Winfrey talking about their first time working together in 30 years and a detailed segment on how to make coconut chicken.

Odd story with good acting, great landscapes, the cultural differences are entertaining and educational. This movie can make you hungry with all the food made and devoured.

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom

122 minutes

Available today



Big Hero 6 review

A young genius teams with a healthcare robot to battle a mysterious force blamed for deaths and robbery of a powerful invention in the new Disney animated movie, Big Hero 6.

Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) has graduated high school at the age of 13 and now spends his time in shady places where illegal gambling on robot battles goes down. His older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) tells Hiro to stop wasting his gifted intelligence and brings him to his lab at university to get Hiro interested in applying for registering.

After meeting Tadashi’s friends and their inventions, Hiro meets Tadashi’s invention Baymax (Scott Adsit). Baymax is a robotic nurse that has the ability to scan the illness or physical ailments on a person. His calm bland personality causes some awkward and funny moments with Hiro. They start to bond when Tadashi dies in an explosion along with Hiro’s invention. Baymax downloads information on emotional pain and embarks on a journey to help cure Hiro’s sadness.

Both Hiro and Baymax find a masked man using Hiro’s invention as a weapon against them. They survive the first encounter and the rematch. Tadashi’s friends eventually come to Hiro’s aid and form a super team.

Exciting action with a dash of humour keeps the evolving story enjoyable. Baymax’s dry mannerisms and shift to superhero are the best parts of this film. This continues Disney producing more realistic emotional moments instead of characters that only exist in fairytale worlds. Human loss, the craving for vengeance, and the desire to help when help is needed, Hiro is not a perfect hero, he is only human.

Fun family experience that is the best animated watch for 2014 in theatres.



Planes: Fire & Rescue Blu-ray combo pack review

With his ability to race in jeopardy, Dusty Crophopper attempts to become an aerial firefighter despite causing more trouble than helping in, Planes: Fire & Rescue, available in blu-ray combo pack.

The cast of Planes returns in this all-new feature film, but instead of focusing on Dusty (Dane Cook) trying to win another race, something inside of Dusty stops working on him while in the air. Dusty survives a near fatal crash, but is informed his gearbox needs to be replaced. Problem is that it is obsolete and there is no way to fix him. He can never race again.

Frustrated and in an effort to prove he can still race, Dusty makes an unexpected night takeoff to show he can still do it. Instead he nearly crashes and causes a fire to break out. A safety truck informs everyone if fire regulations are not satisfied the hangar will be shut down. Due to the guilt he feels Dusty attempts to become a certified firefighting plane to appease the safety requirements.

Dusty has trouble learning the techniques taught to him by Blade (Ed Harris). Following orders, procedures and the importance on safety are heavily pushed. Not surprising as the film starts off with a dedication message to firefighters that have and currently risk their lives to save lives. Better than the original in many ways. A story that does not feel like Cars and despite Dusty being an accomplished hero he can still make mistakes. It is a different adventure but more enjoyable as the issues are a bit more serious allowing the comedy to ease the drama.

Filled with special features keeping you entertained for a bit of time as they are all short. Unfortunately no director’s commentary in this release.

Planes: Fire & Rescue

DisneyToon & Walt Disney Animation Studios

84 minutes



Maleficent Blu-ray combo pack review

One of the greatest Disney villains becomes the only one who can defeat true evil in, Maleficent, a different twist from the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy this Tuesday.

Angelina Jolie stars as the legendary villain who in this version of the story was the true hero. King Stefan (Sharlto Copley) was the villain that betrayed her, stole her wings and broke her heart. Stefan gave her companionship as a child and her first kiss. Greed kept Stefan away for a time. Greed brought him back and turned Maleficent’s heart cold.

The curse scene stays true to the original, powerful acting by Jolie and Copley during it.

Afterwards, lots of revisions. Maleficent is the one taking care of Aurora (Elle Fanning) while her protectors argue. She changes her mind on the curse but cannot break it. All the while Stefan grows in paranoia and insomnia.

Disregard how the original played out and enjoy the adventure presented. Lord of the Rings grand-style fight scenes, dazzling lively backgrounds and magical creatures galore. Despite a PG rating there is some dark and violent moments. The torture the twisted king and demented fairy put each other through is accompanied with chilling music and hateful intentions.

Special features include a lot of behind the scenes discussions on creating the special effects and how the wardrobe for Jolie came together. Fanning talks about how she loved the animated original and getting the opportunity to play as Sleeping Beauty.

Disney usually delivers when it comes to bringing back classic characters with a fresh look. Worked for the Wizard of Oz with evil also created with a broken heart and human greed. The special effects are so good the story does not have to be filled with character depth. 97 minutes goes so by so quick because the movie is highly enjoyable visually.


Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

97 minutes


Ouija review

A board game, believed to be a way to communicate with the dead, has put a group of teens in a supernatural fight for their lives in the new movie, Ouija.

Laine (Olivia Cooke) and Debbie (Shelley Hennig) played when they were kids. However, as young adults Debbie is found dead one night after unsuccessfully trying to burn Ouija. At first everyone believes it was suicide, but Laine finds video footage of Debbie rediscovering their former adventure before her untimely demise. Rounding up her boyfriend Trevor (Daren Kagasoff), her sister Sarah (Ana Coto). Debbie’s ex Pete (Douglas Smith), and her friend Isabelle (Bianca Santos), Laine tries to play Ouija to try and speak to Debbie.

Unfortunately, they end up contacting Debbie’s killer causing all their lives to be terrorized no matter where they go.

At times the music and the dark backgrounds can create suspenseful moments and jolt you from your seat. The death scenes are arguably the best moments due to how sudden and violent they are. Not heavy on blood or body parts flying all over the place. Focuses more on terror then a quick death.

A lot of attention is put on the characters coping with Debbie’s death. The film would have felt more realistic if there was more on the school dealing with the increase of apparent suicides. The teens seem to be able to do whatever they want with no authority watching over them.

Worth a few chills, nothing groundbreaking from the usual scary movie, scarier for those that have played Ouija.

The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea review

A 12-million dollar bounty on his head, a prostitute offering to drain his balls, how he ended up in an unsecured war zone in Al-Qaeda, Chris Jericho’s 3rd autobiography is another controversial exciting adventure.

Entitled, The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea, picks up where Jericho left off in Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps. Making his big return with disappointing fanfare. After getting a “You fucked up!” chant in Madison Square Garden against JBL, Jericho decided it was time to reinvent himself. No more jokes, no more interviewing WWE Superstars on his Highlight Reel show, and no more dressing like a rock star.

Inspired by the villain in No Country for Old Men and WWE Hall-of-Famer Nick Bockwinkel, Jericho created his new persona, The Best in the World. Jericho, along with Peter Thomas Fornatale, write in detail how the fans should react. In short, “I wanted them to boo the shit out of me.”

Creating one of the greatest feuds in WWE history against Shawn Michaels with his new character came with a heavy price. Michaels bleed so much in one of their matches causing blood to be banned from WWE. According to Jericho, he accidentally hit Michaels’ wife so hard in the face it resulted in some dramatic tension backstage. Getting nailed by a Duracell D battery eventually led to fans throwing glow sticks that hit a kid in attendance and arguing with management afterwards. However, Jericho was rewarded for his hard work with another reign as World Heavyweight Champion.

It is incredible how much amazing tales are in this book. His WWE run up till Royal Rumble 2013, his adventures touring the world and meeting music legends with his band Fozzy, his 15 minutes of fame on Dancing With The Stars that nearly ended his wrestling career. Just a small sample of the must-read content. Unfortunately, there is no mention of his 2010 arrest in Kentucky or his rumored affair with former WWE Diva Kelly Kelly. His international incidents in Vancouver and Brazil are mentioned though.

The best part of this read is the conversations between Jericho and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. At times they are just yelling coarse language at each other in furious shouting matches. Jericho’s portray of McMahon and the happenings behind-the-scenes will shock many fans. Some will laugh for years to come.

The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea

by Chris Jericho with Peter Thomas Fornatale

432 pp.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day review

A birthday wish curses Alexander Cooper’s entire family as he watches each go through extreme mishaps in the new Disney movie, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Alexander (Ed Oxenbuld) had a day where pretty much everything went wrong. He embarrassed himself in front of the girl he likes and his class, no one is going to his birthday party, and his family is busy with their own lives to give him much attention. He wishes on a birthday sundae that they could experience his pain.

The movie is a lot of fun because Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play great parents. Carell as Ben whom is always optimistic and tries to positive and funny. Garner as Kelly is always trying to be politically correct and professional. Kelly works while Ben is unemployed taking care of the baby. When disasters hit the family they do whatever they can to keep their clan going. Eldest son Anthony (Dylan Minette) gets a pimple before prom, their daughter (Kerris Dorsey) gets sick before her big part as Peter Pan in the school play, the baby gets green marker all over his face, they deal with it along with their own problems.

Although it might sound a bit too dramatized the film feels like this is what a family goes through. Days when nothing goes right and your mom sees your penis. The funny moments, mainly with Carell, followed by a bit of harsh reality is the best parts. It feels like the writers had a good understanding what goes through the mind of a middle child almost on the verge of being a teen. Eerily familiar personally.

Highly recommend this flick as it was surprisingly highly enjoyable. One of the sleeper hits of the year.

Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition review

Relive the classic Disney fantasy tale with Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition, now in Blu-ray HD and has new deleted scenes that tell of a completely different version with a deleted character.

Loaded with extra content and featuring the original 75-minute film remastered with greater detail on backgrounds and landscapes. Maleficent casting a spell of pending doom on Princess Aurora while three fairies pretend to be her aunts does not go down like the live action movie did. Prince Philip ends up as the main hero after his brief encounter with Aurora causes him to fall in love with her.

As shown in the bonus features, it is a fairy-tale that modern flicks criticize and poke fun at for being so distant and far-fetched from how people actually are. Suited for fans of the original, or if you enjoy watching classical animation. While Maleficent is highlighted heavy in the extras, there is nothing but a trailer when it comes to the movie starring the dark fairy.

The three new scenes are a rough draft of moments that are major and slight modifications to the tale. Different approaches to Maleficent’s entrance and Aurora getting led to the spinning wheel are two of them. The third one entitled “The Fair” is a what if Aurora stayed locked in the castle scenario. As can be expected, Aurora dreams of being free from her shielded imprisonment and eventually gets the opportunity to sneak away to a fair. In this scenario Maleficent enlists the services of a Vulture that is trying to find a better use than what he is. Pretty much a comedy character.

Disney will only have Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition available for a limited time before it goes back in their vault for a long time. If you are thinking about purchasing it do not hesitate.