Thursday, 16 August 2018

6 reasons why the cinema is the best place to watch a movie

As our viewing habits have changed to include more instant gratification when it comes to movie going with the popularity of streaming services now being the norm, it is also unsurprising that the cinema experience is still one that is enjoyed far and wide with Irish attendances double the EU average it's clear that the big screen adventure that we all still enjoy taking. As proof of this I have listed 5 reasons why the cinema still holds a dear place in our hearts: (Feel free to add your own views in the comment box or on social media)

6. The Big Screen: 
Nothing looks better on the big screen than that latest effects filled, CGI exploding summer blockbuster. It's the closest you'll get to a high thrill rollercoaster without leaving the ground and exists to be enjoyed!

5. No distractions:
The phone is put away (or at least it should be), there is no doorbell and peace and serenity rules. In a world of short attention spans the cinema is one of the few places left where instant gratification is not required at every turn!

4. A group pastime:
 The cinema is a wonderful environment to spend time with family and friends and share in the experience of that latest movie release that has everyone's tongue wagging! Agreements and arguments afterwards about the film only add to the enjoyment!

3. The snacks:
That alluring smell of popcorn as it fills up the theatre, the pick n mix, nachos and ice-cream. Park the diet for the day and chow down on the unhealthiest concoction you can find, safe in the darkness of the movie theatre!

2. Choice:
You are far more likely to take a chance on a film in the cinema than at home. Thanks to the variety of choice and the appealing setting you may just buy a ticket for that movie you may have passed over on the small screen and be pleasantly surprised with the results!

1. The Sound system:
As great as the big screen is for the visuals, it is the surround sound speaker system that really drives home the ultimate cinematic experience and immerses the viewer right in the middle of the action. IMAXX, 3D and 4K projection only heighten the experience!

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Tralee Omniplex Tuesday Treat - What movie deserves your €6 this week?

There are no less than four new releases on show this week at Tralee Omniplex. A loud and proud B-movie, another YA adaptation feature, a shock inducing horror and a canine friendly family flick! Plenty of choice on offer at Omniplex Tralee then with the added bonus of all shows today just €6 as part of Omniplex Cinema's Tuesday Treat!

The Meg
Loud, brash and over the top B-movie starring the Stath and a fairly large shark! Park the brain and enjoy the noise and foolishness in a summer blockbuster that is bound to entertain  - even if you forget completely within an hour of seeing it!

The Darkest Minds
Another addition to the YA adaptation catalgoue that seems to have divided critics and audiences right down the middle. If you are a fan such series as Netflix's Stranger Things then this just may be the feature for you!

Unfriended: Dark Web
Written and directed by Stephen Susco this latest horror feature seems to be more concerned with the easy scare and is more of a shockfest than containing any real substance but may be a distraction for those of us who have had enough of the big summer blockbuster buffet!

Dog Days
Strictly one for dog lovers this Ken Marino directed family feature is unashamed in it's all out admiration for all things canine! Another feature that seems to have divided critics and audiences this week, this film is sure to please dog lovers but may leave other cinema goers cold!

Monday, 13 August 2018

This weeks Top Movies on the Telly

Tropic Thunder - (TG4 Monday 13th August 21:30)
Written and directed by Ben Stiller this satirical comedy features an all star cast and is famous for an unforgettable performance from Robert Downey Jnr as well as an unrecognisable Tom Cruise flexing his comedic muscles in a hilarious cameo role!

American Sniper - (RTE One Wednesday August 15th 21:35)
The network television premiere of this multi Oscar nominated feature biopic is a tense and vivid tribute to it's real life subject due to the solid direction of Clint Eastwood and a remarkable central performance from Bradley Cooper.

The Rock - (RTE 2 Thursday 16th August 22:00)
B movie heaven! This Michael Bay directed blockbuster is almost unbelievably 22 years old but still holds it's charm. Don't expect the brain to be exhausted after this one, just site back and enjoy an OTT Nicholas Cage (is there any other kind?) and Sean Connery have fun in the loud and brash action thriller!

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Review: Ant Man and the Wasp - lightweight addition to Marvel catalogue that's both fun and refreshing!

In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) struggles with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
With Ant Man and the Wasp being Marvel Cinematic Universe's twentieth film, the MCU series proven to be a box office colossus grossing over over $17.3 billion at the globally and in the process has becoming the highest-grossing film franchise of all time. The visuals, technology and hidden easter eggs of these films have been at the centre at what has lead to this franchises success. The humour that is sprinkled throughout each Marvel movie however, is perhaps the most under appreciated yet vital component of the movie with last years Thor Ragnorak illustrating quite clearly how a snappy sharp script in the hands of a talented director and charismatic cast can add another string to the already loaded bow that is a Marvel comic book hero adaptation film.
Casting the always consistent and humorous Paul Rudd in 2015's Ant Man gave this series a lighter and at times more humane touch and the film was all the better for it!
Gladly, Ant Man and the Wasp continues in this vein with a refreshingly charmingly and ultimately fun tale full of humour, stunning set pieces and great chemistry between the two leads paramount to all that is good about this film.
Returning director Peyton Reed also has a lot of fun with the action sequences throughout this film with the alternating between shrinking and growing often resulting in hilarious consequences.
The humour comes largely in the form of the highly entertaining Paul Rudd and even though Evangeline Lilly shares top billing with him this time as the Wasp it is in truth Rudd that is again the star of the show with his likability and charm shining through.
A special mention must also be given to the comedic prowess of Michael Cena who seems to get all the best lines as he keeps the audience chuckling whenever he gets screen time.
A small gripe may be the lack of a credible villain with Walter Goggins and Hannah John-Kamen never really convincing in their respective roles.
Overall, though Ant Man and the Wasp is a pretty enjoyable and light hearted way to spend two hours and fans of the Marvel franchise will not be disappointed with this effort!

Friday, 10 August 2018

What movies to watch this weekend?

In the Cinema:

The Meg
The Stath, a feast of CGI and a giant shark - What's not to love? With critics at least seeing this film for what it is  - a popcorn munching B-movie caper that will entertain the masses for a few hours, reviews have been reasonably kind for a film that will probably be forgotten about this time next week!


Loving Vincent (Netflix)
This highly original feature-length painted animation (the first film of its kind) explores the life and unusual death of Vincent Van Gogh via depictions of his artworks has been heralded by critics for it's visual beauty and ambition. With a cast that includes Chris O'Dowd and Saoirse Ronan it made it's Netflix debut last week and is one to keep an eye on.

On Telly

Fruitvale Station (Channel 4 Sunday 12th August 00:15)
Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, this true story written and directed by Black Panther's Ryan Coogler is a passionate and powerful piece of film that contains an incredible performance from Michael B. Jordan in the central role.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Review: Mission Impossible: Fallout: Thrills aplenty in the series that just keeps giving!

The pulling power of Tom Cruise has been somewhat dented in recent times with box office outings such as The Mummy and American Made failing to live up to the heightened figures generated by his global brand so what better than a return to a successful franchise to steady the Cruise ship (sorry!) and showcase his considerable talents once more.
The good news for fans of the Mission Impossible series and Tom Cruise is that this most definitely a return to form in an action series that just goes from strength to strength.
Mission Impossible Fallout tells the tale of Ethan Hunt and the IMF team who join forces with CIA assassin August Walker(Henry Cavill) to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.
With Cruise's long time collaborator and second time Mission Impossible director (a first for the series) Christopher McQuarrie on board, the action is energetic, frantic and simply jaw dropping  and even though the plot can has more twists and turns than the Conor Pass, this feature all about the stunts and the incredible feats of an now in his 56th year as he demonstrates again all that is good about these movies and how well suited he is to the role of Ethan Hunt.
Notable support from the usual MI motley crew of Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson as well as a strong performance from Henry Cavill are evident here but this is unquestionably the Tom Cruise show as his amazing physical antics keep the audience hooked for what seems like a short two and half hours plus.
Paris, London, Belfast and Kashmir all feature as backdrops to the stunning set pieces throughout and the astonishing cinematography is another welcome feature to what a summer blockbuster really should be. The Mission Impossible series illustrate clearly that a loud and energetic action blockbuster doesn't have to contain an over reliance on CGI and that there is nothing to compare with the energy of superbly choreographed stunt set pieces to thrill an audience.
So do yourself and favour at Tralee Omniplex this month, buy yourself a  ticket, load up on the popcorn and strap yourself in for a fun and furious roller coaster ride that will not disappoint!

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Tralee Omniplex Tuesday Treat - What movie deserves your €6 this week?

There are two very different new releases on show this week at Tralee Omniplex. A highly successful franchise gets another outing and a popular family film series gets it's third film!Penty on offer at Omniplex Tralee then with the added bonus of all shows today just €6 as part of Omniplex Cinema's Tuesday Treat!

Mission Impossible: Fallout
Fast, fun and furious this jaw dropping stunts franchise makes a welcome return with Tom Cruise and crew dishing out the thrills and spills with Christopher McQuarrie returning to the director's chair. High critical acclaim and big initial box office takings suggests this just may well be the pick of the bunch this week.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Another chapter in the popular family film series which although may not be as engaging as Incredibles 2 last week should contain enough entertainment to keep all the family happy!