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Fan Friday: X-Men 3: The Last Stand

X-Men: The Final Stand
X-Men 3: The Last Stand
rounded off the X-Men trilogy in style. The superhero genre has found a place amongst the greatest films ever made with Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Bryan Singer's X-Men and X2 and Jon Favreau's Iron Man. The third installation of X-Men is directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2) and is by far the most electrifying and fun of the three X-Men movies.

Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn, Vinnie Jones, Ellen Page, Ben Foster... it's like a wish list cast for the X-Men franchise. They don't all have the screen time they would have wanted, but all-in-all it makes a great team effort.   

The performances, costumes, special effects and visuals are comic book heaven to the X-fan. While the film was downplayed due to Bryan Singer's choice to discontinue in the capacity as director, it still remains faithful to the comic series without the ability of Singer. Ratner's direction is suited to blockbusters, which makes his movies loud, colossal and above all fun.

X-Men: The Last Stand introduces characters such as: Beast, Leech, Juggernaut, Multiple Man, Spike and Archangel to name a few. These new X-Men characters just add to the already large cast. The cast and popularity of the series could easily warrant the need for a TV series, yet Ratner manages to rein this beast of a movie in with an epic conclusion and loads of action along the way without taking 3 hours! If you like action blockbusters, you'll just love X-Men 3: The Last Stand. Find out what went into the making of this epic fantasy superhero movie with behind-the-scenes features in this week's Fan Friday giveaway. 

An X-Men: The Last Stand (2-Disc) DVD is up for grabs for Fan Friday on the SPL!NG page on Facebook. If you want to stand a chance to win fantastic giveaways like this every week, join up... here.

Trailer Showdown: This Is It vs. Moonwalker

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was the undisputed King of Pop. His long esteemed music career was built on solid pop music that was marred by his personal life as his judgment was carried out in the media. Loved, hated, famous or infamous the man behind the music passed away this year, amid a flurry of nostalgia as people were ushered back to a time when the world seemed purer, more innocent. After a massive surge of record sales, a Michael Jackson renaissance if you will, the world will be exposed to the Man in the Mirror, as a documentary film looks behind-the-scenes at Michael Jackson in This Is It opening worldwide for 2 weeks from Wednesday, 28 October 2009.

This week's Trailer Showdown is between Michael Jackson's This Is It movie trailer and Moonwalker trailer. I remember playing Moonwalker, the arcade game with my sister back in the late '80s. Still haven't seen the movie yet. The fedora, the moves, the magic... Michael Jackson was and will be remembered as a misunderstood legend. We've come a long way with movies and the Moonwalker trailer just goes to show how much of a difference 20 years can make. Retro would be too kind, but the legend of Michael Jackson lives on... the King of Pop born 29 August, 1958 - died 25 June, 2009.




THIS IS IT, 28 October: Book Movie Tickets at Nu Metro / Book Movie Tickets at Ster-Kinekor

At the Movies: 9-16 Oct

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Drama /Movie Review / Movie Trailer
JENNIFER'S BODY HorrorMovie Review / Movie Trailer
THE INFORMANT! ComedyMovie Trailer   


1. THE UGLY TRUTH Comedy / Movie Review / Movie Trailer   
2. UP (incl 3D) Animation / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
3. TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3 Thriller / Movie Review / Movie Trailer 
4. LAST CHANCE HARVEY Romance / Movie Review / Movie Trailer 
5. FINAL DESTINATION 4 (3D) Thriller / Movie Trailer
6. FAME Music / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
7. EARTH DocumentaryMovie Trailer
8. IMAGINE THAT Comedy / Movie Trailer
9. BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE Horror / Movie Trailer
10. FINAL DESTINATION 4 Thriller Movie Trailer


1.  LAST CHANCE HARVEY RomanceMovie Review / Movie Trailer
EARTH DocumentaryMovie Trailer
EASY VIRTUE ComedyMovie Review / Movie Trailer
LOOKING FOR ERIC Drama / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
6.  COCO AVANT CHANEL BiographyMovie Trailer
DISGRACE DramaMovie Review / Movie Trailer
MY SISTER’S KEEPER DramaMovie Trailer
ADAM RomanceMovie Review / Movie Trailer
Fan Friday: Catch Me If You Can DVD

Catch Me If You Can is based on a true story, but what does that even mean!? From our perspective, it seems to be a generic disclaimer, which allows film-makers to take liberties with the interpretation of their work. Instead of giving a stirring 5 minute speech, William Wallace... better known as Mel Gibson... err, Braveheart may have just said "Men, tonight we dine in hell!" (300 reference) and "CHARGE!". Either way, we've got to put our trust in the integrity of the film-makers and hope that they manage to capture the essence of the lives they portray, rather than playing it up for the audience.

One film that stuck to its guns (don't worry it doesn't have any guns) is Catch Me If You Can, the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., played by Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, The Aviator) - the guy on the left. Catch Me If You Can: The Amazing True Story of the Youngest and Most Daring Con Man in the History of Profit and Fun, caught the imagination of Steven Spielberg. However, at first, Abagnale didn't think DiCaprio was suave enough to recreate his running man biography. Abagnale was there to assure authenticity all along the way, which is how these movies should be made. In his epilogue, he said that the first cut of the film was about 80% authentic, and these inaccuracies were later tweaked and corrected. (IMDB, 2009)

The film is just as light and upbeat as the novel's title, moving along swiftly as Leonardo DiCaprio plays dress-up. Matchstick man, confidence trickster, con man... whatever you call him, he was a jet setter, winding his way around the United States in disguise as a pilot, a doctor, a lawyer, whatever documents he could forge he could become. Abagnale was on-the-run alright with FBI agents hot on the long paper trail. Catch Me If You Can's a fun jaunt, which involves family with his father, played by Christopher Walken, romance with a brief interlude involving Jennifer Garner and plenty of cat-and-mouse with Tom Hanks in his wake.

John Williams was nominated for an Oscar for the score, and good old Christopher Walken received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in the film. Crime, comedy, drama... Catch Me If You Can is rewatchable and all adds up to a great evening's entertainment with a big bowl of popcorn, making it a worthy addition to any Spielberg, DiCaprio, Hanks, Walken admirer's collection.

A Catch Me If You Can DVD is up for grabs for Fan Friday on the SPL!NG page on Facebook. If you want to stand a chance to win fantastic giveaways like this every week, join up... here.


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