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‘SEIZE THEM!’ Review | A Rollicking British Comedy Adventure

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This review was made possible by watching an early preview thanks to Escapes supported by the BFI and the National Lottery for organising free nationwide screenings designed to encourage everyone to rediscover the joys of independent cinema

Seize Them!” is a riotous British comedy that marries the best traits of Monty Python, Horrible Histories, Blackadder, and Carry On into a rollicking adventure with a valuable message at its core about finding your song. Director Curtis Vowell delivers a clever, fast-paced film that doesn’t hold back on sword fights, crude humour, and unexpected friendships. The Dark Ages provides us with a British comedy classic. 

The film is a comedy road movie set in the Dark Ages that follows the story of the clueless Queen Dagan (Aimee Lou Wood), an egotistical ruler who is unexpectedly overthrown and toppled from her throne by the charismatic and ruthless Humble Joan (Nicola Coughlan). As Queen Dagan embarks on a quest to reclaim her kingdom, she is joined by unlikely companions, including Shulmay, a former servant with a lot of secrets (Lolly Adefope), and Bobik, a shit-shoveler who ultimately wants more out of life (Nick Frost). Both companions add depth, warmth, and hilarity to her journey as Dagan begins her quest for justice and ultimately faces every conceivable hardship and danger as she embarks on this voyage to win back her throne. She also has to face up to the very worst parts of herself and ultimately answer if she can ever become queen again, can she become a better person while she does it? And what if she has to choose?

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At the heart of this adventure is Queen Dagan, a master of all she surveys, with an ego to match, played outstandingly with delightful arrogance by Aimee Lou Wood. who finds herself headfirst with the revolution-led Humble Joan, portrayed by the charming Nicola Coughlan. The Queen, however, becomes a fugitive in her kingdom, alongside a hefty bounty that’s been put on her head. The dynamic between these two leading ladies is electric, setting the stage for a quest filled with laughter, heart, and a surprising dose of self-discovery.

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The ensemble cast, including the hilarious Lolly Adefope and the ever-charismatic Nick Frost, adds depth and nuance to the story, creating a compelling tapestry of characters that you can’t help but root for. The chemistry between the actors is infectious, making their journey from foes to friends a joy. We also get appearances from some of the U.K. and Ireland’s best comic talent, such as Jessica Hynes as Leofwine, Paul Kaye and John MacMillan as Kings Ivarr and Guthrum, Jason Barnett as Thane Tostig, alongside James Acaster as Felix the Ironmonger. 

Visually, “Seize Them!” shines with its detailed production design and cinematography, which immersed me and the audience at my screening into the mediaeval world of the film. The practical effects and action sequences are seamlessly integrated, adding an extra layer of excitement to the already engaging plot. 

But what truly sets this film apart is its sharp, witty dialogue that harkens back to the comedic genius of its predecessors. Written by Andy Riley, the clever banter and quick wit keep the pace brisk and the laughs coming, making “Seize Them!” a thoroughly entertaining ride from start to finish. 

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Overall, “Seize Them!” is a delightful blend of humour, heart, and adventure that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Whether you’re a fan of British comedy or simply looking for a feel-good movie with a meaningful message, this film is sure to delight you. So, seize the opportunity to watch this comedic gem and prepare to be swept away on a whimsical and hilarious journey across the Dark Ages. I applaud and give this film a high fünf! just make sure to be in a circle of safety when Big Liam arrives.

Seize them! will be in UK Cinemas from April 5th.

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Bad Boys: Ride or Die | Official Trailer – Sony Pictures Entertainment

Miami’s finest end up on the run.

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Action, Adventure, Comedy

Release Date:

2024

Director:

Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Cast:

Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens

Plot Summary:

Miami’s finest end up on the run

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Arthur the King is an Epic Masterpiece

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Arthur the King movie poster (Lionsgate Films)

Here follows the review of Arthur the King, a story of deep connection between people and dogs. Not all heroes wear capes, some have wagging tails and would cross a river (and jungle) for you.

Plot

Desperate for one last chance to win, Michael Light convinces a sponsor to back him and a team of athletes for the Adventure Racing World Championship in the Dominican Republic. As the team gets pushed to the outer limits of endurance, a dog named Arthur comes along for the ride, redefining what victory, loyalty and friendship truly means.

Arthur Foundation

Mikael Lindnord raced through a jungle in Ecuador and after feeding a few meatballs to a stray dog made a friend for life. The dog followed Mikael and his team through the rough terrain. Mikael named the dog Arthur and took him back home with him.

Arthur and Mikael Lindnord (Photo taken by Krister Goransson)

The Arthur Foundation collaborates with various organizations in different countries that work towards animal welfare.

Click on the following links to reach out to Mikael Lindnord.

Movie Review (no spoilers)

The movie is based on the memoir, Arthur – The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home by Mikael Lindnord, who was the athlete who participated in the Adventure Racing World Championship in Ecuador. It is important to note in the movie they refer to him as Michael Light. Even though the original race took place in Ecuador, the movie changed the location to the Dominican Republic. The original race took place in 2014, while in the movie the race takes place in 2018.

Mark Wahlberg portrays the part of the Mikael and delivers an excellent performance alongside Simu Liu, Nathalie Emmanuel and Ali Suliman. Ukai, a stray dog, was a real champion portraying the role of Arthur. The film takes us through picturesque locations in the Dominican Republic. The suspense was felt at every turn and corner and you are kept glued to the screen with a gripping storyline. The story balances the journey of Mikael and Arthur and eventually joins their path like a jigsaw puzzle.

Mark Wahlberg as Mikael Light (Lionsgate Films)

A fictional backstory is provided of Mikael’s competitive journey as well as the journey that Arthur took to get to Mikael. The movie successfully tells a deep story of connection between dogs and people. If you want to know more about the real story, you can check your local bookstore or Amazon for a copy of Arthur – The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home

This movie is a 5 out of 5 for me. The connection between Mikael and Arthur is brought to life in this epic masterpiece. Arthur found a home in the heart of Mikael and thanks to Mark Wahlberg and Ukai, this film adaptation of ‘Arthur – The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home’ became a memorable movie.

The trailer doesn’t spoil any of the important scenes of the movie. Arthur the King has a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. There is no post-credits scene so no need to wait till the end.

Arthur the King Official Trailer (Lionsgate Films)

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‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire | Brr-ings the Chills with an Ultimate Icy Thrill-Ride

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As a lifelong Ghostbusters fan “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” is a nostalgic ECTO-1-driven joyride offering up all the trademarks of the 40-year-old franchise. It’s a beloved continuation that serves as a loving tribute to the late Ivan Reitman. “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” is also an all-out ghostbusting adventure set on the streets of New York City and finally, after all these years, back at the Firehouse. The film is reminiscent of the Real Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters animated series; the cartoons have leapt into live-action. It’s an emotional and hilarious coming-of-age story about friends, family, and, of course, ghosts. Taking the helm of a Ghostbusters film is a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly, but writer/director Gil Kenan has truly delivered a confident step forward for the franchise as a whole! Because it’s the perfect way to honour an iconic franchise while simultaneously accelerating and pushing the ghost trap into the future. 

As with all films in the franchise, “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” is an entry point for new moviegoers and new audiences who have never seen a Ghostbusters movie before, and to 
also satisfy diehard Ghostheads like myself, who are absolutely in love with this iconic franchise, and also those who have been at every opening day since 1984. In picking up the reins, Kenan takes the franchise’s themes and messages and makes them his own. With Ghostbusters: Afterlife, there were very personal themes to director Jason Reitman, the son of the late Ivan Reitman, that were showcased throughout. Afterlife was truly an emotional and touching film about the passing of a generational torch and seeing whether the characters in that story could look at their heritage and accept their destiny. Now, three years later, the story continues as the Ghostbusters return to their old haunts in lower Manhattan to face their most terrifying (and hilarious) threats yet. Reitman and Kenan once again co-wrote “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.”  However, Reitman this time takes on producing duties and Kenan directs. What I gathered throughout Gil’s filmography is that there has always been a question about how to define home—the principle of “Frozen Empire.” Is this story of a family trying to find a way to ground themselves, to have a place they can hold onto, and ultimately a place to define themselves as a family

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In “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire”, the Spengler family returns to where it all started – the
iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve
developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when
the discovery of an ancient artefact unleashes an army of ghosts that casts a death chill
upon the city, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save
the world from a second Ice Age.

Afterlife ended with the Ghostbusters taking the Ecto-1 back to the Tribeca firehouse.
where it all began, and that is where “Frozen Empire” picks things up. They’re learning
to become a family and have made the firehouse their home, their workshop, and their laboratory. However, it isn’t easy when the place where you live and grow up is also the place where you work. Part of their tension is the interplay between life and work and ultimately finding the balance. The firepoles lead from the bedrooms down to the kitchen, then down to
the lockers where they put on their flight suits and strap on their proton packs; the car is
on the ground floor. That natural tension between who we are as a family and who we are as
Ghostbusters is right at the centre of this story.

In New York, the Ghostbusters encounter new characters who will hold some answers
to the new threat facing the city. At the centre of the story an object comes into their possession, an old brass orb that’s right up Ray Stantz’s alley – and indeed, its PKE readings are off the charts. However, it turns out that the orb is an ancient jail holding the terrifying demon Garraka. Garraka’s power is “the death chill” – he freezes people in fright. And this is no ordinary frostbite – his supernatural power can ice out every ounce of your body – causing you to shatter into tiny crystals. And not just you — Garraka can unleash a devastating, unrelenting evil, capable of deep-freezing the earth and everyone on it.

The cast additions and inventive storytelling keep things feeling fresh and new. Ghostbusters: Afterlife was an incredible return to the world of Ghostbusters that fans didn’t think was possible. It added emotional depth and re-connected us with the original characters we loved so much. But “Frozen Empire” is the long-lost Ghostbusters movie we have all been waiting for. It’s a Ghostbusters movie for Ghostbusters fans. It’s everything I’ve always known Ghostbusters had the potential to be. 

Throughout the film, it was so good to see Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts, I was grinning from ear to ear from start to finish. The performances, action, and moments are all able to recapture the magic of the original. Helping the film stand on its own two legs. The OG Ghostbusters… Winston Zeddemore has become the keeper of the flame as the only living Ghostbuster with a head on his shoulders – having made his fortune, He has kept the firehouse going and started the new Paranormal Research Center. Ray Stantz still has his occult bookshop and has hired Podcast to bring him into the modern Age. Janine Melnitz will always have a home in the firehouse and it was so good to finally see her suit up much like her counterpart in The Real Ghostbusters. Honestly, it was long overdue. And Venkman… well, who can ever know what Peter’s up to?

All of the characters have to face the fact that they are leading very different lives than
they did four decades earlier.

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McKenna Grace shines and stands out once again as Phoebe Spengler, and it felt nice to see the crew return to NYC.  Though, it is the bond of the Spengler family made up of Carrie Coon’s Callie, Mckenna Grace’s Phoebe, Finn Wolfhard’s Trevor and Paul Rudd’s Gary that is the beating heart of the film. While being the Ghostbusters team, the dynamics between them as the two teenagers grow into adults capture a great coming-of-age tone to the film. The film’s first two acts are full of world and lore building and character development. There is no question that with Rudd, Coon, Wolfhard and Grace as our main Ghostbusters, the franchise is in safe hands. The four of them dazzle on screen as a family unit.

Also returning are Celeste O’Connor as Lucky and Logan Kim as Podcast. Lucky has moved to the Big Apple and had the amazing opportunity to have an internship with the Ghostbusters in New York City as an engineer. Podcast’s relationship with Ray Stantz has expanded ever since he found Out that the legendary Ghostbuster was the novices one and only fan.

We’re also introduced to new characters that expand the lore and mythology of the Ghostbusters. Nadeem, who’s played by Kumail Nanjiani, is an aimless slacker selling off his late grandmother’s old possessions from scratch to survive. Nanjiani is truly having a good time playing this character and Patton Oswalt joins the fun as Dr. Hubert Wartzki, a librarian with an amusingly deep knowledge of supernatural arcana. Making his motion picture debut is British comedian James Acaster, playing Lars, a Scientist with Winston Zeddemore’s Paranormal Research Center.

Visually, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is a feast for the eyes, with stunning special effects and a priority on practical effects that bring the ghosts to life in a truly haunting manner. The production design, particularly in recreating the iconic New York City firehouse, adds to the film’s nostalgic feel and sense of wonder. The approach they took for “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” highlights the symbiosis between two very different departments. Special Effects build and operate any effect that is captured physically, whilst Visual Effects are computer imagery – anything that will be achieved in post-production through compositing or animation. 

The film insists on ensuring that the ghosts’ appearance remained consistent with the 1984 and 1989 films. Those iconic films were achieved with old-school film-based camera techniques and now the new generation of filmmakers seek to bring those methods back into the modern world. Slimmer honestly is the MVG (most valuable Ghost) throughout the entire franchise. Much like in the 1984 film, the character was a large rubber puppet, worn by an actor, composited over background scenes with the actors. On “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire”, the filmmakers take a similar approach, working closely with the teams that sculpt and build the puppets, as well as the performer (or, sometimes, multiple Performers) who will operate it.

Not all of the ghosts in the film are so menacing or ferocious. The Mini-Pufts are back, causing plenty of mischief.

As with the design of the ghosts, the film also embraced the need for a continuity of look Between the first two films and Afterlife. The Ghostbusters suits are still theOriginal design, which is very important in the  Ghostbusters universe. However, it’s one thing to be in the field busting ghosts, and another thing to be in the lab, studying them. As their work had different requirements, costume designers Alex Forte Ruth Myers gave them different costumes: a black version of the flight suit, with a slimmer cut, no elbow pads, pockets.in the chest for pens or tools, clean brass snaps at the wrist, and a new patch: a ghost Inside a cog, to show they are technicians. 

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 I also absolutely loved the cluttered and overstuffed set design, especially within the Firehouse itself. The Spengler family have moved in and made it their home. It’s still the same old firehouse, but it’s a family that makes proton packs and creating new ones or melting metal at the kitchen table while eating pizza. With much of the action taking place inside the firehouse itself, but the production shooting on soundstages in London, the incredibly talented crew recreated the entire building– three floors plus an attic – on set. The Firehouse is very much its own character. 

“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” has an entire runtime that acts as a fast-paced, chaotic & funny walk down memory lane that balances the new with the old. There are TONS of callbacks & Easter eggs that ultimately manage to capture the style of the original films.

Overall, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is a delightful blend of old and new, paying tribute to the Ghostbusters’ legacy while crafting an engaging and entertaining story for a new generation. It’s a film that captures the essence of what made the original Ghostbusters so special, while also expanding upon the mythology and characters in exciting ways. Fans of the franchise will undoubtedly leave the cinema with a smile on their faces, feeling like they’ve been taken on a wild and unforgettable ghostbusting adventure.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is now in cinemas..

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