Top critic

Link to the Review

http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/87623/astro-boy.html

David Bowers’s fond retooling of ‘Astro Boy’, the seminal boy-bot creation of late Manga godhead Osamu Tezuka, is about as innocuous as family toons get. Set in the floating future world of Metro City, it’s the story of a young boy (Freddie Highmore) accidentally vaporised in an industrial accident, only to be rebuilt as a miniature robot gunship by his scientist father (Nicolas Cage). Donald Sutherland lends his voice to ultra-right-wing demagogue President Stone, who lusts for state-of-the-art firepower while spouting militarist buzzwords and allowing the audience to ally with the now-shunned Astro Boy and his new cadre of plucky outcasts. While far from an unmitigated disaster, Bowers’s play-it-straight attitude towards the material combined with the crisp, if unspectacular, animation doesn’t allow ‘Astro Boy’ a moment to bob its head above the ever-swelling digimation pack. Though it may pass muster with the very wee ones.

The Movie Blog

Link to the Review

http://themovieblog.com/2009/10/astro-boy-review

Like “Speed Racer” before it, Astro Boy was destined to bomb at the box office. Like Speed Racer, a semi-recognizable name that is too far removed from its days of popularity to the point that it lacked enough of a built in audience. Still, that doesn’t mean that the movie itself can’t be good (Speed Racer wasn’t). So off I went to see Astro Boy and I was very surprised by how strongly it started… but not so surprised about how it all went downhill from there.

THE GENERAL IDEA

The synopsis for Astro Boy reads something like this: “Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man’s expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him.”

Salnt Magazine Review

Link to the Review

A proud civilian of Mero City, Toby (voiced by a sprightly Freddie Highmore) is an overconfident, brainy child who often revels in the latest robotic innovation by his elusive father, the renowned scientist Dr. Tenma (Nicolas Cage). After mischievously hiding in the lab during one of Tenma’s demonstrations, Toby is trapped behind the protective glass after a sinister President Stone (Donald Sutherland) installs a recently discovered, highly powerful energy source—the clearly temperamental Red Core—into Tenma’s robot, culminating in Toby’s untimely death. Wrecked, Tenma feverishly constructs a replacement android son using the all-powerful, more stable Blue Core, but later cruelly rejects Toby for his mechanical inadequacies. Now known as Astro Boy, the dejected robot discovers his incredible abilities and gadgets, but soon crashes on Earth when fleeing from the power-hungry president, who is after the Blue Core.

The internet movie database

Two Types of Review

1. Users Review

Link to Users Review

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375568/usercomments

I just came from an advance screening of Astroboy where I dutifully took my kids at 10 am to watch “this” thinking that if I was lucky I would be able to doze off for a few minutes during the movie. Boy, I couldn’t! The story was captivating from the beginning. Yes, it was very directed at kids, you know, the far off humour and such, but when I saw Toby, the genius’ “kid”, I felt that the movie was after all NOT just a Pinocchio rip-off where an old man made a robot-boy because he was bored or lonely… the reasons behind the creation of Astroboy were tragic and even mature. Of course, if you are a manga aficionado, you may be thinking “duh! that’s how’s supposed to be”, but I am NOT. I barely watched a show now and then when I was a kid (I’m 36 years old… too young for Astroboy), so I wasn’t really aware of the story,

2. External Reviews

Link to External Reviews

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375568/externalreviews

Here you would a list of websites to go on and get the exthernal reviews on Astro Boy.

Dailymail

Link to the review:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/reviews/article-1248599/Astro-Boy-review-Caters-pre-teens-boasts-subject-matter.html

Astro Boy is based on a Japanese comic book and cartoon series from the Fifties and Sixties, and – despite its childish humour and a shoot-out finale that caters to the lowest pre-teen denominator – covers some awfully serious topics: racism, pollution, class struggle and warmongering heads of state.It’s bizarre, like Iron Man remade by Clare Short.Off-puttingly for young and old alike, it starts off with a child (voiced by Freddie Highmore) being killed in an industrial accident while his scientist father (Nicolas Cage) looks on.

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Age of Stupid

Alternative distribution:

Crowd Funding:

Crowd funding is were many people who give a donation to the producers of the film to be able to make the film and when the film is made the money made from it will go back to the people who have donated. On the website it asks you to donated a £1. By doing this it will cut your costs of producing it and the only cost you have to pay is to the host of the server which people all around the world can access it.

Order your DVD:

You can order you DVD online on the Age of Stupid website. While they promote there sale of there DVD, there are other websites which sell it for much less than  Age of Stupid website but when you buy it form  Age of Stupid website you get more from it. For example, with six hours of extras and a huge chunk of money can go to them which will help them to produce there new film.

Watch online:

Age of Stupid are offering people to watch the film online or you can download it. The reason or watching  Age of Stupid online is because if you can not make it to the cinema screening or DVD not available in you country and you are lazy to leave your home.The Age of Stupid is now available for you to download and watch from the comfort of your computer screen.

Indie Screening:

Indie Screening is where people online buy a liscense to show the  Age of Stupid in different places. the place you cold hold your screening of Age of Stupid is in school/pub/church/community centre/multinational oil corporation.the only think you need to do is to buy you liscense and book your screening, get the DVD in the post, screen the film and last you get of profit from all the bookings. By doing this you can get more DVDs out and have chance to make a profit.

Television Brodcast:

Age of Stupid is brodcasted around the world. the country that it has been brodcasted is United Kingdom, Netherland, Finland, Israel, Tawian,Belgium and Norway.

Star Wreck

Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning was first released on self published online in the summer of 2005. Since then Star Wreck has been release on DVD and shown on TV on countries around the world. Also Star Wreck was letting viewers online to watch the film for free but when they were deciding to make the next film of Star Wreck they were asking there fans to buy there DVD to raise the money to make the next film.

Alternative distribution:

Televison Distribution:

Star Wreck has gained a positive comments on its high quality special and visual effects. so it is distributeing it on televsion so it could be free to the public and there fans who like it. By having the positive comment on the film it brings postive word of mouth. To date, Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning has been aired on the following TV channels:

Finland: YLE 2 (national), YLE Teema (national)
Italy: Canal Jimmy (pay TV)
Belgium: Canvas (national)

By having the televison rights for Star Wreck they have decided to gain the local right to show the “making of documentary The Spirit of Star Wreck. Additionally, we can also offer you two other “making of” documentaries and five Star Wreck short films. Also on ther website on televisoin distribution it has an email address and a contact for people you own a channel so if they are intrestedto show Star Wreck.

Online download:

As the Age of Stupid let people to watch and download there film or documentary,Star Wreck has allowed view online to download ther film for free and download extra but by doing this Star Wreck have had 3 miilion downloads in 2005. This number of people watched this film shows that this is the most watch film. Aslo it tells the producers that they film is popular and thats why they thought the second film from the money made on the sales of DVDS.

DVD distribution:

Star Wreck are expanding the DVD distribution to other countries. The countries that they have distributed is Finland,Sweden,Norway,Denmark,Japan,United Kingdom and United States. The first four countries the DVDs were distributed by Universal Pictures which shows that Star Wreck was a popular film watched and that Universal Pictures could get some money from the sales from the DVDs.


Home/Cinema Viewing experience

My Name is Khan

Cinema Viewing  experience

Decision:

The first Decision you would need to make is what film you are going to watch and what time and date. When i went to watch My Name is Khan the decision was taken by my dad who choose the film and the date and time. the event was a family and cousin day out on Wensday. So we did not have a great deal of choice to watch a film. But this is the film i wanted to watch. 

Journey:

We did not have the problem of getting late to watch the film because firstly Odeno was near and we did not need to worry on how we would get there because my dad drops us off without any traffic delaying us getting to the movie on time.

Cinema:

when we arrived at the cinema we had all ready booked our tickets when we arrived to the screen we were going to watch we had to queue for a long time. we got told to wait 10 minutes for the staff to clean but then the staff added another 10 minutes to wait for them. Whilst we were waiting near the screen there were many loudselling posters up about the new film coming up. I thought the loud selling posters were good to atrracted people and when i saw the posters i thoight of watching the film coming when it was released.

Watching the Film:

Meanwhile, when we enter the screen everybody was rushing to get the top seat for a better view. when the screen came on the thing i hated was waiting until the adverts had finished. when the film started you got families with children crying which intrupted you from watching the film. Aslo when the babies were crying you would get parents getting of there seat and leaving the screen. the problem was when they sood up they got in you r and you could have missed an important or funny part.The above staements are the negative points on watching a film in a cinema.The positive of watching a film in the cinema is that the quality of the film is better than HD and Blu-ray and when a dramtaic part would come up the sound quality was so brillant that nothing can match it. The seats are comfortable to sit and it changes your from being in the cinema in to a differnet enviroment.

Home Viewing Experience

Night of The Museum:

Decision:

The decision of the film you are going watch can be a wide choice depending on how much collections of DVDs you got. The reason why i decided to watch Night of The Museum was because when i watched it before i thought that it was a good film to watch. So i watched the film at home.

Journey:

When you are at home you do not have to worry about on how you are getting there and you dio not have to worry about missing the opening scene because you have control of playing the film. However, when you are waiting for a friend or cousin you get a bit frasutaed because you have to wait alot of time for them to arrive.

Home:

There are no queues to book your ticket because you do not need to book a ticket for watching a film at home and also if you are thinking of eating something you can straight away get it from the kitchen and you do not have to pay for it and there ae no queues to waiit for the drinks or food.But the difference between a cinema and home viewing is that you do not get the long selling posters to tell you whats coming up in the cinmea. But some people might not like the long selling poster so it is ok for them.

Watching the Film:

First you have to find a place where you can watch the film without being distrupted.The place i would go and watch it is in the front room where ther is a acess to a TV and a DVD player. But the only thing that make it a differnce to cinmea is that at home you do not the comfort you need to watch the film and also when you are watching the film you also can hear the people in hte next door room’s Tv so it spoil the film.Meanwhile you get family coming in the room and going out and smaller children making a nosie and then it starts to go all wrong.therefore sometimes you get problems with your DVD disk or your DVD player. For example your DVD stop playing due to the disk being stracked.The above staements are the negative points on watching a film at home. the postives are that you have the control on the DVD player on when you are going to start the film and you can skip chapters if you think that chapter was boring, also you can forward it o the best part or rewind it to part you missed. There are many negatives thing to talk about home viewing experince.

Disney Pixar- Cars

Decision:

The decision of the film you are going watch can be a wide choice depending on how much collections of DVDs you got. The reason why i decided to watch Night of The Museum was because when i watched it before i thought that it was a good film to watch. So i watched the film at home.

Journey:

When you are at home you do not have to worry about on how you are getting there and you dio not have to worry about missing the opening scene because you have control of playing the film. However, when you are waiting for a friend or cousin you get a bit frasutaed because you have to wait alot of time for them to arrive.

Home:

There are no queues to book your ticket because you do not need to book a ticket for watching a film at home and also if you are thinking of eating something you can straight away get it from the kitchen and you do not have to pay for it and there ae no queues to waiit for the drinks or food.But the difference between a cinema and home viewing is that you do not get the long selling posters to tell you whats coming up in the cinmea. But some people might not like the long selling poster so it is ok for them.

Watching the Film:

First you have to find a place where you can watch the film without being distrupted.The place i would go and watch it is in the front room where ther is a acess to a TV and a DVD player. But the only thing that make it a differnce to cinmea is that at home you do not the comfort you need to watch the film and also when you are watching the film you also can hear the people in hte next door room’s Tv so it spoil the film.Meanwhile you get family coming in the room and going out and smaller children making a nosie and then it starts to go all wrong.therefore sometimes you get problems with your DVD disk or your DVD player. When watching a film the quality picture it good to have. so if you have a Blu-Ray player the picture quality is good but it is not better than cinema qulaty. Also the sound qulaity should be good if you have home cinema with good sound can make the differrence. When you are in the cinema you forget thye enviroment you are this is because that the room is dark and you can not see other people. But when you are at home you do not forget your enviroment because you might not be confortable and the room is not dark that you still remmeber your enviroment.


Arthouse Cinema:

Curzon Cinema – (Mayfair)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Art house Cinema                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Week 1- Tuesday 22nd December 09                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Showing Today

It’s a Wonderful Life       art house                                                    3:00pm

Bright Star                   art house                                                            8:45pm

The Red Shoes                  art house                                                     6:00pm

The White Ribbon      art house                                                  4:05pm 7:30pm

ARTHOUSE: 4

Multiplex Cinmea:

Odeon Cinema – (Leeds and Bradford) 

Week 1- Tuesday 22nd December 09

Showing Today

2012 – Mainstream                                                         

3 idiots – (bollywood)- mainstream

3D Avatar – mainstream

A Christmas Carol 2D- mainstream   

A Christmas Carol 3D – main stream

Alvin and the Chipmunks: the squeakuel – mainstream

Avatar 2D –mainstream

Fred Claus – mainstream

Kurbaan-(Bollywood) – mainstream

The Twilight Saga: New Moon – mainstream

Where The Wild Things Are – mainstream

Rocket Singh: Salesman of the year-(Bollywood)-  mainstream

Aliens in the Attic – indie

Law Abiding Citizen – indie

Nativity- indie

Planet 51- indie

Sherlock Holmes – indie

St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold– indie

MAINSTREAM: 12                                          

INDIE:6 

BOLLYWOOD: 3                                                                                                                                     

CONCLUSION:

As looking at the films showing in week 1 you see that there is more mainstream film view than other. This is because Hollywood releases 4 films a week and you can watch a film at a different time, if you are watching another film at the moment. By looking at the list for week 1 you would see Avatar in 2D and 3D and other film have this. By doing this it gives the audience an option. The negative point about this is that 3D is more expensive than 2D. But some people would be willing to pay for this viewing. Comparing the arthouse and the multiplex cinema, the difference is that an arthouse cinema only offers few films to watch and you only can watch it at the set time. However, multiplex cinema offers you a wide range of films and you can watch them at a different time. The similarities of these two cinemas are that the films in week 1 will appear in week 2 but there will be one or two new films released.

Curzon Cinema – (Mayfair)

Art house Cinema

Week 2- Tuesday 29th December 09

Showing Today        

Bright Star         art house                                                                      8:45pm

The Red Shoes        art house                                                               6:00pm

The White Ribbon      art house                                                  4:05pm 7:30pm

The Queen of Spades   art house                                                       3:30pm

ARTHOUSE: 4

 Odeon Cinema – (Leeds and Bradford)

Multiplex Cinema

Week 2- Tuesday 29th December 09

Showing Today

2012 – Mainstream

3 idiots – (bollywood)- mainstream

3D Avatar – mainstream

A Christmas Carol 2D- mainstream   

A Christmas Carol 3D – main stream

Aliens in the Attic – indie

Alvin and the Chipmunks: the squeakuel – mainstream

Avatar 2D –mainstream

Fred Claus – mainstream

Kurbaan-(Bollywood) – mainstream

Law Abiding Citizen – indie

Nativity- indie

Paranormal Activity – indie/ mainstream

Planet 51- indie

Rocket Singh: Salesman of the year-(Bollywood)-     mainstream

Sherlock Holmes – indie

St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold – indie

The Twilight Saga: New Moon –             mainstream

Where The Wild Things Are – mainstream

MAINSTREAM: 13                                         

INDIE:6 

BOLLYWOOD:2  

 CONCLUSION: When you look at week 2 of the film shown you would see some films from last week the other week. This because when it comes to Christmas the cinemas put some Christmas films and they carry on to the end on the month. Normally when it comes to Christmas you would a new Christmas themed film and that new film for 2009 was Disney A Christmas Carol. So you would see this film next Christmas. The Twilight Saga: New Moon is indie film but when you looked who were the audience for this film. The audience for this film was young females which made it a mainstream film.

Curzon Cinema – (Mayfair)

Art house Cinema

Week 3- Tuesday 5th January 2010

Showing Today

 Bright Star – art house                 3:15pm 8:40pm

The White Ribbon- art house      1:00pm 4:00pm 7:30pm

Tokyo story – art house               12:30pm 5:45pm

Odeon Cinema – (Leeds and Bradford)

Multiplex Cinema

Week 3- Tuesday 5th January 2010

Showing Today

 2012 – Mainstream

3 idiots – (bollywood)- mainstream

3D Avatar – mainstream

A Christmas Carol 2D- mainstream

Avatar 2D –mainstream

Sherlock Holmes – indie

St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold – indie

The Twilight Saga: New Moon –             mainstream

Law Abiding Citizen – indie

Nativity- indie

Paranormal Activity – indie/ mainstream

Alvin and the Chipmunks: the squeakuel – mainstream

Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2D – mainstream

Day breakers- indie

Did you hear about the Morgans? – Mainstream

Dulha Mil Gaya – mainstream (bollywood)

It’s complicated-indie

Nine- indie

Planet 51- indie

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – indie

Spread- indie

MAINSTREAM: 10                                       

INDIE:8

BOLLYWOOD:1

CONCLUSION


Will Smith

 

Box Office Hits:

 I am Legend

Will Smith is a Box Office Hit! Alone this movie grossed 30 million and is set to make 80 million for the weekend. I Am Legend grossed $77,211,321 on its opening weekend in 3,606 theaters, averaging $21,412 per venue, and placing it at the top of the box office. This set a record for highest grossing opening for a film for the month of December.As of May 11, 2008, the film has grossed $256,393,010 in North America and $584,015,483 worldwide.The film was the 6th highest grossing movie of 2007 in North America, and as of July 2009 stands among the top 50 all-time highest grossing films both domestically and worldwide.

 

 

 

 

Hancock

Will Smith’s next big July 4th movie is finally here. Of course, it’s Hancock, as opposed to “John Hancock,” the working title mentioned below. (Hey, it was accurate when we wrote it.) As of this writing, it would appear Smith’s box office magic is still very powerful: The July 1 previews of Hancock grossed just short of $7 million.

 

 

 

 

Fandom:

There are many fans who like Will Smith as an actor so the fans set up groups and websites such as:

http://will-smith.net/– this website is about Will Smith and his life and there some pictures of him where his fans can leave comment just like an blog

http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=10204103083– this is the most popular place to visit new people and make a fan group. on this it has quizes about Will Smith and alot of commets

http://www.bebo.com/Profile.jsp?MemberId=2189489186– also this website is another online chat site were fans can join Will Smiths bebo.

http://www.myspace.com/willsmithfan1

BOX OFFICE TAKINGS

Seven Pounds-December 2008

Total US Gross $69,951,824
International Gross $96,665,504
Worldwide Gross $166,617,328

Hancock – July 2008

Total US Gross $227,946,274
International Gross $396,400,000
Worldwide Gross $624,346,274

I am Legend – December 2007

Total US Gross $256,393,010
International Gross $328,662,691
Worldwide Gross $585,055,701

The Pursuit of Happyness- Decenber 2006

Total US Gross $162,586,036
International Gross $143,500,000
Worldwide Gross $306,086,036

Hitch-Feburary 2005

Total US Gross $177,784,257
International Gross $189,000,000
Worldwide Gross $366,784,257

Upcoming Films:

Untitled I Am Legend Prequel-2011

Time Share-2010


 Definition of Fantasy:

Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other  supernatural forms as a primary element of the plot,theme and setting Many works within the genre take place on fictional planes or planets where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished frm science fiction and horror by by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific and macabre thenmesrespectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three (which are subgenres of speculative fiction).

In popular culture, the genre of fantasy is dominated by its medievalist form, especially since the worldwide success of the The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien.In its broadest sense however, fantasy comprises works by many writers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians, from ancient myhts and legdends to many recent works embraced by a wide audience today.

Pictures of The Lord Of  The Rings:

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Repertoire of Elements:

  Narrative: Good VS  Evil,  Donfall of cruel ruler or evil wizard,quests and destiny.

 

  Iconography:  Magicla artifact: Swords. Gems Stones, Magic itself.

  

 Characters:   Mythological Creatures:Dragons,Gryphons,Non-Human Race,Dwarves Elves fairies trolls.

   

 Settings:   Feudal Government, primitive technology (almost always pre-gunpowder), fantasy worlds.

Classic Fantasy Films (1920-1950s)

  • The Thief of Bagdad- (1924)
  • King Kong-(1933)
  • The Wizard of Oz-(1939)
  • Jungle Book-(1942)
  • Alice in Wonderland-(1951)

King Kong-(1933)

King Kong is a 1933 landmark black-and-white  monster film about a gigantic gorilla named “Kong” and how he is captured from a remote lost prehistoric island and brought to civilization against his will. The film was made by RKO  and was originally written for the screen by Ruth Rose and James Ashmore Creelman, based on a concept by Merian C. Cooper. A major on-screen credit for Edgar Wallace , sharing the story with Cooper, was unearned, as Wallace became ill soon after his arrival in Hollywood and died without writing a word, but Cooper had promised him credit. A novelization of the screenplay actually appeared in 1932, a year before the film, adapted by Delos W. Lovelace, and contains descriptions of scenes not present in the movie.

  Trailer of  King Kong- 1933

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0WpKl2A_2k

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2yrm0_king-kong-1933-trailer_creation

Trailers would attract people to watch king kong because black and white film were popular in those days but when you watch the colour version the stroy it the same and it has some same part in the colour version.

Poster

 

 

 

Posters

There are many posters which related to King Kong (1933) this shows that King Kong was a good film to watch in the 1990s. Also having alot of differnet poster show that they were trying to getting alot of audience to watch by showing diffenret parts of the film in different posters. By doing this you might attract many people to watch the film. To compare these poster to today film poster ther would be alot of diffenrece because todays poster use bright and shocking colour show it stands out from the rest. But these posters do not have a shocking colours, the reason might be that they just got used to using colour on poster.

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Merchandise

White T-Shirt Trucker Hat

Dark T-ShirtJournal

Tarot King Kong Tower Postcards (Package of 8)Guardian 1 Magnet

Merchandise

The use of merchandise is to get the fans to buy it which will mean money for the producer of the merchandise also it trys to atrract people to go and watch it and maybe like it. Also when people buy it then they can pass the message on and get more people to buy which will be good news for the producer and they colud have made alot of money by doing this way.


Shaun of the dead

Shaun of the dead is a british romantic zombie comedy film which is directed by Edgar Wright. The plot focuses on Shaun, a young man who is attempting to get some kind of focus in his life as he reconciles with his ex-girlfriend and settles his various issues with his mother and stepfather. At the same time he has to cope with an apocalyptic uprising zombies that are destroying the society.The movie is notable for Wright’s kinetic directing style, and its references to other movies, television shows and video games. In this way, it is similar to the British television sitcom Spaced, which both Pegg and Wright worked on (Pegg as co-creator, writer and star, Wright as director). In particular, the movie contains many homages to previous zombie and horror movies, most notably the Dead trilogy of George A. Romero. The name of the film is a play on Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.

                                                                                                                                       Trailer of Shaun Of the Dead

http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2172780825/

http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi881983769/

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shaun of the dead

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 Posters