Jai Courtney

Jai Courtney

Jai Stephen Courtney’s blonde curls first appeared atop the studly Varro’s head in Starz channel’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010). With an ensemble of super testosterone cast, Jai cemented that sweet and adorable hunky quality that made him endearing in all of the ten episodes in which he appeared with Andy Whitfield. Soon after exiting […]

Movie Review – Man of Steel

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s – Kal-El, son of Jor-El, from the planet Krypton.  In this dark Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and written by David S. Goyer (Blade: Trinity) and Christopher Nolan (Batman), Man of Steel steps out of the cheesiness and into maturity of the modern serious Superman.  […]

Review – Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness is misleading for all its onscreen lens glare and the U.S.S. Enterprise’s bright bridge deck. One would think outer space is infused with visible sunlight. For the most part, it’s a fun ride, sweetly comical, heartfelt, visually spectacular, action-packed, and delivered with bullet speed. Even with the introduction of the villain […]

Review in 100 Words – Trance

Danny Boyle (Slum Dog Millionaire) is anything but a formula motivated director, and Trance is his latest offbeat psychological thriller.  James McAvoy (X-Men) plays the forgetful thief who renders the services of a mysterious hypnotist (Rosario Dawson, Sin City) as he eludes the threats of gangster head (Vincent Cassel, Black Swan).  The tale spins unpredictably, […]

Movie Review – Olympus Has Fallen

Finally, an action film that shows the tougher, meatier side of Gerard Butler! Through his character, Mike Banning, Gerard shows off his sophisticated capability as a Secret Service agent who morphs into a merciless killer. Is this an unwitting audition for a James Bond role? Say it is or isn’t so, he is worth considering […]

Aidan Turner

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Dark, striking, and bloody sexy, Aidan Turner exudes an unforgettable presence. He is currently in the much anticipated prequel to Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. As Kili, he is the dwarf who, along with his brother Fili, accompanies their uncle Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. Before signing on […]

Movie Review – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Travel into the world of fantasy in the first installation of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, the prequel to Lord of the Rings. In this introductory chapter, hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman , from the BBC TV series Sherlock) is recruited by wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) to join the band of dwarfs on […]

Movie Review – Skyfall

Bond: the end of the beginning. Daniel Craig is back as James Bond, British Secret Service Agent 007, in what seems to be the final installment of “the making of James Bond.” Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road), this episode takes a dark direction, taking Bond to his origins as he confronts his […]

Review in 100 Words – Cloud Atlas

Six stories run concurrently with a handful of actors playing several roles – it’s a lot to process unless you have read the book by David Mitchell. This Twyker and Wachowskis collaboration uniquely portrays the theme that people are bound throughout eternity by unseen forces (short of touching on “souls”). Great acting, visually well-executed and […]

Stephen Amell

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This October Stephen Amell will make his starring role debut in CW’s action adventure television series, Arrow, based on the Green Arrow character of DC Comics. As billionaire Oliver Queen, he plays a vigilante hero set to make amends for his family and clean up Starling City – much in the way of Batman and […]

Ben Whishaw

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It happened to be one of those days when I chanced upon a screening for the film, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. Based on the international best seller, the film depicted the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a gifted perfume maker, whose life takes a dark turn as he becomes increasingly obsessed with creating the […]

Review in 100 Words – Magic Mike

Warning: this film is not recommended as a date movie. Well-executed, wild, raucous entertainment showcasing the beautiful physiques of Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, and Adam Rodriguez, it reels you in with raunchy stage moves and a rhythmic soundtrack. Channing plays older brother figure to young Alex, who soon gains […]

Review – The Avengers

The Avengers in 3D is the ultimate experience for anyone who has ever read a graphic novel or comic book of superheroes. Watching them come to life on the big screen is a visual buffet of Marvel’s longstanding original characters: Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk. The Black Widow and Hawkeye, later characters, […]

Review – John Carter

John Carter doesn’t give you much to go on by way of a title, but being directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) you can guess there’s probably a lot of CGI involved. True to form, it’s an epic fantasy adventure that’s visually astonishing. Based on a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, John […]

Review – This Means War

The secret is out: women can, and do, go out with multiple men. Who can blame them if those men are in the realm of Chris Pine (Star Trek, Unstoppable) and Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises)? In This Means War, directed my McG (director of Charlie\’s Angels and executive producer of shows like […]

Review – Immortals

Immortals, directed by Tarsem Singh, is not for the faint of heart. Plenty of blood-spurting action and tough one on one combat make no excuses when it comes to graphic depictions. It could be addicting, to say the least, if you love the type of action sequences as seen in the film 300 or love […]

Review in 100 Words – Killer Elite

Adrenaline-pumping, hardcore one-on-one action is why you go see a Jason Statham film, right? Well, his latest flick, Killer Elite, delivers on that promise and more. Based on an alleged true story, Statham plays a reluctant assassin forced to carry out orders to save his mentor (Robert De Niro) held captive. Clive Owen plays his […]

Ones2Watch4 Interviews Adrian Paul

In San Diego during Comic Con, I caught up with actor, director, producer, and founder of PEACE (Protect Educate Aid Children Everywhere) charity organization, Adrian Paul. He was notably known for his role in the fantasy adventure TV series Highlander (1992-1998). Loud dance music played amidst the party atmosphere, the sun shining on the rooftop […]

Review in 100 Words – X-MEN: First Class

In Marvel world, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 was initiated by Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), a Frankenstein from Nazi Germany. X-Men: First Class revolves around the relationship between Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender). It’s the gathering of the first X-Mutants, with lots of X-action and drama surrounding the conflict of […]

Review in 100 Words – Priest

Slimy, eyeless, Alien-esque vampires at war with a clergy run society? It’s a hard sell to an audience used to seeing Twilight and True Blood vampires, even with Stephen Moyer appearing as the Priest’s brother. With an uninspired and too serious a script, Paul Bettany, as Priest, gives a quiet, stoic performance, having no chemistry […]

Review – Thor

Thor rushes in like a Fenris-Wolf and goes out like a lion. As Odinson of Asgard, Thor was born with a silver spoon in his mouth – or in this case a mighty large hammer. He and his dark-haired brother Loki are raised together to become kings, each with opposing personalities. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the […]