Saturday, April 14, 2012
Just a message to say the URL has changed, and that I've moved up shop.
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Thanks for all your support,
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Puss In Boots
Prequel story to the feline character from the Shrek films. Puss must find a way to redeem his criminal life.
Now apart from the first film, I never fully enjoyed the other Shrek films. This continues on with the same humour, set in the same fairytale universe and the same character Puss. The film was alright, most of the jokes were clearly aimed at the younger audience members, but there were one or two laugh out moments for us, the best being, what can only be described as "The Ooooh Cat". Rest of the jokes were more younger based, compared to the universal humour of the first Shrek film. Also several film culture references to other films, biggest being Fight Club.
Voice cast all did well from Antonio Banderes, Selma Hayek, Zach zach galifianakis,and Billy Bob Thornton.
Recommend: young audience only
Saturday, December 3, 2011
In an alternate future where time literally is currency one man will fight so that the average non-rich get a chance to live longer.
Totally forgot to review this movie, one reason is that its not that memorable.
The story is ok, nothing really wrong with it, but its not that interesting either. The cast were all meh, all round, in fact only positive shouts go out to Johnny Galecki (Big Bang Theory's Leonard) and hes only in the film for 10mins, which is more than can be said for the lovely Olivia Wilde. In fact if Justin Timberlake and whoever the female lead were swopped with Galecki and Wilde, it might have been a better film.
Recommend: not really
P.s. sorry for being short and harsh but I cant remember that much :-(
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
My Week With Marilyn
A period drama of the true accounts of a young man and the week he spent on set with Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier.
A wonderful movie. Everything about it just worked lovely. Star of the show, in my eye, goes to Kenneth Branagh. His Olivier is fantastic. He gets across true a true thespian, and every line is delivered with point, purpose and in a spot on accent. Now as much of a thespian and film fanatic as I claim to be, I have yet to watch a Monroe movie, however with little info that I know of her, I thought Michelle Williams gave a really good performance. I think(and hope) that whilst at times we, the audience, are supposed to be annoyed with the character, and that aspect comes across well, but she also shines in moments when are supposed to like her. Eddie Redmayne gets similar all around praise as the man in the middle; Olivier's assistant and Monroe's "friend". Supporting cast also get praise all round, including Dame Judi Dench (who is so awesome) Zoe Wannamaker and Derick Jakobi.
I have only 2 negative things to say about this movie. 1, it does seem to drag on a little bit. The "oh Marilyn isn't on set, go fetch her" bit is used several times and did feel a little long at the end. 2, Emma Watson. Now I am forever in love with her for being so attractive and bringing Hermione to life, but in this I didn't like her. When Tom Felton did the Apes movie he added an accent to his performance, here Emma sounds exactly like she did as Hermione. Now that might have just been the role and her accent was right, but what made it worse was that her delivery of lines was very wooden. I dont mean to be mean as I say/type this but there was one line she has when Colin is about to "claim 2nd base" with her character (Lucy???) and she delivers "In a while, crocodile." so wooden that people, myself included, laughed out loud. I dont want to be mean to her, and i'll go and watch other things just because she's in them, but it was rather bad.
Anyway, there are several funny moments in the film, several shots of Monroe bottom and by the end you feel for all the characters and spite me moaning it was long, left wanting a slither more.
Monday, November 28, 2011
When a 27 year old is suddenly hit with cancer, he and the people around him must deal with its effects and learn how to come to terms with it.
To quote my friend @tom_reaney "Funny and touching at the same time" just about covers this movie. JGL in the lead, gets across this character that already seems to be living an un-forfilling life, and after he is given the bad news, it doesnt get better(despite being told it will by most of the cast) until right at the end, but no spoilers from me.
Seth Rogen still playing the same character as he usually does, but for the time being its still really funny. There are some really funny moments in this film (including a c-bomb, which for an American film is big, us Brits just watch Guy Ritchie films all the time and are immune), but anyway Rogen on usual top form, even does some good acting towards the end.
Anna Kendrick (although rather hot) sempt like she was doing an impression of Kristen Wiig's kinda character she's always done in her movies, but that aside her character came across very professional, very sincere and deserving if her ending.
There are a lot of long drama like scenes in this. They are needed in the story, but did get rather boring. All the scenes with the older guys doing chemotherapy are great and overall a good movie, just a little slow at times.
Recommend: yes but this is not a comedy.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Animated adventure of a young reporter and his pet dog, as they unravel the secrets surrounding the fabled voyage of The Unicorn.
Cheesy, childish, but extreamly enjoyable.
Let me start by saying this is, primarily a kids film. However I loved the film. The animation is absolutely fantastic. There are some points when it could be live action. The 3D wasnt necessary at all. Cast wise, Jamie Bell as Tintin, Andy Serkis as Capt.Haddock and Daniel Craig as the villian. Craig sounded completely different to what he does in other films, but it works more for the villian character.
Story wise, it all flows from place to place well andlinks together action sequences and comedy gold.
On the story though, my cinema buddy summed it up perfectly: TinTin is the adventures of a young Nathen Drake, with Haddock becoming Sully.
Recommend: yes, 2d only though
Saturday, October 29, 2011
France's top three operatives, made obsolete without a cause to fight for, are brought back into action when the arrival of a fouth member brings a noble cause.
I'm down for all these steam-punk types of movies, some work (Sherlock Holmes) and some fail (Sucker Punch), fortunately this is one of the ones that works.
Cast wise, varied. Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson in the top three leads of the film are really good, even if Evans has less to say than the other two, still all good. Christoph Waltz and Milla Jovovich awesome as two of the film's villians. However, Logan Lerman as the young recruit to the team, Orlando Bloom, as the evil Duke and Freddie Fox, the young king, didn't bring their best performance to the camera. Bloom was more bareable than he was in the Pirates films, but still quite weak. The utter low part of the film, personally was James Corden's bumbling servent to the Musketeers. He's annoying in ever other role he has done and this is no different.
Now after ripping the cast, let me exlain that this film is actually worth watching. The story is gripping, leaves you guessing all the way through, it has some really good fight sequences, including a very Final Fantasy 9 esque airship fight and several awesome sword fighting scenes, nothing new within them (cart gets used as a see-saw, rope used to circle round and the few beat the many) but still awesome.
I really liked the opening to the film. It's animation set on a war strategy table and the figures are lightly animated to show their actions. It happens a few times more throughout the film and i loved it.
It's witty and funny also throughout and ends with a lovely set up for a sequel, hopefully soon.