Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Men Who Stare At Goats

23rd February: The Men Who Stare At Goats.

A journalist goes east to the war when his wife leaves him and tracks down a former Jedi Knight. Together they track down a disband government special ops team of actual Jedi and hilarity ensues.

Jeff Bridges in a movie = I'm sold.


When watching this movie there was something that always popped into my head; why is Danny Ocean teaching Obi-Wan Kenobi about Jedi? It always got a smirk out of me anyway. This film is filled with very funny bits but they are all tied together on a story that eventually goes nowhere. Ewan McGregor and George Clooney are really funny, Clooney's belief in everything he says and McGregor's almost disbelief. After battling through Iraq, they end up stumbling along an army base in the desert where the disband Jedi forces are still operational under Clooney's nemesis; Kevin Spacey, who also delivers a very funny performance. Then the story kinda ends. They take over the base and free all the Goats that are being used as guinea pigs for the Jedi to train on and then it ends. Kinda a let down, I wanted more. But obviously my favourite was the plot was told through flash backs when Jeff Bridges was the commander (or Yoda) of the special ops squad of Jedi. Every scene with him in is hilarious. There is always something funny going on, but I didn't like Jeff Bridges lack of beard in this movie.

Also before I checked the back of the DVD cover, I thought this was a Coen brothers movie, but it isn't: FAIL.

Overall: 8/10

Sweet Home Alabama

22nd February: Sweet Home Alabama

A former country girl has made it big in the big city. When her boyfriend proposes, she has to go back to Alabama and get a divorce from her childhood sweetheart.


I could literally watch Reese Witherspoon recite the phone book. She hot and her southern accent gets me every time (especially in Walk The Line) However, after the beginning of the movie and we see how happy she is, I felt sorry for her character in being plunged into a decision between the two men (I cant remember their names, but both had fine performances) and by the end I wasn't too happy that true love prevailed and she goes with the childhood current husband. Her life was so better when she was in New York and with the other guy. True love prevailing wasn't a good thing in this instance, I don't think.

But story bashing aside, it was funny, it wasn't too long and very watch able. Did i mention Reese Witherspoon is hot? She is.

Overall: 6/10

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

21st February: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

After his death to save the USS Enterprise Spock's body is jettisoned to the new Genesis planet. After seeing Spock's father, Kirk and the rest of the Enterprise realize there maybe a chance to bring him back. This is a direct sequel to the second movie. Number 2 ends with the Enterprise limping away and number 3 starts with them docking in a space station.

Similarly with the Pixar boxset i reviewed, I don't think i can honestly slate a Star Trek movie, however, saying that, i do have a slight beef with this movie. It was good, don't get me wrong, but it felt like that it was made just because people complained about Spock dying in the last one. It didn't really wow me like, Wrath Of Khan did. There is the beautiful moment at the end where Spock starts to remember who he is and who Kirk is, but not enough to deem it an awesome movie. It all seemed coincidental that Spock was taken off Genesis just in time to bring him to the same age he died.
Christopher Lloyd was nice to see, though i assume he was travelling at more than 88mph with more than 1.21 gigawatts in his Klingon engines.

Overall: 6/10

Sunday, February 20, 2011


19th February: Paul

2 scifi nerds get first contact and have to save Paul, an alien from being captured by the government.

My opening quote: "What Scott Pilgrim did for video games, Paul does for Sci-Fi movies" This movie has a specific audience: NERD. From awesome bits like Han Solo's "boring conversation" bit and the re-enactment of the Kirk Vs Gorgon fight. Love it. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on usual top form. It was nice to see Jason Bateman outside of cameos and Arrested Development, he did good. Kirsten Wiig in a total role change. Usually she's an annoying cameo ish character, but her main part in Paul is really good, I was definitely impressed. Not enough Sigorney Weaver but meh. Now, Seth Rogan. One of my fave actors. Didn't fail to disappoint in his voice acting, but I feel that his voice didn't suite Paul. Suited Paul's personality and characteristics but not his "form" I think (and I don't mean this in an offensive way) that if Paul had not been bone thin, it would have worked more. Still hilarious, but something was amiss.

Overall: 9/10
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan

15th February: Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan

During a routine training mission, Admiral James T Kirk and the rest of the original Enterprise crew find that Kirk's nemesis Khan has returned and plans revenge on a massive scale.

My second time rewatching this film, and after watching the original series, this film made more sense. I need not comment on the actors in this film as i have already said in the first movie's review here that they stand the test of time and are just as good as when they were doing the tv show. However Ricardo Montalban needs a mention for his awesome portrayal of Khan. To the crew and any Trek fan watching he is evil incarnate.


He was launched into space in his own time as genetically altered human, re-awoken by Kirk and marooned on an planet which then suffered a natural disaster. So naturally he's a bit pissed off. He uses his genetically increased intellect to steal the Genesis project. In the right hands is used to turn dead planets into lush living ones, however turn that on a already living planet and it will destroy it. Eventually Khan's plan is foiled and he is killed, but at what cost. By far the best scene of the movie, of any Star Trek movie and maybe of any movie ever. In order to save the Enterprise, Spock enters a radiation filled chamber in order to fix the engines. His vulcan half allows him to survive long enough to fix them, and have a touching moment between him and Kirk. I'll admit it: I shed a tear or two. "The needs of the many outway the needs of the few or the one" and "I have been and always shall be your friend, live long and prosper" are the greatest last lines of a character ever.

Overall: 10/10

Just Go with It

In order to cover up a lie he told to his girlfriend, a plastic surgeon convinces his assistant to pose as his to-be-ex-wife and takes them all on holiday to Hawaii.

Before i saw this movie, i did the worst thing you can do and i watched the trailer literally like 2 hours before. My expectations were immediately lowered. I thought that it was going to be another Adam Sandler playing a douche and Jenniffer Aniston playing the hot girl. It isn't. Adam Sandler was actually rather good. Not Little Nicky good, but better than usual these days. He wasn't over the top funny, but when a comedic moment happened they were funny. Jennifer Aniston wasn't the obvious hot girl of the movie (Brooklyn Decker took that role) but rather she played the hot girl ninja. Springing her hotness on you when you least expect it.
She was also rather funny and enjoyable to watch as an actress. Nick Swardson is one of my favourite comedic actors. Ever since i saw him in Benchwarmers, he's been cropping up in films and making me laugh ever since, and this is no exception.

The story itself was alright, a little drawn out at times, I think it could have been just as good as 90 min movie rather than just short of 2 hours. It's a alright rom com, an alright comedy, a good film for fans of the cast and definately "better than Cyrus"

Overall: 6/10

Monday, February 14, 2011

Donnie Darko

13th February: Donnie Darko

A teenager is troubled by visions, time travel theories and a 6ft rabbit.

*Contains a few possible spoilers*

I had no idea how to do my usual non-spoiler short description of a film for this.
I'be been told for a long time that Donnie Darko is one of the most confusing and batty films ever. I agree. Just like his other two films, Southland Tales and The Box, its a good movie, it just leaves you a lump of goo for a plot. The plot isn't bad, its just all random. Is the rabbit real? Who was that Frank kid? Is he a time traveller? Where did the plane engine come from? It was from the mum's plane, it wasnt? I dunno.
Anyway the cast, I think after Jarhead and Brokeback Mountain I have judged Jake Gyllenhaal harshly. This is the best performance iv seen him give. His change of character between normal Donnie and the weird schizo Donnie was really good. Drew Barrymore and Donnie's Parents were really good too.
I want to mention that my fave bit of the movie that had me lol'ing in my chair was the Smurf conversation. It was funny and sounded like it should have been in Mallrats.

Overall: 7/10

Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

14th February: Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Please note, this is the 1979 version, not the 2009 film.

After 20 years the original USS-Enterprise crew assemble on a refurbished ship to stop a force heading for earth.

I'm not sure if I liked this film on its rewatch after watching the 3 Original Series. The first half with everyone reuniting and getting the Enterprise ready is really good. You can see the 20 years in every character, especially Scotty's tash. There's a lovely bit where Kirk is in a shuttlecraft with Scotty and he sees the Enterprise for the first time and he just looks up at her.
The second half however, the plot of the movie, fell short I thought. The idea was nice but I just wasn't sure about it. I had to finish the film in 2 viewings, as I got a bit bored in the middle. Now, maybe this is all because instead of 20 years between the series and the movie I had about 20 hours, I don't know, but I do remember loving it the first time round and I don't think I regret watching it

Overall: 7/10
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

True Grit

12th February: True Grit

A young girl is on the hunt for her father's killer and with the help of a texas ranger and a local marshal to help her she's ready for revenge.

10/10 do i need to say any more? I do? Fine:
Obviously LOVED this film. From to start to finish, it's flawless. First, Jeff Bridges, once you get passed the occassionally annoying, but right for the character slurring of every 3rd word he says, is the best performance since The Dude. His comedic dialogue and performance, mixed with a "sage" like wisdom of a pro, makes you love the character more, each time he's on screen. Hailee Steinfeld, the unmentioned, star of this film, is fantastic. The fact that she actually is 14 just adds her more awesome points. I usually hate child actors, but her performance was flawless. If anything she needed a Lead Actress nomination rather than Supporting. Now I'm no fan of Matt Damon. The Bourne movies and a lot of his other movies bore me (Except Dogma and Good Will Hunting) but i did enjoy him in this. He went toe to toe with Bridges for both the comedic and the serious. *Spoiler* There is a scene were he and Bridges are firing at bread that they throw and that they both hit them perfectly all the time, mirrors their perfoamance. I'm going to directly quote one of the things i said whilst walking out of the movie: "To put Josh Brolin on the poster and say he's a main star is the same as when Ben Affleck was on the poster for Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" Similarly with Liam Neeson in The Next Three Days. He is only in a bit towards the end and thats its. What he did was fine, he's the main guy he whole plot line is wrapped around, but i did feel ver so slightly cheated at that.

The Coen Brothers have done it again. Love the film. I'd watch it again if anyone wants to see it again and it will definately be a bluray purchase.

Overall: 10/10

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Grown Ups

5th February: Grown Ups

5 friends reunite after 30 years for a weekend together after the loss of their childhood basketball coach.

Best Comedy iv reviewed yet. It's exactly what I wanted. A funny film. Let's break the cast down. Adam Sandler. Back on form. I thought that he'd hog all the story, but he doesn't, he's back to just being funny. Kevin James. Similar to Sandler and is actually funny in this unlike say Paul Blart or The Dilemma. Chris Rock. I don't think he had as much screen time as the others but still on top form. Probably his best movie since Dogma. Rob Schneider. Still the weird one of the group, still just as funny. I kinda wanted him to at some point say "you can do it" but alas he did not. Finally, David Spade. I love David Spade. I own his lead film movies and I love his cameos in everything he does. So its a little hard for me not to like him in this when he's on top form since Joe Dirt.
Other mentions go to Selma Hayek, who's cleavage never ceases to amaze and Steve Buscemi for a very funny (very pale) cameo. If you can think of a Happy Madison regular, they are involved in this movie and I love it.

Now being a full on comedy, the non funny bits are allowed to leak a bit, but this one didn't. The story held together and all the cast gave top notch performances. I could have done with a little less of their kids (except Schneider's daughters *wolf whistle*) kid actors in general annoy me, but in this I just wanted more of the adult cast.

Overall: 9/10
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The Fighter

5th February: The Fighter

A story of two boxing brothers. One who is just trying to be as good as possible for his family whilst his brother struggles with a drug addiction.

This movie started out pretty slow and about half way through the film i turned to my friend and said "this is becoming another Cyrus*" but i had spoke too soon as the film did get better as it concluded. I though Mark Wahlberg was really good in this movie and is his best movie since The Departed. Christian Bale was good too, even if his character got a bit annoying at times, there wasn't a single low voiced growl of "i'm batman" so all good. The movie however starts realy slow and fails to rise until after the half way point. That said however, during all the fight scenes you are there. Your there, sat next to the ring(?) and watching this person you know fight. You get a real sense of support for the character. You (or at least i did) find yourself wanting to get up and shout "punch him" you get sucked in. The non-fighting bits however were sadly slightly boring. A good film i think, but not ah-mazing. I did however love Amy Adams and not just because of her cleavage. I thought she gave the best performance of the movie.

Overall: 6/10

*Cyrus- a film that had really good reviews but we all thought was crap

The Mechanic

(Cant remember the date) The Mechanic

After a Hitman/"Mechanic" makes a hit against his old friend and finds out he was set up, he starts training his son for an assult for the truth.

Jason Statham in a Jason Statham movie. You either love it or you dont. Its the usual blend of over the top action sequences, Jason Statham kicking ass and fowling plots. I did like Ben Foster in this though, his character did bring the movie down a notch in reality but the Stath would send it back up. Donald Sutherland: always awesome to see him on screen.

Overall: 7/10

Friday, February 4, 2011


4th February: Cars.

A race car gets abandoned in a slow town far from the bright race track lights and learns there's more to life than racing.

*possible spoilers*

Cars is a beautiful movie. Iv said this with every Pixar flick, but this IS Pixar at it best. It's the Dark Knight of Disney Pixar: great cast, story, animation, everything. I want to mention real quick that I loved Jeremy Clarkson's cameo as Lightning's agent. GENIUS casting, he needs to be in more movie cameos I feel.
There are 3 scenes I want to mention specifically, so kinda spoilers if you havnt seen it. First is the flash back scene in the middle of the film. When they show the town in its hay day and slowly merge back to present day is just awesome and at that point in the movie you really feel for the characters and the town. Second is the end, so again spoiler. When he doesn't finish the race and goes back to save the King blue car. Awesome. It's exactly the cheesy thing that's show to kids in every Disney movie, but here it worked so much better. Lightning had been working up to this the whole film and he bails for the higher glory of selflessness. Third is the bit during the credits with the Pixar movies as cars. Comedic Genius. The original actors reprising their roles and John Ratzenburger's comments on his voice in every movie had me lol'ing

Overall: 10
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Dark Knight

3rd February: The Dark Knight

Batman is pitted against the next two mad villains in the Nolan-verse: The Joker and Harvey "Two-Face" Dent.

Don't need to say anything about this movie. Almost perfection in 153 minutes. Everything: every scene, every plot line, every character, every visual effect, everything, except Christian Bale's voice, is movie perfect.
The cast is brilliant: Lost's Richard, that American representative from Torchwood, Eric Roberts, Morgan Freeman and you know the top shots.

Overall: 9.9 (that deep voice, can't give it 10)
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