Category: Film Reviews

WHY DO I DO IT?

I don’t know why I do it.
Every now and again when I’m scrolling through things to watch I come across a beautiful film called ‘The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud’ and I just have to watch it.

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I know full well WHY I watched it the first time around.
Zac Efron is in it!!
I just didn’t expect it to be quite as good or emotional as it is.

It gets me every time.
It doesn’t matter, this film ALWAYS has me blubbing by the end of it!

If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.
Just make sure you have a big box of tissues handy!!!

MAD MAX IS BACK!

I went to see mad Max the other night.
In my opinion it was an exciting film with absolutely tons of action but something was not quite right.

I think I’ve finally put my finger on what it was.
As much as it was set in a post apocalyptic world and Mad Max was indeed Mad…. wild eyed and crazy, it would have been better if the film was called Mad Furiosa!

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I was expecting Tom Hardy to be the lead but instead I found a film where the title character was overshadowed by another character taking the lead.
Imperator Furiosa played by Charlize Theron.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s always good to see kick arse females in movies these days but this was supposed to be re-launching Mad Max to a new generation and I was expecting a little bit of back history and how Max became Mad.
Instead we go right into a story where Max helps Furiosa save a group of young women from a life of sex slavery and he ends up being secondary to the main story.

That said, I loved the film.
Tom Hardy was brilliant and I hope he gets to play Max again in a story which is a little more about Max himself.

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The stunt work on this film was astounding!
If it doesn’t win an oscar there’s something wrong.
This film went back to filming with actual stunts and real vehicles and there is very little green screen involved.
There are some truly gut wrenching stunts that take place and I take my hat off to the men and women who did them. 

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All in all it was a good try.
If you liked the original Mad Max 2, then you’ll love this one.
I just hope they don’t go the way of ‘Beyond Thunderdome’ for the next one!

CHILD 44

There is a bit of a spoiler in this quick review so please don’t read on if you are planning to go and see the film!!

I won the argument with the hubby and we went to see Child 44.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa who also directed Safe House and Easy Money, so this man knows a thing or two about action and hand fights.
I’m so glad we did.
It’s a very dark and well paced drama/thriller.
Tom Hardy once again shows that he’s not just muscles and a pretty face, this man can seriously act!

However, my main reason for seeing this film was Joel Kinnaman.

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I wasn’t disappointed.
His character, Vasili, starts out as a coward, becomes jealous and ruthless and is quite frankly a complete and total bastard.
He has a final showdown with Leo, Tom’s character, in another Daniel Espinosa viscous hand fight scene and it doesn’t end well for him!

There seems to be a theme with Daniel and his fight scenes with Joel in that they never end well for Joel!!

Definately one going onto my DVD list.

FAST AND FURIOUS 7

I’m not going to go into any detail because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone this soon after release.

Fast and Furious 7 is frickin awesome!!
It is so rediculously absurd in it’s action sequences that you’d expect to be rolling your eyes in credulity but in actual fact, you find yourself taking sharp intakes of breath as you think, ‘that must of hurt’!!!
Then you think ‘hurt?!! it should have bloody killed them!’
It all adds to the fun of the film and the choreography and camera work on the hand fight scenes was incredible.

They did an amazing job of hiding the fact that Paul Walker wasn’t around to finish the filming and I’ll admit I actually got a bit choked at how they ended it.
Very appropriate and very sad.

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RUN ALL NIGHT

So here is my review of Run All Night.
Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman’s new movie.

I liked it!

As a bit of a Joel Kinnaman fangirl there’s no suprise there!

If you liked the Taken movies then you’ll like Run All Night.
It doesn’t quite have the atmosphere of the first two Taken movies but is better than the third one.
Liam Neeson is still fighting for his family in this one, namely Joel Kinnaman as his son Michael.

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The difference though is that in the Taken movies he was a good guy fighting for his family.
In Run All Night he is fighting the demons of his past and is not the kind of guy you really want in your life.
Michael finds it very hard to accept him and his help and the film battles with getting that Father son connection back before it’s too late.

I have to say that I was very impressed with Joel and I’m trying desperately not to be biased here.
My reason…..
Joel hit my radar after Robocop last year.
A film I loved but Joel spent the best part of the movie in a Tin Man suit being very…. well… robotic!
I managed to see him in some of his Swedish films with subtitles.
Easy Money and In Your Veins are brilliant films!
His other English speaking films have been very small parts and didn’t really showcase his talents at all.
The only other English speaking thing I’ve seen him in was ‘The Killing’, a TV series that ran for 4 years.
His character, Stephen Holder is one of the best detectives ever brought to the small screen.
The Johan Falk series of Swedish films were good and Joel’s character, Frank Wagner, is very ‘Holder’ ish, but in Swedish!!

Now, having seen him in a meaty supporting role next to Liam Neeson and holding his own, I’m a lot happier that people will now see that he has a lot of potential as a leading man a little more often.
I’m hoping that ‘The Bends’ due out next year and starring along side Rosamund Pike, will seal the deal!!
I’m also hoping that ‘Suicide Squad’, also due out next year, will showcase him in a totally different way, as a Superhero, or to be more precise, an ex-supervillain!!

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Right, now I just have to wait for ‘Child 44’ next month!

4 OUT OF 10

OK, so I’ll  admit it, I went to see ’50 Shades of Grey’.

Yes, I’ve read the books, although I am still to complete book 3 as it was all getting a little tedious.
Anyway…
I wasn’t holding out much hope for the film because I didn’t agree with the choice of actors for Christian and Anna.
As I was coming to the end of some annual leave and there was nothing else on except kids films and Ian was also at home, I decided to give it a go.
I can honestly say that if we hadn’t got our unlimited cinema cards this is the kind of film we would usually wait to see when the DVD is released.

So how was it?
It was nothing special.
In fact I found it a little tiresome and not in the least bit sensual.
Don’t get me wrong, it was an OK film and I’m not sorry I went to see it but would I rush out to see it again?
No.

Will I be getting it on DVD?
When it hits bargain basement £3-£5… possibly.

Will I be going to the cinema to see the next one?
Probably not, I can wait for the DVD.

I will admit that Jamie Dornan was a bit of a surprise.
He was better than I was expecting but was he Christian Grey?
In my eyes…… no he wasn’t.
Christian Grey is supposed to be so drop dead gorgeous that when he walks into a room with a woman on his arm every other woman in the room would be jealous, regardless of who she’s with.
I just don’t get that with Jamie Dornan.
Good looking he may be but he is not Christian Grey drop dead gorgeous.

The biggest mistake of the film was the casting of Dakota Johnson as Anna.
Totally wrong.
This is a woman who is supposed to be untouched by a man. Sweet and innocent and ordinary looking.
Dakota Johnson doesn’t look like any of those things.
She certainly doesn’t come off as someone in her early twenties.
She’s an actress who looks older than her twenty five years to start with and she certainly doesn’t look sweet and innocent.
In the film she comes across as an actress trying too hard to be something she’s not.

So I’m afraid I will only be giving this one 4 out of 10 for a nice try.

THE FALL

OK, so last night I watched ‘The Fall’
I knew nothing about this film except what I’d seen on my Tumblr dash.
It looked interesting and so I gave it a go.

I was not disappointed!!

It is a bitter sweet story that Stars Lee Pace and a beautiful little actress called Catinca Untaru.

IMDB states….
In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes.
Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.

It’s beautiful!
The scenes in the hospital are very monotone and quite depressing but the scenes played out as the story is being told are extremely vibrant and surreal.
My husband kept walking into the room during the story telling sections and now thinks I’ve watched one of the wierdest movies in history!

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Lee Pace and Catinca Untaru obviously had a wonderful chemistry together whilst they were filming and it shows on screen.
Catinca is one of the cutest kids ever!!

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The fact that Little Catinca is being used by Lee’s character to steal Morphine for him is heartbreaking.
When she is badly injured doing it, he can’t forgive himself and all she wants is for him to finish the story with a happy ending.

I can’t remember this film being advertised at all back in 2006.
I certainly don’t remember it doing the rounds in the cinemas.
That’s a shame.
This film was made for the big screen.

So if you need a big dose of escapism, this is definately the film to watch!

MMM, OK, I THINK I ENJOYED IT!

Well, I didn’t get out to the cinema this afternoon because Ian needed some sleep after coming off of night shift this morning and before we go out tonight.
So what I did do was watch a film I picked up at Tescos instead.
It’s a film I didn’t actually get to see in the cinema.

It’s just finished and I can honestly say, I think?…I enjoyed it but for all the wrong reasons!!

The film?

The Legend of Hercules

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I love these Greek/Roman themed movies!!
I love the look.
The togas, the cloaks, the leather….oh the leather!!!, the armour, the sandals.
Of course the actors wearing the costumes don’t hurt one little bit!

Gerard Butler in 300

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Henry Cavill in Immortals

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Russell Crowe in Gladiator

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You get the idea.
So when I watched this film, I found myself quite mesmerized by images like this…..

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and this…..

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and this….

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oh, they added water too!!!…..

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Anyway, as you can see I was quite taken with this film.
However……..

The acting was, in most cases, diabolical and although the overall look of the film was beautiful, it had some wobbly moments.
Most notably with the most atrocious computer rendition of a lion I have ever seen!
They can bring dragons and dinosaurs to life and make them look convincing but they still can’t get a lion right!

There were also a couple of quick shots early on in the film where the characters are on the run on horseback and there are a couple of quick shots of them riding directly at the screen and the green screen of the scene behind them is laughably bad.
It reminded me of 80’s car shots where the actors are sat in a stationary car being rocked from side to side by assistants and then a truly bad moving background being added after the fact!

By todays standards…. it really was that bad!!
That really is a shame because it DID have some really stunning shots.
The opening scene in particular was very well done with it’s one long camera shot through all the action.

Anyway, like I said, I loved this movie for all the wrong reasons.
As a film I wouldn’t recommend it but if you love the togas and sandals look you’ll love it!!

NOT EXACTLY DISAPPOINTED

Just got home from the secret screening I’ve been so excited about all day.
I have to say that I was a little disappointed…. but not with the film!!

We saw ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ and it was introduced by Andy Serkis.

No, the film was brilliant and let’s face it, anything with Gary Oldman in usually is!
The disappointment was that it wasn’t quite as exclusive as we were lead to believe considering it’s on general release in 2 days anyway.
The Cineworld website states ‘Turn up on the day with your ticket and Unlimited Card to catch a major film well ahead of its official UK release.’
I wouldn’t call two days ‘well ahead’!!
There was actually a collective ‘sigh’ and you could hear the audience saying ‘is that it?!’
We weren’t the only ones hoping it would be ‘Guardians of the Galaxy!’ a film that is at least a couple of weeks away from release.

Anyway, it was a good film. If you’re a planet of the Apes fan then you’ll love it.
The next one is going to be interesting.

LAST DAY

Last day of annual leave.
Can’t complain, I have one shift on Monday before two days off!
One of the benefits of working 12.5 hour shifts.
More time at home.

I’ve had a complete break from everything this week.
Work, college work, housework….

The garden is looking good though.
Thanks to my brother who came around on Friday and helped me hack back some hedges.
I just need to keep on top of the weeding and grass cutting over the summer.
I am hoping that some of the seedlings coming up in the back garden are actually digitalis and not weeds!!
They look like digitalis seedlings but as I’ve never grown them from scratch before it’s hard to be sure.

Unfortunately the house does need a bit of a tidy today.
Shouldn’t take too long and then I can get down to the business of movies for the rest of the day.
I am disappointed I didn’t get to the cinema this week.

Anyway, talking of movies.
As anyone who reads my blog will know, I love movies.
The best decision me and Ian have made in years was investing in Unlimited Cinema cards at the beginning of the year which quite literally means we can go watch anything at the drop of a hat and not have to worry where the money is coming from.
We could use the card every single day of the year and it would still only cost us just under £16 a month for each card.
2 films a month and then every other film is a free bonus.

The only thing I don’t really get much time for is keeping on top of what’s being made.
OK, I do manage to keep on top of expected blockbusters because they get splashed all over magazines and the stars promote the films on chat shows.
No, it’s the unexpected movies that take you by surprise that can quite often be the best.

This morning I’ve just watched a trailer for one such movie.
‘Birdman’ starring Michael Keaton.

This looks like it’s going to be good.
It’s good to see Michael back in the lead on the big screen again.

Over the last ten years he’s kept himself busy with TV work, Shorts, voiceovers for cartoons and video games and the odd TV movie but a lead in a big movie hasn’t been on that list.
He hit the big screen again in Robocop! playing Raymond Sellers.

Now along comes Birdman and he is ‘the lead’
He plays Riggan Thomson,  a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero who must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.
In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Due for release on January 2nd here in the UK.

And finally for this morning’s little jaunt around the Internet.
I found this little Gem.
I’m a little late in finding this little nugget because it happened back in Mid May.

Two of my favourite actors, Matthew McConaughey and Brad Pitt find out that they share holiday homes across the street from each other in New Orleans.
Much to the excitement of the crowd below, they have some friendly banter followed by some beer and football throwing.

Brilliant!

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Right, better get back to a little housework or I won’t have time for any movies today!!