Monday, 13 March 2017

Movies: Logan (15), Kong: Skull Island (12A), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (DVD – 12) & Ironclad (DVD – 15)

Logan (15) – what’s it about? Logan and Xavier are living out their final days quietly in Mexico and end up crossing paths with a young mutant that brings all kinds of mayhem with her.

I’m not sure how to say this…I liked it but there was just something about it that left me a little hmmmm, it wasn’t exactly typical X-Men type stuff well it was but it wasn’t, I don’t know it seemed as if something was missing but I can’t put my finger on it. Anyway I have to say though it was still enjoyable, it had a good story to it and the action scenes were good and by the end I was very sad but also intrigued to what comes next.  I won’t say any more than that!

Rating: ****

Kong: Skull Island (12A) – what’s it about? In 1970 an expedition is launched to a remote island and they discover lots of weird giant creatures live there including the giant ape called Kong.

Another reboot of this franchise and I do wonder how many times they’re going to recycle this one. That said though this was a pretty good reboot, it did give a different take on the adventure and the bit of action was good too. It’s ok for a watch to pass the time and just to see what they’ve done but I wouldn’t say it’s to rave about.

Rating: ***

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? The Pirates go on a quest for the fountain of youth.

I thought I’d watch this again in time for the next pirate adventure which is due out within the next few months. What to say, if you like the adventures of Captain Jack and the crew then you will most definitely enjoy this one, as it’s full of the usual pirate antics and adventures, along with some story and a bit of fighting. It’s probably a good time to watch/rewatch if you plan to see the new one when it’s released!

Rating: ****

Ironclad (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? A Templar Knight and a group of men must defend Rochester castle from the onslaught of King John.

I don’t think I’d watched this since it came out on DVD so I thought I’d give it a rewatch as I couldn’t remember too much about it. It’s a good movie, a bit of story and lots of blood/violence, what you’d expect really from a movie set in that era, some of the effects were pretty hinky but in all it was still a good mindless movie.

Rating: ***

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Movies: The Lego Batman Movie (U), The Great Wall (12A), John Wick 2 (15), A Cure for Wellness (18) & Patriots Day (15)

The Lego Batman Movie (U) – what’s it about? Batman must learn to play well with others.

This is one of those films that’s a kid’s movie but is still pretty entertaining for adults too, it’s got a good mix of humour and action but it also has some deep underline story, which probably would have just washed over the younger audience. I wasn’t really expecting that from a Lego movie, yeah it was a good watch to pass the time and I came away thinking.

Rating: ***

The Great Wall (12A) – what’s it about? Two mercenaries are in China on the search for black powder and end up battling creatures.

This is one of those epic fantasy movies that’s very showy and colourful and unbelievable but I liked it! After the run of Oscar movies for the last couple of months it was refreshing to see something fantasy and that isn’t god damn depressing. I thought this was pretty well done, good actors, an oriental flare though unless you like fantasy things I can imagine the people coming out would be like that’s a load of bollocks, but as someone who likes the fantasy world over reality this is definitely an enjoyable watch.

Rating: ***

John Wick 2 (15) – what’s it about? John goes after his car and ends up getting sucked back in to the assassins guild.

This is probably just what you expect if you watched the first one, continued violence and killing but just what is needed from this movie, so it’s not a bad thing! It maybe isn’t as good as the first one but it’s still ruddy enjoyable. I wasn’t sure how they were going to continue it but it’s done well, it’s just a shame the ending is left so open and set up for the third movie – it’s like an unending. But yep it’s still a gooden.

Rating: ****

A Cure for Wellness (18) – what’s it about? Lots of rich people go to a spa to get well and don’t come back.

So this is billed as a horror and I think the scariest part of it was seeing lots of really old people prancing around naked – this is the only reason why it got an 18 certificate! It’s not really scary at all (and that’s coming from a scaredy cat), they also said its “a must see” – but in truth it’s alright but something of nothing and nothing special at all. If you’re at home and you want to watch something slightly spooky then watch it but I wouldn’t rush to see it at the cinema.

Rating: **

Patriots Day (15) – what’s it about? The story based on the true events of the Boston Marathon bombings.

I’m not sure how much is added to this one to make it a good movie, sometimes you never know with films based on real life, though that said this felt very much as if it is true to the life events (well what was heard on the news here anyway). It’s a good telling of the story and is very much an emotional ride to watch. If you like movies that are based on true events then this is definitely one you need to see – just have some tissues at the ready.

Rating: ****

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Movies: Underworld: Blood Wars (15), xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (12A) & Split (15)

Underworld: Blood Wars (15) – what’s it about? Selene returns and is pursued by the vampires who are in search of her daughter.

What to say, I was a little disappointed by the lack of cinemas showing it, as it’s a great movie series, guess where I live unless vampires sparkle it’s just not popular. Anyway yes the movie, it was great another great one in the series, again filled with some story and action. I really wish they would share more about the universe and the inner workings of the vampires/lycans, all you tend to know is about their in-fighting and conflict and not so much about stuff. Yeah, in short this is definitely another great one for the series and definitely worth a watch if you like the Underworld universe!

Rating: ****

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (12A) – what’s it about? Cage is called back to service once again to try to take down some bad guys.

So this movie, I’ve seen the previous one and wasn’t too pushed about seeing this but atm the only thing on in the cinemas are poxy real life or drama shit which make you want to throw yourself under a bus. Anyway this movie is more of the same, its boobs, bums, muscles, explosions, guns and violence; it’s your typical teenage boy’s heaven. If you like xXx then this is worth a look.

Rating: ***

Split (15) – what’s it about? A guy with split personalities kidnaps 3 teenage girls.

This is a really weird movie, it took me a while to realise oh shit its Professor X and then I couldn’t unsee. It’s definitely an interesting movie and concept, I can’t really say too much as I don’t want to give anything away. It was a little slow in parts but overall it was a good watch, it’s probably not something that needs to be seen in the cinema though but worth a look if you like something a little drama-horror like.

Rating: ***

Thursday, 12 January 2017

TV Series: Spaced (DVD – 12), Dexter (DVD – 18) & The IT Crowd

Spaced (DVD – 12) – Two friends pretend to be a couple to get a flat.
This is a British sitcom from the late 90’s and when I came across this randomly in the shop

I had to get it! It’s one of those classic series’ and if you grew up in that era you’ve probably seen it. It’s a geek comedy I suppose you could call it about some flat mates and their adventures/misadventures in London. It’s got some great moments and humour that’ll make you lol. If you’re a geek and you have a quirky sense of humour that enjoys Simon Pegg’s work then this will be right up your street.

Rating: ****

Dexter (DVD – 18) – Dexter is a blood splatter analyst for Miami police but he’s also a serial killer.

I’ve just finished re-watching this whole series again, and I know I reviewed the final season a while ago when it was shown on TV but I feel now that I’ve seen the series back to back I’d like to share my thoughts on it as a whole. Ok so this series is an interesting concept about a serial killer who follows a code and only kills bad people. It’s a pretty dark series but it has an interesting plot, it’s one of those you can’t help but keep on watching and watching and watching. It has lots of twists and turns and nail biting moments and if you like a little bit of horror-drama that isn’t overly icky then this one might be just what you’re looking for.

Rating: *****

The IT Crowd – the IT Crowd is based on an IT department that works for a large business.

I re-watched this as I hadn’t seen it since it was on TV, it’s a great sit-com show, with some good humour. I don’t usually like sitcom style stuff with all the crowd laughter as that just usually pisses me off, though this it works and it’s too good to pass up. If you work in IT you’ll relate to this or if you’re a bit geeky it’s really fun. If you haven’t seen it, then it’s definitely worth a watch or a re-watch!

Rating: ****

Monday, 9 January 2017

Movies: Passengers (12A), Collateral Beauty (12A), A Monster Calls (12A), Assassin’s Creed (12A), Silence (15) & Iron Man (DVD - 12)

Passengers (12A) – what’s it about? A man wakes up prematurely on a space craft and has to figure out how to survive the ships epic journey.

Considering this movie is basically a film with just two people in it, its bloody damn good! I think this happens to be one of my top enjoyed films of 2016. It’s interesting, the characters and struggles are a true masterpiece, what can I say I don’t think there was anything about this film I didn’t like. A good space drama!

Rating: *****

Collateral Beauty (12A) – what’s it about? After the death of his daughter Howard is not in a good place, his co-workers set in motion a plan which will either remove him from the company or get him out of his funk.

When you start to think about this movie it’s a little screwy, and it makes you wonder the intensions of humanity and how they are out to screw the good guy just because he’s now a broken man. It’s an interesting story but if not a little predicable really, I’d guessed the fully story quite a way off but it’s pretty still enjoyable.

Rating: ***

A Monster Calls (12A) – what’s it about? Conor befriends a tree-monster whilst trying to cope with his mum’s terminal illness.

Well talk about traumatising, I wouldn’t say this is too much of a kid’s film as its pretty dark and deals with some very sad and emotional situations. That said it’s a good movie, just don’t be prepared for a happy film, and make sure you have your tissues at the ready unless you hard as nails you’re going to shed a tear or two in this one.

Rating: ***

Assassin’s Creed (12A) – what’s it about? Cal goes into the animus and discovers he’s the descendant of a master assassin, and he’s faced with choices in the real world that will affect humanity.

I like the Assassin’s Creed universe, I love the games even though I’m probably the crappest assassin in the world but they are fun and I like the way this movie expands on the concept. I’d been dying to see this one so had my ticket booked for the UK release date, and I wasn’t disappointed, if I get chance I totally want to see it again!

Rating: ****

Silence (15) – what’s it about? Two priests are sent to Japan to find out what happened to a Father who was previously sent there.

Ok so what can I say about this one…the people that left the cinema after 15 minutes had the right idea! I stuck it out but omg (no pun intended) this was very long and extremely hard going; I came out the cinema completely mentally drained. I’m sure there are some people that will love this one but personally it’s not my cup of tea, and I wouldn’t recommend it.

Rating: *

Iron Man (DVD - 12) – what’s it about? The origin story of how Tony Stark becomes Iron Man.

I thought I’d give this one a re-watch as I don’t think I’ve seen it for years, even though with this one being a little older now the graphics and stuff still hold up pretty well. It’s a good movie that gives a few laughs and a positive vibe, from a time when the Marvel series started to become more popular. It’s worth a watch/re-watch if you’re into your comic book heroes.

Rating: ***

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Movies: Doctor Strange (12), Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (12A), The Accountant (15), Chronicle (DVD – 15), The Wolverine (DVD – 12), Arrival (12A), Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (12A), King Kong (2005) (DVD – 12A), Kick Ass (DVD – 15), The Purge (DVD – 15), Moana (PG) & Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12A)

Wow it seems so long since I’ve actually posted anything so here’s a mass that’s been building up over the last months…

Doctor Strange (12) – what’s it about? Doctor Strange suffers a car accident and goes on a quest to get healed by a spiritual healer but comes away with super powers and has to save the world.

I have to admit I didn’t really know much about the comics behind this one but I thought I’d go check it out and I have to say I’m now totally going to get the graphic novels. I loved the extended universe, the whole multi-verse theories, the concept of magic and spirituality in this one, as well as the superhero aspect. Its action packed, gives a good introduction to the characters, has a nice plot and expands on the known Marvel movies. This is most definitely my top Marvel movie to date!

Rating: *****

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (12A) – what’s it about? Jack sets out to clear the name of an Officer as they are hunted by the government.

This is very similar to the first and much of it has been done before in other movies, agent must save the day and protect his loved ones from bad guys, that said though this is still an enjoyable watch. If you liked the previous Jack Reacher movie or other action movies then you’ll probably like this one. It’s definitely one you don’t really need to think about, you can just munch away on your popcorn and watch.

Rating: ****

The Accountant (15) – what’s it about? An accountant who looks after black market deals is being pursued by the government and criminals.

So a movie about an account…well that sounds exciting right? This is actually a good movie; it’s got some good story and plot behind it, seeing things from three sides, the accountant, the government who’s trying to track him down and the company that’s employed him. It was a lot more story driven than I thought it was going to be, at points I thought it was a little too long but in all it’s a good movie and worth a watch, the plot is good as is the action.

Rating: ***

Chronicle (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? A group of school kids get in a hole and come out with super powers, they then get up to mischief.

This was one of those random buys from the shop; I just read the box and thought that could be interesting or really bad. I’m not sure how to describe this, the way its shot is like low budget as it’s all done handy-cam style but the film had enough money behind it to make the effects and everything decent. I can’t recall if this was shown in the cinema here as it was a few years ago. So if you can stomach watching a handy-cam style movie, that has some good story and interesting concepts, with some action and moral questioning thrown in then this one is worth look.

Rating: ***

The Wolverine (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? The Wolverine is in hiding, he gets found by another mutant, goes to say farewell to a dying man but gets in lots of trouble.

If you like the X-Men universe then there’s no doubt you’ll love this one. It was good to re-watch this as I haven’t seen it for ages, and it’s still as good as the first time I saw it. It gives a bit more depth to the characters, and has some good fighting and action that is classic Wolverine style. Yep gotta love the X-Men.

Rating: ****

Arrival (12A) – what’s it about? Twelve alien spacecraft arrive at different locations across the earth; humanity initiates first contact with the aliens to find out why they are here.

So at this point throw most of the alienesc films you’ve seen out of the window, usually they are fighting and action and stuff like that – this however is not. It’s more of a drama I suppose; it’s all about the first contact and the political movements that happen across the world. It was a really interesting movie and it made a refreshing change to the sci-fi genre – yeah I liked it!

Rating: ****

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (12A) – what’s it about? Newt travels to the US with his magical creatures, some manage to escape and he has to try to capture them all and put the magical community’s mind at rest.

So this is an off-shoot of Harry Potter if you don’t already know and I have to say I think I preferred this to Harry Potter. I don’t know maybe because it wasn’t just at school and about kids or that it was more real world (even though set in the past) or maybe it was because I could relate to it more. Anyway yeah it was an interesting watch, some cool looking creatures and mischief happening, so it’s definitely worth a look if you like the Harry Potter universe.

Rating: ****

King Kong (2005) (DVD – 12A) – what’s it about? A film crew travel to an island and discover King Kong who they bring back the US.

A remake of the King Kong story and if you like the big giant ape then this will be right up your street.  It’s got a good mix in it, some good action scenes, some humour (omg the fight scene with Kong and the dinosaurs pmsl) and the good classic story to boot. I quite liked this one but it is pretty long so be prepared for over 3 hours worth of movie!

Rating: ***

Kick Ass (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? A young lad who’s into comics decides to become a real superhero.

Ok so this is a pretty messed up movie, though it’s really amusing and really good at the same time, it actually helped inspire one of my cosplays in that you know why don’t we dress as superheroes lol. Anyway yeah the movie is action packed and has a bit of a story to boot, it’s pretty violent but it’s bloody good!

Rating: ****

The Purge (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? Once a year all crime becomes legal including murder, this is the story of one family’s battle to survive.

I did a brief review on this once and I thought as I re-watched it I’d share on it again, so this one sets the scene really for the story that has become The Purge universe. This introduces the night and just takes the perspective of the survival of a family, re-watching it its good but it doesn’t compare to the later movies in the series, the second one begins the real story and so forth, so if you’re not sure with it where it doesn’t do much I’d say stick with it and give the rest a try, they get better!

Rating: ****

Moana (PG) – what’s it about? A girl goes on a journey with a demigod to help save the world.

I wanted to see this as it looked interesting from the trailer and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed at all, though it’s a typical Disney style movie with songs and stuff it’s still pretty good and that does calm down with the singing after a while once it gets more into the story. It’s received some bad press but I think it’s still a really great movie, with a good story and adventures. I’m pretty sure the little ones will enjoy this one…and as an adult I did too!

Rating: ****

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12A) – what’s it about? The story of how the Rebels got a hold of the Death Star plans.

Hmmmm what to say, don’t worry I’m not going to spoil it, so how did they get those plans in the original movies? Well this answers that question and fleshes out the story more, the main characters from the originals are there but some are more cameo in this one, it introduces some more people who set out on their mission. It’s a very Star Wars story if you get my drift, it feels like the movies and the story and characters are very appropriate, though it did seem a little drawn out in parts. In short though if you love Star Wars then this is a definite must to see at the cinema!

Rating: ****

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Movies: The Girl With All The Gifts (15), Magnificent 7 (12A), Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (12A), Deepwater Horizon (12A), Alien Extinction (DVD – 15) & The A-Team (2010) (DVD – 12)

The Girl With All The Gifts (15) – what’s it about? A girl holds the key to humanities survival after the zombie apocalypse.

This was quite refreshing with it being set in the UK, most films now are very Americanised (not that that’s a bad thing) but I don’t know it made this seem a little bit more real…yes I know the zombie apocalypse probably wouldn’t be a thing but you get my meaning. Anyway without giving anything away this is an interesting take on the zombie-virus and how it would change the world. This one has some really interesting and good moments in it, though a little slow in parts it’s generally a brilliant story with some good acting…it also has a couple of amusing moments – though I’m not sure if they were supposed to be funny. Love zombies? Then you’ll probably like this one!

Rating: ***

Magnificent 7 (12A) – what’s it about? A town in the Wild West is under siege by a villain, the townsfolk seek assistance from a group of gunslingers to help save their town.

So this is a re-make, I have to admit that I can’t really remember the original, I watched it many years ago so keep in that my opinion will be of this movie and not comparing it to the old one. To me this very much suited the genre, it done the whole Wild West thing well and was very in keeping to all the traditional films of old. It was a little slow to get going but with these types of movies it’s the story and the journey that matters and not just the end result. I liked this quite a lot though, it had some interesting pieces on the characters, had some good gun action in the form of some good Western showdowns. Yeah it’s worth a watch!

Rating: ****

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (12A) – what’s it about? A boy goes in search of answers after his grandfather’s death and discovers a children’s home for children with magical gifts.

This is one of those magical stories that’s just a good watch, a nice bit of fantasy – though aimed more at the younger teen audience – that said though ones who are under about the age of 10 may find this quite scary in parts. As an adult I thought this was a good movie, it was enjoyable, had a good story and the characters were alright and it had a good bit of humour too. I wouldn’t say the most spectacular movie ever but I think it’s worth a look.

Rating: ***

Deepwater Horizon (12A) – what’s it about? The story of the worst oil disaster to hit the US in 2010.

This is a true story based on the disaster, like with all of these real life movies it makes you wonder how much happened and how much is for the big screen but when you think about it, it’s really worrying that this happened on any level. I really feel for the people who had to live through this ordeal and those who lost their lives. This was a good watch which was very thought provoking, suspenseful and filled with emotion, yes you may need a tissue or two through this one, especially when it hits home that it was real. It’s a good movie just be prepared to maybe come out a little traumatised.

Rating: *****

Alien Extinction (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? Aliens attack earth and a group of military personnel travel to the alien’s home-world to try to stop the onslaught.

I got this one as it looked alright from the box but also knew it would probably be a really bad b-movie. Once I got passed the fact they were wearing what I’d consider cosplay armour and touch lights you could get at your local hardware store then it was an enjoyable movie. The acting was ok as were the graphics, the sets and stuff were a little off but not everything has to be a high budget to make something good. I got quite engrossed in the story and once I let my mind just watch it for what it was; it was a really good movie. Most of the b-movies I get are really bad and I’d probably not re-watch them but I would definitely watch this one again! If you like your sci-fi a little shaky but can enjoy a movie for what it is then this one is a good watch.

Rating: ***

The A-Team (2010) (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? A group of war veterans team up and try to clear their names of a crime they didn’t commit.

I thought I’d give this one a re-watch as I hadn’t seen it for a while. This is another big bill action movie, I remember growing up watching the A-Team on TV and it was one of my favourite shows so you know I wanted to see this hit the big time, and this is a really good adaptation of the show. It has its action which was very expected, some humorous parts, some out right crazy stuff and you question how would that ever happen and a bit of story to boot. It was a great watch gave me a giggle, if you haven’t seen it or haven’t for a long while then I’d maybe give it a go if you like a good action movie.

Rating: ****