Sunday, 14 January 2018

Movies: What Dreams May Come (DVD – 15), Superhero Movie (DVD – 12A), Flightplan (DVD – 15), Event Horizon (DVD – 18), Sunshine – (DVD – 15), Mrs Doubtfire (DVD – PG), Dracula Dead and Loving It (DVD – PG) & Matilda (DVD – PG)

What Dreams May Come (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? A guy dies and goes to heaven, then finds out his wife committed suicide so has gone to hell. He goes on a quest to find her and bring her to heaven.

This is a really serious movie, I think I cried for the first part of it, it’s one of those that is really emotional and you just need a box of tissues – be warned. It’s a pretty deep and depressing movie but it does have some good stuff and has some interesting plot throughout it. Its good but you have to be in the right mental place to watch it. It made me cry too much and made my mood too low so that’s why I’m giving it a lower rating.

Rating: **

Superhero Movie (DVD – 12A) – what’s it about? A spoof movie where a guy gets bitten by a dragonfly and gets superpowers.

I watched this just because I like comic stuff and everything so I thought it might be amusing. If you have seen all the superhero stuff then you’ll completely get this and it’ll give you a few chuckles. If you haven’t seen all the comic stuff or don’t find it interesting or amusing, then you probably should give this one a miss.

Rating: ***

Flightplan (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? A woman wakes up on a plan to find out her daughter has disappeared and she has to try to find her.

I hate planes, why do they have to make movies about planes? Oh well this was another might as well give it a go. It was a good one, it was interesting and it has some good plot to it with some good twists and turns. I was thinking it was going to be over quickly but then it’s like watching a whole new film. I actually enjoyed it in the end.

Rating: ***

Event Horizon (DVD – 18) – what’s it about? A ship’s crew go and investigate a ship that’s returned from going into a black hole.

There be weirdness going on right there. This is a really strange, dark-horror type movie, I don’t know why but it kind of reminded me of Hellraiser in a way. What lurks beyond in a twisted world and all that. It was good, it had its moments, yeah it’s a little dated now but it was still a good bit of twisted entertainment which was enjoyable to see.

Rating: ***

Sunshine (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? The Earths sun is dying and a ship and her crew are sent out on a mission to rejuvenate the sun.

Holy shit! Holy Shit! This freaking movie is the best movie I have seen in a long while, I was like sitting on the edge of my seat for most of it. The story is great, the characters were all interesting and suspense was pretty intense. Yeah this one is definitely worth seeing if you like a good believable sci-fi suspense movie! Go watch it!

Rating: *****

Mrs Doubtfire (DVD – PG) – what’s it about? A husband and wife get a divorce and the father battles to see his children by secretly becoming their nanny.

I’ve seen this movie quite a few times over the years but it’s been a while since I’ve seen it so I thought I’d re-watch it. I don’t know though this time around I found it a little creepy in parts. Though I could relate to some of it when the getting changed into cosplay and so that gave it a bit more amusement where before it was just funny because. It’s still a heart-warming story in the end, it’s a good nice family film.

Rating: ***

Dracula Dead and Loving It (DVD – PG) – what’s it about? A spoof movie based on the traditional story of Dracula.

So after I watched “Superhero Movie” I was like man I really want to watch Dracula Dead and Loving it – so I did. This is another good spoof movie, if you like Dracula and vampire movies then you totally should watch this one, well that’s if you would like a laugh about it all. I loved this as a teenager and seeing it again after all these years it’s still good, it’s got some good one liners in it that have stuck with me over the years. Yeah just thinking about this one makes me giggle, but then again I am a vampire obsessed nutjob so I probably enjoyed it more than other people would.

Rating: ***

Matilda (DVD – PG) – what’s it about? A really clever girl who has a bad family, she gets her wish of going to school and this is the story of her adventure.

Her family are so mean and horrible, but its ok because she meets some nice people along the way that keep her spirits up but she meets some horrid ones too. Is it wrong that I came away from watching this thinking man I want to cosplay Mrs Trunchbull? Anyway yeah it’s one of those nice family stories that both the kids and adults can enjoy, its got a good few moments that’ll make everyone giggle.

Rating: ***

Movies: Star Trek…lots and lots of Star Trek movies…

So I decided to re-watch the Star Trek catalogue, some I admit I haven’t seen for about 15 years or more, and I thought hey might as well review them all in one post J

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (DVD – PG) – what’s it about? Captain Kirk and the crew must stop an unknown alien entity reaching earth.

Classic Star Trek epic! But these older ones do make me laugh. I love the way they have the dramatic look on the people’s faces and then it shows whatever’s on screen and then back to the people, makes me chuckle. And then the whole ship starts shaking lol. Love it!

Rating: ***

Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (PG) – what’s it about? The crew of the Enterprise must stop Khan from using the Genesis Device.

This is one of my favourite of the Star Trek movies, I don’t know it’s just good, has a good lot of suspense and intensity to it. FIRE!!!!!!! It’s got some great lines too that just stick with you!

Rating: ****

Star Trek III The Search for Spock (PG) – what’s it about? The crew go back to retrieve Spock’s body even though they are told not to.

What a bunch of rebels, disobeying orders and all, but it all is ok in the end, this is the world of Star Trek and the good guys always come out on top. This one is a little meh, its good but not as good as some of the others.

Rating: ***

Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (PG) – what’s it about? The crew go back in time to retrieve some whales to help save the present from being destroyed.

There be whales here! This is really amusing, I love things when people from the future go back in time and have to try to blend in. I think even though a bit random in story, saving the whales and all this is one of my favourites.

Rating: ****

Star Trek V The Final Frontier (PG) – what’s it about? The Enterprise is hijacked and gone on a quest for God and the meaning of it all.

This one is a little deep in its story, more so than the ones that came before, the meaning of life and all that can be quite an intense subject, that said it’s still done well I just don’t find this one as light-hearted as some of the others.

Rating: ***

Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country (PG) – what’s it about? Kirk and Spock are accused of murdering the Klingon Chancellor and the crew must find a way to save them.

Man I love the Klingons they are just awesome, one of my favourite races in the franchise, so to have a whole movie about Klingons and stuff is always good. If you hadn’t guessed, I like this one.

Rating: ***

Star Trek VII Generations (PG) – what’s it about? This is the transition movie from the old crew to the new Next Generations crew. Picard and Kirk have to team up to stop a guy from destroying a world as he quests to find nirvana.

I have to admit that I am one of TNG people, I love Picard and the crew, the changeover was done nicely with having both the Captains having to work together, leading out with the old and the new taking over rather than it just being bam here’s the new gang. I don’t think this was the best movie, but it’s still enjoyable.

Rating: ***

Star Trek VIII First Contact (12) – what’s it about? The Borg go back in time to stop Humans from meeting the Vulcans for the first time.

We are Borg, you will be assimilated! Another time travel movie this time the crew must try to save the present as they know it by helping make the first warp drive continue to test happen, whilst trying to stop the Borg from unravelling Earths history. It’s a good one, I like this one, it has some good humour to it as well as some good story stuff.

Rating: ****

Star Trek IX Insurrection (12) – what’s it about? The crew must stop a Federation plot to help an alien race take over the planet by secretly removing its inhabitants.

This is another good one, it’s pretty enjoyable, it has its twists to it and the characters are alright, I liked the idea of this that the Federation isn’t so clean and sparkly as you think it might be, so it makes it all a little more believable, which is nice.

Rating: ****

There we have it that was a lot of Star Trek movies to re-watch. I love them all in their own special ways. Star Trek is awesome. If you haven’t seen all of them or haven’t watched them in a long while, it’s worth re-visiting the movies, they never get old. :)

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Movie: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A) – what’s it about? The rebels are under attack and Rey must persuade Luke to return to the ways of the Jedi.

This basically continues on from the last Star Wars movie so you really have to be up to date with them – just saying so if you’ve hid under a rock for the last few years you may want to visit The Force Awakens before you pop along to see this one. So does this live up to the legacy of the Star Wars saga? Well in short yes. It has all the makings of the classic Star Wars movies, again like in the previous one it mixes modern graphics with the old school designs of the ships/tech etc. The story is pretty good; even though the movie itself was quite long it wasn’t overstretched like some movies, it was generally full of all round goodness. If you are a Jedi or a Sith – then you probably need to check this one out if you haven’t already.

Rating: ****

Monday, 11 December 2017

Movies: Suburbicon (15), Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (12A) & Antz (DVD – PG)

Suburbicon (15) – what’s it about? A family that live in a nice quiet neighbourhood in suburbia who end up getting robbed.

This was pretty slow. The story was really obvious and there wasn’t anything that left me wondering. There just wasn’t anything that really wowed me or kept me intrigued or too interested. I don’t really know what to say apart from I was pretty bored by it, for me it just fell flat. I did however like it a tiny bit more after thinking about it to actually warrant giving it two stars, but still not enough to make me want to ever watch it again. I bet some people will think it’s brilliant though but it’s not my cup of tea.

Rating: **

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (12A) – what’s it about? A group of teenagers get transported into the video game of Jumanji where they have to complete their quest to return to the real world.

So I thought this was going to be pretty bad. I liked the original and I wasn’t sure how they were going to bring this one back without spoiling it. Of course it wasn’t the same, they had tried something new with it but it worked, for one movie but I really don’t think it’d be as amusing if they re-done the same thing again. This actually gave me some lol moments; I’m not sure if I should have laughed at them but yep it made me laugh and smile (yes a rare moment for me) so it was must have been good. If you have a silly sense of humour you’ll probably enjoy this one, just don’t expect it to replace the original.

Rating: ***

Antz (DVD – PG) – what’s it about? A worker ant that wants to change his life and trades places with a soldier ant for a day.

So I haven’t seen this one for many years and thought I’d re-watch it as I couldn’t really remember much about it. It was an enjoyable film that is aimed at the whole family. It’s quite deep though when you think about it with the whole thing about society structures and stuff but to the kids it’s just another fun cartoon. It does have some good moments, and it does have some good story too, it’s not just meh or just for the sake of being. Yeah it’s one to curl up on the sofa with and just watch and not have to think too much about.

Rating: ***

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Movies: Justice League (12A), Liar Liar (DVD – 12), Kung Fu Panda (DVD – PG), Swordfish (DVD – 15), Fun with Dick and Jane (DVD – 12A), & Timeline (DVD – 12)

Justice League (12A) – what’s it about? With Superman dead, Batman sets up a band of superheroes to help keep the world safe.

DC either tend to make good films or shit films – you never quite know what they’ll be, like Batman vs Superman – looked good but was pants but then on the other end of the scale take Suicide Squad which was pretty damn good. You get my drift anyway. Well this one sits nicely in between these two – it’s not shit but it isn’t awesome…I know, what am I saying – even though Jason Mamoa has his shirt off for most the movie which will get most ladies drooling this is still just a good movie. It had a good bit of story and action and of course the creatures that were described as “flying vampires” in it which automatically made me think omg it’s the Razielim…oh wait no it’s not damn. So is it worth seeing, yeah probably, it was good and worth a watch but sadly it didn’t live up to my high hopes.

Rating: ***

Liar Liar (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? A kid wishes for his dad not to be able to lie for a day, he’s a big shot lawyer and things go horribly wrong.

This is your typical Jim Carrey movie, over the top, silly but amusing and fun – some bits will of course go straight over the younger audiences head though. Its loud and obnoxious so definitely don’t watch if you have a headache. It’s kind of on the same level as Ace Ventura, so you know the drill. What else do I need to say, I’m not sure – because if you’ve seen one of his films you know kind of what to expect, and you will either probably love or hate it. It is good, mindless and a tiny bit cringe-worthy but I suppose all that’s what makes it so funny.

Rating: ***

Kung Fu Panda (DVD – PG) – what’s it about? Po works for his dad in a restaurant but has dreams of being a Kung Fu master and by accident dream comes true.

So I never watched this film and some people might think wtf. A friend of mine tried to get me to see the second one when it came out and I was like “I’m not seeing that, it looks shit”. So now comes the time when I eat my hat, I finally got the oomph up to watch this, after getting it for about 50p and I have to say it’s one of the best films I’ve actually watched recently. It was pretty funny and the story was ok, I don’t know it just was generally a good movie with some morals, a film that all the family would love. If you are like me and thought no fucking way, I’d totally give this one a chance…and that’s coming from a grumpy old goth.

Rating: ****

Swordfish (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? A hacker must assist an anti-terrorist group by stealing lots of money from the government.

I hadn’t seen this one for years and I probably picked the wrong time to re-watch it as I was pretty tired and existing was way too much effort let alone using my brain. It was an ok film – yep that’s basically as much enthusiasm as I can muster for it. The first part was meh – to tell you the truth I got bored and nearly gave up on it. The second half once the story got rolling was better and gave a little more too it but not enough to bring it back from the brain-numbing stage. I remember it being way more than what it was hence the re-watch but yeah I wasn’t overly fussed by it the second time around, which is a shame really.

Rating: **

Fun with Dick and Jane (DVD – 12A) – what’s it about? Dick is a hotshot Vice President, the company he works for goes bust and this is the families struggle for survival.

So this is a bit of a deeper story for the hilarious Jim Carrey in my mind, it’s a pretty serious subject for an adult to watch. The thought of losing your job, having to sell all your belongings, being on the verge of bankruptcy and losing everything you have worked for to give your family a good life – that’s some scary shit right there. They try to make the lighter side of this though giving it a laugh but yeah I couldn’t be picked up from the deeper thoughts on this one which is probably more on me than the film itself. It’s still a good movie and it has its comical moments which gave me a chuckle (especially the voice changer bit as I totally did that when I cosplayed a Goa’uld and had a voice changer) but yeah it’s sadly not one of his best films.

Rating: ***

Timeline (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? A professor gets sent back in time and his students have to go back to rescue him.

Soooo what can I say about this film with being nice? I was bored stiff, yeah the concept was good – I like a bit of time travel but I don’t know this just fell flat. There wasn’t enough to it to keep me entertained or maybe there was and I just wasn’t feeling it. The idea and story were sound but I don’t know – I just can’t put my finger on what was missing. It did make me laugh though as I totally thought it was made in the 80-90s but it was made in the early 2000s – it shouldn’t be that dated but it was. It was pretty hammy and sadly not in a good way – and I love a good cheesy B movie. Anyway yep I probably wouldn’t rush to see this one or pick up the DVD as sadly it’s not really worth it. Sorry.

Rating: *

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Movies: The Ritual (15), Thor: Ragnarok (12A) & Over The Hedge (DVD – U)

The Ritual (15) – what’s it about? A group of guys go on a hiking holiday to Sweden in memory of their friend who was murdered.

When will people learn don’t go into the dark woods – shortcuts are bad – stick to the track damn it! Ok if they did it would make for pretty shit movies. This is a run of the mill horror movie in that there’s not really anything original about it; the only interesting thing is where they are up against something a little more than the average serial killer or witch. It was a good watch don’t get me wrong; it had its entertaining moments and was a little creepy. If you like a little bit of horror in your life then this maybe right up your street – just don’t expect to be scared shitless.

Rating: ***

Thor: Ragnarok (12A) – what’s it about? Thor’s sister returns and takes over Asgard and Thor must battle to save his world.

I like Thor and the Marvel universe but this I’m not sure, it was good yes and the characters are always fun – I liked seeing the Hulk being himself rather than just smash. But I don’t know it just seemed more of a comedy that the normal movies which are usually a bit more action and story with a bit of comedy thrown in to keep it light hearted. I don’t know maybe I’m just being a grumpy old git, it’s still worth a watch through if you like the Marvel stuff.

Rating: ***

Over The Hedge (DVD – U) – what’s it about? A group of forest animals wake up to find a new housing estate has appeared, they team up with a racoon so they can collect enough food for winter.

This is a Dreamworks movie so you know the drill it’s a cartoon with a good lot of humour but they make it fun for the whole family. It’s a good little story with enough stuff going on to keep you entertained no matter your age group and give some good laughs too…well it gave me enough laughs anyway. If you like a good fun cartoon to help brighten up your day then this is worth a watch.

Rating: ***

Monday, 9 October 2017

Movies: Flatliners (2017 – 15) & Blade Runner 2049 (15)

Flatliners (2017 – 15) – what’s it about? A group of medical students investigate the afterlife by stopping their hearts to have near death experiences.

This is yet another remake on the remake craze. I like the original quite a lot; I can’t remember how many times I must have watched it when I was a teenager, though I haven’t watched it for years. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like this being re-done. I have to say though it was quite cool to see it updated with modern technology and graphics, it still had a good experience to it (even if I find some of the actors really annoying – and no Kevin Bacon!). Yeah it’s a pretty good remake as far as remakes go – it’s not the best but its most definitely not the worst one I’ve seen.

Rating: ***

Blade Runner 2049 (15) – what’s it about? A Blade Runner must unravel a mystery that could change the world forever.

So hmmm this was interesting, it was a good movie in the franchise, a good kind of cop mystery, but it doesn’t have much action so it will depend on what you like. It was though quite a long movie, I don’t know if my attention span was just in one of those moods where I was tired but I did find it pretty slow in parts. It’s one of those where you have to stick with it though as by the end it all starts to unravel. It’s worth a look if you like the franchise and sci-fi-cop stuff really.

Rating: ***