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: ***


Monday, 25 September 2017

Movies: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (15) & The Invasion (DVD - 15)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (15) – what’s it about? Eggsy returns in this sequel where the Kingsman agencies sites are destroyed so he must travel to the US to meet with the Statesman.

So if you’ve seen the first one you know what to expect, though this one is a bit less spoofy than the first and not so funny in my book. Though that said it was still a good action packed ride, lots of fight scenes with a couple of lol moments and other stuff to keep the viewer entertained. If you liked the first one it’s still definitely worth a watch even though it isn’t quite as good. Truthfully probably a 3 ½ star movie rather than a 4 but I’m feeling generous today.

Rating: ****



The Invasion (DVD - 15) – what’s it about? Aliens have invaded earth and take over peoples bodies whilst they sleep.

Ok this was different, a bit slow to start with so I got a little distracted by other things but by half way through I was hooked. It was an interesting take on alien invasions, no big ships here or anything, just subtly done which really gets the mind thinking – are they already here? It’s worth a watch if you like drama-thriller-sci-fi stuff but don’t expect the wow factor you get from some modern sci-fi stuff.

Rating: ***


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Movies: IT (2017) (15) & American Assassin (18)

IT (2017) (15) – what’s it about? – A remake of the movie about a scary clown that steals children every 27 years.

I really wish I’d re-watched the original recently so I could compare them, but I don’t think I’ve seen it for about 15 years. I wasn’t sure how they’d do this one though, you know remaking a classic horror movie like that, but I think they done it pretty well. It was billed to be super scary (from what people had said online) but it sadly wasn’t – I found Annabel Creation far scarier! This was just a good watch, a little creepy in parts but I wouldn’t say hide behind a blanket scary…well unless you’re scared of clowns then I suppose it would be. Yep it was a good take on the story with good acting and effects, so yep all good which makes it worth a watch!

Rating: ****



American Assassin (18) – what’s it about? A secret CIA team try to stop a bad guy who has a nuclear missile.

If you’ve seen one of these types of movies then you’ve seen them all really. It’s the usual and nothing new and all very predictable but saying that it’s still a good mindless movie. I still quite happy sat and enjoyed the story, action and violence just don’t expect to be wowed by anything original.

Rating: ***


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Movies: Annabelle: Creation (15) & American Made (15)

Annabelle: Creation (15) – a prequel to the Annabelle movies which gives a bit more history about the demon and the doll.

This well what to say about this? I didn’t like it! Not because it’s a crap movie but the fact why do I do this to myself and watch this shit? I hate freaking dolls!!!!!!!! Now I’ve got that off my chest – yes it’s a good movie and definitely worth seeing if you’ve seen the Annabelle movies and enjoyed them. As per the previous ones it’s not overly gorey and is more spooky with some jump moments and nail biting. Definitely don’t watch if you don’t like freaking spooky ass dolls.

Rating: ***



American Made (15) – set in the 1980s and based on a true story of a pilot that works both for the CIA and crime lords.

I can’t believe this shit happened, how much is made up and how much is real I guess only the people involved would know but it made for a good movie. It kept me engrossed through the whole thing and well it had some really funny moments too, not crying funny but definitely lol funny. Cruise did a good job with this one and worth a watch if you like some unbelievable reality.

Rating: ***


Monday, 21 August 2017

Movies: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (12A), Atomic Blonde (15), The Dark Tower (12A) & The Hitman’s Bodyguard (15)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (12A) – what’s it about? The story follows Valerian an officer who must battle against dark forces to save Alpha.

This was a nice bit of sci-fi which was refreshing to see and in parts it reminded me of the Fifth Element and Avatar but not enough that it should be compared to such films as it’s not that much of an epic movie. It had its moments which were pretty great and some good plot but there were bits that left me wanting answers – like how Valerian could be a Major in his early 20s! Anyway yeah it was a good watch but not out of this world sadly, I think 4*s is being generous but 3* is too little – maybe a 3 ½ movie really.

Rating: ****



Atomic Blonde (15) – what’s it about? Lorraine an undercover agent travels to Berlin to find a list of double agents.

So hmmmm what can I say about this one without giving too much away, well its very sexy and brutal at the same time, lots of violence and some story to boot – in the face with stilettos on. It’s quite dark and none of this blight flashy lighting which makes it gritty so along with the non-airy-fairy fighting stuff – it’s more to the nose brawling in parts that makes it pretty ouch violent it and gives it something different. I can’t really say much more without giving it away so I’m going to shut up and just say I very much liked this one J

Rating: ****



The Dark Tower (12A) – what’s it about? Jake discovers his dreams are real and travels to another world where he joins up with Roland to save The Dark Tower and the universe from evil.

I wasn’t sure what this one was going to be like as I thought before seeing it man I hope this isn’t going to be following around a really annoying kid who really gets on my tits for the whole film. Well it did follow around a kid for pretty much the entire movie but he wasn’t an annoying kid so it made it ok to watch. The first part of the movie was pretty slow and it took a while for it to get going but once it did it was really going good. It was well acted and had a good story – a good Stephen King adaption so if you like his stories then you’ll probably like it. I would say it again is in between 4* and 3* so maybe a 3 ½ movie really.

Rating: ****



The Hitman’s Bodyguard (15) – what’s it about? Michael a bodyguard must get his new client who’s a hitman to court to testify.

I wasn’t sure on this one before seeing it, I thought it was going to be a complete pile of pants but it was better than I thought it was going to be – but as that was complete shite it’s probably not that hard to beat. It gave a few heh moments but nothing lol funny for me, it was annoying in parts and the story wasn’t too in-depth as it was just more an action-comedy – you know a leave your brain at the door movie. The only good side to it was the action; the car chases, gun-slinging and fighting were pretty good so that made up for the averageness of the humour. Think it’s one of those if you have a certain sense of humour you’ll like it but if not then you’ll just be like meh it’s alright.

Rating: ***


Monday, 24 July 2017

Movie: War for the Planet of the Apes (12A)

War for the Planet of the Apes (12A) – what’s it about? The Humans and Apes continue to battle it out for survival.

Well what to say about this one…in short I thought it was pretty dull – well the second part was better and had more oomph to it but the whole thing was just way too long and drawn out. It really felt like they were milking the franchise with this one, it did though have a few good moments and the graphics were top notch but that was about it really. I’m maybe being a bit harsh with my rating, it’s probably more a 2 ½ stars movie but yeah it was generally meh. If you are a hard-core fan you’ll probably like this more than I did but if you’re not then I’d maybe wait until you can find it in the shops for no more than a 5er.

Rating: **


Monday, 10 July 2017

Movies: Transformers: The Last Knight (12A), Despicable Me 3 (U), Baby Driver (15) & Spider-Man: Homecoming (12A)

Transformers: The Last Knight (12A) – what’s it about? The race is on to find an artifact that’s hidden on earth before it can be used to destroy the world.

I’m not too sure what to say that you don’t already know if you’ve seen any of the previous movies as it really continues on in the same lines. It’s what you expect really from a Transformers movie, some fighting, story and some big ass robots. It was good but I don’t know, it just seemed really long, I thought I’d been in the cinema for way over 3 hours but it wasn’t that long. It was very flashy as all these films are, lots of graphics and good scenes with the Transformers. It was a good piece of entertainment – a good mindless movie but nothing special. If you like this rebooted Transformers universe then you’ll probably enjoy it.

Rating: ***




Despicable Me 3 (U) – what’s it about? Gru finds out he has a long lost twin brother, the pair meet up and Gru is persuaded to teach him how to be a villain by committing one last crime.

So the third adventure of Gru and the gang and what to say, I’m not sure – I liked it but it just didn’t seem as strong or funny as the previous movies. I think though it’s one of those gems that when you watch it again you pick up on more. It still had some good moments and it’s generally a fun movie for all the family. If you like the previous ones it’s still definitely worth a watch.

Rating: ***



Baby Driver (15) – what’s it about? Baby is a get-away driver who is forced to work for a crime boss until his debts are repaid.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, the adverts looked good but I was really pleasantly surprised with how great this one was. It had a good story-line, characters and action too. There were a couple of bits that felt like my heart had skipped a beat – I really got engrossed by it. I would definitely recommend seeing it if you like a good crime/robbers movie as it was very well done!

Rating: ****




Spider-Man: Homecoming (12A) – what’s it about? After the battle with Captain America, Peter Parker goes back to being a friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man but a villain doesn’t leave where he lives alone for long…

Well first off this isn’t an origin story of Spider-Man which was pretty refreshing as that’s been done over and over again. This I think is probably one of the better Spider-Man movies to date, well most definitely better than the last one anyway. It is very much in line with the current Marvel movies style and fits in nicely with the universe they’ve built up on the big screen appearances, especially with a guest staring of Tony Stark and other bits to link back too. Anyway yep, a well done movie, some laughs, some action and a cool-ass wing suit I totally want, it’s definitely worth checking out if you like all the Marvel movies.

Rating: ****


Monday, 19 June 2017

Movie: Wonder Woman (12A) & The Mummy (2017) (15)

Wonder Woman (12A) – what’s it about? Diana an Amazon travels with a human to the frontline to destroy the God of War.

So I didn’t know what to expect with this one as DC movies have been hit and miss – it could be good like Suicide Squad or awful like Batman vs Superman. Anyway they did this good and in my opinion it’s the best DC movie since Batman (the Christian Bale versions) so I came out super happy. So as you probably know if you’ve read my blog in the past I’m not a fan of movies set in the past especially those set in the World Wars as it’s usually really upsetting but this was done very well indeed – and in all it was a very empowering movie. If you are a DC fan or a Wonder Woman fan or both then this is worth checking out – just don’t expect it to be all laughs and light-heartedness like the Marvel movies because it’s much more like DC – gritty and dark.

Rating: ****




The Mummy (2017) (15) – what’s it about? An Ancient Egyptian mummified princess wakens in the present day and sets out to restore her power.

So throughout this film I thought it was a 12A and thought hey that’s a pretty scary, I didn’t realise until I came out that it was a 15 – in short it’s probably not a movie for the younger audience! I know a lot of people have been slating this but I think it depends on what you expect and the movies you like. If you’re into action movies and maybe a bit of light horror with a dash of humour then this will probably be right up your street. It did what it said on the tin really, mummy ahhhh and action bang bang – you know the usual guns, explosions and running. If you go to see it and expect it to be nothing too original, just watch it for what it is and don’t analyse it then you’ll probably like it. It may not be the best film out but it’s definitely not the worst!

Rating: ***


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Movies: Alien: Covenant (15), Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (12A), Kings Arthur: Legend of the Sword (12A), The Cable Guy (DVD - 12), The Little Mermaid (DVD – U)

Alien: Covenant (15) – what’s it about? The crew of a colony ship answer a distress call from an unknown world.

I’ve been waiting for this since it was announced and I was hoping it would answer some questions left over from Prometheus and it does! – don’t worry though it’s done in a way so you don’t have to of seen that movie. It’s a good survival horror, though it’s more on the story side than the action, which is good – I like a good sci-fi story and it also reveals some information about the Xenomorph. If you’re after a high action movie or one that’s really really scary then this might not be what you’re looking for, if though on the other hand you’re an Alien fiend and like a bit of sci-fi-horror then this is probably right up your street.

Rating: ****




Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (12A) – what’s it about? Captain Jack and his band of misfit pirates go on a quest to find the Trident of Poseidon to stop the onslaught of Captain Salazar and his living dead crew.

It’s been a while since the last pirate adventure and when I heard of this one I wanted to see it but at the same time wondered if the franchise had been done to death – though this is said to be the last movie. It was as expected in the sense that it followed the feel of the previous movies very well – the usual shenanigans and comedy value splashed with a bit of action. It was pretty well done and wrapped the series up nicely which was good. I think I pretty much liked it but wasn’t quite sure if to give it 3 or 4 stars as it’s kind of in the middle. Anyway if you like Captain Jack and the stories of his misadventures then I would definitely check it out!


Rating: ****




Kings Arthur: Legend of the Sword (12A) – what’s it about? A tyrannous King is using dark forces to try to control England, can the unknown legitimate air to the throne – Arthur – claim the sword from the stone and defeat his enemies.

I went to this as I’d seen the adverts as it looked pretty good, and it was don’t get me wrong, it was just a little bit more fantasy than I thought the King Arthur story would be – but it’s a guy pulling a magical sword from a stone what kind of reality was I expecting?!?!?! Yeah the fighting was all flashy with random camera angles – it reminded me of 300 but with a lot more clothing. I don’t know I think they tried to make it overly English as well so I just couldn’t take it seriously. It was ok though but there were just things that didn’t fit right in my head.

Rating: ***



The Cable Guy (DVD - 12) – what’s it about? After Steven breaks up with his girlfriend he moves into a new apartment and the cable guy befriends him.

I think everyone must have seen this during their lifetime – right? Anyway if your one of the weirdos that haven’t, I thought I’d bring it to your attention. Yes I just called you a weirdo! Seriously though this is an amusing film, it’s a good comedy which is classic Jim Carey, hopefully you know his style – so if you find his other movies hilarious then you’ll probably like this one too. Though this movie touches on some deeper subjects (such as mental health) when you begin to think about it, it’s still a pretty light-hearted watch. It comes with some classic lines too which will stick with you!

Rating: ***



The Little Mermaid (DVD – U) – what’s it about? Ariel is a mermaid and dreams of being human. She meets a guy and seeks the help of a witch so she can find true love.

I haven’t seen this in years and I’ve really had the craving to re-watch it for months – and managed to borrow a copy from a friend. It bought back some fond memories and it was refreshing to watch a really nice and easy movie which lightens the mood. Yep this one is most definitely a classic and is all-round family entertainment; it is definitely worth a re-watch – even if to get all the songs stuck in your head!

Rating: ****


Friday, 28 April 2017

Movies: Ghost in the Shell (2017) (12A), Free Fire (15), Fast & Furious 8 (12A), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (12A), Bewitched (DVD – PG), Alien Autopsy (DVD – 12) & Drive (DVD – 18)

Ghost in the Shell (2017) (12A) – what’s it about? A live action version of the anime. Set in near future where humans are modified with technology, the story follows the task force that tracks down criminals and terrorists.

I know people are slating this one and I have to say I’ve seen the anime a few times but that was quite a while ago so keep in mind my opinion is that of a casual viewer and not a franchise nut. I thought this was done really well considering it was a live action version, I didn’t think it was going to mesh so well with the real world or how it would be, they did a good job. I guess our effects technology has gone forward enough to give it a bit of justice. I liked it, it gave some good nods to the original, some of the iconic scenes are still present and it’s pretty well acted with enough action and story to give a good glimpse into the world. Yep I definitely liked it.

Rating: ****



Free Fire (15) – what’s it about? Set in the 1970s it is the story of a gun deal going down, it goes wrong and everyone tries to survive.

I didn’t know what to expect at all with this one, I hadn’t really researched into it as sometimes I like a little surprise with movies because if you look them up sometimes you end up with too many spoilers. Well what to say…this was a pretty damn funny movie; I don’t know it’s got a bit of gun violence, bad language and well it’s just funny. It goes back to basics, no big locations or flashy effects (except the guns and blood) so it was refreshing to see. It may not have been what I was expecting as I just thought it was going to be serious, not realising the humour side of it. It’s definitely worth a look just because lol.

Rating: ****



Fast & Furious 8 (12A) – what’s it about? Dom’s in retirement and gets pulled into a criminal plot against his will, and the team assemble to take down the anarchist.

Seriously there has been eight of these movies now and I don’t think they have really ever changed – still the same thing: high speed car chases, gun fights, violence and really over the top stunts oh and of course not forgetting everyone being super-hot in really tiny clothing that doesn’t leave much to the imagination. So in short it’s exactly what’s expected and a teenage boys dream come true. If you didn’t like the others there’s no point in seeing this one but if you did then you’ll probably love it.

Rating: ***




Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (12A) – what’s it about? The gang is pursued for their criminal endeavours and Peter finds his father.

I couldn’t help but get a seat at the midnight screening of this one, well technically it was a double bill with the first one too just because awesomeness. This one definitely is a great one, it’s extremely funny, I liked the story but I felt it was a little lacking – I don’t know it just didn’t have as much oomph as the first one. It’s again got some really good action scenes and I absolutely love the different characters and races in this, so refreshing to see some good alien races and all different colours under the sun, it’s a very bright universe out there! Anyway yes this is a bloody good movie and if you love the first then you’ll probably love this one too. So why I am I only giving it four stars? I just didn’t feel the story enough – though maybe this could have been because the time that I went to see it.


Rating: ****



Bewitched (DVD – PG) – what’s it about? A movie based on the Bewitched TV series being remade.

I remember watching Bewitched re-runs growing up and I liked it a lot. I saw this movie when it first came out so it was nice to re-watch it. This was an interesting take on the series and it was nice that it was a telling of the story rather than trying to re-make the original; a nice refreshing take on the re-boots that happen a lot now-a-days. It has some good story, humour and general feel good moments in it, but in parts it was a bit annoying but then again I think it’s supposed to be – suppose this shows good acting. Yes, well if you liked the TV series then this is worth a little visit.

Rating: ***



Alien Autopsy (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? Two guys buy a film using money from a mobster, the film gets damaged and they try to rectify the problem by recreating the movie and palming it off as the real deal.

I’ve watched this one a bit late, when I’d seen it for sale in the past there must have been a reason putting me off it but this time when I picked it up I just thought what the hell. I was actually pleasantly surprised; even though it wasn’t the best film in the universe it did give me a little chuckle in parts, Ant and Dec are basically their usual selves so not much extra acting on their part but it does work really well. I’d say this is worth a look if you are looking for a bit of humour and something to pass the time.

Rating: ***



Drive (DVD – 18) – what’s it about? A guy travels to America and is pursued by some mobsters.

I don’t think I’ve seen this since the early 2000s and it’s still a good bit of martial arts mayhem. It’s a little dated now (the astronaut cafĂ© at the end lol best image of the 90s going) but it’s still a good watch. It’s a bit over the top in parts but that’s the way martial art films should be. There’s a bit of a story which is nice and some good humour that gave me a giggle. It’s worth a look if you like some fighting action.

Rating: ***


Monday, 27 March 2017

Movies: Beauty and the Beast (2017) (PG), Get Out (15), Noah (DVD – 12) & Snatch (DVD – 18)

Beauty and the Beast (2017) (PG) – what’s it about? A cursed prince must find true love before the petals fall from a rose and the curse remains for all time.

So a live action version of the Disney classic…how does it fair? Pretty good actually, it sticks pretty closely to the original, there’s just been a few bits added which give a little more to it. It was as expected – extremely girlie but it’s bearable as there’s not too much that makes you want to vom…but be warned you will come out with the songs stuck in your head!

Rating: ***



Get Out (15) – what’s it about? A man goes to meet his girlfriend’s family for the first time and all is not what it seems.

I didn’t really know much about this one before I went to see it so it was a little surprising. It’s like a thriller/horror, a good concept that did leave me wanting to shout “just get out” in the cinema. I can’t really say much though without spoiling it, maybe just don’t expect gore or anything of the sort because it’s more on the thriller side of things.

Rating: ***



Noah (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? Humanity has destroyed the world; Noah receives a message from God about the great flood and sets out to build an ark.

So what to say about this one…hmmm if you hadn’t guessed it by the title then just to make it clear this is based on the bible story. Even though I’m not religious at all (far from it being a Pagan) I do like all these newer bible story movies and I don’t know why. This one is pretty dark in parts, some violence, some story and well some weird shit, it definitely makes for a good watch.

Rating: ***



Snatch (DVD – 18) – what’s it about? Various criminals try to steal a diamond from another thief.

I thought this one deserved a re-watch as I hadn’t seen it since it originally came out back at the turn on the century and even though it’s a little old it’s still great and hasn’t dated too much. Its bit of a comedy but not one for the youngens, a different take on the criminal underworld – it’s got some random characters and good situation humour to boot. It’s definitely worth a revisit.

Rating: ****


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: ***