Movie Review

Feb 142018
 

Up Pompeii

Rated

    

1971


Movie Review


Synopsis

Roman slave Lurkio inadvertently becomes the possessor of a scroll naming the proposed assassins of the Emperor Nero. Administering to the participants of his master’s orgy guests seems small compared to the trouble the scroll brings – but all are in for a nasty shock when Mount Vesuvius decides to erupt.


Review

A good throwback to the comedies of the 70s when you could have scantily clad ladies, gay jokes and even a blacked up man without a load of liberals getting their knickers in a twist. Featuring a supremely hot Madeline Smith and the wonderful Frankie Howerd


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Rating : 6.0 / 10


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Jan 292018
 

Caffeine

Rated

    

2006


Movie Review


Synopsis

A fanciful battle of the sexes ensues when the relationships of the staff and patrons of a quirky London café are unexpectedly turned upside down by sudden revelations of terribly embarrassing secrets having to do with their sexual misadventures


Review

An unusual film with some fairly well known Americans playing at being English. Quirky and funny and certainly my type of film, not a classic but worth a watch. Ruined by the Non-Anamorphic DVD which produces large black borders around the image.


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Rating : 5.6 / 10


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Jan 242018
 

Deadpool

Rated

    

2016


Movie Review


Synopsis

This is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.


Review

Not your typical Superhero film. Funny, crude and thoroughly entertaining


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Rating : 8.0 / 10


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Jan 222018
 

Begin Again

Rated

    

2013


Movie Review


Synopsis

Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.


Review

Following along much the same lines as the directors other film “Once” but not quite reaching the same heights. Still a very enjoyable film.


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Rating : 7.4 / 10


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Dec 302017
 

Songbird

Rated

    

2017


Movie Review


Synopsis

A shy young singer has to go on a journey to retrieve her stolen voice from a witch.


Review

My name’s in the credits! Yes I took part in the crowdfunding campaign to make sure this got mad, purely as a big fan of Janet Devlin. Obviously a low budget short film but it’s quite charming


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Rating : NR / 10


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Dec 262017
 

Love Actually

Rated

    

2003


Movie Review


Against the backdrop of aged has-been rock star Billy Mack’s Christmas themed comeback cover of “Love Is All Around” which he knows is crap and makes no bones about it much to his manager Joe’s chagrin as he promotes the record, several interrelated stories about romantic love and the obstacles to happiness through love for Londoners are presented in the five weeks preceding Christmas. Daniel’s wife has just passed away, leaving him to take care of his adolescent stepson Sam by himself. Daniel is uncertain how to deal with Sam and his problems without his wife present, especially in light of a potential budding romance within their household. Juliet and Peter have just gotten married. They believe that Peter’s best friend and best man Mark hates Juliet but won’t say so to his or her face. Others looking at the situation from the outside believe Mark is jealous of Juliet as he is in love with Peter himself. Jamie, a writer, is taking a writing retreat by himself in rural France


Very cheesy but a must for Christmas viewing. Bill Nighy is brilliant as the ageing rock star and Keira Knightley and Martine McCutcheon add some glamour.


IMDB RATING : 7.7 / 10


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Dec 242017
 

A Christmas Carol

Rated

    

2011


Movie Review


In 1840s London, Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited businessman who receives his terrifying comeuppance. One Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his dead business partner. Marley foretells that Scrooge will be visited by three spirits, each of whom will attempt to show Scrooge the error of his ways. Will Scrooge reform his ways in time to celebrate Christmas?


A much filmed story of A Christmas Carol. This is my favourite version apart from some god awful child acting. Patrick Stewart on the other hand is brilliant


IMDB RATING : 7.4 / 10


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Dec 212017
 

The Holiday

Rated

    

2006


Movie Review


In London, Iris Simpkins writes a wedding column in a newspaper and nurtures an unrequited love for her colleague Jasper Bloom. Near Christmas, she is informed that Jasper is engaged to marry another colleague, and her life turns upside down. In Los Angeles, the movie-trailers maker Amanda Woods has just split with her unfaithful boyfriend Ethan and wants to forget him. Through a house exchange website, Amanda impulsively swaps her mansion for Iris’ cottage in Surrey for the holidays. While in Surrey, Amanda meets Iris’ brother and book editor Graham and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Iris meets her new next door neighbor the ninety year old screenplay writer Arthur, who helps her retrieve her self-esteem, and the film composer Miles, with whom she falls in love.


IMDB RATING : 6.9 / 10


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Dec 172017
 

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

Rated

    

2011



Six years have elapsed since Guantanemo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold’s doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold’s father-in-law’s beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn.


IMDB RATING : 6.3 / 10


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Dec 062017
 

We Bought A Zoo

Rated

    

2011



Benjamin has lost his wife. In a bid to start his life over, he purchases a large house that has a zoo. This is welcome news for his daughter, but his son is not happy about it. The zoo is in need of renovation and Benjamin sets about the work with the head keeper, Kelly, and the rest of the zoo staff. But, the zoo soon runs into financial trouble. The staff must get the zoo back to its former glory, pass a zoo inspection, and get it back open to the public.


IMDB RATING : 7.1 / 10


IMDb   .   Scarlett Johansson   .   Elle Fanning

Nov 262017
 

Kite

Rated

    

2014



Never Underestimate a Girl with Nothing to Lose. Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime, KITE tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley,”The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” Underworld: Awakening), a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. When Sawa’s mother and policeman father are found victims of a grisly double homicide, she begins a ruthless pursuit for the man who murdered them. With the help of her father’s ex-partner, Karl Aker (Samuel L. Jackson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers, Django Unchained), and a mysterious friend from her past (Callan McAuliffe, The Great Gatsby, I Am Number Four), she becomes a merciless teen assassin, blasting her way through the dark world of human trafficking only to uncover a devastating truth.


IMDB RATING : 4.4 / 10


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Oct 292017
 

Bang Gang ( A Modern Love Story)

Rated

    

2015



In a small town of France, life seems to be still and somewhat boring for a group of teenage friends who day in, day out, are asked to cope not only with the usual issues in the life of a high-school student but also with the restless search for love and sex. Under those circumstances, when an innocent game of truth or dare on a Saturday night party will rapidly transform into a mandatory, dare only, series of sexy challenges between friends, the means to unfold one’s true self and the hidden potential in everyone present will be evident. Before long, alcohol and a few drugs will give birth to the new “Bang Gang” revolution, nevertheless, what deceptively appears as a way to deal with boredom, strained family relationships, emancipation, and above all, liberty, will quickly turn into the biggest scandal and a mockery of a modern fairy tale.


IMDB RATING : 5.5 / 10


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