Movie Review

Feb 262019
 

Alan Partridge : Alpha Papa

2013





Plot

Radio DJ Alan Partridge is facing uncertain times with his radio station being taken over by a corporate conglomerate. He makes things worse when he talks down a colleague after a promise to talk him up. The colleague handles things badly and takes the radio station into his own hands, literally, by taking them all hostage. Envisioning all his action heroes in his head, Alan is going to save the day by becoming a go-between for the Scotland Yard. His method though will put himself and others in harm's way because Alan Partridge just can't keep his mouth shut.

Summary

I'm a big fan of Alan Partridge and believe him to be the best comedy creation of all time. This does not quite reach the heights of his TV shows but is damn good.


IMDb6.9

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Feb 252019
 

Serendipity

2001





Plot

Jonathan Trager and Sara Thomas met while shopping for gloves in New York. Though buying for their respective lovers, the magic was right and a night of Christmas shopping turned into romance. Jon wanted to explore things further but Sara wasn't sure their love was meant to be. They decided to test fate by splitting up and seeing if destiny brought them back together… Many years later, having lost each other that night, both are engaged to be married. Still, neither can shake the need to give fate one last chance to reunite them. Jon enlists the help of his best man to track down the girl he can't forget starting at the store where they met. Sara asks her new age musician fiance for a break before the wedding and, with her best friend in tow, flies from California to New York hoping destiny will bring her soulmate back. Near-misses and classic Shakespearean confusion bring the two close to meeting a number of times but fate will have the final word on whether it was meant to be.

Summary

I like these type of rom-coms and this would of scored an additional star if it were not for John Cusacks character being a bit of a dick when you think about it. He's a bastard to his fiance and a bit creepy stalker to Kate Beckinsale's character.


IMDb6.9

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Feb 202019
 

Two Night Stand

2014





Plot

After an extremely regrettable one night stand, two strangers wake up to find themselves snowed in after sleeping through a blizzard that put all of Manhattan on ice. They're now trapped together in a tiny apartment, forced to get to know each other way more than any one night stand should.

Summary

I didn't expect to get a lot from this but was pleasently surprised. Loosely a rom-com as there isn't a lot of comedy as such but two very likeable lead characters carry it nicely.


IMDb6.4

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Feb 122019
 

Let Me In

2010





Plot

In Los Alamos, New Mexico, the twelve year-old Owen is a lonely and outcast boy bullied in school by Kenny and two other classmates; at home, Owen dreams of avenging himself against the trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old next door neighbor, Abby, who only appears during the night in the playground of their building. Meanwhile, Abby's father is a wanted serial-killer who drains the blood of his victims to supply Abby, who is actually an ancient vampire. Abby advises Owen to fight Kenny; however, soon he discovers that she is a vampire, and he feels fear and love for the girl. Meanwhile a police officer is investigating the murder cases, believing that it is a satanic cult.

Summary

A young Chloe Moretz proves once again what a fine actress she is. A horror film where you actually route for what is really the monster albeit a reluctant one. A remake of the original Swedish film Let The Right One In


IMDb7.1

Film IMDb Chloe Moretz

Feb 112019
 

Bookies

2003





Plot

Centres on four college friends who become small-time bookies, only to find their world spinning dangerously out of control when their greed attracts the attention of organised crime.

Summary

Well I thought this was a comedy so probably not a good start but it was purchased mainly for starring Rachael Leigh Cook my favourite actress. It has quite a good cast but is rather a mundane film.


IMDb6.0

Film IMDb Rachael Leigh Cook

Jan 282019
 

Adrift

2018





Plot

Starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, Adrift is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. As the two avid sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn't anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. Adrift is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love.

Summary

Based on the true story of survival. A steady film, its nature isn't going to make it the most exciting but Shailene Woodley in various wet tops shouldn't be missed.


IMDb6.6

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Jan 212019
 

After Sex

2007





Plot

After Sex is a background to examine intimacy and vulnerability. Looks at the complexity of modern day relationships told through eight separate couples. Through dialogue and compromising situations, the film takes us from the beginning of a relationship to the aftermath of one, and examines every stage in between seeing humor within the drama, heartache and confusion of it all.

Summary

Eight couples talk after having sex. Not much else to say really apart from Emmanuelle Chriqui in her underwear is very nice and the Mila Kunis / Zoe Saldana scene is quite hot.


IMDb5.5

Film IMDb Emmanuelle Chriqui Mila Kunis

Jan 202019
 

I Kill Giants

2017





Plot

Twelve-year-old Barbara Thorson flees from reality, living in the imaginary world of fantasy and magic, where she fights with giants. Her family does not understand her, peers do not like her, and she irritates teachers. And only recently moved here Sofia, her same age, trying to make friends with her.

Summary

Oddball but interesting film probably marketed wrong as a fantasy when in fact its quite a sad drama.


IMDb6.2

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Jan 072019
 

L’Amant Double

2017





Plot

Disenchanted with the ephemeral glamour of the modelling world, Chloé, a vulnerable Parisian woman of 25, is convinced that the severe and persistent abdominal pains she's been suffering, stem mainly from a psychosomatic disorder. As a result, the reserved beauty will soon find herself on the couch of the charming therapist, Dr Paul Meyer, nevertheless, the mutual and unfailing sexual attraction between them will make it impossible to continue with the therapy. Before long, the ecstatic, yet unexplored lovers will move in together, however, Paul's obscure past will inevitably lead Chloé to the conclusion that there's definitely more to him than meets the eye. Is the doe-eyed woman lured into a world of hallucinations and dream-like sequences

Summary

Is she imagining it all or is it a dream? Who cares? I got bored so quickly with it I couldn't tell you the answer.


IMDb6.2

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Jan 032019
 

Hide & Seek

2014





Plot

In an English cottage, four young people from London move in together, seeking to challenge social conventions and their own tolerances by engaging in scheduled partner-swapping. The durability of their new living arrangements is tested by the arrival of an outsider who fails to get in tune with the foursome's radical spirit.

Summary

This film fails for a number of reasons. It doesn't work as a drama as you have no real backstory to the characters or why they are where they are and it doesn't work as an erotic movie as although there is nudity there is not enough nor is it that erotic.


IMDb4.6

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Dec 312018
 

Ant-Man And The Wasp

2018





Plot

In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

Summary

Well I would say this is slighlty better than the first one but not a lot. Neither are bad movies but just feel like backstory to the greater Marvel Universe.


IMDb7.2

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Dec 302018
 

Ant-Man

2015





Plot

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Summary

Another film that the trailers never impressed me with but as part of the bigger Marvel Universe I felt I had to watch it. Mediocre at best.


IMDb7.3

Film IMDb Hayley Atwell