Movie Review

Jul 152018
 

Iron Man 2

2010

  



PLOT SUMMARY

Now that Tony Stark has revealed to the world that he is Iron Man, the entire world is now eager to get their hands on his hot technology – whether it's the United States government, weapons contractors, or someone else. That someone else happens to be Ivan Vanko – the son of now deceased Anton Vanko, Howard Stark's former partner. Stark had Vanko banished to Russia for conspiring to commit treason against the US, and now Ivan wants revenge against Tony – and he's willing to get it at any cost. But after being humiliated in front of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, rival weapons contractor Justin Hammer sees Ivan as the key to upping his status against Stark Enterprises after an attack on the Monaco 500. But an ailing Tony has to figure out a way to save himself, get Vanko, and get Hammer before the government shows up and takes his beloved suits away. And can he figure out what a mysterious figure named Nick Fury wants with him?


REVIEW

This is probably the poorest of the Iron Man films and maybe the Avengers series in general. It's not a bad film as such but fairly slow moving and a big bad that gets defeated rather easily.




7.0

IMDb

Jul 102018
 

Iron Man

2008

   



PLOT SUMMARY

Tony Stark. Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. Son of legendary inventor and weapons contractor Howard Stark. When Tony Stark is assigned to give a weapons presentation to an Iraqi unit led by Lt. Col. James Rhodes, he's given a ride on enemy lines. That ride ends badly when Stark's Humvee that he's riding in is attacked by enemy combatants. He survives – barely – with a chest full of shrapnel and a car battery attached to his heart. In order to survive he comes up with a way to miniaturize the battery and figures out that the battery can power something else. Thus Iron Man is born. He uses the primitive device to escape from the cave in Iraq. Once back home, he then begins work on perfecting the Iron Man suit. But the man who was put in charge of Stark Industries has plans of his own to take over Tony's technology for other matters.


REVIEW

Forget Batman, if you wan't a superhero who uses gadgets for his power then this is the man. Never short of a wise crack either




7.9

IMDb

Jul 092018
 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

2014

   



PLOT SUMMARY

For Steve Rogers, awakening after decades of suspended animation involves more than catching up on pop culture; it also means that this old school idealist must face a world of subtler threats and difficult moral complexities. That becomes clear when Director Nick Fury is killed by the mysterious assassin, the Winter Soldier, but not before warning Rogers that SHIELD has been subverted by its enemies. When Rogers acts on Fury's warning to trust no one there, he is branded as a traitor by the organization. Now a fugitive, Captain America must get to the bottom of this deadly mystery with the help of the Black Widow and his new friend, The Falcon. However, the battle will be costly for the Sentinel of Liberty, with Rogers finding enemies where he least expects them while learning that the Winter Soldier looks disturbingly familiar.


REVIEW

Now this is the Captain America we have been waiting for. Non stop action and great special effects. Thoroughly enjoyable




7.8

IMDb   .   Elizabeth Olsen

Jul 082018
 

Thor

2011

  



PLOT SUMMARY

The warrior Thor (Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Portman) teaches Thor much-needed lessons, and his new-found strength comes into play as a villain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth.


REVIEW

Very much like the first Captain America it probably loses out after you have seen the later movies with the established Marvel Universe. Hemsworth is well cast as Thor even if he is a bit of a dick in the early part of the movie.




7.0

IMDb   .   Kat Dennings

Jul 082018
 

Captain America: The First Avenger

2011

  



PLOT SUMMARY

It is 1942, America has entered World War II, and sickly but determined Steve Rogers is frustrated at being rejected yet again for military service. Everything changes when Dr. Erskine recruits him for the secret Project Rebirth. Proving his extraordinary courage, wits and conscience, Rogers undergoes the experiment and his weak body is suddenly enhanced into the maximum human potential. When Dr. Erskine is then immediately assassinated by an agent of Nazi Germany's secret HYDRA research department (headed by Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull), Rogers is left as a unique man who is initially misused as a propaganda mascot; however, when his comrades need him, Rogers goes on a successful adventure that truly makes him Captain America, and his war against Schmidt begins.


REVIEW

A good start to the Marvel Universe but I found it a bit slow in places. It's a pity Agent Carter and the Howling Commandos didn't stay around longer. Contains a small cameo from Jenna Coleman




6.9

IMDb   .   Jenna Coleman

Jul 012018
 

Carry On Nurse

1959



PLOT SUMMARY

Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men's ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together. The formidable Matron's debut gives the patients a chill every time she walks past, with only Reckitt standing up to her. There's a colonel who is a constant nuisance, a bumbling nurse, a romance between Ted York and Nurse Denton, and Bell who wants his bunion removed straight away, so after drinking alcohol, the men decide to remove the bunion themselves!


REVIEW

Well it's a Carry On film but as only the second one so still doesn't have the feel you expect from the series. Some of the classic cast are there but mostly in secondary roles and too be honest I was bored by it.




6.3

IMDb

Jun 292018
 

She’s All That

1999

    



PLOT SUMMARY

A modern-day version of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, where Zack Siler, is a Los Angeles high school hunk who's been dumped by his popular, but mean-spirited, girlfriend Taylor Vaughn for a famous volleyball player. Frustrated, Zack accepts a bet from his friends that he can turn Laney Boggs, a geeky girl into the school's prom queen. Naturally he falls in love with her which leads to other complications from each other's friends and enemies alike.


REVIEW

So what is wrong with this movie? Terrible acting by Paul Walker, cheesy choreographed dance routine and the "plain girl" that is obviously hot. For some reason though I absolutely love this film partly due to Rachael Leigh Cook at her best being in it.




5.8

IMDb   .   Rachael Leigh Cook

Jun 242018
 

Adult World

2013

  



PLOT SUMMARY

A naive college graduate, Amy, who believes she's destined to be a great poet, begrudgingly accepts a job in a shop while she pursues a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings.


REVIEW

An strange little film confirming what a wonderful actress Emma Roberts is. Odd characters all around




6.2

IMDb   .   Emma Roberts

Jun 182018
 

Restless

2011

  



PLOT SUMMARY

Annabel is a terminally ill cancer patient and is quietly awaiting her death spending her time studying nature. Enoch is struggling to recover from the death of his parents and spends his time attending funerals with his only friend – a ghost named Hiroshi who was a WWII Japanese kamikaze pilot. Just as Annabel's sister is trying to cope with Annabel's impending death, Annabel and Enoch fall in love. They both finally have a reason to live, but is it too late to have a life together?


REVIEW

Although telling a similar story to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl it doesn't quite reach those heights or have the same impact at the end. Still an enjoyable watch.




6.8

IMDb

Jun 032018
 

Lars And The Real Girl

2007

 



PLOT SUMMARY

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real – she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved.


REVIEW

I really wanted to like this film, it has all the right ingredients of being quirky with likeable characters but eventually I just got bored. A great idea but a bit too dull for me.




7.3

IMDb

May 292018
 

Maleficent

2014

   



PLOT SUMMARY

A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well.


REVIEW

It's not often that Disney films get me excited but this is a lovely retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie portrays evil and good with equal quality.




7.0

IMDb   .   Elle Fanning   .   Ella Purnell   .   Juno Temple

May 262018
 

Mona Lisa Smile

2003

 



PLOT SUMMARY

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college.


REVIEW

There was a time when I was well into Kirsten Dunst and bought most films she was in but it took me a long time to get around to watching this. She plays a bit of a bitch in this but it's made up for by starring some other favourite actresses of mine in Ginnifer Goodwin, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Good performances all round but probably not a film that would draw me back for a second watch.




6.5

IMDb