Movie Review

May 152019
 

The Martian

2015





Plot

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return.

Summary

I have watched this films many times and recently got the extended version. I love it. Will one day get around to reading the book.


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May 052019
 

Carry On Jack

1964





Plot

This is the tale of Albert Poop-Decker, a newly commissioned Midshipman (although he took 8 1/2 years to qualify). He joins the frigate Venus, and adventures through Spanish waters, mutinee and Pirates taking his Captain, his sweet-heart and his best-friend with him! With mistaken identities and shipwrecks awash, it's a surprise any of them live to tell the tale!

Summary

Colour again! Not many of the regular cast here but the brilliant Bernard Cribbins is a welcome addition.


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May 052019
 

Carry On Cabby

1963





Plot

Speedee Taxis is a great success, which means its workaholic owner Charlie starts neglecting Peggy, his wife. Suddenly a fleet of rival taxis appears from nowhere and start pinching all the fares. The rivals are Glamcabs, and they have a secret weapon. All their drivers are very attractive women! Who's behind Glamcabs? It's open warfare and only one fleet can survive!

Summary

Back to Black & White for this one, not sure how that happened. Probably one the BBC won't show nowadays as it involves a rival female taxi crew whose main selling point is their sex.


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Apr 252019
 

Climax

2018





Plot

In the mid 1990's, 20 French urban dancers join together for a three-day rehearsal in a closed-down boarding school located at the heart of a forest to share one last dance. They then make one last party around a large sangria bowl. Quickly, the atmosphere becomes charged and a strange madness will seize them the whole night. If it seems obvious to them that they have been drugged, they neither know by who nor why. And it's soon impossible for them to resist to their neuroses and psychoses, numbed by the hypnotic and the increasing electric rhythm of the music. While some feel in paradise, most of them plunge into hell.

Summary

A bit disappointed by this. The dancing is good and I'm not really a dance fan and the usic is great. The film is self is neither that violent being disturbing more than graphic and the sex is pretty non existent.


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Apr 202019
 

Carry On Cruising

2018





Plot

Captain Crowther's lot is not a happy one! Five of his crew have to be replaced and at such short notice before the voyage begins there isn't much to choose from. Not only does he get the five most incompetent shipmates ever to sail the seven seas, but the passengers turn out to be a rather strange bunch too. The SS Happy Wanderer will never be the same.

Summary

The first Carry On in colour and is when they really got the formula right.


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Apr 202019
 

Carry On Teacher

1959





Plot

Pupils run amok at Maudlin Street School in an attempt to hang on to their headmaster. He has applied for a new job, but the students like him and don't want to lose him. They concoct a plan – blacken his record in front of the Ministry Inspector and then he won't ever be able to get another job!

Summary

Notable for the appearance of a very young Richard O'Sullivan. Otherwise it's what you would expect from an early Carry On film.


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Apr 202019
 

Carry On Constable

1960





Plot

With a flu epidemic running rife, three new bumbling recruits are assigned to Inspector Mills police station. With help from Special Constable Gorse, they manage to totally wreck the operations of the police force and let plenty of criminals get away, even before they arrive at the station. They all have to prove themselves or else they'll be out of a job and Sergeant Wilkins will be transferred. Sub-plots include romances between Wilkins and Moon, Constable and Passworthy.

Summary

Fairly standard Carry On film with the first appearance of Sid James.


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Apr 082019
 

Carry On Regardless

1961





Plot

The Helping Hands agency employs some very strange people to perform some very strange jobs! Even the simplest of tasks get bungled by the incompetent but lovable staff, as they get given jobs ranging from taking animals for walks (no ordinary animals you understand) to demonstrating new products at a large and prestigious exhibition…

Summary

More a collection of sketches loosely tied together than your usual Carry On film. The standard crew is almost in place by this point.


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Apr 072019
 

The Festival

2018





Plot

When Nick's girlfriend dumps him at graduation, he has a colossal meltdown in front of the entire university. He's convinced his life is over, but his best mate Shane has the perfect solution: three days at an epic music festival. With the help of "festival aficionado" and certified oddball Amy, Shane tries to get Nick to embrace the music, the mayhem and the mud. From the creators of the Inbetweeners comes The Festival, a movie about friendship, growing up, and going mad in a field.

Summary

Not quite reaching the same heights as The Inbetweeners but an enjoyable comedy. Strong point is Claudia O'Doherty and her manic portrayol of Amy.


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Mar 232019
 

Je Vous Aime Très Beaucoup

2010





Plot

When the mother they have never known dies, three half brothers aged 8, 15 and 17 respectively, who were all brought up in different ways, meet for the very first time. They spend the long summer holidays with Nonna, their grandmother, and start sharing secrets and rabbits, polenta and mean tricks, adventures and first time experiences, together. At last their once solitary lives take a new direction.

Summary

A good thing to check when buying a French art film is that it has English subtitles, this doesn't. I therefore had little idea what was going on but it looked like it might have been okay. Mainly got it for the very erotic performance by Léopoldine Serre


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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.


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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.


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