Movies

Jun 032017
 
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Thanks For Sharing

(2012)

 

Plot Summary

Adam (Mark Ruffalo) has just reached the 5-year mark in his sex addiction sobriety with help from his sponsor Mike (Tim Robbins). New-comer Neil (Josh Gad) seeks out Adam’s help hoping that he’ll be his mentor, but Neil doesn’t have the same maturity and continues to harass women at work, on the street, and on the subway. Adam has also just met Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow), who might be perfect for him, but Adam hasn’t been in a relationship since he recognized his addiction to sex, and Phoebe doesn’t date addicts. As Adam navigates the romantic relationship waters, Mike struggles connecting to his former drug-addicted son who has just returned home, and Neil develops a relationship with another woman in his sex addicts group, but a platonic friendship might be exactly what he needs.

Verdict

Labelled as a Comedy/Drama it leans more towards Drama in my opinion with Josh Gad’s wonderful performance as the only real comic relief. An oddball but enjoyable movie.

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May 132017
 
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Alien : Covenant

(2017)

 

Plot Summary

The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape

Verdict

Well it’s good and far better than Prometheus and doesn’t waste time getting down to the action. It also raises a lot more questions and changes the folklore of the series. The next film has some loose ends to tie up

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Mar 182017
 
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I Give It A Year

(2013)

 

Plot Summary

Newlywed couple Nat and Josh are deliriously happy despite their differences, though friends and family aren’t convinced that they can last. With their first anniversary approaching and attractive alternatives in the mix, can they last?

Verdict

Surprisingly enjoyable and underrated rom-com. Very engaging cast, Rafe Spall and Rose Byne make a very good mismatched and amusing couple. Good support from Anna Faris and Simon Baker

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Feb 262017
 
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Freaks Of Nature

(2015)

 

Plot Summary

In Freaks of Nature, we welcome you to Dillford, where three days ago, everything was peaceful and business as usual: the vampires were at the top of the social order, the zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were getting along in the middle. But this delicate balance was ripped apart when the alien apocalypse arrived in Dillford and put an end to all the harmony. Now it’s humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out, blood-sucking, brain-eating, vamp-staking mortal combat – and all of them are on the run from the aliens. It is up to three teenagers – one human, one vampire, and one zombie – to team up, figure out how to get rid of the interplanetary visitors, and try to restore order to this “normal” little town.

Verdict

This is a horror comedy that does not score high on either scale. It’s a good idea and has it’s funny moments but no classic. Vanessa Hudgens plays a nice slutty role which gains it some points.

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Oct 302016
 
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Rocky Horror : Let's Do The Time Warp Again

(2016)

 

Plot Summary

A straitlaced, square couple, seeking shelter from a storm, find themselves in the castle of a transgender alien mad scientist intent on creating a buff bodybuilder.

Verdict

Where to start on what’s wrong with this. Well the “Plot Summary” is a good start, he’s a transvestite not a transgender. Seems a box ticking exercise but frankly it doesn’t work. The rest of the cast don’t fair much better. Riff Raff has none of the creepiness of the original, just looks like a guy in a wig. I mainly watched this for Victoria Justice and she looks extremely hot but Janet is meant to be a naive virgin, Victoria does not come across as this.

It is also sad to see the very unwell looking Tim Curry being roped in as a narrator.

A wasted opportunity

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Aug 272016
 
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The Martian

(2015)

 

Plot Summary

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.

Verdict

A very good film. Nice to have a sci-fi film that doesn’t solely rely on it’s special effects to carry it off. Sean Bean doesn’t die in this one!

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Jun 262016
 
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Knights Of Badassdom

(2013)

 

Plot Summary

Live-action role players conjure up a demon from Hell by mistake and they must deal with the consequences

Verdict

Quite a high profile class for such a low budget movie. It’s fun, has a high body count but won’t be regarded as a classic.

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Jun 052016
 
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Carry On Sergeant

(1958)

 

Plot Summary

Sergeant Grimshaw wants to retire in the flush of success by winning the Star Squad prize with his very last platoon of newly called-up National Servicemen. But what a motley bunch they turn out to be, and it’s up to Grimshaw to put the no-hopers through their paces.

Verdict

The first Carry On film and it shows, lead character is played by Bob Monkhouse and not one of the regular team of which only Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Connor are present in supporting roles.

It’s fun but lacks the humour and slapstick you expect from the series.

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Apr 302016
 
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The Moth Diaries

(2011)

 

Plot Summary

Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa’s bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?

Verdict

So is she a vampire or a ghost, or maybe even a vampire ghost? I have no idea. For a film that contained three very nice actresses in Sarah Gadon, Sarah Bolger and more importantly Lily Cole it was rather dull. I got this because of Lily Cole and, even though she is a fine actress, the died hair and eyebrows were very distracting.

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Apr 262016
 
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Star Wars : Episode VII

The Force Awakens

(2015)

 

Plot Summary

30 years ago the Empire was defeated and now a new threat, the First Order has risen from the ashes of the Empire. A scavenger called Rey has come into contact with a droid that contains a map to the legendary Luke Skywalker, who has vanished. Rey and a rogue stormtrooper called Finn find themselves in a monumental conflict between good and evil, that will see faces old and new.

Verdict

After the catastrophe of the last three films this is a breath of fresh air. Please stay away from any subsequent films as well George Lucas!. Having said that there is a feeling this is more a remake of the original Star Wars and not a sequel. Dusty planet, droid carrying secrets, Death Star, race to lower the shields, villain in mask and even a X-Wing v Death Star canyon scene. Nothing we haven’t seen before

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