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Shame (DVD) 30/01/2012

Shame- Fassbender Bares All

Shame (DVD) I’ve been struggling somewhat since I saw this film to figure out exactly what to write about it, so I am sorry if this review seems to read more like a stream of consciousness as I try to figure out what to say. The reason I’ve been finding it difficult to articulate my response to Shame is because it is a film that really puts you through every emotion, a literal roller-coaster of emotions. It is at times rather hard to watch, as I’m sure you are aware of its explicit nature. It is an intense experience that certainly leaves you in a bewildered and rather strange place. Despite all this, it is a movie to be greatly admired, from the artful direction by Steve McQueen, to the blistering performances from its two leads; Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.The story follows Fassbender as Brandon Sullivan, a seemingly normal guy on the surface who is successful in his work, gets on well with his workmates, and lives a prosperous life. Nothing on the surface seems out of the ordinary. But his private life is much different. Brandon is a sex addict. Sex is on his mind 24/7, and he goes to great lengths to ensure that his addiction is satisfied, be it the internet, masturbation (both at home and at work) or ordering prostitutes. Brandon also has to contend with his over-bearing and needy sister Sissy (Mulligan) , a very talented yet incredibly troubled Singer, who comes to stay with Brandon during the course of the film. The tensions between the two only go to worsen their ...

Source Code (DVD) 27/01/2012

Source Code- Jake’s rollin’ down the railroad!

Source Code (DVD) Source Code is the second film of one Duncan Jones, the son of old Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie, in case you didn’t know!), but more importantly the director of 2009 amazing indie sci-fi movie, Moon. That movie was one of the most original and atmospheric sci-fi movies of recent years, with Jones showing amazing vision and capabilities as a director, especially considering that Moon was his debut. Unfortunately that movie didn’t do very well, which is a bit of crime really, and how Sam Rockwell wasn’t nominated for an Oscar still baffles me. But I digress, Jones success and future as a director would rest on his next movie. And although Source Code may not have done amazingly (still did fairly decent business considering its quite low-budget), but it more than confirms him as one of the best upcoming sci-fi and action directors around. Solely because he always finds the warmth within any story, even in a genre which can often come across as quite cold. The story doesn’t leave a lot of room to breath, unfolding at a breakneck pace. Gyllenhaal stars as Captain Colter Stevens, who wakes up onboard a train, not knowing how he got there, with his fellow passenger Christina (Michelle Monaghan) believing him to be someone else. When he discovers that his reflection is not his own, the train explodes. Stevens once again awakens, but this time strapped in a strange capsule. It is soon revealed to him that he is inside what is called The Source Code, an experimental Military virtual ...

Fright Night (DVD) 24/01/2012

Fright Night- Welcome to the Anti-Twilight!

Fright Night (DVD) Sorry for lack of posting lately, but I took an awesome long weekend to Jersey for Jersey Live! Amongst the music, the drinking and general happenings of the eventful weekend, we did manage a trip (or two) to the cinema. And one of these outings was to see Fright Night in 3-D. Out of all the remakes and reboots that have, or are going to, grace our screens this year, Fright Night is the one that has interested me the most, for many reasons. I did really enjoy the 1985 cult original, it truly is one of the most definitive 80′s movies, deftly handling laughs and horror to establish a fine balance, creating a fun ride. So there was the question as to whether this movie had enough to establish itself as an original remake, and how it would deal with blending the two genres. Another main reason is that it’s David Tennant’s first forray into Hollywood following his successful stint as Doctor Who, and being a Doctor Who fan, I was interested to see what and how Tennant would do with life outside of the Tardis. And in terms of these two expectations, this new Fright Night largely delivers. In terms of story, the premise remains largely unchanged from the ’85 original. The life of high-school student Charley Brewster (Star Trek‘s Anton Yelchin) is going pretty great; he’s gone from geeky outcast to one of the cool kids seemingly overnight by gaining a hot girlfriend in the form of Amy (Centurion‘s Imogen Poots), much to the dismay of his ex-best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz ...

Attack The Block (DVD) 24/01/2012

Attack the Block- Chavs V.S. Aliens. Whoever wins. We get loot

Attack The Block (DVD) The term ‘cult movie’ is coined a lot these days, without a lot of justification. For me, a cult movie is a movie which gains such a title over time, perhaps one that wasn’t initially accepted on its release (see Fight Club and A Clockwork Orange) and goes on to find its true audience on home viewing. But in the case of Attack the Block, a lot of critics have citied this as a movie that is destined to become a cult film. Now this statement confused me. Does it mean to say you should write it off on its release and give it time to find its true calling as a movie? Or does it mean that it just has the makings of a cult movie and you should check it out now? I feel prone to go with the latter. Joe Cornish, of Adam and Joe, writes and directs this very British sci-fi horror comedy, which certainly does have the makings of a cult movie, harkening back to the sci-fi nasties of the 80′s to give us a movie that Joe ‘Gremlins’ Dante would have been proud of. On the night of Guy Fawkes, November the 5th, a teenage gang from South London (lets face it, Chavs) led by the enigmatic and tough Moses (John Boyega), attempts to rob a young nurse, Sam (Jodie Whittaker) as she’s walking home. During which, the gang’s attempts are interrupted by a strange object crashing down right next to them. When the thing from another world acts in a hostile manner towards them, Moses and co. react by kicking the shit out of it. But that was merely the beginning, as soon enough more extra-terrestrial ...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (DVD) 24/01/2012

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two- Well, Harry, it’s been

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (DVD) After ten years and eight movies, the Harry Potter franchise has finally reached its end, and its resulted in this, the final part of a two-part finale, The Deathly Hallows: Part Two. I remember very clearly going to watch the very first movie at a newly renovated theatre in Bournemouth in the week of its release, a giddy little 8 year-old excited to see the adaptation of one of my favourite books on the big screen. And it didn’t disappoint. Looking back on it, the first movie (the first two really) were overlong and featured quite a few cringe-worthy moments, but you don’t really care about that as an 8 year-old viewer. The years went by, and so did the movies, and I’m not going to lie, my interest did wane around the 2007 mark, with Order of the Phoenix. I expressed my disappoint with that installment and the one that followed, Half Blood Prince, in my review of Part One. The same can be said with the books, all exposition with nothing happening till the last hour/chapter. Thankfully, my interest has been revitalised by the end of the series, it was such a big part of my childhood that it’s kinda hard to ignore the end of it. And Part One was very good, so my excitement for this installment was well and truly high. Alderney Cinema managed to get it a bit quicker than usual, so let me get on with that will be my final (and to be honest second) review for a Harry Potter movie. The stakes are high this time around, as Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione’s ...

Transformers : Dark of the Moon (DVD) 24/01/2012

Transformers: Dark of the Moon- Cue the Bayhem!

Transformers : Dark of the Moon (DVD) Another Summer blockbuster. Another sequel. Originality is not a common practice in Hollywood nowadays, being filled with Comic-book adaptations, remakes, sequels. Super 8 seems to be the only original film out this summer, and even that is inspired by the work of Steven Spielberg. But I digress, let’s get back to the topic at hand, that being the third installment in Michael Bay’s Robot-bust up action franchise, Transformers. The first installment was, for me, quite a pleasant surprise. I neither hate nor love Michael Bay movies, some of them can serve as really enjoyable action movies, like Armageddon, Bad Boys and The Rock. Transformers pleasantly joined the ranks of Bay’s more enjoyable efforts. Then we had 2009′s follow-up, Revenge of the Fallen. Now we were in Pearl Harbour territory of terrible. It was loud, crass, confusing and utterly empty, with no real story to speak of. So, the question remains, has Bay learnt his lesson this time around and improved on the shortcomings of the second installment. The answer is big, fundamental and conclusive in its nature… he kinda has. Now before you accuse me of sitting on the fence, hear me out. In terms of story, there is much more to grasp here then there was in Revenge of the Fallen. We have a nice bit of alternative history (always love a bit of alternative history), in which the Space Race was in response to an Autobot spaceship crash landing on the Moon. The ship contained the old leader of the Autobots, Sentinel Prime, ...

Super 8 (DVD) 24/01/2012

Super 8 - They do make ‘em like they used to!

Super 8 (DVD) August 10, 2011 Before I start, I’ll make a point to explain what films Super 8 channels, therefore proving that, now and again, they do make them like they used to. This movie very much harks back to the whimsical Hollywood kid/family movies of the late 70′s and 1980′s. Super 8 aims to recapture the emotional beats of those sort of movies that you wanted to be in, the giddy adventurous heights of The Goonies, the genuine sense of friendship achieved in Rob Reiner’s classic coming-of-age tale Stand By Me, and also, of course, this is a movie dedicated to the works and stylings of a one Mr. Steven Spielberg. His stamp was certainly on the likes of The Goonies, and its his Sci-fi classics, particularly E.T. and Close Encounters, to which Super 8 owes a lot to. I am all for movies paying tribute to classics of a genre, and particularly movies I love (these kind of 80′s movies have an undeniable charm to them that has been lost from many Hollywood movies over recent years). But I was worried that Super 8 would get bogged down with all its intentions of paying respect to the Beard and movies past. But thank God, J.J. Abrams’ knows how to keep a movie on the rails, ironically. What a movie needs is heart, and this has plenty to spare. The plot of the movie very much exudes a Stand By Me vibe, which I found was very strong, something I wasn’t really expecting. The year is 1979, and young Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) has recently lost his Mum in a tragic accident, and his ...

The Inbetweeners Movie (DVD) 24/01/2012

The Inbetweeners Movie- Take a trip with the Pussay Patrol!

The Inbetweeners Movie (DVD) Part Two of our good four-hour session in the Jersey Cineworld consisted of the hit comedy The Inbetweeners Movie. It had to be done. This film has, by far, been the break out comedy hit in the UK this summer, so to pass up the chance to go watch it would’ve been insane. Especially considering how brilliant the three tv series have been, capturing the sometimes unbearable awkwardness of teenage life (although I’ve never quite experienced the painful events these guys have, much can be learnt from The Inbetweeners!) And despite having heard how funny it was and seeing how well it was doing, I was still sceptical as to how good this jump from TV to film for The Inbetweeners would be. UK sitcom film adaptations don’t have a great track record; for every Kevin and Perry Go Large, there’s a Mr. Bean’s Holiday, so it was going to be interesting to see how this would fair. But now, I don’t know what the hell I was worrying about. I’m sure Jay would call me a wanker for ever doubting them. Sixth Form has come to an end for friends Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison), and with the summer comes the prospect of a lads holiday away for one last chance to get boozed up and (hopefully) laid before they all go their separate ways. Because, as Neil observes, they say the summer is the perfect time for a summer holiday. But of course, things never run smoothly for these four guys. There’s really not a lot else to explain story wise, as that ...
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