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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (DVD) 18/11/2017

Wax on …Wax off..

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (DVD) Star – Ben Stiller Genre – Family Comedy Run Time – 98 minutes Certificate – PG Country – U.S.A Awards – 1 Win & 4 Nominations Amazon – £2.95DVD £4.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So the final film in the trilogy and still pretty good fun. Like Transformers, the first film was the best by far with a fun concept for kids (and some in-jokes for the adults that have to take them to the cinema) and did good money and so the sequels were always going to come, and we all know directors are then under pressure to repeat the success and they do that by aping the originals best bits, the case here. But the gross takings have fallen away overs its 8-year run. This is also the final film to feature Robin Williams in an on-screen role. His last movie, Absolutely Anything (2015), would only feature his voice. Ben Stiller is the star of all three films which features a stellar comic cast from the likes of Owen Wilson and Ricky Gervais to Micky Rooney and Dick Van Dyke. Yep, that Dick Van Dyke. He is 91 now. Micky Rooney also died just after this movie wrapped, age 93. The franchise did not completely die at the credits though and may be back one day. If you didn’t know, the oldest working actor today is double Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland at 101! The Franchise numbers (2006) Night at the Museum (Budget $110m) $574 million Gross (2009)Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Budget $ 150m) $431million gross (2014)Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb ...

Logan (DVD) 16/11/2017

Comic book movies just grew up.....

Logan (DVD) Star – Hugh Jackman Genre – Action > Comic Book Run Time – 2 hrs 17 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S.A Awards – 2 Wins & 6 Nominations Amazon – £6.99 DVD £9.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The Comic book movies grip on Hollywood is as tight as the Hulks around Abominations throat right now and there is no sign of either letting up, the 17- year X-men Marvel franchise a big contributor to that rise. It doesn’t even matter how many times DC Comics bungle their films (The Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman etc…) it just keeps growing. The Wolverine character played by Mr Perfect himself Hugh Jackman has been the backbone narrative of that X - Men success story and The Wolverine the only one of the named X - Men to get a spin off so far, this the final film in the Wolverine trilogy. After a truly awful camp 1970-80s comic book movie era Batman Begins started the resurgence in the late 1990s, Christopher Nolan getting the ever improving CGI technology exactly right in his films, and then the excellent Spiderman trilogy with Toby Maguire taken it on for the Marvel Universe to smash it with Captain American and The Avengers stuff, near perfection with the right amount of humor, plot, action and special effects as that campness of the 80s was flushed away. The key to the genres success was that CGI digital software settling down and maturing but the films also attracted the best directors. Spiderman had to look like he was swinging through those ...

The Revenant (2015) (DVD) 16/11/2017

Finally an an Oscar film that's not boring!

The Revenant (2015) (DVD) Star – Leo Di Caprio Genre – Action/Drama Run Time – 2hrs 36 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S.A Oscars – Won 3 & 9 other nominations Awards – 86 Wins & 181 Nominations Amazon – £5.00 DVD £6.38 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =-= So, after six attempts, Leo DiCaprio finally won his Oscar and very well deserved to. In fact he won no less than 32 awards for his performance as frontiersman and real life bear trapper Hugh Glass in what is a grueling movie. The film received 12 Oscar nominations and it was also triumphant for its prolific director Alejandro González Iñárritu, he of Birdman, Biutiful, Babe, 21 Grams and Amores Perros, becoming one of only three directors to win consecutive Best Director Oscars for films released in his cannon. Emmanuel Lubezki, with his third consecutive Best Cinematography Oscar here, became the only cinematographer to win three in a row and one of only three people in history to win three years in the same category consecutively. His films do look good. Interestingly Leo's Best Actor Oscar win marks the fourth year in a row that the Best Actor Oscar went to an actor playing a real-life person, starting with Daniel Day-Lewis (Abraham Lincoln) in Lincoln (2012), Matthew McConaughey (Ron Woodroof) in Dallas Buyers Club (2013), and Eddie Redmayne playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014). Leonardo new this was the one and threw himself into the film headfirst. He chose to devour a raw slab of bison's liver, ...

American Ultra (DVD) 16/11/2017

Bourne meets Clerks?

American Ultra (DVD) Star – Jessie Eiesenberg & Kristen Stewart Genre – Action Run Time – 93 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S.A Amazon – £5.68 DVD £4.00 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So American Ultra from director Nima Nourizadeh, he of the irritating teen film Project X. It’s a cross between Jason Bourne and any other twentysomething teen stoner movie and stars the geeky Jessie Eiesenburg and the moody emaciated irritant that is Kirsten Stewart, reunited after working together in the rather enjoyable Adventureland. As a promotional stunt to kick the movie on, Lionsgate Films gave away/delivered free marijuana at the San Diego Comic Con to anyone with a medical marijuana card. In America you can get a medical exemption to smoke dope for all manner of conditions in a move to keep white middle - class college kids out of jail. The movie's title and plot are a referring to the CIA's secret, and real, research project called "MK Ultra". It was a project to combine the American governments accrued knowledge on mind control with what the Nazis knew about the same subject and techniques, the combination known as Mind Kontrolle, "Ultra", of course, referring to the highest level of security. The programs purpose was to come up with ways to induce their subjects with MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder), and find out how these alter personalities could be triggered on command (sometimes by simply uttering an innocuous phrase) to be utilized for other means, mostly military and ...

Hoover TH71 BR02 16/11/2017

A Vacuum that doesn't suck!

Hoover TH71 BR02 According to a survey in Cosmo magazine some 80% of householders who hire a cleaner, clean up for the cleaners’ arrival. People don’t hire a cleaner just to keep the house clean. That’s a house-proud stat I can believe. My brother has a small gardening business and most of the gardens he does don’t really need doing once a week, done mostly to show the neighbors they can afford to have their garden done. Sometimes I work with him and when we firsts start doing a new job in a middle-class suburban area the neighbors also went their garden doing. They can’t bear not keeping up with the Jones's. It’s the same with building work. Look up and down your street and see how many houses have loft extensions and so do the neighbors. They are nearly always in pairs up and down the street. The well-off just love having a tradesman van on the gravel. Just think how we could spend that money. But back to the product in question and as winter is on the way we had a mice family move in with their little suitcases and so I needed a new vacuum as the other one smelt like burning, one with a bit of suck on it. I only know what the sound of a cheeky mouse going up the vacuum tubes from the cartoons but the end result can’t be too bad as they cough and sneeze in the dust cylinder. If I had the middle class Hoover that is the Dyson I could actually see the mice tumbling comically through the tubes. I’m not, of course, going to suck poor little mouse’s up those tubes and a new Hoover more about ...

OLYMPICS 15/11/2017

Coe and The olympics have completely sold out.

OLYMPICS Sebastian Coe is a shrewd and intelligent operator, his Olympic ticket remit purely to sell as many as possible, regardless of who gets what. The people who give up their time to support and compete in amateur sport, alas, have got the least amount of tickets, not what the Olympics are supposed to be about. We all knew the corporate guys who backed the games would get the best tickets and so the more cynical and smarter didn't bother applying for tickets in the public ballot so not to be disappointed. The fact the general taxpayer supplied 80% of the games cash and ended up with just 25% of the tickets for the big events is all you need to know. 51,000 of the 80,000 opening ceremony tickets will go to corporate and politicians. It's a similar story for the athletics finals. Obviously the blue-chip events would always be over-subscribed and a first come first served basis would crash the websites but the alternative has definitely been rigged. Only this week we have discovered that a person organising the vote on behalf of the Olympic Park Legacy Company to decide which football club got to hire the Olympic Stadium after the Games was allegedly- and secretly- paid twenty grand by a man working on behalf of West Ham United, the club who just so happened to win the vote to get the ground, even though they were destined to be relegated, beating Tottenham Hotspur to the prize. West Ham are not denying five payments of four grand were paid by the man, Ian Tompkins, employed to get ...

Cell 211 (DVD) 15/11/2017

A cracking tense prison drama!

Cell 211 (DVD) Genre – World Cinema > Action Run Time – 113 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – Spain Awards – 33 Win & 20 Nominations Amazon – £6.00 DVD £8.00 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Cell 211 is a subtitled Spanish action prison drama and stars some of the bigger names in Spanish cinema. It was a big hit there and across Europe, the English speaking critics also loving it. I know most people don’t feel they need to endure subtitles but if a foreign film gets British release it means it’s generally good. You are lazy not to look at these films. It the best prison tear up since the French film A Prophet (2010) for me and a bit of the visceral TV - and now completed - series called Oz about it. Cool Prison Films The Shawshank Redemption Tigerland The Experiment Cool Hand Luke Birdman of Alcatraz Papillion Count of Monte Cristo The Great Escape Cast • Luis Tosar – Malamadre • Alberto Ammann – Juan • Antonio Resines – Utrilla • Marta Etura – Elena • Carlos Bardem – Apache • Manuel Morón – Almansa • Luis Zahera – Releches • Vicente Romero – Tachuela Plot Twenty-something Juan Oliver (Alberto Ammann) decides to make a good impression at his new job as a prison officer and reports to work a day early to checkout his work place and ask for advice from his bosses, leaving his happy and gorgeous pregnant wife Elena (Marta Etura) at home to await his return. During the tour of the prison wings, an accident occurs when something is dropped by an inmate above ...

John Wick: Chapter 2 (DVD) 15/11/2017

It's time to get into John Wick, a most excellent franchise dude!

John Wick: Chapter 2 (DVD) Star – Keanu Reeves Genre – Action Run Time – 122 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S.A Awards – 2 Win & 3 Nominations Amazon – £9.92 DVD £6.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So John Wick 2, the middle film in a so far cracking trilogy, a real money spinner for the fading star of Keanu Reeves and a treat for action film fans alike. John Wick (2014) was great stuff and the sequel highly anticipated. Unbelievable this wasn’t going to get a cinema spot and it took a Facebook and social media campaign to get the Australian producers to get it a theatrical release, which they eventfully did. The first film did an $88m gross from a $40m budget so you do wonder what the film company was playing at. It was a sure fire hit second time round as the first film was so good. It’s directed by Chad Stahelski, a successful stuntman (and crap bit part actor) who starred in the Matrix trilogy in both disciplines, presumably where he met Keanu Reeves, who trusted him to direct him in his first very first feature, John Wick. How hard can it be? Keanu performed about 95 percent of the fight scenes himself in this movie. The only stunts that he didn't do are the ones in which Wick gets hit by a car, and the one in which he falls down the stairs. Needless to say there is hell of a lot of stunts in this movie. Cast • Keanu Reeves as…… John Wick, an ex-hitma • Riccardo Scamarcio as….. Santino D’Antonio Mafia lord • Common as Cassian as…..Gianna’s chief ...

What We Do In The Shadows (DVD) 15/11/2017

'I think we drink virgin blood because it sounds cool'.

What We Do In The Shadows (DVD) Star – Jermaine Clement Genre – Comedy Run Time – 86 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – NZ Awards – 25 Wins & 18 Nominations Amazon – £15.55 DVD £8.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = ‘Vampire meeting, Jermaine’ So, if you enjoyed the irreverent, funny and rather niche New Zealand TV comedy series Flight of the Conchords then you may have seen the movies the boys did soon after, What We Did in the Shadows, Eagle v Shark and Hunt for the Wilderpeople being three of them, all very funny in that dry Kiwi way. Taika Wititi, here, is certainly a unique and naughty director and I was surprised he got trusted to make the new Thor movie. I hear it’s very good because of. I’m really enjoying the Thor stuff anyway. If you haven’t seen Conchords its about two NZ lads and their only fan trying to make it in NY in the world of folk rock music. I was about to buy this vampire ‘mocumentary’ on Amazon Marketplace when it popped up on BBC 2 last week. I like that moment when a film you have been waiting to see shows up on the gogglebox and you have don’t have to shell out for it and tick it off the list. I can’t use a stock vampire picture on my review, of course, although the film enjoying taking the pi*s out of stock vampire movies. Cast Jemaine Clement Jemaine Clement ... Vladislav Taika Waititi ... Viago Jonny Brugh ... Deacon (as Jonathan Brugh) Cori Gonzalez-Macuer ... Nick Stu Rutherford ... Stu (as Stuart Rutherford) Ben Fransham ... Petyr Jackie van ...

Free Fire (DVD) 15/11/2017

One or two bullets miss the target but god fun

Free Fire (DVD) Star – Cillian Murphy Genre – Crime Caper Run Time – 106 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.K Awards – 1 Win & 0 Nominations Amazon – £5.99 DVD £9.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So Free Fire, the latest from ‘too cool for film school’ British bearded directing geek Ben Wheatley, whose new movies are seriously anticipated by British film fans. I certainly look forward to them although he did take two steps backwards with his last two in the rather pretentious High Rise with Tom Hiddlestone and the oddball and trippy misfire A Field in England. He arrived with comic gangster flick Down Terrace set in his home town of Brighton and then kicked on with the multi genre horror comedy Kill List and then the darkly and deliciously hilarious Sightseers. These are all must see movies. I’m still laughing at the caravan overtaking scene in Sightseers. But Free Fire needed to get Ben back on track for me as he begins to get ambitious, this very much his Tarantino facsimile moment. Cast Chris …Cillian Murphy Steve … Sam Riley Verne …Sharlito Copley Frank …Michael Smiley Justine …Bri Larsson Ord …Armie Hammer Bernie … Enzo Cilente Martin …Babou Ceesay Gordon …Noah Taylor Harry … Jack Raynor Jimmy …Mark Monero Howie …Patrick Bergin Leary …Tom Davis Plot Its 1970s Boston and hired hands Stevo (Sam Riley) and his simpleton friend Bernie (Enzo Cilente) arrive at a deserted warehouse to meet IRA boys Chrissy (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley) to ...

A Birder's Guide to Everything (DVD) 15/11/2017

Ghandi goes bird watching

A Birder's Guide to Everything (DVD) Star – Ben Kingsley Genre – Comedy Run Time – 86 minutes Certificate – PG 13 Country – U.S.A Amazon – £4.99DVD Awards – 2 Wins & 1 Nomination = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So here we have another one of those gentle rights of passage teen comedies that’s not in your face or too cliché or anything and leaves you as it found you with a gentle smile on your face. A lot are made and mostly go straight-to-video although that doesn’t mean they are bad or anything but generally go unseen. I tend to end up tracking them down and so you get to hear about them. The rather precious Sir Ben Kinglsey is the name on the cover to sell it (and get it made, I guess) and a young talented teen cast around the old grandee and in front of him. As you can guess from the title it’s all about ‘twitching’ and that rather odd ball world of bird watching, young and old here. Twitching is less about enjoying the birds in their natural environment and more about how many species you can spot and tick off the list, especially the rare ones so to elevate your status in twitching circles. Twitchers will travel hundreds or even thousands of miles if there is a chance to snap one of the rarest. If word gets out a hundred or so guys (it’s mostly men) will appear with long lenses wherever that bird maybe perched. Cast Kodi Smit-McPhee ... David Portnoy James Le Gros ... Donald Portnoy Daniela Lavender ... Juliana Santos Katie Chang ... Ellen Reeves Alex Wolff ... Timmy Barsky Ben Kingsley ... ...

Parkland (DVD) 15/11/2017

An honest JFK movie

Parkland (DVD) Star – Paul Giamatti Genre – Biopic Run Time – 93 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – U.S.A Awards – 3 Nominations Amazon – £6.62 DVD £22.67 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The Parkland in question is the hospital JFK was taken to in Dallas after he was fatally shot. This debut feature drama by screenwriter Peter Landesman looks at the story from the moment of the shooting and the shock of the four days after through the eyes of the hospital team that battled to save his life, the Secret Service team charged with protecting him that day and the guy who shot the infamous film, Abraham Zapruder. The movie was released on November 22nd 2013, exactly 50 years to the day of the shooting. It’s not a conspiracy film this time but as close as possible account of the shooting and how the various people involved, reacted thereafter. The family of Abraham Zapruder (played in the film by Paul Giamatti), had never publicly shared their story before but felt this depiction would be the most honest and fair on the shooting and Abrahams films role so gave permission. Director Peter Landesman is quite an impressive chap and a man who knows that news stories are often what they seem originally and the conspiracy theories that follow the deaths of important people in the public eye generally comes from paranoia, fear and disbelief on how the hell could that happen to an attractive youngish person? Princess Diana died because the driver was drunk and speeding and she had ...

Grandma (DVD) 15/11/2017

A feminist lesbian grandma comedy movie anyone?

Grandma (DVD) ‘I like being old, young people are stupid’. Star – Lily Tomlin Genre – Drama/Comedy Run Time – 80 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S.A Golden Globe Nomination - 1 Awards – 5 Nominations & 11 Wins Amazon – £5.27 DVD £22.76 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = As we found out with that fat ugly sex pest Harvey Weinstein stuff, there is an oversupply of young and aspiring actresses that will put up with pretty much anything to get the under supply of jobs. If your born gorgeous then why should you work in an office? Unfortunately the predators are waiting to cash in on that aspiration and the girls have to sell their souls to get the most treasured thing of all - Fame. Even if they do have a good film career like most of the stars complaining about Weinstein, when the looks go, so do the jobs, maybe why some of them are complaining now for publicity. Cinema sells dreams and impossible temptations of young beautiful people to the audience and guys but only fantasize about older women in films when they are 15. The movies have no problem with pretty young things draped over middle aged guys but not the other way around. Weinstein believes his movies are real and so the girls are gagging for him. Because of that need for beautiful youth in film, roles for older women are rare and great scripts written for them rarer still. Lily Tomlin is one of those actresses that fell off the end of the world after her 40th birthday but director Paul Weitz liked her a lot ...

Sleeping With Other People (DVD) 15/11/2017

Women and men cant be friends?

Sleeping With Other People (DVD) Star – Jason Sudeikis Genre – Rom Com Run Time – 100 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – U.S.A Awards – 2 Nominations Amazon – £3.94 DVD £12.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So Sleeping With Other People, a film by female director Lesley Headland, based on her experiences of promiscuity getting the better of her over the chance to settle down with the person she loved. The film was on everybody’s must see list for those involved with the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it premiered that year to rave reviews. It actually sold out across Utah a whole month before that release. Now that’s buzz. It’s an updated -- and naughtier -- version of When Harry Met Sally on that premise that can a man and a woman ever be friends, or will there always be an intrinsic need to jump her and so an attraction? It stars Jason Sudeikis (We’re the Millers and Horrible Bosses), one of those typecast stars you’re starting to recognize in films but in his 40s now and so will never be a big star, the Bill Paxton effect. Alison Brie is younger and doesn’t fit that slot but the potential to be the next Meg Ryan. But, of course, when Meg Ryan did that raunchy movie In the Cut she disappeared off the face of the Earth and now looks like Hillary Clinton. Cast • Jason Sudeikis as Jake • Alison Brie as Elaine "Lainey" Dalton • Amanda Peet as Paula • Adam Scott as Dr. Matthew Sobvechik • Jason Mantzoukas as Xander • Andrea Savage as Naomi • Marc Blucas as Chris Smith • Adam Brody ...

Alien Covenant (DVD) 15/11/2017

"In space no one can hear you groan...."

Alien Covenant (DVD) Star – Michael Fassbender Genre – Science Fiction Run Time – 122 minutes Certificate – 15 Country – U.S.A Awards – 1 Win & 6 Nominations Amazon – £10.00 DVD £14.99 Blue Ray = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = For many people ‘Alien’ is in their top tens of all-time, comfortable in the all-time Horror, Action and Sci-Fi top fives for me. It’s a tremendous film. ‘Aliens’ is also a belter and in two of those top tens. After that it went down hill a bit with the rather feminist and comical Alien 3 and the B-Movie distraction that was Alien V Predator, a videogame in all but name and unfairly panned. But it was deemed there was still enough life in the Alien Universe for a revisit and so another trilogy has arrived. The ‘hit and miss’ Prometheus (2012) kicked it all off and Alien: Covenant the direct sequel in the Ridley Scott trilogy, Alien Awakening the final film due in 2018. AC takes place on December 5th, 2104, 18 years prior to Alien, which takes place in 2122. That means you have seen lot of this before and that means the critics groan. The Box Office Alien – (Budget $11 million) – Gross $205m Aliens – (Budget $18 million) – Gross $443m Alien 3 – (Budget $55m) – Gross $138m Alien V Predator (Budget $60million) –$172m Prometheus – (Budget $120m) – $433m Alien Covenant –(Budget $97 million) – Gross $247 m Cast Michael Fassbender ... David / Walter Katherine Waterston ... Daniels Billy Crudup ... Oram Danny McBride ... Tennessee Demián Bichir ... Lope Carmen ...
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