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Category Archives: Movie Reviews
127 Hours is the ninth feature film by English director Danny Boyle and tells the shockingly true story of Aron Ralston who, while out climbing in Blue John Canyon of Utah, found himself trapped alone for over 5 days. He managed to escape, but it literally cost him an arm to survive. It’s a remarkable story, and has been crafted into a mesmerising film I’ll never forget.
Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is an American Air Force pilot taking part in a new government program called Source Code, in an effort to prevent a terrorist attack on Chicago, USA. Conveniently, the movie itself is called Source Code. We’ve discussed how we felt about it right here…
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward is the third documentary by activist Peter Joseph, who has independently released three of the most thought-provoking films I’ve ever seen. Their overall message has far-reaching implications: our world’s economy, which is based on money and power are increasingly becoming redundant in the modern world, and as a species it is in our own interest to think of an alternative way of life – one that encourages progress, rather than restricts it. The films offer a potential solution to the apparent dire state of global culture, and it is very hard not to feel inspired by the ideas they suggest…
Buried is the most claustrophobic film I’ve ever seen. It’s almost unbearable at times, and judging by the squirms and noises coming from several people sitting around me in the cinema, I was not the only person who felt genuine pity for Ryan Reynolds: a kidnapped man trapped in a wooden coffin, 6 feet underground in the Iraqi desert, with nothing but a mobile phone and a zippo for company.
The latest action/buddy/comedy/cop movie to explode onto our cinema screens – The Other Guys – was released only a few days ago, and so naturally we went on an expedition to see it right away. It looked bloody well funny in the trailers, but did it actually live up to it’s hilarious initial presentation? And is it really worth going to see? Well, I’m not going to bullshit you, so yes it did, and yes it is! Read our chat-review about it, then go see it!
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis and Governator Arnie. With the most manly cast of any movie in history, you should at least have an idea of what to expect from The Expendables.
When I first watched the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, I had little or no idea what was going on. At first it appeared to be just another Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno) comedy where he plays an awkward teen with a very typical love interest, quite a trend in his movies, but then suddenly there was an explosion of crazy stuff I simply wasn’t expecting; video game sound and visual effects, street fighter style fight scenes, and a whole bunch of vintage gaming homages. This was suddenly a film that I really wanted to see!
Every so often, a film comes along that defines a generation – the original Star Wars trilogy amazed audiences back in the 70’s/early 80’s, Peter Jackson brought the Lord of the Rings books to life in ways nobody thought possible at the time, and James Cameron has created the biggest movie in the history of cinema in the form of Avatar. At the time of writing, according to IMDB, the film, which had a budget of around $300 million, has made nearly $3 billion profit making it easily the highest grossing movie of all time (Titanic, also directed by Cameron, is in second place with $1.8 billion). Say what you will of his storytelling, but the man knows how to make a groundbreaking sci-fi action masterpiece. I have now seen it three times – at the IMAX in 3D, at a regular cinema also in 3D, and I went and got the blu-ray last week and have just watched it in the comfort of my living room.
When I first saw Toy Story back in 1995, I remember being completely amazed. It was groundbreaking, it was hugely entertaining, and best of all it was hilarious. It was easily my favourite kids film, ever! Then came Toy Story 2 in 1999, a fantastic sequel that only made the franchise funnier, cleverer, and nicer to look at. It was probably the best continuation of a great film I had seen, and in the end of it Pixar managed to whet my appetite for yet another film by leaving the ending fairly open for more epic toy-based madness.
This year, over a decade later, Toy Story 3 showed up! Those of us who saw the first two films when we they were released are now all grown up and obviously far too mature to go and see another sequel to an old kids film…
Imagine waking up to the deafening sound of air rushing past your body. You have no idea where the sod you are, you’re alone, falling, probably about to die. You’re in freefall. You panic. The ground is about 10’000 feet beneath you but approaching fast, you struggle to find your parachute but can’t get a grip of the rip chord. The air twists you and you’re spinning out of control towards a messy death, as the trees spring up towards you, you manage to open your chute just enough to slow you down as you slam through the jungle canopy and hit the ground. Then the title PREDATORS fills the screen.