Wednesday, 29 October 2008

High School Musical 3

I personally really liked this movie, and I think it's well worth the name that the first movie won!

Innocence has been lost in this movie, Troy's and Gabriella's lives are much more comlicated now, it really feels like they have grown up.

The director does a very good job of playing with the emotions, though I thought that the movie took a little while to properly start going.

Music-wise, I don't think it quite stood up to the first movie, a talented singing style has been substituted for a catchy tune, which I did enjoy, and perhaps helped in making the movie feel move complex. So I commend the director on what he did, but would have liked to have had Troy and Gabriella sing one final soft song mixed with a good singing talent!

The movie has some wonderful choreography which is very pleasing to the eyes!

All in all the movie is a very pleasant watch, and I'll recommend it to all my readers!

Movie Rating: 8.75/10

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Saw 5

There have been a few concerns about this movie being not as good as the previous ones! But to put your mind at rest, if you are a Saw fan, you will certainly enjoy this movie! Get out to the cinema if you can!

But I am going to have to agree that it has lost a lot of the glory of the previous films! I find it builds up too much on previous movies making it somewhat hard to follow along with!

The movie is created in the same style as the previous movies, but with a new director, obviously things will have to change!

To me it felt as if I was seeing just an ordinary Hollywod movie pretending to be one of the Saw movies! I'm not dissing it because it was a good movie, just not as good as the rest of the franchise!

I'm looking forward to Saw 6 anyway and I think the director will be able to learn from his mistakes!

The game in this movie was done quite well, and I'm sure you will enjoy it!

Overall this movie was quite good, just not as good as the previous movies!

Movie Rating: 8.25/10

Lots of blood! I love blood! :)

Friday, 24 October 2008

Eagle Eye

The big American movie has made it's way to the UK!

Eagle Eye is a very good movie, following the traditions set in the general Spy Movie genre. Taking a slightly scientific skeleton, with interesting ideas but scientifically flawed in areas.

There's enough action in this movie for the general viewer, and the storyline does it's job!

The WOW factor of this movie is pretty high, and you will certainly stay entertained!

Enjoy the ride, but don't expect an artistic masterpiece.

Jerry Shaw, you have been activated! there is a mission that you must accomplish before you return to a normal life, but the complete mission you may never know! Just know that Big Brother is always watching over your security! (Or not so)

The movie is very American, lots about divorces and family, but I guess there's a reason for that... It's an American movie!

Starring Shia LaBeouf

Movie Rating: 8.5/10

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

A study in Imagination with Terry Gilliam

There's a couple movies that I'd like you to watch as a theme:

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

In the first movie (Tideland) we discover a child's imagination... a very innocent kind of imagination and a very experimental movie (as you will realise that all Gilliam's movies are). This movie will paint a very beautiful picture of childhood imagination, and it's certainly worth the watch!

The second movie (Fear and Loathing) is a little different however and has lost it's innocence! The imagination in here is stimulated! And stimulated by drugs! The movie as a whole is really funny, and Gilliam experiments with Imagination in a not so very innocent manner! Really interesting movie, and extremely funny in parts!

The 2 movies together will give you a great view of imagination, and what it means to a lot of people.

So start imagining you had this movie!


Excellent movie! Really scary!

Before I watched this, I wasn't aware that Americans could make good horror, but this one is extremely well developed, building on the principle set by foreign horror directors!

The movie's off to a great start as the director realises that a great horror movie needs a gripping music score! So Oscar nominee Javier Naverrete (Pan's Labyrinth) was contracted! Navarette create a trilling music score which scares the living daylights out of you!

The movie is easily rated as one of the scariest of the year!

The story line is very good for a horror movie (which tend to think that jumps can substitute a good story...)

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and hope that my readers will give it a try!

By the time you've finished watching the movie, you will be really scared of mirrors! I even threw out all my mirrors.

Movie Rating: 9.25/10

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Burn After Reading!

Burn After Reading must be, easily, one of the worst movies of the year! There just literally isn't any point to the movie except to get a little bit more money off of No Country For Old Men, which really was a good movie, but this movie is a pure disgrace!

I can't even write a synopsis because I don't have a clue what was going on...

This storyline is completely disjointed, there is no point in it, and it's just a complete money grab!

There was a couple things that I did really like about this movie however: Brad Pitt's acting is exceptional, and he's really funny; I also thought that the telephone conversation was extremely funny (which you might have noticed in the trailer).

I'm not going to even bother selling this pile of **** to you unless you are interested in watching Brad Pitt, who won't let you down unlike the movie in general!

Movie Rating: 4/10 (all for Brad Pitt and some good photography)

Parental Guidance?

Coming soon: Saw 5, Highschool Musical 3, and Quantum of Solace!

Monday, 20 October 2008

Bayona: Del Toro's second half!

We all want more movies from Del Toro, but he seems to be working himself really hard at the moment with directing Hollywood's most covetted movies: The Hobbit, along with co-authoring 3 vampire books...

It seems though that we have a second Del Toro to take on the movies that Del Toro is unable to direct because of not having enough time...

JA Bayona director of this year's blockbuster horror "The Orphanage" is helming his first english language movie: Hater, due to come out some time 2010.

If Bayona can successfully pull-off this movie like he did with The Orphanage, I don't see what's holding him back from taking on a few more of Del Toro's unfinished productions!

I will remind you that Del Toro had a few years without any movies to direct, in which he spent his time writing out some really gripping scripts (most of which haven't made their way to the big screen).

So it looks like we will soon be enjoying movies from another master director!

What do you think about this? comment below!

I've Loved You So Long

It is widely agreed that the french tend to make the best movies, and this one will not fail to keep apace!

It is not a romance as the name sugests, but is perhaps more of murder mystery, though on perhaps a more personal level.

I found the movie very artistic and quite emotional at times, it is certainly one for people that enjoy a serious movie.

In the movie you will discover unrequited love, guilt, and an overiding mysterious theme.

It's a gem of the Drama genre and I want to recommend it to all my readers, who will surely find the movie interesting at least for a single watch!

You will however have to get over the subtitles, which are quite well done but require a bit of attention...

It is an experimental piece of art, and don't expect any more of any less, enjoy it for it's "Interesting" value!

The movie follows a Woman who's convicted sister comes to stay with her and her family... there is only one problem... her sister was convicted of murdering her own son! Can she be trusted? How will the movie unfold?

Movie Rating: 8.75/10

Friday, 17 October 2008

Is Hollywood In It For The Money Or For Faith?

The question is... what is the main purpose of Hollywood? Are they just in it for the money? Or is there some kind of belief that they want to share with the world?

There's no doubt that the movie trade is a profitable trade, but some people like to think that Hollywood is all part of a big plan to infiltrate the world with some religious or irreligious belief...

I personally don't believe that Hollywood can be discussed in this sense as a single body, as there are many members of Hollywood who have various ideas and principles that they uphold, and I don't think anyone can conrol the whole system as one!

However the company may have started, perhaps to spread some faith of some kind, I think the sole purpose of most of the people is money... or perhaps even more likely: Fame!

A lot of people in the Hollywood trade may have been lonely in their youth, and perhaps want to be seen by the world, want to be recognised as a real person!

I don't want to make the whole industry sound vain because I think that there are a number of directors, etc, (e.g. George Lucas) will try to use the industry to speak to the world! But for the most part it's a very disjointed industry, and there is no single purpose!

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Seriously Short Movie Updates

I'd like to turn your attention to a movie site I created, which I'm sure if you really love movies, you will be really interested to read this site!

The site is called Seriously Short Movie Updates and gives you all the interesting updates as they occur in the movie world!

I personally maintain the site and gather the information from a variety of reputable souces, ensuring that the information I give you is always correct!

I'd recommend you take a look at it if you are really interested in what goes on in the movie world.

Hear about rumours before anyone else does, learn about what movies will be coming out soon, hear what your favorite celabrity is doing right now... it's all there on Seriously Short Movie Updates!

So go over to the site and tell me what you think about it!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

The House Bunny

This was a very entertaining watch, though I wouldn't say it was particularly wholesome!

It's certainly a girly movie, so a message to the guys: don't tell your mates that you're going to watch it, but just enjoy it when you get there!

The Movie addresses the "very important" issue of how a girl is to be sexy, and will offer very practical advice, but may not have the morals you were originally looking for!

For your information, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and it has some really funny parts! Well worth a watch, but not due multiple watches in my estimation...

Anna Farris plays a cute girl, which should be able to satisfy the male audience.

Movie rating: 8/10

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

City Of Ember

Finally a bit more fantasy, felt a bit starved at cinema for fantasy, which it quite strange as it's the most popular movie genre!

For all you fantasy fans out there: I give you "City Of Ember".

What is the City of Ember? It is a city built underground to keep out the darkness.

Mission: To find if there is life outside the City...

To Accomplish the mission we will be drawn into a trilling adventure from an apocalyptic world!

You may think that this is mearly a child's movie but I assure you that the tension is so, that it will grasp anyone's attention throughout the movie!

It's not a complicated story, wonderful graphics, and all so beautifully told, just the perfect movie to relax too, and satisfy the movie addiction you probably caught with Lord of the Rings and Spiderman!

This can easily be the best movie of this Fall!


Movie Rating: 9/10

Monday, 13 October 2008

Mamma Mia's success

I'd just like to look quickly at why Mamma Mia was such a success, it is no flashy film like Dark Knight or Hellboy 2... so what is special with it?

I reviewed it back in July, and it's still going well in my local cinema, so that gives you a little Idea of it's success.

I noticed that it is a very popular movie amongst pensioners, but not exclusive.

But what I figure is that it builds on the shoulders of giants, because it is based on a very successful Broadway musical.

What brought me to watch it for the first time was it's excellent trailer, giving us a very catchy tune, so I'm sure that aided the movie's success.

Also with a wonderful cast, it is bringing in fans of the cast.

And in reality I think it is wonderful as a feel-good movie, quite tear jerking at times. And with the music from Abba you just can't go wrong!

Mamma Mia is the greatest success story of the year!

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Empire Top 500: 5


5th best movie ever? No I wouldn't say so! It's a good movie but it's only claim to fame is that it came out at the right time and targetted the right people, looking at it from a modern view point, the movie it the same kind of thing that Hollywood brings out every few weeks... But looking at it the day it came out with all the hype, I'm sure it was an experience to remember!

When talking about movies the first experience is always the most important, so I perhaps did not get the best experience with the movie by watching the DVD first. A word of advice to everyone reading this post, always try to get the best screening you can, the experience is more likely to stick with you and you will enjoy it best!

So what I'm trying to say here is that Jaws has stuck in peoples minds because of an excellent first experience, and it's the ultimate movie for the large popultion in their 50s.

I hope I'm making sense here. But after a short degrading of this movie, I want to say that I really did enjoy the watch, and that it's a very enjoyable movie...

Just for your information it is more of a drama than a horror movie (as I had originally thought).

I'd love to hear what you think,

Please comment below!

Tuesday, 7 October 2008


Bollywood Superhero Fantasy!

Sounds quite original huh? Well yes and no, it is original, but it's still got that popular fantasy style which will endear it to viewers of not only Bollywood movies, but also the who movie fanbase (as long as you like fantasy).

Drona's life changes dramatically when he realises that he is no ordinary person, he learns to realise that he is the only person in the world that can stop the ever proceding apocalypse... Follow his fantastical journey which will bear a healthy resemblance to Jim Henson's Labyrinth.

What immediately struck me was that this movie is exceedingly beautiful, wonderful colours and a treat for your eyes. There is some great action in there too.

I really enjoyed the movie, and hope that my readers will also have the same enjoyment that I partook of!

It's the first Bollywood movie I have seen, and it was a great experience, so I hope to break into the genre a bit more in the future so stay posted!
Hey also watch out for the little cameo of an Indian Gandalf the White :)

Movie Rating: 9.25/10

Coming soon: City of Ember, and Mutant Chronicles

Monday, 6 October 2008

Brideshead Revisited

Ummm, what's this movie about? I guess that was my problem throughout...

Emma Thompson is this weird Catholic lady and an athiest goes to stay in their house, and I believe the most of the film is arguing about whether religion is good or not... but seems really petty, and so little to argue about, and certainly does not entertain!

Perhaps someone that has the time to work out exactly what they are going on about might tell me it's really good, but as far as I'm concerned and as far as a lot of critics are concerned... this is a bad movie!

I'm not usually a fan of book adaptation of classics, and not usually a fan of BBC, but this kind of surpassed it.

Dragged on so too...

O well, I guess there's all the good movies to make up for it!

Movie Rating: 5/10 (for the effort)

for further reading please consult the IMDb reviews page, you can get some possitive reviews there too!

Saturday, 4 October 2008

How To Lose Friends And Alienate People

I love Kirsten Dunst, and that's my ultimate basis for watching this movie! I was satisfied and I'm sure other Kirsten Dunst fans will be too!

How To Lose Friends And Alienate people was never meant to be intellectual, it is a comedy movie through and through, and as that it excels!

Sidney Young is a English guy who all his life wanted to get close with the movie stars. But his problem was that he would do loads of things that are not at all what should be done in public, and he never seemed to be able to make friends! But when he got a call to go and work in a popular celebrity magazine, his life seemed to take on a completely new slant!

I found this movie extremely funny as it tickled my sense of humor as a guy interested in celebrities and movies in general. There a so many funny bit where the main guy does something really stupid in public.

It is a movie about etiquette, social hierarchy, and most of all, humour.

I found the movie very entertaining, and most of my regular readers will probably tell you that I don't usually like comedy movies, but perhaps the addition of Kirsten Dunst might have helped...

Movie Rating: 8.5/10
PS. The title of the movie is pretty acurate :)

Friday, 3 October 2008

Empire Top 500: 1-4

I have decided that I will watch all of Empire's top 500 movies in turn... And here I will give you a little summary of what I think!

Empire's top 500 movies is the most accurate movie rating system yet (in my opinion). Basically they are a magazine, and they asked all their readers to vote for the best movie of all time, the poll spanned over 10,000 people. But that wouldn't make the "Best" movie ranking system, so they brought in 150 actors, directors, composers, etc, to give their vote (Obviously their vote waas a lot more heavy than a general reader), and in adition 50 professional movie critics were invited to vote. So in my opinion it is eassily the best ranking system of all time. Though, like any poll, there's always a few points in which it fails, which I will point out later on.

  1. The Godfather This is a pure classic and can be enjoyed by anyone, including people that aren't particularly fans of the genre (like me). The movie follows one of the families of the Mafia, and is much more than just a "shoot him down" movie. It beautifully explores the concept of family, and is a very gentle movie letting you take it all in at your own pace, without being tedious... It certainly deserves it's place as The Best Movie Ever though I would have said that about a few other really good movies!

  2. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark George Lucas and Steven Spielberg's first Indianna Jones movie (though perhaps I'm not the right person to ask about this as I prefered the 4th one... sure I'm going to get loads of comments now!

  3. Star Wars 5: The Empire Strikes Back This is easily the best movie ever and I'm very pleased it got so high on the list, please be quiet Star Wars haters, just take this as a cool movie, it was never meant to be a scientific enigma!

  4. The Shawshank Redemption

Thursday, 2 October 2008

1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

I thought I'd review this movie as my readers may be interested to know that it is directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator).

1492: Conquest of Paradise is a "Sword and Sandals" epic bursting with promises which are ultimately fulfilled in Gladiator. Any Scott fan will be proud to rank this as one of their favorite movies!

GĂ©rard Depardieu acts wonderfully as Christopher Columbus who's ideas of a wonderful civilization goes awefully wrong.

I enjoyed the movie, although the plotline is somewhat lacking in comparison to Gladiator and The Kingdom of Heaven, though nevertheless the backbone storyline will be found very interesting and exciting!

So if you're in for a lot of action and a bit of history to go with it... you've got your movie for the night!

A good movie must never lie forgottten and undiscovered!

(If you haven't watched Gladiator or Kingdom of Heaven, they'd be a better watch to start with, I am merely reviewing this movie as a Ridley Scott fan)

Movie Rating 8.5/10

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