Saturday, 29 November 2008

Movie Catalog

Hi all, just a quick note...

I decided that since I have about 500 DVD's I ought to get them all cataloged... so I got on searching around the web, and I found one that suited my needs, called All My Movies.

All My Movies seems to work wonderfully and it only took me about 20 minutes to catalog 100 of my movies, and then it's got all the information about cast and directors, and lots of pictures, downloading all of the information from IMDb.

As of now, I am completely pleased with it and would recommend other people with large DVD collections to give it a try.

You are currently able to get a free trial for a month, so you can try before you buy.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to comment below.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Random News

Not sure whether you are all aware that author and potential movie director Neil Gaiman write his own blog, which certainly attracts fans like me.

Neil Gaiman is famous for Stardust, Mirrormask. and Beowulf. He's also been in talks to direct a movie with Del Toro entitled "Death" based upon one of his comics.

Today Gaiman tells us how to create the perfect cranberry jelly, and also brings us news of Henry Selick's interview on"Coraline", which will be Gaiman's next movie to be released this Febuary. link

More in news, Voyage of the Dawn Treader (sequel to Prince Caspian) has had a couple concept pictures come out, which you can see below. source

Also if you are in the UK you might be interested to know that Cineworld Cinemas has updated it's website. you can see it here.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Body of Lies

Well really I was on the verge of giving it a 4 star rating, it's very nearly worth it!

Ridley Scott's new movie is quite similar to Black Hawk Down and American Gangster.


Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a covert CIA operative working in Jordan searching for terrorists who have been bombing civilian targets. Ferris uncovers information on the Islamist mastermind Al-Saleem (Alon Aboutboul). He devises a plan to infiltrate Al-Saleem's terrorist network with the help of his boss back in Langley, Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe). Ferris enlists the help of the Chief of Jordanian Intelligence, Hani Salaam (Mark Strong) on this operation, but he doesn't know how far he can trust him without putting his life in danger. The uneasy alliance leads to a cultural and moral clash between the men.

Source: IMDb

Action: 4 Stars

This movie really shines as an action movie! Such excellent sequences!

Storyline: 3 Stars

Both engrossing and tense, it kept my attention throughout the whole movie.

Music: 3 Stars

The Music is wonderfully created with an original score created by Marc Streitenfeld


I thouroughly enjoyed the movie, and would recommend it to anyone that would be interesting in this kind of movie!


Monday, 24 November 2008

My Best Friend's Girl

It's a comedy movie, and I'm not particularly crazy about comedy movies, but the whole idea of the movie is pretty funny.
Tank (Dane Cook) is put to the ultimate friendship test when his best friend Dustin (Jason Biggs) hires him to take his ex-girlfriend Alexis (Kate Hudson) on a lousy date just to show her how great her former boyfriend is. When Alexis finds Tank more fascinating she decides that she wants Tank, and wants to take him to a wedding instead of Dustin. Dustin tries to become more like Tank in an attempt to get Alexis back. In the meantime, Tank is trying to make Alexis like Dustin again, but Dustin is trying to mess up the wedding and ruin Tank's and Alexis's relationship at the same time.
Source: IMDb
Humour: 2 Stars
The comedy in this movie wasn't super-clever, but not bad for a no-brainer night out.
Storyline: 3 Stars
Nothing special about the storyline as such, but a new and interesting form of story telling.
Acting: 2 Stars
Quite a versatile cast, though no outstanding performances.
Music: 3 Stars
Pretty simple music throughout, though I thought the decision to use Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around" near the end of the movie was worth the bonus star, as it blended in wonderfully with the current tone of the movie...
I suppose the big question is whether I'd be ever wanting to watch it again... Well I'm afraid it may just lose on that point, but I wouldn't disuade you from using it as a good no-brainer laugh-out-load excuse for a good night out at the movies! [if any of that made sense :D]

Wednesday, 19 November 2008


Gomorrah was the proud winner of the Cannes Film Festival this year, though I wasn't all too keen on what I saw...
The movie on the whole tended to remind me of City of God, but seemed to have lost the original charm... but perhaps you might have a better experience with it. From other reviewers it has been called a modern classic, and such like phrases, so I'm presuming something got lost on me somewhere during the movie.
Storyline: 2 Stars
The movie follows a similar story structure to the great movies like Amores Perros and 21 Grams, but seemed too samey for my liking.
Ease of viewing may be lost due to it being a subtitled movie, and people with problems in that area would do well to steer clear of this.
Visuals: 2 Stars
Visuals are basic but bearing in mind that it's a low budget production, it was extremely well filmed.
I am not going to recommend this movie, but seeing that I tend to be the only reviewer giving it a bad review, it may well be worth the viewing time... but anyway I'd love to hear what you think.
Please comment below!

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Max Payne

I didn't have particularly high hopes for this movie when I went to watch it, because movies made from gama adaptations, for the most part, have had quite unsatisfactory storylines, but I must say I was quite pleased with the outcome of this movie...

Storyline: 3 Stars
Quite unknown in the world of Game adaptations, this had quite an interesting storyline, and holds the right to stand up next to the movies of it's generation, I found the storyling quite drawing and not at all tedious, it had my attention throghout, and I felt as if I had spent my time wisely.
The storyline took on a rather mystical feel to it, with a slight cult or devillish feel to it, which should draw in the fans of graphic novel adaptations like Hellboy or Ghost Rider. Certainly apealled to me at any rate.
Action: 4 Stars
It is in the action that this movie really excels. Wonderful fight sequences! Great Violent streaks! you just can't go wrong!
Music: 2 Stars
The music was good enogh, did it's job and no more.
Graphics: 3 Stars
Beautiful gaphics throughout, not overdone though. But I wish they would have done a bit of work on the lighting effects, as there were point where there was a bit too much sunlight in one spot making it slghtly hard to see... Some excellent computer graphics though!
Emotions: 2 Stars
The emotional content would have been excellent in this movie, but perhaps needed a bit of patching up. You almost felt as if you were part of it, but it just didn't quite get to the state of effecting you...
Acting: 3 Stars
Mark Wahlberg did particularly well in this role, and was quite well cast. I didn't have any problems with any of the cast, it all seemed to fit in perfectly!
I really enjoyed watching this movie, and the action sequences were superb. A sure reccomend if you enjoy a good bit of action!

Friday, 14 November 2008

2 More Movies on Del Toro's To-Do List

Bloody Disgusting brings us news that Guillermo Del Toro has yet another 2 movies in the works.

One will be an adaptation on Gris Grimly's Pinocchio, working closely with him on that. The movie will be using puppets which will be from the Jim Henson Company, so it looks like quite an elaborate movie... I have never read the book, but as I understand, it's much darker than the Disney Pinocchio, and when Pinocchio becomes real, he becomes bad instead of good. But the story also has a lot of room for the thinkers, as Del Toro will be discovering what it is actually to be a Real boy. This movie seems like the perfect movie for me as I am a true Del Toro fan, and I've also had a lifelong interest in the Jim Henson Company. More info on this film as it emerges.

The other movie is a feature length stop motion movie, that Del Toro is not at liberty at this time to expose to us. But if you have seen Hellboy 2, you will recall that the stop-motion sequence at the beginning was quite stunning.

Also in other Del Toro news, the second Hobbit movie has been confirmed, so there will definitely be 2 Hobbit movies, 1 based on the actual book, and 1 to breach the gap between the Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings.

Hellboy 3 looks more likely to happen after the success of Hellboy 2.

Most of you are probably not aware of this, but there's a new Del Toro movie launched on DVD in the UK and soon to the USA. The movie is called "While She Was Out" it's directed by Susan Monteford, and Del Toro is an executive producer. The movie is not as good as Del Toro's own directed movies, but Monteford certainly seems to be able to build up tension. Anyway go on and check out the movie, it's well worth the watch!

That's all the news for now, I'll hand on any other news that I find!

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Pride and Glory

An exciting cop thriller... well I guess it would be if I could make sense of it, but the storyline is so badly conjoined that it makes it almost a pain to watch... though there were a couple things that I did like about this movie, it had a pretty nice cast, and the adrenaline was quite good at times.

Storyline: 1 Star

Far too disjointed to enjoy the movie.

Action: 2 Stars

The action pace was quite good in parts of this movie, and some of the sequences were quite well thought out. But the one problem with it was that there just wasn't enough of it.

Music: 2 Stars

The sound track was neither superb nor annoying, just got the job done.

Acting: 2 Stars

The movie boasts of a cast with a few big names on there, and should merit a watch from the various fans represented. Though I don't think the director gave enough room for the actors' talents to shine through.

Edward Norton: 2 Stars

Norton got the main role, though it would have be hoped that his performance would have been a bit better. But I guess cop thrillers don't tend to give too much room for acting talents.

Colin Farrell: 2 Stars

Like Norton, he wasn't quite able to shine through in this movie, though there was a little spark left there.

Jon Voight: 3 Stars

Voight seemed to make the best of a fairly basic role, and must be commended on his performance. But even though so much was promised, there were still limiting factors which in the hand of a good director could have created a wonderful character for Voight.


Pride and Glory held a lot of promise but with an aweful storyline, it totally failed to deliver... I'm afraid this time I can't recommend this movie...

Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue is a delghtfull old Brittish comedy based upon a play. The movie captures a real sensation of being back in England in the 1920s. It's a light comedy and easy to watch. Perfect Popcorn movie!

Storyline: 2 Stars

The movie's storyline is continuous and gets the job done, there shouldn't be problems on this point... The movie as a whole is quite easy to watch!

Music: 4 stars

The music fits in wonderfully with the movie and certainly sets the tone throughout! wonderful work here!

Humour: 2 Stars

The movie's quite funny, but nothing spectacular. It more quaint humour rather than outright hilarity.

Acting: 2 stars

The acting in this movie was neither good nor bad, just got the job done.

Colin Firth: 3 Stars

Colin Firth's work in this movie was quite good and many commendations to him in this role!

Ben Barnes: 2 Stars

Ben Barnes' role in this movie wasn't particularly special, though I blame this on the director rather than on Barnes himself. Though Ben Barnes fans will enjoy this movie as they will get to see a fair amount of their favorite actor.

I really enjoyed this movie, and I'm sure if you take this for what it is you will be able to enjoy it as much as I did.

Good viewing!

Monday, 10 November 2008

Ghost Town

Well I guess the main selling point in this movie was that it was with Ricky Gervais, and at that, I think it excelled!

Humour: 3 Stars

The movie is relatively funny and is there to amuse. And that is exactly the effect that it gave me!

Visuals: 2 Stars

The visuals in this movie are rather plain, but that's basically all you need for a comedy movie.

Emotions: 3 Stars

This movie, however, is not all fun and games, there will be times in which your emotional strings will be plucked. The movie bares some sort of moral to it, which will make your righteous side feel like it has accomplished something.

Ricky Gervais: 4 Stars

Ricky Gervais does a wonderful job acting on the big screen, and will certainly not dissapoint his fans. All in all I rate his performance in this movie quite superb. And all praise goes to him in this movie!


This is a comedy movie in essence, so don't go with high expectations for an artistic masterpiece. The Movie is created solely for it's entertainment value, and will caause many laughs. The movie did not drag, and kept my attention for the duration of the movie. It's the perfect movie for a Gervais fan, and an entertaining watch for anyone who isn't!

Friday, 7 November 2008


Dreamworks' new animation is perhaps mailnly for kids, but I'm sure it will also be enjoyable for accompanying parents.

Quite an experimental movie being an animation spoofing the horror genre.

Igor really wants to be an evil scientist, when he decides he wants to create an evil monster. What he creates may be quite a bit different than he had originally expected.

As a fan of the horror genre, I found it quite amuzing being a spoof on Frankenstein. And I quite enjoyed it! I wouldn't recommend to everyone however, but if you happen you watch it, I'm sure you will enjoy it!

Graphics are good, and the movie is quite emotional at times. But don't forget that it's aimed at kids!

Movie Rating

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Quantum of Solace: An Interview With The Director

This interview did not take place, it is merely a fictional piece written solely for the lolz!

After watching Quantum of Solace, I figured it would be cool to talk with the director, as that's what all journalists do anyway...

Because of memory problems, I wasn't able to remember the name of the director, but I guess it doesn't really matter because no-one would recognise the name anyway... But one thing I did find out about him is that he was the director of Finding Neverland...

Anyway, let's get to this interview!

ME: "Hello Director how are you?"

Dirctor: "I'm great! So glad that everyone actually watched my movie!"

ME: "Well that's great!"

ME: "So how did it feel making one of the biggest movies of the year, I mean you had like 200 million dollars to make it with. That's quite a responsibility, eh?"

Director: "No quite to the contrary, when you've got a lot of money you can do almost anything you want! And," he added hastily, "You can get a lot of money yourself."

From this I gathered that the 200 million was mostly used to fund the director's retirment years, but this I didn't voice out loud!

ME: "Umm it was a great movie, but not to sound rude, but why do you think it was popular? Why did so many people go to see it?"

Director: "It's Bond!"

That's when I realised that there was something "director" was hiding from me... I gave him a long hard stare, and that's where he started to get all nervous, and started to sweat, then he broke down and confessed:

Director: "OK OK, I confess the movie is completely pointless, the only reason I became a popular director was because of Finding Neverland, and anyone would buy a movie with Johnny Depp in. But now that I have to direct without Johnny Depp, I feel kind of lost. But at last I found something else to direct that everyone will watch: anyone will watch a Bond movie! So I admit I was a cheat all through my career!"

I just smiled and nodded, we had found something to agree with after all!

OK fair enough, the movie wasn't the worst in the world, but where did all the money go? surely Daniel Craig didn't cost 100 million...?

The only graphics used in the movie was the big explosion at the end... The movie could have been made with 50 million dollars easily. You couldn't compare this to Prince Caspian which had the same budget could you? Prince Caspian has wonderful graphics and everything, this has.. Nothing.

Movie Rating

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