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X-Men: First Class (2011)
I tend to approach prequels with caution. Caprica is seriously lacking as are many others. Without dragging things out, this film has a first rate cast and engaging storyline. Something I believe the other X Men films lacked. They were all good films with amazing actors, the third film being a bit weak but they were all character stuff and wafer thin story lines. This has plots, ideas and many gap fillers of Mutants' introduction into society and provides a wonderful sub plot staged around a very significant part of American history. The script, action and characters are all excellent and so many idiots are watching this on download or computer screens. Do so at your own peril as this is one for the big screen. Restored a lot of faith in Marvel movies.... Oh, and I have a whole new respect for Kevin Bacon after seeing this!!
Sweet, sexy and fun!!!
This was on late TV one night and it was amusing enough at the start with some violence leading to a small bit of intrigue which kept me watching. It is only when Anna/Natasha gets to England the story gets moving and is quite funny in places. Watching her integration into school and English life presents a lot of smiles and surprises. It is a typical rural English village and Anna/Natasha raises quite a few eyebrows in the town but is well able to look after herself! The scenes within the Vicar's house, especially the ones with the son, are very funny. Anna/Natasha is clever, oozes sex appeal and is so watchable, providing a lot of surprisingly good moments. The story in this film is OK, but is definitely a B movie but I thoroughly enjoyed it and recorded it the next time it was on! Probably one of the sexiest movies I have ever seen which more than makes up for anything people might find missing...
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
I have just watched this for the umpteenth time on late night TV. The story is choreographed and told in a perfect fashion. Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin are superb in their respective roles of the victim and the persecutor. The acting is first rate and the story of how Laura escapes from her evil husband and fakes her death is told in perfect pace. The supporting cast is excellent and the film is a perfect example of the material from which superstars are made. Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin are first rate and should not be differentiated between as both deserved every award that was given. Trivia note: Patrick Bergin was the first Irish actor to star in a film that grossed over $100 million
The A-Team (2010)
What a shock!
I went to this with low expectations. Remake after remake was getting tiresome. Knight Rider was pitiful, the 80s one had it's own class. Battlestar was good to start then fizzled out in the last two seasons and V is good but is yet to really get moving. This is full throttle from the opening. I was really awestruck by how perfectly cast it was. The support is superb too and the story is original and up to date with the present era. It is absurd in a funny way at times but never stupid. I enjoyed this a lot more than any other I have seen in a long time. It's like a roller-coaster ride. When it's over you want to go back to the start!!
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Top notch Marvel
I have to laugh at the amount of obviously stupid people who ran this film down and only went to it to find something wrong. I really enjoyed the first installment and it was the best kick off Marvel film to date but it presented an all too 'obviously going to be the bad guy' Stane. But little else to complain about. This film portrayed an unstable Stark played by the masterful Downey and showed his battles with drink, technology and public life in a real watchable fashion. Pepper Potts was wonderful and, as always Paltrow delivers a fine performance. Mickey Rourke was spine shiveringly amazing in his portrayal as Whiplash and was secretly deceptive in his intentions and abilities. Justin Hammer provides comic support too. Terrence Howard is forgotten in the blink of an eye and Cheadle is even better as Rhodie. The whole arms race and the military row over the Iron Man weapon is a great story and there is slow points in the middle of the film but when watched in full it's obvious that the entire film cannot be in fast forward. Nick Fury and Black Widow are played in superb form by Jackson and Johansson, providing blistering support and many surprises. The showdown at end is as always fantastic. The dialogue and action are all in true comic book style and I for one am looking forward to many more like this to come!
Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966)
I am watching the superb digitally remastered episodes of this amazing show and it's like watching for the first time again! This episode opened with the Enterprise chasing a space vessel, all brand new space shots and even the screen on the bridge is reworked to show a clearer picture of the fleeing vessel. Harry Mudd is beamed aboard and is under an alias for a period of time. He has 3 pretty women with him, all of whom have the men, bar Spock of course, virtually entranced. Enterprise eventually malfunctions due to the chase earlier. Eventually a mining station is reached and the ship repaired and the women remain with the miners. Average episode but good fun
Bionic Woman: Sisterhood (2007)
Whilst still in it's infancy this show had a lot more good about it than bad. The babysitting side story was a bad idea, but watching Jamie adjust to her new lifestyle as a Government agent was interesting enough. I read people constantly complaining about this show, how? Angel and Buffy ran for years and were, in my opinion total tripe. This show has potential and I for one, will be disappointed if it is not going to be picked up. Michelle Ryan is very good in the lead role and the special effects are left in normal speed and not annoyingly slowed down like in every other show/movie. There is so much room for development here and Miguel Ferrer is pretty good in it too as he was in RoboCop. I really hope this is picked up as it has potential
Not for kids!!
The Enterprise is en route to Pacifica, a world I would very much like to have seen! Picard is in his quarters resting and he receives a private transmission on code 47, Captain's eyes only. A first for the series, never to be used again. After communicating and then meeting with an old friend, Walker Keel and meeting several other Captains, all Starfleet's finest including Tryla Scott who made Captain faster than anyone else in Starfleet history, and never seen in a subsequent episode, an oversight. Picard beams back. Pacifica is put on hold, they leave orbit. Shortly later it is discovered Walker's ship has been destroyed. There is a conspiracy at work! Arriving at Earth, at Data's suggestion Admiral Quinn beams on board whilst Picard handles the planet side problem whilst the Enterprise are left to deal with 'Quinn' who is later discovered to be controlled by an organism. Riker beams to Earth and eventually destroys the mother creature with Picard which was within Dexter Remmick in an unnecessarily bloody scene. It is later discovered that Remmick sent a signal into space near the end. The episode was never followed up. Only complaint. I really enjoyed this as there had been some bad episodes in the first season...
When the Enterprise visits the almost idyllic Edo they are pleased and refreshed to find a loving, caring and trouble free people. Watch the scene where Worf growls 'nice planet...', as he is embraced by an Edo beauty! Away teams visit this beautiful planet and Wesley gets to playing with some of the younger people and accidentally falls into a flower bed. The laws state on this planet, laws unknown to the Enterprise crew, that the sentence for any infraction of any law is death. The Judicators acknowledge there is room for leniency until sundown when they insist their laws must be enforced! Picard explains that in Earth's past people were executed for heinous crimes but that law is a thing of the past and is deemed to be unworkable and archaic. The Prime Directive is in full force again here but the planet is protected by a 'God' in outer space. It seems that an entity is in orbit which is like a floating city which is partially visible and issues orders through a loud booming voice! Picard and Riker eventually negotiate Wesley's release and the Enterprise warps off, crew glad to be out of there. One of the worst episodes of the first season...
At their best!
When the Enterprise's deflector weapon fails to destroy the Borg ship the crew are aghast and are now left with a damaged deflector preventing space flight. Repaired quickly, they warp off to intercept the Borg. Field promoted to Captain, Riker uncomfortably promotes Shelby to First Officer and a plan is mounted. They catch up with the Borg and the ship separates, a plan Picard had been briefed on. Watch Riker carefully executing a plan to rescue Picard as it was something the Captain would never have done for one man. With Locutus now liberated Riker orders Data to communicate with him. Patrick Stewart is superb here as Locutus and deservedly won an Emmy for this! Data eventually reaches Picard through his link to Locutus and comprehends Picard's message and puts the Borg into regeneration. The malfunction destroys the Borg ship and Picard is no longer connected to the Borg. When he is asked by Riker how much he remembers, Picard answers wistfully 'everything'... Setting up the story for the superb follow up episode 'Family'.