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This movie's a blast!!
Not going to give a big description on the story as most of you know what it's all about. In short this is a rollicking good war movie with 5 men on a tank going about their business as they roll through war-torn Germany in April 1945. It's a film about the futility of war and the coming of age of a young man who joins a tough unit on board a tank. The cast is great with Brad Pitt on a good role of acting choices of late, Shia Labeouf doing his teary-eyed best ( wee bit overdone mate!), Michael Pena providing comic touches & Jon Bernthal doing his quirky bit as an oddball but the real star of the show is Logan Lerman, who is brilliant as young typist turned tank gunner Norman.
The battle scenes are ferocious, gory, thrilling and the film moves quickly from start to finish, David Ayer did a grand job on directing duties and if you want a good war movie of recent times then look no further, also stands up well with a lot of the classics and it's an enjoyable film to boot.
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Surprisingly very good!
When i heard of the premise for this i was a bit unsure with the whole Groundhog Day thing but have to say they nailed it and made an ingenious,funny, smart and very entertaining blockbuster with brains. Tom Cruise is great as usual and ably supported by Emily Blunt with good work from Bill Paxton & Brendan Gleeson. Doug Liman has done a superb job of crafting a great film from what could have been a very run of the mill one. Effects great, action thrilling and enough to keep you thinking, over and over and over again, oops sorry i'm stuck in a loop too!! Overall a pleasant surprise and a good addition to the sci-fi genre and something fresh!
World War Z (2013)
Better than some say!! Glasgow zombies!!
A lot of people and critics have taken a swipe at the film but it's far better than any of them say and is overall a nifty, tense apocalyptic thriller with a lot to recommend it. Yes there is a distinct lack of blood and guts when it comes to a film about zombies but you know what? It was refreshing and different to see rather than the same old repetitive rubbish that populate a lot of these films. It works well dealing with the issue of family and finding a cure and gives the story a good shake, rather than drag it screaming to places we've seen a dozen times over. Brad Pitt is good and leads the line well, there is some good supporting roles for the likes of James Badge Dale, David Morse and Scotland's own Peter Capaldi & John Gordon-Sinclair. There is a fair bit of tension and the build-up is cool even though Glasgow only gets 5 or 6 minutes doubling for Philly!! Marco Beltrami's score is very effective and well used as Pitt's Gerry Lane goes from place to place scouring the globe for a cure in the midst of a global pandemic. The set-pieces are great, especially in Israel and South Korea and mid-flight en route to Wales! Racks up the tension and entertains nicely, although not totally like the book it takes a lot of good aspects and creates a good story of it's own, although not to everybody's liking i'd say the movie is a good addition to the zombie genre and very good at showing the effects on a large scale and the swarms of undead and their leaping and climbing give it an edge over other dull zombie flicks!! Enjoyable and keeps moving from beginning to end! Can't wait for WWZ II !
Black Death (2010)
Grim but great!
I'm gonna keep this review short but this was a great little horror thriller set in medieval times and all about the spread of the pestilence of the black death and how a small army of men seek out the evil and hunt witches and end up in a real battle with a witch. Sean Bean is the star of the film but for me Eddie Redmayne was excellent and there was great support from John Lynch, Andy Nyman, Tim McInnery and Carice Van Houten. Overall i wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was but was pleasantly surprised and thought it was entertainingly bleak, creepy and quite a haunting film that will stay with you when you've finished with it. Christopher Smith is a director to really take note of and the script was brilliant and Christian Henson delivers a superb score!! Up there with Witchfinder General and it's like and well worth watching!!
Absolutely Brilliant film!!!
I absolutely loved Drive and think this is honestly the best film i've seen in the cinema in a long, long time. This is a modern classic of great film-making and has everything in it - it is a haunting, retro- styled piece of ultra-cool film noir and has great acting, superb visuals, great direction along with a superb soundtrack mixed in with emotion, suspense, tension and some shocking moments of violence. Ryan Gosling is fantastic in this and plays Driver as a quiet loner-type with a very dark side that you'd never think he was capable of and his performance seems very calm, peaceful and a lot of what he does comes off in nuances and when he goes off he truly explodes, he could win the best actor Oscar but a nomination is the very least he deserves. The support is excellent in the film from Carey Mulligan as the troubled neighbour he has a soft spot for and young Kaden Leos as her son is great, Bryan Cranston is cool as Driver's confidant and garage boss Shannon, Christina Hendricks brings a bit of sassiness to a small role as Blanche and Ron Perlman is good as the partner of Albert Brooks, who is just amazing as the shady criminal boss Bernie Rose. Brooks has had a long career of playing the funny man but he is deadly serious in this and they should just hand him the best supporting actor Oscar now because he was brilliant!!! Nicolas Winding Refn has come along way since the Pusher films and is on his way to great things starting with Drive and there is every chance he may get a nod for best director at the Oscars! I think it deserves shots for best picture, director, actor, supporting actor, cinematography, music and theme song ' A Real Hero' by College featuring Electric Youth, which is a great tune. Anybody who doesn't like this knows nothing about what makes a good film and has gone into this without thinking about what they are seeing. This film is unlike anything else and is cinema it's finest. " I Drive "
A Lonely Place to Die (2011)
Great great outdoors thriller!!
Just seen this and have to say i really enjoyed it and that it a great wee British action thriller set in the hills of Scotland and that it rattles along at a good pace. Director Julian Gilbey has created a tense, fun little game of cat & mouse about a set of hill-climbers who are pursued by two maniac kidnappers through the glens and woods, streams and rock-faces after finding a little girl buried alive in a whole in the ground and attempt to get help from the nearest village. Anyway i'm not going to bore you with giving away the plot and will just say that this a nifty little thriller with some great twists and turns, two great baddies (Sean Harris and Stephen McCole as a pair of cold- blooded thugs)and Melissa George looking hot and giving Ripley a money as the all-action heroine. Add the great cinematography, amazing scenery, a sweeping score and some good supporting actors (Ed Speelers, Garry Sweeney, Karl Roden & Eammon Walker) and you have a tense, cool thriller to keep you moving!! Julian Gilbey will be a director to look out for over the next few years and he's crafted a good thriller here! Enjoy the walk!!
Great film!! Lives up to it's title!
Super is a fantastic little film about a guy who decides to fight crime in much the same vein as Kick-Ass & Defendor. Rainn Wilson is excellent as Frank who decides to become The Crimson Bolt and Ellen Page is hilarious as his eventual sidekick Boltie as they attempt to tackle all manors of criminals and cause bodily harm. I don't want to go into the story but i felt the film was amazing and had great acting, nice direction, a smart and sincere script and a brilliant score by Tyler Bates to give it a great atmosphere. There was great support from Liv Tyler, Michael Rooker, Nathan Fillion and Gregg Henry but Kevin Bacon is his usual reliable self and is not only funny but adds a bit of flair to his scenes. I can't say anything but the finale to the film was absolutely tremendous and there were some really violent gory scenes alongside some very funny scenes along with a heartfelt message and terrific action!!! If you liked Kick-Ass then you will LOVE this ( at least you should do! ) but it was a terrible shame this film was largely overlooked in the cinema as it deserves a lot of credit for what it is and it IS Super!! Shut up, Crime!! :]
Harshly Overlooked.. Great Brit Crime Flick
Villain is a harshly overlooked and much maligned British crime film which is up there with some the 70s best of it's type, it can hold it's head up there alongside Get Carter and The Long Good Friday. Richard Burton is great as sadistic gay cockney gangster Vic Dakin and although people have a go at him for his accent he actually pulls off being a more believable gangster than a lot of others try to and can't. He's got some great lines and takes to beating up quiet a few people while caring for his mother and planning a daring robbery alongside some other goons. A lot of great British character actors turn up and all add fun to the film such as Joss Ackland ( who only eats eggs as he's got an ulcer!!), T.P. McKenna, Del Henney and Colin Welland ( all later seen in Straw Dogs), Nigel Davenport, Donald Sinden ( as a sleazy MP), Ian McShane as Burton's boyfriend Wolf and Fiona Lewis as Wolf's bit on the side ( and she is hot!!). There's a lot of great banter and good acting in this film along with a nice script by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and a cracking funky odd soundtrack by Jonathan Hodge. Look out for a super robbery scene which also includes the use of a Jif lemon thingy to squirt in a guard's eyes and a well-staged police hospital break-out of Joss Ackland's character Lowis!
Overall an entertaining crime film that has been overlooked but has inspired a lot of other films and deserves to be seen, Richard Burton was great in this!!
The Stuff (1985)
Great little B-movie feature that harks back to 50s/60s sci-fi films and is a cool satire on consumerism and is extremely smart and witty. Michael Moriaty is so funny as Dave Mo Rutherford and really has a great time hamming it up and does a great Southern accent and sends up a lot of stereotypes. Garrett Morris, Danny Aiello and Paul Sorvino all turn up in small roles and all lend black humour to Larry Cohen's witty and telling script. The FX are dated but are hilarious and there are some really unexpected little scenes that will have you laughing, like when Mo meets up with some company types and ends up knocking out one of them! Enjoyable Stuff indeed!! P.S. look out for Eric Bogosian & Abe Vigoda in blink and you'll miss them roles and also recent A-Team villain Brian Bloom as the brother of the little kid in this! Eat it up before it eats you up!! Moriarty was the man in this!!
Valhalla Rising (2009)
Great wee film!!
I bought Valhalla Rising the other day and was quite surprised by this violent, little thought-provoking thriller. Director Nicolas Winding Refn from Denmark is quickly becoming a very stylish and talented director and the film is almost an art film as well as a drama / thriller. The story revolves around a mute one-eyed viking warrior ( called One Eye ) who is used as a slave and paid to bash the living daylights out of and kill other fighters in the glens of the Scottish highlands. One Eye fights for his owner but eventually overpowers them, slaughters most of them and walks free. He befriends a young boy and ends up meeting a clan of Christian warriors who say will he join them on their journey to the holy land on their boat. The film is very moody, beautifully shot and shows the amazing scenery of Scotland through wide shots, tinted filters and stunning imagery, there is a part where the film gets quite slow but never loses you and it's 85 min running time is just about right. Mads Mikkelsen ( Le Chifre from Casino Royale ) plays his part brilliantly without speaking a single word and Gary Lewis, Jamie Sives and Ewan Stewart all lend good support.
An interesting little film and you should check this out as with The Pusher Trilogy, Fear X and Bronson also on his CV Refn is a director worth keeping an eye out for, he for me uses elements and styles from a variety of people including Hitchcock and Werner Herzog and the film is very similar to Aguirre - The Wrath Of God. 8 and a half out of ten.
Stunningly beautifully shot film.