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Swinging on a star, 29 June 2014
10/10

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Hudson hawk is shanghaied by various powerful people the moment he gets out of prison into pulling a museum job but of course this is just the beginning of his troubles. One of those hilarious underrated classics that pop up every now and again.The world and his wife lined up to criticise this film . They were ,of course, all completely wrong. Its part smarmy heist caper, part musical, part buddy action movie it does not clearly fit into one genre so of course people hated it.

The comedy works the stunts are good and the plot is strangely compelling. Id advise you disregard everyone's opinion and see it your self (except mine of course)

A Good Simon Pegg Film? must be the end of the world, 25 June 2014
8/10

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The movie is very funny from start to finish. Pegg plays a incredibly selfish loser from the start but still manages to make him a sympathetic character. It even manages to mix moments of emotional drama with comedy not an easy task.Its a film about growing up and the ramifications about holding onto youth ,and is the first grown up movie pegg has ever done.

Far too dark for the normal cornetto morons,who apparently hated it,probably hated watching a movie that wasn't just prat falls and tomfoolery .

Pegg may finally have turned a corner with this movie its good to have him actually being funny again

3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Embodies the Spirit of exploration, 29 September 2013
9/10

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A found footage story,of the first Manned exploration of Europa.

A privately funded deep space ship is sent to the icy moon of Jupiter to attempt to find life under the surface. But space is a dangerous place communication is lost and there are strange lights under the frozen surface. Very effective creepy film as well as using real science they give us characters to care about and a fascinating journey into the ultimate mystery.Are we alone?

Minor gripe:the film is disjointed and non linear ,maybe to amp up the found footage /out of order angle,but it does get mildly annoying at times.Chopping between early enthusiasm and later horror.

Absolute gob smacking ending and certain to be a classic ,its a shame (at time of writing) no ones seems to have heard of it

Looper (2012)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Creepy eyes, bad prosthetic nose constantly reminds you this is a movie and not reality, 11 September 2013
3/10

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A young murderer called Joe lives a life of pre arranged shootings and wild drug parties,until one of his suddenly materialising victims turns out to be an older version of himself. How we know this is because that's how the film has been advertised not because of any thing like a resemblance . Which bring us to the heart of my problem with the movie,Joseph gordon levitt has been made up (badly)with a rubber nose and contact lenses to try and resemble a young bruce willis .They really ,truly failed. Every single time I looked at the weird eyes of JGL it broke the reality of the film for me. Creepy, bright and totally out of place. oh dear I'm sure it was good other wise even if almost everyone in the cinema guessed the ending long before the punch. Shame i couldn't enjoy it felt like it was constantly holding up a sign saying Sack the make up department

Dracula (2006) (TV)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Why haven't i heard of this version? because it's terrible, 30 July 2013
1/10

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As seems to be an iron clad law with all Dracula adaptations , liberties are taken with the story that result in it being yet another abomination.

The main thrust of the story is Arthur holmwood and his attempts at curing his inherited syphilis, utilising a strange blood cult and tricking Jonathan Harker into going to Transylvania knowing who he will find there??any of this sound familiar? no? because its nothing to do with the book at all. The actor playing Dr Seward in particular is incredibly bad. They don't even bother to hide his cockney accent or even consider how unlikely and unbelievable it would be to have a late Victorian era doctor with a working class London accent. This is all forgotten of course when you realise he cannot act.

A Dracula too young to play the role, and an accent that you cannot understand is the icing on this cake of awfulness. I don't know about Dracula

but I'm sure Bram Stoker is turning in his grave

Evil Dead (2013)
0 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Gore fatigue and random switching character focus near the end, 3 May 2013
4/10

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I liked the start of this film a lot, ratchets up the tension nicely, had inoffensive and bland central characters ,a drug abuse sub plot ,and two estranged sibling trying to bond.As the gore hits the fan and things start to fall apart the movie shifts focus on to the brother and his struggle to keep alive until ten minutes before the end when we write him off and switch back to a suddenly ,and stupidity, cured sister whose spent most of the movie as the evil killer bitch in the cellar.now we're supposed to cheer for her survival as she previously slaughtered most of the cast??Sorry thats not how movies work ,you cant get audiences to invest emotionally in characters like that .FAIL

Contact (1997)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
One of the best movies ever made, 9 March 2013
10/10

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Young genius Ellie is encouraged by her blue collar dad to channel her talents into astronomy ,as he lacks the funds for private school or tutors.As they are about to watch a stellar event he has a massive heart attack.leaving her completely alone. Gifted astronomer Ellie Arroway is working on the seti project hunting for aliens by listening to radio chatter from deep space.As she moves around from Arecibo to New Mexico not making attachments to anyone ,it seems like her footsteps are dogged by the presidents science adviser David drumlin who shuts down projects ,cancels funding and is very condescending of her chosen speciality. And then she receives a signal...

A lot of people criticised the movie for various reasons the most famous one being the south park comment "waited 3 hours to see the aliens and it was her god**** father". those people missed the point of the film entirely .There is nothing they could have possibly ever done with the aliens that would have pleased the audience with a 3 hour build up,so they didn't try.The film was of a strangely spiritual bent and seeing her old dad again fit in perfectly with this.In the end Ellie ask her disbelieving planet for "faith" that the journey actually occurred at all. A very great majestic triumph of movie

0 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Just terrible, 28 January 2013
1/10

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A uncharismatic big toothed northern gentleman presents a show about the universe.But rather than use "cool" diagrams,cgi or the like to explain his "simplfied "concepts we have an endless series of exotic locales with our presenter gurning and babbling in the corner of the shot.He spends about two sentences in each part of the world for no good reason other than to waste wheel barrows full of the license payers money by shipping a film crew around the World just so he can say very little .Here a tip if your going to have a show called wonders of the universe try showing THE UNIVERSE rather than endless shots an overly enthusiastic aging hippy

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Brilliant ,faithfull and ultra violent,the triple word score, 12 December 2012
8/10

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A little hard to review one half of a story but I'll try.The film is dark ,moody and has a sad and lost bruce ,that realises he must return to crime fighting before his city is destroyed and he withers up and dies of atrophy.But bruce is old,out of practice and out of shape and things are not the same in this new gotham.The city is over run by a utterly ruthless street gang called the mutants and old brucey may be outmatched. While he gets to grips with being a crime fighter again,it seems no one is happy to see batman return,news reporters and their vox pops segments decry the vigilante as a mad man who should have stayed gone.Batman however is as stubborn and single minded as ever despite the public outcry over his methods and the old fellas' mounting injuries . There has been some public outcry over the fact that kevin conroy does not voice batman,frankly im glad they went in a different direction(just this once ,mind).This is a very different batman and peter weller is a classic actor who fits the role like a glove(but i was expecting him to start quoting robocop lines any second,oh well) In conclusion I loved this film and cant wait for part two

"dead or alive your coming with me"

0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
A Good Action movie but not science fiction, 5 October 2012
8/10

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In watching this film you'll get pretty much exactly what the trailers promised a string of big action set pieces strung together by a plot about revolution, memory wipes and explosions.Its not exactly The Usual Suspects but i wasn't ever convinced it was going to be.Id really love to know what all the bad reviewers were expecting?Nothing about he film actively offends there's no bad acting, confusing story lines trying to be too clever for their own good, no stupid last minute twists that make no sense and leaves the audience with a bitter taste in its mouth ,its a gun toting romp with futuristic trappings .It wont win any awards (maybe special effects) but it does entirely deliver on its promise. The promise being that you'll see lots of carnage, people jumping of lifts,fighting robots and blazing machine guns .So watch it


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