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The Last Stand (2013)
Arnie is back
I've just been to an advanced screening of The Last Stand, not really knowing what to expect. One thing's for sure, and that is that Arnie is back doing what he does best and what nobody else can really do, the tongue in cheek tough guy. Lets face it, we've all been to the movies, we all know what's going to happen in the end. The plot is full of holes and if I'm honest I don't see any of the actors getting an Oscar, but don't let that put you off. If you don't like Arnie films, don't waste your time because this is probably not for you, but if you do, this is what you've been waiting for. Sit back, relax and enjoy the master
The King's Speech (2010)
One word; Brilliant
The title of the film wouldn't necessarily have caught my eye, but am I glad I went to see this film, courtesy of an advance screening. It was bound to be good with Colin Firth playing the Duke of York who went on to become George VI, and he didn't let the audience down. Let's not forget also the other main characters, Lionel Logue played by Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter as the Duchess of York, Michael Gambon as George V and Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill - all absolutely perfect for their respective roles. Whilst the dates in the film might not have been completely accurate, the film tells the story perfectly, sometimes humorously and and certainly sensitively, and I would like to think in such a way that doesn't cause any embarrassment to any surviving members of our Royal Family or indeed people who suffer from what must be a very difficult condition to live with. Certainly a film I would recommend to my friends.
Going the Distance (2010)
Men - don't be put off just because it looks like a chick flick!
Just been to see this film before its official release and really, really enjoyed it. As the trailer suggests it's about a long distance relationship. The storyline is pretty straightforward. It's not the type of film that will have lots of complicated twists and turns, so in that context it's fairly predictable, but it's really well acted by the main characters, particularly Justin Long, Drew Barrymore and Christin Applegate. There are lots of laughs, and I mean laughing out loud, from both the men and the women in the audience. For me it's one of the funniest films I've seen that wasn't an out and out comedy. As the title of this review suggests, there's something for both men and women in this.
Looking for Eric (2009)
Best film of the year for me...
I've just been to see an advance screening of this film, without really knowing what it was about, other than obviously Eric Cantona would be in it. I'll admit from the outset that I am a Manchester United fan and was looking forward to seeing Eric on screen. It would have been worth it if only to see some of his goals again. I won't say too much about what the film was about for risk of spoiling it, because you should see it for yourself. It is filmed and based around Manchester and follows the life of a postman. At times it's sad, amusing and hilarious. The characters are extremely well played by actors both known and unknown and the audience should be able to identify with them easily. I would tip this to be big and hope it does well at the box office.
Sex Drive (2008)
Excellent film, well worth seeing if you like comedy.
I went to see Sex Drive a couple of nights ago at a pre-release screening thinking it would be funny, but like lots of other teen comedies. I started laughing after only a few minutes and I don't think the smile ever went from my face. Much better that Pineapple Express which was the last film like this I saw. Reading through some of the reviews on this website it seems to have wide international appeal. I won't be attempting a full review like a professional film critic might, by commenting and camera angles and the likes. The main characters were all superb, but I particularly liked Ezekiel. I couldn't recommend this film more highly and will certainly try to watch it again.
The Bank Job (2008)
A very good British Film
I also saw this film at an advance screening. I don't normally watch any of the trailers before going, so tend to go in with an open mind. I was very pleasantly surprised, and while it perhaps won't win any Oscars, I thought it was well acted in the main with some faces you'll recognise. It might not have massive appeal outside the UK, however it is a good (based on fact) story. I'm not a massive fan of 70's music, but it wouldn't have done any harm to have a bit more in the background just to give it more of a seventies feel about it. The general mood of the film was good and for me seemed to set the scene well, without going overboard with sex or violence. On the whole, it's well worth a visit, even if you have never lived in that era.