John Wick Chapter 2

Year Released: 2017
Main Stars: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Claudia Gerini
Review Date: December 2017
Last watched: October 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

“Tactical”

Keanu has found another movie he’s good for. There is a very abrupt style of fighting and this could be taken as a big promotion for guns so not one for kids below a certain age.

Yes, it’s OTT, a bit silly and very much a dramatic, maybe even ‘artistic’ interpretation of a comic-book style and there’s not much room for anything except the violence. Claudia presents a little interlude of drama and decadence with a hint of the old Roman Imperialism before we run in to the thick of the action.

Seems to be a more realistic style of gun fighting with people being shot directly and deliberately by a very skilled assassin. Choreography is amazing when you break down the continuous shots (no pun intended).

Obviously not much of a plot but still an interesting film with Ian and the hotel adding a much needed element of depth and respectability.

Maybe watch it twice. I hear there’s another coming out… bet I know what happens.

 

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice.
Keep DVD?
Yes if in box set.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog. In the Continental Hotel. When the dog is watching…. Too much detail?

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Men In Black 3

Year Released: 2012
Main Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement , Emma Thompson 
Review Date: December 2017
Last watched: December 2017
Number Watches: 3
Format Watched: TV

 

 

“You must be from the planet Damn.”
“It’s just Boris”

Good fun and amazing to see Josh being Tommy. Will is on top form and Jermaine is a very good OTT villain.

Nice to see this twist in the MIB universe as it harks back to comics and how the writers and readers take for granted the glamorous main concept – in this case aliens exist – and add something new to challenge the good guys.

Little bit of forgivable pathos as well. Yeah, good fun, good effects, no problems, easily re-watchable.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Thrice.
Keep DVD?
Yes
Watch if on TV?
Yes
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog. Good but not a classic.

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Men In Black

Year Released: 1997
Main Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D’OnofrioRip Torn
Review Date: December 2017
Last watched: December 2017
Number Watches: 4
Format Watched: TV

Can’t believe I’ve not reviewed this before. Probably my stupid rule about seeing the complete film end to end before reviewing because I must have caught this a lot more times. One of those I can’t Not watch when it’s on. So charming and good-feel factory.

It’s a no-brainer and brilliantly so. Main actors, side actors, the sets and dressing are all good fun. Will and Tommy are so well placed as the odd couple but the direction and kinda throw-away element of the aliens is magically both subtle and yet full-on in-yer-face.

Like many dumb films this one gets better each time I see it. Very comfortable, very easy to like, loads of silly stuff and a constant sense of humour and sense of self.

Old but not old, so easy to watch, I can’t believe anyone can honestly not like this.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Many, Many.
Keep DVD?
Yes
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Marry. This isn’t an Oscar winner but it’s still a pretty much perfect film and deserves to be a ‘classic.’

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Year Released: 2014
Main Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, erm..and others.
Review Date: December 2017
Last watched: November 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

*sigh*

Drivel for kids but with Megan showing not just that she is exceptionally good looking but also that she has incredible comic timing. I mean, really does in a big way. She’s the best thing in the movie apart from the ever present computer graphics which are all I could see.

You know when you watch something and know it’s all CGI but you forget and start believing in it? You get immersed so much that the in-real animations become actors with lines and stuff? Well that’s not here. Here I knew all along these were computerised and just kept marvelling at how well made they were. It’s an odd thing to say that it’s been really well done with real-world interaction and Megan showing no signs of looking slightly to the wrong side of the action or walking through some character’s not-there-but-computer-says-they-are legs a little too implausibly. You know, that bit where you say “ah, yes. See there? Told you I’d spot the mistake”

Not one bit of it. All very accurate and smooth. Just… the film’s so dull I couldn’t be bothered with the rest and kept looking for the mistakes.

A movie made to show-piece the CGI characters and if you are in to them then perhaps you’re part of the fan-base it’s aimed at. Or just a small kid giggling at turtles.

Dull. Dull. Oh, and dull too.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
No.
Keep DVD?
No
Watch if on TV?
No
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Avoidabunga, dude.

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Seventh Son

Year Released: 2014
Main Stars:Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges,Alicia Vikander
Review Date: December 2017
Last watched: December 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

“Wrong question”

Films that are made that appear to just keep old actors in the business. I’m going to guess that in the old days there would have been more pizzazz in a kind of OTT fantasy way but now with computers it’s all too easy to rely on the graphics.

Graphics are good here but just a bit boring. It’s all about the direction and script, neither of which amount to much. Oh, the actors are good, the idea is fine and the filming part of it isn’t bad at all, just not very interesting. So for me it’s the Director who has to make it sing and dance and I just didn’t get that from anything that happened.

This isn’t a really bad movie. It’s a TV movie with a few big stars. It’s maybe even a TV series kick-off point. Not worth watching though.

Jeff gives it some fun and is surprisingly spritely whilst the main baddies are incredibly dull, most appearing and disappearing before you get a chance to say “ah, that’s the one that – .” Indeed there appears to be little need for anyone other than the main baddy and even there it’s not very clear why she’s not badder.

Old-fashioned film that would have been better made in the 80’s where it belongs.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
None.
Keep DVD?
No
Watch if on TV?
No
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Avoid. Not really bad but not more that a TV movie.

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Star Trek Beyond

Year Released: 2016
Main Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe SaldanaSimon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho , Anton Yelchin , Idris Elba , Sofia Boutella , Deep Roy
Review Date:  December 2017
Last watched:  December 2017
Number Watches: 2
Format Watched: DVD

“Damn it, Jim! I’m a doctor not a f-”
“Unity is not your strength, it’s your weakness”
“It’s going to be so much fun”

Idris Elba really gives it some welly near the end. Like most Star Trek baddies he doesn’t get much of a say early on as his character and prosthetics need to dictate the good versus bad part but when he gets to loosen up he really shows you the depth he and Krall should have had throughout. Shame that’s only for the last five minutes!

Whole cast are well gelled together and it’s obvious they know what to deliver for the script. In most places the script itself with the humour and sci-fi elements is good enough to push past any predictable pieces and when there are technical difficulties (the bike ride with the smoking mirrors – kinda cant happen!) I felt comfortable enough to let it slide and enjoy the action and interactions.

Obviously the sets and locations, gadgets and outfits, lighting and camera work are of incredibly high standard. No shaky-cam here and no problem believing each location. Also the music is solid, not just the cracking theme tune.

The bridge is a bit crowded and I reckon the Enterprise isn’t as big a star as the cast in these movies but you know what? As long as they keep up the scripts and don’t just ‘do’ another one, I’ll be happy with the box-set and to watch them back-to-back for fun, excitement and, yeah, ’cause it’s still Star Trek.

Not sure I’m ever happy with where their zips are on the outfits but that’s me being too geek for my own good.

You won’t be disappointed with this so easily recommend to anyone.

DVD EXTRAS: Very good. No interviews with cast which is a shame but lots of interesting how-it-was-made bits with scenes from outside the camera showing green-screen and the sets themselves. Also a small gag-reel and insight into most parts of the production so, yeah, good one.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Thrice+. No qualms there.
Keep DVD?
Yes
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog. Close to Marry for a Sci-fi but still needs a bit more depth before I’ll give it my ring.

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Terminator Genisys

Year Released: 2015
Main Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke , Jason Clarke, Matt Smith
Review Date: December 2017
Last watched: October 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

 

Arnie. Say no more! Well, actually, that wasn’t the biggest pull for me, it was just that this was another Terminator film. I kinda knew it wouldn’t be the best.

Obviously the first thought is whether Arnie should be in this movie or indeed if they should have made it. Answer to both is yes but don’t expect Terminator or even T2.

Humour, strength and a nice enough plot that makes a…nice… terminator movie. Not a classic but ok. Emilia is solid and obviously a good bonus to what are very thin characters but the production is top notch it’s just the plot/script that’s perhaps too light.

Yeah, give it a go. Bit of fun from a classic bunch of characters, don’t expect to get that big, classic I-was-there movie feeling however you might catch Matt Smith in there. Well done, Matt!

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Once, no let’s give it a twice.
Keep DVD?
No
Watch if on TV?
Yeah, ‘suppose. It is what is.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Hug. Good effort but more of a short story.

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