Insurgent

Year Released: 2015
Main Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James
Review Date: December 2016
Last watched: November 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: Bluray

I watched all three in this series within a few weeks and it’s the hardest thing to review them as they’re clearly all from the same movie-making team and made back to back. It’s three very long episodes of the same series (obvs!) with a lot of money thrown at making them smooth and well produced.

In this one it’s obvious that it’s about the youth culture and that’s a little annoying since this future, post apocalyptic society should have as many oldies as young since there isn’t any disease or particular death.

Anyway, plot holes aside, there is no need to worry about the quality of the show or effects since that’s all perfectly managed. The script is a tad predictable and most of the acting is TV series although Shaileen and Theo manage to do a good job.

Only bit I don’t like is that it’s overly smooth. Yes, there’s death (and a few executions in particular that are really out of place) but it’s all nicey-nicey with very little thrill. I don’t think I’m the audience they’re going for as I found I didn’t care about the characters or situations which all seemed to blend into stereotypes. I also found that you kinda need to have watched the first one to get a lot of the set up for this one.

Recommended for scifi peeps or kids who like to do their rebelling against society just after a nice dinner with mum and dad. If it was on TV, I’d probably watch it again. The scifi is comfy.

BluRay Extras: Loads! Making of, costumes, you name it! This is what Bluray extras should be.

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

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Steamboat Bill Junior

Year Released: 1928
Main Stars: Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Tom McGuire,  
Review Date: November 2016
Last watched: November 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD

Buster doing the thing that he does best is a very good thing to see. This one is well done and shows off his timing and acrobatics in the best way. It’s also the one with the falling house gag.

Sometimes it’s difficult to give credit to older films as we’ve moved on so much with effects and computerised stunts so if you want to see how it used to be done, check out this offering which is dramatic and inventive with comedy situations that people now wouldn’t even attempt to film.

Nice, comfortable humour and a very good performance from Ernest who, despite most silent movie acting, is a really believable character here.

Also look out for the bit with the hats. If you know Buster movies/photos, you’ll recognise one of them and if not it’s still funny anyway.

DVD Extras: None.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice.
Keep DVD?
No.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog down the river.

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The Green Lantern

Year Released: 2011
Main Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong
Review Date: December 2016
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

“Green”

Glad I have an category of Hug between a Snog and an Avoid as Green Lantern would probably have been an Avoid.

Loads of effects that end up being a bit dull and a script that has less in it than jar of air. Ryan gives a cheeky-chappy feel and Blake is not only really good looking but also has a potential for some heart-felt scenes. Didn’t really have many though and those there were seemed just a bit stinted.

The overall feel was that the comic ruled the screen rather than the script and whilst hard-core fans might be happy, the film is a little dull to say the least. Corny lines, corny alien plant, corny bad guy. Felt like they made this in the 90s.

Just enough for a comic/superhero fan to see but not enough for anyone else. I actually want to rate this as Avoid now. No, give it a chance as long as it promises not to have a sequel.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Once. Only just.
Keep DVD?
No.
Watch if on TV?
No.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Hug. Don’t touch the ring.

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No Country For Old Men

Year Released: 2007
ain Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin,Woody Harrelson , Kelly Macdonald
Review Date: September 2016
Last watched: September 2016
Number Watches: 2
Format Watched: DVD

“What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss?”

“Mister? You got a bone stickin’ out of your arm.”

Only a few directors have their own style. The Coen brothers have a weird-ass style all of their own and I love it.

There’s a definite old western feel to this road-trip (type), dark comedy (sort of)  horror/thriller thing. But some how there isn’t one label you can put on it. So where to start…

The actors are all gritty and a bit stupid in their different ways so fit in with the dusty reality of ordinary places with ordinary gun fights and ordinary slow thinking people. Tommy-Lee, Josh and Javier are quiet, strong, reliable and so right for the main guys that it’s hard to believe this wasn’t written for them. All the production is good and these three keep the standard very high. A word out for Woody and Kelly who are both more than just background and add a couple of extra pieces to the plot.

The script is a wonderful thing and everyone has lines that are a joy to hear. The delivery is as much part of the texture as the pauses and looks in between so big up to the directors too.

In other words, I liked it. Both times I watched so far. It’s brutal in places, funny in dark corners, well played and well directed. It’s easier to say what kind of film it isn’t than is so… NOT from the stock of romcoms, Cops, Actioners, Politcals, Scifis, Fantasies or Teenage Angsters. If you like grit and don’t mind a bit of rough but also want to be intrigued and like the banter then go see it.

DVD Extras: Making of is good but also shows that all of these guys are serious about making films. I mean really serious. No gag reel.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Thrice+
Keep DVD?
Yes.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog. I was so close to marrying this charming, quiet, subtle little deary…but I didn’t. Call it.

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Divergent

Year Released: 2014
Main Stars: Shailene Woodley,  Theo James,  Kate WinsletAshley Judd
Review Date: September 2016
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

Smooth, well made, incredibly well blended scifi effects and some cool actor-on-actor style work. Nothing to complain about really although the plot is another of the overall predictable, teenager against the world-style.

However, it’s still a good movie. Not as bad as some of the same style as there isn’t any major angst trip, instead they’ve gone for characters driven story and a couple of solid, well written women in the middle (Shailene and Ashley) who don’t go all ‘yo, bitch!’ or the alternative girly-sob-sob but hit a better, more realistic balance. The guys in it tend to be stereo-typical but still 2 and 3 dimensional so not all bad!

Kate’s is probably the worse part and really needed to be a bit more substantial but doesn’t spoil anything.

Overall, a good, well made film that doesn’t challenge and is a clear set up for a sequel. Maybe a B+

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

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Mrs Miracle

Year Released: 2009
Main Stars: James Van Der Beek,  Erin Karpluk,  Doris RobertsMichael StrusieviciValin Shinyei
Review Date: December 2016
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

Don’t know what I was doing but I managed to watch a whole film of Christmas rubbish. I mean – whaaaat?? I got so far into this that I had to finish it just so I could do this review so that’s my excuse.

As a film, it’s predictable and ‘clean’ without anything that anyone would hate. Smooth and formulaic. But on the plus side there’s nothing particularly bad if you don’t mind being a bit brain dead. Imagine a comfortable elevator tune.

So being fair to the movie industry, I have to say that the production quality isn’t bad, the script is predictable but not horrible and the acting is not grating. In fact, Erin and Doris are actually good for what they need to be and Michael and Valin don’t annoy so that’s positive. James is cardboard.

Would I watch this or anything like it again? No, absolutely not. So why this time? It’s December and I’m putting up the decorations so maybe I got a sudden seasonal urge and if you feel like that then you could do a lot worse.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Once. Yeah, I said it! If you want to switch off your brain and you’re in to seasonal shmaltz then it’s well made. Personally, I don’t need this kind of thing.
Keep DVD?
No.
Watch if on TV?
No.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Very light family-get-together style hug for Christmas.

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The Wolf on Wall Street

Year Released: 2013
Main Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio,  Jonah Hill,  Margot Robbie
Review Date: December 2016
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD

Leonardo always make me wary of his films and then actually ends up being good soI approached this flick on an even keel, trying not to take too much baggage to it.

I need not have worried. Not only is the film engaging but also his performance is top notch. It’s a long movie but has lots of movement from one plot piece to the next like your on a steady path so although time doesn’t disappear, it doesn’t go slowly.

Script wonderful but a bit complicated at times however the humour is so well placed and acting so good that there was a level of comfort and good fun on the path.

Not sure if the second view will be as good as the first but I’d risk it to find out. You know that way you look at all the presents on your birthday and get really excited then the next day you kind of wonder what the big deal was? I’m guessing this might be one of those presents. Willing to find out is a good sign though.

DVD Extras: Stuff on the real guy (very illuminating) and a kind of making of.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice.
Keep DVD?
No.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog! SNOG! SNOGGGG! MAKE THE MONEY ON THE SNOG!!!

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