The Last Airbender

Year Released: 2010
Main Stars: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz,Dev Patel , Jackson Rathbone            
Review Date: July 2017
Last watched: May 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV (Cable)

Everything falls into place eventually but to start with I got a strange feeling that I should have seen a previous film. Then at the end it’s obvious they were looking for a follow up, perhaps a TV series. In fact the whole thing feels like a very epic, large budget pilot for some show I don’t know about.

Not bad, defo not that. There’s special effects and costumes and camaraderie and bad guys and good guys and all sorts of strange beings and 3D people. It’s a collection of fantasy and mysticism that kinda works but also kinda doesn’t seem to resolve itself.

Performances are good. Some better than others and some a bit blah. Noah is incredibly angst ridden and shows a very insecure hero battling with why people aren’t just being nice and getting on a bit more. Very nicely played and without a hint of the ‘look-at-me’ acting cardboard that some older actors think is so great.

So it’s one for everyone albeit a little more kiddy than adult. Having said that there are parts that seemed to me to be darker than small kids might want so it’s a mixed bag in places. Perhaps the script was re-written a number of times to try to get the right balance and someone with a purse eventually said, hey, that’ll do.

Anyway, a good wee adventure, maybe not as satisfying as it could have been.

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

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What We Do In The Shadows

Year Released: 2014
Main Stars: Jemaine Clement, Jonny Brugh , Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Ben Fransham, Rhys Darby
Review Date: July 2017
Last watched: May 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV (Cable)

“We’re werewolves not swearwolves!”  (thanks, Alex Arabian, good quote!)

More Docu-comedy than film, it’s clear early on that this was made by a family of like-minded people rather than a bunch of accountants.

Such a silly film and yet there’s a class that only the New Zealanders can bring. Jemaine has a rare camera presence that makes you wonder if he exists outside of the TV. Taika, Jonny and Ben ooze undead appeal and there’s nothing wrong with any of the production once you get into it.

That took me a bit of time as I hadn’t heard about this one so wasn’t prepared for the format. However when I got the idea of it I wanted to keep going and I had a good laugh.

Funny but not everyone’s cup of tea. Students, kids of most ages, adults, horror buffs and probably a few pensioners – as long as you get it, you’ll get it.

Loved the werewolves.

Interesting fact – IMDB has a credit for Adolf Hitler although he’s listed as Uncredited.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice.
Keep DVD?
No, maybe, depends on the extras.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog the creatures of the night. Make sure there’s nice pillows though, let’s keep it comfy.

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Fury

Year Released: 2014
Main Stars: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman , Shia LaBeoufMichael Peña,Jon Bernthal 
Review Date: July 2017
Last watched: May 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

 

Brad was born to be an good actor. He’s got a face that really focuses on what he’s doing and can portray confidence without always having authority. Not always well cast but in this tank he makes it look very natural. (I just re-read that. Bit poncey sounding, sorry.)

Logan, Shia, Michael and indeed everyone else we see are all high quality players for war films and very believable so I’ve got no issue with this film’s cast or production values. Everything is gritty, real, muddy and horrible in the way you would expect.

I don’t think there’s any forced reality either. That stuff with Private Ryan on the beach where you get your face shoved in the very personal, brutal world of war. Very effective but could be overdone if everyone jumped on that bloody band-wagon. Not used here and it’s all the better for it.

I was a bit sceptical about watching a movie about a tank and the American crew since these tend to be all flag-waving and super-heroism but don’t worry about it as I didn’t get that feeling and half way through I was still keen to see the rest. Maybe not as gory as some might want but an immersive and captivating war story that I’d see again.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice.
Keep DVD?
No.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog – GET DOWN! OPEN FIRE! MOVE! MOVE! here’s the thing, we – SIX O’CLOCK! LOAD! FIRE! MOVE! MOVE! Anyway, as I was saying – HOLD THE ROAD! ATTACK! ATTACK!

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Suicide Squad

Year Released: 2016
Main Stars: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie , Cara Delevingne         
Review Date: July 2017
Last watched: April 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV (Cable)

I listened to the hype and then the anti-hype. I should never do that. You should never do that. When reading this or any review you should always be saying to yourself that it’s just someone’s opinion, nothing more. We all like things for our own reasons.

This film’s crap.

Big budget and so much promise with a lot of interesting things that should have been explored in a better, more focused way but I have to agree with someone’s review that said (kinda) this was a case of too many sweet wrappers and not enough fillings. Margot, Will, Cara and most of the rest are all nice in their way but the script is dull, the action isn’t much better and it just feels like DC are wanting to kick start a big group movie franchise by throwing everything in at once. This ends up being a mediocre soup where no one is worth getting invested in.

Now, there’s always an upside….um…..only one I can think of is Margot but given the outfits and Harley Quinn’s mental state I doubt any fit girl could have messed that one up. No, not being chauvinistic, it’s the main – and kinda only – pulling reason to go see this empty affair. I say big budget but in places it looks like the money was wearing thin.

If you need to spend time with a superhero movie and all the others are out enjoying themselves at the Comic Oscars, then knock yourself out. You might not need to as it could very nearly put you to sleep.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Once so you can say to your friends how disappointing it was.
Keep DVD?
No.
Watch if on TV?
No.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Avoid. You can get more from looking at pictures of Cosplay on internet and writing your own comic.

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Dr Strange

Year Released: 2016
Main Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch,  Chiwetel Ejiofor,  Rachel McAdams              
Review Date: July 2017
Last watched: April 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV (Cable)

A weird hero but a fun one to watch go on a really trippy adventure!

Benedict is not always my cup of tea but he’s found a fantastic fit with this production. He’s always got the humour and can step out in elegance but he’s also shown a dash of action that the director has made the most of. This is a semi-intellectual, jumping-in-and-out-of-mirror-worlds-with-strange-chases type of action and it’s refreshing to see rather than massive explosions and guns (although there are a few of these as well!)

Good fun for everyone, tones and ambience lifted rather than the usual moody dark, and with scifi coming out it’s ears! Go get!

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Thrice.
Keep DVD?
Yes.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog with a cape, goatee and a big all-seeing eye!

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Logan

Year Released: 2017
Main Stars: Hugh Jackman,  Patrick Stewart,  Dafne Keen            
Review Date: July 2017
Last watched: February 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: Cinema (2D)

“It’s beside water”

Old people being crotchety but with powers and shit. There you go, that’s the film.

Patrick and Hugh work really well together and the script/direction makes the most of that. It’s good to see something from Marvel with less big-badda-boom and more character writing. This isn’t the only dramatic effort from their stable but it’s definitely a law unto itself and maybe a precedent for where the super-heros of today might go tomorrow. Two really powerful stage actors deep into the moral problems of super-killers and trying hard not to want the family ties offered by a little girl and her friends.

So that brings us on to Dafne who is a cracker of an actor. Some kids get it, some don’t, and she does. She’s just as crotchety as the old guys. Good future ahead and her scenes are worth waiting for.

Having said that and acknowledging that I’d watch this a number of times, there’s still some part of me wants something that I can’t quite understand isn’t there. Does anyone else get that? It’s not an empty film, far from it. There’s action, drama, emotions all over the place and a pile of scifi in the undercurrent that doesn’t ever seem out of place or OTT. So what’s this mysterious thing that seems lacking? Sorry I don’t know. It’s a feeling, you know? I think I’m gonna have to see this one again to find out. Perhaps there’s a part of me wants a much deeper adult tone, something really, really serious. This is about a vicious slasher after all.

Maybe it’s just me. I’d certainly put this one forward for scifi/comic nerds, older teenagers and grown-ups wanting to feel on level with the heroes that have creaking knees for a change! I wouldn’t think that it’s one for smaller kids though and also probably not great for those wanting big-badda-boom time.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Thrice.
Keep DVD?
Yes.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog

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T2 Trainspotting 2

Year Released: 2017
Main Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Anjela Nedyalkova 
Review Date: July 2017
Last watched:February 2017
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: Cinema (2D)

“Spud!”
“Choose life?”
“She’s too young for you”

Choose nostalgia as the main reason for a film. Choose to document the wrap-party of it’s own previous self and get closure for those that needed to feel they’d been through something. Choose the same actors and same or similar locations and recreate some of the same scenes or at least reference them in flash backs.

Over all, choose to try to hit some sweet spots but make sure you’re also trying to create a few new ones based on wisdom of 20 years then place the characters on a spiral of self-destruction and wonder if they could survive.

I liked it, yes, but I also need to watch it again now I’m over the first hit. This is a very mild drug based on the previous, more powerful batch that hit the streets and made such a monumental impression by showing a side of youth life that people, especially parents, didn’t want to see. Now the guys are grown up and can reflect on what they think themselves and it’s all done with enough acknowledgement that you don’t feel like it’s just doing it all over again.

Obviously, Ewan, Johnny, Ewen and Robert have passed a lot of water under the bridge since then and they know what to do. Anjela is the new girl and fits into this pseudo fantasy world nicely. Nothing wrong with production or the direction either. I guess I need to see it again to reassure myself I’m not just looking back. I’m from Scotland and the same era as the films so it’s difficult to see past that part.

Yes, I think you go see it. You should also see the first one and compare but I’m going to guess your reaction to either will depend on your age and how you were brought up.

 

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice.
Keep DVD?
No.
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog with a blissful ignorance of the world and it’s problems… man.

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