Glass

Year Released: 2019
Main Stars: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
Last watched: August 2019
Number Watches: 1

“Ect.”

James steals it. Energy, range, buffness, the lot. It’s hard to see anyone else and although Bruce plays the subdued anti-hero really well he doesn’t have much to do. Samuel is a nice cerebral villain but again doesn’t need to do much. As for the rest, well, just two dimensions to fill in the story. Not bad but with very little script.

Production values are fine and the special effects are seamless but the problem is that the plot doesn’t go in the normal direction, in fact it doesn’t really go in any direction. Bit more of a set up for something else rather than a film for itself.

However…I’ve had some of the scenes rattling in my head now for a day afterwards so there’s obviously something niggling away at me.

It’s the plot. There’s constant references to comics and superheroes and not being what they seem to be. It’s all in there, all the questions that might be asked, but I didn’t get the involvement I wanted, more in a seemingly silly way by people I didn’t believe in. Maybe it’s the direction or the script but I wanted everything to be a bit darker, three dimensional and gritty. Instead there’s a sort of simplistic narrative that would be better if the main actors weren’t such big stars. I think they overshadowed the main point of the film and indeed the three films together. I kept expecting them to do something more.

Maybe that’s the point. Maybe that expectation is what Mr Night Shyamalan is trying to shatter. Maybe there’s too many smooth caped films out there.

Film – any good? I think so but don’t expect the blockbuster and explosions or even the ending you might want. Kind of think it’s good to have seen, especially for James, but not a fully realised idea although I can’t put my finger on why.

Keep a look out for the credits that James gets.

DVD extras: None.

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

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Last Girl Standing

Year Released: 2015
Main Stars: Akasha Villalobos
Last watched: April 2019
Number Watches: 1

Scary movie with lots of clichés but twisted a little.

S’ok and keeps you thinking about the scary bits and although the ending and twist are not substantially great, for some reason they’re not massively bad.

There isn’t much wrong with the acting or production and fits nicely with the other not-big-budget frightners.

If you like scary movies and have a spare evening then go for it. Bring some friends round and give it a gore.

 

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Once.
Then keep DVD?
No.
Then watch if on TV?
No.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Hug.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2

Year Released: 2017
Main Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker , Kurt Russell , Pom Klementieff
Last watched: April 2019
Number Watches: 2

It’s a big cast, loads going on, multi-effects BIG picture fully immersed in new worlds, special powers, all that stuff. Group films, those that have a group of characters that have to work together throughout the story, can be difficult. Each person – or alien or animal or animated ‘thing’ – has to maintain a level of importance and depth. For this sequel, even though Chris is the absolute starring role, I reckon the rest of them add both humour and plot and, most importantly, are not boringly redundant.

So even after a couple of sittings, I give this a fun thumbs up with very little reservations except that you might think you’ve seen it before from the first one. Don’t be put off by that though as Bradley, Dave, Zoe and basically everyone else adds massive humour and obvious on-set fun that bring this up a few notches from just a sequel. Anyway, it’s a more an origin story so that makes it ok.

Chris is nicely arrogant and playful with a lot of wrong-but-not-going-to-admit-it childishness. Dave – I love Dave! – is wonderful and such a good actor that it’s difficult to notice – seems strange but just watch him. Bradley and Vin are… well, voices for really good effects. Karen, I mean, superb (that might be my amazement on her transformation from Dr Who. I know I shouldn’t reference that but she’s so different!).  Kurt, Michael, Pom and all the others not group people all play  it incredibly well without anything out of place. Zoe is maybe the least effective. Not her problem as she looks and acts the part of the semi-rough, strong alien, however her role seems to be a bit more side-kick than I’d like. A little more restrained than the warrior I expect her to be but not detrimentally so.

Anyway, effects. You don’t notice the effects. They are absolutely gargantuanly everywhere but just so accepted you don’t even see them. Seriously well done.

Sets, costumes and overall production make this a really good movie…..IF.…. you don’t mind that it’s more of the same. It kinda is. I mean, it’s like all the Marvel comic conversions, you get one new idea then it’s another comic with a similar ride that me and other geeks like but I could see some people wanting to be substantially different.

Hey, it’s fun scifi and the cast is awesome. I still recommend this as movie for all the family and even non-geeks can enjoy the antics if they give it a try.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Thrice+
Then keep DVD?
Yes for the extras but in this age of streaming films it needs to be a lot of good extras
Then watch if on TV?
Yes
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog

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Unicorn Store

Year Released: 2017
Main Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Joan Cusack
Last watched: April 2019
Number Watches: 1

Well, uh, it’s….hmm.

Sort of like it, sort of wonder whether it was going anywhere or it got there and I blinked.

Brie is nice to watch, she’s relaxed and obviously into the script. Samuel is awesomely Samuel but also playing an odd, kind-of ‘walk-on’ style cameo role although he’s integral to the story.

The whole thing seems like nearly there but not quite so it’s like looking around the corner to see what’s hidden and finding it’s another corner and then another and another, etc. Never really getting to a point.

If you go in ready for a very subtle ride then there’s something interesting about this one so I’m glad I’ve seen it – like being glad I’ve seen a documentary and I can maybe refer to it some day but I also don’t mind if I forget the facts or even that I watched it in the first place.

So… yeah. That……….. I feel like I’ve seen the a Cheshire cat but nothing happened.

 

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Once?
Then keep DVD?
No.
Then watch if on TV?
No?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Hug….uh…with rainbows? I guess….

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Rampage

Year Released: 2018
Main Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jason Liles 
Last watched: July 2019
Number Watches: 1

Don’t knock it, this is a good film if you’re honest about what you want to see. No awards will be given out for, well, anything, but it’s a romp with a lot of down-to-earth humour.

Dwayne isn’t my favourite actor. Mostly he’s not good at anything serious or playing funny scenes as he just can’t do subtilty when required to do confused or anxious. He is what he is. However the first half hour here shows him relaxed, not over-acting and really likeable as the character, not just the Rock in a film. It’s opened my eyes to his possibilities so I don’t mind recommending him as one part of the two reasons to see Rampage.

The other reason is that it’s a silly, over-the-top monster movie with all the trappings. You don’t have to look into it much to know what this is about and it delivers your expectations but with a lot of fun from both the characters and the script.

DVD Extras: Not overly filled with extras but you get a lot of the enthusiasm about bringing it to the public and I have to admit to enjoying the reminiscences to the video game. I’m a geek with no apologies and perhaps you are as well…?

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

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The Great Wall

Year Released: 2016
Main Stars: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe
Last watched: April 2019
Number Watches: 1

Really not a good film. Loads of effects and sets and acrobatics but Matt isn’t the guy to have in there and the ‘plot’ isn’t something you would put any western actor into.

I’ve seen good Chinese films and this one could have been one of those with all the hap-hazard running around and juddering surprise acting but it’s been dumbed down to accommodate the slower pace expected by Hollywood. Nearly all of the impact and atmosphere has been smoothed out along with the cleaned up buildings.

I expected someone to say something like – “of all the wall throughout China, why’d they have to attack this bit?” but they didn’t. No humour, no concept of how to use the cultural references and don’t even get me started on the ending.

 

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Never
Then keep DVD?
No.
Then watch if on TV?
No
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Avoid

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Unbreakable

Year Released: 2000
Main Stars:  Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
Last watched: April 2019
Number Watches: 3

A film I don’t like when I’m watching it but cant not continue watching. Strangest thing ever.

Bruce is very, how can I say this, uninteresting. I know it’s the character but there are ways to make even the most dull person appealing and he just doesn’t.
To my mind he was mis-cast.

Samuel’s character is interesting but not nerdy enough for a lover of comics. I know a lot of those and have been one myself. There’s a layer of unsociable that always creeps in to conversations and Samuel just doesn’t give it. He looks too cool to nerd.

So good or bad? Well, kinda good and worth watching for the strange story and super-hero aspects but also very grey as films go. Too much grey for me and although I’ve tried going back a couple of times, liking it in that strange way, this movie always leaves me with a sort of flat feeling, an ambivalence to the subject matter.

I’d hug but not snog and recommend a hug only to those that need to see it for some reason. Not badly made, not a poor idea, just a bit… grey.

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

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