Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1

Year Released: 2010
Main Stars: Daniel Radcliffe,  Emma Watson,  Rupert GrintRalph FiennesAlan Rickman
Review Date: December 2016
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 2
Format Watched: DVD boxset

I first saw this when it came out in the cinema and didn’t like it. Wasn’t a Harry Potter movie I could switch off and enjoy. This time I get it. This isn’t a kids movie or one with nice little fantasy touches, it’s part of the story that was already written and shows the age of the characters rather than another copy of the same-as-before. That’s why it’s so dark and a little bit grown up.

So good film or no? Yes, good film. Bit odd in places as it tries to create a set up for the end game of the next film and it’s also not one I can see being useful to those that don’t know at least one of the previous HP films.

Players are all good in their parts and as usual there are a number of older chaps who pull in a lot of quality character acting. There’s also a good couple of wand fights and it’s nice to see the zap! zap! rather than Put-on-the-lights-amus.

When you get the box set, this is good but I wouldn’t try otherwise.

DVD Extras: none.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice.
Keep DVD?
No unless as part of the box set.
Watch if on TV?
Yes but only if you know the series.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog.

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Children Of Men

Year Released: 2006
Main Stars: Julianne Moore,  Clive Owen,  Chiwetel EjioforMichael CainePeter MullanClare-Hope Ashitey
Review Date: December 2016
Last watched: November 2016
Number Watches: 2
Format Watched: DVD

Gritty and luxurious. Not two word that generally work together but I’m gonna use them here. Clive does a wonderful job of keeping the core together with his slightly naive, slightly intelligent, slightly confident character and the sheer size of the world with the long, single camera scenes is a real treat. If you can, check out the background as each scene contains something extra that helps capture more than the plot really needs but also brings the world behind it to life in a kind of subliminal way. Signs, graffitti, people, colours, buildings. It’s a great example of how putting in the effort pays off.

All the actors are very believable and each creates a 3D life for their part, even if they have only a few seconds on screen so that says volumes for the direction and script. The effects and scene sets are also superbly done with none of them noticeable. Indeed, until you see the ‘making of’ you might not think there was anything at all!

Lots of swearing and violence, none of which appears to me to be superfluous so be warned, this is not a small watch nor a ‘nice’ one but it’s really rewarding.

DVD Extras: cool making of with lots of stuff about how they filmed it. Really good to see although no gag reel as such.

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

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Hercules

Year Released: 2014
Main Stars: Dwayne Johnson John Hurt,  Ian McShaneRufus SewellIngrid Bolsø BerdalPeter Mullan
Review Date: December 2016
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

You’ll get what you’ll expect. There’s no surprises here and as such it’s a film that delivers. Dwayne actually comes across really well as an actor and the supporting cast are really good so all works well and seamless.

Plot/script – yeah, right! No, really, this isn’t that bad, it’s just, you know, what you expect. Actually a fun one when you leave your brain in standby mode so a bit of a hugger, not a snogger.


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

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A Chump At Oxford

Year Released: 1940
Main Stars: Stan Laurel,  Oliver Hardy,  Forrester Harvey, Peter Cushing
Review Date: December 2016
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD BoxSet

First time I’ve seen a laurel and hardy as an adult and they are what they are and do it well. In this one there’s a definite squashing of two films together that doesn’t really work. The first is a short about a dinner party and the second is the real film which starts as they sweep the streets. Guess that’s how the film industry did comedy in those days.

Anyway, it’s a good romp with some smart scenes and buffoonery. Also nice to see a double act that really work together. Look out for a young Peter Cushing as one of the students too.

I feel it’s not their best though and I’m waiting for the ones that made me roll about as a kid.

DVD Extras: I’m working my way through the box set of laurel and hardy so on this disc was also included two shorts that show where the ideas came from for Oxford chump. There’s also a piece at the end of one of the shows that  tells you a little about what was happening here.

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

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Minions

Year Released: 2015
Main Stars: Bob, Stuart, Kevin, Sandra Bullock,  Jon Hamm,  Michael KeatonJennifer Saunders
Review Date: December 2016
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: Bluray

“Banana!”

Yes, funny and cute and def something to put on to have a laugh. Won’t add to the universe and is just an extended minions scene so don’t expect revelations. Then again, are you actually watching a cartoon about the yellow perils to broaden your cinematic mind? No, it’s to have fun. Here’s a bit of fun, not hilarious but fun and no matter what you say, it’s hard not to believe in these little guys.

BluRay Extras: Three funny shorts and a strange collection of loads of ‘making of , pieces that have Easter eggs in the selection pictures. Nice.

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

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Allegiant

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

Slick, good effects, interesting idea but I found it a bit samey. The whole series is a TV series with more money and I didn’t get much out of it as a film. In fact the only reason I was ok with watching was that I needed to see the end of the story!

Good enough and certainly needed for those following the franchise. Think you needed to see at least one of the others to appreciate the plot or most of the script.

DVD Extras: Making of, some other stuff. Sorry but I wasn’t in the mood and there’s no ‘gag’ reel.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice.
Keep DVD?
No.
Watch if on TV?
Yes if you’ve seen the others.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2

Year Released: 2014
Main Stars: Gerard Butler, Craig FergusonJay Baruchel,  Cate BlanchettAmerica Ferrera
Review Date: December 2016
Last watched: December 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

“Dragons!”

Number two in the films and starts with a straight forward catch up of the first one where Dragons get got. Unfortunately that was the fun part of the first one so I think there’s missing humour here. I mean it’s fun and all but not cute so has to work a bit harder.

Graphically wonderful and both dragons and people are very well animated, colourful and believable in a strange fantasy manner. The one thing that sticks out for me is Cat Blanchett’s awful accent – Irish? New Castle? Scottish? Canadian? who knows! – dreadful, Cate, truly dreadful.

Plot and script is also good so overall good fun and defo a nice one for the entire family to enjoy, just not exceptional.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Twice.
Keep DVD?
No. I’ll just look out for it on TV
Watch if on TV?
Yes.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog.

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