Author Archive

My better half and I again sat down to watch a movie per evening for three days. This time around we watched The Lorax, The Watch and Total Recall. Like my last ‘movie evenings review’ blog post, I won’t provide a synopsis of the movies I’m reviewing, but have again embedded the trailers to help give you an overview.

Evening 1 – The Lorax 3/5

The Lorax is based upon a Dr. Seuss story, and after being impressed by Horton Hears a Who!, I was looking forward to this story. This animation doesn’t have the punch and pizzazz as the Horton movie, but it is in a different league to the disappointing ‘Brave’, which I watched recently.

With a great voice cast, including Danny DeVito as the Lorax, both the vocals and visuals did the storyline justice. The movie is filled with plenty of laughs and coming in at 86 minutes, doesn’t outstay its welcome. It wouldn’t probably make it into my top ten list of animations (if I ever created a list!), but it was good to watch.

Evening 2 – The Watch 2/5

The Watch is a Ben Stiller comedy with Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill. I’ve enjoyed Ben in ‘Meet the Fockers’ and ‘Night at the Museum’, so was hopeful this was a better than average comedy.

This movie isn’t a great comedy, and many supposed funny moments are somewhat lacking. I do enjoy watching American comedies and I did enjoy some parts, but it is a movie I intend to never watch again. If you want to watch a Ben Stiller movie, then watch ‘Night at the Museum’, as it is superior. If you want to watch a Vince Vaughn movie, then watch ‘Wedding Crashers’, as it is a better comedy.

Evening 3 – Total Recall 4/5

I loved Arnold Schwarzenegger’s version of Total Recall, and was excited to see what a version with the latest special effects could offer. Plus it was good to see a movie with two strong female roles, being acted by Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.

I enjoyed this movie, but know I would of enjoyed it more if I had never seen the original, and especially didn’t keep mentally comparing the two throughout watching!

The special effects didn’t disappoint, but the storyline did at times. Bill Nighy’s character was disappointingly little used, which was a huge shame. I would say the original Total Recall has more oomph, with a superior storyline. However Colin Farrell’s version is definitely a great watch, and there is no lack of action and grand special effects. The pace of the remake keeps the story flowing smoothly, and it did bring its own personality to the table, and isn’t just a remake.

About the author: This guest post was written by Andrew, a thirty-something Englishman who devours too much tea and biscuits.

Advertisements

Each night over the last three evenings I watched a movie, and this blog post contains my reviews of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, ‘Brave’ and ‘Looper’.

The trailers for each movie have been embedded in this blog post, to help give you a feel for each movie, rather than me writing a synopsis.

Evening 1 – The Dark Knight Rises 4/5

As a child I watched Michael Keaton’s Batman take on Jack Nicholson’s Joker. I’ve watched the Batman animations, read the comics and played some of the computer games during yesteryear. Recently I sat down and rewatched Christopher Nolan’s first two Dark Knight movies, and a few days back it was time to watch the final movie in the trilogy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

Tom Hardy played one of the lead baddies, and his ‘Bane’ is enjoyable to watch, especially if you had previously read the ‘Knightfall’ comic book series. Anne Hathaway as ‘Catwoman’, brought much needing grounding to her character.

Whilst on the whole the movie was enjoyable, it was undoubtedly too long, and the ending whilst good for the final part of a trilogy, didn’t resonant in my humble opinion with the Batman from the comics. If you’ve watched the first two movies in the trilogy and enjoyed them, then you should enjoy ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ as well.

Evening 2 – Brave 1/5

The trailers for Pixar’s ‘Brave’ looked good, so the following evening I sat down to watch the animation. Twenty minutes later I find myself hating the lead character, and frankly not particularly interested in how it was going to end.

This movie isn’t in the same league as Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles’, Wall-e’ or ‘Up’. Whilst visually the animation looked stunning, the storyline felt weak and insulting to endure at times.

Evening 3 – Looper 3/5

I’m a time travel nut! When Hollywood does a time travel movie, I will often watch it. When I saw the trailers to ‘Looper’, I knew it wasn’t if, but when I watched this movie.

With Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt in some of the lead roles, this movie was reasonably good. It was the strength of the acting talent on hand that carried me through to the end. Don’t get me wrong, this movie is superior to much of what Hollywood regurgitates, and it does an excellent job of showing the talent of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It was also enjoyable to see Bruce Willis play a darker character, one whose moral compass doesn’t reflect many of his usual characters.

There are many non-acting reasons to enjoy Looper, but the storyline didn’t quite satisfy me, but I’m glad the movie was made. One of the lead characters was played by Jeff Daniels, and if you want to watch a better time travel movie, I recommend the movie ‘Timescape’ from 1992, which Jeff was the lead character in, and in my humble opinion is superior to Looper.

Do I want to own any of these movies?

The answer is no, and I’m glad I rented them rather than brought them. Brave was a big disappointment, and Looper’s storyline didn’t feel solid. I feel that the recent Dark Knight trilogy is very good, but for me Batman is always better either in comic form or animation.

About the Author: You can find out more about Andrew at his blog, where he blogs about all sorts.

The internet is littered with abandoned comedy web shows, and for good reason! Most web series bore me, and the production value, acting and quality of writing is somewhat lacking in many of the shows. However a web series has come along, which has pushed my previous favourite to the side, so move over ‘The Guild’, for Space Janitors is comedy gold, set in space!

I’m not knocking ‘The Guild’ by the way, it is a pretty great web series, but ‘Space Janitors’ is more my type of show. I’ve grown up reading science fiction books, love Star Wars, as well as the Red Dwarf TV series, so when I stumbled across Space Janitors, it was love at first sight. Wait? What?

Like most web series, the cast is small, the action centered around a few locations, but what the show sets out to do, it does well. The writing pulls on the fondness many have for Star Wars, but it is also carving out its own identity as the series goes on.

So let’s get down to specifics, the two key characters are ‘Janitors’ working in ‘Space’… did you already guess that? Gold star, if you did. They are supported by three other characters: an android, a ‘squall’ trooper, and a computer psychologist.

So here is the twist, they work for the other side… you know ‘evil’. They all work on an evil space station’, basically a death star, which keeps being attacked by ‘rebels’. So this is basically ‘Star Wars’, with references to ‘Star Wars’, but not Star Wars, do you know what I mean? Mainly though it is about five friends, getting into all sorts of situations and trouble on a space station.When you watch sci-fi movies you see the troops, the officers, the androids all moving around, but who mops up the floors, tidies up the messes, and keeps the computer systems functioning? Well these guys do!

Each episode typically last between 3 – 10 minutes, and so far they’ve released eight episodes already, and I believe season two will shortly start production. They’ve recently started to re-release the episodes on the ‘Geek and Sundry’ network, and their official website is here. Being on the ‘Geek and Sundry’ network, should hopefully bring the show to the attention of more people, so it is a good move.

Space Janitors is a welcomed web series, and I recommend you check it out.

About the author: Andrew is a geek, who loves to write about a variety of topics, whilst drinking tea.