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************************ 05 Jul 2016 ***********************

 

 

I had been looking forward to this movie for months! But the anticipation quickly left when I started watching.

At a length of 3 hours (The Extended Cut), I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it, because let’s face it, I fell asleep during Titanic, The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. All long films.

 

And if it wasn’t for the fact that I had been looking forward to this film for so long, I probably wouldn’t have made it!

The real action doesn’t start until Batman finally comes out in his Bat mobile

–about an hour into the film! Anything before that just felt like filler! But once

that Bat mobile came out, oh man, was I hooked! The film suddenly made a

360 degree turn around. Instead of boring filler, a back story that –although

kind of had to be told– could’ve been dealt with a lot quicker, the film became

what everyone was expecting. It was action packed, it was full of

Batman V Superman standoffs, not just between the two characters, but

between the whole population of Gotham. Suddenly this film became one of

the best I’ve ever seen!

 

The only two downfalls of this film were Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor,

–one of the best actors I’ve seen in a long time btw– but his character

reminded me too much of Heath Ledger as The Joker. It was like his whole character was based upon him. It was very distracting!

The second downfall was that Batman got changed to save Martha. He has such a cool, albeit half broken, uniform after Superman smashed the crap out of him. Alas, when he got back in his Bat plane, he was back to his inferior Bat suit.

 

If I could give this more than five stars I definitely would!

Watch it yourself, and let me know how you liked it!: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

************************ 28 Jun 2016 ***********************

 

 

Four magicians –all with distinctly different abilities– are mysteriously invited through Tarot cards to an apartment building. Once there, they meet each other while waiting in front of the locked door. However, the door doesn’t stay locked for long, as one of them opens it with ease.

Inside the seemingly empty apartment, they set off a series of events which in turn shows them blueprints.

 

They are put together to perform a series of shows as ‘The Four Horsemen’.

They’re the shows of a lifetime, where they’ll rob a bank while life on stage in

the middle of a fully packed hotel, treating the audience to the stolen monies.

 

After their first show, in which they stole millions from a bank in Paris, while

performing in Las Vegas, they are arrested in their hotel room, yet are all let

free due to a lack of evidence.

With Interpol now high on their heels, they manage to evade and escape the

detectives with their tricks.

 

The film includes comedy, mystery and action. All in all it makes for a fun and

intriguing watch, and I’ll definitely be watching the second and third instalments.

 

Spoiler Alert!

In reality, the four magicians are actually just very clever con-men/woman, with incredible capabilities of fooling everyone right in front of their faces.

Still, it doesn’t matter knowing they’re conning everyone, you’re still pulled in to watch every new trick to see what they’ll pull off.

 

Watch it yourself, and let me know how you liked it!: Now You See Me

************************ 06 Jun 2016 ***********************

 

 

When Mac Radner (Seth Rogen - The Interview / Knocked Up) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne - Insidious / I Give It a Year)

move into their new house, they never expected to live next to

the neighbors from hell.

Yet that is exactly what happens when a sorority moves in next

door shortly after.

 

Trying to be the ‘cool couple’, they greet their new neighbors

with promises of weed and a ‘keep it cool, but keep it quiet,’ policy.

Being a sorority though, keeping things quiet isn’t a priority when

all they want to do is to throw legendary parties.

 

After calling the cops on their teenage neighbors, things turn for

bad to worse, making this a very funny and enjoyable film to watch!

Downright hilarious at times, I can’t give it anything other than five stars, and cannot wait until the second part!

 

Watch it yourself, and let me know how you liked it!: Bad Neighbours / Neighbors

************************ 01 Jun 2016 ***********************

 

 

Jason Kelly (Zac Efron - Neighbors / 17 Again), is tricked into consoling Dick Kelly (Robert De Niro - The Intern / Meet the Parents); the grandfather he’s been distanced from for many years, after the funeral of his grandmother.

 

Dick Kelly wants nothing more than to f*ck someone young and free after

a lifetime of marriage, and gets Jason into heaps of trouble to reach his goal.

 

All Jason wants is to deliver his granddad Dick to his destination and be rid

of him to get back home and marry Meredith (Julianne Hough), who’s wedding

was set within two weeks of the funeral.

 

Dreading he won’t make it in time, Jason frets around, getting increasingly

agitated by his granddad to just go where they were meant to go, and get

the h*ll out.

Dick realises his grandson is too uptight and getting ready to marry the wrong

girl, making him do whatever it takes to stop the wedding without Jason

realising it.

 

This comedy is a fun watch, something to laugh at while there’s nothing better on TV.

The plot isn’t that original though, and the profanities could’ve been a LOT less! A film doesn’t need a swearword a minute to be funny.

But to be fair, it's all relative. While I didn't enjoy this film as much as I thought I would, my OH was rolling on the floor laughing!

 

Watch it yourself, and let me know how you liked it!: Dirty Grandpa

************************ 18 May 2016 ***********************

 

 

Graphically brutal from start to finish, this story is not for the faint hearted!

If you can’t handle blood, graphic killings –of both people and animals–, this film is NOT for you!

I didn’t actually keep track of the time, but the brutality and bloodshed started at

about 3 or 4 minutes in, with the first person to die receiving an arrow to the

forehead from Indians invading their camp.

 

Astonishingly good acting from Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic,

The Wolf of Wall Street) who plays Hugh Glass!

Granted, during part of the film all he does is lying down,

but even then, the acting he does with only his facial expressions

is immensely powerful. Portraying both the physical and emotional

pain he’s going through with such a gripping performance, I am not

at all surprised that he received an Oscar

(Finally – he’s waited long enough!).

 

Without revealing too many spoilers, I’ll try and tell you a bit more!

After being attacked by a wild bear, Glass’ luck turns from bad to

worse, as his crew leaves him for dead.

Left with a broken body, and having lost his reason for living, his strength

comes in the form of vengeance, the strongest force that pulls him through every obstacle in his path.

I don’t want to tell you much more, in case I ruin it for you! But if you’re into survival films, this one is definitely one you need to watch!

 

Watch it yourself!: The Revenant

 

************************12 Apr. 2016 ***********************

 

 

Culling out the people you hate the most, without any retribution, wouldn’t that be anyone’s dream? I know what my answer to that would be…

 

But I’m not sure if the notion of a purge; one 12 hour night a year -7 pm until 7 am- is either sick or ingenious.

 

This film shows one family during the purge.

Trying to stay together during the 12 hours, trying to keep it together.

Trying to stay alive, while all hell breaks loose around them.

But when there’s a daughter that lets her suspicious boyfriend in just before

midnight,and a son who lets a stranger, crying for help after being hurt, into

the house, who knows what might happen.

Dubious shadows keep moving in doorways, are they the boyfriend or the

stranger? Is the family safe?

And who are the dozen people moving ever closer to their house with axes

and other weapons.

 

When the family encounters the intruders on their lawn, their power gets cut,

and it seems like they are f*cked. Will they be able to protect themselves?

 

This movie shows the downside of 12 hours of a lawlessness and portraits the worst that can happen.

 

4 out of 5 stars; It's a okay film, but with an original story line I haven't seen before, turning this from an average 3 stars to 4 stars. This is a thriller/slight horror, with some unexpected twists.

Check it out for yourself!; The Purge

************************ 17 Jan. 2016 ***********************

 

The Martian

 

Mark Watney; Space Pirate.

 

The Martian is a movie adaptation by Ridley Scott (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Before I Go to Sleep), based on the self-published book of the same name by Andy Weir.

 

Mark Watney’s crew - Melissa Lewis; Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Zero Dark Thirty), and Rick Martinez; Michael Peña (End of Watch, 30 Minutes or Less) among others, have to leave Mars during a Martian storm. Thinking Mark is dead, they leave him behind.

However, after the crew has left the planet, Mark regains consciousness

and is now faced with a race against time for survival.

Knowing he has only a quarter of the supplies needed until the next

mission to Mars, he has to ration and find ways to survive on a

planet that is seen as uninhabitable.

 

As the main actor, Mark; Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity,

The Adjustment Bureau), does a thoroughly good job in keeping

you hooked. The dialogue is mainly one sided, with Mark communicating

through his webcam, over a chat program and aloud to himself,

or even in his head.

 

Obviously, never having visited Mars, but having seen the images

in the news sent back from the Mars Rover amongst others.

The terrain in the film looks surprisingly real, and makes you believe

you really are on Mars when watching it.

 

But, lovers of Comedy, don’t be fooled by The Martian’s recent win

of a Golden Globe for ‘Best Comedy’! This film has some funny

moments, (Spoiler alert!:) when, for example, Mark almost sets his crop and himself on fire when trying to grow food. However, The Martian is by no means a comedy film.

5/5 Stars!

Go check it out yourself: The Martian

 

************************ 31 Jan. 2016 ***********************

 

 

A feel good film.

 

When 70- year old Ben Whittaker; Robert De Niro (Meet the Parents, Limitless)

finds out that being a pensioner isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and comes across

an ad for a start-up e-commerce fashion company looking for retired people as

interns, he doesn’t hesitate to apply.

Appointed as the personal intern to the head of the company, Jules; Anne

Hathaway (Les Misérables, Alice in Wonderland), he has some challenges ahead,

as she’s not the easiest of people to deal with.

 

Slowly they warm to each other, and Ben, being the perfect gentleman that he is,

gets Jules to open up to him in ways that she wouldn’t with other employees.

4 out of 5 stars; It's a good film, with some well executed emotions, but predictable.

Check it out for yourself!; The Intern

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