The Expendables 3 (2014) Movie Review; Love the action stars, one too many in this one!

You could argue that what the ”Expendables franchise” lacks in quality story line and dialogue is made up in the sheer amount of action stars that are crammed into the film, this installment felt like a complete over kill, not only do you have the usual roustabouts which includes Stallone the maker,Stratham, Jet Li,Dolph,Arny and Terry Crews, this time you have what feels like another dozen added, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Ronda Rousey, Wesley Snipes….

If you once had a career or can fight and would like to get into the movies, Stallone and the Expendables gravy train is right up your street.

I may sound like a hater of this film but I still enjoyed the 80’s style action sequences and porno type delivery of the witty one liners, it just felt like a little too much, like when organizing a small party for people who you like, before you know it the word has got out and every Dick & Harry is turning up, before you know it the party is out of hand and no one ends up having any fun.

Ford, Gibson and Snipes were nice inclusions but to add another half a dozen makes this popcorn movie feel contrived if that’s possible in a film like this, the explanation is that Stallone took his finger off the quality control and just said when some flaky agent begged him to put their client in the film,Ahhhh Fuck it, go on then! no one will notice, or care. ( BetterthanIMDB cares Sly :) )

Worst installment of the 3 so far, I am sure he will make another but time to scale it back Sly.

4/10

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The Amazing Spider Man 2 (2014) Movie Review; Not so!

Let me start by saying that I loved ”The Amazing Spider man (The 1st one) it seemed to treat the viewer with more intelligence and the film seemed aimed more at the immature adult and not 8 year olds, you have the action and the charming & beautiful Emma stone and the rest was history.

Roll on a year or so and everything good about this set up has gone down the pan, the relationship between hairy legs and Emma Stone has become incredibly annoying, they both love each other but can’t be together because of the awkward lives they live, not exactly an exciting road to go down, this story line really drags the film down to what seems like a snail pace, every so often you are reminded that you are watching a Spider man film, but then annoyingly this dull romance keeps appearing.

This Spider Man seems very cocksure of himself, there is an arrogance to his performance that is not likeable at times.

Jamie Foxx was interesting, but with the lame story line in general you find yourself yearning for the end to come.

Really disappointed.

3/10

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The Faces of Love (2014) Movie Review; I really enjoyed this film, fresh story,great acting!

It’s not very often you watch a film now day’s and the story is completely fresh and original and the actors have you on the edge of your seat without the need for bullets flying through the air or cars falling off a cliff!

The wonderful Annette Bening (American Beauty) plays a window who cannot stop thinking about her dead husband of five years, until one day she see’s a man who is his double, the emotions and moral conflicts are clear right from the start but as the story unfolds you squirm and wriggle along with the lead actress which is a true testament to Annette Benings performance.

Ed Harris brings his classic Mr Nice guy persona to the screen and is a delight for every second he is on it.

8/10

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The Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014) Movie Review; An interesting insight to American torture.

This film shows an insight into the torture that took place in Iraq.

I enjoyed this film for its independent point of view, a lot of American based film tend to fly the flag high and proud and ignore the oppositions point of view, this film has two pull factors -

1, It shows a journey of a man joining the army but struggling to find anyone to fight.

2, It shines a light on the torture dished out by the Americans in the prison camps set up to keep the terrorists of the world at bay.

The film takes you full circle and leaves the conclusion in your hands, its a brave move but an ideal way to leave this thought-provoking film.

8/10

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Sabotage (2014) Movie Review; By far the best Schwarzenegger film since he came out of retirement!

I entered into this film expecting a rip off of the ”Expendables” or just another post politics poor Arnie film, instead I got a decent popcorn movie with half a brain.

This is by far Arnie’s best movie since he came out of retirement, the writing is believable along with Arnie’s role, you are kept guessing til the end and actually give a dam about the conclusion.

Along with the above you also have a great cast surrounding the big man which includes, Sam Worthington, (Lost’s) Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard and the intimidating Joe Manganiello.

The brains behind the film are the same people who made ”End of Watch & ”Training Day” which are both classics, I am not saying this film is a masterpiece but it certainly bypassed my expectations.

7/10

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Interesting facts -

According to director David Ayer, Sabotage was heavily cut by the studio in favor of delivering more of an action based film rather than a mystery thriller. The original cut of Sabotage was rumored to be close to 3 hours.

The Beastie Boys, Mike D and Adam Horovitz, turned down a request to use their 1994 song “Sabotage” in promos for the film. In his will, Adam Yauch prohibited the use of his music in advertisements.

 

 

The Four Minute Mile & Heaven is for Real (2014) Movie Reviews

The Four minute mile -

There are many things you can do in four minutes, running a mile would be low on my list, so would watching this film again, if you break it down you have the essence of Rocky transferred into a movie about running, you have a kid (Kelly Blatz) who while looks convincing as a runner but failed to withdraw emotion from me with the rest of his performance.

Now if you are talking about a performance, look no further than Richard Jenkins, he plays the burnt out drunk with a love of running and knowledge of the sport, more than anything he brings a sense of realism to the film, he is so good in this film that he makes everyone else look permanently stationary, he embodies hurt, depression and happiness in just a few looks, he has honed his craft so well that he makes it look easy.

As for the film, I feel let down by it, it’s a very slow introduction, a somewhat interesting middle and a terrible ending, fans of Richard Jenkins should tune in for him, but as a film itself I would not recommend.

4/10

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Heaven is for Real

I went into this with an open mind, and came out of it hating this preachy piece of shit, it’s based on a true story (much like the bible :) )

A kid doesn’t die on an operating theater but apparently visits heaven while he is asleep, if it wasn’t for Greg Kinnear I would have turned off half way through, but I thought, Greg is a man with dignity, he would not take on a preachy God film unless there was some balance to the film that asked a lot of open questions about faith and life, A BIG X for those possibilities I am afraid .

The film offers nothing but a shovel full of God & Heaven down your throat, the evidence they have, is based on the little boy telling them that Jesus has got a new hair cut and that he has met his sister who died when her mother miscarried years before he was born.

I am sure all the Cristian families will be playing this film from morning til night in the vain hope that their children will carry on the loose word of God, unfortunately for them, that is what this film was designed for, to say it was a coincidence that this happened to the preacher of the local church is beyond me, I think he should move into advertising and publicity full-time based purely on the fact that he managed to get this film made and continue the great lie that is religion.

I am going to make a film next year called; Santa, he is real!

1/10

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Calvery (2014) Movie Review; A solid Irish film without the cliche’s!

The star of the film ( Brendan Gleeson) is a joy to watch, it’s amazing how some actors bring a sense of comfort with their performance, he has the likability factor that you would only reserve for a favourite grandad or uncle, so to pierce to screen and make such an impact on his audience is purely a magical.

The film has an interesting story but gambles on a cast of Irish actors, some well known, some not known at all, when a director casts TV actors they can ruin the whole balance of a film because you slowly attach their faces to the work they are known for, also with the Irish characters in films they are normally horribly cliche, ( Drunk,silly & stupid) that is why this film must go down as a success, each character is well developed and original.

The premise of the film – Brendan plays a priest who when listening to a strangers sins is suddenly told that he has one week to live, he is told to get his affairs in order before he will be murdered.

Solid film.

7/10

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