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.

 

 

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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The Monkeys Paw ( 2014 ) Movie Review; Really bad film

I liked the concept of this film, an average Joe down on his luck comes across a ” Monkeys Paw” that grants three wishes, but wait for it, …. when you wish for things you don’t get what you asked for, I was expecting a darker version of ”Bedazzled”, instead what I actually got was a long, dull ass film, that fails to scare or interest the viewer throughout.

I am pretty gob smacked that with such an open story the writer / director failed so badly to make anything work.

1/10

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Re-joining a gym and the Bullshi* that goes along with it!

I remember when I felt young, I could play football for 90 minutes and then think nothing of a game of squash an hour later, I am now 33 but my body feels like it is closer to 50.

I decided to re-join my local gym, with all the budget gyms in my town I managed to pay £13 a month, there is no extras like a sauna or steam room but as I paid but never used these luxuries in the past I knew I was on to a winner!

I phoned the gym, I got passed around a couple of times before someone with a high-pitched tone accepts my call, Hi MY NAME IS AMY AND I UNDERSTAND YOU WANT TO JOIN OUR GYM !

Yes I do, I am a previous customer, I would just like to sign up without all the bumf if that is possible.

YES SURE, WELL YOU WILL HAVE TO DO AN INDUCTION AND HAVE A CHAT WITH A MEMBER OF STAFF!

I have used all the machines before, I am only interested in the cardio machines, can I not just sign a waiver so if I break my leg I can’t sue you ?

NO, I AM AFRAID NOT, YOU NEED TO HAVE A CHAT AND HAVE AN INDUCTION WHICH LASTS A MIN’ OF 30 MINUTES, ITS VERY IMPORTANT FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY & LEGAL REASONS!

(I book in a time slot)

When I arrive at reception, the lady looks at me like a lost dog without a home, CAN I HAVE YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD PLEASE!

No, I am joining today, I was told to ask for Amy ?

MMMmm, SO HAVE YOU GOT A MEMBERSHIP CARD?

Nope! ….. 1st day today.

( Minutes go by before a girl named Sarah arrives at reception, her demenor is that of girl who has just broken up with her boyfriend)

HELLO, YOU’RE HERE FOR YOUR INDUCTION ?

(We arrive at her desk shortly afterwards and in a high pitch she says…)

SO WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS ?

I have done all this before… I just want to focus on running and using the treadmill…

RIGHT, RIGHT,RIGHT…..

WELL WE HAVE A  SPECIAL OFFER AT THE MOMENT, PAY FOR 5 PERSONAL FITNESS LESSONS AND GET 1 FOR FREE.

No thanks, I just want to do my own thing.

(She is now looking at me like I am have just informed her that she is in fact adopted)

OK, WELL I WILL TAKE YOU ROUND TO SEE MATT WHO WILL BE RUNNING THE INDUCTION FOR YOU TODAY.

( I am introduced to Matt who looks like he has just woken up, hair covering his eyes when he is not flicking it back with his own head movements)

 

ALRRIGHT MATE, HAVE YOU USED A GYM BEFORE ?

Yes I have used this one, and several others.

ALRRRIGHT MATE, COOL, LETS START ON THIS MACHINE AND CAN YOU SHOW ME HOW YOU SHOULD START IT.

(I show him how to start three machines, 2 minutes have past and he says…

THAT’S FIIIINE MATE, YOU CAN DO YOUR OWN THING NOW! YOU HAVE PASSED !

( I get stuck straight into to the crosstrainer, I am feeling good as I motion pumping my fists forward while treading mud, there are a few fat ladies working out around me, I don’t really think anything, my mind is vacant, about twenty minutes into my standing workout an attractive blond-haired woman gets onto the machine next to me, as a married man I don’t play away from home but I cannot deny that I attracted to this woman, in over thinking the situation I find that I am pounding the crosstrainer harder than I was before she arrived in the gym, while doing this I am looking everywhere except in her direction, I don’t know why I feel the urge to do this, I guess the opposite reaction of me looking at her once in a while might me confused with me perving on her, so out of paranoia I decide to play it safe and play the role of Stevie Wonder on a crosstrainer.

I am married but I don’t wear a ring, not for the reasons you may think, I hate jewellery of any kind on my skin, always have, but as I am sat there in the gym I notice some girls checking out a guy and making it so obvious that all the guy would have to say to pull her would be to smile and say hello,(The guy in question does not notice any of his admires, or pretends not to notice them )  at this point I have an urge to be wearing a wedding ring, I want to wear it as a beacon of comfort to all the single ladies in there who now don’t see me as a threat , I hate it when you are just being friendly but this is confused for making a play….

45 minutes in and I head to the water area, while guzzling a few cone-shaped cups, I gaze at the fitness classes on the wall, a plane woman in her 40’s is a yard away from me, I casually ask about one of the groups, ( what type of exercise do they do in that class ?)  the woman looks at me like I have just asked if she fancied a quickie in the toilet, she looks uncomfortable and replies with, Errr.. I don’t know, but as she walks away she smiles to herself as if to say, ( Yeah, nice try fella!)  I can’t tell you how annoyed this makes me, Oh well I will have to take it out on the treadmill.

1st day of Gym

30 MINUTES  ON CROSSTRAINER

15 MINUTES ON TREADMILL

15 MINUTES ON THE BIKE

TARGET FOR NEXT WEEK – 30 MINUTES ON TREADMILL

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The Saratov Approach (2014) Movie Review; A True story about two men and their faith. 7/10

Based on a true story about two American missionaries who decided to set up camp in Russia and teach the locals the word of God.

For the first part of this film I was left wondering how much dribble I would have to listen to about God and what he expects from us, I am an atheist and at no point did I feel like converting to believing in the special man in the sky.

The film takes a turn for the better when these two men are kidnapped, the interest levels increase when the two men have a battle on their hands which revolves around their own faith, the mormon group don’t drink alcohol, don’t smoke and don’t do a lot apart from living a good life and helping their fellow-man, may be harsh but that is how they are depicted in this movie.

The real climax arrives in the film when the two men question their own faith and question if they can survive without breaking their own rules.

I enjoyed the movie, the actors draw you into the story and if you have faith or not in your life there is still enough going on to keep you entertained.

7/10

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Bad Words ( 2014) Movie Review; Bateman plays a cock with conviction! 8/10

I really enjoyed this, had no expectations, did not know Jason Bateman was in it, or that he was directing the film, please continue with this kind of work in the future Jason!

Bateman plays the role of his career, he seems like the number one go to guy when it comes to safe family comedies, this is not a safe family comedy, Jason plays a complete cock with grinning charm, there are few actors who have pulled it off, or should I say get the right dialogue and attitude on the same page, Billy Bob Thornton was a great cock in Bad Santa, but there is something special about the way Bateman delivers this role, he has complete conviction over his cock character, you don’t doubt  him for  a second which resulted in my case anyway, a lot of laugh out loud moments from the off which continued throughout.

Kathryn Hahn deserves a mention, with her lovable face which turns crazy without notice, she really compliments Batemans performance and they bring the best out of each other.

The story is layered very well, you have a kind of love interest, a kind of friendship, a competition and a family issue.

One of the most funny and entertaining films I have seen in a long time, I tip my cap to you Jason Bateman, you are a very funny man.

8/10

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Under the Skin (2014) Movie review; Strange, Strange & Strange!

I find Scarlett Johansson very attractive, when I read that she was wandering around Scotland flirting and killing men in this film my intrigue rose to a decent level.

All I can say is, strange, strange & very strange, part of me wants to slam the film, but I can’t, even though it is very weird I could not stop watching, before you get excited there is no real sex scenes in the film, and fans of the horror genre will be better giving this one a miss, I don’t know where this film will attract its viewers from, it must have been the hardest film to market, maybe that’s they decided not to do any marketing!

Mmmmm…. I don’t recommend the film but I will say if you are bored with the general mass-produced movies of today maybe you will enjoy this odd ball movie.

5/10

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Facts about the film -

The men lured into the van by Scarlett Johansson‘s character were not actors. Jonathan Glazer had hidden cameras installed in the van and only informed the men afterwards that they were in a movie.