The Rover (2014) Movie Review; A classy action packed film!

The style of this film is fab, I love a movie that starts and immediately thrusts you into the action, Guy Pearce is the man who can do no wrong in my eyes, he can play so many different types of roles to an impressive degree.

Guy plays a quiet broody looking guy sat at a bar in the middle of nowhere, when some strangers come into town his TV and beer pleasure are put on ice, there are scenes in this film that are explosive but bring a real edge of unique quality.

My only downer in this film is Robert Pattinson, if I had never seen him before this film he would have gone by largely unnoticed, but whenever I see him on-screen I immediately think ”Twiilight” he’s not a bad actor but he is not outstanding which makes it really hard for me to enjoy or respect him whenever he tries his hand at a serious piece like this.

7/10

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Atkins diet and drinking alcohol……

So I am back on the Atkins diet, I lost around 10lbs in the first 2 weeks, this is why I love the Atkins, you get the quick and impressive results right from the off, I then went to a fancy dress party and thought in my Karate Kid outfit, that I deserved a few shots of Barcardi & Coke, this went down nice but within the following week my weight loss stalled completely, I thought I may just get away with it but it seems not, I guess I will have to get close to my ideal weight before enjoying the naughtiness of Alcohol.

I have lost a lot of weight on the Atkins in the past, I generally put it back on within 12 months, I always do the same thing, I tap myself on the back and tell myself that I will give myself the week off, this week off normally goes well past a week and before you know it I am at the front of the queue at Carb City!, So my plan this time round is to work through all the phrases and start to build in the healthy carbs gradually, at present I am eating lettice, peppers and onions with my steak, chicken or Fish everyday so it’s not like I am purely living off meat.

As long as I stay off the bread, pasta and rice, I hope that it stays off this time round, that first Jack Daniels is gonna taste good when I get to my goal weight!

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P.S I do not recommend the Chocolate bars marketed by the Atkins franchise, they stalled my weight loss and I have read several posts on different forums that other people have witnessed the same results.

Life of Crime (2014) Movie Review; A smart crime movie with foreplay!

I enjoyed this movie, it’s about two friends who plan a kidnapping, now you may say this has been done before and I wouldn’t argue with you but they bring a bit of foreplay into this storyline, each avenue is explored with regards to what if this, this and this happens, it’s very enjoyable to witness the plan coming together.

In the mean time the unsuspecting victim Jennifer Aniston delivers nicely, I have slated her in the past for playing the same character since friends but I have to tip my cap to her in this film, she is believable and likeable without being anything like her Friends character.

Tim Robbins also makes an appearance, I think everybody see’s him as their favourite third actor based on Shawshank, it is possibly the most over watched film out there but there is no denying its class, nice to see him in something new and clever.

Mos Def and John Hawke’s play the two leads who fail to show any hint of ego between them which results in instant likeability and a willingness to support and root for them throughout.

8/10

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Need help, looking for a french silent film ???????

I saw this film on TV several years ago, I am guessing it was made no sooner than the 90’s and no later than the early 2000’s.

It was a silent film in colour, it was also set in a train station and had  interesting and quirky music playing in the background, there was a man who walks in the station and sits in the only space available in the waiting area, he starts to look at the people opposite him who are sitting on a bench waiting for their train to come in, he spots an attractive lady in a beautiful dress and tries his best to catch her gaze, when he does he then attempts to seduce her by eye contact to the dismay of all the other passengers sitting beside him.

Black comedy.

I know it’s not a lot to go on but I was so impressed with this film, I am just shocked that it has never appeared on TV or been spoken about since, if any french film fans could think back and help out I would be grateful, the man I am referring to was probably in his 40’s / 50’s and was wearing a business suit and was well-groomed.

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Are You Here (2014) Movie Review; Generic pay check for Zak & Owen!

I am fond of Zak Galifianakis and Owen Wilson but this film is as generic as an old ladies wallpaper.

Zak plays the wild and eccentric character AGAIN !!! and Owen plays the cheeky charmer with the wonky nose, now I know he can’t help the nose placement but please guys, make an effort to create or be part of something original and smart, to some degree.

Zak’s Dad dies and he is called back to his small town to sort the families affairs out, only issue here is the story and the characters seem very unbelievable, sometimes when characters are off the wall this can create an eccentric, funny parody of life, not so with this movie, it kind of feels like the director was torn between a quirky independent movie and a commercial successful movie that aims to please everyone.

Wait til you have nothing to do before you put yourself out for this film.

4/10

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Blended (2014) Movie Review; A predictable generic film!

I am a fan of Adam Sandler, mainly his early work but I held out high hopes for this film, with his old friend Draw Barrymore included in the cast to bring back some of that chemistry witnessed in ”The Wedding Singer” the vibe of the film was looking good.

The start of the film begins well, the concept seems original, but it’s not long before the movie follows the usual predictable path, Adam will never be as successful as Eddie Murphy but they both seem to be churning out the same crap safe films, the danger in their performance seems lost.

Would be nice if Sandler found or created some original scripts, every chance his gets to embarrass his lead characters he takes it, reference the car parachute scene…..

On a positive note I did enjoy the fleeting appearances of Terry Crews, he is larger than life on several levels.

5/10

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Get on it(2014) Movie Review: The James Brown movie!

There are lots of good and bad in this film, if we start with the good, the actor (Chadwick Boseman) delivers a sterling performance as James, it’s creepy at times how a like he is, the stories that come out about Mr Brown are interesting and revealing if they are true to life.

The bad, well it has to be the decision by the screen writer to let James talk to the camera / audience in an unfunny Ferris Bueller type of way, the intention was not for comedic purposes, but I am not sure what the screen writers intention was, nevertheless, I found it took me out of the story and in effect the film each time he did it, which was a lot, you have a man whose life is long,interesting, horrific and successful all gift wrapped for the screen writer (Jez Butterworth)  to deliver something special, instead he creates an OK film, but this had the ingredients to be amazing, I hope someone else attempts a remake in the future and avoids Jez’s mistakes.

7/10

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