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.



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.



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.



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.

Brick Mansions (2014) Movie review; Paul Walker back from the dead in good remake of District B13

I thought I had already seen the last of Paul Walkers film work, so this turned out to be a nice surprise and the good news is, the film is pretty good.

Paul plays an undercover cop, (AGAIN), but this time he has Parkour star David Belle to share the screen and bring his muscles to fight off Paul’s Walkers charm and brains.

I have seen the original to this film which was named District B13 (French film), David Belle stars in the original and the remake which must be a first ?

Both films are great, but for those of you who hate Subtitles the Paul Walker version will probably go down better.

The story is interesting and the characters are believable and shocking at times, the pace of the film feels just right and director and writer never let you get bored.

Good film.



Harry Redknapp and his Spurs players who did not want to play for England !

This surely cannot be hard to work out, from my memory alone you have David Bentley ( Strong possibility)  Arron Lennon ( Very strong seeing he has not been picked or mentioned for England for over a year)  I doubt Jermaine Defoe would be on Harry’s list, Ledley King ( I can see him trying to get out of friendly games because of his knee)  Jermaine Jenus had a few showings for England, can’t imagine he would be looking for excuses not to join up again.

So I would guess and say Harry is talking about David Bentley who threw his football career away, and Arron Lennon who never pushed on from his early promise, England are better off without them.


OK, I am ready to carry on World Cup 2014 without England!

I have accepted the fact that England are rubbish, it may not be constructive but it’s not far from the truth.

When you look at our other World cups and Euro failures there is a pattern that exists over the past twenty years, at the 2010 WC in South Africa we were horrible to watch but managed to get out of the group much like a slug begging to be put out of its misery, we played small nations struggled then played Germany and got smashed 4 -2, It could have been much worse.

If you look at the Euros in 2012 we also played bad football, I think we were voted the worse team in the tournament and went out to Italy who controlled the game completely and we defended for 80 minutes like a nation new to big competitions, we went out on penalties as the Italians could not thread a ball past the two buses we had in goal.

So back to the present and I have to say I felt like a part of me had died when England got dumped out of this years World Cup, there was something missing, or should I say two things missing from the England team, I think you either have to have one or the other, if you have both you win the World Cup, if you have one you make it to the Quarter final stage at least, these two things ?  1, To have World class players in your team, ideally at least three players, at present, England have zero, that 2nd thing would be to play as a team, and have a real team ethic, England from my time have not shown a team good ethic since Glenn Hoddles 1998 side, some would argue that the spirit was built by Terry Venables and taken on by Glenn Hoddle, either way, the teams of 1996 and 1998 had some great players but more than anything it was the team that managed to take on the world with confidence, each player played with a sense of trust in his team mates.

The present team of 2014 showed a glimmer of entertaining play against the Italians, but when the answers were being asked at the crunch time in the game, a lot of our players were looking around to see who was willing to take the game by the scruff of the neck, I would argue that Rooney, Gerrard & Cahill tried to do this but they were simply not good enough or did not have that level of class to do so, matched with a team lacking in experience the resulting pitiful World Cup exit was not that hard to predict, the three players mentioned are good team players, not World class players, if you added Pirlo, Suarez and Van Persie to the England team you would fancy our chances, in a perfect world, I guess we would all be very bored, so instead we are stuck in reality.

Alonso was quoted yesterday as saying the Spanish World champions reign ended because the players were no longer hungry, I think there are elements of this with the England team, even though based on their half a century of losing you would think they would be starving, instead I look at Costa Rica who have players who move as one, and battle and fight for each other, all of England’s players are earning a fortune, they all drive top of the range sports cars, live in mansions, and never have to solve or deal with banal issues that most of us do.

I think there is an element of our players being cuddled in the most entertaining league in the world, it may be the most entertaining but it is probably third or fourth in the quality stakes, so while Gerrard and co look like superstars in the Premier league, when they meet real quality teams they soon realise they are not as good as they thought they were.

All of the top four in a our league have foreign players as their key men, our English players simply play supporting roles in the show that is the Premier league, this World Cup has made our guys look like TV extras, I can enjoy the World Cup now, but it will take me a good while to believe in a England team again.


England v Uruguay – World Cup 2014 – 19/06/14 – Don’t come home just yet!

I can’t believe how much this one game  means to all the UK,OK that will just be England then,  anything less than a win and we are surely out of the World cup for this year, the amount of column inches and TV interviews and links created over this campaign  and it could be all over within 2 games, the flags on the cars will come down, the anticipation and excitement of a nation dissolves into a quiet depression, ”no pressure” on the players then.

As the song goes, No more years of hurt. No more need for dreaming, well I will be dreaming and hoping for a win tonight, I would be happy

with England getting out of the group, anything less and the media will be sharpening their knifes when the team land at the airport.

This years team have shown the country that England can play attractive, fast paced football, it would be a crime if we went out in the groups by playing football the way it should be as opposed to Capello who chose to stifle out flair players and play with a robotic defensive team.

I hope all the players make England proud!

My prediction England 3 Uruguay 1

Barkley 2 – Gerrard 1

Key factor – The weather is suppose to be wet & cold ( Like playing in England)