Scorned ( 2013) Movie review; Great idea, terrible execution!

I love the idea for this movie, a women scorned, I am surprised that the plot has not been done more often.

After finding out that her blobby version of Billy ( My god what has he done to his career) Zane,  she decided to seek revenge by torturing both cheaters, the acting is questionable from the off, but the idea seems fresh so I stayed plugged in, before long this great idea soon turns into a flat affair.

The trailer shows all the best bits from the movie, all these bits last around 60 seconds, you have then got the rest of the film to deal with, there is really lack of tension or tempo throughout, I think maybe a lack of budget may have been the reason some of the scenes should have shocked or scared but ended up doing nothing, pretty much like the entire film.

I do feel for Billy Zane, he has gone from the smash hit Titanic (1997) and the fabulous Dead Calm ( 1989) to now being the forgotten man of Hollywood.




ALL IS LOST (2013) Movie review; Say that again!

I love Robert Redford for his previous work, this is the first movie in a while that actually made me angry, I was expecting a version of cast away, what I got was a agonisingly dull film.

The moments that should have been of interest just didn’t work for me, I wanted to see how he would survive, how he would deal with problems that would naturally occur when you are all alone at sea, what makes this worse is the fact that Redford doesn’t utter a word throughout, OK I know he is alone, but surely the odd Sh*t or Fuc* would be expecting  every now and again, instead you are left with a few mouse like mentions of the word …. Help, over here!

If you are struggling to sleep watch this, you would think that if Redford was not going create his own Wilson there may have been some beautifully moving soundtrack, not on your nelly, the soundtrack sounds like someone is playing the same chord repeatedly

My lasting thought was that of frustration, I held out until the end only for this movie to disappoint once again, I get the impression that the budget was limited and someone said to Redford, hey I have a boat, if you’re not busy, fancy making a movie ?

The Washington post describe this film as Dazzling, I would love to find out how much free bubbly and food they were treated to before saying this.



Facts on the film –

The film’s script is nearly dialogue-free and only 32 pages long. (You don’t say, I had just presumed I had gone deaf )

This is the only movie in the 100-plus year history of international filmmaking that has only one actor and one writer/director but eleven executive producers as well as six other producers of varied titles. ( Please make it the only one)

Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Movie review; Probably the most powerful performance of 2013

When I saw Matthew McConaughey in the Wolf of Wall street I felt sick from his appearance, I knew it was as a result of him losing a lot of weight for a movie, my first thoughts were that no movie is worth risk to your health, after watching this film I am now blown away by his performance and have to say I think would have had less of impact on me if he hadn’t gone all balls out to make himself look this sick.

You feel a lot of things for Matthews character, to begin with I hated him, he is narrow-minded cowboy, homophobic and just a general jack ass, as this true story develops you witness what happens when someone is cruising in life to someone grabbing life by the neck and doing anything they can not to let go.

Jared Leto is also outstanding in this very camp role, I would imagine it would have been easy to over play his part, he plays warmth and love from his face but hurt in his eyes, the combination of Matthew and Leto together is a magical concoction.

The movie is more of a message on people and how they treat each other, if you take the lead characters or the corporate companies that bully people.

Interesting facts about the film –

Jared Leto lost 30 pounds for his role.

Matthew McConaughey lost 47 pounds in assuming his role as an AIDS patient. Newspapers reported his new looks as “terribly gaunt” and “wasting away to skin and bones”.

The movie went through various stages before finally being financed with the help of Matthew McConaughey. The first director/actor duo who tried to get the movie made were Brad Pitt and Marc Forster and also Ryan Gosling and Craig Gillespie.

The film marked Jared Leto‘s return to acting after 5 years.

During the mid-1990s, Dennis Hopper was attached as director with Woody Harrelson as Woodroof, but financial backing was impossible to secure.

Such were the budgetary constraints on this 25-day shoot, no customary lighting setups were used for the only camera that was hand-held for takes lasting up to 15 minutes. Rehearsals were excluded and, to the relief of the actors, no post-production looping requested.

Hilary Swank was cast but she dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.




The Hardy Bucks Movie (2013) Movie review; A Smiling green movie!

This movie just made me smile throughout, if you are a fan of Irish blagging and general humour this is for you.

A bunch of skint lads based in Mayo, Ireland decided that life is boring and a trip to the world cup to follow the national team would bring a bit of jazz to their life.

Don’t worry about taking the girlfriend to see this as there is zero football chat, it’s more of a road trip with lots of genuine funny moments and original dialogue.

I get the impression that making this movie was an after thought to these boys having a good time, that energy bounces off the screen and makes the movie enjoyable.

The acting is not great in parts but the punch line and dialogue is so good that it kind of makes up for it.

Put a smile on your face and watch this film!



Filth (2013) Movie review; The best Scottish film since Trainspotting 9/10

Where to start with this little cracker, well I was not expecting what turned out to be a real treat, James Mcavoy really delivers in possibly his most interesting role since ”The Last King of Scotland” he plays a cop going for a promotion and willing to lie,cheat and kill anyone that gets in his way.

The style is key to this movie, at first I thought I had the theme pegged but it has a wonderful split of dark humour mixed with a human emotion which fling’s itself through your screen, I think what they have created in this movie is very hard to get right, but full marks, they have made what I think will be known as a cult classic in years to come.

Depending on your tolerance to get offended I am sure most people will laugh,wince,hide and generally feel moved in several ways when watching this, this movie makes others seem insignificant.

Irvine Welsh wrote Trainspotting and you can tell to the point that you fall in love with his characters in this regardless if they are complete dregs on society or this case a complete Cun*.

Interesting facts about the film:

James McAvoy has the ability to vomit at will. The scene where Bruce is sick was real vomit.

In the first draft of the car singing scene the song was originally ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is’ by Foreigner. Irvine Welsh chose ‘Silver Lady’ as it’s a karaoke favourite.

The room that Bruce has consultations with his doctor in is very similar to the room from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) as seen in the poster in Toal’s office.



My Best Films of 2013 – TOP to Bottom

If the film is not on this list it means I have not watched it, this would be down to it being released in late 2013 or it’s a small independent film and I only have so many hours in da day!

1. The Wolf of Wall Street    –   WINNER!

2.The place beyond the pines

3.Lone Survivor



5.Movie 43

6.Saving Mr.Banks

7.The Conjuring

8.Captain Phillips

9.The Lone Ranger


11. Enough Said

12. Years a Slave

13. Lincoln

14.The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

15. Lee Daniels – The Butler

16. This is the End

17.Fruitvale Station


19. Evil Dead

20. Out of the Furnace

21. The Best offer

22.The Call

23.Man of Steel

24. Don Jon

25.Behind the Candelabra

26. The Gangster squad

27. The Worlds End

28.Pain & Gain

29.Jack Reacher

30. Stoker

31. The Great Gatsby

32. World War Z

33. The Frozen Ground

34. Hangover Part 3

35. Fast n Furious 6

36. The Heat

37. Closed Circuit

38. Kick Ass 2

39. The Family

40. Bad Grandpa

41. The Purge

42. Elysium

43. Wolverine

44. R.I.P.D

45. Killing Season

46. Identity Thief

47. OZ The Great & the Powerful

48. Gravity (2D)

49. Hours

50. Snitch

51. Side Effects

52. Warm Bodies
53. American Hustle

54. I give it a year

55. Iron Man 3

56. Runner Runner

57. Dead Man Down

58. Only God forgives

59. We’re the Millers

60. Bullet to the Head

61. Now you see me

62. The Last Stand

63. After Earth

64. 21 & Over

65. Oblivion

66. Escape Plan

67. Hansel & Gretel

68. GI Joe

69. Redemption

70. Wee Man

71. Enemies closer

72. Last Vegas

73. Pacific Rim

74. Assault on Wall St

75. Olympus has fallen

76. Trance

77. The Internship

78. Officer Down

79. Big Ass Spider

80. Company of Heroes

81. Open Grave

82. 2 Guns

83.  Empire State

84. Kill Em’ All

85. Jobs

86. Devils in the Details

87. Bling Ring

88. Welcome to the Punch

89. Parker

90. Red 2

91. The Demented

If you type the name of the film into our search bar you will find the review and the reason for it’s placing.


Last Vegas (2013) Movie review; Hangover for old people

The only real funny parts are in the trailer, the story of four pals coming together after x amount of years to celebrate their friend’s wedding.

The only thing that made this film stand out was the calibre of the actors involved, De Niro, Freeman, Douglous & Kline.

Each joke is about how old they all are but the only thing that really becomes old quickly is the jokes, as mentioned the funniest bit’s were included in the trailer, the only thing left was gap filling bull*hit stories about lost love and friends falling out.

One to miss, even if your on a plane.