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Maze Runner: ‘The Scorch Trials’ How to ruin the legacy of the 1st.film review 2015

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The first film was a cracker, filled with suspense,mystery and excitement.

I was looking forward to more of the same in Maze Runner 2, how disappointed can one be in a film,well for me, very!

The film carriers on from the first,the escaped kids are being taken to a safe area,from there the film is filled with moments and scenes that go nowhere,zombie like characters in the style of the ‘walking dead’ weird monsters and a chase team.

The people responsible for this sequel need a smelly cold fish slapped against their face continuously until some brain function returns,Bloody dreadful film.

1/10

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The Best offer (2013) Movie review; A beautiful story caught on film

I am amazed that Geoffrey Rush has not appeared in more blockbuster movies, the man has skills beyond his back catalogue, he picked up the accolades for the Kings speech but apart from that he was just a face that you knew, once again he produces a mesmerising show in ”Best offer”, he has a knack of letting you know that you are watching the real deal whenever he appears on-screen, I would love for the man to be teamed up with the likes of Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson or even Daniel Day-Lewis, the man is a monster of an actor,and I feel his true ability will tell when he gets his chance with the big boys.

With that being said the story and dialogue is simply beautiful, at times I watched in envy as each scene closed only to bettered by what was to come,the use of the English language was elegantly delivered without feeling like a period novel was being forced down your throat.

One of my films of the year!

8/10

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Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Movie review; A generic action flick with good effects

I feel like I’m being stalked by Dwayne ”action” Johnson recently, with his appearance  in GI Joe,Pain & Gain and now Furious 6,the most annoying thing about his performance in these films is that his character is exactly the same, It feels like a factory process at its worst, were they keep Johnson in the studio and just change the background and the movie but he essentially stays the same, I hear you can now rent him for birthday parties.

This movie is OK, nice to see London as the backdrop, the plot is a bit lazy but then I don’t think the fans go to see this franchise for the story….

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OK for an action popcorn fest!

6/10

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Assault on Wall street (2013) Movie review; Too many things wrong with this film

This film … is kind of messed up, the idea and story line is great but it has too many things going wrong for it.

The majority of the film is a serious drama about a man who loses everything after the bankers create the crash, the name of movie makes it sound like the next Die hard movie, the makers made a HUGE mistake in naming the film ”Assault on Wall street”it doesn’t reflect the movie (apart from giving away the last ten minutes of the film).

Dominic Purcell is not convincing in my eyes, with his world crashing down all around him his facial expressions do not change from his moments of calm to his moments of madness, either way there was plenty of meat in the this movie but Dominic really fails to chew any of it.

This movie feels like it was made by someone who lost a lot of money via a broker and then turned this into his bitter wet dream.

3/10

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Trance (2013) Movie review; From a trance into a coma

With Danny Boyle directing this film I had high hopes, after Slum dog millionaire & Trainspotting the world has waited in anticipation for his next big hit, well they will have to keep waiting as this movie is a borefest.

James McAvoy continues his bad streak after ”Welcome to the punch”,this film has elements of Boyle’s style but the story tries to be too smart for its own good, there are so many twists and turns that at the half way point I felt dizzy with boredom.

With all good thrillers you have to care about the characters and have an interest in the outcome of the story, Danny Boyle failed on both counts with this effort,I will delete this movie from my memory banks and look forward to Transpotting 2 ( Porno)

4/10

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Evil dead (2013) Movie review; The horror genre has it’s mojo back!

I can’t lie, I loved this movie, I am not saying it’s a masterpiece or complete by that matter but there was enough in it to get me jumping, and being based on the original movies it felt like a trip back in time, It make you realise how the horror genre has lost its mojo in recent years and how films like this had one ambition in mind,” TO SCARE YOU ”.

The negatives –

The cast are not that lovable, there is no star quality in any of them apart from the leading lady, this in my opinion was just a bad casting call,the film itself was solid (for a horror)

The positives –

The use of a chainsaw, machete’s and the over the top blood effects and camera work to make you jump out of your seat.

7/10

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The Words (2012) Movie review – Bradley is solid but Jeremy Irons steals the show!

Bradley Cooper hits another one out of the park, he has gone from being a pretty face to a serious actor…

The Words is an entertaining piece that tells the tale about a struggling writer who comes across an unpublished novel and decides to attach his name to it and ride the success of his ill-gotten gains.

The movie takes the angle of the author telling the story to the viewer which brings an extra dimension to the film,the supporting cast are all solid and a special mention
must go to Jeremy Irons,he brings the real meat to the story and makes his character seem somewhat magical.

7/10

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The Usual suspects (1995) Movie review;The best twist there has ever been…9/10

You know it’s amazing how many movies have a plot that goes no where or ends with an anti climax,I don’t think I have ever watched a film like this that has so many things going for it!

The main leads in this movie all share a very natural chemistry,it was reported that the cast were always laughing in between takes,I think this must have spilled over into some scenes, which creates a very a believable situation,added to this you have a very unusual bunch of guys, from the tough talking and sensitive to the disabled and the incoherent,these people are forced together, this is the key early on,the writer of the film ( Christopher McQuarrie ) writes a plausible reason about why the unbelievable is happening which sets the viewer at ease from the start, far too often a writer / director will dismiss his audience and chop from scene to scene treating the viewer as a simpleton who doesn’t know any better,this results in the viewer emotionally disconnecting with what he is watching while his eyes start looking for a subplot away from the screen.

Spoiler Alert –

Kevin Spacey turned everybody’s head with this performance,even if people didn’t realise it at the time,few actors can truly say they hoodwinked the audience the way his character did,Verbal Kint starts off as the go between for the viewer and the story,he narrates from the start which automatically crosses him off the list of suspects.

Pete Postlewaite’s character Kobayashi, was originally written for a Japanese actor , the voice was made up by the actor on set, when his first scene of the film arrived the director asked if he was going to use that voice throughout the film, Pete replied,unless you want me to change it, his dead pan delivery brings so much mystery to the film.

Chazz Palminteri plays Dave Gujan,I think people over look his role but I don’t think the film works without his performance,he listens along with the viewer and starts off the scene with the line,I am smarter than you! which starts a battle of wits between the two of them,his character pull’s you along nicely,you find yourself agreeing with him near the end until the bottom falls out of the story and all is revealed.

Gus from Breaking Bad (Giancarlo Esposito) also plays a bit part in this classic story,I had to double-check because when you compare his character from Breaking bad to this one you realise they are worlds apart which is a testament to Giancarlo as an actor.

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9/10

Background information on the film –

Christopher McQuarrie‘s inspiration for the character of Keyser Soze was a real-life murderer by the name of John List, who murdered his family and then disappeared for 17 years.

John Emil List (September 17, 1925 – March 21, 2008) was an American fugitive convicted of murder. On November 9, 1971, he killed his wife, mother, and three children in their home in Westfield, New Jersey, and then disappeared. He had planned the murders so meticulously that nearly a month passed before anyone noticed that anything was amiss. A fugitive from justice for nearly 18 years, List, after assuming a false identity and remarrying, was finally apprehended on June 1, 1989, after the story of his murders was broadcast on America’s Most Wanted. List was found guilty of the murders and sentenced to five consecutive terms of life imprisonment. He died of pneumonia while in prison custody in 2008.

Before he’s allowed to leave, Verbal Kint gets back his belongings, which include a gold watch and a gold lighter. Keyser Soze was seen earlier using both.

The order that the personal packages are given to everyone in the pool room is the same order in which the characters die.

When Verbal Kint falls to the ground during the interrogation by Kujan, Verbal clearly says “I did, I did kill Keaton.” Kujan is yelling at the time and does not hear the slip up, which Verbal quickly covers up by saying “I did see Keaton get shot.”

In the movie, Kevin Spacey‘s character explains that his nickname is “Verbal” because he talks too much. In the DVD commentary, Bryan Singer points out that the nickname is a clue, since Keyser Soze is said to have a Turkish mother and a German father. According to Singer, in a mix of German and Turkish, “Keyser Soze” can be roughly translated as “King Blabbermouth.”

Watch closely near the end, when Keaton is shot and Verbal hides behind the pile of ropes. As Verbal runs to the ropes he passes behind a stack of tires and does not emerge, but the pan quickly continues to the ropes. Bryan Singer told Kevin Spacey to stop behind the tires so Verbal isn’t actually seen hiding behind the ropes, because “There’s no one there. There was never anyone behind the ropes.”

The role of Dave Kujan was offered to Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken, who both turned it down.

Red Dawn (2012) Movie review; No real suspense

It’s a great idea for a movie having America invaded by North Korea,visually it makes you lick your lips when the parachutes start falling from the sky, this I am afraid is where the praise stops,a pack of young kids start to rebel against the invasion which is believable, just not the way they made it seem in this movie, the director / writer messed up in this department,when the kids were setting off bombs and traps no one ever questioned their suspicious behaviour….. not until it was too late.

Chris Hemsworth is not too bad at playing one of the leads,his character is likeable,the rest of the casting is a bit shoddy if I am honest,I don’t know if it was just bad dialogue or bad acting.

There was a movie made in 1991 called Toy soldiers,a group of terrorists take over a school, similar to this film the kids start to fight back, but in Toy soldiers they created a lot of suspense and tension,I think this was down to the bad guys coming across as evil and the kids being brave but not turning into Rambo over night,Red Dawn means well but there is no brain or realism to the story or action.

5/10

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Beer league (2006) Movie review; one of the most painful films I have ever had to sit through

As a Brit,Howard TV (as in Howard Stern ) is new to me,I have been trawling You tube and managed to find several really interesting interviews by Stern,in the background of the show Artie Lange once commentated on the show,I only knew of Artie’s work based upon the some of the films he had appeared in,Boat Trip and Old school being the highlights,when I came across a show on Stern where he was plugging his movie I thought it would be worth a butchers…. how wrong I was, one of the most painful films I have ever had to sit through.

Whenever the Karate Kid gets repeated on TV for the thousandth time I sometimes say to myself,I wonder why Ralph Macchio does not make movies anymore,the mystery is over,he is a terrible actor,he may have stolen a lot kids hearts with his wash on, wash off movie in the 80’s but in this film he only confirms that he is washed up as an actor!

An extra element of shit in this script is a lack of any real plot or subplot,it feels like everybody off the comedy circuit in New York, who didn’t have a lot going on turned up for this film,when comics asked for a script they were told there was no script,just call Artie a fat hopeless loser,Artie in turn will tell you to bite him! OK now send in the next comic to repeat that scene again…..

When they were not on the field they were in the bar,the dialogue throughout the movie has got to go down on record as some of the worst ever written.

Shame on you Artie Lange, you give fat losers a bad name 🙂

-5/10

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