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Hmsbeefnuts Returns With His Top 10 Films of Last Year (Better late than never)

By @hmsbeefnuts

 

Hello, I’m back. I haven’t written anything for a while, apart from an attempt at a children’s story, which is still a work in progress. However, I have been very busy with that thing called life, it’s been far too busy as of late to write much of anything. Well, I thought it was high time that I did something to contribute to this blog I started with Geeky Gem, before she thinks I have abandoned her for good, I havent by the way. So last year was a great time to be a movie geek, we had a few films that many geeks didn’t think would ever happen, but were delivered to the screen in fantastic and amazing ways. I enjoyed many films this year, although I didn’t see as many as I would normally have done, I still got more than my fair share in. So standard Top 10 Time is the order of the day… here we go.

 

10. Prometheus

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Lots of people didn’t like this Alien Prequel, but I liked it a lot, in fact, I’d rather watch this again than Alien (not Aliens though, obviously). I liked that we didn’t get all the answers, I liked that it left things hanging somewhat. Good special effects, good mature Sci-Fi. Give it another chance, and don’t view it as a direct prequel to Alien, and more of a film set in the same universe, that may answer some questions, but poses far more.

 9. John Carter
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Again, not a film many people seemed to like, but I loved this fun Sci-Fi/fantasy film. Great effects, a lot of fun, monsters, aliens and fighting, all a growing geek needs. It’s like Star Wars before Star Wars was invented. Probably never going to see a sequel, and it is such a shame.
 
 8. The Grey
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Liam Neeson has to survive a plane crash, freezing Alaskan temperatures, snow, ice and a pack of hungry wolves who are pissed off at humans being in their territory. Although this film wasn’t Wolf Puncher The Movie, as the trailers seemed to suggest, it ended up being so much better. Really worth checking out.
 
 7. Dredd
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Wasn’t really on my radar, but I absolutely loved this new take on Judge Dredd. Uber violent, loyal to the comic and very stylish, in a low key way. I would love to see a sequel to this. Karl Urban was great as Dredd, and in any other year, this would have been the best comic book movie, but this year was stellar.
 
 6. Cabin in the Woods
 
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I’m not even going to talk much about this, because you must see this unspoiled. If you like horror of any type, you should give this a watch. An awesome film.
 
5. Skyfall
 
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A great end to the first Daniel Craig Bond Trilogy. Not quite as good as Casino Royale in my mind, but it was excellent none the less.
 
 
4. Jack Reacher
 
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Didn’t really expect to like this film as much as I did, but I loved it. I have a lot of time for Cruise, and his Jack Reacher was fantastic. Made me want to check out the books, so job done there. A gripping thriller, with great action, more Reacher please.
 
3. The Dark Knight Rises
 
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This could easily have been my favourite film of the year, and it could easily change place with number 2. However, I place this as number 3, simply because the spectacle of number 2 won out. This is the end of a brilliant, outstanding trilogy. Lots of people have said that this wasn’t true to the character of Batman, and I can see that point. However, I like to view the Nolan trilogy as kind of an Elseworlds tale. It seems impossible to imagine a better, realistic take on Batman, simply brilliant.
 
2. The Avengers
 
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I never thought it would happen, and then I never thought it would be this good. The Hulk was the stand out star, but the beauty was everyone got to shine. This was no easy task to film, and Marvel and Joss Whedon did a miraculous job. Phase one is over, on to phase two, I can not wait.
 
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
 
 
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My personal favourite film of the year. I love Middle Earth, have done since my Dad read me The Hobbit when I was 5. I loved the books, loved the films, and was in no doubt that I would love The Hobbit. Well, I was right wasn’t I. This film was magnificent, yes it did take a while to get going, but it needed that time. Time spent in the Shire is never wasted. It felt like meeting old friends, slipping back into a comfortable state of amazingness. I could watch this film endlessly, everything was wonderful and just as I imagined. Thank you Mr. Jackson. There will always be part of me that will wonder what Del Toro’s Hobbit would have been like, but overall, I’m glad PJ got to do this, it ties everything up with the Trilogy much better.
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UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

Week ending 23rd September 2012

By Kirkiechick

Hello there! This week has seen a shift in the chart. The number one last week has dropped down a good couple of spaces to be replaced by a children’s film. So let us look at the chart.

1. ParaNorman, £1,219,194: Total: £2,949,595

2. Killing Them Softly, £955,506 (New)

3. The House at the End of the Street, 796,041 (New)

4. The Sweeney, £727,742: Total: £2,984,390

5. Hope Springs, £625,201: Total: £2,048,177

6. Anna Karenina, £509,196: Total: £3,942,747

7. Brave, £468,182: Total: £20,714,530

8. Lawless, £413,652: Total: £3,539,610

9. Dredd, £382,359:  Total: £3,696,772

10. Savages, £379,898 (New)

ParaNorman shifts itself up to the number one. Replacing The Sweeney from last week. I went to see the film. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Though the film is a children’s film. There are elements for the adults and a very heart warming story. At number 2 we have Killing Them Softly, a mobster film starring Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini. Lots of blood and action, another 18 rated film. Number 3 sees psychological thriller The House at the End of the Street. I have heard mixed reviews for this film. Some people have loved it; others have said it was an awful film. Last week’s number 1 is this week’s number 4; The Sweeney doesn’t seem to have kept the audience it had for its opening week. Number 5 sees Hope Springs going up the chart slightly and has built up its audience. I thought this would be a slow burner. It seems the older generation which it is aimed at has started to go see the film in cinemas. Number 6, Anna Karenina has kept its audience happy. Another slow burner as well. Brave is still hanging in the chart and hasn’t budged from its position of last week. I went to see this film while I still had a chance. I loved it. I’m glad the trailers didn’t reveal too much of the story because I really enjoyed the twists. It felt like a classic Disney film from when I was younger. Number 8, Lawless has dropped down in the chart. Some people have raved about the film; others have felt it wasn’t as good as others made out. Dredd is staying in the chart at number 9. It seems some people have been put off by the lack of 2D screenings for this film. It may be that it may have a larger audience on DVD. Number 10 sees Savages come into the chart. An Oliver Stone film about drugs and kidnapping.

That’s it for this week. Until then happy cinema viewing!

(Source The Guardian Online)

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

Week ending 16th September 2012

By Kirkiechick

Welcome back to the weekly chart. There are some new offerings this week and the top spot has changed again. A couple of the films which came in high last week have dropped a couple of spots already. It seems British films are strong again this week. So let us see how the chart is shaping up.

 

1. The Sweeney, £1,545,294 (New)

2. ParaNorman, £1,393,123 (New)

3. Anna Karenina, £813,395: Total: £2,731,426

4. Lawless, £790,378: Total: £2,575,336

5. Dredd, £769,381: Total: £2,725,180

6. Hope Springs, £728,689 (New)

7. Brave, £584,321: Total: £20,138,592

8. Total Recall, £472,232: Total: £4,918,739

9. The Possession, £346,642: Total: £2,856,003

10. Ted, £317,035: Total: £29,847,210

The Sweeney has knocked Dredd off the top spot after just one week. Another British film and a remake of a television series from the 1970s. Early reports from audiences say that the film does feel like a long extended television drama. The director Nick Love is known for The Football Factory and The Firm. In second place is the children’s film, ParaNorman, about a kid who has to thwart a Zombie attack in his town. It is from the makers of Coraline, which was very popular when it was released. I think ParaNorman is also for the adults aswell due to the references to 1980s horror films. Staying steady in third place is Anna Karenina. The older generation loves this film. I have seen it and it isn’t your usual period drama, the director chooses a theatrical setting with changing scenery around the actors. Four people walked out in the viewing I was in. In at number 4 is Lawless, which has dropped down. Dredd also drops down to number 5. I went to see this film, I enjoyed it. Very violent and I flinched a couple of times during the viewing. Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are bringing audiences in with Hope Springs, a comedy drama about a middle aged married couple going for marriage counselling. Steve Carell stars as the marriage counsellor. Brave is still hanging in the top ten. Total Recall is bringing in audiences still. The Possession is still scaring audience goers. Hanging still to the top ten is the comedy Ted. This has been the comedy of the summer and people should catch it if they still can.

That’s it for this week. Until next time happy cinema viewing!

(Source The Guardian Online)

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

Week ending 9th September 2012

By Kirkiechick

Welcome back to the top ten weekly film chart. This week has been slow again for cinema attendance. It has been the turn of more adult films being released with the top ten being dominated by two 18 rated films. This is a rarity as not many films are rated 18 nowadays. As the film companies would rather go for lower rated films for release as this will get bums on seats in cinemas. Let us see the chart:

 

1. Dredd, £1,049,345 (New)

2. Lawless, £973,234 (New)

3. Anna Karenina, £875,702 (New)

4. Total Recall, £675,280: Total: £4,075,574

5. Brave, £649,057: Total: £19,344,823

6. The Possession, £533,334: Total: £2,150,064

7. Ted, £479,943: Total: £29,191,321

8. The Dark Knight Rises, £352,587: Total: £55,312,954

9. The Watch, £338,184: Total: £3,162,291

10. The Bourne Legacy, £270,180: Total: £10,569,592

We have another remake film which has hit the top spot; Dredd comes in at number one. This is yet again another release in 3D and also 2D. This version of a police enforced led society is quite violent and a remake of a 1990s Sylvester Stallone film. It seems recent remakes have been quite high in the film charts lately. In at number 2 is the 1920s set gangster film Lawless. Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce. This film is another 18 rated film. So it seems audiences are loving violent stories this week! Number 3 is a much quieter affair with the film Anna Karenina. A version of a novel by the Russian author Tolstoy. It is a period drama from the director Joe Wright who has done Atonement and Pride and Prejudice. It is a film to take your Mum to! Total Recall drops down to number 4. Brave is sitting steady at number 5. This is not surprising as there are not many children’s films released at the moment. Audiences are still being scared with The Possession at number 6. Ted is still making audiences laugh with its adult humour. The Dark Knight Rises stays in the top ten at number 8; it is slowly slipping out of the chart as people try to catch it before it leaves cinemas.  The Watch is hanging in there at number 9. For spy lovers The Bourne Legacy is number 10, another action packed film.

Catch you next week. Until then happy cinema viewing!

(Source The Guardian Online)

WEDNESDAY WHIMSY

By @hmsbeefnuts

Welcome friends, once again, to a steaming hot, tasty plate o’ whimsy, served every Wednesday, by yours truly. I have been threatening for a while now, toying with the idea of actually writing a new blog all about WWE, but once again, it is beyond my grasp this week. I just havent had the time to process much that has gone on in the WWE Universe, perhaps next week, maybe, probably not though, we shall see. That leaves me with a blog to fill, and not much time to properly think about something and plan it properly. So I shall probably just write some stuff about the stuff I have done, since the last Wednesday blog, as long as it is deemed geeky enough to be blog worthy. Well, things have changed in my life recently. I have a new job, and TWO whole days off on the weekend. This has meant that I am actually enjoying my days off immensely. I used to have only Saturday off, and it felt far too short a time between weeks. This two day malarkey is fantastic, and my whole weekend was filled with fun and frolics, and of course, movies, some gaming, reading and TV, pretty much everything a growing geek needs.

Lets start with movies shall we? This week I managed to see two films at the cinema, Dredd, and Lawless. I loved both of these films, for very different reasons, as they are quite different, but I would recommend both of them. Lets start with Dredd. Based on UK comic property 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd, Dredd 3D is in 3D, and usually, I would be fuming that 2D wasn’t offered as an alternative, however, this film made fantastic use of it’s 3D, and was well worth the increased price, and slightly decreased vividness. Set in a dystopian future where 800 Million people live in a gigantic city, Mega City One, whilst the surrounding area is a wasteland. The only thing keeping the Law in Mega City One are the Judges, police officers who also serve as Judge, Jury and executioner, and Judge Dredd just happens to be the baddest Judge in the city. Karl Urban grimaces his way through a fantastic performance, never takes his helmet off, never talks in anything less than a snarl, Dredd is a complete badass. The story revolves around, Dredd and a rookie, Anderson (Olivia Thrilby), a psychic mutie, who is having her trial by fire in the mean blocks of the city. Investigating 3 gangland murders in one mega block, the Judges’ run fowl of Ma Ma (Lena Headley) a drug kingpin who runs all the Slo-Mo in the city. Dredd and Anderson are about to have a very bad day as the whole block is turned against them, and backup can not get through. Luckily Dredd is hard as nuts.

The many Slo-Mo scenes in the film are spectacular, as we go into the Slo-Mo junkies perspective, the 3D paid off during these scenes. The story is simple, but effective. The acting is strong, the violence is super harsh, and it is truly refreshing to see an 18/R rated movie that isn’t a horror film. I loved Dredd, it was up there with some of my favourite films this year. Now  haven’t read a lot of Dredd comics wise, but am aware that this is a very close representation of the comics, Dredd fans will I’m sure, be over the moon at this film, and anyone else should still give it a go anyway. It is also refreshing that there is no love interest, even though Anderson is very attractive, Dredd couldn’t give a shit, all he cares about is The Law. This film is a breath of fresh air, even though it has a simple story, it needs to be seen, because I want sequels.

Lawless is the story of one family, The Bondurrants, a family that has the reputation of being genuinely immortal, or at least extremely tough, in Prohibition era Virginia. The family has run a small, yet successful moonshine business, thanks to Tom Hardy’s elder brother, who is basically Bane without a mask, Jason Clarke, irresponsible, but still tough middle brother, and Shia Lebeuf’s younger, not so tough brother. The film shows the trials and tribulations of the family as the city encroaches on their business, with Guy Pearce’s Deputy causing problems and turning the town against them.

All the cast are excellent, yes even Shia Lebeuf, who apart from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, has put in strong performances in many films, and continues to do so here. Guy Pearce plays bad guy duties, with an off kilter Deputy Rakes, and Gary Oldman has a tiny but brilliant performance as Floyd Banner, a big city gangster. Tom Hardy is the star though. At first barely understandable, Hardy infuses Forrest Bondurrant with a quiet rage, his movements are slight, hardly talking, but is body language screams menace, you would not want to fuck with this guy. I happen to love prohibition era gangster movies, and this is a slightly different take on the usual Al Capone tommy gun madness, although, there is plenty of gun play on display. Not quite as epic as films such as The Untouchables, but I enjoyed it far more than Public Enemies. Great Sunday afternoon entertainment, highly recommended.

I think that’s enough for this week, and so I bid you farewell and adieu, which reminds me, you should really check out JAWS on Blu Ray, a thing of beauty, pure unadulterated beauty.

MOVIE OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER 2012

By @Hmfsbeefnuts and Geeky Gem

So another month flies by, and we are already in September. Crazy times. It will be Christmas before you know it, and I love Christmas, at least I used to. I’ve had 3 shitty Christmases in a row, so this year, I’m planning to have a great old time. Anyway, enough about my festive plans, and onwards to movie of the month! There have been some great comedies this year, I have enjoyed Wanderlust, Ted, 21 Jump Street and even had a some time for the Dictator. I have yet to see The Watch, but it looks like it might be worth your time too, however, this months Movie of the Month is going to be a comedy that looks like an under the radar gem.

The Campaign brings Will Ferrel into direct conflict with Zack Galifinackis, and it looks like this meeting of comedy minds has produced a rather hilarious film. No film in which a grown man punches a small child can be a bad thing, I refuse to believe it. Check out the trailer below, I’m hoping that this film will be a classic on the level of Anchorman or Hotrod. Now I know it probably won’t be that good, but it might be as good as Blades of Glory, and that will be good enough. Of course it might be shit, but then, you have to take a punt on these things don’t you?

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I’m not going to lie to you but this month has been really hard to find a movie I wanted to pick for my choice. Beefnuts has already told you about his movie pick for this month and I have to pick the other movie I think you should see, its been a tough one I can tell you that. There is very little out this month making the pickings rather slim to say the least.

 However I have manged to pick a movie I think you should give a go and that is Dredd.

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. With Karl Urban taking on Dredd this looks to be a good bit of movie fair. I will tell you no more but leave you to watch the trailer and see for yourself.

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