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Movie Review Round Up

By @hmsbeefnuts

With all the Autumnal Terror that has been going on here recently I have been neglectful of keeping those interested in my opinion on films, informed of what films I have seen. Now I’m not really sure why anyone in particular would be interested in what my opinion on any given film is, but that is not going to stop me from writing about it. As it has been quite some time I can not remember, or be bothered to look up, what films I have actually written about, but I am pretty certain that the following films have not been written about by me. If I have doubled up, I apologise, perhaps you can see if my thoughts have changed on the film, but as I’m pretty sure I haven’t written anything about these films; that little game will have to remain merely a dream. A fair few Halloween type films this time around, obviously, and a good amount of films to write about too, so lets crack on shall we?

LOOPER

Lots of people have said Looper is great. I am not one of them. I didn’t really see what everyone was making such a massive fuss about. It was well acted, had decent action, a decent premise, but just didn’t really do anything too amazing for me. The major problem was JGL, not his performance, which is always great, but the stupid CGI makeup job they did to his face to make him look like a young Bruce Willis. It just made him look very weird, and it was quite distracting, because he looked so weird. We know what Bruce looked like young, and we know what JGL looks like, it doesn’t matter that they look nothing alike, audiences are willing to suspend their disbelief, instead, this weird thing is on-screen and I didn’t care for it much. Apart from that, the film was fine, just didn’t rock my world. Emily Blunt is sexy as hell though, so extra points for that. Worth seeing, but not worth all the fuss.

TAKEN 2

Lots of hate for this film. I found it alright for what it was. Nowhere near as good as the first, but Liam Neeson is always watchable and some of the deaths were entertaining. The picture I have chosen for this film perfectly illustrates how I feel about the film. Ice cream is fine, but when you go in expecting a steak, it is disappointing. Look at how happy Neeson is in that picture. He should never be that happy in a sequel to Taken, ever. Even if he is fucking Jean Grey and his daughter is safe.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

I saw this film with my Lady friend and her son. He is 4 years old. We all liked it a lot. I liked the references to my beloved Universal Monsters, and the bigfoot cameo’s, he loved the colours and the ‘zany’ comedy. The story is typical of such films, over protective Dad, daughter fancies a stranger, in this case a human, and there is even a ‘race to the airport’ scene. So in no way original. But it amused all of us for an afternoon, and I would watch it again. Loved the Wolfman and Frankenstein characters, all in all worth taking a small child too.

MADAGASCAR 3

Back to the cinema with said Lady friend and small child, and erghhh. Great flaming Zeus on a pegasus, this film was utter shit. It moved at breakneck speed. I hated all the characters, especially the Lemur King, I would watch Madagascar 4: Trip To The Abattoir just to see all these characters die in horrible, horrible ways. I have seen all these fucking movies for some reason, and I fucking hate them all. Small child however, loved it and wanted to see it again. I might have another trip to see this at some point, if we can’t think of anything else to do on a rainy weekend. Please let it stay dry. Circus Afro may be the worst thing I have ever had to endure. Just awful. I know these films aren’t aimed at me, and every other child I know loved the shit out of it, but really, go see Hotel Transylvania instead.

SKYFALL

This was the film I was most looking forward too last month, and it was fantastic. Daniel Craig is for me the best Bond, he brings the nastiness of the character to the forefront, just like my second favourite Bond, Timothy Dalton (shitty films, good Bond). I still think Casino Royal is the better movie, but Skyfall is so damn close. At times it felt less like a Bond movie, and more like a great action movie starring James Bond. But the Bondness was their in spades too. Great title sequence, great pre-title sequence, great action, good villain, sexy girls, M, Q, long may the Craig Bond films continue. Only one slight problem, I hated Naomie Harris, just thought she was totally weak in her role, one which will most likely be repeated, so lets try harder next time shall we Naomie? Apart from that, awesome movie. Go see it, but you probably already have.

SINISTER

I saw Sinister with a friend of mine. She was terrified throughout the film. I didn’t really know what to make of it. I jumped, but I was never scared. The movie uses cheap scares for many of its big moments, and whilst there is nothing really wrong with jump scares, they shouldn’t be your only port of call. There were a few nice set pieces in the videos, but the idea behind the film was a bit too ridiculous, something about a Babylonian God who can haunt you through images. It was OK, and delivered one gory and shocking moment, even though it was obvious it was coming. I much prefered the film below.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4

I like the Paranormal Activity films, and I’m not bored of them yet, even though the formula is getting a bit familiar in this fourth one. My favourite of the franchise is a toss up between 2 and 3, and whilst this installment is the worst yet, I still liked it. It advances the story slightly, and makes good use of laptops, and the XBOX Kinect sensor to raise some chills, although nothing is quite as good as the camera mounted on a moving fan scenes from number 3. The main couple, a young girl and her boyfriend, are very likable and I cared for their welfare, and Katie Featherstone is back as the horrible, yet very sexy, demon/***** (censored) next door, and the scares are quite effective. Stay until the end of the credits and see a confusing spanish/mexican flavoured scene that doesn’t make much sense, but is promoting Paranormal Activities Latin flavoured off shoot. I will be watching the inevitable 5th entry, but feel that things need to be changed a little for the next entry. If you liked the first 3, and are not fed up with the concept, it is worth a look, and I enjoyed it.

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

 Week ending 28th October 2012

By Kirkiechick

Hello there! It was inevitable this week that the chart would change! The release of the 23rd official Bond film obviously would knock off Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. Early indications are that the Bond film is breaking box office records for this year! Let us get to the chart!

1. Skyfall - £20,180,369
2.  Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted - £2,803,874
3.  Taken 2 - £1,004,463
4.  Paranormal Activity 4 - £792,342
5.  Hotel Transylvania - £782,340
6.  Sinister - £310,408
7.  Frankenweenie - £274,780
8.  Looper - £221,768
9.  Beasts of the Southern Wild - £117,972
10.  Ice Age: Continental Drift - £102,952

We have at number one, Skyfall. I was wise enough to pre-book my tickets rather than just turn up and chance my luck of getting a ticket and let alone a good seat. I do recommend buying your tickets for this film in advance! I thoroughly enjoyed the film and I highly recommend. I managed to avoid as much as I could about the plot. I am glad I did. So I won’t give anything away! In second place this week the favourite of last week dropped down. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. It is still a popular children’s film as there aren’t many released this half-term against Bond. Taken 2 is staying steady in the chart with audiences at number three. Paranormal Activity 4 is at number four still scaring audiences! Number five sees Hotel Transylvania creeping out children for this half-term and Halloween! Sinister is still in the chart at number six, freaking out the adults! Frankenweenie is keeping children entertained at number seven. I still don’t think Tim Burton will gain the same audiences with this film like his has with The Nightmare Before Christmas. Frankenweenie could become more popular on DVD. Looper is staying steady at number 8. Please go see before it leaves the cinema! The art house type film Beasts of the Southern Wild stays in the same position from last week, number nine. A re-entry is Ice Age: Continental Drift, at number ten due to being shown over half-term in some cinemas.

Check out Bond, Skyfall most definitely! The sooner the better! Or wait a couple of weeks but don’t wait too long! See the film in IMAX is you can. It is a better experience, plus it is the first Bond film released in IMAX format and in its 50th Anniversary year!

  I hope there is something for everyone in this chart this week. That is your top ten films for this week. Until next time happy cinema viewing!

(Source Digitalspy.co.uk)

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

 Week ending 21st October 2012

By Kirkiechick

Welcome back to the chart! This week finally Taken 2 has been knocked off the top spot! It seems the love for children’s films and sequels managing to knock Liam Neeson down in the top ten. Let us see how the chart is getting on this week!

1. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted - £6,030,904 (New)

2.  Paranormal Activity 4 - £2,544,701 (New)
3.  Taken 2 - £2,264,856
4.  Hotel Transylvania - £1,023,722
5.  Looper - £781,211
6.  Frankenweenie - £741,683 (New)
7. Sinister - £711,918
8.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower - £213,091
9.  Beasts of the Southern Wild - £181,801 (New)
10. Brave - £176,827

 

It is the time for the sequels, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, goes straight in at number 1! It is the third film in the successful series of Madagascar. The zoo animals come alive and are still trying to get back home after being shipped across the world and crashing onto an island. This time around they make friends with Circus animals. There are some very catchy songs that will get stuck in your head for days after! (Afro Circus, Afro Circus…Polka, Polka, Polka dot Afro Circus!) Number 2 sees the fourth instalment in the Paranormal Activity series of films. I like these films. I enjoy scary films and I am looking forward to seeing this for myself and how they can do different scares from the other films in the series. Taken 2 drops down to number 3. It is still pulling in audiences but this has dropped down and will tail off soon enough. Hotel Transylvania is still bringing in the audience at number 4. From what I have heard from people who have seen it, they have enjoyed it and thought it was a funny film even for adults. Looper is holding its ground in the chart at number 5. I thoroughly recommend that people catch this film while they can. Frankenweenie goes straight in at number 6. This to me seems a bit of a disappointing position for a Tim Burton film. Possibly this film is attracting more of the diehard Tim Burton fans. Time will tell if this film can build up momentum and gain audiences. Number 7 sees Sinister still scaring people. It is worth a watch and may make you want to sleep with the lights on that night! The Perks of Being a Wallflower is at number 8. Please go see! Number 9 sees a new entry with a film that is already getting Oscar buzz, Beasts of the Southern Wild is the story of a little girl and her Dad in a fictional village at the mercy of the river surrounding it. It is one of those life struggle films. Number 10 sees Brave re-entering the chart this week, probably with the help of being shown at special weekend showings in certain cinema chains.

I hope there is something for everyone in this chart this week. That is your top ten films for this week. Until next time happy cinema viewing!

 

(Source Digitalspy.co.uk)

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

Week ending 14th October 2012

By Kirkiechick

Welcome back to the chart! This week has seen Taken 2 still holding the top spot and beating off any competition. Let us see how the rest of the chart is faring up this week!

 

1. Taken 2, £3,743,046: Total: £14,495,284

2. Hotel Transylvania, £1,734,231  (New)

3. Sinister, £1,259,405: Total: £3,698,363

4. Looper, £1,175,220: Total: £7,566,485

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, £397,869: Total:£1,546,290

6. Ruby Sparks, £299,382 (New)

7. On the Road, £218,738 (New)

8. ParaNorman, £212,810: Total: £5,617,162

9. The Campaign, £170,286: Total: £2,108,212

10. Untouchable, £144,432: Total: £1,301,345

The number 1 is still Taken 2, from all reports the storyline isn’t great but it is a decent film enough to pull in the audience. Number 2 sees a new release and a children’s film, Hotel Transylvania. The story of a vampire who creates a hotel for monsters and will not let his vampire daughter leave to see the outside world. No humans allowed! A human does turn up and falls in love with the vampire daughter. It looks funny and not just one for the children! Sinister is holding strong in the chart at number 3. I went to see the film. It was very jumpy! I do recommend! Number 4 also sees Looper holding its ground in the chart. Another good film! The Perks of Being a Wallflower is at number 5. It is a sweet film and charming to watch. Number 6 sees a new entry, Ruby Sparks, from the makers of Little Miss Sunshine. A cute looking love life film. On the Road is at number 7, the film version of the book of the same name by Jack Kerouac. The classic 1957 book was the inspiration for road trips and exploring one’s self throughout the late 1950s and beyond. ParaNorman drops slightly in the chart to number 8. I highly recommend. Comedy The Campaign is sitting still in the chart at number 9. The French film Untouchable drops slightly in the chart down to number 10.

That is your top ten films for this week. Until next time happy cinema viewing!

(Source The Guardian Online)

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

 Week ending 7th October 2012

By Kirkiechick

Welcome back to the weekly chart! There are a few changes in the chart this week. A new number one doing well and it is a sequel. So let us see how things are in the chart.

1.Taken 2, £7,378,048 (New)

2. Looper, £1,519,503: Total: £5,412,102

3. Sinister, £1,435,722  (New)

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, £827,983  (New)

5. ParaNorman, £797,754: Total: £5,263,993

6. The Campaign, £389,287: Total: £1,675,159

7. Brave, £304,735: Total: £21,570,349

8. Resident Evil: Retribution, £286,350: Total: £1,519,851

9. Untouchable, £245,343: Total: £964,308

10. Hope Springs, £190,860: Total: £3,563,199

Taken 2 comes straight in at number 1. It is a sequel to Taken, starring Liam Neeson as an ex CIA agent whose daughter gets kidnapped by an Eastern gang using girls in the sex trade. The first one was very violent and a 15, this sequel has a lower age rating of a 12A so families can go. I’m personally disappointed for the lower rating and feel that there should be more violence. The story this time around shows there is a consequence to Neeson’s character killing all the men he did in the first one. At number 2 we have Looper dropping from the top spot of last week. I went to see this film and thoroughly enjoyed the time travelling tale. I recommend! Sinister comes straight in at number 3. A jumpy horror from the makers of Insidious and Paranormal Activity, starring Ethan Hawke as a writer who moves into a house whilst he is writing a horror story and discovers a terrifying secret. Number 4 sees the teen drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower, starring Emma Watson from Harry Potter fame. ParaNorman is at number 5, one of the few children’s films out at the moment. It is such a heart warming film, go see! Will Ferrell comedy The Campaign drops slightly in the chart to number 6. This comedy hasn’t been as successful as other Will Ferrell comedies. Brave is still in the chart at number 7 and has been in the top ten for a consecutive ten weeks. Resident Evil: Retribution has dropped considerably down from last week’s third position to number 8. Apparently it seems that this film in the Resident Evil series isn’t interesting fans and audiences. The French film Untouchable goes up a place from last week to number 9. At number 10 Hope Springs still hangs in there in the chart. The older generation is keeping the film in there.

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

(Source The Guardian Online)

UK Top 10 Films

By Kirkie Chick

Welcome to the weekly cinema chart! The box office this week has perked up in numbers according to reports. So let’s have a look at the top ten films this week!

1. Looper, £2,427,994 (New)

2. ParaNorman, £1,080,197: Total: £4,304,900

3. Resident Evil: Retribution, £792,265 (New)

4. The Campaign, £772,102 (New)

5. House At The End Of The Street, £545,961: Total: £1,864,304

6. Killing them Softly, £470,712: Total: £2,069,984

7. Hope Springs, £423,051: Total: £3,041,790

8. The Sweeney, £410,578:  Total: £3,876,142

9. Brave, £400,511: Total: £21,219,445

10. Untouchable, £317,979: Total: £493,309

We have a new number 1 this week. Looper is a popular science fiction film starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The mob in 2072 when they want rid they send them back into the past where a hitman is waiting, but one guy goes back and is met by his younger self. The director did a film called Brick (2005) which found a following on DVD. Knowing this film I hope that Looper is just as good. Number 2 sees ParaNorman sitting strong in the chart. This is such a good film and I highly recommend. In at number 3 is Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth film in the Resident Evil series. It seems from reports that this film isn’t as good as the others. It has been released in IMAX like the previous one and in some cinemas only in 3D, which maybe harming the film’s attendance. Time will tell. Number 4 is Will Ferrell’s comedy The Campaign, the story of a congressman targeted by two CEOs to rid him of his position use a naive man to get votes. It seems like your typical slapstick comedy from Will Ferrell. House at the End of the Street sits at number 5. I went to see this. I had heard mixed reviews about it. I thought it was an average psychological thriller, possibly a bit predictable. Number 6 sees Killing Them Softly is still bringing in audiences. I have also heard of mixed reviews about this film. I say make up your own mind. Hope Springs, drops down a couple of spaces from last week to number 7. It does seem that younger audiences are seeing this film as well as the older audience. The Sweeney has also dropped from its previous position to number 8. This film has a steady audience but may be gone from the top ten next week. Brave is still sitting in the chart at number 9. It is such a charming film and I highly recommend. Number 10 sees a film which was released last week but didn’t make the top ten, Untouchable. It has charmed audiences. The story of a wealthy man who after an accident becomes a quadriplegic hires a young man from the wrong side of the tracks as his caretaker. It is a French film with English subtitles. It has been praised at various film festivals.

I hope you will find a good film to watch amongst this chart. That’s it for this week. Until next time happy cinema viewing!

(Source The Guardian Online)

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