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My Days Off: Movies

By Geeky Gem

I feel the natural conclusion to these blogs is to tell you about some movies I have watched on my days off in recent weeks. Now I havent been to the cinema since The Hobbit came out shocking I know, I will fix that. So most of the movies I will talk about here will be ones I have seen on DVD or Blu-Ray at home.

Total Recall (2012)

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Now I am a fan of the original Total Recall so I was a bit unsure of this movie. When you sit down to watch and you have seen the other one the one thing you have to keep in mind is that this is not a remake but a re-working og of Philip K. Dick’s book. We’ll remember it for you wholesale, is the book this movie is based on and I have to admit I liked it a lot. It’s a great action movie and perfect if you like that genre.

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

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I found this little gem on Netflix and only started to watch it as I love Alan Tudyk. Its comedy horror where Tucker and Dale go into th words to do up their cabin so that they can spend summers their fishing and what not. However things do not go as planned when some teenagers show up and think that Tucker and Dale are there to kill them. It’s a funny little movie and worth a watch.

Skyfall

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Did you really think I wasnt going to buy this on Blu-Ray when it came out. It was brilliant on the big screen and loses nothing coming from your smaller screen a brilliant end to the trilogy. Fantastic acting and an awesome story is what makes Skyfall one of my favourite all time Bond movies.

The A-Team

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I love this movie as it based on one of favourite shows as a kid, as you can tell by now I love a good action movie. There is nothing wrong with this, yes at first i was a bit like really your making an A-Team movie please don’t ruin this. They didn’t but it didn’t make a lot of money hence no sign of a sequel. If you havent seen it check it out.

Harry Potter

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These movies are my default if I fancy nothing else. So you will find I watch these at lest a few times a year. I wont tell you how much I love them as you should know from other blogs I have done.

There we have it just some of the movies I have watched on my days off.

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)

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

 By Kirkiechick

I am back again with the weekly UK Cinema Chart for the week beginning 27th August 2012. This week has been a slow week. In the cinema industry this week is seen as one of the slowest weeks of the year for releases, the first week after the summer period ending. So let us see which films were buzzing this week:

1. Total Recall, £2,493,230 (New)

2. The Watch, £2,235,933 (New)

3. Brave, £1,604,163 :Total : £17,940,622

4. Ted, £990,842: Total: £28,122,651

5. The Possession, £979,192 (New)

6. The Dark Knight Rises, £759,838: Total: £54,535,548

7. The Bourne Legacy, £714,020: Total: £9,895,086

8. The Expendables 2, £376,319: Total: £5,546,276

9. Keith Lemon: The Film, £370,735: Total: £2,531,902

10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, £287,969: Total: £7,086,728

Brave has been knocked off the top spot with new release and remake film, Total Recall gets the top spot. The film has also been released in IMAX. This has most probably helped the film get the top spot this week. It is a fast paced action film. I went to see it without seeing the original version. I felt this was best because I could view this version as separate. I do recommend the film but it did feel like the film was lacking from some plot points. In second place is the new Ben Stiller comedy, The Watch. On first glance the film seems like a silly comedy about a group of guys forming a neighbourhood watch group only to discover they have to protect the neighbourhood not just from crime. Brave drops down to number 3. Ted is still doing well at number 4. The Possession is a new entry at number 5. A jumpy horror film keeping audiences on the edge of their seats. The Dark Knight Rises is still staying in the top ten at number 6. The Bourne Legacy is still bringing in audiences at number 7. The Expendables 2 is still explosive fun at number 8. Keith Lemon: The Film has dropped down to number 9. This film will probably drop out the top ten next week as audiences seem to be bored of the persona that is Keith Lemon. Closing the top ten is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.

I hope you guys check out Total Recall and The Possession this week. I highly recommend them. Until next time happy cinema viewing.

(Source The Guardian website)

WEDNESDAY WHIMSY

By @hmsbeefnuts

Welcome once more to our regular Wednesday blog and this week, I was going to write something about WWE, but instead have written (or will write) some thoughts on films I have seen recently. I think that this year continues to be a strong one at the cinema, and although the end of August and beginning of September hasn’t been stellar, there have been a fair few films that I have seen, and enjoyed, for what they were. Sometimes, I think that expectations of certain films can cloud peoples opinions of said films. I feel it is always important to give every film you watch a chance to impress you, on it’s own merits, no matter how unnecessary a re-make it is, or how far a sequel pushes a tired concept. Apart from The Hangover 3, because fuck that.

Now I know earlier in the year I was down on The Amazing Spider-Man, I didn’t think it should have been put into reboot so quickly after a Spidey Trilogy that was mostly excellent. However, I still gave it a go, and although I did think that Raimi’s films were far superior, it still offered some things that were a slight improvement,although not many. Right with that over with, it is time to look at some of the films I have seen in recent days.

THE WATCH

Comedy is a tricky genre. I find it very hard to re-watch comedies, once I have seen it, that’s pretty much it, even if I liked the film, it takes a very special film for me to watch a comedy again and again. Hotrod is one such film. No matter how many times I watch it, it still makes me laugh. It was with high hopes than that I went to see The Watch, directed by Akiva Schaffer, the guy who made Hotrod. Now The Watch is no Hotrod, but I don’t think it deserves some of the poor reviews I have seen. As long as a comedy gives you some belly laughs every few minutes, then I feel it has done it’s job, and although The Watch is by no means the best comedy this year, I think Ted or 21 Jump Street are, it does supply enough chuckles to be perfectly OK.

 

The Alien invasion story line isn’t original, but at times it reminded me of Tom Hanks film, The Burbs, which can only be a good thing. The cast is good, although Stiller doesn’t have much to do other than be the straight man, Richard Ayoade gets all the best lines, and Jonah Hill continues to refuse to be type cast with another good and different performance. Vince Vaughn is also good, although playing very much the Vince Vaughn character, but I happen to like that, so that’s fine. The Aliens are good, scary enough to provide a threat, and the film is gory when it needs to be. All in all, The Watch is a comedy that is perfectly watchable, and provides a few hours of solid entertainment, although I will probably never watch it again.

TOTAL RECALL

I like Arnie films, a lot. Total Recall is one of his best. Do not go into this re-make thinking about the Arnie original. It is not the same film, and in some ways, it isn’t even that similar, apart from the basic premise of the plot, is the main character a real secret agent or not? This new film doesn’t get to go to Mars, instead, set after the world has experienced chemical warfare, there are now only two zones on Earth that are habitable. The United Federation of Britain is where everyone of importance lives, The Colony, or Australia, is where the majority of people work, and poorer people live. Workers move from home to work using The Fall, a lift that goes from Britain to Australia through the planets core. Doug Quaid leads a boring life, although he is married to Kate Beckinsale, so every cloud. He decides to visit Recall to live out his fantasy of being a spy. Thing is he is having dreams of Jessica Biel and shooting people, he probably should have told the Recall guys, because shit hits the fan.

Total Recall is visually stunning. The sets and effects are amazing, this is one of the best looking films this year. Once I stopped thinking about this being a remake, and started enjoying it for what it was, a slick Sci-Fi chase movie, I actually really enjoyed it. The acting is strong, although I hate Bill Nighy, thankfully he isn’t in it much. Also Brian Cranston as Cohaagen is just OK. I don’t get why everyone loves Cranston, for me he is just OK, guess I’m just Cranston Fickle (I’m so proud of that joke). At the start of the film, Quaid has a dream where his girlfriend Jessica Biel seemingly dies, and he wakes up in a cold sweat. That kind of sucks, until you realise that he is actually married to Kate Beckinsale, bonus, except, oh no she is evil, but that’s OK, because Jessica isn’t dead and is his girlfriend, sometimes life in a distopic future ain’t so bad.

THE POSSESSION

Although I’m not a religious person, I do like religious horror films. Exorcism/possession films are a scary favourite of mine and we have had a fair amount of Christian based horrors, now its time for a Jewish take, and this one is based on ‘a true story’ scary. I liked pretty much everything about this film. The cast was fine, the writing was good, the effects were OK, it just never felt scary or tense enough. The story revolves around a girl whose parents are divorced, who picks up a sealed wooden box with strange writing on it at a yard sale. Well right there we all know that that is a mistake, but the story continues. Eventually said girl opens the box, unleashing the evil spirit or dybbuk, which possesses her.

There are some good set pieces and everything is dark and depressing, but the tone feels slightly off. I didn’t find it at all scary, and I was on my own in the cinema. Although I didn’t hate it, it didn’t really full fill it’s mandate, that is, it didn’t shit me up. On that basis, I don’t think I can recommend the movie, although I did think it was an interesting two hours.

So another blog draws to a close. I’ll catch you soon.

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