An interesting idea but the story is only connected by a real stretch.… MoreAn interesting idea but the story is only connected by a real stretch. I didn't find it particularly funny either, I'm a big fan of Japanese films, particularly comedies but i didn't get the humour here and I don't think it's down to poor translation or cultural differences. The idea is cool, on paper it looks like the coolest story ever written but it just doesn't work well as a film. The conclusion isn't worth watching for, I did like the scenes with the band towards the end but for a 'Bonkers' film, it's pretty boring most of the time.
A very raw, honest, touching but funny look (semi-autobiographical too… MoreA very raw, honest, touching but funny look (semi-autobiographical too apparently) at the relationship between a young man and his mother. Xavier Dolan is fast becoming a young actor/director to look out for, Heartbeats was one of my favourite films of 2010. In I killed my Mother, Dolan conquers the art of acting and directing perfectly, and at such a young age, relatively speaking and not meaning to sound patronising but it's a very tricky thing to do and a lot of talented people who try, fail. Three films down, it's looking like it comes naturally and I'm really looking forward to seeing more from him in the future.
I'm sorry, but you're going to have to do a little bit more than write… MoreI'm sorry, but you're going to have to do a little bit more than write on a wall and light a few candles before you convince me that you are either obsessed or mad. What a stupid film, I still don't understand what the Number 23 is all about either? Make up numbers for things and make sure they all add up to 23, what is so interesting or mysterious about that? Jim Carrey is woefully miscast although I'm not sure even the greatest of actors could save this. I thought this was supposed to be a dark thriller? I'm shocked at how bad this film is. Never has a film been so pointless.
Unfortunately, I found Satyajit Ray's final film Agantuk (The… MoreUnfortunately, I found Satyajit Ray's final film Agantuk (The Stranger) pretty disappointing. It is the script that I found weakest, with the philosophical questions raised sounding pointless and nonsensical. The premise is basically is this man who he says he is but with only two outcomes of no particular interest or consequence, the conclusion falls a little flat. Also, why does everyone have to stand up when they talk, I don't think its a cultural thing and no one does it in his earlier films. It just feels like over acting.
A great example of Anglo-French cooperation, yes, it really does… MoreA great example of Anglo-French cooperation, yes, it really does exist! Bourvil, Louis de Funčs and Terry-Thomas in the same film! Why have I only just heard of this film, being a fan of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, The Great Race and Monte Carlo or Bust it is pretty much an unmissable film for me. The script, story and physical comedy are all of the best quality. These guys fought and lived the second world war and here they are making a comedy of it. Isn't that a wonderful thing!? I'm not sure if films like this will ever be made again and that makes me sad but still, we have this film to treasure and treasured it should be.
Wonder Woman is pretty good, not as good as the Batman animations but… MoreWonder Woman is pretty good, not as good as the Batman animations but still pretty good. The story is strong but it becomes a little tiresome with regard to it's constant reference to sexism/battle of sexes etc. Most of the time it is actually quite sexy, I mean sexist.... but I digress. The story is so strong in fact that it is a little frustrating that they didn't make this a live action version, I guess they still can but I really wish they would. They could probably cast half of the voice actors too but only, and I mean only, if the beautiful
Lynda Carter was in it. She could play Wonder Woman's mum! I'll keep dreaming...
Norman Wisdom is one of the greatest Englishmen of all time. His films… MoreNorman Wisdom is one of the greatest Englishmen of all time. His films are a timeless joy to watch and I love them. Up in the World is a silly film, classic Wisdom that only people born without humour wouldn't like. I feel for those people. KEEP OFF THE GRASS!!!!
If Volver was a little too art-house, Broken embraces a little too… MoreIf Volver was a little too art-house, Broken embraces a little too emotional and The Skin I live in just that little too odd for you and you crave the old days of Dark Habits, Matador and Tie me up! Tie me down!, Well then good news Pedro Almodóvar fans, he's back to his raunchy, over the top unashamedly camp self! Not that he has ever stopped being any of those things, but here in I'm so excited it really does feel like he's gone back in time and made a film like the ones he made that made us fall in love with him the first time round. I'm so excited mixes every genres under the sun and almost feels like a tribute to the elaborate, ridiculous but always fabulous Soup Operas that I guess Spain has managed to continue, where other countries seem to have forgotten. It's everything you could want from a lighthearted and outrageous Almodóvar film. An absolute pleasure for an old fan like me.
*This review may contain spoilers* Handing over Iron Man to Shane… More*This review may contain spoilers* Handing over Iron Man to Shane Black was a good move. The Batman films have forced the Superhero film to grow up somewhat, The Avengers took it that bit further and found the perfect balance and the rest is history. Iron Man 3 is a grown up Superhero film that some might find hard to adjust to. Tony Stark the Movie might have been a better title but then when you have Robert Downey Jr. as your lead, you don't want to see just 5 minutes of him and then a whole load of CGI. I have to say though there were elements I didn't care for, the whole 'Starting again' story-line I thought was a bit tired and also the inclusion of a Child just for the sake of it (or to appeal to a younger audience - like they're not already interested). Mostly though I found it to be a breath or fresh air. Keeping the action to a minimum and then including all of the Iron Men in one big fight was a brilliant idea. Saving the falling people was also pretty cool, as was Iron Potts. Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall provided some excellent supporting characters with Kingsley just edging ahead and nearly stealing the show. I really hope we see more of him, I'm sure we will. The big question is What happens now? Is Iron Man just going to be in the Avengers now or will he get another film, it is hard to see where he can go from here.
Argo lives up to the hype. It is a thriller that does what films in… MoreArgo lives up to the hype. It is a thriller that does what films in the genres are supposed to do, it really was edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting stuff. I love the story because it's so ridiculous and it's all true. I also have a soft spot for sci-fi and who doesn't like a good thriller. Ben Affleck deserves the praise he received, he has come leaps and bounds and I always thought his recognition for Good Will Hunting came a little bit too early in his career and wasn't really deserved. He picked a pretty good cast too, with Alan Arkin and John Goodman adding light relief when needed. Was that really Clea DuVall? Well I never.