Saturday, 27 August 2016

Eden Lake (2008)


If you liked Straw Dogs or even the remake this movie will delight you. A "hoodies film" be scared of the Yobs. Between this and Harry Brown I am just crossing England off of my destinations.  This directoral debut by James Watkins maintained extrodinary tension and kept the ball rolling till the final seconds.

Micheal Fassbender is the lead and his lovely lady is Kelly Rielly who I did not recongnize despite her impressive list of credits including Flight and two Sherlock Holmes movies. Also notatable Jack O'Connell as the bad bad boy.

I am not a huge fan of this genre, but this was well done and gracefully gory.
Everybody liked this movie. RT gave it 80%.
I agree

4 Bloody good stars


Bastille Day (2016)


A whole baguette of good movie. Count me as now considering Idris Elba as a potential James Bond. I still think Bond should be a white Scottish Person but if we must be politically correct then why not Idris. Cant wait to see Johnny Depp play Nelson Mandela.:)

 Attention Hollywood, Iris is 43 make him crank out at least two action films a year. I also loved the co star Rob Stark of GOT fame. Another great choice to be the new Bond. And the winsome Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon was charming as the  pastsy revolutionary next door.

The real star was James Watkins (will have to watch Eden Lake now) who wrote and directed this genre blending mover. Its a story told a thousand times but with some real nice twists and great pace and charm.

Rotten Tomatoes was totally sacre bleu 50%. This was the best movie I have seen so far this year. Its sad it did not pull a Taken at the box office bringing in a mere $10 million, damm those subtitles. Never release a movie in America with subtitles, who is running those studios anyway? I love subtitles but why have the real thing when you can dumb it down.

4.1 Stars ( I advise you do not watch the trailer)



Sunday, 24 July 2016

Carnage Park (2016)



Based upon a true story this low budget movie starts with a nice Resevioir Dogs buzz and hums along nicely to a the Hills have eyes harmony. Ashly Bell who was one of the best things in The Day is the principle victim of   psycho Vietnam veteran Wyatt Moss who has created a "carnage park" in his massive piece of property out in the desert, where people get trapped so he can then pick them off one by one. 
I loved the soundtrack, near the end it really starts to creep you out. Director Mickey Keating also wrote the script and he deserves Kudos for both efforts. Much of the critizm of this movie is that it is totaly derivitive. Telling a story that has been told a million times before and  making it interesting is a talent.  Rotten tomatoes gave is a mere 56%. Its a solid 70% in my blog.

3.5 bloody screaming stars

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Warcraft (2016)


Overall a pretty good Sword and Sorcery story. Two fascinating aspects.  Warcraft was directed by Duncan Jones. His two previous small movies Moon and Source Code where spectacular. This spectacular seems to have gotten a little bigger than he could manage. You feel the two hours, in a great movie you dont notice the passage of time. Still its a complicated story and to be honest I liked it as much as some of the first LOTOR movies. Second fasonater is that Rangar Loothbroke plays the hero. I did not know Travis Trimell was the lead.  I thought it might be but had to see the credits to verify. While not as good as Rangar, his portrayal as a sword swinging lover of half breed Orcs is enjoyable.

The worldwide box office was close to half a billion, and the movie was set up for a sequel which I expect to see.

RT gave it only 28% with me in the seventies.

3.6 stars

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Eye in the Sky


A taunt thriller about a drone flight whose mission turns from capture to kill. A very philisopical outing where just like the war on terror winning is hard to quantify but the forumla for collateral damage is well defined.
Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren star in Gavin Hood’s nail-biting thriller that explores the ethics of drone strikes
Gavin Hood did a predator like job of directing this movie that at times came close to the ministry of silly walks, but in the end real horror. His nice body of work includes X-Men Wolverine and Enders Game.

Arron Paul and Kim Engelbrecht play the unfortunate drone pilots convincingly. This movie is very well made and thought provoking, a sure box office bomb. (Just $18 million in North America) Just checked amazingly Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 95%. Which nuged me higher in this case

Four Stars for a move that really puts the drone in drones

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Independance Day: Resurgence (2016)


One of the few sequels equal or better than the original. Liam Hemsworth was terrific as the star of the movie. The plot was better, and the plan for victory more plausible. All the characters from the first movie except Will Smith are back. The film takes place 25 years after the first invasion. Humankind remains united and has adopted Alien tech. Very soon its clear that plan of defense was not going to work.

A truly fantastic disaster porn, alien invasion, sci fi spectcale epic blockbuster.
Rotten Tomatoes savaged t with 38%. I would be close to 80. I am not giving it five stars like the orginal, because the orginal was orginal.

4 stars

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Independence Day (1996)



Independence Day was a big movie. Biggest Grossing movie of its year, and 51st in history.  For the Sci Fi Genre it was the 25th highest. It was a great groundbreaking epic movie. Lots of great messages and themes. Generally a huge dart at the military industrial complex.

I generally cant stand Will Smith but loved him in this movie. (MIB, Enemy of the State, I am Legend as well). Jeff Goldblum is another actor I am lukewarm on but he nails it here. The rest of the cast mostly character actors, with the exception of Bill Pullman. Brent Spinner has a great part as a capitve scientest in charge of  alien studies  Area 51.

Due to the upcomming release of the sequel I rewatched it last night. It remained fresh and compelling. The only thing really dating it was the period automobiles.

Rotten Tomatoes was really rotten in giving this movie only 61%. I have to go with over 90%.

Five Stars