Here’s a bunch of films that I saw last year but
can’t be assed didn’t get round to properly writing up. Opinions welcome in the comments. Enjoy.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
- Classic ‘middle movie’.
- Set up is pretty much the same as before – twist, forced back in to games
- Games are decent, but again, PG – toned down – action.
- Seymour-Hoffman gobbling down scenery as a baddie
- So long for what little new stuff is shown
- Infuriatingly bogus non-ending – just as it gets interesting
- Bad news that 3rd movie has been split in two… lame money-grabbing.
TAGS: PETAH!, PEEETAH!, PEEEEEEETAAAAHHHH!, PPEEEEEEEEETTTTAAAAAHHHHHH!, PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTAAAAAHHHHHH!
- Jason Statham doing another slightly-better-than-average Jason Statham type action movie.
- Felt like one big excuse to get J-Lo down to her pants. I’m sure there’s a quicker, cheaper way somewhere…
- Statham fucking loves playing guys with a code. He’s totes de-throning Segal as ‘King of Codes’.
- Action’s good – but there’s pretty much nothing new on the table.
TAGS: That-film-where-Jason-Statham-has-a-moral-code-and-plays-a-balding-athletic-guy-in-a-suit-without-a-tie-that-gets-into-bother-with-loads-oft-ough-guys. Bad accents.
Tue Blood (Season 1):
- Over-sexed, trashy vampire-fantasy soft-porn for soccer moms.
- Izzie Caplin… such love. so wow.
- Sex, nudity, promiscuity, forbidden pleasures, lust, banging
- Feels like the female equivalent of Spartacus: blood and
- Even a junkie / addict is glamoured up: it’s all about drinking sexy red blood, not taking filthy drugs.
- Too much chat about inner-demons that gets a bit boring.
TAGS: Dick Gout, Fangtasia, Cleavage, Tits, Masturbation, Tru Blood, O-Negative, Spontaneous Combustion, Aids Burger, Glamour, Fangbanger, Blood Fountain, Blood Fetish, Gore, Virtual Golf, Vampire Tribunal, Dean the Dog, Shapeshifter, Puke,
How I spent my summer vacation
- Bit of a strange film – starts off quirky crime but soon descends in to a sloppy, stereotype-ridden borderline tasteless / racist (That’s our Mel!) Latino Jail
- Post-Prison-break S3 lawless prison scenario – fairly ridiculous.
- Good action though
Community (Season 2)
- KFC Space Rescue, zombies are among a few truly standout episodes – writing isn’t nearly as good as Season 1.
- Feels clunkier and more sporadic / parody based – silly and ridiculous stories replacing observational college humour.
- Stop-motion Christmas is absolutely terrible, but the D&D episode is absolutely fantastic.
- Pierce & Chang become runaway cast members
TAGS: Toto Africa, Chloroform, level 5 laser lotus, Oil Wrestling, Chick Fight, KFC, Butt Flag, E pluribus anus, ABBA, Zombies, Trampoline, Pen Episode, Annie’s Bobs, Professor Professorson, diorama, cave of frozen memories, my dinner with andre, fat neil, pulp fiction party, Paintball, Chang puns.
- Very slow start,
- Good action throughout although Greengrass imitation cam style was bamboozling to watch
- Renner’s good, but doesn’t have much character or backstory to play with, and he’s only ever really looking to get his pills.
- Basically a glorified drugs / heist movie
TAGS: Pharmaceuticals, Drone Strike, Drugs, Etching, Wood Release,
World War Z:
- There are things to loathe: Pepsi product placement, the fact that a male model is the main star, and yes – Piers Morgan even shows up (making the zombie apocalypse a bit more appealing).
- Bottom line, this is a Zombie movie that’s targeted at the mainstream; leaving a lot of the essential zombie elements on the cutting room floor.
- Follows a ‘diet zombie film’ formula
- Not quite World War Zzzzzz
- Everyone from Devon looks/talks/acts like simpletons: a very American portrayal of rural England…
- Acting in general is Sunday afternoon TV stuff, with a few good actors plopped in for some reason.
- The humans are out-acted by horses in most scenes… Hiddleston is about the only decent performance.
- First hour drags, second hour distracts, last 20 mins pulls at your heart.
- Music’s as important as the acting to lead you through the film,
- Random comedy goose
- Lingers too long in parts,
- Hammy, over-sentimental cheese.
TAGS: Was it amazing? Neeeiiiggghhhh
Anything For Her
- Having seen the re-make first, there’s things I prefer about each film. The cast in the original come up trumps but I would argue that there’s far more tension in the final act (escape) in the re-make, as they rush through a series of pre-identified zones.
- being set in France – in the EU – where free travel is permitted, kills all of the post-escape tension…
- Bleak colour scheme
- Woody is so unlikeable in this – American abroad.
- Story starts off great but becomes too convenient and even after a decent twist the final act is absolutely ridiculous.
- Strong cast: Acting’s solid – Kingsley is a half-believable Rusky, the Chick’s good too.
TAGS: Babushka Dolls, Heroin, Head…ouch, Headshot, Bad Policing, Lying, Photography, Everyone Smokes…, odka, Buttocks
- Freeman sounds like he’s doing a Kim Jong Il Team America impression, far too Asian.
- Undecided: semi sports film, semi political film, semi biopic… never really knows what it is.
- Sentimental cheese-fest: slow pans, slow zooms, slow fades, slow motion, light piano accompaniment.
- Don’t know if it was unintentional but the story bounces along as unevenly as a football would, here, there, and everywhere.
- No proper complication, or ‘against the odds’ as you expect from the sporty element.
TAGS: Johna Lumu, Olé, Sunglasses, Smile, Springbucks, Go Chester, Rugby World Cup.
- Rockwell’s amazing,
- Cracking concept, very well executed.
- Kevin Spacey is a camp robot (like 2001)
- First 30 minutes are a bit proper WTF but make far more sense the second time round.
- Because of character and visual similarities this is always going to be compared to 2001, and while it owes much to the original, I feel that it far surpasses it.
TAGS: Tambourine, Blood!!!, Buttocks, Speedball, Plants, Ping Pong, Carvings, Camp robots, Space, Moon,
- First 75% is a regular enough Army / Political procedural investigation, which makes the final 25% pure raw action movie feel quite welcome.
- Graphic and no-holds barred look at terrorism
Todd Margaret (Season 2):
- Totally offensive, but very funny
- Not much more to say!
TAGS: Substantial Todd Margaret, Le Molecule, Ghost, Young and not Legal, Eyebrows, Pank, Poo and a Wank, Rugby, Leeds, Acute penis envy, reverse Othello, self help CD, fart ring tone, Princess Diana grave, Pedophile wing, Steve Davis,
- Viggo’s on good form, and out of nowhere… BOOM – more of Viggo’s ass on screen, twice. I’ve seen this enough times in my life now, thanks
- Religious overtones,
- very, very vague story, plot and backstory – pretty much just ‘survival’
- Didn’t really see the point of the film…
- Product placement extravaganza (not much else that could fund it though) Coca Cola, Heinz, Del Monte… ironically makes me sick
- The savage, omnipresent bleakness dominates the film, to the point where I didn’t care for the characters, as there was almost no focus on them
- Picture was decent, but very gray and washed out. Sound mix was booming.
TAGS: Buttocks, dirty water, Annoying Son, OMAR!!!, Arrows, Legshot!, Coughing, Coca Cola, Del Monte, Cannibalism, Self Surgery, Headshot!, Papa, Dirty, Need a wash.
Valley of Elah:
- Definitely has more of a TV feel with it’s very slow/steady pace that never shifts up – and more generally an overall lack of any remote cinematic feeling.
- Very much an actors film, with a lot of serious acting to be had – and everyone doing well to keep up with Tommy and Charlie
- TLJ is on fire… I love this guy!
- Another one of the modern anti ‘war film’, focused around the army, and the effect of was on troops back home.
TAGS: Tits, buttocks, pantyhose, Jim beam, photos, pickup truck, flags, chicken, body parts, blue car, Iraq.
- Bad film to be cast a bird.
- Michael Cain – can’t stand him in most movies; he’s the most one-dimensional character actor in history
- Very poor timeline at the beginning that only becomes apparent towards the end (for first time viewers)
- Great atmospheric score, long deep notes that resonate through entire scenes.
- Slow, slow burner
- Not unlike any of the tricks in the movie, the film follows the same formula. Pledge; two magicians trying to out do each other. Turn; you see their various ways of doing so. Prestige; the big reveal.
- For all the film’s weaknesses the reveal at the end is outstanding.
- BD presentation is great – the sound of Tesla’s machines bouncing ’round the speakers never gets old.
TAGS: Bird Fail, Lightbulb Field, Crazy Science, beards, electricity, fingers… ouch!
- Tried hard enough, but just wasn’t engaging or hooking in
- Like cramming a full series of Boardwalk Empire into 1 movie.
- Biggest flaw was having not enough Gary Oldman and least famous brother, and too much Shya Le Bowf / Tom Hardy (who is good, but has a ridiculous voice… again)
The Shield (Season 1)
- Strike team.
- Very interesting premise – following a corrupt cop and his equally questionable team.
- Main character is a total choad – more of a villain that a hero, but is humanised through some forced heroics and personal stories. By the end, Vic walks such a fine line between supercop and super-criminal that you have to make your own mind up.
- Lots of macho “stay out of my way” / “I get results” generic 80s cop-chat.
- Terrible music – bad nu-metal tracks with laughably literal lyrics.
- Doesn’t beat around the bush with crime scenes: sex club, motherhood, police ambushes,
- Stories started in first few episodes picked up at the end of season.
- Cops Vs Cops. Cops Vs bad guys. Cops vs the public
- Stylish, kinetic, aggressive.
TAGS: Hit and run, shit drawer, spunk, gay cop, delicious feet, strippers, hookers, hoe shoe, blanket party, the nation, cockfights, cop killers.
The Quiet Family:
- Gallows / graveyard humour
- Showed some promise, but felt quite stagey and under-developed
- Disappointing giving director
TAGS: Misty Lodge, Shovel, Humping, Phone Sex, Upskirt, Cukoo Clock, The Stray Cats,