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I’m thinking I’ve been neglecting this site for far too long.
I’m thinking of using the site more as a blog than a review site. Basically i need somewhere to rant!
If you can to share thats cool!
I don’t really watch television when it’s on, I never know if I’m going to be in or out so keeping up to date with a particular series is about as easy for me as getting pandas to mate. Luckily, we have various on-demand services such as the exceptional Iplayer, 4oD and various other websites. So when I do watch a particular series, what do I watch?
Lie To Me
Based on the scientific research Paul Ekman, Tim Roth plays Dr Cal Lightman, a human lie detector. After years of study, travel and less that reputable activities, Cal has learned how to read every involuntary move you make. Lying to this man is nigh impossible. You give away everything you try to hide with “micro expressions”. Cal and his team investigate various cases for the FBI, the police and the needy. Cal’s laid back attitude works well here, hiding his razor sharp mind. Always one step ahead of his team and the suspect in question, he’s essentially the best con man in the world. It’s a fun series, full of intriguing plots and genuinely amusing humour.
Imagine Buffy was a bloke, had a brother who could also kick ass and drove an awesome car. That’s the basic premise of Supernatural. Throw in angels, demons and Satan himself; the first 4 series saw the Winchesters trying to stop the Apocalypse. Driven to succeed since they started of the chain of events that bring the end of the world, Sam and Dean trek from town to town dispatching ghosts, vampires and Paris Hilton. I’m not kidding, she actually turned up in one episode and was promptly beheaded! You can see there is a clear love for the show by all the cast. Jim Beaver as Bobby, the boy’s go to guy for any advice be it lore or life is huge fun to watch. Gruff, but with a heart of gold he’s always there for them. One episode showed us what a normal day for Bobby was like and really opened up his character to the audience.
Is someone trying to kill you? Then you need to call The A Team! Or you could contact Christopher Chance instead. One time assassin and now protector, Chance hides in plain sight, luring would be killers out in to the open. Sticking close to the intended victim, he waits for the right time and dispatches the threat once it presents itself. But you want to know the best thing about this series? Jackie Earl Haley! He’s has real career revival. Since playing Rorschach in Watchmen and Freddy in the recent Nightmare on Elm Street revamp Haley has become in demand again. As Guerrero, he is by far the most interesting, disturbing and amusing character here.
So then what have I seen in the few months I disappeared in to oblivion? Well let’s give you a quick rundown of what I enjoyed and what I really didn’t!
What happened? Did the directors think “Oh I know! Remember how George Lucas ruined Star Wars with the prequels? Let’s do that to Tron!” I was deeply disappointed with this movie. The one redeeming factor of this childhood raping abomination was Daft Punk’s amazing soundtrack.
If you are going to see this in the hope that you will see some lesbian action, I’m going to make it clear that there really isn’t any more here than what you will see on any late night movie on Channel 5. What you do get though is a permanent look of fear on Natalie Portman’s face as she slowly driven insane. This is not a film about ballet; this is a look into the life of a girl who is descending into hell, madness and terror.
The Green Hornet
I like Seth Rogen, there I said it. He does what he does well! May people disagree and you are allowed to, doesn’t make you right though. He’s taken the character of Britt Reid and made it more accessible for today’s audiences. Jay Chou as Kato was a welcome and worthy successor to Bruce Lee. His dead pan delivery provides a perfect foil to Rogen’s typical loud, obnoxious performance. The only thing I wanted in the movie was for studio to release the reins on the stellar director, Michel Gondry. This man is truly visionary and should be allowed to make whatever he wants!
I’ve never really been in to the whole western scene, but I do like the Coen brothers. It’s beautifully shot, capturing the sweeping landscapes of the old west. Just looking at the vistas and sprawling scenery reminded me of the cinematography in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I could watch both movies with the sound off as they are just gorgeous to look at. Jeff Bridges reclaims any respect I lost for him in Tron Legacy as Rooster Cogburn, although he could do with some elocution lessons. Unlike Hailee Steinfeld, who performs with a sense of maturity rarely seen in such a young actor.
I’m sure I’ve seen more than this but can’t quite remember anything worth writing about!
OK, OK I know I’ve been quiet over the last six months. I’ve started a new job and neglected the site for a long time. It’s time to get back on the review horse and start writing again. I’m also considering adding a Podcast to the site, so if any of you would like to get involved with that let me know!
I’ll try to keep you up to date with what I’ve been watching and playing and hopefully will give you something to listen to!
I’ve been quiet for a while but Wez has decided to grace us with his review of Predators!
An “O.K” film that is not lacking in pace, but is lacking in the expected
rollercoaster ride an action film from this franchise should be. Someone
described this film as the equivalent of driving from Sheffield to London on
a Sunday morning on the M1. The pace may be fast, but there is little to
entertain you on the way.
I see this film as half a reboot and half a sequel. There is a direct
connection to the original 1987 Predator, but then again this is a whole new
kettle of ‘very ugly’ fish. There were a few blaring holes in the plot but
also some nice nods to the original.
If you go to see this film because of your liking for either Danny Trejo or
Laurence Fishburne. Save your money as their roles are nothing more than
cameos at best. Adrien Brody (King Kong, The Village and soon to be released
Splice) carries his role as action hero well. You can easily believe he is a
military type prepared to fight to the death, while at the same time looking
French, so that’s an accomplishment.
Alice Braga also did well, but her character appeared to be too close to
Lost’s ‘Ana Lucia Cortez’ played by Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious,
Avatar and Resident Evil) for my liking.
By the end and much like an overweight relative sporting a Hawaiian shirt
and blowing a vuvuzela, you see the plot points approaching a mile off.
It’s good to see a modern film that could so easily have gone down the CGI
intensive route show some restraint. This film is probably as close as you
can get to the old school methods of creating a sci-fi movie, without seeing
the fishing wire.
All in all I enjoyed this film even if the print did melt twice! See it if
you are a huge Predators fan. If not, wait until its out on DVD. Oh and if
you have seen the trailer with the scene with 10 or so Predator tri-lasers
on Royce (Adrien Brody). There is only one laser in theatrical version of
that scene. I personally hate it when trailers do not represent or
misrepresent a film like this.
Predators is on general release now in the UK.
Precious is released on DVD and Blu Ray on 24th May
Following on from our encounter with Dexter Morgan, here’s a look at another anti hero.