Friday, 25 July 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes




 Set in 2016, a killer virus, let airborne as a result of a drug that had intended to cure Alzheimer's, desolates half the World's populations. The apes use this opportunity to exploit the Human's weakness and begin to build their own society. Led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) the apes build their own home and society, but the sighting of humans adds discontent among their ranks and with the human race posing a threat, war is strong possibility.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Second World War Double Bill




The Monuments Men is history according to Hollywood as the lack of acknowledgement of British, French and Russian assistance is a regular feature of Hollywood films (Saving Private Ryan for example) but to be fair it probably isn’t any different other nation’s cinematic output. Lack of historical accuracy isn’t really worth getting annoyed about unless it his dangerously emotionally manipulative, like The Deer Hunter, a film very much a product of the time it was made. Anyway, directed and starring George Clooney, The Monuments Men is about group of allied soldiers stealing the classics works of art back from those pesky Nazis.  

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Godzilla




At the turn of the century the destruction of the Japanese nuclear power plant caused by an supposed Earthquake has a number of conspiracy theorists arguing that it was something else all together. None are more active than a Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), a former worker at the plant, who is desperate to find out what really happened, much to the distain of his son, Ford (Aaron Taylor Johnson). What he finds, however, is beyond what he could have possibly imagined, a monster of tremendous, terrifying and towering proportions and it isn't the only one on the planet.

Friday, 16 May 2014

47 Ronin





Set in late Medieval Japan, Kai (Keanu Reeves) is a half-Japanese, half British 'halfbreed' who was found and accepted into the Ako household by Lord Asano Naganori (Min Tanaka), the lord of the Domain of Ako. Ako hosts a small gladiator like tournament which brings the shogun's master of ceremonies to the domain of Ako. This presents Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano) and his witch ally, Mizuki (Rinko Kikuchi), with an opportunity to posses Lord Asano and force him to attack Lord Kira. The result is compulsory Seppuku for Lord Asano and banishment for Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), Kai and the remaining samurai. However, the code of the samurai compels them to avenge the death of their lord.  

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Paranormal Activity: The Masked Ones




Paranormal Activity: The Masked Ones is a spin off to the Paranormal Activity franchise (part 5 is coming later this year), the film follows Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) who becomes the latest victim of a demonic spirit. 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The Railway Man




 Based on the bestselling autobiography by Eric Lomax, The Railway Man stars Colin Firth as Erik Lomax, a man blighted by a terrible past. A delayed train to Manchester leads Eric to a chance encounter Patti (Nicole Kidman) aboard another train, realising the instant connection Eric later goes to meet Patti at the station (being a train enthusiast he knows exactly which station to meet her) and the pair are soon married.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

The Family won't be gathering round to watch Oldboy


Ahhhh, the joys of yet another Hollywood remake of a classic. This remake is based on the Korean cult classic Oldboy (2003). Spike Lee’s ‘reimaging’ (a fancier word for remake) retains the basics of the original’s plot in which Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) finds himself locked in a hotel room following a drunken night out. Whilst in prison he is framed for the rape and murder of his wife, and he is forced to watch various news reports concerning the murder.