2012 (***)

2012 Film poster

The ultimate disaster movie get three stars but only because the effects are great.

Film about the end of the world as we know it.

Harry Brown (****)

Harry Borwn film poster

Very dark film beautifully filmed. My guess is that it was filed around North London.

Michael Caine plays an OAP (ex marine) who get revenge on from youths who are running  riot in the local area.

UP 3D (****)

Up film poster

The latest Pixar offering, never sure whether to go to an animated film as you have to trawl through quite a few before you get one that is work while. The Independent cored the film 5 out of 5 so I had to take a look.

The film starts with the story of two childhood sweet hearts, Ellie and Carl Fredricksen who have a dream to live by Angel Falls in South America. Sadly this never happens and Ellie passes away. Then Carl teams up with a wilderness explorer (scout), and ends up in South America. The film has some great moments and is well made.

We saw the film in 3D which these days is getting better as the film happens to be in 3D rather than being made specifically in 3D.

I give it 4 out of 5.

Inglorious Basterds (***)

Inglourious Basterds

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.
Tarrentino films are normally violent and this one is too. There is plenty of dark humour and it is worth seeing. Helen thought it was perhaps a bit gratuitous. (3/5)

Looking for Eric ****

Looking for Eric film poster

Anglo/French film about a troubled divorcee who wished things were different, and has even considered suicide. Things start to change when Eric Cantona (his hero) enters his life, in the form of hallucinations and one of his sons gets into a bit of bother with a local thug. The film is well acted and there is much swearing to good effect. Eric Cantona is hard to hear but has some great lines. 4/5

The age of stupid ****

The Age Of Stupid film poster

This is a docudrama which tries to draw your attention to the impending doom future generations will face if we don’t stop using oil. The film is set in the future and is narrated by Pete Pothelthwaite who is the keeper of the world archive. He using interview/fly-on-the-wall footage and real news footage to paint a picture that suggests. We must do something now and make it stick if the human race is to survive beyond the next century. The are a few threads in the film covering climate change issues, which pull the film together into a whole. Some of the sequences almost humorous. I’ll give it 4 stars because it manages to do a great job of taking a subject which is not that appealing, but hold your attention for an hour and a half.

In the loop ****

In The Loop film poster

Fast paced political satire, vaguely based around the WMD dossier. Lots of swearing and worth it just for that. Helen was lucky enough to be offered the tickets to the Rex by a work colleague who could not make it. Well worth the trip out although would be just as good on TV if you want to wait. 4/5

Terminator Salavation ***

Terminator Salvation film poster

The story continues with a bit of time travel. Story was difficult to follow maybe becuse there were lots of references to the previous films. Having said that the action kept coming and coming, so never a dull moment. Very lound soundtrack worth going to see on a rainy day. (3/5)

Star Trek ****

Star Trek film poster

Raining today and windy to boot, so went to the movies instead. Star Trek it had a lot to live up to and I am glad to say it did live up to the hype. All the essential Trekkie stuff was there only better. Liked the humour it added a new dimension. Scores a well deserved 4 out of 5.

Angels and Demons ***

Angels And Demons film poster

Another Dan Brown story. Based in the Vatican during the election of a new pope, it is interesting to be reminded about the pomp and ceremony that surrounds that event. The film is a thriller and it has you on the edge of your seat right from the word go. Interestingly it starts in the large hadron collider, in C.E.R.N. The scenes in the LHC are a bit far fetched but they have artistic license I guess. Over all I give the film 3 out of 5.