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CONTRABAND

Hello Saw Contraband a while ago, just getting round to blogging about it now. Its pretty good. . .done haha ok ok yeah its very solid not too long not too short nice pace and keeps it going all to the end. It dint blow me away but its very interestingly solid, Giovanni Ribisi plays it very well and Mark Wahlberg is. . well Mark Wahlberg, but good for the part. Its a bit of an easy watch not really original, no major twists or turns, it’s entertaining and easy going, nothing new but what it does its quite good a simple heist movie. Let me know what you think 🙂

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Ben

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WANDERLUST

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Just seen Wanderlust with Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. I thought it was very mediocre and slightly amazed this film even got made.  There are some nice parts in the film which is mainly at the pay off at the end when everything returns back to normal. There are parts (I remember one) I laughed out loud but not an overly funny film, although lots of times inside i would think (ha ha) and that’s the only reason i wasn’t overly bored probally. Not a cinema film, barely a DVD film. The storyline was massively over the top, and this is coming from a sci-fi fan!. Although I wasn’t bored, but i didn’t care for the characters, I came out thinking ‘ oh ok, yeah, irrelevant film, didn’t offend, very harmless’ Very forgettable. The is film is soon bland nothing really stood out for me, Its saving grace would probably be its a very bland, non-offensive date night film.  If anyone else has seen it let me know what you think 🙂

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Ben

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THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

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We recently saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It was very good I was very impressed, it was really quite funny in places. I think i dint expect too much because I thought the storyline may be very flimsy because its just a bunch of old people going to a retirement home, but the story, I thought was quite solid.  It never felt like it dragged and had a good pace to the movie. It wasn’t too long and it was a perfect one to see with my wife, its a bit of a ‘popcorn’ movie but sometimes that’s really nice. Oh and the guy that runs the hotel is awesome in it, I think he was in Slum Dog.

From looking at some film critics online, like Guardian and some others, they seem to bash the movie. Now they probably know more than me, because their experts, but i really liked it, it was genuinely funny tackled some issues and appealed to a wide age range. The comments under most of the reviews seem to love the movie. . I don’t understand critics :/

If you want some easy watching, go for it. If you see it let me know what you think.

Thanks

Ben

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WAR HORSE

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We went and watched Warhorse recently. I somehow missed all the hype for this film so in that respect I was lucky. I was quite impressed with it to be honest, I think because of the sheer fact that they made a film with the horse being the main protagonist, and it did hold its own. . .thumbs up, well done Mr. Horse 🙂 The story was solid generally enjoyable, but more enjoyable while watching with someone, I think if I was on my own watching it i would have not liked it as much. Defiantly a ‘couple film’ It did feel segmented like lots of little stories joined together, but I don’t think to the detriment of the film, I may have even helped it because if it had the same people around the horse for the whole movie it may have become too much.

Another element that I wasn’t expecting was that this film made me interested in World War 1 so i recently watched bird song on the i player, (but thats’ a different review) so in terms of evoking interest in the subject matter I suppose it worked 🙂

Ben

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HAYWIRE

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Just seen Haywire, its very ‘Bourne’ ( identity, supremacy, ultimatum ) but with a female as the lead role. I think this film will appeal to fans of ‘Bourne’ series but because this has been quite recent and very well produced, Haywire is up against strong competition from what has gone before in this genre, and to be honest doesn’t stand up very well against it. I think this is because it doesn’t really add anything new to the table, The fact that the lead is a woman doesn’t change it enough to make me think ‘oh ok this is a new take’ it makes me think more like its a gimmick. If this film was first then I would more than likely be singing its praises a bit more, but being so recent after the ‘Bourne’ series it works against the title. Storyline is pretty solid, like you would expect, government frame job she gets revenge but with no real new twist and to be honest I got a touch bored. In summery, see this film if you are a fan of this genre, stay away if you dislike this style or even think you have had your fill from ‘Bourne’

Comments always welcome, thanks for visiting come back soon 🙂

Ben 🙂

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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL + THE ARTIST

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Two films reviewed today, first up Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was awesome 🙂 solid popcorn action fast paced story, good acting, serious, funny, well directed and never got boring. The storyline as good enough to keep the action together and the set pieces were all good and unique. The fight scenes were well thought out and kept it moving and even the really unbelievable action parts. . .you sort of believe, its done in a way that you don’t mind the ‘that would never happen’ parts because your gripped by it. Very impressed and after the last few movies i saw, this was a nice surprise. . .and wait for it, you won’t hear me saying this often, this FORTH film was the best one, in my opinion. If your up for a nice popcorn action film that is enjoyable whether at the cinema or at home, go for it.

The Artist. The Black and white, Silent movie. GIVE. THIS. MOVIE. AWARDS. Amazed, If i could get away with saying original, i would. everything about this film dripped with class the acting the direction. the cinema really did this film justice, seeing how the old black and white would have looked in the big screen. My biggest concern BEFORE i saw the movie was how they would tell a complicated story (the transition between silent movies to ‘talkies’) in the style of a silent movie, and how i would feel the emotions of the protagonist and how they would get across the depth of characters. They not only do this but achieve much more. A true feel of what the industry in that time, gripping storyline and characters packed with individualism. You just cant look away and at the end just astounded that they managed to say, explain and emote more that most films that have in colour, action and TALKING. The film shown in this way really makes the movie, and the fact that its a true story is amazing. There is so much to say about this film but i wont be forgetting this quickly. A concept film that truly says something new AND entertains is so rare these days that you need to see this film. . .In my option

Thanks

Ben

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50/50

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Just seen the film 50/50. Don’t worry no spoilers but WOW, very impressed. I wanted to see this film and had a bit of expectation and it not only lived up to it but surpassed it as well, quite rare these days.

I think the main thing about the film is that it feels more ‘real’ than most, its doesn’t feel like a ‘concept’ they developed to get laughs or romantic set pieces, it flows more naturally together. Some of the laughs seem more funny because they have organically evolved from the situation, not from manipulation of the script to ‘get the laugh’ the seriousness of the piece feels genuine as well and so does the romantic element.

I was also very impressed with Seth Rogen’s role, he plays this very well, because i find him quite hit or miss in other titles. When i was at work i was talking to Graham and he said that this actually happened to Seth Rogen’s friends and he was playing the character with experience because it happened to him in real life.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was very impressive, he keeps this up and he will be one to watch.

Overall very very solid movie, and as i was saying to someone, the budget of this compared to something like Tin Tin and its negligible, but outshines it in almost every way. . .because of the storyline (well not effects, but whats the point in them without story!)

Ben

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Immortals 3D

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Just been to see Immortals 3D. It had a very ‘300’ feeling, but this is how it was advertised, so i suppose in that respect, it lived up to its expectation. If you liked 300, your like this film. . .if you like fighting. . . alot, then your like this film. the story line i thought held together just enough to continue the fighting and it was generally fast paced.

What i thought was very good about the film as the 3D element. Now i dont really rate 3D in anyway, but this film, surprisingly done it very well. Afterwards it felt not like i had seen a ‘3D’ film but more that the 3D element just enhanced the film. It did not feel like the produceers thought ‘its 3D so make eveything come at you out of the screen’ and actually more subtle and complemented the film better. Basically I dint have a headache afterwards from the 3D.

Not the greatest film review of all time, but just a quick overview.

Thanks

Ben

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