Recent Viewing

The Swarm

1.5stqrThe usual summer advice of “They won’t bother you if you don’t bother them” goes out the window here as a freak swarm of really quite unusually aggressive killer African Bees descends into a quiet American town, ruining at least one family picnic in the process. Michael Caine stars in his ‘what were you thinking?’ moment. One of the best worst films you’ll see, you know the kind i mean. Love it.    

“We’ve been fighting a losing battle against the insects for fifteen years, but I never thought I’d see the final face-off in my lifetime. And I never dreamed, that it would turn out to be the bees. They’ve always been our friend. “  


Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist

2.5starYet another fairly entertaining dose of complete and utter shite.  I’m not sure what the laws regarding plagiarism are in Hollywood, but it seemed like this was a remarkably audacious attempt to thieve as many ideas from Oceans 11 as possible.  But let’s be honest, i knew exactly what i was going to see and i quite enjoyed it.

“This shit just went from mission:impossible to mission: in freaking sanity! “…great stuff.


Black Dynamite

2 starI was excited about this one having heard a lot of good things, it sounded like my type of film.  Unfortunately it just wasn’t very funny or particularly original.  The poorly made and dubbed 70s spoof has been done far better in the past, for example on ‘Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace’.  I think I laughed out loud twice.  

“Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!”


The Lives Of Others

4.5starA great film about the extent of state surveillance and control/censorship of the arts  in East Germany in the early 1980s, with one of the best closing lines of all time.  I can’t recommend this one highly enough.  Luckily the Hollywood remake that was set to star Nicholas Cage seems to have been scrapped.  Take a look at the trailer below.

“It’s for me”


Confessions

4 starA dark, atmospheric Japanese revenge film featuring music from Radiohead.  If you’re a fan of Chan-wook Parks revenge trilogy (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance and Sympathy For Mr Vengeance) the chances are you’ll love this.  In my opinion this film is every bit as good as each part of Parks trilogy.  Brilliantly acted, beautifully shot  and totally absorbing, it really is a wonderful film.  Hollywood will be all over this for a remake.  Be warned, it really is relentlessly bleak.


Four Lions

3.5 starA comedy about four incompetent suicide bombers plotting to attack the London marathon…. Chris Morris was one of very few people who could have pulled this one off.  If he hadn’t managed to find the perfect balance and tone it would have been a total disaster.  I’m a huge fan of  Chris Morris and his previous work and Four Lions didn’t disappoint.  Great one-liners, sharp satire and a few things we haven’t seen in Morris’s work before… relationships, tenderness and heart.

“He’ll be in heaven before his head hits the ceiling!”   

“I got hostages and everything…like XBOX’s counterstrike!”


 

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