I’ve just got back from watching the re-spin of Total Recall. I was a fan of the Arnold version, but that was 22 years ago (Wow!), so I though it was worth a watch to see what they had brought to the table. As you would expect, some bits are very similar, but there is a lot that is very different from the previous incarnation.
Colin Farrell was pretty good. He certainly looked like he’d hit the gym and stuck to his diet in the lead up to the film. Very impressive. At times I was watching him and found myself thinking he’d make a cracking James Bond! When Daniel Craig gets bored of that gig, Colin should send in his CV.
I was dissapointed in The Expendables, but I hoped they would make another film and try to get it right this time. I’ve just got back from The Expendables 2 and I’m glad to say they got it completely right this time!
If I’m honest, many of the elements of this film are the same as the previous one. The difference is this one is done with a lot more humor. The film and the cast don’t seem to take themselves too seriously and that pays dividends in the enjoyment factor. In the previous film there was a lot of violence, but this film has even more. What makes it better is it is taken to almost comic book proportions. Some of the grizzliest scenes had people in the audience laughing.
I’m looking forward to The Expendables 3!
I went to watch The Dark Knight Rises yesterday. Wow, that is one loooong film…
Let’s start by saying I never really got into the previous films (Batman Returns and The Dark Knight). This one was more of the same for me. Nothing felt new. Nothing really excited me. One of my mates thought it was amazing and couldn’t understand my apathy. Apart from the length, there is nothing wrong with the film. It just doesn’t do it for me…
I guess I’ve got to wait for the next kick-start to see if that one suits me…
I went to see Prometheus at the start of the month and wrote about it here.
A few days ago some friends asked me if I wanted to go with them to see it in 3D, so I did.
In 2D, the opening sequence was amazing. In 3D it was a bit of a let down. The opening credits (being 3D) jumped out at you and distracted from scenes behind. As for the rest of the film, some scenes worked and others didn’t. Pretty much any time there is movement, 3D sucks.
If I had gone to see the film in 3D first, I think my impression of it would have been quite different. If you have yet to see it, please go to the 2D version!
PS. The Spiderman trailer was a mess in 3D. All of us commented on it being just a big blur. Truly terrible. I think the film will be good though (in 2D).
Let me start by saying, I’m a big fan of all the Alien films, even Alien 3, which seems to be the least liked. Having said that, if someone said I had to pick one it would always be Alien. I watch that film several times a month. Ridley Scott is renowned for being uncompromising, so I went into Prometheus with some seriously high expectations, which always worries me as it kinda sets you up for a fall…
The opening sequence of Prometheus is quite possibly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen on film. As I watched it I thought it was probably worth the £6 just to see that on a big screen…
Imagine what you would get if you attempted to shoot a film using a cameraman balanced on one leg, standing on a spin dryer, balancing on a wobble board, with electrodes up his ass, intermittently sending electric shocks where the sun don’t shine… The result would be the camera work employed by the makers of Safe.
If you have ever enjoyed a superhero film in your life you simply must go to see Avengers Assemble. It is totally fantastic. It has great action scenes, some really neat characters and is really funny at times too. I’ve not enjoyed an action film this much since I saw the first Iron Man Film. Awesome!!!
Iron Man/Tony Stark : I want to be him. He is too cool for school. He is Kool and the Gang.
The Hulk : All The Hulk films have been a bit of a let down because the only thing I really like is the green monster running around destroying things. The great thing about this film is it doesn’t have to fill two hours with the story of Bruce Banner, so you just get to see the bit you really want to see. The Hulk is fantastic in this film and adds greatly to the comedy elements. He literally had the whole audience laughing hard on several occasions.
If you took Escape from New York and gave it a Sci-Fi touch-up you would probably end up with Lockdown. That’s not a bad thing, since I really enjoyed EfNY when I saw it as a kid. I thought Lockdown was a fun action film. It doesn’t push the boundaries, but what it does, it does pretty well.
Overall I would say lightweight, but quite enjoyable.
I’ve been playing catch-up this week. Of the four films I’ve seen I think I enjoyed this one the most.
It looks great, but it does seem to drag on at times. I came out thinking they should have cut about 30 minutes to make it flow better. Imagine my surprise when I found out the running time was only 99 minutes.
IMHO this is a “wait for DVD” film. Even then I would hold on until you can get it in a sale. It’s not bad, but it won’t rock your world.
Where to begin with Battleship?