Pirates, Ninja and Robots – you can’t really go wrong when making movies about any of these things. Real Steel is no exception, it might not be deep and it might not be winning many awards, but it is damn fine entertainment. This is a fairly predictable Hollywood exercise in taking the audience out for a spin, but it shows some soul along with the fireworks. The opening credits are really quite beautiful and if it wasn’t for Hugh Jackman being present in the scene, I would have wondered whether I was in the right theatre. Continue reading
Well, I admit I haven’t posted anything since late last year and I am slightly sorry, but I have good reason.
Since December we have been getting to know a new addition to the family, Rufus was born and has proven that after everything we have been through, lymphoma and IVF that it really all does happen for a reason.
Now that we have found our stride and we have all become used to each other normal service should be resumed.
I will get back to posting reviews as and when something comes up that doesn’t conflict with Netguide’s Console magazine or Buttonmasher.
This year should also hold some interest along the lines of a new book, currently in development for a competition although if it doesn’t make the shortlist I will be self publishing again.
I also plan to get back on the screenplay wagon and still hope to bring some Koru Cottage t-shirts to the world too.
So plenty going on and plenty to come back for.
I don’t read Dan Brown like I don’t read Harry Potter, being ignorant about these franchises sometimes helps an ignorant viewer enjoy the movie more.
I will also admit that I was very reluctant to watch Angels and Demons, mainly because I thought the Da Vinci Code was overblown, on rails and cheesey enough for me to never go back. I love a good treasure hunt and cryptic puzzles, but the movie never lived up to the gravity of the book’s hungry following. It’s fair to say that this movie does improve on the first in every way, the effects are well used, the backdrop of Rome is magnificent, Hanks is Mr Reliable and the plot has thickened. Continue reading
School hoilday season, great for clearing traffic off the roads, but terrible for movies. Continue reading
Pixar know how to pull it off.
Up is another in their long line of awesome animated movies, movies that drip sheer class and quality from the opening scene. You can keep your pale imitations – tropical fish running a car wash? If it isn’t a Pixar movie I don’t want to know. Continue reading
There is one thing you can say about Tarantino, he knows how to make a great movie, maybe not every time, but he hits more than he misses.
He may not have had my full attention at Reservoir Dogs (having a preference for it’s inspiration : City on Fire), but Pulp Fiction owned the cinema at its release and still shows it’s class. It is safe to say that Inglorious Basterds is Tarantino showing his credentials at that level again, ignoring Kill Bill 2 and Deathproof’s indulgence. Continue reading