The World’s End

27 Jul

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The World’s End  has a not so interesting plot, basically twenty years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again (Simon Pegg). They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End.

As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries. However, bringing back the whole ‘Hot Fuzz‘ image is not such an easy task it seems. The film is directed by Edgar Wright and features Simon Pegg, Eddie Marsan, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine.

All in all, there were not that many laughs and the many attempts at light hearted jokes were not received well. I was saddened to feel that my money’s worth was not compensated. I would give this film a 5/10.

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World War Z

25 Jun

world war zWorld War Z  features Brad Pitt as the world saving hero and Mireille Enos. The basic plot is that former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is happily retired and lives for his family and their happiness. Suddenly, their world is turned upside down when a plague caused by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies succumbs them.

After barely escaping the chaos, Gerry Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls.

Of course the film is fairly obvious and anyone can guess what will happen next. However that did not stop me from jumping several times when those dreaded zombies would jump out of nowhere and gnash their teeth at humans.

The odd yet quaint twist is that the zombies will not touch an infected or ill person as they want to feast on a fully functioning and healthy body. So all in all just go stand near an ill person and live life to the full!
The cure turns out to be just that, make everyone ill by intoxicating them with a disease and everything else will fall into place.

It is directed by Marc Foster and since I rather enjoyed it I am giving it an 8/10.

Fun fact – Glasgow’s George Square features at the start of the film!

Evil Dead vs Scary Movie V

7 May

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Evil Dead is directed by Fede Alvarez and features actors such as Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood), Lou Taylor Pucci and Jessica Lucas (She’s the Man).

The plot of the film is fairly simple; teenage girl addicted to drugs is taken to a hidden holiday cottage in order to force her to quit her addiction cold turkey and as always when mixing creepy dark forests and a forgotten cottage – mayhem strikes.

In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with her brother and a group of friends. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

There is a tangible quality to arms being ripped off and people sawing off their own faces and as the brutality of the self-harm increases, the tension explodes and the victims go from masochists to sadists with startling vigour. There’s probably a serious comment there on the state of society and the troubles associated with a lack of personal responsibility, but as soon as this thought raises its head, it’s promptly decapitated leaving the audience battered and bruised in a blood-soaked delirium. This film is definitely not for the faint of heart.

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On the other hand Scary Movie V is a complete and utter joke and in my eyes – a humungous belly flop..

It is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and features Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex, Erica Ash, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Snoop Dogg and randomly Mac Miller (whom I absolutely love so was sad to see him in this..).

It envelopes five movies and their plots such as, Paranormal Activity at the beginning, moving onto Mama] then Rise of the Planet of the Apes followed by Evil Dead and lastly a creepy remake of Black Swan involving Ashley Tisdale (who is obviously trying to wipe her ‘High School Musical’ goody goody image away).

This movie provided barely and laughs, had no engaging action and comedy and the whole film was basically a comedy remake of Mama (which believe me was far better).  All in all I did not much see the point in making Scary Movie V when they could have just stopped at four..

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

3 Apr

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The film features Steve Carell as Burt Wonderstone, who has a Las Vegas double act with his old friend, Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi). Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship,  as they’ve grown to loathe each other. As they face competition from a new and emerging street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), Burt Wonderstone must reach down deep inside himself to see if the magic is still there.

Jim Carrey portrays a mental street artist known as ‘Steve Gray: Brain Rapist’. His character is willing to do anything, be it sleep on a bed of hot coals, not pee for a week or drill a hole through his skull just to get attention from his audience. Sadly, it works, because Burt and Anton find themselves trying to make their act more like the popular Gray’s, with disastrous consequences.

With a cast like Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and Don Scardino as the director you would think that this film is a guaranteed hit in the box office but alas that is far from the truth. However, this friendly comedy is funny, likeable and entertaining and gets a rating of seven and a half out of ten.

Side Effects

3 Apr

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Side Effects is a provocative thriller about Emily (Rooney Mara) and Martin (Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law), intended to treat anxiety, has unexpected side effects.

Rooney Mara stars as Emily Taylor; her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) is a young businessman who is soon to be released from prison after serving a few years for financial fraud. Overcome with stress, the mentally fragile Emily performs, or so we are tempted to believe, a suicide attempt and is put in the care of Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), a workaholic psychiatrist who convinces Emily to see him once a week for therapy.

Jonathan is intrigued enough by Emily’s story to seek counsel from her former therapist, Dr. Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones). One night Emily  is sleepwalking and ends up committing a horrific act that she claims not to remember because she was taking the medication prescribed to her by Jonathan, leading to a very public legal battle that leads to Jonathan taking a major public blow to his reputation.

This turn of events prompts the confused doctor to look deeper into Emily’s past and that is when the truth unravels and the storyline becomes intriguing and emotionally complex. This film is directed by Steven Soderbergh (behind the likes of Magic Mike and Contagion). This film definitely keeps the audience gripped and on the edge of their seats with anticipation and anxiety. The rating for it is and eight and a half out of ten for fluidity and constant twists.

I Give it a Year vs This is 40

3 Apr

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Five years after writer and director Judd Apatow introduced us to Pete and Debbie in ‘Knocked Up‘, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their roles as a husband and wife both approaching a milestone meltdown in ‘This Is 40‘, an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family.

After years of marriage, Pete lives in a house with wife Debbie and their two daughters, eight year old Charlotte (incidentally Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow‘s daughters Iris Apatow) and thirteen year old Sadie (Maude Apatow). As he struggles to keep his record label afloat, he and Debbie must figure out how to forgive, forget and enjoy the rest of their lives before they kill each other.

What emerges is a deeply honest portrait of the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age. During the film we follow one couple’s life and their views on of sex and romance, career triumphs and financial hardships, aging parents and maturing children. This lighthearted comedy definitely deserves a thumbs up and a seven out of ten rating.

On the other hand, I Give it a Year stars Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi), Anna Faris (The Dictator) and Simon Baker (The Mentalist). Since they met at a party, ambitious high–flyer Nat (Rose Byrne) and struggling novelist Josh (Rafe Spall) have been deliriously happy despite their differences. Josh is a thinker, Nat is more of a doer but the spark between them is undeniable.

Their wedding is a dream come true, but their family and friends aren‘t convinced that they can last. Josh‘s ex–girlfriend, Chloe, and Nat‘s handsome American client Guy, are willing to offer themselves up instead to be the others respective partners. With their first anniversary approaching, neither wants to be the first to give up, but will they make it?

I Give It A Year is a brand new comedy directed by Dan Mazer  which showcases the realities of the first year of marriage. I would rate this slightly different comedy an eight out of ten for the originality of it.

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Mama

1 Apr

Mama tells the story of a man who kills his wife and, under the stress of doing so, decides he must therefore kill his daughters as well before committing suicide. However, before the deranged father manages to accomplish his task something seemingly creepy yet curious as to why this father would want to kill his daughters, the ‘thing’ decides to protect the daughters and that is the end of the father. No one ever sees or hears of these two orphaned girls and they become accustomed to their surroundings.

For five long years, their Uncle Lucas (played Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) by and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home. As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all by themselves? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence.

This thriller from executive producer Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), and director Andy Muschietti showcases a different plot and several twists along the way which help add to the depth of the horror film genre.

I liked the structure, design and vibe of this movie and these qualities adds a lot to the creepiness psychedelic dreamlike vibe that is creepy or even scary and yet beautiful which is why I would strongly recommend this film and rate it a nine out of ten.

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