The Indonesian version of SWAT are going into battle. An apartment block has become home to the bad and the violent. A no go area that the police never visit. But now they are going in, intending to get through … Continue reading
Ever since Katniss’ father died in a mining accident she has been the one to take care of her family. Her mother’s depression left her unable to care for either of her daughters, so Katniss took the role on. Katniss … Continue reading
23 March 2011
Cast: Antonio Te Maioha, Dustin Clare, John Hannah, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Marisa Ramirez, Peter Mensah
Script: Steven S. DeKnight
Genre: Action, historical fiction
Setting: Ancient world, Capua
First things first, this is an awesome show. Awesome! Anyone who says different is just plain wrong!
When I first started watching Spartacus : Blood and Sand I have to say that I wasn’t overly impressed. Obviously influenced by the style and look of 300 it seemed to be a show that existed only to show glossy violence and sex. And boy did it ever show that. But after the first few episodes it developed into a very enjoyable, almost addictive, show. But then its star was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and so film making was delayed as he underwent treatment. And so instead of a second season we got a prequel. Spartacus : gods of the arena. Don’t be fooled by that name in the title, this has no Spartacus as all, instead it tells the story of how John Hannah’s Lentulus Batiatus comes to run the family ludus, and how Crixus becomes a gladiator.
22 April 2010
Cast: Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Nicolas Cage
Script: Bob Fisher, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Thomas Lennon
Genre: Action, family, sff
Writ: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn based on the graphic novel by Mark Millar & John Romita Jr.
With all the people out there who love comic books, with all those millions of people who love superheroes, why hasn’t anyone ever tried it. That’s what Dave Lizewski wonders. It isn’t that he thinks it is sensible, but surely it stands to reason that someone, somewhere will try it? Or has tried it? Well, why not him. So he goes online and buys a scuba diving suit, and low and behold, Kick-ass is born. Things do not go well for him. He’s a weedy teenager out on his own trying to fit the bad guys. He gets his ass kicked, on more than one occasion, but he also gets famous. And comes to the attention of Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, two real superheroes who know enough about their job to keep themselves totally secret. Did I mention that Hit-Girl is like eleven or something? Continue reading
22 February 2010
Cast: James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Pete Postlethwaite, Rachel Hurd-Wood
Script: Michael J. Bassett
Genre: Action, historical fiction, sff
Setting: Britain, Britain - middle ages
So y’all know that I luuurve James Purefoy, mainly because he was so great as Mark Anthony in Rome, but also so adorable in A Knight’s Tale so of course I was predisposed to like this. Then again I wasn’t too impressed with Vanity Fair so it doesn’t always follow that actors I like = good films. Continue reading
1 February 2010
Cast: Cameran Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Gabourey Sidibe, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Sherri Shepherd
Script: Evan Goldberg, Geoffrey Fletcher, Seth Rogen
Dir: Lee Daniels
Writ: Geoffrey Fletcher based on the book by Sapphire
Some films you go to see purely for light entertainment. To enjoy the pretty pictures and the mindless action. Precious is not one of those films. It one that you aren’t sure you actually want to see. You know it is going to make you feel uncomfortable, and that it’ll probably pray on your mind after you’ve watched it.
5 March 2009
Cast: Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Matthew Goode, Patrick Wilson
Script: Alex Tse, David Hayter
Setting: Britain - Anglo-Saxon & Viking
Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore & illus. Dave Gibbons Don’t you just love it when you turn up to watch a crappy film and then get to see an excellent one by total fluke? That’s what to … Continue reading
This is an odd film. Hard to write about because there are so many different ways to take it. On the one hand it is about a racist old man who despite himself becomes involved in the lives of a … Continue reading
See also: IMDb ; Other reviews Jenny and Steve have a quiet weekend in the country planned. A romantic weekend, and Steve is bringing an engagement ring. Awww. Steve wants to show Jenny an abandoned quarry that he used to … Continue reading
23 March 2007
Cast: David Wenham, Dominic West, Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Michael Fassbender, Rodrigo Santoro, Tom Wisdom, Vincent Regan
Script: Kurt Johnston, Michael Gordon, Zack Snyder
Setting: Ancient world, Sparta
I have a feeling that how you feel at the end of seeing this film will be hugely coloured by your mindset before the film began. Personally I loved it. Wonderful visuals and a great story. Wasn’t overly impressed with the characterisation, but you can’t have everything.
The film begins with a voice-over, and this narrator pipes up throughout the film, sometimes describing the action that we are watching on screen. I have no doubt that some will find this redundant, but, given the ending and who the narrator is I think this device actually works really well. Plus he does add to the melodramatic, over the top atmosphere that make this such a good film.