In 1991 three men robbed a bar that was known not to charge police officers for their drinks. Matthew Scudder was off duty and drinking at the time. When they shot the barmen he took off after them. He killed two and wounded the third. He also then gave up drinking and the police force. Now he works as anRead more
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The October Daye series # 6 My first book for this year’s RIP challenge1 It has been almost a year since the events of One Salt Sea and, understandably, Toby still hasn’t recovered one hundred per cent. I won’t say what from, because spoilers, but if you’ve read the book you’ll know. But she is back on the job, privateRead more
Sethe and her daughter Denver live in number 124. Denver’s older brothers have left home. Baby Suggs, her grandmother has died. It is just the mother and her daughter, and the ghost. The spiteful ghost of Sethe’s other daughter who died when she was just a baby. Denver never knew her father, she as born after her mother escaped slaveryRead more
The Raid dir. by Gareth Evans
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 as many floors as possible without being seen, taking down Tama, the drug lord. This review is not going toRead more
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 is the protector, and so, when her younger sister’s name gets picked out during the “reaping” she immediately volunteers toRead more
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.Read more
Kick-ass dir. by Matthew Vaughn
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?
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.Read more
Precious dir. by Lee Daniels, Michel Gondry
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.
Watchmen by Alan Moore dir. by Zack Snyder
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 be me last night. Heading out to watch Marley and Me which I’d won tickets to, but when we wentRead more
Gran Torino dir. by Clint Eastwood
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 Hmong family. It is about the generation gap between a working class father and his middle class children and grandchildren.Read more
Eden Lake dir. by James Watkins
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 visit, the area is under construction, the one-time public park is being turned into a gated community called Eden LakeRead more