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Starring: River Phoenix, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Will Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell

Director: Rob Reiner

Year: 1986

This film allows you to reflect on your childhood.  You’ll feel yourself looking back on the good times and the bad times with help from the films heartwarming characters and plot.  You become attached to the characters as soon as the film starts.

The characters are a bunch of school kids who set off together on an adventure to find a dead body.  Does that sound like fun?  Well, it was certainly eventful enough for them, as they spent Labour Day Weekend in their town of Castle Rock doing just that.  The film focuses around one main character in particular, who goes by the name Gordie (Wheaton).  He is having a hard time at home as he and his family are struggling to get over the death of his older brother, so he decides to spend the weekend with his friends.  Present day Gordie narrates the film, voiced by Richard Dreyfuss and it has a bit of a ‘Wonder Years’ charm to it, which I like a lot.  The narration really helps draw you in.  Gordie’s friends are troubled Chris Chambers (Phoenix), Teddy Duchamp (Feldman) and Vern Tessio (O’Connell).  They each have some sort of background story, mainly to do with hurt or abuse, and they find comfort in each other. (more…)

Starring: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Lee Marvin

Director: Laszlo Benedek

Year: 1953

The Wild One was slated as being a somewhat crude movie back in the early 1950’s, and whilst it was released in 1953 in the USA, in the United Kingdom it was banned for a remarkable fourteen years.  It finally saw the light of day in the UK in 1967.  The Wild One is now seen as an iconic movie, with Marlon Brando’s biker image found on many postcards and poster prints. (more…)

Starring: Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Jay Chou

Director: Michel Gondry

Year: 2011

I have never had the pleasure of reading The Green Hornet comics, but it is something I would like to get around to doing.  The majority claim that this film sucks in comparison with the comics and that it is basically just another cheesy, rushed, comic book/superhero cash-in.  I personally feel that it could have been better if it was more serious and cut the crap humour out.  Why do these writers feel as though all superhero movies have to be funny?  It just doesn’t work.  To the comic world, superheroes are serious, kick ass people whom you don’t want to mess with!  Not these dorky idiots we often see in the films that crack lame ass jokes and have cheesy dialogue.

The special effects however are top-notch, and that’s what helps this film along.  The Hornet car is a really good-looking model, and I really enjoyed the way they allowed it to transform into different shapes. (more…)

Buried

Posted: March 1, 2011 in Films
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Starring: Ryan Reynolds

Director: Rodrigo Cortes

Year: 2010

This film is about a man in a box.  Okay, there is more to it than that…or is there?  I saw the advertisement for this film on Facebook of all places, so I made the mistake of giving it a go.  When it started, I thought I had a faulty disk or something because the screen was just black, like the tv was turned off.  Then I heard some grunting, lots of heavy breathing and a few girly squeals – then no other than Ryan Reynolds’ face appeared as he flicked on his cigarette lighter.  Well, at least THAT explained the girly squeals!  No, I actually don’t think Ryan is that bad of an actor, despite some of the bad attention he often receives, mainly from comic book fans who seem to not want him as their Green Lantern hero in the upcoming Green Lantern movie out this Summer for one reason or another. (more…)

Superman Returns

Posted: November 12, 2010 in Films
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Starring: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth

Director: Bryan Singer

Year: 2006

 

I had high hopes for this film once I heard that Bryan Singer, the man behind the critically acclaimed X-men movies was behind it.  He told us, the eagarly awaiting fans that he had read Superman comics as a boy and couldn’t wait to lay his mark on the Superman franchise.  Superman fans were wetting their knickers with excitement as forums exploded with anticipation as to what the new Superman movie would be like.  Would it include Doomsday?  Lex Luthor?  Will other DC heroes be making an appearance?  What about the new suit?  Every fan known to man was excited.  Then came release day. (more…)

Starring: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent

Director: Tom Hooper

Year: 2009

Brian Clough was a one-off, a God within football and an outspoken old big’ead. No matter which team you supported, you couldn’t help but marvel over his controversial comments, his fantastic managerial qualities and his amazing success and passion for the game.

This film focuses on the controversy that surrounded Cloughie’s famous 44 day reign at Leeds United.  The players and management despised him and the fans hated him.  It’s well documented that Brian thought the Leeds players were nothing but cheats, and he doesn’t make this a secret on his first day of being manager, famously telling them all to throw away their trophies and their medals because they didn’t win them fairly.  This is all evident in the film, and soon after this incident, the players take their frustrations out on Clough in training, with one going in with a crunching slide tackle.  It wasn’t what I would call the greatest first day on the job. (more…)

The Breakfast Club

Posted: August 19, 2010 in Films
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Starring: Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Director: John Hughes

Year: 1985

Remember detention? Remember pissing off the teachers? Remember ever wondering where your life was heading once graduated? Ever felt as though you needed to be a part of a certain crowd? Yes, that’s how school used to be for me and a majority of other people too.  I guess it’s true what they say – ‘school days were the best days of your life’, and this film helps you re-live those memories. (more…)

Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson

Director: Sofia Coppola

Year: 2003

This is a film about loneliness, finding out who you are, what you want and where you are heading in life.  The film is so true to life, so captivating that it makes you want to review your own life and your own decisions – in a way, this film is a healer.

The film is based in Tokyo, and the Japanese culture and way of life is very evident.  Basically, Bob Harris (Murray) is an actor who has been in the business for quite a number of years but he has reached a dead-end in his career, with the acting jobs starting to decrease, he is visiting Tokyo to reluctantly put his acting skills into making an advert.  He is happily ready to come back home once the shoot is over, until he meets a fond, ‘lost’ young lady called Charlotte (Johansson) in the hotel bar and he decides to stay put for a few more days until his time in Tokyo officially ends.  They both start to get emotionally attached to one another, with one of the finest acting displays I have witnessed in a beautiful scene where they are both lying on a bed together discussing why they are ‘lost’ and quietly offering advice to each other.  It is such a gripping scene, with fine, strong acting, the realism behind it all just breath-taking – it really does make you want to address your own life. (more…)