Tag: films

March 18, 2011
After the zoo trip, I still had an early evening, so I took myself to the cinema. There was nothing I really wanted to see, so decided on Battle: Los Angeles.
I was very pleasantly surprised. Avoiding spoilers, there was a little dumb-as-shit science shown on TV interviews, as background, but the main story was of Marines dealing with an invasion, and the action was fine. The invaders were shown mostly far in the distance, and seldom staying still enough for you to try to analyse or critique them, which was good.
If you like scifi shoot-em-ups, you should enjoy this.

March 9, 2011
The Warner Brothers tour office is only 10 minutes from my hotel, and I wander down there at 10, for my tour.
Our guide is Thom, who as well as having an encyclopaedic knowledge of Warner Brothers, as you would expect, also seems to particularly enthusiastic about genre shows. He claims to be the only fan of the sadly cancelled Invasion – I correct him on this matter.
We begin with a tour of the backlots, with Thom reeling off a list of shows that each building appeared in. Many of the backlot sets are used for externals only. Some buildings are less than 10 feet deep, facade and nothing else. Others are proper buildings, but the interiors house offices. However, some are ‘practical’ sets, with insides as well as outsides. We are taken into one in particular, and find ourselves walking into the Geller’s house, from Friends, with the staircase where young Ross pined over his Casio keyboard while Monica and Rachel got ready for their prom dance.

February 20, 2011
February 13, 2011
The King’s Speech did very well at the BAFTAs, winning 7 awards, including best film, best screenplay, best actor and best supporting actress.

However, best director went to David Fincher, for The Social Network, and I think it is almost certain that he will also get the Oscar.

January 17, 2011
I’m off work, on holiday, next week, so I ended up watching TV late tonight. I was just about to go to bed, when I flicked the channel and saw something kind of strange. 15 minutes later, I was still watching, and I’ve had to turn it onto record, in order to finally get to bed.

The film is called Aztec Rex. I have never heard of it before but it is stunningly bad, and kind of wonderful. It tells the story of 16th Century Spanish Explorers in an uneasy alliance with Aztecs, against a rampaging Tyrannosaurus Rex.

January 9, 2011
Natalie Portman, talking about her film, “The Black Swan”:

“Everyone was so worried about who was going to want to see this movie. I remember them being like, ‘How do you get guys to a ballet movie? How do you get girls to a thriller?’ The answer is a lesbian scene. Everyone wants to see that.”

January 1, 2011
Now this was a film I half-expected to be disappointed with, as it has received poor reviews, but I had to see it because I am a big fan of Johnnie Depp.

In spite of the two thoughtless idiots sitting behind me (see earlier post), I absolutely loved it. Which, considering how much the idiots annoyed me, is rather saying something!

January 1, 2011
I was meeting a friend this evening to see a film, so I thought I would take in the afternoon performance of Tron: Legacy first.

To be honest, it was a bit of a disappointment to me, and yet another reminder that while 3D is great, it is no substitute for an engaging plot. There was a story there, but nothing more taxing than the plot of the original Tron, and after seeing the 3D effects, I got a little bored.

January 1, 2011
November 5, 2010
I missed this film when it was doing the rounds, which is a shame because it looked good.

It very quickly got discounted as a DVD, I picked up my copy in Tescos, for a fiver. That didn’t seem to be a good sign.

October 12, 2010
This film has been getting quite a bit of advertising on British TV. However, it does look to be a fun romp, and I am quite looking forward to seeing Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren hamming it up as ex-spies: Retired, Extremely Dangerous.

Not to mention that it also has Mary-Louise Parker, which can’t be bad!

September 10, 2010