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definitely worth watching
this was very entertaining, smith is a great actor, and you would expect no less of him to be good. the other cast members were reasonably good at portraying the craft as well.
Script was OK, it certainly wasn't slick or factually consistent, but it really didn't need to be, it was pure entertainment, and it achieved that.
Margot Robbie..... my god, what a beauty. Im sure others actresses could have pulled this off, but having seen her in it, i don't believe they would have done it justice, she was brilliant... believable (and I don't believe Australia's who learn to act in AU can act) so she must be from new zealand, or even tasmania maybe, because she can act.... and she is smoking hot.... cant wait for her to do more films, she is a real A lister now..... great work, bring more on.... I might even get the old seasons of Neighbours!
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
This is a great film.... Must see
I love tom cruise, i know a lot don't for numerous reasons, and he is laughed at and joked about for various reasons, none of which matter when it comes down to one thing, he makes amazing films....
This one doesn't fail to match his stellar performances to date. I was on the edge pf my seat a few times, it is seriously gripping story, and although as an afterthought the story may have a few holes in it, while watching you don't have time to notice.
Cruise is, as always, brilliant. Emily blunt, is good in this too. The only complaint id have is that it did drag a little early on with the repetitiveness of the early reliving each day, but it was evidently necissary.
This is a must watch...
As entertainment, brilliant....
I went to see this having read a few reviews, I also heard a review from a friend that Richard Wilkins on Australian critic had said it wasn't that good.
Well, I have no idea what film they saw, but it wasn't the one I saw. The start was a little slow, but still threw in some moments of concern to keep one on the edge. As the film settled on, it kept moving at a good pace. Story was a basic love story, mixed in with morality, but basically, love story.
Cgi was amazing, cinematography was brilliant, stunning even. All the main characters were easy on the eye too, always making it easier to want to watch.
Plot wasn't sophisticated, probably described as feel good, but frankly, it was perfect. I left a 2 hour film and wasn't bored for a second.
Cruise, for all the press on him and his supposed kookiness, I don't care, he carried the film.....
GO SEE THIS, pure entertainment.
Hit and Run (2012)
Nothing new, but I liked it....
What a cast, story was pretty good, I liked Kirsten in this, she is easy to look at, and seemed very comfortable in the role. I've not seen dad in any roles that I can quote, but he can act, and evidently write too....
It started a little slow, bit once it picked up pace, it didn't want to fast forward, which I've done with a lot of films of late.
Tom Arnold certainly didn't do the film any harm, the jokes were not amazing, and probably predictable lost of the time, but god he delivered them perfectly...... Perfectly. I'm not sure anyone else could have played the part..... In the trailers dad says all the parts were written for friends, so I'd say I'm on the money.
Do yourself a favour, see this, expect nothing from it, and you will be pleasantly surprised.
P.S. there is a scene with dad and cooper, in the middle of the film, that is pretty funny.... Worth watching this just for that few scenes.
Safe Haven (2013)
good entertainment, but certainly a chick flick
I took my girlfriend to see this, mostly as she cant miss a love story film.... she wasn't disappointed with this. She loved every minute of it. As a male, I thought it was a bit wet, but still enjoyed it. Hough was an easy actress to watch, not only pretty, but accomplished at her art. This was seemingly written for her girlish look and persona. The scenery and cinematography were nothing short of amazing... Locations were perfect, id live there in a heartbeat.... Duhamal was frankly excellent in this role too, he played his part perfectly, and was the perfect choice for this film.
The script was given a twist, and I sat through most of the film not quiet sure what was going to happen next, it definitely kept me intrigued, although I found it a little slow at a few points, i still walked away liking the film as a whole.
Definitely worth going to see, certainly on the big screen, as the locations were amazing....
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Crapola.... Of the highest order...... Wait for it on TV, then watch the news!
I love the series, all have been entertaining and worth watching, even twice for some of them when repeated on TV, but this has no story, poor script and the acting is rank amateurish. What were the producers thinking, other than fleece the public one last time.
I hope this review saves a few people from wasting there money....
Don't see this, it's a sort of film of a video game, and not very well done even for that....
Don't waste your time on this. Cgi I've read was amazing, I didn't think so, and the gun play and fight scenes seemed illogical and stupid. The enemies fired relentlessly and missed, but the good guys fire a few times and kill dozens?
The Cold Light of Day (2012)
Amateur and frankly rubbish..... Don't bother....
Plot, ridiculous and frankly, so full of holes that a 10 year old writes better stories at school.
I really love everything Bruce willis is In, but how he ended up in this is both regrettable, and astounding. To date, I don't think I've ever seen a bad willis film..... And he really doesn't need the only, so please someone explain WHY....
And what the hell was sigorney weaver doing in it?
I know there are always varying opinions on everything, but nobody could say this was good..... Don't see it..... It may encourage these producers to do another, which would be a crime.
Brilliant, Willis can't do wrong by me !
I loved this, the story started with a punch, and kept me enthralled led till the very end. I admit early, I love Willis, I don't think he has made a bad film in years, and if he has made any, I can't recall it. He is again brilliant in this. The action scenes are amazingly executed for a man his age.
Blunt, well, beautiful, and what an actress, she is completely convincing, and likable to boot. The little boy, well, what an actor, he was perfect, if told what his role would involve prior to seeing this, I'd not have believed someone so young could have been so convincing in this role.
If your thinking its another time travel story, it isn't really, it's got a twist on the whole thing, and I'd even maybe go as far to say the time travel is fairly minor in the scheme of things.
It's a long film, luckily we saw it in gold class, so it was comfortable, In a standard cinema seat, I might have gotten a bit fidgety as it is long, but I didn't notice the length at all, it was gripping the whole way.
It does rate high on gory violence, nothing to bad, but definitely not kids film.
Go see this, it's well worth the money. I think it's worth seeing on the big screen too, the cinematography was amazing.
Any Questions for Ben? (2012)
See it, Entertaining, but not as good as would have liked....
What can I say, my girlfriend and I were keen to see this when it was first promoted, as the marketing was of course excellent. I should state for the record, Im not a fan of Australian Movies, the last one I saw was Red Dog, and I found it for the most part, boring and woefully over acted. Questions for Ben improves ever so slightly on the overacting, but only because a couple of the actors were surprisingly good. David James was BRILLIANT.... I've never noticed him before in previous showings, but he was believable, and played his part perfectly, excellent actor who deserves more work on this performance.
I was also pleasantly surprised by Rachel Taylors performance. I felt she was excellent and believable in her character, and didn't over Act, something I feel Australian actors are renowned for.I was pleasantly surprised by her abilities, I did like her in Red Dog , but I loved her performance in this, she seems to have learnt a lot between gigs and i cant help but wonder if her American experiences have assisted her in the improvement? I walked away thinking she carried the film, and although the script was a bit all over the place, when she was on the screen, she carried her scenes.
I couldn't stand the fast pace conversations/banter/one liners in the first part of the film, I felt it was a poor attempt at covering up bad acting or screenplay by the director. At one point, the cameras seemed to swap so often I was worried id get dizzy.
The Directors/Producers do deserve credit for the choice of locations and the use of the camera in the flyovers and general long shots made melbourne look stunning. Maybe they should be paid to do a Tourism Commercial for Melbourne!!!!! I really wanted this to be good, and expected it to be so, as it was a Working Dog project.... Id be lying if I didn't say it was disappointing, id have been furious if Id paid A$36 to see it at the cinema.
Like Crazy (2011)
This was a great film, it was well written, certainly not the typical Hollywood rom com by any stretch, but light and entertaining.
Id be lying if i said I didn't want Lawrence to have more time on screen, not only beautiful in a natural way, but she lights up the screen somehow, its almost sad that her character gets hurt in the way she does....
The lead actors are very well cast, both give excellent performances with what i thought was a well written script.
Cinematography was excellent, and I loved that they didn't live in huge London/New York Apartments, but in realistic small bare apartments that is more realistic and believable... As if 20 somethings can afford lofts! Great way to spend 100 minutes.... a definite must see....
A must see.... perfect for cold rainy Saturday or Sunday....
The Darkest Hour (2011)
It was OK, not as bad as reviews make out.
I saw this on DVD, against all the negative reviews. I liked it, to loved, but thought it was entertaining, suspenseful, and I liked the characters and storyline.
It's certainly n o American blockbuster, but the effects I thought were excellent for an obvious limited budget.
The story was well written and thought out, it evidently had an ending which blatantly allows for a sequel, which frankly may be a bit overly optimistic considering a lot the reviews here! I'd certainly see a sequel, but only on DVD. I loved that primary characters died, something that rarely happens in American films.
All in all, I recommend it....
I Melt with You (2011)
Confronting, slow, glorifying and haunting... The actors, brilliant, the subject, frankly, for a 45 year old male, frightening and somewhat disturbing... I have no doubt this will be a cult film in the not so distant future, followed for its dark and "back to the 80's" references. Music was a blast from the past, and references to the Sex Pistols throughout was interesting. Location and cinematography was brilliant, and the story well written, although, from my own perspective, I felt it was a very disturbing experience. I have no doubt this film will at some point get blamed for glorifying death and suicide and of course the excesses of our age group. If this is the sort of thing your into, its a GREAT film, and probably attempts to publicize the position of a lot of men my age's current situations, but one cant help but think it is glorifying a very dark solution.... I ultimately didn't like it, but only because of subject matter, not because it wasn't a great film with great acting, and Sasha Greys ass doesn't make it impossible to watch :-)
Red Dog (2011)
unfortunately, VERY typical Australian production..... which isn't positive.
I went to this with great anticipation, even though a friend had advised that she thought it was boring (crap) and my personal views on Australian films taint me with the belief that we simply cannot make films that compete with the rest of the world.... My pre disposed beliefs were proved correct, and ill continue to avoid Australian Films in the far future... The Acting, was amateurish and unconvincing. The Italian accent put on by the Italian character was so bad, it was annoying. How a director could cast someone with such an overly bad portrayal is astounding, I can only assume his choice was sooooo limited, he made do? Which leads me to the conclusion that this is a university production, relying on free acting from uni students.... they even somehow managed to make the American lead lower his usually good acting to our back water hick acting abilities... My definition of acting is to convince the audience that it is real life, for some reason Australian actors think every character has to be over played... Even Rachel Taylor, who I have seen act well, dropped her abilities, no doubt dragged down by the rest of the cast... Frankly, the Dog Stole the show! and I clearly understand what I just said....
This started out slow, kept up the slow, then from the middle it picked up, all be it a little bit.... The story had a great potential, and it certainly had a few emotional moments. Taylor looked stunning in this, the cinematography was truly exceptional... But come on Aussie Film makers, we have to get past the Prisoner Quality acting, and catch up to the Americans......
As a Student production, this was brilliant, as a professional studio production, I WANT MY MONEY BACK.... Im glad I went to see it, but sad it was just not good enough... We deserve better.
Wild Target (2010)
Brilliantly entertaining. Go Billy....
Im in love, Billy Nighy, I've had a thing for since Love Actually, he is the most talented comedy man, so brilliantly controlled, yet not staged.
Emily Blunt, Now im love again, i hope her character exists, because id marry her in a heartbeat. She was so effortlessly amazing, I've always thought most actors are simply playing themselves, but having seen the interviews on the DVD, she is nothing like the character at all. Such a beautiful looking creature, and so talented. She worked beautifully of Nighys natural flair.
The story line was typical British, well written, funny, and entertaining from start to finish, only thing that i didn't like, was the slightly obvious part of the ending (which i wont spoil). It wasn't terminal, as i still loved the film, but was odd for a film that was so cleverly done. Frankly, it was sort of American?
To sum up, this was a comedy that beat most rom coms at there own game. All characters were perfect, and frankly, id love to see more of blunt and nighy together, although cant imagine this ever being topped.
Anyone who had anything to do with this should work at a fast food chain!
Not only was this boring, but it didn't even seem to have a story with any thought to it. This must have written by someone who had NEVER written a film before. Im sure it was a 1st year film students first ever attempt. What I really don't understand is, why would a studio have ANYTHING to do with it? Seriously, there are people starving in Africa, they could have spent the money there and don't some good.
The acting, was basic at best. The holes in the story where big enough for the alien mothership to fly through. Whomever voted anything other than 1 really needs to rethink the score, as anything more than 1 might encourage the producers and writers to consider doing a second one, which is plainly evident from the ending, or more accurately, cliff hanger ending..
THIS IS A DOG.... Don't see it.
The American (2010)
Not what I expected!
I had heard various things, mostly bad about this film from friends who had seen it in the cinema... Dark, boring, long amongst the comments. Beautiful scenery was also mentioned, and this was probably the only thing I found to be true. Although I understand why those friends said it was boring, I found it to be anything but..... The story was very intricate, and if one didn't pay attention, you would be lost very quickly, possibly then making it boring as you had missed vital parts of the story. Cinematography was nothing short of amazing, the landscapes are just stunning. I found Clooney brilliant, I've always liked his work, but its a major surprise to see him on something so European, and not Oceans 100, which is a great film, but nothing like this. The actresses are just stunning, sexy, and play there parts beautifully. I loved the mixing of Italian and English, although it must be said, on a small screen with average sound, it was sometimes hard to understand what was being said. Not the the films fault of course.
I think this is one the greatest Art House type films I've seen, probably in the same category as Lost in Translation and I should say, I really don't like watching Art House films..... I cant imagine Clooney doing anything to top this, but would love him to try! I so wish id seen it in the cinema.....
The Town (2010)
What a ride!
Thi was just brilliant, i was on the edge of my seat the whole time. This film didn't leave me time enough to try and work out the ending or what was going to happen next. The script was so amazingly written, it must be one of the best films I've seen in a long time, as good as The Departed, without the big name cast, but that isn't to say the actors didn't pull it off.... Affleck was amazing, so was Jenner, who scarred the pants off me... Blake Lively, oh my god she is a talent and played her role perfectly, and believably. I loved seeing another aspect of John Hamm too, he is of course great in his TV show, in which he is so controlled and straight, but this film he played a different character, to great effect. Chase scenes were beautifully executed, costumes were convincing and the cinematography was startlingly sharp. LOVED THIS, cant wait for another from Affleck, who seems to be Hollywood's answer to THE ALL ROUNDER.....
The Ghost Writer (2010)
How do I begin, my girlfriend fell asleep, and she watches anything, I put it onto double speed playback to get through it quicker, but still desperately hoping it would get better..... It didn't... Catrall, if sitting next to a log it would be hard to pick which was her, just woeful and so wooden... not a role she should ever have been cast in.... Ewan McGregor, seriously disappointing performance, I've loved most of his roles, and cant decide if it was the writing, the acting of peers, or Directorship.... but he seemed to never really get into it... actually, it was the writing, he deserves benefit of the doubt. Pierce Brosnan, sadly, not good at all, over acted would be a slight understatement, he was just terrible in this.... It astounds me that with the Director, and such an amazing cast, this wasn't so much better..... I watched Eat Pray Love in the same sitting, and although i didn't love it, it ran rings around this..... McGregor ill give another chance, Brosnan, has lost me for good... Frankly, Polanski really should have done a better job on this with his credentials... The story was terrible, a 10 year old could have done a better job....
Knight and Day (2010)
Not the greatest story every written, but then surely nobody expected it to be. Fun, gripping and very entertaining, cinematography was stunning, locations were perfect... . I could never say i liked cruise, and probably tall poppy syndrome would be to blame, but i always felt he was formulaic in the previous action roles, but he was pure entertainment in this, and frankly, for a man now his age, carried the action perfectly. Although some of the stunts were far over the top, he still made it just believable. By no small part maybe Diaz made him open up, she is a master actress, both beautiful, but talented in a comedy role. Some how, she seems to make cruise more human, or do i mean natural.... Anyway, loved every minute of this film, frankly, i wish it went on for another hour. both were so easy to watch.....do something else please, and hurry.....