Browsing Tag

Brendan Gleeson

What I've been watching: Last five films
Film

What I’ve been watching: Last five films

Pre-Bahrain I spent a fair amount of my weekends in Summer at the cinema. Well, maybe not weekends, but certainly a lot of Friday nights. See, I’m a sucker for blockbuster films.

Sure we get them here. But as I’ve mentioned before, films can tend to be cut. But you’re left guessing as to which films and what’s been cut. The safest thing for a film fan like myself to do is just see the film on the small screen. So while I wait for summer blockbusters, I catch up on other films.

It’s been such a long time since I mentioned anything film related on this blog. I’ve been wondering whether it fits in anymore here. But I tend to over think things. So to tell with the wondering and here’s the last five films I’ve seen. That are mostly not even recent releases. Continue Reading

100 movies of 2013

Please note, the mixing of Pirates and Scientists does not a good film make

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.

Wow. What a freaking big disappointment. It’s rare I start anything here so negatively. But I’m not sure why I was quite so disappointed. Not epically disappointed. But near enough.

See, those clever Aardman Animations guys did amazing work with Wallace and Gromit. None of them hit a dud note. Charming. Cute. Funny. Touching. Stop motion at its best. Near enough.

The Pirates! dropped the ball. For me. It looked like a lot of fun. Anything with pirates is usually a lot of fun. (Yes, I did enjoy all of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Crap. That’s a lie. I enjoyed the original trilogy. I even liked Cutthroat Island!) Except this. Honestly one of the most boring films I’ve seen. Sure there were a small handful of jokes that got a laugh out of me. Though hearing I’m Not Crying by Flight of the Conchords got more of a laugh out of me. The most entertaining thing about this film was figuring out all the voice actors without IMDB’ing them.

Ask me to recall the plot and I won’t be able to. And as such, I can’t really think of what else to write about.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (Viewed: 07/02/13 | Rating: 1/5)

Check out all of the films I’ve seen this year: Continue Reading

100 movies of 2012

100 movies: Safe House

Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

Safe House Safe House (24/02/12)

A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

So, we’ve got Denzel in another action packed film. Playing a little bit more a bad boy. Ryan Reynolds is the fresh blood. You know what? It all works well. Yes the plot is pretty damn predictable. There’s nothing new. I pretty much guessed from the get-go who was double-crossing who. Though, it’s a story that’s told well with some decent characters thrown in.

I have to say, I was pretty impressed with Ryan Reynolds. To me, he’ll always me Berg from Two Guys and a Girl. Think he held up his parts of the film well, playing a very fresh agent pushed to the limit.

Denzel Washington is… well Denzel Washington. He is great as Tobin Frost. Fair enough, he has played the same or very similar characters in the last few films of his. But he has such great onscreen presence and charisma, I can’t help but have respect for the man and what he does.

I am getting a little tired of action films having that over-saturated look that Tony Scott just loves. It’s like it’s needed to just show how sweaty and tough things are. It’s not necessary. Let Tony Scott keep his over saturated action films. (Which I will happily admit, are a guilty pleasure of mine.)

There are some great action set pieces. The initial car chase is superb. As is the chase through the township. You know what’s great about them? The fact that they’re on location. There’s none of this CG on-a-set crap. The fights were excellent too. Throwing punches that sound like they hurt.

All in all. A good film. Could have been great with a stronger plot and truly unbelievable twists. I’m not complaining. Too much.
Strong>Rating: 4/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year… Continue Reading

100 movies of 2010

100 movies: Piling them in

My weekend of nothing was spent well watching far too much TV and movies!

Dead Like Me: Life After Death (14/08/10)
Oh dear. All I can say. The film did have some merits, mostly Mason being Mason. But it totally lost the feeling of what the original TV series felt like. At times it felt like a Hallmark Lifetime movie type thing! Question: Was there really a need for this film so long after the series ended?
Rating: 2/5

Pour Elle (Anything for Her) (15/08/10)
French film about a wrongly a woman, who was wrongly accused of murder and sent to prison for twenty years. Her very normal husband thinks the only solution is to break her out. That’s the film in a nutshell. It’s a bit ridiculous to see this very normal man, French teacher, turn into a mastermind at breaking out of prisons. I couldn’t quite buy into that part of the plot. Every now and then when I did, I enjoyed the film. Family drama stuff mixed in with a bit of a thriller. Though the actor cast to play Diane Kruger’s husband, wasn’t he a bit old for her?
Rating: 3/5

In Bruges (15/08/10)
A DVD that’s been sitting on my shelf for far too long. Loved it. Equal parts funny and quite disturbing. The midget obsession reminded me of someone I used to work with. It did well to advertise Bruges too, I think I want to go and visit! Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson were fantastic. Great ending too.
Rating: 5/5

Continue Reading