Review w/c 2013



Action | Comedy | Drama

Director:Yong-hwa Kim
Writer:Yong-hwa Kim (screenplay)
Stars:Dong-il Song, Jiao Xu, Hee-won Kim 

A 15-year-old circus ringmaster Wei-wei is left all alone with gorilla Ling-ling after grandfather passes away. Thanks to her grandfather’s love for baseball, Ling-ling was trained to play baseball and has developed remarkable hitting skills. The materialistic sports agent Sung Chung-Su hears of this remarkable gorilla, and signs Ling-ling to play in the professional South Korean baseball league. Dreaming of success, World’s first gorilla pinch hitter and his 15-year old trainer begin on their run in the Korean Baseball League.



Thor : The Dark World


Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Director:Alan Taylor
Writers:Christopher Yost (screenplay), Christopher Markus (screenplay)
Stars:Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston

Saw Thor Dark World yesterday, and by golly it was a hoot, good to see a comic adaptation that is not up its own arse as the last two Batman films were, lots of humour, great action, and really good to look at. again the 3d conversion was pointless, they really should stop doing this to get extra bucks, but there you go. The cast are all perfect all playing straight but also loose. I was worried when the title included the word Dark, used also for Star Trek into Darkness, but thankfully it relates literally to the Dark planet and the baddie who wants to turn the Universe from light to Dark. the humour was even better than in Avengers, and the cross referencing with the Marvel universe and characters was perfect, looking forward to seeing it again this time in 2d if i can find a cinemas that will be playing it on a large screen if not will wait for the DVD.



Escape Plan

altAction | Mystery | Thriller

Director: Mikael Hafstrom

Writers: Mile Chapman (screenplay), Jason Keller (screenplay)
Stars:  Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent

Came back from ‘Escape Plan’and I liked it. The idea was kind of refreshing and seeing 2 of the 80s action icons Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone together was great. Once again Arnold really stole the show for me with some of his best liners and action ‘n the movie. Stallone for me on the otherhand tried too hard but couldn’t match Arnold’s performance but both still managed to do a solid job. Hopefully, they’ll team up again in the future but with Arnold as the main hero instead next time. The rest of the cast played their rolls well too especially Jim Carviezel and Faran Tahir. Overall, an enjoyable movie and definitely in my top 5 of the year




altDrama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Writers:  Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón

Stars:  Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

Indeed the best space film ever done. This film transports you to space in every cinematic way possible. The visual effects are so brilliantly executed it makes you wonder if they shot part of it in space. Incredibly effective long takes throughout the film bring the realism and suspense that none other space film has ever done before. The acting is subtle and engaging. Sandra Bullock deserves another Oscar after this as well as best director for Alfonso Cuaron and Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki. I can’t recommend this film enough. Ground breaking, beautiful and technically perfect. Film schools will be studying this film in the future.



Ender’s Game

alt Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Director: Gavin Hood

Writers:  Gavin Hood (screenplay), Orson Scott Card (based on the book Ender’s Game by)

Stars:  Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld 

Never having read the book I wasn’t hugely anticipating the release of this movie but my wife who read the book many years ago dragged me along. But from the opening scenes right to the climactic finale I was glued to the screen. Asa B and Harry F both give outstanding performances backed up by the totally brilliant supporting cast with a special mention to Sir Ben K big nose and everything. I loved the score, sfx and script all top drawer and a massive improvement on the directors (Gavin Hood) previous effort wolverine. I have read about the original authors controversial views and could not see anything that pollutes the film in anyway. Its also a good exercise for Harry F to get his space legs back in preparation for episode 7. In conclusion if you like a good sci fi spectacular go see this movie today, you will not be disappointed.



The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

alt Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Director: Francis Lawrence

Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay)

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

If you love Suzanne Collins, you know what to expect. Her novels are brutal, poetic, tragic, and artistic, with splashes of very grim humor. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is clearly Collins’s style, and I loved every second of it, from the cinematography (every shot is gorgeous and creative) to the story, which blends Shakespearean tragedy, murderous love, Gothic horror, and layered character drama. The characters are complex and there is plenty of moral ambiguity to go around. Even the most sociopathic character evokes sympathy. The direction is restrained and the performances are nuanced – like CHILDREN OF MEN, there are too many subtleties to take in on the first viewing. Suzanne Collins is an intelligent, bold, consistently surprising novelist. It’s unpredictable – scenes go from brutal and heart-wrenching to laugh-out-loud hilarious in an instant. This is closer to the classic scifi’s of yesteryear than any modern-day CGI-fest as far as being over-the-top brilliant, and it’s incredibly rich, thought-provoking, and rewarding.
If you like beautifully told dystopian stories (CHILDREN OF MEN) or are a fan of Suzanne Collins, seeing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should be obvious. Easily one of the best films of 2013.





Animation | Adventure | Comedy  

 Director:  Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Writer: Jennifer Lee (screenplay), Chris Buck (story)

Stars:  Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel

I thought that Disney’s “Frozen” was wonderfully done. The central message was that of love, family, and self-sacrifice- which was pleasantly original and if I might add, needed these days. There are some sad/touching parts that might make you tear up a bit- especially if you have sister- and you may want to read up on before taking the kids. It wasn’t nearly as scary as “Tangled” and the humor was funny and appropriate (the occasional “butt” is said). The CG effects with the ice were really cool too. The music was weak compared to the older Disney classics but I must say better than the other recent Disney/Pixar films. A must-see for the family!




Animation | Adventure | Comedy  

Director:  Gary Fleder

Writer:  Sylvester Stallone (screenplay), Chuck Logan (based on the novel by)

Stars:  Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder

“Transporter” rocketed Statham’s name as a well rounded action star. Since then, most of his action films have felt the same, just with a different title. That was my mind set going into watch this film. “Homefront”, isn’t your usual Statham film, and it’s nice to see it play out the way it did. A change of pace for Statham movies, and hopefully a turning point for the actor. But let’s keep things simple: Story: Good Acting: Good Action: Very Good Pacing: Good If you’re looking for a good action film with a lot of heart, watch this. It’s not bad. 7.1/10


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 

Adventure | Drama | Fantasy

Director:  Peter Jackson

Writer:   Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay)

Stars:   Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage

This must be the best movie of 2013. There is no movie that comes close to it recently. I must say, if you enjoyed the first one, you will enjoy the second one by far. I had the experience of seeing it early, and man, I made the right decision.
Even if you haven’t seen the first Hobbit movie, I suggest you see this. The action, the story line, the scenes, nothing comes close to it. If you enjoyed the Lord of The Rings trilogy, you will enjoy this.
I recommend everyone to go by yourself or with a friend and see this movie worth a life-time. It been a while since I seen a good movie, and this movie will not be beat. I can’t wait till the third one comes out.




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