The Adjustment Bureau – Matt Damon runs…A LOT. In a hat too.

Matt Damon is the sole reason I actually wanted to go see this film – he’s great in EVERYTHING he’s ever been in, even Eurotrip. Emily Blunt was another reason I wanted to see it – also excellent in everything (I’ve not seen Wild Target yet though – and I don’t ever want to see it thank you very much – although I’m sure she’s tops in it anyway).

So: all in all it’s a good film. Good action scenes, good drama, quite sad. You do have to suspend your disbelief a little though (Roger Sterling from Mad Men moving stuff with his mind and strolling around as sauve as in a trilby with the guy from The Hurt Locker?).

And lets face it – if Damon and Blunt weren’t in it, it would be crap. Their relationship definitely holds the whole thing together. Also throw in an ending that looks like its going nowhere, and for the most part does (pretty sure the end has been changed by the studio from something else into the ending that’s in the film – both me and my friend thought it was going to end a completely different way, and then it didn’t. Check it out for yourself and tell me I’m not wrong – suspicious, no?) and…I’m actually making it sound a lot worse than it is now.

It’s a good Friday night film – a nice little distraction. And you get to see Damon run around…a lot. Who doesn’t want to see that?

Wishes to remain…

I was quite excited when I heard about Anonymous – a film about Shakespeare’s work and whether he actually wrote any of them at all (clue: he probably did). The cast is excellent as well – Rhys Ifans, Derek Jacobi, Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Rafe Spall, Jamie Campbell Bower, Xavier Samuel (him what’s out of Eclipse), Edward Hogg (him what’s out of Bunny and the Bull)…and of course one of my favourite ever actors of all time: the amazing David Thewlis.

So yeah, I was very, very excited about this film (as you can probably tell)…until now that is. I have just watched the new trailer for the film…

And as you may have noticed too, I suddenly saw the words  ‘A Roland Emmerich Film’ pop up. Oh. Great. The guy who directed Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Oh, but he did do some ‘historical’ stuff too! Yeah – The Patriot…

I’m not so excited about it now. Although maybe I’m being a little harsh on old Emmerich. Maybe everything will be alright. Just so long as he doesn’t blow any shit up as usual; like The Globe Theatre. Although…

Paranormal Activity 2 – bump…Bump…BUMP…Oh well

Paranormal Activity is one of the best horror films released in the last few years. It was genuinely scary – mostly because it’s an unseen scary monster (or whatever it is) and not some CGI bollocks chasing after the lead couple. And although it hangs around a silly premise (‘real’ life found footage…oooo!) whose not impressed by it? – it was made on barely any budget by director Oren Peli and he even filmed it in his own house – good on ya mate.

I watched Paranormal Activity 2 a couple of weeks ago though and it did the one main thing I hate sequels to do – it did pretty much EVERYTHING the same from the first film. (This is one of the reasons I actually HATE Toy Story 2 – sorry to admit it but its true). A couple of thuds here and there at the start. Objects falling without being touched. They even had a bloody ouija board scene again. Some scenes are pretty much identical to the first film (I won’t spoil it by saying which ones ‘cause I’m not that type of person – but when you see them, you’ll know exactly what I mean).

The guy playing the Dad isn’t particularly convincing either which kind of takes away from the effect of the whole thing (especially in the extended cut – in some scenes he seems to be trying to outdo himself each time on how loud he can shout). The girl playing the daughter is really, REALLY convincing though. Thankfully so too, as she kind of pulls you back into the film and makes you actually care about what is going to happen to them.

In a way it feels like another common thing that sequels do – a bridge to go from the first film all the way through to the inevitable third film. However, the way the sequel ends could make it potentially exciting if there is a third film (which there inevitably will be). And PLEASE – make it a bit different this time?

Erm, yeah…so the Oscars…

I know it’s been nearly two months since the Oscars happened, but I forgot I had written a little something about it after the night in question…Also I watched The Social Network again last night so I feel as though I have to write about it and that makes it relevant, ok? And I stayed awake until 5am to watch the ceremony on the night so this will make up for the loss of sleep…

Although I almost feel as if I shouldn’t have bothered with it at all. What a let down. Poor David Fincher robbed again. Bah to you Tom Hooper. Ok, so I admit that I still haven’t seen the Kings Speech and time and time again people have told me that it is better and should have won over Social Network. But come on – when people heard there was going to be a film made about Facebook made by David Fincher pretty much EVERYONE doubted it.

It could have been really boring seeing as how it was about computer geeks programming and geeks talking about lawsuits. But it wasn’t boring – ok, maybe mostly coz of Aaron Sorkin’s script (I love the fact that the dialogue is so fast and snappy that even though I have watched it 3 times now, I’m still only just catching some little gems of dialogue I missed before) and I suppose he did win an Oscar for that. But still, filmically it’s so fascinating and Fincher makes it work so well. I actually wanted it to be longer, especially since the dispute is still ongoing (a couple of months ago the Winklevoss twins decided to risk the settlement of 65 million dollars to try and get even more money)…But oh well KING’S SPEECH I GUESS. I will eventually see it – but I’m pretty sure I’ll watch in bitterness (and good job I didn’t put that bet on for Social Network to win as well).

All in all I remember it being a bit of a boring ceremony anyway – I don’t really know what I was expecting (Christian Bale to go all mental and start yelling stuff and pulling at his beard? Natalie Portman to give birth right then and there?) but nothing really HAPPENED. Apart from the fact that we all learnt that Kirk Douglas is still alive…WOW.

Ok, rant over….and from now on I will try and place more up-to-date things…honest.

Bloggy…

I’m new to this whole blogging thing so please, bear with me…(I still don’t understand how to use Twitter for Christ sakes).

My blog (when it gets going) is going to be filled with reviews – mostly films but some TV stuff as well. Maybe not very good reviews, but reviews none the less. I’ll also be writing about new films, etc. that are coming out in the next few months or new projects that have been announced – these may make you want to vomit as I am normally full of wide-eyed geekism at certain things (I’m the sort of person who squeals with excitement at new trailers and must absolutely tell everyone about so and so’s new film that’s coming out – whether they care or not). So expect lots of exclamations marks on these occasions and you wanting to hunt me down to tell me to JUST SHUT UP…

But anyway, that’s all still to come. So please bear with me while I get my creative mind in gear and pass judgement after you’ve read a few of my posts. Then you can decide whether you do actually want to hunt me down…