Posts Tagged ‘2011’

Film: Cabin in the woods

Year: 2011

Cast: Kristen Conolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Brian White, Amy Acker, Tim De Zarn, Tom Lenk, Dan Payne, Jodelle ferland, Dan Shea, Maya Massar.

Plot: Five teenagers head off for a weekend at a secluded cabin in the woods. They arrive to find they are quite isolated with no means of communicating with the outside world. When the cellar door flings itself open, they of course go down to investigate. They find an odd assortment of relics and curios but when one of the women, Dana, reads from a book she awakens a family of deadly zombie killers. There’s far more going on however than meets the eye as the five campers are all under observation.

Review: This was a really strange film, not what I thought it was at all. I was the trailers and thought it was some kind of horror film, especially with the Zombies. However not what I was expecting. First clue CIA looking guy on the roof when the “kids” drove off, second the matrix looking wall when the bird flew into it! I must admit at this time I did nearly choke on my popcorn.

This was one mixed up film, a film that was a bit of everything and nothing all at the same time I kept being lulled into the fact that it was going to be a horror film then we get scenes with the men in black? Wasn’t sure what that was all about at all.

However there are about two points where things start to fall into place about what’s happening one when the stoner and the girl are in the glass lift and you see all the entities with items that were in the cellar and right near the end when Sigourney Weaver explains about the gods and the sacrifices, all very bizarre yet partly entertaining film, not good by any stretch of the imagination but entertaining kind of, not a blockbuster movie but not a B movie either  somewhere in-between and that’s what it is really a nowhere film destined for the 50p bin sooner than you think

5/10 being generous really, watch the trailer you get the whole film.

Film Trailer:  http://youtu.be/7ENUBUdFswM

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Film: Straw Dogs

Year: 2011

Cast: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard, James Woods, Dominic Pucell, Rhys Coiro, Billy Lush, Laz Alonso, Willa Holland, Walton Goggins, Drew Powell, Fristen Shaw, Megan Cook.

Plot: L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the Deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both. It’s time for someone to man up.

Review: I don’t remember the original 1971 film with Dustin Hoffman and Susan George as I am too young, Cough! Cough! So I really didn’t have anything to compare it with I enjoyed James Woods as the Failed Football star and disgruntled Ex coach always wanting to take it out on someone and rally the has been footballers of the town around him. I also like the character of Charlie [Alexander Skasgard of True blood Fame] the Local heart throb and ex lover of Amy.

The film starts slowly as we get to know the characters David [James Marsden] The Hot shot writer and Amy [Kate Bosworth] bit part actress and home coming queen.

There is boiling all the way through this film, your waiting for the cork to pop any moment, a few of those moments are supplied by James woods and although I really enjoyed watching him it did get a bit tired him going on about his daughter all the time, and yes I know her going missing is why the film comes to such a dramatic end but it did go on a bit.

There were a couple of parts in the film that I though “oh dear god! How cheesy” one was during the rape scene when david was in the woods him shooting the deer coinsided with an event during the scene, leave that you youre imagination. And the second when he finally got a pair and he put the music on in the house!

The last part of the film was the best part for me plenty of action and blood and guts, it would have been funny in places if it hadn’t been so violent.

7/10 Worth a watch once, good acting but won’t be rushing to watch it again. The Godfather it isn’t!

Watch the Trailer then watch the film, one is not a mirror to the other, a bit of great editing.  Trailer: http://youtu.be/7krZZabaC_U

Film: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Year: 2011

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Yorick van Wageningen, Joely Richardson, Gerladine James, Goran Visnjic, Donald Sumpter, Ulf Friberg, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Tony Way, Per Mytberg

Plot: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), as he investigates the disappearance of a wealthy patriarch’s niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.

Review:  Not sure what I was expecting from this film, I enjoyed the book immensely and thought that the 2009 version was better, why? I’m not sure but this was just like a clone of the Swedish version but without the dubbing, exact same story, same venue and I could have called it scene for scene.

No surprises and I’m sure they even used the exact same photo’s, if not they really looked like it.

Not going to labour the point on this, the acting by Danielle Craig, Rooney Mara and the rest was second to none, which ypu would expect but if you saw the original version then don’t bother it’s identical with different actors.

Link to original Review: https://tomsfilms.wordpress.com/2011/04/03/film-review-for-the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-2009/

6/10 Very disappointed

Trailer: http://youtu.be/WVLvMg62RPA

Programme: American Horror Story

Year: 2011

Cast: Connie Barton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange, Kate Mara, Lily Rabe, Jamie Brewer, Alexandra Breckenbridge, Matt Ross, Chritine Estabrook, Morris Chestnut, Bodhi Shultz, Kai Chulz, Michael Graziadei, Rosa Salazar, Celia Finkelstein, Teddy Sears, Eve Gordon, Azura Skye, Kyle Davis, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, David Anthony Higgins, Rebecca Wisocky, Shelby Young, Sam Kinsey, Ashley Rickards, Charles S Dutton, Brando Eaton, Geoffrey Rivas, Malaya Rivera Drew, Alessandra Tpreesani, Jordan David, Eric Close, Missy Dotty, Mena Suvari, Ben Wolf, Young, Paul Butler.

Plot: A family of three moves fromBoston toLos Angeles as a means of reconciling their past anguish. They move to a restored mansion, unaware that the home is haunted by past residents, but this is no ordinary house and as the story unforlds you will find that no-one is safe, and no-one ever leaves… ALIVE!!!!

Review: I was to say the least a little apprehensive about this programme, after all it is by the same people that brought us Glee!!!!!!!!

I left it for a while and eventually when it had finished did the honourable thing and downloaded it and watched it all in one go, yup all 13 episodes at well two sittings really. But it did grip me that much, The family is really dysfunctional Ben the father is a therapist and had an affair after his rather cold and spiteful looking wife had a miscarriage and seems to blame him for it, and in the middle of all this is closet Emo and self harming daughter violet.

It all starts off nice and quiet in the new gothic looking house, but things really do start to go wrong from the start, each episode starts from a different point in time, showing you past residents how they lived and how they met their sticky ends, none of them pleasant.

In that episode you see the ghosts interact in some way with the Harman family this invariably doesn’t end well for someone.

In and out of all this madness is the next door Neighbour played by Jessica Lange and her Daughter Addy Played by Jamie Brewer [An actress with Downs who really should continue to act as she was as good as she was chilling]

They once lived their with other Members of the Family, now dead of course, but they seem to be immune to the evil of the house, somehow.

Although in places a little predictable there were some funny parts such as

Patrick one half of the Gay Couple and Tate the you Psycho that Killed them both were stood talking the nursery and Tate was trying to rile as well as keep the peace with Patrick, when Patrick said:

“I wanted out and I would have been if you hadn’t killed me and shoved a poker up my Ass!!!!”

AndConstance’s conversation with Moira that ended with:

“You better do as I say, you don’t want me to kill you again, do you?”

The whole programme is held together by Tate, a Psycho who killed 15 of his class mates and was shot by the police when they cam e to the house to pick him up. All in all this is one mixed up Horror story, plenty of gore, but not too much as a lot of it is implied which kind of makes it worse, a couple of good twists and turns which will have you saying “I bloody knew that had happened!”

So was it worth watching? Hell yeh is the answer to that, but will season two be as good? No idea we will just have to wait and see, it will be a new house and new cast.

10/10 a must see.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/FDb4SqqiQag

Film: Fright Night

Year: 2011

Cast: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, ReidEwing, Will Denton, Sandra Vergara, Emily Montague, Chris Sarandon, Grace Phipps, Chelsea Tavares, Lisa Loeb.

Plot:  A remake of the 1985 original, teenager Charley Brewster (Yelchin) guesses that his new neighbour Jerry Dandrige (Farrell) is a vampire responsible for a string of recent deaths. When no one he knows believes him, he enlists Peter Vincent (Tennant), a self proclaimed vampire killer andLas Vegasmagician, to help him take down Jerry.

Review: There seems to be a big thing at the moment about remaking “classic” films from the 80’s and I’m not 100% sure why? Could it be that the y liked the original so much they think another generation will enjoy an updated version, whilst the oldies reminisce over the old film? Or they just can’t come up with any real good new scripts? I go for the later as over the last couple of years we have had a poor showing as far as new films are concerned and the new ones we have had have been rubbish. Anyway rant over so back to Fright night Colin Farrell makes a menacing Vamp probably as he doesn’t actually need to do much talking just look mean and run around a lot, it actually the best thing I have seen Colin Farrell in to be honest as he’s been pretty crap in pretty much everything else

It was good to see Chris Mintz-Plasse [superbad and Role Models] he always makes me laugh, he didn’t let me down although you only see him at the beginning as a nerd, no type casting there then, and at the end as a vamp, he makes a pretty amusing vamp reminds me a bit of the black night out of the Holy Grail, he just refuses to die! The rest of the cast limped along padding out the scenes, apart from David Tennnant  as Vincent the vampire killer of course who was just superb and funny as hell in the finals scenes. We even had a rather quick cameo from the original Jerry [Chris Sarandon] see if you can spot him, you gotta be quick though.

 

7/10 all in all not as bad as I originally though?

Trailer: http://youtu.be/rrdYC-YKkJs

Film: In Time

Year: 2011

Cast: Cillian Murphey, Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Shyloh Ooswald, Johnny Galecki, Colin McGurk, Olivia Wilde, Will Harris, Michael William Freeman, Jesse Lee Soffer, Aaron Perilo, Nick Lashaway, William Peltz, Ray Santiago, Matt Bomer

Plot: In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a police force known as ‘time keepers’

Review: A disturbingly good film great plot and acting I actually liked Justin Timberlake in this one, more than a passing resemblance to the Bonnie and Clyde story of a couple on the run robbing banks, but instead of money they are stealing time.

Right from the beginning you know exactly what is happening and the problems they face, you cotton on early on how weird it is for everyone to look the same age, as Rachel Salas {Wilde] looks the same age as her son Will [Timberlake] yet she is 50! Also the plot is set early on when Rachel “Times out” seconds before meeting up with her son who has just been given a century by someone who has “lived to long”

He then crosses time zones looking for the people responsible for the time .

He is then pursued by the Time Keepers lead by Cillian Murphy a great young actor who ads smouldering anger and angst to the film, no matter how much Salas gives him the run-around  time keeper Leon keeps his cool.

He soon comes across Raymond Leon who is the time equivalent of a multi billionaire Will is introduced to his Daughter [Amanda Seyfried], wife and mother-in-Law who, you got it, look 25! Freaky it’s like some kind of nightmare.

It only when Timberlake and Seyfried get together that the film kicks off and it comes into its own, a great film with a scary them fantastic all rounder, with more emphesis on the characters than the scenery oh and was great to see Johnny Galecki, Leonard

10/10 awesome film, definitely worth a second and third watch.

Film Trailer: http://youtu.be/efNzhEKm3w4

Film: Conan the Barbarian

Year: 2011

Cast: Jason Momoa, Stephen Lang, Rachel Nichols, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowen, Bob Sapp, Leo Howard, Steve O’Donnell, Nonso Anzie, Radd Rawi, Laila Rouass, Said Taghmaoui,Milton Welsh, Borislav Iliev, Nathan Jones.

Plot: A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Review: I wanted to see this remake of Conan just to see if there was anything different that the original 1982 Schwarzenegger version,  as there seems to be a lot of remakes going on at the minute, some are like the originals [so what’s the point in making them?]  And some bare no resemblance at all apart from the name, which is good?

This film See’s Jason Momoa who played a similar role in the starz production of the “Game of Thrones” where he play Khal Drogo a Barbarian Lord.

He plays a good part as the wronged Conan, more action and more blood than the original and better acting, the action scenes were well choreographed and looked real, the makeup and wardrobe were excellent and along with they CGI created scenery really made this film, the awesome Ron Perlman made an appearance as Conan’s Father Corin, but in true Perlman style doesn’t last the whole film!

We also Rose McGowen of Charmed Fame, she plays the Daughter of the Tyrant Khaler Zym [The fantastic Stephen Lang] a witch of growing powers who helps her father gather the parts of the broken mask and the pure one, its disturbing how good she is in the role as an evil sorceress, lets just hope its great acting!

All in all not better than the original it different as they are totally different films with a very vague story similarities.

9/10 well worth a watch, it works on many levels

Film Trailer: http://youtu.be/o1iJZIMddpM

Film: Johnny English: Reborn

Year: 2011

Cast: Roger Barklay, Eric Carte, Rowan Atkinson, Togo Igawa, Eleanor Wyld, Mandi Sidhu, Margaret Clunie, Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West, Tim MInnerny, Mariella Frostrup, Daniel Kaluuya, Miles Jupp, Pik Sen Lim,

Plot: Rowan Atkinson returns to the role of the accidental secret agent who doesn’t know fear or danger in the comedy spy-thriller Johnny English Reborn. In his latest adventure, the most unlikely intelligence officer in Her Majesty’s Secret Service must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos. In the years since MI-7’s top spy vanished off the grid, he has been honing his unique skills in a remote region of Asia. But when his agency superiors learn of an attempt against the Chinese premier’s life, they must hunt down the highly unorthodox agent. Now that the world needs him once again, Johnny English is back in action. With one shot at redemption, he must employ the latest in hi-tech gadgets to unravel a web of conspiracy that runs throughout the KGB, CIA and even MI-7. With mere days until a heads of state conference…

Review: The eagerly awaited return of Britain’s “Anti Bond” the accidental Agent from the Fantastic 2003 Film Johnny English, because I enjoyed the first one so much I think I expected too much from this film and it fell slightly short of my expectations. But saying that it did have a number of funny scenes the initial scenes in the Buddhist temple were a good start and the chair scene had me in stitches.

Rowan does what Rowan does he is the rubbery faced genius of comedy, and he will always be the king of what he does, I blame the writing team on this one and not playing up to Rowans strengths and the strengths of the all star cast, my main disappointment was that Gillian Anderson was only the voice of the car :o( major bummer but hey, life goes on.

On the whole a funny film, good cast and if you leave Mr Bean and the original Coffin Dancing Johnny English at the door you will really enjoy this film.

8/10 lets have some of the original Johnny if there is another film.

Film: Blood Outblood out

Year: 2011

Cast: Luke Goss, Val Kilmer, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Tamer Hassan, Anna Lynne McCord, Ed Quinn, Ryan Donoho, Stephanie Honore, Sam Medina, Shaun Grant, Bobby Lashley, Laura Bach, Michael Arata, Shanna Forrestall

Plot: David is a small-time hood in a big-time gang, killed for wanting out to marry his girlfriend. His older brother, Michael, a deputy sheriff in a meth-riddled town near Baltimore, leaves the force, gets a set of tattoos, and joins his brother’s crew after claiming to be just out of prison and on the run. He proves his abilities, glad to wreak justice on other gangs and corrupt cops, and he may have a chance at revenge during a summit of North and South American drug traffickers. There are obstacles: a curious female lieutenant of a local thug, a federal investigation he may be stepping on, and the plight of his brother’s pregnant girlfriend. Can he complete his mission?

Luke Goss blood outReview: Not 100% what i thought about this film to be honest, I watched it as I had watched Luke Goss in Death Race 2 and there were a few good names in there but they were really disappointing, 50 cent was in it for about 50 seconds and was totally abysmal, Val Kilmer was just pointless, Luke Goss tried a little too hard to be Jason Statham and unfortunately he failed, this time. The great Ed Quinn looked bored and suitably embarrassed as he probably didn’t realise what a turkey he had let himself in for.  Its not a major surprise really that this was a straight to DVD production, however in its defence I have to say that I have seen worse, much, much worse and they probably spent no where near as much money on it.

You probably noticed I didn’t mention Vinnie, well Vinnie is Vinnie he looks menacing and he snarls and that’s just what I like about him, he’s a footballer that decided to put his Hardman attitude and reputation into film, enough said.

I couldn’t much positive with this film, the story was great and I got that but there were no surprises you knew exactly what was going to happen, the Tattoo’s on Luke Goss were as though a 3yr old had been let loose on his sleeping uncle with a marker.

6/10 If you don’t like surprises in your films, this one is for you

Trailer: http://youtu.be/G3GR-m8Q3Zk

Film: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Year: 2011

Cast: Will Rodman, Caroline Aranha, Charles Rodman, Brian Cox, John Lithgow, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Tyler Labine, Jamie Harris, David Hewlett, Ty Olsson, Madison Bell, Makena Joy, Kevin O’Grady, Sean Tyson, Jack Kuris, Joey Roche, Sean Conner Roche, Andy Serkis, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Richard Ridings, Christopher Gordon, Devyn Dalton, Jay Caputo, Richard Darwen

Plot: Rise of the Apes is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present daySan Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. And it all hinges on James Franco [Rodman] who is trying to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s so he can cure his dying father [John Lithgow], at the start he realises his dream, then it all goes wrong.

Review: This film was real test for me; I am a massive fan of the original 1986 Charlton Heston version and the subsequent 1970’s franchise.  The first remake with Mark Wahlberg in 2001 was ok but no real whoop, whoop factor.

This film on the other hand was fantastic, from the development of the Alzheimer’s cure through to the Ape breakout and rampage it kept you on the edge of your seat, and it was believable. There has to be private and government labs working on all kinds of vaccines and cures, but what are the side effects?

The writers really did a good job with this story and thankfully they didn’t try to emulate the story lines from the previous films like the 2001 remake did.

Another outstanding part of this film was the CGI, with Andy Serkis [Gollum, King Kong, Burk and Hare, Sex & drugs & Rock & Roll, the list is endless] and the other ape actors in their skin tight suits prancing around so the computer could pick up the movements and facial expressions, a guy who truly doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.

This film is well worth a watch even as a stand alone film for people who have never seen any of the other films, there is also a chilling graphic at the end that show the spread of a virus around the world truly makes you wonder about some of the diseases we have now.

10/10 thought provoking after the event, fantastic to watch