Film Review: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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I dislike Ferris. I really, really dislike him. Honestly, there are very few characters, that I loathe and hate as much as Ferris Bueller. I am anything but a violent person. I hate confrontation, I will apologise a million times to defuse a situation even if I’ve done nothing wrong, and yes I’m one of those passive, shy, reclusive geeks that doesn’t have it in them to even kill a fly. Truly, I capture when and let them go outside!

But I could quite easily punch Ferris Bueller in the face!

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Film Review: Ocean’s Twelve

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There are many ways to describe Ocean’s Twelve. The three that jump out to me are: the obvious and clichéd “difficult second album”. The more cynical “pure money grabbing” and then finally, the harsh but annoyingly fair “pointless”. Ocean’s Twelve sees everybody’s favourite bank robbing Hollywood A-List reunited. And as always when you’re making a sequel to a film purely because the first film was so successful you want to cash in, you send them on holiday!

So it’s off to Amsterdam, or is it Rome, or is it Paris. I get confused. It’s Europe and the Arsenal football team are there. I know not why.

I am struggling with this review. Ocean’s Twelve is poor, it’s really poor. But it’s also enjoyable. It’s problem is that it knows it’s not the first movie, and that it cannot live up to what the first movie achieved and it accepts it, it doesn’t apologise for existing but it has a real sense of simply being in existence so we can spend more time with Danny, Rusty, Linus etc. than giving us any sort of serious film.

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Film Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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So, it’s “Cheapie Tuesday” at Vue Cinemas and so a quick trip to the cinema with my Dad was in order. Having seen most other things that are out, and with my Dad a fan of Tom Clancy novels I fully supported his decision to see Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Now, I’d listened to the latest Wittertainment podcast, I’d heard the interview with Sir Kenneth Branagh, and having seen and enjoyed Thor along with his performances in Valkyrie and Wallander, I went in with my eyes open. Not expecting genre defining filmmaking, but not expecting what I got either.

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Film Review: A Serious Man

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Having only recently seen the Coen Brothers’ latest offer – Inside Llewyn Davis – and having been reminded of A Serious Man after Wittertainment made it their “TV Film of the Week”, I thought is was the perfect way to pass a boring evening at home while the rained continued to lash down outside.

A Serious Man tells the story of a maths teacher, who’s world is in turmoil, spiralling more and more out of control, for what appears to be no reason or fault of his own. The more he searches, the more out of control it becomes. And as is tradition with the Coens’ work, the Jewish faith plays an important role within the plot. Taking almost centre stage within A Serious Man. In my view, the scope given to Judaism isn’t 100% necessary, it doesn’t serve to harm the film either.

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Film Review: Ocean’s Eleven

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From time to time you can run the risk of over analyzing, trying to look too deeply, to find meanings, analogies, that just don’t exist or aren’t necessary. Ocean’s Eleven is a film which, as you watch, can easily cause you to fall directly into that trap.

Please, don’t look too deeply into this film. Steven Soderbergh is not trying to bring any other than light hearted fun and entertainment to the screen. This isn’t the hard hitting story of Erin Brockovich or the thought provoking drama of contagion and sadly just reinforces how poor Side Effects was. Ocean’s Eleven is nothing short of an A-List cast having fun. Done very well.

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Film Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

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I’ve always been a big fan of the Coen Brothers but I can never really explain why properly. Essentially they make deep, dark movies that explore various different aspects of the human character, the journey of life, usually intertwined with a mixture of seriousness and comedy.

The thing is though, while you can usually name lots of Coen Brothers films – A Serious Man, Barton Fink, O Brother Where Art Though? for instance, or even the remakes of True Grit or The Ladykillers, I always end up with the same feeling about their films – I like them but I never quite love them.

Inside Llewyn Davis is, annoyingly, exactly the same.

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Film Review: August: Osage County

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I feel almost cheated by this film. Whether I just misjudged it and what I was in for, or whether there is a case of misrepresentation to answer I’m not exactly sure. But what I expected based upon my memories of the trailer and what I ended up watching are/were two very, very different films.

Based on Tracey Letts’ play of the same name, the first thing that you really notice about August: Osage County is that it is overly dialogue heavy. They talk, a lot. Now, in one respect you should expect this, as it is a throwback to any stage show adaptation. On stage you can’t employ scene cuts and special effects in the same way you can on film. You live and die through dialogue and the spoken word. The problem is though, when you get a film that is this weighted by speech, the pace and flow of the film usually suffers. You can only really speak at one pace, and that repetitive monotony means that the film feels it’s length and then some. It tips the scales at just over two hours, but feels longer, and sadly that isn’t a good thing.

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Film Review: The Spy Who Loved Me

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I believe that I am totally at odds with most people when it comes to my feelings surrounding The Spy Who Loved Me. Most people argue that it is a suave and sophisticated Bond film, with Roger Moore giving his best performance as 007. In my view, this is a load of tosh.

I truly stand by my view that this film is rubbish. If I was to briefly describe everything I felt was wrong about it, it would go something like this. It’s rubbish. Honestly, the film feels like a 1970s soft porn film. But without the sex.

Imagine if you will that the plumber turns up: “I’m here to fix the washing machine”, starts stroking his tool belt, and then, just as the woman starts to swoon, turns off the water supply.

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Film Review: Dredd 3D

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The 2012 reawakening of the British comic class Judge Dredd is an interesting thing to critic. It should be pointed out to start with that it is a far cry from the mid nineties Stallone version. Stallone brought Dredd to the screen with a big helping of Hollywood cheese dumped on the side. This time around Dredd is served up more as the classic sausage and mash. I better explain.

Dredd is not a classic. It’s not going to shouted about from the roof tops as one of the finest movies ever made. But, it knows this, it knows exactly what it is. It is safe. Just like the aforementioned sausage and mash, you know exactly what you’re going to get, fine dining no, earth shattering never, but a decent, hearty, meal that will leave you more than satisfied.

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Film Review: The Silence Of The Lambs

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It’s not often that you can describe a movie as a classic, and truly mean it. Quite often people throw it at a film, hoping it sticks, or you’ll see it emblazoned across a movie poster either preceded or succeeded by three little dots, telling you that all may not be as it seems.

But, The Silence Of The Lambs, is one of the few movies you can actually describe as a classic and truly mean it. However you want to analyse it: plot, script, performances, cinematography, direction, it just oozes quality. Whether you like horror movies or not, it is simply 2 hours of breathtaking film making. There are only 3 films to date to win “the big five” at the Academy Awards, and it is one. Enough said.

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