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The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

Surprisingly good. Review here

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Tusk (2014)

I’m a Kevin Smith guy so this looks interesting, like Misery crossed with The Skin I live in or (I assume as I haven’t seen it) The Human Centipede.

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Oculus (2014)

Cor what was all that about? Pretty good though.

Brenton Thwaites & Karen Gillen had a tragic childhood. Their Father tortured and killed their Mother driving Thwaites kill his Father as a 10 year old boy but what motivated these awful acts? Did they even happen……?

This is an interesting psychological thriller/horror. It plays with reality, I had no idea whether there were supernatural factors in play or of everyone was crazy!

Unique in structure, two stories run concurrently - the tragic past unravelsand is cleverly edited to intertwine with the present story arc of Gillen attempting to prove it was all caused by a haunted Mirror.

It does the quiet, quiet loud thing of course but it’s more than just jump scares. It’s minimal and atmospheric with intermittent gore and moments of enjoyable discomfort.

A solid little movie.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Marvel are back and their Universe just got a whole lot bigger and more colourful.

In a galaxy far, far away a Thief, an Assassin, a Racoon, a Dave Bautista and a Tree unite to protect, obtain and again protect a Mcguffin from evil forces.

Run of the mill story arc; sassy band of misfits have to unite and go from squabbling rivals to comrades in arms, blow a lot of stuff up and save the Galaxy. It’s a bit Star Wars, a bit Star Trek and a bit Mars Attacks too.

It is a lot of Fun, Groot in particular was fantastic. There’s blue people, pink people, people with weird heads and it plays for a lot of laughs, landing a higher percentage too.

The cast are all on their respective games, Hollywood has even found a use for Dave Bautista.

Being space set with all the Aliens was meant more CGI that I would have like, I buy in more when its less fantastical but I enjoyed it plenty and i’m fairly sure others will love it.

The Mcguffin is of course an Infinity Stone, a set of stones that at some point will drive some huge 10 hour über crossover movie with ever Marvel character ever in it - I think we’ve seen some of these items in the other Thor and Avengers movies, the mind boggles.

"I am Groot"

"I’m pretty sure the answer is I am Groot"

"I am Groot!"

"Nothing goes over my head!. My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it".

"I am surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy!"

"We’re the Guardians of the Galaxy bitch!

"I AM GROOT!"

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Despicable Me (2010)

Alright, alright, so whats the big deal with these movies and these minion things?

Set in a world of Super Villains, sinister plots and evil gadgetry, the Steve Carell voiced Gru is being out-evil-ed by a newcomer. Not to be undone he hatches a plan to steal the moon…

Gru is actually a hapless anti-villain rather than an anti-hero, in theory he’s a badguy but his heart is good and when he adopts so children to implement his plan he very quickly becomes a reluctant Father - to much amusement.

Good voice performances especially from Russell Brand.

Absolute nonsense of course but pretty good in a Wallace and Gromit meets multiple Bond Villains kind of a way. Good zany fun, the devices and antics are indeed enjoyable and the minions are rather brilliant.

Assemble the minions!”

"You will not cry, or whine, or laugh, or giggle, or sneeze or barf or fart!

"Get the shrikray, then we’ll talk".

"Argh. I hate that guy!"

"Cookie Robots!"

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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

The Muppets are back! This time with a bigger budget, a bigger story and even more cameos (perhaps a few too many).

Straight after the last movie they’re off on a World Tour with new manager in Ricky Gervais… but Kermit has been replaced by Doppelganger Constantine (The most dangerous Frog in the World) and nobody seems to have noticed!

It’s a caper movie with lots of film references, language based gags and a few better better songs - I loved the Number 1 song, brilliant.

Humanwise, love him or hate him Gervais is anything but bland and I preferred him to Jason Segel and I also preferred Tina Fey to Amy Adams too. Sam the Eagle and Ty Burrell have some decent moments and the Muppets do their thing.

All in all I thought this was ok, it made me smile but not really laugh despite the improvement in the human performances I preferred the story in 2011’s ‘The Muppets’.

"We’re doing a sequel" song

"Dominic Bad Guy?"

“Die Muppets? Looks like they’ve got the reviews out early.”

“Do you guys think that Kermit’s been acting a little weird lately?”

"You can do that on our Honeymoon!"

"Evilen Froggen!”

"Bad Frog! Bad Frog!"

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Hercules (2014)

A decent sword and sandals romp for sword and sandal romp fans

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The Muppets (2011)

Jason Segel gets his Puppets wish from Forgetting Sarah Marshall when along with Amy Adams and his Puppet buddy he campaigns to save the Muppets theatre from evil business man Chris Cooper.

I can take or leave the Muppets generally, The Muppet Christmas Carol is wonderful, Muppet Treasure Island less so. This I thought was pretty decent.

The song and dance numbers are bearable, the gags are enjoyably cheesy and I love the 80s Robot.This is littered with cameos and cute little touches and i’m all in for all the meta art imitating life imitating art moments.

My only gripe would be not enough Statler & Waldorf but like the movie itself perhaps there is still a demand for Muppets - I only watched this so that I could watch the new Most Wanted movie and i’m now keen to do so.

This is feel good family stuff and I found it charming.

"If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you were reciting some sort of important plot point".

"Maniacal laugh"

"You kidnapped Jack Black? That’s illegal!"

"Not right now 80s robot"

"You guys aren’t famous anymore!"

"I could be a Muppet!"

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The Company You Keep (2012)

Robert Redford is a bereaved, successful Laywer and single Parent. In his youth he was a key member of a Vietnam War Opposition (Terrorist) Group…. unfortunately these things have a way of catching up with you….

This is a thoughtful chase movie in which the characters slowly evolve on all sides along with the plot. This takes a tough stance on Vietnam and Phoney wars and it’s hard not to sympathise with the group, which means you’re a) sympathising with terrorists and b) taking an anti government stance on i.e Iraq or Afghanistan without perhaps realising it… (woah way too much Politics there!)

Redford proves an extremely resourceful fugitive and the aged former action group remain covert and hyper organised, it’s much cleverer than your average spy movie. There is a little twist in here that in retrospect makes perfect sense.

Performance wise Shia LeBoeuf is very impressive as the upstart reporter whilst Redford oozes class and we have excellent support from an all-star cast.

I found this interesting, subtle and compelling. A damn fine watch.

Yeah we all died. Some of us just came back”

 No. I… I barely have furniture

I’m not offended, you’re pretty much exactly what I expected.

"I had it wrong Ray. He’s dead".

"Thank you for listening".

"I think he knows how to run which means he has an advantage".

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The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

This movie picks up the one idea from the first one and runs with it. However where the first one was set around a wealthy Ethan Hawke’s family home this film follows an uneasy alliance cut loose in the poorer part of town on Purgenight…. and they’re having a very shitty night.

I thought the first one was ok (although my review suggests I liked it less at the time) and I think I enjoyed this one more. It’s kind of like an adult Hunger Games or a Running Man with a little bit of Friday the 13th thrown in for good measure.

I like humans committing atrocities in my horror movies, not ghosts, ghouls or monsters and this movie has a dark and sinister edge that I find healthily alluring.

They’ve expanded the story hinting at a political story arc for another sequel in this cruel world. Probably with Omar Chalky White, a militant Martin Luther King type with ambitions to overthrow the government. If that is the way it goes there is probably mileage in it.

Frank Grillo is rather good as the tragic hero with a past, reluctantly keeping his new friends alive and being a real badass along the way. His revenge arc is decent, if predictable and if this franchise does get a third movie I hope he comes back for it.

Dark and violent with some good action and the odd surprise.

"Only when their blood is spilled will we see change".

"We don’t save lives. Tonight we take lives. We can’t have any interference. We can’t have heroes."

"At the siren all crime, including murder will be legal for twelve hours".

"People like us, we don’t survive tonight!"

"Just remember all the good the Purge does".

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The Purge (2013)


Battle Royale, meets Straw Dogs and maybe V for Vendetta in this futuristic game of extreme survival of the fittest - or indeed richest.

In the future unemployment and crime rates are low due to an annual 12 hour purge of societies have nots. Ethan Hawke and family usually drop their armoured barriers and ride out the storm but it all goes south when Hawke’s Good Samaritan son lets a stranger into the house.

It’s a realistic horror, i mean this could happen, littered with jump scares that poses a few moral questions about people that do and don’t contribute to society (but BRFR tries not to get into politics or religion).

Nothing particularly new, the intended twists were not surprising and I certainly tired of the person about to kill getting killed themselves which must have happened five times or more.

"Let us purge"

Decriminalised Murder. An outlet for American Rage.”

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171) Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

8/10 - Finally got round to watching this, and was looking forward to it after all the hype surrounding it. It’s a good film, I wasn’t blown away by it but there’s no denying it’s a really good film. Leto and McConaughey were excellent, they were barely recognisable and I’m not just referring to their dramatic weight loss. It was hard hitting, well written and powerful, somehow adding moments of weird humour too, but I don’t know enough of the original story to comment on whether the truth has been watered down. As with most ‘inspired by true events’ films, I would imagine that some artistic liberty does get taken with the truth but that is to be expected. Either way, it is a film worth watching. A lot of people will have already seen this, so my recommendation will probably be redundant but if you haven’t, give it a go.

A great movie, made my Top 10 Last Year

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Zodiac (2007)

Great, just great. My first rewatch since an impressive 2007 theatre viewing, I found it perfectly enjoyable time it’s blown me away. My Fincher order was previously Seven/Fight Club (interchangeable), Social Network, Panic Room, Zodiac and finally Button - Zodiac is now right in that top end mix.

This is the true story of the Zodiac Killer and the men that tried to catch him. It’s a basic Police procedural and barring some fairly haunting cold blooded murders it’s actually fairly quiet, it’s understated and authentic feeling. Things move slowly and barely progress at all, eons of time passes, huge world events pass by whilst the investigation continues. That sounds like a criticism but it’s a real compliment, the tension and frustration jumps out at you.

Much like the Yorkshire Ripper case in England this just wouldn’t happen nowadays, the lack of joined up thinking between the different police departments the inability to share case files and like quickly are very much problems of the time.

I remember the ending leaving me flat in the cinema but now appreciate that’s probably the point (clever!) and found the scene in the hardware store much more fulfilling second time around.

This is a hell of a movie and I will not be leaving it seven years between watches again.

"Before I kill you, I’m going to throw your baby out the window"

"Suspect’s negro male adult, who also happens to be a stocky, crew cut caucasian"

"Yeah, I cover crime in Vallejo"

"I am not the Zodiac. And if I were, I certainly wouldn’t tell you."

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