Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Movie Review of The Day the Earth Stood Still Starring Keanu Reeves Preview

This is a 2008 remake of the classic 1951 movie of the same title. It is about an alien (Klaatu) and his invincible robot (Gort). It will star Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, and Kathy Bates. Gort has not been cast at this time and will most likely be created using Special Effects.

 The Day The Earth Stood Still
This remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still may remain true to the original movie, but it is strongly rumoured that it will be more dedicated to the original short story rather than the 1951 cult classic.

The release date for this movie is the 12th December 2008 in the U.S.A and U.K

Tuesday, 2 September 2008


Here is a movie I am certainly looking forward to, the new star trek story. It features a brand new cast, including several top flight actors, and chronicles the younger days of Captain Kirk and his crew. It has been unofficially named STAR TREK - ZERO, but nothing much else has yet been leaked, although the casting of Leonard Nimoy as 'OLD SPOCK' suggests that time travel will be involved. Sources stated it was originally due to be released on Boxing Day this year, but has now been delayed and the current launch is scheduled for 8th May 2009.

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Batman - The Dark Knight Review

As a huge fan of Batman Begins I was really looking forward to this movie. Before seeing it I had already heard lots about it, such as the brilliant performance of the late Heath Ledger as the Joker and that it had broken box office records in it's first weekend at the theatres. Now that I have seen the movie I can report that it is an excellent masterpiece. I was a little concerned through parts of the film as I found myself cheering on the Joker. (Probably due to my sympathy to the actor Heath Ledger.) That's the only logical reason I can see as the Joker was a raving psychopath. The eery music when the Joker is on screen helps bring out to great effect the insane psychology of Batmans latest foe. Another of Batman's famous foes is also introduced in the movie. However, I will not reveal which as it would ruin the suprise but the story gives clues away throughout the film until the villan emerges. It stars some of the original cast from the Batman Begins movie including Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader. If you want to see the hottest film in the cinema right now then I suggest you see this, but you may need to book in advance.

Trivia - Heath Ledger was warned by Jack Nicholson about playing the roll of a psychopath. (Nicholson also played the Joker in the earlier set of Batman films)

Friday, 23 May 2008

Harold and Kumar go to white castle

What a funny movie. The first time I came across this film I didn't watch it because I believed it to be an amatuer movie. Now however, after watching it whilst on holiday. It is one of my personal favourites. A hilarious overnight adventure for the two titled characters. Very entertaining and a must see for lovers of comedy.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

The Bourne Identity

Yet another of my personal favourites. The bourne Identity tells the story of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), a man who after losing his identity. Must literally fight to find out who he is. This is an action/thriller and unlike most films it spawned two sequels that were at least as good as the original if not better.

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Falling Down

Falling Down, starring Micheal Douglas as your average Joe turned Vigilante. After some marital problems and having been fired from work, a man goes on a rampage through an american city. Extremely violent in places, also spiced up with dark humour. This is a must see film and one of my favourites.

Monday, 12 May 2008


What a shocker!!! Seven tells the story of a twisted serial killer and the two cops who are on his trail. The killer (Played by Kevin Spacey) believes he is doing the will of God by murdering 7 people, each for commiting one of the seven sins. As the detectives (Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt) move in closer to their man the story builds up to what must be one of the most shocking endings in cinema history. If you are put off by blood or violence then stay clear of this one.

Sunday, 11 May 2008

INDIANA JONES and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I haven't been looking forward to a film as much as this one since Matrix Reloaded, and although the latter disappointed I have high expectations for Indy 4. Unlike the previous 3 films where the Nazis featured as his enemy, this fourth one pits Indiana against the Russians during the cold war.

The Plot
Famous Archeologist Indiana Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls

I will list this as coming soon, but will update it after I have seen the movie.... Can't wait.

INDIANA JONES and the last crusade

My personal favourite (SO FAR) in the Indiana Jones series. This particular one also stars Sean Connery as Indy's eccentric father. The duo team up on a quest for the holy grail against the evil nazis. Thrill after thrill, full of comedy and adventure. This film was released In 1989 and I can still remember sitting in the cinema all those years ago. During the movie I quickly looked at my watch to see how long was left as I was enjoying every minute of it. I just hope Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is as exciting.

INDIANA JONES and the temple of doom

As a big Indy fan I give this movie the thumbs up, although it has received many negative comments from critics. Ok, so it's not as good as 1 or 3 and hopefully not the forthcoming Indy 4 but as an Indiana Jones fan you will not be disappointed. Like all 4 films it stars Harrison Ford as the titled hero who embarks on another archaeological adventure. This time in India, where he must overcome an evil force that is bringing desolation to the local area.

A classic and a must see.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

A HILARIOUS classic starring Richard Prior and Gene Wilder. This is another of my personal favourites and tells the story of a blind man and deaf man. Who unwittingly become dangerously involved in a murder case.

This is an adult movie which contains strong language and some nudity.

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

The Lost Boys

One of my personal favourites and a cult classic. The Lost boys tells the story of a family who move to a new city which just happens to be the murder capital of the world. Once there, the family become involved with a gang of Vampires, and must fight for survival.A very talented cast including Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. A must see for all horror or comedy fans.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

The Matrix

One of my personal favourites. It stars Keanu Reeves as Neo. The latest recruit for alleged terrorist Morphius (Played by Lawrence Fishburn). Neo is taught a terrifying truth about the world he thought was real. He goes from small time computer hacker to the possible saviour of the world. Fantastic special effects and a fascinating storyline. This should be a definite addition to your DVD collection, and if you haven't yet seen it then what are you waiting for? It spinned two sequels which were no match for this original.

Cast Away

This one stars Tom Hanks and is about a Fed Ex manager travelling the globe. One one such journey his plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Hanks is left stranded and alone on a Desert Island. How will he survive? Will he be rescued? Will he ever get home? Worth watching to find out. Also stars Helen Hunt.

INDIANA JONES and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

The legend of Indiana Jones starts here. Harrison Ford plays the hero as an adventurous archeologist. The movie begins with probably one of the most famous scenes in cinema history. Indy is on a quest for an ancient relic and must bypass several booby-traps as well as deal with his untrustworthy allies. After overcoming the impossible, Indy loses the relic to an adversary and is lucky to escape with his life. The story then builds up to a quest for the lost ark of the convenant. (The Ark that Moses put the stone tablets in which contained the ten commandments). In a race with the Nazis this is one thrilling ride and this Indy film as well as the rest are in my all time personal favourites.

Trivia:- The role of Indiana Jones was actually intended for Tom Selleck, but due to a contract with the series 'Magnum', Selleck had to pull out.

Trivia:- Indiana Jones was created by George Lucas, the man behind The Star Wars films.


An absolute classic for me and one of my personal favourites. Borat tells the fictional story of the titled character. He travels from Kasakhstan to the United States of America for cultural learning. The movie is hilarious from one scene to the next and the people he interacts with are NOT actors. A fantastic comedy and a must see.

Trivia:- The actor who plays Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) is actually British. He shot to fame with his entertainment program 'Ali Gee'.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Dodgeball: A true underdog story

A hilarious comedy starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. Very far fetched in places but purposely done for comical effect. It tells the story of 2 rival gymnasium owners. Global Gym, a multi-million dollar industry owned by Stiller and Average Joe's a small private gym owned by Vaughn. The latter is in lots of debt and on the verge of going bankrupt. In a desperate effort to save Average Joe's, a client suggests entering the Los Vegas Dodgeball competition which pays $50,000 to the winner. Well $50,000 would save the gym, so the team agree to give it a go and begin hopeless training to qualify for the finals. A fantastic comedy and well worth watching.

Escape from L.A

I have seen this movie many times. It is the 90's sequel to the hit 80's film "Escape from New York". It stars Kurt Russell and is set in a futuristic hell like world. Snake Pliskin (Kurt) is again blackmailed by the corrupt government to embark on a rescue mission. In which he has to retrieve a satellite E.M.P (Electro Magnetic Pulse) triggering device. Spiked with an alleged lethal virus he is in a race against time to accomplish his mission. Will he succeed? Well if you like Sci-fi then it's worth finding out.

Monday, 14 April 2008

The Invasion

Starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. This is what I believe to be the THIRD remake of the 1950's classic 'Invasion of the bodysnatchers'. It doesn't quite have the eery effect of the 1970's Version starring Donald Sutherland, but does entertain. Worth a watch.

For me, the story was too short. I have no complaints with the ending of the movie or the pace of it, but it was just too short. It's like they rushed the film a little.


I saw this one in the cinema, and although the explanation for the destruction of mankind was made more clear. I still preferred 'The Omega Man' which was a previous version of the same movie. The special effects seemed a little under done, and the movie was just too short without any major plot parts. Worth a watch though.

The story follows Doctor Neville (Will Smith) the last surviving human in New York. He fights desperately for the cure to the virus that has killed most of mankind and left the rest as zombies.


Wow!!! What can I say about this movie? Well first of all, I am 99% sure that, if just prior to it's release. If Mel Gibson had not received such bad publicity, this film WOULD have won best picture at the Oscars. Due to Mel's behaviour it wasn't even nominated.

The cinematography is OUTSTANDING. This movie tells the story of Mayan Villager (Jaguar Paw), kidnapped by ruthless City Mayans and taken to their urban society for an unknown fate. I don't want to spoil it for you by saying anymore, but this movie should be top of your list in future films to rent. It's directed by Mel Gibson and is in Mayan with English Subtitles.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction is my personal favourite of the director Quentin Tarantino. The breakthrough for Tarantino came with Reservoir Dogs, a low budget 'Underworld' movie which was big on conversation. (I may mention that one at a later date.) Again, this movie is big on conversation and again tells an underground tale. It has several inter-twined stories that all meet up in one place or another. The ending to the film is when Bruce Willis rides off on a motorbike with his woman, but that part is featured about 3/4 of the way through. The actual ending of the film is set just prior to the start of the film and then blends in to a hilarious effect. I will forgive you for feeling confused but after following the entire movie from start to finish you will appreciate just what a rare piece of art this gem is. An all-star cast, if you haven't seen it then check it out.

Saving Private Ryan

Another fantastic Oscar winner starring Tom Hanks. Saving Private Ryan brings the fictional story of a group of Allied World War 2 soldiers. Their mission is to find and bring home the last remaining son of Mrs Ryan, the mother who has already lost 3 other sons. During their mission they encounter the enemy on several occasions and when they finally find 'Ryan' the film culminates with a breathtakingly realistic battle. An all-star cast and a must see!!!

Forrest Gump

Oscar winning movie Forrest Gump tells the fascinating make-believe story of a mentally challenged man. It starts with Forrest as a child and shows his relationship with friend Jenny. The film then progresses to his adult life where Forrest gets himself into many amazing adventures. It's a little 'over the top' but none-the-less a fantastic feel good movie which stars Tom Hanks. Definitely worth checking out if you're one of the few who has not yet seen it.


This is my all time favourite B-Movie. It tells the story of a drifter, who stumbles upon a sinister truth after finding a special pair of sunglasses. Although the acting leaves a little to be desired, the plot is fantastic and this film has become a cult classic. It stars Roddy Piper (formerly a WWF Wrestler).

The Terminal

The true story of Viktor Navorski. A man who was actually forced to live in a United States airport. Before seeing this film, I pondered the question - How can they make an entertaining movie with a story like that? Well they showed me how. Another 5 star classic with barrels of entertainment. It has great comedy value and is my number one feel good film of all time. If you have not yet seen it then I assure you that your 2 hours will be well spent. It stars Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta Jones (Or is it Catherine Zeta Douglas now???) Anyway who cares, the bottom line is that this is a must see movie.


A disaster movie with a touch of romance. If you have not yet seen this film, then you are missing out big time. Over 2 hours of pure entertainment are on offer here with OUTSTANDING special effects. The story has 2 tales. 1. The true story of the rise and fall of the Titanic. (The ship classed as unsinkable). 2. A fable love story, where 2 people from different social classes fall for eachother. The main story is focused on the blossoming love between the previously mentioned duo, with the impending disaster slowly building up in the background. It climaxes with the sinking of the ship and captures the horror of how it must have been for the real people on the real ship. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. A 5 star classic and a MUST see!!!


Braveheart - This movie follows the life of William Wallace (Mel Gibson). A Scottish peasant who, after the murder of his Brother and Father by the evil English is taken away and brought up by his Nomad Uncle. After his travels and education he returns to his home village, where he meets his childhood love to whom he marries in secret. After a short romance, his sweetheart is also murdered by the English and this leads to the legend of William Wallace. He begins a rebellion against English which eventually triggers Victory for the Scottish over their English counterparts.
The battle scenes in this movie are extremley realistic and incredibly gory so be warned. The speech by Wallace given to his Scottish army just prior to the initial battle is so passionate that it will give you a shiver down your spine. It's no wonder this movie won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Trivia - Although this movie is a 5 star film. It is not entirely historically accurate. Wallace did meet the dreadful end portrayed in the Story but according to history, he fled Britain to Mainland Europe where he was eventually captured.