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The Expendables

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

The greatest 80's action flick never made.

Inception

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Needs repeated viewings to appreciate the sheer breath of this opus from a modern day genius filmaker.

The Karate Kid

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Had my doubts about this, seeing as the original was such a huge part of my childhood. However, it pays tribute to, and expands on, the basic story of the original. Enjoyable, and at times quite touching movie. Recommended.

The A-Team

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

By all accepted movie logic, it should be terrible. The dialogue is stilted, the CG is ropey and the villain is unconvincing. But it's so much fun that all of that matters not a jot. I can't give it four, because of the weaknesses, but it's the best three star film ever!

Get Him to the Greek

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

surprisingly endearing comedy following the redemption of Russel Brand's Aldus Snow with the help of his biggest fan. Who knew Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was this funny??

Greenberg

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

combines the worst of every indie flick you've ever seen with bits of the best ones. Disappointing.

The Losers

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

enjoyable, team based. comic book thriller. Sets the early standard for the A-Team and the Expendables to follow

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

one of the better video game adaptions, but still below par as a blockbuster. Would make a good DVD rental

American: The Bill Hicks Story

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

clever use of film footage, and family photos show us where the legendary comedian came from. Possibly a little long for a cinema release, but a definite DVD purchase

Hot Tub Time Machine

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

very self aware comedy that mixes 80's nostalgia with some modern influences. Not the greatest comedy ever, but everyone involved knows this and is just having fun. Recommended.

Iron Man 2

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Is it better than the first one? No. Is it an X-Men 2 -> X-Men 3/Spider-Man 2 -> Spider-Man 3 fall from grace? Hell, no! Whereas the first film was a study in the climb of Tony Stark's character from international playboy to iron clad defender of the people, the second film is more about the descent the pressures of being the defender has wrought on his mind, and the suit itself has wrought on his body. Beginning with the press conference ending of the previous film, dubbed into Russian and viewed from the death bed of one of Howard Stark's (Tony's father) former co-engineers on the original ARC reactor, the film introduces Rourke's Ivan Vanko as the primary antagonist to Iron Man, while Sam Rockwell's Justin Hammer is to be the business thorn in Stark's side. While Stockwell performs the role admirably, he's not as viable a threat to Stark as Jeff Bridges' calculating Obadiah Stane in the first film. In the comics continuity, he's Stark-lite just missing the extra 10% that makes Stark one of the most intelligent, and sought after, men on the planet. In the film, he goes after the same contracts, the same technology, and (without realising it) the same woman. None of these are successful, and only make him look less and less of a danger. Indeed, one of the lingering images of Hammer is someone who cannot even master fake tan, never mind rise to become the weapons developer of choice to the US government. Gwyneth Paltrow picks up where she left off as Stark's assistant, Virginia "Pepper" Potts, and is becoming concerned by her employers increasingly erratic behaviour. This is only exacerbated when he promotes her to CEO, seeminly on a whim. While a capable assistant and confidant, it appears that running a massive multinational is beyond her powers and the stress starts to get to her. Introduced into their relationship is Scarlett Johansson's Natalie Rushman. All bee sting lips and hourglass figure, her motives are unclear until the end of the second act. Nick Fury, as portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, is given a much larger role this time around, appearing in the film itself, instead of a post credits sequence. His appearances in the film contain several nods to developments across the wider Marvel film universe and future films. The first film focussed primarily on Stark and the developement of the suit reflected his development as a person. The second film spreads its gaze a little too much, on Vanko's rise from ex-con to super villain, on Stark's descent, on Pepper's concerns, on Rhodes' emergence as War Machine, and the overall product suffers because of this. The final act, however, surpasses the original's final battle as Iron Man and War Machine unite to take on Hammer and Vanko's knock off drones. The first of the summer blockbusters has set the standard, now it's up to the rest to surpass it.

Date Night

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

highly enjoyable, if slightly unbelievable, comedy. The two main stars are one of the more believable couples I've seen on screen ever. Recommended for an actual date night, or a DVD night in