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DON JON (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★
Cast – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson, Julianne Moore & Tony Danza – DON JON is written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and follows Jon Martello Jr. (Levitt) an Italian American, a sort of modern day Don Juan who has this list of things he really really cares about: "my body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, my porn" - and although Jon’s a good looking guy and is actually quite sexually active he also has an addiction he just loves looking at porn on the web and prefers it to actual sex (his words) - on a typical night out with the guys Jon meets Barbara Sugarman (Johansson) and she’s about to change his life forever VERDICT Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s DON JON has the lot, it’s smart, incredibly funny, downright dirty and delivers an important message on how media can be fun but also strangle and be a controlling element in one’s life - due to it’s racy subject matter the film is not for children and can be quite cringe worthy at times with some hilarious American Pie style humor thrown in for good measure - along with fabulous performances from Levitt and the gorgeous Scarlett Johansson DON JON also has some great turns by the movies support cast including - Tony Danza wearing his matching white vest is a dead ringer playing Jon’s dad and the hilarious Brie Larson playing Jon’s sister, only uttering one sentence but is so funny glancing up from the dinner table on occasion, her eye’s rarely leaving her mobile phone (a trait I’m sure is only too true for most teenagers) - overall DON JON is a delight to watch and I’m so pleased that Levitt cast himself in the lead and not Channing Tatum as he originally planned, Levitt just carries the movie with a swagger and is totally more believable playing out some of the movies more personal, fun bit’s such as the confessional, the singing to himself in the car, his relationship with his dad (just like looking in the mirror) and his friendship with Julianne Moore’s character towards the films finale - DON JON is a movie I would highly recommend but it is NOT one for the whole family…. DON JON (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★
Cast – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson, Julianne Moore & Tony Danza – DON JON is written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and follows Jon Martello Jr. (Levitt) an Italian American, a sort of modern day Don Juan who has this list of things he really really cares about: "my body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, my porn" - and although Jon’s a good looking guy and is actually quite sexually active he also has an addiction he just loves looking at porn on the web and prefers it to actual sex (his words) - on a typical night out with the guys Jon meets Barbara Sugarman (Johansson) and she’s about to change his life forever VERDICT Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s DON JON has the lot, it’s smart, incredibly funny, downright dirty and delivers an important message on how media can be fun but also strangle and be a controlling element in one’s life - due to it’s racy subject matter the film is not for children and can be quite cringe worthy at times with some hilarious American Pie style humor thrown in for good measure - along with fabulous performances from Levitt and the gorgeous Scarlett Johansson DON JON also has some great turns by the movies support cast including - Tony Danza wearing his matching white vest is a dead ringer playing Jon’s dad and the hilarious Brie Larson playing Jon’s sister, only uttering one sentence but is so funny glancing up from the dinner table on occasion, her eye’s rarely leaving her mobile phone (a trait I’m sure is only too true for most teenagers) - overall DON JON is a delight to watch and I’m so pleased that Levitt cast himself in the lead and not Channing Tatum as he originally planned, Levitt just carries the movie with a swagger and is totally more believable playing out some of the movies more personal, fun bit’s such as the confessional, the singing to himself in the car, his relationship with his dad (just like looking in the mirror) and his friendship with Julianne Moore’s character towards the films finale - DON JON is a movie I would highly recommend but it is NOT one for the whole family….

DON JON (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★

Cast – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson, Julianne Moore & Tony DanzaDON JON is written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and follows Jon Martello Jr. (Levitt) an Italian American, a sort of modern day Don Juan who has this list of things he really really cares about: "my body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, my porn" - and although Jon’s a good looking guy and is actually quite sexually active he also has an addiction he just loves looking at porn on the web and prefers it to actual sex (his words) - on a typical night out with the guys Jon meets Barbara Sugarman (Johansson) and she’s about to change his life forever VERDICT Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s DON JON has the lot, it’s smart, incredibly funny, downright dirty and delivers an important message on how media can be fun but also strangle and be a controlling element in one’s life - due to it’s racy subject matter the film is not for children and can be quite cringe worthy at times with some hilarious American Pie style humor thrown in for good measure - along with fabulous performances from Levitt and the gorgeous Scarlett Johansson DON JON also has some great turns by the movies support cast including - Tony Danza wearing his matching white vest is a dead ringer playing Jon’s dad and the hilarious Brie Larson playing Jon’s sister, only uttering one sentence but is so funny glancing up from the dinner table on occasion, her eye’s rarely leaving her mobile phone (a trait I’m sure is only too true for most teenagers) - overall DON JON is a delight to watch and I’m so pleased that Levitt cast himself in the lead and not Channing Tatum as he originally planned, Levitt just carries the movie with a swagger and is totally more believable playing out some of the movies more personal, fun bit’s such as the confessional, the singing to himself in the car, his relationship with his dad (just like looking in the mirror) and his friendship with Julianne Moore’s character towards the films finale - DON JON is a movie I would highly recommend but it is NOT one for the whole family….

LEE DANIEL’S THE BUTLER (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★
Cast – Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terence Howard, Jane Fonda, Lenny Kravitz and Robin Williams – The true story of Eugene Allen a man who served eight presidents during his time as a butler at the White House, he not only had to bring up a family during the racist trauma that occurred during the 50’s and 60’s but also contended with the civil rights movement, the war of Vietnam and other such events that happened during his lifetime - Eugene Allen’s name was changed in Lee Daniel’s movie to Cecil Gaines - VERDICT Being a big fan of Lee Daniel’s work that have included 2009’s Precious and last years superb The Paperboy I was excited to finally watch his latest movie The Butler - this was a heartbreaking but at times uplifting story of a man’s journey that started as a child working on the cotton fields, witnessing his dad being murdered and his mum raped to his life working in a hotel and then becoming a Butler in the White House - one of the things I love about a Lee Daniel’s picture is that he manages to not only tell a good story, that’s really engaging but his films are often surprisingly funny and are always extremely well acted - The Butler is no exception, there are some gut wrenching moments in the movie with scenes such as the one in the cafe with the black & white segregation areas, the aftermath of the assassination of JFK with his wife Jackie Kennedy sat alone in the White House with her clothes splattered with her husbands blood and the scary scenes of the fire bombing of a bus by the Ku Klux Klan these are all terrifying moments in our history that are captured superbly well by Lee Daniels - I also enjoyed the way Daniel’s showed us through the eye’s of Cecil Gaines each President he had served for, Cusack’s Nixon and Schreiber’s Johnson were my picks but they were all portrayed well, the movie at times reminding me of 94’s Forrest Gump - the performances of Forest Whitaker who played Gaines and his onscreen son played by David Oyelowo contributed greatly to making The Butler such an effective, compelling movie to watch, the relationship between the two often strained with Cecil not understanding his son’s actions until the films finale when he realized that his son was in fact the true hero for fighting for what he believed in and joined him on a protest - overall Lee Daniel’s The Butler is a powerful, moving and at times uplifting picture that deserved your attention - a must watch!!!! LEE DANIEL’S THE BUTLER (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★
Cast – Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terence Howard, Jane Fonda, Lenny Kravitz and Robin Williams – The true story of Eugene Allen a man who served eight presidents during his time as a butler at the White House, he not only had to bring up a family during the racist trauma that occurred during the 50’s and 60’s but also contended with the civil rights movement, the war of Vietnam and other such events that happened during his lifetime - Eugene Allen’s name was changed in Lee Daniel’s movie to Cecil Gaines - VERDICT Being a big fan of Lee Daniel’s work that have included 2009’s Precious and last years superb The Paperboy I was excited to finally watch his latest movie The Butler - this was a heartbreaking but at times uplifting story of a man’s journey that started as a child working on the cotton fields, witnessing his dad being murdered and his mum raped to his life working in a hotel and then becoming a Butler in the White House - one of the things I love about a Lee Daniel’s picture is that he manages to not only tell a good story, that’s really engaging but his films are often surprisingly funny and are always extremely well acted - The Butler is no exception, there are some gut wrenching moments in the movie with scenes such as the one in the cafe with the black & white segregation areas, the aftermath of the assassination of JFK with his wife Jackie Kennedy sat alone in the White House with her clothes splattered with her husbands blood and the scary scenes of the fire bombing of a bus by the Ku Klux Klan these are all terrifying moments in our history that are captured superbly well by Lee Daniels - I also enjoyed the way Daniel’s showed us through the eye’s of Cecil Gaines each President he had served for, Cusack’s Nixon and Schreiber’s Johnson were my picks but they were all portrayed well, the movie at times reminding me of 94’s Forrest Gump - the performances of Forest Whitaker who played Gaines and his onscreen son played by David Oyelowo contributed greatly to making The Butler such an effective, compelling movie to watch, the relationship between the two often strained with Cecil not understanding his son’s actions until the films finale when he realized that his son was in fact the true hero for fighting for what he believed in and joined him on a protest - overall Lee Daniel’s The Butler is a powerful, moving and at times uplifting picture that deserved your attention - a must watch!!!!

LEE DANIEL’S THE BUTLER (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★

CastForest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terence Howard, Jane Fonda, Lenny Kravitz and Robin Williams – The true story of Eugene Allen a man who served eight presidents during his time as a butler at the White House, he not only had to bring up a family during the racist trauma that occurred during the 50’s and 60’s but also contended with the civil rights movement, the war of Vietnam and other such events that happened during his lifetime - Eugene Allen’s name was changed in Lee Daniel’s movie to Cecil Gaines - VERDICT Being a big fan of Lee Daniel’s work that have included 2009’s Precious and last years superb The Paperboy I was excited to finally watch his latest movie The Butler - this was a heartbreaking but at times uplifting story of a man’s journey that started as a child working on the cotton fields, witnessing his dad being murdered and his mum raped to his life working in a hotel and then becoming a Butler in the White House - one of the things I love about a Lee Daniel’s picture is that he manages to not only tell a good story, that’s really engaging but his films are often surprisingly funny and are always extremely well acted - The Butler is no exception, there are some gut wrenching moments in the movie with scenes such as the one in the cafe with the black & white segregation areas, the aftermath of the assassination of JFK with his wife Jackie Kennedy sat alone in the White House with her clothes splattered with her husbands blood and the scary scenes of the fire bombing of a bus by the Ku Klux Klan these are all terrifying moments in our history that are captured superbly well by Lee Daniels - I also enjoyed the way Daniel’s showed us through the eye’s of Cecil Gaines each President he had served for, Cusack’s Nixon and Schreiber’s Johnson were my picks but they were all portrayed well, the movie at times reminding me of 94’s Forrest Gump - the performances of Forest Whitaker who played Gaines and his onscreen son played by David Oyelowo contributed greatly to making The Butler such an effective, compelling movie to watch, the relationship between the two often strained with Cecil not understanding his son’s actions until the films finale when he realized that his son was in fact the true hero for fighting for what he believed in and joined him on a protest - overall Lee Daniel’s The Butler is a powerful, moving and at times uplifting picture that deserved your attention - a must watch!!!!

ALAN PARTRIDGE (2013) – Movie Review ★★★¾
Cast – Steve Coogan, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sean Pertwee & Colm Meaney – When DJ Alan Partridge’s radio station is taken over and it’s name is changed, it’s everyman for himself as the threat of job loss looms and one of the DJ’s decides to take matters into his own hands by taking the station hostage VERDICT Alan Partridge is a character portrayed & created by British comedian Steve Coogan and although I have not seen much of the TV show I found myself enjoying Partridge’s big screen outing - yes the script is wafer thin and at times some of the jokes fell flat but more often than not I found myself giggling and squirming at the antics of the staff at Partridge’s Radio Station - some of the best scenes in the movie include moments when our DJ finds himself naked and locked out of the hostage taken Radio Station, the board meeting when Partridge meets the new owners and tries to impress upon them his worth to the company by sacking another staff member and the delightfully funny finale with Coogan and Meaney on the tour bus - overall Alan Partridge is one of the better comedies of 2013 - it’s a character I may consider watching more of in the future and a movie that I would highly recommend…. ALAN PARTRIDGE (2013) – Movie Review ★★★¾
Cast – Steve Coogan, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sean Pertwee & Colm Meaney – When DJ Alan Partridge’s radio station is taken over and it’s name is changed, it’s everyman for himself as the threat of job loss looms and one of the DJ’s decides to take matters into his own hands by taking the station hostage VERDICT Alan Partridge is a character portrayed & created by British comedian Steve Coogan and although I have not seen much of the TV show I found myself enjoying Partridge’s big screen outing - yes the script is wafer thin and at times some of the jokes fell flat but more often than not I found myself giggling and squirming at the antics of the staff at Partridge’s Radio Station - some of the best scenes in the movie include moments when our DJ finds himself naked and locked out of the hostage taken Radio Station, the board meeting when Partridge meets the new owners and tries to impress upon them his worth to the company by sacking another staff member and the delightfully funny finale with Coogan and Meaney on the tour bus - overall Alan Partridge is one of the better comedies of 2013 - it’s a character I may consider watching more of in the future and a movie that I would highly recommend….

ALAN PARTRIDGE (2013) – Movie Review ★★★¾

CastSteve Coogan, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sean Pertwee & Colm Meaney – When DJ Alan Partridge’s radio station is taken over and it’s name is changed, it’s everyman for himself as the threat of job loss looms and one of the DJ’s decides to take matters into his own hands by taking the station hostage VERDICT Alan Partridge is a character portrayed & created by British comedian Steve Coogan and although I have not seen much of the TV show I found myself enjoying Partridge’s big screen outing - yes the script is wafer thin and at times some of the jokes fell flat but more often than not I found myself giggling and squirming at the antics of the staff at Partridge’s Radio Station - some of the best scenes in the movie include moments when our DJ finds himself naked and locked out of the hostage taken Radio Station, the board meeting when Partridge meets the new owners and tries to impress upon them his worth to the company by sacking another staff member and the delightfully funny finale with Coogan and Meaney on the tour bus - overall Alan Partridge is one of the better comedies of 2013 - it’s a character I may consider watching more of in the future and a movie that I would highly recommend….

CLOSED CIRCUIT (2013/4) – Movie Review ★★★
Cast – Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciaran Hinds, Julia Stiles & Jim Broadbent – the film starts with an explosion in a crowded London market thought to be from a terrorist attack - it’s not long after before the police arrest Farroukh Erdogan as the prime suspect and the mastermind of the attack - Two Lawyers Martin Rose (Bana) and Claudia Simmons-Howe (Hall) who both carry personal baggage of their own are both recruited by the British Attorney General to represent Farroukh in the court of law, but as both lawyers delve deeper into the bombing they discover shocking discoveries and a web of intrigue, secrecy and cold blooded murder VERDICT as terrorism, political & courtroom thrillers go this is a pretty average affair, with some very good actors caught up in a pretty miserably slow-burning storyline that collapses into a heap of tiresome cat & mouse chase scenes with the London backdrop sadly underused - overall Closed Circuit is not the worst movie you will see this year but considering it’s cast, it’s screenplay by the usually reliable Steven Knight (Eastern Promises & Dirty Pretty Things) and a young director in John Crowley who’s directorial credits include the superb 2007 Boy A then you would be right in expecting something more than this average, at times yawn-fest of a movie…. CLOSED CIRCUIT (2013/4) – Movie Review ★★★
Cast – Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciaran Hinds, Julia Stiles & Jim Broadbent – the film starts with an explosion in a crowded London market thought to be from a terrorist attack - it’s not long after before the police arrest Farroukh Erdogan as the prime suspect and the mastermind of the attack - Two Lawyers Martin Rose (Bana) and Claudia Simmons-Howe (Hall) who both carry personal baggage of their own are both recruited by the British Attorney General to represent Farroukh in the court of law, but as both lawyers delve deeper into the bombing they discover shocking discoveries and a web of intrigue, secrecy and cold blooded murder VERDICT as terrorism, political & courtroom thrillers go this is a pretty average affair, with some very good actors caught up in a pretty miserably slow-burning storyline that collapses into a heap of tiresome cat & mouse chase scenes with the London backdrop sadly underused - overall Closed Circuit is not the worst movie you will see this year but considering it’s cast, it’s screenplay by the usually reliable Steven Knight (Eastern Promises & Dirty Pretty Things) and a young director in John Crowley who’s directorial credits include the superb 2007 Boy A then you would be right in expecting something more than this average, at times yawn-fest of a movie….

CLOSED CIRCUIT (2013/4) – Movie Review ★★★

Cast – Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciaran Hinds, Julia Stiles & Jim Broadbent – the film starts with an explosion in a crowded London market thought to be from a terrorist attack - it’s not long after before the police arrest Farroukh Erdogan as the prime suspect and the mastermind of the attack - Two Lawyers Martin Rose (Bana) and Claudia Simmons-Howe (Hall) who both carry personal baggage of their own are both recruited by the British Attorney General to represent Farroukh in the court of law, but as both lawyers delve deeper into the bombing they discover shocking discoveries and a web of intrigue, secrecy and cold blooded murder VERDICT as terrorism, political & courtroom thrillers go this is a pretty average affair, with some very good actors caught up in a pretty miserably slow-burning storyline that collapses into a heap of tiresome cat & mouse chase scenes with the London backdrop sadly underused - overall Closed Circuit is not the worst movie you will see this year but considering it’s cast, it’s screenplay by the usually reliable Steven Knight (Eastern Promises & Dirty Pretty Things) and a young director in John Crowley who’s directorial credits include the superb 2007 Boy A then you would be right in expecting something more than this average, at times yawn-fest of a movie….

Two gorgeous MONDO movie posters - the festive comedy HOME ALONE and THE LORD OF THE RINGS : THE TWO TOWERS Two gorgeous MONDO movie posters - the festive comedy HOME ALONE and THE LORD OF THE RINGS : THE TWO TOWERS

Two gorgeous MONDO movie posters - the festive comedy HOME ALONE and THE LORD OF THE RINGS : THE TWO TOWERS

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★½
Cast – Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott and Sean Penn – Walter Mitty (Stiller) is an employee at Life magazine the head of the negative assets department and has been for the last 16 years, he often daydreams of fantastic adventures and one day at work he receives some negatives from Photojournalist Sean O’Connell for what will be the last print of Life magazine - upon checking the package he discovers that negative 25 is missing and since Mitty has never lost a photo in all his time at the company he decides to go on a real adventure in search of Sean O’Connell and negative 25 VERDICT from them opening shots of Walter in front of his computer deliberating whether or not to send a work colleague he’s grown fond of a “wink” on the eHarmony site, to the beautiful scenery of Iceland & the Himalaya’s this is a picture directed by a more mature Ben Stiller who takes us an unforgettable, heartwarming & humorous film ride, whilst reminding us all that instead of dreaming about the possibilities we can all make things happen to get the most out of life - some of my favorite scenes in the movie include the ridiculously badass fight scene between Stiller’s Mitty and Scott’s Ted on the streets of New York and the really funny Benjamin Button scene that almost felt out of place but was hilarious nevertheless - the soundtrack to the movie also deserves a big mention, with Kristen Wigg’s acoustic rendition of Bowie’s Space Oddity still playing over in my mind and the classic Hall Oates track Maneater setting their respective scenes perfectly - overall The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is such a rare cinematic experience these days - it’s cinematography is beautiful, it’s context is touching and it’s message is inspiring - this is an incredibly bold and ambitious picture that I just simply adored - bravo Ben Stiller bravo…. THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★½
Cast – Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott and Sean Penn – Walter Mitty (Stiller) is an employee at Life magazine the head of the negative assets department and has been for the last 16 years, he often daydreams of fantastic adventures and one day at work he receives some negatives from Photojournalist Sean O’Connell for what will be the last print of Life magazine - upon checking the package he discovers that negative 25 is missing and since Mitty has never lost a photo in all his time at the company he decides to go on a real adventure in search of Sean O’Connell and negative 25 VERDICT from them opening shots of Walter in front of his computer deliberating whether or not to send a work colleague he’s grown fond of a “wink” on the eHarmony site, to the beautiful scenery of Iceland & the Himalaya’s this is a picture directed by a more mature Ben Stiller who takes us an unforgettable, heartwarming & humorous film ride, whilst reminding us all that instead of dreaming about the possibilities we can all make things happen to get the most out of life - some of my favorite scenes in the movie include the ridiculously badass fight scene between Stiller’s Mitty and Scott’s Ted on the streets of New York and the really funny Benjamin Button scene that almost felt out of place but was hilarious nevertheless - the soundtrack to the movie also deserves a big mention, with Kristen Wigg’s acoustic rendition of Bowie’s Space Oddity still playing over in my mind and the classic Hall Oates track Maneater setting their respective scenes perfectly - overall The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is such a rare cinematic experience these days - it’s cinematography is beautiful, it’s context is touching and it’s message is inspiring - this is an incredibly bold and ambitious picture that I just simply adored - bravo Ben Stiller bravo….

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★½

Cast – Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott and Sean Penn – Walter Mitty (Stiller) is an employee at Life magazine the head of the negative assets department and has been for the last 16 years, he often daydreams of fantastic adventures and one day at work he receives some negatives from Photojournalist Sean O’Connell for what will be the last print of Life magazine - upon checking the package he discovers that negative 25 is missing and since Mitty has never lost a photo in all his time at the company he decides to go on a real adventure in search of Sean O’Connell and negative 25 VERDICT from them opening shots of Walter in front of his computer deliberating whether or not to send a work colleague he’s grown fond of a “wink” on the eHarmony site, to the beautiful scenery of Iceland & the Himalaya’s this is a picture directed by a more mature Ben Stiller who takes us an unforgettable, heartwarming & humorous film ride, whilst reminding us all that instead of dreaming about the possibilities we can all make things happen to get the most out of life - some of my favorite scenes in the movie include the ridiculously badass fight scene between Stiller’s Mitty and Scott’s Ted on the streets of New York and the really funny Benjamin Button scene that almost felt out of place but was hilarious nevertheless - the soundtrack to the movie also deserves a big mention, with Kristen Wigg’s acoustic rendition of Bowie’s Space Oddity still playing over in my mind and the classic Hall Oates track Maneater setting their respective scenes perfectly - overall The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is such a rare cinematic experience these days - it’s cinematography is beautiful, it’s context is touching and it’s message is inspiring - this is an incredibly bold and ambitious picture that I just simply adored - bravo Ben Stiller bravo….

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”

Academy Award winning actress JOAN FONTAINE has died aged 96 – Fontaine delivered some of her best work during the 40′s in classic movies such as Rebecca, Suspicion, The Constant Nymph, The Affairs of Susan and Letter from an Unknown Woman - She and her sister Olivia de Havilland are the first sisters to win Academy Awards and the first ones to be Oscar-nominated in the same year – I first came across the name Joan Fontaine whilst watching 1952′s Ivanhoe where she played Lady Rowena & instantly fell in love with this actress who was not only incredibly beautiful but also in my opinion ranks right up there alongside the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Olivia De Havilland, Bette Davis and Meryl Streep in some of the best actresses to grace the movie screen – If you’ve not seen the Hitchcock classics Rebecca and Suspicion then please do so, not only are they amongst Hitchcock’s finest work but the films leading lady delivers some memorable performances – thanks for the journey Ms Fontaine it’s been one swell ride….

Peter O’Toole (1932-2013)

FORCE OF EXECUTION - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★
Cast – Steven Segal, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames and Bren Foster – Steven Segal plays Mr. Alexander a crime kingpin who rules his empire of crime with honor and brutality - when a prison hit goes wrong Mr Alexander has to protect his empire against a villain known as The Iceman (Ving Rhames) and calls on his friends to help him overcome the odds - VERDICT Don’t go into these style of movies thinking you will have an Oscar winning script, A-List acting and some big Hollywood size budget blown on special effects, these films are all about the fight scenes and Force of Execution thanks to the direction of Keoni Waxman and TaeKwon Do’s World Champ Bren Foster has some pretty impressive ones - Segal still looks an imposing presence and the wonderful veterans Trejo and Rhames look to be enjoying themselves kicking some ass and looking good doing so - overall Force of Execution is a better than average martial arts flick that I enjoyed but would only recommend to those who enjoy this style of film - take it all with a pinch of salt and you will find yourself being entertained…. FORCE OF EXECUTION - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★
Cast – Steven Segal, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames and Bren Foster – Steven Segal plays Mr. Alexander a crime kingpin who rules his empire of crime with honor and brutality - when a prison hit goes wrong Mr Alexander has to protect his empire against a villain known as The Iceman (Ving Rhames) and calls on his friends to help him overcome the odds - VERDICT Don’t go into these style of movies thinking you will have an Oscar winning script, A-List acting and some big Hollywood size budget blown on special effects, these films are all about the fight scenes and Force of Execution thanks to the direction of Keoni Waxman and TaeKwon Do’s World Champ Bren Foster has some pretty impressive ones - Segal still looks an imposing presence and the wonderful veterans Trejo and Rhames look to be enjoying themselves kicking some ass and looking good doing so - overall Force of Execution is a better than average martial arts flick that I enjoyed but would only recommend to those who enjoy this style of film - take it all with a pinch of salt and you will find yourself being entertained….

FORCE OF EXECUTION - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★

Cast – Steven Segal, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames and Bren Foster – Steven Segal plays Mr. Alexander a crime kingpin who rules his empire of crime with honor and brutality - when a prison hit goes wrong Mr Alexander has to protect his empire against a villain known as The Iceman (Ving Rhames) and calls on his friends to help him overcome the odds - VERDICT Don’t go into these style of movies thinking you will have an Oscar winning script, A-List acting and some big Hollywood size budget blown on special effects, these films are all about the fight scenes and Force of Execution thanks to the direction of Keoni Waxman and TaeKwon Do’s World Champ Bren Foster has some pretty impressive ones - Segal still looks an imposing presence and the wonderful veterans Trejo and Rhames look to be enjoying themselves kicking some ass and looking good doing so - overall Force of Execution is a better than average martial arts flick that I enjoyed but would only recommend to those who enjoy this style of film - take it all with a pinch of salt and you will find yourself being entertained….

CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★
Cast – Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint & Til Schweiger - Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) gets visited by his recently deceased mum who tells him to visit Bucharest - on the plane trip over, he gets chatting to an elderly man who suddenly passes away in the seat next to him & upon his death the man asks Charlie to visit his daughter Gabi & deliver a present. Charlie meets Gabi and instantly falls in love with her, unbeknown to him she is the wife of Nigel, a Romanian mobster and someone you just don’t want in your life. VERDICT from first time helmer Fredrik Bond comes one of the surprise movies of the year - Charlie Countryman is a delightfully quriky drama, with hints of comedy, romance and brutal violence - the acting throughout is top draw with Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood both owning the screen with some crazy chemistry - Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint gives a rather hilarious turn as Karl a wannabe porn star going under the name Boris Pecker who takes 6 Viagras and ends up in deep shit with a Romanian club owner and Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen looks every bit the nasty bit of work he portrays in the movie - overall Charlie Countryman has hints of True Romance with the trippy-ness of Spring Breakers - it’s a love story, with a violent and ultimately satisfying finale that includes some gorgeous cinematography and a vibrant soundtrack - if your looking for something altogether different from your comic-book superhero movies then Fredrik Bond’s little picture might just be for you…. CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★
Cast – Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint & Til Schweiger - Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) gets visited by his recently deceased mum who tells him to visit Bucharest - on the plane trip over, he gets chatting to an elderly man who suddenly passes away in the seat next to him & upon his death the man asks Charlie to visit his daughter Gabi & deliver a present. Charlie meets Gabi and instantly falls in love with her, unbeknown to him she is the wife of Nigel, a Romanian mobster and someone you just don’t want in your life. VERDICT from first time helmer Fredrik Bond comes one of the surprise movies of the year - Charlie Countryman is a delightfully quriky drama, with hints of comedy, romance and brutal violence - the acting throughout is top draw with Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood both owning the screen with some crazy chemistry - Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint gives a rather hilarious turn as Karl a wannabe porn star going under the name Boris Pecker who takes 6 Viagras and ends up in deep shit with a Romanian club owner and Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen looks every bit the nasty bit of work he portrays in the movie - overall Charlie Countryman has hints of True Romance with the trippy-ness of Spring Breakers - it’s a love story, with a violent and ultimately satisfying finale that includes some gorgeous cinematography and a vibrant soundtrack - if your looking for something altogether different from your comic-book superhero movies then Fredrik Bond’s little picture might just be for you….

CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★

Cast – Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint & Til Schweiger - Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) gets visited by his recently deceased mum who tells him to visit Bucharest - on the plane trip over, he gets chatting to an elderly man who suddenly passes away in the seat next to him & upon his death the man asks Charlie to visit his daughter Gabi & deliver a present. Charlie meets Gabi and instantly falls in love with her, unbeknown to him she is the wife of Nigel, a Romanian mobster and someone you just don’t want in your life. VERDICT from first time helmer Fredrik Bond comes one of the surprise movies of the year - Charlie Countryman is a delightfully quriky drama, with hints of comedy, romance and brutal violence - the acting throughout is top draw with Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood both owning the screen with some crazy chemistry - Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint gives a rather hilarious turn as Karl a wannabe porn star going under the name Boris Pecker who takes 6 Viagras and ends up in deep shit with a Romanian club owner and Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen looks every bit the nasty bit of work he portrays in the movie - overall Charlie Countryman has hints of True Romance with the trippy-ness of Spring Breakers - it’s a love story, with a violent and ultimately satisfying finale that includes some gorgeous cinematography and a vibrant soundtrack - if your looking for something altogether different from your comic-book superhero movies then Fredrik Bond’s little picture might just be for you….

THE HOBBIT : THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★½

Cast – Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom - from Peter Jackson the director of The Lord of the Rings comes the second part to his Hobbit trilogy - Bilbo, Thorin and company must first encounter the perils that lay in wait in the darkness of Mirkwood Forest and the human settlement of Lake-town, before continuing on their quest towards the Lonely Mountain that’s filled with Gold, Jewels and a sleeping Dragon VERDICT being a huge Tolkien fan and having read The Hobbit many times since childhood I must confess to originally being quite annoyed at Peter Jackson’s decision to not only incorporate a new character Tauriel (Lilly) into Tolkien’s world but also to include The Lord of the Rings veteran Legolas (Bloom) who never appeared in the novel - but why should I have doubted Peter Jackson & his writer Fran Walsh who have both proved themselves masters of Middle Earth? These inclusions not only allow the story to be fleshed out a little but their presence adds to some of the most breathtaking action scenes we have seen in Middle Earth, Tauriel and Legolas leading the charge against The Spiders of Mirkwood and the battles with their sworn enemies the Orcs is fantastic and so much fun to watch - also the unlikely and potentially frowned upon friendship between the Elf Tauriel and Kili the Dwarf is an engaging, quite touching at times sub plot, that adds to an already engrossing story - overall The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug is a truly amazing spectacle and one of the very best movies of 2013 - the scenes with Gandalf at the ruins of Dol Guldur, the capture by the Mirkwood Forest Spiders and of course the impressive Smaug (possibly the best movie Dragon ever) are hugely impressive, the film’s 3D adds so much depth to these scenes that you find yourself being submerged into that world as if you too are part of the action - there’s also some real convincing performances on show including Lee Pace’s Elven King Thranduil and Luke Evan’s Bard the Bowman both adding some steel and a great deal of quality to an already fabulous cast - the movie contains so many great scenes but my favorite has to be when the Dwarves escape the Elven kingdom in empty wine barrels, floating down the river whilst being attacked by rampaging Orcs - it’s just sublime! - The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug is another example of the greatness of Peter Jackson - not many living filmmakers have that cinematic wow factor but Jackson has it in spades, this film is an epic of our time and I’m already shaking with excitement counting down the days to The Hobbit: There and Back Again the final chapter that lands late next year….

OLDBOY - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★¾
Cast – Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L Jackson and Sharlto Copley - the film is a remake of Chan-wook Park’s 2003 Korean masterpiece directed by Malcolm X’s Spike Lee - the year is 1993 and Joe Doucett (Brolin) is a not a very nice guy, he’s a drunk and a father of a three year old he never visits - after a business meeting goes south Doucett get’s drunk and crawls through the neighborhood looking for someone to share his miserable insistence with - the next morning he wakes up in a strange bed, in a room that contains a shower and TV but no door or exit - it then dawns on Doucett that he has been kidnapped and locked in some kind of solitary confinement and there he spends the next 20 years of his life, writing letters of regret to his daughter and thinking of nothing else but seeking vengeance on his captors VERDICT let’s be honest Spike Lee was on a hiding to nothing when attempting to remake one of the finest Korean movies in decades - but in fairness Lee’s remake is a descent thriller that not only looks stylish but has some classy nods to it’s original and a performance by Josh Brolin that has you purring right to the end credits - my favorite scene in the movie has to be the devlishly fun, over the top fight scene with Brolin’s character facing down dozens of baddies - my only negative about the movie is if you have seen the original then you know the punchline and know when it’s coming so sadly that blow to the gut you may would have felt during the original movie is reduced to a slight whimper - overall OLDBOY is an enjoyable, extremely violent and well acted movie remake - it’s also Spike Lee’s best directed movie since 2006’s Inside Man and one I’d certainly recommend…. OLDBOY - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★¾
Cast – Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L Jackson and Sharlto Copley - the film is a remake of Chan-wook Park’s 2003 Korean masterpiece directed by Malcolm X’s Spike Lee - the year is 1993 and Joe Doucett (Brolin) is a not a very nice guy, he’s a drunk and a father of a three year old he never visits - after a business meeting goes south Doucett get’s drunk and crawls through the neighborhood looking for someone to share his miserable insistence with - the next morning he wakes up in a strange bed, in a room that contains a shower and TV but no door or exit - it then dawns on Doucett that he has been kidnapped and locked in some kind of solitary confinement and there he spends the next 20 years of his life, writing letters of regret to his daughter and thinking of nothing else but seeking vengeance on his captors VERDICT let’s be honest Spike Lee was on a hiding to nothing when attempting to remake one of the finest Korean movies in decades - but in fairness Lee’s remake is a descent thriller that not only looks stylish but has some classy nods to it’s original and a performance by Josh Brolin that has you purring right to the end credits - my favorite scene in the movie has to be the devlishly fun, over the top fight scene with Brolin’s character facing down dozens of baddies - my only negative about the movie is if you have seen the original then you know the punchline and know when it’s coming so sadly that blow to the gut you may would have felt during the original movie is reduced to a slight whimper - overall OLDBOY is an enjoyable, extremely violent and well acted movie remake - it’s also Spike Lee’s best directed movie since 2006’s Inside Man and one I’d certainly recommend….

OLDBOY - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★¾

Cast – Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L Jackson and Sharlto Copley - the film is a remake of Chan-wook Park’s 2003 Korean masterpiece directed by Malcolm X’s Spike Lee - the year is 1993 and Joe Doucett (Brolin) is a not a very nice guy, he’s a drunk and a father of a three year old he never visits - after a business meeting goes south Doucett get’s drunk and crawls through the neighborhood looking for someone to share his miserable insistence with - the next morning he wakes up in a strange bed, in a room that contains a shower and TV but no door or exit - it then dawns on Doucett that he has been kidnapped and locked in some kind of solitary confinement and there he spends the next 20 years of his life, writing letters of regret to his daughter and thinking of nothing else but seeking vengeance on his captors VERDICT let’s be honest Spike Lee was on a hiding to nothing when attempting to remake one of the finest Korean movies in decades - but in fairness Lee’s remake is a descent thriller that not only looks stylish but has some classy nods to it’s original and a performance by Josh Brolin that has you purring right to the end credits - my favorite scene in the movie has to be the devlishly fun, over the top fight scene with Brolin’s character facing down dozens of baddies - my only negative about the movie is if you have seen the original then you know the punchline and know when it’s coming so sadly that blow to the gut you may would have felt during the original movie is reduced to a slight whimper - overall OLDBOY is an enjoyable, extremely violent and well acted movie remake - it’s also Spike Lee’s best directed movie since 2006’s Inside Man and one I’d certainly recommend….

CARRIE - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★
Cast – Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Judy Greer and Ansel Elgort – from the mind of Stephen King and a remake of De Palma’s 1976 horror comes a re-telling of CARRIE, a supernatural tale of a child born by her deeply religious mum who abuses her and shelters her from society, at times locking her in a “prayer closet” beneath the stairs punishing her for any wrong doings & telling her to to pray for forgiveness - as Carrie grows into her teenage years, she discovers she has telekinetic powers and starts to control them - but during an incident at her senior prom Carrie unleashes an almighty fury on her peers and the town that pushed her too far VERDICT having loved Stephen King’s novel and being a huge fan of Sissy Spacek’s Oscar Nominated deliverance of Carrie back in ‘76 I was initially dead against yet another dumb Hollywood remake - but having just seen Kimberly Peirce’s horror movie on the big screen, I’m here writing whilst eating humble pie and reflecting on a 100mins of fabulous acting, great camera work and a film that comes awfully close to surpassing it’s original - Julianne Moore is pretty terrifying and gives an unforgettable performance as Carrie’s mum, a religious woman who takes to self harming to rid herself of her demons, she truly is creepy, sadistic and unbalanced and if the Academy Awards rewarded great performances from ALL movie genres and not consistently ignore that of the Horror Film then Ms Moore would certainly be in the running for a gold statue, her turn as Margaret White is in my opinion that good - Kick-Ass’s Chloë Grace Moretz filmed this movie aged 15 and once again displays a talent far beyond her years, stamping her own disturbing print on that of Carrie White - also I must comment on an impressive movie debut by Ansel Elgort he is certainly one for the future - overall Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie is one to savor, a remake that’s truly worth watching and after a five year absence the Boys Don’t Cry director returns to helm one of 2013’s Best Horror pictures that will not only scare the bejesus out of you but also delivers a message to what can happen if one is pushed too far by those evil bullies of society…. CARRIE - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★
Cast – Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Judy Greer and Ansel Elgort – from the mind of Stephen King and a remake of De Palma’s 1976 horror comes a re-telling of CARRIE, a supernatural tale of a child born by her deeply religious mum who abuses her and shelters her from society, at times locking her in a “prayer closet” beneath the stairs punishing her for any wrong doings & telling her to to pray for forgiveness - as Carrie grows into her teenage years, she discovers she has telekinetic powers and starts to control them - but during an incident at her senior prom Carrie unleashes an almighty fury on her peers and the town that pushed her too far VERDICT having loved Stephen King’s novel and being a huge fan of Sissy Spacek’s Oscar Nominated deliverance of Carrie back in ‘76 I was initially dead against yet another dumb Hollywood remake - but having just seen Kimberly Peirce’s horror movie on the big screen, I’m here writing whilst eating humble pie and reflecting on a 100mins of fabulous acting, great camera work and a film that comes awfully close to surpassing it’s original - Julianne Moore is pretty terrifying and gives an unforgettable performance as Carrie’s mum, a religious woman who takes to self harming to rid herself of her demons, she truly is creepy, sadistic and unbalanced and if the Academy Awards rewarded great performances from ALL movie genres and not consistently ignore that of the Horror Film then Ms Moore would certainly be in the running for a gold statue, her turn as Margaret White is in my opinion that good - Kick-Ass’s Chloë Grace Moretz filmed this movie aged 15 and once again displays a talent far beyond her years, stamping her own disturbing print on that of Carrie White - also I must comment on an impressive movie debut by Ansel Elgort he is certainly one for the future - overall Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie is one to savor, a remake that’s truly worth watching and after a five year absence the Boys Don’t Cry director returns to helm one of 2013’s Best Horror pictures that will not only scare the bejesus out of you but also delivers a message to what can happen if one is pushed too far by those evil bullies of society….

CARRIE - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★

Cast – Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Judy Greer and Ansel Elgort – from the mind of Stephen King and a remake of De Palma’s 1976 horror comes a re-telling of CARRIE, a supernatural tale of a child born by her deeply religious mum who abuses her and shelters her from society, at times locking her in a “prayer closet” beneath the stairs punishing her for any wrong doings & telling her to to pray for forgiveness - as Carrie grows into her teenage years, she discovers she has telekinetic powers and starts to control them - but during an incident at her senior prom Carrie unleashes an almighty fury on her peers and the town that pushed her too far VERDICT having loved Stephen King’s novel and being a huge fan of Sissy Spacek’s Oscar Nominated deliverance of Carrie back in ‘76 I was initially dead against yet another dumb Hollywood remake - but having just seen Kimberly Peirce’s horror movie on the big screen, I’m here writing whilst eating humble pie and reflecting on a 100mins of fabulous acting, great camera work and a film that comes awfully close to surpassing it’s original - Julianne Moore is pretty terrifying and gives an unforgettable performance as Carrie’s mum, a religious woman who takes to self harming to rid herself of her demons, she truly is creepy, sadistic and unbalanced and if the Academy Awards rewarded great performances from ALL movie genres and not consistently ignore that of the Horror Film then Ms Moore would certainly be in the running for a gold statue, her turn as Margaret White is in my opinion that good - Kick-Ass’s Chloë Grace Moretz filmed this movie aged 15 and once again displays a talent far beyond her years, stamping her own disturbing print on that of Carrie White - also I must comment on an impressive movie debut by Ansel Elgort he is certainly one for the future - overall Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie is one to savor, a remake that’s truly worth watching and after a five year absence the Boys Don’t Cry director returns to helm one of 2013’s Best Horror pictures that will not only scare the bejesus out of you but also delivers a message to what can happen if one is pushed too far by those evil bullies of society….

SCENIC ROUTE - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★
Cast – Josh Duhamel & Dan Fogler – from the directing duo of Kevin and Michael Goetz Scenic Route follows two friends, Mitchell (Duhamel) and Carter (Fogler) on a road trip through Death Valley - when Carter orchestrates a breakdown and attacks some of Mitchell’s life choices their friendship gets seriously tested and things slowly start to spiral out of control VERDICT having not read any publicity or watched the trailer to Scenic Route I went into the movie not knowing what to expect, yes I’d seen Duhamel in Transformers and some rom-coms and laughed at Fogler in comedies such as Fanboys and Balls of Fury but paired together in a psychological thriller directed by two relitavely unknown’s Kevin & Michael Goetz a couple of filmmakers who’s only other venture behind the camera was 1998’s independent short Mass Transit - surely this film was doomed for failure? - thankfully my negative thoughts were turned to positive within the first 30mins, along with the beautifully shot exteriors and Kyle Killen’s gripping story the real success of Scenic Route was the electrifying chemistry between the films two leads, it was like watching two actors plying their trade on the Broadway stage, pummeling each other, getting under each other’s skin and finally breaking down - it was at times a very dark, emotional and brutally gripping 87 minutes - overall this under the radar thriller is one of the best of it’s kind & deserves your viewing - hopefully it won’t be too long before we’re treated to the next movie by Kevin & Michael Goetz…. SCENIC ROUTE - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★
Cast – Josh Duhamel & Dan Fogler – from the directing duo of Kevin and Michael Goetz Scenic Route follows two friends, Mitchell (Duhamel) and Carter (Fogler) on a road trip through Death Valley - when Carter orchestrates a breakdown and attacks some of Mitchell’s life choices their friendship gets seriously tested and things slowly start to spiral out of control VERDICT having not read any publicity or watched the trailer to Scenic Route I went into the movie not knowing what to expect, yes I’d seen Duhamel in Transformers and some rom-coms and laughed at Fogler in comedies such as Fanboys and Balls of Fury but paired together in a psychological thriller directed by two relitavely unknown’s Kevin & Michael Goetz a couple of filmmakers who’s only other venture behind the camera was 1998’s independent short Mass Transit - surely this film was doomed for failure? - thankfully my negative thoughts were turned to positive within the first 30mins, along with the beautifully shot exteriors and Kyle Killen’s gripping story the real success of Scenic Route was the electrifying chemistry between the films two leads, it was like watching two actors plying their trade on the Broadway stage, pummeling each other, getting under each other’s skin and finally breaking down - it was at times a very dark, emotional and brutally gripping 87 minutes - overall this under the radar thriller is one of the best of it’s kind & deserves your viewing - hopefully it won’t be too long before we’re treated to the next movie by Kevin & Michael Goetz….

SCENIC ROUTE - (2013) – Movie Review ★★★★

Cast – Josh Duhamel & Dan Fogler – from the directing duo of Kevin and Michael Goetz Scenic Route follows two friends, Mitchell (Duhamel) and Carter (Fogler) on a road trip through Death Valley - when Carter orchestrates a breakdown and attacks some of Mitchell’s life choices their friendship gets seriously tested and things slowly start to spiral out of control VERDICT having not read any publicity or watched the trailer to Scenic Route I went into the movie not knowing what to expect, yes I’d seen Duhamel in Transformers and some rom-coms and laughed at Fogler in comedies such as Fanboys and Balls of Fury but paired together in a psychological thriller directed by two relitavely unknown’s Kevin & Michael Goetz a couple of filmmakers who’s only other venture behind the camera was 1998’s independent short Mass Transit - surely this film was doomed for failure? - thankfully my negative thoughts were turned to positive within the first 30mins, along with the beautifully shot exteriors and Kyle Killen’s gripping story the real success of Scenic Route was the electrifying chemistry between the films two leads, it was like watching two actors plying their trade on the Broadway stage, pummeling each other, getting under each other’s skin and finally breaking down - it was at times a very dark, emotional and brutally gripping 87 minutes - overall this under the radar thriller is one of the best of it’s kind & deserves your viewing - hopefully it won’t be too long before we’re treated to the next movie by Kevin & Michael Goetz….