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So I went to see this tonight. I saw it advertised a while back and thought it looked cool, especially with apocalypse and bad-ass angels. Sure, I knew it wasn't going to be high-brow or thought provoking, but I hoped it would be a good ride.

And while there were good parts in it...my lasting impression is that, a good idea...poor, or rather mediocre, execution. The two characters that the audience were supposed to care about were just dull, therefore I couldn't care for them.

However, to see Tyrese Gibson and hear Paul Bettany...that actually made up for quite a few of the film's failings. Yum! Plus Azazeal does enjoy seeing his brothers squabble
jayes_musings: (Fassy -- kiss him he's irish)
I've just got done watching this, and I'm not yet sure how I feel about it.

Yes, it is a very powerful film, its brutality and starkness very hard to stomach but very realistic. The performances are all strong, with Michael Fassbender's exceptionally intense as Bobby Sands. The cinematography is just gorgeous with such understated attention to detail that is in stark contrast at times to the violence.

Yet, even bearing this all in mind, I'm not sure yet if I particularly liked it. For certain, it has something to do with my own feelings about the IRA, having grown up during the periods of their 'mainland campaigns' so there is very little sympathy in me for them (likewise, my feelings for Unionist paramilitaries who were no better). I also remember hearing about the hunger strikes of the Maze prisoners on the news, with daily updates on the condition of Sands.

And that, I think is part of my problem with the film. While the scenes of Sannds' strike are very realistic and unforgiving in a man's suffering as his body wastes away, there was no outside context given the massive amount of media attention this received at the time, and that left me feeling very detached from it.

That said technically the film was outstanding, as I've said. It starts slowly, following the start of a new day with one of the prison guards. Certain things aren't explain, and the film takes its time in revealing these small details, which add to its depth. It then switches to the arrival of a new Provo prisoner, and his introduction is harsh with the "blankets and no wash" protest. It's not until more than thirty minutes into the film that Sands is introduced and it is a brutal one as he is dragged from his cell, beaten bloody and forcibly washed and sheared.

With no sign that their protest will ever get the British government (under Margaret Thatcher) to recognize them as political prisoners, there is the most compelling, stunning scene in the film. It is 22 minutes long with 17 of those with a fixed camera and Sands and a priest talking. In a time of close up and constantly shifting camera angles, it is an amazing piece that is very theatrical. Not only is it visually stunning, but the dialogue is exceptionally clever with the first part the two men are verbally sizing each other up and dancing around the real subject with small talk.

Then it's the hunger strike, and this is where I was thrown out of the story, as I had no sympathy for Sands' condition, but lots for Fassy's, who had lost a great amount of weight for the scenes, and he was terribly emaciated. In the earlier scenes, he was very nicely buff.

An excellently made film with tremendous acting (plus full frontals are never a bad thing!), and artistic, but it still didn't fully engage me.

The DVD extras has a wonderful interview with Fassy...which is almost worth the price of the DVD alone!
jayes_musings: (Gerry -- Indy style)
If you're able to watch video and are a GB fan, I HIGHLY recommend THIS:


An absolutely brilliant short film, now available to watch online, in which Gerry does his (in)famous 'death by camel' scene! I managed to d/l it years ago from someone, but have never seen it online like this.

Edit: Even better...embedded!

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Well, I have to call the property management company as last night...in the middle of dinner the power went from both the oven and microwave. It's not the circuit breaker, and I can't reach behind the oven...so they can deal with it. It's what we pay rent for, right?

Also youngest goes back to school on Wednesday *pauses a moment for cheering* so I have to go into town with him and try and find him some new shoes. Also going to take him to a movie (probably District 9) as a pre-back to school treat. Must decide whether will also treat eldest and his girlfriend. Hmmmm.

I watched the Russian (Kazahk, I believe) movie "Mongol". Seeing as I have a Genghis pup, I thought it might be interesting, and while I'm not fully versed yet on his history (pup is solely based on a novel characterization), this was so inaccurate to make movies like "Troy" and "King Arthur" etc. seem like documentaries! I was WTFing through most of it...and this film was Oscar nominated!

Finally, a photo a friend took of our 'nearby' wildfire )
jayes_musings: (kitty oops)
Not so much a review, but just a few comments. First, I didn't go into this expected anything more than what it says on the can, and it was just what I was in the mood for. Plus, it's the kind of movie my kids like. It was ridiculous, but a lot of fun too.

One part of seeing it was curiosity of the SR-71 as they had used the one on static display on base here for photography. And I must say, they did a really good job, both with the plane and with how it transformed...plus it was voiced by Mark Ryan (who plays Nasir *g*)...so win all round. And Tyrese Gibson was also in it and kicking arse, so the muses very happy.

There was some military fail, like wrong aircraft being identified, but the one that amused me most was that Tyrese is possibly the youngest Chief Master Sgt ever, and the fact that he seems to have made rank ever so quickly, having been just a Tech Sgt two years ago. That's a jump of three ranks!

But I was more amused by the spectacular geography fail, throughout the entire movie. One moment they're in Virginia, smash through a wall and they're suddenly in the Arizona desert. (Davis-Monthan AFB, to be precise). The girlfriend seemed to travel from west coast to east coast in a matter of minutes. And biggest of all, since when have the Pyramids at Giza, Luxor, AND Petra (in Jordan) been within spitting distance of each other! LOL! Not to mention, near the coast.
jayes_musings: (Military -- Sexually deprived for freedo)
So for the good. I went and had a good work out this morning. 35 minute walk with a little bit of running mixed in (Go me!) and then weights. After coming back home for shower, I then went and saw Star Trek for a second time, by myself. It was the earliest showing, nice and quiet I thought to myself. There were maybe twenty people there, so why did one couple choose to sit right behind me, when their entire row was free? Not just that, but god knows what they were doing with their popcorn supersize bucket, bowling with it from the sound of it. Then there was the couple with their elderly parent(?) who settled in a couple of rows in front...fine. But then not more than ten minutes into the movie, they decide to move back two rows to mine and just a few seats down, and then the old biddy was asking for a running commentary throughout. It wasn't as if their original row was worse than mine, probably better. Well, at least no one's phone went off, so I should be thankful for small mercies.

And anyway, the main thing was that I enjoyed ST as much this time as I did the first time. Probably the best big screen movie I've seen since '300'. And I'm not even much of a Trekkie/Trekker.

So, I get home, and the TV doesn't work. WTF? It comes on for about 3 seconds and switches off again as if it's on the sleep timer...but it's not, and I can't disable that either. Oh well, telly is about 10 years old, and the picture quality has been getting noticeably worse, so I guess it's time for a new one. Great. At least it might give me a chance to catch up on my DVD watching.

And anyone getting notifs? I haven't had any since last night...so just wondering.
jayes_musings: (Gerry -- growl)
The trailer for Gamer. Oh, it looks GOOOOOOOD!!

05-10-09: Gamer Trailer Online

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jayes_musings: (Clive Owen)
I went to see this last night, mainly because I have a terrific soft spot for all things Clive Owen, and the plot was somehow familiar with a multinational bank dealing in the arms trade who's been reading Hsu's journal?.

There was one scene that was really good. The rest suffered from an attempt at far too much exposition that instead of explaining things only served to over-complicate an already complicated plot. It was as if they were trying to make a complex thriller and thought if they threw all these ideas together, they would magically get a clever plot. Instead, it was just a jumble of things that struggle to come together.

Aside from the one good scene, there was another I liked, but mostly because it was, as I saw it, a homage to "The Day of the Jackal" with the pseudo-assassin's bullet missing as his target bent out of the way, and then the police crashing through his room before he can fight back. But the best scene was the set piece of a shoot-out at the Guggenheim museum, where Owen's character and the real assassin he's trying to arrest, end up teaming up and fighting off the bad guys sent to kill the assassin before he talks. It was a very creative action scene, with tension, innocent bystanders getting in the way, and probably the most character development in the film. Brilliant! A pity the rest of the film didn't follow.

Now, don't get me wrong, action films that are one set action piece after another without thought to plot, are equally as mind-numbing, but this could have done with more, rather than getting bogged down in scene upon scene of talk. And that Guggenheim scene was so well done, that I came away thinking, why didn't they add at least one more?

The end, despite being the kind that I like with being inconclusive, just fell flat, that you end up wondering why you just spent the last two hours in the cinema. Thankfully, it was at the cheap movies! Again a good idea, poor execution. Clive Owen, was his usual sleepy-eyed, scruffy, put-upon, miserable type he often plays...and did it well, even though he looked like he was having difficulty understanding what the hell was going on as well.
jayes_musings: (Fassy -- straw porn)
I heard this film was quite brutal, and I don't mind that, and of course, I'm eager to check out new Michael Fassbender fare.

It is indeed brutal, and people with weak stomachs probably shouldn't watch this. When it comes to movies, I have a pretty much cast iron constitution, but there were a couple of parts that were very, very difficult to watch.

The premise is that Steve (Fassy) takes his girlfriend, Jenny, out to Eden Lake for a romantic weekend and to pop the question. Trouble occurs when they are harassed by a gang of teenagers. As Steve tries to reason with them -- and act a bit macho to impress Jenny -- things go rapidly downhill as the teenagers proceed to terrorize them. They attack Steve and hunt Jenny, and what should have been a wondered getaway turns into a fight for survival.

Here be spoilers )

There are problems with the movie. There are times when suspension of disbelief is tried, and you think why didn't they (Steve and Jenny) just do this or not do that, and they would have got away. Some of the coincidences were a little contrived as well, but in all it's a very good thriller, mostly because of the realism. It leaves you with the feeling this could really happen. There's no monster, no supernatural enemy, just a bunch of kids who are, like too many kids today, total little thugs who get nothing but enjoyment from harassing people, and aren't controlled by their parents.

EDIT: I've added some screen caps )
jayes_musings: (Queen -- freddie)
Someone has solved the ending to the original "Italian Job"....namely how to get the gold off the coach without letting it plummet off the cliff.

And he won a trip to Turin for it!
jayes_musings: (B7 -- computer says no)
First the reviews of the three films I've seen recently.

Valkyrie )

Downfall )

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button )
jayes_musings: (Gerry)
Based on Anton Chekov's play, The Cherry Orchard has lovely cinematography and is a sedate drama. Now, I've never seen nor read the play before watching this, so I don't know what's been changed or how well it compares, but I found it passably good. Good enough to make me not want to fast forward to all the Gerry bits. It's another early Gerry part, and he plays Yasha, a valet to a broke-but-still-living-like-she's-not Russian noble. He's cocky, cynical, easily amused, chauvinistic, rogue. It's not a large part, but Yasha's role is really to explain things to the audience that are not made clear by the other characters. He is easily the most charming of the cast...although they all put in solid performances, especially Charlotte Rampling, Owen Teale and Michael Gough, but there is really no one who is likable.

Now to the picspam! )

Edit: Because [livejournal.com profile] celticdreamz just reminded me. He is credited as Gerald Butler!! You think they could have checked.
jayes_musings: (Gerry -- Smells worse than amoured trous)
All I ever seem to do now is write movie reviews!...I blame Netflix. *g*

So, One More Kiss is an early film of Gerard Butler's, and he's decidedly lovely and fresh-faced in this...and really that's the only positive thing I have to say about the entire thing. The basic premise is that Sam's (Gerry's character) ex-girlfriend has returned to Scotland from the U.S. with the news that she's dying from a brain tumour. She asks him to spend time with her and do stuff (basically a Bucket List) before she shuffles off the mortal coil. The trouble is, Sam is married, and his wife (understandably) isn't thrilled by this.

It is supposed to be a story about spending what time we have left to the fullest, and not being afraid to take a chance because we might never get to do it, otherwise. Those points aren't implied by the story as they should be but blatantly stated...and they have to be because if they weren't, all you would see is a story about a miserable woman who dumped her boyfriend years ago and now suddenly turns up. She doesn't care that he's happily married, and spends the rest of her life creating a situation to split them up. On top of that she just isn't an interesting character...there is nothing appealing about her. Sam isn't much better as he drops just about everything, including his wife, to spend time with her...including standing her up at the opera. The best performance was, perhaps, the dying woman's father. He's the only one who really tries to find a cure for his daughter (but really, why bother?) and she treats him like rubbish.

In the opening scene, she's still in New York and is standing on top of a skyscraper ready to jump. I couldn't help thinking she should have...it would have saved an hour and a half of my life.

I capped it (because young Gerry!), but I'm so glad I didn't buy it. He plays his role well, but it's such a poor story with poor characterization...plus a lead actress who has very little appeal, that it just flops.
jayes_musings: (Gerry -- DudeWTF?)
I just got back from seeing this, and...well, it was great seeing Indy again! I got a thrill just listening to the theme once again. Harrison Ford is looking Goooooooood!! I always love Ray Winstone, a tremendous actor...as is John Hurt. The whip is always a favourite, and to see that Anthony de Longis (Consone in HL) was the whipmaster, made me silently squee!

But.....spoilers )
jayes_musings: (300)
I'd wanted to see this movie for a while, but I heard it was absolute rubbish, so I only got around to it through Netflix. Given the reviews, and the fact that I read the book it's based on a few years ago, I went in with lowered expectations.

And I was nicely surprised.

Okay, it has it's problems...the first, and maybe most blatant, being at the very start when it states it's 460 AD...when Romulus August[ul]us was deposed by Odacavar in 476 AD (kind of an important historical date, as it's the one accepted by scholars as the end of the Western Roman Empire). There's also the fact that the Goths attacked Rome and not Ravenna, which was Rome's capital by then. But I can at least see why that was changed as most audiences are familiar with Rome over Ravenna.

The basic story is that after Rome is sacked, Odacavar takes the young, deposed emperor Romulus hostage after killing his father (Orestes, former secretary to Attila) and his mother. He exiles the boy, and his tutor Ambrosinius (Ben Kingsley) to the island of Capri. The last of the Imperial Guard, Aurelius (Colin Firth), having been betrayed by the Senate, sets out with the remnants of his legion, and an assassin from the Eastern Empire to save rescue the boy. Of course, the assassin is in fact a beautiful, exotic woman who can kick ass. The rescue successful, and without a friend in Rome, they head to Ambrosinius' homeland, Britannia to find the last remaining legion. However, while in Capri, Romulus finds Julius Caesar's legendary sword, forged when he conquered Britain, and who ever could hold it would rule the land. On reaching Britannia, they find the land ravaged by an evil warlord, and they are also chased by Wulfila, one of Odacavar's men. With the help of the lost last legion, they defeat both enemies, and a new legend is begun....that of Arthur and Excalibur.

The action was good, and they kept as much to the book as most other book-to-movie films do, although I wish they had spent more time on the characters actual travels from Ravenna (or Rome in this case) to Capri, and from Capri to Britannia...as in the novel they are sizable chunks of the book and take them months with many dangers. Here it seems to have just taken a few days. There was really no reason for the beautiful assassin, and the love story between her and Aurelius seemed to come from nowhere, even though it was predictable. There is precious little in the way of character development on any of the characters, and so their motivations are muddled and vague. True, there was not a whole lot in the book, but they did give some more depth to Ambrosinius at least.

Given the amount of top-class British actors, including Kingsley, Firth, John Hannah, Owen Teale, the acting could have been better, but it's clear none of them were doing it with Academy Awards in mind. Yet again Kevin McKidd ("Rome"'s Vorenus) makes an appearance as Wulfila and practically chews the scenery. The actress who played the assassin, Aishwarya Rai, I'm actually hoping to see in better things, as she's in a couple of Bollywood films with Hrithik. And I couldn't shake the image of the boy being in Doctor Who, rather than as Romulus.

Yes, it has many faults (as does the book, really), but as long as you're not going into it expecting historical accuracy or great acting or writing, then it's quite enjoyable.
jayes_musings: (Gerry -- Indy style)
Just two of the reasons why I adore GB...

Goofy Tongue Porn! )


Jan. 31st, 2008 08:05 am
jayes_musings: (Gerry -- Yellow Towels are Heart)
I managed to get my grubby little paws on this all-but-straight to DVD movie (it did have a very limited US release) and watched it last night.

It's not the best movie in the world, definitely having its faults, but I am disappointed it didn't make a larger release. There are plenty of movies that make a general release that are a lot worse. Perhaps they didn't think it would sell because there is no hero in it, or even likable character in it.

Yes, that includes Gerry's character, Neil. He's an arsehole. A really gorgeous, handsome, sexy arsehole, but one all the same. Yes, you feel sorry for the hell he's being put through by Pierce Brosnan's character, but pretty much all that sympathy slips away by the climax of the movie, and it's established in the beginning that he'll walk over anyone (including Nick Lea) to further his own career. He's a jerk!

Never seen Gerry play a jerk before. He's played psychopaths that will bash someone's brains out with a cricket bat just for the hell of it, and I prefer them than this guy.

For a quick synopsis of the plot: Neil is a high-flying ad executive who with his wife, Abby, is carjacked by Tom (Brosnan). Tom tells them he's kidnapped their daughter and for the next several hours they have to do exactly what he tells them or she dies. Then he proceeds to put them through hell, ruining Neil financially and professionally, and even asking him to kill. The question of the film is: What would someone do to save their child?

Gerry's American accent...was iffy, and I've really missed hearing his natural brogue over the past few movies, especially as Brosnan got to use his natural accent, but the range of emotions he shows was excellent from really pissed off to terrified. I don't think he's ever played a character in that horrifying of a situation and it was good to see him as not the tough guy. My favourite scene was where Tom gets Neil to climb up a clock tower, knowing he's scared of heights and forcing him to look over the edge. The mix of fear and desperation was extremely well done. Most disappointing was where Tom demanded Neil kiss him, and Neil just spits in his face...all I could think was "No Gerry, we want you to kiss him!"

Brosnan was excellent. He makes a very creepy, scary bad guy especially when you don't know what his motive for doing all this is. I squee'd at seeing Gerry and Nick Lea in the same scenes, but there was no more of him, and I do really think they could have made more use of his character, especially how they tried to set that relationship up.

No, it's not the best film in the world, but it's an enjoyable thriller and probably only worth buying if you're a diehard Gerry (or Brosnan) fan, but it is worth renting.
jayes_musings: (Gerry -- PSILY)
It was a friend's birthday Saturday, so we -- as in several of her friends -- took her bowling and then went downtown to see PS I Love You. Now, I'm the first to admit that RomCom is not my thing (in fact hubby was disgusted with me for wanting to see it...despite the obvious reason), but damn, I liked it...and not only for the obvious reason.

The opening sequence was just brilliant, and Gerry (a Scot playing Gerry an Irishman (with a dubious accent)) was just Gerry. If you've seen this man in interviews, you know that he can be a real goof...and that definitely came out in this. It was great to see him in a part where he could be pretty much himself. Hilary Swank wasn't annoying. Jeffrey Dean Morgan was lovely, with a very nice rear. Not too sure about James Marsters (more looking forward to him in Torchwood. Harry Connick Jr. was better than I thought he would be, as I'm usually just 'meh' about him. And seeing Dean Winters brought a smile to my face as I immediately thought of [livejournal.com profile] phantomas and [livejournal.com profile] franzi1981.

It was a sweet/bittersweet film. Not as Romcom as I thought it would be, which is good, and yes, I had to reach for the tissues a couple of times. But I was there for purely shallow reasons...and let me just say that Gerry was FINE! Those biceps, his 'striptease', and most of all the best thing about seeing Gerry anytime on the big screen is those eyes.

Yeah, I liked it.

Oh, and one of my friends that I went with (who is also Glaswegian) is a big GB fan...so I got to be all fangirly! The other (the birthday friend) has begun to be converted!
jayes_musings: (TW -- im in ur century)
I'm in the last week of class, so I'm rather swamped and procrastinating in a big way as I have one final exam to do and one paper. Neither of which are interesting at all. Well, the exam (the Brit Lit class) isn't so bad, but I'm going to have to pad out my answers to get the word count, when I think I've answered the questions well enough. As for the Modern World Drama class, word count isn't a problem, but just not falling asleep writing it will be as it's mind-numbingly boring, and I just can't find interest in it. But I keep telling myself that this is the end, one final push and it's done.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to come up with reasons why I shouldn't buy this. It's the documentary of the filming of "Beowulf and Grendel" and the extremely hellish difficult conditions they endured making the film. It has an hour long interview with Gerry. Damn, somehow I'm not coming up with any reasons except paying nearly $40 for it (including shipping).
jayes_musings: (plot bunnies)
Okay, so still making my way through Torchwood (and I cannot wait for the last two eps!!), and I'm enjoying Combat (ep 111), and it suddenly hits me...

It's "Fight Club" What glee!

Dissaffecting young men finding no meaning in society getting together and punching the crap out of each other. Except, being Torchwood, this has a bit of a kick to it. Fighting each other is just the warm-up. The real match-up is a weevil! The one who lasts longest with the alien wins.

I couldn't help thinking that Tyler would so pwn that weevil.


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