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London, England
Favorite Movies:
Inception, The Dark Knight, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Trainspotting, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Beetlejuice, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Favorite Actors:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Stephen Graham, Johnny Depp, Tom Hardy, Chloe Grace Moretz
Celebrity Crush:
Charlize Theron
Actor Who Would Play You:
Tom Hardy
19 From London a bit of a cinephile at this stage with an avid love of Tim Burton, Chris Nolan esque films and a love for all things strange and unusual probably should be declared insane

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  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    March 01, 2013

    Making a Batman film is probably one of the most difficult things to do when it comes to film-making because you have to strike a balance between appeasing the critics and of course staying true to the comic books, Chris Nolan has managed to please both with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight but doing it a third time was always going to be a very difficult task and all I can say to him is Mr Nolan..... take a bow my friend because I never thought I would say this but The Dark Knight has been outdone by it's sequel.

    Replacing Heath Legder was always going to be tough but in Tom Hardy, Nolan has himself one of the most promising and professional actors in the business, Hardy seems to get stronger with each performance not just muscle wise and The Dark Knight Rises is no exception as he tries to revolutionize Gotham and destroy Batman as the menacing Bane. Anne Hathway also joins the cast as Selina Kyle (Catwoman) a petty thief who is more of an antihero than a villain. Hardy and Hathaway are both outstanding in their respective roles and add a new dimension to the trilogy as Batman meets a foe who is physically stronger than him and just as smart, while Catwoman provides a love interest that Batman cannot trust. The usual suspects are back in roles such as Batman, Alfred and Lucius Fox. Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman respectively and there are some other new characters including the wonderful Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake.

    The Dark Knight rises is the biggest film of the Summer and it more than lives up to expectations as it will please fans and critics alike. It is a shame that Nolan and Bale will not return because the two of them seem to understand the Dark Knight and what he stands for but more than that they provide damn good entertainment that will be sorely missed. All I can say is good luck to the next director of the expected rebooting of the Batman franchise.... you have VERY big boots to fill

  • Stoker

    Stoker (2013)

    March 01, 2013

    Park Chan-Wook's Oldboy was one of the most intriguing films I had ever had the pleasure of viewing so when I first found out that he was making a film in the English language I was skeptical about how he would translate his magnificent ideas and to be quite frank he did not disappoint me one single bit Stoker was absolutely amazing and so far it stands as my favorite film in 2013 and I could see it remaining that way for the foreseeable future.

    Stoker stars Mia Wasikowska as the brilliant but equally disturbed India, India is introduced to the audience at her father's funeral after he has been killed in a tragic accident. India and her mother are obviously heartbroken with the death of their kin but India's mother does find some comfort in Charlie an Uncle and brother in law that India never knew existed. India is at first skeptical of her new found relative and when a series of strange occurrences begin to develop instead of distancing herself from her uncle she becomes weirdly obsessed by him and he with her. A weird incestuous love triangle begins to form and the film picks up the pace at the halfway point and finishes on flying form with a few bumps and twists along the way.

    Stoker is a wonderful film by a magnificent director who has made a completely original film using segments of tried and tested plots from some of our favorite films, Stoker in my eyes will go on to garner a massive cult following much like Chan-Wook's vengeance trilogy and deservedly slow the film starts off slowly and builds tension in Hitchockesque manner before finishing with a superbly devastating climax..... Stoker is a real triumph and a must see

  • West of Memphis

    West of Memphis (2012)

    January 25, 2013

    Brilliant, superb, gripping, amazing,shocking and did I mention brilliant? This is how to make a documentary!!

  • Movie 43

    Movie 43 (2013)

    January 25, 2013

    Oh sweet merciful lord where to begin with Movie 43? The film has such a talented cast at it's disposal and uses very few of them to their full advantage it's hard to review this film because really it is one gigantic mess bar and bar a few laughs here and there does nothing that viewers haven't already seen. Movie 43 and it's many sketches were directed by numerous people and stars a host of Hollywood A-listers including Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Chloe Moretz, Kate Winslet, Gerard Butler and countless others but all in all the majority of the stars come across as foolish rather than funny onstage and it is a wonder that any of them agreed to be in the film in the first place.

    The plot opens with two teenage boys being pranked by one of the teenagers younger brother, the two elders decide to take revenge on the younger by stealing his computer and filling it with viruses so that he cannot prank them the duo tell them about the a film named Movie 43 and how it is top secret and only he has the brainpower to help them view it, one of the teenagers goes to the bathroom to watch adult films on the boys laptop to obtain viruses while the other stays with the kid who searches Movie 43 and from here we jump into a series of weird scenes that become the basis for the actual Movie 43.

    Apart from one scene that features Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz in an awfully cringeworthy but fantastically funny few minutes the film genuinely did not make me laugh out loud and seeing as it is a comedy I am viewing it as a major flop the gags are jokes that 10-12 year old boys will still find funny but apart from that I advise you to save your money as Movie 43 is a spectacular failure

  • Duck Soup

    Duck Soup (1933)

    December 13, 2012

    I don't know how anybody could watch this film and fail to love it it's just simply hilarious. Duck Soup is one of the rare films that has stood the test of time and can still make an audience laugh almost 80 years after it's original release.

  • El Orfanato (The Orphanage)

    El Orfanato (The Orphanage) (2007)

    December 06, 2012

    WOW! To be honest that is the best way to sum up J.A. Bayona's The Orphanage and even then that might not be doing it justice. Maybe it was because I stumbled upon it by accident because before watching the film I had heard very little about it and merely picked it out because there was nothing else I wanted to see at the time but boy was it an impressive film. I do not think I have ever watched a horror film quite like The Orphanage I mean for the first half of the film it seems like your typical horror film, there is the old abandoned house, a child goes missing while mysterious things happen around the house and there is a creepy old lady who is lingering around the house but one important thing that so many horrors now have is the "eye in the mirror" moments that make you jump! The Orphanage relies solely on building tension in a Hitchcock style manner and it makes the movie nerve wracking and delightful to watch at the same time. I am not familiar with the cast as it is a Spanish made film but the leading lady is absolutely superb and I can only hope that she won numerous awards for her role as Laura.

    The film starts by introducing us to a young girl named Laura who lives at an orphanage but is about to be adopted flash forward 30 years and Laura is now 37 and has moved back into the abandoned orphanage with her adopted HIV suffering son and her husband. Laura's son Simon tells his parents about his imaginary friends but his plea's about them being real fall on deaf ears. Laura plans to adopt 5/6 more children but is struggling seemingly with Simon and his pleas about a boy named Tomas who lives in the house. When Laura hosts a party for potential residents of the orphanage Simon goes missing and for the next 6-7 months we follow Laura as she desperately tries to find her son while being haunted by mysterious spirits within her own home.

    The Orphanage is eerily refreshing and is one of the rare horror films of the last 20 years that does not need to use scare tactics to make the film scary instead it utilizes the ability of the cast and the wicked plot to build suspense and to produce one of the best films I have ever seen.

  • Ted

    Ted (2012)

    December 04, 2012

    Seth MacFarlane brings his adult friendly comedy to the big screen with his feature film debut Ted and fans of MacFarlane's shows need not be disappointed as he serves up a very funny debut. Starring MacFarlane as the living teddy bear named Ted and Mark Wahlberg as his owner/best friend John Ted is one of those movies that pushes boundaries with it's risque jokes and it's ludicrous plot but Ted works as the stars and director no how ridiculous the movie is and they run with it and serve up a barrel of laughs.

    When an 8 year old John wishes that his teddy bear would come to life the unthinkable happens and the bear does come to life and becomes famous for a brief period but never leaves his best friend and owner, fast forward twenty seven years and Ted has fallen from the limelight and he and John are your typical stoners who seem to lack any real ambition in life. John however has been in a longish relationship with Lori(Mila Kunis) who is fast becoming sick of John's laziness and unhealthy lifestyle and his dependency on his best friend. The plot involves some minor characters mostnotably Giovanni Ribisi's character who seems to have a strange obsession with Ted and plays a significant role in the film in the closing scenes.

    Ted at 115 minutes is probably 25 minutes to long but the gags involved will have you crying laughing until the credits roll and hey come on, who doesn't want to go and watch a rude talking, pot smoking teddy bear?

  • The Watch

    The Watch (2012)

    December 04, 2012

    The Watch is good for what it is and that quite simply is a funny movie with a silly plot and four talented actors who give good performances. While it is fair to say that some will not like The Watch fans of the buddy comedy genre should enjoy it and to an extent fans of sci-fi may enjoy it also as the two blend together quite well. Filled with immature jokes and quirky characters The Watch is a film that should be enjoyed in the company of friends who don't take life to seriously. The all star cast of Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn and Richard Adoyade work well together and the chemistry between the four is fantastic and they provide laughs throughout the film.

    When an uptight Costco manager named Evan(Stiller) starts a neighborhood watch scheme to catch a murderer he expects the locals to turn out in their masses but instead his watch team consists of four of the biggest misfits in the town in the form of Bob(Vaughn), Jamarcus(Adoyade) and Franklin(Hill). Bob is the most enthusiastic member of the watch but his ideas usually involve drinking and violence, Jamarcus just seems happy to be in other peoples company and Franklin is a rejected cop who takes his role in the watch far to seriously. When the misfits stumble upon an alien they realize that the world is under threat and when they discover that the aliens are actually living in human skin it is up to them to stop them.

    The movie is itself good popcorn entertainment and the four leads work well with each other and all the humor in the film comes from them, especially Jonah Hill's character. Hill has proven time and again that he is one of the finest actors in Hollywood today and he is in his best form when the films are comedy movies. Hill repeats his success in movies like 21 Jump Street and Superbad with his performance in the Watch.

  • Hugo

    Hugo (2011)

    December 04, 2012

    Martin Scorsese's Hugo is a personal homage to the pioneers of the film industry most notably Georges Melies but Scorsese doesn't make the film all about Melies and I think that this is the wonderful thing about Hugo because instead of making a movie/documentary Scorsese has fabricated a story involving a little boy and his relationship with the highly imaginative Melies. Hugo is a visual delight and the story is fantastic but at over two hours the movie is just a bit to long however that does not diminish the movie in any such way and it is still a highly entertaining film.

    Hugo is a young boy who is trying to unlock a secret that his late father left him but he faces many struggles in his quest to find a heart shaped key that fit's into the automaton his father left him most notably that of a toy store owner who Hugo regularly steals from and the security guard in the train station that Hugo roams around. When Hugo meet's the toy store owner's Goddaughter Isabelle he learns that she wears the key that he has been searching for and she reveals that it was a gift from her Godfather, when the automaton draws a picture Isabelle recognizes the signature on it as that of her Godfathers who is revealed to be the legendary film-maker Georges Melies. When confronted about this Georges tells his tale and how he went from one of the finest film-makers of his era to a toy store owner.

    Hugo while long and a little tedious at times is a heartwarming tale and Scorsese's use of 3-D is absolutely outstanding, special mentions must go to the young lead actors Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz as they are phenomenal in their respective roles. Scorsese's homage to his own profession is breathtaking at times and is one of the finest films of 2011.

  • 50/50

    50/50 (2011)

    December 04, 2012

    50/50 Might just be one of the most charmingly brilliant films that has ever been made. Inspired by the writer of the film Will Reisers own experience with cancer 50/50 can go from being rib achingly funny to heartbreaking sad in a split second as a young man tries to battle a terrible illness.

    The plot centers around two best friends named Adam and Kyle(played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen respectively) and how both of them deal with Adam developing a cancer with a fifty per-cent survival rate. After Adam is diagnosed with cancer and he learns that his girlfriend is cheating on him his life appears to be completely shattered fortunately enough Adam has his best friend Kyle for support but rather than support Adam through his battle Kyle appears to be far more interested in getting laid which proves to be to tough physically and emotionally for Adam. The main thing Adam wants from the people around him is for them to be honest with him and with a friend like Kyle who seems to neglect his illness and a mother who doesn't neglect it enough Adam finds that the only person he can be open with is his psychiatrist Katherine(Anna Kendrick) the problem is that he doesn't seem to want to open up to her and with her being a novice she does not yet know how to pry his feelings from him.

    The chemistry between Levitt and Kendrick is a funny one because is quite clearly awkward but it works on so many levels because it feels real and despite the awkwardness you can still sense a connection between the two. But the main attraction in the film is Seth Rogen who provides a humorous scene for every dramatic scene to counter balance the film.

    As previously stated 50/50 can go from being rib achingly funny to heartbreaking sad in a split second as a young man tries to battle a terrible illness and that is what makes it such a special movie.

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