Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Superman Returns

Someone had to do it, might as well be me, especially as my co-contributors have been a bit slack of late.

Superman Returns; I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I liked it.
It wasn’t the best film I have ever seen, but it was enjoyable, in a mindless sort of way. It looks nice (as in the effects are good), the story is ok and the acting is up to scratch. What more can you ask for?

I don’t need to go in to detail with the plot as you already know, Superman saves the world. If you didn’t know that, you're stupid! I recommend that you remove yourself from civilised society now and never read this blog again.

Now the idiots are gone, on with the review. Kevin Spacey was great. He was a more evil Lex which I really liked, he wanted to kill billions of people and create his on continent. You have to admire that sort of ambition.
Routh did a fine job, his Superman seemed to have something to prove and was really working his ass off to save the world not just that slag Lois.


Now on to Lois, dirty slag that she is, what was she doing? Had a baby by one man and palmed it off onto another! Now I am not here to judge, but let’s weigh this up. Superman leaves after impregnating her and she manages to go to bed with another guy in enough time to claim that it’s his baby. Either she is a quick griever or a slag. My guess is the latter.

One thing I don’t get is, bearing in mind that Clark works with investigative reporters you would think they would be alert and aware etc. Surely someone could figure out that Clark is Superman, they have both been away for years, the return at exactly the same time, they are never seen together and the only difference in appearance is that the direction of the flick in his hair and his glasses. You don’t need Colombo on the case to work it out, but that is besides the point back to the film.

The only major flaw I can think of comes in the form of Kitty Kowalski; Lex’s wench. She was crap! Why was she there? What does she bring to the story? Lex, being the bad man that he was should have shown her the door then proceeded to kick her through it.

In summary, good film, I liked it and you should too.

Lex Luthor: “Gods are selfish beings who fly around in little red capes and don't share their power with mankind. No, I don't want to be a God. I just want to bring fire to the people. And I want my cut”

Monday, July 03, 2006

The Shining

"Here's Johnny!" - the catchphrase that coined this movie. If you look at most "Top 100 movie" lists you'll often find this film. I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about. Well, I tried to see what the fuss was about and I'm still confused.

Plot summary: Jack Nicholson, his wife and 9 year old son move into 'The Overlook Hotel' during the winter. Jack gets a job as the caretaker there, so he and his family stay to manage the place whilst everyone has moved to warmer climates. Jack is also an author, and because there's not much to do decides to work on a book whilst he's there, to help pass the time.

As you can imagine things don't go to plan. It turns out that this hotel has a dark secret, and Jack slowly loses his mind.

Now, I've not read the book by Stephen King but i'm informed that it's different in many ways to the movie, including the ending. This is more a psychological horror with a little bit of sci-fi thrown in. The sci-fi part never really works for me, to be honest. It's never really explained very well and it just adds to the confusion of the plot.

Essentially what we have is a man who is driven insane with 2 parts boredom, 1 part spiritual posession. Jack Nicholson plays a psychopath amazingly. So amazingly in fact, that the women who was acting his wife actually feared for her life in several scenes and had to be calmed down by the crew because she was freaking out. I suppose the atmosphere didn't help.

Despite falling asleep due to watching this movie in bed, and having to replay it from scenes over several nights, I really enjoyed this flick. Right up until the end that is. The ending has to be one of the crappiest most disappointing endings to any film I've ever seen. It's so disappointingly flawed that it's practically a black hole in Space. I won't spoil it for you, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

More annoying than the ending is Jack Nicholsons wifes' acting. I understand that throughout most of the flick she has to act scared and in panic, but does she have to do it like a 12 year old faking being upset to their parents? "I'm *sniff* so *sniff* upset *sniff* i *sniff* could *sniff* cry *sniff* " really gets old man. Admittedly she could never live up to Jacks level, but shit... at least make an effort woman.

Despite all this, I give it a 3.5 out of 5. Good to watch on a first night in with a chick you want to sleep with.