the great gatsby

Baz Luhrmann once again takes a classic tale and gives it his own spin. Unlike with Romeo and Juliet where Luhrmann brought Shakespeares tragic lovers into the present day, Gatsby is set firmly in the height of the roaring twenties America. That being said, Luhrmann shows that though this tale is nearly a hundred years old, the themes that run through it are as relevant today as they were then. For those not familiar with the source material, The Great Gatsby is considered the American Hamlet. Having not read either…

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

*WARNING: Contains spoilers * To be honest having watched the first movie, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, it surprised me that a sequel had been commissioned. Even now, I still can’t remember anything about that movie, except that it had Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller in it. So my excitement was less than stellar. However, after seeing a trailer in the cinema and the news that Channing Tatum was returning, I decided to give it a go. The results were just slightly better than the first. The plot of…

dream-house-2

**Warning – Review Contains Spoilers** Dream House is one of those films that could easily be spoiled, thus ruining the enjoyment of it. However, the marketing people at the film studio decided to ignore this completely and give away some of the more interesting twists of the film. Luckily, I didn’t pay much attention and therefor it meant I was surprised by the twists. The plot of the film is very simple. Will Atetenton and his family move out of the city and into the suburbs. This is everything that they…

life-of-pi

**Warning – Spoilers for the end of the film and probably the book** In a change to how I normally go and see a movie at the cinema, I decided to change things up a bit by partaking in “Cinema Roulette”. The rules were very simple. You go to the cinema and go and see the film that is starting nearest to your arrival time. You couldn’t go and see a film you had already seen and we had ruled out The Hobbit, as no one wanted to see that at…

Jack Reacher

After the very poor Alex Cross, I was a bit apprehensive over going to see Jack Reacher. Coupled with the fact that I am not the biggest fan of Tom Cruise and the odds were stacked against this being anything but a turkey, at least for me. Thankfully, I rather enjoyed this film, even if it was a love fest for Tom Cruise (by now I come to expect that.) The premise of the movie is that a discharged army sniper is accused of shooting and killing six people in front…

fright-night-movie-poster

This is a movie that I originally saw in the cinema last year, but with it coming up to Halloween, I thought I would crack it out and watch it again. This is one of those movies that has that slightly cheesy hint to it that you don’t mind watching it again. This is a remake of a film by the same name made in the mid 80’s. I’ve never seen the original, so I can’t compare the two. What I will say is that the main reasons I originally…

The-Bourne-Legacy

With a gap of five years since The Bourne Ultimatum and numerous attempts at continuing the franchise that, in my opinion, forced the makers of the Bond films to up their game, we finally have a new chapter in this saga. Rather than recast the character of David Bourne, when Matt Damon stated his reluctance to return as Jason Bourne if the original writer/director David Greengrass wasn’t on board, the film-makers took a rather unusual approach. They decided to shift focus to another program mentioned in the previous movie, Blackbriar…

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