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A Walk Among the Tombstones [Blu-ray] [2014]
A Walk Among the Tombstones [Blu-ray] [2014]
Dvd ~ Liam Neeson
Price: £6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it does follow the traditional investigative suspense thriller movie formula that movies like The Silence of the Lambs and 8MM h, 15 Jan. 2015
Granted, A Walk Among the Tombstones is not the most original of movies and yes, it does follow the traditional investigative suspense thriller movie formula that movies like The Silence of the Lambs and 8MM have cemented over the years.

However, that does not necessarily mean that just because a movie is a little clichéd that it can't be good. A Walk Among the Tombstones manages this by providing two of the creepiest movie villains outside of horror movies I have seen in a while. Add in a pretty good performance from Liam Nesson and you have a pretty good and, in my opinion, very well made movie.

That's all that really needs to be said about this wonderful little surprise other than it is the second Dan Steven's movie to be released this month, the first being the phenomenal The Guest which is my favourite movie of the year so far, and that one of the weaknesses of the movie is that it can be quite brutal at times in a movie that doesn't really need that level of violence.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4)
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4)
Offered by Fox Electric
Price: £20.74

5.0 out of 5 stars How the LOTR universe should be done., 15 Nov. 2014
A better Assassin's Creed than Assassin's Creed: Unity, a better Batman Arkham game than Batman: Arkham Origins and a better LOTR experience than the movies.

The Great Gatsby [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
The Great Gatsby [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Price: £7.99

4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What's with the excessive use of green screen old sport, 9 Sept. 2013
First things first, I have to start off by saying I'm not a fan of The Great Gatsby book. In actual fact it is the worst book I have ever read. The characters, with the exception of Tom, are bland and boring and the story is uninspired and predictable. I'm also not a fan of the 1974 Robert Redford version of the story. While I can say Luhrmann's attempt is better than the Redford version, it still by no means makes it a good film. However, that said I did go into The Great Gatsby with an open mind, and I don't think it helped one bit.

I'll get the good things out of the way first. The soundtrack is good for the most part with songs by Jay-Z, Goyte and Nero. The best song however was an already existing song by Flux Pavilion called I Can't Stop. Shame the scene it was used in is the most headache inducing scene in the entire film. Joel Edgerton's performance as Tom and Jason Clarke as George are good, however these are the only good performances in the film. Finally, the way Luhrmann decided to tell the story by sending Nick to a doctor/psychiatrist about his experiences with Gatsby I thought, at first, was quite clever. However, in classic Luhrmann fashion, he finds a way to ruin one of the few things he has going for the film by getting Nick to write The Great Gatsby book. And it's all downhill from there.

The Great Gatsby has it's fair share of major problems. Possibly the most glaring problem of The Great Gatsby is the over use of green screen. This wouldn't bother me if the green screen was used in moderation or if it was used stylistically like in 300 or Sin City. While you could argue that Luhrmann uses it stylistically in some scenes, but when it is used for the backdrop for the scenes set at George's garage is down right unacceptable. What makes this worse is that all the jewels in the movie are 100% real and cost million upon million of dollars/pounds. Another glaring flaw of the movie is the iffy acting. DiCaprio as the illusive Gatsby isn't horrible and if he improved his accent, his performance might be passable. However, with the accent he went with does nothing but stain his performance. Also this might be just me but I thought DiCaprio would have been a better Nick than he was a Gatsby. Mulligan is even worse, there is nothing redeemable about her whining performance as Daisy. This just isn't acceptable as Mulligan is a great actress. Don't believe, just watch Drive. The person who play Jordan, Elizabeth Debick, wasn't good either and if she does have acting talent, you wouldn't know it from watching this train wreck. But the worst offender bar non is Maguire, but then again, that isn't a surprised as he wasn't that good in the Spider-man films either.

Overall, The Great Gatsby is the worst movie I have seen at the cinemas this year. The over use of green screen, the iffy acting and the stupid choices made by Luhrmann. I might be able to recommend this to fans of the book, but to fans of good movies, I would look elsewhere, preferably not another Baz Luhrmann film though.
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The Way, Way Back [Blu-ray]
The Way, Way Back [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Liam James
Price: £7.30

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A phenomenal directional debut from the Oscar winning writers of The Descendants, 9 Sept. 2013
The Oscar train has started its engine, and it already has some impressive fuel. The Way Way Back contains some of the best acting and one of the best; if not the best screenplays I have seen all year. The Way Way Back is a masterpiece in every way.

Despite the fact that I just said that the screenplay is possibly the best I have seen this year so far, the story is very basic. A shy teenage called Duncan has gone on holiday with his mum played by Toni Collette, her new boyfriend called Trent, who is played by Steve Carell, and also his daughter. They go to Trent's summer house up in New England where Duncan doesn't fit in so gets a job at the local water park run by a sarcastic 30 something man-child Owen played by Sam Rockwell, who gives quite possibly the performance of his career (then again, that's the case for many of the actors). Duncan then strikes up a friendship with Owen as well as his next door neighbours, a dipsomaniac played by Allison Janney, daughter played by AnnaSophia Robb. And from then on in the film plays out in an incredibly realistic manner and is possibly the most realistic film I have ever seen which is accompanied by a hilarious script.

The relationships, if you can even call them that, are portrayed in a very realistic way as they don't escalate extremely quickly like they do in most films. The relationship between Duncan and Susanne (Robb) as until more or less the end of the film their relationship is entirely friendship and they only share one short kiss together and the relationship between Owen and one of his co-workers played by Maya Rudolph is equally realistic as you can see it develop throughout the film and all that Owen ever does is kiss her on the cheek or the forehead. I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again, it's the realism of these relationships that make them work.

The Way Way Back is one of the best and most surprising films I have seen all year. Impeccably acted, wonderfully scripted, amazing characters and one of the best if not the best feel good films I have ever seen. If I had to sum up The Way Way Back in one word, I would say ,essential.

Gangster Squad [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
Gangster Squad [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Ryan Gosling
Price: £5.90

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Untouchables on LSD, 14 May 2013
First things first, don't go into this expecting a serious gangster story along the lines of Goodfellas and the aforementioned Untouchables. This just serves to give the audience and good time, and it does just that. However, that said, it isn't a bad movie as conventional movies go. The story is interesting, you care for the characters and above all, everyone plays their parts well.

The acting in this movie, as I said before is very good. True, Ryan Gosling's voice does get a little annoying near the end of the movie, but it's still not enough to pull down the film as a whole. The two stand-out performances in the film have to be Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen and Emma Stone as Grace Faraday. Penn's portrayal of Cohen is truly electrifying and breaths new life into how a gangster boss should be portrayed and is possibly my favourite portrayal of a real life gangster boss, sorry Robert De Niro. Emma Stone's performance is equally brilliant. She is able to show Grace doesn't feel threatened by Cohen, but is a little scared by him. The rest of the cast do a great job too. Josh Brolin, Robert Patrick and Michael Pena all do good and I hope Michael Pena gets more work in the future as he is a brilliant actor. Also, this isn't really a problem, but it's just something I noticed, Nick Nolte sounds like Bane would do if he smoked since he was five.

But as it is a movie just to have fun with, as you would expect from the director of Zombieland, the action sequences are wonderfully stylish and violent. In the opening scene a man gets torn in half by two cars and it's at that point you say to yourself, "ok, so that's what I'm in for". Also, the slow-mo isn't over used, instead it just amplifies the gloriously violent actions scenes.

Overall, Gangster Squad is an extremely fun gangster movie, that can be classed as a good movie if you judged it under a general movie status. But, top tip, you do have to switch off your brain for this one. However if you do that, you are in for one hell of a good time.

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