Monday, 27 December 2010

Angry Movie Lurker Review 20: No Country for Old Men.(4 STARS)

Josh Brolin plays Llewelyn Moss a vietnam veteran who stumbles upon a drog deal gone bad and finds $2,000,000 and unleashes Javier Bardems character Anton Chigurh ( a relentless, ruthless unfeeling monster/killer) who pursues the money and Moss laying waste to everybody including employers in his search for Moss and the money, Tommy Lee Jones plays sheriff Ed Tom Bell who pursues the case with an ever growing sense of horror at the crime is he is investigating and how the country is changing for the worse.

This an incredible movie with a stand out performance from Javier Bardem as the grim killer (the scene when he escapes the sheriffs deputy whilst still handcuffed and the look on his face is amazing).The ending is strange and quick and threw me a little as it sort of ends abruptly and made me go find the book it was based on and read it but it follows the movie virtually to the word but the title is very appropiate for the ending.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Angry Movie Lurker Review 19: Sherlock Holmes(2009).(4 STARS)

This is a quality movie reinventing the sherlock holmes legend and it was reinvented again by the BBC with the modern 3 part tv series in 2010(excellent).Sherlock Holmes is played by (Robert Downey JR, excellent) and assisted by Dr.Watson(Jude Law, very good  but I usually do not like him but in this its different) fighting the occult powers of Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong, excellent and the same  in Rocknrolla and Kick-Ass).Lord Blackwood is killing women and when caught by Sherlock Holmes he ends up been hanged for his crimes but rises up from the grave and continues with his plan which involves taking over the British goverment.

The action is fast and furious and very entertaining with a brilliant soundtrack(rocky road to dublin by the dubliners) and introduces an excellent Lestrade and an unidentified Professor Moriarty flexing his muscles.

 And part 2 has started filming going by this.....

Monday, 20 December 2010

Angry Movie Lurker Review 18: Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead.(4 STARS)

This is a bit of a classic with me about a bunch of 5 criminals who screw a simple job up big time for the man with the plan (Christopher Walken, brilliant) and the ensuing problems when a hit man (Steve Buscemi) is dispatched to settle the score for said man.Jimmy the Saint(Andy Garcia, quality as always) who is initially given the job and puts the rest of the crew together to scare a guy(that doesn't happen and things go to hell), the rest of the crew Pieces (Christopher Lloyd), Critical Bill (Treat Williams, incredibly good), William Forsythe (Franchise) and Easy Wind (Bill Nunn).
There are side stories all over as the story unfolds with Jimmy trying to get everyone away from the reprisals, love interests with Gabrielle Anwar and Fairuza Balk(very well done) and going out in style, this is an excellent character driven story and will introduce new words to your vocabulary like Buckwheats, Boatdrinks and to a lesser extent MammyRammer.......and as always my favourite a touch of revenge and a good ending? 

You will agree with what Critical Bill says to Jimmy about the initial job going wrong and want to kill him aswell.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Angry Movie Lurker Review 17: Rambo.(4 STARS)

This movie rekindled my admiration for Sylvester Stallone with a grim, bloody and eye opening movie depicting atrocities in Burma towards towards the Karen people with actual footage shown at the beginning of real atrocities.Rambo is living in Thailand at this time and ferries some missionaries into Burma(some end up dead and others taken hostage during an attack on a village by Burmese troops).The US minister in charge of the missionaries approaches Rambo to lead a team of mercenaries to the spot where he dropped them off, which he finally agrees to but against his better judgement he joins the mercenaries and goes about rescuing the hostages and taking down the leader of the local  burmese military forces(excellent bad guy).The action in the movie is exciting but incredibly bloody( body parts flying around), the mercaneries are fine and do the job but Rambo who is looking his age now is the star with nothing too outlandish in the stunt department or too many one liners just blunt, brooding and straight to the point (violence that is) the end scene is the stand out scene and seeing what a .50 cal does to human tissue is educational to say the least.
A real adult crowd pleaser with the message of what is going on in Burma at that time to the Karen people.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Angry Movie Lurker Review 16: Taken.(4 STARS)

When this came out it was pretty much hammered by critics who hated it but this is one of Liam Neesons finest, he plays a retired CIA spy whose love for his only daughter borders on the obsessive, she lives with Liams ex-wive and wealthy stepfather.She convinces her dad(Liam) that herself and a female friend can go to Paris for a short stay but while over there she gets kidnapped by traffickers and before she is taken she gets a brief call to her dad who reacts badly and what ensues is a quick paced action movie which involves the sort of action seen in the Bourne movies as Liam Neeson kicks and kills ass all over Paris(at a slighty slower pace than Bourne but only because of age).Its a wonderful movie that shows what happens when you mess with a guys daughter whose daddy has been killing people for his goverment for years and as a kidnapper never ever say say "Good Luck" to said dad(best scene in the movie and alone worth watching the movie for).The only thing that lets this down is how mushy Liam comes across at the beginning as a father and a small side story about the daughter wanting to be a pop star but thats probably just me.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Angry Movie Lurker Review 15: SKYLINE.(3 STARS)

I saw this recently even with the majority of people not liking it according to other blogs and websites but I am a sucker for an alien invasion movie.The actors in the movie were not really known to me other than knowing them from the TV, Donald Faison (Turk from Scrubs), David Zayas (Angel Batista from Dexter), Scottie Thompson( Tonys girlfriend in NCIS for 16 episodes) but the actors in general are OK but the star are the aliens and the CGI, the aliens are a cross between the matrix sentinels and George Lucas beasts in varying sizes, there are motherships and there are more brains on view here than a good zombie movie.The attack on the mothership by predators and stealth bombers is a highlight,there are F-22 raptors,some ground troops and helicopters as the military fights back but the aliens have a trick up their sleeve and as I said human brains play a lot in this movie.The ending leaves itself open for a sequel but also is the weakest point but only because it irritated me as I felt it was silly.This movie is worth a watch and I would watch it again on DVD but with some fast forwarding but it is a CGI movie and quite good at it.

Review guide for rating at bottom of blog.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Angry Movie Lurker Review 14: Shutter Island.(4 STARS)

Not a fan of DiCaprio but he's been in some good movies with other actors that have been good(The Departed, Gangs of New York....) so viewed this movie with mild interest but was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this movie including DiCaprio's performance.
Two US marshal's travel to an offshore asylum(DiCaprio) and his new partner(Mark Ruffalo) to investigate the disappearance of a patient and also for DiCaprio to confront another patient who he believes killed his wife.Obstacles are thrown in their path at every turn by the asylum senior psychologists(Ben Kingsley and Max Von Sydow) and believe that experiments are been carried out on patients and conspiracy is the name of the game.What follows is a great story that when it ends you suddenly see everything that would have led you to the ending which even I did not see coming.This movie had lots of us talking about it but for once about what we should have seen and not what we had seen if that makes sense.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Angry Movie Lurker Review 13: The Chronicles of Riddick (4 STARS)

The only Vin Diesel movie I really like is a sequel set 5 years after the action in "Pitch Black", the other 2 survivors(Jack and Inam) of that movie draw riddick back to civilisation(one to rescue and one for a bounty) and a fight against the Necromongers who are overuning worlds converting inhabitants into necromongers.A bounty is placed on riddick to draw him back to counter the necromonger Lord Marshal because of a link to a dead planet(Furya) riddick is from(now you must watch the directors cut of this movie for more information and detail of this and it does improve the movie rating by a star).The action is fast paced and I like the character of riddick and a good supporting cast (Karl Urban) make this a very good if a little cliched movie.
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