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Total Recall

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Outing tonight to see the remake of Total Recall.  It’s a remake of the 1990 original: there are many familiar elements but mixed up in new ways while some others (like Mars) haven’t made it. Colin Farrell brings a different character to the leading role – a bit more nuanced than Arnie’s earlier Douglas Quaid […]

The Expendables 2 Movie Review

Friday, August 24th, 2012

It hardly seems like two years since The Expendables was in the cinema and now here all shinny and new is The Expendables 2. This time Arnold, Bruce and Stallone do more together with the added bonus of Chuck Norris. It opens straight with the best action sequence of the film.  After that it follows […]

The Bourne Legacy

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Enjoyed the Bourne Legacy tonight.   The Bourne Ultimatum pulled a high wire act with the clever play with time and the ending of the Bourne Supremacy.   The Bourne Legacy opens quite slow with a lot of work being put into establishing new characters and how they fit into the existing timeline.  If action is you’re […]

Prometheus Film Review

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

For all the its not another sequel to Alien/Aliens/Alien3/Alien Resurection but a film in the same Universe Prometheus has a lot to live up to. Having Ridley Scott, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce attached along with a inspired by HR Giger credit also raises expectations. It does some things […]

The Raid Notes for Role Players

Friday, May 25th, 2012

With some films I find the fun is trying to pick a game that would best fit gaming the film.  The Raid isn’t one of those films.  With the raid the question I find myself asking is how many games can it be fitted into as a scenario? At the most obvious level it’s a […]

The Raid Movie Review

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

  Some films do exactly what the trailer tells you they’re going to do.  The trailer for The Raid (or The Raid: Redemption in the US) made it pretty obvious that this was a film where there were going to be: A crime lord. Violence. A 30 floor tower block. 20 Elite Cops. Violence. A […]

Safe

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Safe is a film that tells you pretty much everything you need to know in the title.  It’s like one of those dishes that used to turn up on Great British Menu where an ingredients done Three Ways.  It’s a Safely handled action film, in which Statham’s character has to keep a girl Safe and […]

Safe House Movie Review

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Ten years ago The Bourne Identity and its sequels redefined action spy thrillers.   The Bourne Identity is beef bourguignon. Safe House looks like Bourne.  Safe House smells like Bourne.  Safe House even tastes like Bourne.  But Safe House is missing that meaty Bourne texture.  Yes ladies and gentlemen Safe House is The Quorn Identity. Weston […]

The Woman in Black Review with Notes for Roleplayers

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The Woman in Black is a solid attempt to make a classic ghost story from the revived Hammer .  The film making combines the best of the old school Hammer with 21st century production values.  It takes a classic approach to horror eschewing the slasher / blood and gore school of horror. The cinema I […]

The Grey Movie Review with bonus Role Playing Thoughts

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Its BAFTA weekend and I’m not expecting The Grey to be getting any nominations other than for film shot in the coldest location (and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy may beat it in that category too).  As is pretty obvious from the poster above it’s another Liam Neeson vehicle trying to find the ingredient that he […]

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