A quick round up of the films I watched for the first time during June. Yes, I know some of them are older films, but I’d never seen them before now…
Men In Black 3 (2012)
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson
Synopsis: Agent J travels in time to MIB’s early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.
Review: Action-packed fun that gets this franchise back on track! The first film was good, the second was abysmal, but this more than makes up for the last effort. Brolin is superb as the young Agent K (does this man’s talent know no bounds?) and the plot is fast-paced. Definitely worth seeing.
The Raid: Redemption / Serbuan maut (2011)
Review: The phrase “High octane” was created specifically to be used when describing films like this! As proclaimed in the poster, this really is the best action movie in decades, with great casting, superb direction, tight plotting, and awesome fight choreography that will literally have you on the edge of your seat, shouting, “Woah!” at the screen. It’s foreign language film (Indonesian) with subtitles, but please don’t let that put you off or you risk missing out on a real treat.
Food Fight! (2009)
When the lights are turned off and the doors are locked, chaos reigns supreme for the products in this grocery store.
See HERE for my full review and rating.
How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
Director: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Stars: Jay Baruchel (voice), Gerard Butler (voice), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (voice)
Synopsis: A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.
Review: For some odd reason, I didn’t want to see this film when it was released, but when we acquired it for Xander I sat down to watch and was pretty much blown away with its sheer awesomeness! It’s got a great story, fabulous animation and a wonderful cast. It’s no chore to sit through repeat viewings with small kids who will clamour to watch it again and again – yes, even the adults can enjoy it more than once!
Source Code (2011)
Director: Duncan Jones
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga
Synopsis: An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.
Review: If you take all the best elements of films like The Butterfly Effect, Deja Vu, Donnie Darko, Next, and Groundhog Day (minus the comedy) and you might come up with something like this. The subtle changes as the same eight-minute sequence is repeated help keep this fresh throughout and Gyllenhaal is a great choice as leading man for this type of thing.
Alice In Wonderland (1999)
Director: Nick Willing
Stars: Tina Majorino, Robbie Coltrane, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lloyd, Pete Postlethwaite, Miranda Richardson, Martin Short, Peter Ustinov, George Wendt, Gene Wilder, Ken Dodd, Jason Flemyng
Synopsis: The wizards behind “Merlin” and “The Odyssey” combine Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” into a three-hour special that just gets curiouser and curiouser.
Review: The cast list reads like a Who’s Who of movie greats, so it’s astounding to me that this little gem was actually made for TV and had no cinema release at all! It’s quite the most faithful adaptation of the classic novels by Lewis Carroll I’ve seen to date and, as such, should not be missed! Absolutely splendiferous on every level!
Love Actually (2003)
Director: Richard Curtis
Stars: Bill Nighy, Gregor Fisher, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Kris Marshall, Martin Freeman, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton, Rowan Atkinson
Synopsis: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
Review: An ensemble cast that showcases the very best-beloved British talents all mixed up together in a film by one of our best-loved writer/directors. There’s just no way this could miss, really. The interconnected stories weave in and out of one another seamlessly and slowly draw all the elements together in one place at one time. To watch it is to love it, actually.