archive for the Movies & TV category

Bourne Ultimatum

Movies & TV,Reviews Sunday 26th August 2007


Even though we were on the second row and one seat from the left of the auditorium this was still a fantastic movie. As always it has a superb, gritty, frantic feel about it. There’s always one stand out hand-to-hand fight in every Bourne film and this one is no exception. The fight choreography is exceptional, I think I forgot to breathe for the entire duration. I agree with Michael Heilemann’s comments though that it seems all CIA hitman have to be male models with man-bags.

The final scene nicely echoes back to the opening scene of the first film with Bourne once again floating in the water. Plus, for once it was a blockbuster that wasn’t blatantly fishing for a sequel at the end of the film.

My Rating: gold stargold stargold stargold stargold star

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Movies & TV,Reviews Sunday 27th May 2007


  • Very surreal scenes in the “locker”, a lot more so than I was expecting
  • Faultless CGI, as you would expect from ILM
  • Keira’s hair seems to change every other scene
  • Keith Richard’s cameo is entertaining and not overly gratuitous
  • Initially the plot is a bit all over the shop but it comes together in the end
  • Good usage of Sea Turtles
  • Chow Yun-Fat is nicely menacing as the pirate king from Singapore
  • You get to see Bill Nighy minus CGI!
  • So Jack really is mad…
My Rating: gold stargold stargold stargold stargrey star

Happy Birthday Star Wars!

Movies & TV Saturday 26th May 2007


In related news, I really want one of these:
star wars jacket


Spiderman 3

Movies & TV,Reviews Saturday 5th May 2007
  • Slightly too many bad-guys.
  • An even better Bruce Campbell cameo than the first two films. His French accent had Kerry in stitches.
  • The plot isn’t as smooth as the first two, it was like they were trying to cram loads of “cool stuff” into the last one in the trilogy.
  • Excellent sandman “sand” CGI.
  • Emo spiderman!
My Rating: gold stargold stargold stargold stargrey star


Movies & TV,Reviews Friday 20th April 2007

Danny Boyle’s latest film is hugely influenced by old skool sci-fi like 2001 and Alien. Lots of slow graceful special effects shots, very reminiscent of the ballet-like docking scenes of 2001. Mixed with the claustrophobia and utility of the internal shots of the spacecraft. It has a cast of relative unknowns apart from Cillian Murphy who interestingly isn’t initially portrayed as the lead. I’d recommend seeing it at a cinema as the “solar” special effects are awesome on the big screen.

My Rating: gold stargold stargold stargold stargrey star

The Fountain

Movies & TV,Reviews Saturday 10th March 2007
  • Aranovsky’s latest is his usual bizzare mix of “what the f*ck” and amazing visuals.
  • Weiz/Jackman are both good.
  • Jackman crying is sad.
  • Awesome space visuals especially inside a Nebula.
  • Another Mayan film?
  • Remember, nobody expects the Spanish inquisition…
My Rating: gold stargold stargold stargold stargrey star

Save the Cheerleader, Save the World

Movies & TV Wednesday 7th February 2007

Kerry and I have just starting watching Heroes via our friends in the USA, and it’s awesome! The best new series I’ve watched in a while. It’s a mix of the best bits of all of the recent comic-book movies. The fun bits of Spidey where he is discovering his powers and the more “real word” collisions of x-men. It’s also chock full of comic book references, geeky characters and some excellent story arcs. We watched about five episodes back to back the other night so it must be good.


Hey! The Reef!

Design,Movies & TV Tuesday 6th February 2007

Hey The Reef! (or Shark Bait as it’s known in the US) Toy Story called, yeah, they want their font back.


SCI FI channel to make The Diamond Age

Books,Movies & TV Tuesday 16th January 2007

The SCI FI channel are making a TV version of Neal Stephenson’s awesome book The Diamond Age: Or a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer.


Battlestar Galactica, the only award-winning drama that dares tackle the war on terror

Movies & TV Saturday 13th January 2007

Just read an excellent article on why the new series of Battlestar Galactica is awesome in todays dead-tree Guardian. I heartily agree with everything said, plus they mention Firefly so the author obviously has some taste and knows what they’re talking about. You can, of course, read it online.