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Edge of Tomorrow - SPOILERS

The trailer for Edge of Tomorrow hooked me in, but I did enter the movie theatre with low expectations as it was a summer blockbuster type movie and it was a Tom Cruise movie and recently those have not been reliable (Oblivion anyone?!), but the Edge of Tomorrow blew me away, I absolutely loved it, a perfect smart and exciting high concept blockbuster.

I enjoyed the fact that Tom Cruise’s character, Lt. Cage, didn’t start of as the action hero, in fact he wasn’t a very likeable character at all and the action hero was found in the female lady, Emily Blunt’s Rita or Full Metal Bitch as she is often fondly referred to in the movie. I have to say the Full Metal Bitch propaganda posters were pretty bad-ass, half H&M campaign and half a call to arms.

Not only does the Edge of Tomorrow have all out action, with great special effects, but it also has comedy, as Groundhog Day proved you can get a lot comedy out of repeating the same day over and over again, and the interaction between Lt. Cage and Master Sergeant Farell cemented this and made me laugh out loud, but the Edge of Tomorrow also has a believable and heartbreaking love story between Cage and Rita as we never find out how many times he has watched her die. I got totally swept up in the whole thing,it was scary each time the aliens appeared on screen, Lt. Cage’s first day, I felt like I was up in that aircraft locked in and getting ready to be dropped out and the battlefield was frighting. The movie keeps you guessing until the end, I wondered if Rita and Cage would ever find away to defeat the enemy and if they would be able to stay together.

The excellent supporting cast should also be mentioned, Brendan Gleeson and Bill Paxton - always awesome and I was pleased to see former BBC 1 Robin Hood, Jonas Armstrong make an appearance and Austrailian soldier, Griff, helped with the comic relief.

All in all this movie is awesome, I totally recommend you watch, in fact they even made use of the 3D, a rarity as it’s usually a money making after thought these days!

A Million Ways To Die In The West

It’s now been a few weeks since I went to see A Million Ways To Die In The West, so after watching some of the other releases that the summer has offered so far, I have concluded that this movie is a disappointment. I had high hopes for A Million Ways To Die In a The West, but it just didn’t live up to those expectations.

There were some good things; the chemistry seemed believable between Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson was awesome as the baddy and the sheep jokes and montage of Macfarlane getting hit in the face did make me laugh out loud, but the all in all the movie just felt flat, it wasn’t Ted! Perhaps it was because the desolate Western setting just didn’t lend itself well to Macfarlane’s fast paced style of comedy that is based on pop culture references a la Family Guy or Ted

Despite that I am interested to see Macfarlane’s next movie, I just hope it’s as funny as Ted!

Godzilla (Warning - may contain spoilers)

Well, I went to see Godzilla with no prior knowledge of the versions that have existed before this one. I have heard rumblings about the version with Matthew Broderick, but I had hopes for this Gareth Edwards’ movie as the awesome Bryan Cranston is in it as well as Elizabeth Olson, who has delivered some good turns, notably in Martha, Macy, May, Marlene and even Aaron Taylor-Johnson, excellent in Kick-Ass, but hasn’t really been able to follow that up as yet, but the film was disappointing, flat, little dialogue meant the cast was underused. The best things in this movie are the action sequences, which I must say are impressive, especially the scene with the soldiers parachuting into the city to retrieve the bomb and also the tidal wave scene is truly frightening. However the film just feels like there is nothing between the action sequences, you are just waiting for the next one. I did like Godzilla, the actual monster, I like the fact that his design and movement seems to hark back to the vintage films.

It seems like the film had a massive opening weekend, but I think as word of mouth spreads it will quickly drop out if the box office top ten, but it seems to have done enough that another studio will put their money behind Gareth Edwards again. I will be interested to see his next film though, perhaps he could sort out the issues I felt have marred his previous 2 films, I found Monsters boring, too much talking and not enough action, I guess due to budget constraints he had to focus on the characters and so with the prospect of money for special effects I thought he would do well with Godzilla, I thought he would marry up his character development with action, but it didn’t work.

Perhaps X-Men will be the summer movie I’m looking for!

12 Years A Slave

I finally watched 12 Years A Slave, wow such an amazing film, hard to watch, but an amazing story. I can see why it garnered so many award nominations and why it won Best Picture at the Oscars and why Lupita Nyong’o won Best Supporting Actress, she was heartbreaking as Patsey and Chiwetel Ejiofor gave a powerful portrayal of Solomon Northup. Michael Fassbender also showed his acting range as he was truly scary as Edwin Epps.

Leprechaun

As part of my St. Patrick’s celebrations I went to watch Leprechaun at the Rainbow Cinemas - Market Square location in Toronto.

First off I have never been to The Market Square cinema before, but will definitely be heading back there, I will keep checking for events! It’s a cute cinema, feels old fashioned and the staff were so helpful!

And o my God, how have I never seen Leprechaun before?! Such a brilliant, ridiculous and hilarious movie! I love that it features a pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston, she’s made some turkeys in the post Friends period, but if I were her I would be proud of my role in this. Aniston is really the heroine of this movie, which is in keeping with the whole “…. This is the 90’s…” girl power, women are just as tough as men ethos that Tory stands up to Nathan with!

I also love Warwick Davis, Willow is one of my favourite movies and his show with Ricky Gervais, Life’s Too Short was so funny, so I was happy to see him in this movie, you can see it’s Davis behind the Leprechaun costume and you can also hear his English accent, his attempt at an Irish accent is not so good!

Everyone should see this movie, it will just make you laugh out loud so many times and there are sequels!!! This is simply trash at it’s best.

World War Z

When World War Z came out at the cinema, I wasn’t bothered about watching it as I had heard that it did not feature much from the beloved book by Max Brooks, (if you haven’t read that yet, then you seriously need to). And I had also heard how the production had been dogged with re-writes and re-shoots as well as the general audience distaste for the film, but then as time passed after its release and as it featured in many of the end of year roundups, people seemed to have warmed to it and gave it the thumbs up. So I was happy when it popped up on Netflix.

After watching, I have decided that it is a good film, no it does not have much of the book, so it is better to separate the two, and just allow yourself to get swept up in this enjoyable thrill ride, World War Z is sort of an end of the world flick, as opposed to a zombie movie.

Brad Pitt plays the hero well, and the relationship between him and the Israeli soldier was something different to the usual fare of the hero and the damsel in distress. Some parts of the film were scary too - Pitt’s reaction when he thinks he may be infected for one and its proper jumpy stuff when they visit the W.H.O. Facility.

I would be interested in watching the original ending, just to see how it differed and where the film was initially going to go. I would definitely watch a sequel, perhaps it would fall more in line with the book as Pitt could search for the origin of the virus and hear the stories of those that survived.

The Walking Dead (SPOILERS)

Ooh The Walking Dead was so good tonight, didn’t want it to end!! So many questions were answered and we know where everyone is now, Judith is alive, Carol is back and Glenn is on his way to find Maggie, yay! Just hope that Daryl and Beth can keep it together and catch up to Carol and Tyreese, sharpish, it looks like Daryl needs his faith rebooted and seeing Carol again would definitely do that.

It was so awesome when Glenn got all dressed up in his riot gear and I loved the shot where we saw everything from Glenn’s point of view through his bloody and smudged riot helmet.

And who are these new guys that have just run into Glenn and Tara? They don’t look like good news……..

The Walking Dead (SPOILERS!)

The Walking Dead returned tonight after the season break and I loved it. So the episode wasn’t full of action, but it was great as we learnt more about the mysterious Michonne, the pets that she arrived on the show with turned out to be her husband and friend and we also discovered she had a child. We watched Michonne take a journey in this episode and thank goodness she found her fight again as she learns to deal with the tragedies and traumas she has faced.

The episode was also important as it brought Carl to the realization that he still needs his dad. It was tough most of the way through this episode watching Rick go through physical and emotional turmoil, but for once it kind of ended on a happier note, Carl and Rick were in a better place and Michonne has found them and you definitely want Michonne by your side in a zombie apocalypse as she knows how to slay those zombies.

We also said goodbye again to Hershel, it was a sucker punch when we saw his zombified head and Michonne had to put him out of his misery.

Can’t wait for next week…….

Big Brother

I’ve watched Big Brother UK and Celebrity Big Brother UK since they started, it’s a show that makes you laugh and cringe and watch in fascination, it’s also had it’s shocking and controversial moments, so it’s a show that always gets people talking. Therefore it’s with great anticipation that I look forward to the launch of the second season of Big Brother Canada, some excellent promos have further built the excitement, I can’t wait to see what happens, will there be similarities and differences to the UK ones and of course I can’t wait for the tasks!

This got me thinking about my favorite moments from the UK versions of Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother over the years:

Nasty Nick, Big Brother 2000: Nasty Nick was breaking the rules and the moment he finally got found out and was confronted by his fellow housemates round the dinner table is a massive part of Big Brother history.

Brian Dowling, Big Brother 2001: Brian was a great housemate and the moment he was crowned winner was fantastic, he went on to be named the best housemate ever and took over hosting duties from Davina McCall when the show moved to Channel 5.

Sandy, Big Brother 2002: One minute Sandy is in the kitchen, the next he had made his escape over the garden wall. A complete WTF moment!

Michelle, Big Brother 2004: Michelle’s fellow housemates thought she had been evicted, but in fact her and Emma were still part of Big Brother and were in a secret room watching everything on their monitor, so when Michelle saw her beau, Stu, getting hit on by another girl, Michelle uttered the immortal words ‘No Naked Jacuzzi’!

Jackie Stallone, Celebrity Big Brother 2005: When Jackie made a regal entrance into the Celebrity Big Brother her ex-daughter-in-law, Brigitte Nielsen, recognized her immediately and shouted ‘it’s Jackie’ to which Jackie gave the now classic reply ‘yeah it’s Jackie’.

The Box Task, Big Brother 2005: Who knew such a simple task could bring such hilarity, the housemates had to stay in a cardboard box with a photo of their face on it for as long as possible and an argument broke out between Derek and Science and the camera just kept panning back and forth between these card board boxes, makes me laugh every time.

George Galloway, Celebrity Big Brother 2006: This was one of the best seasons of Celebrity Big Brother, so many great moments in this one, the romance between Chantelle and Preston and the force to be reckoned with that is Pete Burns, but I have to go with George Galloway assisting Rula Lenska in her task by pretending to be a cat, I’m guessing this won’t be up there as his proudest moment, but it will never be forgotten

Ziggy & Chanelle, Big Brother 2007: The will they won’t they, does he fancy her, does she fancy him couple of the season led to Ziggy uttering the words that no one wants to hear ‘it’s not you, it’s me babe’ on national television!

Jedward, Celebrity Big Brother 2012: The Irish twins of X Factor fame added many funny moments to this season, including building a toast tower (because of course) and formed an unlikely friendship with Tara Reid.

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