May's Short Movie Reviews™

Straight to the point.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Very tense and excellent . A superbly well made sic-fi film. Amazing special effects. Highly recommended. 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Very tense and excellent . A superbly well made sic-fi film. Amazing special effects. Highly recommended. 

Stalingrad (2013)

A band of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

This was Russia’s entry to this year’s Academy Awards. I am a history buff and I have been wanting to watch this film ever since I first came to know about it.
This is visually stunning, but the plot is too melodramatic for my liking. I wish they would just stick to real events which took place during the siege of Stalingrad.  There is no need to put some shallow romance in a story about one of the most brutal battles ever fought.
Script is weak and I don’t think this is worth watching.
A bit disappointed. 

Stalingrad (2013)

A band of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

This was Russia’s entry to this year’s Academy Awards. I am a history buff and I have been wanting to watch this film ever since I first came to know about it.

This is visually stunning, but the plot is too melodramatic for my liking. I wish they would just stick to real events which took place during the siege of Stalingrad.  There is no need to put some shallow romance in a story about one of the most brutal battles ever fought.

Script is weak and I don’t think this is worth watching.

A bit disappointed. 

Generation War (2013)

The story of five German friends in the years from 1941 to 1945. Their friendship was meant to last their whole lives but the war changed everything.

This is a three part German mini series.
Although nowhere near the same level as The Band of Brothers, I still enjoyed it, but I felt that this was a little rushed. It felt hurried and they didn’t spend a lot of time with each character.
It is definitely worth a watch though. It is interesting to see how the war was fought from the other side. 
There are countless stories from the war and this one is just one aspect of it. 
Do check it out. 
 

Generation War (2013)

The story of five German friends in the years from 1941 to 1945. Their friendship was meant to last their whole lives but the war changed everything.

This is a three part German mini series.

Although nowhere near the same level as The Band of Brothers, I still enjoyed it, but I felt that this was a little rushed. It felt hurried and they didn’t spend a lot of time with each character.

It is definitely worth a watch though. It is interesting to see how the war was fought from the other side. 

There are countless stories from the war and this one is just one aspect of it. 

Do check it out. 

 

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

I have been wanting to watch this film for quite some time and finally found the time to watch it. 
I was really impressed by the two lead actors: Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan. They were outstanding. The movie started off well, but half way through it did lose some steam and got a bit mediocre.  Radcliffe did not make me think of Harry Potter at all! and he was wearing glasses too! Impressive. 
I would say nice try, but this isn’t a movie I would watch again. I think it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. I would have liked it to be a bit faster and dramatic, but that’s my opinion. 

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

I have been wanting to watch this film for quite some time and finally found the time to watch it. 

I was really impressed by the two lead actors: Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan. They were outstanding. The movie started off well, but half way through it did lose some steam and got a bit mediocre.  Radcliffe did not make me think of Harry Potter at all! and he was wearing glasses too! Impressive. 

I would say nice try, but this isn’t a movie I would watch again. I think it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. I would have liked it to be a bit faster and dramatic, but that’s my opinion. 

Chef (2014)

A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Predictable but feel good film. It has some really funny jokes about Twitter and YouTube. I wanted a fun and easy going film and this did not disappoint.

Chef (2014)

A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Predictable but feel good film. It has some really funny jokes about Twitter and YouTube. I wanted a fun and easy going film and this did not disappoint.

Belle (2014)

An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle.

This is such a moving story. I really enjoyed it. If you enjoy this, you might enjoy watching ‘Amazing Grace’, which is a movie based on the events leading up to the end of British transatlantic slave trade. 
P.S.1: Sam Reid has a very sexy voice. 
P.S. 2: Tom Felton has mastered the role of being an über douchebag. 
P.S. 3: Matthew Goode is so hot!

Belle (2014)

An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle.

This is such a moving story. I really enjoyed it. If you enjoy this, you might enjoy watching ‘Amazing Grace’, which is a movie based on the events leading up to the end of British transatlantic slave trade. 

P.S.1: Sam Reid has a very sexy voice. 

P.S. 2: Tom Felton has mastered the role of being an über douchebag. 

P.S. 3: Matthew Goode is so hot!

22 Jump Street (2014)

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.

HILARIOUS and much better than the first one. It is witty, clever and very funny. I highly recommend that you go and see it. 
Jonah Hill wrote this and he is one very talented writer and actor. 

22 Jump Street (2014)

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.

HILARIOUS and much better than the first one. It is witty, clever and very funny. I highly recommend that you go and see it. 

Jonah Hill wrote this and he is one very talented writer and actor. 

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

AMAZING and very entertaining. Go watch it now!!!
P.S. Is it bad that I think Michael Fassbender’s Magneto is HOT?

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

AMAZING and very entertaining. Go watch it now!!!

P.S. Is it bad that I think Michael Fassbender’s Magneto is HOT?

The Two Faces of January (2014)

A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer.

Starts of a little slow, but it is TOTALLY worth watching. Such a beautifully shot film and it reminded me of old school Hollywood. Very Hitchcockesque…
Go see it in the cinema! It will be worth your time.

The Two Faces of January (2014)

A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer.

Starts of a little slow, but it is TOTALLY worth watching. Such a beautifully shot film and it reminded me of old school Hollywood. Very Hitchcockesque…

Go see it in the cinema! It will be worth your time.

Salting the Battlefield (2014)

The Johnny Worricker Spy trilogy concludes with Salting the Battlefield, in which our hero with his ex girlfriend, Margot are criss-crossing Europe trying to stay one step ahead of the security services and a vengeful Prime Minister. Worricker is being watched - His family and friends are being watched - He is running out of cash and he needs to make a move to reach an endgame.

The concluding and the weakest part of the Johnny Worricker trilogy. The ending left me very unsatisfied. Still it is a worth watching…

Salting the Battlefield (2014)

The Johnny Worricker Spy trilogy concludes with Salting the Battlefield, in which our hero with his ex girlfriend, Margot are criss-crossing Europe trying to stay one step ahead of the security services and a vengeful Prime Minister. Worricker is being watched - His family and friends are being watched - He is running out of cash and he needs to make a move to reach an endgame.

The concluding and the weakest part of the Johnny Worricker trilogy. The ending left me very unsatisfied. Still it is a worth watching…

Turks & Caicos (2014)

Johnny Worricker is hiding out from his work at MI5 on the tax-exile islands, Turks & Caicos. But an encounter with a CIA agent forces him into the company of some ambiguous American businessmen who claim to be on the islands for a conference on the global financial crisis. When one of them falls in the sea, then it’s their financial PR who seems to know more than she’s letting on. But will she help Johnny come to an understanding of what these men do and why they’re here?

Part two of the Johnny Worricker trilogy. The story, again, made me think of some of the disgraced politicians of our time. Very thought provoking and beautifully shot. Wynona Ryder’s acting was a little weak, but otherwise a very good part 2. 

Turks & Caicos (2014)

Johnny Worricker is hiding out from his work at MI5 on the tax-exile islands, Turks & Caicos. But an encounter with a CIA agent forces him into the company of some ambiguous American businessmen who claim to be on the islands for a conference on the global financial crisis. When one of them falls in the sea, then it’s their financial PR who seems to know more than she’s letting on. But will she help Johnny come to an understanding of what these men do and why they’re here?

Part two of the Johnny Worricker trilogy. The story, again, made me think of some of the disgraced politicians of our time. Very thought provoking and beautifully shot. Wynona Ryder’s acting was a little weak, but otherwise a very good part 2. 

Page Eight (2011)

Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the stability of the organization. Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with Johnny’s striking next-door neighbor and political activist Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) seems too good to be true. Johnny is forced to walk out of his job, and then out of his identity to find out the truth. Set in London and Cambridge, PAGE EIGHT is a contemporary spy film for the BBC, which addresses intelligence issues and moral dilemmas peculiar to the new century.

A high quality drama by the BBC. It is part 1 of the The Worricker Trilogy. Kept making me think of a certain disgraced British PM…

Page Eight (2011)

Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the stability of the organization. Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with Johnny’s striking next-door neighbor and political activist Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) seems too good to be true. Johnny is forced to walk out of his job, and then out of his identity to find out the truth. Set in London and Cambridge, PAGE EIGHT is a contemporary spy film for the BBC, which addresses intelligence issues and moral dilemmas peculiar to the new century.

A high quality drama by the BBC. It is part 1 of the The Worricker Trilogy. Kept making me think of a certain disgraced British PM…

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Walk of Shame (2014)

A reporter’s dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money - and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.

A PILE OF RUBBISH. I am not even going to waste more time on this film. Take my word. I mean it. It is not worth wasting time on. 

Walk of Shame (2014)

A reporter’s dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money - and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.

A PILE OF RUBBISH. I am not even going to waste more time on this film. Take my word. I mean it. It is not worth wasting time on. 

Bad Neighbours (UK)/ Neighbors (U.S.A.) (2014)

A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.

Unoriginal and not that funny. I am not sure why it is getting such positive reviews. 
Watch it when it comes for free on your TV. 

Bad Neighbours (UK)/ Neighbors (U.S.A.) (2014)

A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.

Unoriginal and not that funny. I am not sure why it is getting such positive reviews. 

Watch it when it comes for free on your TV. 

Pompeii (2014)

A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL. One of the worst movies I have seen in a while. The story was a cheap version of Gladiator. I wish they had just focused on special effects because I could have watched the lava eruption for the entirety of the movie. DO NOT WASTE your time and money on this. AVOID.
Jon Snow still knows nothing! Keifer Sutherland has the most annoying fake British accent…EVER! He is no Jaoquin Phoenix. 

Pompeii (2014)

A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL. One of the worst movies I have seen in a while. The story was a cheap version of Gladiator. I wish they had just focused on special effects because I could have watched the lava eruption for the entirety of the movie. DO NOT WASTE your time and money on this. AVOID.

Jon Snow still knows nothing! Keifer Sutherland has the most annoying fake British accent…EVER! He is no Jaoquin Phoenix.