Toy Story 3

Posted by Chalky on Aug 6, 2010 in Film, Review

Last night, myself, Mum, Anthony and Jill went to see Toy Story 3 at the Taunton ODEON cinema.

I was a little apprehensive as to how good this installment was going to be as I was disappointed with the latest Shrek film. However, I was certainly pleasantly surprised as  to how good it actually was. I also thought that it was good that you couldn’t really predict the film based on the trailers which, annoyingly, seems to be becoming an increasingly the case. I found that for Daybreakers, the trailer was actually better than the film!

It was definitely worth going to see and, of course, it was particularly good in 3D! In fact, I found that Toy Story 3 was done so well as it wasn’t exaggerated, like Avatar, and therefore did not make me feel dizzy or nauseous.

For those who haven’t seen it yet, make sure you stay at the end for at least halfway through the Credit Roll for an extra treat!

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Tropic Thunder

Posted by Chalky on Oct 26, 2008 in Film

A couple of weeks ago, I went to see Tropic Thunder. I was glad that I went to see it without first seeing any trailers. I think it’s nice to go the see something and not know what to expect beforehand!

The film starts with some amusing fake trailers starring the members of the cast for the actual film being filmed for the film…. if you get my drift. They really set the film up and it would have been good to see one or two of these being shown as part of the Trailers for the actual film.

The film was mostly well cast, with the interesting twist of Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) having a “controversial skin procedure so that he can play an African American”. Kirk stays in character throughout the whole movie and even when the going gets tough, he reckons he still knows what on earth he’s doing:

I know what dude I am. I’m the dude playin’ the dude, disguised as another dude!

It was good to see Steve Coogan in the film even if it is short lived! Whilst watching the film, a friend pointed out that Tom Cruise was in the film. She was referring to the strange Film Producer Les Grossman, but when I looked, the scene had switched and I thought they meant the character played my Coogan (Damien Cockburn). It wasn’t until the end when the credits rolled that I recieved an “I told you so” whilst me, along with the rest of the audience remained extreamly puzzled!

There was only one real disappointment I noticed The role of Tugg Speedman’s (Ben Stiller) agent, had clearly been written for Owen Wilson who they obviously didn’t manage to get. Wilson was therefore replaced with a wannabe actor who tried too hard to be Owen Wilson instead of thereself.

Overall, a funny film. If it’s still around at the cinema, it’s definitely worth an Orange Wednesday!

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Disaster Movie

Posted by Chalky on Sep 19, 2008 in Film, Review

Tonight, I decided to take myself off to the cinema as I hadn’t been for a while and it might break up the monotony a bit. My aim was to go and see a really pointless comedy because at 8pm on a Friday, I’m not really looking for something insightful and intelligent (who am I kidding, it doesn’t really matter what time of what day, I’m still below insightful and intelligent!).

My plan was to go and see You Don’t Mess with the Zohan because that adequately met my needs of being both un-insightful and stupid. However, after only being out for a month, it seems that it’s already been pulled from the cinema! Unfortunately, I didn’t find this out until after I’d arrived! So instead, I decided to go with Disaster Movie.

Many people say that these kind of movies have had their day and it’s time for them to die a death. Whilst I agree that they are starting to get a little tiresome, a bit of satire is always good fun. The only problem for me was that I’d hardly seen any of the films that were being represented!

Films included:

  • Juno
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Batman
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • Superbad
  • Indiana Jones
  • Hellboy

They also did parodys of Amy Winehouse (which I found particularly amusing), Jessica Simpson and Hannah Montanna.

Overall, I thought it was alright. Probably not as good as some of the other films, I’m not sure if it’s done too well at the Box Office either. But, if you’re looking for a film with some mindless humour to cheer you up a bit, this should satify your needs!

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Posted by Chalky on Jul 15, 2007 in Film, Review

On Friday, I went to go and see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at Scunthorpe’s Vue Cinema. I had pre-booked tickets but, unfortunately, they do not operate a seating policy thus giving me no extra advantage and causing me to be £1.10 worse off! I ended up with practically the worst seat in the building, craning my neck to get a glimpse of the screen!

However, this did not spoil my enjoyment too much as the film was worth the sore neck. There are always complaints the the film versions of the Harry Potter series do not contain enough of the plot and are therefore disappointing. I have all of the Harry Potter series as Audio Books because I am very lazy and can’t be bothered to read, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is 29 hours and 5 minutes long; I think they have done a very good job of compressing 29 hours of content into a 138 minute film. They have managed to capture all of the main elements of the books and viewers can get a decent idea of the continuing story of the Harry Potter series.

I like the way the films have developed, especially the addition of some of the subtle humour of the books. This started to become more and more apparent with the inclusion of Dawn French as the “Fat Lady” in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. One of my favourite parts of the film, as always, is the soundtrack and I was not disappointed with the latest installment.

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