Christmas Movies To Watch

Christmas MoviesChristmas Movies Number 1 – Cloverfield Movie | 1-18-08

One of the most intriguing Christmas Movies trailers I have ever seen, the cloverfield movie trailer has had my thinking cap on for the best of 3 months now.

Originally I was shown the first movie trailer when the movie was going without a name, only a date. Just what is it that starts tearing up the city? Godzilla? Apparently not!? King Kong? Apparently not!?

It is another one of those wait and see movies so I hope it lives up to the furore it has opened up.

Christmas Movies Number 2- I Am Legend

Will Smith staring in what is set to be another blockbuster movie after “Pursuit of Happyness”.

Will Smith plays a man called Robert Neville, a scientist who could not contain a virus that is incurable. Neville, finding himself immune to the virus is the last human survivor in New York City.

Finding that he is not alone and surrounded by the mutated victims of the deadly virus who can only survive in the darkness. The I Am Legend Trailer looks very good indeed and seems to leave a lot of the action out that is probably in the movie.

Personally I am looking forward to this coming out half way through December.

Christmas Movies Number 3 – Fred Claus Movie

I know I have mentioned the movie before however the Fred Claus Trailer 2 is out now. A good christmas comedy movie which I will be heading to see when it comes out in the UK

American Gangster Movie Review

American Gangster Review

In this American Gangster review I’ll talk about who Frank Lucas was. Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) was the quiet driver, body guard and collector for Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, one of the most famous Harlem gangsters, but when ‘Bumpy’ dies suddenly Lucas takes his life in to his own hands. Lucas looks at the power structure of his area and uses his power to get to the top of it.

Lucas goes to the top of the tree, buying dope from the manufacturer rather than the supplier, he travels to Bangkok using his cousin in the military as a middle man to go to the jungle and buy his ‘product’. Obviously finding a way to get it back to the U.S without getting caught was going to be a bit of a mission. The mission was taken on by buying certain people from the military, M.P’s, pilot’s and some of the air force.

Frank Lucas brought back his product and turned it into Blue Magic, the only 100% pure dope selling it at a cheaper price than hiscompetition and supposedly making over $300’000 profit on each Kilo.

Richie Roberts – The Honest Cop

Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) Well known and dis-liked for being the only cop who would do such a thing as find nearly a million dollars in the back of a vehicle and then hand it back in the city because it was the right thing to do. Roberts passes his BAR test and takes an un-relentless pursuit of the criminal who has been bringing ‘Blue Magic’ to the streets.

Over exaggerated story?

 

Some facts are greatly mis-leading compared to the truth straight from the horses mouth in the interview Frank Lucas did with the New York magazine in August, 2000 called the Return of Superfly.

The good thing about the movie is that it is a well written story and depicts Lucas and Roberts down to a ‘T’. Manerisms and all are included in the movie which does add a lot of interest.

Did it make a good movie?

It sure did! I am slightly biased with being a massive fan of gangster movies whether it be mafia or other wise, however putting aside the ex-ageration of the story the movie was very intriguing. Ridley Scott is excellent at putting together a movie, and seeing him work with Russell Crowe again was awesome.

It is a pretty long movie, and the cinema was packed out with only a few seats left. Usually I fidget like mad at long movies, Lord of the Rings being one of my most fidgeted but this was a good one that I thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely advise everyone to go and see it.

What’s coming next?

Cuba Gooding Jr plays Nicky Barnes in the movie, another high-roller who likes the high life, way to much!

Nicky Barnes was one of Lucas’s competitors and they never saw eye-to-eye and now Nicky Barnes is being protrayed in a movie called Mr Untouchable. Lucas and Barnes were quite inter-linked and ran in the same circles so it will be interesting to see the difference in stories from two different sides.

Overall Rating: 4/5

30 Days of Night Movie Review

30 Days of NightA modern day vampire movie

Most of us have seen Underworld, Dawn of the Dead and the numerous TV series about Vampires. 30 Days of Night was the second “scary” movie of the Haloween time that i’ve seen, Saw 4 being the first. Saw 4 had a different type of scary which wasn’t so much scary but more gross. Throw in some nutters with way to many teeth and a lust for blood and you get to my type of jumpy scary.

The movie is set in a small isolated town called Barrow in Alaska, which for 30 days every winter is thrown into complete darkness. Most of the towns people go elsewhere and some stay. Un-beknown to them, a group of people arrive (the ones with lots of teeth – vampires) and wreak havoc on the towns people who have stayed around. Taking advantage of the 30 days of night to feed upon the people left around town and helped out by the occasional half-turned person it is left to the Sheriff (Josh Hartnett) and his wife Stella (Melissa George) to help save the people who are left. They try everything to stay alive until the daylight arrives after the 30 days of night.

Very jumpy and violent

I wasn’t sure what to expect of the movie to be honest, I had watched the trailer before seeing 30 days of night but it doesn’t give much away at all. Plenty of viewers were jumping and squirming throughout the movie, and it definitely caught me out on a few occasion’s, not helped by Jen who jumps at the drop of a hat.

30 days of night brings a modern twist to the vampire movie collection where it is actually jumpy because it is set now in a normal north-american town, not in the future or in the past with made up facts. The movie throws superstition out of the window, no silver bullets or wooden stakes just axes and light (where it can be found).

So how was 30 Days of Night?

Josh Hartnett’s wisdom to last out the 30 days in the town and avoiding the vampires was obviously going to make the film what it was, due to them not being able to stay in one place because the vampires were going from one home to the next ran-sacking them and killing anyone they found, from one moment he was saying they had to ration the food and the next it was popping up with 7th day you did wonder what happened the rest of the days…

The gore was good, the sound and music were also good and did have a great effect on the movie to make it a little more jumpy, I would say though that it was a newer town version of Dawn of the Day but made slightly better with better effects and acting. There were no wooden stakes or silver bullets to be seen anywhere and instead of the old fangs the vampires had a plentifull amount of teeth which they certainly put to good use.

Overall Rating

I did enjoy the movie, like I said the effects were good and the movie itself was better than I thought it was going to be. It was nice to see the changes in the Vampires genre.

Overall Rating: 4/5