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Everybody Wants Some!! Review

Everybody Wants Some!! is not a classic, but it is laugh-out-loud funny throughout, and succeeds in the impressive task of feeling both expertly crafted and immensely real.

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Toy Story 3 – Brand New Trailer

Disney/Pixar have unveiled a brand new Toy Story 3 trailer to the world.

Toy Story 3 is released June 18th 2010.

Review: 9 – 2009 animated thrill ride adventure

Tim Burton produced 9 is one of the most visually stunning animated movies of 2009, sadly though the plot is less than inspired.

Director: Shane Acker

Released: October 28th

Running Time: 79 mins

Starring: Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Connelly and John C Reily, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, Fred Tatasicore.

Rich in stunning imagery, and a dark overbearing message, 9, on the face of it should be a fantastic thrill ride of a movie. Sadly though, it falls into the realms of so many other animated movies, in failing to deliver a compelling plot, with depth and originality.


The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by machines, after a Government initiative to help the nation prosper in times of economic downturn, goes wrong, leaving all human life extinct. As 9, a hand sewn sack, in human form awakes; he soon discovers he is not alone, and that there is a whole group of others like him. Despite being the neophyte of the group he persuades them to come out of hiding and fight The Beast, a red eyed Terminator type creature who stalks the wasteland that has become earth.  As they fight for survival the soon discover that the future of preserving humanity’s legacy lies in their hands.

“We had such potential. Such promise. But we squandered our gifts. And so, 9, I am creating you. Our world is ending. Life must go on.” – The Scientist

The biggest problem with 9 is that in expanding it from an 11 minute wordless short that was awarded by the Academy in 2005, to a 79 minute talkie, Acker has created a film without much substance.

What could have been a masterpiece of cinema, instead just becomes a better than average CG movie. Artistically the film pushes the boundaries of computer animation to a new level. The films design is superb and it is easy to get lost in the wilderness of the human less world. The landscapes convey a real sense of terror, the machines would not look out of place in a Hollywood action blockbuster and the movies tone is dark and unrelenting.

The plot though is very predicable, moving from set piece to set piece without a strong narrative thread. The movies message, which only unfolds in the closing chapters is strong, and not like the overbearing message of Wall-E, but by the time it comes it fails to thrill.

If you can get passed the lack of story, 9 is a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining affair, full of action and drama. It is also full of heart and good intention, as 9 and his pals fight to save what is left of the human soul, with the last remaining human scientist having implanted fragments of his own soul in their textile bodies.

The only puzzling thing about the film though is who Acker seems to be targeting. The film is too violent and sinister to delight young children, while adults will not connect with the stereotypical one dimensional characters who are instantly forgettable.

On the whole, 9 is a rather good movie. The cast list is strong, the action is thrilling, but there is something missing preventing 9 from reaching that perfect score. While it is unlikely to become a firm favourite, it is both fresh and different to the usual pack of poor animated movie we have seen in the past. If Acker can nail a strong story, and continue to deliver visually, three words spring to mind. Watch out Pixar!


Slumdog Millionaire – Review

Slumdog Millionaire stars Dev Patel Anil Kapoor

Slumdog Millionaire stars Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor

 I approached my viewing of Slumdog Millionaire, somewhat hesitantly. From my experience films with a lot of hype surrounding them rarely deliver and end being somewhat of a disappointment. However, Danny Boyle’s latest is one of those films which not only lives up to the hype but is the sort of the film anybody can relate to. It really is the feel good film of the year.

Through mixing a rags-to-riches story with an unconventional love story Danny Boyle takes us from the slums of India to the studios of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” as the films protagonist Jamal (Dev “Skins” Patel) attempts to win the coveted prize in order to reunite with lost love Latika (Freida Pinto).

However the film is far from being a simple fairy tale. It is a hugely entertaining piece of cinema, which pulls on all aspects of your emotions as we follow Jemal and friends through a series of horrific episodes, as they grow up parentless, homeless and without any real direction in life.  

Dev Patel shines through in his first role since Skins, convincingly portraying the role as the everyman Muslim hero, who rises above the brutal dynamics of modern-day Mumbai to achieve hero status for his battle against the corrupt world he finds himself in.

Slumdog’s true triumphant though, is through the heart and sentiment of its subject matter, as well as it’s vibrant and colourful setting. With Slumdog, Boyle has not just created a film with an engaging story and with a powerful message behind it, but opened the Western audiences eyes to a provocative and vibrant world. Mumbai may have its problems but it prides itself on its sense of community.

Christmas Day Review



Christmas Day TV usually fails to deliver, so the return of Wallace and Gromit yesterday  was a well received treat. Thirteen years since their last TV adventure in A Close Shave, Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death delivered on all levels, making it the most watched programme of the day with 14.25m viewers and a peak of 15.88m. 

The 29 minute short mock murder mystery following the famous duo as they set up a new bakery business, was full of in-jokes and references to previous adventures to satisfy long term fans, with Gromit’s classic facial expressions at Wallace’s incompetence and stupidity stealing the limelight.

Whilst the plot followed the usual Wallace and Gromit formula, the laughs came thick and fast providing a much needed break from the now controversial Strictly Come Dancing and the Christmas Special plagued by another voting crisis following the well publicised  semi-final debacle.

The problem with Strictly’s seasonal outing, was whilst it was good Christmas viewing, it felt somewhat flat with Jill Halfpenny scooping the top prize unexpectedly. The show was however more enjoyable  than viewing rival Dancing on Ice which lacked any substance, clearly drafted in as a reaction to the very popular Strictly on the other side. 

Doctor Who provided the same old classic Christmas entertainment with the formidable Cyberman returning alongside ‘other’ Doctor David Morrissey, the soaps served up their usual misery and the annual Top of the Pops revival added to the days festive line up. 

Overall however with some fantastic films, the day more than made up for the dull Christmas Midsommer Murders and incredibly much publicised and disappointingly un-funny Gavin and Stacey on Christmas Eve.

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