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Review: Skyfall

27 Oct

Skyfall 007 Movie (click to view)

I haven’t seen it yet, but Spud has.  He is sixteen and unimpressable, so consider the value of this Six Word Saturday:


Spud says:

Best Bond film ever.




For more 6WS go here.

Film Review: The Dictator

18 May

I’d better come clean up front and tell you that I haven’t seen it.  Don’t be cross – at least I can’t accidentally give anything away.

The Hub and Spud have seen it, however, and here are their reviews:

Spud [16]

It was brilliant – really funny – do you remember that bit, Dad, when – aw, Mum, you should have come with us, it was hilarious.  There was this one bit – it was so funny, I couldn’t stop laughing – I can’t wait to see it again – it was hilarious…

And that’s all I’ve heard since Wednesday.

Hub [47]

Yeah, it was okay.



The Hunger Games: Another Review

19 Apr

Of the movie, this time.  Go here for the book review.

Please note:


I took time out from my little project to go and see The Hunger Games last night.

It wasn’t the worst film I’ve seen.

The casting:

  • Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen…yeah, why not?  Can’t see what the fuss is about her, but she was okay.
  • Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark.  Not bad.  He grew on me, just like Peeta in the book.
  • Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne.  All he had to do was look gorgeous.  What great acting.
  • Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman.  Excellent; but when is he not?
  • Alexander Ludwig as Cato.  Good.  Gave his character a little dimension.
  • Amandla Stenberg as Rue.  Adorable.

I enjoyed the film.  I did.  It stuck to the book – it helped that the author was involved in the script – but…there was something missing.

The certificate meant that the violence was muted.  Fair enough.  But a better director could have shown us the horror of children [tributes] fighting to the death in another way – even a cutaway to the Capitol audience’s gleeful reaction would have helped.  What we were given was hide-and-seek.

The scene with Peeta, Katniss and the bread was mawkish – obligatory rain, anyone? – and failed to show Peeta as he truly is.  0/10 for that one.

Another problem: the tributes are on television the whole time – where was the Capitol audience?  We never saw them.  In the book, they matter; they and the sponsors affect who survives.

The best I can say of it is that it was a faithful rendition of the story, but lacked its tone, its themes, and its heart.

I wouldn’t say don’t watch it: if you haven’t read the book, you’ll probably enjoy it (may the odds be ever in your favour). 

It just didn’t have the energy of the novel.  Not so much The Hunger Games; more The Slightly Peckish Games.


17 Nov

Hub and I went to see a preview of Unstoppable last night.  I like previews: they start early, no adverts, and I’m home by eight-thirty – the perfect night out.  Well it would have been, if it hadn’t been for my guilt about leaving Spud.  We haven’t left him home alone at night since, well, ever.  We never go out, so how could we?  I felt like one of those women who go off to Turkey for a month leaving their three kids home alone with just a packet of crisps and a box of matches.

I got free tickets from seefilmfirst but my fee is a review of the film, so here goes:  

I loved it; the Hub thought it was the naffest thing he’d ever seen.  I thought it was tense and exciting; the Hub wondered why train drivers the world over aren’t picketing outside every cinema where it’s showing.  I think Denzel Washington looks good even in a woolly hat…by then I had lost interest in the Hub so I don’t know if he feels the same.

I recommend you sign up to seefilmfirst: they send regular invites to all kinds of films and shows.  I don’t think you have to blog about them unless you can, and you get to be in bed by nine: what’s not to love?

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