Sunday, 15 April 2012

Cabin in the Woods (spoiler-free) Review

Having just seen Cabin in the Woods, I knew I had to convince my friends, StrawMatt and StrawMark, to go see it. But how could I convince them to see it within spoiling any of the story. It is, after all, a film literally driven by and about plot twists. The less you know about it before going seeing it, the more enjoyable and surprising it will be. Even the trailer and movie-stills currently released contain key spoilers, but it is so much interesting than that, as I tried to explain to my friends:

Friday, 13 April 2012

Derek - TV show review

No matter what people think of Ricky Gervais (arrogant arsehole or brilliant comic) he certainly provokes discussion. Last night's new show Derek led to an intense twitter-debate between myself and some friends about the merits of the Show, Gervais and the meaning and intent of certain words.

I think Gervais made something good last night, although maybe thats just because I really enjoyed the last 5-10 minutes. On the other hand, Gervais kind of "shot his load" with that last five minutes: it's unlikely that another episode would reach that same height of effective, emotional drama:

My review on Flickering Myth

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Battleship: 2012

So last night, I went to a preview screening for the new film Battleships at the Empire in leicester square. It was a prrety bizarre experience. As the line shuffled into the lobby, complimentary beer and wine was available and bags of popcorn were left on every seat inside the huge auditorium where the screening took place. I suggested to my friend that the company putting on the screenin were trying to suck up to the audience, hoping that the audience would be inebriated from booze or hyper from sugar and wouldn't notice any problems with the film.

I think people did notice. there was a lot of tittering during the moments of the film when it tried to be at its most serious. It was kind of like watching a 5 year old trying to act like an adult: adorable and silly.

I think as I get older, I want film running times to be shorter. Maybe it's because I want to do as much as I can with what little time I have available as I move along this mortal coil, or some shit like that. Either way, at 131 mins, Battleships is a loooooooooooooong movie.

For more of my thoughts on the film, check out my Battleship review on the brilliant Flickering Myth