Before Midnight February 15, 2014Posted by oldboy in : Cinema , add a comment
I remember being introduced to Before Sunrise while sitting on a bus talking to a girl in Kobe many years ago and didn’t get round to actually seeing it (and seeing the irony of been told about it on a bus) until I was persuaded to do so by another girl whom I considered to have good taste in movies too.
Romance movies aren’t really my thing but what I like about Before Sunset, Sunrise and Midnight is that they’re a little bit more genuine than most.
Sherlock series 3 January 15, 2014Posted by oldboy in : DVD/Video/T.V., Sherlock Holmes , add a comment
2 Years on and we finally had a resolution (one of many) to how Sherlock did or might have pulled it off. At this stage does it really matter how he did it? I think the producers quite agree too. It’s more about the return of the world’s greatest detective (no, not Batman) and how people around him deal with that return.
Gravity January 8, 2014Posted by oldboy in : Cinema, Science Fiction , add a comment
The Film that makes you want to drink for the right reasons. Going into gravity I knew little about it and tried to keep my expectations low. I’m not the biggest fan of George and Sandra so I wasn’t overly hyped to see it. But after seeing it I was telling everyone I knew to go see it. It’s easily the best film of 2013. It totally ups the game for all sci-fi movies from now on as to how they film scenes in space. People praise JJ Abrams work on Star Trek for how he shot the exterior scenes of Ships in space but this film shows the Alfonso Cuarón is the visionary director. Taking cues from films like ’2001′ he re-introduces the physics and danger of space travel.
Doctor Who series 7 part 2 November 20, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Science Fiction, Time Travel , add a comment
Part II of series 7 comes off a lot stronger than part one. When it shines it really shines. When it doesn’t it has me wondering if it’s time to give the show a rest.
The Christmas Special The Snowmen was an excellent episode. It had me laughing out loud in places as it did my parents who never watch this sort of thing usually. If it can get all of us in the same room and all of us enjoying it that’s something quite special in my view. Great to see Strax back. He was very funny in this. I loved the allusions to Sherlock Holmes too and
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban November 2, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Books, Fantasy , add a comment
Much like the movies the tone of the books start to take a darker turn with repeated scenes of Harry hearing the final scream of his Mother before she dies trying to save him. We also have Harry wanting to take revenge for his parents and we’re told how Sirus Black coldly killed a bunch of Muggles in a past incident. It’s a turning point.
Breaking Bad October 2, 2013Posted by oldboy in : DVD/Video/T.V., Best Ever , add a comment
Perfect is how I’d describe the ending of this series. I haven’t seen a finale in so long that was able to wrap up so many elements and hanging strings in such a satisfying way. But was it a little too perfect? Or are we so spoiled rotten when it comes to the high production value of TV these days that nothing will satisfy us? In some ways I want to be surprised by the unpredictability of events, in other ways I want to enjoy my meal. while I didn’t know what was going to happen I felt like the last episode of the series gave us everything we could have wanted. There won’t be any regrets or a big huh?! with this series finale. *Cough, Sopranos, cough Battlestar Galatica’s Kara disappearing cough* .
Blind Fury September 10, 2013Posted by oldboy in : DVD/Video/T.V. , add a comment
Blind Fury is a lose remake of the 17th Zatoichi movie ‘Zatoichi Challenged‘ starring Rutger Hauer. The film floats somewhere between a family TV movie of the week and a grindhouse film.
Having lost his eye sight in combat in Vietnam, Nick Parker spends years training before returning to the USA in order to talk to the man who left him alone on the field of battle. By chance he gets mixed up with a gang who are after the kid of his ex army buddy and so he must protect the kid while trying to get him back to his father, who now cooks drugs.
Man of Steel August 31, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Cinema, Comic Book , add a comment
I’m unsure what to think of this. On the one hand I liked it. I liked seeing the earlier years of Clark Kent’s life, the problems he faced as his powers developed, the scenes in which he travels by himself trying to discover the man he is (which resembles parts of Batman Begins) I liked the initial thought writer David Goyer had when it came to reintroducing this character, by having a realistic approach, showing how the world would react to this Alien from another world.
Star Trek Into Darkness August 26, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Cinema, Science Fiction , add a comment
Before you read on this review will contain spoilers FOR EVERYTHING in this movie and Star Trek.
Star Trek into Darkness AKA ‘Star Trek on Acid’ is the 12th film in the Star Trek franchise, a number which I remember ‘The Simpsons’ mocking 20 years previously with the title ‘So very tired’. Fortunately Star Trek Into Darkness is anything but that. But is the fast pace action of the film necessarily a good thing?
The Grandmaster August 23, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Cinema, DVD/Video/T.V., Asian Cinema , add a comment
Kung Fu, two words, horizontal vertical, victory and defeat.
Here is a film that does not directly interpret the life story of Ip Man but gives us the essence of it through Kung Fu. Much like the Great Gatsby the grandmaster is a stunningly beautiful film that is less about people and more about a way of life. The life of a martial artist.