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ImageRun time: 2 hr. 3 min
Directed By: Richard Curtis
Written By:
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Cast includes: Domhnall GleesonRachel McAdamsBill NighyLydia Wilson

It’s “about time” they made a new Brit flick, one that pulls in some of the great actors our country has to offer, provides humour and warmth, sadness and love, an emotional journey to a familiar location, with some unexpected stops along the way.

So what makes this movie different? Well for one, Hugh Grant is nowhere to be seen. OK they replace him with a charming British counterpart, who when narrating sounds very much like him, but aside from that there is not even a sniff of Hugh.

What else makes this movie different is the element of fantasy – something a little bit out there for a Brit flick like this. Perhaps this is why they avoided casting Hugh – I mean can you imagine Hugh bumbling around time travelling? I am sure maybe he has imagined it in his own lifetime, perhaps he would choose to go back to “that” moment with “that” woman…..

So about that time travelling bit… it is the essence of the film, the bread and butter of what it is about, but it seemed the writers chose to keep this simple… Yeah son, you can time travel, all the men in our family can, now you’re 21 it is appropriate to tell you… How? Oh that’s easy find a darkish place and clench your fists. That’s it. Initially this felt like we were being a little cheated as the audience… I mean I realise that the whole concept is a little far fetched, but at least try and make us feel like you WANT us to believe it.

Did this ruin the experience? Absolutely not! An hour further in and I get it, why spend too much time on the detail when you are creating such a beautiful story? The focus should never be about how this happens, you should immerse yourself in the value of the movie, you should let yourself walk away a better person having watched this movie, you should let yourself go, let your thoughts go and think about what it is trying to teach you.

After a very happy childhood being brought up by the sea in Cornwall with his sister Kit Kat (Lydia Wilson) Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) is given the news  by his father (Bill Nighy) about his ability to time travel. After being initially dubious Tim decides he will only use his ability for love. Of course there are rules, which his father spells out to him… you can only go back to places and times where you were, quote “You can’t go back and kill Hitler or anything”… you can’t change too much, but aside from that everything seems fair game.

From here on out Tim sets out on his mission for love, surprisingly finding it for himself quickly by meeting Mary (Rachel McAdams). This meeting, and subsequent “un”meeting early on, makes you pretty convinced that this is the story, Tim blundering through a series of  meetings and “un”meetings, trying to pin down the moment he can bag this relationship once and for all. But it is much more than that.

His journey about love becomes much more than you expect, as love, much like in real life, comes in different forms, your personal happiness can be affected by the love from more than just one person in your life, and their personal happiness can become just as important as your own.

Nighy is wonderful, Gleeson is charming, McAdams gracious and Wilson is the chic eccentric that no Brit flick would be complete without. Richard Curtis does it again, but takes it up a notch.

If you are unsure, wait until a Sunday, pop this film on, and see what happens… I think that if you don’t feel anything at all, or it doesn’t provoke at least one thought about your own life, and how you should live it, then you should just follow it up with a mindless zombie movie to accommodate your swinging brick of a heart.

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REVIEW: You’re Next

Posted: September 13, 2013 in Review
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ImageRun time: 1 hr. 34 min
Directed By: Adam Wingard
Written By: Simon Barrett
Genres: Horror, Comedy, Thriller

Cast includes: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Margaret Laney, Amy Seimetz, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton, L.C. Holt, Ti West, Larry Fessenden, Simon Barrett, Lane Hughes, Calvin Reeder, Sarah Myers, Kate Lyn Sheil

A run of the mill slasher movie. Set in the middle of nowhere (standard) a family are stalked in their parents (huge) family home.

The film sees a large family meeting for the weekend, with new partners being introduced to the family. We meet one son and his girlfriend first who arrive the night before the rest of the party. Before they arrive the mother hears a noise upstairs and is convinced that there is someone upstairs. The father goes to investigate… and of course he finds nothing.

The son, Crispin, played by AJ Bowen then arrives with his new girlfriend, Erin, played by Home & Aways Sharni Vinson and all is forgotten. We learn that the family are not short of a penny or two, and an uneventful night follows.

The next day the rest of the family arrive, and we meet another two sons, their partners and a daughter and her partner. Then they all sit down to dinner and the real fun begins….

From here on in, it is typical stalked/slasher movie as the family are picked off one by one. The action is fairly standard, although in some parts it is a little overly gruesome and becomes slightly comical. But perhaps that is because there is a vein of humour already running through the production, with the sibling bickering and rivalry.

Is there a twist? Two actually… do they come running out of nowhere, slap you in the face and leave you thinking “wow”? No. But regardless it is a an enjoyable enough movie, which fuses horror and comedy in away that makes you unsure if you should be laughing.

Interestingly enough this movie was first released at the Toronto Film Festival back in 2011. With general release only happening this year in Europe.

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downloadThere seems to be a lot of Sci-Fi films flying around at the moment, and a lot of them seem to be about the end of the world as we know it, but I don’t tire easily of these types of film so it is all good. This movie portrays earth as still habitable, but polluted and disease ridden, so only the poor are left to endure it… anyone with any money has long ago upped and left to live on Elysium – a new world created just above the earth’s atmosphere, where the air is pure, illness does not exist and it is a general man made paradise. Elysium is seen form earth and is the envy of all the poor left to fend for themselves, and is continually being breached by desperate people trying to save themselves and their children from illness.

Our hero is Max (Matt Damon) who is an ex criminal, getting on with his life on earth. But a high dose of radiation at work gives him days to live, and suddenly he finds himself facing his criminal past as a way to buy a ticket to Elysium to rid himself of his death sentence.

Along the way he meets his true love that never happened, and discovers her daughter is in the final stages of Leukemia and promises to help her make it to Elysium too.

The film has a lot of action, and has a feel of Mad Max to it with the setting and costumes. Sharlto Copley as Kruger steals the show for his horrid character, stuck on earth but working for the government of Elysium, although no longer authorised to by the President, but illegally for the defence superior played by Jodie Foster who might I add is equally as horrible.

It is enjoyable, but not the best movie of it’s kind. But the ending does leave you a little overwhelmed.

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Why DontMissUK?

Posted: September 12, 2013 in Film, Opinion, Review, TV, Uncategorized
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So I am a Sky Plus user… for me that means that I rarely (pretty much never) watch live TV anymore. This means that I am constantly missing the start of new series, or rely on others to tell me, or hope I spot an advert while I am fast forwarding at x30 on my sky box.

So I decide that something needed to change… so I set up a Twitter account to help other people in the same predicament as me. I would try and see when new shows were starting, what is hot, what not to miss – that sort of thing, and Tweet anyone who is interested. It is a win, win, I keep on top of things by constantly researching, and I help anyone else out there who like to avoid adverts but hate to miss the start of something good.

Why stop there? I thought. I also go to the cinema once a week, and always like to give my rating and sometimes a review on Flixster, so why not use this blog site and my Twitter account to pass those on too?

If you think any of the above could be something that interests you, then follow me, and see what I have to say. If not then, don’t!

Thanks for reading….