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October 3rd, 2012

Cineworld

I’ve recently purchased a subscription to the Cineworld unlimited card program. For those who don’t know what this is, it is a card which costs £14.99 a month which lets you watch as many films as you like for free…or the £14.99 a month, whichever way you look at it.

With the rising cost of the cinema experience, and the ease of streaming services such as Netflix, love film; and the obvious pirating phenomenon occurring recently, this is not just a great way to support a local cinema, but it is more cost effective for me.

I currently live just up the road from the Cineworld cinema in Stockport which is a small cinema, only about 8-10 small screens, but it has a very authentic cinema feel. It reminds me of the big luxurious theaters that cinemas started out as and it has the most leg room I’ve ever had at a cinema.

£14.99 may seem like a lot of money a month but when you consider that the price of a ticket is around £7-8, going to see 2 films a month would cause me to break even. But what about Orange Wednesdays I hear you cry?!?! Well, with a Cineworld unlimited card and an Orange Wednesday text, but you and a friend see a film for free!! Not half price, not a sub, for FREE!!

Plus Cineworld make deals with local businesses as well to help you get the most for your Money. Recently I went to another Cineworld Cinema (Didsbury) and the leaflets there told me I could get a free 6″ sub when I buy a 6″ sub from Subway, 10% off at Nandos, 20% at Frankie and Benny’s etc etc. These deals change depending on region but you can’t argue with what you get for the price.

There is also access to advanced previews of films which are exclusive to Cineworld unlimited customers.

I can’t recommend this enough, if you want to check it out here is the link. Unlimited card

Total Recall

October 3rd, 2012

Total Recall

I went to see Total Recall last week at the cinema and came out with a smile on my face. I’m a fan of the original, Arnie being Arnie of the 90’s and being able to let loose is a great film going experience. There was a massive outcry when the film was announced, how oh how can they do this to a classic?

The film nods to the original and the story is nearly exactly the same. They have changed the exotic location of Mars for Europe and there are enough new story pieces for fans of the original to still enjoy the film. Yes there is a lady with 3 boobies and yes you see them.

Colin Farrell is good substitute for Arnie, Arnie being the big bulky action hero while Colin is more athletic type. Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale are great as the wife/girlfriend of Farrell’s character.

Die hard fans of the original will always hate this version no matter what but it does deliver everything the Arnie version of 22 years ago did, action, intrigued, 3 boobed lady and enough popcorn action to fill the cinema seats.

The Bourne Legacy

October 3rd, 2012

I went to see the Bourne Legacy last week and really enjoyed it but something strange happened when my girlfriend asked me about it. I’ve been wanting to see this film for a while so when my mate Dave suggested we go to the cinema it was the first movie which sprung to mind. After arriving home the conversation of the movie went like this:

K: Did you enjoy the movie?

Me: yeah it was really good, well it was just another Bourne film really.

So I enjoyed the film, I really did, I love the whole Bourne series, I think it’s a really interesting take on the Spy genre. You have a trained killer, Jason Bourne, who, after a traumatic experience has no memory but now hates guns. It’s a about 1 man trying to take down a government full of trained killers with nothing more than his wits and muscles.

Move forward to film 4, a Jason Bourne-less film where we have our new star played by Jeremy Renner.  This guy is not afraid of guns, afraid of getting his hands dirty or taking out the people in his way, but he is still a likeable character because he’s still doing the right thing with the evil evil CIA trying to stop him.

Now the reason my initial response was, it’s just another Bourne film is because it is it had all the classic signs of a Bourne film. A character who is on the run, being hunted by the same people he used to work for, there’s fighting, guns, explosions, car chases (always need a good chase for a Bourne film) and a likeable character.

If you liked the Bourne films this is an interesting change up to the series, especially if you are board of Damon and it doesn’t disappoint.

I watch a lot of movies these days, most I just put on while i’m doing work so i don’t concentrate too much on them but others I sit down and watch undistracted. So I thought while I had a few minutes i would write a review of “The invention of lying” staring Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner.

The first thing that struck me about this movie is how cheap it looks. From the sets to the on site locations, soundtrack and strangely the quality in which is it filmed. This actually leads to my second point, there are lots of stars in this film who may have eaten away at the budget. Along with Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner the film also stars Rob Lowe, with cameo appearances from Tina Fey, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton.

The basic premise is kinda the opposite of liar liar which was a great film. Ricky Gervais is a man in a world where nobody can lie, lying was never invented/discovered and everyone overtly tells the truth to the point of sheer rudeness at times. Ricky Gervais plays a down on his luck loser who just lost his job and is about to be evicted when he discovers he can lie, although he doesn’t know what it is he’s doing. This sounds like a great idea but it is let down with poor writing/acting and execution.

Now i’ve never been a fan of Ricky Gervais and I remember why now…he’s not funny….at all. We’re talking Peter Kay levels of unfunniness. He’s also a terrible actor. While others may find his mumblings cute and funny, seeing as he plays the same character in every single thing he’s in, thats not acting, that’s just being himself in all his project.

Jennifer Garner is the bright spark of this movie, while the writing overlooks a lot of her talents, he delivery is a far better with better comic timing. Also all the cameos from famous people provide great comic acting as well, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Edward Norton make even the worse of writing funny. The two scenes involving the actors were the best of the film.

Product placement is rife in this movie, within 10 minutes they are already advertising Budweiser and Pizza hut is massively advertised in the film as well.

While Ricky Gervais looking like Jesus and acting like Moses was surprising it didn’t do anything to raise this film in my eyes.

To summarise, the writing was substandard, the film looked and sounded cheap, the plot was predictable and the highlights of the film can be youtubed if you really want to see them.

3/10