The Thing a true sci-fi classic

The Thing a true sci-ff classic

Highly regarded as one of the most complete not to mention entertaining sci-fi/horror movies ever made, The Thing stands the tests of time and still scares the bejesus out of you. The atmosphere of isolation and pure fear keeps you gripped and the fact it keeps you guessing makes it all the more brilliant. John Carpenter was really on the ball with this one, and it rightly deserves its place amongst the classics.

The Thing a true sci-ff classic..

A research team of twelve are at a remote research station in the Antarctic in the winter of ’82, and come across an alien that has been buried under the snow and ice for more than 10,000 years. One it had defrosted, the form changing beastie proceeds to wreak havoc, creates unimaginable terror and infiltrates the group to become one of their number.

The Thing a true sci-ff classic,

In one of his early adult performances, Kurt Russell is outstanding, and the rest of the cast perform brilliantly too. The special effects used were ground breaking at that time, and still hold up well, and raises the argument of relying less on fancy CGI and returning to the good old days of make-up and other effects to portray the menace of creatures. If you have never seen The Thing, you really don’t know what you are missing.

 

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Learning to Drive is a kind of Driving Miss Daisy quick review trailer

Learning to Drive is a kind of Driving Miss Daisy quick review trailer,Stumbled across this movie by accident last night and what a pleasant surprise it was. Ben Kingsley is a New York driving instructor who teaches a neurotic recently separated middle aged women to drive.

Learning to Drive is a kind of Driving Miss Daisy quick review trailerMost of the ‘action’ takes place in a car with just Kingsley as the Indian instructor and Patricia Clarkson as the student.  A (platonic) relationship develops and there are a few amusing moments, but the real enjoyment is the wonderful script and the incredible acting from the pair which holds your attention despite the limited space of the car and side-walks of New York.

Learning to Drive is a kind of Driving Miss Daisy quick review trailer,,I could not help but be strongly reminded of Driving Miss Daisy in terms of a tale that mostly involves two people talking in a car and heavy racist overtones from the world around the couple.

Well worth a viewing if you can find the 2014 movie.

 

Empire of the Sun forgotten Spielberg classic trailer

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Empire of the Sun forgotten Spielberg classic trailerA truly wonderful story based on the early life of author JG Ballard starring teenage Christian Bale with John Malkovich and directed by Spielberg. Just a spellbinding story wonderfully of a boy sent to a Japanese concentration camp after the fall of Singapore during the second world war.

Office Space Mike Judge classic comedy

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Anyone who is currently watching the comedy TV series Silicon Valley may be interested in one of writer Mike Judges earlier offerings. Office Space was released in 1999 and did ok at the box office.  I have never worked in an office but anyone who ever has is going to totally understand the humour that just pours out of this very funny movie.

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Office politics is taken to a whole new level as slacker Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) decides he is not going to quit his job he just going to do whatever it takes to get fired.  He dismantles his cubicle, guts fish, ignores his boss and generally just doesn’t care anymore.

But this is the dumb world of giant corporations and ‘the guys from head office’ think his attitude is refreshing and innovative and may…

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Get the Gringo a very 80s style 2012 action comedy review trailer

Get the Gringo a very 80s style 2012 action comedy review trailer

Get the Gringo a very 80s style 2012 action comedy review trailer

This is another in my list of underrated and forgotten movies. I think this one more or less passed by movie fans pretty much unnoticed. All I can say is if you are a fan of Mel Gibson’s 1980s comedy-action movies such as the Lethal Weapon series you will love this.

It is very much a serious attempt to recreate the atmosphere that made those movies so successful, and also to push away some of the very public ‘screw-ups’ Gibson has made over the last few years. And if I am honest this movie proves he still has that cheeky charm that made him such a huge star before his current demise, so well worth seeing.

Mel Gibson fan or not, you may have missed his re-emergence into the action anti-hero hero genre – that’s an action hero who’s doing a lot of non-heroic stuff like lying, cheating and stealing but somehow manages to redeem himself and act almost like a good guy in the final chapter. Get the Gringo is the vehicle, Mel Gibson is the driving force, and he’s actually called Driver for most of the film, in which he stars as an American crook thrown into a Mexican prison.

Get the Gringo a very 80s style 2012 action comedy review trailer

Get the Gringo a very 80s style 2012 action comedy review trailer

Get the Gringo was released in the UK the spring of 2012 under the title How I Spent My Summer Vacation and got mostly positive reviews, but in the U.S. it had literally a one-night stand, in just a handful of theatres in a few big cities. From there it went straight to DirecTV on a pay-per-view basis.

Gibson said in an interview that home viewing is ‘the future’ and he placed his bet on it for this film.

Get the Gringo 8 min feature

The story, written by Gibson with Adrian Grunberg, who also directed, involves a criminal who is actually quite smart but foolish enough to make off with a load of mafia money. Fleeing his pursuers he crashes through a Mexican border fence. He is promptly captured by corrupt Mexican police officers who grab the money and throw him in El Pueblito, a prison that’s much more like a criminal community circus than a ‘regular’ jail. Driver/Gibson becomes, of course, the Gringo.

Get the Gringo a very 80s style 2012 action comedy review trailer

Get the Gringo a very 80s style 2012 action comedy review trailer

As an experienced criminal himself, the Gringo quickly figures out and infiltrates the hierarchy of the prison; in between ‘social intercourse’ with the inmates and attempts by the Mafia and U.S. authorities to get the stolen $2 million back, he gets involved with a ten-year-old boy – Kevin Hernandez as the Kid – and his incarcerated mother, played by Dolores Heredia.

Get the Gringo a very 80s style 2012 action comedy review trailer

Get the Gringo a very 80s style 2012 action comedy review trailer

It turns out that the Kid is on a sort of organ donor hit list – he’s wanted by the prison’s chief bad guy, Javi, who needs a liver replacement, and the Kid is only one whose liver will do. In fact Javi has already killed the Kid’s father for his liver, and as the story moves along the situation comes down to the Gringo and the Kid pitting their survival skills against all sorts of bad and pseudo-good opponents. Quite a lot of Gibson’s old ‘Lethal Weapon’ persona emerges; he’s still got it, if anyone was wondering.

Get the Gringo a very 80s style 2012 action comedy review trailer

Get the Gringo a very 80s style 2012 action comedy review trailer

Get the Gringo is one of those fast-paced, hard-hitting, action-packed films that’s also very funny in a lot of places. It’s well written and undeniably well acted on the part of its main characters, especially Gibson and Hernandez; the Kid threatens to steal the show at times, but nobody could begrudge it to him. He’s just terrific as the old-for-his-years, tough little guy who would rather stab himself in the liver than hand said liver over to the crime boss.

Get the Gringo a very 80s style 2012 action comedy review trailer

Get the Gringo a very 80s style 2012 action comedy review trailer

This is also one of those rather rare action films in which almost none of the ‘good’ guys get killed but darn near all of the bad guys do. The happy ending may be a trifle contrived – of course it is – but it’s the only satisfactory ending to this underworld lark.

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Bruce Willis from Red one of the best car stunts ever

Bruce Willis from Red one of the best car stunts ever

Bruce Willis from Red one of the best car stunts ever

This movie is worth watching just for this very short clip. A fantastically simple but effective stunt in which Willis resembles the guy who was such a huge action star 20 years ago.