Lucy (2014) Film Review

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After being captured and forced to be a drug mule with a new substance, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is beaten and the drug begins to seep into her system. It seems that the drug allows the human to access the 90% of the brain that they don’t use, and that makes you totally magic. And Morgan Freeman is in it.

I knew that getting past the “science” was going to be tough. It is not true that we only use 10% of our brains, and there is no way that we could function if we did. But I thought I might be able to let it go… I couldn’t. There are so many other ways this could have been written to make it less ridiculous and unreal, and to have to swallow Morgan Freeman’s scientist saying “oh, yes, 10%”. The action of the film was great, and I’m quite a fan of Scarlett Johansson, but this is not a great film.

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World Without End – TV Review

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After enjoying Pillars of the Earth, another interpretation of a Ken Follet series of books, I had hoped for more from this. It Australia it was shown as four parts, and after the first two, I had all but given up. But I am glad I persevered – there were a few really juicy characters that were worth following: the herbalist-accused-as-witch-turned-nun, the evil priest, the even more evil mother, the evil (let’s face it, the evil characters are the most fun) soldier. But overall, it was nowhere near as good as Pillars of the Earth.

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X-Men : Days of Future Past (2014) Film Review

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Do time travel storylines do your head in? Then this may not be the best film for you. Because I love time travel stuff, but I drifted off for a moment in this and suddenly was totally lost.

Essentially, it starts in a future where everything is a bit crap, with bad guys coming from everywhere and the X-Men can’t cope. So, somehow (mutant skills. Don’t question it), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back into the past to change history. And things get awesome.

There are all of the usual fighting and explosions and all of that stuff. Plus the older X-Men folks and the younger ones – we got them all. Really, if you are a fan of the X-Men films, I think you’ll like this. Be hard not to.

X-Men : Days of Future Past was nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects

 

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Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008) Internet Series

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What do you do when there is a writer’s strike on and no television is being made in Hollywood, but you are Joss Whedon and you want to be creative? Make a three-part musical to put online. Get some typically Whedon awesome scripting, set it to fab music, get a tight as crew and get a group of awesome actors including Neal Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion to put it all together in no time.

The plot? Dr Horrible (Neal Patrick Harris) is a super villain who is desperate to join the Evil League of Evil and is making all kinds of evil plans to get in. Meantime, he has a crush on Penny (Felicia Day), a girl he sees regularly at the laundrette. But all of his plans are laid to waste when his nemesis Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) not only thwarts his evil plans, but starts dating Penny. Dr Horrible needs to pull out all the stops to make sure that he wins.

So fabulous. Just wonderful story telling that takes you places that you don’t expect and leaves you… nope, can’t even think about the end. Go watch it.

 

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L’udienza (1972) Film Review

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Amedeo (Enzo Jannacci) is a man with a problem and he needs to speak to the Pope about it. But try as he may, he cannot. There are a variety of different people who are getting in his way, and some perhaps on his side… although it is very hard to tell as I have no idea about what happened.

It’s absurd and confusing yet I quite liked it. The cinematography (recently restored) is beautiful and I quite liked the characters even though they often treat each other quite badly – there is a lot of passionate slapping and the like. So odd. And funny. But mostly odd.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Film Review

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After Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) found a way for his people to become friends with dragons in How to Train Your Dragon, he spends a lot of time with Toothless investigating the wider world. And then he discovers that not everyone in the wider world is nice. And there are a whole bunch of battles and fights, and not everyone survives.

Made me laugh, made me cry. And I think was a pretty top sequel to the first one. And there are a few decent female characters – sure one chick is totally boy crazy, but she also kicks arse somewhat.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature of the Year and won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.

 

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American Horror Story – TV Review

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A man and a woman and their child move into a house that is somewhat creepy. Turns out – it’s haunted and lots of scary stuff happens. Heaps of violence and sexiness and some funniness.

As with so many shows, the most graphic and freaky stuff happens in the first episode. Being a wuss, I was more than happy with that being the case. Horror, but not too much horror, thank you. Personally, I was pretty happy with the characters and what happened to them, and while I am not racing out the door for season two, I am looking forward to checking it out at some point.

 

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