Archive for June, 2012


The Adventurs of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

The Adventurs of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on an adventure to find the long lost sunken treasure that belonged to Haddocks ancestors.

I have never been a massive fan of Tintin but when seeing that Steven Moffat, Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright have combined on the screenplay I had to see it. Unfortunately I felt a bit let down by the story itself. I didn’t feel that much happened and at time just came across boring. The visual effects were stunning and possible the best I have ever seen. The duo of Thomson and Thomson, voiced by Pegg and Frost, had very little screen time and came across more annoying than funny. After doing some reading there are plenty of Easter eggs in the film relating too many of the Tintin stories however unless you were a fan you would not notice them.

 

Recommend

The film felt like one big set up for possible sequels in a long standing Tintin series which will hopefully have better stories to them. I thought the film looked amazing and I’m glad I saw it, however as a whole it wasn’t that good of a film. Have some spare time with nothing else to watch then watch this but don’t expect to be blown away.

TheFriedGold rating – 2/5

 

 

Film Fact

The painter at the beginning bears the likeness of Hergé, creator of the ‘Tintin’ comics. Furthermore, he draws Tintin’s portrait in Herge’s style. Using Hergé’s likeness is an homage to the artist’s own private joke of incorporating the likenesses of friends and family in his Tintin works.

 

 

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Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids (2011)

Directed by Paul Feig

Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dawd

 

 

 

A childhood friend is getting married and Annie wants to be the best maid of honour possible. However things don’t go to plan when a new friend of the bride tries to out do everything she is planning to become a battle of the best.

This is a full out comedy for the female viewer. I sort of expected what i was going to get although I thought it was going to be a lot funnier than it actually was. You do get some real cringe moments but the film just didn’t live up to the hype that I expected. The best thing in it was Chris O’Dawd but he wasn’t even that funny in the film.

 

Recommend

If you are a man and haven’t seen this i would say you could easily never see this film. For the ladies I’m sure you will find parts of this really funny and disgusting at the same time. For me I can probably say I will ever watch this again, just wasn’t for me.

TheFriedGold rating – 1.5-5

 

 

Film Fact

Bridesmaids is the highest grossing R-rated female comedy of all time in the domestic box office, edging out Sex and the City.

Moneyball

Moneyball (2011)

Directed by Bennett Miller

Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman

An ex baseball player is now the general manager of the Oakland A’s and to be able to compete with the money of the big team he hires a computer whiz who helps train the players by using computer analysis.

Pitt and Hill were both up for Oscars for this film and after watching it I can see why. Now I usually avoid the big Oscar films but this one did take my fancy. The relationship between Pitt and Hill is one of the main aspects of the film as well as Pitt trying to make up for his past and not wanting to be a failure again. The film as a whole is very heavily related to baseball, a subject I’m not really aware of, and can get a bit complicated at times if you know nothing of the sport. Also the film was quite long and at times a bit boring (that’s Oscar films for you), although there were some funny moments as you would expect from Hill.

 

Recommend

I did enjoy the film but it’s probably not one I would watch again. I would say watch this but fans of baseball may find this film more interesting than most.

TheFriedGold rating – 2.5/5

 

 

Film Fact

First baseball movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) since Field of Dreams twenty-two years earlier.

 

Red Lights

Red Lights (2012)

Directed by Rodrigo Cortes

Starring Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy

 

 

A Psychologist and her assistant study the paranormal but instead of believing in what they see they prove that it is all made up. This all leads them to Robert De Niro’s character Simon Silver, who is a superstar psychic. The investigation brings up some strange occurrences. Is it all real or has he been faking the whole time?

I wasn’t totally sure what this film was about before I saw it. The draw of Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy is what got me to watch this. Cillian was great in the film with his eagerness to prove that De Niro’s character can’t really be doing any of this stuff really comes across. Nothing will stop him from completing his goal. The film itself is pretty clever and although there are some twists and turns throughout the film, some of which are obvious, others will have you thinking.

Recommend

Fans of Cillian Murphy, as i am, should see this film. It might not be worth a trip to the cinema but definitely worth a watch if you get the chance.

TheFriedGold rating – 3/5

Film Fact

Toby Jones plays a professor in the film. He seems to be in everything at the moment

Men in Black 3

Men in Black 3 (2012)

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

Starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Jermaine Clement

 

 

 

There one minute, gone the next, Agent K has disappeared from the present and it is up to Agent J to go back in time to the 60’s to stop the killing of Agent K.

The film is very character driven and we get to see some of the back stories that made Agent K and J the people they are today. Jermaine Clement plays a fantastic bad guy and there is an excellent and very sexy cameo from Nicole Scherzinger at the start of the film. Josh Brolin plays a younger Tommy Lee Jones and when you very first hear him talking you could easily think that the voice has been dubbed. It hasn’t however and Brolin does a fantastic impression of Jones.

Recommendation

The film as a whole was enjoyable and good fun. Josh Brolin was the stand out performer and there were some nice little nods to the first 2 films. If you enjoyed the other 2 you would also enjoy this.

Film Fact

Fans of Arrested Development will love Will Arnetts cameo as Agent AA