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World War Z zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Hello readers,

If you’re a fan of zombie movies I would imagine that it doesn’t take a lot to thrill you, so you’ll like this movie. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. You will see a lot of zombies, fast ones. There’s a lot of running, screaming, panicking.

But if you were expecting an interesting adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel, it doesn’t happen here.

Scarf-wearing Brad Pitt, a U.N Investigator (what the hell is that anyway?), globe trots across the U.S.A , Israel and Cardiff (yeah, I know) to investigate the causes of a zombie outbreak.

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As it turns out, Brad Pitts’ investigative skills are entirely useless and no known cause of the outbreak is ever found. Approximately 90 minutes into the movie, this was all we knew about the zombies:

– They’re fast . Except when they’re not. Any noise makes them move faster. (Stay away from activities like hymn singing)

– They’re great at team-working to achieve a common goal. Like bringing down this helicopter which flies too close to the ground anyway.

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Along with no cause, no known cure is found either.

Pitt figures out a way for us humans to be avoided by the zombies by injecting himself with an incurable illness (Typhoid? Not attractive to zombies). I’m not quite sure I would enjoy injecting myself with HIV just to go to the supermarket but this is a reality the people of World War Z will have to live with.

Somebody give me a good movie!!!

 

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Man of Steel …

Hello readers,

It was the highly anticipated opening of Man of Steel today.

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I don’t know if I was ever really excited about seeing any of the Superman movies. I’m more of a Marvel comic fan than DC (Yes there is a difference), but something about this looked different,  and it was!

What was ”good” different:

– using Henry Cavill – brilliant move casting crew, brilliant move.

– some mysteries explained – the first sequences are almost identical in script to the 1978 Superman (except Marlon Brando is replaced by Russell Crowe and this annoys me) . We get to see not only where Kal-El originated, but that he was the first of his kind to be born naturally for centuries. Later in the movie, Jor-El explains to Kal that he is to be someone us humans are to aspire to … I hardly think flying and shooting lasers out of my eyes is a reasonable and achievable goal but nevermind.

– the size (of everything) – huge production and looks great.

What was ”bad” different:

– It’s all over the place. We go from baby Kal-El shot into space, to grown-man Kal-El already using his powers like a pro. Brief glimpses of his childhood are there but I personally liked the gradual ease into his powers that some of the older movies had.

– Where is the chemistry between Lois Lane and Kal-El !? – there is no Man of Steel there I can tell you that much.

– There is such a thing as too many explosions. Simpler is better!

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In as many of these remakes as we’ve seen, I don’t think this will be the last. There was still no sign of baddie Lex Luthor. If you focus less on the explosions however, you’ll notice ‘Lexcorp’ on some of the trucks being thrown around.

Overall , a 3/5 for me. What was it for you?

 

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The running diaries: part three

Hello readers! I have missed you.

I’d like to say the running has gotten easier but it really hasn’t, and it really never will. Every time I do it, it is just as painful, just as long, and just as fun as the last time (I use the term ‘fun’ loosely here). In trying to stay in-tune with running events happening around me, I have subscribed to all manners of websites and groups which are meant to send me these updates.

Mostly however, I receive an inspirational quote per day which does the exact opposite of what it is intended to do, and has absolutely nothing to do with a running event whatsoever. Here are some examples:

”You earn your body” – No. I do not earn my body and do not get paid to look like this, much as I would like to be.

”It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop” – Simply not true. Stationary people are a lot less frustrating than slow-moving people. Stopping is better.

”I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday” – Except if you’re not. In-fact, if I run on Monday and don’t run on Tuesday, I was actually closer yesterday than I was today.

You’ll be pleased to hear that I have unsubscribed myself from these ridiculous websites.

But the running continues 🙂

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Stoker

Is this not the best movie you’ve seen in a while!?  Just say yes!

With a partner who likes your average block-buster/super-hero type action movies , it becomes a little difficult to watch art-house movies of this kind without feeling a little guilty (” What the hell is this? Where are the explosions? ” ).

I got very lucky with the name. Well into the first 40 minutes my partner realised that this was not a vampire action thriller, but it was too late.

I don’t even know where to start!

The cinematography is beautiful. Almost every frame could be a photograph, and the music compliments it so well. If you’re like me and you like to google your movies before or after watching to see the synopsis, please don’t do it with this movie! It has been described as a ‘drama’ about India Stoker and her mysterious uncle who has ‘ulterior motives’ . This can’t be further from what really goes on.

I suppose it will mean something different to everyone but to me it was a story of family, love and seduction (Yes, yes he’s her uncle but that’s what makes it so interesting!).

The characters are played faultlessly by Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman and the moments they don’t say a word are the best.

You just have to see it. This review will do it no justice.

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