Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Empire Cinema Leicester Square

Empire Cinema Leicester square

This is the first of my reviews of cinemas, I went to empire cinema to see the press screening of a film called Live! Now the Leicester Square cinemas all have something in common there is a constant flow of customer coming up to the doors and checking out whats going on. The staff at the Empire aren't very much on the ball as the guy i spoke to had no real idea what i should be doing while i waited.

Apart from that its a lovely cinema clearly looked after, I was put off by the idea that it doubles up as a casino but step inside and you wont even know its there. If i ever go back there I'll fill you in on any other details but till then that's all i really have to say about then Empire.

Monday, 29 September 2008

R.I.P Paul Newman

Paul Newman 1925 - 2008

Just a quick note for this screen legend that sadly died.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

The Bourne Trilogy

The Bourne Trilogy

No Jason Bourne, no Casino Royale; its that simple. The Bourne Trilogy was the spy/assassin thrillers that made bond grow up and its easy to see why. All of the Bourne movies have a conscience and a serious look at the lives of these professional killers. Not to mention that the fights kick ass, the car chase are among some of the best in movie history and as the movies go on they just get faster paced and more thrilling and hear pounding.

pure adrenaline entertainment with an honest core, Quatum of Solace anyone?

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Tales of the Riverbank

Tales of the Riverbank

This charming British remake of the much loved 1960's TV series is exactly that; charming. rarely in this day and age of pixar, dreamworks and all number of cg animated movies, tales of the riverbank go's for a different approach and hopes that the kids watching have enough imagination left to enjoy the ride.

whilst the majority of the laughs are made for a younger audience, I think most adults will get a kick out of this simple film making.

Friday, 26 September 2008

New Films

New Films

Quantum of Solace

Well, if there is anything that can top the Dark Knight its this... not sure about this poster though...

Two Lovers

One of my favourite actors Jaquin Pheonix in what looks run of the mill.


Angelina Jolies Oscar nod? With Clint Eastwood Directing I'd put money on it.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Made of Honour

Made of Honour

In an industry that is over saturated in unoriginal crap and with less depth than a golf hole, made of honour is no different! With a few laughable moments and interesting development some scenes are somewhat redeemable, but ultimately predictable and disposable crap.

My review will be up at the smell of napalm next week.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Cloverfield 2?

Cloverfield 2?

One of the highlights of cinema this year was Cloverfield, its original take on the monster movie made for one of the more enjoyable cinema visits this year. Of course you may have come out feeling a little sick. I thought i would cover the news of a sequel, the last we heard from one of the masterminds JJ Abrams, they were thinking of different ideas and were just waiting for one to strike them. in short there will be a sequel, Cloverfield was hugely popular and it made money, it will have a sequel.

Question is, what will they do with it? i have read some rumours that the film will be the same night of the attack but for a different viewpoint, like that of another civilian like the bloke filming on the bridge during the first film. Maybe from the view point from someone more official like a soldier? Who knows, all we can do is watch this space....

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Ashes of Time Redux

Ashes of Time Redux

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and House of Flying daggers. We've all seen them, we all know how amazing they look, but did we know that one film did it years before? Ashes of time is a film that has been stuck in development hell for 16 years! I think that has to be a record right? Well it finally hit British shores a couple of weeks back.

Apart from looking amazing, like an oil painting on a screen. Because of the way it has been cut its a Little hard to follow and a little dull at times.

My reviews will be up at the smell of napalm soon.

Monday, 22 September 2008

New Films and an apology

New Films

The teen film biting into what was Harry Potters release date this Christmas.

I've been watching Frank Langellas career closely because he is an amazing actor and impersonator. This looks like more of the same thing.

its Titanic 2... maybe not

Anything with Paris Hilton in should probably be avoided like the plague...

and an apology,

I have been on holiday this last week so in the vein hope that anyone is reading this i am now back and ready to keep you up to date once again.

Thank you
The Bee

Friday, 12 September 2008

New Films

New Films

Labor Pains

A young woman to pretends to be pregnant in order to avoid being fired from her job. When that gets her a bunch of special treatment by everyone involved in her life, she tries to keep up the lie for nine months.

Leaves of Grass
An Ivy League professor (Norton) is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother (Norton), a small-time pot grower, has concocted a scheme to take down a local drug lord (Dreyfuss).
Pride and Glory

A saga centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney (Edward Norton), investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law (Colin Farrell). For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD

The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, a San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Summer round up 2009

Summer round up 2009

Well to continue my summer round up, we’ll be looking forward to the biggest films of 2009.

Xmen Origins: Wolverine
It wouldn’t be summer without a comic book movie now would it; the beginning of this summer gave us a rather brilliant if dumbed down Iron Man. Now the Xmen are back or to be more precise Wolverine is back, Hugh Jackman back in the role he was born for and hopefully now breaking away from the ankle biting young certificate films, can now unleash some feral rage.

Akira and Dragonball Z
After the Wachowskis ruined speed racer, live action adaptations of anime greats will not be very well respected. Well next year two of the most popular and arguably two of the best ever animes are set to be released and will be under great scrutiny, Akira was only announced a few months ago but Leonardo Di Caprio who is producing has reportedly said that its due for release next summer. As for Drgonball Z, fans have been in uproar about this but its coming, see two blogs back for some more pics.

Terminator Salvation

This year a franchise long forgotten had luke warm come back in the form of Dr Jones, next year Christian Bale takes on the machines as John Conner in Terminator Salvation. The Director is planning on it being a batman ish come back, and with the casting of Christian Bale winning him brownie points he might just have one. But will he go for a new feel or make it more like the tense unstoppable machine thrill ride like the first two?
Star Trek

This year Sex and the city had a revival somewhat, with news of a sequel it looks set to continue the cash in. next summer is Star Treks turn. Fans are crying out “it doesn’t need a revival!”, everyone else is crying out “we don’t need it at all”, The driving force behind this? JJ Abrams. The great but dragged out lost creator who has produced monsters to destroy New York and mission impossible a little more likable is going where no director has dared go. Of course if we follow the rule that every odd star trek film is shit then Mr Abrams I’m afraid you’ll have to go.

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

As the summer continues so does another big franchise, Transformers will be back this summer. Its Michael Bay so expect bigger, harder ,faster action that will leave you with a headache.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

As the chronicles of Narnia continued and as Warner Brothers pushed back the release, another childrens franchise continues next summer. Just as Narnia is warming up Harry Potter is almost at his last chapter, nut now that everyone know whats going to happen will it change the popularity of the film? I highly doubt it.

The A-Team

Another TV series set to make a big screen return is The A team directed by John Singleton (boyz in the hood). I think he’s very brave not only is The A team loved by a lot of people its also going to be hard not only bringing what was so brilliant about the series but also casting the iconic characters without being camp. Some of the casting rumours include Bruce Willis as Hannibal, Woody Harrelson as Murdock and Ice Cube is brave enough to take on Mr T sucka!


Its been a long time since we’ve seen a general cinema release from Jim Cameron, and next summer will see him push the boundaries of cinema itself in what is being called a next generation of film making. Avatar is an epic sci fi adventure filmed entirely in 3D, however it’s received its bound to turn a few heads.


2009 will bring on pixars 10th feature called Up, A tale about a 70+ adventurer who travels the world with a dumb sidekick.


The Dark Knight was the talk of this summer and I’m willing to bet that Watchmen will be the talk of the next. The Watchmen graphic novel has for a long time been called un filmable and has been attached to a lot of Directors in the past. But Zak Snyder has done it and after the trailer was released people were saying it don’t half look good! Widely considered the greatest graphic novel Watchmen is an alternative history tale where caped heroes are shunned by the general public. When one of them is killed the others must from to find out what’s going on.

Thats it for now, thanks for reading...
The bee

Friday, 5 September 2008

Summer Blockbuster Round Up

Summer Blockbuster Round Up

The Summer started with a bang, Robert Downey Jnr finally abusing his star power and it paid off hugely. A large part of that was the casting, Tony Stark was perfect for him and his charisma carries the entire film. This is well and truly the beginning of a franchise and as with Spiderman and Xmen the sequel is bound to be brilliant.

Check out my review for more.


So what is next for Iron man, well Iron Man 2 begins shooting next spring for presumably a summer 2010 release. No real idea for the story at the moment but some things are sure, John Favreau has confirmed he will be directing which is indeed great news and Robert Downey Jnr has said he is up for it, which is even better news. One rumor is that War Machine will make an appearance.

Speed Racer

Just as the Summer was supposed to be warming up, the trailers for Speed Racer looked like cars racing around a pinball machine. It was supposed to speed up the summer and if you saw it I’m sure you were hoping the summer would speed up and give you the next blockbuster. The Wachowski brothers showed us again exactly why the Matrix sequels were so poor, more concentrating on visuals than actual character development. Saying all of that at least the visuals in the Matrix sequel were nice to look at, Speed Racer should come with a health warning it’s so glaringly colorful and fast paced!

So what’s next for these two, well the brothers are currently producing Ninja Assassin for release in Jan 09. So far no news of what they want to direct next.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

This summer Harrison Ford adorned the leather jacket and fedora once more, almost 20 years since we saw him ride into the sunset with his father. The excitement was well and truly there and it was clearly one of the most hyped films of the year, the reaction- mixed. Fans and critics alike were shaking their hands at what did feel like an Indy movie but didn’t deliver like the originals. For me it was that over baked ending which fit the sci fi theme but not Indiana Jones.

Spielberg is teaming up with Peter Jackson next for the motion capture trilogy Tintin, should be very good with these two master minds behind it but c’mon motion capture!? The first Tintin is set for a 2010 release, no doubt a summer tent pole.

Sex and the City: The Movie

Check out my blog back in August 25th for a quick review, but this film was yet another one of the few revivals this summer. Much like Indiana Jones and the X files after it Sex and the City performed well enough for the hardcore fans but just didn’t live up to its origins

There is apparently a sequel in the works for release in 2011?

The Incredible Hulk

Another comic book movie, but this time a re envisioning of the Hulk. Ang Lee’s version was ridiculed by critics and quite right they were to. So the pressure was on, or was it? When the competition was so bad it was clear it was going to be received better especially by the casting of Edward Norton, who is used to playing tortured heroes. What we were given was a more fun Hulk movie instead of the more brain numbing father son thing we had in the first one.

Check out my review for more.

There have been several rumors of a sequel and all the stars have said they would love to come back to it, but it only grossed the same amount as the last one so it does not bode to well for a sequel but I would put money on it.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The first real kids blockbuster of the summer was the second in the legendary book series written by C.S Lewis, much like Harry Potter the marketing aimed to tell you that “you may find narnia a more savage place than you remember” and that it was but I don’t think anyone told the child actors. Prince Caspian did deliver the goods, it had more adult themes and was filmed in a much darker way but the absence of a bad guy you could really hate, and the child actors not really grasping the drama, couldn’t really save the fact the only redeeming factor of the film was a certain talking rodent.

Check out my review for more.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader is due to start shooting spring next year for a summer 2010 release and all the stars have confirmed that they are in it. No doubt it will be marketing as a darker more adult tale.

Another Mark Miller adaptation graced our screens this summer and it was directed by the man who brought us the visually stunning Nightwatch. It was inevitable what was going to happen when the two collided and visually Wanted did not disappoint. For all its credits it still had a major flaw in its character development and rather flimsy plot, but still it looked good ah?

It was the surprise hit of the summer and was fairly entertaining, Mark Millar has entertained the though of a sequel and franchise but no official word yet.

It wouldn’t be summer without Will Smith now would it and this year didn’t fail as much as stumble half way through. Much like I am legend another fine performance from the ever likable fresh prince was ruined half way through, in I am legend it was the cgi. In this film it’s the story line which takes an awful tangent half way through.

Check out my review for more.

There’s nothing lined up for Will Smith for next summer but just wait he’s bound to announce something and Hancock does look like the start of a possible franchise.


The next installment for Pixar was a daring one, a lead character with no voice and completely on his own for a large proportion of the film. The funny thing is that not only did it pay off but it was the best part of the movie. As with all Pixar movies it looked stunning and the characters were very loveable.

Pixars next one is called up and its being called a “coming of old age story” about a seventy something hero who travels the world. Sounds like Pixar are planning on being daring once again and this critic has no doubt they will pull it off again.

The Dark Knight
Whichever way you look at it, it was always going to be the biggest film of the year. Batman Begins had created a legion of fans that eagerly awaited the film. It had an ingenious viral marketing campaign that had the internet on fire, the trailers were amazing and on top of that it was surrounded in controversy when Heath Ledger sadly passed away. Currently tearing its way up the biggest grossing films of all time The Dark Knight is still stunning audiences worldwide and is clearly the film of the year.

Check out my review for more

As for making it a trilogy, well there have been a lot of rumors ranging from the extreme ‘Cher as an aging catwoman’ to downright excitable ‘Johnny Depp as the Riddler’. Whatever Christopher Nolan decides it has a lot to live up to.

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

The summer began with a comic book movie and so it ended with a comic book movie, this one was a dark horse of the summer. The first Hellboy was entertaining enough but it lacked any real imagination and a great bad guy. That’s exactly what changed, Guillermo Del Toro still reeling from the success of Pans Labyrinth had a lot more freedom and you can see it. The film is a wonderful watch and the choice of more practical effects over cgi pays off brilliantly! The evil prince Nuada kicks ass the whole way through the film.

A third one? Well Del Toro is a busy man what with the Hobbit coming up but he really wants to make it a trilogy, watch this space…

Well thats it for now.....

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Dragonball Z

Dragonball Z

The moment a lot of Dragonball Z fans thought they would never see is nearly upon us, a live action film of arguably one of the most popular animes in history.

The film is an origin story about Goku a super Saiyan, here played by Justin Chatwin (The war of the worlds 2005). The pictures look good but then i never liked the series myself.

The film also stars Emmy Russom (Phantom of the opera) as Bulma.

I'd love to see some comments about this, just to see what all the fans of the series really think? This photo shows Chow Yun-Fat who plays Master Roshi.
go here and check out the film for yourself

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

New Films

New Films

More brainless fun with Jason Statham

More of the same thing from the people that brought you Saw 1,2,3 and 4

Belnicio Del Toro's Oscar winner?

Ridley Scott and Russel Crowe together again, it cant fail...
happy viewing

Monday, 1 September 2008

Schindlers List

Scindlers List

Schindlers List

There are very few hard hitting films about Human atrocities that really do the event justice. The most important thing about these films is that they are blunt and honest and deliver a film that is unflinching and show the audience just how it would have been, they also should be made with the utmost respect for the people that lost their lives.

Schindlers list is one of the few, arguably one of Spielberg’s finest movies. Schindlers List is a hard hitting drama about the real story of Oskar Schindler who saved the lives of over 1200 Jews during the Holocaust. The film is honest in its approach and the message of the film is complimented by the characters and the acting not smothered by it.

I couldn’t recommend this movie more.

Read about Oskar Schinlder yourself

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