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  • spicymchaggis

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    Celbridge

    About Me
    Sound Engineer, Gamer, Comics, Books, Tv, Movies etc...

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Chernobyl Diaries

Reviewed by spicymchaggis

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

Went into this not sure what to expect. On the plus it wasn't shot in handycam style yet did suffer from some shaky shots and went out of focus in scenes which didn't add to the atmosphere at all. This movie as a whole was just very unsatisfying, far from scary the ending was just awful and to be honest lazy. It built up some edge and atmosphere at the start and could have had potential but it just bombed. Most "scary" parts are from quick loud jumps in audio and quick camera close ups usually just something falling over. You will never get to see what is following them properly in it (bad fuzzy camera shots on par with UFO fake vids) and just ends without explanation. Might be touchy topic for some people but then again a lot of movies can be. Personally if I had paid to see this movie I would have felt cheated but some people might like it, each to their own I guess. Big thanks to movies.ie for the tickets anyways.

Real Steel

Reviewed by spicymchaggis

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

I wasnt expecting much of this movie after seeing the trailers tbh and I was proven wrong. In short the movie is basically Rocky meets rockem sockem robots through a father and son connecting over the sport. It's set in the not too distant future and they dont over do it, no hover cars and aliens but rather fancy looking phones, robots and alternative power. The movie starts out making you really hate the Charlie (Hugh Jackman) who has a string of debts, cares about noone but himself and even sells his 11 year old son (reminded me of a young anakin skywalker the whole movie) off after he gains custody when an ex-girlfriend passes away. He ends up stuck with the kid for the summer where they bond (and argue) over robot boxing after they stumble across and but of course a rather "unique" old generation robot. Charlie uses his knowledge of boxing mixed with the sons knowledge of tech to work their way through the ranks (cue the montage) of underworld fighting up to the major leagues. Every fight is enjoyable to watch as is the movie dispite it being very predictable especially the last fight. It has your family bonding, love interests, the under dog prevailing and of course robots beating the crap out of each other. I would definitely recommend it to watch and may end up buying it when gets released on DVD / BluRay. Yet again cheers for the tickets movies.ie

Super 8

Reviewed by spicymchaggis

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

I went into this not knowing what to expect with Abrams tv series Lost leaving me very annoyed but also thinking Star Trek in the back of my mind which was fantastic. I in the end rather enjoyed the movie and while watching it I couldnt help but think of the 70's / 80's movies I grew up watching and loved. The cast are essentially no namers bar Kyle Chandler (known for the tv series Early Edition) and new to the big screen Elle Fanning (Dakota Fannings sister) whom in my opinion can out act her sister. I loved the lack of 3D and excessive fx's and green screen but still showing some of Abrams touches such as camera flare. The movie moves along at a nice pace without the need for flashing the alien constantly in your face and lots of shooting. Overall I really enjoyed and would recommend seeing it to anyone. Now if I had to pick at something and this is really nit picking also SPOILERS is that the cubes the ship was built out of were totally not necessary in the story and also the Alien is nearly the splitting image of the ones in the new tv series Falling Skies. And to Movies.ie thanks again for tickets again and an enjoyable evening, definitely worth the trip from Kildare

Kung Fu Panda 2

Reviewed by spicymchaggis

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

First thanks movies.ie for the tickets, bit late on the review here. Have to say I really enjoyed this movie from start to finish and found myself continuously chuckling to myself and loved the action sequences were also great. I think they found a good balance in this movie as it didnt feel like any part was drawn out or overdid. This is also something I dont say in reviews but I actually like the 3D in this movie, it worked and actually made a difference and the visuals were crisp. The same old cast from the famous five return with some new actors including the legendary Gary Oldman playing the part of the villain. Actually my only gripe with this movie and the reason im giving it 4 stars and not 5 is a few of the characters really dont speak at all which is a shame but still loved the movie and will probably go see it again. On top of all this the was an excellent musical score from none other than Hans Zimmer himself which really adds to the oriental atmosphere of the movie which had a nice run length aswell, not too long and not too short but I enjoyed it that much time disappear and it was evident that the kids loved it and everyone else when it ended to applause. Again thanks movies.ie, look forward to future movies. Always worth a trip from Kildare.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Reviewed by spicymchaggis

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

First of all you should be going to see this movie without expecting it to be like the other 3. Its doesnt have Bloom, Knightley or most of the original crew. Its a new saga based around Jack Sparrow. Its one of those movies where you switch your brain off, sit back, enjoy and maybe get some chuckles here and there. Most of if not all of the laughs in this movie come from Johnny Depp as most of the other main characters seem lethargic and lack any on screen energy (especially Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane). There is some things left unexplained in the movie aswell which slightly annoyed me with the big one being the complete lack of explanation of Blackbeards (McShane) powers. The soundtrack is as you would expect from Hans Zimmer, simply fantastic. The 3D seemed unnecessary and most of the time it didnt apply as I found myself removing my 3D glasses to find pretty much no difference and hope in the future to see more 2D options rather than 3D. The 3D also seemed to make the somewhat dull sword fighting scenes rather messy or flurried. For those waiting till after the credits I really wouldnt bother as the 10 second clip isnt worth the wait. Overall im glad I saw it and rather enjoyed it. One last note, when did mermaids become underwater vampires? (at least they didnt sparkle)

Thor

Reviewed by spicymchaggis

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

This easily has to be one of the best movies I've seen this year and one of the best and true to the comic Marvel movies I've seen. The CGI worked very well and Asgard Looked breath taking and I was more than happy with the 3D (which I wasnt expecting so had 3D glasses on top of my other glasses) with even the credits enjoyable to watch. Chris Hemsworth did the part of Thor brilliantly and made me laugh many a time after he had fallen to earth (especially the pet store scene) and shows the other side of thor, the human side, very well. Natalie Portman was also a perfect choice for the movie bringing many laughs as I would expect from her in a movie like this. I was wondering if they would pull off the character Heimdall and it did him justice. If it was a one off Thor movie I would have thought it a bit short but with two sequels due to come out and three Avengers movies it was just right. It stayed true to the history, facts and lore of the comic and more than makes up for that woeful movie Wolverine. Its fun, action packed, funny and definitely worth a watch even if you know absolutely nothing about the comics. The legendary Stan Lee made his cameo as usual and was nice to see one of the Avengers make an early appearance aka *SPOILER* Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye which had me grinning the second I saw someone reach for a bow rather than a rifle. This movie will not fail to disappoint. Roll on X-Men First Class and Captain America, if they are even half as good as this I'll be satisfied. Cheers movies.ie for the tickets. Also, wait for the credits to end aswell. *SPOILER* Its a hard reference but I think it has something to with Oded Feher's character Graviton in the Avengers

Sucker Punch

Reviewed by spicymchaggis

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

This movie was beyond a let down after dying to see it for ages. Lets get the good parts (what little there is) out of the way first. The visuals and audio were breath taking and I wouldnt expect any less from Zack Snyder. It appealed the fantasy / gamer inside me with the Ninja Gaiden style ninjas and the Killzone / Call of Duty style nazis and a hint of Dungeons & Dragons throne into the movie. Sadly it goes downhill from here, the movie started out well for the first 15-20 mins but then its goes all Inceptiony with a fantasy within a fantasy and storylines become incoherent leaving you with a feeling that this movie was slapped together. They even more strange part is they drift into these fantasy worlds while one of the main characters dances.At the end of the movie your left with a WTF feeling. By the end of the movie I felt physically drained after keeping myself there to the end (which sadly a fair few people didn't stick around for). I dont think i could honestly bring myself to watch it again but thanks for the tickets movies.ie, much appreciated.

Killing Bono

Reviewed by spicymchaggis

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

The title of this movie had me humming and hawwing before I went to see it as i'm not much of a U2 fan but it was a fantastic movie. It focuses more so on U2's rival band back from the school days which contains the McCormack Brothers (Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan) who are the main characters of this movie. We see them fight through ups and downs (lots and lots of downs) to attain their fame but always residing the the shadow of U2 and their school mate bono. Its full of lots of Irish humour and great characters. An excellent movie for the late great Pete Postlethwaite to end his career with and a great character he played to boot. The character of Bono is played as quite a humble character aswell not boasting fame and even making cracks about people disliking him which was a nice touch. Overall I would recommend seeing this