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Okay - going to try something a little different. Instead of writing and posting a review for every film I see - I'm going to do it on a monthly basis instead. Given how many movies I see a month (I think this month is a more populous one than usual!) it gives me a chance to write about everything I see.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - I belong to the ‘if you can’t say anything *nice*...’ school. So what I will say is the opening scenes with the launch of Apollo 11 were worth the numb bum. As was the voice cast (Hugo Weaving AND Leonard Nimoy - how much more pointy eared awesomeness can you take?), the meeting of two icons and the ‘proper’ use of the word ‘w*nker’ - with a Scottish accent. Yes, I am five - you’ve noticed.

Oh and the 3D was actually very well done. Shame about the damn movie mind.

Bridesmaids - I *really* wanted to like this - the reviews (with a few exceptions) have been good. It promised to be a ‘different’ romantic comedy. Um - yeah. I’ll stick with the ‘50’s screwballs myself.
Bit too close to real life to be a ‘proper’ rom com. Not to mention that I tend to like my comedy the same as I like my toiletries - cruelty free. Mileage may vary.

Labyrinth/The Princess Bride - the 1980’s were crap for many reasons (least of all, secondary school) but there were some class movies. Such as these two. David Bowie has never been better in a film (yes, this is better than The Man Who Fell To Earth - not like that’s hard) and what can one say about The Princess Bride that hasn’t already been said... The future Mr Beckymonster better be a fan is all I’m sayin’.

X-Men: First Class - chatty monster is chatty )

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - I cried (typical) my mascara didn’t run (which isn’t typical) and the ‘audience participation’ was different. Still an awesome film, mind.

Schwing Along Wayne’s World: So, I must have been the only person in the (packed out!) cinema who *actually* saw the film at the cinema the first time around - It was the first film I saw after I passed my driving test. Yeah, many many memories attached to this film!

Even so - this was awesome and hearing an entire cinema of people singing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has to be a highlight of the year. Audience participation *definitely* welcome here!

The Black Cauldron: Disney’s 25th full length animation and an excellent representation of the company’s 80’s nadir.
No, really, this is *bad*. Not as bad as the Rankin-Bass take on Lord of the Rings (or rather ‘Everything up to Helms Deep’) which for which there are no (polite) words to describe that awfulness... but it makes a good hash of it.

The main problem, is that it tries to marry up the greatness of The Sword In The Stone with the ‘darkness’ of a Sauron wannabe - complete with ‘cute’ Disney sidekicks. And an insipid hero who needs a good kick to get over himself. All I can say is that John Hurt gives good bad guy and there were some interesting early fx.

Other than that - glad I saw it and can we please have Little Mermaid soon?!

Tree of Life : (Cut and pastaed from my phone, pre and post movie: )
ToL - of note - regardless of film. Saw poster for 'Jane Eyre' and sighed like a Regency Heroine;) Oh Mr Fassbender!

Also - had more emotional connection to said poster than ToL. Though have to say that the 'creation' stuff up to the dino extinction event was just glorious and the best bit of the damn movie.

Cars 2 + Q&A w John Lasseter: So, not one of Pixar’s best, but it is nice to be able to watch one of their films and *not* cry buckets at it. This is not a bad thing!

Still, an improvement on Cars with a definite gauntlet being thrown down to Eon Productions with the opening sequence (Bourne? Schmourne!) and Michael Giachinno’s score sounding like it could have come from any non-Barry Bond soundtrack (and that is a compliment!)

Though for laughs - the Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation short delivers by the bucket load. Constant giggling the entire time.

Also, John Lasseter can talk for *hours* and this is a good thing!


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)
Yup - I got talkative again )

Basil - The Great Mouse Detective - If last week was Disney trying to do fantasy - this week it’s Disney doing Sherlock Holmes. Or not in so many words as it’s supposed to be based on a series of books (that I’ve never heard of)

Anyhow - a *lot* better than the week before’s effort (not like that’s hard!) but still rather enjoyable yarn in which Basil is the mouse version of Sherlock helping a wee girl find her missing father and stop the dastardly Rattigan from overthrowing Her Majesty Queen Victoria - the mouse version. Not the real version as that would be very silly indeed.
Again with the scary characters (a peg-legged bat) and scenes (one involving the dispatch of a hapless minion, involving the biggest damn kitty you ever did see that has as much menace as a Bond villan doing the same) but it’s still a ripping yarn.

Beginners
Before I start - a rant. A short one mind, but a rant all the same. )

Thankfully the movie was more than worth it and they showed the trailer for Jane Eyre (2011) as well. One of my favourite books of all time, having fallen in love with it aged 16 (I was reading Pride and Prejudice for ‘A’ Level English at the same time, but this I read for pleasure) and starring the very lovely Mr M. Fassbender - guess who’ll be there with *bells* on.

So - the movie. It’s a beautiful, thoughtful, gentle film that looks at love from all angles. Given that one of the ‘main’ relationships is highly unconventional (a septuagenarian comes out after his wife dies, pursuing the relationships he never could before. His son is a bit bemused by this) this can only be a very good thing.

It’s not preachy and it’s not conventional - the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is actually more than that - which is nice to see. The relationships are beautifully well played and try as hard as it does - the dog (through subtitles) doesn’t completely steal the show.

Christopher Plummer does that all by himself. The scene where he speaks of why he married is enough to break hearts - it did mine (hankies might be useful!).

Well worth a watch.

The Big Lebowski
Okay, I admit it, I’ll hand in my cinegeek card here and now. Because between this and my antipathy towards the work of Quinten Tarantino (all mouth and no trousers) and my comments about Tezza Malik - there will be those who will be asking baying for my head for it.

I don’t *grok* the Coen Brothers, kay? I enjoyed this, I laughed but... I just don’t ‘get’ their humour. I’ve sat through a number of their films now and...

I love a good bit of surrealism as much as the next melted clock but other than going ‘ah! so that’s where *that* quote comes from!’ this did not strike with me. And yes, I enjoyed the whole ‘Slacker Raymond Chandler’ vibe to it but other than that...
Enjoyable, glad I’ve seen it but that’s about it.

And that is *almost* that for July - I've seen Captain America: The First Avenger as well but I'll add that to next month's list. Needless to say - <3!
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Okay - going to try something a little different. Instead of writing and posting a review for every film I see - I'm going to do it on a monthly basis instead. Given how many movies I see a month (I think this month is a more populous one than usual!) it gives me a chance to write about everything I see.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - I belong to the ‘if you can’t say anything *nice*...’ school. So what I will say is the opening scenes with the launch of Apollo 11 were worth the numb bum. As was the voice cast (Hugo Weaving AND Leonard Nimoy - how much more pointy eared awesomeness can you take?), the meeting of two icons and the ‘proper’ use of the word ‘w*nker’ - with a Scottish accent. Yes, I am five - you’ve noticed.

Oh and the 3D was actually very well done. Shame about the damn movie mind.

Bridesmaids - I *really* wanted to like this - the reviews (with a few exceptions) have been good. It promised to be a ‘different’ romantic comedy. Um - yeah. I’ll stick with the ‘50’s screwballs myself.
Bit too close to real life to be a ‘proper’ rom com. Not to mention that I tend to like my comedy the same as I like my toiletries - cruelty free. Mileage may vary.

Labyrinth/The Princess Bride - the 1980’s were crap for many reasons (least of all, secondary school) but there were some class movies. Such as these two. David Bowie has never been better in a film (yes, this is better than The Man Who Fell To Earth - not like that’s hard) and what can one say about The Princess Bride that hasn’t already been said... The future Mr Beckymonster better be a fan is all I’m sayin’.

X-Men: First Class - chatty monster is chatty )

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - I cried (typical) my mascara didn’t run (which isn’t typical) and the ‘audience participation’ was different. Still an awesome film, mind.

Schwing Along Wayne’s World: So, I must have been the only person in the (packed out!) cinema who *actually* saw the film at the cinema the first time around - It was the first film I saw after I passed my driving test. Yeah, many many memories attached to this film!

Even so - this was awesome and hearing an entire cinema of people singing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has to be a highlight of the year. Audience participation *definitely* welcome here!

The Black Cauldron: Disney’s 25th full length animation and an excellent representation of the company’s 80’s nadir.
No, really, this is *bad*. Not as bad as the Rankin-Bass take on Lord of the Rings (or rather ‘Everything up to Helms Deep’) which for which there are no (polite) words to describe that awfulness... but it makes a good hash of it.

The main problem, is that it tries to marry up the greatness of The Sword In The Stone with the ‘darkness’ of a Sauron wannabe - complete with ‘cute’ Disney sidekicks. And an insipid hero who needs a good kick to get over himself. All I can say is that John Hurt gives good bad guy and there were some interesting early fx.

Other than that - glad I saw it and can we please have Little Mermaid soon?!

Tree of Life : (Cut and pastaed from my phone, pre and post movie: )
ToL - of note - regardless of film. Saw poster for 'Jane Eyre' and sighed like a Regency Heroine;) Oh Mr Fassbender!

Also - had more emotional connection to said poster than ToL. Though have to say that the 'creation' stuff up to the dino extinction event was just glorious and the best bit of the damn movie.

Cars 2 + Q&A w John Lasseter: So, not one of Pixar’s best, but it is nice to be able to watch one of their films and *not* cry buckets at it. This is not a bad thing!

Still, an improvement on Cars with a definite gauntlet being thrown down to Eon Productions with the opening sequence (Bourne? Schmourne!) and Michael Giachinno’s score sounding like it could have come from any non-Barry Bond soundtrack (and that is a compliment!)

Though for laughs - the Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation short delivers by the bucket load. Constant giggling the entire time.

Also, John Lasseter can talk for *hours* and this is a good thing!


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)
Yup - I got talkative again )

Basil - The Great Mouse Detective - If last week was Disney trying to do fantasy - this week it’s Disney doing Sherlock Holmes. Or not in so many words as it’s supposed to be based on a series of books (that I’ve never heard of)

Anyhow - a *lot* better than the week before’s effort (not like that’s hard!) but still rather enjoyable yarn in which Basil is the mouse version of Sherlock helping a wee girl find her missing father and stop the dastardly Rattigan from overthrowing Her Majesty Queen Victoria - the mouse version. Not the real version as that would be very silly indeed.
Again with the scary characters (a peg-legged bat) and scenes (one involving the dispatch of a hapless minion, involving the biggest damn kitty you ever did see that has as much menace as a Bond villan doing the same) but it’s still a ripping yarn.

Beginners
Before I start - a rant. A short one mind, but a rant all the same. )

Thankfully the movie was more than worth it and they showed the trailer for Jane Eyre (2011) as well. One of my favourite books of all time, having fallen in love with it aged 16 (I was reading Pride and Prejudice for ‘A’ Level English at the same time, but this I read for pleasure) and starring the very lovely Mr M. Fassbender - guess who’ll be there with *bells* on.

So - the movie. It’s a beautiful, thoughtful, gentle film that looks at love from all angles. Given that one of the ‘main’ relationships is highly unconventional (a septuagenarian comes out after his wife dies, pursuing the relationships he never could before. His son is a bit bemused by this) this can only be a very good thing.

It’s not preachy and it’s not conventional - the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is actually more than that - which is nice to see. The relationships are beautifully well played and try as hard as it does - the dog (through subtitles) doesn’t completely steal the show.

Christopher Plummer does that all by himself. The scene where he speaks of why he married is enough to break hearts - it did mine (hankies might be useful!).

Well worth a watch.

The Big Lebowski
Okay, I admit it, I’ll hand in my cinegeek card here and now. Because between this and my antipathy towards the work of Quinten Tarantino (all mouth and no trousers) and my comments about Tezza Malik - there will be those who will be asking baying for my head for it.

I don’t *grok* the Coen Brothers, kay? I enjoyed this, I laughed but... I just don’t ‘get’ their humour. I’ve sat through a number of their films now and...

I love a good bit of surrealism as much as the next melted clock but other than going ‘ah! so that’s where *that* quote comes from!’ this did not strike with me. And yes, I enjoyed the whole ‘Slacker Raymond Chandler’ vibe to it but other than that...
Enjoyable, glad I’ve seen it but that’s about it.

And that is *almost* that for July - I've seen Captain America: The First Avenger as well but I'll add that to next month's list. Needless to say - <3!
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Random thoughts on tonight's 'Doctor Who' )

Next week - looks awesome

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The Queen's Birthday Honours were announced today and Liz Ten (Sophie Okonedo) is getting an OBE from Liz Two. Also, the incredibly adorkable (even if he does look a bit like Keanu Reeves/Adric!) Professor Brian Cox can now add 'Officer of the British Empire' to his (rather electic) list of achievements (Royal Society Fellow, Chair of Particle Physics at Manchester University, Team Leader at CERN, presenter of Wonders of the Solar System *and* keyboard player for D:Ream back in the day.) And he can explain cutting edge physics in a way that ejits like I can understand - which makes him just that more awesome.

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DAY TWELVE - WHATEVER TICKLES YOUR FANCY
What tickles my fancy? Amongst other things, male nudity - so I present to y'all, a picspam of male nudity in Doctor Who

Ladies, your viewing figures just went up!. Male Nudity in DW, MILDLY NSFW! )
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Random thoughts on tonight's 'Doctor Who' )

Next week - looks awesome

***

The Queen's Birthday Honours were announced today and Liz Ten (Sophie Okonedo) is getting an OBE from Liz Two. Also, the incredibly adorkable (even if he does look a bit like Keanu Reeves/Adric!) Professor Brian Cox can now add 'Officer of the British Empire' to his (rather electic) list of achievements (Royal Society Fellow, Chair of Particle Physics at Manchester University, Team Leader at CERN, presenter of Wonders of the Solar System *and* keyboard player for D:Ream back in the day.) And he can explain cutting edge physics in a way that ejits like I can understand - which makes him just that more awesome.

***

DAY TWELVE - WHATEVER TICKLES YOUR FANCY
What tickles my fancy? Amongst other things, male nudity - so I present to y'all, a picspam of male nudity in Doctor Who

Ladies, your viewing figures just went up!. Male Nudity in DW, MILDLY NSFW! )
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This is more for my housekeeping than anything else. I am *so* behind on my movie watching, it's not even funny anymore. So - onwards

The 2010 list

Invictus - The film of the *true* story of how Nelson Mandela used one of the hated symbols of apartheid (the Springbok Rugby Team) to peacefully bring both black and white South Africans together just after his coming to power.
Politics, history and big, muscly guys playing Rugby. A near perfect movie - Highly recommended!

Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief - I really enjoyed this - the kids were uniformly good. The story held up and passed the Monster Test* (all movie adaptions must stand up on their breakfast). Believable juxtaposition of modern and myth and hello thar Kevin McKidd! - Recommended (and I'll get around to reading the book at some point)

Predator - One of the greatest action films ever. The end.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - Possibly the greatest comedies ever. And not just because of the nearly naked men either (which, let's be honest... doesn't hurt;))

Alice in Wonderland (2010) - Classic Tim Burton and classic Lewis Carrol. Match made in (a very twisted!) heaven. Bit disconcerting to hear familiar voices (Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman, Barbra Windsor) in very different circumstances.
I've heard the complaint that it doesn't have much of a plot - but then the original book didn't have much in the way of a plot neither! Still, beautiful to look at.

The Princess And The Frog - Disney return to 2D animation and it's actually very good! It's not as good as Disney in it's 1990's heyday but I very much doubt that Disney can be that good again - that baton has passed onto Pixar. Still, worth a watch.
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This is more for my housekeeping than anything else. I am *so* behind on my movie watching, it's not even funny anymore. So - onwards

The 2010 list

Invictus - The film of the *true* story of how Nelson Mandela used one of the hated symbols of apartheid (the Springbok Rugby Team) to peacefully bring both black and white South Africans together just after his coming to power.
Politics, history and big, muscly guys playing Rugby. A near perfect movie - Highly recommended!

Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief - I really enjoyed this - the kids were uniformly good. The story held up and passed the Monster Test* (all movie adaptions must stand up on their breakfast). Believable juxtaposition of modern and myth and hello thar Kevin McKidd! - Recommended (and I'll get around to reading the book at some point)

Predator - One of the greatest action films ever. The end.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - Possibly the greatest comedies ever. And not just because of the nearly naked men either (which, let's be honest... doesn't hurt;))

Alice in Wonderland (2010) - Classic Tim Burton and classic Lewis Carrol. Match made in (a very twisted!) heaven. Bit disconcerting to hear familiar voices (Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman, Barbra Windsor) in very different circumstances.
I've heard the complaint that it doesn't have much of a plot - but then the original book didn't have much in the way of a plot neither! Still, beautiful to look at.

The Princess And The Frog - Disney return to 2D animation and it's actually very good! It's not as good as Disney in it's 1990's heyday but I very much doubt that Disney can be that good again - that baton has passed onto Pixar. Still, worth a watch.
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I *think* I've mentioned from time to time that I have a perchant for dance. I know I mentioned it when I talked about Torchwood 'Captain Jack Harkness' (or rather, see icon!)

Well, this is the production that started my love of dance off.

YouTube video of the Swans Dancing - Possibly NSFW )

Squeefest Ahoy! )

The production finishes at Sadlers Wells this weekend but is on tour around England and Wales from now to Easter (it's in Cardiff the week of mine and John Barrowman's birthdays - mine's 12/3, his is 11/3 - which is the only reason why I remember it - honest!).
It goes without saying that if you are a slasher - you need this in your life. The DVD should be borrowable from your local public Library or the rental service of your choice. Even if you aren't - go/watch it. It's a thing of beauty.

Oh - btw if anyone wants a copy of the soundtrack - yell. I have a copy and 'arrangements' can be made. Also, Cinderella (which hasn't been performed for nearly ten years) looks like it might be the next production for Christmas 2010. One thing is certain. Whatever this company do - I'll go to see it. Wonderful stuff.
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I *think* I've mentioned from time to time that I have a perchant for dance. I know I mentioned it when I talked about Torchwood 'Captain Jack Harkness' (or rather, see icon!)

Well, this is the production that started my love of dance off.

YouTube video of the Swans Dancing - Possibly NSFW )

Squeefest Ahoy! )

The production finishes at Sadlers Wells this weekend but is on tour around England and Wales from now to Easter (it's in Cardiff the week of mine and John Barrowman's birthdays - mine's 12/3, his is 11/3 - which is the only reason why I remember it - honest!).
It goes without saying that if you are a slasher - you need this in your life. The DVD should be borrowable from your local public Library or the rental service of your choice. Even if you aren't - go/watch it. It's a thing of beauty.

Oh - btw if anyone wants a copy of the soundtrack - yell. I have a copy and 'arrangements' can be made. Also, Cinderella (which hasn't been performed for nearly ten years) looks like it might be the next production for Christmas 2010. One thing is certain. Whatever this company do - I'll go to see it. Wonderful stuff.
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The 2007 List, The 2008 List, The 2009 List

Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD and Bernard Cribbins Q&A. BC was on top form, the best thing to say about the film is that it had Daleks in it!

Nine An enjoyable musical with some great songs and great performances. Mileage will vary.

Toy Story 2 3D One of the greatest movies of all time. The End.

Invictus A superb drama, based on real events. Even if you don't *like* rugby - watch it!

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Greek Myths, believable setting, new cuties to look at (paging Kevin McKidd!) and a good, engrossing story too. Recommended

Predator One of the best action films evar. Also, Mac/Blaine y/y? DADT be damned!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Possibly the greatest chick flick EVAR! The End

Alice In Wonderland (2010) Another excellent (if episodic) film from Tim Burton. And no one should do that in a kilt!

The Princess and the Frog 'Disney return to 2D animation with a good film' shock. Not in the same league as 'Beauty and the Beast' (1992) but few are

I Love You Phillip Morris Based on a true story (really!) this is a beautiful, sweet, gay love story. Highly recommended! (and don't leave until the credits!)

Män som hatar kvinnor/The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Blacker than a Sith's heart and not for the faint of heart either but it works as a film and a story. Recommended

How To Train Your Dragon An excellent film let down by some poor choices of voice cast. Scottish adults and American kids? Riiight! Toothless more than makes up for it, mind

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Not the best of the 'original' films (that's Wrath of Kahn) but still utterly awesome!

Clash Of The Titans (2010) If you know the legends, do NOT see this film. If you've seen the Harryhausen original, do NOT see this film. If you don't fall into either of the above heathen! you may enjoy this. Avoid!

Whip It An excellent, if low key, coming of age story. Excellent script, excellent acting and fierce women on skates. Highly recommended!

Iron Man II A superb sequel to the 2008 film. Recommended

The Losers The first 'military team gone rogue' film of the year and very good with it. Chris Evans (no, not that one!) singing 'Don't Stop Believing' will never get old!

The Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time It was either this or the England v Algeria game. This was far more enjoyable

2001: A Space Odyssey A classic and rightly so. And the last 20 minutes still scramble my brains

Fahrenheit 451 This was a very *strange* film. Very artificial and very difficult to like

THX 1138 George Lucas' 'arthouse' movie all gussied up for the 21st century. An interesting film but I more enjoy his later efforts...

Inception Without a doubt, my best film of the year. Christopher Nolan is a damn genius! Cannot recommend it highly enough

Toy Story III A fitting end to the trilogy - not the best of the trilogy but still likely to be one of the best films of the year

Inception Still as awesome as the first time I saw it

The A-Team The 80's tv show updated for the '10's and just as awesome as I remember it;) Recommended!

The Man Who Fell To Earth Well, as much as I like David Bowie, that's two hours of my life I won't get back!. Avoid

Toy Story III Still awesome - even in IMAX

Inception IMAX just shows off how wonderful this film is. Amazing!

The Great Escape One of the greatest war films ever and highly watchable. Recommended

Bullit Arguably one of the 'stylish' films ever. And boy oh boy, wasn't Robert Vaughn hot back in the day?

Memento The film that brought Christopher Nolan to acclaim and it *still* packs a powerful punch. Recommended

Inception Seen as part of a double bill with the above film. Utterly fantastic!

Salt A very good (if a *leetle* far-fetched!) film with a female hero. More films like this please!

Wonders of the Solar System and Q&A with Professor Brian Cox. Last episode of the series shown and the Professor was on top form. Give him a pint of Stella and just let him *talk*. Awesome

Sunshine (2007 Seen as part of the In The Shadow Of The Sun evening. I loved it when I saw it for the first time in '07 and I still love it now. Not to mention - Capa = Prof Brian Cox y/y?

Scott Pilgrim versus the World I gave this a try but a) I'm too old and the wrong gender to be the target of this film and b) I thought that nearly the entire cast were far more interesting than the lead and which does not make for a good film! Avoid!

Metropolis The granddaddy of Science Fiction and a bona-fide classic. Well worth a watch

Star Trek VI: The Voyage Home I saw this at the cinema when it first came out... in 1987. Needless to say it's dated somewhat, but it's still a good film;)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country The last and second best Original Star Trek film. Always worth a watch

Flickan som lekte med elden/The Girl Who Played With Fire Not as good as the original but still well worth a watch. If nothing else for Noomi Rapace, who is mesmerising

Star Trek: Nemesis The last of the Trek films before the reboot, the only one I hadn't seen at the time of release since IV in 1987 and it's only really worth watching for Tom Hardy and Sir Patrick Stewart. The rest is... crap!

Star Trek (2009) One of the best films of last year and still awesome!

Moon (2009) *Another* of the best films of last year. A modern classic and well worth watching again and again. Highly recommended!

Inception Still fantastic

Inception And one more, for luck;). Best film of the year. The End.

Back To The Future For a film that's clocking in at 25 years old, this is still a fantastic film. Highly recommended

Despicable Me It's not in the same league as Pixar but... still brilliant. Well worth a watch and a DVD purchase

Womb A bleak sci-fi story that takes a story from the news and plays it out... with mixed results. Yes, Matt Smith is in this but I'd recommend re-watching S5 than this

It Happened One Night The daddy of all romantic comedies and it shows. A lot of the current stories could take a leaf or two out of this book! Recommended

Easy A Heavens above! A teen comedy that relies on smarts rather than fart gags! Highly recommended!

RED When I grow up, I want to be Dame Helen Mirren. She is awesome and raises this from being good to very good! Recommended

Let Me In The inevitable remake of 'Let The Right One In' is a lot better than it really should be. The two leads are superb. Still would recommend the original mind!

Monsters One of the finest films I've seen this year. A love story, a road trip, a dream with squids the size of a six storey building! Highly Recommended!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 I'm sure this will make more sense if I'd actually read the book before hand. I didn't and it didn't

Unstoppable A bloody good action thriller - with a strong female lead character, Denzel Washington being being easy on the eyes and Chris Pine showing that there is more to him than just new school Kirk. Recommended!

Megamind This was a surprise. An excellent take on superhero conventions, the Nice Guy syndrome and Will Ferrell playing it (almost) straight. Recommended!

The Social Network This left me cold - Priveledged white guys being mysoginistic assholes for 2 hours. Not my scene. Is likely to sweep the Oscars that should belong to Inception though

Monsters Just as awesome the second time around. Downloaded the soundtrack and have decided that yes, it is circular

Tron: Legacy I loved the original and I love this. Bruce Boxleitner still looks hot and unexpected cameo is awesome and unexpected! Also Daft Punk's OST - second best of the year

Burlesque Yes, it's cheesy, yes, it's fluffy, but it had pretty dancing and Stanley Tucci was awesome as was Cher. So ner!
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The 2007 List, The 2008 List, The 2009 List

Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD and Bernard Cribbins Q&A. BC was on top form, the best thing to say about the film is that it had Daleks in it!

Nine An enjoyable musical with some great songs and great performances. Mileage will vary.

Toy Story 2 3D One of the greatest movies of all time. The End.

Invictus A superb drama, based on real events. Even if you don't *like* rugby - watch it!

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Greek Myths, believable setting, new cuties to look at (paging Kevin McKidd!) and a good, engrossing story too. Recommended

Predator One of the best action films evar. Also, Mac/Blaine y/y? DADT be damned!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Possibly the greatest chick flick EVAR! The End

Alice In Wonderland (2010) Another excellent (if episodic) film from Tim Burton. And no one should do that in a kilt!

The Princess and the Frog 'Disney return to 2D animation with a good film' shock. Not in the same league as 'Beauty and the Beast' (1992) but few are

I Love You Phillip Morris Based on a true story (really!) this is a beautiful, sweet, gay love story. Highly recommended! (and don't leave until the credits!)

Män som hatar kvinnor/The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Blacker than a Sith's heart and not for the faint of heart either but it works as a film and a story. Recommended

How To Train Your Dragon An excellent film let down by some poor choices of voice cast. Scottish adults and American kids? Riiight! Toothless more than makes up for it, mind

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Not the best of the 'original' films (that's Wrath of Kahn) but still utterly awesome!

Clash Of The Titans (2010) If you know the legends, do NOT see this film. If you've seen the Harryhausen original, do NOT see this film. If you don't fall into either of the above heathen! you may enjoy this. Avoid!

Whip It An excellent, if low key, coming of age story. Excellent script, excellent acting and fierce women on skates. Highly recommended!

Iron Man II A superb sequel to the 2008 film. Recommended

The Losers The first 'military team gone rogue' film of the year and very good with it. Chris Evans (no, not that one!) singing 'Don't Stop Believing' will never get old!

The Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time It was either this or the England v Algeria game. This was far more enjoyable

2001: A Space Odyssey A classic and rightly so. And the last 20 minutes still scramble my brains

Fahrenheit 451 This was a very *strange* film. Very artificial and very difficult to like

THX 1138 George Lucas' 'arthouse' movie all gussied up for the 21st century. An interesting film but I more enjoy his later efforts...

Inception Without a doubt, my best film of the year. Christopher Nolan is a damn genius! Cannot recommend it highly enough

Toy Story III A fitting end to the trilogy - not the best of the trilogy but still likely to be one of the best films of the year

Inception Still as awesome as the first time I saw it

The A-Team The 80's tv show updated for the '10's and just as awesome as I remember it;) Recommended!

The Man Who Fell To Earth Well, as much as I like David Bowie, that's two hours of my life I won't get back!. Avoid

Toy Story III Still awesome - even in IMAX

Inception IMAX just shows off how wonderful this film is. Amazing!

The Great Escape One of the greatest war films ever and highly watchable. Recommended

Bullit Arguably one of the 'stylish' films ever. And boy oh boy, wasn't Robert Vaughn hot back in the day?

Memento The film that brought Christopher Nolan to acclaim and it *still* packs a powerful punch. Recommended

Inception Seen as part of a double bill with the above film. Utterly fantastic!

Salt A very good (if a *leetle* far-fetched!) film with a female hero. More films like this please!

Wonders of the Solar System and Q&A with Professor Brian Cox. Last episode of the series shown and the Professor was on top form. Give him a pint of Stella and just let him *talk*. Awesome

Sunshine (2007 Seen as part of the In The Shadow Of The Sun evening. I loved it when I saw it for the first time in '07 and I still love it now. Not to mention - Capa = Prof Brian Cox y/y?

Scott Pilgrim versus the World I gave this a try but a) I'm too old and the wrong gender to be the target of this film and b) I thought that nearly the entire cast were far more interesting than the lead and which does not make for a good film! Avoid!

Metropolis The granddaddy of Science Fiction and a bona-fide classic. Well worth a watch

Star Trek VI: The Voyage Home I saw this at the cinema when it first came out... in 1987. Needless to say it's dated somewhat, but it's still a good film;)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country The last and second best Original Star Trek film. Always worth a watch

Flickan som lekte med elden/The Girl Who Played With Fire Not as good as the original but still well worth a watch. If nothing else for Noomi Rapace, who is mesmerising

Star Trek: Nemesis The last of the Trek films before the reboot, the only one I hadn't seen at the time of release since IV in 1987 and it's only really worth watching for Tom Hardy and Sir Patrick Stewart. The rest is... crap!

Star Trek (2009) One of the best films of last year and still awesome!

Moon (2009) *Another* of the best films of last year. A modern classic and well worth watching again and again. Highly recommended!

Inception Still fantastic

Inception And one more, for luck;). Best film of the year. The End.

Back To The Future For a film that's clocking in at 25 years old, this is still a fantastic film. Highly recommended

Despicable Me It's not in the same league as Pixar but... still brilliant. Well worth a watch and a DVD purchase

Womb A bleak sci-fi story that takes a story from the news and plays it out... with mixed results. Yes, Matt Smith is in this but I'd recommend re-watching S5 than this

It Happened One Night The daddy of all romantic comedies and it shows. A lot of the current stories could take a leaf or two out of this book! Recommended

Easy A Heavens above! A teen comedy that relies on smarts rather than fart gags! Highly recommended!

RED When I grow up, I want to be Dame Helen Mirren. She is awesome and raises this from being good to very good! Recommended

Let Me In The inevitable remake of 'Let The Right One In' is a lot better than it really should be. The two leads are superb. Still would recommend the original mind!

Monsters One of the finest films I've seen this year. A love story, a road trip, a dream with squids the size of a six storey building! Highly Recommended!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 I'm sure this will make more sense if I'd actually read the book before hand. I didn't and it didn't

Unstoppable A bloody good action thriller - with a strong female lead character, Denzel Washington being being easy on the eyes and Chris Pine showing that there is more to him than just new school Kirk. Recommended!

Megamind This was a surprise. An excellent take on superhero conventions, the Nice Guy syndrome and Will Ferrell playing it (almost) straight. Recommended!

The Social Network This left me cold - Priveledged white guys being mysoginistic assholes for 2 hours. Not my scene. Is likely to sweep the Oscars that should belong to Inception though

Monsters Just as awesome the second time around. Downloaded the soundtrack and have decided that yes, it is circular

Tron: Legacy I loved the original and I love this. Bruce Boxleitner still looks hot and unexpected cameo is awesome and unexpected! Also Daft Punk's OST - second best of the year

Burlesque Yes, it's cheesy, yes, it's fluffy, but it had pretty dancing and Stanley Tucci was awesome as was Cher. So ner!
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In short - I loved this. Not perfect by any means (what is?!) but a fitting send off. I also loved that I was able to watch it in a packed pub surrounded by friends and other assorted good people.

The really long and really waffly version - spoilers ahoy! )

I just want to say thank you to the outgoing creative team. You guys made the impossible look easy. Brought back a character that was considered a joke and made him not only relevant and wonderful but surrounded him with fascinating and awesome support. Yes, I have *still* got issues Torchwood: Children of Earth Day FOUR! but as I said at the start. Nothing is perfect.

Mr Moffat etal, I'm looking forward to seeing what you bring to the table in the Spring/Easter. I have the sneaky suspicion that I won't be let down.
beckymonster: Becky icon (dw_tardis)
In short - I loved this. Not perfect by any means (what is?!) but a fitting send off. I also loved that I was able to watch it in a packed pub surrounded by friends and other assorted good people.

The really long and really waffly version - spoilers ahoy! )

I just want to say thank you to the outgoing creative team. You guys made the impossible look easy. Brought back a character that was considered a joke and made him not only relevant and wonderful but surrounded him with fascinating and awesome support. Yes, I have *still* got issues Torchwood: Children of Earth Day FOUR! but as I said at the start. Nothing is perfect.

Mr Moffat etal, I'm looking forward to seeing what you bring to the table in the Spring/Easter. I have the sneaky suspicion that I won't be let down.
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Sherlock Holmes )
Verdict - Highly recommended!

The Red Shoes 1948 )
Verdict - Highly recommended

Avatar )
Verdict - go see, but make sure it's a cinema with *comfy* chairs. Your backside will thank you!

Nine )
Verdict - I thoroughly enjoyed it - YMMV
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Sherlock Holmes )
Verdict - Highly recommended!

The Red Shoes 1948 )
Verdict - Highly recommended

Avatar )
Verdict - go see, but make sure it's a cinema with *comfy* chairs. Your backside will thank you!

Nine )
Verdict - I thoroughly enjoyed it - YMMV
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Note - Due to the fact that not everyone will see this tonight (or possibly even tomorrow) - I'll use a 'neutral' icon and a 'neutral' mood outside the lj cut. Inside? Caveat emptor! I will say what I want - so spoilers ahead!

The End of Time Part One - spoilers likely in text and in comments. Proceed at own risk! )
beckymonster: Becky icon (DW_timevortex)
Note - Due to the fact that not everyone will see this tonight (or possibly even tomorrow) - I'll use a 'neutral' icon and a 'neutral' mood outside the lj cut. Inside? Caveat emptor! I will say what I want - so spoilers ahead!

The End of Time Part One - spoilers likely in text and in comments. Proceed at own risk! )

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