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    The Kid with a Bike
    http://en.wikipedia....Kid_with_a_Bike

    This is a French and multiple award winning film that looked worth checking out. The basic plot is about a boy who's new to foster care, and is trying to put together the pieces of where he is, what happened to his father and also the whereabouts of his bike. Quite early on the bike is found, but the more fleshed out story of his father and the boy growing up begins. The boy is faced with some crossroads of trying to accept his situation and make the most of it or join the wrong crowd and lose his foster parent. There is a "drug dealer" in this that has to win an award for the worst casing choice for a tough guy. Overall this is a typical foreign film dealing with relationships and conflict, but like most foreign films, it does it well. The ending is particularly memorable. If you're a fan of foreign/French films, this is worth the watch.




    A Separation
    http://en.wikipedia....ki/A_Separation

    Another foreign film, this time Iranian, about a murder allegation, forcing a couple to work together during the early proceedings of a divorce. I had heard good things about this prior to watching it, and I wasn't disappointed. Trying to avoid spoilers, the father in the family is accused of causing a miscarriage in the nanny and is subsequently arrested prior to a trial. However the woman may or may not be hiding something, who is struggling to make ends meet. No characters in this are morally black or white and who you're supporting or believe changes throughout the movie. I really like movies that are unpredictable and that I can't nail down, and this was exactly that. Even during the ending when all the loose ends are tidied up, I still had mixed feelings over which characters I supported. Reading other people's reviews, it looks like others feel the same as some people can be wildly in support of certain characters. If you're a little sick of Hollywood movies full of transformers and dinosaurs fighting and what to see something that caters to the morality part of your brain, this is a must watch.




    Bronson
    http://en.wikipedia....nson_%28film%29

    This is a biographical film on a man labelled the UK's most dangerous criminal, played by Tom Hardy in one of this best roles. If you're a fan of the film Chopper, about the Australian outlaw, you'll love this as it's the UK's equivalent about a similar sort of criminal. Despite never been charged with anyone's murder, Charlie Bronson has spent nearly all of his adult life in jail, and mostly solitary confinement. This is due to his wild attitude, beating up and taking prison staff hostage and in general being a psychopath. This film follows Bronson's life from childhood and details all the major events that got him his jail sentences, inter-cut with monologues from Hardy. Reading about this film afterwards, I found that the character Trevor in GTA5 was partly based on Hardy's portrayal in this movie.






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    Hot Coffee
    http://en.wikipedia....ffee_%28film%29

    A documentary discussing tort reform, brought forward by the famous McDonald's case where an elderly lady burnt herself with hot coffee and successfully sued McDonald's for $2.86 million. Tort reform is an act to cap payouts of potential frivolous lawsuits. This documentary really understood public perception towards these opportunistic cases. I was 100% against people being able to make it rich off suing corporations, and this documentary knows that's probably your point of view. It then tries to sway your opinion by explaining what really happened with the McDonald's case and gives many examples of how tort reform has made things worse for the general public. These include cases where an incompetent doctor caused brain damage when delivering a baby and now that family has to foot the bill for therapy for the rest of that child's life. And also a horrific case of gang rape in the military where the young woman had very little rights to hold the men responsible. By the end of this, the documentary had totally changed my opinion on the right to sue for being mistreated and harmed by corporations. Yes, some frivolous lawsuits will slip through the cracks, but it's something that will have to be tolerated so innocent people can get justice.




    Into the Woods
    http://en.wikipedia....oods_%28film%29

    A movie I got tricked into seeing. This is the latest Disney movie, which is a musical, much to my unpleasant surprise. The general gist of this is to take a handful of fairy tales and link them together through a central, yet separate story arch. However most of the actors sing their lines, which gets tiresome if you're not into that. For what this movie is trying to do, it does it well. All the characters seem thought out and they all gel together, even though they come from different fairy tales. This is based off a theatre production, but after reading about the differences, it's very similar. Reading some reviews, people really dislike the direction this takes in the 3rd act, where for me it was the one bit of the movie that got my attention. The story gets much darker and deals with more interesting subject matter. If you have children or anyone really who likes musicals, this will satisfy that itch.




    Mad Dog Morgan
    http://en.wikipedia..../Mad_Dog_Morgan

    An Australian movie from the 70s about a lesser known Australian outlaw during the 1850s. This is based on a true story and the producers somehow got Dennis Hopper to star in the lead role, who does an excellent job. The story portrayed here of Morgan is that of an innocent man turned outlaw after being sent to jail and wrongfully treated. He then retreats into the Australian outback and becomes someone who lives off the land with a fellow Aboriginal. After years of travellers being robbed who passed through Morgan's territory, the state police conduct a manhunt for the outlaw. Being unsuccessful, and the local police force are embarrassed. As Morgan becomes one of the most wanted people in Australia, a stronger police force challenge Morgan into entering their state. In some ways I would call this a western as it has all the familiar elements. I think Australian westerns are known as 'Meat Pie Westerns'. Overall it was an interesting movie worth the watch.



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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
    http://en.wikipedia....llent_Adventure

    A very early stoner comedy starring a young Keanu Reeves. The elaborate story for such a simple movie is this; in a utopian future thanks to Bill and Ted's music, a person is sent back to the present day to ensure that Bill and Ted pass their history exam so they can go on to create said future. Using the time machine, Bill and Ted travel and meet famous figures that will be in their history exam, such as Socrates and Beethoven. Along the way things don't go as planned where Bill and Ted must tie up all the loose ends before their exam. This is probably sounding like a kids' movie, but it's more of a cult comedy film that doesn't take itself seriously. If you're a fan of stoner comedies and one-liners, you'll really enjoy this. This movie is a great way to take a trip down memory lane back to the late 80s.




    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
    http://en.wikipedia....s_Bogus_Journey

    The follow up sequel to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. This follows a similar premise to the first movie where a villain from the future goes back to the present day and tries to kill Bill and Ted to prevent the future happening. The story, characters and production value in this movie is so much better than the first. It drops the typical 'high school band trying to save the world' angle and goes in a more surreal direction including robot clones, meeting death, alien creatures and visiting hell. This is a movie with more plot twists and story arcs than most film trilogies. I'd probably say you could even skip the first movie and go straight to this one, as this is a must watch. The character of death is a stand out role.




    The Specialist
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    An action movie from the mid 90s where Stallone was in his prime. A bit silly by today's standards, but Stallone is a bomb expert for hire, previously working for the CIA. A woman hires him to take out a mob family who murdered her family. To make things more interesting, the mob family is working in with a corrupt police officer who is Stallone's ex partner from the CIA. If there was ever a cookie cutter plot to an action movie, this is it. However I think this movie pulls it off. This movie is completely style over substance with all the explosions, tough guy talk, typical bad guys and eye candy from Sharon Stone. But for what this was aiming for, it nailed it.



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    Bill and Teds is an old favourite of mine.

    I watched a movie the other night called The Maze Runner.....wasn't to bad if your after a movie to watch


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    Went and saw Gone Girl... it was a pretty dull psycho thriller with the antagonist being a woman.

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    Yeah I saw that in the cinema last year. It's a bit of a Hunger Games clone. I felt the plot was a little undercooked. Probably because there will be sequels to stretch the plot out.


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    A Fistful of Dollars
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    So I finally got around to seeing the Dollars Trilogy; some of the most famous spaghetti western films from director Sergio Leone. All films star Clint Eastwood in a similar role of a mysterious drifter/bounty hunter, however none of the films occur in the same film universe.
    In this movie, a drifter arrives in a town run by two families butting heads for power. The drifter plays the two families off each other, hoping to reduce their number and to take what's left over. Things don't go as planned when the drifter is captured. He must then use his sharp shooting skills to cleanse the town. Overall I would rate this as on par with some of the better westerns of the time. The story is pretty basic, but there is enough action to make up for it.




    For a Few Dollars More
    http://en.wikipedia....ew_Dollars_More

    The next movie in the trilogy could be looked at as a prequel where Eastwood plays a younger bounty hunter making a living in the wild west. Being a rather successful bounty hunter, he's unaware that he's on a path to meet a large and violent gang with bounties on their heads; too much for him alone to take on. An ex military and semi retired bounty hunter is also tracking the same gang for personal reasons. Paths inevitably collide where the two bounty hunters come together for a common goal after sizing each other up. This was by far my favourite of the three movies. It's just the right length, has a much more fleshed out story than the first film and is genuinely suspenseful. Having two protagonists at the centre of the film is also rare in movies, which was refreshing. If you're not committed enough to see all three movies, this is the one to see.




    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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    The last movie in the trilogy which could even be seen as a prequel to the second movie. This movie by far has the deepest story, biggest budget, fleshed out characters with the greatest production value. Basically it's a Hollywood quality film. I would go so far as to calling it an epic as it occurs over so many different locations and settings. Eastwood plays a very similar character as in the second movie; he is joined by Van Cleef who plays a corrupt army general and Eli Wallach, an untrustworthy treasure hunter. Each man knows a piece of the puzzle to finding a buried treasure, but only when working together will they be able to find it. This results in many betrayals and uneasy alliances between the characters in a race to figure it out and kill the others first. This actually is a very good movie, but it's also long and takes you on a roller coaster ride through the wild west; which may not be for everyone. The audio track composed for this movie is extremely well known and is now synonymous with a western showdown.



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    The Giver
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    One of the latest installments in the teenager dystopian future films category. This is a Hunger Games clone with a sprinkling of Logan's Run and Aeon Flux. However it's like mixing sushi and milkshakes, it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. This started off with potential; in a distant future humans have homogenised their society so everyone behaves the same, looks the same, has their emotions blunted and follows the laws without question. This is the 'perfect' society with no crime or war, at the cost of emotional highs and lows, creativity and free will. This is represented by the film actually being in black and white, where colour is slowly added as one of the community members breaks away from the control and starts to feel and see the real world. As with most of these movies, nothing is explained at the start, and you learn the history of the society as the main protagonist does. The beginning of the movie got me in and I could see this being a great story. But it does what so many Hollywood movies do, they sacrifice substance for style. When things start to get interesting, the story takes a sideways step and it turns in a very average action movie. It's probably not worth the watch.




    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
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    A Will Ferrell movie that most people would have seen. I avoid most Ferrell movies as I put them in the same category as 'stoner comedies'; it's just actors playing an exaggerated version of themselves. This is a way is that, but there is a little more depth with Sacha Baron Cohen as the French homosexual villain with a bad accent. Not being into NASCAR, I'm sure there were plenty of jokes that went over my head. However the general tone of the movie and references are quite funny with regular laugh out loud moments. The story is about Ricky Bobby, a NASCAR champion being dethroned by a rival, hitting rock bottom after a mental breakdown and trying to launch a comeback. If you like other Ferrell movies, this will be right up there for you.




    Dazed and Confused
    http://en.wikipedia....used_%28film%29

    An early 90's coming of age/high school film in the same light as Diner and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and followed by American Pie. There is no real plot here other than following around some high school friends as they're nearing or just finished high school. Most are misfits trying to find themselves as they take the next step in life. The main character here is faced with a decision to continue a successful American football career or go off and find something more fulfilling. This is a minor plot element overall and the film isn't trying to be preachy. It's mostly a nostalgic look back to how high school was or how people wished it was. Most of the movie is about buddies pulling pranks on each other, drinking and avoiding trouble. If you're a fan of the above listed movies, you'll enjoy this; but I didn't see much point to this. I also couldn't understand the obsession one senior student had with spanking a younger student. Researching these acts afterwards, it's quite common in America and people regular die from initiation rituals gone too far.



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    Kingsman: The Secret Service
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    An English spy movie that was out in cinemas earlier this year. Originally I had seen the trailers and had no interest in this. It looked like an English Spy Kids clone where kids from "the street" teach government spies the tricks of the trade. After hearing people rave about the movie and that the trailer was very misleading, I gave it a go. The plot is about an English secret service agency that solves international crime. They're so secretive that the government doesn't know about them. As agents die, they hold try outs for new recruits. Eggsy, from a broken home, finds out his deceased father was once a member. After coming to the attention of the agency, Eggsy is given the chance to try out for the Kingsman organisation. This may sound a little cliché, but it's done really well. Where I was expecting a Harry Potter style PG movie, this was no holds barred with a very unpredictable plot. This is a Matthew Vaughn film, who has also directed/produced Kick-Ass, Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; so you're getting a hard hitting and well crafted English film. This was really great that I'm sure many people missed. It's definitely a must watch.




    Thirst
    http://en.wikipedia....%282009_film%29

    A Korean take on the vampire genre. I'm always up for a Korean movie as I've never seen a bad one, well until now. It will say that the concept of becoming a vampire in this was well done and quite realistic. The protagonist develops a blood disease and must drink others' blood to stop him from suffering and ultimately dying. But the rest of the story was just so bland. The subplot is about a priest having an affair his friend's wife and her over controlling mother in law living with them. The film just felt like there was no end goal or point. Overall it's not a bad movie; it's just not up the standard I had expected from Korean movies.




    American Reunion
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    I finally got around to seeing the 4th official instalment in the American Pie series. I had high hopes for this seeing they got the original cast back together and I was assuming the actors would have wanted to make an impact. It's like they've taken all the boring scenes and filler from the earlier movies and rehashed it. What was great about the earlier movies were the guys getting caught out in embarrassing situations and generally being guys trying their luck with the ladies. This just seemed like it was a massive compromise between each character getting an equal part, balancing drama and conflict with boobies and sticking to the formula with no risks. The scenes that were funny where the guys pulled pranks or got caught out instead felt like the filler to all the drama. This isn't a movie I could recommend to American Pie fans.



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