Monday, 17 May 2010

Friday, 26 March 2010

Kick-Ass (2010) - Review


Kick-Ass lives up to the hype, and offers a whole lot more. With its cutting satire on the superhero genre, it has wit in abundance and packs a comedic punch that is unrivaled by any superhero film to date.

Last years Watchmen did its best to portray super-heroes in an everyday world, however its main flaw was its lack of connection with the audience. With Kick-Ass set in the modern world, it has a platform to provide great social commentary and really engage the audience.

Case in point: Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson), our superhero, is propelled to internet stardom thanks to a little help from Youtube. Once he becomes famous, other masked vigilantes begin to reveal themselves. The plot may become a little obvious once the main details are in place; however the way each scene is executed is refreshing and exhilarating.

The acting from the main cast is top notch, Chloe Moretz who plays Hit-Girl deserves a special mention. She does steal some of the best moments, but Kick-Ass, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and Big Daddy (an on-form Nicolas Cage) all have their moments too.

So while it may be a little cliché to say this film kicked ass, there's no other way of describing it that does it justice. It's a welcome addition to the super hero genre; don't miss out.

Monday, 15 March 2010

How To Train Your Dragon - Review


An animated feast for the eyes is a brilliant description for this film. From the jaw-dropping visuals beautifully rendered in 3D, to the flawless animation of the characters and dragons, this was one film that didn't disappoint.

Our protagonist is Hiccup, a boy viking who doesn't possess much in common with his dragon slaying dad. However, when he finds a new friend in Toothless, the most feared dragon of its species, he learns that dragons are not the fearful creatures he was brought up to believe.

What I enjoyed the most was the relationship between Hiccup and Toothless the dragon. This was dealt with wonderfully and we see their relationship develop over a series of scenes which were done with great humour and action.

The 3D holds its own in every sense, and I would go as far as saying that some scenes rival the groundbreaking Avatar. The scenes that especially stood out were the flying segments where the dragon soars over crystal clear sea's and jaw-dropping backdrops.

Whilst this is a film that may seem as if it's solely directed at the younger generation, its stunning visuals and well-told story means that it will keep any adult satisfied.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Inglourious Basterds

Possibly my favourite film of the last year. All the Oscar talk was about 'Avatar' and 'The Hurt Locker', but for me this was the real winner.


Monday, 12 November 2007

Scale

A great concept exploring the idea of scale in the universe-

http://www.nikon.co.jp/main/eng/feelnikon/discovery/universcale/nano.swf