Archive for September, 2007

Movie – Smokey And The Bandit

September 30, 2007

Bandit, Cledus and Frog

Now here’s a movie no home should be without. Two very (in)famous truck drivers, Bandit and Cledus, make a bet that they can drive to Texas, pick up 300 crates of illegal Coor’s beer and be back in Georgia within 28 hours. Such a noble cause I know. It goes fairly well until they accidentally attract the attention of an ill-tempered Sheriff Buford T Justice (have you ever heard such a cheesy name?). It’s a very fun and light hearted action/comedy movie that’s full of excellent chase sequences, vast amounts of hilarity and the odd romantic scene.

Burt Reynolds is the ever cool ‘Bandit,’ named so for some of his previous exploits. Reynolds acts rather well and creates a very likeable character. Jerry Reed plays Cledus Snow (nicknamed Snowman). He’s Bandit’s truck driver and although not as exuberant as Bandit, is still a very likable guy that’s been acted well, not mention he has wicked sideburns. Sally Field plays the part of the super chatty Frog. Her character is very cute, although also a little bit crazy. I can’t really finish this paragraph without talking about Jackie Gleason’s character either. Sheriff Buford T Justice is the most prejudiced and angry cop you’ve ever seen. I have to admit that Gleason has played this part very well.

The cinematography, editing and dubbing in this movie is horrendous. In fact some of the dubbing is so hilariously bad that one could compare it to Kung Pow, the only difference there is that Kung Pow was meant to look bad. Kung Pow jokes aside, somehow I think this actually works in it’s favour, it’s difficult to explain but it makes the movie seem more real and… likable for some. Like I said, hard to explain.

I absolutely love this movie, so I’m giving it 9.1 stars. It’s an absolute gem and everyone should go out of their way to see it. I must stress however that you see the first Smokey and the Bandit, not the second or third. They are another story altogether.

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Movie – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

September 15, 2007

Broderick and Ruck
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a fantastic story of one man’s dream to take the day off school and stick it to the man. The movie follows a day in the life of Ferris Bueller (Mathew Broderick) after he decides to pretend he’s sick and have the day off. It’s a very cute comedy and has plenty of laughs and moments that many of us will be able to relate to.

The main actors in this movie include Mathew Broderick as Ferris, Mia Sara as his girlfriend, Alan Ruck as Ferris’ wound-up best friend and Jeffrey Jones as the evil dickwad principal. I had never actually seen any of these actors before. They all looked familiar though, weird. I think they’ve all done the movie justice though. Mathew Broderick’s character came across as a very smooth, likable and cunning (albeit lazy) high school student. I think there’s a bit of Ferris in all of us which is probably what makes this such a good movie (more on that later). Everyone else’s acting was pretty good, although nothing particularly worth noting here.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off uses a very simple story line, it definetely works in it’s favour though . I do think that what makes this movie so charming and popular is that most people can identify with Ferris’ plight and many of events in the film. I fail to believe that there are people out there who have never woken up and not wanted to go to school. Surely there’s been one day where you’ve wanted to sleep in for the entire day? There are plenty of laughs and chuckles throughout the movie and the occasional facepalm moment as well.

To sum up, I highly recommend that you see this movie. It’s a very cheery and humorous tale about what most of dream about doing in maths lessons at school. As far as stars go, I’m giving it 8.2 out of 10.

Movies – Transformers

September 8, 2007

Protect for sure.
Long ago the mystical Allspark was sent to earth to conceal it’s power from Megatron. Now a century later the Decepticons have traced the Allspark to Earth and are well on their way to locating it, which spells near certain doom for all humans. Cue Autobots! The heroic Autobots have landed on Earth to save the human race and stop the Decepticons obtaining the Allspark. Transformers turned out to be an absolutely brilliant movie, featuring stunning battle scenes, many laugh-out-loud moments and all your favourite transforming robots.

I’ve never been a very hardcore fan of transformers (fairly certain I’m about to become one) but the movie keeps most of the things that we all liked about the original show. Most of your favourite transformers return, Optimus is still a giant truck and Megatron is still a huge badass. Some of their forms have been changed (Megatron was meant to turn into his pistol form in the original script) but overall I think it makes the movie more aesthetically pleasing and awesome.

Now, it has to be said, visually this movie is absolutely amazing. For all you action junkies out there you’ll be happy to note there’s no shortage of action sequences. There are many battles scattered from beginning to end, eventually leading to the ‘climax battle’ (I made that up), which is also full of awesome sauce. I’m unsure who’s responsible for animating the transformers themselves, but they’ve done a superb job, props guys.

Prior to having seen Transformers I wasn’t particularly thrilled by the list of people associated with it. I’ve never really been a fan of Shia, maybe it’s just because he seems to keep getting roles as the annoying sidekick type person (I Robot, Constantine etc), but in Transformers I was actually rather impressed. I’d never seen Megan Fox before but her acting was pretty good too. There were some fairly cheesy lines between her and Shia but I suppose it was that kind of movie. Like most people I was bit worried about Micheal Bay being attached as director, but after seeing this my faith in his directing capability has been fully restored, truly heroic effort.

Overall I give this movie 9.4 stars. It’s well worth paying the money for, maybe even twice. Autobots, roll out!