#825 – Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time

Fantasy

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time isn’t all that bad. Admittedly most of the plot is just explained by Jake in is baggy pants and the film isn’t half as entertaining as the original video game, but so what? That video game was pretty fucking entertaining!

Prince Of Persia Sands Of Time

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#824 – Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Drama

There’s something Malick like about Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. It’s in the setting and pacing, the cadence of the accents.

Rooney Mara is compelling at the centre of the web the characters weave, and she’s supported well by Foster and Affleck. The drifting ambience of the piece as a whole does make it harder than necessary to really care about the outcomes though, plus the outcome is searingly obvious from minute one of the runtime.

Even so it’s a film well made and worth watching for the thick atmosphere it creates in a bleached raw world. I’m looking forward to seeing David Lowery’s next directorial outing.

Aint Them Bodies Saints Rooney Mara

#823 – Riddick

Sci-Fi

Riddick isn’t nearly as bad as people would have you believe. It’s not a patch on Pitch Black, but there are elements of the mood of the original that have returned with writer/director Twohy.

Nevertheless there is a lack of invention in a lot of the set pieces, which is a shame. It just doesn’t have the grit or tension required to elevate it above the masses. Or the characters, nobody bar Riddick is even vaguely interesting. The ensemble was a huge strength of the first film.

Riddick Vin Diesel

#822 – About Time

Romance

There is barely any conflict in About Time. It’s just a progression and Tim’s (the lead) choices around something as complex as time travel seem to have no consequences whatsoever. Even when it seems like they might, Curtis gives his characters an easy out.

Even without the time travel the film is pure fantasy, a picture perfect life for all (who retires at 50 to play ping pong with his son!?!?) and hugely sentimental. Sadly too every character feels like a watered down version of someone you’ve seen before in the Curtis back catalogue. Watch ‘Four Weddings’ again…

About Time Domnhall Gleeson Rachel McAdams

#821 – Moby Dick

Action

As a disclaimer I’d like to say Moby Dick was bought as a gift. Barry Bostwick is brilliant in a sort of misguided and overly sincere manner, but that is about it in the reasons to like this movie. You have to appreciate the enthusiasm it must take to get something like this to screen (straight to DVD), however, when your prehistoric super whale looks like an anaemic poop…

Moby Dick 2010

#820 – Big

Comedy

Come on people it’s Big. Do you really need me to explain to you why it’s good? Okay.

“The space goes down, down baby, down, down the roller coaster. Sweet, sweet baby, sweet, sweet, don’t let me go. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. I met a girlfriend – a triscuit. She said, a triscuit – a biscuit. Ice cream, soda pop, vanilla on the top. Ooh, Shelly’s out, walking down the street, ten times a week. I read it. I said it. I stole my momma’s credit. I’m cool. I’m hot. Sock me in the stomach three more times.”

Big

#819 – The Iceman

Drama

The Iceman is a well crafted and well performed insight into the world of a mob hitman. Set through the 60s, 70s and 80s it’s also an insight into questionable facial hair and dodgy leisure wear.

Shannon and Ryder boss proceedings with Chris Evans being distractingly good as a contract killer who operates out of an ice-cream van and David Schwimmer being distractingly not Ross from Friends.

The Iceman Michael Shannon

#816 – Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Fantasy

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban is the first Harry Potter film to really start doing something worthwhile. Characters emerge with clarity and the excitement delivers by offering genuine peril.

It helps of course Cuaron is at the helm. Note the changes of season, the references to time throughout and the costuming. It’s a considered piece of filmmaking. And interestingly the second best received of all eight movies according to metacritic, while managing to gross the least of any film in the franchise in box office returns.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban