The Help

Directed by Tate Taylor
Cast Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer,
Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain,
Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen

Based on the novel written by Kathryn Stockett,
written & directed for the screen by Tate Taylor.

The Help tells the story of Eugenia “Skeeter”
Phelan & her relationship with two maids
in Civil Rights America in the early 1960s.
Skeeter played superbly well by the “Easy A”
actress Emma Stone takes it upon herself to
document the treatment of the Maids by their
rich white employers in the south, Mississipi.

Aibileen played by Viola Davis is the first of
the maids to open up to Skeeter, and she is
followed by Minni Jackson played by
Octavia Spencer, both maids help Skeeter
give a detailed account of life as a maid
fighting the stench of racism in 60s America.

Have you ever gone into watching a movie
and thought to yourself… umm I don’t think
this will be my type of movie & after the credits
at the end rise it’s like WOW that was so good.
Well The Help was one of them experiences.

The Help is a movie not to be missed, it’s
a fresh take on that era and its captured
perfectly by director Tate Taylor and his
wonderful Award Winning cast.

My Week With Marilyn

Directed by Simon Curtis
Cast Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh,
Eddie Redmayne, Dougray Scott,
Judi Dench, Emma Watson

When I first heard that they were making a film
about star Marilyn Monroe, one of my favorite
movie stars of all time, and the actress picked to
portray Monroe was Michelle Williams, I was
horrified – I mean come on that young girl from
Dawson’s Creek has been cast as the the sexiest
most charismatic Movie Icon the world has ever
seen, to say I was sceptical was putting it mildly.

I know… I know Michelle Williams career has
recently started to flower, her recent turns in the
wonderful “Shutter Island” and “Blue Valentine”
have been incredible BUT Marilyn Monroe really?

Well Michelle Williams was better than good,
she not only captured Marilyn’s sexy qualities
but she nailed her vulnerable nature, her
almost schizophrenic persona, I was totally
and utterly mesmerized by her performance.

All that said “My Week With Marilyn” was not
just about Williams, Kenneth Branagh and
Eddie Redmayne were also outstanding,
Branagh, like Williams, receiving an Oscar
Nomination for his work on the movie.

This movie is based on Colin Clark’s book
“The Prince, The Showgirl and Me” and
recounts Clark’s relationship with Monroe
whilst on the set of Laurence Olivier’s helmed
1957 movie “The Prince & the Showgirl“.

“My Week With Marilyn” is a movie triumph,
the acting is top notch, the locations for the
film shoot are wonderful & it’s direction
from Simon Curtis makes this movie an
unforgettable experience.

Jack and Jill

Directed by Dennis Dugan
Cast Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino,
Eugenio Derbez, Gary Valentine

Jack (Sandler) is a successful businessman
living in LA with his wife (Holmes) and
their children. All is idilic, life is great,
that is until Jack’s world is about to be
turned on it’s head, it’s thanksgiving and
Jack’s identical twin sister Jill is coming
to visit and so the chaos begins.

Although having incredibly bad reviews
“Jack and Jill” debuted at the box office
with over $25 million, proving once again
that Adam Sandler is one of the most solid
comic performers in Hollywood.

That said this is not one Sandler’s best
movies but way short of being his worst
either, and if you like the comic’s brand
of comedy then “Jack and Jill” should
keep you entertained for it’s duration.
If receiving a double helping of Sandler is
not enough then watching an over the top
performance from Oscar Winner Al Pacino
has to be worth the entrance fee.




Directed by Paddy Considine
Cast Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman,
Eddie Marsan, Sally Carman

Joseph (Peter Mullan) has some serious
anger issues driven by drink and the loss
of his wife. One day during a routine trip
to the betting shop, Joseph in a fit of rage
kills his dog, and smashes a shop window
of a local post office, terrified of what he
has become and a chance meeting with
Hannah (Colman) who works in a local
charity shop, Joseph attempts to change
his ways.

Joseph’s chance at redemption is short
lived, as Hannah has her own baggage,
one that will either destroy or cement
their relationship forever.

How Peter Mullan & Olivia Colman
were ignored in many award circles is
beyond me, once again demonstrating
that pure acting talent is not how your
rewarded, a sad indictment of our times.

Paddy Considine feature movie is a debut
unlike I have seen in many years. It’s
grimm, hard hitting & at times a tough
movie to sit through, but when the end
credits hits the screen your rewarded
with a taste of movie brilliance.


Directed by Martin Scorsese
Cast Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz,
Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee,
Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law,
Emily Mortimer, Helen McCrory

Set in the 1930’s Paris, a young orphan lives
in a train station after his father dies and
uncle who works at the station disappears.

Hugo played wonderfully by Asa Butterfield,
lives in the walls of the station, taking on his
uncles mantel in maintaining the clocks, and
stealing food when needed from the many
stalls on the stations ground level. The only
thing in Hugo’s possession is a broken
automaton (a robot), that his father found &
had been trying to fix before his sudden death.

One day out stealing some food, Hugo stumbles
across an old man named Georges Melies
who runs a Toy Shop in the station, Georges
has a story to tell & like it or not, Hugo with
the help of Georges god-daughter Isabelle
will discover the secret behind the
Toy Shop Owner.

One of the greatest visionaries of our time,
Martin Scorsese creates a wonderful family
movie, it’s a movie that sits snug in the
middle of Scorsese’s collection of  classics,
it’s essentially a movie about the love of
film, honour and a small boy named Hugo.

I watched Hugo in 2D and was totally
engrossed, the performances from the two
child actors and Sacha Baron Cohen’s
quirky inspector were delightful, and Oscar
winner Ben Kingsley’s portrayal of the
disgruntled Toy Shop owner Georges Melies
was one of the actor’s best in years.

Underworld Awakening

Directed by Måns Mårlind & Björn Stein
Cast Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy
Stephen Rea, India Eisley, Theo James
Charles Dance, Sandrine Holt

This is the fourth and hopefully the last
we see of the “Underworld Franchise”.

“Awakening” follows the humans battle
to exterminate the Vampires and Lycans.
Selene (Beckinsale) is being held captive
in a medical facility known as Antigen,
where Dr. Jacob Lane and his staff are
experimenting on her, attempting to
create an antidote, which eventually
could make lycans immune to silver.

Selene is freed from her captives by a
young girl known as Subject 2, who also
happens to be a hybrid, their escape takes
them to an underground coven, where the
battle of the Vampires, Lycans & Humans

Bill Nighy & Michael Sheen missed a
bullet by not turning out for this fourth
movie (they appeared in the other 3).

At 88mins the movie is extremely short,
and whoever wrote the screenplay for this
film should hang their heads in shame,
the whole movie from start to finish seems
to have been rushed & the injection of 3D
is used as a gimic, one of the poorest
examples since 3D arrived on our screens.

Even the lovely Kate Beckinsale strutting
her stuff in black leather, could not save
this horrible viewing experience.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Cast Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt,
Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy,
Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds

The Movie is based on a famous novel by
John Le Carre, and revolves around a
potential mole in the British Intelligence,
and the attempt by Smiley (Gary Oldman)
& his small team to uncover this mole.

From the director who brought us the
creepy 2008 horror “Let the Right One In”
Sweden’s Tomas Alfredson directs with
slow purpose, like a slow burning stick
of dynamite that could ignite at any
minute, the tension builds and builds,
before unleashing it’s climax.

This is not an action packed thriller, so
before you rush to the theatre or buy the
movie you have been warned, this is no
Bourne Identity or James Bond this is a
thinking man’s movie, a spy thriller
with a sublime cast, great locations
& quality direction.


Fathers Day

Directed by Astron-6*
Cast Adam Brooks, Mackenzie Murdock,
Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney,
Kevin Anderson, Sonny Ayson

If you have a heart condition, don’t enjoy
extreme violence and you uphold a no
sex policy then stay clear of this movie.

A homosexual psychopath serial killer
who goes by the name of Chis Fuchman
is killing again – but Fuchman don’t just
kill, he rapes & then eats his victims.

Our heroes, & those who are out to kill
Fuchman are – Ahab, a one-eyed vigilante,
Ahab’s stripper sister, a Gay prostitute
and a Father of the cloth.

It’s a movie of two halves, the second of
which gets extremely weird and travels
into the deep depths of heaven & hell,
very confusing, but striking nevertheless.

This movie has left some serious damage
deep upstairs. It’s brutal, hysterical, sexy,
blood thirsty, weird but somehow, don’t
ask me why, I found myself enjoying it.

Roll on the next Astron-6 Movie and hats
off to Adam Brooks & his team.

*Astron-6 (Father’s Day Directors)
Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie, 
Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney 

Movies of 2012: Snow White & the Huntsman

The Evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) learns
she must consume the heart of Snow White
(Kristen Stewart) to become immortal. The Queen
in her haste hires Eric (Chris Hemsworth) a hunter
to capture Snow White.

Kristen Stewart – Twilight – Adventureland – Zathura
Charlize Theron – Monster – Hancock – Young Adult
Chris Hemsworth – Thor – Avengers – Red Dawn
Ian McShane – Deadwood – Golden Compass

Release Dates
1st June – US and UK
21st June – Australia & New Zealand

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