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Directed By: Edgar Wright
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Jason Schwartzman

What It’s All About:
Scott plays guitar in Sex Bob-bomb, shares a bed with his gay roomate Wallace, dates a highschool girl named knives and doesn’t have a job. Then he meets the girl of his dream Ramona, but in order to be her boyfriend he is going to have to fight off her seven evil ex-boyfriends, dump his current girlfriend and pull his life together.

The Final Verdict:
Manic cuts, blistering effects, stunning visuals and enough pop culture to last any nerd a lifetime is what really makes Scott Pilgrim vs. The World stand out as one of the more unique and entertaining movies to hit the cinema in 2010. Staying true enough to the source material to keep the die hard fans of the graphic novel happy, but accessible enough for the average movie goer, Scott Pilgrim has something to offer everyone. Great performances from the cast, witty dialogue and stunning set pieces make this a must see film.

4/5


Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Michael Caine

What It’s All About:

Dom Cobb is an extractor, a man who enters the dreams of others to steal information that would otherwise be inaccessible. After the death of his wife which cost him his family and his nationality, he is offered a chance to get his life back. The catch is rather than extracting information, he needs to plant an idea in a corporate target’s mind, otherwise known as Inception.

The Final Verdict:

Movies very rarely live up to expectations, let alone surpass them which is the case with Christopher Nolan’s latest film Inception. Thought provoking, thrilling and utterly gorgeous, Nolan delivers yet another first class film with the help of DiCaprio as a more than capable leading man. A film that will keep you thinking long after you leave the cinema, my only criticism is the weakness in Ellen Page’s performance which lets the film down somewhat. Otherwise this is the must see film of 2010.

4/5

SFAMRS 2.0 #1- Chicken Park

Please enjoy our Chicken Park Review

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Directed By: Beck Eisner

Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson

What It’s All About:

People in the town of Ogden Marsh are slowly acting a little crazy. It soon becomes apparent that there has been an outbreak in the town and the government has quarantined all the inhabbitants. The movie follows David the local sherrif, his deputy and pregnant wife as they try to discover what is happening and attempt to make it out alive.

The Final Verdict:

While it’s a decent remake of the 70’s classic of the same name, Eisner provides too many of those predictable “he was saved just in time” moments which cause most of the action to blend into a mess. Olyphant really proves that he is one of the hottest actors around at the moment, providing a stellar performance in an otherwise mediocre experience.

2/5

Directed By: Pierre Morel
Starring: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Melissa Mars

What It’s All About:
James Reece is an aspiring CIA agent working as the personal aide to the U.S Ambassador in France. While his initial involvement with the CIA had left more to be desired, he is soon assigned to a case with a new partner, Special Agent Charlie Wax (Travolta). Wax is balls to the wall, trigger happy, wisecracking loose cannon who’s been sent to Paris to investigate a drug ring. Together they take on a terrorist sect and learn that no one can be trusted.

The Final Verdict:
Action packed, balls to the wall and genuinely funny, From Paris With Love achieves something that cinema has been missing for a few years now, creates a strong action movie that is just fun to watch. The story does become a little disjointed along the way, but overall viewers need to take this movie for what it is, a fun action packed movie. Travolta dominates the screen and proves that he still has what it takes.

3.8/5


Directed By: Martin Campbell
Starring: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Hutson

What It’s All About:
Edge of Darkness follows the story of Thomas Craven (Gibson), a cop who’s daughter is killed in a drive by shooting which is assumed to be an attempt on his own life. After investigating his daughter’s personal life, Thomas quickly learns that not is all what it seems as he gets closer and closer to unravelling a much darker and sinister motive for his daughters death.

The Verdict
While it’s great to see Gibson back in front of the camera rather than behind it, Edge of Darkness fails to capture the imagination of the audience. Drab dialogue, sporadic action sequences and numerous plot twists that are highly predictable make this film one to miss. You sit there waiting for something to happen yet nothing ever really does, and it ends on a note that will leave a sour taste in your mouth. The movie going public deserve so much more.

1.5/5

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Developed By: 2K Games
Platform: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
Players:1-2 (split-screen)
Online: 4 Player Co-Op

What It’s All About:
Welcome to Pandora, a bandit-ridden wasteland that draws the attention of off-world scavengers for one reason: The Vault. The Vault is a mysterious structure that is believed to hold the most powerful and wealthiest treasures in the universe, and everyone from scavengers to fortune seeking global corporations wants to get their hands inside. This is the setting you will find yourself wading through with Gearbox’s latest title Borderlands, a FPS meets RPG.

What It Did Right:

  • Great character development
  • Unique art design
  • Reward system
  • Fantastic Gunplay

What Brings It Down:

  • Vehicle Control
  • Lonely, anti-social single player experience
  • Cock slap of an ending

The Final Verdict:

Borderlands succeeds as a perfectly balanced combination of the RPG and FPS genres. Along with it’s unique gameplay style, it boasts an art design that makes Pandora come alive and will keep calling you back to the bandit ridden wastelands. With satisfying character development and an impressive arsenal of weapons, this game will keep you busy for a long time. There are a few places that the game could be improved, especially when it comes to the anti-social and lonely nature of it’s single player experience. All in all, Borderlands is a great title that is well worth checking out.

8/10

Updated Format: Reborn Online

Hey Guys!

Turns out people are actually reading the blog so I’ve decided to do a few format changes.

Movie Bytes are short and direct movie reviews. I hate giving away crucial plot lines or delving too far into events that will spoil a movie goers experience, so I thought this was the best way for me to offer a critique on the latest and greatest films. I won’t just be doing new release films, as the weeks go on there will be a good mix of old and new, and I hope my reviews help you to decide if a movie is worth seeing or not.

Game Bytes are just like the Movie Byte reviews, short and direct analysis of a game without giving too much away. At the start of each review I will put a a link to a full, in-depth review for those of you who wish to delve into the nitty gritty of the latest and greatest games. Hopefully hosting both formats will keep many people interested 🙂

Hope you all like the new format and as always, feedback will be appreciated

Directed By: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldaña, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver

What It’s About:
Avatar tells the story of Jake Sully (Worthington, a paralyzed marine who’s twin brother was part of the Avatar project on the jungle planet of Pandora. Due to the expensive nature of the Avatar, a host body that looks like one of Pandora’s natural inhabbitants, the Na’vi, Sully is put in as a replacement for his dead brother as his DNA is a match. Humans are planning to mine the planet for a rare form of mineral, and once Jake becomes part of the Na’vi tribe and falls in love, he stands up to save the Na’vi from the attacking military forces.

The Verdict:
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a Cameron epic, even longer since his last foray into the Sci-Fi genre, and Avatar steps up to the plate in a big way. Featuring new technology built from the ground up, the 3D animation of this movie needs to be seen to be believed. Leaving the cinema for the first time left me with such a feeling of joy that I haven’t felt since I first saw Star Wars when I was a child. Unfortunately the advances in technology won’t be as appreciated now as they were then. Each member of the cast puts in a stellar performance, the only aspect that lets this movie down is it’s rather generic storyline. Generic and predictable doesn’t always mean bad, James Cameron has always been a great story teller, and that’s what Avatar is; a great story told in a masterful way. See this movie in 3D and be amazed.

9.2/10

Directed By: Spike Jonez
Starring: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, James Gandolfini

What it’s all about:
Max is a lonely boy with a wild imagination, and after having an argument with his mother in front of her new boyfriend he runs away from home in his wolf costume. He finds a boat in a pond and sails across the ocean to a strange island. On this island he meets six creatures, and after convincing them he is an all mighty king, he leads them in an attempt to live in peace and harmony.

The Verdict:
Where The Wild Things Are is a powerful movie, created by one of the best directors in the business Spike Jonez. The visual style of the movie is amazingly beautiful, it’s simplistic yet deep nature creating a feeling of the island being a different world compared to the start of the film. The creatures are full of emotion, and the plot explores and delves into an emotional rollercoaster ride of joy, sadness and understanding. When leaving the screen you will have a feeling that you have seen something special. My only criticism would be that when based on a classic childrens book, the movie will have limited effect on that demographic. This movie is full of adult ideas of childhood, yet not enough ideas that will appeal to children. The subtext seems to be of a depressive nature, and while amazing it may be, simply does not translate to those of a younger generation.

7/10