Archive for Film Titles: G – I
Hansel & Gretal Witch Hunters: Nutshell Review
by Film Fan
on September 3, 2014
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Hansel & Gretal Witch Hunters: Nutshell Review

This film is 88 minutes long which means that whilst it is a cheese-fest with bad lines and 80’s style acting, it nips along at pace and keeps you entertained. It is certainley not a “good” film but if you take it for what it is then it is an easy, switch-the-brain-off film. Neither main lead seems to take it too seriously but given the script it would be very hard to do so.  There will be no further sequels I am sure, and that is a good thing.  But worth a watch for a laugh.

Truffle Shuffler: 2/5

Nutshell Score:

2 NutshellReview

Gaurdians of the Galaxy Review
by Film Fan
on August 7, 2014
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Gaurdians of the Galaxy Review

Whilst this is part of the Marvel Cinamatic Universe it feels very different. Not better or worse, just different. It is more of a sci-fi romp than a superhero movie but it is a great sci-fi romp. The film centres on a group of mis-matched “hero’s” each with great casting and no one feels like a side-kick. There is great humour through out and some brilliant throw away lines. Chris Platt is great as the leader Star Lord and there are sequals to be had here without doubt. It feels very fresh compared to Iron Man, Thor, Capt America and chums (which are all great films) which means Marvel can keep expanding their Universe. The only down of the movie was the pretty weak main “baddie” who didn’t do much and (with out spoiling the end) got finished off fairly easiliy. But without doubt this is a fun packed, action fuelled success and I hope there is a sequal to build on this first film.

Truffle Shuffler: 4/5

Nutshell Score:

4 NutshellReview

Gangster Squad Review
by Film Fan
on June 21, 2014
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Gangster Squad Review

Think somewhere between LA Confidential and Bugsy Malone – an iconic period, beautifully realised in vivid comic book fashion. It’s old style goodies and baddies taking each other down with Tommy guns. It doesn’t have the complexity of the aforementioned films and it’s not an accurate representation of Cohen by Penn – but he is vile in it (in a caricature bad guy way). If you expect this tone rather than a Scorsese mobster movie – you may well enjoy it like I did. It is totally unfair to compare it to the likes of Scarface but critics did.

The Bigger Boat: 3/5

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Gravity Review
by Film Fan
on May 10, 2014
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Gravity Review

I did not expect this to live up to the hype – but I cannot help but rave about it! This is one of the rare films that should be seen on the biggest screen as possible – the visuals are fantastic, both the effects and ultra close-up filming. That doesn’t mean I’m sold on 3D anymore than normal – in my opinion a floating pen, a teardrop and shrapnel fragments do not warrant the discomfort of the glasses and the lighter wallet – but see it in IMAX anyway for the sheer scope. The film itself is perfectly paced – making this an awesome experience rather than an outsider observation. It achieves real tension and excitement. This is ninety minutes on a theme park ride – and you will want to jump right back into it if you can. Warning – it will be significantly lost on a small screen – so shell out now!

The Bigger Boat:  4.5/5

 

This film is very worthy of all the awards that came it’s way.  It is a great looking film, very well acted my Clooney and Bullock and it builds the tension very well. You have to be a fan of Sandra though to really love this film as for 75% of it she is the only person on screen.  My issue is that I am not a big fan of the Bullock. She does a great job of holding the “will she make it” tension and all the way through the effects are great right up to the end. Not sure I would rush to watch it again but it is certainly an enjoyable 90 minutes.

Truffle Shuffler: 3.5/5

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Hunger Games – Catching Fire Review
by Film Fan
on April 26, 2014
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Hunger Games – Catching Fire Review

Whilst this is very similiar to the first film I actually found it more entertaining and more enjoyable.  There is more character driven storylines and whilst there maybe not as much action in the actual hunger game section it is more interesting to watch through the characters journey.  The main issues with this film, as with many second films of 3, is that it does very much feel like a lead up to the 3rd and final film and ends as such.  But the same can be said for LOTR, The Hobbit etc.  If you get passed that it is a very decent middle film with a good story arc and a more detailed character driven approach.

Truffle Shuffler: 3/5

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Iron Man 3
by Film Fan
on December 31, 2013
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Iron Man 3

An Ironman film with not a lot of actual Ironman in it!  Trying to be a journey into Tony Stark’s emotional side. My emotion was one of disappointment! And the reveal of the main “baddie” is very naff.

Truffle Shuffler: 2/5

 

The weakest of the trilogy – edging toward the Dark Knight Rises territory but delivered in a Disney(ish) style and it even has an annoying kid getting involved. It doesn’t have the humour of the others (or Avengers Assemble) and goes over the top with Special FX in the hopes of creating exciting an action spectacle. It doesn’t.

The Bigger Boat: 2/5

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Gravity

I did not expect this to live up to the hype – but I cannot help but rave about it! This is one of the rare films that should be seen on the biggest screen as possible – the visuals are fantastic, both the effects and ultra close-up filming. That doesn’t mean I’m sold on 3D anymore than normal – in my opinion a floating pen, a teardrop and shrapnel fragments do not warrant the discomfort of the glasses and the lighter wallet – but see it in IMAX anyway for the sheer scope. The film itself is perfectly paced – making this an awesome experience rather than an outsider observation. It achieves real tension and excitement. This is ninety minutes on a theme park ride – and you will want to jump right back into it if you can. Warning – it will be significantly lost on a small screen – so shell out now!

The Bigger Boat:  4.5/5

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Ideas for Team Building Activities:

This is a master class in maintaining and building tension. The story is simple – but expertly told. It clearly demonstrates the importance of music and sound in this process (winning Oscars in these categories). But, most essentially – it focusses on our ability to problem solve in order to survive against the odds. If you like this film – you would find our Target:Mars and Bunkered team building days particularly effective. You will need to be able to move from one problematic situation to another if you are to make it through successfully – undaunted by the risk taking required to win!