27 July 2014

Hercules 3D Movie Review

This movie suckers you in with great trailers featuring Cerberus, Hydra and other mystical creatures, so lets just say that none of these are actually in the movie apart from a 2 minute flashback, which is the same footage from the trailer! Very naughty Hercules! What the Rock's Hercules story is a story of betrayal, and while its better than Lutz's version from earlier in the year, they still manage to turn a greek mythological story about a demigod into a plodding tale of boredom. Whats wrong Hollywood, why can't you do a decent Hercules/Clash of the Titans film???!!!

Ben 6 out of 10
Barry 6 out of 10


26 July 2014

Full Throttle Assault in Basingstoke

Our personal trainer Michael and his buddy are launching a Tough Mudder / Nuts Challenge type training sessions in Basingstoke. If you're interested classes are running now every Saturday, contact them at http://www.fullthrottleassault.co.uk

20 July 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes D-BOX 3D Film Review

The follow up to one of my favourite films is finally here and it doesn't disappoint. The simian flu has spread worldwide and wiped out most of humanity and live in tension with the apes. We only see what happens in San Francisco, so not sure if other apes in other parts of the world have become smart, but the tension displayed in San Fran is very real. You completely forget that all the apes in this movie are CGI, they are so lifelike and believable, both in movement and mannerisms. This is a movie about lack of trust. The apes make it very clear that the forest is theirs and the humans should stay in the cities, but the humans can't possibly live without electricity, so venture up to an old damn in the forest to repair it. Tensions run very high and after a great deal of distrust things finally flare up. Needless to say this is one of my favourite films this year so far and is highly recommended.

D-BOX moving chairs unfortunately let the side down on this film, the first time they've not really performed. The 3D is also faulty forgettable. Neither take away from the film though.

Ben 9 out of 10 (9 with D-BOX)
Barry 8 out of 10 (8 with D-BOX)


12 July 2014

Final Day in Toronto

Well here we are on our final day. Its been beautiful weather, Barry had a 40th in style and we've enjoyed visiting all the sight and sounds of Toronto and Niagara Falls again.

11 July 2014

Earth to Echo Film Review

Earth to Echo is trying so hard to be ET crossed with Goonies, with a little bit of Cloverfield chucked in that it forgets the story and chemistry between the kids. A group of mis-fit kids (Goonies) discover Echo (ET) who has crashed on Earth, being tracked down by the government, the kids help to track down the parts Echo needs to repair his spaceship before capture, sound familiar? The whole movie is presented in mainly wobble-cam sci-fi footage (Cloverfield). And the wobble along with the annoying kids kinda killed this film for me. Go back and watch Super 8, which was a far superior film.

Ben 5 out of 10
Barry 4 out of 10

CN Tower and Ripley's Aquarium

We caught a cab to the base of the CN Tower, road the elevator to the top and had a great view over Toronto and Toronto Island. At the base of the tower is a brand new attraction, Ripley's Aquarium, so we decided to head in for a look. It was pretty busy inside, but the fish made it seem tranquil. There is a huge underwater tunnel and luckily it has a very slow and steady moving walkway through it, so people all move at the same pace and in one direction, no bumping perfect!! We then also managed to wangle a trip back on the City Sightseeing Bus (technically our tickets expired at 11am), but they let us on :-)

10 July 2014

Toronto Island

Another beautiful day, another trip, but this time just 5 minutes on a ferry to Toronto Island. Barry rented some rollerblades and I rented a bike and we went from tip to tip of the island and back to the centre, stopping half way for hot dogs.

9 July 2014

Journey Behind Niagara Falls

Today we rented a car and drove 1hr 20mins to Niagara Falls. It was a beautiful day and we decided to go behind the falls, as the last time we did it was frozen solid and you weren't allowed outside! After out journey we had lunch sitting right by the edge of the falls.

8 July 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction 3D Film Review

Michael Bay, Michael Bay what have you done! This is the usual OTT film he does, but with such a non-sensical story that it just hurts your brain even more! After Transformers 3, the government is hunting down all Transformers, yes even the Autobots who helped, as they want them gone and off Earth. So bizarrely they team up with yet another Transformer to do this, who seems to hate Prime. I'm not sure if I missed a huge chunk of story or if it wasn't explained, but I have no idea who this Transformer is or why they should trust him. The film jumps between chunks of film littered with explosions to the next, oh and they chuck the Dinobots in at the end. Yes the main draw and marketing for the film and they're barely in it. I'm sure this will rake in money, but its just trash now and needs to end.

Ben 4 out of 10
Barry 6 out of 10


Birthday Bus

Today is Barry's 40th Birthday and we were supposed to be going to Niagara Falls, but the forecast was crappy so we did't bother hiring a car. Turns out its a nice day, so we're going on the open top bus tour with City Sightseeing. A 2hr bus tour with a stop for coffee, stopping 21 times and you can hop-on-hop-off if you want, but we stayed on for the whole tour.

In the evening we experienced a dine and cinema package at the Cineplex on Younge and Dundas. Cocktails, and dinner at the cinema followed by Transformers in reclining chairs, very posh!

Barry's Birthday Message from Cher!

6 July 2014

Tammy Film Review

We liked McCarthy in Heat, so we chanced this road-trip movie and weren't disappointed. Its a feel good story about Tammy who's down on her luck, loses her job and goes on a trip with her terminally ill grandmother. The story bounces around all over the place with the two of them getting upto all sorts of mischief. Lots of laughs, giggles and sad moments. Recommended for DVD if you missed at the cinema.

Ben 7 out of 10
Barry 7 out of 10


1st Day in Toronto...

... so of course we have to hit the mall! There was a little reminder hanging there of where we were and also Barry found a wheatgrass stand, yuk!