25 October 2015

4x4 Off Roading

My birthday present from Keith was to go 4x4 off roading in a Land Rover in Reading. We did 3 courses, with gradually increasing bumpiness and hilliness, with the 3rd course being pretty hair raising! The final hill (mountain!) was like 70 degrees, so the bonnet was pointing at the sky, with no idea that, what felt like, an almost vertical drop was on the other side!



15 October 2015

Fort Lauderdale Last Day

We didn't post much to the blog this holiday, as basically we've been very lazy and not done anything, other than lie in the sun!


Goosebumps 3D Movie Review

Arghh Jack Black! Anyone else in this film that Black with his weird accent and beedy eyes, just annoying. Other than that is a pretty average kids film, about the many weird creatures that Black writes about in his locked books escaping into the real world. From the genuinely creepy Slappy ventriloquist dummy (don't call him dummy!), Yeti, Werewolves, Killer Gnomes, etc.... A basic story about trying to get the creatures back in the books, with young love and keeping the town safe. Its actually pretty creepy in places for a PG-13, and the twist is easily spottable by adults. Average kids fodder though.

Ben 6 out of 10
Barry 5 out of 10

http://www.goosebumps-movie.com

14 October 2015

The Visit Movie Review

OK everyone needs to stop giving M. Night Shyamalan money for his movies. Notice how the poster only references Sixth Sense and Signs (from 1999 and 2002!)? Thats because they were his only 2 good films from over a decade ago! The Visit was basically rubbish. They make a big deal out of the mothers secret with her parents, which when its revealed at the end is just utterly stupid. The only redeeming feature with this film is the nutty grandparents and their twist, but sometimes even these are silly scenes and make you giggle instead of being terrified. I don't think I'm spoiling anything by saying "twists" in a Shyamaln film, as its what you expect. Save your money and stay away from this junk.

Ben 2 out of 10
Barry 0 out of 10

http://www.thevisitmovie.co.uk

12 October 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2 3D Movie Review

This film is set a few years after the first, the hotel is open to humans, Mavis and Johnny are married and have a kid and its his birthday. Drac's dad is coming to visit and he doesn't know his great grandson is half human, half vampire. The in-laws are also visiting and Drac's dad hates humans! Drac is desperately trying to tease out his grandson's vampire powers. So it obviously all collides in a hideous family mess with Drac trying to keep everyone happy! Pretty average kiddy fodder, that isn't quite as good as the first.

Ben 6 out of 10
Barry 5 out of 10

http://www.hoteltransylvania2.com

11 October 2015

The Walk 3D Movie Review

The Walk is set in 1974 (a good year;-), when French high wire artist Philippe sets his sights on walking the tightrope between the World Trade Center twin towers. This doesn't sound like much of a film, but it's his story of growing up, his passion for rope walking and the attention to detail. The tower job itself is done by watching security guards and builders, finishing the last floors of the towers before it opens, how they get the rope across and the actual act of walking. Its these final climatic moments of the film that are most amazing, as you know the whole thing is green screened special effects, yet its still so tense, breath taking and nail biting! The 3D is actually amazing and the spinning camera taking in the New York sights from every angle is enough to give anyone vertigo, I just wish we had seen it in IMAX. Good film and highly worth seeing at the cinema.

Ben 8 out of 10
Barry 8 out of 10

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thewalk/

4 October 2015

Martian 3D D-BOX Movie Review

Matt Damon stuck on Mars on his own doesn't sound like a very exciting prospect for a movie, yet somehow it does manage to keep you captivated. You see his struggle to survive, his refusal to just give up and die, yet he has to last something like 400 days until the next mission brings food, with only 100 odd days of food left, so he starts to farm potatoes grown from his own poop! Problem by problem, little by little his struggles pay off and I think its this drive that makes you want to keep watching the film. I can't give too much else away, it is a slow burner with lots of vistas of Mars, but this is definitely worth seeing at the cinema.

The 3D is actually pretty good, as theres lots of scenery to see both in space and on the surface. The D-BOX is also excellent for blasting off and rovering around.

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

http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-martian