31 January 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D IMAX Movie Review

For our 2nd time viewing this film, we saw it at the London IMAX, with its full on 3 story high screen. The screen and sound in IMAX like this is immense and totally immersive and well worth paying the extra money for the experience. I was a little disappointed that it never went full screen, as I thought there were specific IMAX pieces filmed, but it remained letterboxed throughout. The sound was full on rumble-tastic!

Update: We have since seen this for a 3rd time at the Chichester IMAX. I don't think we're going to get tired of this film!

Ben 10 out of 10
Barry 10 out of 10


Sleep Rating: No pillows! (wide awake, great film)

30 January 2016

The 5th Wave Movie Review

The 5th Wave premise seems like a great idea. Aliens invade and gradually wipe out the human race through taking out our technology, wiping out nations through earthquakes and tsunamis and releasing a deadly virus. These are the first 3 waves, and have some great effects and real feel of tension as the unseen aliens pick us off. Unfortunately they are also over far too quickly and leave you with the 4th and 5th waves, which are both pretty weedy ideas, and yet again another film turns into a trudging through the forest from A to B for the next hour. Only to be rounded of with a mediocre face off. Its a real shame, as it could have been a great sci-fi movie, it was just badly executed. Worth a DVD watch though.

Ben 5 out of 10
Barry 5 out of 10


Sleep Rating: 2 pillows (semi conscious, mediocre film)

17 January 2016

The Revenant Movie Review

Well thats the last heavy award winning film we're seeing! After films like The Artist and Lost in Translation, these artsy farty films obviously don't agree with us. This film was soooo long and drawn out, with hardly anything going on. Basically a story of a man (DiCaprio) left for dead after a fairly gruesome bear attack and his journey back to revenge the death of his son. Set in the wild frontier of the 1820s, its a time of survival and pillaging the locals for fur pelts to try and make a living. After the bear attack and loss of their boat, DiCaprio's hunting party are left dragging him across the wilderness and make the decision to leave him to die. His injuries are so severe that is just seems ridiculous that he doesn't just die from infections. But no, you have about 2hrs of him grunting and dragging himself through the snow, working upto a hobble, eating practically anything edible.

Ben 4 out of 10
Barry 3 out of 10


Sleep Rating: 3 pillows (full sleep, boring film!)

3 January 2016

In the Heart of the Sea Movie Review

The story of Moby Dick comes to the big screen starring Thor (Hemsworth) and Richie Cunningham directing (Howard). The hunt is on for whale oil and driven by greed they head 2000 miles out into the Atlantic, only to find Moby Dick, out to protect his school of whales and wreck any ship that gets close. The story is told through the eyes of a 14 year old boy, recounting his tale to the author. Its fairly light on character development and relationships, but does enough among the main cast to make you feel their pain when stranded. The action sequences when the whale attacks are pretty tense, but there are lulls. All in all and enjoyable film.

Ben 7 out of 10
Barry 7 out of 10


Sleep Rating: 1 pillow (Light dozing, good film)

1 January 2016

Movie Reviews 2015 Top Ten and Bottom Three

All our 2015 movie reviews are on our Movie Reviews 2015 archive page.

Our top ten movie run down for 2015 was as follows:
  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D D-BOX
  2. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron 3D D-BOX
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road 3D D-BOX
  4. Jurassic World 3D D-BOX
  5. Terminator Genisys IMAX Laser 3D
  6. Martian 3D D-BOX
  7. The Walk 3D
  8. Chappie
  9. Inside Out 3D
  10. San Andreas 3D D-BOX
Our top three lemons for 2015 were:
  1. The Visit
  2. Magic Mike XXL
  3. Cinderella
A new feature will be on our 2016 reviews, Barry's Snooze Rating! As Barry has a tendency to doze off in the dark of the cinema, the snooze rating will measure how engaged he is with the film. The ratings will be as follows:
  • No pillows: wide awake, great film
  • 1 pillow: dozing lightly, good film
  • 2 pillows: semi conscious, mediocre film
  • 3 pillows: full sleep, boring film!