Film Study… week 38

The Book of Eli

Playing against type in this post apocalyptic tale, Denzel Washington is Eli, a mysterious traveller on a mission, carrying a rare copy of the Bible. Playing pretty much his usual character, Gary Oldman, is Carnegie, the man who wants it in order to use its message to control the masses. Then Mila Kunis arrives and becomes a bit of a liability and there’s some kind of message at the heart of it. I’m not entirely sure what the message was though. Possibly religion is good or possibly just knowledge is good it all got a bit up its own arse at the end. Watch Tank Girl instead… much more fun!

The parktown prawns are coming. Are you sure we have enough ammo?

Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief

After the book that this film is based on came up in a recent book quiz I decided it might be worth watching the film. Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is a bit of an outcast loser, despite his startling pretty boy looks… until he finds out that he’s mom once upon a time got jiggy with Poseidon and he’s actually a demigod. On the downside, Zeus seems to think he’s stolen a lightning bolt and he’s packed off to demigod “camp” with all the other half-blood god and godesslets for his own safety. This was obviously intended to be a rival for Harry Potter and considering that Pierce Brosnan and Uma Thurman signed up there must have been some excitement around it. Unfortunately it feels like what was probably the first half of the book is whizzed through in 5 minutes and despite the awesome special effects it fell very flat.

What does Harry Potter have? A stick! I have a fucking water trident!

X-Men First Class

This X-Men prequel portrays the advent of the X-Men as well as the combined pasts of Professor Xavier (the eternally delicious, James McAvoy) and Erik “Magneto” Lensherr (Michael Fassbender).  Without giving away too much of the story, X-Men First Class explains all manner of things that take place in the later films and kicks and impressive amount of ass. Absolutely brilliant.

I TOLD you to put on sunscreen!

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls

70’s cult classic about an all girl group who go to Hollywood looking for fame and fortune only to get caught up in a world of excess. Unfortunately the excess is nothing more scary than what you’d see in an average episode of Skins and the weird subplot about an inheritance seemed largely superfluous. I got bored very quickly. The ending was pretty explosive but the whole thing was a bit all over the show.

Zhang!

4 Comments

  1. theipc

    This blog is a real treat!! : )

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you 🙂

  2. Great post, I still need to see X-Men First Class.

    1. Abbi

      Thanks. It’s really, really good. I watched it again the other day and it was still fab!

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