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travelmickey in Gloucestershire is doing 37 things including…

Go to the cinema every week

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travelmickey has written 35 entries about this goal

Okay so I didn't go every week...

but 2007 is over and I went to the cinema a grand total of 34 times in the year – not bad I think. I made the most of the unlimited card I was bought for Christmas last year, saw some great (and not so great) films, and now I am ticking it off.

I Am Legend

Can’t write much right now, but I was a little dissapointed by Will Smith’s latest big budget blockbuster. Seemed a rip off of 28 Days Later and the ending seemed like a cheesy after thought. Loved the survival bits but the ‘butterfly’ line please! 6/10

We Own The Night

Just saw this Joaquin Pheonix and Mark Wahlberg flick a short while ago because I really like them both and quite enjoyed it.

I am not overly a huge fan of police dramas, but this was quite captivating – the opening sequence sure got the attention of every male in the audience, but I was suprised to see it was rated 15!

It was very looong – I needed two toilet breaks – but there was action, there was suspense and there was Joaquin doing his patented druggie/drunk act for a while.

I came away feeling sorry for Eva Mendes’ character, however, and not that bothered about the brothers. 6.5/10

Golden Compass

Since reading the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman, I have been literally itching with excitement about this film. As hard as it’s been I’ve tried to avoid watching the trailers and even averted my eyes from the billboard ads so I didn’t ruin the suprise, so you can imagine how eager I was to see it this weekend. Probably a little too over excited to be honest.

Well, the verdict? I loved parts of it – Ian McKellen was a great Iorek, for example – but (as is usually the case when you’ve read the book) I couldn’t help but be annoyed that the filmmakers had skimmed over some of the pretty fundamental elements of the storyline – Lyra’s betrayal for one.

Practically speaking it must’ve been really difficult to edit the first part of the trilogy into two or so hours of film, but I didn’t feel very much sympathy for the characters – who cares if Lyra saves Roger is what I thought from the film, but not the book… and the gyptians, scholars, Lee Scoresby, the Magisterium, and even the polar bears weren’t explored enough for my liking.

Plus, if I hadn’t read the book I think I would’ve been quite confused by a lot of it – so I don’t know how children will like it? Or understand it?

Aside from all that however, it did capture the magic quite well and the daemons are fantastic. So, hmm lets see, I’ll give it a 6/10 to be generous.

Saw IV

The start of Saw IV made me literally want to be sick which film fans of a morbid nature will get a kick out of.

There was one jumpy moment that almost made me scream and got my heart pumping faster than a stint in the gym.

But overall the storyline was confusing, there were too many characters to care what happened to each one, and the ending was shockingly bad compared to the original Saw film.

So not a complete waste of time, but not a satisfying watch either. 5/10


From the trailer I thought this was going to be a ‘one woman’s fight for justice, bla bla’ Erin Brokovitch-type film with Reese Witherspoon in the lead, but was very pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t. Jake G was subtle and the storyline had a slight twist, that you could kind of see coming, but was relatively novel. The best part was the bits filmed in Marrakech, really reminded me how cool the city is – minus the bomb and torture cells etc!


The Kingdom

Although I saw Jamie Foxx being interviewed about this film – and thought his ignorant impressions of Arabic life was insulting to say the least, he was actually very good in the film.

It was filmed in part in Abu Dhabi where I’ve stayed quite a bit, so it was nostalgic to see the sights on the big screen, although it was supposed to be set in Saudi.

On the whole I thought it was a fantastic action, which showed a commended balance in American and Islamic attitudes. Go see it. 8/10

Death Proof

In short, I liked the style but not the substance of Tarantino’s latest flick until, say, 15 minutes from the end when I was really into the storyline – not that Quentin would care. There was also a good bit which (without giving it away) should be a warning to girls to not accept lifts from srangers. 7/10

Run, Fatboy, Run

I love, love, love Simon Pegg and he is brilliant in this heartfelt film about an (albeit slightly) overweight security guard who wants to win back his love by taking part in a marathon. It’s predictable, but great. 8/10.


I don’t usually like action flicks this much, but maybe it was the nostalgia, maybe it was the amazing special effects, or maybe it was the great acting on Shia le Beouf (don’t know if I spelled that right) but I thought Transformers was brilliant. The fight scenes were the best and went on a little long and the storline was pretty cheesy, still it kept me on the edge of my seat… not bad. 7.75/10

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