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Catch up…

Having had a post generate a large amount of interest I seem to have all but dried up on the blogging front, this really hasn’t been intentional, but I have had some vacation time to enjoy whats left of summer and then whilst at work I have been busy, busy, busy.

So in summary I can say that I’ve watched a bunch of movies (X-Men the first class illustrating that James McAvoy is brilliant at whatever he does) I’ve been trying to help get my budget under control with Mint.com, and I have been eating and drinking up a storm.  Home brew and more Dr Pepper ribs the main order of the last few weeks!

More posts to come on all of that once my day to due resumes some semblance of normality.

State of Play

I just finished watching State of Play, the TV series, for the first time.  I’d watched the movie on a flight recently and enjoyed it so thought I would check out the original to see how it compared, I remember when it was on TV (I still lived in the UK back in 2003) and loads of people told me how good it was but I just hadn’t been home when it was on.

First and foremost; what a cast!  For me it’s a motley crew worthy of any Hollywood block buster in its own right; Bill Nighy, John Sim, James McAvoy, Kelly McDonald and Philip Glenister playing the ‘hard man’ copper years before he played it so well against John Simm again in Life on Mars.  I realize that John Simm perhaps doesn’t have the USA resume of Nighy, McAvoy or McDonald (the latter was superb in No Country for Old Men) but I think he is perhaps my favorite of the bunch.  Why he hasn’t made the move to some more big screen stuff like McAvoy is beyond me?

Although I watched Hollywood’s take on it first I think they did a pretty good job of updating and condensing 6 hours of story into 2hrs and still managing to keep it credible.  I don’t want to go into too much detail and risk spoiling the storyline but if you have seen neither I would recommend both, but more so the miniseries. A few more sub plots to the tale and a perfect example of TV done well is worth picking up on DVD and watching on the cold winter nights.

Wanted. Not really.

I got round to watching “Wanted” the other night on DVD, I’d not really been that fussed for it when it was playing in the theatres but having become a fan of James McAvoy I thought I would give it a go.  I should point out that I have never actually watched “Last King of Scotland” the movie which seems to have boosted McAvoy into the spotlight; I did own a copy of the DVD but moved half way round the world before I got a chance to watch it. His roles in Atonement, Starter for 10, and Shameless were all superb. Ok and yes I watched Narnia and he plays a pretty mean fawn too.  Anyway I digress ….

The movie itself kinda sucked. I mean if you have nothing to do (and I mean nothing) then yeah give it a go but don’t rush. It seems they borrowed the Matrix textbook and skipped a few pages when putting the film together and to be honest you may as well watch that again rather than this. James McAvoy – Neo, Morgan Freeman – Morpheus, Angelina Jolie- Trinity if you don’t heed my advice and watch the movie you’ll see what I mean.

The film is based around violence, that may not come as a shock as its about assassins but there is not much more to it really.  There is some dodgy clutch at a storyline to do with secret messages in cloth and father abandonment issues, but really it’s obvious neither were really wanted in the movie by the makers.  They got in the way of fighting scenes.  By the time rats covered in peanut butter with little bombs strapped to them were running across the screen I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Turned out I laughed but it was AT not WITH. 

I would love to say that McAvoy shone brightly in this flick and it could be added to the previous list of performances I enjoyed but I have to be honest and say that his character never sat quite right with me, I don’t know if it was the accent or just that I wanted to see him do more than to be the geek turned badass that was required of him.

Morgan Freeman is in the movie.  Just.  His role is so unanimated that really he is more of a background narrator even though he is on screen from time to time; it’s not his fault he’s just never really required to do anything in this role.  

Angelina Jolie, what can you say.  Well “here have some cake, maybe a curry, no, hmmm is there something we can tempt you with” would be a start.  It’s my thoughts about the movie I’m putting down here not weight and size issues but Jesus she needs a decent meal.  If not for the sake of being hungry then for the simple fact that she is unconvincing as a cool, slick assassin when she looks malnourished.

There is not much more I can say other that I’m off to buy another copy of Last King of Scotland and reassure myself that James McAvoy is worth going to see movies for.

2/10 (giving me the opportunity to blog about rats smeared in peanut butter with bombs strapped to them won it an extra point….)