Title: Men In Black

Number: Sixty-Five.

Directer: Barry Sonnenfeld

Writer: Ed Solomon

Genre: Science-Fiction-comedy

Released: 1997

Seen on: Sky Comedy

Seen Before: Several times when younger but not for a few years now.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rip Torn, Linda Fiorentino, Tony Shalhoub

Running Time: 98 minutes.

Favorite Performance: Will Smith as Agent J.

Favorite Line: “Did you ever flashy thing me?” asks Agent J. “No” says Agent K. “I ain’t playing with you, K. Did you ever flashy thing me?!” says J. “No.” repeats K.

Favorite Moment: I like the way Agent J tries to distract The Bug from leaving the planet, using fire, rocks, he gets smacked around, and then uses psychology, killing small cockroaches, pissing off The Bug, all whilst Agent K is inside The Bug, looking for his gun.

ThoughtsI watched this film originally when I was very young and I thought it was brilliant. And every time I do watch this film, it always fills the spot. This is a very well crafted science-fiction film with a comedic undertone that allows you to enjoy yourself. The direction is pretty solid, but what works best is the chemistry between several of the actors.

Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith make this film, with ease, I think their banter is integral to the enjoyment of the movie, they both have good one-liners and their partnership feels very fresh and fun, Tommy Lee Jones can do the wizened, grumpy mentor with ease, he comes across as funny, but also slightly melancholic at the passing years. He’s molding Agent J into a worthwhile Agent. It helps that Will Smith has an insurmountable amount of charisma that makes him a wonderful protagonist to follow, he has good one-liners, a good physical presence, including several action scenes, and good chemistry with Lee Jones. These two make the movie for me, they just capture that quintessential magic you need for such roles.

The concept of Men In Black is simple and magical: secret organisation that monitors and investigates aliens on planet Earth. It works because it doesn’t get too over-the-top, doesn’t overwhelm the story with exposition, it is quick, snappy, sets the plot up, and the fun begins, which works well. The ‘MacGuffin’, the Galaxy, is an interesting concept and I liked that they went in a different direction with it.

Edgar The Bug, by Vincent D’Onofrio, was fantastic casting, he is extremely creepy and disconcerting normally, let alone when he is able to manipulate his skin, or when he opens his mouth and tendrils come reaching out. Most of the time, when the creature is unveiled, it kind of ruins the previous good work, but the CGI in the film holds up substantially well, better than most from 1997. D’Onofrio’s movements and jerky walk made him seem very alien, which works very well. He is a strong villain as portrayed, and his characteristics of a bug make his actions seem natural.

The supporting act of Rip Torn is very strong, he has a very dry sense of humor and a characteristic that makes the idea of aliens seem the most natural thing in the world, he reminds me of M or Q in the ‘James Bond’ series, he’s very integral. Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of Linda Fiorentino, I feel she was the weakest of the main five, she’s an okay love interest, but the best chemistry was Agent J and K, which means she seemed a bit unneeded. The best she brings to the film is plot devices. However, she is harmless, so I don’t mind.

This is one of my favorite childhood films, it is extremely solid work from some good actors and a creative team that created a good, fun movie. I’d easily recommend it, especially with Men In Black 3 coming up soon this year.

Thumbs Up, 8 out of 10

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I have to admit to have never really been interested in watching most of Guy Ritchie’s movies. In fact, it wasn’t really until I saw the original “Sherlock Holmes” by him that I became tempted. I recently saw “RocknRolla”, which I thought was pretty awesome (thanks Lily!) and became more tempted by his other films. So the other day I sat down to watch the second film ever made by Ritchie.

One thing I have to say about the films I have seen by Ritchie is that, they are enjoyable fun. They are funny, with several magnificent one-liners, great chemistry in the cast, with jokes and insults bouncing back and forth between the lot of them. Sometimes the plot does not have to be perfect, although the plot was just the right mix of simple action and intricate plot, more importantly, the cast look as if they really enjoy themselves. And when the cast enjoy themselves, without being too self-congratulating (i.e. the recent Ocean films), it makes the film more enjoyable.

There are a lot of good actors who appear in this film, the ones in the supporting cast I recognized alone included: Dennis Farina (a good fish out of water, with several good lines), Jason Flemying (good small role, didn’t steal any scenes but added to it instead, completely incomprehensible), Goldie (small cameo, didn’t look out of place), Mike Reid (usually enjoyable, good mix of humour and gravitas), and Benicio Del Toro (small role, akin to his role in The Usual Suspects, but straight ranged, good performance).

However, my favorites were the main cast. There was the black trio of Vinnie, Sol & Tyrone, who I thought had great chemistry together, the three of them provided the best laughs, with their attempt of robbing a post office leaving me crying with laughter. Vinnie Jones as Bullet-Tooth Tony showed more range than I expected, I expected the obvious psychotic hitman role, but not the humour or chemistry with Farina. There was also Alan Ford as the nasty, petty gangster “Brick Top”, who really sold his unpleasantness well. And the lead double act in Jason Statham and Stephen Graham were a good act, really bounced off well of each other, however I feel they were the straight men to the rest of the cast, and a surprisingly well casted choice of the two.

However, for me, the run and away breakout character was the magnificent Brad Pitt as the pikey gypsy Mickey, a bare-knuckle boxing champion, who was integral to the plot. The accent used by Pitt was just the right mix of incomprehensible and comprehensible, he was funny, a ridiculous character made believable and acceptable by a well versed performance. Pitt took a chance with the role and made him memorable, he was probably my favorite character.

At times there are little bits of violence, and startling imagery, but it is coupled with dark humour, that makes it feel less harrowing. Overall, the film is very enjoyable, and actually leaves you quite cheerful by the end, just because it was ridiculous fun.

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U.S. Marshals is the sort of sequel that isn’t expected. Yes, The Fugitive was a brilliant film, but was definitely the sort of film that ended in a way that needed no sequel. So really, instead of a sequel, they went for a spin-off: taking the fascinating “false antagonist” Sam Gerard, who was portrayed by the usually brilliant Tommy Lee Jones. The difference in this film is that we are not following an accused murderer trying to prove his innocence, but following Sam Gerard trying to capture an accused murderer. A small difference that makes it worth a watch.

Tommy Lee Jones and his team get more air time, which allows us to get an idea of each character a bit more, almost like they were trying to set up a possible new series revolving around Gerard and his team, which could have been interesting, but was always unlikely.

Wesley Snipes is probably a more interesting fugitive as he is stronger and more capable of battling the team, as well as finding information. This is an increase on the everyday doctor of Richard Kimble, which was different. Looking at the character from a standalone role, he is a good choice, and an interesting character.

The most interesting element for me was Robert Downey Jr, when the film was released in 1998 he was in the middle of his drug and alcohol abuse, often saying in interviews after that it was one of the least enjoyable roles he had ever been involved in. This is one of the few films where his character has a negative portrayal, and yet he still does a solid enough job to help carry the film. However, at times you can also tell he wasn’t enjoying himself.

The film has some good action, some interesting portrayals and an interesting script. The film is not perfect, but is good for a relaxing watch.

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Captain America: The First Avenger trailer.



Mad Men by Matt Needle on Flickr.

 Pretty awesome looking :D

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Phil Jones signs for Manchester United for £16 million, a five year contract worth £40,000 a week. When playing for Blackburn Rovers, his stats include the following:

  • Made 40 appearances, 35 of which were Premier League games.
  • In his 35 games, he made 211 clearances, 808 passes and 61 tackles, whilst receiving just 4 yellow cards.
  • When played, Blackburn won 9% more matches.
  • Took 0.45 points per game.
  • Conceded 0.57 fewer goals.
  • 10th most frequent tackler in the previous season, making a challenge every 42.7 minutes.

In all honesty, I am very happy with this buy. Phil Jones seems a solid defender and he has formed a partnership with fellow United player Chris Smalling at Under-21 England level. With Wes Brown possibly leaving, and Ferdinand probably close to retirement, that will leave Vidic, Smalling, Jones and Evans to cover the centerback positions. It also helps that Johnny Evans can cover both the centreback and fullback positions, whilst Jones can cover the defensive midfield position, similar to the newly departed Owen Hargreaves. In fact, in five years time, it is possible Ferdinand and Vidic would be completely replaced by Jones and Smalling, very similar partnership.

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30 Days Of New Doctor Who: Day 16 - Favorite Martha Moment

Unfortunately Martha spent most of her time shafted around and compared to Rose, however, I will give her credit in this scene, where she admonishes the Doctor for being treated second best, and I like to think it is also Russell T Davies apologizing for the way he wrote Martha’s character. I would love to see Martha return, more likely in Torchwood I admit, but would love to see it.

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Born in 1990, makes me a Daikaiju, interesting. So I am a big-hearted scientific center of attention, but also a lonely, misunderstood destructive. Awesome.

Reblog with yours? :P

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Duncan Jones had a brilliant debut with “Moon”, one of the most impressive first films I’ve ever seen, however, often it is the follow up film that directors struggle with. Thankfully, Jones hits it out of the park, with a solid and lean film with an interesting concept and intricately plotted, this was a wonderful choice for Jones. It is helped that he has some impressive performers in this film.

The concept, that of someone being sent back in time into someone’s body for a total of eight minutes, is reminiscent of the use of 33 minutes in the “Battlestar Galactica” Pilot, it is just enough time to find out a little bit of information, but not enough to utilize it. In just the second cycle there is instantly several changes, which allows the audience & Colter Stephens to notice and create some ideas. There are several background members who are crafted into the action and storylines, but the main one is obviously Christina, played by Michelle Monaghan, who whilst only given 8 minutes at a time, and not much ability to interact, her character develops in our mind through her smile, her discussion, her faith in Colter, and it allows us to believe that Colter would want to save her.

There is also outside of the Source Code in Capt Colleen Goodwin and Dr Rutledge, played by Farmiga and Wright respectively, with them representing almost the good and bad side of Source Code, Rutledge isn’t that likable during the film, however Goodwin is actually quite emphatic, and you end up appreciating her character quite strongly, thanks to a good performance by Farmiga.

But the main character is definitely the most fascinating, Colter Stephens played by Jake Gyllenhaal is a brilliant leading man, his character displaying over the story acts of confusion, anger, suspicion, happiness, disgust, peace, and in a phone conversation late on, tearful and acceptance. Gyllenhaal plays all these emotions very well, and with several humorous lines as well, it makes him an appealing leading man, which is why you are drawn in so easily.

With the film only about 90 minutes, it is shorter then 80% of the films released in cinemas nowadays it seems, however with this the plot is very tight, as said earlier, and it means there are several scenes where you could actually rewatch it and learn something new, without feeling like a chore because of movie length. A really enjoyable sci-fi film, accessible to a mainstream audience with an interesting concept, definitely recommended.

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Batman Forever time…..okaaaaay.


When watching Police Academy, you have to admit to yourself from the beginning….it’s actually pretty crap. In fact, it’s kind of awful. It doesn’t hold up well, the jokes aren’t that great, and at times it is almost painful to watch. But yet, I still sit there with a stupid grin on my face, and the reason for that is, it’s nostalgic. It’s not very good, but it feels like one of those crappy films you sit there smiling like an ass at, beacause you know how bad it is. There are now and again good moments, the reactions from the Cadets trying not to laugh at Lassard after the horses ass scene, Jones doing any sound effects, Tackleberry has one or two over-the-top moments, it is more a case of sitting back and letting it wash over you. But despite all that, I enjoy the riot onwards, I did kinda feel good at the cadets doing well, and maybe that is where the film succeeds, it isn’t very well written or directed, but each actor has their roles well, so it is probably a hit or miss film overall.

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"Vendetta" was another great episode, this revolved more around Harvey Bullock, before now a sort of background character with personal issues against Batman, but now, he’s being set up for crimes by Waylon Jones, aka, Killer Croc, and I love this character, I like more the style in the comics with green skin and such, but this version is good, he’s strong and resilient, he offers a physical threat as opposed to a mental threat to Batman, which you don’t get very often.

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"Moon" came out in 2009 and even at the time I was tempted to see it, but never got round to it. Now, two years later, I have seen it, and it was worth the wait. It’s actually a very simple film, a simple storyline, a simple style, but beautifully crafted. The direction by Duncan Jones, was just exquisite, you would never guess it was his first film, he looked intelligent and cultured in his shots, the film felt like a mini-2001 to me, taking several long takes with the space just enveloping the actors. Really impressed all around. I also enjoyed Kevin Spacey’s voice acting, he has a good voice for it, and reckon he should do it more often maybe?

However, this was Sam Rockwell’s film. It reminded me of Buried in that it mostly centred around just one character, but in Moon, it was more difficult, as Sam Rockwell played two completely different characters, he played one as a headstrong, angry and resentful, whereas he played the other as tired, damaged and sad, which shows magnificent range from Rockwell, and even more impressively, each seemed like individual characters, which I was very impressed by, Rockwell I’d like to see a bit more of now. Enjoyed the film, would watch it again.

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James Earl Jones has the most wonderful voice, I could listen to him all day :)

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