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Friday, January 01, 2010

Our Blog has Moved!!

As Google have just updated their blogging service, and due to the way we publish our blog, we have now had to move it to:

http://www.benandbarry.com/

Please make sure you update your bookmarks!!

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Sherlock Holmes Film Review

Good, but nowhere near as exciting as the trailer makes out. Pretty average Holmes story, but with a bigger budget. It takes a while to get going, but once it does it moves at quite a rapid pace. Story of dealings with "black magic", but actually illusion. Good flash backs and slow-mos of how they solve the mysteries and beat the badies. Don't know what really else to say, was expecting more, just finished and felt meh! They have obviously left it open for a sequel as there is endless talk of Moriarty.


Ben 7 out of 10
Barry 7 out of 10

http://sherlock-holmes-movie.warnerbros.com

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Basingstoke White Out

Well as you may have seen on the news today Basingstoke was particularly hard hit by snow last night. I left my car at work an walked home. Barry's usual 25min journey took 5hrs and he had to abandon his car out on the main road!! Even though he was sent home at 3pm yesterday before the snow really hit, he was expected to be in work this morning! Needless to say he hasn't gone, but we did go and retrieve his car this morning and took some pictures on the way.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Avatar 3D Film Review

Not sure why there was such a massive build up for this film as the story has been retread many times, one of forced relocating of the natives while a love story evolves. There was also much fuss over the 3D technology used, but again couldn't see anything remarkably different from other 3D films. However brush this aside, as the film as a whole is remarkable. The CGI really is true next gen, with scarily uncanny recreations of Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington as the blue Na'vi and great battle scenes towards the end of the film. You do really feel a connection to the CGI characters which probably make up 60% of the film. While the trailers make it look like a glorified video game in reality its a great story of the fight of the little people against humans ravaging their planet.

Ben 9 out of 10
Barry 8 out of 10

http://www.avatarmovie.com

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Box Film Review

The Box starts out as a very interesting mystery/thriller. Push a button, someone who you don't know dies and you get $1 million from a strange man with a burnt face! However things then start to go wrong, both for the films stars and also with the film itself. It wanders off into the weird and wonderful sci-fi fantasy, well it is directed by the guy who did Donnie Darko. The film ends well, but leaves a few untied ends, like the whole "why" and "what" the heck was that, on the sci-fi element. If they'd left that aspect out it would have still been a great thriller, so its a shame they felt the need to stick it in.

Ben 7 out of 10
Barry 7 out of 10

http://thebox-movie.warnerbros.com

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Planet 51 Film Review

Animated kid fodder from a new CGI studio. Quite a novel story where man lands on Planet 51 and becomes the alien invader. However its backed up by small star voices and average animation. It does offer a few chuckles, but nowhere near Dreamworks quality and miles and miles from Pixar!

Ben 6 out of 10
Barry 5 out of 10

http://www.planet51.com

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Law Abiding Citizen Film Review

Story of the good guy gone bad to overturn a corrupt justice system, which is more interested in keeping a perfect win score and making deals with criminals than actually putting them behind bars. What is an open and shut case of murder, turns into a long nail biting thriller, with you actually supporting the "bad" guy. Excellent film with excellent pace and action.

Ben 8 out of 10
Barry 8 out of 10

http://www.lawabidingcitizenfilm.com

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