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Author: Andrew Dex Published: 21st January 2010 09:53
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Based on the novel by Rick Riordan we behold the tale of a young boy (Logan Lerman) who finds out he just so happens to be a descendant of a Greek god, -promptly after this occurs he becomes tangled in a gruelling conflict between the Gods. 

When I first witnessed the trailer for this (just before Avatar) I was hesitant on whether to laugh or take it seriously, There was just to much information and story crammed in to three minutes, your mind just didn't know what to make of it - one second you have Pierce Brosnan in a Roman costume and then the next second you had a monster flying towards you. Maybe it's not a bad approach to have so much happening at the same time, but it all needs to make sense and for me it really didn't.     

Then the words "directed by Chris Columbus" clasp the screen, and for those of you who don't recognize who he is, he is the man (some say his a legend) who directed some of the most outstanding films of the last twenty years, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Gremlins, Home Alone, all of which are young teen treasures.

So take this with a pinch of salt as I'm torn two ways on this, but I really hope its more than the trailer pictures make it out to be.


  • Valentines Day

Jamie Foxx, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Taylor Lautner (Twilight: New Moon) With such an ambitious cast how can this film go wrong?

Well I am certain it won't really, as behind the directors chair we have none other than Gary Marshall who bestowed us with the female heart warmer Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts (who also features in this film) and Richard Gere.      

Set in the dashing city of Los Angeles the film sections between various different couples each sampling the pressures and high expectations of Valentines Day. If you're scouting for something to watch this Valentines season which will  keep the boyfriend/girlfriend occupied this could indeed be the perfect pick.

You will be likely to discover one of your favourite actors and you're also guaranteed the usual romantic comedy run of emotions with just that little extra craftsmanship from Gary Marshall to make it worth while.


  • Shutter Island

posterLeonardo DiCaprio has more than a handful of superb motion pictures under his belt. Titanic is what most people will remember him by, but I should advise you to look at the following films Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, Blood Diamond. These are all mighty films' each in separate genres celebrating the compass of DiCaprios talent as an actor.     

Shutter Island is based in 1954 as U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo) is investigating the mysterious disappearance of a murderess who has just escaped from the criminally insane hospital, in his quest he discovers that she may be hiding in the remote and gloomy island of Shutter Island.     

Joining DiCaprio in his enquires we see him being accompanied by the pleasant Mark Ruffalo (Where the Wild Things Are) who plays his associate Chuck Ale. Mark is not a star many people notice, but he always fills in that crucial missing gap in a film as an actor, and the combination of both Mark and DiCaprio makes a firm back bone for such a unique concept.     

This film looks like it will drop straight into the deep end so be prepared to enter the cruel and startling world of Shutter Island with the popcorn at eye level just in case something you don't quite appreciate comes lurking round the corner.

oh, and i nearly forgot, directed by Martin Scorsese !!

Andrew Dex

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