The Dark Knight Rises
Wow that was boring! It took me hours to work my way through that. The plot is essentially a rehash of the first, the villain is frankly laughable, the daytime fight scenes look terrible, Bruce has apparently developed the ability to heal knees and backs almost at will and the storyline with Alfred...sheesh.
A very poor end to the series.
Day of the Dead (2008)
All this running zombie nonsense has got to stop. They're not meant to be fast and maniacal, they're meant to be slow, plodding, mindless hordes. They're scary not because they are coming to get you (Barbara) but because they are you. You can't escape because they're everywhere and everyone. They are the crushing, shambling, faceless, soulless multitudes and it's our fear of our own pointlessness that makes them so exquisitely terrifying.
In this abortion they not only run but also jump and scamper across the ceiling. A zombie movie made by zombies. Unremitting shit.
An African set zombie movie with a very understated tone. Follows the travails of a stranded American as he tries to escape from a zombie outbreak in an un-named African country. Along the way he finds a companion, a soldier searching for his son, and together they attempt to survive.
The film is almost excruciatingly slow but strangely compulsive. The acting is rudimentary, as are the 'effects', but it has a heart that is missing from most modern zombie work of the type that's all too excited to get to the next action scene.
Written by fabulously funny Guardian newspaper columnist (my Mondays wouldn't be the same without him) and writer Charlie Brooker (he was one of the people behind the Brass Eye Paedo-geddon episode) this was a short (5 episode) UK TV series (also shown as a single stand alone 'movie' episode) based on the premise that the only people left alive after a zombie outbreak are the dim-wits in the Big Brother house. It's a great piece of TV that hopefully will herald a resurgence of quality boundary pushing, genre-defining TV that has been solely lacking from the UK of late.
Also it's a joy that after so many bad ones we finally get two quality zombie 'films' in a row (this one and Rec). Hallelujah.
Dead Space: Downfall
Anime spin-off from the game of the same name. I really don't think I need to say anymore.
Diary of the Dead
Poor acting, clunky storyline, woeful delivery means this is a poor addition to the saga.
It gets better as it goes along without ever actually getting to be very good.
Doctor Who - series 5
New doctor, new assistant, new producer. Very much more aimed at a younger audience but still an entertaining romp. This was lacking that something to make it utterly compulsive viewing but there were some cracking episodes. Matt Smith has everything you could want from a Doctor except a bit more age. He's just too damn young for me to take seriously. That said though he show's real promise and may just need a bit of time to grow into the role. Amy is a great character but they really need to work out what the hell they are doing with Rory who always seems like an afterthought.
Scottish Mad Max 3 which inexplicably turns into Camelot in the middle. Utter piffle.
For those that don't know, this is the 'story' of the last days of Hitler and his cronies trapped in the bunker in a besieged and rapidly collapsing Berlin. Central to the plot is the experiences of his secretary Traudl Junge but this feels mostly like a device used to give the viewer a sympathetic character to identify with. Beautiful sets and direction, a script that never for a second lets up and an ensemble performance by a cast that deserve every accolade heaped upon them. The fact that this film is a German made film only adds to the fact that it is a stunning piece of work. An absloute must see.
That guy who played Superman the other year (Brandon Routh) here plays a New Orleans supernatural mediator / detective / avenger / agony aunt / something or other. There's an annoying sidekick and the all the vampires inevitably know kung fu. It's not awful but it wasn't particularly great either.