Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

Kane & Lynch

In the days leading up to the release of GTA IV, Azza bought “Kane & Lynch: Dead Men” for the PS3. Together we played it for two days, about 10-12 hours in total, and completed the game. It was short. Short and very frustrating. The AI was ridiculously stupid, the controls were awkward and the storyline was dull and unoriginal. Don’t waste your time.

The Bucket List

On my flight back from Auckland, I watched "The Bucket List". It’s very much one of those synopsis movies, in that, once you’ve read the synopsis of the film, you pretty much know how the movie is going to pan out.

Two old men from different walks of life decide to do all the things they wished they done in their life before they die. They do it all and discover things about themselves, and the meaning of friendship, blah blah blah.

Not exactly genre defining but a pleasant enough film to help pass the time during a flight or on a rainy day. Worth watching if you’ve got nothing better to do. Three stars.

Dan in Real Life

Dan in Real Life

I went and saw “Dan in Real Life”, Steve Carell’s dramatic indie follow up to “Little Miss Sunshine”. This move doesn’t have anywhere near the same kind of charm that Sunshine had, and being a non-comedy, Steve Carell as an actor doesn’t seem to have many options as to where he can go dramatically.

The subject matter tries to touch upon deep emotional issues as Carrell plays a widower with three daughters who falls in love with his brother’s girlfriend, but I felt like it really ended up missing the mark.

By the end when it came down to it, I just didn’t care if he got the girl or not. Two stars.

Iron Man

I saw Iron Man the other day and it absolutely gets my thumbs up. It’s good, fun action with great special effects. It’s a super hero creation story, so it’s a bit light on the action, and follows a similar template to previous super hero movies, but the way it does things is excellent. Robert Downey Jr, plays Tony Stark perfectly and the story moves along at a great pace. Definitely worth checking out.

While it’s very much a guys film, I think it has the same kind of cross gender appeal of being a pure fun film like Transformers did last year.

Four stars.

Also, be sure to stay till the end of the credits if you’re a Marvel superhero fanboy.