The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, not as good as the first and certainly not as good as LOTR

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by Peter Jackson on Blu-ray My rating: 7 out of 10 stars After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest–without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, not as good as the first and certainly not as good as LOTR

The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) – An enjoyable old classic

The Flight of the Phoenix by Robert Aldrich on Cine+ Classic (CanalSat) My rating: 7 out of 10 stars A cargo plane goes down in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for … Continue reading The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) – An enjoyable old classic

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – Quite nice family movie

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island by Brad Peyton on Blu-ray My rating: 7 out of 10 stars The 17-year-old Sean Anderson receives a coded signal and his stepfather Hank helps him to decipher the message. They find that Sean’s grandfather Alexander Anderson has found the mysterious island in the Pacific described by Jules Verne and two other writers in their novels. The stubborn Sean wants … Continue reading Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – Quite nice family movie

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – Good family movie but dragged down by some really stupid moments

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters by Thor Freudenthal on Blu-ray My rating: 6 out of 10 stars In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. This is a quite decent family movie. I have … Continue reading Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – Good family movie but dragged down by some really stupid moments

Lone Ranger – Well, Lone Ranger it is NOT!

Lone Ranger by Gore Verbinski on Blu-ray My rating: 4 out of 10 stars In the 1930s, an elderly Tonto tells a young boy the tale of John Reid, the Lone Ranger. An idealistic lawyer, he rides with his brother and fellow Texas Rangers in pursuit of the notorious Butch Cavendish. Ambushed by the outlaw and left for dead, John Reid is rescued by the … Continue reading Lone Ranger – Well, Lone Ranger it is NOT!

Jack the Giant Slayer – Very enjoyable family movie

Jack the Giant Slayer by Brian Singer on Blu-ray My rating: 7 out of 10 stars Sent to the market by his uncle to sell their horse and buy thatch for their roof, Jack meets the beautiful Princess Isabelle whom he rescues her from ruffians. He returns home only with a handful of beans given to him by a monk who claimed they were sacred … Continue reading Jack the Giant Slayer – Very enjoyable family movie

Oz the Great and Powerful – Should really be named Oz the Great and Colorful

Oz The Great and Powerful by Sam Raimi on Blu-ray My rating: 6 out of 10 stars Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora, and … Continue reading Oz the Great and Powerful – Should really be named Oz the Great and Colorful

Captain Sky and the World of Tomorrow – I am not convinced

Captain Sky and the World of Tomorrow by Kerry Konran on Blu-ray My rating: 5 out of 10 stars In 1939, an intrepid reporter in New York City makes a connection between the story she’s covering– of famous scientists suddenly disappearing around the world, and a recent attack on the city by giant robots. Determined to find the solution to these happenings, she seeks the … Continue reading Captain Sky and the World of Tomorrow – I am not convinced

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – An excellent action and special effects movie

Hansel & Gretchel: Witch Hunters by Tommy Wirkola on Blu-ray My rating: 8 out of 10 stars After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches…their past. This is a … Continue reading Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – An excellent action and special effects movie

Life of Pi – Beautiful to watch but hugely overrated as a movie

Life of Pi by Ang Lee on Blu-ray My rating: 4 out of 10 stars A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. I did not have huge expectations on this movie since it is not exactly my style … Continue reading Life of Pi – Beautiful to watch but hugely overrated as a movie