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Yesterday, my brother Sean came down for a visit (with his son Sean, Jr).  As it was Jr’s 18th birthday on Friday, Hil and I took them out for lunch.  Afterwards, we dropped Hil off at home and we went to see the new “Men In Black” movie “MIB3“.  Now the original “Men In Black” was a very good comedy, SciFi, buddy-flick starring Tommy Lee Jones (“K”) and Will Smith (“J”).  Two was so-so (for me).  At some levels, this is the best of the trilogy. Of course, the comedy was better and the concept more original in the first movie, but this movie (again, for me) has more heart than the two prequels.  It follows the standard formula and is predictable, but if a movie is entertaining and it still manages to press the right buttons (for me), I’m still going to be all in at the end.  And I was…
Unfortunately, there’s not much else to be said about MIB3 without giving away most of the story and it’s twists.  What I can say is pretty public already – “J” must save “K” by going back in time.  Josh Brolin plays the younger version of “K” and he is brilliant in his impersonation of Tommy Lee Jones in character.
I really enjoyed the original MIB.  I know I’ve seen MIB2 a couple of times, but struggle to remember it without looking it up on Wikipedia.  (That, in itself, is a measure of MIB2.)  This movie (MIB3), kind of closes the loop between the two (“J” and “K”) a little tighter than even MIB2.  Now, I’m starting to give away too much again.  If you like SciFi action movies – Just go see it.  You’ll enjoy it!  Bottom line:  Highly Recommended!!

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Last night I spent the evening watching two movies: “Hancock” and “Battle: Los Angeles“.  Both were very good and I highly recommend them.
This is a kind of Superman plus Highlander movie.  Suppose you woke up with no memory and super-powers – and, oh yeah, you don’t age.  What would you do?  How would you cope?  Imagine the loneliness of knowing every person you befriend or love will age and die while you never change.  Would you lose your sensitivity to others weaknesses?  Will Smith has the lead in this movie and he does surprisingly well.  Smith isn’t an actor I’ve gone out of my way to see.  I enjoyed him in the “Men In Black” movies and in “Independence Day“, but other than those, don’t recall seeing much of his work.  Back to the movie…  It also has an interesting twist, which I didn’t see coming and which makes it an “everyman / no-man” movie.
The film was highly recommended by a colleague at work who I discuss movies with.  We’re both comic-book and animated movie fans and he recommended the movie shortly after it came out (2008).  It’s been on TV loads already as it’s several years old, but I’ve never been able to see the whole thing in one sitting or even all the bits, so I thought I knew what it was about (but didn’t).  As I said, highly recommended!
Battle: Los Angeles:
Unlike “Hancock“, this is a movie I have already seen.  I watched it on one of the flights when we went back to Liverpool this past summer (see Vacation, Books and Lots of Movies).  I saw it on one of those 7 inch screens they have on the back of the chair in front of you.  I really enjoyed it then and it was even better on a larger screen.  As previously reviewed, any movie which destroys all (or most) of Los Angeles gets extra points in my book – and this movie does a pretty good job.  The movie stars Aaron Eckhart (“Two-Face” in the latest Batman movie) who plays an almost superhuman, gung-ho Marine sergeant.  It’s definitely an advert for the Marines (very, very militaristic gung-ho), but it also definitely worked for me as entertainment and as a proud veteran (Army not Marines).
There’s this thing about watching “war” movies (and action movies, too).  When you watch them, you’re always left feeling: NOBODY could have survived that, but the hero / protagonist and his small group of friends always does.  The “funny” thing is in war, that’s what actually does happen.  I don’t mean “a hero” survives.  I mean despite all the odds, some (individuals and groups) do survive, and they are bonded with the other survivors in a way normal folks can rarely be.
Rotten Tomatoes rated it a 31 and stated: “Overlong and overly burdened with war movie clichés, Battle: Los Angeles will entertain only the most ardent action junkies.”  When the shoe fits, I’ll wear it…  As stated in my original review:  “Highly recommended.  Oo-rah!!

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