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hugo-movieRecently I lost My Internet connection, so I decided to watch loads of movies, read loads and listen to loads of music instead. Another movie I watched again was Hugo. Based on the Pulitzer prize winning novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick, This heartwarming tale is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Sacha Baron Cohen, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour and Emily Mortimer

Butterfield stars as an orphan named Hugo who is dragged to live at the Gare Montparnasse in Paris by his wicked uncle (Ray Winstone) after his father (Jude Law) sadly dies in A tragic Accident and he is put in cHarge of keeping all the clocks going at the Train Station. His most treasured possession is a broken Automaton which his father bought in a jumble sale and was trying to fix before his unfortunate demise. Among the other colourful characters who inhabit the station are a kindly book seller (Christopher Lee) The Station Master (Sacha Baron Cohen) who is trying to work up the courage to talk to flower seller (Emily Mortimer) and a toy-shop owner named Georges(Ben Kingsley)

It is not long before Hugo’s uncle soon leaves him to fend for himself, which he does by living by his wits, stealing food and anything else he needs. This soon brings him into conflict with the Station Master (Sacha Baron Cohen) who is determined to catch him and send him to the orphanage, and he also gets into trouble with Toy shop owner Georges (Ben Kingsley) after he tries to steal clockwork parts from the Toy Shop in order to fix the Automaton. However Hugo befriends Georges Grand-daughter (CHloe Grace Moretz) who agrees to help him, and during the course of their time together the two of them learn about the history of cinema and discover something really amazing about Georges, concerning the Automaton, and try to set things right.

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A long time ago in a Ga…well here last week actually

Recently I lost my Internet Connection so I decided to read loads of books, listen to loads of Music and watch lots of DVD’s instead (Some would argue that’s a much more productive use of time anyway) on the subject of DVD’s I decided to watch Star Wars Ep III – Revenge of the Sith. (I’d like to watch the original trilogy on DVD too, although some would say it’s not the original trilogy because it has been tidied up and scenes have been added, but let’s not get started on that.)

As the Clone War Rages on above the skies of Coruscant, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christenson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) are dispatched by the Jedi to rescue Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) who has been kidnapped and is being held by the villainous Gerneral Grievous and Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). However This does not go smoothly and Greivous and his cohorts manage to escapes to nearby planet of Utapau.

Senator Amidala (Natalie Portman) then reveals that she is pregnant and Anakin starts to have disturbing nightmares concerning the birth during which Amidala Dies. Chancellor Palpatine then asks Skywalker to be his representative on the Jedi Council, who in turn mistrust Anakin and refuse to make him a Jedi Master instead asking him to spy on Palpatine, who then manipulates and corrupts Anakin and tells him that the Jedi are trying to overthrow the Galactic Republic and also reveals secrets concerning the Dark Side of the force including a powerful Sith Lord called Darth Plagueis who discovered how to stop people from dying, all of which confuses Anakin no end

Meanwhile the Separist Droid Army attack the planet of Kashyyyk and Obi Wan is dispatched to the planet of Utapau where he discovers that the locals including leader Tion Meddon (Bruce Campbell) are being held hostage by General Grievous and his villainous cohorts so he decides to deal with them. Anakin then makes a worrying discovery about Chancellor Palpatine and informs the Jedi Council who decide to arrest him, which is easier said than done, and Anakin, who remains very confused makes a drastic decision in the heat of the moment which changes the course of everything and he is forced to flee along with Chancellor Palpatine, who reveals a plot to bring about the downfall of the Jedi and despatches him to Wipe out the remaining members in the Jedi Temple and also clobber the Separatist Leaders who are in hiding on the fiery planet of Mustafar.  Padme and Obi Wan embark on a desperate mission to Mustafar to try and reason with and save Anakin from the Dark Side before it is too late. Things come to a head resulting in an epic confrontation through the fiery chasms of the planet during which both Anakin and Padme pay a heavy price for Chancellor Palpatine’s devious evil plot for Galactic Domination.

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John Carter

Recently I lost My Internet connection, so I decided to watch loads of movies, read loads and listen to loads of music instead. First up was this Sweeping epic Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs classic Barsoom Novels, This exciting action-packed film features a war weary Confederate Captain from Virginia named John Carter (Taylor Kitch) who finds himself inexplicably transported to the planet Mars after he hides out in a mysterious cave. Far from being the dead planet he imagined, he finds it has brutal war-like inhabitants called Tharks, however he manages to impress one of them named Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe), by clobbering a few of them with his superior strength, abilities with a weapon and unusual jumping abilities, which he has gained due to the differences in gravity.

He learns that the planet of Mars (Barsoom in the local language) is being torn apart by civil war between the Scientific and altruistically minded people of the city of Helium and the people of Zodanga who are ruthlessly draining the planets dwindling resources and seek to enslave and control all the other inhabitants on the planet. During one such skirmish between Helium and Zodanga Carter rescues Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) and learns that she is a princess from the city of Helium and has been betrothed to Sab Than, the leader of Zodanga, in an effort to bring about peace. He also meets Tars Tarkas’ Daughter Sola (Samantha Morton)and her faithful pet Woola. At first Carter doesn’t want to get involved and wants nothing more than to get back to Earth. So he, Deja, Sola and Woola embark on a dangerous journey up the River Iss in order to find out how to get him back , however along the way they are attacked by the vicious Warhoons and he gradually finds himself drawn into the conflict when he is captured and taken prisoner and discovers that the God-Like Thern Mattai Shan (Mark Strong) is manipulating the situation from the shadows for his own villainous purposes, so Carter decides to try and unite the inhabitants of Barsoom and put an end to Mattai Shan’s villainous schemes.