Pretty good sequel, all things considered. It’s hard to do follow ups when the panda has already achieved everything his heart desired. This is a good story though, the threat real. There’s perhaps a bit more fighting than I’d have liked, but it’s nicely offset by the cuteness of the baby panda flashbacks. Dude, seriously.
Background info Title: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Director: Bill Condon Year: 2011 Run time: 1hr 57m
“In the highly anticipated fourth installment of The Twilight Saga, a marriage, honeymoon and the birth of a child bring unforeseen and shocking developments for Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) and those they love, including new complications with werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).”
Live blog 1:51 - “What joy.
Background info Title: Fast & Furious 5 Director: Justin Lin Year: 2011 Run time: 2hrs 11m
“Get ready for five times the action as Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of all-stars from every chapter of the franchise built on speed. Fugitive Dom Toretto (Diesel) partners with former cop Brian O’Conner (Walker) on the opposite side of the law in exotic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There, they are hunted by a high-powered U.
Background info Title: X-Men: First Class Director: Matthew Vaughn Year: 2011 Run time: 2hrs 12m
“Following the classic Marvel mythology, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together with other mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known.
Background info Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Director: David Yates Year: 2011 Run time: 2hrs 10m
“Part 2 is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The much-anticipated motion picture event is the second of two full-length parts. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe.
Background info Title: The Good Doctor Director: Lance Daly Year: 2011 Run time: 1hr 33m
“Dr Martin Blake, an ambitious young medic, is eager to impress his colleagues and superiors, and when 18 year old Diane is admitted to the hospital with a kidney infection Martin gets a boost of self-confidence when he is able to diagnose her quickly. However, whilst treating her condition his interest in Diane soon becomes romantic.
Background info Title: The Help Director: Tate Taylor Year: 2011 Run time: 2hrs 26m
“The Help is an inspirational, courageous and empowering story about very different, extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project - one that breaks society’s rules and puts them all at risk. Filled with poignancy, humour and hope, The Help is a timeless, universal and triumphant story about the ability to create change.
Background info Title: New Year’s Eve Director: Garry Marshall Year: 2011 Run time: 1hr 58m
“Director/producer Garry Marshall is joined by a stellar ensemble cast to ring in the 2011 holiday season with the romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve.” The film celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, with intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.
Fast Facts Title: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Director: Rob Marshall Year: 2011 Run time: 2hrs 16m
Background Info Whilst we were on a Pirates roll, we figured it would be worthwhile watching the fourth one. I can’t quite remember what our logic was… that we wanted to wipe our minds of the third edition, and perhaps that it would be better with some new characters.
Live Blog 1:52 - Ooh, spooky start.
Fast Facts Title: Arthur Christmas Director: Sarah Smith, Brian Cook Year: 2011 Run time: 1hr 37m
Background Info We’re getting into the Christmas spirit as best as possible, and Arthur Christmas has been available on iTunes for a while, just in time for the festive season. I didn’t know much about the actual story, only seeing a trailer where Arthur was bouncing about trying to hide things in the snow.