"You need to understand what we're about to do. We're about to obliterate a life."
This is another lost underrated gem from the post-millennium and ranks as one of my favourites.
An excellently constructed political drama that boasts a wicked humour and a intriguing story that may not be as relevant as it was 13 years ago but still makes for a captivating watch.
Written and directed by Rod Lurie, The Contender has one of the best ensemble casts put…
Enjoyed best when you take a shot everytime Dakota Fanning shrieks like a pony who just overdosed on ketamine.
At times it's bloody thrilling with some superbly staged setpieces but Spielberg's update of HG Wells beloved sci-fi tome is far too flawed to be remembered as a classic.
With this version of War of the Worlds, spectacle is its saving grace; the tipping over of the ferry is equally stunning and terrifying. Unfortunately, the script fails to offer any surprises…
Part adventure film, part familial drama, and part tragedy but an utterly beautiful film. With some wonderfully restraint direction from Sean Penn, Into The Wild is a poignant study about a young man who tries to flee the emotional shackles that was put upon him by a superficial society and pedantic parents who are equally disgusted with their own lives.
Emile Hirsch brings Christopher McCandless to life with a ferocious verve that balances naivety, sensitivity and intellect with perfect synchronicity.…
A truly satisfying summer blockbuster that doesn't OD on flashy VFX but is jammed packed with humour as well as heart and a great cast who feel more comfortable in their roles than ever.
Okay, so the title is a bit misleading as this sequel seems very reluctant to be as dark as the trailers and Abrams promised but where credit is due, Abrams pacing is note perfect. Never over saturating the screen with excessive action: this allows the plot…
As it failed to win over new fans upon its release during the summer of 1998, the cinematic adaptation of the massively popular show is a moderately entertaining success.
The plot is thin and lacks any sort of surprise but it's packed with blockbuster-style spectacle, a self-referential humour and cements the superbly judged charisma between Duchovny and Anderson. Unfortunately, it was cursed with a PG-13 rating so it lacks the creepiness and oddness that made the show so damn essential.…
Exactly four decades old this year and still The Greatest Horror Film Ever Made. A pure example of true terror. There are many horror films that will crawl underneath skin to linger or invade your nightmares to haunt but there has not been a film like The Exorcist that is an exemplary example of the genre.
William Friedkin's masterpiece has beautifully aged but what is most fascinating is its intelligence towards its subject matter. There is no doubt that The…
I'm gonna keep this one short and sweet because I was never a fan of this over-bloated franchise. So here's what made this so disgustingly enjoyable which erases the memory of "that" first sequel:
1. Massive kudos for Marvel, hiring Shane Black was a master stroke - the guy is fantastically smart when it comes to pure blockbuster mayhem and finally gives Iron Man the balls he deserves. He should be making more films!
2. I'm gay but holy fuckballs…
I went in expecting this to be very close to atrocious but this is a remake that worked to satisfy my worrying blood-lust. Ignore the review quotes on the posters that the studio is desperately circulating, its not "astonishing" or "a near perfect experience" (!), and certainly not "the most terrifying film you will ever experience"... c'mon, we're not fools! Yet, director Fede Alvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues are one of the few filmmakers around that can create gore that…
"Evildoers are easier, and they taste better."
Neil Jordan's sublime adaptation of Anne Rice popular novel has aged perfectly like a fine wine, the more you drink the better it tastes. It's the same with Interview With The Vampire, it actually gets better with every watch, it's melodramatic, bloody, and oozing with homosexual subtexts that its A-List cast sure do revel in.
Drenched in Gothic horror which Jordan (director of classics like The Crying Game, In The Company of Wolves…
My fortnight of watching piss-poor films continue:
This wasn't as spectacularly shit as I was expecting but it's still horrible mediocre bollocks. There are three main culprits here: First, it's Gerard Butler who has the emotional depth of an urinal and the acting range of a ping-pong ball. Second, it's Aaron Eckhart who proves when it comes to cinematic Presidents, he's definitely no Harrison Ford. And finally, Melissa Leo giving one of the most over-acted performances ever committed to celluloid.…
It admirably tries so hard to be fresh and relevant but sadly, this "passed-its-sell-by-date" sequel is only sporatically entertaining but entirely forgettable. Especially when it contains Emma Roberts as a YouTube wannabe serial killer being just too implausible to swallow, David Arquette looking flabby and irratating, Courtney Cox wonky eyes and Neve Campbell looking like she doesn't want to be there at all.
Yet, what keeps Scream 4 watchable is the winning combination of Roger Jackson's phantom phone caller voice and Kevin Williamson's knack for ace dialogue: "I'm gonna slit your eyelids open so you can't blink while I stab you in the face!" Pants: soiled.