A war film. Not much more.
Very nicely played, though I had a sense of deja vu throughout. I think it reminded me slightly of Inglourious Basterds (which is a perfect film). Valkyrie takes itself far more seriously.
The cast is absolutely superb. Tom Cruise: very cool. Bill Nighy: delightfully cowardly. Eddie Izzard: Eddie Izzard in a German uniform, which I find really distracting.
Like Titanic, this film suffers a bit from the fact that we know how it will…
Before my parents married, my father was studying to be a concert pianist at the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto; the upper echelon of musical academies up here in the Great White North. Before that, while still at home in New Brunswick, he would spend his weekends playing in a swing dance band; This is where he met my mum. He spent his weekday evenings practicing at home.
My grandfather, a colonel in the Canadian army, advocated his…
A basic and unimpressive fish-out-of-water story. A rift exists between our world and another, which is peopled by (of course) orcs, elves and evil undead sorceresses.
Our Amercian hero (war vet, naturally) moves onto a remote farm, where he discovers some orc scouts chasing down an elf princess. He shoots them.
Now we have a war between their magical, medieval civilisation and our modern one-man army with a huge arsenal of guns and rocket launchers. ...and a blind Indian named…
Despite being based on one of the most famous and beloved storylines in the comic’s history the potential for calamity was high for this latest X-Men outing with its overstuffed cast, muddled mythology and convoluted plotting. Thankfully, with Bryan Singer back at the helm, X-Men: Days of Future Past manages to deftly traverse the many potential pitfalls in the series’ biggest and most ambitious film to date.
Singer’s newest X-Men film, after an eleven-year absence, ambitiously attempts to combine the…
There’s a moment in Tom Ford’s 2009 debut A Single Man where George — the central protagonist, played brilliantly by Colin Firth — leans in through a strangers’s car window to kiss the head of a dog, and, as time slows down, he finds himself lost in the dog’s scent, his face nuzzled against the animal. George's world swells from desaturated normality into vivid colour as he remembers his deceased dogs to whom he never got the chance to say…
What We Do in the Shadows suffers from some critical flaws that would normally be red flags for me. Such as the lack of plot and meandering pace. However, as the story is about the mundane lives of four vampire flat mates in Wellington, it is entirely fitting, as these issues are the same as the characters face on a daily basis.
I enjoyed this immensely. So many of the jokes hit and the characters really suck you…
Another very fine film based on an Irvine Welsh novel. By god, that guy has a dark heart, and also an unhealthy obsession with narcotics.
James McAvoy turns in a fantastic performance as a sinister and unscrupulous cop in Edinburgh. The city itself is beautifully characterised, showcasing the romantic cobbled streets, the dark twitterns and the hauntingly medieval architecture. It's a gorgeous city; one of my favourite places on earth, and Filth takes us from its magestic heights to its…
The second of Doug Benson's Movie Interruption hosted by SF Sketchfest at the Castro Theatre, with guests Scott Aukerman, Jonah Ray, Janet Varney, Todd Barry, and Brendon Small.
The only exciting set piece in the entire saga and it turns out to be a dream sequence. Go to hell, Twilight.
John Cusack features in this very shouty and extreeeemely 1980s action adventure in the Caribbean.
It starts off nicely, with the action bar set low, but it ramps up consistently through the movie taking us from a Say Anything teen romance right through to A-Team action set pieces. Jeeps. Grenades. Cars driving off cliffs.
I don't know why this film exists but I'm glad it does. I learnt nothing.
A young American girl gets sent to England to live with her relatives because her dad is sick of her bullshit. Soon thereafter, an unnamed terrorist group causes trouble throughout Europe and the UK declares martial law. Hand-wringing ensues, and we go a bit "tomorrow when the war began".
Very heavy handed with the set up. We get it: she's a stroppy, pouty teen. We probably don't need to sit through so much attitude.
The English countryside is filmed very…
This is the second time I've attempted Melancholia. The first time I thought I could write some code while watching it. The code won. I lost.
Wow. The first half is hard work. Really hard work. I'm not really sure what's happening. I don't play golf, so I don't understand the rules.
The second half adds catastrophe to family and personal drama. The style of the film remains, but it's significantly less painful to watch.
I don't know that I could watch it again, but I think it will be with me for a while.
Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke. What could go wrong?
To be honest, this isn't a good film. The two stars are smoking hot, but the plot is a pretty standard psycho thriller with no real surprises.
Angelina is an FBI special agent, Ethan is a witness to a murder, and there's a serial killer on the loose. Sexual tension ensues because of the amazing levels of smoking hotness.
It's set in Montreal or Quebec. Not sure which. They were vague.…