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Film review: Rocky Balboa

Posted by Jonathan On June - 10 - 2009

rockyOne last film. One last fight. One last time. In a new century when Batman begins and Bond reboots, Stallone plants his feet firmly on the canvas and reaches all the way back to 1976. Like the no-star, low-budget blockbuster that beat All The President’s Men at the Oscars, Rocky Balboa is pure Cinderella story: a small, personal humanist drama boasting a cast of nobodies and a central star with the odds racked against him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Max Payne

Posted by Jonathan On June - 6 - 2009

maxpayneMark Wahlberg is an Oscar-nominated actor. But let’s be specific about that: he’s an Oscar-nominated supporting actor. Cast in a quality ensemble, he soars (see Boogie Nights, Three Kings, The Departed). He just can’t carry a movie in a bucket (don’t see Shooter, Rock Star, The Happening). Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Ex Drummer

Posted by Jonathan On May - 28 - 2009

ex-drummer1Swan-diving into the gutter with unstoppable squalid intent, this none-more-black Belgian comedy yawps its mission statement to your face: “to descend the depths of stupidity, ugliness, obtuseness, unfaithfulness and fake.” No kidding. The freakshow kicks off as wealthy, famous writer Dries (Dries Vanhegen) occupies himself by joining a punk band whose members are, by their own description, ‘handicapped’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Inglourious Basterds

Posted by Jonathan On May - 22 - 2009

inglourious-basterdsOnce upon a time… in Nazi-occupied France. After an eternity of hype and faff, Quentin Tarantino’s war romper Inglourious Basterds was finally locked, loaded and unleashed on Cannes 2009. Right from that ‘Allo ‘Allo title-spelling, QT proves that a film about a crack unit of Jewish-American soldiers who love scalping Nazis just can’t be bad. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Looking For Eric

Posted by Jonathan On May - 20 - 2009

looking-for-eric“I am not a man… I am Cantona.” Scoring applause, laughs and hand-claps all the way through its screening, Brit filmmaker Ken Loach’s contender for the Palme d’Or isn’t the best film of Cannes 2009 but it’s definitely the most beloved. Thank Man Utd’s seagull-loving French talisman for that. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Up

Posted by Jonathan On May - 19 - 2009

upBracing themselves for a chewy line-up of arthouse horrors and hardcore psychodramas, the world’s film critics cocked a quizzical eye at the fact the 62nd Cannes Film Festival was opening with a cartoon.

Inside 15 minutes, the entire audience was choking back tears. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Star Trek

Posted by Jonathan On May - 6 - 2009

spock-kirkCorkscrewing past space debris, phaser fire and blazing Starships, that very first camera-shot sends us hurtling headfirst into JJ Abram’s rebooted Star Trek universe – just minutes before baby James Tiberious Kirk does too. Blasted out of the womb, blasted out in an escape pod, Kirk will never meet his father, who singlehandedly crash-courses the decimated Starship Kelvin into its Romulan attackers to save his newborn son. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Coraline

Posted by Jonathan On May - 2 - 2009

coralineFairytales are dangerous places. That’s why children ask adults to read them: it’s not safe to be alone. Deep, dark and scary on such a surprising, mind-burrowing level, Coraline is a fairytale (read: horror film) that makes us feel like we’re all still frightened children. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: The Seventh Seal

Posted by Jonathan On April - 18 - 2009

seventhseal“I want God to put out his hand, show his face, speak to me. I cry out to him in the dark but there is no one there…” Gloriously impervious to every parody, Ingmar Bergman’s apocalyptic allegory still packs an unstoppable metaphysical wallop half a century on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Magnolia

Posted by Jonathan On April - 17 - 2009

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When it rains, it pours. Cancer, biblical plagues, child geniuses, incest, junkies, murder, gay obsession, gameshow trauma… Overspilling with untethered ambition and a reckless true love of acting and filmmaking, Magnolia steamrollered one major question-mark that hung over the 30-year-old whizkid behind disco-porn showstopper Boogie Nights. Read the rest of this entry »

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