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Film review: The Good, The Bad And The Weird

Posted by Jonathan On February - 1 - 2009

goodbadweirdA Korean homage to Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti saddle-sagas is… what? A Noodle Western? Mad humour blasts through this Wild Wild East romp, as director Kim Ji-woon completely jettisons the measured chills of his immaculate horror A Tale Of Two Sisters. He also backs off from the gleaming ultraviolence of A Bittersweet Life as a Good bounty hunter (Jung Woo-seong), a Bad bandit leader (A Bittersweet Life’s Lee Byeong-heon) and a Weird thief (The Host’s Song Kang-ho) and chase a treasure map in ’30s Manchuria. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Barry Lyndon

Posted by Jonathan On January - 26 - 2009

barry_lyndonDubbed “Borey Lyndon” by some mugs on its release in the same year that Jaws and Taxi Driver rocked cinemas, Stanley Kubrick‘s period-piece tragedy now looks almost as brutal as those two ’70s barnstormers. Don’t go looking for a human pulse in this adap of William Makepeace Thackery’s novel: Kubrick’s God’s-eye cynicism burns like black ice. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Bride Wars

Posted by Jonathan On January - 9 - 2009

bride_warsScreaming, crying, panic, terror. Bride Wars isn’t a comedy. It’s a horror movie for girls. Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) are lifelong BFFs and brides-to-be… until a mix-up books their dream weddings at the same venue on the same date. Cue marry hell, as both try to sabotage the other’s Big Day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Sex Drive

Posted by Jonathan On January - 8 - 2009

sexdriveNice-guy virgin (Josh Zuckerman) roadtrips across America for sure thing with mysterious internet hottie. So far, so blah… But despite following the skid-marks of every cumming-of-age teen comedy you’ve seen before, Sex Drive leaves several fresh, funny tracks of its own.

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Film review: Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist

Posted by Jonathan On January - 1 - 2009

nick-and-noraMeet Nick (Michael Cera): he’s a smart, sensitive nerd with a quirky car, a broken heart, who plays bass guitar in an alt-rock band with his gay best buddies. Meet Nora (Kat Dennings): she’s a beautiful, clever, funny girl who can’t get a boyfriend. For sure, they’ve got problems. But Nick and Nora’s biggest problem? They don’t exist. They’re movie characters, whisked up in a test-tube of clichés.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: The Tale Of Despereaux

Posted by Jonathan On December - 18 - 2008

tale-of-despereauxOnce upon a time… there was one of the most depressing animated adventures ever made. Scurrying after ace rodenty ‘toons Flushed Away and Ratatouille, this Brit fairytale begins when travelling rat Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman) falls into the Queen’s soup. And she drops dead. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: The Children

Posted by Jonathan On December - 1 - 2008

the-childrenOne of the scariest things in The Children is a crayon. The spawn of ankle-biting chiller masterpieces The Innocents, The Omen and (sort of) Don’t Look Now,  Brit writer/director Tom Shankland’s killer-kids horror is full of these delicious reversals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: Changeling

Posted by Jonathan On November - 15 - 2008

changelingKidnap, murder, madness, corruption and another missing child… Changeling‘s true-story of ’20s single-mum Christine Collins is so good/shocking that if it hadn’t actually happened, some smart screenwriter would have dreamed it anyway.

Christine’s ordinary neighbourhood life is shattered when her 10-year-old son Walter (Gattlin Griffith) suddenly vanishes from the house. Gone. Five months pass. The Police inform Christine that they’ve found Walter. The media gather, flash-bulbs popping, and the boy steps off the train to be reunited with his mother. Except: Christine knows that this is not her son. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: W.

Posted by Jonathan On November - 1 - 2008

w1Thrown into cinemas before its subject’s reign is even over, Oliver Stone’s awkwardly enjoyable biopic of George W Bush is a surprise: it actually goes easy on him.

Flashing back and forth through time, it traces George’s weird, weird journey to White House war-monger: a drunken frat-boy turned drunken job-dodger who finally swaps grog for God aged 40 to become born-again as American’s worst President. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film review: High School Musical 3 – Senior Year

Posted by Jonathan On October - 18 - 2008

highschoolmus3Should heartthrob Troy (Zack Efron) go to college on a basketball scholarship or dance his way to Juillard? Will he stay with true-love Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens)? Can they pull off one last musical spectacular before graduation? OMG! Packing the kind of happy-smiley high-drama that makes an episode of Saved By The Bell look like Tolstoy, the recordbreaking Disney Channel phenomenon is back: energetic, exuberant and utterly forgettable.

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