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RIP Pete Postlethwaite

It was sad to learn today of the passing of a minor screen legend – English actor Pete Postlethwaite – once described by director Steven Spielberg as the greatest actor in the world. Pete had an entire elocution lesson as a surname, and those unfamiliar with that name would have at least recognised the mans’ face and muttered “Oh, that’s the guy from…”

2010 – The Year In Film

But of all the films I did see in 2010, the clear winner as far as brutal odour was the Brothers Strause’s Skyline. Maybe it’s a case of one brother holding the other back; but whatever the case, Skyline featured half-dimensional characters (yep, not even one-dimensional) and a ridiculous story, and even managed to blatantly steal from at least a half-dozen sci-fi films (probably more, but I lost count together with my interest)…

Monsters (2010)

There is no doubt that Monsters has a most misleading (yet poetically relevant) title; anyone entering this film expecting to witness total CGI creature carnage will be sorely disappointed. Shot on a low budget, with many improvised scenes, Monsters refuses to show its hand until a stunning sequence towards the end,..

Robin Hood (2010)

Russell looks quite hefty for a guy eking an existence as a “lowly archer” in medieval France. You have to wonder what’s on the menu ‘round the campfire outside Chalus Castle. I thought you were dedicated to your craft, Russ? If Bale can starve himself for The Machinist, then how about you step up, buddy…

Food Inc. (2008)

As is plainly stated in the film, the food industry is no longer growing or producing food, it is creating it – whether it be through hormones in living creatures or through genetically modified seeds. But, of course, this is merely the tip of the iceberg in this valuable and ultimately heartbreaking piece of work – one that could be the single most important documentary of recent years…

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Who knew a movie with such a ridiculous title could actually be a bubbling Jacuzzi of crazy fun, but that’s exactly what Hot Tub Time Machine is. Somewhat aimed at GenX-ers, Hot Tub is one screwball situation after another. It’s absurd and raucous, but unlike the majority of crap today masquerading as comedy behind cheap gross-out and sex gags, Hot Tub manages to be tasteful and witty even while employing that same pantheon of jokes…

The Human Centipede (2010)

Far too perverse and disturbing to enjoy, but much too audacious to fully ignore, The Human Centipede is destined to become a “midnight-movie” cult classic in the vein of Blood Sucking Freaks and The Beyond. Let me make it quite clear that this film should not be entered into lightly – there is not much in the way of graphic violence and gore, but it is rife with psychological horror so extreme and unsettling that you will probably never forget this traumatic experience…

The Wolfman (2010)

Personally, hopes were high for the remake of The Wolfman, a story whose basic elements have been recounted in various guises over the years in both film and literature, and one that will never need to seek an audience. And so, it is with deep regret that I report the dull and lifeless bore that is Joe Johnston’s version. Impeccably produced, The Wolfman nevertheless plods along awkwardly like a werewolf in Doc Martin’s…

The Crazies (2010)

The residents of a small Iowa town have had their water supply tainted by a military plane carrying a biological agent that has crashed into the local river. The toxin is designed to disable a population, and that’s exactly what it does to the poor folks of Ogden Marsh who begin to turn on each other with cold, murderous rage. The town is rapidly quarantined and it becomes the mission of a group of survivors to hike cross-country and get the hell out of toxic Dodge…

Crazy Heart (2009)

The answer to the question as to whether Jeff Bridges deserved his Best Actor award at this year’s Oscars is a resounding you bet your ass! At times channelling The Dude from the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski, Bridges is totally immersed as the aging, alcoholic country star Bad Blake, reduced to playing tiny gigs in backwater bowling alleys. It’s a role that was seemingly penned expressly for the actor…

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