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Where The Wild Things Are (2009)

As a film, expanded with adult themes and bestowing individual personality to the creatures, Wild Things is one of the most surreal works of cinema I have ever seen. That such a unique (and simple) story could actually be translated (and expanded) into an equally unique film is testament to the creative abilities of Spike Jonze – a modern filmmaker whose resume is singularly impressive…

Stupidity 2009

Take for instance these two guys from Iowa. They thought it would be a swell idea to break into an apartment, but they couldn’t afford some cheap Wal-Mart balaclavas. So, this brain-dead pair decided to disguise their faces with black permanent marker. Trouble is, they didn’t bother to wash it off afterwards (or couldn’t get it off) and were eventually picked up by police, obviously following a simple witness description of “dudes with black pen on their faces”. They weren’t too hard to find…

Angels & Demons (2009)

When four cardinals are kidnapped and a symbolic stamp of the Illuminati is sent to the Vatican, Robert Langdon (Hanks), the protagonist of Brown’s earlier work, is summoned to decipher the symbology and stop the Illuminati plan to destroy Vatican City. And it’s all by-the-numbers really, with some questionable dialogue, plot developments and even questionable excitement…

Push (2009)

Despite a neat resolution, ideas and concepts are squandered (not to mention the fact that the resolution hardly deserved the journey). Push seems intent on offering a distinguished take on what is essentially B-movie fodder and as a consequence, becomes borderline pretentious. Fanning’s performance suggests that perhaps her best work is behind her, and Belle continues to prove that she has all the acting range of a grapefruit…

NO SPEECH PREPARED… A Gambler’s Guide to the 81st Annual Academy Awards

It’s almost time again for the Oscars – that back-slapping, tear-fest that celebrates Hollywood’s finest. It still astounds me that the Academy Awards retain an audience each year – the ceremony is almost sickeningly self-congratulatory and overstays its welcome by a good three hours. Yet, save for last year, I still manage to watch this event each and every year due to a history that stretches back to adolescence…

Langley Parks: Soundscapes, Themes & Noise – free individual track download…

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