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Drive (2011)

So once again, I’ll try to clean up the mess left by the inane film marketing departments with their dollar sign eyes and tell it to you straight up; contrary to the posters and trailers you may have seen, if you are a fan of the Fast and Furious movies, you will probably hate this film…

Insidious (2011)

Even the most casual film buff would immediately begin seeing similarities to the 80’s classic Poltergeist throughout Insidious. Their plots drift so dangerously close that passing the similarities off as mere homage is drawing a pretty long bow. If this was the only film Insidious resembled though, I may have been able to ignore it…

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why The Adjustment Bureau fails as a film. Based on the Philip K. Dick story “Adjustment Team”, George Nolfi’s adaptation is, from memory, quite faithful to the source material. But like many of the works of author Stephen King that have been translated to the screen, something goes awry. Perhaps it is the simple fact that some novels and short stories are not suited to celluloid treatment. But why is that?…

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…”

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,..

Catfish (2010)

The marketing idiot who decided to blatantly try to trick moviegoers into believing Catfish is a suspense thriller (when it clearly is not), has done more damage to the film that it deserves. The first rule of film marketing for our current savvy generation of movie-goers should be simple; “Don’t mislead the paying customer”…

Kick-Ass (2010)

I don’t know about you, but there is no better way to assure my ass will be first in line buying a ticket than to describe a movie as “Morally Reprehensible”. Overused film-critic phrases like, “The Must-see film of the year”, “Oscar worthy performances” or “A real crowd-pleaser” don’t seem to get bums on seats anymore. “Winner of 14 Academy Awards, including Best Picture!”…meh..so what? Is that the best you can do? What else have you got for me? “This film is morally reprehensible!” Whoa, this I gotta see. You can count me in. “Suzie, hold all my calls”…

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…

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…

The Book Of Eli (2010)

I’m not immune to ridiculous twist endings, but The Book of Eli has a twist so preposterous, even avid fans of twist endings will scratch their eyeballs out in protest. A twist so outlandishly stupid, that even M. Night Shyamalan, the current champion of lame twist endings would shoot himself in the head just so he could later turn over in his grave…

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