Browsing all posts from October, 2010.

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The Kids Are All Right

(This review was first posted in July 2010) This might be the first film that really epitomizes Obama’s America. Free-wheeling West coast liberal lesbians and college aspiring multi-talented kids- what’s not to love? Even the sperm donor who’s supposed to be a bit of a [...]

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RED

Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss… it reads like a who’s who of aging actors, cobbled together into a slightly improbable fighting unit. RED supposedly stands for Retired, Extremely Dangerous. Hm, despite the unlikely premise this is a film [...]

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A Prophet

Calling this movie ‘the French Godfather’ is an over simplification. Sure, it’s a sprawling crime epic that epitomises the gangsters that it is trying to portray (where the Godfather focused on Sicily, here the lens is turned towards Corsica). However, A Prophet has a very [...]

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Greenberg

WARNING: This film is that uniquely frustrating blend of independent cinema neuroses and Hollywood sentiments that inspire pure, unadulterated loathing in many people. Proceed with caution. Once that warning is out of the way then we can talk about all the things (and there are [...]

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The Social Network: Modern Day Shakespeare?

Aaron Sorkin’s script for ‘The Social Network’ might claim to take it’s inspiration from Ben Mezrich’s ‘The Accidental Billionaires’ but what is clear, to all but the most uninformed viewer, is that he is not interested in the real events that took place, but in [...]

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The Killer Inside Me

Michael Winterbottom returns to the small screen after the cinematic release of his deeply disturbing thriller The Killer Inside Me, based on the equally disturbing novel by Jim Thompson. The premise is simple (in a psychotic killer sort of way). A junior Sheriff commits a [...]