Browsing all posts from March, 2011.

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Limitless

There’s a really stupid idea at the heart of Limitless. The whole film is based on a plotline that is vapid and superficial. But if once you manage to get over the fact that the whole film is built on a totally nonsensical premise there’s [...]

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Battle: Los Angeles

What is the point of this movie? It’s publicity team have labelled it the ‘most realistic alien invasion movie ever’ which is a bit like calling it the slimiest bar of soap ever; it may well be true but that’s not why we went to [...]

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Submarine

Richard Ayoade is best known to most of us mere mortals as Moss from The IT Crowd; that hit and miss Channel 4 sitcom. Well, on the evidence of Submarine he’s been using the cover of a comedy actor to develop his skills behind the [...]

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Norwegian Wood

‘Norwegian Wood’ is based on Haruki Murakami’s 1987 international best-seller, a coming-of-age story set in Tokyo during the late 1960s. The action takes place during the university years of student Toru Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama) and his relationship with Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi). Both friends are struggling [...]

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No Strings Attached

I think I’ve made my feelings on Natalie Portman fairly clear. They’re pretty much the only reason why I went to see No Strings Attached, especially after Black Swan left me a little too nauseous to be truly appreciative. But I’m guessing that very few [...]

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Animal Kingdom

What was the last ‘great’ British crime thriller? It’s a difficult thought. The Americans used to monopolise the genre but in recent years the best that they can produce is fare like The Town which, at best, is a simple popcorn thriller. So it seems [...]