Browsing all posts from March, 2013.

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Trance

Trance
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Danny Boyle is a phenomenal filmmaker, whatever you think of his films. That sounds like a nonsense statement, but you can’t deny the ambition, scale and execution of films like Trainspotting, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, even if you don’t feel that the end product fully works. [...]

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Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3
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by Brett Stewart Gears of War 3 is a bit of an older title now, but nevertheless it’s never too late to head back and do a good retrospective review of the franchise’s pinnacle game. Let’s get into it: Gears 3 is beautiful by any [...]

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Side Effects

Side Effects
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Steven Soderbergh has retired! I don’t think any of us saw this coming, especially after the fact that he’s been directing, on average, about four films a year for the fast few years. Anyhow, Side Effects is, supposedly, his final cinematic release and, if that’s [...]

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Robot and Frank

Robot and Frank
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I’ve been missing Frank Langella, ever since Frost/Nixon brought him to my fledgling attention, so I was excited about the prospect of spending another couple of hours with him in Robot and Frank.  And I wasn’t disappointed. Having been away from a leading cinematic role [...]

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Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas
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Words by John Hewitt Book adaptations are difficult to get right. A writer can spend as many pages as they like explaining key points, building up atmosphere and adding new dimensions to the world around them. A director is forced to cram all these details [...]

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Call of Duty Black Ops 2

Call of Duty Black Ops 2
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by Brett Stewart Call of Duty has monopolized the video game industry for over six years now, beginning their reign in 2007 with Activision’s “Modern Warfare.” Since that time, they have periodically switched developers, time periods and styles to attempt to provide variety in a [...]