Moneyball (2011)

Director: Bennett Miller
Starring: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Based on a true story, Moneyball is a film about baseball, underdogs, and difficult choices. It’s a formula seen before in film, the sports biopic. It usually has the audience leaving with a sense of triumph and satisfaction, as the underdog beats insurmountable odds on the road to victory. Whereas the formula here is similar, it is considerably less effective. (more…)


Mission: Impossible II (2000)

Director: John Woo
Starring: Tom Cruise, Thandie Newton, and Dougray Scott

If Mission: Impossible 2 were a person, it would be that person who sits beside you on the bus when there are plenty of other seats available to them. Being specific, this is a film that seems to set out to annoy, despite the fact that it doesn’t really appear to be doing anything wrong.

The plot:
Ethan Hunt (Cruise) has been offered a new mission. A new strain of virus entitled ‘Chimera’, and anti-virus entitled ‘Bellerophon’, has been stolen by one Sean Ambrose (Scott), a man who once served as Hunts rival in the service. (more…)

50/50 (2011)

Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston

Making a film that deals with this kind of subject matter requires the utmost delicacy. CancerThe very mention of the word tends to cause a sharp intake of breath in regular conversation. And for the director, Jonathan Levine, to take the true story of a young man, dealing with his battle with the disease, and make it into a comedy….with Seth Rogen no less….one might think that he is not treating it with the proper amount of respect. However, this could not be further from the truth. (more…)

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Mission: Impossible (1996)

Director: Brian De Palma
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Bèart, and Jean Reno

With the 4th Mission Impossible film coming out next month, I figured I could drop my hipster status for a little while and, y’know, actually watch this supposed blockbuster. It’s one of those films that, if you come out and say you haven’t seen it, people will look at you as if you’ve developed a horrifying face disease and more or less demand you go home and watch it. Right now. Ignore all Stop signs. (more…)

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This is just a rant with occasional pictures of kittens

You know something…Batman never gave up.

Even when things were really bad, when there was neon everywhere, Bat-nipples on the bat suit, and a snow-man spewing temperature related one-liners in Batman and Robin, he sucked it up and kept at it with a positive attitude. (more…)

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“Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris

Hannibal Lecter, or ‘Hannibal the Cannibal’, remains one of the most iconic antagonists in this modern era. While this is mainly due to Anthony Hopkins’ truly incredible portrayal of him in the film adaptation of ‘Silence of the Lambs’, he is also a genuinely fascinating character to read about. Red Dragon is the novel that ‘unleashed the beast’, so to speak, bringing him to life but, sadly, not into the foreground.

The plot:
Set in the early 80s, a serial killer is on the rampage, terrorising middle class families and murdering them brutally in their sleep. Nicknamed ‘The Tooth Fairy’, he has a tendency to leave bite marks on the corpses of his victims. (more…)

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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Director: Lynne Ramsay
Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller

Isn’t it strange how some films, which make you squirm uncomfortably the whole time you’re watching it, can also be so incredibly captivating? The subject matter of this film, based on the book of the same name, is the disturbed mind of a teenage sociopath, an unflinching examination of how a child might develop, or be moulded into, a monster. (more…)