Brave – Review

Director(s): Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews and Steve Purcell
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson
Released: Aug 3, 2012

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Now sure, this is a little late in the game. After all, Brave has been out for nearly a month at this stage, and most people have made up their minds about the film. The sole purpose of this review is simply to banish any negativity you have heard associated with the film and to urge you to go see it in case you haven’t. Go. Go now! Och aye the noo! (more…)

Adam’s Rib – Review

Director: George Cukor
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell and David Wayne
Released: Nov 18, 1949

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The concept and tone of a romantic comedy, since the release of films such as When Harry Met Sally, has more or less been cemented. They are often whimsical, melodramatic, and with a lot more focus on the comedy than the romance. This last point is becoming more and more emphasized with each passing year, with many modern onscreen couples showing little or no chemistry. Yet, because they have a knack for screwball humor, they seem to be able to sidestep this obstruction. As such, it took me some time to figure out what genre Adam’s Rib fell under. It is a romantic comedy, but not the kind modern audiences would probably be used to. (more…)

The Dark Knight Rises – Review

Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotilard and Joseph Gordon Levitt
Released: July 20, 2012

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It was an unenviable task for Christopher Nolan, to try and top the success of The Dark Knight. Expectation for Rises was impossibly high, making it the most highly anticipated film of the year, and one of the most of all time. It reunites the director with many of his Inception cast, as well as the cast from previous films. And it is certainly his most ambitious Batman film to date.
So, the burning question: Is it as good as or better than The Dark Knight?
The Answer?: It’s hard to say (more…)

Evil Dead II – Review

Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry and Dan Hicks
Released: June 26, 1987

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There are two very noticeably different sub-genres of horror. One is the kind that sets out to terrify, with subtle, chilling performances, intensely creepy atmospheres and rely heavily on tension and the audiences imagination.
The other is 80s horror.
Enter Evil Dead II, a glorious homage to melodrama, excessive gore and overkill! (more…)

The Five-Year Engagement – Review

Director: Nicholas Stoller
Stars: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt and Alison Brie
Released: June 22, 2012

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When the writer and director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall return to team up for another romantic comedy, that’s a cause for excitement. That film achieved a lot by being funny in a very modern way while telling a very unorthodox love story. The Five-Year Engagement is a little bit deeper and more traditional than that, but it still has plenty of laughs to keep it going. (more…)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Review

Director(s): Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin
Released: May 25, 1975

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Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation when the other person suddenly cuts you off and says “I collect stamps.”
That’s quite random isn’t it?
Well what if we were to expand further?
What if, instead of stamps, they said holographic underwear? And it was no longer a person but a verbally adept fridge? And instead of a conversation, you were in the middle of a caber tossing contest?
Yes, we’re getting warmer.
It makes less and less sense, but it is more and more similar to the tone of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. (more…)

The Pact Review

Director: Nicholas McCarthy
Starring: Caity Lotz, Casper Van Deen, Agnes Bruckner and Mark Steger
Released: June 8, 2012

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The whole haunted house formula is getting kind of old. New horror movies need to be increasingly original in their depiction in order to hook audiences. So what’s The Pact‘s hook? Well, it appears to be depicting the most obvious stereotypes imaginable (without parodying them), leaving huge holes in the plot, and refusing to explain anything in its conclusion. And in case it isn’t obvious, they don’t exactly do this in a good way. (more…)

Prometheus Review

Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall Green, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender
Released: Jun 1, 2012

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One of the most beloved franchises of all time, the Alien series, began with Ridley Scott’s vision. He created images that haunted audiences long after the first film ended. One of the most profound of these, of course, was that of the Space Jockey. Who was this enormous creature sitting before the gun turret of an alien ship? Where did it come from? How relevant is it to us as a species? Now, 30 years later, Ridley Scott attempts to answer these questions. (more…)

The Raid

Director: Gareth Evans
Starring: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian Anada George and Ray Sahetapy
Released: May 18, 2012 

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It’s a rare and beautiful thing when it happens, but there are some films that when you leave the cinema, you find yourself a little out of breath. These films are clearly ones that were forged with breathtaking awesome. The kind of films that, when someone asks you what you thought of it, you can only really reply with: “…..damn.” (more…)

A Town Called Panic

Director(s): Stèphane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Starring: Stèphane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar, Bruce Ellison and Nicolas Buysse
Released: Oct 2010

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I think we can all agree that French is the silliest language of all time.
This perspective might take some convincing, and the best way to do this would be for audiences to watch this wonderful exercise in absurdity and the ridiculous, made all the more hilarious by the panicky french voices. (more…)