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Scott Pilgrim vs The World [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5978 ]
Review: Scott Pilgrim vs The World is brought to us by the guy that gave us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. His name is Edgar Wright, whose dark British comedy films have become cult hits with the help of partner-in-crime, Simon Pegg. However, Scott Pilgrim vs The World is a departure from his usual brilliant garb. It's a non-British production and Wright ensured all of his ensemble weren't British, although one still managed to slip through. Scott Pilgrim vs The World may be a complete reversal in sett...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5528 ]
Review: It's old news, but "the magical kid with glasses" has become an international phenomenon. Remember when HP used to be a sauce and Indiana Jones was the only character worthy of a "character name and adventure" movie title. Glasses, reading and obscure pockmarks used to be dorky until Potter added a little pizazz to the art of being a nerd. Add a little magic and it seems you can transform any half-wit into a hero. Perhaps that's the charm of Harry Potter, he's a ordinary kid in extraordinary ci...

The Last Airbender [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5092 ]
Review: M. Night Shyamalan has systematically made the wrong decision at every turn in this film adaptation of the beloved Nickolodeon anime series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. From controversial casting decisions to a lackluster 3D post-production hack job, The Last Airbender is an incomprehensible, detached and languishing fantasy adventure, which is only buoyed by its style and special effects.The writer-director has progressively gone from brilliant to terrible starting with The Sixth Sense, Unbreak...

The Sorcerers Apprentice [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4901 ]
Review: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone ripped off Walt Disney’s Fantasia… well, at least the title of that famous 10-minute symphonic clip of Mickey Mouse and his magic shrooms brooms. Seventy years later we have the live-action The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which has taken revenge on Harry Potter with a knock-off adventure. It’s a vicious cycle and unfortunately, for hogwarts and potheads – Harry doesn’t make an appearance in this one – he doesn’t even feature in the title, poor b...

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse [ 2010 ] [ Hits:3714 ]
Review: Twilight... twilight... TWILIGHT! The word still sends shivers up and down my spine as I think of the young tweens gnashing their teeth like wolverines and vampires at the chance of sinking their teeth into Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner or if they're not too hungry Kristen Stewart. It's a good thing they didn't release Twilight: Eclipse in 3D, otherwise cinemas could have literally turned into a feeding frenzy with tweens reaching out and biting whatever's within reach in the hopes of uniting...

The Twilight Saga: New Moon [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4088 ]
Review: New Moon is the latest victim, in the bestselling Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, to have been put through the Hollywood sausage machine like that nerdy kid with John Lennon style glasses and a jet-powered broomstick. I used to associate twilight with that soft diffused light in the sky just before dawn or sunset. After watching Twilight, a state of uncertainty, vagueness and gloom has taken its place - hang on, isn't that what twilight actually means? I heard somewhere that it's all an alleg...

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3429 ]
Review: A traveling carnival sideshow "family" and their supernatural gateway to one's imagination is put in jeopardy after they rescue a wanted criminal and go head-to-head in a soul-grabbing game with the devil incarnate. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is an intriguing film alright: what Terry Gilliam film isn't... with Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Adventures of Baron von Munchausen, Time Bandits and Monty Python & The Holy Grail to his credit. However, a substantial part of the intrigue of Imaginari...

Camille [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3933 ]
Review: False advertising... I'm talking about movie marketing, the kind that misleads you into thinking a movie is something it isn't! This has got to be the evil machinations of production houses, who back a dark horse on its star power, sheer originality or budgetary concerns in the hopes that someone will rent or buy tickets to their movie. Camille is one such film, punted as a romantic comedy... this couldn't be anything further from the truth. If Raging Bull was romance and Schindler's List was co...

Alice in Wonderland [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5633 ]
Review: Lewis Carroll wrote what some conspiracy theorists believe was a tale about the effects of hallucinogenic drugs. Perhaps the whole who ha started with Go Ask Alice about a teenage girl’s spiral into drugs in the ’60s, coupled with a song called White Rabbit. Whatever… Disney adapted it and they do Alice in Wonderland plays in churches, must be okay.Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland seems more concerned with Alice’s chastity and transition into womanhood at the age of 19, as she escapes ...

The Lovely Bones [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4196 ]
Review: The Lovely Bones is directed by Peter Jackson of King Kong and Lord of the Rings fame. However, this fantasy drama and thriller points to some of his earlier work. It doesn't have the epic magnitude of his latest ventures, yet nestles itself in the realm of fantasy. The Lovely Bones tells the story of Susie Salmon, a young girl who is murdered, destined to watch over her family and her killer as she decides between the path of vengeance or healing from heaven above.It's based on Alice Sebold's n...

Where The Wild Things Are [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3638 ]
Review: Where The Wild Things Are is an honest, heartfelt film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's 1963 childrens book by legendary director, Spike Jonze. The film has been in production since the 1980s, when it was originally envisaged as an animated feature. After several stop-starts, it eventually ended up in the hands of Spike Jonze as a live-action adaptation, a director who Sendak described as young and interesting. Instead of bowing down to his Hollywood parents, Jonze throws a tantrum of his own... c...

Gabriel [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3766 ]
Review: Gabriel is a rare Australian film. Most movies of this genre seem to originate from the United States, but Gabriel is from down under. Director, writer and producer Shane Abbess started the production on a shoestring budget of $150,000. This low budget movie deserved a big budget and was also strapped for time. Abbess did the unthinkable by trying to get by shooting at night and taking various day jobs to help fund the film. He watched movies like Donnie Darko, and harnessed the raw power of a y...

The Spirit [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3313 ]
Review: The Spirit hasn’t got enough spirit… the performances lack heart, the script is mindless and we’re cast into the body without enough of an introduction. Frank Miller directs Will Eisner’s The Spirit like it was any old Film Noir detective comic. The film lacks the same class and appeal of Sin City and 300, and feels like a cross between Max Payne and Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, without Batman. The movie embodies visual elements from Sin City, but doesn’t really want to commit t...

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4530 ]
Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a fascinating film from the mind of David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club). Fincher’s translation is emotionally taut and harnesses the power of his partner-in-crime, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. The story by Eric Roth follows a passage of time in American history in a similar biographical formula to Forrest Gump, however Button’s reverse aging is the concept, which works in a similar manner to David Lynch’s The Elephant Man. The film is like a dream as o...

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3354 ]
Review: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is a prequel to Underworld, which takes place hundreds of years prior to the modern day feud between Lycan (Werewolf) and Vampire. One should approach the third installment of most movies with caution, and Underworld is no different. However, this medieval fantasy feud was surprisingly watchable. The cast is good, the special effects are balanced, the settings are as dark and foreboding as the soundtrack and the story combines a number of familiar themes. Bill Nigh...

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [ 2009 ] [ Hits:12414 ]
Review: Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince is the best Harry Potter adaptation yet (despite sitting next to someone with a super-size popcorn and slurpy and no sense of volume control!). The franchise has slowly evolved from an adorable, theme park-friendly fantasy adventure for kids into a swirling, dark mass of might and magic for older teens and adults. The series has become darker and darker as its audience has grown older in a similar pattern to J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. Now The Half...

Time Bandits [ 1981 ] [ Hits:3119 ]
Review: Time Bandits is a feast for the eyes. Why? Well for starters it’s directed by Terry Gilliam. The man who brought you Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Twelve Monkeys, The Fisher King, Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Time Bandits was made in 1981, and revels in its extraordinary visuals, eccentricities and the eternal saga of good versus evil. The story is from a boy’s perspective as he’s bundled into an adventure of epic proportions with minor characters (not from Gulliver’...

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