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Dead Man is alive!

Posted : 9 years, 4 months ago on 6 February 2008 05:44 (A review of Dead Man)

Jim Jarmusch treats us to a darkly brooding gem that is every bit as impressive a character piece than it is a western. I think Jim's buddy Nick Cave was aiming for similar when he wrote 'The Proposition'. That was good... this is in a different league.

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Panic at the Disco

Posted : 9 years, 5 months ago on 31 January 2008 12:20 (A review of We Own the Night)

We Own The Night isn't just another standard cop drama; at the films heart is a fascinating study into how people react in extreme circumstances. It's family loyalty versus trust in your friends. As always blood runs thicker than water.

Thanks to James Gray's directing style and a trio of deft performances from Messrs Phoenix, Wahlberg and Duvall things are just as substantial above the surface as they are under the hood. If you're an eighties kid then you're sure to the love the soundtrack too.

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You'll learn something valuable.

Posted : 9 years, 5 months ago on 29 January 2008 11:54 (A review of Days of Glory)

Works well as a war movie and as a study of the injustices imposed on North African troops by the French army during WWII. Well acted and an impressive all-rounder for a low budget film. I felt like I'd came out of this having learned something valuable.

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A comedy of errors

Posted : 9 years, 5 months ago on 27 January 2008 10:55 (A review of Death at a Funeral)

The BBC website describes 'Death At A Funeral' as a desperate bid to marry a Richard Curtis comedy of middle-class manners with the taste-free gross-out style of the Farrelly Brothers. I can't say I really like those directors, but I can say I enjoyed this. Any film that can combine midget wrestling, hallucinogenic drugs and scatology at a funeral and still retain some class deserves some praise. The cast on paper we're not a huge pull in my decision to watch the movie, but there were a few surprises, mainly Daisy Donovan whom I thought was excellent here. Death At A Funeral is a welcome return to the British farcical comedies of old.

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High octane fun

Posted : 9 years, 5 months ago on 24 January 2008 10:33 (A review of Death Proof)

Achieves what it sets out to do. Look at it as anything other than a Grindhouse B-Movie production and you're going to be disappointed. It was great to be reminded of movies like Vanishing Point, Russ Meyer's 'Supervixen's' amongst all the other numerous referenced within. Its no award winner but Death Proof has re-opened a door to a world of movies I need to re-watch. An ending this satisfying will be hard to find amongst them, even I am not that dumb to take on three women.

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Falling Down II

Posted : 9 years, 5 months ago on 23 January 2008 09:24 (A review of He Was a Quiet Man)

I'd love to see Slater pull one out of the bag. He still has a great film in him, but this sadly was not it. He'd need a good script to achieve that, not a poor rehash of 'Falling Down'.

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Give peace a chance

Posted : 9 years, 5 months ago on 21 January 2008 07:08 (A review of The U.S. vs. John Lennon)

An interesting look at the former Beatles peace legacy and his battle with the US authorities. Nobody inspired change through music like Lennon did.

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Scrub your chums instead

Posted : 9 years, 5 months ago on 20 January 2008 03:47 (A review of The Chumscrubber)

Brick meets Donnie Darko meets Vernon God Little, nothing special. Just another example of a film and director trying too hard to be "indie".

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Tells it like it is!

Posted : 9 years, 5 months ago on 20 January 2008 03:45 (A review of American Gangster)

Every bit as good as I anticipated. Doesn't showboat like some of the great crime films that came before it, it just tells it like it is. Crowe and Washington bring it big time!

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a poorly executed idea

Posted : 9 years, 5 months ago on 20 January 2008 03:42 (A review of Don't Come Knocking)

A reasonable idea poorly executed. Where Sam Shepard fails to force any empathy from me, Jessica Lange's character and the numerous other supports do, but that is not enough reason to watch again, nor is Wender's cinematography, which is impressive but is not on a par with the similar settings of Paris Texas. Overall a throw away experience.

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