Archive | March, 2012

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

21 Mar

I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle.

The Kid with a Bike (2011)

20 Mar

Filial duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have forged a steady career regaling the struggles of the Belgian underclass.  They are proponents of the plucky underdog, whether that be the desperate eponymous teenager striving for a better life in Rosetta (1999) or immigrant couple Sokol and Lorna in The Silence of Lorna (2008).  Their stories are always small in scale and the hopes and dreams of humanity lie at the centre of their narratives.  The sorry backdrop of industrial Wallonia often makes an appearance to emphasise the despair and degradation surrounding their players.  The Kid with a Bike is no different, focussing as it does on 12-year old Cyril (Thomas Doret), a young boy abandoned by his father at a local care home and apparently all alone in the world.

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Logan’s Run (1976)

20 Mar

Lastday, Capricorn 29's. Year of the City: 2274. Carousel begins.

Dumb & Dumber (1994)

14 Mar

A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I'm talking about a little place called Aspen.

21 Jump Street (2012)

14 Mar

Arriving hot on the heels of the critically maligned Project X comes writer Michael Bacall’s interpretation of the ’80s teen-cop caper, “21 Jump Street” — the show that thrust Johnny Depp into the limelight. One might be forgiven for letting out an audible groan in the expectation of more equally crass fare. But this is a completely different beast; and it’s a bloody funny one at that.

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Young Frankenstein (1974)

13 Mar

I am not a Frankenstein. I'm a Fronkensteen.

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

12 Mar

Five years ago in a review of 28 Weeks Later I extolled the virtues of Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, describing it as “genre busting” and praising it for reviving and redefining the horror genre, even going so far as to call it “ a wakeup call” to the industry.  Well, if Boyle’s intelligent and sophisticated zombie romp did indeed succeed in doing that, then Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods can only be described as a landmark, watershed moment in film history, because this is such an innovative, brave, inspired and original entry into the horror oeuvre that nothing will ever be the same again.

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THE LOWDOWN WEEK 9

12 Mar

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Last week’s dire double-header of This Means War and Project X had critics sharpening their literary knives in preparation for this week’s headliner John Carter. Certain to prove as divisive as a very hot knife through incredibly soft butter, this Mars (ahem, I meant Barsoom) set sci-fi epic, takes top billing in what is once again a week of questionable quality. Elsewhere, Sean Bean kidney punches hookers and murders terrorists, a hirsute John Cusack tracks a serial killer, R Patz shags his way around Paris and Michael Winterbottom transports Thomas Hardy to Rajasthan.

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Easy Rider (1969)

12 Mar

Here's the first of the day, fellas! To old D.H. Lawrence.

Cleanskin (2012)

9 Mar

Cleanskin

The 7/7 London terrorist attacks saw the term cleanskin enter the lexicon, with the expression being used to describe a terrorist previously unknown to the security forces. These were seemingly normal members of society who had been radicalised to the point that they were willing and able to carry out such atrocities. Writer and director Hadi Hajaig’s third feature examines the nature of the journey of one such cleanskin, Ash (an impressive and terse Abhin Geleya), the head of a cell planning a series of attacks in London in the week before a general election, alongside the tale of secret service agent Ewan (a fulminating Sean Bean) who is tasked with stopping the terrorists at all costs.

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