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14 December 2008 @ 01:10 pm
Film: The Dark Knight (2008)
Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, ...
Synopsis: Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.
Rating: 6.0

Review: The Dark Knight felt out of sync with Batman Begins. The re-cast of Rachel Dawes was unnecessary. It was a character created solely for the film, and at the very least should have been consistent. They went with an exaggerated, comic-style appearance for Two-Face, though the film itself tries to be more dark and realistic. I would have preferred to have seen Harvey Dent scolded badly, instead of having half his face set on fire. Which, cinematically, looked awkward. The revised cowl design for the Bat-suit was much bulkier in the redesigned suit. Overall, I was impressed with the redesigned suit in all other aspects. The performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker also fell a bit short. The character seemed much more mild than expected.
13 July 2007 @ 07:56 pm
Film: Proof (2005)
Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, ...
Synopsis: The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs.
Rating: 7.8

Review: I enjoyed this film, but it left me wanting more. The character of Robert, played by Anthony Hopkins, is under-developed. It is one of the strongest characters in the movie and Anthony Hopkins has some amazing scenes. But ultimately, you learn very little about the man. The movie instead focuses on his two daughters. One of whom is trying to cope with the loss of her father and dealing with the illness he had.
13 July 2007 @ 07:49 pm
Film: Daltry Calhoun (2005)
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Elizabeth Banks, ...
Synopsis: The Knoxville, Tennessee-set film, written by Bronson, is a dark comedy about a father (Knoxville) struggling to keep his once lucrative Tennessee golfing empire intact when his estranged 14-year-old daughter (a gifted musician) is unexpectedly left in his care.
Rating: 7.3

Review: Every so often you go to a movie with low expectations and it turns out to be a decent flick. This was one of those movies. I didn't care for the actors and that was an immediate turn off, but they manage to pull off their roles extremely well. The movie carries you through and by the end of it you've developed a relationship with the characters.
13 July 2007 @ 07:43 pm
Film: Flightplan (2005)
Cast: Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, ...
Synopsis: In this modern retelling of a classic urban legend, a mother finds herself at odds with a unremitting flight crew and her own sanity when her daughter vanishes in the middle of a flight, with only a few clues left behind. She must now challenge the boundaries of her will and her mind in her desperate search.
Rating: 3.5

Review: I think the word boring perfectly sums up this unsuspenseful movie. Jodie Foster plays the role of a mother who has lost her child and who's melodramatic actions get her labelled as insane by the passengers. Everyone is against her and by the end of the movie you find out that she was right all along. Big surprise.
13 July 2007 @ 07:37 pm
Film: The Ladykillers (2004)
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tzi Ma, ...
Synopsis: A remake of the 1955 comedy, the story revolves around a Southern professor who puts together a group of thieves to rob a casino. They rent a room in an old woman's house, but soon she discovers the plot and they must kill her, a task that is more difficult than it seems.
Rating: 6.2

Review: When I first started watching the movie, I wasn't quite sure whether or not I had switched off my DVD player. It's like you're flipping through television channels, then the movie starts. I wont spoil it, but eventually the odd beginning is addressed. The movie has some great scenes, it's funny and there is a strange undertone of hip hop tied in. It just doesn't flow very well from scene to scene.
13 July 2007 @ 07:30 pm
Film: The Ant Bully (2006)
Cast: Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, ...
Synopsis: Lucas Nickle's the new kid in town and the local bully, Steve, makes sure he knows it. Lucas gets so fed up with being bullied, he takes out his frustration on ants in his backyard in hilarious ways, like squirting them with his garden hose or stamping on the ant hill. The ants are understandably fed up with this and Zoc the ant wizard uses a potion to shrink him down to ant size.
Rating: 7.5

Review: There's just something about watching snotty kids, in real life or a movie, that isn't very fun. The main character in this movie leaves you grinding your teeth from time to time. But as the movie starts to pick up you notice it less and less. The characters are very well modelled and they're incredibly cute. It also had a surprisingly small number of toliet humor jokes, which is tough to find these days. A great kids movie.
13 July 2007 @ 07:11 pm
Film: Sin City (2005)
Cast: Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, ...
Synopsis: An adaptation of Frank Miller's stories based in a morally bankrupt metropolis. Chief amongst the town's residents is Marv, who trawls the darkest areas of town looking for the person who murdered Goldie while she lay sleeping in his bed.
Rating: 6.7

Review: This film captures the feel of the comic it was based on very well. It's also a very nice throwback to the old film noir movies. However, I think you need to be a fan of the film noir genre or Frank Miller's Sin City comic to appreciate the film. It's a bit wacky for a regular audience.
02 July 2007 @ 05:15 am

Film: The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Cast: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon, ...
Synopsis: This sequel to 'House of 1000 Corpses' is set some months later with the Texas State Police making a full-scale attack against the murderous Firefly family residence for the 1,000+ murders and disappearances of the past several years. But three of the family members escape, including Otis, Baby Firefly and Baby's father Captain Spaulding. The evil trio go on a road trip, leaving dozens of mangled bodies in their wake. Evading a massive Texas Rangers dragnet as well as a group of equally murderous bounty hunters led by Ken Dwyer (the brother of a policeman Mamma Firefly killed in 'House of...') who's obsessed with finding the deadly killers, the surviving Firefly clan gather at a run-down amusement park owned by Captain Spaulding's half-brother, Charlie Altamont, whom offers them shelter and a new base of operations for their killing spree as Sheriff Dwyer, the Texas Rangers, the FBI and others slowly close in.
Rating: 6.1

Review: I'm still a bit undecided about whether or not I liked this film. It had a fairly boring plot that Rob Zombie tries to fill in with assorted nude scenes. It doesn't leave you on the edge of your seat and most of the movie can be predicted in advance. The good news of course is that it does eventually end.

02 July 2007 @ 05:13 am

Film: Wolf Creek (2005)
Cast: John Jarrat, Cassandra Magrath, ...
Synopsis: Just when you thought it was safe to go hiking in the bushes again...along comes Mick Taylor. Kristy, Ben and Liz are three pals in their twenties who set out to hike through the scenic Wolf Creek National Park in the Australian Outback. The trouble begins when they get back only to find that their car won't start. The trio think they have a way out when they run into a local bushman named Mick Taylor. Wait until you get a load of what Mick has in store for them. Their troubles have just begun.
Rating: 4.5

Review: This move takes a somewhat realistic approach to horror, for which it has recieved praise. Watching the movie reminded me a lot of when I had my first daughter and she'd wake up crying in the middle of night. The female actresses are so hysterical throughout, that it makes the movie painful to watch.

02 July 2007 @ 04:57 am
Film: Flushed Away (2006)
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, ...
Synopsis: Roddy is a decidedly upper-crust "society mouse" who lives the life of a beloved pet in a posh Kensington flat. When a sewer rat named Sid comes spewing out of the sink and decides he's hit the jackpot, Roddy schemes to rid himself of the pest by luring him into the "whirlpool." Sid may be an ignorant slob, but he's no fool, so it is Roddy who winds up being flushed away into the bustling sewer world of Ratropolis.
Rating: 7.8

Review: Flushed Away takes a very upbeat and musical approach to comedy. It's from the creators of Shrek, and it shows. You find yourself laughing around every corner and getting engrossed in this odd tale of a mouse who's been flushed down the toliet into a city of sewer mice, rats and frogs. It's an animated film anyone can enjoy.