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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Movie Review

Returning to the role of the big evil is Angelina Jolie and it is one she comfortably inhabits. Her angular look and acting style suits the requirements perfectly. She is however given a run for her money in the evil stakes by Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith. Pfeiffer dominates every scene she is in and her final dispensation is fitting and funny. //   The visuals throughout never look less than spectacular. The fairy land with its open and organic beauty sharply contrasts ...

Zombieland: Double Tap Movie Review

With Double Tap, you have the same core actors, the same director and two of the same screenplay writers but it just doesn’t consistently hit its targets. Adding new cast members doesn’t really enhance things either. Except for Rosario Dawson, whose new character is well written and gets to kick serious ass. //   The script also makes some strange choices in structure with two of the main cast members (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) leaving the action after the second reel ...

Judy Movie Review

Signed to MGM Studios at a very young age, her life was almost completely controlled by its studio head, Louis B. Mayer. Never considered an out right beauty of the caliber of Liz Taylor or Ava Gardner, she was made to feel second class and was never allowed a childhood. Labour laws of the time for children actors in Hollywood were almost non-existent. They also gave her regular quantities of amphetamines to keep her thin and working. This helped to create addictions that lasted her entire ...

Chained For Life Movie Review

Its comments on how society treats human beauty and those that don’t conform to our rigid expectations is one of the film’s more direct elements. Other than that you are left with a more than an unusual ride. Looking all the world like a lower budget enterprise suits its surreal approach.   //   Even after giving it a good slosh around the brain, it keeps transforming itself in ones mind. As a starter of that good old fashion post film festival dialogue, it is top ...

Memory: The Origins of Alien Movie Review

Starting out by looking at the film’s writer of both story and screenplay Dan O’Bannon, it gives numerous examples of where many of the ideas in the film came from. From his simple middle America up bringing, O’Bannon revelled in subversive ideas. It was a strong reaction to not enough action growing up.   //   Using scenes from the film to move the narrative along, explanations for the context of ideas flows freely. Nothing is created in a vacuum and this doco ...

O Beautiful Night Movie Review

When he runs into Der Tod (English translation - The Death) played by Marko Mandic, this malevolent presence in human form takes him on a journey that is part phantasmagoria and part road trip. Are these events really happening or are they just figments of a bruised psyche. The reality of this is left entirely up to you. //   The dark and unravelling action is intercut with beautiful stills and paintings of mother nature. There is also a female presence with Nina (Vanessa Loibl) ...

Gemini Man Movie Review

For as much as the computer technology to make the actors look like younger versions of themselves has been heralded, in practice it turns out rather odd looking. When viewing the younger version of Henry Brogan (Will Smith), it almost looks like he’s overdone the botox. There is little emotion seen. The extremely high resolution of the film does not help this anomaly either.   //   Director Ang Lee holds nothing back with the action sequences and many of them are ...

Hustlers Movie Review

The women do take advantage of the men but it is done in such a way as to drag all concerned through the gutter. The targets and their platinum cards pay extravagantly for the privilege of their company but the women doing the fleecing are also losing something. //   Jennifer Lopez as the girl’s ringleader, Ramona shows real application to the role and her athleticism is impressive. Her character has a steely core but this resolve is not used for anything even close to noble. ...

Martha: A Picture Story Movie Review

That she did this on her own (without paid assignment) and at a time when street artists were considered criminals makes her work even more risky and remarkable. This aspect of her life forms the backbone of the film but it’s far from the defining factor. Martha, now in her mid seventies has remained fearless, unconventional and still totally involved in documenting the humanity in the world around her.   //   The film is a joyous celebration about art, following ...

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Movie Review

Based on the three book collection of short stories of the same name, the collection was considered controversial at the time (the nineties) due to their violence and macabre topics. The film tries to shock and disgust its audience and with some modern film techniques it delivers quite a few scary moments. //   Set in small town America on Halloween, its young cast have the usual obstacles to overcome on the road to adulthood. There is the usual town bully, who meets a suitably ...