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Sunday
Jan152012

'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' review - A homoerotic, bullet-time cash grab

The first Sherlock Holmes film, released in 2009 (read our review), set a standard as one of the most patronizingly obvious examples of contemporary Hollywood money-grubbing. As one of Anglophila’s most transmutable literary figures, Holmes has taken many forms over many decades, so it isn’t fair for me to judge Director Guy Ritchie’s interpretation as somehow impure or blasphemous. Even so, there’s something strikingly silly about Robert Downey, Jr. in the role, especially when he spouts unnecessarily convoluted dialogue through an insufferable, pseudo-English accent. As sidekick Watson, Jude Law may not have to fake the accent, but, like Downey, he suffers from a celebrity cultivated primarily in tabloids: both men are movie-stars first, and actors second. It’s not that they can’t act, they’re simply ill-equipped to tastefully portray robust literary figures in a film that prioritizes “bullet-time” over compelling human drama.

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Saturday
Jan142012

'Star Trek 2' filming underway: The news so far

After months of rumours regarding possible villains and the actors supposedly playing them, J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot sequel has finally gotten underway and shooting started this week. With cast confirmations emerging all the time it seems like a good time to recap the news so far. 

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Saturday
Jan142012

'Friends With Kids' trailer plays around with the necessity of marriage

Just hearing the title Friends With Kids made me a little wary when my friend first sat me down to watch this trailer. A lot of comedy movies that surround pregnancy and children tend to get a little too slapstick for the sake of trying to pull a laugh out of the audience. But Friends With kids looks like it’s going to put character relationships at the forefront and let the humor naturally evolve from there. Still, I have my reservations.

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Thursday
Jan052012

New Avengers villain leaked - Loki is not alone

Last week, The Amazing Spiderman’s villain The Lizard was revealed on a toy remote-controlled car manufactured by HeroClix. As it turns out, the toy manufacturer is also making action figures for this years upcoming blockbuster The Avengers and a new advertisement for the Avengers Movie HeroClix Set may have given away one of Marvel’s best kept secrets, reports ScreenRant.

Promotional blurbs for the movie have been saying for a while now that The Avengers join forces when faced with an insurmountable threat to the planet’s safety. Official posters, aswell as the trailer, show the main villain as Loki, seen last summer battling Thor, but I doubt anyone would consider Loki alone to present the kind of threat that’s being suggested. And following the promotional release from HeroClix it would seem that assumption may be right. We’ll reveal the villain below, so please don’t read on if you don’t want spoilers.

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Wednesday
Jan042012

'The Giant Gila Monster' is being remade - Is this the beginning of a B-Movie comeback?

Typically, news of a movie remake is met with incredulous expressions and moans of “why?” or “how could they mess with a classic?”. Every so often, however, a movie is not just worthy of, but entitled to having its story told more than once. That, I believe, is the case with The Giant Gila Monster.

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Monday
Dec262011

'The Darkest Hour' reviews suggest the worst for this alien invasion flick

The Darkest Hour, the latest in a long line of alien invasion movies, opened on Christmas day to a host of poor reviews. Following a promising-looking trailer and scripted by Jon Spaiht, whose next project is none other than Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, The Darkest Hour looked set to deliver one of the best movies of a well-worked genre to date. Sadly it seems this particular invasion may have crashed and burned.

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Monday
Dec262011

'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' review - An impeccably crafted mystery

On November 9th 2004, 50-year-old Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson died after climbing seven flights of stairs to his office and subsequently suffering a heart attack. Discovered amongst his possessions were manuscripts for three completed, unpublished novels that he had written as personal projects over a number of years. The first was printed and sold in Sweden less than one year later under the title Män som hatar kvinnor (Men Who Hate Women), and again several years later in English as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that this novel sold spectacularly well across the globe, gave rise to two sequels, and spawned a successful trilogy of Swedish-made film adaptations.

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Saturday
Dec242011

'Jack the Giant Killer' follows the trend of taking old stories to new heights

Even before watching the trailer for Jack the Giant Killer, I had a feeling I knew what I was in for. The title easily gave it away, but the change isn’t unexpected. After all, “Jack and the Beanstalk” doesn’t exactly pack as big of a punch as Jack the Giant Killer. While it’s not another Snow White, it is another fairytale remake, which I’ve been a bit sceptical about lately. That’s not to say that every remake is or isn’t doing it right, but I’m starting to warm-up to all these revamped films. I’ll be honest—I rather like seeing the stories we’re so familiar with spiced up with new technology or told with an interesting twist. 

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Wednesday
Dec212011

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' review - Beautiful, elegant, but woefully complicated

Not all movies make sense without repeat viewings. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is one of them. While I loved the general vibe, cinematic stlyle, music, and performances the first time I saw it, the details of the plot eluded me. I’ve now seen it twice. I wish I could say that I’ve put it all together, but I still have more questions than I’m comfortable admitting. 

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Wednesday
Dec212011

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' trailer - What's there and what's missing

I’ve missed Middle Earth. It’s been 10 years since The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters, and we’re still a year away from the first Hobbit movie’s release, but at least we now know things are looking up. A few hours ago, Peter Jackson released the first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is the first of two films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s first novel about Middle Earth, The Hobbit. The journey stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins with Ian McKellen returning as Gandalf the Wizard and takes place about 50-60 years before Lord of the Rings

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