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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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Friday
Dec022011

'Hugo' review - A marvelous film about the magic of cinema

Hugo is a marvelous film about the magic of cinema.

If you’re skeptical, you’re forgiven, as this is a jarring departure from Director Martin Scorsese’s usual material. But what it lacks in gangsters and bullets it makes up for in passion and spectacle. Though billed as a movie for children (and certainly entertaining enough for them), Hugo is a labour of love, and an homage to the visual pleasures of cinema that will delight audiences of all ages and tastes.

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Friday
Mar192010

REPO MEN is good sci-fi at a price that fits your lifestyle

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John Q would not have held up a hospital if he lived in the world of Repo Men. His son would have received a shiny $975,000 artificial heart without any hassles. But if John failed to keep up with payments, they'd take it right back. In Repo Men, healthcare is a for-profit business with no regulation. Caring and curing are luxuries offered at a 19% fixed interest rate, and come with a rather unforgiving return policy.

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Sunday
Dec272009

SHERLOCK HOLMES is ambiguously gay

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And so is Watson. This dynamic duo is a lot closer than we thought. While they used to solve mysteries together and share witty lines of dialogue in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, Holmes and Watson now playfully flirt and argue about ‘couple’ issues. Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes, complete with eyeliner and the tiniest dash of Jack Sparrow, is visibly upset that Watson (Jude Law) is moving out. He makes little effort to hide his hatred of the doctor’s new fiancé or how much he cares for him. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. He’s just not the Sherlock I’m used to seeing. I was more entertained by the gay undertones in Sherlock Holmes than I was the mystery. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

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Sunday
Aug092009

Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Trailer and Poster)

This is an odd one. Even though Heath Ledger died during the filming of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus about two years ago, the film was finished anyway. How, you ask? Well, they rewrote it so that Heath Ledger's character, Tony, transformed into different people each time he entered a different realm. Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell will each have the lead for a portion of the film. Is this a good idea? Man, I don't know. This story certainly seems odd enough to accommodate it though. Terry Gilliam directed and co-wrote the film. He directed and many classic Monty Python films, including The Life of Brian and Monty Python & The Holy Grail.

Doctor Parnassus is a pretty odd concept, but here we go. Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) is a 1,000-year-old man (I'd be a doctor too, if I were that old) running a travelling theater show. But instead of the usual magic act, the Doctor's show actually takes its audience on a journey to different dimensions and realities using a magic mirror. Unfortunately, to make his Imaginarium possible, Parnassus made a deal with the devil (Tom Waits). He must not have paid up or something, because soon his daughter is stolen and it's up to Tony (Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell) to find her by travelling through the worlds of the Imaginarium. Here's the trailer (after the jump).

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