Rocket Science

September 25, 2007

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RELEASED: September 28th

Spellbound, the award-winning documentary that gave viewers a look at the altogether odd American fascination with spelling bees, whose participants consisted mainly of extremely geeky children with well-off, unbearably pushy parents, was a offbeat, rather worrying film that instead of satirising this bizarre sub-culture took a more character-based angle. Read the rest of this entry »

Shoot ‘Em Up

September 25, 2007

    

 A serious contender for daftest film of 2007, Shoot ‘Em Up is explained entirely in the title.  Clive Owen plays Mr Smith, lone man who saves a heavily pregnant woman from lots of men wearing black and carrying guns.  He delivers the baby, and goes on the run with it, enlisting the help of sultry prostitute Donna Quintana (Monica Bellucci), who specialises in lactating.  But hitman Mr Hertz (Paul Giamatti) will stop at nothing to make sure the baby dies, and has an endless army of men wearing black and carrying guns to help him complete the assignment. Read the rest of this entry »

Superbad

September 25, 2007

 

Are you Superbad? After the success of the magnificent Knocked Up, it is clear that with Superbad producer Judd Apatow and writer/star Seth Rogen are indeed the newest crowned kings of comedy in Hollywood.  For Superbad is another R-rated film that carefully balances gross-out, laugh-out-loud comedy and emotional insights into the characters’ and their relationships.  Read the rest of this entry »

Disturbia

September 25, 2007

 

“The world is in a heightened state of paranoia” Robert Turner tells Ashley, after he’s just invited himself into her car. The premise of Disturbia is actually very interesting, and very now.  Teenager Kale (Shia LaBeouf) is electronically tagged after punching his Spanish teacher, meaning he can only go within a certain area around his house and garden or the police will be alerted.  So for the three summer months, he has little to do, especially when his mom Julie (Carrie-Anne Moss) takes away his Xbox, iTunes and television.  Read the rest of this entry »

3:10 To Yuma

September 25, 2007

A remake of the classic 1957 western, based originally on a short story by Elmore Leonard written in 1952, 3:10 To Yuma tells the story of infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Crowe) being escorted by a group of men including bankrupt rancher Dan Evans (Bale) from the small town of Bisby to Contention, where Wade will be put on the 3:10 train to Yuma prison.  Read the rest of this entry »

Atonement

September 11, 2007

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 The trailers were on the wrong side of lame, it stars an uber-hyped young femme still an unproven swimmer in more serious dramatic waters, and the title is the type of word largely familiar only to degree-level English students and Bible-heads. Bring on Atonement! Read the rest of this entry »

This Is England

September 3, 2007

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DVD Out Today

Happy days. Shane Meadows finally gets the recognition he deserves without selling his soul to the devil of film production. Following outstanding but largely ignored early projects (TwentyFourSeven, A Room For Romeo Brass) the homegrown genius with an eye for realism took on big stars and big money for his first bonafide commercial release in 2002. From the result (Once Upon A Time In The Midlands) it was obvious to those with brain cells that Meadows plus cash plus remotely famous people was not a formula for success. The film flopped, but more importantly it gave the big bald maverick his first bitter taste of how studio interference and an almost total theft of creative control can ruin a noble vision. Meadows works best on a shoe-string budget with unknown talent, an environment where his ideas, honesty and grit are left to breathe and grow. 2004’s grisly revenge drama Dead Man’s Shoes marked a return to such a style with considerable success, but it’s with This Is England that Meadows enjoyed greatest acclaim. There’s some debate as to whether or not it demonstrates his best work, but at the very least it opened a lot more eyes to the brilliance of an unsung hero. Read the rest of this entry »