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Crash/ers cursed but Cursed does not crash


Because you asked for them (and didn’t understand the title) … DVD reviews: Wedding Crashers I probably shouldn’t have watched Wedding Crashers; the central premise is something I find objectionable, so why should I enjoy the film just because it has the comedy talents of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan? I realise this makes me sound like a killjoy, dull,…

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Film review – Mission: Impossible III


The Mission: Impossible film franchise is not really Mission: Impossible. It is the ‘Tom Cruise does spy stuff and explosions’ franchise. The television series was a real ensemble piece, with Peter Graves providing a regular leader. The films have changed it so that Ethan Hunt is the star, and the story is all about him. The first film had some…

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Film review: Brick


The American high school seems to be the versatile and fertile ground for re-imagining old stories and styles for a new look: Clueless was Emma with Valley speak; 10 Things I Hate about You was The Taming of the Shrew; She’s All That was a low quality Pygmalion; The Faculty was Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets The Breakfast Club;…

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Film review: Confetti


The main reason for seeing Confetti, for me, was not just the fact that it was a British film and a comedy, but for the people in it. Have you got your scorecard ready? Jessica Stephenson (Spaced) Martin Freeman (The Office, The Robinsons) Robert Webb (Peep Show) Olivia Coleman (Peep Show, Green Wing) Stephen Mangan (Green Wing, episode of I’m…

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Tenuous link between three films I watched


Or, Ruminations on Elektra, Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD, and Lemony Snicket’s An Unfortunate Series of Events Apart from the fact that I saw these films recently, and they are of varying levels of poorness, they are linked by an underlying question: what were the makers hoping to achieve by adapting these properties? Elektra is a spin-off from a film…

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Film review: MirrorMask


MirrorMask is what I imagine it is like inside the head of Dave McKean. It feels like the three-dimensional realisation of what goes on inside the mind of a gifted artist, who sees the world ever so slightly different to the rest of the world. Helena (Stephanie Leonidas) is a 15-year-old who reluctantly appears in her parents’ struggling circus as…

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Film review: Capote


Capote is a well-made, intelligent, well-acted piece of cinema that tells an interesting story about a writer without just it being about a man at a typewriter, looking out the window and smoking. However, like the central conflict at the heart of the film, there is an issue of detachment. The film follows the life of Truman Capote as he…

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Film review: Good Night, And Good Luck


I felt a little sorry for Good Night, And Good Luck at the BAFTAs. It got loaded with big award nominations, yet left empty handed. It seemed like a worthwhile film that wouldn’t get the respect it deserved. It didn’t make me see the film; I had made that decision already. Fortunately, it stands up on its own as an…

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Film review: Walk The Line


Walk The Line is fashioned as a rock biopic of Johnny Cash, but it isn’t really. Apart from brief scenes suggesting the rags-to-riches beginnings, it is more about the relationship between Cash and his eventual wife, June Carter. It does this perhaps because we have seen the story before; poor boy has musical gift, gets rich, gets into drugs, is…

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