Red State (2011) – Dir: Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy, Clerks)

We begin to understand three somewhat interesting characters living in a backwater town in North America. They’re just three young hillbilly horny guys. The best friends find a website for people who just want to get laid. They find a local woman on that website and they make a plan to meet her. These threeContinue reading “Red State (2011) – Dir: Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy, Clerks)”

Ex Machina (2015) – Dir: Alex Garland (Dredd, 28 Days Later)

The Turing test, named after the inventor of the modern computer, Alan Turing, is the test to see if an entity is intelligent to the point of being aware; if it is conscious. This test concerns AI, or artificial intelligence. In testing to see if a piece of software has achieved true AI. The climacticContinue reading “Ex Machina (2015) – Dir: Alex Garland (Dredd, 28 Days Later)”

Interstellar (2014) – Dir: Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Memento)

The appealing thing about this film is the story. The direction – expression of themes, tone and ideas is basic and boring. The way the story is told is not particularly remarkable, the writing – dialogue, dramatic elements, structure are all incredibly average. The story is interesting, though. This is not a movie about spaceContinue reading “Interstellar (2014) – Dir: Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Memento)”

American Sniper (2014) – Dir: Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, Unforgiven)

Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) and his brother are cowboys from Texas. They like to fight, drink and chase women. Chris considers himself a patriot and when his life as a cowboy seems aimless, he notices the war on the news and decides that’s a cause he can get involved in. He’s thirty years old andContinue reading “American Sniper (2014) – Dir: Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, Unforgiven)”

Top Five (2014) – Dir: Chris Rock (I Think I Love My Wife)

In this charmingly dull attempt at a subversion of the romantic comedy – we find a story that is neither funny, nor a genuine reflection of love – it is about a comedian, but it is a sad, boring film and though it does take the formula of the romance film and copy and pasteContinue reading “Top Five (2014) – Dir: Chris Rock (I Think I Love My Wife)”

Iron Man (2008) – Dir: Jon Favreau (Zathura, Chef, Cowboys & Aliens)

Marvel Comics brings us Iron Man, but without the campiness of your average comic book movie. AC/DC and Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark. He’s cool and his wit is quick. His dialogue, though sharp, is possibly too fast to digest every joke. This only appears to be an issue occasionally – it’s because heContinue reading “Iron Man (2008) – Dir: Jon Favreau (Zathura, Chef, Cowboys & Aliens)”

Argo (2012) – Dir: Ben Affleck (The Town, Gone Baby Gone)

The one thing I liked about this film is Ben Affleck’s performance as Tony Mendez. However, overall I hated this film so much that I was forced to give it zero stars. This film is introduced as a political thriller, it does not achieve this. It feels as if the film can’t decide whether toContinue reading “Argo (2012) – Dir: Ben Affleck (The Town, Gone Baby Gone)”

The Core (2003) – Dir: Jon Amiel (Copycat, Entrapment)

I love this movie, but I have a fetish for disaster/end of the world movies. It’s actually a pretty terrible film. The film has a cool first half and it’s a movie about the end of the world which is a fear that I fixate on – the reason I like this type of movie.Continue reading “The Core (2003) – Dir: Jon Amiel (Copycat, Entrapment)”

Twilight (2008) – Dir: Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, Thirteen)

For ranking these movies so highly, a few people may hate me, lose respect for me, or call me an idiot. I don’t care. In the interest of fairness and consistency, I will rank as I see fit. These movies are trash, I accept that, but something I knew when I first saw Twilight, it’sContinue reading “Twilight (2008) – Dir: Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, Thirteen)”

The Fifth Estate (2013) – Dir: Bill Condon (Breaking Dawn, Kinsey, Gods and Monsters)

Telling the main story in flashbacks has failed consistently in its effectiveness in contemporary films. We have seen this in the weaknesses of The Social Network and The Iron Lady and in most biopics. These movies have won awards from antiquated institutions by using stale stylistic flourishes, ways of making that have worked in theContinue reading “The Fifth Estate (2013) – Dir: Bill Condon (Breaking Dawn, Kinsey, Gods and Monsters)”

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