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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

National Treasure: Book of Secrets currently on at the Randwick Ritz and starring Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger and Justin Bartha is a tongue in cheek, code deciphering, action adventure movie. This movie combines Dan Brown style, mysteries embedded in “history” scenarios with the experience of speed... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 4, 2008

I Am Legend

I Am Legend starring Will Smith is an impressive survival story set in the not too distant future. Will Smith plays the role of a lonely survivor whose days are spent hunting the empty and ruined streets of New York looking for food and fellow survivors. At night he is forced to live inside his well... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

1408

It's natural that a Stephen King based horror movie, set in an old hotel, will provoke people into frenzied comparison with the Shining. It's best to put such comparisons aside as no one breaks through a door with an axe while hollering "here's Johnny!" John Cusack is not and never will be Jack but... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Clive Owen is a film of great and elaborate visual flourishes. It has a story of sorts which is a kind of cobbling together of small factual incidents and large portions of fiction compressed into neat cinematic timeline. It would... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Rogue

There have been a number of Australian horror movies, over the past few years, generally involving deranged locals terrorising screaming English backpackers. Though I live in a Sydney suburb which tends to be inundated with backpackers, and can therfore empathise with the deranged local motivation,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Lions for Lambs

Lions for Lambs is another attempt at portraying the political and emotional complexities of US foreign policy. The current convention for portraying complexity seems to be by means of presenting multiple storylines. This is a film predominantly of conversations: Cruise plays a steely eyed... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Deathproof

This weekend has been grey and somewhat miserable aka movie weekend. I pondered over what to see and settled on Tarantino's Deathproof. Now this movie is an elongated version of the Grindhouse old style movie combination which flopped in the US earlier in the year. I'm not sure that I've ever really... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

A Mighty Heart

A Mighty Heart offers one of the best performances you're ever likely to see from Angelina Jolie. It's based on the true story of a journalist's abduction in Pakistan a few years ago. Jolie's character is also a journalist and the wife of the man who is abducted. The movie has a documentary look... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Michael Clayton

This is a fascinating character driven movie. The central character, played by Clooney, is a fixer. His job is tidying up the messy situations that high paying legal clients create form themselves. From the outset of the movie it becomes clear that his character is a compromised man who feels... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

The Kingdom

Man it's been a long time since I posted a movie review (back in May)... I saw the Jamie Foxx movie, The Kingdom, yesterday. It started off promisingly with a rather neat summation of the twentieth century history of Saudi Arabia. The whole sense of establishing the broad historical context was... Sign in to see full entry.

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