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Friday, May 4, 2007

Spiderman 3

I didn't see Spiderman when I was in New York and when did the Daily Bugle take over the Flatiron Building? The basic premise of this edition in the franchise (I just love using the word franchise when discussing movies even though it fills my mind with images of KFC drumsticks in a very large... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Copying Beethoven

It's been a dreadfully long time since I've done a film review. I maybe a little rusty but it's nothing that a touch of oil won't fix as the actress said to the bishop. In this film Beethoven, played by Ed Harris, plays a deaf, misogynistic, somewhat mystically inclined musical genius who is sent a... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 2, 2007

The Illusionist

This is a fun period style movie involving magic, mystery, a bad prince, a sexy duchess and horses. Don't get me wrong the horses don't have a significant role. They do a lot of prancing and they gallop. Obviously the director wasn't interested in giving them a broader opportunity for developing... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Good Shepherd

This film declares the truth that the cold war was carried out by quiet beauracrats in crumpled trench coats who took the bus to work each day, came from strange university fraternities that required mud wrestling and the wearing of hoods, and who failed to realise that having Angeline Jolie for a... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Hannibal Rising

How did Hannibal become the Cannibal? How did he develop a predilection for having old friends over for dinner and savouring one's liver with a bottle of nice chianti? Hannibal Rising is the prequel that provides a war torn explanation to all of the above and I think it works. The young guy who... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Pan's Labrynth

This is a dark and moving film from Spain where the unfolding hope of a fairytale is woven through the sad brutality of the Spanish Civil War. It's a marvelous production in terms of visual effects and the acting is great. Coming from Europe the film taps into a darker undercurrent than Hollywood... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 15, 2006


While in the US I had the chance to see a few movies that are yet to come out in Australia. I've always had an interest in the story of the Kennedys so made a point of going to watch Bobby. Initially I was slightly puzzled by the movie as it didn't seem to be specifically about Bobby Kennedy but,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Flags of Our Fathers

An interesting exploration of two dimensions of war: the plain and unyielding brutality of people killing each other (and with a significant degree of bloody detail); and the spin doctoring business of war that seeks out images, looks for quick impressions and simplified understandings. Personally I... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

a quick look at what's on australian TV

For some reason I've been watching the following show, David Tench, over the past few weeks. The idea of a chat show where the host is an animated egotistical character seems stupid but it actually works as a parody of the over inflated personalities who often claim fame as television hosts. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Children of Men

A few words regarding this movie: brilliant, dark, thought-provoking, engrossing, compelling. It provokes a sense of vulnerable hope within the context of a bleak future landscape where all that's worst in our present society has reached a crescendo and no child has been conceived for a number of... Sign in to see full entry.

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