Movie Review: Man of Steel, AKA Superdull

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It should have worked. But it didn’t. It should have been the best Summer actioner. Directed by Zack Snyder, who drove the excellent 300 and The Watchmen, this movie had the full package on paper – Russell Crowe playing Jor-El (taking over the reigns from Marlon Brando); Kevin Costner and Diane Lane playing the very human Jonathan and Martha Kent, Clark’s earthbound parents; the lovely Amy Adams taking on the hardened Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane; and the genius Michael Shannon playing the big-bad, General Zod. And that’s before we even look at the reliable presence of Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. And yet, there wasn’t an ounce of the innovation we saw in the relatively recent The Dark Knights or Inception. I’m not going to give much of the story away, but there’s very little I could spoil anyway. It’s the usual Superman tale – in order to save him, Jor-El sends his … There’s more

Do Over: Big

One of the most confusing things about Big is Josh’s wish. “I wish I were big” Not “I wish I was an adult” or “I wish I looked like that bloke from Splash! – his face is exceptional”. No. He wants to be ‘big’. Of course they had to work the movie title in somewhere but it’s an odd choice of words. “I wish I were big” could easily be interpreted as “I wish my underpants were a little tighter” but one would doubt that would merit a PG rating. Perhaps Josh meant “I wish I was 7ft 11” which makes more sense since Josh was turned away from a theme park ride because he was too short. I digress. Big (1988), if you somehow managed to skip childhood, tells the story of young Josh Baskin. Whilst at a funfair, Josh makes the aforementioned wish at a machine called ‘Zoltar … There’s more

Here comes the Men In Black Trailer…

We get a lorra movie trailers in. We largely posted this one because we liked the title we came up with. Self-congratulatory? Us? Well, only on Thursdays. Looks quite good though. Will Smith in anything is quite good. Have a looksee (we don’t say goo in Culch Towers, ‘have a goo’ is one of the worst phrases we have ever heard. Goo is a horrible word and everyone should stop it).

Movie News: Och, it’s a clip from Brave!

Ok, so I usually hate the kind of animation that has all the women as lollipop-headed waifs and all the men as walking sofas, but I still loved this. Disney Pixar says: Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos … There’s more

New Movie Trailer: God Bless America

Spotted today over with our friends at Pajiba (at least, we wish they were our friends), this is incredibly NSFW, because it’s very inspirational. God Bless America is a blacker-than-black comedy directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and expected this summer. Take a look at the trailer and tell me that it’s not a fairytale for simmering semi-psychos, like… well, like me. Possibly you too. Possibly anyone who’s gotten sucked into YouTube comments or broken their Sky remote just before Tallafornia came on. Remember to turn the autoplay feature off if you’re not ready for a trailerload. See what we did there? Bated breath, fellow haters. Bated breath.

The Death Dealer Is Back. Movie Review: Underworld Awakening.

Before we get started, it should be noted that I am an avid Underworld fan. With this in mind, I will be as unbiased as possible, except when referring to THAT outfit. Ass-kicking bombshell Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two Underworld films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. Yep, this is essentially the storyline for popular Underworld flick number 4, Underworld: Awakening.  The writers, wisely decided not to mention flick number 3 ‘Rise of the Lycans‘ so our story continues where underworld 2 left off. 12  years have passed since the events of the second film and Selene (Kate Beckinsale) awakens in a lab and escapes into to a world where the human … There’s more

Movie review: A Monster in Paris

Had I gone to see this alone, this review would have been very different. Although I quite enjoyed the movie, I thought the characters a little too bland, that there was too much talking and way too much mushy stuff for it to appeal to kids. How little I know them. I took along four boys aged between 4 and 7 and they all loved it. The lead character Emile (Jay Harrington) is a timid lovelorn cinema projectionist who gets dragged astray by his friend, delivery man and wacky inventor Raoul (Adam Golberg) when they meddle in a Professor’s laboratory to the horror of the resident monkey Charles. They manage to accidently create Franc (Sean Lennon) a monstrous gigantic flea. (Not of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers variety – unfortunately). The nasty Commissioner Maynott (Danny Huston) thinks his chances of becoming mayor will be improved if he can rid paris … There’s more

Movie Review: 30: Minutes or Less

At the risk of asking a larger question than this review intends to tackle – ask yourself, why (other than the impeccable writing) you are reading this review, or indeed any review? With some confidence this reviewer will offer that you are doing so to figure out the best form bit of cinematic entertainment to spend your cash on. The review will be a part of the fuller selection process which includes and is informed by publicity, trailers, feelings towards the cast and word-of-mouth. The outcome can be to steer well clear, make it your business to get to a screening as soon as possible or in a world where cinema and DVD release times edge closer to each other and people construct sophisticated home entertainment systems, a movie can be relegated to a list of movies to seek out on DVD. With ’30: Minutes or Less’ there is a … There’s more

The Galway Film Fleadh – Review: The Other Side of Sleep

Director: Rebecca Daly Cast: Antonia Campbell-Huges, Sam Keeley, Olwyn Fouere, Vicky Joyce Receiving rave reviews from Cannes and causing a stir there at the Director’s Fortnight, Rebecca Daly’s The Other Side of Sleep received an Irish screening at the Galway Film Fleadh.  Director Daly was on hand to introduce the cast and commented that “there wouldn’t be a Q&A after the film, the film sort of speaks for itself.”  Gar O’Brien, programmer for the festival, mentioned just before the screening that this was a film that stayed with him for quite a while after he saw it and it’s not hard to understand why.  Almost like a more intimidating and suffocating version of The Machinist, The Other Side of Sleep is a credit to Rebecca Daly, another of the great Irish directors making an impact abroad at the moment. Skilfully, The Other Side of Sleep involves the audience from the … There’s more

Movie Review: The Green Lantern

Director: Martin Campbell Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins, Geoffrey Rush. Well, during April, kicking off the summer blockbuster season, we had Thor, which was then closely followed by X-Men First Class, gracing the box office a mere two weeks ago. This week sees the release of the “eagerly anticipated” Green Lantern and following that we will have Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon and Captain America. Let me further point out that this is just the comic book blockbusters and doesn’t include the sequels Cars 2 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part, wait for it, yes you’ve guessed it, 2. So today, I am issuing a plea to the major film companies in the States, please, for the love of good and the preservation of all that is right and good, please stop. The Green Lantern, for all intents and purposes, … There’s more

Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 2

Director: Jennifer Yuh. Cast: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Jackie Chan It was inevitable that we were going to see a sequel at some point on reflection of the original Kung Fu Panda. The first film generated more questions about the lovable panda than it did answers and following his training, there would obviously be more quests in store, saving China, again proving his worth … you get the picture. It may have helped that the original animation made just over $630 million gross at the box office and couple that with the fact that Dreamworks are no strangers to the sequel, Po the Panda was certain to again see the light of day. However, completely unexpectedly, Dreamworks have managed to churn out a better film, impressively in a shorter period of time than the first which took four years to … There’s more

Movie Review: Win Win

Director: Thomas McCarthy Cast: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Alex Shaffer, Burt Young Every now and then, a little unassuming film will come from left of field and entirely bowl you over and although Win Win is certainly making an impact on the festival circuit and is achieving critical acclaim in the States, it certainly will not have the same drive behind it as the summer blockbusters hitting our screens.  Sometimes, this is all for the better because when you leave the screen as the credits roll, you will feel like you have discovered the diamond in the rough.  Think Little Miss Sunshine and you are on the right path.

Movie Review: Blitz

  Director: Elliott Lester Cast: Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aidan Gillen The fact that Jason Statham is in this film will give you a clear indication of what you are to expect here.  The kind of guy most people would imagine gets up in the morning and pours whiskey on his cornflakes, Statham is almost the exact same character in every feature film.  Not that it is a problem.  It clearly works for him.  Although he popped up in a couple of Guy Ritchie productions, it was The Transporter that put Statham on the map.  Down the line came Crank and ever since he has been earning millions reprising similar roles, embracing borderline ridiculous action flicks. This is more of the same.  Directed by Elliott Lester who has been off the map since Love is the Drug, Blitz is based on the book by Ken Bruen, one of a series … There’s more

Movie Review: Cedar Rapids

Small town guy gets a shake-up and must temporarily take leave of his uneventful, mundane, depressing life.  During said shake-up, he realises there is a much bigger world out there than he first realised.  Lo and behold, his life is changed forever.  Nothing too unfamiliar about that plot, but somehow, surprisingly, Cedar Rapids manages to pull this all off and manages to get a few laughs in the process. Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) has lived a humdrum life in Brown Valley, Wisconsin, selling insurance to his loyal clients and “pre-engaged” to his 7th grade teacher, Macy (Sigourney Weaver).  However, following the inevitable suicide of his work colleague (it was inevitable, read the last sentence), Tim is sent to a conference in Cedar Rapids, where he must save his colleagues jobs and his own, by winning the Two Diamonds, a coveted accolade which will distinguish his company from the others.  Although … There’s more