Monthly Archives: August 2011

300 (2006)

I finally got to see  Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300. This story was previously filmed as The 300 Spartans back in the 60s, and it was a horribly stodgy movie given the exciting  nature of the story it … Continue reading

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The Far Side of Jericho (2006)

This month’s Western is The Far Side of Jericho, directed by Tim Hunter who made a big splash with River’s Edge (sic) back in the 80s, but who has seemingly been exiled to TV ever since leaving Robocop 2 over … Continue reading

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Cherry Crush (2007)

In the same way that Disturbia was a teen version of Rear Window, Cherry Crush is a teen version of Body Heat. Jonathan Tucker plays a privileged young photographer who falls for a girl from ‘the wrong side of the … Continue reading

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Premonition (2007)

I’ve always liked Sandra Bullock, despite the restraining order… I’m pleased to say that she’s recently returned to making thrillers, or at least stopped making exclusively chick movies. In Premonition, she plays a happily-married housewife who is told that her … Continue reading

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Tell No One (2006)

Harlan Coben has made a nice living out of writing typically American novels, stories of kidnap and murder with complex plots and mostly happy endings. Imagine my surprise when Tell No One was turned into a very French film last … Continue reading

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The Reaping (2007)

The Reaping manages the strange trick of being a bit dull despite containing everything you might expect in a horror movie. Hilary Swank plays a former missionary (?) whose family is massacred in Africa and unsurprisingly loses her faith, subsequently … Continue reading

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Zodiac (2007)

For those too young to remember, the Zodiac  serial killer operated in San Francisco in the late 60s and early 70s, and was never caught. This movie is based on journalist Robert Graysmith’s book, and concentrates on the effects of … Continue reading

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Unknown (2007)

There’s a whole genre (getting increasingly tired) of ‘people waking up in locked basements’ movies, and Unknown is one of the better examples. An added twist here is that all the characters have been gassed so they don’t even  know … Continue reading

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Captivity (2007)

Captivity caused a big fuss, due mainly to its tasteless (and inaccurate) billboard advertising campaign. Now it’s finally here, it turns out to be nothing more than a remake of Misery with occasional bits of violence. Elisha Cuthbert, who spent … Continue reading

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Disturbia (2007)

Disturbia was a huge hit in US cinemas long before its UK cinema release. Shia LaBeouf (star of Transformers) plays a teenager placed under house arrest, tied to his luxury pad by electronic ankle bracelet. Before you can say ‘this … Continue reading

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