Posts Categorized: Movies

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

A few months back, Tom Cruise starred in Oblivion, which was a collection of science fiction ideas arranged precariously in a single plot alongside beautiful production design.  I liked it a lot but it seems to have left a lukewarm impression on most viewers. Undeterred, Tom now appears in Edge of Tomorrow, which is a… Read more »

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

After making Dark Star at college, Carpenter made his first real movie in 1976 with Assault on Precinct 13.  It’s a homage/tribute/rip-off of his favourite movies, in particular Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo and George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, combining the deliberate pace and group ethic of the former with the nightmare menace and… Read more »

Moon (2009)

Sam Rockwell, for years a favourite character actor, finally gets to step into the spotlight in this clever and carefully made throwback to SF’s golden age.  Or at least my idea of its golden age – Moon would have been right at home in the time of Silent Running and Soylent Green.  Like those movies,… Read more »

The Paperboy (2012)

Wow. Sometimes you see a movie and it’s hard to know where to start.  There are several scenes which would normally only be seen in low-budget exploitation movies, and here those scenes are given the full commitment of the likes of Nicole Kidman, Jolhn Cusack and Matthew McConaughey.  Normally I’d be fully behind this sort… Read more »

Frozen (2010)

Frozen is a surprisingly effective thriller from director Adam Green, previously responsible for more goofy horror outings such as Hatchet .

The premise here is that three students on a ski-ing holiday try to fit in one last ride at the end of the day, and end up marooned on a ski-lift with no-one around.

Pitch Perfect (2012)

This could be a whole new direction for the site, reviewing rom-coms and frothy comedies… Pitch Perfect was the inaugural movie of a new workplace cultural society, and as such deserves treating with a bit of respect. So the good points first: Elizabeth Banks. OK, she’s on auto-pilot throughout and you could remove all but… Read more »

True Grit (2010)

True Grit

Newcomer Hailee Steinfeld takes the central role of Mattie in the Coens’ new adaptation of the classic Charles Portis novel True Grit, as a young girl searching for her father’s killers. Jeff Bridges gets the eye-catching role (ouch) of Reuben ‘Rooster’ Cogburn, aged gun-hand, and Matt Damon plays the dandy Texas Ranger LaBeouf, dragged along with Rooster in Maddie’s quest.

Chopping Mall (1986)

Chopping Mall appeared during the home video boom of the mid-80s, and I have fond memories of this movie and lots of its contemporaries. All those articles in Fangoria and Starburst were suddenly given life by the availability of the movies in your own home, and drinking several pints of beer before watching didn’t do the movies any harm either. Well at the risk of sounding like a country song, some things are better as a memory…

The Hunting Party (1971)

There are very few movies with a reputation as bad as that of The Hunting Party. It’s mean-spirited, gory and not afraid to offend its audience, and those are just the positive things…

Vanishing on 7th Street (2010)

Vanishing on 7th Street is the latest movie from Brad Anderson, who has had a mixed career since his breakthrough with Session 9. It’s a Twilight Zone-style story, also owing a bit to the old Stephen King novella The Langoliers (filmed indifferently for TV by Tom Holland in 1995). A few random characters are isolated by darkness encroaching on their everyday environments in Detroit.