Saturday, 31 July 2010
An hour long serenade to the invincibility of Vegas taxis.
Unfortunately followed by a tacked on 30 minutes of The Rock in a top secret bunker blatantly grinning maniacly at nothing whilst the rest of the film desperately tries to convince you otherwise.
Friday, 30 July 2010
Gorgeous cinema, where the word gorgeous can easily be interchanged with incredible, thoughtful or compelling.
Also if you squint a bit you can start to see parallels with The Children Of The Corn.
No? Just me then.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
Crudely animated oddity about a feuding pair of wizards and their armies.
Bad wizard uses a secret weapon that consists of showing good guys ancient newsreel footage of Hitler causing them to pass out.
Good wizard is a bumbling buffoon who wanders about with an extremely chesty sidekick.
It all comes off as being a bit like Dangermouse only on industrial strength acid.
Saturday, 24 July 2010
A poor muddle of Treasure Island and Men In Black style sci-fi gimmickry.
Jim Hawkins is played as a sulky teenager ripped from an eighties movie, Bloody Martin Short is a robot and there's a scene where Jim Hawkins is trying to swat miniature versions of his own head all of whom are shouting at him. The film mostly just demonstrates why Disney's recent Princess And The Frog was hailed as the triumphant return that it wasn't.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Monday, 19 July 2010
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Friday, 16 July 2010
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Saturday, 10 July 2010
Due to some confused marketing idiot desperate to piggyback onto Narnia, I was caught unawares by a touching, intelligent meditation on childhood friendship, imagination and the tragedy of loss in place of the half baked fantasy toss I was expecting.
Charlotte on the other hand got a nice film about 'being friends' that stubbornly refused to develop into the dragons and princesses she wanted, and instead took an unexpected turn so harrowing it may as well have been a 7 year old's version of Requiem For A Dream.
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Sunday, 4 July 2010
It is my thinking that to remake an anime into live action your special effects need to be seriously top notch. If at any point you sink to the level of using a man in a stupid demon costume then you have probably failed.
Saturday, 3 July 2010
A series of extended action sequences spoiled by a silly story, awkwardly levered into place halfway through.
I did find that watching the little man running around fast and doing lots of meticulous jumping over gaps and bad guys was a lot of fun, although I can't quite put my finger on why.
Friday, 2 July 2010
Hugely enjoyable and visually flawless.
I must add though, the vast majority of my enjoyment did stem from watching the adult characters react sociopathically calm in the face of incredible catastrophe. The mother character in particular must surely suffer the most explosive mental breakdown roughly five minutes after the end credits roll. Surely.