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Friday, 01 February 2008 |
With possibly one of the greatest cop duos in cinematic history, Hot Fuzz is much more than your average slapstick comedy and will have you laughing from beginning to end, and later. While this film is made by the same guys that brought you Shaun of the Dead, do not expect another spoof, because even though it does still include a variety of allusions to other cop films and many film clichés, this is an extremely well written original script.
It begins with a fast paced montage of top cop Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) and his qualifications as a London police officer, everything from his outstanding arrest record down to his cycling skills. Sure enough his hard work pays off and he is promoted to Sergeant, but comes to learn it’s because he’s making everyone else look bad. He’s being transferred ...
Monday, 01 October 2007 |
Before global warming and forces of nature like hurricane Katrina
claimed the attention of the American public as the most threatening
possibilites for danger in the environment, volcanoes held that dubious
honor. The eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 and Mount Pinatubo the
following year caused mass hysteria in several sectors. For a time,
even earthquakes took a backseat to volcanoes.
Thankfully, Hollywood waited until 1997 to unleash a big budget volcano
disaster movie that would have met Irwin Allen’s yardstick for success.
Of course, that yardstick measures fear and paranoia induced in
audiences around the globe. Unfortunately, Hollywood chose that year to
unleash two movies, not just one. The second movie, simply titled
“Volcano” starred Tommy Lee Jones and came out after “Dante’s Peak,” a
self-determined disaster regarding the box office. America had decided
it had had enough of exploding volcanoes by that time.
“Dante’s Peak” is a decent film. It meets ...
Saturday, 01 September 2007 |
Brendan Fraser’s " Mummy" franchise so far consists of two feature
films and one spin-off that is a kind of prequel. A third movie in the
franchise is slated for release in 2008. Fans of the series can’t wait.
Although the movie was going to be a quiet release and not much was
expected, it caught on with audiences was looking for something to fill
the vacancy left by the Indiana Jones movies. Brendan Fraser’s
portrayal of American adventurer Rick O’Connell, although dwarfed
intellectually by the good Doctor Jones, was nonetheless a two-fisted
hero of the first water. O’Connell is the kind of hero Saturday
matinees and serials made their mainstay back in the 1940s and 1950s.
He is quick with his fists and guns, and quicker still with a quip or a
In part, the film written and directed by Stephen Sommers is derived
from two older movies, the original ...
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 |
That review and this were written by the same person. The review of the
film stands, though enough time has elapsed that it’s safe to specify
what was disappointing; doing so in 2003 would have been too many
spoilers. Clearly, Ang Lee and his writers wanted to introduce mature
elements to the comic book idea of a man who turns into a invulnerable,
very powerful green giant. The route they took, however, wasn’t all it
could have been. Introducing Bruce Banner’s father, at least as
presented here, wasn’t wise; though Nick Nolte (and Paul Kersey in the
early scenes) are both very good as David Banner, the connections
between him and his research and his adult son and HIS research seem
forced and contrived. Making the climax a battle between Banner in Hulk
form and his father who has, improbably, become a well-known Marvel
super-villain, the Absorbing Man (though that term isn’t ...
Sunday, 01 July 2007 |
In a post-apocalyptic future, an unspecified time after “Mad Max”, the
somber loner Max (Mel Gibson) and his dog find themselves embroiled in
a conflict between a gasoline-craving gang of maniacs and a small band
of survivors, who have holed up around a desert oil refinery. With fuel
being the hottest commodity in this barren future, it’s only a matter
of time before the wild renegades break through and steal the
survivors’ cache. Adding to the mix is a somewhat loopy Gyrocopter
pilot (an entertaining Bruce Spence, behind a set of rather brackish
molars) and a non-verbal Feral Kid (Emil Minty) who try to convince the
somewhat ruthless Max to help the survivors in their bid to escape from
the compound and follow their dream of leaving the barren desert for
Director George Miller’s follow-up to, “Mad Max” finds him with a
larger budget and a much more muted lead character. ...