Reviews

Review: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

Writer Charlie Kaufman and Director Spike Jonze are one of those great entertainment team-ups whose work so superbly compliments one another - on their own they're each a formidable talent, but together they create mind-bendingly inventive stuff such as...

Review: “Ned Kelly”

After much fanfare and hype, the latest film incarnation of the famed Aussie bush ranger legend hits the big screen and the result is somewhat of an average affair. On the one hand the production values, look of the...

Review: “Forces of Nature”

Take two of the sexiest Hollywood stars of the past few years, add some FX to a genre which never uses them, and then borrow some elements from "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", and you'll have this watchable piece of...

Review: “The Ring Two”

In the end though, much like the differences between the black and white 'Ring' videos/visions in the films themselves, this second go around lacks the texture, mood and teeth of the original. It's a passable horror movie per se...

Review: “Ice Princess”

So it doesn't break any new ice, but "Ice Princess" is a refreshing example of how formula can still work so long as it's done right. Combining a well thought out script that nevertheless hits all the expected...

Review: “Memento”

Take a simple B-Grade murder mystery thriller revolving around only 3 characters and at most half a dozen supporting players/extras, and then f**k around with the order in a way not seen outside a "Star Trek" time travel episode...

Review: “Children of Dune”

The first "Dune" mini-series may have lacked the sheer scope of David Lynch's wacky feature film version but as a piece of television it was an effective and very entertaining show with admittedly a few soft spots. In...

Review: “Enemy at the Gates”

When it comes to WW2 films they've usually been about the big events involving either the Americans, the British, or the French. From Pearl Harbor to D-Day to the Battle of the Atlantic, most of the events are well...

Review: “Resident Evil”

One of the better shoot 'em up games in computing history comes to the big screen in a way that is not only near unrecognisable, but also one of the most disappointing adaptations of a game ever - making...

Review: “Showtime”

A surprisingly ordinary action comedy, "Showtime" starts off well as a "48 Hrs" lite clone - a satire of both generic buddy cop films and reality television, yet sadly falls into being the former all too quickly. Its...

Review: “Ice Age”

FOX's first big foray into the CG animated world has resulted in what is a good film for kids, but certainly doesn't have the crossover appeal of the superb Pixar or Dreamworks efforts of late. As a story...

Review: “The Hunted”

Some flicks you just have to wonder - what was the point to all that? "The Hunted" is one of those movies. This "Rambo"/"Fugitive" clone never really delves into subplots and aside from its three major characters, all the...

Review: “Willard”

A stylishly hammy, over the top and somewhat twisted empowerment fable - "Willard" works as a mid-range "X-Files" episode which is a shame as its made by two of the more creative talents to come out of that series...

Review: “Erin Brockovich”

One of the first things they teach students in film school is to have a sympathetic main character, and unfortunately 95% of these filmmaker wannabes think this means they have to be a noble and totally PC lead.That's probably...

Review: “Against the Ropes”

I'm all for someone breaking out of the genre they've become known for. When it comes to Meg Ryan though, a staple of romantic comedies since "Sleepless in Seattle", her recent forays into more dramatic genres actually have me...

Review: “Secret Window”

Yet another failed Stephen King adaptation, "Secret Window" is like "Misery" dumbed down and without any of its deliciously dark humour. The novella admittedly was one of King's least memorable and despite proven writer David Koepp adapting it and...

Review: “Spartan”

My favourite film of the year's first quarter, "Spartan" proves David Mamet's best in ages and an invigorating shot in the arm for the all too overdone kidnap thriller genre. Gone are the repetitive dialogue and silly twists that...

Review: “Hostage”

Yet another attempt by Bruce Willis to recreate his "Die Hard" glory days, "Hostage" tries to be one of those broad appealing action thrillers that rely on the usual stock elements. Amongst them a burned out cop forced back...

Review: “Robots”

If there's one group of people who'll be happy with "Robots", it's Pixar. With the exception of Dreamworks' "Shrek" franchise, Pixar is the sole king of the CG animated film hill with every other attempt at the genre yielding...

Review: “Mission to Mars”

Brian DePalma has directed twenty six movies in his career, some are cinematic classics, some entertaining romps, and some barely watchable stinkers. "Scarface", "Carrie", and "The Untouchables" fit that first category, "Mission: Impossible" the second, and "Mission to Mars"...

Review: “The Time Machine”

The lacklustre new interpretation of HG Wells' sci-fi classic is a grave disappointment. George Pal's 1960 film version was hokey and not as visually interesting as its modern counterpart, but it certainly had a lot more life and...

Review: “Bringing Down the House”

A few years ago, Warner Bros. released "Three to Tango" - a Matthew Perry comedy in which he's mistaken for being gay and so is hired to 'watch out' for the mistress of a rich bastard and of course...

Review: “Evil Under the Sun”

Ustinov's second outing as Poirot again features an all-star cast in an exotic island off the Albanian coast (actually it was shot in Majorca, Spain), and while the murder is a quite clever scheme (a trademark of the Poirot...

Review: “Starsky & Hutch”

After delivering such great comedies as "Road Trip" and "Old School", Director Todd Phillips takes a step down with "Starsky & Hutch", a film which doesn't work as a satirical take on the classic 70's cop show but make...

Review: “Cruel Intentions”

The whole teen film revival of the last year or so has proven to result in more bad films than good. Last year the best example in the genre was the deliciously trashy thriller "Wild Things" which mixed numerous...

Review: “Be Cool”

Bearing little or no relation to Barry Sonnenfeld's over-rated but still slickly pulled off 1995 black comedy "Get Shorty", this 'sort of' sequel has Travolta reprising his role of Chili Palmer (in look and accent maybe but his character...

Review: “The Pacifier”

Budding action heroes always feel the need to branch out into other genre fare ranging from comedy to critical drama. For some such as Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger, the path has proven fruitful. Yet for every one of...

Review: “The Jacket”

A rather strange mix of blunt psychological thriller with low-key science fiction, "The Jacket" is certainly the biggest mindf**k of a film this year that demands its viewers undivided attention and a strong ability to simply go with the...

Review: “Cut”

Australia has put out at least a dozen or so indie horror films over the past two decades, all of which were painfully underfunded though all done in a very serious and dark tone which is surprisingly creepy. I'm...

Review: “The Mexican”

The long-awaited teaming of Roberts & Pitt comes in a romantic comedy that's a slight departure from the standard - with mixed results. On one hand you have great performances of the lead actors plus mob hitman James Gandolfini...

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