In At Eternity’s Gate (2018), artist Vincent Van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) wants to follow his instincts and ‘follow the light’. It’s a noble quest that seeks beauty in the world. The mild mannered Van Gogh goes to Arles, in the South of France (a lovely place!), on the suggestion of a fellow artist, the intenseContinue reading “At Eternity's Gate (2018)”
I was in the mood for something light and I was reminded of the trailer of the Pokemon movie which was quite a bit of fun. So I watched the actual feature film. I’m aware that Pokemon is a video game but I know nothing about it. I relied on the film I saw, PokemonContinue reading “Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)”
Following the strong Gangs of New York (2002), Director Martin Scorsese takes on another ambitious, heavily-budgeted epic, with The Aviator (2004), a classy, sumptuous and somewhat intimate bio-pic of movie mogul and entrepreneurial billionaire Howard Hughes, who was making films and inventing commercial aircraft during the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Oscar better sit up and take notice of this powerful, moving, beautifully captured adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel about the repercussions of a 13-year-old girl’s jealous action leading to the downfall of two people in love (played by James McAvoy and Keira Knightley).
Director Brain Levant is a veteran of family movies having helmed forgettable flicks The Flintstones and Problem Child 2, among others, during the 1990s. His last movie was Snow Dogs which is only significant because of what it reveals about its star Cuba Gooding Jr’s flagging career since impressing in Jerry Maguire. In Levant’s latest,Continue reading “Are We There Yet? (2005)”
The Ant Bully (G) is an animated adaptation of the John Nickle book about Lucas, a young boy picked on by the bigger guy. But Lucas picks on an ant colony in his family’s garden. (The logic of the connection sits better as a thematic device than storytelling). The family are going away while he’sContinue reading “The Ant Bully (2006)”
President of the United States John F Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, in Dallas, Texas. The traumatic event and the aftermath are recreated through the eyes of Kennedy’s wife, Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Jackie (2016) is buoyed by Natalie Portman’s portrayal complimented by strong male support.
In Anger Management (2003) box office drawcard Adam Sandler plays Dave Buznik, a designer of cat apparel, who continually loses out on a job promotion to a guy who is creatively his junior. While travelling via plane he is apprehended for assaulting an airline hostess, although he denies it, and sent to 30 days ofContinue reading “Anger Management (2003)”
American Wedding (2003) is in a sense no different from the first two films American Pie and American Pie 2 although this one is about that sacred institution – marriage.
Circa 1970s Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas spearheads an illegal drug racquet after his boss dies. An honest cop, who is going through a child custody battle, almost single-handedly puts the pressure on to see Lucas arrested. Meanwhile corrupt officers are making money through Lucas’s drug syndicate.
What American Beauty shows is that family life can be not all it’s cracked up to be, and if that’s your experience, you still may find the consolation and solace you need. American Beauty is about finding beauty and hope beyond one’s circumstances. My review basically follows this train of thought as a main idea.
Crafting a kind of message out an Alien or Predator film shouldn’t come at the expense of suspense, but it does.
This is a hybrid of the Alien and Predator franchises from the 80s and 90s (Alien, 1979, spawned three sequels and Predator, 1987, one) which shows what happens when an expedition of scientists to the Antarctica who are seeking to uncover the remains of a buried ancient pyramid, which has been inhabited for centuries byContinue reading “Alien vs Predator (2004)”
The life and conquests of Alexander the Great, a ruler of the ancient Greek Empire, is a fascinating prospect as one may expect a vivid panorama of imperial history.
A compelling science fiction thriller that may give food for thought.
Prominent Hollywood directors George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron, and maker of the Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavgirl in 3-D, Robert Rodriguez, have talked earlier this year about projecting 3-D films digitally using a new 2-D to 3-D conversion process. This might happen by the end of the decade. Certainly, it is needed, not onlyContinue reading “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005)”
Hilarious, even artful, and a feel-good animation that’s bright and chirpy.
If the screen version of About A Boy is anything to go by then Nick Hornby’s novel, from which this comedy is based, is wittily observant.
Steven Spielberg’s latest offering is an absorbing journey, a monumental and cerebral achievement – a powerhouse experience.
Okay, get ready, this is the one you’ve been waiting for, a big blockbuster about the end of the world with special effects you’ve been waiting around to see for a long time.
The future of the world is bleak in this obvious contemporary anti-war cum AIDS era allegory.
It’s a variation on the theme of man’s inhumanity to man – which is why the future looks without hope, told with a mixture of solemnity, irony and occasional off-beat humour. Includes send-ups of symbols and vestiges of capitalism – like soft drink vending machines – in a deserted and lonely London.
The Tom Hanks vehicle Big (1988) where he played a boy in a man’s body has, unrelatedly, been “revived” in 2004 as a Jennifer Garner (Alias) vehicle.
With the western genre almost dead and buried a hybrid of its kind has resurfaced for contemporary, usually young, audiences in the guise of fast cars for trusted horses and street criminals for heroic outback outlaws. 2 Fast 2 Furious is Top Gun on wheels, an unrelenting and ferocious non-stop thrill-ster with several remarkably agileContinue reading “2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)”