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Film Club Review – Seven Pounds

July 6, 2010

I don’t know how much of a plot summary I should give for Seven Pounds, since I’m not sure how much of it is intended to be a mystery. If it is supposed to be a mystery, its pretty easy to figure out. None-the-less, I won’t give any of it away. The vague description is […]

Eagle Eye

March 14, 2010

Eagle Eye is the story of two people who unknowingly get caught up in some sort of terrorist plot/big brother conspiracy where they keep getting phone calls which gives them directions. Now, I’m willing to suspend disbelief in movies, but only to a certain point. They movie first has to convince me to suspend disbelief. […]

Film Club Review – Let the Right One In

November 4, 2009

Let the Right One In is a Swedish movie about a young boy who befriends a girl with a secret. The secret being that she is a vampire. The story focuses on both the recent deaths in the area which correspond to the arrival of the girl (Eli) and the story of the growing friendship […]


November 4, 2009

Watching Valkyrie made me think of what it takes for a movie to be great. In order for a movie to be great, it needs many different elements to work. Valkyrie had some elements that worked and others that didn’t, which is why instead of being a great movie, which it had the potential to […]

The Wrestler

November 4, 2009

This movie succeeds very well at one thing, and that is that it completely draws us into this character of Randy the Ram, so much so that it is almost an ET-Elliot type connection where we feel all of his emotions with him. He feel his despair and desperation and the exhilaration he gets from […]

Gran Torino

November 4, 2009

When I first started watching this movie, I was worried it was going to be awful. The sons speaking at the funeral was a little too obvious of a character fill-in-the-audience set-up. But Eastwood quickly drew me in with his rough, non-compromising Walt. The relationship between his neighbours grows pretty naturally, naturally enough that we […]


November 4, 2009

Well, was this ever a disappointment. Frost Nixon certainly does not have a lot going for it. It is really a rather bland and boring film which feels much longer than it actually is. There is too much build up to the interviews full of scenes and character “development” which I just couldn’t be bothered […]

Quantum of Solace

November 3, 2009

It’s hard not to compare this movie to Casino Royale, which was better in pretty much every way. Casino Royale had a fleshed out story. Quantom had a thin story which was only used to hang the action pieces on. The bond girl in this new movie was certainly nothing special. They tried giving her […]

Slumdog Millionaire

November 3, 2009

The 2008 Oscar Winner made a lot of noise last year and generated a lot of buzz.   Here are my thoughts. It was an interesting story, interesting concept, and well-paced, well-acted. The game show scenes were inter cut well with Jamal’s life story, and the game show scenes also added a little bit more […]

In Bruges

November 2, 2009

Wow, Colin Ferrel can act! Who woulda thunk it? Actually he was really good in this movie, creating a unique and hilarious character out of Ray, a hitman who made a horrible mistake. His friend and fellow hitman Ken, played by Brennan Gleason, a highly underrated actor, hides out with him in Bruges, a quite […]

Zach and Miri Make a Porno

November 2, 2009

I really liked this movie. It was funny, we care about the characters, it was interesting, and the dialogue was fantastic and  Kevin Smithesque.  I laughed a lot, which s the sign of a good comedy, but I was also moved by the story and characters, which is the sign of a good movie. Darrell […]


November 2, 2009

Many people were expecting Oliver Stone’s W. to make a big splash when it was released.  Well, it didn’t.  But it was  good movie nonetheless. It was fun, involving, and entertaining. I liked that Stone didn’t try to push my opinion on Bush one way or the other; I already have an opinion and I […]

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

November 1, 2009

Well, if I had to sum up the Clone Wars movie in one word it would probably be juvenile. Perhaps if I was a 12 year old kid again this would hold some appeal, but really the whole movie seemed silly to me, like I was watching a saturday morning cartoon (which I guess I essentially […]

Tropic Thunder

November 1, 2009

This was a pretty damn funny movie. Right from the trailers to the dancing credits. The five actors who are thrown into a real guerilla situation while they think its a movie set is a concept that’s a bit of a stretch, but it works. Robert Downey Jr steals the show with his white actor […]

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

October 31, 2009

Wow. This movie was painfully bad. There are many reasons why, here’s a few of them: -Brendan Fraiser. Does this guy even try any more? -No chemistry between the son and that ninja girl, yet they were supposed to have witty banter apparently. -So he has a kid in college now, but hasn’t aged? Like, at all? […]