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The Strangers
September 1st, 2008

First time writer/director Bryan Bertino goes for nerve sawing tension rather than gore, and thoroughly achieves it through inventive camera angles and an unsettling score and sound effects. Unfortunately logic, natural behaviour and consistency are all sacrificed on the altar to achieve such a living, breathing sense of dread, and cliché often curbs an otherwise realistic depiction of events.

Oblique September 11 references
April 30th, 2008

It was inevitable Hollywood would deconstruct the actual events — as it finally did with United 93 and World Trade Center — but for the longest time it hardly dared breathe the phrase ‘September 11, 2001’, using the drama of everything from aliens to divorce as a stand-in.


Criminal Heroes
May 17th, 2008

What else but the movies could make the bad guys the heroes? They’re mostly at home in comedies or films with comic elements, because while we know there are guys out there who can crack safes, launch computer viruses or deal drugs, they’d never act against the innocent …would they?

Away We Go
November 1st, 2009

So the pair take flight to find a hometown that feels right, calling on friends and relatives around North America in a series of vignettes that teach them how not to be good parents. Between the goofy, talky soccer mum (Janney) to the extreme Aquarian hippie (Gyllenhaal), the two end up more confused than they started.


Tales of the Unexpected
July 1st, 2007

Stories weren’t about issues in those days, they were about setting up a scenario you’d never seen before (paying attention, Hollywood?) and keeping you mercilessly hooked by your need to know What Happens Next.

The Notorious Bettie Page
September 1st, 2007

But here’s the most interesting thing about the movie; there’s hardly a word of swearing (in fact, Bettie scolds a colleague for the language in a bawdy song), no blood, no violence, hardly even a raised voice, yet the film’s rated MA. Have we really come so far in 50 years?






Away We Go In-love Gen Xers Burt (Krasinski) and Verona (Rudolph) fall pregnant and embark ...
November 1st, 2009

American Swing Taking strong tonal cues from the 2005 documentary Inside Deep Throat, American ...
August 1st, 2009

Movies about Africa — a Top Ten List It's been called everything from the savage continent to the New World. ...
September 22nd, 2008

Buddha’s Lost Children An ex boxer-turned Buddhist monk collects horses and orphaned, malnourished children in ...
April 1st, 2008

Artificial Intelligence – a Top Ten LIst It's human nature -- since time immemorial we've attributed human characteristics to ...
August 1st, 2008

Crips and Bloods Made in America Every city has a side it doesn't show the world, and this ...
August 1st, 2009


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