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Slacker Uprising
August 1st, 2009

It doesn’t feel like a Michael Moore movie, with little of his cult-of-personality showboating. There are several ultimately pointless musical acts and it gets a little repetitive, but the editing manages to generate a sense of slowly building hope which history reminds us wasn’t enough to spare us from Bush’s second term.

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?


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.

Artificial Intelligence – a Top Ten LIst
August 1st, 2008

It’s human nature — since time immemorial we’ve attributed human characteristics to everything around us. From the Freudian (so we don’t feel so alone in the universe) to the commercial (Pixar’s box office hauls), the reasons why pop culture is full of human-like intelligence are endless.


The Bet
April 1st, 2008

The shocking climax lifts it far above the feelgood revenge drama you’re expecting, and despite a penny-pinching budget, exuberant design and performances sells the rest.

The Strangers
September 1st, 2008

Like Chainsaw, plenty will be disgusted by such a nihilistic movie (take a bow, Funny Games), but as Oscar Wilde said, art is neither good nor evil, just well or badly made.






Criminal Heroes They break the law, lie, cheat and steal. What else but the ...
May 17th, 2008

Head in the Clouds As fascist tension builds across Europe, free-spirited flapper Gilda enjoys a carefree ...
August 1st, 2005

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

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

The Strangers It doesn't look like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but this smoothly shot ...
September 1st, 2008

The Notorious Bettie Page When Jenna Jameson's tell-all autobiography How to Make Love Like a Porn ...
September 1st, 2007


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