Reviews

Film Review – TRANSCENDENCE

What lies beyond our human form? What is our next step in evolution? Does our continued existence rely on the natural test of time or what we can do to advance ourselves artificially? Transcendence teases and tiptoes around many worthwhile potential scenarios, but falls short on delivering a memorable advances to its premise. Directed by Wally Pfister, who has served ...

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Film Review – OCULUS

Horror movies these days find themselves in a tough position. The genre is pretty much tapped for original ideas and the films for the most part fall into the make or break contingent of how well they tackle a familiar idea. Coming from the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, Oculus is not out to break new ground, but it ...

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Film Review – THE RAID 2

The 2011’s The Raid: Redemption was a tour de force clinic of floor to floor/hand to hand combat that left moviegoers gasping for breath. The rabid fan base of director / writer Gareth Evans’ film undoubtedly have high hopes for the follow-up to his relentless bone crushing Indonesian actioner. Set within the claustrophobic confines of a decrepit hi-rise, Evans’ breakout crime drama set a ...

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Film Review – 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

I can’t say I went into 300: Rise of an Empire with the greatest of expectations. Any idea of a follow-up to Zack Snyder’s visionary 2007 swords-and-sandals adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300 simply seemed unnecessary. I felt we left things on a fairly satisfying narrative note. Additionally, the stylized look of 300 has been so plundered time and again (but ...

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Film Review – NON-STOP

In what easily could have found a place as another forgettable casualty in the  bin of bad “hijacked planes”movies, Liam Neeson proves his mettle as a 61-year old action star and pushes Non-Stop full throttle into a completely satisfying thrill ride. Neeson, re-teaming with his Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra, plays Federal Air Marshall William Marks who finds himself the beacon of ...

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Film Review – ROBOCOP

I can’t say the words “welcome” and “remake” go much hand in hand these days. For every solid reboot that is worth their weight like Evil Dead and Let Me In, we are more often served the likes of Total Recall, Carrie or Conan The Barbarian. And c’mon, aren’t we all dying for the planned updated takes on The Crow and Highlander? There was ...

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Film Review – OLDBOY

There are some movies you can truly experience to the fullest from start to finish only once. If you are familiar with Park Chan-wook’s 2003 cult favorite and disturbing ultra-violent revenge thriller Oldboy, you know exactly what I mean. Spike Lee has taken on the daunting task of re-imaging the South Korean film (itself based on the Japanese manga of ...

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