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Panic Room, the 2002 film by David Finch, is a prime example of a close-quarters thriller. Now I am biased in favor of this type of movie—limited set and location, small cast, tight focus—to begin with; Sleuth, from 1972 and again in 2007, is another excellent example. It forces the filmmakers to focus more than usual on their craft, storytelling, acting, etc., and less on spectacle. Read the rest of this entry
Welcome to my first weekly column. You may know me from being the goofy one on many of the fine Devil’s Advocates podcasts featured on this very site. Here I will talk about movies; you like ‘em, I like ‘em, they sometimes like us? (I don’t know where I was going with that.) Basically, this column is a way for us to get outside the normal site format of just reviewing movies. We’ll talk about what makes ‘em tick, weird trends and habits, all kinds of fun stuff. Read the rest of this entry
My name is Paul Allan Colbourne, and I have seen all the Twilight films. I didn’t get forced to watch them by a Twilight-obsessed wife or girlfriend. I made the conscious decision to sit down and watch the films, by myself, out of curiosity. Why was this much-mocked film series, based on a collection of also mocked books, so popular and loved, I wondered. So I watched them myself to find out.
Phew. I feel better now I’ve got that off my chest.
The Tillman Story is a documentary that tells the story of Patrick “Pat” Tillman, a young man with a promising future in the NFL as a star player for the Arizona Cardinals football team. After playing four years in the NFL and in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001, Tillman enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private and was ultimately killed by friendly fire while on a patrol in the mountains of Afghanistan. The movie shows us Tillman’s life story, the tragic chain of events that led to his death and the cover up of his death by the United States Army and government. The documentary is tragic, shocking and ultimately inspiring. Read the rest of this entry
Another summer of comic-book movies (Kick Ass, Iron Man 2). When is Hollywood going to actually start coming up with new and original ideas? Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is the latest cut and paste movie to hit movie theaters this year. This latest comic book to movie adaptation is brought to us by the director of two great movies, Edgar Wright (Shawn Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz). This time he tries his hands at directing what must be the most bizarre romance in movie history. I’ll try to explain it. Read the rest of this entry
We’ve all heard the folklore of Merlin the Magician and when we think the words, Wizard or Sorcerer, Merlin would mostly come to mind. So when in the likeness of Fantasia and the feel of Pirates of the Caribbean, it was only fitting that Disney and Producer Jerry bruckheimer, would once again come together to bring the Sorcerer’s Apprentice to the big screen. Read the rest of this entry
Ah, remakes and sequels. Sequels to remakes. Remakes of a sequel. Sometimes it’s really difficult to keep track of all the rehashed nonsense that Hollywood pumps out these days. And, because of that some movies get lost in the shuffle.
The [Rec] movies ([Rec] because everything is being recorded on a video camera and that’s what the viewer sees) are great examples of what I mean. Read the rest of this entry
The long wait is over, Tony Jaa is finally back! This time around it’s a martial arts epic that has Jaa displaying various different styles and a larger budget. The movie itself isn’t ground breaking, but if you take it for what it is, a martial arts flick and nothing more, you may be satisfied with the outcome. 2 ½ pitchforks. Read the rest of this entry
As pointed out to me by my colleague here on the blog, I’m the unofficial Gerard Butler reviewer here after writing this review for Law Abiding Citizen. Of the movies I reviewed of his in the last few months, that include the romantic comedy The Ugly Truth and the action film Gamer, this was the best of his work this year thus far. Read the rest of this entry
Oh how I pity me this week. I have to be the Devil’s Advocate on a film that I absolutely adored, with every fiber of my being. For those just tuning in, this means that even though I loved the movie, I have to speak to its flaws and imperfections (of which the film had very little). That said, I can, however, state what I really thought up front. I created the concept for this site, so I’ll manipulate it anyway I see fit. Read the rest of this entry
Seeing the previews for Couples Retreat and seeing the big name actors like Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, and Jason Bateman, it looked like comedy gold from first glance. In Olympic terms, I give it a bronze medal, close to silver however. While flaws were evident, the film did amuse. Read the rest of this entry
Jennifer’s booty – I mean – body! Pardon me, Freudian slip there. As I was saying, Jennifer’s Body claimed to be a hot and scary gore fest chock full of blood and oozing with innuendos of sexuality… wait, what? Innuendos of sexuality? Where is the actual sexuality? I’m talking gratuitous sexual sequences with boobs man! And where is that hardcore Hostel style gore? Isn’t this movie rated R? Sure there’s some great witty dialogue and surprisingly good acting, but this is horror! I want some campy scenes and gratuitousness. It feels good coming out of the mouth, go ahead, say it gra-tu-it-tous-ness. It was kind of sexy, but I don’t remember seeing any boobs… and I was looking for them. Read the rest of this entry
After seeing the previews that featured a couple of actors from The Hangover, I thought I would give The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard a try. While at times this movie seemed to try too hard to be funny, it still was good for a few chuckles.
In the dictionary next to the word crotchety is a picture of Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino character Walt Kowalski. Clint Eastwood returns from his Million Dollar Baby hype to direct and star in what’s rumored to be his last film. Gran Torino tells the story of a man whose time in this country has passed. Walt Kowalski a veteran of the Korean War, Ford plant worker, and all around mean old man. Walt would like nothing more than to hang out on his front porch, drink beer, and be racist. He then finds himself the hero of the block which now is prominently Chinese Hmong. In an act of heroism he rescues the neighbor boy from gang members. This happens in true old man fashion as he aims a shot gun and growls “get off my lawn”.