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100 Word Movie Review : Public Enemies

A mobster movie starring Captain Jack Sparrow, Dr Manhattan and Batman was always promising too much. Public Enemies is quite good, but with the promise of that cast I was expecting fantastic. Enemies tells the true story of mobster, John Dillinger (Depp) who likes to see himself as Champion of the Common Folk because this makes it easier for him to hit on attractive women and get cheered by press when arrested.  Dramatic “shaky camera shots” increase tension whenever Dillinger leaps out of bed to elude the coppers, but that tension is sorely lacking for the rest of the film.

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100 Word Review: Up

It seems to me no small irony that films targeting children often leave me emotionally drained. Up is no different. The movie’s first fifteen minutes tugged the heart-strings a plenty and followed that up with talking dogs, aging adventurers, giant birds and a whole lot of balloons. It’s not exactly a rollercoaster ride of ridiculous humour and there’s a clear moment when I felt it crossed the line of believability (yes, this movie had talking dogs and a house elevated by thousands of balloons and I still felt there was a line), but it is a sweet, funny, geriatric adventure.

Adventure is out there!

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100 Word Movie Review – Twilight

The first thought I had while watching Twilight was “Yay! A movie that glorifies pale people!” I, as a card-carrying member of the Pale People Club, am all for this. “Be gone, you Bronzed Surfers! Back to the beach with you damning examples of all that humanity can be and I am not.”   And then things got a little awkward as I found the maudlin self-indulgence of these teen love puppies a little, you know, self indulgent. It is, in essence, teenagers talking about their feelings. Oh and they’re vampires. And their skin glows like diamonds in the sunlight. Sigh.

These kids are pale

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100 Word Review: District 9

As a South African I feel immensely proud that a film with South African actors, accents and locales is doing so well in America. D9 is an innovative collision of comedy and Sci-fi action. Although the film contains an obvious apartheid motif, this is not a biting social commentary; it’s just a film that happens to take place in an apartheid-like setting, but with Aliens. There’s a lot of swearing (but in Afrikaans, so it doesn’t really count) and people explode. A slightly above-average sci-fi made better awesome by the “Hey, I live there” factor and a comical turned badass procrastinator protagonist.

Prawns Go Home

Prawns Go Home

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100 Word Review : Mercury Rising

Bruce Willis is cop who ends up protecting this autistic boy who has the ability to break the United State’s government’s toughest code. The fact that he can do this pretty much guarantees that the nasty government (in the awesome shape of Alec Baldwin) will try and kill this poor kid. What follows is some stock standard Willis action including some familiar faces (Prison Break’s John Abruzzi and Emerson Cod from Pushing Daisies) an hilarious green screening moment and some classic old school cell-phones and computer set pieces. Man, I laughed. All in all a dated, if competent action film.

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Terminator: Salvation 100 Word Review

The Hundred Word Review returns! Based on complaints that my posts are too wordy came the idea to do a movie review in exactly 100 words, no more, no less. It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be.

After the utter schlock that was Judgement Day, few of us were looking forward to another Terminator movie. Then, slowly, excitement began to build: The Sarah Connor Chronicles kept brand-awareness high and the announcement of Christian Bale as John Connor was greeted with contented sighs. In the end though, it all amounted to a largely forgettable, if admittedly competent action film. The war concept was well executed, but the best moments came when we returned to the roots of the franchise: an unstoppable cyborg hunting our heroes. More of that (and Summer Glau) would have made for a better movie.

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