Movie Review: Seven Pounds

I went and saw this film cold, because I heard it had a clever twist. A twist! I love those things. Plus, the trailer gave no idea what the movie was actually about; it looked a bit of a mystery, with Will Smith’s character being accused of playing ‘god’. I was expecting a sort of clever mystery play. Well it’s a morality piece; it starts off well but then descends into schmaltz and the ending is exceedingly syrupy rather than thoughtful.

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Movie Review: Frost/Nixon

Imagine the classic story about a gritty martial arts tournament, where the young hero gets beaten up a fair bit before learning an Important Revelation about himself and his abilities, before coming back to challenge his adversary in a final bout. Now, imagine that concept as a series of interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon, dragging back and forth with an intriguing intensity.

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Movie Review: Twilight

This one wasn’t too bad, actually. It’s essentially teenage girl wish fulfilment, with vampires, as opposed to talking horses, which is what I wanted when I was a teenager (no, wait, I’m recalling a fan-fiction I thankfully never finished where I was the only female bronze dragon rider on all of Pern and ahh… Let’s not mention this ever again…) There are lots of odd angles and close-ups in the movie; the director doesn’t seem to like show people with full foreheads for some reason.

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Movie Review: Death Race

I’ve always secretly liked Paul WS Anderson as a director, ever since I saw Mortal Kombat (there can only be one).  I even liked Soldier, with Kurt Russell playing a near-autistic killing machine trying to function in a normal human society.  Resident Evil was a good film.  Let’s not mention Aliens vs Predator here, though.  Anyway, Death Race is a decent B-grade SF film, enjoyable but let down by the stupidity of the villain/the race logistics and the stupidity of the ending.

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Movie Review: Max Payne

I usually like B-grade SF movies, but this wasn’t done very well. Everyone was overacting, perhaps to try and capture a noir sense of style. It wasn’t done consistently, so it created an odd, jarring tone. Also, everyone was reacting to Max Payne’s aura of bad-assery, as though it was visible shockfront of sheer grim, avenging, lone wolf cop personality.

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