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Review: Skyfall

Posted in Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

2012 marks the fiftieth year of super spy James Bond’s appearance on the glittering big screen. In that time the suave secret agent has helped evolve and shape the big brash action movie, making a star of grumpy Scotsman Sean Connery. As swift as Bond’s rise was his fall into camp parody with a raise of Roger Moore’s ridiculous eyebrow. He then turned serious and sullen with a serious and sullen Timothy Dalton, experienced a renaissance under the Irish charm of Pierce Brosnan, and finally a radical reboot and reinvention with latest incarnation, the ice-cold Daniel Craig (Oh, and an Aussie played him too, but you know, who cares). Somehow 007 has managed to stand the test of time and remain relevant while everything around him has changed. Or has he? Does Skyfall prove he still was it takes in the face of stiff competition from your Bournes and Batmans? Read on and find out. Continue reading

Review: Dredd

Posted in Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

I remember I was about eleven years old when I picked up my first issue of Judge Dredd: The Megazine at the local newsagents. It was mind-blowing, unlike any comic I’d read before. It was bloody and brutal, and I was hooked. At the time I was there mostly for the ultraviolence, but as I grew older I picked up on the  comedy and satire of the strip. Dredd’s first big screen appearance, courtesy of Sylvester Stallone in 1995, may have had the big Hollywood budget but lacked all the elements that made Dredd unique. Seventeen years down the line, Mega City One’s greatest lawman returns to the screen in Dredd. Have the makers learned the lessons from the last time? Let’s find out. Continue reading

Review: The Bourne Legacy

Posted in Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

The Bourne Legacy poster claims “There was never just one”. We know this. We’ve seen the Bourne trilogy. Those assassins sent to take Jason out after his memory problems? Pretty sure they’re all part of the programme. But hey, that’s just a silly poster. The film won’t make those types of mistakes… will it? Read on.

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Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Posted in Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

Third parts are notoriously difficult in films. If things haven’t been planned out from the start they feel like horrible cash-ins, where that once fresh and original idea has long since milked dry. At best you ignore them, deny they ever existed. At worst, they kill off all the enjoyment you had in the series. The Dark Knight Rises is Christopher Nolan’s final part in his Dark Knight trilogy. Will Nolan give us the ending we want? Will Batman get the send off he deserves? Read on and find out. Continue reading

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Posted in Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

Here we are, little more than ten years on from the first Spider-Man movie and the franchise has been rebooted. A new director, new stars, and the promise of an ‘untold story’. Will The Amazing Spider-Man live up to its title, or will we be wishing they left the series alone? Read on and all will be revealed.

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Review: Prometheus

Posted in Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

I know nearly every review for the film will make mention of this so I’m going to get it out of the way at the start – Prometheus sees Ridley Scott’s long-awaited return to sci-fi, a genre where he made such stone-cold classics as Alien and Blade Runner. Can Prometheus possibly live up to such a lofty billing, or will it be fanboy crushing damp squib like a certain Phantom Menace? Read on and find out.

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Review: The Grey

Posted in Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

If you’d seen any of the marketing for The Grey, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the movie was just a dumb action flick where Liam Neeson tapes up his fists with broken glass and punches the shit out of some wolves. It’s certainly what I thought. But you’d be wrong. Director Joe Carnahan delivers a film that’s a hell of a lot more thoughtful and considered.
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Review: Iron Sky

Posted in Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

If you’re a regular reader of my reviews you’d know at this point I’d typically write something funny about how the execs came to greenlight the movie, or how the director is someone who I really respect and admire. You know, something frivolous and irrelevant to lead us gently into the meat of the review. In the case of Iron Sky I have nothing like that. Nothing. This does not bode well. Continue reading

Review: The Avengers (Avengers Assemble)

Posted in Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

The seed was sewn back in 2008 with Jon Favreau’s Iron Man. Samuel L. Jackson’s cameo appearance as Nick Fury at the end of the film. The Avenger Initiative, he said. The very mention sent a quiver of excitement down the spines of every comic book loving geek the world over. Would Marvel Studios really bring all their heroes (licensing willing) together in one movie? Could they? Four years and four films laying the groundwork (The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger), and we arrive at the big moment – The Avengers. And my gosh, are we ready for it.

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Review: Ghost Rider – Spirit Of Vengeance

Posted in Comics, Movie Review, Movies, News, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2012 by Bjorn Grainger

The original Ghost Rider was an anaemic bit of filmmaking, especially considering the premise – A stunt-bike riding daredevil sells his soul to the Devil to save his father but ends up cursed with a spirit that punishes the sinful and causes his head to burst aflame. So, with Ghost Rider – Spirit Of Vengeance (a sequel of sorts), directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor of Crank fame have been brought in to shake some life into the series. Have they been successful? Let’s see. Continue reading