Movie review: “Doomsday”

Urgh. What a waste of resources – shooting this drivel. What a waste of (a handful of) otherwise good actors. And what a waste of time – watching this sh*te. If you have a sensitive stomach, avoid this one. *Especially* if you’re having supper on the sofa while you’re watching it. However, if you like…

Movie review: “Bedtime Stories”

After watching the first four episodes of Prison Break (Fox.com) (Season 1 – yeah, I know, I know, we’re WAY behind the rest of the world) yesterday, we wanted to swing the pendulum the other way, so to speak. Although I can appreciate the clever twists and turns of the plot in PB, most of…

Movie review: “Gene Generation”

Oh lordie… Deep breath…. We sat through the first 30-45 minutes of this, getting more and more unsettled and agitated, before we unanimously agreed that it was the shitest film we had seen in a looooong time, and that it would not improve our lives one little smidgeony bit, if we forced ourselves to watch…

Movie review: “Flash of Genius”

Flash of Genius is an inspirational David-and-Goliath story of an inventor who takes on one of the largest car manufacturers in the world. It is based on the life of Robert Kearns, a professor of engineering at an American college, who patented the design of an intermittent windshield wiper, and his protracted legal battle against…

Movie review: “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) is the third installment in the Underworld series, although it is – somewhat confusingly – the prequel to Underworld (2003) and Underworld Evolution (2006). Essentially, it creates the back story to the war between the Lycans and the Vampires, portraying the Lycans – who were depicted as the villains…

Movie review: “Max Payne: Harder Cut”

Max Payne: Harder Cut (2008) is described as “a 2008 American noir action film, loosely based on the 2001 video game of the same name by Remedy Entertainment.” (Wikipedia article about the film) It stars Mark Wahlberg as Detective Max Payne, who is haunted by the brutal murder of his wife and baby daughter three…

Movie review: “Death defying acts”

Death Defying Acts (2008) is a romantic thriller based on a short period of the life of escape artist Harry Houdini (played by a superbly fit and very nicely built Guy Pearce – eye candy for the ladies 🙂 ). (See trailer.) On a tour of Britain in 1926, Harry offers a US10,000 reward to…

Movie review: “Bicentennial man”

Bicentennial Man (1999) is based on the novella of the same name by sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov. (Trailer here.) It tells the story of an unusual android by the name of Andrew (played by Robin Williams) who is bought by the Martin family in 2005 (which was the future in 1999!) in order to help…

Movie review: “Race to Witch Mountain”

Race to Witch Mountain (2009) was a thoroughly enjoyable family movie about two aliens who arrive on earth, and the chaos they inadvertently cause. You can watch the trailer here. At the start of the film, we meet Jack Bruno (Dwayne Johnson, the muscle-bound actor whom I remember most vividly from “The Scorpion King” [2002]), playing…

Movie review: “Hey, Hey, It’s Esther Blueburger”

Hey, Hey, It’s Esther Blueburger (2008) is an independent Australian film, a teenage comedy, starring newcomer Danielle Catanzariti as Esther Blueburger, a 13-year-old Jewish girl from a dysfunctional family. She has a twin brother, Jacob (Christian Byers), who is just as odd as she is. With her braces and spectacles and her strange behaviour, she…

Movie review: “Appaloosa”

When I was growing up, I loved watching Westerns. I was mad about horses, so that’s probably why; but I always hated it when the horses got hurt or shot or killed, and that did happen frequently in Westerns. It didn’t bother me so much when the goodies and the baddies shot each other up…

Movie review: “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li”

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) “is the second live-action film based on the Street Fighter series of video games” (Wikipedia). It describes the personal history and quest for justice of Chun-Li (played by Kristin Kreuk). At the beginning of the movie, Chun-Li is still a young girl; she moves from San Francisco to…

Movie review: “Ten Items or Less”

The quirky independent film Ten Items or Less (2006) stars Morgan Freeman as an actor who remains nameless throughout the movie and is referred to in the credits merely as “Him”, and Paz Vega as a cashier in a small-town convenience store. It gradually emerges that “He” hasn’t done a movie for a long time,…