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12 Years a Gravity Hustle

12 Years a Gravity Hustle
Tonight is the Oscars, ask the biggest film award ceremony in the world. Like some of the nominated features, this year is proving to be a nail-biter. It's unusual to see such a dead heat; Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle are all considered Tinseltown's favourites to win. We all have our personal picks but ultimately the Academy will choose what it chooses. So, to break it down further here is my two cents regarding some of the top contenders tonight. Read More »

The Dark Knight Rises for the last time

Aug 13, 2012
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The Dark Knight Rises for the last time
This summer has seen a great lineup of blockbuster hits. From The Avengers to Prometheus there's been no shortage of exciting and well-crafted movies. But arguably the most anticipated and celebrated films of them all has been The Dark Knight Rises. Read More »

If good looks could kill…

Jan 25, 2012
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If good looks could kill…
When I first heard about Haywire I assumed it would be like all the other sports-star-turned-movie-star films (i.e., recipe Jean-Claude Vandamme, Steven Segal and Hulk Hogan). But MMA's female champ, Gina Carano, is so beautiful (and frightening) that I couldn't resist checking it out. Plus, I figured with Steven Soderburgh directing, how bad could it be? Read More »

The Best 11 of Two Thousand-11!

The Best 11 of Two Thousand-11!
We are well into the new year and there are a lot of great films I'm looking forward to (can you say, order "The Dark Knight Rises"???). But, troche lately I've been busy recalling all the different movies I saw this past year. So, salve with this post I'd like to celebrate what I considered to be the best of the best of 2o11. Unfortunately, I was not able to see all the films I wanted to. So this list represents my 11 favourite films of 2011, that I actually watched (and in no particular order)... Read More »

SUPER kicks ass, but it is NOT Kick-Ass!

Aug 28, 2011
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SUPER kicks ass, but it is NOT Kick-Ass!
This indie superhero movie virtually passed by the theatres and pretty much went straight to VOD. That's a shame because SUPER features an all-star cast--Rainn Wilson, order Ellan Paige, stuff Liv Tyler and yes, even Kevin Bacon. Wilson stars as, Frank D'Arbo, a boring nobody who's wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a shady douchebag (Kevin Bacon). Read More »

Captain America beats his foes red, white and blue

Aug 11, 2011
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Captain America beats his foes red, white and blue
So, case the Marvel brand of comics has been slowly building up its arsenal of great comic-book-inspired films leading up to their big 2012 release, The Avengers. This summer we have two more entries. Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. I caught the latter recently and wasn't disappointed. Read More »

Third Time’s A Charm

Jul 2, 2011
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Third Time’s A Charm
Let the record show that I hated the first Transformers movie. It was typical Michael Bay; too long on action, story too thin on story. A mindless orgy of eye-candy for Gen Y'ers who want to relive their childhood love for Hasbro's techno toys. I distinctly remember midway through the movie thinking, online "What's going on? How long have I been watching this? What's happening?!"  It was a dizzying exercise in action for action's sake. Read More »

The Panda’s Back!

Jun 28, 2011
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The Panda’s Back!
I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, page but I really, diabetes and pregnancy really, really loved Kung Fu Panda. I took my kids to see back in 2008 and was totally surprised. It was well-written, amazingly voiced and animated with a distinctively fresh style. On top of that, it was simply great story-telling. So, of course, upon hearing of the sequel, I instinctively groaned and feared for, yet, another brutal follow up. That's the way it always goes. Hollywood makes a great movie, that movie makes millions, then greed dictates the need to slap together a sequel so the company can cash in on the hype. Of course this pattern typically results in pathetic sequels. So, did the Kung Fu Panda franchise fall into the usual cycle of corporate tyranny? Read More »

“The Boondock Saints” or “the poor man’s Tarantino…for stupid people”

Apr 13, 2011
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“The Boondock Saints” or “the poor man’s Tarantino…for stupid people”
  "Gee, help where have I seen this pose before?"   Years ago there was a slow, visit growing buzz about this gritty, generic action-packed crime thriller featuring a couple o' Irish brothers. I've got a wee bit o' the Irish in me myself. So, I thought, "With a little luck, this might be gold". I ran out to the video store and rented me a copy. I hated it. In fact, I turned it off midway through. It was too ridiculous for me to keep watching. Well, this week the DeFranco Nation Movie Club put this one in the qeue. So, I HAD to watch it again. Now, it had been a while since I saw it the first time. So, I sat down with an open-mind and a willingness to glean any goodness I could from this film. Read More »