Review – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Two seems to be the magic number for Spider-Man films. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is a sequel that outdoes the first film, and director Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 is such a massive improvement over its predecessor that it may cause whiplash.

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Review – Divergent

The graveyard of films based on ‘young adult’ (YA) book properties is getting close to hanging up a ‘no vacancy’ sign with the arrival of Divergent.

Review – Noah

Pet owners are always trying to sneak their animal’s medication by hiding it in their meals. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky uses the same strategy with Noah by smuggling potent existential ideas into a film with a blockbuster mentality.

Review – The Lego Movie

Forget about the Bible, the real story of creation is contained within The Lego Movie.

Review – Captain America: Winter Soldier

If a Tom Clancy novel had an affair with a comic book the lovechild would be Captain America: Winter Soldier. The final product is a tug-of-war between grit and goof.

Review – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Anointing a favourite Wes Anderson joint just became harder with the arrival of The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Review – The Raid 2: Berandal

The larger scope of the sequel allows for Gareth Evans to flesh out the narrative, but too many chatty gangsters almost cripple the momentum between incredible action sequences that certify Evans’ ascension to a supreme action cinema maestro.

Review – Need for Speed

Following a long and intensive street racing sequence that opens Need for Speed, I’d had my fix of burning rubber, actors intensely staring out from behind a steering wheel, and enough ‘bros’ to make a dictionary want to take an early retirement. The problem was that there was another two hours of automotive spectacle left and nothing but constantly revving engines.

Review – All is Lost

Writer and director J. C. Chandor presents a subtle meditation on mind, body and spirit that’s imbued with an aching amount of futility and loneliness.

Review – 300: Rise of an Empire

The side-saddle sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 (he co-writes Rise of an Empire) is macho motivation and nothing more.

Harold Ramis – this is just a tribute

A piece on the late Harold Ramis that I wrote for Graffiti with Punctuation. Harold Ramis died early on Monday morning after battling illness for a long time. He was 69 years-old. Of… Continue reading

Review – Nebraska

Director Alexander Payne crafts a striking portrait of a dysfunctional family and a refined piece of Americana that contains a wonderfully dry sense of humour.

Tremble before True Detective

Here’s a little piece I wrote for Graffiti with Punctuation about True Detective a few weeks ago.

Review – Lone Survivor

After years of filmmakers fist-pumping the military superiority of the United States of America in cinema, Lone Survivor comes along to demonstrate that Americans have finally crossed over into the realm of their… Continue reading

Review – Robocop

The Robocop remake is frustratingly mediocre. It’s not a complete disaster but rather an ample catastrophe. Director Jose Padilha’s reinvention is bland compared to filmmaker Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film, but a comparison between… Continue reading