Film Review

Film Review

The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)

He is in the camel business & he is calling you “DUDE!”… The back of the DVD case for “The Story of the Weeping Camel” contains a rather telling classification guide: “Universal: Suitable for all. Language: None. Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: Scene of animal being born [I kid you not]. Other: […]

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Grizzly Man (2005)

The obsessional/delusional as objet trouvee… The love-it or hate-it responses of the Amazon viewership to Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man illustrate quite nicely the theory that art exists not wholly formed on the page, canvas or celluloid, but somewhere between the viewer and the “text”. If you come to this film […]

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Notes on a Scandal (2006)

Some nice performances from a drama that just doesn’t ring true… Notes on a Scandal is a decently scripted, nicely filmed melodrama, lifted by a great performance from Judi Dench, who manages her character’s gentle arc from lonely old battleaxe to psychotic nutcase well – though it remained, over the […]

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Stormbreaker (2006)

Just when you thought the Bond genre had finally choked on its own self-awareness – assisted knowingly by Austin Powers, Johnny English and so forth – enter Geoffrey Sax and his film adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’ Alex Rider character. I’m not sure Stormbreaker does enough by itself to save the […]

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Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

There’s a simple reason this movie has taken so long to make, and it’s this: while Douglas Adams’ classic The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a hilarious book, it’s a rubbish novel. I mean that in the nicest possible way – it’s one of my favourite books, but it’s […]

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Underworld (2003)

There’s barely an original moment in Underworld, and sadly those parts that are derived from elsewhere in motion picture history (that is, all of it), are derived without wit or feeling for their antecedents or the genre. I have a feeling this film would never have been made were it […]

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Alien vs Predator (2004)

No matter who wins … *we* lose… As long as *we* is construed as referring to the hapless cinema-going public, then you have to give the promoters of this witless film credit for at least being honest. That, and the fact that the film posters could quote no greater praise […]

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A Mighty Wind (2003)

The perfect kiss… In many ways this is a fair sequel to the peerless This Is Spinal Tap. It’s certainly a much more understated effort in all respects, but there’s no mistaking the humour: one can imagine few bands other than Spinal Tap being signed to a record company so […]