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This Ain’t California (2012)

This Ain’t California (2012)
This would-be documentary involving skateboarders is an interesting piece of work.  Rather than have the same sombre tones of typical historical pieces, filmmaker Marten Persiel focuses his energies in chronicling the societal difficulties of 1980’s Germany through something a bit more…radical....
December 9th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Jeune et Jolie (2013)

Jeune et Jolie (2013)
Francois Ozon’s Jeune et Jolie is the portrait of a young schoolgirl from a well to do middle-class background and her coming-of-age into adolescence in modern day Paris. The film left me with a lot of questions but very few answers and it took me a while to get my head around what was actually...
December 9th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
 “Hunger Games” 2: more of the same — only,  some think, better (I don’t) Everyone is so eager to say the second Hunger Games movie (“Cathing Fire “) is even better than the first  the first. Why do they say that? Anyway it’s just assumed now viewers know...
December 8th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Blob (1988)

The Blob (1988)
A remake of a beloved sci-fi classic, featuring a variety of impressive practical effects that starts, almost, with a flaming object landing on Earth. No, I’m not on about The Thing by John Carpenter. This may not be up to the level of that modern masterpiece, but The Blob, directed by Chuck Russell,...
December 8th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Stakeout (1987)

Stakeout (1987)
A buddy cop movie in which the cops happen to spend most of their time on a surveillance operation, hence the title, Stakeout remains as much fun today as it did a couple of decades ago. It’s not a modern classic, but it’s a lot of fun, boosted by a couple of lead actors who […]
December 7th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Getaway (2013)

Getaway (2013)
*** Warning ‘ere be spoilers *** Shut up and drive: demolition derby through Sofia, Bulgaria To experience street racing at its purest we must reluctantly skip the amiable Fast & Furious series and revert to A Man and a Woman filmmaker Claude Lelouch’s 8-minute, 38-second private...
December 6th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

License To Drive (1988)

License To Drive (1988)
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. When I was a teenager, License To Drive was one of the BEST FILMS EVER. I’ll explain why. It starred Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. It had the beautiful Heather Graham in it. It was about teenagers going on a wild night out. I’m sorry, were you expecting any […]
December 6th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Powder Room (2013)

Powder Room (2013)
It is no surprise to know that the film industry is a tough nut to crack for women, especially for aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers.  Certain films have highlighted what an all-female cast can do in front of the camera but behind it, a majority of them have not made much of an impact.  So, when...
December 5th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Goonies (1985)

The Goonies (1985)
Back in the early and mid-80s my provincial grade school offered its pupils membership of a great film club, where us kids could see all the latest, greatest movies at the local theatre house. That’s where I saw, at an impressionable young age, all sorts of sci-fi, fantasy and other movies, from Raiders...
December 5th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Lock Up (1989)

Lock Up (1989)
Lock Up comes from a time when action movies could still be dramas, too. Sylvester Stallone plays Frank Leone, a likable guy who had some bad run-ins with the wrong people and got framed. But he behaves well in prison, making no trouble at all – which, I gotta tellya, makes the first hour and […]
December 5th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More