Tag: action

Feature, Film Review

Rush (2013)

In 2010, British documentary Senna unveiled another side to Formula One.  As it shed light on the rivalry between Ayrton Senna and former team mate Alain Prost, it also emphasised the competitiveness and the life-threatening dangers of the high-speed motor racing.  Now, director Ron Howard reunites with Frost/Nixon screenwriter Peter […]

Feature, Film Review

White House Down (2013)

Emmerich Destroys the White House. AGAIN. Director Roland Emmerich has a taste for destroying American monuments. Working chronologically: in Independence Day he blows up the White House, Godzilla sees the destruction of Madison Square Garden and the Brooklyn Bridge, The Day After Tomorrow collapses the Statue of Liberty and the […]

Film Review

Riddick (2013)

Intergalactic tough guy This is a series, and I’ve come late to the game. Riddick, this pared down version, The Chronicles of Riddick: Into Pitch Black having been followed by The Chronicles of Riddick, and now just plain Riddick, aims to show us that all you really need is Vin Diesel. And it succeeds. Forget […]

Film Review

Elysium (2013)

Brace yourself for some radical African science fiction! (Warning: This review contains SPOILERS!!) The year is 2154. Earth is an overpopulated dump of crime, dirt and disease. The wealthy elite has installed themselves in a large luxurious space habitat in Earth orbit: Elysium. Here everyone has access to medical technology […]

Feature, Film Review

Elysium (2013)

The future is a hell of a mess In the movie world of the South African director Neill Blomkamp, whose 2009 District 9 was a surprise hit that got four Oscar nominations, the future, clearly, is dystopian. Actually, it’s a huge social and political nightmare where whatever injustices we suffer have been […]

Film Review

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

Bruce Willis is fed up of making action movies. You may have heard or read comments to that extent recently. You may have seen Willis acting like some unhappy, spoilt brat in one or two televised interviews. He has made no attempt recently to hide his disdain for the movies […]

Film Review

Downhill (1927)

The Gainsborough production company wanted Ivor Novello back with Hitchcock after the success of The Lodger, so Hitchcock adapted Novello’s stage play, which he’d written with Constance Collier under the joint nom de plume of David L’Estrange. Though 34, Novello plays the lead role of Roddy Berwick, an outstanding public schoolboy […]

Feature, Film Review

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

If there was ever an ‘alternative’ comic book film, it would have to be 2010’s Kick-Ass. With its over-exaggerated violence and dark humour, the film helped popularise Mark Millar’s cult comic.  But with the original film’s director and writer, Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman respectively, jumping ship to revitalise the […]

DVD Review

Java Heat (2013)

An admired Indonesian sultana – a kind of princess – is apparently killed in a terrorist attack, and undercover agent Jack Wilde (Kellan Lutz) is in Indonesia to investigate clues, posing as an art history student. He acts like a bull in a china shop, quickly attracting the attention of […]

Feature, Film Review

The Heat (2013)

Buddy cop comedies are an enduring trend in the film world. A reckless cop who goes against the grain to get the results needed, and one who sticks to the rules.  Both eventually put their differences aside to get the bad guy.  Well, after classics such as Lethal Weapon and […]