Review: Paranormal Activity 2

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Starring: Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim, Katie Featherston Director: Tod Williams A family experience what they assume to be a break-in when their house is trashed while they are all out. After installing security cameras in various rooms, a series of unexplained events begin to plaque them, and it becomes increasingly clear that the house is home to a malevolent presence. The phenomenal success of the micro-budget sleeper hit, Paranormal Activity, guaranteed that a sequel would be hot on its heels. Hollywood loves a sure thing and sticking a ’2′ after…

In Defence of… Flash Gordon

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When I was in college, way back in what I believe is affectionately referred to as ‘the day’, a good friend and I used to spend many idle hours debating the merits and demerits of certain movies. The one that was the most polarising between us was 1980′s Flash Gordon. Long story short, he thought it was an abomination and I adored it. I recently caught it on television, watched it again after many years and…I still adore it! I haven’t spoken to my old friend in many a year…

Review: 127 Hours

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Starring: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn Director: Danny Boyle Mountaineer Aron Ralston is involved in a freak accident and finds himself trapped under a rock at the arm. Unable to free himself, and with food, water and time running out, Aron slowly descends toward a terrible decision. It’s the movie that most people I’ve talked to simply describe as ‘the one where the guy cuts his own arm off’, as if it were some extreme episode of Friends. However, Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Aron Ralston’s five-day ordeal, based on…

Review: True Grit

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin Directors: The Coen Brothers When 14-year-old Mattie Ross’ father is murdered, she engages the services of drunken U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn to help hunt down her father’s killer, Tom Chaney. Together with Texas Ranger La Boeuf, they set off into Indian territory on Chaney’s trail. The Coens continue their eclectic career path with this adaptation of Charles Portis’ 1968 novel, which was already adapted in 1969 with John Wayne in the lead role. This time around it is Jeff Bridges playing…

My Spider Sense is Tingling!

The web is currently twitching with news of everyone’s favourite web-slinger. The release online of pictures of Andrew Garfield as the new Spider-man has given us our first taste of what Sony’s rebooted franchise has in store. And judging by the demeanour of Garfield in the picture, it’s looking like Spidey may be heading for the sort of dark, brooding arena usually reserved for billionaire playboys with bat fixations. Not necessarily a bad thing, but a far cry from the tone set by Sam Raimi’s trilogy, which adopted the brightly…