Review: Battle Los Angeles

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Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bridget Moynahan, Michelle Rodriguez Director: Jonathan Liebesman ‘Maybe I can help. I’m a veterinarian.’ When the world is attacked by an aggressive alien force, arriving in a freak meteor storm, the army are mobilised to protect and evacuate civilians from the target cities. Marine Sgt. Michael Nantz leads a team through a ravaged L.A. where they discover just how overwhelming the invading force is. You have to wonder sometimes if there are aliens out there who have thought about coming to planet Earth to say hello but,…

Review: Tron Legacy

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Starring: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde Director: Joseph Kosinski Kevin Flynn returns from the virtual world in 1982, only to disappear again in 1989. Twenty years later his son, Sam, recieves a message from his father and finds himself drawn into the same virtual world, looking for him and finding more than he bargained for. “Your old man’s about to knock on the sky and listen to the sound.” So, now that all the hype has died down, I decide to actually watch the thing. I was never a…

Review: Fair Game

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Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sam Shepherd Director: Doug Liman CIA agent Valerie Plame finds her identity made public in the press after her husband, Joe Wilson, writes an article criticizing the Bush Administration’s policy toward WMDs in Iraq and the basis for going to war. “When did the question move from ‘why are we going to war?’ to ‘who is this man’s wife?’.” Not to be confused with the dreadful 1995 ‘thriller’ starring Cindy Crawford, although you could be mistaken for doing so given the weak title (Karl Rove…

Life Cycle: The Birth and Death of the Alien Saga

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When screenwriter Dan O’Bannon sat down to write the science-fiction monster movie he’d been itching to create since working on John Carpenter’s Dark Star, it’s fair to assume he had little inkling just how successful his idea would be. Entitled Star Beast, O’Bannon wanted to ‘pay homage’ to the space monster movies of the 50s. In his own words, “I didn’t steal Alien from anybody. I stole it from everybody!” There’s certainly no denying that the basic premise of Star Beast was far from original. Even with several rewrites from…

Review: Inside Job

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Narrated by: Matt Damon Director: Charles Ferguson “Why should a financial engineer be paid 100 times more than a real engineer? A real engineer builds bridges, a financial engineer builds dreams. And when those dreams turn out to be nightmares, other people pay for it.” With the whole world reeling from the effects of the financial crisis, Inside Job takes a look at where it all began and just who was responsible for a meltdown which has set the global economy back for decades to come. It’s probably safe to…