Review: Drive

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Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks Director: Nicolas Winding Refn “I drive.” The life and psyche of a solitary, nameless man—stunt driver for the movies by day and getaway driver for hire by nights—begin to unravel when he becomes drawn to the woman who lives next door. Ryan Gosling should be careful. If he doesn’t start making superhero movies soon, people might think he’s an actual actor and everything. Having impressed in a series of indie movies, happily skirting the borders of fame for years, Gosling seems…

Review: Grave Encounters

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Starring: Sean Rogerson, Juan Riedinger, Ashleigh Gryzko Directors: The Vicious Brothers  ”I don’t know how much longer we can last. We’re not alone in here anymore.” Paranormal investigation show, Grave Encounters, is now on its sixth episode and presenter Lance Preston and his team are locking themselves in the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital for the night. Expecting the kind of anti-climatic experience which has let the show down so far, the team find quite the opposite. I’m a big fan of the increasingly prolific ‘found footage’ genre of horror movie….

Review: Super 8

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Starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler Director: J.J. Abrams “She used to look at me… this way, like really look… and I just knew I was there… that I existed.” Summer, 1979, in the small town of Lillian, Ohio. While 13-year-old Joe Lamb and his friends are making a zombie movie on a Super 8 camera they witness, and barely survive, a horrific train crash. Shortly afterwards, strange things start happening in the town and Joe begins to suspect that something less than human was on that train. One…

Review: The Beaver

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Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence Director: Jodie Foster ‘You’re nothing without me, Walter. Nothing. I’m the only part of you that works.‘ After two years of severe depression, toy executive Walter Black retreats completely and begins communicating with his long-suffering family through a glove puppet. Meanwhile, his estranged elder son fights to avoid becoming his father. Having been trapped in limbo for over a year, waiting for the dust to settle on Mel Gibson’s public meltdown, The Beaver is finally released into the world. And it’s…

Counting Bullets: The Dirty Harry Movies

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The Sixties, with all of its commendable trumpeting of tolerance, restraint and free love was always going to be too good to last. Sooner or later there’s always a rebound and in Hollywood few movies represented that rebound better than 1971′s Dirty Harry. Peace, love and understanding proved to be no match for the most powerful handgun in the world and an actor who, at that time, was best known for playing a different kind of cowboy. The project had been floating around Hollywood for a few years by the…