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Wreck-It Ralph (2013): 3Delightful Destruction

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March 1, 2013

After much deliberation this afternoon, it was decided that my daughter, her boyfriend and I would watch Walt Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph (the 3D version) at the cinema. It was close though, I was holding out for A Good Day to Die Hard but after a little discussion about how Ralph was really a film for gamers, which… Read More ›

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War Horse (2011): Sobbingly Sentimental Spielberg

I am not a huge fan of films that are just made to make the audience tear up and blubber at the screen. The Champ for instance; both the original and the remake put me right off. I don’t want to see a film that makes me cry. If I wanted that, I’d just look… Read More ›

Holes (2003): What We Have Here…

I was originally going to title this piece ‘Shawshank Redemption for Kids’ But it’s not really Shawshank Redemption for kids, even though it’s damn close. The theme of the two films are very similar and you get the same sense of satisfaction when you have finished watching the film. But if I were to be really… Read More ›

Zathura (2005) A Pale Jumanji

I waited seven years to watch Zathura.  In the 2005 trailer they showed a little kid asking, “What do they eat?” Dax Shepard says, “Meat.” Little kid, “That’s good.” Shepard, “Dude, you’re meat.” For some reason that particular exchange struck me as hysterically funny. Surely, I thought, a film with dialogue that funny is going to… Read More ›

The Amazing Spider-Man Returns…Again

With the 2002 release of Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst as ‘Spidey‘ and his love interest, I felt that Sam Raimi had done justice to Stan “The Man” Lee’s comic creation. Two more films quickly followed and a fourth was rumoured to be in the works. Then, nothing. The scuttlebutt was that differences of opinion between Maguire… Read More ›

Men in Black 3 (2012) Here We Go Again...Again

Men in Black 3 (2012) Here We Go Again…Again

Whether or not the third instalment of the Men in Black  (MIB) series was highly anticipated or not depends on who you talk to. Most critics agreed that Men in Black II was a ‘wash-out’ and  was mediocre at best. Box office receipts tell a different story. MIB II grossed twice it’s production costs. Somebody must have liked it. And enough… Read More ›

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008): Jackie Chan & Jet Li Wow

Directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little 1 & 2) and written by John Fusco (Hidalgo, Young Guns 1 & 2), The Forbidden Kingdom has scored a couple of ‘firsts.’ It is the first time in cinema history that a western film company was allowed to film in China and  use the Hengdian World Studios, Heng… Read More ›

Twins Effect (2003) AKA Vampire Effect: Pop Goes the Vampire

Co-directed by Dante Lam, Donnie Yen, and starring Gillian Chung, Charlene Choi (from the Cantopop group Twins), Ekin Cheng, Edison Chen (The US Grudge 2) and Jackie Chan (in a brilliant cameo). The film was made to capitalise on the Twins popularity. The Twins Effect is an action/adventure/comedy. While the two girls were the main draw for the film, Donnie Yen asked Jackie… Read More ›

Of Flying Monkeys and Ruby Slippers

When I was about five or six, my parents let me stay up to watch the yearly Thanksgiving transmission of The Wizard of Oz. I was transfixed.  Of course in those days my folks could not afford a colour television, so I had to wait a few years to see the glorious technicolor  world of… Read More ›

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